Saturday, December 9, 2017

TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN BY JOHN GREEN - BOOK REVIEW

I know for many people, myself included, this book was a long time coming. And I'm happy to report that I not only thoroughly enjoyed this book, but I also think it might just be one of the most profoundly honest and raw examples of anxiety and OCD that I have ever read.

Friday, December 8, 2017

THE CRUEL PRINCE BY HOLLY BLACK - BOOK REVIEW

As much as I kind of over the whole fey-are-the-new-vampires trope, I've loved the two previous Holly Blacks books I read so I knew I was going to pick this one up. And I'm really glad I did because I really liked this book and am excited to see where the story goes from here!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

SWEARING OFF STARS BY DANIELLE WONG - BOOK REVIEW

On paper (no pun intended), this book sounds really interesting. Set in the 1920s and later decades, it looks at gender inequality and the treatment of LGBT individuals. But once I started reading it, despite this important topics, it just fell a little flat for me. I'm shelving this as a DNF, but technically I skimmed the second half.

Monday, December 4, 2017

FOOLISH HEARTS BY EMMA MILLS - BOOK REVIEW

So, of course, after I painstakingly narrow down my top 10 favourite books of this years, I read this book. OF COURSE! Looks like I'm bumping one off the list because oh my goodness, this book was amazing. Like all of the stars, I read it in one sitting, read an ARC but will be picking up a finished copy ASAP amazing.

Friday, December 1, 2017

WHICHWOOD BY TAHEREH MAFI - BOOK REVIEW

This book is such a contrast to the fun, magical story that was Furthermore. While the story is set in the same world, there is definitely a much darker and, I don't want to sinister, but sinister tone to it. I think this was what I was missing in book one because I quite enjoyed this one.

Monday, November 27, 2017

FURTHERMORE BY TAHEREH MAFI - BOOK REVIEW

I don't really read a lot of middle-grade fiction, but I knew that I had to pick this one up, if not for the concept, for the fact that it was written by Tahereh Mafi. And I have to say, I'm quite glad I did. I didn't absolutely adore it, but I found it light-hearted and just what I needed right now.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

BLOOD OF WONDERLAND BY COLLEEN OAKES - BOOK REVIEW

After the really interesting retelling that book one was, I was super excited to pick up the next book in this series. While it was good, not a lot happened and as a result, I think it suffered a bit from second-book sydrome.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

THE ADJUSTMENT BY SUZANNE YOUNG - BOOK REVIEW

After re-reading the core duology and reading the prequel duology, it's time to talk about the duology that comes after the end of The Program. This new book, chronologically after the ending of The Program treatment, deals with the aftermath of The Program and how it is affecting society, despite its demise.

Monday, November 20, 2017

POISON BY GALT NIEDERHOFFER - BOOK REVIEW

When I first heard about this book, I figured it was going to be another one of those domestic thrillers going around. You know, the one with the charming-from-the-outside family and dark secrets. In many ways, it was. But this book is also unlike any other I have read before. The use of poison as a murder weapon is so sinister, yet just on the verge of physically improvable in court, a brilliant twist on what has become the classic storyline.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

THE EPIDEMIC BY SUZANNE YOUNG - BOOK REVIEW

There was a lot riding on this book. Not only did Young have to wrap up the prequel duology with it, but she also had to set up and explain The Program for the first book in the core duology. Luckily, I think she did a great job on both accounts.

Friday, November 17, 2017

THE REMEDY BY SUZANNE YOUNG - BOOK REVIEW

Like the other two books in this series, I've already read this book. But, I read it just about a year after I had finished the core duology so I wasn't really able to pick up on a lot of the little details that related to the later books. Upon this re-read, however, I was really excited to see some parallels and ways in which Young sets up the storyline in the other books.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

THE TREATMENT BY SUZANNE YOUNG - BOOK REVIEW

Alright, so in continuing on with re-reading this series in order to catch up, I now have some thoughts on this book based on my re-read of book two. I think I'm dropping it down from its former 5-star rating to a 4-star rating. This book isn't necessarily unworthy of 5 stars, but I just think now that I've read more books since when I first read it, it's not quite a 5-star book.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

THE PROGRAM BY SUZANNE YOUNG - BOOK REVIEW


I recently decided that I wanted to pick up the next book in this series, at least that I still have to read, and I felt like I would find it more enjoyable if I just re-read the entire series. I remember reading the core duology right around the time The Treatment was released, and really loving it. I am happy to report that I still enjoyed this book years later.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

WOMEN WITHIN BY ANNE LEIGH PARRISH - BOOK REVIEW

This book was less of a strongly-plotted novel about women and feminism, and more a character study of women over the decades. I didn't necessarily dislike this difference, but I found it a bit slow and lacking in a plot or direction. Ultimately, I wasn't able to finish this book.

Monday, November 13, 2017

THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER BY RENÉE AHDIEH - BOOK REVIEW

Despite the fact that it took me a week to finish this book, (a brilliant combination of school stress and attempting to stave off a slump) I did enjoy it once I was able to pick it up and really get into it.

Monday, November 6, 2017

THE HEARTS WE SOLD BY EMILY LLOYD-JONES - BOOK REVIEW

I had very little idea of what to expect going into this book. I knew it was about demons and trading hearts for deals with them but not much else. In the end, it was definitely much more than that and I was the one who ended up having their heart ripped out!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME BY ADAM SILVERA - BOOK REVIEW

Shockingly, this was my first novel by Adam Silvera, and now that I've read a book by him, I can definitely see why he is one of so many peoples' favourite authors! This book was one of those books that are so well written, they have a kind of quietly engrossing aspect to them.

Friday, November 3, 2017

THE WOOD BY CHELSEA BOBULSKI - BOOK REVIEW


This book was nothing like what I thought it was going to be. I don't really know why but I was expecting a creepy, horror-ish book about a girl whose father gets trapped in the mysterious woods outside her house. But this book is quite different from that, in basically every regard.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

BROODING YA HERO BY CARRIE ANN DiRISIO - BOOK REVIEW

While I am partial to the New Adult Hero Twitter account, I knew this book, based on the concept of the Brooding YA Hero, would be just as hysterical. The book is formatted as one half writing guide, one half meta-YA story.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING BY ALEXANDRA BRACKEN - BOOK REVIEW

As Halloween approaches, I've found myself in the strange position of wanting to get into the spirit. I don't know if it just because I have so many creepy/Halloween-y books to read this year or what. Luckily, this book was the perfect storm of fun middle-grade, a spooky story, and magic, all in a book I devoured in about 3 hours.

Monday, October 30, 2017

RHETT & LINK'S BOOK OF MYTHICALITY BY RHETT McLAUGHLIN AND LINK NEAL

I went back and forth as to whether or not I should write a review about this book. I bought it myself, so there wasn't any pressure from publisher, etc. but I have a hard enough time reviewing non-fiction, let alone non-fiction I read by choice, for my own enjoyment. But I decided to write a review about this book, less in a critical sense, and more in an "I read this book for fun" sense, if that makes any sense.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

THE WICKER KING BY K. ANCRUM - BOOK REVIEW

Do you ever read a book and just not get it? That was this book for me. I'm sure many people will like it and understand it, but I just couldn't. It's been a while since I've not finished a book, but I'm DNFing this one.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A SEMI-DEFINITIVE LIST OF WORST NIGHTMARES BY KRYSTAL SUTHERLAND - BOOK REVIEW

After reading Sutherland's debut novel Our Chemical Hearts last year, I knew I was going to love anything she wrote and immediately pre-ordered this book. While this book is definitely very different from OCH, I loved it just the same.

Monday, October 23, 2017

SHATTERED STARS BY THERESA KAY - BOOK REVIEW

This is the third and, I believe, the final book in the Broken Skies series. It's been a long time coming for me, I remember reading the first book way back when it was first released two years ago. And while I am sad to see the series end, I am happy with how things turned out.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS BY JULIE C. DAO - BOOK REVIEW

I don't think I've ever read anything quite like this book before. It's a beautiful and diverse reimagining of the Evil Queen myth, that is, Snow White's Evil Stepmother, but it also much more than that.