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CARAVAL BY STEPHANIE GARBER - BOOK REVIEW & AUTHOR INTERVIEW

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Hello everyone!

I am here with a very special post today. I have my review of one of the most anticipated books of 2017, Caraval by Stephanie Garber as well as an interview where she answers some of my questions about the book!





First I will share my review. Thank you so much to Raincoast Books for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

This book is so hyped. Going into it, I was a little nervous, because a lot of the time, when it's a book everyone is talking about and seemingly loving, it doesn't live up to the extraordinarily high standards set by early reviews and publishers. I am happy to report, however, that this book more than lives up to the hype.

The first in a new fantasy series, this book follows Scarlett and her sister, Donatella. They've never left the small island where their father rules as governor, he would never allow it. However, as Scarlett's wedding to a mysterious count in a neighbouring land appro…

HOW TO BREAK A BOY BY LAURIE DEVORE - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, How to Break a Boy by Laurie Devore. Thank you so much to Raincoast Books for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


I knew from the beginning of this book that I was going to enjoy it. There is just something about a toxic relationship that sucks me in and doesn't let go.

This is the story of Olivia - and her sort-of best friend Adrienne. They, along with their other friend, Claire, are your typical mean girls running the school. One day, Olivia goes over to Adrienne's house and finds her in bed with her boyfriend, Ethan. Olivia secretly decides to wage a war. Olivia thinks she can beat Ade at her own game. Soon she meets Whit, an all-around good guy, flies under the social radar, great athlete and smart. Just who Olivia can use to help tutor her and do well enough on the SATs to get out of the dumpy town that killed her brother. And if a fake romance along the way is in the ca…

THE CROWN BY KIERA CASS - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today I am finishing off the Selection series with my review of The Crown by Kiera Cass.


Part of me feels like it's my fault that I don't like this book as much as I could or should have. That I waited too long to finish the series, that I didn't remember enough about the previous book. But then another part of me looks at this book, and everything that happens and I think, ok, my disappointment is justified.

I think my biggest problem with this book was that I just didn't care anymore. I didn't really like Eadlyn and this book was so all over the place, I wasn't invested in the story anymore.

Plot-wise, a lot happens in this book. There's tension over whether or not the queen will recover, Ahren has taken off, Eadlyn is not well liked by the people of Illea, there's some palace intrigue and of course, the Selection is still happening. But none of these issues get fully unpacked and talked about. It wa…

WE SHOULD HANG OUT SOMETIME BY JOSH SUNDQUIST - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is a memoir We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, A True Story by Josh Sundquist.  Thanks so much to Hachette Canada for sending me a finished copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


Do you ever just start a book and have it hit you in a way no other book has? That was this memoir for me.

Now, typically, I'm not the biggest fan of non-fiction, but I do sometimes make an exception for memoirs/biographies. There is just something so raw about these types of books that you don't often see in fiction.

Basically, this is the story of Josh Sundquist's love life and the reasons why his previous girlfriends didn't work out. I liked the plot line itself, and they way each section was set up. He would introduce a girl, give a bit of a backstory, explain why he thought things didn't work out, and then relay his conversations with the women a decade later.

The little romance…

HER EVERY FEAR BY PETER SWANSON - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

This book was insane. I cannot remember the time I read a book and had my heart pound as much as it did while I read this one.

The synopsis is pretty vague and simple: Kate, a young woman has decided to do an apartment swap with her second cousin, whom she's never met, Corbin. He will stay at her place in England and she will live in his apartment in Boston for six months. Kate, having lived through a horror struggles with the decision, but upon arriving in America beings to see this as an opportunity for her to start fresh. However, this certainty quick evaporates when she arrives at Corbin's apartment to find the woman in the flat next door has been unresponsive to her friends. The next day, Kate finds out the woman, named Audrey, has been murdered. Soon the p…

THE DINNER BY HERMAN KOCH - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, The Dinner by Herman Koch.


*My apologies in advance, this isn't the most coherent review I've ever written, but this book just was so difficult to write about.*
I don't really know how I feel about this book. There were some parts I really liked, and others I wasn't a fan of.

Firstly, the premise. The whole book is told from one man's POV at a restaurant dinner table. In theory, this sounds really interesting. There were some moments I really liked, the introduction of each course, the claustrophobic setting of the table, and the fact that the characters were kind of stuck at one location. I didn't love when there were flashbacks and scenes that took place outside of the restaurant, I felt that even though it gave background info, it took away from the flow of the story.

I can't really talk too much about the plot or synopsis because I'm not sure what to say. The main element is the two couples going to …

PRETTY LITTLE WORLD BY ELIZABETH LaBAN AND MELISSA DePINO

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I am back with another book review, today it is Pretty Little World by Elizabeth LaBan and Melissa DePino. Thank you so much to the publisher Little Bird for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


Going into this book, I was really excited. The premise sounded really unique and I loved the idea of three families combining their small homes into one larger one. I just think that the story wasn't really so much about that element as it was about the marital/everyday problems of the families.

Basically, there are three families who live in 3 separate, tiny row houses. One of the families decides that their home is too small for their family of 5 and are planning to put the place up for sale. However, before they can do that, one of their pipes burst, leaving a small flood and damaged drywall. Taking this as a sign, the three couples decide to take down their main floor walls and create one large living space, a gourmet k…

FROST BLOOD BY ELLY BLAKE - BOOK REVIEW

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 I am back with another book review, today it is Frostblood by Elly Blake. Thank you so much to Hachette Canada for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


It has been a while since I just generally enjoyed a book so much. I got about 7 pages in and was so in love with the writing style, I knew I would fly through this book.

The story follows a girl named Ruby, in a world of Firebloods and Frostbloods. The concept is pretty self-explanatory, the Firebloods have fire in them and can control it. The Frostbloods, alternatively, can wield cold. The two groups once lived peacefully together, but after the death of a Fireblood queen a few generations ago, the Firebloods have been hunted and eradicated. In case you couldn't guess, Ruby is a Fireblood. The Frostblood king's soldiers are hunting for her, and end up capturing her, killing her mother in the process. She is then brought to a prison where she spends about 6 mon…

CARVE THE MARK BY VERONICA ROTH - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is the highly, HIGHLY anticipated new novel from Veronica Roth, Carve the Mark. Thanks so much to HarperCollins for sending me this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


Going into this book, I had some concerns. Firstly, I was worried as to whether or not Roth would be able to follow her previous series after it blew up so enormously. I think it is difficult to write something new when you are known as "the bestselling author of x." Things get compared without merit and assumptions are made. But I think Roth did a great job of not only writing a good book that can stand on its own, not shadowed by the Divergent legacy but also a book that was really well done. I could really tell how much Roth has grown as a writer and how she is able to tell a story much different than her debut.

The story itself follows two characters, Akos and Cyra. Akos is a Thuvhe, a peaceful group of people on the plan…

THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 BY RUTH WARE - BLOG TOUR, REVIEW AND Q&A

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I am back with another book review of The Woman in Cabin 10, as well as a Q&A with author Ruth Ware! Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own, and for setting up this blog tour.

Make sure you check out the other stops for their questions to Ruth as well as some other reviews!



To start off this tour, the book's synopsis as well as my reivew!


This story was said to be told in the vein of Agatha Christie, and even though I've only read her short story "The Herb of Death", I could definitely see the comparisons.

Basically, the novel tells the story of Laura or Lo, a travel journalist who at the last minute is sent on a luxury cruise ship's maiden voyage. The senior editor is off on maternity leave, so Lo jumps at the opportunity. A few days before Lo is set to leave, her home is burgled and she is left paranoid and shaken. On her first night on the boat, Lo bri…

HELLO, GOODBYE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN BY JENNIFER E. SMITH - BOOK REVIEW

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I am here today with a book review of Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith.


Gah! I can always count on Smith for a great romance! Of all her books, I think this one might be my favourite.

The book follows Clare and Aiden, two teens on their last night before they leave for college. They've been dating for two years, but they're going to school on two different sides of the country and have to decide if they will break up or try the long distance thing. Armed with a list of special places, the two spend their last 12 hours together wandering around their hometown saying goodbye and trying to decide what to do with their relationship.

I really loved this book. The storyline was simple enough, but everything was tinged with the bittersweetness of the possibility of the breakup, along with the anxiety of going to college. There comes a point when they reach a decision but the whole book there is a background feeling of sadness. They didn&#…

YOU DON'T KNOW MY NAME BY KRISTEN ORLANDO - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando. Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


I don't normally judge a book based on its publisher, but going into this book, I was skeptical. The vast majority, if not all the books I've read that SwoonReads has put out were romances. Typical, lovey-dovey, high school romances. So when I saw the synopsis for this book as a spy/ninja/secret service type deal, I was intrigued.

This story follows Reagan, a teen who has been groomed from the time when she was little to strategize, shot a gun and protect herself. She was meant to be the next big member of the Black Angels, a super secret agency that the president doesn't even know about. After jumping from state to state with her parents, Reagan had finally built a life for herself. It was senior year, she had a great group of friends and a cute boy ne…

LADY RENEGADES BY RACHEL HAWKINS - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another series conclusion review, Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins, the final book in the Rebel Belle trilogy.


After reading the second book in this series, Miss Mayhem, I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue with the series. I, like I think many others, had loved the first book and was deeply disappointed with the second one.

I am very relieved to tell you that this final book was much better than book two, and if you were disappointed with that one, don't give up just yet.

This concluding book continues to follow Harper on her Paladin adventures. Hawkins does a really good job of reminding the reader of what things mean, what had happened in the last two books and what is important to know going into this book. This may get a bit spoilery - it is book three, after all, so just be warned.

Anyways, David has run off, trying to protect Harper, but soon more Paladins show up trying to kill her. Harper teams up with her friend Bee, and their sort-of-bu…

A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU BY CLAUDIA GRAY - BOOK REVIEW

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I am here today with a review of the anticipated conclusion to the Firebird trilogy, A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray.


I have decided that this was the year that I am going to finish off all the unfinished series I have sitting on my shelf. And since I got this book for Christmas, I decided it would be a part of my rampage.

Anyways, back to this book.

Let me start off by saying I loved this trilogy from the start. I had never read any books with parallel universes or inter-dimensional travel before and this series was a great introduction to those types of books. When the second book came out, I jumped on it - loving it even more than book one. So you can see how going into the finale, I had extremely high hopes. And maybe that was why I was a little bit disappointed.

The story starts off pretty quickly after the second book ended, and Gray did a great job of recapping the important info and events that happened in the series thus far. I really appreciated this b…

STARS ABOVE BY MARISSA MEYER - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another review, Stars Above by Marissa Meyer, the collection of short stories that goes with The Lunar Chronicles. (side note: if you haven't read that series, get on it!)


Gah. I so did not want to see this series officially end, but I am really happy with these stories, especially that last one!

I think I'm going to break each story down a little bit and then talk about the collection as a whole.

The Keeper 4/5 stars
This story was about both Scarlet and Cinder's childhoods. There was both interesting back story on Cinder's early years as well as Scarlet's home life. Most of the info we got about Cinder was a bit repetitive from the novels, but I appreciated the details of how she ended up there, and I really liked seeing Scarlet grow up with her grandmother.

Glitch 4/5 stars
The second story depicts Cinder's early days on Luna, her first introduction to her new family, and of course, her stepmother Adri. There were also interactions…

LOVE AND FIRST SIGHT BY JOSH SUNDQUIST - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, this time it is Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist. Thanks so much to Hachette Canada for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.


This year, I want to read more diverse books, and one of the major categories of diverse books I don't have a lot of experience with is those that deal with physical disabilities. I was unsure, going into this book, how it would be, reading a perspective of a blind person. I was very pleasantly surprised by the depth of Sundquist's writing style, I really felt as though I was in the main character's head.

The basic premise of this book revolves around Will, a teenager who was born blind and had previously gone to a school for the blind. He has decided, however, that he is going to attend a mainstream school. On his first day, he encounters an overbearingly helpful vice principal, accidently gropes a girl going down the stairs, and sets another …

THE HUNDRED LIES OF LIZZIE LOVETT BY CHELSEA SEDOTI - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti. Thank you so much to Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC/NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.



This book is so much more than it appears. From the synopsis, one will see this as a book about a missing girl and the town that rallies to find her. And it is that book, but like the characters inside it, the book has so many more layers.

When Lizzie Lovett goes missing, the main character of the story, Hawthorn (named after the tree, not the author), doesn't really see what the big deal is. Her brother, Rush is freaking out - sure, they graduated together, but it's not like they were super close - and Hawthorn doesn't get why. To her, Lizzie is fine; she didn't run away, she wasn't kidnapped or killed, those things don't happen to people like Lizzie.

Sedoti gives a unique perspec…

QUEEN OF HEARTS BY COLLEEN OAKES - BOOK REVIEW

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Hello everyone!
Happy New Year! I am so excited to share my very first read of 2017, Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes. 


I think it's no secret that I love a good retelling. While I don't have much experience with them, they are always such fun to read. This Alice in Wonderland retelling was no exception!
This book inspired by the classic follows Dinah, Princess of Wonderland and future Queen of Hearts. After her mother died, she is set to rule with her father on her eighteen birthday. He will stay king until she marries, at which point he will step down and allow her husband kingship. While the story is set in Wonderland, there are a few differences from this story to the original.

Dinah's father, the King of Hearts is a ruthless leader who despises Dinah and her brother, Charles. Charles was born mad, and the only thing that has soothed him since the death of his mother was making hats for the kingdom (thus, the Mad Hatter). Dinah's tutor is Harris, a portly, white-hair…