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AURA IN LALALAND BY SKYE GRACE - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, Aura in LaLaLand by Skye Grace. Thank you so much to the author for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


Unfortunately, I could not finish this book.

I wanted to love this book - I really did. There were all the makings of a great story, I just couldn't get into it.

The story basically follows Aura, first just before her seventeenth birthday, and then the story jumps 13 Going on 30 style to her 26th birthday.

In this time, Aura has gone from slightly annoying, but otherwise decent 16 year old to a mean, name calling TV star a decade later. I couldn't tell you why she jumped to that age, or if she ends up back at 17 because I didn't make it that far.

I think the biggest problem I had with this book was the writing style. The perspective itself is in third person present tense, which threw me for a bit of a loop. I think third person has its uses, but this story would have been…

UP IN FLAMES BY ABBI GLINES - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another review, today it is the final book in the Rosemary Beach series, Up In Flames by Abbi Glines.


Well, this was the final book in the Rosemary Beach series - and the formula got shook up a bit.

Somewhere along the line, I went from enjoyed these books to being bored by the structure. So when I started this final book, I was excited to see that this one seemed to break that mold a bit.

The story starts off different than the others - Nan was standing up for herself. And you know, in the other books, Nan is painted as a villain. Which I get, she was not a nice person to many of the girls throughout the series. But this book felt less like an explanation for that behaviour and more like a different person who was strong but not as mean as she had been in the past. And maybe that's just her growth over the series. She outgrew her pettiness and gotten rid of her anger towards the women who stole the men in her life from her. I appreciated this new Nan …

DREAMLAND BURNING BY JENNIFER LATHAM - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review - today it is Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham. Thank you so much to Hachette Books Canada for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


THIS BOOK DESERVES ALL OF THE STARS!

I knew from page 4 that this book was going to be phenomenal - and I was right.

The story is told in two halves. The first is from William, a bi-racial boy living in 1921 Tulsa during the 'race riot.' His father is white, and his mother is Native American - this creates a whole other tension for Will throughout the story and also adds another layer of history to the story. This timeline shows extreme racism, discrimination, and hate against African-Americans. His story depicts the community of Greenwood, culminating with the burning of the town, and the Dreamland theatre (hence the title).

The other perspective is of seventeen year old Rowan, a bi-racial girl living in modern day Tulsa. Her mother is African…

LIBRARY OF SOULS BY RANSOM RIGGS - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another review, today I am reviewing the final book in the Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children trilogy, Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs.

Well, I finally finished this book. I'm not sure if it was because I wasn't into it, or if it was just because I had a million other things going on - maybe both.

The story picks up around where book two left off. Emma and Jacob embark on an adventure to save their friends. I don't really want to talk too much about the synopsis because this is book three and I feel like if you've made it this far, you've either read the book already or you've read up to this point in the series and know what's going on.

I think I just want to talk about the series more as a whole, explain my thoughts and feelings overall.

My number one problem with this book/series was the romance between Jacob and Emma. I don't know for what exact reason I wasn't a fan, but I'll give a couple. Firstly,…

NEVER NEVER BY COLLEEN HOOVER AND TARRYN FISHER - SERIES REVIEW

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Today I am doing a slightly different review, instead of reviewing one book, I will be reviewing a whole series. If you are familiar with the Never Never series written in three parts by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher, you will know that there are three books, about 150 pages in length. As this is such a short series, and because each book pretty much leaves off on a cliffhanger once the story starts going, I figured I would do a review of the series as a whole.

Before I get into the review, I just want you to be forewarned, if you haven't completed the entire trilogy, this review will contain spoilers - and nobody wants to be spoiled in a thriller series!


In Never Never: Part One, we are introduced to the characters, Charlie and Silas. Neither can remember anything before a moment in their history class that morning and neither is sure if the other is experiencing the same thing. Certain things come to light, and the couple begins to wonder if they are still tog…

THE LOST WOMAN BY SARA BLAEDEL - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is The Lost Woman by Sara Blaedel. Thanks so much to Hachette and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC for review. As always, all opinions are my own.



I've been wanting to get back into thriller/crime novels, and I was hoping that this one would do the trick. Unfortunately, while I liked it, I didn't love it.

Basically, the story follows Louise, a detective in Denmark. Her partner and boyfriend, Eik, disappear one day, not answering his phone and taking out a large sum of money from the bank. Eventually, Louise finds him in England, he was listed as next-of-kin for a woman who was recently shot and killed through her kitchen window while making dinner. It soon comes to light that the woman was Eik's girlfriend who went missing eighteen years ago. What's more is that since her murder, other deaths have been popping up in Denmark using the same rifle.

I won't say much else because then it wouldn't be…

A TRAGIC KIND OF WONDERFUL BY ERIC LINDSTROM - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom. Thanks so much to Hachette Books Canada for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


If you've been around for a little while, you will know that I am deeply fascinated by books on mental illness, especially those that are typically more severely symptomized, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. I want to say that this was my first book with a character who had bipolar disorder - and I really enjoyed it.

The story follows sixteen-year-old Mel, a girl who, in the last year has lost her brother, had her parents divorce, moved to a new town a hundred miles from where she grew up, lost the friends she made when she first moved, oh, and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Yup.

There is some background drama at the beginning of the book, which isn't really addressed until later, but for the most part, this story is about M…

ROMEO AND WHAT'S HER NAME BY SHANI PETROFF - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, Romeo and What's Her Name by Shani Petroff. Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for providing me with an eARC for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


I got exactly what I thought I would out of this book, so I suppose I can't be too disappointed, but I just had higher hopes.

This story follows Emily, a girl with a major crush. After her crush, Wes, signs up for the lead in a small scene production of Romeo & Juliet, she decides to be his Juliet. Except she ends up as the understudy - the real Juliet, Amanda, is the typical mean girl/boy stealer. Emily is just happy to be around Wes and is too busy running around doing Amanda's errands to actually learn the lines. Which is fine, because Amanda will perform no matter what. The only thing that can stop her is an emergency appendicitis - forcing Emily to hit the stage.

I went into this book knowing it was going to be a super light, fluffy contemporary romance…

THE WINNER'S KISS BY MARIE RUTKOSKI - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski. This is the final book in the Winner's Trilogy and I was so excited to read it!


In keeping with my goal this year of finishing off my started series, I was excited to see how Arin and Kestrel's story would end. It's been a little while since I've read the first and second books, but I think Rutkoski did a good job of recapping the important details from the previous books.

The story picks up around where it left off, Arin working to lead his forces against the Valorians and Kestrel is being taken away to the mines at the order of her father after intercepting a letter from her to Arin explaining everything that happened. The story just kind of goes from there, with the battles between the Herrani and Valorian forces.

In taking a break from these series, I definitely forgot how much I loved the first books. Kestrel is such a strong character and her relationship with Arin is so ad…

THE SKY BETWEEN YOU AND ME BY CATHERINE ALENE - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is The Sky Between You and Me by Catherine Alene. Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.


**TRIGGER WARNING: Before I get into this review, I just want to say that this book deals with eating disorders, specifically anorexia nervosa, and I will be discussing these elements throughout the review.**

I want to talk about the way this story is told first because it was very different from the usual books I read. It is written in verse, so even though it is almost 5oo pages, I read it in a couple hours. The writing is, of course, very lyrical. I don't think I have ever read a novel told in verse before but I really enjoyed this unique element, as well as the way it was paired with a topic of this severity. I think that with issues such as eating disorders and other mental illnesses, the way a story is told makes a great difference to how it i…