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STRANGE THE DREAMER BY LAINI TAYLOR - BOOK REVIEW

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Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, today it is the glorious Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Thanks so much to Hachette Canada for providing me with a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


Despite the fact that it took me waaay too long to finish this book, I loved it.

The story follows two main perspectives, Lazlo Strange and Sarai. Lazlo is a library in a magical town who is fascinated by the seemingly lost city of Weep. Sarai is half-human, half-god who lives in Weep and was never supposed to survive the attack that killed most of the gods 15 years ago. I'm not going to get too into a synopsis because the story is too intricate to boil down to a quick synopsis.

This book was what I wanted Daughter of Smoke & Bone to be. If that one wasn't an urban fantasy, I would have liked more than I did. And in this one, Taylor pulls off everything I hoped she would. The writing is so lyrical and well-done, it made me wish I li…

THE FALL OF LISA BELLOW BY SUSAN PERABO - BOOK REVIEW

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Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo. Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.



This was not the book I was expecting it to be, but I think I'm okay with that.

The synopsis sets the book up to be a fairly typical thriller, I suppose partly to draw in a larger audience, but this book was unique (at least to me) in terms of the story.

Walking home from school one day, thirteen-year-old Meredith decides to treat herself to a root beer after her big algebra test. She goes into a sandwich shop called the Deli Barn and sees her enemy, Lisa Bellow. Lisa is ahead of Meredith and is ordering two sandwiches. An armed gunman walks in, demands cash from the employee and ends up taking Lisa with him. Meredith is frozen on the floor, unable to move, call for help, do anything. She's eventually found and the search for Lisa begins.

But this book wa…

SURVIVING ICE BY K.A. TUCKER - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker. In working towards my goal of completing all my started series by the end of this year, I have finished the Burying Water series!


It's been over a year since I first started this series and I am happy to say I have completed it, and really enjoyed it!

This story follows Ivy, a young woman working with her uncle at his tattoo shop. One night, she comes into the shop to find two men threatening her uncle, and they end up murdering him. After losing the only family she's come to love, Ivy decides to sell the shop and her uncle's home and move on. Enter Sebastian, an ex-Navy SEAL who isn't all he seems. He actually works for a private company that works to 'remove' dangerous people all over the world. His next assignment is to get the videotape that could destroy the company and take out anyone who knows about it - maybe even Ivy.

Like I said, it's been a while for this series, so I …

GOODBYE DAYS BY JEFF ZENTNER - BOOK REVIEW

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Hello everyone,

I am back with another book, Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner. Thank you so much to Penguin Random House and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book, as always, all opinions are my own.


This was my first Zentner novel and it was absolutely phenomenal, I adored it!

The story follows Carver in the wake of his three best friends' deaths - they were recently killed after plowing into the back of a semi-truck. The driver, Mars, was texting at the time, which many believe to be a main cause of the accident. But he is texting Carver back, they find a half written response to his asking where they were. So not only does Carver feel grief for his friends, but also guilt for his part in their deaths. To make matters worse, Mars's dad is thinking about taking legal action and holding Carver officially responsible for the accident. The story goes on to show Carver's journey through guilt, panic attacks, and acceptance. He also goes on a "goodbye day" wi…

CHLOE SNOW'S DIARY: CONFESSIONS OF A HIGH SCHOOL DISASTER BY EMMA CHASTAIN - BOOK REVIEW

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Hello everyone,

I am back with another review, Chloe Snow's Diary: Confessions of a High School Disaster by Emma Chastain. Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster Canada for providing me with this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


** Just a fair warning, this review is more of a rant - perhaps directed more at aspects of society itself than the book - but consider yourself warned **

I really wanted to like this book. I really, really really wanted to like this book. It had all the makings of a perfect story, a cute maybe romance, told in the form of diary/journal entries, with a promising parent figure and one who is going after her dreams. It could have been so good... but no matter where the story goes, everything hinges on the narrator.

And let me tell you, Chloe was probably one of the most annoying narrators I've ever read. At least in recent memory.

I genuinely think that this story is not bad - but Chloe's narration is just so annoying I could…

WONDERFUL FEELS LIKE THIS BY SARA LÖVESTAM - BOOK REVIEW

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Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, Wonderful Feels Like This by Sara Lövestam. Thank you so much to Raincoast Books for sending a copy of this book my way for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


I am apparently continuing this week's trend of not finishing books, I think this is my second or third DNF.

The story, or what I'd read so far focuses on a girl named Steffi. She is bullied at school and one day, walking home hears her favourite song playing from an open window. She then meets Alvar, an elderly man living in a nursing home. The two become quick friends, bonding over their love of music and jazz. Alvar tells Steffi of his time as a bassist in World War II era Sweden and his time in Stockholm where he played in a jazz band.

Now, it's not that I didn't like this book because of a specific element of the book, it is more that the story itself is not really that interesting to me. There is a lot of music talk that goes right over my …

STRANGER THAN FANFICTION BY CHRIS COLFER - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer. 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 story sets itself up to be a light-hearted road trip with a group of friends before college - and I guess it is, but there is a much deeper undertone to the book.

The story follows a group of 4 friends who go on a road trip from Illinois to California before parting ways and heading to college. The group originally became friends because of a TV show called Wiz Kids, essentially the teen version of Doctor Who meets sci-fi. Topher is the trip's coordinator and after on the night before the trip, he writes an email to the star of the show Cash Carter. He's been writing him for years since the show started and has never gotten a response. However, after telling Cash about the road trip, Topher gets a response - Cash is tagging along.

The group tr…

PIPER PERISH BY KAYLA CAGAN - BLOG TOUR + BOOK REVIEW

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Hello everyone!

I am back with another blog tour! I am so excited to work with Raincoast Books and share a little Q&A for the book Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan!


First, the review. Thank you so much to Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.


Going into this book, I was expecting it to be about a pretentious art student, but what I got was so much better - so much deeper.

The story follows a girl named Piper in her senior year of high school. She lives in Houston with her parents and painfully annoying older sister. Focusing on her goal of leaving her hometown far, far behind, Piper channels her energy into her art. In the synopsis, it says she "inhales air and exhales art," which I think is a bit of a stretch - there's no magical realism, and Piper struggles to create a masterpiece more than she breathes. She is good, though - good enough to get her teacher's recommendation to a conservatory progr…