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BOY21 BY MATTHEW QUICK - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, Boy21 by Matthew Quick!


This book was my third by Quick, and after being meh about Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and loving Every Exquisite Thing, I wasn't sure how it would go. I think this one is the middle of the previous books I've read of his.

The story follows 17-year-old Finley in his last year of high school. He lives in a rough town; everything is run by the Irish mob, violence, and racial tensions. But for Finley, basketball is his reprieve. He's the starting point guard (I really don't know what that means, from what I got in the book, he's good but not like the guy who gets baskets?) until one day when Coach asks him to befriend a new kid, Russell Allen. Russ is dealing with the murder of his parents and after moving from California takes on the name Boy21 and talks incessantly about outer space, the one tie he has left to his father.

This book had Quick's signature quirkiness to it that makes people …

A CONJURING OF LIGHT BY V.E. SCHWAB - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, I am finishing off the Shades of Magic series with the last bookA Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab.


When I first started this series, I was immediately drawn into Schwab's writing and world-building. As the series progressed, I enjoyed each book even more than the last, so you can see why I was a little nervous to start this finale. And at over 600-pages, I knew it was going to be intense.

The story picks up around where book two left off. The darkness, Osaron, was rising and wants to take over the kingdom. The group struggles to overcome obstacles and take back what is theirs. I won't get too much into the plot because there is just so much that happens in this book.

This book was so full of action, I couldn't put it down. There were countless battles and each one with a different set of consequences.

The whole series was great but I think that Schwab really took it home with this finale. Everything that happens, all th…

ALONE BY SCOTT SIGLER - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is the last book in the Generations Trilogy, Alone by Scott Sigler.


Do you ever finish a series and just look back at all the progress that was made? I've never really thought of it before, but after finishing this book, all I can think about is how much the characters have grown and how much has changed since the series started with Em waking up in a coffin.

The story picks up around where it left off, Em and the gang are leading the humans, Barkah is leading the Springers. Recently, there have been some issues with groups of Springers who decided to fight against the group. The Birthday Children are becoming more and more aggressive as the days go on. Em starts to wonder what is really going on, surely her friends don't actually want to kill each other? Soon the group spots several spaceships coming towards the planet. Torn between figuring out the issues on the ground and protecting their home, Em has some difficul…

I FOUND YOU BY LISA JEWELL - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, I Found You by Lisa Jewell. Thank you so much to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


I've been reading a lot of thrillers recently so I was worried I wouldn't enjoy this one as much, but I was pleasantly surprised. I read Jewell's previous release, The Girls in the Garden, and while I enjoyed it, I didn't love it as much as I wanted to. This book, however, did it for me.

The basic idea of the story centers around three storylines. The first is Alice, living in seaside Britain. One night, she sees a man outside by the water. After introducing herself, Alice finds out the man has no idea where he is or more importantly, who he is. Meanwhile, newlywed Lily is living in the city. When her husband doesn't come home from work one night, she begins to worry. But she knows very little about his personal life, they've only been married thr…

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY BY OSCAR WILDE - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another review, today it is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.



I'm trying to read more classics these days and after reading The Importance of Being Earnest for a course this semester, I figured it was time to pick up this beauty.

I won't really get into the details too much because I think by now, the plot is fairly well known, Dorian gets his portrait done and after seeing the value in youth wishes that he will stay young and the painting will bear his age and wrongdoings. He begins to see the error of his ways by the end, which have driven him half mad.

I thought it was interesting reading this book on my own as opposed to in a class setting as required reading. Being so used to analysing texts such as this, I found it hard to 'turn off' my analytical thought process. Additionally, because I'd studied Wilde's previous work, I am familiar with his personal life, which I think lent itself to some of the commentaries in the …

THE MADWOMAN UPSTAIRS BY CATHERINE LOWELL - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell. Thanks so much to Book Spark for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.


Going into this book, I wasn't really too sure what to expect - however, I was fairly pleasantly surprised with what I got.

This story follows Samantha who has just enrolled at Oxford and is quickly becoming a campus celebrity since she is the last remaining descendant of the Brontë family. Her father was an eccentric man who recently passed away but devoted his life to studying the sisters and their works. Sam soon learns that her father has set up a sort of scavenger hunt to find her inheritance, using clues in the books and she tries to unravel that mystery while also going to school. With the help of her professor, Orville, she begins to understand the Brontë sisters more than she ever did while battling those in the academic community who are convinced that her fam…

RIDERS BY VERONICA ROSSI - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another review, Riders by Veronica Rossi.


Going into this book, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I had read the chapter sampler a couple years ago when the book was first released and it sounded interesting, but there's only so much you can get in 14 pages. I am happy to say that after reading the entire thing, I enjoyed this book!

This story mainly follows Gideon Blake, fresh out of high school and into the training program to become a U.S. Army Ranger like his dad. On one day, when Gideon is doing a practice skydive, his parachute doesn't open. Neither does his backup chute. He eventually gets the chute to open but by that point, it's too late. He bounces the landing and wakes up in the hospital having broken pretty much everything. Doesn't seem too crazy, except, a couple days later, he is literally running from a dog. He heals at a rate that isn't normal or even human. He is eventually found by Daryn, a seeker sent to collec…

BANG BY BARRY LYGA - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review: Bang by Barry Lyga. 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.


Since I've started keeping track of my reading on Goodreads, in the last 3 years almost to the day, I have read 652 books. This is the first book I have cried in. Not just tears welling up in my eyes, but literal tears on my face. And for that, I applaud you, Barry Lyga.

The story follows 14-year-old Sebastian. Ten years before the story takes place, when he was 4-years-old, he took his father's gun and shot his 4-month-old sister in the head at point-blank range. Now, ten years later, he's struggling with his emotions; his parents are divorced, his one and only friend is leaving for the entire summer, and he isn't sure how he will get through. Then, one day, while he is out riding his bike, he spots some new neighbours moving in, including a girl, Aneesa, about his ag…

SUMMER READING GUIDE - 2017

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Today I am doing something a little bit different, I will be sharing my summer reading guide to help get you in the spirit of summer!

Each recommendation is set up for a different 'type' of summer read, depending on what your summer reading plans! I tried to keep the choices limited to recent-ish releases or ones that are releasing soon, but I've also included some older faves! Let's get into the books!


Bang by Barry Lyga
This is the first book I have cried in. Not just tears welling up in my eyes, but literal tears on my face. The story follows 14-year-old Sebastian who, when he was 4-years-old shot and killed his 4-month-old sister. Not only does this book deal with gun violence but also includes a Muslim family and explores some of the social tensions surrounding both issues.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
I haven't had a chance to read this one yet but I've heard some great things about it! I loved Bennett's debut, The Anatomical Shap…

RADIO BY SOPHIA ELAINE HANSON - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is Radio by Sophia Elaine Hanson. Thanks so much to the author for providing me with a copy of her book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


I got the opportunity to read the first book in this series, Vinyl, around this time last year and I really enjoyed. This series is dystopian, but I found it was different from other dystopias I have read. The genre is so bogged down but I think Hanson is able to make this series stand apart.

I will just quickly say, while this review will be spoiler-free-ish for book two, there may be some spoilers for book one, just with plot and characters and stuff.

As with book one, Hanson continues to write succinctly. Despite the fact that it is an almost 350-page book, I flew through it. I think that's a combination of the writing style, the story itself, and the pacing of the book.

I was happy to see the relationship between Roark and Ronja develop, I know it was somethin…

KISS OF BROKEN GLASS BY MADELEINE KUDERICK - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another review, today it is Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick.


This is only my second time reading a novel that is written in verse, and both times they have been about serious issues.

Before I even start talking about this book, I just want to make a serious trigger known, as it is discussed in both the book and perhaps in my review, and that is cutting and self-harm. This book was extremely difficult for me to read, so please, if it will be a trigger for you, do not chance it.

The story is told over the course of 72 hours, all of which the main character, Kenna, spends in a psych ward. Upon arriving, she meets some people who are struggling like herself.

This story is a little bit different because not a lot happens. I think some people wouldn't enjoy it as much because there isn't really a plot line, it's just like we are getting a quick glimpse into Kenna's life and then leaving it. There isn't much backstory and by the tim…

THE MIDNIGHT STAR BY MARIE LU - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is The Midnight Star by Marie Lu. In keeping with my 2017 Reading Resolution, I am finishing off as many started series as I can. The latest achievement on that list was finishing the Young Elites series.


I don't really want to get too into a synopsis/overview for this one because it is the third and final book in the series and I want to keep this fairly spoiler free, so I will just say this: In this conclusion, we see a new side of Adelina, a side maybe not as dark as she has been in the previous books, and an unlikely group of allies working together.

There is definitely a lot of character development, especially on the part of Adelina. She begins to see that darkness may not be the answer to her problems and that she may have made some mistakes along the way. As much as I loved Adelina in the previous books, especially The Rose Society, I was glad that she found some peace in this final book. While her darkness was in…

THE PERFECT STRANGER BY MEGAN MIRANDA - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review: The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda. Thanks so much to NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


After Miranda's amazing All the Missing Girls, I had high hopes for this book but I'm just not sure that the mystery stuck the landing in this one.

The story follows Leah Stevens, a Boston journalist turned rural Pennsylvania high school teacher after publishing a controversial story in the news. Leah needed to get away - luckily, so did her friend from college, Emmy Grey - and the two set off to the small town as roommates. Soon after she starts teaching, a woman's body is found down by the river. The attempted murder shakes the entire town, but especially Leah, because the woman looks just like her. Then, when Emmy doesn't come home for days, Leah reports her missing. Upon investigating, she soon finds out that there is no trace of Emmy anywhere, and …

THE BIG LIFE BY ANN SHOKET - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review today, this one is the non-fiction, self-help book, The Big Life by Ann Shoket. 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.


This book was a little outside my usual realm of reading - it's a collection of essays about life, mostly as a millennial, in today's world, both professionally and personally.

I can definitely see where this book would be really insightful for fellow young women to help guide and reassure. I think my problem with it was it was just a little bit too old for me. I'm still in university and most of the book dealt with getting that first Big Job or finding the One. I definitely thought the information given was interesting, and the stories and anecdotes were great, but I'm just not quite at that point in my life yet.

One thing I did find a little, I guess odd, was the fact that the author was in her forties. Don't ge…

BUT THEN I CAME BACK BY ESTELLE LAURE - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, today it is But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure. Thanks so much to NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


I'm not quite sure how I feel about this book. I liked it, but I don't know if I understood it.

Basically, the story follows a girl named Eden. After slipping and almost drowning, Eden was left in a coma. But she eventually wakes up. While she is in something she calls the In Between, she sees another girl with her. She awakens to find that that girl, named Jaz, is with her in the hospital, also in a coma. She can't figure out why they are linked or why she keeps seeing these black flowers all over the place. As Eden tries to re-integrate herself into the world, she struggles to open up and figure out what is really going on.

Like I said, I did enjoy this book. Eden's character and backstory become well-developed and I found myself invested in her story. I…

THE CUTAWAY BY CHRISTINA KOVAC - BLOG TOUR + BOOK REVIEW

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I am so excited to be a part of The Cutaway Blog Tour! Today, I will be sharing my review of the book, as well as the author's dream cast for the main character of the book! Make sure you check out the other blog tour stops for more content and a special prize pack!


First, I want to share my review; thank you 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.

I went into this book not knowing the synopsis, I wanted to go in blind. The only thing I knew about this book was that it was a thriller.

The story follows Virginia Knightly, a news producer whose latest story is the disappearance of Evelyn Carney. Evelyn was last seen leaving a restaurant where she was having dinner with her husband. Virginia quickly becomes deeply involved in the case, following leads in her professional life and calling in old favours in her personal life. As Virginia begins to unravel this seemingly unsolvable mystery, …

ALONE IN PARIS BY ASHLEY EARLEY - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, Alone in Paris by Ashley Earley. Thank you so much to the author for sending me a copy of her book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.


This book was everything I wanted it to be and more!

The story follows 17-year-old Taylor, who, after the tragic death of her parents, is living in an abandoned apartment building alone in Paris. One day, she arrives 'home' to find some men discussing plans to tear the building down. Taylor struggles to make it day to day, battling her depression and worrying about where she will live next. The son of one of the men, Nathan, happens to pop back into the old building when Taylor is there. After some tense conversation, Taylor makes it known that she would rather be alone, but Nathan is adamant on helping her.

Right off the bat, don't let this cute, kissing couple cover fool you. This book is dark and it is definitely not just a cutesy romance.

I really loved Taylor's c…

THE WHOLE ART OF DETECTION BY LYNDSAY FAYE - BOOK REVIEW

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I am back with another book review, The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes by Lyndsay Faye. Thank you so much to Mysterious Press for sending me a finished copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


Before I really get into this review, I just want to preface it by saying that I've never read or watched any Sherlock books/movies/television shows. My knowledge is pretty much just based on the few pop culture references I've come to know. Because of this, I can't really vouch for the "authenticity" of the characters as compared to the original book, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Basically, this book is set up in four parts and is filled with a collection of short stories written by Faye about Sherlock and Watson's crime solving. Each story was able to stand on its own fairly well, they didn't really need to be read in any order, they didn't really build on the previous.

For the …