Thursday, June 29, 2017

GIVEN TO THE SEA BY MINDY McGINNIS - BOOK REVIEW

I feel like while I enjoyed this book, I don't think I loved it as much as I wanted to, especially since I loved McGinnis's last book.

Monday, June 26, 2017

UNTIL IT FADES BY K.A. TUCKER - BOOK REVIEW + BLOG TOUR

Going into this book, I was afraid was going to be a cheesy story about some girl falling all over a famous hockey player (as a Canadian, I chuckled to my self typing that). And to some extent, that was a very surface level theme, but this book was much deeper than that, and by no means cheesy.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

LORD OF THE FLIES BY WILLIAM GOLDING - BOOK REVIEW

This is the second time I've read this book, the first being for English class. I don't remember a lot about the symbolism and discussions we had surrounding this book, but I do remember loving it.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

THE MEMORY OF LIGHT BY FRANCISCO X. STORK - BOOK REVIEW

This book was a lot to take in. It was unapologetic and heavy in every way imaginable.

Friday, June 23, 2017

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW BY TRISH DOLLER - BOOK REVIEW

Despite the mixed reviews I've seen with this one, this book was exactly what I was looking for right now and I devoured it!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI BY SANDHYA MENON - BOOK REVIEW

This book was so cute. It was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and I am happy to say it definitely lived up to my expectations and the hype!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

THE CATCHER IN THE RYE BY J.D. SALINGER - BOOK REVIEW

Before I go into this review, I just want to say that I thought this book and I would jive. I didn't know a lot about it, but I knew that Holden was an unlikable MC, I knew he was basically talking to a bench (still not 100% on that one), and I knew that people either loved it or hated it. With these things in mind, I had so much higher expectations.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

ALL THE RAGE BY COURTNEY SUMMERS - BOOK REVIEW

Wow, this book. I had heard some amazing things about it but I didn't really know what I was getting into. Also, this book and review include trigger warnings for rape and sexual assault, please proceed with caution.

Monday, June 19, 2017

SUICIDE NOTES FROM BEAUTIFUL GIRLS BY LYNN WEINGARTEN - BOOK REVIEW

Well, I don't quite know what I was expecting going into this book, but it wasn't what I got.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

CHAIN REACTION BY SIMONE ELKELES - BOOK REVIEW

Well, that is the end of the Perfect Chemistry series. And I kinda feel let down, to be honest.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

RULES OF ATTRACTION BY SIMONE ELKELES - BOOK REVIEW

It's been a good minute since I read the first book in this companion series. I forgot how much I guilty-pleasure loved these books.

Friday, June 16, 2017

AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED BY KHALED HOSSEINI - BOOK REVIEW

To complete my Hosseini mini-marathon, I picked up his latest novel. While The Kite Runner will always hold a special place in my heart, I think ATME might be a close second.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS BY KHALED HOSSEINI - BOOK REVIEW

Going into this book only having read Hosseini's debut novel, The Kite Runner, I kind of knew what I was getting myself into. But I don't think I properly prepared myself for this book.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WHAT WE SAW BY AARON HARTZLER - BOOK REVIEW

Going into this book, I knew it was going to be hard. This book and review include trigger warnings for rape and sexual assault, please proceed with caution.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

INTO THE WATER BY PAULA HAWKINS - BOOK REVIEW

I was pleasantly surprised with the latest book from Hawkins, especially after the event that was The Girl on the Train.

Monday, June 5, 2017

OUR LITTLE SECRET BY ROZ NAY - BOOK REVIEW


Hello everyone!

I am so excited to share my review of this book with you today, it is Our Little Secret by Roz Nay. Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster Canada for providing me with a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


This story follows Angela, a woman who is brought into the police station for questioning after the disappearance of her ex, HP's wife, Saskia. During the interrogation, Angela delves back 10 years ago when she and HP first met and started dating. The story of their past develops, they fell in love, she moved to England for school and on a visit, he met Saskia, who is from Australia. The pair moves to Australia for a little bit but they soon announce their engagement and move back to the small town HP and Angela grew up in after the wedding.

As the story progressed, I didn't really know where it was heading. Angela was in for questioning, so obviously, they suspected she had something to do with Saskia's disappearance and possible murder. But as she told the story, I became less and less convinced that she had anything to do with it. Sure, she was a little over-attached, but I don't think she had it in her to do something to Saskia.

I really enjoyed the writing style of this book, Nay does a great job of creating a story that is completely engrossing. Despite the fact that Angela was telling the story to the detective, it felt as though we were getting the story first hand. The writing manipulates you into believing everything Angela says, regardless of its validity. There were a couple of times where I stopped and questioned because we were only getting Angela's side of the story, but I took her word because she felt so real and pessimistic. There was just something in the way she looked at the world that made me believe her because she just got it. The world isn't all sunshine and rainbows and she understood that.

I think Angela was a really interesting character, a product of both her parents' high expectations and quirky parenting style and the experiences in her life generally. It has been a long time since I've read such a messed up character whom I've loved. Probably not since Joe in You by Caroline Kepnes. They are both such charismatic, real characters that, despite their dark outlook on life, you find appealing.

The only thing that is holding me back from giving this book a full five stars is the ending. I felt like there were some loose ends that weren't really tied up with other characters who, while not super integral to the story, came up often enough that I would have liked to see more there. I also felt like while we find out what happened to Saskia, there is just a bit missing there. Perhaps under further reflection, I will be able to accept the ending for what it is.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I think it will be a great thriller for the summer!


Saturday, June 3, 2017

LIGHT OF DAY BY ALLISON VAN DIEPEN - BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, Light of Day by Allison van Diepen.


Well, I'm not sure this one was as good as the first book in the series...

This book is a companion novel to On the Edge and follows a new couple, Gabby and X. One night, after sneaking into a club, Gabby and her friend Maria narrowly escape their drugged drinks after a stranger warns them. Gabby soon finds out that the man who tried to drug them was going to kidnap them and force them into prostitution. Things pretty much go back to normal until Gabby's ex-friend Bree doesn't come home from a party one night.

Like I mentioned earlier, this novel is part of a series of companion novels, so it is set in Miami like book one and involves the Destinos gang, human trafficking rings, etc. like the first one. There are a couple of character cameos in this one which was fun to see after reading book one. I do think you have to read this series in order, though, because there are spoilers for Maddie and Lobo's story in this book.

This book had all the elements that I enjoyed in the first book so I'm not too sure why it didn't click as much as the first one did. I can't quite pinpoint it, but there was something that made me not love this book as much as I could have.

It may be because the romance, a major part of this book, didn't jive with me. I felt like it was a little bit forced. Obviously, the stranger who saves them at the bar is superattractive and there's bound to be a connection but I just felt like I didn't want a romance. I'm not necessarily blaming the book for that, I think it's just where I am right now with the books I've been reading. I thought X was hot and cold, understandable but still annoying, and Gabby seemed to be doing just fine on her own.

I wished there was a bit more of the family dynamic in this one, I think there was a greater opportunity to delve into both character's family/backstory a bit more and I would have enjoyed that.

The pacing in this book was good, it was a quick read. I think some parts dragged a bit, and I felt like van Diepen couldn't decide whether to stick with the high school drama or the gang drama. There's a mix, but the transitions between the two felt jarring like one second Gabby was out with her friends and the next she dropped everything to run to X and help him. I felt like that aspect could have been re-worked a bit.

There were a couple times when I couldn't believe how reckless Gabby was. For the most part, I didn't mind her character but every once in a while she would do something rash and I was left wondering if she even thought it through. I knew right away at the major conflict towards the end that something didn't feel right but she was too set on helping out to stop and make a plan.

Overall, I wanted to enjoy this book so much more than I did. I still have hopes for the series and am planning on picking up book three soon.

Friday, June 2, 2017

LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE BY GINA CIOCCA - BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca.


I think I'm outgrowing YA. Or, at least, high school drama YA.

This book follows Kelsey, a senior in high school who, after moving a year ago, finally has the life she dreamed of, adoring boyfriend, Ryan, tight (do people still say tight? I feel so old after reading this book) best friend, Candy, etc. Then one day, her old best friend, David, rolls into to town and back into Kelsey's life. Cue boy drama, friend drama, etc.

I really want to stress that the way I am feeling right now, about this book, about the school setting it has, the writing, all that is not bad. I just think I'm over it. Stories set primarily in schools have never really been my favourite and I find that as I get older, even though I'm only in university, I just don't find these types of books as appealing anymore. So a lot of my negativity in this review stems from that, not the book itself.

Character-wise, this book was okay. Kelsey didn't blow me away as an MC but she wasn't too terrible. There were a couple of times when I thought she was a little bit annoying, but not enough to completely ruin the book. Ryan, her boyfriend was a bit of a jerk. But she stuck with him, hurray! Seriously though, there were times when I felt like Ciocca was setting Ryan up to be the biggest jerk so that when Kelsey inevitably got together with David, we wouldn't feel too bad for him. David wasn't anything special either. I felt like we didn't get to know him until closer to the end of the book and by then I didn't really care too much about him.

I also think that the "night a misunderstanding turned Kelsey into the school joke" situation was so pointless. The only real value I see in it is to show what NOT to do in that situation. But when I read that in the synopsis, I thought a million different things that weren't what it actually was. It wasn't what it looked like and anyone with half a brain would have figured that out. But alas, we needed some petty high school drama.

My other issue with this book is that the central romance is basically built on the idea of a sort of star-crossed, best friends but ripped away before anything could blossom situation. There was zero chemistry in either of Kelsey's relationships and I felt like the only reason she and David liked each other was because they were in the right place at the right time when they met. I bet you any amount of money that if Kelsey's sister was hit with that baseball or any other girl for that matter, he would have been head over heels for her.

I will say that Ciocca's writing style is really good. She was able to flow between the two timelines, the summers when Kelsey and David met, and senior year "present" day. I think that was the only reason I was able to get through the book.

Overall, I wasn't a fan but if you are into slightly cheesy, slightly annoying high school dramas, here you go.