Sunday, November 3, 2019

Mini Review: Love, Heather by Laurie Peatru





Love, Heather

MINI REVIEW:


Release Date: October 8th, 2019
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Netgalley
Reason: For review

What you see isn't always what you get.
Stevie never meant for things to go this far. When she and Dee--defiant, bold, indestructible Dee--started all this, there was a purpose to their acts of vengeance: to put the bullies of Woepine High School back in their place. And three months ago, Stevie believed they deserved it. Once her best friend turned on her, the rest of the school followed. Stevie was alone and unprotected with a target on her back. Online, it was worse.
It was Dee's idea to get them all back with a few clever pranks, signing each act Love, Heather--an homage to her favorite 80's revenge flick. Despite herself, Stevie can't help getting caught up in the payback, reveling in every minute of suffering. And for a while, it works: it seems the meek have inherited the school.
But when anonymous students begin joining in, punishing perceived slights with increasingly violent ferocity, the line between villain and vigilante begins to blur. As friends turn on each other and the administration scrambles to regain control, it becomes clear: whatever Dee and Stevie started has gained a mind--and teeth--of its own. And when it finally swallows them whole, one will reemerge changed, with a plan for one final, terrifying act of revenge.

This was a very complicated, intense drama about the bullied, the bullies and the viciousness of everything and everyone in between. Love, Heather is raw! It's impactful. There were moments that left me cringing. It left me questioning how I would survive high school in today's world. When I attended, social media didn't go beyond MSN messenger. And everyone's guilty pleasure was Napster, not Instagram. It's terrifying to know that now, things can change in an instant. One picture, one post, can turn your world upside down. And now, it seems we are seeing more tragedies in the news as a result of bullying. It's devastating.

It's obvious the Petrou is a master at storytelling. Her writing is just perfect. She made me feel so many emotions while reading this. And left me thinking about it long after I was done. It was, at times, an uncomfortable reading experience. I just wanted to shake the hell out of some characters.
On a lighter note, I loved all the movie references. The 80`s movie buff in me definitely appreciated those!
Love, Heather is an intense and relevant story that will make you stir. It tackles issues that are very real in today's world(scary!). I also think this book will definitely appeal to fans of Courtney Summers. 

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Release Date: September 24th, 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
Pages: 352 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For honest review


Seventeen-year-old Aderyn ("Ryn") only cares about two things: her family, and her family's graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don't always stay dead.
The risen corpses are known as "bone houses," and legend says that they're the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good?
Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them deep into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the long-hidden truths about themselves. 

A spooky and atmospheric read that is the perfect novel to quench that Halloween thirst!

The risen corpses are known as "Bone Houses" and the legend has it that it's from a decades-old curse. What brings them about? Is anyone safe? And how can they be stopped? Dive in for a fast-paced tale that will have you completely spellbound!

I devoured this book! Its unique storyline will definitely give you those gothic folklore vibes! It is extremely well written; excellent character development and a storyline that was spread out perfectly! I adored Ryn. She is the kind of female lead that I wish I had in books when I was a young adult. She was fierce! She fought hard, against both humans and undead. She stood her ground and took care of her family. Ellis was also an excellent character. The author portrayed his chronic pain so well. It was almost I could start feeling it for him as I was reading. And the goat! I loved the goat! I am not much of a fantasy reader, but this one definitely hit the mark for me. It is fantastical, dark and thrilling! A beautifully crafted tale that was the perfect pick for my Halloween read!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Mini Review: Sister of Mine by Laurie Petrou

MINI REVIEW:
This was the perfect read to lose myself in during the Thanksgiving long weekend. It's a dark and atmospheric tale about 2 sisters. It was a gripping thriller that focuses on the complicated relationship between sisters Penny and Hattie. 
The story is told from Penny's point of view. This book is not similar in the storyline at all, but I could help but relate the characters to Sally and Gillian from Practical Magic. Penny is the more structured and sensible, dark-haired sister (like Sally) and Hattie, the free spirit, red-haired sister(like Gillian). It's likely just me making this comparison. 
Petrou's writing is very vivid. The story unraveling like a movie in your head, that is delivered at the perfect pace. It's a very character-driven novel and the author crafted them beautifully. It's a small, intimate character cast that just adds to the overall atmosphere of the book. I really enjoyed this book. A quick, unique read that was a great pick for the #readcanlit book club!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker

Release Date: August 6th, 2019
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Fiction | Romance
Pages: 378 Pages
Format: e-galley
Source: Netgalley
Reason: For Review

Life is a mixed bag for Piper Calloway.
On the one hand, she’s a twenty-nine-year-old VP at her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm, and living the high single life with her two best friends in a swanky downtown penthouse. On the other hand, she’s considered a pair of sexy legs in a male-dominated world and constantly has to prove her worth. Plus, she’s stuck seeing her narcissistic ex-fiancĂ©—a fellow VP—on the other side of her glass office wall every day.
Things get exponentially more complicated for Piper when she runs into Kyle Miller—the handsome new security guard at Calloway Group Industries, and coincidentally the first love of her life.
The guy she hasn’t seen or heard from since they were summer camp counsellors together. The guy from the wrong side of the tracks. The guy who apparently doesn’t even remember her name.
Piper may be a high-powered businesswoman now, but she soon realizes that her schoolgirl crush is not only alive but stronger than ever, and crippling her concentration. What’s more, despite Kyle’s distant attitude, she’s convinced their reunion isn’t at all coincidental, and that his feelings for her still run deep. And she’s determined to make him admit to them, no matter the consequences.
I don't know what the heck I was expecting when going into this book, but whatever it was, it went far beyond it! 

I am embarrassed to say, that even though I have 3 others sitting on my bookshelf, this is my first K.A. Tucker, and now I completely see what all of the hype is about! Tucker focused heavily on character development in this novel, which I absolutely loved. We are immediately thrust into Piper's no non-sense world when we are introduced to her. She is VP at her dad's multi-million real estate development firm. And next in line to run the charge when her dad retires. Piper is a boss bitch! It is a male-dominated industry but Piper had no problem standing toe to toe. Girl power! The Spice Girls would be proud.

The book jumps back and forth between the present time and 2006, when Piper was a counselor at Camp Wawa, and where she first lays eyes on Kyle Miller. Let's just say that Tucker deserves an award in itself when it comes to character description if ya catch my drift! *wink, wink* 

Tucker then weaves together a complicated and beautiful story that tackles first loves, friendships, rekindled love and all the difficulties and messiness in between. Say You Still Love Me unfolds at the most painfully perfect pace. There were times that I just wanted to fast forward because the suspense was KILLING ME! But, I patiently waited and allowed the story to tell itself. I absolutely loved every minute of this book! I hate that I wanted so long to finally read this author but now I can say that I'm hooked!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Mini Review: What Happened That Night by Deanna Cameron

MINI REVIEW: 
Meet Clara. Clara's sister killed popular, golden boy neighbour, Griffin. Why? Only Clara knows. Will she come forward with the information? It's not as easy as you think.This book took an unexpected turn. It had more of a creepy vibe than I thought it would. What Happened That Night has some gut-wrenching moments that definitely tugged on my heart. The writing was great but the characters lacked some depth and emotion which is why I gave it 3.5 stars rather than 4. I felt the reactions of certain scenes really fell flat and weren't very realistic. The story itself really stands strong though and makes up for the characters. It's a page-turner that left me guessing on more than one occasion. The story alternates between 'before' and 'now' and the author did a great job at the delivery. It unfolded at a great pace that really intensifies the suspense. Overall, I liked it. I just wish the characters had a bit more depth.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

Release Date: October 22, 2019
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Romance | Rom-Com
Pages: 368 Pages
Format: e-galley
Source: Netgalley
Reason: For Review


Sam Brandis was Tate Jones’s first: Her first love. Her first everything. Including her first heartbreak.
During a whirlwind two-week vacation abroad, Sam and Tate fell for each other in only the way that first loves do: sharing all of their hopes, dreams, and deepest secrets along the way. Sam was the first, and only, person that Tate—the long-lost daughter of one of the world’s biggest film stars—ever revealed her identity to. So when it became clear her trust was misplaced, her world shattered for good.
Fourteen years later, Tate, now an up-and-coming actress, only thinks about her first love every once in a blue moon. When she steps onto the set of her first big break, he’s the last person she expects to see. Yet here Sam is, the same charming, confident man she knew, but even more alluring than she remembered. Forced to confront the man who betrayed her, Tate must ask herself if it’s possible to do the wrong thing for the right reason… and whether “once in a lifetime” can come around twice.


I thoroughly enjoyed this book and struggled between giving it 3 stars or 4. I settled for 3 only because of the ending. 

The first half of this book is amazing and really sucked me in. We meet 18-year-old Tate and 21-year-old Sam, who by the way, is the ultimate swoon-worthy character, hubba hubba! Complete strangers, while both vacationing in London, they quickly fall head over heels for each other. Until a turn of events changes both of their lives forever. And in the same breath, rips them apart. 

Fast forward 14 years, Tate is now a thriving Actress who has landed herself the role of a lifetime. During filming, Sam enters her life all over again and Tate is forced to confront the only man she has ever loved and who left her heart shattered into a million pieces. 

This is my first book by Christina Lauren's but it will not be my last. Her easy-breezy writing style makes you fall right into the story she has crafted and right in love with the characters she has penned. Tate's best friend was absolutely hilarious! She is the friend we all want in our lives. A ride or die, tell it like it is BFF. The book unfolded at a great pace. A little slow in parts but totally worth it. The only thing that left me a little disappointed was the ending. Given the build-up, it just wrapped up a little too quickly for me. However, it didn't deter me from my overall enjoyment of the book. I walked away loving the story I just read and the characters I met. I really look forward to reading more from this author! 

*Have you read Christina Lauren? What book would you recommend I read next?*

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Let's Discuss: Books That Left You With a Book Hangover

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As devoted Bookworm's, we've all been there. We have finished a book that left us lost and unable to move onto another book. Enter: The Book Hangover
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2019 has been an amazing year for books! I have definitely suffered from many book hangovers this year! Below, are just some of the books that left me hung-the-F-over!

Verity

I read this book before the hype so I went in with very open expectations. Being my 3rd Hoover book, I was optimistic. It ended up turning my world upside down. I didn't care about eating or sleeping while reading this one! Verity was Life now!

Daisy Jones & The Six

Another one I read before the hype-storm. This book seemed to be an either 'love it or hate it' read for people. I LOVED it. I devoured it and became so invested in the characters. Like the band, I was left with a major hangover after this one. 

The Perfect Child

This is still one of my most recommended books this year! 

The Grief Keeper

One of my favourite Young Adult books this year. It was such a beautiful, relevant and unique read. 

The Friend Zone

READ THIS BOOK NOW!!!

The Whisper Man

READ THIS BOOK AFTER THE OTHER BOOK!!!

Recursion

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The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

One of the most beautiful life stories I have ever read!

What books have left you with a Book Hangover?
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