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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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Release Date: September 10th, 2019
Publisher: Hachette Canada
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Pages: 384 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Honest Review
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In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut.
In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.
“How fitting, that the most terrifying time in my life should require me to do what I do best: escape into a book.” 

There are Ten Thousand and One things I want to say about this book but yet, I am left utterly speechless. I can say, without a doubt, that this is the most unique story I have ever read. The Ten Thousand Doors of January is a fantastical, tug-on-your-heart-strings journey. It is so intelligently written and went far beyond any expectations I had for it. 

The Ten Thousand Doors of January is a book that will tap itself into your very core. The child still living within you who's imagination is still running free, untainted, this book awakens that part of you. The world's, portals and characters came alive vividly, the words leaping off of the pages. It truly is a whimsical reading experience; as if the author cast her very own spell within the pages, creating a magical tale that will come to life before you, and stay with you long after you've finished. 

I am still awestruck. This is one of those books that one can go on and on about, but you will never truly grasp the extraordinary beauty of its story until you experience it on your own. A truly beautiful and heartening read that will leave you stirring. I miss it already.

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph
Release Date: August 20th, 2019
Publisher: Hachette Canada | Little Brown for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 336 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Honest Review
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Dove "Birdie" Randolph works hard to be the perfect daughter and follow the path her parents have laid out for her: She quit playing her beloved soccer, she keeps her nose buried in textbooks, and she's on track to finish high school at the top of her class. But then Birdie falls hard for Booker, a sweet boy with a troubled past...whom she knows her parents will never approve of.When her estranged aunt Carlene returns to Chicago and moves into the family's apartment above their hair salon, Birdie notices the tension building at home. Carlene is sweet, friendly, and open-minded--she's also spent decades in and out of treatment facilities for addiction. As Birdie becomes closer to both Booker and Carlene, she yearns to spread her wings. But when long-buried secrets rise to the surface, everything she's known to be true is turned upside down.

Brandy Colbert made me an instant fan the second I finished Little & Lion. It still remains one of my favourite YA reads and one of my most recommended. What Colbert does so greatly is the representation of her characters. Her books are inclusive. And she writes each character with such compassion and authenticity. 

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph is no different. With diverse characters and a realistic storyline, there will be many that will find this book relatable. Whether you are in the heart of your teenage years now or are looking back on your youth, you will find a part of yourself inside this book. Her writing style is one my my favourite qualities of her books. This story is a beautiful slow burn. She allows time for the characters' stories to unfold. No need for rushing. Everything revealed at a perfect pace. I adored Dove, aka Birdie and Laz. There closeness reminding me of my own friendships both past and present. I also loved her relationship with Booker, it was a great romantic touch to the novel but it didn't overtake the whole story. It was all just a part of Birdie's story. 

The Young Adult scene is coming alive with beautiful and diverse books, and The Revolution of Birdie Randolph is another stunning addition to the genre. I cannot wait for what else Brandy Colbert has in store!










Friday, August 16, 2019

Him by Clare Empson

Him
Release Date: August 23rd, 2019
Publisher: Orion Books | Hachette Book Group Canada
Genre: Thriller | Fiction
Pages: 352 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Honest Review
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Big Little Lies meets 13 Reasons Why in this dark and suspenseful debut from a stunning new talent.
It all started with ... HIM.Catherine has become mute. She has witnessed something so disturbing that she simply can't speak - not to her husband, her children, or her friends. The doctors say the only way forward is to look into her past. Catherine needs to start with Him. Lucian.Catherine met the love of her life at university and was drawn into his elite circle of privileged, hedonistic friends. But one night it all falls apart and she leaves him, shattering his life forever.Still, fifteen years later, Lucian haunts every one of Catherine's quiet moments, and when they are unexpectedly reunited, their love reignites with explosive force.But they can't move on from what happened all those years ago. In fact, uncovering the truth will cause their lives to implode once again. This time, with disastrous consequences.

Wow! Just...Wow. I can't remember the last time a book has left me so completely speechless. The last time a book has left me in a puddle of emotion, struggling to gather myself and put it into words. Him by Clare Empson has taken me through a flurry of emotions. An unexpected dark tale of love that would make Shakespeare jealous!

Him tells the story of Catherine between past and present: 15 years ago, 4 months ago and now. Told both by Catherine and Lucian, we quickly get swept and tangled up inside the web of their lives, their passionate love affair, and the series of events that lead them to the present. Catherine and Lucian will embed themselves in your heart. They are sweet and tragic characters. The secondary character cast is just as outstanding. They bleed wealth, scandal and glamour, in almost a Great Gatsby-esque form.

What makes Him the stunning masterpiece that it is, is the brilliant writing style. It's so intelligently written. The author crafted an absolutely perfect plot with characters that will make your heart swell. It was a deliciously heartbreaking reading experience. 

This story took me by complete surprise. I had no idea how invested I would get with these characters and their stories. A gripping, thrilling and heartbreaking tale of love. 

Monday, August 5, 2019

Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

The Turn of the Key
Release Date: August 6th, 2019
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Genre: Thriller | Suspense
Pages: 384 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Honest Review
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When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.
What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.It was everything.She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.
Turn of a Key is a spooky thriller that will curl its ghostly fingertips around you and keep you spellbound until you've reached the very end!

This is only my second Ruth Ware book but I have to say, she knows how to pen a real page-turner! I was completely captivated by this story, devouring it eagerly and left thinking about it during those painful times I couldn't be reading it. Turn of a Key follows Rowan Caine, a daycare employee that stumbles upon a job ad that is too good to be true. The novel unfolds at the perfect pace! Slowly unraveling bit by bit, amping up the thrilling and mysterious plot. The book is an eerie whodunnit that will have you eating out of the palm of its hand. 

I really loved Rowan's character. She is far more than meets the eye and I have to say, her twist was completely unpredictable and left me jaw dropped. I was stunned. It was pleasantly unexpected! Ware's writing style is impeccable, completely drawing you in, and leaving you wanting more after you've turned the last page. 

Turn of the Key was exactly what I want in a suspenseful thriller and more. Don't worry about getting too comfortable when settling in to read it, you'll just end up on the edge of your seat anyways! 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Someday We Will Fly by Rachel DeWoskin

Someday We Will Fly
Release Date: January 22nd, 2019
Publisher: Penguin Random House | Viking
Genre: Young Adult | Fiction
Pages: 320 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Honest Review
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Warsaw, Poland. The year is 1940 and Lillia is 15 when her mother, Alenka, disappears and her father flees with Lillia and her younger sister, Naomi, to Shanghai, one of the few places that will accept Jews without visas. There they struggle to make a life; they have no money, there is little work, no decent place to live, a culture that doesn't understand them. And always the worry about Alenka. How will she find them? Is she still alive? 
Meanwhile Lillia is growing up, trying to care for Naomi, whose development is frighteningly slow, in part from malnourishment. Lillia finds an outlet for her artistic talent by making puppets, remembering the happy days in Warsaw when they were circus performers. She attends school sporadically, makes friends with Wei, a Chinese boy, and finds work as a performer at a "gentlemen's club" without her father's knowledge.
But meanwhile the conflict grows more intense as the Americans declare war and the Japanese force the Americans in Shanghai into camps. More bombing, more death. Can they survive, caught in the crossfire?


I have always been drawn to WWII historical fiction/non-fiction. There is something about that time period that has always spoken to me. Perhaps it's the need to hear the stories of those who lived and died by the tragedies that took place. To hear their voices. Now there is one voice that will always stay close to me, Lillia's. Someday We Will Fly delves into her touching and at times, heartbreaking story that will leave you completely changed long after you've finished the last page. 

Sadly, this was a part of WW2 history that I knew very little about, but I am grateful for Someday We Will Fly as it gave me the opportunity to learn more about this part of history. Though this book may be fiction, it brings forward many true events that took place.

The writing style in this book is lyrical. It flows off of the pages and comes to life as if you are watching the scenes dance right in front of you. It's slow pace building the story brick by brick, and keeping you captivated all at once. This book will bring many emotions to the surface. It will make you feel hopeful and at times completely at a loss. It will tug at your heartstrings and leave a strong impression on you. The author crafted each character with such compassion and delicacy. Though this book be fiction, she is giving voice to many people's stories that are no longer around to tell it. I believe if someone who went through this read this book, they would feel that it was represented authentically. 

There will be books that leave their imprint on you and this is one of them. It is intense and captivating. Though there is despair there is also so much beauty. Lillia's memories of the circus playing vividly in your imagination. Immersing you inside the story. I am so grateful that I had the privilege to read this book and to meet Lillia. Someday We Will Fly is a book that everyone should read at least once in their life.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

The Friend Zone
Release Date: June 11th, 2019
Publisher: Forever Romance | Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Romance | Fiction
Pages: 384 Pages
Format: Paperback
Source: From Publisher
Reason: Exchange for Honest Review
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Kristen Petersen doesn't do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don't get her. She's also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children.

Planning her best friend's wedding is bittersweet for Kristen—especially when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland. He's funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm, and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he'd be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it's harder and harder to keep him at arm's length.The Friend Zone will have you laughing one moment and grabbing for tissues the next as it tackles the realities of infertility and loss with wit, heart, and a lot of sass.
“Nothing offended me except for cauliflower and stupidity.” 

THAT ladies and gentleman is how you write a romantic comedy! In fact, that's how you write an epic story! This book, in its entirety, was absolutely amazing. I laughed, I cried, I swooned. I was completely immersed and invested. 

The Friend Zone is the entire package and so much more. It has light-heartedness but it is also real life. The characters are so relatable and you will fall in deep love with them immediately. The author did a spectacular job at translating the hardships of real life with such authenticity and compassion, while also adding some great comedic moments. I don't think I've ever laughed out loud so much while reading before. However, with great laughs, came some heavy moments as well. What each character deals with is something that is happening in people's lives, every single day. There were some moments that got really serious and left me in some serious tears. Abby Jimenez delivered an impactful story that will stay with me forever. 

The Friend Zone is far more than your average boy-meets-girl story. The relationships in this book go far beyond that. The Friend Zone is about friendships and dealing with real every day. the relationships between Sloan and Kristen and Brandon and Josh will really touch you. Kristen might just be my most favourite book character ever. Her no-nonsense personality and hilarious sense of humour had me loving her immediately. Josh, very quickly, earned himself the award of most swoon-worthy character. We can all thank Abby Jimenez for making us look at our significant others a little differently since being introduced to Josh!

 You do not have to be a fan of chick-lit or romance to enjoy this book. The Friend Zone will appeal to all audiences. It's genuine, heart-warming and overall a wonderful read. Definitely a favourite of the year! 
 
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