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Monday, June 19, 2017

The Love that Split the Word by Emily Henry

The Love That Split the World
Release Date: January 16th, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill | Penguin Canada
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 396 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Goodreads
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon


Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves. 
Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start... until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.
That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.
Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

 Firstly, look at that cover...Go ahead, I'll wait...Isn't it eye catching?! I know, I know, never judge a book by it's cover right? But this one gave me some serious cover envy. It's so enchanting. Almost Alice in Wonderland-like. As if the girl in the cover is falling down the rabbit hole; The initial reason I was drawn to this book was it's cover, then came the premise, how mysterious. The Love that Split the World was screaming READ ME! So, I eagerly obliged.

This is one of those books that are really hard to review. I'm not struggling because this book had issues, in fact, it's the complete opposite! This book was unlike anything I've really read before. It is not your average Time Travel book, and I use the term 'Time Travel' lightly because I wouldn't even call it that. World-hopping? I don't know what to call it, but it was great! It's also not your average YA love story. Beau and Natalie share a chemistry that goes way beyond swoon-worthy good looks and butterflies in the stomach. They share a connection that radiates off the pages. A connection vibrates between them, even before their first kiss you can feel the strength of the bond between these 2 characters.

When it came to Natalie, I adored her. She was equipped with a hilarious dry, sarcastic humour, smarts and a heart of gold. She also had the ability to make you feel every single thing she was feeling. Her emotions ran wild throughout the story and she took you with her. She whirled her story around your head and spun you in a sea of beautiful stories, love and, at times, extreme heartache.

Grandmother was another spectacular character. Her beautifully woven stories will be unlike anything you've ever heard. You will devour every single word of each story she shares. She was a true gem.

The Love that Split the World goes beyond time travel and romance. It is a story of a girl trying to find her place in the world and her heart-pounding journey to keep her place in it. It has laughs, thrills and chills. You will fall in love with The Love that Split the World!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse

Seven Days of You
Release date: March 7th, 2017
Publisher: Hachette Canada
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 336 Pages
Format: Arc
Source: From publisher
Reason: For review
For Fans Of: Just One Day, Eleanor and Park
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon 

Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.
Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie, but can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?

Pack your bags, because you're going on a beautiful trip to Tokyo! Not really, but it sure feels like it with Vinesse's beautiful descriptions and scenery. I could see the bright sparkling lights, I could smell the dew left over from the rain, I could feel and hear the life of the city. She brought the city to life, making it leap off the pages. 

Now, this book would have been good with just what was mentioned above. But, Vinesse's talent doesn't end when it comes to world building. She also has the ability to craft fantastic characters, penning them with their own unique personalities, each one offering so much to the story. I adored Sophia. She had a great sense of humour and got in many jabs to her friends throughout the book that made for some great laugh out loud moments. Yet, beneath her bubbly personality, she was vulnerable and still dealing with the divorce of her parents even though it was years in the past. That comes to light throughout the novel, unfolding slowly, giving you more to the story as it goes on.

The chemistry between Jamie and Sophia radiates off the pages, intensifying more and more as their friendship and romance blossoms.

I devoured Seven Days of You in 2 short hours. I simply could not peel my eyes away. I was cast under a romantic spell and the story of a girl, finding out who she is and where she truly belongs. Where, What or Who she will call home.

This was a March release but it is the most perfect book to spend reading out in the sun! You will not be able to put it down!



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books That Have Piqued Your Interest


10 Fiction Books I have Added to My 'TBR' Pile


The Light We Lost
It's described as Me Before You meets One Day. Say no more!

Cold Summer
Sounds like a modern team Quantum Leap. Yes please!

It's Not Like It's a Secret
Sounds like a great Coming-of-Age!

How to Make a Wish

House of Furies (House of Furies, #1)
Gothic Horror is all I need to know!

That Thing We Call a Heart
This sounds like a very deep story.

Grace and the Fever


It Started With Goodbye

A Million Junes

The Dead List






Monday, June 5, 2017

The Only Child by Andrew Pyper


The Only Child

Release Date: May 23rd, 2017
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Genre: Horror 
Pages: 304 Pages
Format: Arc
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review | Blog Tour
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

The #1 internationally bestselling author of The Demonologist radically reimagines the origins of gothic literature’s founding masterpieces—FrankensteinThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Dracula—in a contemporary novel driven by relentless suspense and surprising emotion. This is the story of a man who may be the world’s one real-life monster, and the only woman who has a chance of finding him.
As a forensic psychiatrist at New York’s leading institution of its kind, Dr. Lily Dominick has evaluated the mental states of some of the country’s most dangerous psychotics. But the strangely compelling client she interviewed today—a man with no name, accused of the most twisted crime—struck her as somehow different from the others, despite the two impossible claims he made.
First, that he is more than two hundred years old and personally inspired Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Bram Stoker in creating the three novels of the nineteenth century that define the monstrous in the modern imagination. Second, that he’s Lily’s father. To discover the truth—behind her client, her mother’s death, herself—Dr. Dominick must embark on a journey that will threaten her career, her sanity, and ultimately her life.
Fusing the page-turning tension of a first-rate thriller with a provocative take on where thrillers come from, The Only Child will keep you up until its last unforgettable revelation

Andrew Pyper, you did it again! But, should I be surprised? 

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You had me at Hello the day I cracked open The Demonologist. It was shelved on my "Staff Favourites" shelf for months at the little Bookstore I worked at. Then The Damned came out and let's just say that I was a gluten for punishment! That book had me spooked to my bones, yet I couldn't put it down and loved every spine-tingling second!

Pyper's extraordinary talent to weave dark tales with unforgettable characters is outstanding. He has the truest ability to pluck you from your every day life and transport you into whatever tale he has gifted us. 

The Only Child is a book that will appeal to all readers, not just fans of horror and Gothic horror. If you like to be entranced by a compelling story, meet diverse characters and be left on the edge of your seat, nail-biting your way through the pages, then this book is for you. The Only Child is packaged perfectly: Haunting cover, check. Inviting premise, check. And it only gets when you start reading. Leaving you dying to know how this story will unfold. But Pyper will not give it up easily. Keeping you in utter suspense the whole way through! 

When it comes to the delivery of this novel, it is marvelous. Each chapter delivering a new, delicate piece to the story that will leave you with no choice but to carry on. Even if you are bleary-eyed. Even if you know that you have to be up early and need to get to bed. You will read on because you need to get closer to solving the puzzle; and when you're not reading, you'll be thinking about reading it. Well played, Andrew Pyper, well played!

Putting it simply, you'll devour it. Action-packed, dripping with suspense and just a really spectacular reading experience!

Andrew Pyper is an author that I will eagerly stalk follow so I can snag every one of his future masterpieces the minute they hit the shelves!

Don't miss out on what others have to say about The Only Child. Follow along with us on The Only Child blog tour.


Monday, May 29, 2017

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give
Release Date: February 28th, 2017
Publisher: Harper Collins | HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 444 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interst
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

The Hate U Give ignited something the moment it hit shelves. It sparked conversation. It got the youth talking. It got adults talking. It got youth and adults conversing together. The Hate U Give needs to be on every school's reading syllabus. It needs to be on the shelves of every public library. It needs to be printed in all languages so it can be shared throughout the world.

Angie Thomas created a character that will stand out so strongly among any other character you've ever come across. Starr Carter starts off as your average, fun-loving teenager that lives in 2 different worlds. Everything changes the night she witnesses the murder of her childhood best friend by a cop. Starr's world is then turned upside down and she gets lost in the midst. Questioning the world she lives in the, who she is and where she belongs, we are taken on Starr's journey through grief, anger and growth.

Heartbreaking. So very heartbreaking yet so relevant. Thomas' writing will strip you down to your core and get your own conversations swirling in your head. However, it does not come off preachy or soap-boxey. It comes off so very real. She penned such a diverse cast of characters. Each one standing out on their very own. Each one offering so much to the story being told. In fact, it is a very character driven novel. The character really put this story together.

The Hate U Give teaches us about fear and how to overcome it. How to dive into the dark abyss of the unknown because you know it is the right thing to do. It teaches you to use the most powerful tool you possess: Your voice.

Angie Thomas used her tool, her voice to it's maximum. She got people talking and in my opinion, that has to be the highest compliment as an author. I hope she is very proud of herself because The Hate U Give is a game changer in YA literature. Thank you, Angie Thomas!




Friday, May 26, 2017

Breakthrough Female YA Authors

There have been some outstanding Authors that have burst into the YA scene with a bang! Both male and female YA authors that have tested the boundaries, made us think, made us question and wonder. These authors have proven to us time and time again that we are not alone. There is something so special about the Young Adult Book genre, the stories, the readers and the authors...It's kind of magical!

Today, I want to the spotlight just a fraction of the Female Authors that have impacted the many lives of its readers.

Ruta Sepetys


Ruta Sepetys: With books like Between Shades of Gray, Out of the Easy and Salt to the Sea under her belt, she has proven herself a force to be reckoned with. She tackles the tough and the uneasy. She brings to life characters the nest themselves into our hearts. She shines light on pieces of history to educate her readers but to also instill in us more knowledge of that era. Her passion and love for not only the YA genre but for writing radiates off of the pages. She is truly a rare gem of an author.
Jennifer Brown









Rainbow RowellJennifer Brown: Hate List, Thousand Words and Bitter End are just a few of the books that Brown has given us the pleasure of reading. She is not afraid to step out of the "norm" and bring to us true stories. Her characters may be fictional but she brings forward the stories of many, many youth. She tackles bullying, the repercussions of teen sexting, domestic violence in a youth relationship, the list goes on. Her fearlessness as an author is truly inspiring!








Rainbow Rowell: I have yet to come across an author that is like Rainbow Rowell. She stands out among the rest. Her fictional characters become friends to us. She has the precious gift at making her characters not only lovable but relatable. We see so much of us in each character.

Jandy NelsonHer writing is a simple style yet is so bold and memorable. She is witty, quirky and absolutely one of a kind!






Jandy Nelson: Jandy Nelson captured the hearts of her readers every since The Sky is Everywhere and has yet to release them. One of my most favourite books is I'll Give you the Sun. It's so rare that you come across an author that leaves you in awe.

Calling her an author doesn't seem to do her justice. She is an artist. She preciously crafts characters and places them in a world were we can slip away and befriend these beautiful people. She cracks our hearts wide open and makes us feel so deeply. Reading Jandy Nelson will always leave you with a wonderful and memorable reading experience.


Gayle Forman

Gayle Forman: Gayle was one of the first authors that had me really feel and react to the lives of a books characters. Back when I first read If I Stay I was just coming out of the paranormal craze and haven't read much that didn't involve a vampire, werewolf, damsel in distress, etc. She was one of the first authors that showed me the true beauty in feeling. In being hurt and reading through tears. She taught me that you can experience true love in Just One Day. She shows her readers that there is love, loss and love again.




Courtney Summers
Courtney Summers: Summers had her first book published had the age of 22 and it then became the winner of the 2009 Cybil Award for YA. How outstanding is that? With books like Fall for Anything, All the Rage and Some Girls Summers shows us that we are not alone. Whatever we may be suffering with, she brings to live characters that we can relate to and befriend. She shows us that there is someone out there that gets us and that will bring our story to life. She has the ability to make us feel every possible emotion that there is. A true author in every sense of the word!


J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling: You mention the name J.K. Rowling to anyone in any part of the world and they will know who you are speaking of. J.K. Rowling changed the game when it came to children's literature. She crafted characters that are still castings their spells over readers. There is no coming back from the Harry Potter Series. You go in it one version of yourself and come out a whole different person. She took the world of Fantasy and turned it on it's head; changing the perspective entirely. She continues to teach the young and old alike what true magic is. The magic lies within yourself and in the friends and support around you. The world has never been the same since Harry Potter entered it. I wouldn't want to live in a where Harry Potter didn't exist.


Suzanne Collins


Suzanne Collins:  Suzanne Collins challenged the YA scene with her epic series The Hunger Games. Her series was met with controversy but that never once detered it's readers from falling in love with it.  She fearlessly created a world that wasn't magical, not enchanting but terrifying. But admist all of the ugliness, Collins still showed us the hope and love will always rise above.







Ellen Hopkins


Ellen Hopkins: Crank, Glass and Fallout are just a fraction of the books that Ellen Hopkins has living on our shelves. Whether you've read her or not, you've heard of her. Ellen Hopkins has taken us down the road of drugs, addiction, prostitution and more. She gives us a glimpse into the very harsh realities that too many youth are faced with. There are moments during her books that you may cringe but that is such a noteworthy quality in my opinion. Hopkins makes you feel, she makes you react. She doesn't hid and tells no secrets. Everything is the bitter truth when it comes to her writing.



Stephenie Meyer

Stephanie Meyer: How can I make a list of breakthrough Female Ya authors without mentioning Stephanie Meyer?! Whether you love them or hate them, Meyer's catapulted into the scene with her Paranormal series, Twilight. She ignited a romantic flame into every pre-teen and teen out there. Not only did she put popularize the paranormal genre, but she gave her young readers there first real taste of true romance. And teens were not the only ones falling in love and fueding with fellow Team Edward or Team Jacob lovers, adults were all about this series as well. She united the book scene. She brought readers of all different ages into the same community. She gave us a common groud with fellow readers. If you read Twilight, you were a friend.


These are just a few of the authors that added their bricks to the beautiful path of female authors and YA literature!


Monday, May 22, 2017

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything
Release Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: Delecorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 310 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Reasons: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Ok, y'all. Can someone explain to me why the hell I waited so long to read this book? Like, seriously?! I have a 'Read before I Watch' rule, If any book is hitting the big screen and it's a movie I want to see, then I want to read it before I see it. The minute I heard all the fuss over Everything, Everything, I knew I had to my hands on it.

Now, fast forward 2 hours when I completed this lovely, adorable(and every other positive adjective) story. Each aspect of this novel was so strong. The grand characters: Madeline, Olly, Carla and her mother. The picturesque world that Yoon described throughout the entire novel, from Madeline's white room to the beautiful islands of Hawaii. And then the little doodles that graced the pages throughout the books entirety. Speaking of those doodles, I saw Nicola Yoon on The Social(a Canadian Talk Show program) and she mentioned that her husband is the artist behind the book cover, the doodles and the movie poster, so big kudos to Mr. Yoon!

Everything, Everything reminded me a lot of one of my favourite film's, Penelope(minus the curse and the pig's nose) but more so for the seclusion and the boy who breaks the spell. In it's own way, Everything, Everything is a perfect fairytale. It's not so much that Boy-Saves-Girl but more so Boy-Shows-Girl-Her-Grand-Potential. Boy-awakens-girl. Madeline held the power all along but Olly ignited the flame. LOVE!

Everything, Everything is so much more than your "average" young adult love story. It is a coming of age novel. A girl shedding her skin and learning about herself and who she wants to become. It is about a mother and her relationship with her daughter. The unbreakable bond between parent and child. And it is also about those other meaningful relationships you have with people in your lives. In Madeline's case, Carla. A vibrant character that helped polish Madeline into the beautiful gem that she is.

If you haven't read this novel yet, then what are you waiting for? Don't be fool like me and put it off any longer. There is truly so much beauty in Everything, Everything. 



 

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