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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

The One Memory of Flora Banks
Release Date: May 2nd, 2017
Publisher: Philomel | Penguin Teen
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: Pages
Format: ARC
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon Ca | Amazon

Received this novel in exchange for an honest review.


Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora's brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend's boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora's fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life. 
With little more than the words "be brave" inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must "be brave" if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home. 

Firstly, I want to congratulate Emily Barr on her Young Adult debut. She definitely came in with a bang tackling a unique issue and an even more unique character. The One Memory of Flora Banks has everything you want in a novel. Mystery, suspense, romance and a head-spinning twist.

Like it's premise, I had a unique relationship with this novel. Overall, as a whole, I enjoyed it. However, during the reading experience, there were moments that I found it difficult to stay connected, and I think that was due to the repetition. But, how does one deliver this type story without repetition? That is where I struggled. You see, when Flora was 10, she had a tumour removed, which in part, removed her long-term memory. Everything prior to her surgery she remembers, but anything after that is erased either hours later or each night. When Flora awakens in the morning, she thinks she is back to being 10 years old, that is until she reads her journal that brings her up to speed. This journal and/or Flora's memory of the kiss pops up quite often, and I found myself skimming through sequences of the book to avoid some of the repetitions. Another thing I struggled with, Flora's dialogue. I knew that she was a 17-year-old girl, however, her speech and interactions were as if she was 10 years old. I'm not pointing that out as a negative, just that it was hard for me to connect with.

Flora has a breakthrough with her memory loss when she kisses a boy(that happens to be her BFF's boyfriend) and remembers it. Day after day, she can recall this kiss and this boy. Is one kiss all it takes to put Flora's brain back together again? Flora then goes on a mission to hunt Drake down and heal her brain.

Overall, I think Barr hit every note she wanted to deliver. She created a memorable character and tackled an issue that I haven't had experience with in the world of books. The mystery will keep you hanging on, eager to know how everything ends up.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

Dreamland Burning
Release Date: February 21st, 2017
Publisher: Little Brown Books 
Genre: Mystery | Young Adult 
Pages: 365 Pages
Format: ARC
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon


Some bodies won’t stay buried. Some stories need to be told.
When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family’s property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past, the present, and herself.
One hundred years earlier, a single violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what’s right the night Tulsa burns.

Something us Bookworm's deal with is what I call 'shelf-loathing'. Shelf-loathing is when you have a book sitting on your shelf for a long time that when you finally get to reading it, you hate yourself a little bit for waiting so long to read it, that, is shelf-loathing. I have some major shelf-loathing going on right now with Dreamland Burning I cannot believe I've had this book living on my shelf since January and I just got around to reading it now.  My friends, this novel is one-in-a-million.

Every so often we stumble across a rare gem, and when these moments happen unexpectedly it makes it even sweeter. I was not expecting to be so taken by Dreamland Burning. This novel seared itself right into my heart and soul. The story line is no easy read. Jennifer Latham tackles the racism that still lurks in 2017 and the Race Riots that took place in 1921. She delivers the story in a dual-perspective and did so flawlessly. Not once do either characters blur. They both stand so strongly on their own.

We are first introduced to 17 year old, Rowan. Rowan's family is in the early stages of renovations on their 'back house', during this process, a skeleton is unearthed. Rowan goes on a mission to dig up the truth and get justice for the crime that was committed.  Then we are transported back to 1921 and whisked into the life of Will Tillman, a 17 year old boy growing up during the midst of segregation and the uprising of the KKK.

Both stories will keep you on the very edge of your seat. Your heart will open up to these characters and during the moments you are not reading, you will be left thinking about them, wondering how their story ends.

Jennifer Latham penned an unforgettable coming-of-age story. She not only crafted beautiful characters but she brought forward a piece of history that I had not known about. She left me wanting to learn so much more about this time in history. It's pacing is perfect and will leave you flying through the pages with a burning intensity. Dreamland Burning will forever stay with me and I cannot wait for Jennifer Latham's future work!




Monday, April 10, 2017

Netflix Review: 13 Reasons Why


Release Date: March 31st, 2017
Creator: Jay Asher(book)
Creator: Brian Yorky
Time: 60 Minutes
Rating: Mature
Thirteen Reasons Why, based on the best-selling books by Jay Asher, follows teenager Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers a group of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) -his classmate and crush-who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah unfolds an emotional audio diary, detailing the thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, Thirteen Reasons Why weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect viewers. Written by Studio






To say that I wasn't prepared for the impact this show was going to have on me would be an understatement. The book itself left me emotional, but seeing all of this pain and all of this heartbreak unfold right in front of your eyes is a whole other story. All of me wanted to devour this series but I held back. I wanted to savour each moment of this story. I resisted the urge to binge watch and I am so glad I did. I know I would have loved it just the same, but I am so glad I gave myself time to process each episode.

First off, a standing ovation to the spectacular cast. There isn't a word grand enough to describe what an outstanding job they all did. If there was ever the opportunity for a Netflix series to be nominated for the Oscars, this would be it. Each actor and actress gave an academy-award winning performance. I was continually blown away as each episode went by as I watched their stories come to life. Taking on the task of playing these characters would be no easy feat for even the most seasoned of actors, and this cast delivered each character flawlessly. In fact, they brought a whole new dimension to this story. Although this series was created because of the book, they really made it into something that stands so strongly on it's own.

I love the fact that Netflix picked this up. I love that 13 Reasons Why was given the freedom it needed to really tell the story. They pushed the boundaries, they went honest. The show was graphic and at times intentionally cringe-worthy. There were times that made it uncomfortable to watch because they wanted to capture the real and raw intensity of those moments. 13 Reasons Why truly shows us what how our actions can affect someone.

Katherine Langford took the Hannah we all grew to love and brought her to life. It is rare that an actor can live up to the potential of a character, but in this case, she not only played Hannah, she became Hannah. I did not see Katherine Langford once throughout the series, I saw Hannah Baker, the pained, broken, witty and lovely Hannah Baker.

Let's talk about Dylan Minette(Clay Jensen). I loved him in Don't Breath and was thrilled when I learned I'd get to see him again in 13 Reasons Why. What I wasn't expecting was to be so entranced by his performance. He is a powerhouse. At the young age of 20 years old, he has proven that he can stand not only beside the best of actors, but above them. His preformance struck my heart. I will always see Clay Jensen as Dylan Minette and that is just how I want it. I couldn't imagine anyone else doing Clay Jensen justice.

Now, let's address the soundtrack. My notes from this series mostly consist of the music that played throughout each episode. Kudos to Eskmo and the entire sound production for putting together one of the best soundtracks I have ever heard. Each moment that was captured was intensified by the most perfect song choice. And, I know I am not the only one that was hypnotized by the Dance scene between Clay and Hannah, and that song that made the entire moment, The Night We Met by Lord Huron.



I am in mourning over the end of this series. I had no idea the impact this show was going to have on me. If I was told I'd have to erase the memory of every show/film I'd ever seen, but could save only one, it would be 13 Reasons Why. This show sprung so many emotions and questions inside of me. It is a show that I want to share with our youth. Schools need to be picking this up to share with their classes. I truly believe that this show could change lives. It moved me in a way that no other production has ever moved me. I hope the cast gets the recognition that they ALL so deserve. And of course, Jay Asher, the man himself that changed our lives with 13 Reasons Why







Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho

A Good Idea
Release Date: February 28th, 2017
Publisher: Penguin | Viking for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 368 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Can the right kind of boy get away with killing the wrong kind of girl?
Fin and Betty’s close friendship survived Fin’s ninth-grade move from their coastal Maine town to Manhattan. Calls, letters, and summer visits continued to bind them together, and in the fall of their senior year, they both applied to NYU, planning to reunite for good as roommates.
Then Betty disappears. Her ex-boyfriend Calder admits to drowning her, but his confession is thrown out, and soon the entire town believes he was coerced and Betty has simply run away. Fin knows the truth, and she returns to Williston for one final summer, determined to get justice for her friend, even if it means putting her loved ones—and herself—at risk.
But Williston is a town full of secrets, where a delicate framework holds everything together, and Fin is not the only one with an agenda. How much is she willing to damage to get her revenge and learn the truth about Betty’s disappearance, which is more complicated than she ever imagined—and infinitely more devastating?

I stumbled across A Good Idea when I was perusing the bookstore. The haunting cover was enough stop me in my tracks but it was the mysterious premise that wrapped its fingers around me and lured me in. I am a sucker for a good thriller and A Good Idea did not disappoint.

The writing was excellent. Cristina Moracho delivered a bold cast of characters that stood strong on their own. She intertwined these strong characters with a dark and twisted tale. You think everyone knows everything in small towns, but Moracho put that assumption to bed. Even in the smallest of towns secrets can find the darkest of corners and hide.

Aside from the great writing, I think what I loved most about A Good Idea was its ability to stand out among other "Young Adult" novels. Moracho didn't shy away from what others may call racy or risque. There is sex, drugs and murder and it's YOUNG ADULT. I loved that about this book!

I read and enjoyed Althea and Oliver which is another book by Cristina Moracho, but I found that Moracho really found her way with A Good Idea. It felt like a more authentic reading experience.

A Good Idea definitely satisfied by thriller sweet tooth and left me with a major book hangover! Although it's a decent 370 pages, I flew through it, simply not able to put it down. You will devour it hungrily, dying to know what the real truth is!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Meme Monday!

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Story of my life right now!

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This LITERALLY happened to me last night.

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Almost all the dreamy men I "meet" are fictionalšŸ˜œ

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Pretty accurate...

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Us Bookworms always get underestimated

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No loss like mourning over a book.

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So much truth!

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It's sad that I actually relate to this...a lot! 

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The struggle is real!

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Oh the stress!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Most Anticipated YA Releases: April


What Girls Are Made Of
This is not a story of sugar and spice and everything nice.
When Nina Faye was fourteen, her mother told her there was no such thing as unconditional love. Nina believed her. Now Nina is sixteen. And she'll do anything for the boy she loves, just to prove she's worthy of him. But when he breaks up with her, Nina is lost. What is she if not a girlfriend? What is she made of?
Broken-hearted, Nina tries to figure out what the conditions of love are. She's been volunteering at a high-kill animal shelter where she realizes that for dogs waiting to be adopted, love comes only to those with youth, symmetry, and quietness. She also ruminates on the strange, dark time her mother took her to Italy to see statues of saints who endured unspeakable torture because of their unquestioning devotion to the divine. Is this what love is?
Release Date: April 1st, 2017

The Last Thing You Said
Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief. Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other.
Release Date: April 4th, 2017


Duels and Deception
Miss Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father's choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Confident in those arrangements, Lydia has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan.
Until Lydia—and Robert along with her—is kidnapped. Someone is after her fortune and won't hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it. With Robert's help, Lydia strives to keep her family's good name intact and expose whoever is behind the devious plot. But as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder whether her carefully planned future is in fact what she truly wants…
Release: April 11th, 2017

Letters to the Lost
Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.
Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.
When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.
Release: April 4th, 2017


Missing
The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve’s End is that soon she’ll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They’re better off taking a chance elsewhere.
The only thing Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.
But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they’re all missing?
Release: April 18th, 2017


The Inconceivable Life of Quinn
Quinn Cutler is sixteen and the daughter of a high-profile Brooklyn politician. She’s also pregnant, a crisis made infinitely more shocking by the fact that she has no memory of ever having sex. Before Quinn can solve this deeply troubling mystery, her story becomes public. Rumors spread, jeopardizing her reputation, her relationship with a boyfriend she adores, and her father’s campaign for Congress. Religious fanatics gather at the Cutlers’ home, believing Quinn is a virgin, pregnant with the next messiah. Quinn’s desperate search for answers uncovers lies and family secrets—strange, possibly supernatural ones. Might she, in fact, be a virgin?

Release: April 4th, 2017



Alex, Approximately
In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.
Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.
Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter.
And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately


Release Date: April 4th, 2017 

Alex and Eliza: A Love Story

1777. Albany, New York. As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.
Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bastard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.
Release Date: April 11th, 2017

Fireworks
It was always meant to be Olivia. She was the talented one, the one who had been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend, Dana, was the level-headed one, always on the sidelines, cheering her best friend along.

But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who’s never sung more than Olivia’s backup. Dana, who wasn’t even looking for fame. Next thing she knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who’s destined to be the next big thing.

It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift . . . and there’s only room at the top for one girl. For Olivia, it’s her chance at her dream. For Dana, it’s a chance to escape a future that seems to be closing in on her. And for these lifelong best friends, it’s the adventure of a lifetime—if they can make it through.

Set in evocative 1990s Orlando, New York Times bestselling author Katie Cotugno’s Fireworks brings to life the complexity of friendship, the excitement of first love, and the feeling of being on the verge of greatness.
Release Date: April 11th, 2017 

Alone in Paris
Breathe, Taylor.
Taylor Clay's family isn't exactly perfect. They may look the part with the nice, big house and her dad's fancy job, but that's what's tearing them apart. That, and her dad's sudden recurring drinking problem.Though her family is close to falling apart, she never wished for something like this to happen. She never wished for her father to drive off a bridge. Especially not while they were on vacation; especially not when her and her mom were in the car with him at the time.
Breathe.
She's devastated after the fact. And it isn't helping that the papers are gossiping about how the pristine lawyer could have driven off the bridge on purpose. And just when she thinks nothing could possibly make things worse, she realizes she's left alone with no relatives to care for her.So she's alone. Her parents are dead. And she's stuck in the country her family was visiting for their vacation. She's alone in Paris.
Just breathe.
Then Nathan walks into the picture. Funny, snarky, persistent, and sometimes, just flat out rude, he annoys Taylor to no end. He won't leave her alone, but Taylor doesn't know whether or not she should push him away.
Release Date: April 1st, 2017 

To see more YA books that are hitting shelves in April, click HERE and add them to your TBR!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bookish Tattoos: Part One

Have you ever wanted to take the plunge and mark yourself permantly with your favourite literary character, quote or just declare your love for reading?

Bookish Tattoos are becoming more and more popular, and it makes it more and more tempting for me to finally take the plunge...but we'll see...

For now, let us admire the brave ones who shared their love for books!

Love this literary tattoo. Though, the quote on the bottom is actually paraphrased from Alice in Wonderland, not Walt Disney. I could do without the Wonderland since I'm not a Alice fan. Wonder what I could put in it's place...:
I absolutely ADORE this one! It captures so much in one little design!

I love Literary tattoos !  This is the last line from HP & the Deathly Hallows.:
For those Harry Potter fans. This one speaks volumes but is very discreet. 

An "alternate definition of a bookspine."  From author R.K. Ryals, via Facebook.:
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A tattoo of us tackling our 'To be Read' pile!

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The Lorax
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I LOVE this one!

Perks of Being a Wallflower Tattoos.
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I adore the simplicity of this tattoo. The font choice is perfect!

There are so many amazing bookish tattoos out there, so expect to see many posts coming up showing off some literary skin art!

 

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