Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brant

Pretty Girls Dancing
Release Date: January 18th, 2018
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Pages: 370 Pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Netgalley
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

Years ago, in the town of Saxon Falls, young Kelsey Willard disappeared and was presumed dead. The tragedy left her family with a fractured life—a mother out to numb the pain, a father losing a battle with his own private demons, and a sister desperate for closure. But now another teenage girl has gone missing. It’s ripping open old wounds for the Willards, dragging them back into a painful past, and leaving them unprepared for where it will take them next.
Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent Mark Foster has stumbled on uncanny parallels in the lives of the two missing girls that could unlock clues to a serial killer’s identity. That means breaking down the walls of the Willards’ long-guarded secrets and getting to a truth that is darker than he bargained for. Now, to rescue one missing girl, he must first solve the riddles that disappeared with another: Kelsey Willard herself. Dead or alive, she is his last hope.

Pretty Girls Dancing was one of the most compelling thrillers I have ever read. I was completely enthralled from beginning to end. Though it may only come in a 370-page package, this book packs so much. It is a haunting representation of the dark and ugly things that happen in the world. The ripple effect of a tragedy that threads and weaves its way forever into the lives of its victims. 

Author, Kylie Brant, will capture your attention from the very first page and will keep you in her grasp until the very end. She crafted a heartbreaking tale that is told from the perspectives of various different characters. Each character is struggling with their own skeletons and heartache. I loved the subplots of their own stories interwoven with the main storyline. It really made it a dynamic read! The author also delivered the story in such a way where each character breakaway ended with a little bit of a cliffhanger. Leaving you craving for more. I don't think I've ever enjoyed every character in a book like I did in the Pretty Girls Dancing. I truly loved what each character had to offer!

Pretty Girls Dancing is an enthralling reading experience that will keep you engrossed the whole way through. You will be taken down a dark road that will keep you guessing until the very last minute!

“No one got out of a personal tragedy unscathed. The wounds didn’t go away. It was just a matter of how well each person covered them.” 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett

Release Date: January 30th, 2018
Publisher: Penguin Teen
Genre: Young Adult
Format: NetGalley
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Twitter
Buy the Book: AmazonCA | Amazon

Seventeen-year-old Greer, a scholarship girl at a prestigious private school, St Aidan the Great School (known as STAGS), soon realizes that the school is full of snobs and spoilt rich brats, many of whom come from aristocratic families who have attended the institute throughout the centuries. She's immediately ignored by her classmates. All the teachers are referred to as Friars (even the female ones), but the real driving force behind the school is a group of prefects known as the Medievals, whose leader, Henry de Warlencourt, Greer finds both strangely intriguing as well as attractive. The Medievals are all good-looking, clever and everyone wants to be among their circle of friends. Greer is therefore surprised when she receives an invitation from Henry to spend a long weekend with him and his friends at his family house in the Lake District, especially when she learns that two other "outsiders" have also been invited: Shafeen and Chanel. As the weekend unfolds, Greer comes to the chilling realization that she and two other "losers" were invited only because they were chosen to become prey in a mad game of manhunt.


S.T.A.G.S. was such a fun and thrilling reading experience. A refreshing storyline and a superb character cast made this book a wildly good time!

Greer is a seventeen-year-old girl that isn't quite fitting in at St. Aidan the Great School(STAGS). Filled with pretentious snobs and spoiled rich kids but the Medievals are the real rulers of STAGS. A group teenagers with perfectly coiffed hair and bedazzling beauty. In this group is Henry de Warlencourt, the leader of the pack. It is at Henry's estate where the Huntin' Shootin' and Fishin' party is hosted every year. Greer and 2 other "outsiders" are invited to this extravagant weekend and the games quickly begin! 

Bennett crafted a witty and gripping tale that left me both jaw-dropped and amazed. Her writing style had so much depth and crafted such wonderful and unique characters. I also have to point out the epic movie references. As a movie buff myself, I loved every shoutout to all the great flicks and now I feel I need to sit down for an awesome movie night in honour of this book. 

I know this may sound like a totally savage thing to say but I would love to see this book hit the silver screen. I think it would make a phenomenal Netflix series! I could totally see Lucky Blue Smith and Amandla Stenberg starring in this!
Henry de Warlencourt                                     Greer

Though this novel is considered a Young Adult, I think any audience who's looking for a rip-roaring good time would enjoy this book!

"Well, Jeffrey," I said, trying to style it out, "Shit just got real."

Monday, January 8, 2018

A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis

A Map of the Dark (The Searchers #1)
Release Date: January 2nd, 2018
Publisher: Mulholland Books | Little, Brown and Company
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Pages: 304 Pages
Series: The Searches #1
Format: Arc
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

A girl, missing
A woman, searchingA killer, planning...A thrilling new FBI series for fans of Tess Gerritsen and Karin Slaughter. FBI Agent Elsa Myers finds missing people.She knows how it feels to be lost...Though her father lies dying in a hospital north of New York City, Elsa cannot refuse a call for help. A teenage girl has gone missing from Forest Hills, Queens, and during the critical first hours of the case, a series of false leads hides the fact that she did not go willingly.With each passing hour, as the hunt for Ruby deepens into a search for a man who may have been killing for years, the case starts to get underneath Elsa's skin. Everything she has buried - her fraught relationship with her sister and niece, her self-destructive past, her mother's death - threatens to resurface, with devastating consequences.In order to save the missing girl, she may have to lose herself...and return to the darkness she's been hiding from for years.

A Map of the Dark is everything I love about thrillers! Though this book is about the heart-racing attempt to find a missing girl, there is a haunting sub-plot/backstory that was unexpected and heartbreaking. 

If you were a fan of the AMC/Netflix series The Killing than I am almost certain that you will love this novel. I found many traits in Elsa that reminded me of Agent Linden from The Killing. Elsa is passionate and lives and breathes her cases. Even though she is fighting her own demons and caring for her dying father, she cannot resist the urge to help when a teenage girl vanishes into thin air. I loved Elsa's character, her will to solve the case vibrates off of the pages. She has strength but there are many moments of vulnerability. The author did a wonderful job at crafting Elsa. Though she seems she may have it all together, the dark shadow that looms over her quickly makes its appearance. 

The author, Karen Ellis, did a superb job at the pacing of this story. She doesn't just dish it all out a once, it is delivered slowly and delicately, but it also doesn't drone on with unnecessary dialogue and filler. Every detail and moment plays an intricate part of the entire story.

I enjoyed every single minute of A Map of the Dark. It's a fast-paced, nail-biting reading experience that will have you hooked from page one. 

"And then, suddenly, she isn't ignoring you--she's gone"

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Top 20 YA Most Anticipated Books of 2018


There are plenty of books I am dying to get my eyes on this year! However, to save me time writing a very long winded list, I have narrowed it down to a Top 20...Don't ask how I did it. I have no idea how it happened. I think I just blindly chose 20. There were no favesies!

Links lead to Goodreads for your convenience ;)

January 20th, 2018
January 2nd, 2018
January 16th, 2018
April 24, 2018

July 31st, 2018
May 22nd, 2018
March 6th, 2018
March 6th, 2018

May 15th, 2018
March 6th, 2018
March 20th, 2018
April 3rd, 2018

August 4th, 2018
March 20th, 2018
March 6th, 2018

February 6th, 2018
April 24th, 2018
March 6th, 2018
May 8th, 2018

What books are on your 2018 Reader Bucket List?

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2018 Bookworm Resolutions

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A new year is approaching. And with that comes a bucketload of resolutions we put on ourselves: Get healthier, eat better, go back to school, etc. But it doesn't end there! Us bookworms also make book/reading resolutions. Book sets we want to finish, authors we want to meet, genres we want to try, and more! So, for 2018, these are my Bookworm Resolutions

1. Tackle a Book that intimidates me
I tell ya, IT by Stephen King has been weighing down my bookshelf for quite some time. I am determined to get to it this year. Have you seen it? It's MASSIVE! 

2. Complete a series!
I am notorious for completing book one in a series and then never getting beyond that. I am DETERMINED to finally finish one of the many sets of series' sitting on my bookshelf.

3. Be more adventurous with my reading
2017 has been a year of stepping out of my norm with my reading and I have no regrets! I have discovered some fantastic authors, characters, and books.  I will continue to broaden my reading horizon!

4. Read Diary of Anne Frank

5. Write more DISCUSSION posts. 
More blog related than reading related but it's a bookworm resolution!
6. Attend a book signing.
So many of my favourite authors stop through Toronto which is only a stone's throw away from me. I need to finally go out and meet some of them!

7. Read a Graphic novel

8.  Read more classics
Ugh, this one makes it on every resolution list...

9. Read at least 30 books from my own bookshelves!
I have far too many unread books that I own. I should challenge myself to read 10 before I'm allowed to buy another book!

10.  Relax!
I definitely put a lot of pressure on myself this year to read as many books as I could and reading started to feel like work and I actually fell into quite a few reading slumps because of that. In 2018, I plan to be more relaxed and just go with the flow. 



Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Book tree and wall art

From me to you, however you wish to spend and celebrate your day, wishing you a very merry(and bookish) day! 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)
Release Date: June 4th, 2007(first published 1934)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Mystery | Fiction
Pages: 275 Pages
Series: Hercule Poirot #10
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

The murderer is with us - on the train now..."
Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again...


All aboard FOR this murderous gem! Murder on the Orient Express is a wicked good time! My interest was piqued by this story as soon as I learned about the film remake hitting theaters(with a star-studded cast). I have to admit that this is my first Agatha Christie novel but it will not be my last!

Murder, lies, dark secrets, all unfolding before your eyes, what more could you want?! I feel it's unnecessary commenting on Christie's writing style. She is a legend in literary world for a reason. She penned colourful, stand out characters that leapt right off the pages. You can smell their perfume. The scent of cigars filling the air. The crisp air of the winter's evening raising goosebumps. The Murder on the Orient Express comes to life. The novel is written with the beautiful, rich language of the time of it's original publication, 1934, which made for a more authentic reading experience. 

The Murder on the Orient Express is far more than a mystery novel. As each piece of the puzzle is slowly making it's way into place, you are still left completely unaware of the final outcome until the very last pages. A twist that you will not see coming! 

I did not expect to enjoy this novel as much as I did. A true gem in every sense of the word. A wildly entertaining ride. Buckle up, you're in for a treat!

“What's wrong with my proposition?"
Poirot rose. "If you will forgive me for being personal - I do not like your face.” - Hercule Poirot
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