Thursday, July 20, 2017

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Little & Lion
Release Date: August 8th, 2017
Publisher: Little Brown | Hachette Canada
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 336 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher for honest review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn't sure if she'll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new...the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel's disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself--or worse. 
This is the book that you didn't know you so badly needed! Little & Lion is a relevant and raw story about love and a bond between a brother and sister. It delves into the depths of mental illness, giving you an inside look at the affect it can have on a family.

The YA book scene has been introducing more and more LGBT characters and I can't put into words how much I love this and how important I think it is. We are living in a world where acceptance is being tested. People are falling back into the shadows with the fear of being ostracized for who they are. The more we have strong role models, in fiction and real life, the more we can rally together, stand strong and live our most authentic life.

The book comes from the perspective of Suzette(Little) who is struggling to define who she is. Brandy Colbert delivers Little's story at a perfect pace. Piece by piece we learn Little's back story and how she was brought to the position she is currently in. Throughout the novel we are also introduced to an outstanding cast of characters. Lionel(Lion) is Little's stepbrother but they share a very deep bond that some straight blood relatives don't even have. They are deeply connected and that radiates off of the pages. Lion was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder and we witness throughout the novel the effects this has on Lion, his process on living with this new diagnoses and how the family is coming to terms with it.

Little & Lion is a coming-of-age story. We watch so many characters grow throughout the entirety of this novel, even Little and Lion's parents. Each character has a colourful back story and you won't be able to help falling in love with each one.

If I had to sum up Little & Lion in one word I would say: Diverse. It has a very diverse cast of characters and an even more diverse storyline. It goes there. It gets raw and the author tells it like it is. She crafted bold characters that have very powerful voices; and I believe these voices will speak to all of the readers that have the privilege of reading this story. I believe with books like this, we can change the world. We are taking the right steps but stories like Little & Lion really put things on the map and into action!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Rosie, Girl by Julie Shepard

Rosie Girl
Release Date: July 11th, 2017
Publisher: Penguin Teen | Putnam
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 256 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: From publisher for an honest review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

After her father passes away, seventeen-year-old Rosie is forced to live with her abusive stepmom Lucy and her deadbeat boyfriend, Judd, who gives Rosie the sort of looks you shouldn’t give your girlfriend’s step-daughter. Desperate for a way out, Rosie would do just about anything to escape the life she’s been handed. Then she finds a letter her dad wrote years ago, a letter confessing that Rosie's birth mother isn't dead, as she believed, but alive somewhere—having left them when Rosie was a little girl for reasons he won't reveal. Rosie resolves to find her birth mom, and she'll put everything on the line to make that happen. She hires a PI paid for by her best friend, Mary, who turns tricks for money. Unlike Rosie, Mary's no delicate flower and when she sees the opportunity to make some cash and help out her closest friend, she takes it. Romance blooms when the PI Rosie hires hands the case off to his handsome nephew Mac, but Rosie struggles to keep her illicit activities with Mary a secret. Things begin to unravel when Rosie starts getting creepy anonymous texts from johns looking for Mary. And then there's Mary, the one person Rosie can count on, who's been acting strangely all of a sudden. As Rosie and Mary get closer to finally uncovering the truth about Rosie's mom, Rosie comes face to face with a secret she never saw coming. With the ultimate unreliable narrator and twists and turns around every corner, Rosie Girl is an unforgettable tale of identity, devotion and desperation.
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That, fellow bookworms is how you write a book! Bravo, Julie Shepard, bravo!

Rosie, Girl will capture you heart from page one. I finished this book in nearly one sitting; believe me, I tried to slow down and savour every moment, but I simple couldn't peel my eyes away. I devoured it, searching for the answers just as desperately as Rosie. Rosie, Girl stole my heart and has yet to give it back. 

In this character driven novel the author weaves a delicate tale about a young girl and her fervent quest for answers. Shepard also tells the story about fierce friendship and the lengths these girls will go for one another. It's equally heartwarming as it is heartbreaking. There are moments that will make you cringe, gasp and tie your stomach in knots. There are moments that will make your heart flutter, skip a beat and your lips turn up in a smile. 

If like me, you will immediately fall in love with Rosie. Given the hand that she was dealt she is, for the most part, a happy teenage girl. She has a great sense of humour that makes some harsh moments a little bit lighter. Mary is tough as nails. There is some darkness that follows her around, and when reading, you will find out why, but one thing is undeniable, Mary and Rosie are deeply connected, a bond that is unbreakable. 

I adored Mac. Another quick-witted character that lightened up the mood at times. He was also a kind and gentle character that put his soul into helping Rosie. It was a treat watching their friendship and relationship unfold.

Now, I am not one for spoilers, but I will tell you, just when you think the book is going one way, Julie Shepard will blast you with the shock of a life time. A literally gasped and was left jaw-dropped by the last page. 

Rosie, Girl stole my heart!




Monday, July 3, 2017

The Rattled Bones by S.M. Parker

The Rattled Bones
Release Date: August 22nd, 2017
Publisher: Simon and Schuster | Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 304 Pages
Format: Netgalley
Source: From publisher for honest review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon


Unearthing years of buried secrets, Rilla Brae is haunted by ghostly visions tied to the tainted history of a mysterious island in this haunting novel from the author of The Girl Who Fell.Maine-bred, independent Rilla Brae is no stranger to the deep. She knows the rhythms of hard work and harder seas. But when she experiences the sudden death of her father, the veil between the living and the dead blurs and she begins to be haunted by a girl on a nearby, uninhabited island. The girl floats a song over the waves, and it is as beautiful as it is terrifying. Familiar and distant.Then Rilla meets Sam, a University of Southern Maine archeology student tasked with excavating the very island where the ghostly girl has appeared. Sam sifts the earth looking for the cultural remains of an island people who were forcibly evicted by the state nearly a hundred years ago. Sam tells Rilla the island has a history no locals talk about—if they know about it at all—due to the shame the events brought to the working waterfront community. All Rilla knows for sure is that the island has always been there—an eerie presence anchored in the stormy sea. Now Sam’s work and the ghostly girl’s song lure Rilla to the island’s shores.As Rilla helps Sam to unearth the island’s many secrets, Rilla’s visions grow—until the two discover a tragedy kept silent for years. And it’s a tragedy that has everything to do with Rilla’s past. 
To say I loved The Rattled Bones would be the understatement of the year. I simply cannot think of the words to describe how much I adored this story. This darkly enchanting novel will creep its eerie words straight down to your bones.

Rilla is not your average teenage girl. She has a strong and stubborn head on her shoulders and can stand equal, if not above, the finest and most seasoned of lobsterman. Her strength and will carry her far beyond the dark and deep Maine waters. Plagued with visions after her father's untimely death, she is fiercely determined to get to the bottom of what may be haunting not just her, but her family.

The characters are the true stars of this novel, but the setting is a very close second. Parker's ability to transport you from your reading nook right into this small, Maine fishing island, right onto its haunting waters is a true talent. She crafted such a beautiful view that you can almost smell and taste the salty air.

I can assure you that you've likely not read a story quite like The Rattled Bones. It's originality and hauntingly beautiful storyline makes for a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

I loved Sam. I can't say that enough. I love, love, LOVED him. You want your way into my heart? Be kind-hearted and have a sense of humor, and that was Sam. He was funny and quick witted, yet cared so deeply for Rilla.

If you're looking for a book that will hook you, that will cast you under it's spell than The Rattled Bones is the book that you want. Beautiful, in-depth characters, a stunning setting and an unforgettable story will leave you reeling at the end...Like what I did there...

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!

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