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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. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

Dangerous Lies
Release Date: November 10th, 2015
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 384 Pages
Series: N/A
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author:
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She does not belong in Thunder Basin, Nebraska. As the star witness in a murder trial against a drug dealer, Stella is now in the Witness Protection Program. The small-town locals can never know who she really is. Not even Chet Falconer, the one boy who makes her want to reveal her true self. She knows that telling the truth will only bring violence to this safe haven.
Despite how hard Stella tries to stay under the radar, danger is fast approaching. Criminals have a way of getting rid of witnesses, and Stella may have made the one mistake that could lead the cold-blooded men hunting for her right to her doorstep.

As crazy bookworms yourselves, you know that we accumulate more books than we read. Because of this I will put myself on a 'book buying ban' from time to time...honestly, it usually ends up in complete failure. That is how Dangerous Lies came in my possession. I frequent the gym every day, but my gym is attached to a mall, so I just walk through the mall every day to get to said gym. They always have their hottest reads displayed and EVERY DAY I would walk by Dangerous Lies. It's cover beckoning me and it's enticing premise intriguing me But, I resisted and would walk away. This lasted a week! A week of pure torture! Finally, it was a gloomy, rainy Friday and while walking to the gym I plucked the book up and carried it with a smile to the cashier. Self control be damned!

With all this anticipation and temptation I had high expectations for Dangerous Lies. I was nervous that that week of pure torture wouldn't pay off. Well, that was a foolish thought! Dangerous Lies was everything I hoped it would be and so much more!

From the very beginning you're thrust right into the middle of Stella's life being turned upside down. Imagine being ripped away from everything you know and being uprooted to someplace new all alone. No friends, no family and scared for your life. Becca Fitzpatrick did a tremendous job at illustrating Stella's anger and isolation. It radiated off of the pages. You're immediately drawn to Stella and develop an almost protective-like relationship with her.

Her relationship with Carmina, her new guardian, a retired cop from the Midwest with a strong faith, begins turbulent. Stella taking out her anger on anyone around her. But, after some time and some strong rules of Carmina's, Stella begins to settle into the small Midwestern town and slowly develops a routine. Enter Chet, SWOON! Chet's character reminded me so much of Garrett Hedlund from Georgia Rule. This couldn't have just been me?!

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He was charming and caring but a little sad behind the eyes. Chet comes with a background story that will leave you reaching for the tissues. Watching Chet's and Stella's friendship blossom was such a sweet treat. The funny insults and tender moments left you falling in love with them. 

Dangerous Lies comes with a lot of thrilling suspense. It is not your average YA novel. It packs a lot of punch and will leave you on the edge of your seat. I found myself wanting to savour the novel, taking my time, but that was impossible because I was flying through the pages utterly devouring it. Dying to know how this story ends!

I am so happy I broke my book buying ban for this one. Totally worth it!

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 fictional­čśť

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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!


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