Monday, August 19, 2019

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph
Release Date: August 20th, 2019
Publisher: Hachette Canada | Little Brown for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 336 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Honest Review
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Dove "Birdie" Randolph works hard to be the perfect daughter and follow the path her parents have laid out for her: She quit playing her beloved soccer, she keeps her nose buried in textbooks, and she's on track to finish high school at the top of her class. But then Birdie falls hard for Booker, a sweet boy with a troubled past...whom she knows her parents will never approve of.When her estranged aunt Carlene returns to Chicago and moves into the family's apartment above their hair salon, Birdie notices the tension building at home. Carlene is sweet, friendly, and open-minded--she's also spent decades in and out of treatment facilities for addiction. As Birdie becomes closer to both Booker and Carlene, she yearns to spread her wings. But when long-buried secrets rise to the surface, everything she's known to be true is turned upside down.

Brandy Colbert made me an instant fan the second I finished Little & Lion. It still remains one of my favourite YA reads and one of my most recommended. What Colbert does so greatly is the representation of her characters. Her books are inclusive. And she writes each character with such compassion and authenticity. 

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph is no different. With diverse characters and a realistic storyline, there will be many that will find this book relatable. Whether you are in the heart of your teenage years now or are looking back on your youth, you will find a part of yourself inside this book. Her writing style is one my my favourite qualities of her books. This story is a beautiful slow burn. She allows time for the characters' stories to unfold. No need for rushing. Everything revealed at a perfect pace. I adored Dove, aka Birdie and Laz. There closeness reminding me of my own friendships both past and present. I also loved her relationship with Booker, it was a great romantic touch to the novel but it didn't overtake the whole story. It was all just a part of Birdie's story. 

The Young Adult scene is coming alive with beautiful and diverse books, and The Revolution of Birdie Randolph is another stunning addition to the genre. I cannot wait for what else Brandy Colbert has in store!










Friday, August 16, 2019

Him by Clare Empson

Him
Release Date: August 23rd, 2019
Publisher: Orion Books | Hachette Book Group Canada
Genre: Thriller | Fiction
Pages: 352 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Honest Review
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Big Little Lies meets 13 Reasons Why in this dark and suspenseful debut from a stunning new talent.
It all started with ... HIM.Catherine has become mute. She has witnessed something so disturbing that she simply can't speak - not to her husband, her children, or her friends. The doctors say the only way forward is to look into her past. Catherine needs to start with Him. Lucian.Catherine met the love of her life at university and was drawn into his elite circle of privileged, hedonistic friends. But one night it all falls apart and she leaves him, shattering his life forever.Still, fifteen years later, Lucian haunts every one of Catherine's quiet moments, and when they are unexpectedly reunited, their love reignites with explosive force.But they can't move on from what happened all those years ago. In fact, uncovering the truth will cause their lives to implode once again. This time, with disastrous consequences.

Wow! Just...Wow. I can't remember the last time a book has left me so completely speechless. The last time a book has left me in a puddle of emotion, struggling to gather myself and put it into words. Him by Clare Empson has taken me through a flurry of emotions. An unexpected dark tale of love that would make Shakespeare jealous!

Him tells the story of Catherine between past and present: 15 years ago, 4 months ago and now. Told both by Catherine and Lucian, we quickly get swept and tangled up inside the web of their lives, their passionate love affair, and the series of events that lead them to the present. Catherine and Lucian will embed themselves in your heart. They are sweet and tragic characters. The secondary character cast is just as outstanding. They bleed wealth, scandal and glamour, in almost a Great Gatsby-esque form.

What makes Him the stunning masterpiece that it is, is the brilliant writing style. It's so intelligently written. The author crafted an absolutely perfect plot with characters that will make your heart swell. It was a deliciously heartbreaking reading experience. 

This story took me by complete surprise. I had no idea how invested I would get with these characters and their stories. A gripping, thrilling and heartbreaking tale of love. 

Monday, August 5, 2019

Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

The Turn of the Key
Release Date: August 6th, 2019
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Genre: Thriller | Suspense
Pages: 384 Pages
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Honest Review
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When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.
What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.It was everything.She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.
Turn of a Key is a spooky thriller that will curl its ghostly fingertips around you and keep you spellbound until you've reached the very end!

This is only my second Ruth Ware book but I have to say, she knows how to pen a real page-turner! I was completely captivated by this story, devouring it eagerly and left thinking about it during those painful times I couldn't be reading it. Turn of a Key follows Rowan Caine, a daycare employee that stumbles upon a job ad that is too good to be true. The novel unfolds at the perfect pace! Slowly unraveling bit by bit, amping up the thrilling and mysterious plot. The book is an eerie whodunnit that will have you eating out of the palm of its hand. 

I really loved Rowan's character. She is far more than meets the eye and I have to say, her twist was completely unpredictable and left me jaw dropped. I was stunned. It was pleasantly unexpected! Ware's writing style is impeccable, completely drawing you in, and leaving you wanting more after you've turned the last page. 

Turn of the Key was exactly what I want in a suspenseful thriller and more. Don't worry about getting too comfortable when settling in to read it, you'll just end up on the edge of your seat anyways! 
 
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