Book Review

Review: Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

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Published: July 7 2020

Number of pages: 336

Format: electronic advanced reading copy

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Genre: fantasy, romance

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

Soraya has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens. She is cursed to be poisonous to the touch and she must decide if she’s willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time.

A demon is inside the dungeons and holds the knowledge that she craves, the answer to her freedom. And above is a young man who isn’t afraid of Soraya with an understanding of who she is beneath the poison. Soraya thought she knew her place in the world, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she wonders who she is and who she is becoming.

My Review:

I received an advanced reading copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Quick note: I received the advanced reading copy late and I took my time reading it because July was a weird month for me. A lot of things were happening to me for the past two months that it was hard for me to focus on reading and writing this review.  Continue reading “Review: Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust”

Book Review

Review: Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen

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Published: May 5 2020

Number of pages: 464

Format: electronic advanced reading copy

Publisher: Tor Teen

Genre: fantasy, romance

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

 

Summary:

Lydia is a scholar who finds herself tangled up in the plots of the most powerful man in the Calendar Empire. With her life in danger she escapes to the far side of the Endless Seas and is entrapped in a foreign war. Killian is marked by the God of War but his gifts fail him after the Corrupter invades Mudamora. Disgraced, he vows his sword to the crown princess but his oath and loyalty are put into a test. After Mudamora falls beneath the armies of the Corruptor, Lydia and Killian strike a bargain to save those they love the most until there are consequences they both must face to survive.

My Review:

An electronic advanced reading copy was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Funny story, I didn’t know this was a sequel in a series, I honestly thought this was a standalone. I was very surprised to have found this out after I received the electronic ARC! I wasn’t sure what to do as I only had 60 days to read the ARC, and with my job I wasn’t sure I could start and finish the first book on time. Plus the libraries are closed so that didn’t give me a lot of options. I decided to just dive right into Dark Skies and review it as it is without any knowledge about the first book. So here goes my review.  Continue reading “Review: Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen”

Book Review

Review: Defy or Defend by Gail Carriger

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Published: May 3 2020

Number of pages: 240

Format: electronic advanced reading copy

Publisher: Gail Carriger LLC

Genre: espionage, romantic comedy, supernatural

Audience: adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

A vampire hive descending into madness. A beautiful spy with a sparkly plan. A handsome bodyguard who must keep both vampires and the spy from killing each other. A charming story of espionage, love, and makeovers set in the Parasol Protectorate universe.

My Review:

An electronic advanced reading copy was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Minor spoilers below!

I just want to say a big thank you to Gail Carriger for reaching out to me about her next new book in the Delightfully Deadly series. This series is the spin off from the Finishing School books and follows after Poison or Protect.

Dimity Plumleigh-Teignmott is back! For those who don’t know or haven’t read The Finishing Schools series, Dimity is Sophronia’s best friend and sidekick with a love for all things sparkly, hence her codename Sparkles in this story. After graduating, Dimity has earned her place in the Honey Bee where she takes on espionage missions for the War Office. A fitting position for a Finishing School graduate who has a knack for flirting while gaining many marriage proposals from her unsuspecting targets, and keeping dangerous yet, fashionable weapons hidden in her purse.  Continue reading “Review: Defy or Defend by Gail Carriger”

News and Updates

I’M BAAACK (and other updates)

Hello all,

During these difficult times, it’s hard to find ways to preoccupy yourself when you’re self isolating and distancing yourself from other people. And with the reports and cases you hear in the news and social media everyday, it can be really stressful. These past two weeks alone has given me anxiety as I try to limit myself from going outside except when I have to work. But the challenge of isolating myself when I’m not working is that I get bored easily. One thing that’s help me get through this is knowing that everyday when I am limiting myself to go outside, I am doing it for my mom and her health. We all have to make compromises but we are doing it for ourselves, our family, friends, and our neighbours, so let’s all try to be kind and work together on supporting one another.

In a positive outlook, I’ve started reading books again. Not just manga, although I’ve been alternating between reading manga series this past months, but I’ve also received unsolicited advanced reading copies from Raincoast Books. I’m currently reading an ebook Dark Skies which after I received my copy, I later found out in Goodreads that it is a sequel to a new YA series. I haven’t read the first book and yet I’m already reading the sequel. I feel weird telling the publisher who sent me the ARC to take it back because they already sent it to me so I guess I will be reviewing this with no knowledge of the events in the first book. Raincoast Books also sent me a physical advanced reading copy of The Circus Rose with is a short read and a standalone. It reads like a middle grade story and because it’s only over 260 pages long it shouldn’t take long for me to finish.

So yes, I’m back to reading books again! I’m pretty excited with this new development and I am glad I managed to ease my way into reading books again and not just 5 straight months of reading manga (although that also counts as reading and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!) That’s all I wanted to share with anyone who is following me at the moment. I hope everyone else out there is keeping it together during these uncertain times but I really believe that this will be over and we can return back to our normal lives again.

Stay safe and healthy everyone.

News and Updates

Blogger Announcement

I’m going to be blunt here and say that I’m currently on a break. Well, I wouldn’t say currently, I have been on a break for awhile now, since December in fact. Which explains why I haven’t been presently here since my last posting. I am making an official announcement here, not just to make it officially official but well, actually yeah, that is my primary reason of announcing it.

You may or may not be wondering why I’m on a break. Well, it’s because I’ve been in this really long slump. I haven’t been reading any novels for months and I’ve been feeling less and less likely to write anything on here. Even bloggers need to take a step back and take a break from writing and that’s what I decided to do. This is only temporary, I will go back to writing after I find that lost spark again.

Meanwhile I like to thank everyone for taking the time on visiting my blog and getting to know me. I wouldn’t have kept this up if it weren’t for you. I’m making this short and sweet and end it here by saying thank you and I will be back. Take care!

New Releases

December 2019 New Releases

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Happy holidays everyone! It’s that wonderful time of year to spend with your loved ones decorating the tree, exchanging gifts, and enjoying every precious moment with family and friends as this year comes to an end. As we brave through the malls shopping for gifts, don’t forget to treat yourself with these new releases.  Continue reading “December 2019 New Releases”

New Releases

November 2019 New Releases:

november bannerDid anyone else feel like October went by pretty quick? Thanksgiving and Halloween are now over and the next BIG holiday is just around the corner. And with this holiday comes the time to start thinking about gift giving. For those of you who like to plan ahead and stay away from the chaos inside the malls in December, here is a list of November new releases that you could add to your list or if you’re looking for something comforting to read this winter.

1. The Toll by Neal Shusterman (release date: November 5 2019)

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I am very excited to see how this trilogy ends. The first two books surpassed my expectations and I am very impressed with how the story and the characters are developing. This is the conclusion set in the world where Scythes exist inside a utopian like city so that death continues to happen. The sequel was a plot twister so I’m looking forward to how it all ends. Continue reading “November 2019 New Releases:”

Book Review

Review: His Hideous Heart Edited by Dahlia Adler

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Rating: 3 out of 5 hoots

Published: September 10 2019

Number of pages: 480

Format: advanced reading copy

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Genre: goth, mystery

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

 

Summary:

Readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales and how they’ve been brought to life in thirteen unique and unforgettable ways by favourite YA authors.

My Review:

There were a few short stories that I really enjoyed. The two stories I liked were Happy Days, Sweetheart and Changling. This anthology also includes thirteen of the original Edgar Allan Poe stories the retellings are based off of too, so I’m giving this book another star. The whole anthology was alright in terms of taking some of Poe’s classic stories and rewriting them in a different setting that is either this present time or somewhere in the far future. Continue reading “Review: His Hideous Heart Edited by Dahlia Adler”