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”

New Releases

October 2019 New Releases:

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Wow September felt like it went by pretty quick! Autumn has finally come and it’s the season for sweaters, cardigans, and scarfs. It’s also the month for Halloween, the perfect reading atmosphere for these new books. 

The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith (release date: October 1 2019)

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The first book in a new adult fantasy series about unfinished books by their authors residing inside the Library of the Unwritten Hell, and it is up to the Librarians to track down any restless characters who emerge from these unfinished books. This book sounds like it’s right up my alley as I also started reading another series similar to this one called the Invisible Library. I can’t wait to see how this story is written! Continue reading “October 2019 New Releases:”

Book Review

Review: Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaffer

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Rating: 4 out of 5 hoots

Published: September 3 2019

Number of pages: 432

Format: advanced reading copy

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Genre: urban fantasy, horror, mystery, paranormal

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

Nita escaped her kidnappers and is running away from the black market. Now all she wants to do is live her life without having to look over her shoulder. But when the video of her self-healing herself comes out on the Internet, Nita becomes the target for the black market again. So to keep herself safe she makes herself be feared, that way no one will dare to come after her.

With Kovit back, her plans begin to backfire but Nita is sure that after she takes her revenge on Fabricio for betraying her, she is sure that her plan will work. But killing Fabricio is hard work even with Kovit and yet, Nita is determined to kill him at all costs.

My Review:

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

It was a year ago after I read Not Even Bones and I remember thinking how intense and thrilling it was to watch Nita’s character grow from a naive girl working inside her parent’s basement to a survivor who escaped from her kidnappers and destroyed the black market. She had help escaping from a zannie name Kovit. A zannie is an unnatural creature that has a hunger for pain to stay alive. Normally, it would be wise to stay away from a zannie but this particular one chose to stay with Nita after she was detained inside her cage. But now Nita is outside of her cage and has a thirst for revenge against the boy who started her kidnapping. Continue reading “Review: Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaffer”

Book Review

September 2019 New Releases

Wow to think it’s September already. Did anyone else feel like summer went by pretty quick?

All those days of hot weather and clear sunny skies are coming to an end as we approach cooler weather, rainy days, and of course who can forget pumpkin spice. I feel like whenever I see pumpkin spice anything you know that fall is approaching. This is also the busiest season for books as there are a lot of anticipated new releases coming out in this time of year.

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Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaffer (release date September 3)

The sequel to Not Even Bones and the ARC that I am currently reading. After Nita escapes from her kidnappers she seeks her revenge on the boy who betrayed her. The first book was so intense and deceptive and after halfway through this sequel, I am on a thrill ride with the characters Nita and Kovit. My full review to come very soon! Continue reading “September 2019 New Releases”