Review: Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

girls made of snow and glassPublished: September 5, 2017

Number of pages: 372

Format: ARC

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Genre: fantasy, retellng, romance, LGBTQ

Audience: YA

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

At sixteen, Mina’s mother died and her vicious magician father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. Her heart has never beat at all since then. When she moves into Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, she forms a plan: win the king’s heart, become queen, and finally know love.

At fifteen, Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers that a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do and who to be, to win back the only mother she’s ever known.

I received an advanced reading copy from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Copying and editing my words is prohibited. Read More »

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Why I’m on Hiatus (which I later start to ramble a bit)

How long am I on hiatus you ask?

I’m not sure

Why am I on hiatus?

Because…well there’s a story behind it which I will explain later

Are you going back to blogging?

Of course!

When are you coming back?

Still not sure.

Now here’s the story…Read More »

Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

norse mythology by neil gaimanRating: 5/5 owl hoots

Published: February 7 2017

Number of pages: 283

Format: hardcover

Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company

Genre: fantasy, retellng, mystery, romance,  comedy

Audience: older adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology and here, he stays true to the myths on envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin the All-Father, wise, daring and father to Thor, incredibly strong but not the wisest of gods. Loki, son of the giant and blood brother to Odin and a trickster and manipulator.

Gaiman fashions these stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the legend of the nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Once when Thor’s hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman to steal it back. But can he succeed without his beard and immense appetite to give him away? More poignant is the tale of Kvasir in which his blood is turned into mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people.

Through Gaiman’s witty prose emerge these gods with their fierce competitive natures and their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making theses ancient myths breathe life again.

My Review:

Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors sitting close to Victoria Schwab. Never have I ever been disappointed by any of his books, well there are some of his short stories that didn’t appeal to me but his novels did. So when Neil Gaiman comes out with a new book based on mythology, I immediately buy it. As a fan of Norse mythology (myself included) it didn’t surprise me that he decided to come out with this collection; he did write American Gods (now turned into a TV series) and is still one of the most weird and bizarre story I’ve read.Read More »

Review: Timekeeper by Tara Sim

timekeeper by tara simRating: 3.5/5 owl hoots

Published: November 8 2016

Number of pages: 404

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Sky Pony Prese

Genre: LGBT, romance, steampunk, fantasy

Audience: younger adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

An alternate Victorian world controlled by clocktowers where a damaged clock can fracture time, but a destroyed one could stop time completely. A young mechanic who can fix any clockwork and determined to rescue his father from a Stopped town. A series of mysterious bombings on clocktowers that could put all of England in danger. A romance that will shake the foundations of time and a boy who will do anything to risk it all.

A first book in a steampunk trilogy introducing a magical world of mythology and innovation that readers might never want to leave.

My Review:

I love reading steampunk but nowadays the genre is over saturated; we now see steampunk everywhere from YA to adult fiction and it’s almost tiring to keep up. Now when I see a new steampunk coming out that promises to be original I ask “is it really?” because we see new steampunk stories coming out that it’s really hard to promote that story as being original; most of time the story sounds the same. It takes place in Victorian England, it involves a young hero who is ahead of their time, it either has supernatural creatures and you see flying machines and dirigibles. There is also an opportunity of a romance although I haven’t read a steampunk story that had no chemistry in it. So when I heard about Timekeeper and Victoria Schwab blurbing it as “an extraordinary debut, at once familiar and utterly original” on the cover, I was hesitant. On the one hand, Victoria Schwab is my auto-favourite author but on the other, I was pretty doubtful if this was going to be an original story; as the saying goes: when you read one, you’ve read them all. Read More »

Review: Bull by David Elliott

bull by david elliottRating: 3/5 owl hoots

Published: March 28 2017

Number of pages: 200

Format: advanced reading copy

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers

Genre: retelling, myth, romance, humour

Audience: younger adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

See the story of Theseus and the Minotaur in a whole new light.

(This is very short premise from Goodreads, but it also does a good job of summarizing my experience with this story in one sentence. Read on you will see what I mean)

My Review:

I received an advance reading copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any copying and editing of my words is strictly prohibited.

I requested this ARC without closely reading the premise. I remember reading the words “retelling” and “myth” and thinking that this was going to be another retelling about the famous Greek myth, Minos and the Minotaur. I absolutely love reading stories about mythologies and the Greeks have the most interesting, entertaining, and mostly horrifying myths I’ve read. So when I learned that Bull was a retelling of the Minotaur story I automatically requested it without thinking twice. By the time the ARC arrived and I flipped the first few pages I was in for a surprise.Read More »

Review: Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage

beautiful-broken-girlsRating: 2/5 owl hoots

Published: February 21 2017

Number of pages: 338

Format: advanced reading copy

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux

Genre: contemporary, mystery, suspense, romance

Audience: younger adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads 

 

Summary:

Ben touched seven parts of Mira Cillo: her palm, hair, chest, cheek, lips, throat, and heart. It was her heart that broke her. After Mira’s death, Ben picks up the pieces to find notes she left him in the seven places that he touched her. Her notes explain why she and her sister, Francesca drowned themselves in the quarry lake. How Ben interpreted these notes has everything to do with the way he was touched by his gym coach a long time ago. But the truth behind the girl’s suicide is more complicated then Ben imagined involving a dangerous infatuation, a deadly miracle and a crushing lie.

My Review:

An advanced reading copy was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Editing and copying my review is strictly not allowed.

After reading the back of the book I was expecting a mystery thriller with suspense and a conclusion as to whodunit. I was NOT expecting a group of characters that I hate and could have avoided a horrible tragedy if they just used common sense. On the plus side, I admired Ben and his courage for taking risks in finding out the truth about the Cillo sisters and going out of his way to find every piece of hint that Mira left behind, and in the end, he did a gutsy move on how he was going to reveal the truth. Read More »

Review: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

wintersong-by-s-jae-jonesRating: 3/5 owl hoots

Published: February 7 2017

Number of pages: 448

Format: advanced reading copy

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Genre: folklore, fairy tale, dark fantasy, romance

Audience: younger adult

Get it first at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

Nineteen year old Liesl grew up hearing stories about the Goblin King, the Lord of Mischief and Ruler of the Underground. He is also the muse behind her mysterious composition. But when Liesl is burdened with the responsibilities of looking after her family, she must abandon her music and her fantasies for more practical concerns.

Then her dear sister, Kathe is kidnapped by the goblins, and Liesl must venture into the woods to rescue her. Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers a shocking realization: the Goblin King still inspires her musically, physically, and emotionally. Yet when her talent blossoms, Liesl must make an impossible choice after she decides which to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world above.

My Review:

I was provided an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Editing and copying my review is absolutely not permitted.

I was given an ARC at a book preview and one blogger highly recommended this as one of the most anticipated new release that she enjoyed. Last year it was all the buzz on social media and I missed out on all the hype and excitement as people were tweeting and posting about Wintersong. I wasn’t sure how or if I was going to enjoy this as my excitement for fantasy YA (and YA in general) has made a downturn in my life. My reading taste has changed or maybe I’ve outgrown YA, but this book didn’t disappoint me. Read More »

Blog Tour: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter:

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Welcome to today’s blog tour for Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter. This is going to be one of the largest tours that Raincoast Books is hosting (and thanks to them for doing such a good job organizing everything). Since so many participants are doing the tour, things are set up a little bit differently. Half of the bloggers will be doing the author Q&A while the other half will be providing an excerpt from the book. I’ve been chosen to present the excerpt which you can see below. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy this week’s blog tour!Read More »