Book Review

Book Review: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

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Rating: 4 out of 5 hoots

Published: February 28 2017

Number of pages: 279

Format: paperback

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Genre: fantasy, adventure

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Synopsis:

The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the whereabouts of an ancient treasure. To retrieve it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested in the thief’s abilities. When Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey to find the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, and lightens up when they share tales of the old gods and goddesses.

My Review:

So funny story, I had not heard this series until after I found about the last book, Return of the Thief that was set to release this year – until they decided to set back the publication date to next year in 2020. That means fans have another year to read the conclusion but this gives me more time to read the rest of the books, so I’m not complaining. I set myself up with no expectations before reading and as a result I was pretty surprise as to how much I really enjoyed this. Continue reading “Book Review: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner”

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Book Review

Book Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

30724132Rating: 4 out of 5 hoots

Published: April 7 2017

Number of pages: 320

Format: paperback

Publisher: Quirk Books

Genre: contemporary, romance, 

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Synopsis:

Geek girl, Elle Wittimer lives for Star Field, her favourite and classic scifi series she grew up with her father before he passed. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Star Field movie, she quickly enters with her eyes on the prize: a pass to ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a change to meet with Darian Freeman who is slated to play the Federation Prince Carmindor in the new reboot.

Teen actor, Darian Freeman used to live for cons until he became famous. Now his life is about autographs, interviews, and meet and greets. Playing Carmindor is all he wanted but the fandom thinks he isn’t good enough for the role. As ExcelsiCon draws nearer, he feels more like a fake, until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

Minor spoilers ahead!

My Review:

I have heard bloggers and book tubers raving about this book since the year it came out. I have been meaning to buy this book for awhile and I have finally got around to reading it! What we have here is a geeky love story about two characters that are opposites of each other and from different lifestyles: a celebrity bred for his looks and a fangirl who blogs, does cosplay and works part time inside a vegan food truck to pay for her con tickets, and hopefully her ticket away from her step monster mother and stepsisters.  Continue reading “Book Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston”

New Releases

March New Book Releases:

Spring has arrived! Out of the cold, freezing weather comes warmer temperatures, clear skies and sunshine. I love the spring, it’s the season of renewal and new life, with trees and plants turning green and flowers blossoming in full colour. It’s also a great time of year for new books coming out this month. My list is short but these books are worth the wait if you are into DC comics, fantasy and thriller!

297490941) Superman: Dawnbreaker

A group of YA authors were selected to pick a DC character to rewrite their story. This time it is Matt de la Pena’s turn to write Superman’s story. Superman is second on my list of favourite DC characters after Batman, and it will be amazing to see how Superman’s character is rewritten for young adult audiences. Keep in mind that Superman’s character is rewritten to fit into this story so chances are, it’s not 100% accurate to the comic book character. It’s important that you read this with an open mind and not criticize it too hard for not being accurate because it wasn’t meant to. Continue reading “March New Book Releases:”

Book Review

Book Review: What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman

36364793Rating: 4 out of 5 hoots

Published: February 26 2019

Number of pages: 304

Format: advanced reading copy

Publisher: Henry Holt

Genre: thriller, mystery, murder

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Synopsis:

Liv and Jory have hated each other. Now Liv is suing her parents for emancipation and Jory thinks the whole debacle is just another attention stunt. But on the day of their hearing, both their parents disappear and the siblings are forced to work with each other. Liv suspects that Jory knows more than he is telling…which is true and she also has a feeling where their parents might be.

Jory joins Liv on their road trip which soon takes a turn for the worse when they start to unearth dark family secrets thought to be buried, forcing them to relive their past while trying to get a grip on the present.

I received an advanced reading copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Continue reading “Book Review: What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman”

Book Review

Book Review: The Mermaid by Christina Henry

36358268Rating: 4 out of 5 hoots

Published: January 19 2018

Number of pages: 325

Format: paperback

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: historical, magical realism, romance

Audience: adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Synopsis:

Once there lived a mermaid name Amelia who could never be content with the sea, and was so curious about the world above the ocean that she decided to live on land. Once there was a man name P.T. Barnum who longed to make his fortune with his museum of wondrous curiosities, and there was nothing more wondrous than a real mermaid. Amelia agrees to be in his exhibit for Barnum, only if she can leave whenever she likes and so, she continued to walk among the humans. But Barnum has never given up on his moneymaking schemes and wasn’t about to yet with his mermaid.

Review:

Christina Henry writes very dark and gritty fairy tale retellings. First there was Alice and the Red Queen with characters from Alice in Wonderland, then there was a retelling of Peter Pan but a story told in the perspective of Captain Hook inside The Lost Boy, and now we have The Mermaid. A story which I thought was a retelling of the little mermaid but it’s actually a historical fantasy with elements of magical realism (which is better). Continue reading “Book Review: The Mermaid by Christina Henry”

Book Review

Book Review: The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley

38763327Rating: 4 out of 5 hoots

Published: January 22 2019

Number of pages: 352

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genre: mystery, fiction, crime

Audience: adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Synopsis:

It’s autumn inside Bishop Lacey’s chapel and the interior is decked with exotic flowers and decorations as Flavia de Luce’s sister, Ophelia is getting married. After the ceremony, the new couple are about to cut the wedding cake together when suddenly, a severed finger is discovered. Flavia wraps up the finger using a cloth and take it straight back to her lab where she and Dogger solve this new mystery: whose finger is it and where did it come from? How did it get inside the wedding cake? An expert in chemical poisons, Flavia has solved many mysteries, sharpening her detection skills and deciding to turn professional by setting up shop inside Buckshaw with Dogger. Little do they know that their first case together as professionals is closer to home…

My Review:

So I have been trying to look for answers as to whether this is the last book in the Flavia de Luce series. There is nothing on Goodreads that says it is and neither the synopsis, although someone left a comment saying that Alan Bradley was signed to do ten books for the series, and ten books I think, is more than enough. Continue reading “Book Review: The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley”

Book Review

Book Review: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

39863498Rating: 3 out of 5 hoots

Published: January 15 2019

Number of pages: 388

Format: advanced reading copy

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Genre: fantasy, LGBT, romance, historical, mystery

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Synopsis:

It’s 1889 in Paris. In the centre of the city is the Exposition Universelle. A wealthy gentleman and treasure hunter name Severin Montagnet-Alarie has tabs on all the dark secrets. When an elite Order of Babel persuades him to help on a mission, Severin is offered a treasure even he could not refuse: his inheritance.

To hunt the ancient artifact, Severin requires the aid from a team of experts. Together they will join Severin as he explores the darker parts of Paris. What they might find could also change the course of history – but only if they can stay alive.

My Review:

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

There are two things that I like about this book: the writing and the story. This was my first time reading from Roshani Chokshi and at last time’s TeenReads Preview my Twitter friend, Nafiza told me her writing is really good. I couldn’t wait to take the ARC home and read it because if Nafiza says that it’s good, then it must be; I trust her word. Oh and just a quick shout out, Nafiza Azad is coming out with her debut book The Candle in the Flame this year. I’m so excited for her release! And if you haven’t seen the cover and synopsis yet then you can check it out here on Goodreads. Okay enough said, back to my review… Continue reading “Book Review: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi”

New Releases

February 2019 New Releases

Happy February everyone! By the time I post this it will already be the middle of the month. But it’s not too late to start talking about February new releases. I’m trying to get into the routine of posting one non-review every month so that I’m not always posting reviews, but also new books on my TBR. Looking at my Goodreads shelves right now, I have a handful of new releases coming out this month. For this list I also added adult books and threw in other genres besides fantasy to mix it up a bit. If there are any other new books you’re looking forward to this month, leave a comment below; I love to see what’s on your TBR!

375693471) Courting Darkness – There will always be a book that is on everyone’s TBR and is always talked about by book tubers, bloggers, Instagramers, and Twitterers. This is THAT book. A YA fantasy and historical series about assassins, the French Court, and undercover missions filled with deception, murder, and mystery (and perhaps betrayal) A girl raised as one of Death’s daughters inside a convent and goes on a mission with the French duchess. It sounds like they are trying to market this for Nevernight fans. Thanks to Goodreads I later learned this is a continuation of Robin LaFevers His Fair Assassin series but don’t worry, you don’t have to read that first to enjoy this. Continue reading “February 2019 New Releases”