New Releases

June 2019 New Book Releases

A number of things happened before I could even write this post. After falling for a phishing email I had to scan my computer a few times to make sure there were no viruses. Then the Raptors were playing so I was distracted for awhile, and then afterwards, I remembered that I needed to write this post. Summer has arrived so fast that I hadn’t even realized it came! Enjoy the beginning of summer with these new anticipated releases.

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1. Stronger than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan

The words ‘mechanical dragon’ caught my eye as I was reading the Goodreads synopsis and my fingers immediately added this title into my TBR shelf. An epic fantasy featuring a viceroy, a fleet of mechanical dragons, a sacred River Pearl, and a poor village girl determined to protect her home from the viceroy by going on an epic quest across the lands. Continue reading “June 2019 New Book Releases”

New Releases

May 2019 New Book Releases

May the 4th be with you! And may this month bring you tons of new YA books for you to enjoy while we celebrate our love of all things literary from Free Comic Book Day to Harry Potter Day.

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1. Nocturna by Maya Motayne

I received an ARC of this and so far, I am enjoying it. A Latino inspired world of fantasy with a face changing thief and a prince riddled with grief and obsession of bringing his brother back. These two are unlikely to team up but when they do, Finn and Prince Alfehr must defeat a powerful evil they accidentally unleashed.  Continue reading “May 2019 New Book Releases”

Book Review

Book Review: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

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Rating: 2 out of 5 hoots

Published: April 2 2019

Number of pages: 385

Format: advanced reading copy

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Genre: fantasy, romance

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

In a centuries long war a girl, a prince, and a boy with a monstrous secret, meet together in a shadowed world of blood and mysterious saints where a forbidden romance erupts and threatens their plan to assassinate the king and stop the war. 

My Review:

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

Ok right after I read ten chapters I had mixed feelings about how the plot and the characters were progressing. Then by the time I met in the middle, the story turned interesting and I found myself pulling through, but then after reading twenty eight more chapters, I was bored, like really bored and worse, I lost all interest with everything. If I drew a diagram that shows my experience with this it would look like a cliff where my experience slowly began as a positive and then after reaching the peak, I fall flat. I made the tough choice to skim through the last seven chapters just to see how this ended. Continue reading “Book Review: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan”

New Releases

April New Book Releases

This month brings us new romances, deadly assassins, returning fangirls, a Regency mystery, and powerful stories of identity and learning to speak out. I think everyone will find a book here that suits them whether you choose to read curled up in bed, or sitting outside underneath the sun enjoying a refreshing beverage and a good book.

361186821) Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan

I am currently reading the ARC and so far, the story and characters are interesting but I am having trouble just enjoying this book. Maybe I went in with too high expectations given the hype around this one? I will let you know in my full review later. Meanwhile, this story has assassins who can weave blood magic, and battles with nightmarish monsters, along with political wars. Continue reading “April New Book Releases”

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”

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”