Blog Tour: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

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Welcome to today’s pit stop for Labyrinth Lost! Thank you for dropping by and for Raincoast Books for organizing this tour. I would also like to thank Zoraida herself for taking the time on answering all our questions for the author Q&A. Guys, if you love reading about witches, myths, and realms, then you’re going to love this new story. It’s Beautiful Creatures meets Daughter of Smoke and Bone with spirits of the dead and a girl celebrating her Deathday with her entire family. Did I get your attention? Good.Read More »

Review: Mirage by Tracy Clark

mirage by tracy clarkPublished: July 5 2016

Number of pages: 272

Format: ARC

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Genre: contemporary, psychological thriller, LGBTQ

Audience: YA

Rating: 5/5 owl hoots

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Summary: 

Seventeen-year-old Ryan Poitier Sharpe’s greatest joy is hurling herself out of planes at her parent’s skydive center in the Mojave Desert. She feels more alive by thriving on the edge, but with their business failing the family plans a big dive to advertise their airstrip. Ryan is willing to prove herself that she can do what it takes by joining the skydive team and pulling off a dangerous stunt that leads to her being grounded by her parents. In desperate need of adrenaline rush, Ryan uses LSD with a group of friends and lands in the hospital. After her brush with death, Ryan is no longer the thrill-seeking girl she once was. Suddenly she is more cautious and is afraid to take risks. But whose eyes are those staring back at her in all reflective surfaces? As her relationship crumbles and her behavior is bizarre and reckless, Ryan must fight the girl she has become or lose herself.

I was provided an advanced reading copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Copying and/or editing my words is strictly prohibited.

My Review:

After finishing this book I was speechless, I couldn’t find the words to express my feelings. This story was so emotional and riveting at the same time, and ended with a powerful message about living your life on the edge. I have read contemporary YA before, but this one stands on top of my list as one of the most recommended books of this year.Read More »

Review: Cinder by Marissa Mayer

cinderPublished: January 8 2013

Number of pages: 448

Format: paperback

Publisher: Square Fish

Genre: scifi, fantasy, mystery, fairy tale retelling, romance

Audience: YA

Rating: 5/5 owl hoots

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Summary: 

Humans and android live in the streets of New Beijing when a deadly plague ravages the population. Sixteen-year-old Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past and is reviled by her stepmother. But when she meets with Prince Kai, she immediately finds herself in the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attention. Cinder must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. Because there is something unusual about Cinder, something that others might kill for.

My Review: 

After hearing about how amazing this series is and how everyone on social media was recommending it to anyone, I have finally sat down and read Cinder. I’m in the minority who hasn’t read any of Marissa Meyer’s books and since her last book in the series came out, and she has another new release coming out in the fall, I thought it was time I finally read her books. I was afraid that this was going to be one of those overhyped books, which doesn’t end up living to the hype at all, but I was wrong. This is one of the best scifi and fairy-tale retelling I’ve ever read, and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to discover this author!Read More »

Book Launch with Eileen Cook for With Malice:

Last Friday I spent the evening at Chapters Indigo in Metrotown to celebrate Eileen Cook’s book launch. This was my second time seeing her in person since the Raincoast Fall Book Preview last month, and to my surprise she still remembered me! I had the most exciting time at the event and was so happy to be a part of this experience. I love supporting local authors and as Eileen Cook is from Vancouver, I didn’t want to miss an opportunity of celebrating her new book this summer!Read More »

Review: With Malice by Eileen Cook

with malice by eileen cookPublished: June 7 2016

Number of pages: 320

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Genre: contemporary, mystery, murder, crime, psychological thriller, romance

Audience: YA

Rating: 3/5 owl hoots

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Summary:

Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital bed, her leg in a cast, and stiches on her face. She has no recollection of the last six weeks, and she discovers that she was involved in a fetal car accident while on a school trip to Italy. A trip Jill doesn’t remember taking. She was jetted home by her father to receive quality care, which also includes a lawyer, the media, and the press team. Because maybe the accident wasn’t an accident.

Once the accident makes national headlines, Jill finds herself in the center of a murder investigation. It doesn’t help when the media portrays her as a sociopath who killed her best friend, Simone in a jealous fit of rage. Jill would never hurt Simone. But what really happened in Italy? Jill desperately tries to piece together the missing puzzles of her life from the past six weeks so she can remember what had happened before loosing a hold on her once-perfect life.

 

My Review:

Imagine yourself waking up in a hospital bed. You have no idea how you ended up there and you ask yourself what happened? Why am I here? You try to remember what did this to you but you have no recollection of where and when this happened before you were in the hospital. Worse still, your parents tell you about the trip to Italy with your best friend in the last six months, the only problem is that you cannot remember one single thing about Italy, nor do you even remember going there. It’s like the past six months of your life were wiped clean so you begin to feel terrified for not having any memories of it. Sounds scary right? Not as scary when you find out about the car accident that killed your best friend…Read More »

Review: Frayed by Kara Terzis

frayed by kara terzisPublished: June 15 2016

Number of pages: 304

Format: ARC

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Genre: contemporary, mystery, crime, romance, psychological thriller, murder, mental illness

Audience: YA

Rating: 2/5 owl hoots

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Summary: 

Ava Hale will do anything to find out her sister’s killer…but she wishes she hasn’t because the harder she looks, the more secrets she uncovers about her family and Kesley. Ava suspects that the girl she thought she knew might actually be a liar, a sneak, and a stranger. And Kesley’s murderer might be closer than she thought.

I was provided with an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any editing and copying of my words is strictly prohibited.

My Review: 

This is the most fucked up story I’ve ever read. Pardon my language as I normally don’t curse in my reviews, but I thought this would be an exception, as I have no other way of describing this story other than it’s really fucked up. I don’t want it to seem that I hated the whole story; it was only the ending that was twisted, and immediately changed my thoughts about the characters earlier, Read More »

Review: Poison or Protect: A Delightfully Deadly Novella by Gail Carriger

poison or protect by gail carrigerPublished: June 21 2016

Format: ebook

Genre: steampunk, supernatural, paranormal, romance, comedy manners, Victorian

Audience: adult fiction

Rating: 4/5 owl hoots

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Summary:

Lady Preshea Villentia, the Mourning Star, has four dead husbands and a nasty reputation. Fortunately for her, she looks fabulous in black. But what society doesn’t know is that all of her husbands were marked to death by her employer, and Preshea has one last assignment.

It was suppose to be an easy assignment, attend a house party with less bloodshed but Preshea didn’t anticipate Captain Gavin Ruthven, a massive, irresistible Scot working for the enemy. In a battle of wits, Preshea may risk her own heart, a terrifying prospect as she never knew she had one.

I was given an e-arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. Editing and copying my content is strictly prohibited. Stealing is rude! 

My Review:

I should back up a bit and provide a little backstory here. For anyone who hasn’t read her books yet, Preshea appears in the Etiquette and Espionage universe as a young student at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, where they teach young ladies to finish…everything. Including learning the fine art of dance and etiquette as well as death, diversion, and espionage. She isn’t one of Sophronia’s closest friend so she doesn’t appear as often, except as her adversary. Because we don’t see her frequently inside and outside the school, I always found Preshea as a mysterious character. Read More »

Review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

a study in charlottePublished: March 1 2016

Number of pages: 321

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

Genre: contemporary, mystery, crime, romance

Audience: YA

Rating: 4/5 owl hoots

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Summary: 

The last thing Jaime Watson needs is a rugby scholarship to a Connecticut prep school which is just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not all; Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, famously known to be the descendent of her great-great-grandfather Sherlock Holmes. She has inherited his brilliant scientific mind but also his temperament, and from everything that Jaime has heard about her so far; it’s safe to admire Charlotte at a distance.

From the moment they met, there is tension between them and it seems they are more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student is murdered in which his death was ripped from the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jaime can no longer keep his distance. Jaime and Charlotte are both framed for murder and so, only they can clear their own names.

 

My Review:

I’m a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes so it’s no surprise that I’m a sucker for reading Holmes and Watson retellings. So when I first heard that a YA trilogy was coming out following the decedents of Sherlock and Watson, I knew I just had to have it!Read More »