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 »

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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 »

My day at Raincoast Winter/Spring Teens Reads Preview!

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Last weekend was the best weekend ever! I will always say that when I’m attending Raincoast Books Teens Read Preview. Raincaost Books holds this preview twice every year for Spring/Fall and Winter/Spring. And as you guessed, Raincoast does a preview for each new book that’s coming out in YA and middle grade. For someone who doesn’t attend BEA or BookCon, this is a really great opportunity to see what new books are coming out to add to my never ending TBR, while chatting with other bloggers and readers and sharing our love for all things YA. Read More »

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

Find it on Goodreads | Chapters Indigo

 

 

 

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

Find it on Goodreads | Chapters Indigo

 

 

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 »