Book Review

Review: Hungry Hearts Edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond

35858798. sy475 Rating: 4 out of 5 hoots

Published: June 18 2019

Number of pages: 352

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: contemporary, romance, LGBTQ

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

Welcome to Hungry Hearts Row, were the answers to life questions are cooked, boiled, kneaded, and baked. Where magic, food, and love are sometimes one and the same. Told in interconnected stories, a group of young adult authors explores the many meanings food can take on beyond mere nourishment. Continue reading “Review: Hungry Hearts Edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond”

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”

Book Review

Book Review: Toil & Trouble 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft Edited by Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe

36426163Rating: 5/5 hoots

Published: August 28 2018

Number of pages: 416

Format: ARC

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: fantasy, romance, occult, LGBTQ, feminism, contemporary YA

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

History is filled with stories of women accused of witchcraft, or withholding arcane knowledge of magic and power. Toil & Trouble features sixteen stories of different girls embracing their power, reclaiming their destiny and learning to create, to cure, and to kill.

This collection reveals a universal truth: there is nothing more powerful – and dangerous, than a teenage girl who believes in herself.

A young witch using social media to connect with her astrology loving fans including a cute NASA fan. A priestess of death is called to investigate a murder ritual. A bruja who cures lovesickness must find a way to cure her own when she finds out she’s in love with the altar boy. A theater production is threatened to be cancelled by a churel. In Reconsturction-era Texas, a girl must learn to survive the solders who invaded her desert oasis. In the near future, a group of girls accused of witchcraft must find their collective powers to destroy their captors.

An advanced reading copy was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Continue reading “Book Review: Toil & Trouble 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft Edited by Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe”

Book Review

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

nice try jane sinnerRating: 4/5 owl hoots

Published: January 9 2018

Number of pages: 416

Format: ARC

Publisher: Clarion Books

Genre: contemporary

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

 

Summary:

Recently expelled from high school, Jane Sinner grudgingly enrolled into community college, a situation made slightly more bearable after joining a reality TV show. House of Orange is her chance to start over and show everyone what she can do to win a free car. And no one in community college knows what she did in high school so that’s a bonus.

Jane can settle for HOO’s growing fanbase and whatever her Psych course can teach her, to prove to the world or at least the viewers that she has what it takes to win.

My Review:

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

An advanced reading copy was received by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Following Jane Sinner beginning her reality TV show life in a house shared with other college students was unbearable at first, but with a few tricks up her sleeves and a lot of patience and to win a free car, she damn went all the way through with the competition. There were a few setbacks (well, okay more like mental breakdowns from the stress of being on live TV and everything else that was going on in her personal life) but with her motivation to see through to the end was all she needed to keep going, along with the support from her sister, friends, and her new fanbase. Continue reading “Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke”

Book Review

Review: The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

the last of augustRating: 3/5 owl hoots

Published: February 14 2017

Number of pages: 316

Format: hardcover

Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

Genre: mystery, contemporary

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are spending their winter vacation in Europe to get away for the semester that almost got them killed. But Charlotte isn’t the only Holmes with secrets as the mood in the Holmes Sussex estate is intense. On top of that, Watson and Holmes might be more then just friends, but Charlotte’s past remains a wall between them.

Charlotte’s uncle Leander suddenly goes missing disturbing the peace, and with clues that he was involved in a case dealing with an art heist in Europe, Charlotte and Jamie are off again. This time to Berlin where they meet August Moriarty (presumed dead by most people), and his entire family accused for ripping off famous paintings for years. But as they follow the underground art scene in Berlin and the art houses in Prague, Holmes and Watson realize this case is bigger than they can handle and much more complicated. Continue reading “Review: The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro”

Book Review

Review: You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

you bring the distant nearRating: 4/5 owl hoots

Published: September 12 2017

Number of pages: 303

Format: ARC

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux

Genre: contemporary, romance, feminism

Audience: young adult

Get it at: Chapters Indigo

Shelve it at: Goodreads

Summary:

Sonia and Tara are sisters struggling to fit in the life of America. Moved into Queens from London, they both find life very different from home. Girls in New York don’t hold hands or wear matching outfits to high school, and it doesn’t help that they are surrounded by nosy aunties at their apartment building. But then tragedy strikes when Sonia falls in love with a boy their mother doesn’t approve and cutting a deep wound in the Das family. This forbidden love last decades, and each Das woman decides which Bengali traditions to uphold and to leave behind, but there are some scars that take generations to heal.

An ARC was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Continue reading “Review: You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins”

Book Review

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. Continue reading “Review: Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage”

Book Review

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. Continue reading “Review: Mirage by Tracy Clark”