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Book Recommendation: The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare

The Infernal Devices trilogy was my first introduction to Cassandra Clare’s writing. I’m glad I picked up this series before The Mortal Instruments series. I found the characters in The Infernal Devices to be a lot more interesting and way less annoying. Also, the Clare’s writing seemed to be less tedious in this series.

The only bad thing about this series is the ending is a little neat, it didn’t feel genuine. However, the series is still well worth a read.

The Infernal Devices trilogy follows Tessa as she gets swept into the supernatural underworld. With the help of her new demon hunter friends, Will and Jem, Tessa faces a battle against evil forces that want to take over the UK. 

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Book Recommendation: The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

I can’t remember exactly how I came across this book, but I’m glad I did. I have a fondness for anything that evokes feelings of coziness. The Little Book of Hygge is all about finding ways to incorporate hygge – which is a feeling of coziness but also way more than just that – into your life. This book features some gorgeous artwork and has a great way of explaining what hygge is to a non-Dane.

The Little Book of Hygge explains the Danish concept hygge, a term that can’t fully be translated into English but is similar to the feelings of coziness and homeliness 

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Book Recommendation: Chai Tea Sunday by Heather A. Clark

What initially drew me to this book was that it has tea in the title, then after reading the synopsis on the back cover I decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed. Chai Tea Sunday is an emotional and atmospheric story. At first I wasn’t sure if I’d like the book, but I’m glad I gave it a chance. Chai Tea Sunday is an amazing story, I highly recommend giving it a read.

A couple other things that make this book so great are that it’s written by a Canadian woman, and it’s based on a true story.

After a complex tragedy leads to the end of her marriage Nicky travels to Kenya to volunteer at an orphanage. Living among the violence and poverty Nicky hope and is able to start healing with the help of her host mother. 

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Book Recommendation: Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead

img_2490-copyIf you’ve read last Tuesday’s post then you already know I’m in love with Adrian Ivashkov who plays a big part in Bloodlines. Bloodlines is a spinoff of the Vampire Academy series. Reading Vampire Academy isn’t necessary for understanding the Bloodlines books, however Bloodlines does include spoilers to the Vampire Academy series.

I love pretty much everything about the Bloodlines series. The characters are amazing and the plot is fascinating.

Bloodlines is about an alchemist, Sydney, who is sent to a human boarding school with a royal vampire, Jill, in an attempt to keep Jill safe as her life is being threatened. While at this boarding school they are faced with distractions, romances, and threats. 

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Book Recommendation: Is It Ok If This Monster Stays For Lunch? by Martyn Godfrey

img_3963Is It Ok If This Monster Stays For Lunch? was one of my favourite books as a child. It’s a great children’s book with what I believe  to be a message that people -or monsters- come in all shapes and sizes and that we shouldn’t judge them just because they ‘look’ like monsters. A message that our world could really use right now.

Everyday Megan meets an interesting creature at the park and invites them to lunch. Unfortunately her family keeps telling her they can’t stay for lunch.  

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Book Recommendation: I Love My Love by Reyna Biddy

I found this book very relatable. It’s a very powerful book, full of truth and meaning. Reading this book makes me want to work harder on loving myself. It’s difficult to find the words the explain how amazing I found this book.

I Love My Love is a collection of poetry that explores self-love. Reyna explores the subject of love, loving yourself and loving others.



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Book Recommendation: Precious Stone Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

img_3914The Precious Stone trilogy has an interesting plot and some great characters. The writing has some minor flaws that I believe are mostly due to translating. Despite the books being a bit sluggish it still has a great plot that keeps you interested.

I personally found everyone’s lack of trust in Gwen annoying, and how they expect her to be all for their cause when no one will tell her what the cause is, or even just tell her the rules of time travel.

This series is good for people who like historical fiction and sci-fi, or those looking to expand their comfort zone.

The trilogy opens with Ruby Red. Gwen’s family carries a gene for time travel. There are only 12 people who inherit the time travel gene. It’s believed that Gwen’s cousin, Charlotte inherited it. That is until Gwen is the one that travels back in time. Lacking the typical upbringing and training of those believed to be the time travelers Gwen has trouble navigating the secret world of time travel. It doesn’t help that no one will answer any of Gwen’s question and her own mum tells her not to trust anyone, not even her own feelings.

 Sapphire Blue picks up where Ruby Red left off.  Time traveler Gideon’s younger brother is introduced, he helps the girls continue to unravel the mystery. Both the romance and fighting deepens between Gwen and Gideon.

Emerald Green closes the precious stone trilogy. All of the pieces of the mystery are finally revealed, and there are some good twists.

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Book Recommendation: The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn

img_3756Want to read a good ghost story before halloween? If you answered yes, then you might want to check out The Old Willis Place.

This is a great ghost story for those who like a bit of mystery and spook without being too scary. I first read The Old Willis Place when I was about 13, and really enjoyed it.

The book is about siblings, Diana and Georgie, who live in the woods behind the old Willis place. They aren’t allowed to reveal themselves to others or leave the property. When Lissa and her father move into the house Diana is tempted to break the rules and befriend Lissa.

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Book Recommendation: Saga by Brian K Vaughan

img_3283I’ve been wanting to get into reading comic books more. Saga is one of the series I decided to try first. It only took two pages for me to come to the conclusion that I would really like this series. There are a lot of strange creatures and planets explored throughout this first volume. I’m really looking forward to see how this story develops.

Written by Brian K Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples, Saga is the story of two lovers from warring planets and their newborn daughter. The three of them have to navigate unfamiliar terrain while running from a bunch of people who to kill them.

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Book Recommendation: Forbidden City by William Bell

IMG_2900I read Forbidden City for my grade 9 English class and quite liked it. It’s an interesting story written by a Canadian author. This book was my first introduction to hearing about the Beijing massacre. It’s a great book if you’re interested in historical fiction or if you want to try something  you maybe wouldn’t normally read.

Forbidden City is about a seventeen year old boy, Alex, who joins his father on a trip to Beijing, China. Alex finds himself caught in the middle of the student protests of 1989 and relies on the students to help him escape.