Book Reviews

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Lucy wants nothing more than to find Shadow, a mysterious graffiti artist. On the last night of her senior year she ends up on an all night adventure to find Shadow; with the help of Ed, a guy she hasn’t seen since an awkward date two years prior. 

Graffiti Moon is an incredible and artistic novel. The characters are intriguing and complex. The writing is absolutely stunning, completely lyrical. This story shocked me, made me laugh, and wish it wouldn’t end.

My Rating: 5/5

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Letting Ana Go by Anonymous

Letting Ana Go is a story about a teenage girl who develops an eating disorder. The story is told through a series of journal entries from the main character.

This book does a great job of highlighting how easy it could be to develop anorexia without even realizing it; as well as how difficult recovery can be. The story is very well done and intriguing.

I do advise caution when deciding to read Letting Ana Go or recommending it to someone else; this book could be very triggering.

My Rating: 4/5

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This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends is follows four high school students as one of their classmates takes their school hostage in a deadly shooting. 

This is such an emotional story; following these characters as they experience something so harrowing. Nijkamp does an incredible job of bringing these characters to life. It’s a great book with diverse characters and a compelling storyline.

My Rating: 4/5

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The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic is a prequel to Hoffman’s beloved Practical Magic. In this novel we get to know the aunts – Franny and Jet – and their brother Vincent. As the Owens siblings begin to learn about their family secrets they face various challenges.

This book is phenomenal! The characters and storyline are great. I found this book to be very emotional; this is the kind of book that makes you want to fall in love, even if it’ll end in heartbreak.

My Rating: 5/5

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Top 7 Book Series

For this month’s top seven I’m listing my favourite book series.

1) Robyn Hunter by Norah McClintock

The daughter of a detective and a lawyer, Robyn, often finds herself in the middle of mysteries.

I quickly fell in love with these books. They’re fun, realistic, and Canadian.

2) The Tripods by John Christopher

A sci-fi series about a world that has been taking over by aliens.

I don’t remember a lot of detail from this series, but they are the books that got me into reading and will therefore always hold a special spot in my heart.

3) Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong

When Chloe starts seeing ghosts she gets sent to a home for troubled teens, while there she discovers things that will forever change her life.

 These books were one of my first introductions to paranormal. I remember really loving the story when I first read it.

4) Matched by Ally Condie

In a society where all of your choices are made for you, Cassia begins to question the world around her.

I enjoyed the story premise and loved the main characters.

5) The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Tessa is quickly thrust into the supernatural world when her search for her brother takes her to London. 

I loved this series, I love Tessa, Will, and Jem. In my opinion these books are way better than The Mortal Instruments series.

6) Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Sydney 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.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you already know I’m in love with Adrian Ivashkov. He’s a huge part of why I love this series so much.

7) Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Against her better judgment Nora falls for the mysterious bad boy, Patch. 

I enjoyed this story, the books continuously had me on the edge of my seat.

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Why We Love Books

That title is a lie. I can’t tell you why we love books. However, I can tell you why love books. Maybe some of my reasons for loving books will overlap with yours, and maybe not.

I wasn’t very fond of books until I was eleven years old, when I was introduced to The Tripods series by John Christopher. They were the first books that I wanted to read on my own, I really loved the story. After that I started picking up book after book, developing a love for the written word.

Books are a great – and cheap – way to explore this world, and others, without ever having to leave the comfort of your home. They provide a sense of comfort, finding stories that show you aren’t alone in they way you think, or what you’re going through. You can explore an endless amount of possibilities between the pages of a book.

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Top 7 Green Covers

In honour of St. Patrick’s Day this weekend here are seven green covers that I think are pretty awesome.

  1. Splintered by A G Howard

     

  2. Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

     

  3. Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkanen

     

  4. Between by Jessica Warman

     

  5. Fairest by Chanda Hahn

     

  6. The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland

     

  7. Poison Study by Maria V Snyder
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At What Point Do You Give Up on A Book?

Have you ever been reading a book that you weren’t enjoying but weren’t sure if you should stop reading it?

I’ve read a few books like that. I always feel bad giving up on a book; but why should you spend time reading something you don’t like when there are so many good books out there?

Before stopping a book I always try to get at least 50-100 pages in. Some books are slow to start and then get rather good. Sometimes I give up on a book because the plot is dull, other times it’s due to poor writing/editing. Then there have been books that didn’t seem to be saying anything, or were just reiterating the same thing over and over, drawing it out for 200+ pages.

What books have you giving up on? What made you give up on them? 

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Fictional Crushes

fictional-crushesIt’s the month of romance, so why not talk about fictional crushes?

My biggest fictional crush is Adrian Ivashkov. Adrian is a character from the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. And yes, he is a vampire.

Adrian is tall with brown hair, and emerald green eyes to die for. One of the things I like the most about Adrian is his complexity. On the surface Adrian is a confidant rich playboy, with a few too many vices. However, when you dig below the surface you find a man who is kind, creative, intelligent and a tad insecure; all he wants is to help his friends.

Who’s your fictional crush?

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Top 7 Romance Novels

romance-novels1) S.E.C.R.E.T by L. Marie Adeline 

The first book in a trilogy. This novel follows Cassie as she is introduced to a secret society that aims to help women become more attuned with their sexuality.

2) Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren 

The first book in a series. Chloe is nearing the end of her internship when a sexual relationship begins between her and her boss, Bennett. Chloe is obviously worried about how this new relationship could affect her future career.

3) Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Also part of a series. Caroline has just moved into a fantastic new apartment only to discover that she can hear her neighbours nightly activities; with a string of women.

4) The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine 

Wren is the quiet good girl, Greyson was a star athlete until he gets suspended. Their paths cross when Wren saves Greyson from choking.

5) Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Jacob jumps onto a train and inadvertently ends up with a job in the circus. He quickly ends finds himself falling for one of the performers.

6) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe  by Benjamin Alire Saenz 

At first Aristotle and Dante seem to have little in common. However, they quickly develop a unique relationship that leads them to learning about themselves and who they want to be.

7) Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire 

Abby and Travis appear to be very different, when a bet leads them to spending a lot of time together they find themselves falling for each other.