Book Reviews

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

Wren is the quiet good girl, one day she saves Greyson from choking. They feel an instant connection that feels like it could become something amazing. 

The Promise of Amazing is a great book. It has a lot of great humour.

Being a quiet girl myself, there were a lot of parts that I could relate to and completely agree with. Everyone’s idea of what quiet means, and it’s view of being a bad thing. That being quiet is something you need to change about yourself if you want to be successful.

My Rating: 4/5

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Cocktails for Three by Madeleine Wickham

Cocktails for Three is about three friends who work at the same magazine and meet for cocktails on the first of every month.

The premise of this book is good, however, it is poorly written. About every second or third page the focus switches characters; it made it difficult to really get into the plot lines. The whole story felt rather blah. The novel lacks a hook to make you want to keep reading, and the plot is fairly predictable. None of the characters were particularly likeable.

My Rating: 1/5

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Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

Love Anthony is a heartwarming story about two women on Nantucket. As Beth, a mother of three, struggles with finding out her husband has been cheating, she rediscovers her passion for writing. Olivia, grieving the death of her autistic son and going through a divorce, runs away to Nantucket. The two women help each other through their struggles.

Throughout the novel we get to read bits of Beth’s story, a story told in the voice of an autistic child who can’t talk.

Love Anthony is a heart-touching story, and a definite tear-jerker. This has quickly become one of my favourite books.

My Rating: 5/5

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The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston

The Witch’s Daughter is about a woman who becomes a witch. Bess spends her life on the run from the warlock who turned her into a witch. In modern day Bess meets a teenaged girl whom she befriends and begins teaching her the craft.

The story jumps between modern day and various points in Bess’s past.

I found the story to be slow, with very little mention of magic until about the last fifty pages.

Bess doesn’t seem like a very realistic character, she’s quite naive for someone who’s been alive for around 400 years. I didn’t find any of the characters particularly likeable, they had a lot of flaws with almost no growth throughout the book.

Overall, the story was very different from how I originally thought it would be. I believe that is partially why I didn’t enjoy this novel.

My Rating: 2/5

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All the Rage by Courtney Summers

All the Rage is about a girl named Romy who was raped by the Sheriff’s son. Everyone in Romy’s little town decides to believe she is lying. When a girl with ties to both Romy and the boy who raped her goes missing, things get worse for Romy. 

This story wasn’t what I initially expected, however, it is a great book. Romy is an interesting and complex character. I enjoyed trying to dissect her feelings and attempting to truly understand her.

All the Rage is a tragic story that’s beautifully written.

My Rating: 3/5

Book Recs

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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The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

The You I’ve Never Knownimg_2432 follows the story of 17 year-old Ariel. Ariel and her dad have never stayed in one place for long. Now they’ve finally stayed put long enough for Ariel to form some real relationships, friendships and more. Life gets complicated when Ariel’s mother shows up claiming her dad had abducted her a a toddler. 

I enjoyed this book. The characters are good, and the plot is intriguing.

I only wish we would have gotten to see a deeper side to Ariel’s relationships. We never get to truly know any of the characters other than Ariel and her dad.

My Rating: 3.5/5