Most Likely – Sarah Watson

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Most Likely by Sarah Watson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: March 10th, 2020
Publisher: Poppy
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Feminism, Coming of Age, Friendship, Romance, LGBTQIA+, High School


REVIEW:

This is an empowering YA coming-of-age story about four different close female friends who are each dealing with their own independent life situations while still supporting one another to the best of their abilities. If you’ve watched The Bold Type – a feminist TV series created by this author – you know exactly what I’m talking about and you will love this to bits. Continue reading

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive

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Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: January 22nd, 2019
Publisher: Hachette Books
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Memoir, Social Issues, Abuse, Motherhood, Work Conditions


REVIEW:

The low average rating for this one baffles me.

Personally, I was completely consumed. I had never read something like this before. Stephanie Land opened my eyes and made me face the truth about so many issues I had never thought much about before. She also made me realize that there are ways to discuss poverty and financial issues with dignity, elegance and strength. Continue reading

Throw Like a Girl – Sarah Henning

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: January 7th, 2020
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Sports, Romance, Friendship, High School


REVIEW:

This is an easy enough book to breeze through.

It’s not a story that is going to blow your mind. It will probably not make its way onto your list of top favourites. You might even completely forget it in a couple of months.

But. Continue reading

Go with the Flow – Lily Williams

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Go with the Flow by Lily Williams

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: January 2020
Publisher: First Second
Recommended Age: 10+
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Feminism, Friendship, Menstruation, High School


REVIEW:

This graphic novel is pretty close to perfect. Scratch that – It IS perfect.

We meet three best friends – Abby, Brit and Christine – who welcome the new girl – Sasha – into their group and develop a beautiful and strong friendship. These girls help each other and discuss topics deemed personal, more specifically menstruation, which is considered ‘‘taboo’’ in some places. Continue reading

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

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All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: February 4th, 2020
Publisher: Imprint
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Adventure, Romance, Pirates


REVIEW:

This is a book you’re either going to really enjoy or really dislike. That’s because the storyline is predictable for the most part so if you don’t connect to the main character and don’t enjoy following her adventures then you’re going to feel like reading this book is pointless. Continue reading

Havenfall – Sara Holland

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Havenfall by Sara Holland

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: March 3rd, 2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Hidden Worlds, Magic, Mystery, Romance


REVIEW:

I found Sara Holland’s debut—Everless—a very good kind of surprising. It was nothing I expected and yet everything I wanted both at the same time. While I didn’t fall in love with the heroine, I thought she had it in her to BE a heroine and that is something that kept me wanting to read more about her. Continue reading

The Deep & Dark Blue – Niki Smith

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: January 7th, 2020
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 8+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel, Fantasy, LGBTQIA+, Siblings, Adventure


REVIEW:

This is a hard one to review. I received an advance copy of this book, and while the final copy is supposed to be in full colour, there was no colour in my copy and half of the book had unfinished illustrations. So my experience with the advance copy and your experience with the finished copy will be undoubtedly different. Continue reading