Words on Bathroom Walls – Julia Walton

25695640Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: July 4th, 2017
Publisher: Random House
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mental Illness, Contemporary, High School, Romance


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Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can’t. Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret. Continue reading

Blog Tour: Nice Try, Jane Sinner – Lianne Oelke

33413915Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: January 9th, 2018
Publisher: Clarion Books
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, College, Reality Show, Humor


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The only thing 17-year-old Jane Sinner hates more than failure is pity. After a personal crisis and her subsequent expulsion from high school, she’s going nowhere fast. Jane’s well-meaning parents push her to attend a high school completion program at the nearby Elbow River Community College, and she agrees, on one condition: she gets to move out. Jane tackles her housing problem by signing up for House of Orange, a student-run reality show that is basically Big Brother, but for Elbow River Students. Living away from home, the chance to win a car (used, but whatever), and a campus full of people who don’t know what she did in high school… what more could she want? Okay, maybe a family that understands why she’d rather turn to Freud than Jesus to make sense of her life, but she’ll settle for fifteen minutes in the proverbial spotlight. Continue reading

Crocodile Tears (Alex Rider #8)

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: 2009
Publisher: Puffin Books
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Action


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It’s just another day in the life of an average kid. If you’re Alex Rider, that is. A con artist has realized there is big money in charity: the bigger the disaster, the greater the money flow! So that is what he will produce: the biggest disaster known to man, all thanks to genetically modified corn that can release a virus so potent it can knock out an entire country in one windy day. But Alex Rider will face whatever it takes – gunfire, explosions, hand-to-hand combat with mercenaries – to bring down his most dangerous adversary yet.

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Chirri & Chirra: The Snowy Day

Image result for chirri & chirra the snowy dayThe Snowy Day by Kaya Doi

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
Published: September 26th, 2017
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
Recommended Age: 4+
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Animals, Environment


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Chirri and Chirra travel into the heart of an ice palace, where they discover all sorts of wonderful sights!

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The Only Lonely Panda – Jonny Lambert

34551042The Only Lonely Panda by Jonny Lambert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: September 1st, 2017
Publisher: Tiger Tales
Recommended Age: 5+
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Animals


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Panda is lonely. One day, he sees another panda and wants to make friends, but he doesn’t know how to do it. He watches the flamingos make friends by dancing together, so he tries dancing-but that doesn’t work. Then he sees lemurs bouncing and leaping together, so he tries bouncing and leaping-that doesn’t work, either. Will he ever figure out a way to make a friend? Continue reading

Tiger Tiger – Jonny Lambert

33534037Tiger Tiger by Jonny Lambert

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: March 1st, 2017
Publisher: Tiger Tales
Recommended Age: 5+
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Animals


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Tiger is left in charge of Cub, and he’s not exactly happy about it. Cub is full of energy and wants to play and explore. As they scamper through the jungle, Cub sees all kinds of wonderful things. Could Cubs excitement be just what the older tiger needs? Continue reading

Rapunzel – Bethan Woollvin

34437720Rapunzel by Bethan Woollvin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: October 1st, 2017
Publisher: Two Hoots
Recommended Age: 5+
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Rapunzel, Feminism, Fairy Tale Retellings


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The wicked witch has Rapunzel trapped – but not for long!  Rapunzel lives all alone in a tall, dark tower. Under the threat of a witch’s fearsome curse, the poor girl seems doomed to a life in captivity. But is Rapunzel frightened? Oh no, not she! Continue reading

Negative Review: Steelheart

17182126Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: 2013
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Supervillains, Revenge


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Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will. Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart — the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning — and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience. He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge. Continue reading

Days with Dad – Nari Hong

34381358Days with Dad by Nari Hong

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: September 12th, 2017
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
Recommended Age: 5+
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Family Love, Disability


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Nari’s dad may be in a wheelchair, but that’s never stopped them from having wonderful times together. Continue reading

Edmond: The Thing – Astrid Desbordes

34381447Edmond: The Thing by Astrid Desbordes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: October 10th, 2017
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
Recommended Age: 5+
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Animals, Fear of the unknown


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 Edmond and George Owl confront a terrifying, glossy-haired, beak-mouthed Thing! Continue reading