Every Note Played – Lisa Genova

Every Note Played by Lisa Genova

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Library
Published: March 20th, 2018
Publisher: Scout Press
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Contemporary, ALS, Family


Like a lot of people, I read STILL ALICE and let it change my way of perceiving Alzheimer’s disease. It was an unforgettable story and I learned more from it than I could have predicted. I still remember this one thing that has stayed with me for years: Alice claims that apparently if you hold someone’s gaze for longer than five seconds and they don’t look away, it means they either want to sleep with you or KILL YOU. That alone made me go WOW. Unfortunately, nothing in this book made me go like that. Nothing blew me away or made me say: ‘‘What, really? Noooo. I can’t believe this!’’ It did act as a tool to teach about ALS disease but I did not feel as connected to the characters as I did to those featured in STILL ALICE. Continue reading

Slayer – Kiersten White

Slayer by Kiersten White

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Simon & Schuster Canada
Published: January 8th, 2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Powers, Family


Read The Mortal Instruments instead. If you’ve read The Mortal Instruments, try Vampire Academy. If you’ve tried Vampire Academy, dive into Lady Helen. If you’ve dived into Lady Helen, plunge into The Stars Never Rise. If you’ve plunged into The Stars Never Rise, open Monsters of Verity. If you’ve opened Monsters of Verity, give the Grisha Verse a chance. If you’ve given the Grisha Verse a chance, lose yourself in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. If you’ve lost yourself in Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I’M OUT. Just read this book, it’s FINE. UGH you’re such a bookworm. You don’t need me. Continue reading