Not If I See You First – Eric Lindstrom

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Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: 2015
Publisher: Poppy
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Blindness, Friendship, Romance


REVIEW:

Over ten Goodreads friends recommended this book to me after seeing me read so many contemporaries, so I really had no choice but to give it a try. And I’m more than happy I did because this was a surprising delight. Continue reading

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The Fever King – Victoria Lee

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The Fever King by Victoria Lee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Thomas Allen & Son
Published: March 1st, 2019
Publisher: Skyscape
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Science Fiction, LGBTQIA+, Action, Powers


REVIEW:

The premise of this book sounded captivating and I couldn’t wait for the author to introduce the romance between the two male characters who basically hate each other, but I did not expect this YA story to be so… mature. The world-building is dark, Noam works to improve the conditions of refugees by working with government officials and developing his own powers, and there are plenty of secrets no one cares to share. There’s drinking, drugs, sex. Adult stuff. Continue reading

Before the Broken Star – Emily R. King

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Before the Broken Star by Emily R. King

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Thomas Allen & Son
Published: June 1st, 2019
Publisher: Skyscape
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk, Adventure, Revenge, Romance


REVIEW:

I basically despised this author’s The Hundredth Queen and couldn’t finish it (if that’s of any surprise) so it slightly unsettled me when I took hold of this book, opened it, started reading it… and finished it pleased enough by the events and characters. Continue reading

Here to Stay – Sara Farizan

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Here to Stay by Sara Farizan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Thomas Allen & Son
Published: September 18th, 2018
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Sports, Racism, LGBTQIA+, Romance, High School


REVIEW:

99 percent of people who read this book on Goodreads enjoyed it. Isn’t that crazy and awesome? I shouldn’t be surprised, because this was a wonderfully-written and deeply-moving story, but the only other book I’m aware of that has the same percentage of enjoyment is Michelle Obama’s memoir. Continue reading

My Ideal Boyfriend Is a Croissant – Laura Dockrill

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My rating: 1.5 of 5 stars
Received: Random House Canada
Published: July 16th, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Weight, Food, Contemporary, Humor, Family


REVIEW:

I… could not finish this book.

Bluebelle and I are just… too different. I’m overweight too, I understand what it’s like to be a ‘‘big girl,’’ although according to my BMI I’m a little bit obese and that’s despite the fact that I’ve lost close to 40 pounds in the last 7 months. Continue reading

The Beauty of the Moment – Tanaz Bhathena

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Random House Canada
Published: February 26th, 2019
Publisher: Penguin Books
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Family, Cotemporary Romance, High School, Culture


REVIEW:

This book is VERY different from the author’s debut novel which, by the way, I really enjoyed. Culture plays an important role here too, and relationships are developed, but it feels like a completely new book from a completely new author. Continue reading

This Book Is Not Yet Rated – Peter Bognanni

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This Book Is Not Yet Rated by Peter Bognanni

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Random House Canada
Published: April 9th, 2019
Publisher: Dial Books
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Family, Film, Contemporary, Friendship, Relationships


REVIEW:

Character-driven stories rock. They really do. Because if you like the characters, you most likely end up caring about them, and if you care about them, then you care about what happens TO them and AROUND them and to the people in their lives. Even if the storyline doesn’t blow you away, you’re still having a pleasant time in the company of these people you now care about and want to make your family. Continue reading