Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life Is a Joke – Patterson & Grabenstein

34523188Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life Is a Joke by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: HBG Canada
Published: 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 8+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Humor, Sisterhood, Acting, Friendship


REVIEW:

I was excited to see Jacky again. I don’t feel this way about every main character. Sometimes I’m excited to see a world-building again, or feel an atmosphere again, or read an author’s beautiful writing again. And sometimes… I don’t. So it’s different every time. Continue reading

Erased (Altered #2) – Jennifer Rush

17899846Erased by Jennifer Rush

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Action, Mystery, Romance


REVIEW:

I read this book in a rush.

(See what I did there?)

Not because I didn’t enjoy it and wanted to get done with it. On the contrary, I found it pretty unstoppable. I remember going to bed at 3 am last night because I simply needed to read the first ten chapters at least. (Though I did start reading it late, oops.) Continue reading

Altered (Altered #1) – Jennifer Rush

10859509Altered by Jennifer Rush

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Action, Mystery, Romance


REVIEW:

I’ve had one hell of a two months.

I quit my job as a library clerk in August and immediately started a new job as a librarian’s assistant the week after in a hospital. There were many issues with that position, and I wasn’t feeling too good about it during this period of COVID and online classes, so I resigned in September. Also in August I was ghosted by someone I was dating, which had never happened to me before. In September, I started my master’s in Information Studies and began dating someone new. Turns out a master’s is not a bachelor’s, and I feel like I should have known this but really, it’s very different and there are many group assignments in my program which I didn’t really have before being an Art History major. Continue reading

The Disaster Artist, Book or Movie?

Hello everyone,

I am very excited today because I am writing a blog post that I have never written before. First of all, I’m not sure I have ever reviewed a film on my blog before, and I doubt I have ever compared a book to its movie adaptation before, although I should have in the six years I have been managing Hit or Miss Books.

17404078Second of all, you need to know that both the book and movie versions of The Disaster Artist are about a film. A really bad film. A film that I have watched snippets of and, it’s true what they say, it really is badly made and somewhat nonsensical, although not as bad I had expected from the book and movie.

THE BOOK THE DISASTER ARTIST

I bought this book from Book Outlet for about 4$ because I have seen very good reviews of it on Goodreads but I only read it a few weeks ago, so a year or two after purchasing it. I read non-fiction, but mainly memoirs and business books. Books about films are not exactly my thing.

But I gave this one a shot on a dare with myself to read a book that I wouldn’t normally read, even if it was on my bookshelves. From the moment I started it, I was engrossed. Continue reading

Review: The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kay Yeh

20839543The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Publication Date: January 27th, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Family, Contemporary, Friendship, Food

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BLURB:

There’s something about asking for Impossible Things. For one little second, they feel Possible.

Take two sisters making it on their own: brainy twelve-year-old GiGi and junior-high-dropout-turned-hairstylist DiDi. Add a million dollars in prize money from a national cooking contest and a move from the trailer parks of South Carolina to the North Shore of Long Island. Mix in a fancy new school, new friends and enemies, a first crush, and a generous sprinkling of family secrets.

That’s the recipe for The Truth About Twinkie Pie, a voice-driven middle-grade debut about the true meaning of family and friendship. Continue reading

Review: Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky

25184383Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Scholastic Canada
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2016
Publisher: Point
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Humor, Celebrity

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BLURB:

Just know from the start that it wasn’t supposed to go like this. All we wanted was to get near them. That’s why we got a room in the hotel where they were staying.

We were not planning to kidnap one of them. Especially not the most useless one. But we had him—his room key, his cell phone, and his secrets.

We were not planning on what happened next.

We swear.

From thrilling new talent Goldy Moldavsky comes a pitch-black, hilarious take on fandom and the badass girls who have the power to make—or break—the people we call “celebrities.” Continue reading

Review: Beloved Poison by E.S. Thomson

28933550Beloved Poison by E.S. Thomson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Publication Date: September 1st, 2016
Publisher: Constable
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: New Adult, Historical Mystery, Victorian

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BLURB:

Ramshackle and crumbling, trapped in the past and resisting the future, St Saviour’s Infirmary awaits demolition. Within its stinking wards and cramped corridors the doctors bicker and fight. Ambition, jealousy and hatred seethe beneath the veneer of professional courtesy. Always an outsider, and with a secret of her own to hide, apothecary Jem Flockhart observes everything, but says nothing.

And then six tiny coffins are uncovered, inside each a handful of dried flowers and a bundle of mouldering rags. When Jem comes across these strange relics hidden inside the infirmary’s old chapel, her quest to understand their meaning prises open a long-forgotten past – with fatal consequences.

In a trail that leads from the bloody world of the operating theatre and the dissecting table to the notorious squalor of Newgate and the gallows, Jem’s adversary proves to be both powerful and ruthless. As St Saviour’s destruction draws near, the dead are unearthed from their graves whilst the living are forced to make impossible choices. And murder is the price to be paid for the secrets to be kept. Continue reading

Ultra Negative Review: A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1) by Jessica Cluess

23203252A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: September 20th 2016
Publisher: Random House BFYR
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy

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BLURB:

I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she’s brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves? Continue reading

Review: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

28815474The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Random House Canada
Publication Date: August 23rd, 2016
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Adult, Psychological Thriller, Mystery

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BLURB:

How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even—yourself?  

People are capable of almost anything. . . 
Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco  soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of  deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist. Continue reading