Be Not Far From Me – Mindy McGinnis

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My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: HarperCollins Canada
Published: March 3rd, 2020
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Survival, Aloneness, Reminiscing


REVIEW:

This is not what I expected from Mindy McGinnis. I read her The Female of the Species, really enjoyed it, and could not wait to dive into this one.

But it was so dull. It’s hard to believe that a story about survival, getting lost into the woods and facing obstacles could be so uneventful. And predictable. Continue reading

Blog Tour: Reverie – Ryan La Sala

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My rating: TBD
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: December 3rd, 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBTQIA+


THOUGHTS:

Hi, everyone! Normally, when I do blog tours, I share a review of the book in the post, but it’s exam period so I have not had the time to finish reading this gorgeous-looking book.

However, I did start it and I am quite curious about where it’s going. I like the writing – it’s well-edited – and the contemporary + fantasy combination. It’s a really cool vibe. I haven’t gotten to know the characters too well yet, but it’s an LGBTQIA+ story so if that’s something you usually go for and are excited about, definitely give it a try. Continue reading

A Castle in the Clouds – Kerstin Gier

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A Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: January 28th, 2020
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Recommended Age: 10+
Genres & Themes: Tween, Mystery, Romance, Contemporary


REVIEW:

It has been a while since I last read a Kerstin Gier book. At least six years, really. But I do remember enjoying the magic in her Ruby Red Trilogy so I was hoping to be swept away by A Castle in the Clouds as well. Aside from having a really compelling title, it just seemed so mysterious. Continue reading

Beverly, Right Here – Kate DiCamillo

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Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: September 2019
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Recommended Age: 7+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Family, Death, Friendship, Love


REVIEW:

It is so clear, to me, why Kate DiCamillo is such a beloved children’s writer. She writes with such thoughtfulness and elegance. She gives voice to young girls who don’t always realize that they have one and that it most certainly deserves to be heard. She makes you want to listen to children more often and actually consider their words carefully. Continue reading

Jackpot – Nic Stone

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Jackpot by Nic Stone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: October 15th, 2019
Publisher: Crown BFYR
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, High School, Family, Social Issues, Money


REVIEW:

I love the concept of this one. Two teenagers, one rich and one poor, are brought together as they try to retrace the steps of an old lady who may have just won herself over a hundred million dollars! It’s also possible she may not even have realized it… Continue reading

Songs from the Deep – Kelly Powell

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Songs from the Deep by Kelly Powell

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Simon & Schuster Canada
Published: November 5th, 2019
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mystery


REVIEW:

Sweet Jesus, I am so bored.

I wasn’t in the beginning. Actually, I kind of thought I would love it. The writing is elegant and the story atmospheric. It basically starts with a BANG, since we’re immediately thrown into the murder case. I even liked Moira’s voice. Continue reading

Wicked As You Wish – Rin Chupeco

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Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: March 3rd, 2020
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, War Setting, Magic, Family, Royalty


REVIEW:

This is a ‘‘did not finish’’ from me.

The world building is so confusing. I can keep on reading and reading but I don’t understand more. Actually, I understand less. Because if from the beginning you’re not eased into the magic system and the different aspects that constitute the fantasy world, chances are you’re going to be so confused that you’re going to compensate by focusing on the characters more than the world around them. Continue reading