Stepsister – Jennifer Donnelly

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Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Scholastic Canada
Published: May 14th, 2019
Publisher: Scholastic
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Feminism, Dark Fairy Tale, Magic


REVIEW:

This is not a pretty fairytale. The story isn’t pretty. The world isn’t pretty. The characters aren’t pretty. Even the magic isn’t pretty.

It’s not a story that will make you dream a thousand beautiful dreams of happily-ever-afters. I’m not saying the contrary applies—that it will give you a thousand nightmares in which you die a thousand different deaths—but it is indeed DARK. Continue reading

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Truly Madly Royally – Debbie Rigaud

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Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Scholastic Canada
Published: July 30th, 2019
Publisher: Point
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Royalty, Diversity, Family


REVIEW:

If royal romances make you squee and swoon, this one’s for you. It is a lovely, wish-fulfilling type of story that will fill your heart with hope and wonder and make you wish for your very own Owen. (See what I did there? :D) Continue reading

The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides

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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: February 2019
Publisher: Celadon Books
Recommended Age: 15+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Psychoanalysis


REVIEW:

Thanks to this book, Thriller has officially become one of my top three favourite genres, behind Fantasy and Romance. There’s something deeply satisfying about reading a story that gives you opportunities to make up your own mind about what happened but at the same time takes you on an unforgettable and twisted roller-coaster that unsettles the hell out of you. You also wonder how far the author will go and feel respect for them when they push limits and steer clear of predictable paths. I won’t lie, I am a tiny bit terrified of Alex Michaelides right now. I’m sure he’s (probably) a decent human being but it doesn’t change the fact that he has a mind that can conjure nightmares in me or any other reader. He reminds you that the world is a safe place—it was built to sustain communities—but anyone can be triggered and disrupt your safe haven in a second. Continue reading

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women

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Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women by Rey Terciero

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: February 2019
Publisher: Little Brown, BFYR
Recommended Age: 10+
Genres & Themes: Tween, Retelling, Family, Siblings, Contemporary, Social Status


REVIEW:

This is one of those books that would make a lovely present for a friend, especially someone who is having a hard time because it can give them comfort and remind them of the importance of reaching out to friends and family. Continue reading

Run Away – Harlan Coben

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Run Away by Harlan Coben

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: March 19th, 2019
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Family, Crime


REVIEW:

This was my first Harlan Coben book and I am IMPRESSED. I could not put it down. It’s not rare I finish a book in a single day, especially during an exam period because I would way rather read than study but the action of going through 371 pages in one day is still worth mentioning here because I was not one bit exhausted at the end. Not every almost 400-page book can be read so fast but I was completely engrossed in this one and closed it wanting to read 5 more from the author the same day. Continue reading

Every Breath – Nicholas Sparks

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Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: 2018
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Star-Crossed Lovers, Family


REVIEW:

This was a simple and yet very unique love story. The love story itself was complex, as much happened around it, but the idea of having two people meet, fall in love and then go through hardships will not boggle anyone’s mind. It’s the events that lead to those things that will fascinate the readers and make them read on and on and on until they finish this book in a single day. Continue reading

Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment

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Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment by James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein & James Lancett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: 2018
Publisher: Little Brown, BFYR
Recommended Age: 7+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Science, Adventure, Knowledge


REVIEW:

This better be a six-book-series (or more) because Max Einstein kicks ass. It’s so important for kids to have positive male AND female role models and Max Einstein is one amazing young person to look up to and follow in the footsteps of. Continue reading