Serpent & Dove – Shelby Mahurin

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Library
Published: September 2019
Publisher: HarperTeen
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Witches, Forbidden Love, Devotion, Family


REVIEW:

Serpent & Dove is one of those fantastic fantasy books that completely deserve being devoured, as slowly or as fast as you wish. It will increase your interest with each new chapter, so much that its 500 pages will have felt like 300 by the end. Shelby Mahurin doesn’t reinvent witches, but she does do something interesting with the concept and the use of magic. The forbidden love part sure was exciting, too, and I dare say I’m counting down the days until the release of book 2. Continue reading

5 More Short Reviews

40776644The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates: You help women, you help everyone. Melinda Gates discovered that by doing work for her and her husband’s foundation that seeks to improve the world and by listening to the stories of many women around the world. Improve the conditions of women, invest in their education, eliminate the stigma that follows them, encourage them to stand up for themselves and for each other… Do all of these things and one day we might completely eliminate wars. If this seems like a far-fetched statement to you, read this book. I especially recommend you read this book if you don’t believe in equality between sexes and seeing women in positions of power. Because you need a reality check. You need to open your eyes wide and let the truth submerge you. 4 stars.


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Snapdragon – Kat Leyh


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by Kat Leyh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: February 2020
Publisher: First Second
Recommended Age: 9+
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Magic, LGBTQIA+, Friendship, Animals


REVIEW:

I love books that make me feel like the nastiness in the world is nothing compared to the beauty and magic that can be found in it. SNAPDRAGON was just that book for me.

Snapdragon doesn’t like to gossip and she doesn’t like rumours but she still can’t help but be afraid and wary of the old woman who lives alone, isolated by the forest, and who might just be a witch. Continue reading

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You – Ally Carter

852470I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Published: 2006
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Friendship, Adventure, Boarding School, Romance


REVIEW:

I can’t believe it had been four years since I last read this book. It’s a shock because four years ago my life was different than it is today and so was I. I couldn’t wait to reread this book, not just because I had missed it but also to see how I would react to it now that I’m four years older and with more experiences behind me. Continue reading

5 Short Reviews

6063187Twenties Girl: This is one of my favourite books from Sophie Kinsella. I don’t think anything could ever beat the outrageously funny Shopaholic series but this is a close second. It’s funny, mysterious, endearing, romantic and actually inspiring. 4 stars.


187812. sy475 Avalon High: With the confinement situation here in Quebec, I suddenly had time to read a book that I never thought I’d get to one day. It’s an uncertain situation but one thing I am certain about is that I’m going to try to make the most of it by reading old books that were a sensation once upon a time as well as by re-reading favourites, of course. This one was a quick and fun, although cheesy and somewhat predictable, read. 3 stars.

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Strong Looks Better Naked – Khloé Kardashian

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Strong Looks Better Naked by Khloé Kardashian

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Library
Published: 2015
Publisher: Regan Arts
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Self Help, Health, Love, Memoir, Growing Up, Celebrity Life, Family


REVIEW:

Khloé is the Kardashian I relate to the most and am most excited about seeing appear on the screen. She is so relatable. She’s been through so much. I loved the way she opened up to us in this book. She shares her ups and downs, her journey to a healthier, stronger, more love-filled life. Continue reading

Short Negative Review: I Owe You One – Sophie Kinsella

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I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: Library
Published: 2019
Publisher: Dial Press
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Family Drama, Family Business, Siblings


REVIEW:

This is awful.

I considered giving it two stars, because I can’t believe I DARE give a Sophie Kinsella book a one-star rating. But look, reading this book is absolutely pointless.

I’m not even enjoying it. I just stopped at page 216 because it’s not fun, it’s pretty sad and I feel so, so bad for Fixie (whose name I absolutely hate). Continue reading