My rating: 5 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Published: August 21th, 2018 Publisher: Knopf Canada Recommended Age: 14+ Pacing: Normal Genres & Themes: Adult, Patriarchy, Feminism, Based on True Events
The novel takes place over forty-eight hours, as eight women gather in secret in a neighbour’s barn while the men are in a nearby town posting bail for the attackers. They have come together to debate, on behalf of all the women and children in the community, whether to stay or leave before the men return. Taking minutes is the one man trusted and invited by the women to witness the conversation–a former outcast whose own surprising story is revealed as the women speak. Continue reading →
The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story by Marie Kondō
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Diamond Distributors Published: 2017 Publisher: Ten Speed Press Recommended Age: 12+ Genres & Themes: Manga, Educational, Organization, Lifestyle, Cute
From the #1 New York Times best-selling author and lifestyle/cleaning guru Marie Kondo, this graphic novelization brings Kondo’s life-changing tidying method to life with the fun, quirky story of a woman who transforms her home, work, and love life using Kondo’s advice and inspiration. Continue reading →
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Raincoast Books Published: October 2nd, 2018 Publisher: Starscape Books Recommended Age: 10+ Pacing: Slow/Normal Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Family, Real Life Matters, Poverty
After a family tragedy results in the loss of both father and home, 12-year-old Nora lives with her mother in Manila’s North Cemetery, which is the largest shanty town of its kind in the Philippines today. When her mother disappears mysteriously one day, Nora is left alone. With help from her best friend Jojo and the support of his kindhearted grandmother, Nora embarks on a journey riddled with danger in order to find her mom. Along the way she also rediscovers the compassion of the human spirit, the resilience of her community, and everlasting hope in the most unexpected places. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Hachette Book Group Canada Publication Date: January 17th, 2017 Publisher:Lee Bourdeaux Books Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative Recommended Age: 14+ Pacing: Slow Genres & Themes: Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Coming of Age, Life
Julia and Evan falls in love as undergraduates at Yale. For Evan, a scholarship student from a Canadian logging town, Yale is a whole new world, and Julia—blonde, beautiful and rich—fits perfectly into the future he’s envisioned for himself. After graduation, and on the eve of the great financial meltdown of 2008, they move together to New York City, where Evan takes a job at a hedge fund. But Julia, who has only known a life of privilege, feels unmoored and increasingly shut out of Evan’s secretive world.
With the market crashing and banks failing, Evan becomes involved in an increasingly high-stakes deal at work—a deal that, despite the assurance of his Machiavellian boss, begins to feel more than slightly suspicious. Meanwhile, Julia reconnects with someone from her past who offers a glimpse of a different kind of life. As Evan and Julia spin apart into their separate orbits, they each find that they are capable of much more—good and bad—that they’d ever dreamed, and that betrayal is easier than they ever imagined. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Hachette Book Group Canada Publication Date: February 7th, 2017 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative Recommended Age: 14+ Pacing: Normal Genres & Themes: Adult, Fiction, Mystery
#1 internationally bestselling author Sara Blaedel, Denmark’s “Queen of Crime,” returns with her new thriller featuring Danish police investigator Louise Rick. Continue reading →
My rating: 2 of 5 stars Received: NetGalley Publication Date: November 1st, 2016 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 13+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Science Fiction, (Bad) Romance
A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.
Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.
When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything. Continue reading →