Love, Hate & Other Filters – Samira Ahmed

31207017Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
Published: January 16th, 2018
Publisher: Soho Teen
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Islamophobia, High School


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American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school. There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs. Continue reading

The Tiny Tale of Little Pea – Davide Cali

34014651The Tiny Tale of Little Pea by Davide Cali

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Recommended Age: 5+
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Dreams, Art


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When he was born, Little Pea was tiny. Teeny-tiny. His clothes were hand sewn by his mother and his shoes were hand-me-down doll shoes. As he grew older, Little Pea enjoyed climbing tomato plants, driving around in his wind-up car and riding on the backs of grasshoppers. But then Little Pea started school. And he suddenly realized just how small he was. Too small for his chair. Too small to play the flute. Too small for gym class. What would become of wee Little Pea? Continue reading

The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do – Ashley Spires

31934710The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: May 2nd, 2017
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Recommended Age: 5+
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Mindset, Friendship, Fear, Imagination


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Lou and her friends are BRAVE adventurers. They run FASTER than airplanes. They build MIGHTY fortresses. They rescue WILD animals. But one day, when they re looking for a ship to play pirates in, Lou s friend has an idea: Up there! The tree can be our ship! Ummm … says Lou. This is something new. Lou has never climbed a tree before, and she s sure she can t do it. So she tries to convince her friends to play a not-up-a-tree game. When that doesn’t work, she comes up with reasons for not joining them her arm is sore, her cat needs a walk, you shouldn’t climb so soon after eating. Finally, she tells herself she doesn’t want to climb the tree. But is that true, or is this brave adventurer just too afraid to try? Continue reading

Shelter – Céline Claire

34220851Shelter by Céline Claire

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: October 3rd, 2017
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Recommended Age: 5+
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Animals, Kindness, Nature


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As a big storm approaches, two strangers arrive in the forest. All the animal families, safe in their homes, are worried. They wonder, What are they doing there? What do they want?? So, as the pair knocks at the door of one home after another asking for shelter, all the animals turn them away, leaving them to fend for themselves. But then an accident suddenly forces the fox family out into the snow and the wind, and the foxes find they must ask these outsiders for help. Will they find it in their hearts to give it? Continue reading

Surprise Me – Sophie Kinsella

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: February 13th, 2018
Publisher: Dial Press
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Adult, Humor, Contemporary Romance, Family Drama


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After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. However, a trip to the doctor projects they will live another 68 years together and panic sets in. They never expected “until death do us part” to mean seven decades In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting: they will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring. But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me, mishaps arise and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that question some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all. Continue reading

Rebel with a Cupcake – Anna Mainwaring

34722536Rebel with a Cupcake by Anna Mainwaring

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: April 3rd, 2018
Publisher: KCP Loft
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Body Image, Feminism, Humour, Dieting


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Jesobel Jones is bold and brash, the daughter of a hand model and a washed-up rock star. Jess sees no need to apologize for her rambling house, her imperfect family, her single status … or her weight. Jess is who she is. She makes her own cupcakes and she eats them, too. No regrets. That is, until Own Clothes Day rolls around at school. Jess and her friends dedicate the requisite hours of planning to their outfits, their hair and their makeup for the one day they are free from school uniforms. But a wardrobe malfunction leaves Jess with a pair of leggings split open at the worst spot, and a mean girl calling her the one thing that’s never bothered her before: fat. The encounter shakes Jess’s formerly iron-clad confidence, and she starts to wonder if she’s been just a little too comfortable in her own skin. When the boy of her dreams invites her to a party, she must decide whether to try to fit in for the first time in her life, or remain true to herself — whoever that really is. Continue reading

Guerre froide (Les filles modèles #1)

25091959Guerre froide by Marie Potvin

Ma note: 3.5 de 5 étoiles
Reçu: Maison de publication
Parution: Février 2015
Éditions: Les Malins
Âge recommandé: 10+
Rythme: Normal
Sujets: Roman, Jeune adulte, École secondaire, Histoire familiale, Sœurs


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Tout oppose Marie-Douce et Laura. L’une est effacée, l’autre, populaire. Marie-Douce rêve de ressembler à Laura et d’en devenir l’amie; Laura, pour sa part, n’a pas du tout envie de lui adresser la parole. Pourtant, le destin les rassemble malgré elles lorsque la mère de Laura et le père de Marie-Douce décident d’unir leur vie. Désormais forcées à partager la même chambre, les deux filles devront s’adapter à cette situation qui leur semble impossible. Lorsque Laura déclare la guerre froide à Marie-Douce, un ami commun, le beau Corentin Coeur-de-Lion, se retrouve au coeur de la bataille, d’autant plus qu’il est amoureux de l’une d’elles…  Continue reading

When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon

28458598When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: May 30th, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Culture, Contemporary, Humor, Romance


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Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right? Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself. Continue reading

Save the Date – Morgan Matson

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: June 5th, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Family Drama, Humor, Romance


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Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect. The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster. Continue reading

Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2)

Frostbite by Richelle Mead

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: 2008
Publisher: Razorbill
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Boarding School, Romance, Friendship, Mystery, magic, Vampires


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It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn’t bad enough, Rose’s tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason’s got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy’s not taking any risks… This year, St. Vlad’s annual holiday ski trip is mandatory. Continue reading