Kiss Number 8 – Colleen A.F. Venable

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Kiss Number 8 by Colleen A.F. Venable

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: March 12th, 2019
Publisher: First Second Books
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, LGBTQIA+, Friendship, Coming of Age, Family Drama


REVIEW:

I should have known from the very beginning that this would be a VERY dramatic book, not a romantic comedy like I expected. Rom-com, really? That could not be farther from reality. After all, the cover itself is overly dramatic. Mads’s friend is whispering who-knows-what in her ear while she is blushing and holding a CROSS. Continue reading

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The Devouring Gray – Christine Lynn Herman

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The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: April 2nd, 2019
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, LGBTQIA+, Family, Friendship, Mystery


REVIEW:

I had my reservations going into this book because whenever an upcoming release is compared to something popular—in this case Stranger Things and The Raven Cycle—I feel pushed to have some kind of expectations that, if not met, will be the cause of my downfall. Continue reading

If It Makes You Happy – Claire Kann

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If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: June 4th, 2019
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Summer, LGBTQIA+, Family, Romance, Friendship


REVIEW:

Having adored LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE from the same author, I absolutely needed to read this book. But now that I have, it’s hard to believe that the two were written by the same person. Continue reading

Amelia Westlake Was Never Here – Erin Gough

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Amelia Westlake Was Never Here by Erin Gough

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: May 21st, 2019
Publisher: Poppy
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Feminism, High School, LGBTQIA+, Romance


REVIEW:

If you’re looking for a smart YA contemporary featuring calculated plans to denounce sexist, misogynistic, homophobic and overall discriminatory behaviours at an elite private school as well as a slow-burn romance between the two female leads, this is the book for you. It will grip you from the very first sentence and the strong presence of the two female narrators will stimulate your interest. Continue reading

Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau

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Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: February 12th, 2019
Publisher: First Second
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, LGBTQIA+, Friendship, Coming of Age, Love


REVIEW:

I just want everyone on this planet to read this lovely queer graphic novel. Is that too much to ask?

I have no idea though why this book was published in FEBRUARY because it is 100% a summer read and for a second there, after finishing it, I wondered if the snow outside had perhaps melted.

AS IF. Continue reading

Wilder Girls – Rory Power

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Wilder Girls by Rory Power

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Random House Canada
Published: July 9th, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, Horror, LGBTQIA+, Disease, Friendship


REVIEW:

Survival stories tend to grip me. There’s something really fascinating, I think, about the idea of ‘‘the survival of the fittest’’ or strongest, smartest, prettiest. It’s a competition. It’s a deadly game. Sometimes, there’s no use even trying because you can’t compare. You don’t have it in you to survive. You’re a follower, not a leader. Continue reading

The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James – Ashley Herring Blake

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: March 26th, 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 8+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, LGBTQIA+, Family Dynamics, Friendship, Love


REVIEW:

I have read and enjoyed everything else Ashley Herring Blake has written so of course I was beyond excited to dive into this copy. I am also so very happy this author is exploring LGBTQIA+ themes because her stories are realistic and important. Continue reading