The Grief Keeper – Alexandra Villasante

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The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: June 11th, 2019
Publisher: Putnam
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBTQIA+, Sisterhood, Immigration, Romance, Slow Burn, Psychology


REVIEW:

This is a beautifully-written and touching story about two sisters seeking asylum in America to escape death threats. Marisol would protect her younger sister Gabi at all costs so she agrees to become part of an experiment that has as aim to relieve someone from negative feelings by donating them to a recipient (Marisol). Continue reading

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The Princess and the Fangirl – Ashley Poston

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: April 2nd, 2019
Publisher: Quirk Books
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, LGBTQIA+. Retelling, Fandom, Celebrity


REVIEW:

This is a contemporary, fandom-centered retelling of The Prince and the Pauper and it is almost as adorable as a puppy sniffing old books. It’s also exactly what I needed—the equivalent of comfort food—since I’m supposed to be in Romania right now but there was a problem with my ticket so I have to wait longer to see my grandparents. I felt really discouraged when I heard the news, but luckily I had a few books I was excited to read that helped improve my mood. Continue reading

Blog Tour: Birthday – Meredith Russo

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Birthday by Meredith Russo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: May 21st, 2019
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fiction, Transgenderism, Coming of Age, Friendship, Romance, High School, Family


REVIEW:

Three years ago, I read Meredith Russo’s debut – If I Was Your Girl – and I enjoyed it, but I could not have predicted it becoming a bestseller and award-winning novel, because although I found it sweet and meaningful, it was not a page-turner for me. Birthday is very different from her debut, so different that I feel a switch was made in the author’s mind or she wanted to tell a heart-breaking story instead of a mainly heart-blossoming one. Continue reading

Hot Dog Girl – Jennifer Dugan

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Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: PRH Canada & NetGalley
Published: April 30th, 2019
Publisher: Putnam
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, LGBTQIA+, Summer, Friendship, Family


REVIEW:

This looks like a really fun and fluffy YA summer romance, but believe me when I tell you that it’s more of a soap opera… at an amusement park.

Don’t get me wrong, I thought it was entertaining and I would definitely recommend it to those who enjoy dramatic characters and scenarios as well as reading about different relationships blossoming and dying. Continue reading

The Fever King – Victoria Lee

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The Fever King by Victoria Lee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Thomas Allen & Son
Published: March 1st, 2019
Publisher: Skyscape
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Science Fiction, LGBTQIA+, Action, Powers


REVIEW:

The premise of this book sounded captivating and I couldn’t wait for the author to introduce the romance between the two male characters who basically hate each other, but I did not expect this YA story to be so… mature. The world-building is dark, Noam works to improve the conditions of refugees by working with government officials and developing his own powers, and there are plenty of secrets no one cares to share. There’s drinking, drugs, sex. Adult stuff. Continue reading

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

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