Girl in the Blue Coat – Monica Hesse

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: 2016
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, World War II, Friendship, Grief


REVIEW:

This book had more depth than I expected, without becoming too heavy or complex. Monica Hesse’s writing is very elegant and a pleasure to read. I have another book from here waiting on my desk – They Went Left – and now more than I ever I am curious and excited to see what new secrets it holds. Continue reading

Deadly Little Scandals (Debutantes, #2) – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: 2019
Publisher: Freeform Books
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, Family Drama, Sisterhood, Secrets, Thriller


REVIEW:

My head hurts. It’s like Jennifer Lynn Barnes is not okay with just one or two or three mind-fucking revelations. In her case, it’s the more, the better. And my brain is upside down. Don’t ask me to summarize this story for you because it’ll take me HOURS to explain these complex (and very messed up) relationships. Continue reading

Ali Cross – James Patterson

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Ali Cross by James Patterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: November 2019
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Recommended Age: 8+
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Mystery, Friendship, Family, Gaming


REVIEW:

This is the story of Ali Cross – Alex Cross’ young son – who wants to become a detective, just like his father, and work towards protecting his community. He thought he would have to wait much longer to follow on his father’s footsteps, but after one of his friends disappears, he decides to investigate the disappearance and won’t stop until he finds his friend. Continue reading

A Castle in the Clouds – Kerstin Gier

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A Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: January 28th, 2020
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Recommended Age: 10+
Genres & Themes: Tween, Mystery, Romance, Contemporary


REVIEW:

It has been a while since I last read a Kerstin Gier book. At least six years, really. But I do remember enjoying the magic in her Ruby Red Trilogy so I was hoping to be swept away by A Castle in the Clouds as well. Aside from having a really compelling title, it just seemed so mysterious. Continue reading

Songs from the Deep – Kelly Powell

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Songs from the Deep by Kelly Powell

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Simon & Schuster Canada
Published: November 5th, 2019
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mystery


REVIEW:

Sweet Jesus, I am so bored.

I wasn’t in the beginning. Actually, I kind of thought I would love it. The writing is elegant and the story atmospheric. It basically starts with a BANG, since we’re immediately thrown into the murder case. I even liked Moira’s voice. Continue reading

House of Salt and Sorrows – Erin A. Craig

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: August 6th, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery, Fairy Tale Retelling, Romance, Family


REVIEW:

This is an exciting YA fantasy driven by a compelling atmosphere and a dark mystery case. I was pulled in pretty quickly and was curious to see how this author would retell one of my all time favourite fairy tales. When I was a kid, all I wanted to watch was Barbie’s adaptation of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. I have fond memories of sitting in my room and gazing in adoration at the different dresses and shoes. Fashion is not an important component of this story and you won’t find any Barbies in it either. It’s a dark story with death creeping around every corner. The heroine—Annaleigh—is doing her best to shed light on the darkness but there are powerful forces at play so it will take courage, strength and determination to unveil the mystery. Continue reading

Killing November – Adriana Mather

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Killing November by Adriana Mather

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: March 2019
Publisher: Knopf BFYR
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, Boarding School, Secret Society, Romance


REVIEW:

I have no patience for this book. It’s all telling, no showing. I was warned but I like to SEE things for myself and I saw… very little. This secret society is way too secret for the reader’s wellbeing. By that I mean, I don’t know about you, but it drives me crazy to keep reading while learning almost nothing. Sure, the History of the secret society is somewhat provided, however I found everything to be so… unbelievable. Continue reading

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing – Hank Green

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: 2018
Publisher: Dutton
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Science Fiction, Mystery, Social Media, Fame, LGBTQIA+, Friendship


REVIEW:

This book has rekindled my interest in the Science Fiction genre which, after so many past disappointments, was not an easy thing to do. But feeling indifferent about this story was close to impossible, especially with a narrator like April May who enjoys speaking directly to the reader, thus encouraging us to feel involved in whatever happens. I was also rather curious about the ‘‘Carls,’’ these impressive and mysterious sculptures found everywhere around the world that no one can seem to be able to make heads or tails of. Continue reading

My Sister, the Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite

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My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: November 2018
Publisher: Doubleday
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Siblings, Africa


REVIEW:

This is the story of a woman in love with a man in love with her sister, a serial killer. If that sentence alone doesn’t make you want to go, ”Ooooohhhh… intriguing,” then please do stop reading this review. My heart won’t break. Continue reading

The Perfect Child – Lucinda Berry

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The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Thomas Allen & Son
Published: March 1st, 2019
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Family, Manipulation, Children, Mental Illness


REVIEW:

This is one messed up book and Janie is one messed up child. You’d think that the more psychological thrillers you read, the less they will affect you. But actually, it doesn’t work like that. If anything, your insides instinctively prepare themselves to be disturbed the moment you begin a new thriller. Continue reading