The Grace Year – Kim Liggett

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: September 17th, 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Action, Dystopia, Feminism, Romance


REVIEW:

Do not be fooled by the excessively pink cover, this is not a sweet story and the characters do not care to be likeable and cherished by the reader. It’s a wild, wild world and so are the girls in it. I have not read a YA dystopian in over a year, but this one reminded me why I used to actively seek out these types of stories. Because they are messy and ugly and dramatic and despite all that, or maybe because of it, I am fascinated. Continue reading

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Where the Forest Meets the Stars – Glendy Vanderah

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Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Thomas Allen & Son
Published: March 1st, 2019
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Fiction, Mystery, Family, Contemporary, Romance


REVIEW:

This is the second most unique story I have read this year, behind Daisy Jones & The Six. There are other books worth mentioning, but somehow very few stories manage to surprise you continuously and unfold so elegantly and meaningfully. This book deserves to be studied by aspiring writers out there, that’s how worthy of our attention it is. Continue reading

Normal People – Sally Rooney

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Normal People by Sally Rooney

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: April 16th, 2019
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Literary Fiction, Romance, College, Coming of Age, Bullying, Popularity


REVIEW:

This book did not affect me in the same way it seems to have affected other people. It did not make me angry, or sad, and did not move me, really. That is because I never cared for Marianne or Connell. Sometimes I even hated them. Usually, I do. Usually, I care about the protagonists I read about, especially when they show their vulnerabilities to me. And I did enjoy reading about this on-and-off (almost) couple. Because they are so, so humanly flawed. But they are not exactly likeable. Continue reading

The Bride Test – Helen Hoang

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: May 7th, 2019
Publisher: Berkley
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Romance, Humour, Autism


REVIEW:

I did not like The Kiss Quotient. I thought it lacked… life. Emotion. Vulnerability. Sweet romance. And I did not feel connected to the characters one bit. From what I remember, I didn’t even push past the halfway point. That’s how much I did not care. Continue reading

Daisy Jones & The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: March 2019
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Recommended Age: 15+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Romance, Music, Realistic Fiction, Addiction, Family, Love/Hate Relationships


REVIEW:

This was pretty darn fascinating. I have never read anything like it before and that alone deserves praise from me because I don’t frequently find myself reading something I have no clue what other book to compare it with. I also have no clue how the author came up with such an original idea, which makes me really want to develop superpowers in order to read her mind. Just a little. Continue reading

Love From A to Z – S.K. Ali


Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Simon & Schuster Canada
Published: April 30th, 2019
Publisher: Salaam Reads
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Islamophobia, Coming of Age, Family


REVIEW:

This was wonderful. I have not read this author’s debut novel – Saints and Misfits – but I immediately added it after closing this book. I’m really happy this didn’t turn out to be a beautiful book on the outside and shallow on the inside. Continue reading

The Confusion of Laurel Graham – Adrienne Kisner

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The Confusion of Laurel Graham by Adrienne Kisner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: June 4th, 2019
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Animals, Nature, LGBTQIA+, Family, Romance


REVIEW:

I actually finished this book over a week ago but I was in my exam period and for the first time in I don’t know how long, I did not feel like writing a review for a book immediately after being done with it. Continue reading