I Wanna Be Where You Are – Kristina Forest

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I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: June 4th, 2019
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Road Trip, Romance, Coming of Age


REVIEW:

Isn’t the cover just lovely? It makes me think that it wouldn’t be so bad living in a 2D world if everything looked so soft and colourful. Still, let’s keep it 3D for now.

This is a decent story. It is fairly short and well-paced so it will most definitely not feel like a chore to read. I don’t always ask my reads to amaze me, I understand that every story is different and we’re all drawn to distinct things. But I do ask my reads to think of me sometimes, as in EXPLAIN what’s happening in a way that I can understand. Continue reading

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Famous in a Small Town – Emma Mills

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Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: January 15th, 2019
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Friendship, Family


REVIEW:

I opened this gorgeous book expecting to smile and laugh at every chapter. Emma Mills always makes me think that, what with her original and feel-good-sounding premises. And her stories do start in a lovely, fun manner. But eventually and slowly, heavy themes creep into the storyline and grow. This is good, because it means we are gently guided towards more impactful situations instead of being thrown into them without warning. That doesn’t mean this book didn’t make me smile or laugh. On the contrary, I loved it BECAUSE it made me feel such diverse emotions: happiness, sadness, befuddlement, surprise, warmth… Continue reading

Five Feet Apart – Rachael Lippincott

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Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Simon & Schuster Canada
Published: 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Coming of Age, Illness, Family


REVIEW:

This was my first romance novel in… months. I couldn’t bring myself to read a story that focused heavily on a boy and a girl falling in love for a long time.

That’s what happens when there is boy drama (and its aftershocks) in my life. I needed to step away from romance and focus on other things or my mind would keep wandering to that one boy with whom I really (mistakenly) believed something might happen. Continue reading

The Center of the Universe – Ria Voros

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The Center of the Universe by Ria Voros

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Published: April 2nd, 2019
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Pacing: Normal/Fast
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Family, Mystery, Romance, Friendship, Astronomy


BLURB:

Grace Carter’s mother — the celebrity news anchor GG Carter — is everything Grace is not. GG is a star, with a flawless wardrobe and a following of thousands, while Grace — an aspiring astrophysicist — is into stars of another kind. She and her mother have always been in different orbits. Then one day GG is just … gone. Cameras descend on their house, news shows speculate about what might have happened and Grace’s family struggles to find a new rhythm as they wait for answers. While the authorities unravel the mystery behind GG’s disappearance, Grace grows closer to her high school’s golden boy, Mylo, who has faced a black hole of his own. She also uncovers some secrets from her mother’s long-lost past. The more Grace learns, the more she wonders. Did she ever really know her mother? Was GG abducted … or did she leave? And if she left, why? Continue reading

The Perfect Couple – Elin Hilderbrand

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The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: June 19th, 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pacing: Fast
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Mystery, Romance, Contemporary, Weddings, Drama, Family


BLURB:

It’s wedding season on Nantucket. The beautiful island is overrun with summer people–an annual source of aggravation for year-round residents. And that’s not the only tension brewing offshore. When one lavish wedding ends in disaster before it can even begin everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect. As Chief of Police Ed Kapenash digs into the best man, the maid of honor, the groom’s famous mystery novelist mother, and even a member of his own family, the chief discovers that every wedding is a minefield–and no couple is perfect. Featuring beloved characters from THE CASTAWAYS and A SUMMER AFFAIR, THE PERFECT COUPLE proves once again that Elin Hilderbrand is the queen of the summer beach read. Continue reading

Kiss Me in Paris – Catherine Rider

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Kiss Me in Paris by Catherine Rider

My rating: 1.5 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: September 4th, 2018
Publisher: KCP Loft
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Traveling, Paris


BLURB:

Serena Fuentes won’t waste one moment of her whirlwind trip to Paris. She has it all mapped out, right down to the photos she will take, and the last thing she wants is a change in plans. Yet suddenly she’s touring the city with Jean-Luc, a French friend of her sister’s boyfriend. He has to take pictures of his own if he ever hopes to pass his photography class, and his project totally slows Serena down. Why can’t he get with her program? One minute they’re bickering, the next minute they’re bonding … and soon they’re exploring corners of Paris together that Serena never imagined. When it comes to love, sometimes it takes a different lens to see what’s right in front of us. A romantic adventure for anyone who sees the possibilities in a spontaneous tour of the City of Lights with a charming French stranger, and anyone who’s ever wondered if true love is waiting on the other side of the ocean.  Continue reading

Circe – Madeline Miller

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Circe by Madeline Miller

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Published: April 10th, 2018
Publisher: Lee Boudreaux Books
Recommended Age: 15+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Mythology, Adventure, Magic, Family


BLURB:

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus. But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love. Continue reading