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

Girls Like Us – Randi Pink

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Girls Like Us by Randi Pink

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: October 29th, 2019
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Pregnancy, Sisterhood, Feminism


REVIEW:

This is the emotional tale of four girls who must each deal with unplanned pregnancies. It’s also a scary story, because it takes place during the summer of 1972, before abortion was decriminalized. It’s also scary because abortion is still such a controversial topic in the United States and it is not, still today, legal everywhere. Pro-choice and Pro-life debates are still very present and the author wrote this book to show how history manages to repeat itself, like the circle of life. Continue reading

Frankly in Love – David Yoon

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Frankly in Love by David Yoon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: September 2019
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons BFYR
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Family, Senior Year, Korean Culture


REVIEW:

This novel was written by the husband of Nicola Yoon, the amazing writer of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING and THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR so, of course, I absolutely needed to read this book ASAP.

I really liked the representation. I knew little about Korean social norms and cultural habits before going into this book so my brain was definitely awake and ready to learn. Without info-dumping us, the author clearly explained why Frank Li felt caught between two worlds and why he disagreed with some of his parents’ beliefs and traditions. Continue reading

The Last True Poets of the Sea – Julia Drake

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My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: HBG Canada
Published: October 1st, 2019
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBTQIA+. Romance, Mental Illness, Family, Friendship, Siblings, Summer


REVIEW:

Character-driven stories are tricky. It may take time to recognize them for what they are. In the beginning, we all expect some kind of plotline to unfurl. But slowly we realize that the story is the protagonists and that we better love them, otherwise we might just put the book down right away. Continue reading

10 Blind Dates – Ashley Elston

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10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: HBG Canada
Published: October 1st, 2019
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Family, Friendship, Christmas


REVIEW:

This was FUN.

Everything about it promises fun—the cover, title, synopsis—but it’s one thing to expect something and another thing to be delivered that thing. Also, I read the author’s This Is Our Story, a YA mystery, so I couldn’t wait to see her deliver a feel-good Christmassy romance. Continue reading

One Word Kill – Mark Lawrence

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One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Thomas Allen & Son
Published: May 2019
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Friendship Dynamics


REVIEW:

This is a cool, nerdy book. I don’t remember the last time I said that about a book, but despite some atrocious events that happen in the story, I would have liked to be part of Nick’s crew and play Dungeons & Dragons with him and his friends. Continue reading

Slay – Brittney Morris

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Simon & Schuster Canada
Published: September 24th, 2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Gaming, Black Culture, Racism, High School, Relationships, Family, Friendship


REVIEW:

This isn’t the type of story that I would typically read. Mainly because I prefer to actually play games than to read about them. But SLAY is such a unique and thematic MMORPG that I couldn’t help but get curious about it. I also loved the fact that it was created by a teenage girl with a normal life many people can relate to. Keira Johnson’s voice is equally strong and gentle. She is kind, patient, loving, smart … but not one to let disrespect slide. Continue reading