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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Only Ashes Remain (Market of Monsters, #2) – Rebecca Schaeffer

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Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaeffer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: September 3rd, 2019
Publisher: HMH BFYR
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Action, Paranormal, Revenge, Manipulation, Humanity


REVIEW:

If you thought the first book was a cold knife to the spine, you don’t know what’s waiting for you here, because this sequel is twice as intense and deceptive as its predecessor. After the cruel cliff-hanger at the end of book one, I was DYING to get my hands on this one. Even now, I can’t keep my hands to myself. I love this messy story and its disturbing characters so damn much. Continue reading

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein – Kiersten White

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The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: PRH Canada
Published: 2018
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, Retelling, Historical Fiction, Gothic, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Childhood Friendship


REVIEW:

I am so glad I finally got around to reading this book, after months of deliberation (and a bit of procrastination), because Kiersten White develops her ideas in interesting ways. Granted, this is a retelling, so credit must be given to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley as well, as the author of the original Frankenstein tale, which White would approve of based on her note at the end. But inspiration aside, this retelling stands out in a pool of other books of its kind. Continue reading

Dark Shores – Danielle L. Jensen

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Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: May 7th, 2019
Publisher: Tor Teen
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Piracy, Politics


REVIEW:

This is a DNF for me. I instantly knew after reading the first page that it would be a DNF. Sometimes you just know. It’s like when you meet someone knew. The first conversation you have with that person can determine whether you can connect on a deeper level or not. Of course, it’s good to give the other person a more meaningful chance than one simple conversation, so I pushed through that boring first page. But like most relationships, if the beginning isn’t beautiful, the rest of it usually isn’t. It CAN get better, but that’s extremely rare and involves growth. 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

The Deceivers – Kristen Simmons

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The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: February 5th, 2019
Publisher: Tor Teen
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, Drama, Romance, Manipulation, Secrets


REVIEW:

This is the kind of mysterious book that you dive into not knowing what’s waiting for you and the kind you close in a completely different state of mind than your initial one. Even if you think you know what’s going to happen, I recommend putting everything you think you know aside because the author has plenty of twists and turns planned for you and it’s honestly pointless to try to guess any of it because you will most likely be wrong. Besides, it’s always more fun to be surprised or shocked than proven right. Continue reading