Color Me In – Natasha Diaz

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Color Me In by Natasha Diaz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: August 20th, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Family, Romance, Racism, Poverty, Coming of Age, Poetry


REVIEW:

I knew I would love this book the moment I read its description and saw that it was inspired by the author’s own past lived experiences. True events always make something more meaningful for me because if they’re developed well into a story, it makes the whole book so much more realistic and memorable. This is why I adore reading memoirs as much as fictional stories. Plus, the author’s note at the end is incredible. Continue reading

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Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee – Jeff Zentner

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Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: February 26th, 2019
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Friendship, Family, WEIRDNESS


REVIEW:

What the hell happened to Jeff Zentner? THE SERPENT KING was beautiful and well-written. GOODBYE DAYS was emotional and original and all sorts of great. But RAYNE & DELILAH’S MIDNITE MATINEE is nothing like those two books. It’s dull and kind of weird. I do believe Jeff Zentner has his own style, different from other Young Adult authors, but this is a new weird even for him. Continue reading

Technically, You Started It – Lana Wood Johnson

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Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Scholastic Canada
Published: June 26th, 2019
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Friendship, Romance, High School, Humour


REVIEW:

When I received this book, I opened it and I got so excited because it’s 100% made of text messages, no descriptive paragraphs or even letters addressed to people. No, just online conversations. Since I had never seen a book like this before, I immediately thought it would be unique and a page-turner. Continue reading

Maybe This Time – Kasie West

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Maybe This Time by Kasie West

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Scholastic Canada
Published: July 9th, 2019
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Summer, Friendship, Family Dynamics


REVIEW:

This was my 9th book from Kasie West, which is a fun coincidence because this story includes 9 events Sophie attends that affect her friendships, family and love life.

Like the majority of Kasie West’s books, this was a page-turner. This author is great with banter. Even if you don’t particularly like the characters, the conversations between them are entertaining and very realistic. Continue reading

Truly Madly Royally – Debbie Rigaud

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Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Scholastic Canada
Published: July 30th, 2019
Publisher: Point
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Royalty, Diversity, Family


REVIEW:

If royal romances make you squee and swoon, this one’s for you. It is a lovely, wish-fulfilling type of story that will fill your heart with hope and wonder and make you wish for your very own Owen. (See what I did there? :D) Continue reading

The Fever King – Victoria Lee

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The Fever King by Victoria Lee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Thomas Allen & Son
Published: March 1st, 2019
Publisher: Skyscape
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Science Fiction, LGBTQIA+, Action, Powers


REVIEW:

The premise of this book sounded captivating and I couldn’t wait for the author to introduce the romance between the two male characters who basically hate each other, but I did not expect this YA story to be so… mature. The world-building is dark, Noam works to improve the conditions of refugees by working with government officials and developing his own powers, and there are plenty of secrets no one cares to share. There’s drinking, drugs, sex. Adult stuff. Continue reading

Before the Broken Star – Emily R. King

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Before the Broken Star by Emily R. King

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Thomas Allen & Son
Published: June 1st, 2019
Publisher: Skyscape
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk, Adventure, Revenge, Romance


REVIEW:

I basically despised this author’s The Hundredth Queen and couldn’t finish it (if that’s of any surprise) so it slightly unsettled me when I took hold of this book, opened it, started reading it… and finished it pleased enough by the events and characters. Continue reading