Tuesday, January 5, 2021

ARC Review: A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth

RATING: 4.35 stars


This epic queer fae featuring YA fantasy follows four teens (a half-fae, an exiled Fury, a fae prince, and the prince’s secretive guard), in attempt to thwart a dangerous killer, hunting half-faes in downtown Toronto.

I really liked this one - diverse characters, a local setting, and fantasy elements with a hint of danger that will keep you guessing. The suspense grew as the story developed, as did the slow burn romance between characters. I gravitated towards Arlo most, but it was fun to see the perspective of all 4 main characters. It did take a bit for me to figure out who was who, and to connect with the characters because of the multiple POVs though. Looking forward to seeing what happens next!

* Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review *


Friday, August 7, 2020

ARC Review: All Our Worst Ideas by Vicky Skinner

Good morning everyone! 

I am sharing a new review for a title that releases next week - All Our Worst Ideas by Vicky Skinner! It is my stop on the blog tour and I definitely recommend adding this on to your TBR.

All Our Worst Ideas Cover

RATING: 4.35 stars

RELEASE: August 11, 2020


Amy has key plans for senior year: getting accepted to her dream school, becoming valedictorian, and earning a prestigious scholarship in order to afford tuition. Being dumped by her boyfriend and taking a part-time job at a local record store were not in the plans, but sometimes you cannot plan for everything. 

Her co-worker, Oliver, is quiet, not interested in attending college - despite his mother's full enthusiasm on post-secondary. But he has been enjoying getting to know Amy during their shifts. As Amy's perfect plan starts to fall apart, she needs to decide what and who is worth fighting for, or she will risk losing it all.

This novel was a pleasant surprise for me! I loved Amy's dedication on her dream school, she knows its her ticket out of Kansas City. It was enjoyable to see her priorities shift as she met someone who appreciated the real Amy. I loved Oliver's character, he opened himself to love, and stood up for what he believed in. Petra was a great side character, and the scenes with her supporting Amy despite their competition for valedictorian were some of my favourites. Overall, I definitely recommend this one for YA contemporary fans, its a perfect summer read.

Thank you FierceReads for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.