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ARC Blog Tour: In the Key of Nira Ghani by Natasha Deen

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Good morning lovelies!

I am proud to share with you today's stop on the In the Key of Nira Ghani Blog Tour, hosted by HBG Canada. I read this one last month, and it surprised me how much I enjoyed it.

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Book Details:

Title: In the Key of Nira Ghani
Author: Natasha Deen
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Release Date: April 9th, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary


Synopsis:

Nira Ghani has always dreamed of becoming a musician. Her Guyanese parents, however, have big plans for her to become a scientist or doctor. Nira's grandmother and her best friend, Emily, are the only people who seem to truly understand her desire to establish an identity outside of the one imposed on Nira by her parents. When auditions for jazz band are announced, Nira realizes it's now or never to convince her parents that she deserves a chance to pursue her passion.

As if fighting with her parents weren't bad enough, Nira finds herself navigating a new friendship dynamic when her crush, No…

Blog Tour: The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena

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Good morning everyone!

I am proud to share with you today's stop on the Beauty of the Moment Blog Tour, hosted by Penguin Teen Canada. I read this one last month, and it truly surprised me how much I enjoyed it.

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Book Details:

Title: The Beauty of the Moment
Author: Tanaz Bhathena
Publisher: Penguin Teen
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary


Synopsis:


Susan is the new girl—she’s sharp and driven, and strives to meet her parents’ expectations of excellence. Malcolm is the bad boy—he started raising hell at age fifteen, after his mom died of cancer, and has had a reputation ever since.

Susan’s parents are on the verge of divorce. Malcolm’s dad is a known adulterer.

Susan hasn’t told anyone, but she wants to be an artist. Malcolm doesn’t know what he wants—until he meets her.

Love is messy and families are messier, but in spite of their burdens, Susan and Malcolm fall for each other. The ways they drift apart and come back together are testamen…

Spring 2019 ARC Reviews

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Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

RATING 3.75/5 ⭐

Once & Future is a gender-swapped retelling of King Author - oh, and it is set IN SPACE. This fast paced plot follows Ari, the newest incarnation of King Author, and Merlin, the great wizard who has aged backwards and now is a scrawny teenager. With a round table of diverse characters and the entire galaxy at stake, it's now or never for this misfit band of knights.


Ari was a great character to follow, and I liked her development throughout the novel. I am very impressed with the diversity represented in the novel and how natural it felt. That was one of my favourite parts of the novel, it was well written and it is significant in today's society to have books with different gender identities and sexuality represented.

Unfortunately, I was not as familiar with the King Author tale, so being immersed so quickly into the story was a bit confusing, and I found myself struggling to connect with the story. F…

ARC Blog Tour: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

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Good morning lovelies!

I am proud to share with you today's stop on the Wicked Saints Blog Tour, hosted by Raincoast Books. I read this one about a week ago, and it truly surprised me how much it drew me in.

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Book Details:

Title: Wicked Saints
Author: Emily A. Duncan
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: April 2nd, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Dark Fantasy


Synopsis:

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.


Exclusive Excerpt:click here


My Review: 4.5/5 ⭐

Wicked …

Blog Author Feature: Nicki Pau Preto

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Good morning lovelies!

I am proud to share with you today's Blog Author Feature: Nicki Pau Preto, hosted by Simon & Schuster Canada. I am currently reading this one, and it is really surprising me.

Book Details:

Title: Crown of Feathers
Author: Nicki Pau Preto
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 12th, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Author Details:

Nicki is Canadian YA author, living near Toronto, Ontario. With a degree in visual arts, a masters in art history, as well as a diploma in graphic design, she is passionate about art and the wonders of escaping the real world. She is not a fan of 9-5 work days, so thankfully her chosen career covers all those aspects. Crown of Feathers is her debut novel.


Synopsis:

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne w…

ARC Review: Bloodspell by C.J. Redwine

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Good morning friends 😊

This morning I am sharing my review for Bloodspell by C.J. Redwine, which releases tomorrow. I was so surprised by how much this magical world drew me in, just loved it!

RATING: 4.5 / 5 ⭐

This novel follows Blue, a merchant's daughter in a small village in Balavata. She tries to remain unnoticed - in fear of her magic being discovered, sentencing her to death. However, once her father is murdered and a ruthless woman claims custody of Blue and all she owns, secrets, keeping them and finding them out, are more important than ever. At the same time, childhood friend Kellan, the crown prince of Balavata, is must announce his betrothal to a head family's daughter. But as blood sheds and every step could cost him the kingdom, these two chara
cters must be careful to keep those they love, and themselves, alive.

I absolutely loved the fairytale retelling, the Cinderella aspects were prominent, but not over powering. The setting was vivid, with fantasy elements…

2019 Winter/Spring ARC Reviews

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Good morning friends! Here are my most recent reads, all Winter/Spring 2019 ARCs from amazing publishers!

Testimony of Your Perfect Girl (Expected publication: May 14th 2019)

RATING: 4.25 ⭐

This novel follows Annie Tripp, a teenage girl who has everything she needs: designer clothes, elite figure skating lessons, and more. However, her precious world shatters when her father is accused of scamming hundreds of clients and investors. Temporarily living with her Aunt and Uncle is better than she expected, but soon family secrets start unraveling. Annie must focus on the truth, and which lies are better left alone.

This story really surprised me - the writing style was bolder than I expected, but that made it realistic. It was straight forward on topics that are everywhere in society (smoking, drinking, etc.), and did not sugar coat it. Annie was a bit hard to connect with at times, but I liked her development of down to earth qualities. It was a tad slow at times throughout, but the endin…