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November Reviews: Heart of Thorns & Mirage

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Hi everyone, long time no chat eh?!

I'm here with my last October read and my first two November reads, both I flew through and thoroughly enjoyed.


The Supervillain and Me by Danielle Banas (October 26th): 4.5/5

This one really surprised me - it was cute, fun, and the action was just enough. It had the elements of a light contemporary - the high school drama and bantering, but the action - my favourite part was the intense scene near the end, was what really drew me in.

The characters were easy to follow and the plot was engaging. I think readers will be pleasantly surprised with this one. I liked all of the characters and found them relatable. At times I found the plot to be a bit predictable, but overall it was a fun read.


Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton (finished November 4th): 4.5/5

Having seen this quite frequently when it first came out, it had been on my shelf for a while, and I finally picked it. And it was SO good. The intricate magical world laced with the complex characte…

Review: Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll

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Good morning! Today I am sharing my review for Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll - which was a pleasant surprise!

RATING: 4.75/5


I absolutely loved this novel! It was different than I expected, but it was a pleasant surprise.

I found the characters refreshing, and the challenges they faced were realistic. Each experienced growth in their own way throughout the story and overcame periods of racism, guilt, and hardship, resulting in a new positive sense of identity.

I was impressed with the variety of characters, and their different points of view shared insight on the emotions they have. They shared an inside perspective to different cultures, stereotypes, and how to handle racism and abuse. It was a bolder story than I expected, and it was executed very well.

The atmosphere at the Unclaimed Baggage store is one of my favourite parts. It was fun, and exciting to see the unique items, and Red was a great boss. It was engaging to hear their ideas of the story behind each item or suitcase they…

ARC Review: Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

Good afternoon lovelies

I am here with a review of my recent read, Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria! This dark and magical story was a blend of Six of Crows and dark magic, and I was surprised how much I really liked it.


Rating: 4.5/5

Review:

This novel is a dark tale following five main characters and their attempt to overthrow the current government, continuing the rebellion that their parents had worked hard to start. The POV's switch to each character, and are rotated between present and past situations. That writing method I found a bit annoying at first, but it truly keeps the reader engaged as they want to find out what happens next.

My favourite character was Cassa. She was determined to finish off the Citadel council, just like how the council killed her parents 4 years ago. Her perseverance was evident throughout, but she also made incredible sacrifices. Evander was the other character I really liked. His relationships kept him going throughout, and he was a true fighte…

ARC Review: An Assassin's Guide to Love & Treason

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Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of finishing An Assassin's Guide to Love & Treason by Virginia Boecker. It was so enjoyable, funny, and the historical elements were executed very well.


Rating: 4.5/5 ⭐

- Thank you HBG Canada for the review copy, in exchange for an honest review -


"Phillipa Gregory meets Mr. & Mrs. Smith"

A historical story set in the 1600's, that follows a royal spy and an vengeful orphan, the first working to uncover a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth, the other carrying out the plan. The novel features a variety of bold and diverse characters, appearances from Shakespeare himself, and learning about sacrifices one can make for love.

I absolutely adored this novel. Katherine was a lady who found her identity throughout the novel, despite playing many roles. After being disguised as Kit, she found strength in herself, empowering her to be more than just a pretty face. She was an easy character to relate too and her determination was eas…

Blog Tour: Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd

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Good morning lovelies!

I am proud to share with you today's stop on the Grim Lovelies Blog Tour, hosted by Raincoast Books. I read this one last month, and the concept was magical.

Tour Schedule:



Book Details:

Title: Grim Lovelies
Author: Megan Shepherd
Publisher: HMH Teen
Release Date: October 2nd, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy


Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime.

Now, the world she always dreamed of is rife with danger. Purs…

September Wrap Up & October TBR

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WOW September just flew by!

Below are the novels I read, and links to their reviews! I hope to maintain four books per month while I am in school, and hopefully October is just as good of a reading month!

Girls of Paper and Fire: 4.5/5 ⭐️
Goodreads Review

Grim Lovelies: 3.75/5 ⭐️
Goodreads Review

For a Muse of Fire: 4/5 ⭐️
Goodreads Review

Geekerella: 5/5 ⭐️
Goodreads Review



Looking ahead into this month, I have created my October TBR pile. I am a bit of a mood reader so it might change a bit, but I am excited for all these titles none the less!


I hope to read:

- Assassin's Guide to Love & Treason (first on my list actually!)
- Beneath the Citadel
- Seafire
- Heart of Iron

I cannot wait to read these ones, I have heard good things about most of them 😍

ARC Review: For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig

Happy Release Day to For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig!

I received an ARC of this one from Harper Collins Canada (HCC Frenzy) in exchange for an honest review!

My rating: 4/5 stars

My thoughts:
'For a Muse of Fire' is a bold tale about family, honour, and sacrifice. Jetta's family are shadow players, and one of the best, thanks to her. Jetta's unique ability to see souls of the dead allow her to blood bind them to their dazzling puppets. As danger draws closer, her family seeks out refuge aboard on a royal ship to Aquitan, and closer to a possible cure. The plan becomes difficult when loyalties become less clear, and not everyone is who they claim to be.

There were a lot of things about this book that I really liked. The concept was dark and wicked, drawing readers in as the complex plot continued. The bold Asian fantasy world was historically rich and well described. The multiple points of view and unique writing style were interesting (first person narrative as well…