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Recent Reads: ARCs + Book Reviews

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Hey again lovelies!

I thought I would share some of my recent reads for the last couple of weeks:

Give the Dark my Love by Beth Revis (July 31st) - 4.25 ⭐

* received an ARC from the publisher exchange for an honest review *

This book really surprised me. After beginning rather slow, the action picked up, the darkness crept in, and Nedra's character truly began to shine. The characters in this novel really impressed me, I found Nedra's development throughout the novel to be engaging, and it became clear where - and who, her priorities lied with. Her strong family loyalties and desire for saving the poor village members that raised her led to her ultimate demise - or led to her rise.

The unique twists and turns really intrigued me, and I was hooked until the last page. I liked the rotating POV's, it made it easier to understand Nedra's and Grey's thoughts and feel their pain. There are some extremely dark elements in this novel, and I personally found them to be a bit…

July Wrap Up

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I thought I would take this time to share my July Wrap Up!

It was a great reading month for me, and I genuinely enjoyed all the novels I read!


Here is a review:

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black - 5/5 stars ⭐

Between Frost and Fury by Chani Lynn Feener - 4.25/5 stars ⭐

Dare You to Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch - 5/5 stars ⭐

Sadie by Courtney Summers - 4.75/5 stars ⭐

Give the Dark my Love by Beth Revis - 4.25/5 stars ⭐



If you have read of these titles, or want more info on them, feel free to comment or email me!


Review: ARC of Sadie by Courtney Summers

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Hello lovelies! I have been reading lots of mystery and suspense books lately, and if those are some of your favourite genres, then I highly recommend reading Sadie when it publishes in early September.


*Thank you Raincoast Books for the book, in exchange for an honest review*

Rating: 4.75/5 ⭐

Review: WOW. This book was bold from the first page. Courtney's unique writing style led me to become so invested in Sadie's story, I could not put this book down. Told in alternating points of view, readers first learn the present day struggles of those left behind as radio show host, West McCray, investigates the Sadie's disappearance. Then perspectives shift, and readers experience Sadie's emotions in first person what happened that dreadful period, about a year ago.

The raw emotions and hatred that pushed Sadie to keep going throughout this novel was well written and truly made readers understand her persistence. She used the people she loathed as motivation, travelling far an…

BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY: Between Frost and Fury

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Good morning everyone! Today I'm sharing Between Frost and Fury and a giveaway at the bottom with Expresso Book Tours!


Tour Schedule: click here



Book details:

Between Frost and Fury by Chani Lynn Feener (The Xenith Trilogy #2)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 24th 2018
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult


Synopsis:
Delaney might have done her job a little TOO well…and now her life has once again been turned upside down by aliens, this time by a deadly (and devastatingly handsome) alien prince in this explosive second installment of Chani Lynn Feener’s The Xenith Trilogy.

Delaney has been kidnapped by aliens. Again. After only a month back on Earth with her hot new alien boyfriend Ruckus, the deadly and devastatingly handsome prince Trystan has dragged her right back to his planet.

While some girls may dream of winning a prince’s heart, Delaney just wishes this one would leave her alone. Instead, she finds herself at the center of both a tense political battle between tw…

Some of my Favourite Candle Companies

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Hey guys!

Sometimes its great to have a candle burning while we read, right?!  To help you find some new scents or shops, I have put together a list of some the candle companies I rep for or just highly recommend!

⭐ Click on each shop name to be taken to their store ⭐

My Wick of Tea
code: PRETTY15

Raquel owns a Canadian candle shop, featuring a variety of fandom and general bookish candles! She was the first candle shop I ever bought from, and I am so proud to support a local vendor.

RECOMMEND: Fall Reads (Pumpkin, Vanilla, Marshmallows)


Lacuna Candle Co
Code: PRETTY10

This UK based shop is run by two book loving sisters, and includes some of the sweetest fandom candles! Their August special edition box is all about some of the top YA contemporaries, and you do not want to miss out!

RECOMMEND: Lara Jean's Cookies (Sugar, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Baking)


Until the Very End Co.
code: PRETTY15

Although less known, Until the Very End Co is excellent for a variety of candles, including book…

July TBR

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Good morning!

I was busy celebrating Canada Day yesterday, so I didn't have a chance to share my upcoming reads for the month.

I am planning to read 4/5 books:

✔ Between Frost and Fury (ARC)
✔ Seafire (ARC)
✔ Starry Eyes
✔ A Blade So Black (ARC)
✔ Cruel Prince

If you have read any of these, definitely let me know what you thought of them! Happy reading everyone!



Wildcard by Marie Lu Review

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Hello lovelies!

Penguin Teen Canada graciously sent me a copy of Wildcard by Marie Lu (the sequel to Warcross), and I wanted to share my thoughts on it with you guys!

I read the ARC last week and I LOVED IT. I finished it in 2 days, it had me hooked from the first page. Lu's writing style is engaging and fast paced, and fans of Warcross will be pleased with the continuation of plot twists and dark secrets.

The story picks up shortly after the first book ended, and follows Emika Chen as she faces new challenges as she works to dismantle the new NeuroLink algorithm. Her emotions are vividly described, and readers will feel her pain, sadness, and happiness as the novel continues. She joins Zero and the Blackcoats, which leads to more struggles for Emika - and those close to her.

Hideo and Emika's relationship in this novel is one of my favourite plot lines in the novel. The way they feel for each other is evident throughout, creating friction at times and passion at others. Both…

Most Recent Reviews!

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Hey lovelies! I thought I would share some of my recent reads & reviews with you!
If you read any of these, or would like to chat about them, feel free to comment below or message me 💙

Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett (June 14th) - 4/5 ⭐

I was not sure what to expect from this novel, but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it.

After a bit of a slow start in terms of the pace, the characters - especially Kate, became very intriguing, drawing readers into every page. Corwin's and Kate's perspectives were engaging to read about, and it was enjoyable to read about their relationship, and how it was mended throughout the novel. Readers truly felt their emotions,understood their thoughts, and felt their struggles during conflicts. It was also exciting to see a traitor girl save a prince - not a very common plot detail in YA fantasy, and I enjoyed that.

The magical features throughout Rima were some of my favourite parts. These unique and mystical features distingu…

REVIEW: From Twinkle, With Love

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Hey lovelies!

I just finished 'From Twinkle, With Love' by Sandhya Menon, and I am extremely happy with it! I graciously received an ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review, and cannot wait to share my opinions on this great story.

RATING: 4.75/5

REVIEW: 'From Twinkle, With Love' tells the story of aspiring filmmaker Twinkle, and her journey through her first experiences of love, heartbreak, and how the power of friendship can overcome even the greatest pain.


I absolutely adored this novel, from the characters to the plot, and even the family struggles. Sahil's character was probably my favourite, loyal from the first page, and an honest friend to Twinkle when she needed someone to confide to. When individuals read his point of view, it is a true teenage guy perspective, and made the story feel real.

In terms of Twinkle's development, her growth as a leader, friend, and a person were impressively written.Twinkle's unsteady relati…

Blog Tour + US Giveaway: Nothing Happened

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About the Book:

Title: NOTHING HAPPENED
Author: Molly Booth
Pub. Date: May 15, 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 336
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD

This modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing takes place at the idyllic Camp Dogberry, where sisters Bee and Hana Leonato have grown up. Their parents own the place, and every summer they look forward to leading little campers in crafts, swimming in the lake, playing games of capture the flag and sproutball, and of course, the legendary counselor parties.

This year, the camp drama isn’t just on the improv stage. Bee and longtime counselor Ben have a will-they-or-won’t-they romance that’s complicated by events that happened—or didn’t happen—last summer. Meanwhile, Hana is falling hard for the kind but insecure Claudia, putting them both in the crosshairs of resident troublemaker John, who spreads a vicious rumor that could tear them apart.

As the counselors juggle their camp res…

April Spearcraft Unboxing

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Here is my April unboxing of @spearcraftbookbox Pirates VS Pan box 💙 



It was such a fun box, and I love the candle included! The full unboxing is in my IG highlights if you’re interested in watching!


Featured in the box:
🌟 exclusive Neverland candle from @diocandleco
🌟 Peter Pan enamel pin designed by @laurastitesart
🌟 Unputdownable bookmark, Shelfies over Selfies pin, and Book Obsessed newsletter from @swoonreads
🌟 Pirates of the Caribbean inspired print by @laurastitesart
🌟 Peter Pan inspired metal bracelet 
🌟 Tinkerbell zipper pull from @spearcraftbookbox
🌟 Monthly magnet: Pirates of the Caribbean inspired 
🌟 Author spotlight:

ARC Review: Legendary by Stephanie Garber

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Hey lovelies! How about a review about one of the biggest YA sequels of the year!?


Legendary by Stephanie Garber - 4.5/5

- received ARC from publisher in exchange for review -

This is the long awaited sequel to Caraval, and I was so excited to continue the story of the mysterious Legend. And this book definitely lived up the hype.


This one followed sister Tella, and her journey throughout another game of Caraval. I liked the setting of this one, in a new magical city, with even more dangers. Following her heart, Tella is relying on fate and a magical deck of cards to free her trapped mother, while balancing her conflicting feelings for certain characters. Readers see a more vulnerable side of Tella throughout the novel as she faces intimate dangers very close to her heart.

Beyond Tella, Scarlett's character grows, and you see a more daring side of Scarlett as the story progresses. At one point, I thought she was hiding details about Legend from Tella, but that is all apart of the…

Blog Tour: Summer Constellations + US Giveaway

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About the Book:

Title: SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS
Author: Alisha Sevigny
Pub. Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 264

Find it:Amazon, B&N, TBD, Goodreads


Synopsis: Julia Ducharme is ready for a fresh start. Her little brother has finally recovered from a serious illness, and now she just wants to enjoy peak season at the campground her family owns. Maybe this will be the year her annual summer fling with Dan Schaeffer becomes something more?

But her summer dreams are quickly shattered. First, Dan arrives for vacation with a new girlfriend in tow, and then Julia discovers this may be her last summer in the only home she's ever known.

Crushing medical bills have brought her single mom to the brink of bankruptcy, and a wealthy developer is sniffing around the campground. He sees what Julia sees: lush woods, a pristine lake, miles of trails for adventure. Unlike Julia, he thinks this is the perfect spot for a casino resort.

Heartbroken and af…

April Wrap Up & May TBR

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Good afternoon everyone! Happy May! 😄

April Wrap Up:

Tess of the Road - 4/5 ⭐️
ARC of Legendary - 4.5/5 ⭐️
ARC of The Queen Underneath - 4.3/5 ⭐️
ARC of Accidental Bad Girl - 4.25/5 ⭐️
ARC of Summer Constellations - 4.75/5 ⭐️


May TBR:

✅ ARC of Stay Sweet
✅ Ash Princess
✅ A Date with Darcy (Bookish Boyfriends #1)
✅ ARC of Onyx & Ivory
✅ ARC of From Twinkle, With Love
✅ The Wicked Deep


Also, since it is a new month, check out my updated Rep/Review Page as there have been some new additions! 💙

ARC Review: The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan

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I finished my current read last night, and I am excited to share what I thought of The Accidental Bad Girl!

Rating: 4.25/5 ⭐


- Received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review -

After ruining her reputation, Kendall is looking to stay under the radar for one more year at Howell. But after being framed for stealing from a drug dealer, she is thrown into a dangerous role, sacrificing the few relationships she has built back up.

Overall, I am pleasantly surprised with this book. The character development of Kendall became more complex as the novel progressed, and realistically represented a high school senior's mindset and struggles. I enjoyed the complex relationships in this novel, they added depth and suspense to the plot. The plot itself was also strong, and I enjoyed the features of romance, action, and sorrow. Readers will be able to connect with Kendall as she experiences these situations as well.

The other characters in this novel truly are the reason I enjo…

ARC review: The Queen Underneath

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Here is my review for an ARC of The Queen Underneath by Stacey Filak 😄

** 4.3/5 ⭐ **

- I received an ARC from publisher in exchange for review -

This novel really surprised me. I was not sure what to expect from it, but I adored the journey throughout the majority of the story. Gemma is a strong character, and enjoyable to follow. She is passionate, and a true leader. As the perspectives switch among the various characters in their misfit group of friends, I also enjoyed hearing from Tollan (the King of the Above world) and his friend, Wince. Their contrasting views on society offered comedy and insightful to the plot. Each of these characters face their own type of adversity, and their reactions and thoughts are vibrant demonstrations of their growth.

The setting combination of two very contrasting worlds was refreshing to read about, and the magical elements throughout the novel will appeal to many YA fans. The various relationships, and surprising family ties, are very engaging. Th…

March Spearcraft Unboxing

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Hey lovelies!

I thought I would unbox the "Passport to Africa" box for you guys! It was a fun box, and offered some unique and adorable items 😄

Items in the box:
🦁 African Savannah themed Spoiler card
🦁 Nigerian Proverb Art print which coordinates with the spoiler card
🦁 Hakuna Matata Lion King themed make up / pencil pouch by @naddy on Amazon
🦁 Full sized Simba with leaf mane Funko Pop by @originalfunko
🦁 Hakuna Matata adorable candle by @diocandleco featuring an exclusive SpearCraft label (SMELLS AMAZING 💛)
🦁 Lion King Simba and Mufasa button pin. On the back, the quote reads "Remember who you are" 🦁 Monthly magnet featuring a quote from our book pick this month
🦁 THE BOOK: Highly anticipated Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi @tadeyemibooks . This book is amazing and so beautiful (with and without the dust jacket)! 😍
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The April box will be shipping next week, and the Dragon themed May box is available now 💚
Don’t forget my code, PRETTY…

Dethroned Cover Reveal

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Dethroned Cover Reveal!

To help share this new Novella coming in June 2018, here is the cover reveal for Dethroned!

Summary:

For eighteen-year- old Rouen Rivoche, being a fairy princess isn’t about fancy parties and happily ever afters. Rouen’s people are the dark Fae whose powers of lightning, thunder, snow, and all
things Winter make them cold, severe, and 100% intolerant of rebellion. Too bad being a rebel is in Rouen’s blood.

Against tradition, she’s teamed up with Syl Skye, the sleeper-princess of the fair Fae—a mortal enemy who Rouen should want to kill but only wants to kiss. Plus, to be with Syl, Rouen’s masquerading as a glam goth-rock star and human high school student. Honestly, Rouen doesn’t think things could get any more complicated.

Then, she discovers she must become Queen of the Winter Court or all her people will die. No pressure. Now, dark forces are amassing in the Winter Court, turning Rouen’s people against her and blocking her path to the throne. Even Syl with al…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my TBR

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Today I am sharing the Top Ten Reads on my TBR, all of which I hope to read ASAP 😊

Legendary (Stephanie Garber) *Ash Princess (Laura Sebastian) *The Cruel Prince (Holly Black)The Queen's Rising (Rebecca Ross)Furyborn (Claire Legrand) *A Darker Shade of Magic (VE Schwab)Ace of Shades (Amanda Foody) *Onyx & Ivory (Mindee Arnett) *The Smoke Thieves (Sally Green) * A Court of Thorns and Roses (Sarah J. Maas)
* represents an ARC, book not yet published 


Have you read any of these? Let me know what you thought it in the comments ⏬

BOOK TOUR: Clock Flower + Giveaway

I am super excited to share with you a series I found this month! The third book, the The Clock Flower by Barbara Casey, was a great read! Furthermore, I am sharing A GIVEAWAY at the bottom of the page in partnership with iRead Book Tours 😊

The Clock Flower by Barbara Casey - 4/5

This is the third installment in the FIG Mystery series, by Barbara Casey. Out of the three FIG Mystery books, this one is my favourite!

As the FIGs learn to survive the world outside of Wood Rose, this book shared the adjustments that these intellectual geniuses made at their respective universities. When the opportunity arises for Mackenzie to work on a top secret project in the same country that Dara is offered to visit an archaeological site, the expedition leads the FIGs and Carolina on a busy trip to China. It's also there that Mackenzie discovers the shocking truth about her birth parents.

The FIGs struggled in their universities were relatable and things that surprised these young intellectuals …

Spearcraft February Unboxing

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Here is my unboxing the February "Steampunk Fantasy" box!



📚 Key of Knowledge steampunk bookmark from author @mikelackey23.
📚 Feather pen inspired by the book (There were 4 different colors: pink, green, silver, and gold).
📚 Steampunk art print.
📚 Steampunk aviator goggles. These goggles have removable lenses and you can purchase additional colors. (They also make an awesome prop for photos and work for cosplay!).
📚 Crocheted Victorian Steampunk wrist cuffs. These are beautiful and look amazing in photos. Feel free to pair them with a sweater for a great look!.
📚 Monthly Magnet inspired by Infernal Devices.
📚 Infernal Devices clockwork Angel necklace.
📚 Color your own steampunk double sided bookmark by @magnetic_past.
📚 Author Spotlight on @ek_johnston.
📚 Author letter and signed bookplate by @gwendolynclare.