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Last Reviews of 2018!

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I cannot believe how quickly this year went by! Here are my last two reviews of the year! Thank you for sticking with me, and happy reading lovelies!


A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

RATING: 5/5 ⭐

Quick phrase to describe this one: A bold fairytale fantasy.

I absolutely loved this story. The lush fictional landscape was well written, and the details were great. The fairytale storyline was engaging, and the elements followed the famous tale. The plot was fairly fast-paced, which I appreciated, and had a variety of action, romance, and heartbreak.

The characters were great to read about. I like the changes in perspectives, and raw emotion from each individual. Harper's kindness was a contrast to Rhen's bold personality. I liked Harper's character because she was relatable, confident, and did not let her cerebral palsy define her. Rhen and Harper had interactions that were enjoyable to read about, despite being in a desperate situations throughout the novel.

Overa…

2019 ARC Reviews

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Hey lovelies! Hope you are enjoying some holiday festivities! Here are my two most recent ARC reviews:
FOUR DEAD QUEENS by Astrid Scholte

RATING: 4.75/5 stars
This is one of my most anticipated novels of 2019, and it did not disappoint. The story was interesting, and the murderous plot kept the suspense high. The unique writing style, especially in regards to the time frame of the chapters, took a bit to get used to, but offered the opportunity to understand the perspectives of a variety of characters.
The different characters were engaging, and I liked the different personalities. Some had monstrous motives, some had a shadow of guilt overlaying their every move, and others were merely trying to survive. The diverse elements were done well, and the small romantic pieces were just enough to soften this deadly tale. 
Finally, THAT ENDING THOUGH. Extremely well done, and I cannot wait for everyone to read this one! Highly recommend!
* Thank you Penguin Teen Canada for the ARC review copy…

ARC Review: Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith

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Thank you to the Raincoast Books team for an ARC of Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith in exchange for an honest review!

RATING: 4.5/5 stars

REVIEW:

Princess Aurelia is a strong character, who strives for justice across the kingdom, despite being hunted for her blood magic abilities. After fleeing to safety, she discovers a happiness she never had in the castle. But she is not safe for long as a terrible plot is unfolding, and she must choose between saving herself, and the kingdom. This book was one of my most anticipated books of 2019, and it definitely lived up to my expectations. With royalty, secrets, and a revolution, it encompassed some of my favourite fantasy tropes and created a brilliant twisting tale.

The grim fantasy world was well-written, and with a fast paced plot it will hook readers from the beginning. The twist and turns throughout are surprising, offering suspense and mystery. With betrayals, murders, and more, it can be a touch gruesome, but it was bold and added to the un…

ARC Review: We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

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Happy Friday friends!
I finished my first read of the month, We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia, featured on the left of the picture - and I loved it!
RATING: 4.5/5 stars
REVIEW:
Fantasy, Feminism, Freedom.
This bold story follows Dani, a top ranked Primera married to an influential politic's son. After being approached to become a spy for a strong resistance group, she begins questioning where her loyalties lie, and with who. 
I absolutely loved the characters in this novel. Dani was strong willed and does her best to find the most promising version of herself. Carmen is another smart character, while Mateo and Sota are both holding a variety of secrets to keep their powerful positions. 
In terms of the story, it had a great blend of action, romance, and suspense. The diverse characters were written very well, and the spy elements kept readers engaged. The unique dystopian backdrop completed the story line, with a dominant society with upper class individuals ruling mos…

November Haul + Wrap Up

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And we're back! Another month gone by, but it was GREAT in terms of reading!

WRAP UP:

The Iron King - 4.25 ⭐
The Iron Daughter - 4.5⭐
The Iron Queen - 5 ⭐
Boneless Mercies - 4.25⭐
Mirage - 4.5 ⭐
Always Never Yours - 4.5 ⭐
Dysasters (ARC) - 4.5 ⭐
Heart of Thorns - 4.5 ⭐

Reviews for all these are available on Goodreads and will be under the Reviews tab of the blog soon!


BOOK HAUL:

From PUBLISHERS:
BloodleafA Curse So Dark and LonelyROAR
From BOOK BOXES:
What If It's UsGrim LoveliesBlanca & RojaShadow of the Fox
From GIFTS:
Kingdom of AshBoneless Mercies

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…

September Uppercase Unboxing

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Hi lovelies! Long time no chat, sorry about that guys! School has been hectic but as the month comes to end, I have got some unboxings to share *happy dance*


First up is the September Uppercase Box! This was my second box from them, and it was out of this world!

Included:
✨ Library pattern scarf
✨ Ignite the Stars pin
✨ Ignite the Stars Deleted Scenes booklet
✨ Free Preview of Descendant of the Crane
✨ BOOK: Signed copy of Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan @mauraisdoomed


This box was so much fun! In terms of the goodies, I loved the the scarf the most. The light fabric and fun pattern makes it a gorgeous bookish accessory for any outfit. This is my first bookish scarf, and I cannot wait to wear it. The feather pin was another goodies included and it is absolutely stunning. Finally, the book, Ignite the Stars - which is a fast paced sci-fi adventure. The reviews already excellent, and it has moved to the top of my TBR!


The extra online content that is unlocked with special codes is one thi…

Blog Tour: Ghost Road by Charis Cotter

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Good morning everyone! Today I'm sharing Ghost Road by Charis Cotter, in partner with Penguin Teen Canada.

Tour Schedule: 



Book details:
Ghost Road by Charis Cotter
Publication date: September 4th 2018
Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery, Historical


Synopsis:

Ghosts, a family curse, buried secrets -- and two girls who have to figure it all out. A new book from an acclaimed author, for fans of Coraline, Doll Bones and The Night Gardener.

For the first time, Ruth is heading to Newfoundland to stay with family she's never met instead of spending the summer traveling with her dad. When she arrives, she finds Newfoundland is very different from her life in Toronto--people there are much more friendly, but also superstitious, believing in ghosts and The Sight and family curses. Ruth's cousin Ruby is also staying for the summer, and the two discover they have a lot in common: they both lost their moms when they were two years old, they're the same age and they even like the same food. B…

ARC Reviews: Wicked King by Holly Black & Rule by Ellen Goodlett

Good morning lovelies! I have two very exciting reviews to share with you, of two of the biggest upcoming YA releases:


Wicked King by Holly Black

If you know me, then you would know how much I ADORED The Cruel Prince by Holly Black - the fantasy realm, the bold and ruthless main characters, and the hint of a brewing love story all contributed to make it one of my favourite books of the year. This past month I had the incredible opportunity to review the second in the series, and here's what I thought:


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

RATING: 4.5/5 stars

The Wicked King starts out about 5 months into Carden's reign under Jude's control, and the dark powers of the Faerie Realm are still as prominent as before. Jude has new challenges to face as enemies emerge, and not everyone is as trustworthy as they claim.

I will admit, the first part of the book I found slower, a bit less engaging than I expected. It was important to develop new characters…

Blog Tour: Sadie by Courtney Summers

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Good morning everyone! Today I'm sharing Sadie by Courtney Summers, in partner with Raincoast Books.

Tour Schedule: 



Book details:
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Published by: Wednesday Books
Publication date: September 4th 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary


Synopsis:


Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what…

August Wrap Up

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August was a very successful reading month for me! I loved a lot of the books I read, and had the opportunity to review some incredible books.

Here is my Wrap Up:

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han - 4.5/5 ⭐

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han - 5/5 ⭐

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han - 4.5/5 ⭐

Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky - 4.5/5 ⭐

     Thank you Turner Publishing for the ARC!

Catwoman Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas - 5/5 ⭐

     Thank you Penguin Teen Canada for the finished copy!

The Wicked King by Holly Black - 4.5/5 ⭐

     Thank you HBG Canada for the ARC!

The Ghost Road by Charis Cotter - 4.75/5 ⭐

     Thank you Penguin Teen Canada for the ARC! Keep an eye out next week for a blog tour
     featuring my review!

Rule by Ellen Goodlett - 4.75/5 ⭐

     Thank you HBG Canada for the ARC!




Box Review: August Uppercase Box

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Happy Friday friends! As the month ends, I am excited to share my unboxing & review of the August Uppercase Box.

Each month, they offer signed new release YA novels with a small amount of goodies and access to extra features on their site to further connect with readers!

Included in August’s package:


9 3/4 Harry Potter travellers notebook 📓
“You Are a Rare Edition” Cards ♥️
Dance of Thieves sword necklace 🗡
BOOK: Dance of Thieves by @maryepearson (SIGNED) 📖 (The maps in this novel are also stunning!)

Also included was a bookmark featuring codes that unlock a variety of exclusive content to Uppercase readers!



Review Overall, I couldn't be happier with my experience from the August Uppercase box. The team (especially Melissa) was a pleasure to work with, and always were patient and polite with me (which I greatly appreciate). The bag was mailed in a plastic envelope to avoid tears or weather damage, perfect for unpredictable weather year round. My package was in the mailbox for…

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…