Wednesday, May 31, 2017

WoW #151: Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel


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Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg KasselBlack Bird of the Gallows
by Meg Kassel
September 5, 2017
300 pages

Goodreads Summary:
A debut novel about a teenage girl who discovers the new boy next door is a harbinger of death, and who must find a way to survive in a town destined for tragedy.

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full. Harbingers settle in places where tragedy is about to strike, then feed on the energy of the dying. Then, they leave. Off to the next doomed place. No one wants a family of harbingers of death as neighbors, but that’s exactly what seventeen-year-old Angie Dovage gets when Reece Fernandez moves in next door.

Angie knows the mysterious boy is more than he appears, but can’t imagine that his presence heralds a tragedy that will devastate her small community. But her fears run deeper than Reece’s inevitable departure, because where harbingers of death go, grotesque, ruined creatures called Beekeepers follow. And where Beekeepers go, fear and chaos and death follows.

Angie wants to protect everyone she cares about, but stopping the Beekeepers involves a choice that will claim her life or Reece’s soul. She will learn the price of both.

 
I love that cover and how well it goes with the synopsis! Dying to read this one!!
 
What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, May 29, 2017

Event Recap: Jenny Han Signing


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Two weeks ago Jenny Han came to Vancouver as part of her Always and Forever Lara Jean book tour. I was fortunate enough to have gotten to meet her!
 
Waiting for Jenny Han~I arrived about two hours before the signing and the first row of the seats was already filled up. I hadn't eaten at that point so I went to grab a quick dinner. When I made it back, I was able to snatch a seat in the fourth row. Talk about popular! When it was almost time for Jenny Han to come out, all the seats were filled and a ton of people were standing around the area.

Jenny Han in Vancouver!
(We were asked for our receipt since we needed to have purchased a copy of Always and Forever Lara Jean to be eligible for the signing. I just wanted to point out that the event details didn't say anything about this. While this didn't affect me since I had a copy of my receipt on my phone, it did cause panic with the girls who were sitting beside me. Thankfully most people were able to find their proof of purchase(?) so the event started without a hitch!)
 
 
We look happy but not sure what we were talking about lol...
Jenny Han was introduced and she talked a bit about her book and the stops she's made on her book tour. Then she answered some questions from the audience and the signing started shortly after that. Omg it was so nerve-wrecking waiting for my turn. I had no idea what I was going to say to her. I have no idea what I said but I'm pretty sure I blubbered my way through haha. I also gave her a small box of timbits as a treat. I heard she loves cookies so I figured timbits are sort of the Canadian equivalent. She was super nice!
 
Jenny Han and I <3
Jenny Han is lovely and it was so nice to meet her <3

Big thank you to the staff at Chapters Metrotown who did a great job at managing the signing and taking photos for the fans!!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #146

 
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I got some beautiful bookmail~ Thank you so much to Tabby, Jenna-Lynne's assistant for sending me a copy of Blue Tide. We had to work through a ton of logistics but it arrived! I've actually already read and really enjoyed it <3 Look for my review next week ;) Thank you to Thomas Allen & Son for 180 Seconds. A long time ago I read an ecopy of Jessica Park's Left Drowning and I really loved it (I even want to reread it!)- can't wait to read more of her works :D

Ripple's fierce haul!

Thank you HBG Canada for these awesome titles! That finished copy of The Unlikelies is gorgeous as hell <3
 
Pickles's giddy haul~

What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, May 26, 2017

Review: The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick


The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda QuickThe Girl Who Knew Too Much
by Amanda Quick
May 9, 2017
352 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Amanda Quick, the bestselling author of ’Til Death Do Us Part, transports readers to 1930s California, where glamour and seduction spawn a multitude of sins…

When Hollywood moguls and stars want privacy, they head to an idyllic small town on the coast, where the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel caters to their every need. It’s where reporter Irene Glasson finds herself staring down at a beautiful actress at the bottom of a pool…

The dead woman had a red-hot secret about up-and-coming leading man Nick Tremayne, a scoop that Irene couldn’t resist—especially since she’s just a rookie at a third-rate gossip rag. But now Irene’s investigation into the drowning threatens to tear down the wall of illusion that is so deftly built around the famous actor, and there are powerful men willing to do anything to protect their investment.

Seeking the truth, Irene finds herself drawn to a master of deception. Oliver Ward was once a world-famous magician—until he was mysteriously injured during his last performance. Now the owner of the Burning Cove Hotel, he can’t let scandal threaten his livelihood, even if it means trusting Irene, a woman who seems to have appeared in Los Angeles out of nowhere four months ago…

With Oliver’s help, Irene soon learns that the glamorous paradise of Burning Cove hides dark and dangerous secrets. And that the past—always just out of sight—could drag them both under…

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WoW #150: I See London, I See France (I See London, I See France #1) by Sarah Mlynowski


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I See London, I See France by Sarah MlynowskiI See London, I See France
(I See London, I See France #1)
by Sarah Mlynowski
July 11, 2017
336 pages

Goodreads Summary:
I see London, I see France
I see Sydney’s underpants.


Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She’s spending the next four and half weeks travelling through Europe with her childhood best friend Leela. Their plans include Eiffel-Tower-Selfies, eating cocco gelato, and making out with très hot strangers. Her plans do not include Leela’s cheating ex-boyfriend showing up on the flight to London, falling for the cheating ex-boyfriend’s très-hot friend, monitoring her mother’s spiraling mental health via texts, or feeling like the rope in a friendship tug of war.

In this hilarious and unforgettable adventure, New York Times bestselling author Sarah Mlynowski tells the story of a girl learning to navigate secret romances, thorny relationships, and the London Tube. As Sydney zigzags through Amsterdam, Switzerland, Italy and France, she must learn when to hold on, when to keep moving, and when to jump into the Riviera….wearing only her polka dot underpants.

 
A travelling book! It sounds like so much fun!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Release Day Blitz - Giveaway: The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey

 
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Hey everyone! Today we're here to celebrate the release of the final book, The Last Star, in The 5th Wave trilogy. Here's a little bit about the book and keep going to learn more about the previous books and enter to win a set!


The Last Star by Rick YanceyThe Last Star
(The 5th Wave #3)
by Rick Yancey
May 23, 2017
368 pages


Goodreads Summary:
The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.

 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas


*This review contains spoilers and spoilers from the previous books in the series.
 
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Wings and Ruin
(A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)
by Sarah J. Maas
May 2, 2017
705 pages


Goodreads Summary:
Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #145

 
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A huge thank you to Keymaster Press for this gorgeous copy of The Dragons of Nova. We <3 Elise Kova! Doesn't Ripple just look so possessive over this book?!?

Ripple's dragon haul!
 
Thank you to Raincoast Books and Kids Can Press for these goodies!!

Pickles's unexpected haul!

What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, May 19, 2017

Review: Love and Vandalism by Laurie Boyle Crompton


Love and Vandalism by Laurie Boyle Crompton
Love and Vandalism
by Laurie Boyle Crompton
May 1, 2017
320 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Rory has a secret: she’s the vandal who paints graffiti lions all over her small town. If her policeman dad knew, he’d probably disown her. So when Hayes, a former screw-up on the path to recovery, catches her in the act, Rory’s sure she’s busted. Instead, he makes her a deal. If Rory shows him around town, he won’t turn her in. It might be coercion, but at least the boy is hot.

As they spend more time together, Rory worries she made the wrong choice. Hayes has a way of making her want things she shouldn't want and feel emotions she's tried to bury. Rory's going to have to distance herself from Hayes or confront a secret she can't bring herself to face...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

WoW #149: The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky by Summer Heacock


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The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky by Summer HeacockThe Awkward Path to Getting Lucky
by Summer Heacock
July 25, 2017
336 pages


Goodreads Summary:
A humorous novel about a cupcake shop owner with a physical ailment that's kept her from having sex for two years, and the desperate antics that ensue as she tries to overcome it.

Having sex wasn't a big priority while Kat Carmichael's successful cupcake shop was taking off. But when she realizes that it's been nearly two years since she and her boyfriend, Ryan, have been intimate, she makes a pact to break her dry spell-and cure her vaginismus, a muscular condition that can make sex physically impossible.

Out of guilt, Kat calls for a break in her relationship with Ryan, so that he can see other people while she attempts to fix the issue on her own. She throws herself into physical therapy, but soon discovers her solo mission is more complicated than she anticipated. Fortunately, Ben Cleary, the shop's best (looking) customer, is also a physical therapist, and volunteers to help out.

As time goes on, however, the boundaries Ben and Kat have set between friendship and love quickly become blurred, leaving her more confused than ever about what to hang on to and what to let go.

 
This one's for a more adult audience. I'm super curious about it. And cupcakes!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Review: Cold Summer by Gwen Cole


Cold Summer by Gwen ColeCold Summer
by Gwen Cole
May 2, 2017
322 pages


Goodreads Summary:
Today, he’s a high school dropout with no future.
Tomorrow, he’s a soldier in World War II.

Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.

When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.

But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.
 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #144

 
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Three of these books are giveaway wins. Thank you Laurie, Brooke and Rhiannon :D I got Always and Forever, Lara Jean in preparation of meeting Jenny Han!!!!!

Pickles's mostly contemporary haul!
 
I loved These Vicious Masks last year so I absolutely had to get this sequel! I only wish it didn't take over a month for the book to get to me... TBD's shipping time is all over the place.
 
Ripple's slow haul.
 
 The Goodies I received from the TeensRead Preview event hosted by Raincoast Books!
 
Raincoast goodies <3
 
What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Event Recap: Raincoast Books present TeensRead Fall 2017 Preview


TeensRead Fall 2017 Preview

Hello everyone! Last week I attended the TeensRead Preview event hosted by Raincoast Books. I'm always super excited for this event! Big thank you goes out to the Raincoast ladies for the invite and the time they put into organizing the event <3

In my excitement, I got to the library super early lol. But while waiting, I met Hollie from Hollie Ohs Book Reviews and we talked about books for a bit. It was really nice to meet another local booklover :)
I also got to meet guest author Jennifer Honeybourn. Her upcoming debut  is called Wesley James Ruined My Life. I actually read the first few chapters of this book when it was still a manuscript on the Swoon Reads website. It had a different title back then but I remember really liking it and hoping it would get published so big congrats to Jennifer!
 
Author Jennifer Honeybourn talking about her publishing experience.  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31145064-wesley-james-ruined-my-life
 
I'm excited for these titles (click on each cover for more info):
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33275690-foolish-hearts  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33158557-the-midnight-dance  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33392114-the-hanging-girl
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33163378-moxie  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32768525-frankie

Here's a list of all the titles the ladies presented (click on the picture for a better view):
 
TeensRead Fall 2017 Preview titles

Are you excited for any of these titles??
 
I also received some exciting goodies :D I'm a big collector of bookish buttons and bookmarks and I love the sound of these two ARCs! The ladies also put up a photo booth wall with props. It was fun taking pictures but I belatedly realized I don't have any of them lol... Just as well, since my face was all flushed I probably don't look very good haha...
 
Raincoast Books spoils us!

Thank you so much again to the Raincoast team for hosting such a great event. I'm not a very talkative person but it was fun to meet other book lovers and listen to the discussions!

 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Blog Tour - Interview & Giveaway: The Broken Ones (The Malediction Trilogy #0.6) by Danielle L. Jensen


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Hi everyone! I'm so thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for The Broken ones, a prequel to The Malediction Trilogy by Danielle L. Jensen. Today on the blog I have an interview with Danielle! I'm also hosting an Instagram giveaway for a copy of the book which I'll link below so don't forget to enter!
 

The Broken Ones by Danielle L. Jensen The Broken Ones
(The Malediction Trilogy #0.6)
by Danielle L. Jensen
June 6, 2017
250 pages


Goodreads Summary:
A prequel to the USA Today bestseller and Goodreads Choice finalist Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy).

Below Forsaken Mountain, a revolution stirs with the aim to overthrow the tyrant king of Trollus, and Marc is the right hand of its leader. It’s a secret more than one troll would kill to possess, which is why he must keep it from everyone, even the girl he loves.

Since a tragic accident revealed her affliction and ruined her sister’s chance at the throne, Pénélope is an anathema to her father, the Duke d’Angouleme. Deeming her life worthless, he gives her one chance to survive: find proof that the boy she loves is a leader in the sympathizer revolution.

Marc and Pénélope must navigate the complex politics of Trollus, where powers on all sides are intent on using them as pawns, forcing them to risk everything for a chance at a life together.

Except being together might be the greatest risk of all.

 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

WoW #148: Coming Up for Air (Hundred Oaks #8) by Miranda Kenneally


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Coming Up for Air by Miranda KenneallyComing Up for Air
(Hundred Oaks #8)
by Miranda Kenneally
July 1, 2017
320 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat.

All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to earn scholarships—she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic try out, so she feels even more pressure to succeed. And it’s not until Maggie’s away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the “typical” high school experience she’s missed by being in the pool.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to lose to win?

 
I love this series and am so excited there's more~

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, May 8, 2017

Review: I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions (Contract Killer #1) by Erin Lyon


I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions by Erin Lyon
I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions
(Contract Killer #1)
by Erin Lyon
January 10, 2017
331 pages


Goodreads Summary:
27 Dresses meets Bridget Jones’s Diary for the millennial set in Erin Lyon's I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions.

In a world where marriage doesn’t exist―only seven-year contracts―you don’t marry, you sign. You don’t divorce, you breach. And sometimes, you just expire.
 
Kate is struggling to find her footing. She gave up a career she hated to pursue the law, and now she’s buried in debt and unemployed. At least she’s signed to an amazing guy―hot, sweet, and committed.

Enter the contract killer, the man who pursues only signed women. No commitment, no hassle, all the fun. But Kate has enough fun on her plate… until her partner doesn’t re-up their contract.

After an epic but well-deserved meltdown, Kate gets practical. She accepts a job with her uncle’s law firm, practicing signing law―the one type of law she swore she’d never do. And the contract killer? Now that Kate is single, she’s no longer his type, but he still wants to be friends. Yeah, that’ll work. Kate may be heartbroken, but she’s not impervious to this sexy, smart, and complex man. But hey, it looks like he may not be impervious to her either―signed or not.

Hilariously relatable, with biting wit and charm, I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions is 27 Dresses meets Bridget Jones’s Diary for the millennial set.
 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #143

 
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I got some exciting bookmail from Bloomsbury! Thank you Shae for the Natasha Pulley books, can't wait to go on these adventures! Then I won the Samantha Young books from Rachel @ Waves of Fiction. Thank you for sending them to me!

Ripple's "More books!?" haul XD

I was also lucky enough to receive a review copy of The Girl Who Knew Too Much. Thank you Penguin Random House Canada! And then I received a copy of Blood Rose Rebellion from a giveaway win from Natalie @ Literary Rambles. Thank you Natalie and Rosalyn Eves for sending it to me :)

Pickles's "all mine" haul.

What did you add to your shelves this week?
 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Cover Reveal - Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway: The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga #2) by Elise Kova


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Hi everyone! Today I have a gorgeous cover reveal for you along with a giveaway you don't want to miss! I'm so excited for The Dragons of Nova which is the next installment in Elise Kova's Loom Saga! If you haven't picked up the first book yet (you really should!), it's on sale right now:

The Alchemists of Loom Sales Promo
 

The Dragons of Nova
(The Loom Saga #2)
by Elise Kova
July 11, 2017
488 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust -- hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything -- and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.

While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills -- and quick-shooting accuracy -- makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons.

Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall.

 
Here's the cover you've been waiting for ;)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

WoW #147: The Hush by Skye Melki-Wegner


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The Hush by Skye Melki-WegnerThe Hush
by Skye Melki-Wegner
June 6, 2017
448 pages


Goodreads Summary:
Chester has taken to the road, traveling from village to village desperately searching for his father, who has disappeared. One night while fiddling to earn a few coins, he accidentally connects to the Song—the music that fuels every aspect of the world, and that it’s illegal for him to interact with. He’s caught and sentenced to death for his crime. Only a licensed Songshaper can bend music to his will.

But someone in the crowd—a member of the infamous Nightfall Gang—stages a daring rescue and whisks Chester into the Hush, a shadowy nightmare mirror-world where Music can be deadly and Echoes can kill.

Susanna, the Captain of the Nightfall Gang has been watching Chester. She needs him to pull off an elaborate plan that will take down the governing body that keeps her an outlaw and made her the fragment she is. Susanna needs him to exact her revenge, even if he dies doing it.

Combining complex stakes, shifting loyalties, nods to fairy tales, and a Western feel, The Hush is a lush and exhilarating fantasy perfect for fans of Catherine Fisher’s Incarceron and Paolo Bacigalupi’s Ship Breaker.

 
I learned about this one fairly recently and I'm very interested!!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, May 1, 2017

Review: Textrovert by Lindsey Summers

 
Textrovert by Lindsey Summers
Textrovert
by Lindsey Summers
May 2, 2017
300 pages

Goodreads Summary:
It’s bad enough when high-school senior Keeley grabs the wrong phone while leaving her small town’s end-of-summer fair. It’s even worse when she discovers that the phone she now has belongs to the obnoxious, self-centered Talon and that he’s just left for football camp … with her phone. Reluctantly, the two agree to forward messages for a week. And as Keeley gets to know Talon, she starts to like him. Keeley learns there’s more to Talon than the egocentric jock most people see. There’s more to Keeley, too. Texting Talon, she can step out of the shadow of her popular twin brother. Texting Talon, she can be the person she’s always wanted to be.

Sparks fly when the two finally meet to exchange their phones. But while Keeley has been playing a part online, Talon has been keeping a secret. He has a different connection to Keeley — one that has nothing to do with phones, and one that will make their new relationship all but impossible. Knowing what she now knows, can Keeley trust him? And can love in the present erase mistakes of the past?

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