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New Releases – June 2020

FINALLY one of my most favorite months is here. Why is it one of my fav months you ask? Well, here in British Columbia, June is the first month that you can pretty much depend on the weather being nice. May has been okay for weather, but June… I have some good feelings!

June is also a great month for book releases! Again, similar to last month, a couple books I was looking forward to coming out got pushed to later in the year or even next year, I’m assuming due to COVID. So unfortunate! But, there are still so many great books coming out and I’ve only listed 10 of them. Just a little peek into the books I’m wanting to read or to discover.

So here we go…. June 2020 releases 😊


The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

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Samiah Brooks never thought she would be “that” girl. But a live tweet of a horrific date just revealed the painful truth: she’s been catfished by a three-timing jerk of a boyfriend. Suddenly Samiah-along with his two other “girlfriends,” London and Taylor-have gone viral online. Now the three new besties are making a pact to spend the next six months investing in themselves. No men, no dating, and no worrying about their relationship status . . .

For once Samiah is putting herself first, and that includes finally developing the app she’s always dreamed of creating. Which is the exact moment she meets the deliciously sexy, honey-eyed Daniel Collins at work. What are the chances? When it comes to love, there’s no such thing as a coincidence. But is Daniel really boyfriend material or is he maybe just a little too good to be true?

Pub date: June 9, 2020


The Half Sister by Sandie Jones

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THE TRUTH

Sisters Kate and Lauren meet for Sunday lunch every week without fail, especially after the loss of their father.

THE LIE

But a knock at the door is about to change everything. A young woman by the name of Jess holds a note with the results of a DNA test, claiming to be their half sister.

THE UNTHINKABLE

As the fallout starts, it’s clear that they are all hiding secrets, and perhaps this family isn’t as perfect as it appears.

Pub date: June 16, 2020


Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams

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Agnes loves her home of Red Creek–its quiet, sunny mornings, its dusty roads, and its God. There, she cares tirelessly for her younger siblings and follows the town’s strict laws. What she doesn’t know is that Red Creek is a cult, controlled by a madman who calls himself a prophet.

Then Agnes meets Danny, an Outsider boy, and begins to question what is and isn’t a sin. Her younger brother, Ezekiel, will die without the insulin she barters for once a month, even though medicine is considered outlawed. Is she a sinner for saving him? Is her sister, Beth, a sinner for dreaming of the world beyond Red Creek?

As the Prophet grows more dangerous, Agnes realizes she must escape with Ezekiel and leave everyone else, including Beth, behind. But it isn’t safe Outside, either: A viral pandemic is burning through the population at a terrifying rate. As Agnes ventures forth, a mysterious connection grows between her and the Virus. But in a world where faith, miracles, and cruelty have long been indistinguishable, will Agnes be able to choose between saving her family and saving the world?

Pub date: June 9, 2020


The Marriage Game by Sara Desai

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A high stakes wager pits an aspiring entrepreneur against a ruthless CEO in this sexy romantic comedy.

After her life falls apart, recruitment consultant Layla Patel returns home to her family in San Francisco. But in the eyes of her father, who runs a Michelin starred restaurant, she can do no wrong. He would do anything to see her smile again. With the best intentions in mind, he offers her the office upstairs to start her new business and creates a profile on an online dating site to find her a man. She doesn’t know he’s arranged a series of blind dates until the first one comes knocking on her door…

As CEO of a corporate downsizing company Sam Mehta is more used to conflict than calm. In search of a quiet new office, he finds the perfect space above a cozy Indian restaurant that smells like home. But when communication goes awry, he’s forced to share his space with the owner’s beautiful yet infuriating daughter Layla, her crazy family, and a parade of hopeful suitors, all of whom threaten to disrupt his carefully ordered life.

As they face off in close quarters, the sarcasm and sparks fly. But when the battle for the office becomes a battle of the heart, Sam and Layla have to decide if this is love or just a game.

Pub date: June 9, 2020


Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

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Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom.

When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and ex-rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out, his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse?

Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic—and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. Before long, he’s tackling her fears into the dirt. But the former sports star has issues of his own, and the walls around his heart are as thick as his… um, thighs.

Suddenly, the easy lay Dani dreamed of is more complex than her thesis. Has her wish backfired? Is her focus being tested? Or is the universe just waiting for her to take a hint?

Pub date: June 23, 2020


The Second Home by Christina Clancy

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After a disastrous summer spent at her family’s summer home on Cape Cod, seventeen year old Ann Gordon is left harboring a secret that changes her life forever, and creates a rift between her sister, Poppy, and their adopted brother, Michael.

Now, fifteen years later, her parents have died, and Ann and her sister Poppy are left to decide the fate of the old Wellfleet home that’s been in the Gordon family for generations. While they both love the house, they decide to sell it and move forward. But then Michael re-enters their lives with a legitimate claim to a third of the estate. He wants the house. But more than that, he wants to set the record straight about that long ago summer.

Reunited after years apart, these very different siblings are forced to decide if they can continue to be a family–and in the process, they’ll discover that the house might be the glue that holds them together.

Pub date: June 2, 2020


The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae

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Zahru has long dreamed of leaving the kingdom of Orkena and having the kinds of adventures she’s only ever heard about in stories. But as a lowly Whisperer, her power to commune with animals means that her place is serving in the royal stables until the day her magic runs dry.

All that changes when the ailing ruler invokes the Crossing: a death-defying race across the desert, in which the first of his heirs to finish—and take the life of a human sacrifice at the journey’s end—will ascend to the throne and be granted unparalleled abilities.

With all of the kingdom abuzz, Zahru leaps at the chance to change her fate if just for a night by sneaking into the palace for a taste of the revelry. But the minor indiscretion turns into a deadly mistake when she gets caught up in a feud between the heirs and is forced to become the Crossing’s human sacrifice. Zahru is left with only one hope for survival: somehow figuring out how to overcome the most dangerous people in the world.

Pub date: June 16, 2020


Little Creeping Things by Chelsea Ichaso

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When she was a child, Cassidy Pratt accidentally started a fire that killed her neighbor. At least, that’s what she’s been told. She can’t remember anything from that day, and her town’s bullies, particularly the cruel and beautiful Melody Davenport, have never let her live it down.

But then Melody goes missing, and Cassidy thinks she may have information. She knows she should go to the cops, but she recently joked about how much she’d like to get rid of Melody. She even planned out the perfect way to do it. And then she gets a chilling text from an unknown number: I’m so glad we’re in this together.

Now it’s up to Cassidy to figure out what really happened before the truth behind Melody’s disappearance sets the whole town ablaze.

Pub date: June 2, 2020


A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

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Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Never mind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.

But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favorite Internet fashion icon reveals she’s also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore—soon Portland won’t be either.

Pub date: June 2, 2020


Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross

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After eight long years, Evadne will finally be reunited with her older sister, Halcyon, who has been proudly serving in the queen’s army. But when Halcyon appears earlier than expected, Eva knows something has gone terribly wrong. Halcyon is on the run, hunted by her commander and charged with murder.

Though Halcyon’s life is spared during her trial, the punishment is heavy. And when Eva volunteers to serve part of Halcyon’s sentence, she’s determined to find out exactly what happened. But as Eva begins her sentence, she quickly learns that there are fates much worse than death.

Pub date: June 23, 2020


Any books on the list you are excited for?? Did I miss any big ones that should have been on my list? Chat with me in the comments

May Wrap Up

Hello there friends!

Another month is gone. As usual I am wondering where the time has gone?? I feel like I am getting into the routine of being home now. I’m not sure if that is a positive thing or not LOL I think we are all going to be incredibly anti-social by the time this is all over.

However, this month the restrictions have eased a bit where I’m living and I was able to get some dinner at Oliver Garden so that was awesome!! I didn’t realize how much I missed throwing my money away at a restaurant 😂

Anyways – this month has been a decent reading month for me. You’ll see below that I read 6 books. This seems to be pretty normal for me. Usually 5 or 6 books a month! I so wish I was one of those people that read 10 + books every month but that is just NOT me. I cannot focus that much and obviously my reading speed is on the slower side haha. Are you a person who reads tons of books a month?? If so, please share some tips with me!!

So, lets get to it then! This is a little look into my month!


What I Read This Month:

  • Terraformer by Colleen Houck
  • The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
  • Wilder Girls by Rory Power
  • The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans
  • The Leveller by Julia Durango
  • The Last to Know by Jo Furniss

Favourite Books This Month:

  • Terraformer – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Little Bookshop of Love Stories – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Book of Lost Names – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favourite TV/Movies:

  • Star Wars (new one) – So fun fact about me… I have never ever watched a Star Wars movie. I had like no interest at all lol they just looked so old 🤷‍♀️ anyways, I know you are all thinking I’m horrible now LOL but my boyfriend loves Star Wars and when this new one came out on Disney+ he was like we need to watch it. So, I sat down with the expectation that this would be dumb because well a) I’ve never seen any of the movies so that’s confusing and b) I just figured it wouldn’t be my style. I WAS WRONG YOU GUYS!! This was a fantastic movie. I loved it so much!!
  • Trolls Movie – I ordered the “world premier” of this one as just something cute to watch one night and it was super adorable. I actually loved it and was dancing in my seat the whole time!!

Favourite Songs/Artists:

  • Stuck With You – Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber
  • Savage (remix) – Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyonce

My Most Popular Posts for May:

New Releases – May 2020

Blogging, Bookstagram, and Self-Esteem

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Books I Decided I Wasn’t Interested In Anymore


Favourite Book Reviews:

Becky’s Book BlogBook Review: Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young

Kate, A Dreamer – Review: Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

The Caffeinated Reader – A Song Below Water eARC Review

Favourite Blog Posts:

The Last Book on the LeftLets Talk Bookish: What Makes A Good Villain

Eternity Books – Lets Talk Bookish: Blogging 101: How to Write a Discussion

Jill’s Book Blog – Bookish Friday – Disappointing Books

BookTubers To Check Out:

I am new to booktube and only now starting to watch some videos here and there!! So I figured there are probably many like me who have been missing out on some fun booktube videos! I’m just going to link a couple here since I’m just starting to explore 😊

Mackenzie Lane – she is so sweet and I’m loving her videos!

Hailey in Bookland – she is really passionate and listening to her speak is wonderful!


Well that is all folks!! Thanks for sticking around with me. I love chatting with you all and I’m so happy that there are people out there who are enjoying my content 😊

How has your month been? Chat with me in the comments!!

Blogging, Bookstagram, and Self-Esteem

Hey there friends! I am here today to talk about a slightly different topic than usual. I have had this on my mind for a while and feel like it is time to share my thoughts! So, come with me on an adventure into my mind!!


Has anyone ever felt personally attacked by someone’s really attractive Instagram picture? I sure have. Welcome to my Ted Talk 😂

I have really noticed a difference in myself ever since I stopped looking at my personal Instagram all the time and spend most my time on my bookstagram. It just hit me all at once when I opened it up to look at a message and began scrolling through the feed. First picture I see is a gorgeous woman with the flattest stomach, perfect tan, cute clothing, lounging so effortlessly on a scenic beach. Now I’m sure you have all seen a picture like this before. Maybe even post them! I have to say – I know this girl from high school and very much like her. She is a great person who has worked very hard to look the way she does and all the power to her!! BUT I have noticed it does affect my self esteem in one way or another and to be honest I used to spend way too much time looking at other people and wishing I looked like them or was as cool as them, whatever it may have been. This is totally normal with today’s social media but obviously not healthy!!

Which leads me to bookstagram. When I started my bookstagram I basically stopped looking at my personal Instagram because I was so focused on making a good profile and starting something totally new. It made me feel so good to have something to work on and to focus my time on! I didn’t really notice at first the difference it was making. Over the last couple months I’ve been trying to get back to the gym and improve my fitness as I have really been slacking for the last like 6 months. I found that I had little to no pressure on myself. Getting back to the gym was easier than ever before because I was just focusing on my progress and how easy it was feeling/how quickly I was able to get back in it. Before I would have been disappointed if I didn’t see results in a short time because well some girl on Instagram said she did it, or I would feel bad about what I was eating or doing because some girl was posting her fancy salads and work outs she does. Without all of that in my life I unknowingly was feeling better about myself and putting less pressure on myself to be perfect. Don’t get me wrong, I still have days where I feel bad about myself or like I don’t look good in anything but those days are much less than before!

I think that finding this community of fellow book people has really changed my life for the better. I find myself actually connecting with people instead of just quietly watching other peoples lives. I focus more of my free time on a healthy hobby instead of online shopping my next outfit and trying to be like someone else. It is actually shocking how much I DON’T miss my personal Instagram. I have really bonded with some cool people now that I otherwise never would have known about.

Its save to say that bookstagram has increased my self esteem. I feel like that is a big statement to make but I think its true! Blogging has given me an outlet to which I can share my thoughts and feel somewhat important and bookstagram has taken me away from some really unhealthy habits and pushed me towards a really great community and finding so much joy in something I love; reading and telling people about it!! 😂


What are your thoughts about social media and self esteem? Do you find the book community boosts your self esteem or helps in any way? I’d love to hear your opinions!!

Asking Bookstagram: Plot or Characters?

Hey there everyone!

Welcome to my first “Asking Bookstagram” post 🙂 I came up with a super fun idea based on two things. First, so many people (including myself) do QOTD on bookstagram which is a great way to connect with your followers. I also enjoy doing “Follow Friday” and “Shoutout Sunday” which others seem to enjoy as well! I have noticed how much EASIER it is to connect with people on bookstagram compared to blogging. I wanted a way to connect with people better on my blog while using the fun QOTD content in a different way!

This will be a monthly series for now! Once a month I will ask my bookstagram followers a bookish question and I will post 10 responses on my blog! I will also give them a shoutout for their bookstagram 🙂 I hope you all enjoy this as I am super excited to connect with more people and integrate my two platforms!!


Asking Bookstagram – What is more important to you in a book – Plot or Characters?

To me – I say characters are more important. I find if I do not connect with the characters in some way I am not that into the book. While the plot is important and must be entertaining in some way, I still find a good character can totally make the book!

Responses from my lovely bookstagram peeps:

sammycataspires

Plot. Because without a well developed plot who cares about the characters background? But both are equally important I think. ❤️


shes.booked

Plot. I can look past shallow characters if a story line keeps me engaged


r4ch4elreads

Love this idea. I think I would have always said plot before, my instinct is still plot, but I find more and more that a well developed character is appealing to me and I’m put off by hollow empty characters… so, um, both? 😂


booksanddpaws

I think I prefer a good plot over a good character, but I also think a character should be good? So I guess both? 😄


equisdelimon

Both, if the plot is good but the characters are not, the story loses interest. For me at least 🤷🏻‍♀️ 😊


sand_between_pages

Character. I really need strong characters that are memorable or the book is just meh to me.


krisnovels

That’s a tough question! But I think I’ll go with character. An annoying or undeveloped character tends to ruin the book for me


books_arily

I say plot! I don’t always like characters but can love the plot.


tales_of_a_bookbug

It’s hard to choose between the both because they’re equally important, but I think the development of the characters is more important to me!


lynzeeleereads

I think characters are most important to me. If I can’t connect with them it doesn’t matter to me what they are doing.


I love that so many people responded and discussed this question! It is so awesome to see everyone’s thoughts and its such a fun way to learn what type of readers everyone is 🙂

What do you think?? What one is more important to you? Do you agree or disagree with my own response? I’d love to chat with you all 🙂 Leave a comment!!

Middle Grade Books – What’s With the Hype? + My Reading List

What is the deal with middle grade books? Why are there posts all over the internet about these books and WHY are adults other than teachers reading them?? These are the questions I have been asking myself for the last little while. I haven’t thought about these types of books in a very long time and for the most part just labeled them as children’s books and just went right by without a second glance (oops). If you are like me you are probably also thinking – yes, why do adults care about these books? After all, they are for children. So, I did some reading (a lot of reading). I hunted for articles and blogs written about these books and searched for why they are some popular with seemingly all ages. This is what I found out:

The most popular middle grade books are ones we have ALL heard of and probably read! These include Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Narnia… some big name books! However, I have to admit… I didn’t think these were “middle grade” or maybe my problem is I was not understanding WHAT middle grade books really were!

This grouping of books is difficult to understand I think. First off, I found myself just assuming that “middle grade” meant “children’s” like for small children… I don’t know why?? Now I am seeing that really, while they are meant for kids (not little ones by actually 8-12 year olds) they are actually very much like YA books just written in a more simple way!

SO this is where my ultimate confusion comes in… I didn’t realize Harry Potter books were targeting 8-12 year olds? As I remember the books are massive and forgive me if I’m wrong because I did not read them…. BUT the books (based on watching the movies) seem like kind of violent, focus on some really difficult and serious topics, and seem overall kind of inappropriate for an 8 year old? Maybe I’m being crazy. Or maybe the books are not quite like the movies? But I’m sure you can see where I am coming from when I say – when I found out Harry Potter was “middle grade” it changed my whole perspective!

I have been reading so many posts about middle grade books and before I just didn’t bother with them because I thought ‘why would I, and adult, want to read a kids book?’ And now, I am so sad because I’m seeing that there are SO MANY interesting, amazing, and well written middle grade books. I feel like I have to make up for lost time to be honest. I did not really read many (if any?) middle grade books when I was younger. I think I just skipped right over that entire thing which is unfortunate!!

I am realizing something very important about middle grade books which is – they are really meant for everyone. They have some many important themes and topics. They focus on friendship, adventure, and growing up. They are very similar to YA books!!! They just take out the more inappropriate things and keep the fun, action packed, fast paced, exciting parts! They really sound like a lot of fun and based on what I’ve read and reviews I seen, they seem TOTALLY WORTH reading as an adult.

So, hear I am – listing some middle grade books that I have added to my list to read. I am hoping I can get to them sooner than later. I feel like I have just opened up a can on worms here with my forever growing TBR hahah I just entered a whole new world of possibility. Very exciting!!

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

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ARE YOU A GIFTED CHILD Looking for special opportunities?
When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear listener, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful
children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
As our heroes face physical and mental trials beyond their wildest imaginations, they have no choice but to turn to each other for support. But with their newfound friendship at stake, will they be able to pass the most important test of all?
Welcome to the mysterious benedict society.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a perfectly normal boy. Well, he would be perfectly normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the world of the dead.

There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard: the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer; a gravestone entrance to a desert that leads to the city of ghouls; friendship with a witch, and so much more.

But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks, for it is there that the man Jack lives and he has already killed Bod’s family.

Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood

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Chantel would much rather focus on her magic than on curtsying, which is why she often finds herself in trouble at Miss Ellicott’s School for Magical Maidens. But when Miss Ellicott mysteriously disappears along with all the other sorceresses in the city, Chantel’s behavior becomes the least of her problems.

Without any magic protecting the city, it is up to Chantel and her friends to save the Kingdom. On a dangerous mission, Chantel will discover a crossbow-wielding boy, a dragon, and a new, fiery magic that burns inside her—but can she find the sorceresses and transform Lightning Pass into the city it was meant to be?

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

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After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books. So when she happens upon a crazed woman at the river threatening to throw a book into the water, Ollie doesn’t think–she just acts, stealing the book and running away. As she begins to read the slender volume, Ollie discovers a chilling story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who both loved her, and a peculiar deal made with “the smiling man,” a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price. 

Ollie is captivated by the tale until her school trip the next day to Smoke Hollow, a local farm with a haunting history all its own. There she stumbles upon the graves of the very people she’s been reading about. Could it be the story about the smiling man is true? Ollie doesn’t have too long to think about the answer to that. On the way home, the school bus breaks down, sending their teacher back to the farm for help. But the strange bus driver has some advice for the kids left behind in his care: “Best get moving. At nightfall they’ll come for the rest of you.” Nightfall is, indeed, fast descending when Ollie’s previously broken digital wristwatch, a keepsake reminder of better times, begins a startling countdown and delivers a terrifying message: RUN. 

Only Ollie and two of her classmates heed the bus driver’s warning. As the trio head out into the woods–bordered by a field of scarecrows that seem to be watching them–the bus driver has just one final piece of advice for Ollie and her friends: “Avoid large places. Keep to small.” 

Ghost and Bone by Andrew Prentice

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Oscar Grimstone is a normal kid–aside from his secret Curse. Whenever he touches something living, like a flower or his classroom goldfish, they always seem to die. But then Oscar discovers an even bigger secret: even though he is very much alive, he has the ability to transform into a ghost.

Just when he thinks things can’t get any stranger two ghosts show up at his home in a skeleton carriage and he winds up joining them on a journey beyond the real world to a place he never knew existed–the city of ghosts. There Oscar will discover a place where people go once they die, before they aboard a ship to the The Other Side. But will he find out who he really is?


As you can see I have a “type” for my middle grade book interests! I am leaning towards fantasy, mystery, horror type books… I think this is because they take you on a ride away from reality! These books seems really entertaining, I’m excited to read them!!

Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts on middle grade books?

First Impressions: Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Hi there 🙂

So today I wanted to share my thoughts on Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating. It has been sitting on the Kobo shelves for months now! I got it for super duper cheap, like 0.99 cents or something crazy! I have been wanting to read it because I’m getting more and more into chick-lit style books and everyone says this is such a good one. So, finally, I have picked this one up and I AM HAPPY I DID!

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First impressions: So, this book is actually hilarious. I am about 45 pages in and I am impressed. Like, I have actually laughed out loud a few times. It is super funny. I have never experienced this before with a book!! I think Hazels character is just perfect. She is funny, crazy, has no filter, and is so genuinely herself which is just so heartwarming. It is also so perfect that her character is teacher, I think that is really fitting. I think we all knew someone in high school/ college that became a teacher and we were like oh…….. that’s not good 😂. She also has the most hilarious, weird, different relationship with Josh!

Josh is an interesting character to me. So far, I enjoy him, but he hasn’t fully won me over yet. There’s something about him I’m not connecting with but I feel like that will blow over just based on how cute and funny this book is. I’m sure he will open up and become a better character with time.

I just cannot get over the writing and how comical it is. I am so pleasantly surprised by it and I do not want to put it down (but I have to because work and stuff 🙄).


What did you think of this one? If you haven’t read it, do you think you will?

Goodreads Monday – Mar 23, 2020

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty easy to follow, to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it!

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.


Why I Want To Read This

This book just sounds like a really fun ride that I want to be on! I saw this book at Chapters one day when I was just browsing and I thought it looked interesting so I took a picture of it so I wouldn’t forget and looked it up once I was home. I immediately added it to my Goodreads list! I was looking for something that would be a light read at the time and this just seemed to hit all the marks for me, plus it was like something I have never read before so I was intrigued.

Fast forward like a year and guess what…. I haven’t read it haha. I have thought about it many times and even saw it at the book store last time I was there and thought hmm.. maybe I should pick it up but again, I didn’t. Silly me!!!

I really enjoy stories about characters who are supposed to be a certain way but just won’t conform and end up just doing their own thing! I find those stories to be so entertaining and full of craziness! I am also up to romance at all times so this seems like a cute book I’d really enjoy 🙂


Let me know what you thought of this one!! Should I pick it up ASAP?

ARC REVIEW: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J Klune

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret. – Goodreads

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Title: The House in the Cerulean Sea

Author: T.J Klune

Publisher: Tor Books

Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQ, Romance

Format: eARC from Netgalley

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


SYNOPSIS:

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.


MY REVIEW:

This book left my heart feeling so full. This was such a fantastic story about magical children and the love that can grow when people have open minds and open hearts.

Linus, a caseworker for the Department in Charge of Magical Youth, is sent to a secret orphanage to check out the well being of the magic children there. He is tasked to write reports and decide if the orphanage should remain open. He quickly decides it’s something he has never seen before and with that he meets some of the most wonderful children and an even more wonderful caregiver who changes Linus’s life forever.

This was such an interesting take on regular day social work. Coming from the social services field, it really brought me joy when Linus went above and beyond the line of duty to truly understand the magic children he was sent to observe. It made my heart happy and also made me think of the amazing social workers I know who connect with and care for so many incredible children everyday.

This book reminded me a little bit of Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children. This story was full of mystery and magic. It was a really fun read which I could hardly put down! It touched on topics such as discrimination, segregation, abuse, social services system, LGTBQ+, and advocacy! These can be really tough topics but the way the author fit them in was in a light and fun way that really tied the whole story together!

I loved the magical children and getting to know all the really cool things about them. The relationships created throughout the story were so sweet and heartwarming. I enjoyed the overall writing style. It was so nice to see how Linus (and the rest of the characters) grew and evolved throughout the story. The ending had me smiling ear to ear, I was so happy!!

I would recommend this to anyone to enjoys stories about strange creatures, magical beings, or unusual things! Also, if you enjoyed Miss Peregrines Home for Peculair Children you may enjoy this one as it has similar vibes!

** thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this ARC for an honest review!


PUB DATE: March 17, 2020!!

Does this book interest you at all?? Will you be checking it out?

Monthly Picks: October 2019

Hello everyone 🙂

October is one of my favourite months! I LOVE summer but there is just something about the start of fall and the spooky Halloween stuff that I just can’t get enough of. Wish it didn’t rain so much… but that’s what you get for living in rainy British Columbia.

My all time favourite this about fall though is the fact that over sized sweaters are back and I can just come comfy and warm all the time. Honestly there is nothing better than being comfy, hair up in a bun, hot coffee, blanket, slippers, and reading. Can’t beat it!


I have picked out 10 books that are coming out this month that I am interested in! Hoping to get my hands on a few of them when they are released!! So here we go…

Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

Imaginary Friend – Stephen Chobosky

Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with Christopher at her side. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It’s as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out.

At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six awful days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again.

Soon Kate and Christopher find themselves in the fight of their lives, caught in the middle of a war playing out between good and evil, with their small town as the battleground.

The Grace Year – Kim Liggett

Survive the year.

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

Twice in a Blue Moon – Christina Lauren

Sam Brandis was Tate Jones’s first: Her first love. Her first everything. Including her first heartbreak.

During a whirlwind two-week vacation abroad, Sam and Tate fell for each other in only the way that first loves do: sharing all of their hopes, dreams, and deepest secrets along the way. Sam was the first, and only, person that Tate—the long-lost daughter of one of the world’s biggest film stars—ever revealed her identity to. So when it became clear her trust was misplaced, her world shattered for good.

Fourteen years later, Tate, now an up-and-coming actress, only thinks about her first love every once in a blue moon. When she steps onto the set of her first big break, he’s the last person she expects to see. Yet here Sam is, the same charming, confident man she knew, but even more alluring than she remembered. Forced to confront the man who betrayed her, Tate must ask herself if it’s possible to do the wrong thing for the right reason… and whether “once in a lifetime” can come around twice.

Quantum – Patricia Cornwell

On the eve of a top secret space mission, Captain Calli Chase detects a tripped alarm in the tunnels deep below a NASA research center. A NASA pilot, quantum physicist, and cybercrime investigator, Calli knows that a looming blizzard and government shutdown could provide the perfect cover for sabotage, with deadly consequences.

As it turns out, the danger is worse than she thought. A spatter of dried blood, a missing security badge, a suspicious suicide—a series of disturbing clues point to Calli’s twin sister, Carme, who’s been MIA for days.

Desperate to halt the countdown to disaster and to clear her sister’s name, Captain Chase digs deep into her vast cyber security knowledge and her painful past, probing for answers to her twin’s erratic conduct. As time is running out, she realizes that failure means catastrophe—not just for the space program but for the safety of the whole nation.

Into the Crooked Place – Alexandra Christo

The streets of Creije are for the deadly and the dreamers, and four crooks in particular know just how much magic they need up their sleeve to survive.

Tavia, a busker ready to pack up her dark-magic wares and turn her back on Creije for good. She’ll do anything to put her crimes behind her.

Wesley, the closest thing Creije has to a gangster. After growing up on streets hungry enough to swallow the weak whole, he won’t stop until he has brought the entire realm to kneel before him.

Karam, a warrior who spends her days watching over the city’s worst criminals and her nights in the fighting rings, making a deadly name for herself.

And Saxony, a resistance fighter hiding from the very people who destroyed her family, and willing to do whatever it takes to get her revenge.

Everything in their lives is going to plan, until Tavia makes a crucial mistake: she delivers a vial of dark magic—a weapon she didn’t know she had—to someone she cares about, sparking the greatest conflict in decades. Now these four magical outsiders must come together to save their home and the world, before it’s too late. But with enemies at all sides, they can trust nobody. Least of all each other.

Gravemaidens – Kelly Coon

In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame.

When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her.

But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.

Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.

Now Entering Addamsville – Francesca Zappia

Zora Novak has been framed.

When someone burns down the home of the school janitor and he dies in the blaze, everyone in Addamsville, Indiana, points a finger at Zora. Never mind that Zora has been on the straight and narrow since her father was thrown in jail. With everyone looking for evidence against her, her only choice is to uncover the identity of the real killer. There’s one big problem—Zora has no leads. No one does. Addamsville has a history of tragedy, and thirty years ago a similar string of fires left several townspeople dead. The arsonist was never caught.

Now, Zora must team up with her cousin Artemis—an annoying self-proclaimed Addamsville historian—to clear her name. But with a popular ghost-hunting television show riling up the townspeople, almost no support from her family and friends, and rumors spinning out of control, things aren’t looking good. Zora will have to read between the lines of Addamsville’s ghost stories before she becomes one herself.

Mooncakes – Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu

Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town.

One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home.

Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.

Fireborn – Rosaria Munda

Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone—even the lowborn—a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders.

Now they are both rising stars in the new regime, despite backgrounds that couldn’t be more different. Annie’s lowborn family was executed by dragonfire, while Lee’s aristocratic family was murdered by revolutionaries. Growing up in the same orphanage forged their friendship, and seven years of training have made them rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet.

But everything changes when survivors from the old regime surface, bent on reclaiming the city.

With war on the horizon and his relationship with Annie changing fast, Lee must choose to kill the only family he has left or to betray everything he’s come to believe in. And Annie must decide whether to protect the boy she loves . . . or step up to be the champion her city needs.


What books are you looking forward to in October? Do you tend to read spooky/thrillers more during the month of October?

Thanks for stopping by 🙂