Red Queen (Red Queen#1):Review

Red Queen (Red Queen#1):Review

Lily needs book two. Lily needs book two, now.  Victoria Aveyard has created a gem of giant proportions. Red Queen is in one simple word: electrifying (that’s a joke for all you people who’ve already read this gem of a book. Feel free to laugh away at my humour!). As i’ve mentioned a thousand times on this blog, Dystopia is one of my all time favourite genres and at a time when it feels like the candle was slowly burning out on YA dystopians, Red Queen came along and ignited it once again. Red Queen is a story of the oppressed and the oppressors. Their’s a specific story in Red Queen, the story of seventeen year old Mare Barrow whose doomed for conscription at the age of eighteen, because she isn’t good enough at anything that’s worthy of her becoming an apprentice. Mare’s story is one of strength and great power but I found that Red Queen’s strongest standing point was in it’s raw theme and depiction of power. The people who have it and the people who don’t. Victoria Aveyard doesn’t hesitate to show […]

Posted 5 March, 2015/2 Comments

Bone Gap: Review

Bone Gap: Review

Bone Gap is unlike anything I’ve read before.  I’m not one to read magical-realism but it’s impossible to not fall in love with Laura Ruby’s lyrical writing and poignant coming of age story. Bone Gap is the story of Finn and Sean O’Sulliven and Roza. The O’Sulliven boys are the talk of the town. Everyone knows them and has their own opinion about them. They see Sean as someone who can do no harm after he lets go of his own dreams of attending medical school to look after his younger brother when their mom leaves them. Finn is known as the pretty book in town who is always distracted. He’s “spacey” and considered weird. Roza is the mysterious girl who everyone loves in Bone Gap. She always hangs out with the O’Sulliven brothers. She’s a dear friend of Finn’s and completely in love with Sean. After she disappears, Finn swears he saw a man take her, only he can’t describe what this man looks like. Thus the people of Bone Gap don’t believe him–especially Sean. We get a few different POV’s in Bone Gap here and there but […]

Posted 2 March, 2015/38 Comments

Book Talk: Station Eleven

Book Talk: Station Eleven

For the past few weeks I’ve been gathering more and more adult type reads to add to my collection. While I’ve always read different genres and a mix between YA, NA and purely adult reads, since I started blogging I’ve leaned more towards YA books in an attempt to make this a purely YA (although I sneak in the occasional NA read, every once in a while) blog. A few weeks ago I came up with the idea to start a feature on the blog to share some of my thoughts on some of my favourite adult ‘type’ reads. I’ve decided not to write formal reviews for the books I’ll talk about on this feature but just give a general idea on why these books should be on your radar, and how they’ll make perfect book club reads. I’ve decided to name this feature, “Book Talk” (pretty original isn’t it?—HA!) For my first “Book Talk” I decided to talk about Station Eleven, a book I finished just a few weeks ago and just loved. Release Date: September 9th 2014 Genres: Adult, Dystopia Publisher: Knopf Summary: An audacious, darkly glittering […]

Posted 26 February, 2015/42 Comments

The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2):Review

The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2):Review

One of my greatest loves in life is beautiful, thought provoking writing. I have a soft spot for writing that can vividly paint a picture in my head. Whether it’s the feel of the carpet underneath a characters feet or the many layers a dress the character is wearing may have. If an author’s writing manages to transport me to a novel, I’m a goner. After reading Marie Rutkoski’s, The Winner’s Crime last year I immediately labelled her as one of my favourite authors. There’s nothing quite like beautiful, soul breaking writing to land you on “Lily’s Favourites” list. The Winner’s Crime is the stunning (i’m not kidding when I say that–it was truly beautiful) sequel to last years The Winner’s Curse. The story picks up right where the punch in the gut cliffhanger of Curse ended off. Kestrel engaged to the prince and Arin in charge of protecting his Herrani people. There was never a dull moment in Crime and in terms of plot, it completely surpassed The Winner’s Curse. This one was an emotional reading experience, from the beginning to the heartbreaking end, […]

Posted 19 February, 2015/62 Comments

Becoming Rain (Burying Water #2):Review

Becoming Rain (Burying Water #2):Review

I know I’m a bit of a broken record when it comes to K.A Tucker. I always seem to be raving about her books. After discovering her last year, she’s been my go to author for New Adult reads. Her books, while always featuring smitten worthy male leads, have some of the most complex characterizations in NA. Not to mention the awesome, intricate storylines. Becoming Rain, like her other books is completely unputdownable. K.A Tucker wastes no time in painting a picture in our heads of just how dangerous the car theft ring is at the beginning of the novel, before catapulting us into the heart of the story. When stolen trucks leave widows fending for themselves and children without father’s, we, the readers can understand the gravity of the situation. In comes twenty-four year old Luke Boone, who is completely oblivious the severity of the car theft ring his uncle is in charge of and grooming him to take over someday. Having met him in Burying Water, we’ve already got a pretty clear idea of just who Luke Boone is but K.A Tucker aims […]

Posted 16 February, 2015/47 Comments

The Conspiracy of Us (Untitled #1):Review

The Conspiracy of Us (Untitled #1):Review

There are tragic reads. There are great reads. And then there are purely, fun reads. Finding a book that fits the latter description doesn’t by any means, make it any less important or less of a great read. Although fun reads do seem to come with the requirement of having ‘ far-fetched’ plots and are best enjoyed if you shut your brain off and simply go with the flow. Questioning every character’s decision and logic is not the main focus of ‘fun’ reads. Escaping into a world filled with romance, conspiracy, magic or power is what ‘fun’ reads are all about. If you aren’t one to enjoy light and sometimes silly reads than this one might not be for you. But reading something like this in-between the deep thinking and emotionally exhausting books does do wonders for the heart. I can promise you that The Conspiracy of Us has a light hearted feel to it that makes it hard to put down and quick to read. Remember how I mentioned these types of books are best enjoyed if you simply shut your brain off and […]

Posted 11 February, 2015/35 Comments

All the Bright Places: Review

All the Bright Places: Review

Lily is confused. So unbelievably confused. What happened All The Bright Places? What happened? For the first few weeks of January, I don’t think I saw one negative review for All The Bright Places. I think the lowest rating I may have seen for this one was four stars. FOUR STARS. So how did I end up here? How did I end up with a 2.5 star rating (Yeah guys, I’m whipping out the .5 rating–it’s serious) and a massive headache? Let’s start at the beginning. I kept hearing about this book on Twitter, Goodreads and on fellow bloggers websites. When a book is a favourite amongst so many people, it’s only a matter of time before I get sucked in and buy it myself too. In this case, I should have probably stayed away. First few chapters in and I knew All The Bright Places had one of two endings. A few more chapters in and I could already tell which one of the two was the winner. All the Bright Places is the story of Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. Theodore Finch is obsessed […]

Posted 3 February, 2015/55 Comments

All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1): Review

All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1): Review

So far, 2015 has been a terrific reading year. January has graced me with so many beautiful titles. I’ve read a mixture of genres this month but it was only natural that I once again gravitated towards more contemporary reads . Contemporary, if done right, can easily be my favourite genre. Hence, my natural gravitation towards it. So, me being the daring and adventurous personal I always claim to be, decided to read something a bit lighter and easier on the heart for a change. I’d also been determined to finally read my first Ally Carter read since figuring out I was the only person left on the blogosphere who hadn’t read anything by Ally Carter. Now, before you all start glaring at your computer screens and wishing you could gave me a one on one talk about my terrible life decisions, I should remind you that you are reading my review for All Fall Down. Ally Carter’s latest. So, I’ve officially popped my Ally Carter cherry. You’re welcome. So, how did me and All Fall Down get along? I’m not quite sure if I’m […]

Posted 30 January, 2015/33 Comments

I’ll Meet You There: Review

I’ll Meet You There: Review

It’s so rare to find a novel that makes you both cry equal combinations of joy and heartbreak. There’s something beautiful in a novel that can be both soul shattering and inspiring all in one. I’ll Meet You There is a triumph in YA. It’s a story about a girl dealing with all of life’s terrible circumstances and a wounded marine  searching for his place after losing his one shot at escape. It’s a story about grief, love, heartbreak and joy. I’ll Met You There touches upon so many different themes it will leave it’s mark on you. Trying to properly articulate just how much I loved this book and exactly what i loved about it is just too hard. Trying to explain how perfectly real, poignant and raw I’ll Meet You There was doesn’t even begin to do this one justice. I was completely consumed by this one and trying to imagine putting this one down to do anything else but read seemed like too big of a task. I love my characters to be flawed and bottled down by issues. I love when characters have substance. I […]

Posted 27 January, 2015/43 Comments

Whatever Life Throws At You: Review

Whatever Life Throws At  You: Review

I am a lazy person. A very lazy person. If you were to give me the option of going to the gym or a Yoga class (which i’m starting to really get into, mind you) instead of setting home alone reading or watching Friends on Netflix (I will never stop being thankful for this) I will, ten times out of ten choose the option of staying at home. It’s one of my many personal faults. I’m lazy. So, what does my over active mind like to do to combat my physical laziness? Easy. My over active mind likes to read books with butt kicking female MC’s, and now, apparently sport romances. I don’t think I would have picked this one up in all honesty if I hadn’t gotten a copy of it at Inspire back, in November from the Entangled booth. This one just didn’t seem like a Lily book. I don’t typically read sport centered romance books and while I love some romance here and there I’m still overly cautious when I pick up a romance book. I always slightly worry they’ll be too […]

Posted 23 January, 2015/36 Comments