Made You Up: Review

Made You Up: Review

A few weeks ago I had the lovely opportunity to interview Francesca Zappia for Canadian Mental Health Awareness Week. The interview was one of the most personal ones that i’ve ever done since i opened up about my thoughts on mental illness and it’s depiction in the media. I admitted to not being personally affected by someone else’s mental illness, but still having strong feelings towards the topic. Because of my thoughts, I was eagerly anticipating Made You Up for the sole reason that it seemed to shine a different light on mental illness. Made You Up is by no means a book about mentall illness. While at it’s centre it’s two main characters happen to be a paranoid schizophrenic and an undiagnosed autisic, Made You Up‘s main purpose isn’t to serve as a substitute to an educational pamphlet on mentall illness. It strives to go beyond that.  “Believing something existed and then finding out it didn’t was like reaching the top of the stairs and thinking there was one […]

Posted 6 August, 2015/15 Comments


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda:Review

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda:Review

Simon Spier, Can we please be bestfriends?  Witty, quirky, sarcastic, and intelligent, Simon Spier is the one person you want in your life. He’s also got perfect grammer (impossible, eh?) and a penchant for oreos. Of course, he’s not perfect. He may sometimes be clueless and make certain choices that make you want to punch him in the arm, but his flaws are just what make him more authentic as a character. They’re what make you want to be his bestfriend. “Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn’t be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m just saying.” And then there’s Blue. BlueBlueBlue. He had my heart and I need to meet him too. And what about the other fantastic characters in this one, you ask? Well,  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda featured an ensemble cast, and it was the best sort of ensemble cast. We had both romantic and platonic relationships. I mean, how […]

Posted 22 July, 2015/17 Comments


Reader Life #1

Reader Life #1

  Something new I’ve been eager to try is to start reviewing less. Now, before you start wondering if this post marks my imminate departure from the blogging community, slow the heck down. You lot haven’t gotten rid of me quite that easily. I’m still planning on staying and annoying the heck out of you all (as well as providing some hilariously worded tweets, if I do say so myself). This new feature, Reader Life, that officials commences today, is going to be my attempt at talking about more books, while reviewing less. I’m significantly cutting down on which books I choose to formally review. Reading, making notes, writing a coherent review, formatting it, and publishing it on various different sites takes an awful lot of time, time I’m afraid I just don’t have anymore. So to accommodate my busy schedule, Reader Life has been created. So what have I read? Well, if you’ve noticed the blog has been fairly quite these last few weeks and posts have been pretty […]

Posted 18 July, 2015/21 Comments


Finding Audrey: Review

Finding Audrey: Review

Finding Audrey is easily one of the most heartwarming reads of the year. Being a Sophia Kinsella newbie, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the famous author, but Audrey’s cute and sensitive nature was definitely not it. This is one that needs to be experienced by ones -self in order to properly grasp just how amazing it truly is. Full of fun, laughter and a bit of heartbreak–Finding Audrey is that type of YA that effortlessly makes you fall in love with the genre all over again.  When we’re first introduced to Audrey she’s fourteen, armed in big black sunglasses, and living with an anxiety disorder that makes her already hard preteen life just a bit more complicated. She seems to second guess everything, doesn’t hesistate to overanalyze conversations, perpatually avoids looking people in the eyes, and she doesn’t enjoy going outside. Audrey’s anxiety is never felt as a plot device, it serves a purpose. And while we’re curiously flipping the pages and hoping to come across the answer as to […]

Posted 13 July, 2015/25 Comments


The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2):Review

The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2):Review

Fans self Lily needs a minute. Or five. Nevermind, make that a year. Mary E. Pearson does not waste time. From the very beginning of The Heart of Betrayal we’re thrust back into the world that Mary E. Pearson lovingly created. Deception runs deep in this stunning sequel, and with twist and turns that make the ruslting of pages music to your ears, it is impossible not to fall in love with this one. Taking a few minutes and refreshing  your memory on the events of The Kiss of Deception is a good idea before starting The Heart of Betrayal. Remembering certain characters, names, plot points and the identity of the men who fancy Lia is crucial to understanding the Heart of Betrayal. Because like I said earlier, Mary E. Pearson does not waste time getting down the business. The Heart of Betrayal begins right where The Kiss of Deception left off, with Kaden, Lia and Rafe entering Venda, the enemy kingdom that sent the assassin out to kill her. […]

Posted 7 July, 2015/29 Comments


Chasing River(Burying Water #3):Review

Chasing River(Burying Water #3):Review

There are so few romance books that I can willingly admit to loving, but I’ve got a bit of a soft spot in my heart for K.A Tucker’s novels. The premise to this one drew me in like a moth to a flame. A hot stranger saves a tourist from a near death experience, in Dublin of all places? The travel bug inside of me was practically salivating at the synopsis. Plus, being a companion novel to the Burying Water series, I was ecstatic at the opportunity to finally learn more about Amber Welles, Jesse’s goodie two shoes younger sister. Chasing River, like all of K.A Tucker’s novels,  is heavy on the info. I don’t mean to say that we’re ungraciously catapulted into info-dumping land, rather it’s just that the plot is rather complex. It’s obvious,  K.A Tucker doesn’t shy away from researching the heck out of her topics. Whether it’s strip clubs, Russian mobs, or FBI protocols, we’re treated to whirlwind of interesting, believable, information that adds a spark of realism to her […]

Posted 4 July, 2015/17 Comments


You (You #1): Review

You (You #1): Review

Stories that delve into the darker side of humanity never fail to amaze me. You is no exception. Joe is a stalker. He’s obsessive, manipulative, a psychopath and completely deranged. But he is also incredibly well read, witty, intelligent and strangely enough–patient. He is for all intents and purposes a living and breathing juxtaposition. But it is this very combination that makes him one of the most interesting anti-hero’s in all of literature. Joe is sick and mad and completely mental. But he never fails to be anything less than fascinating. As sick as it may be, reading about his obsession with Beck makes this one impossible to put down. Perhaps because the most unsettling part of You may just be how probable it all is. The idea of being cyber stalked isn’t completely unfathomable in today’s society. We’re all interconnected and determined to leave our mark on the world. Whether it’s with a tweet or an instagram picture–we’re all begging to be heard by someone. To be important. Joe symbolizes the part […]

Posted 24 June, 2015/29 Comments


Extraordinary Means: Review

Extraordinary Means: Review

Robyn Schneider became my queen when I read last years The Beginning of Everything in one sitting. Extraordinary Means has just as much spirit and humour as The Beginning of Everything, but despite being unbelievably excited for this one, Extraordinary Means didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Extraordinary Means does have an interesting premise. The frightening idea of a drug resistant TB arising and forcing people into sanatoriums has something going for it (is it a bit morbid for a book? Yes. Is it still interesting? Hell yes) but as interesting as the idea is, it was it’s executation that just wasn’t working for me. Latham House serves as the backdrop for the story. A sanatorium where sick children with the new incurable strand of TB go to recieve round the clock care. They are urged to rest, sleep, and take it easy. Lane (whose last name we never find out) gets sent to Latham house during the beginning of his senior year. Mr. overachiever-Standford bound-straight A student does […]

Posted 22 June, 2015/24 Comments


Last Years Mistake: Review + Giveaway

Last Years Mistake: Review + Giveaway

Despite the trops and cliches found in Last Year’s Mistake, it’s impossible not to wind up getting involved and rooting for Kelsey and David. They’re ex best friends who’ve spent a year apart, only to be reunited when David moves to Kelsey school. Last Year’s Mistake has a bestfriends turned lovers romance, it’s predictable and a tad bit cliche. Angst ridden and sometimes petty, but it’s also the kind of book you find yourself wanting to read. Last Year’s Mistake is split into alternating chapters. The “Before” and “After” bits completely contrast on another, with Kelsey and David becoming bestfriends early on in the “Before” chapters and not speaking to each other in the “After” parts. There’s also a mysterious element when it comes to Kelsey and David’s relationship and why they were once so close and now so far part. Kelsey and David are two very flawed charcters and they’re both partly to blame for the wedge in their friendship. They let the silliest things come between them and […]

Posted 10 June, 2015/42 Comments


Every Last Word: Review

Every Last Word: Review

There are certain topics books tackle that immediately reel you in. Whether it’s romance or fantasy, dragons or retellings, we’ve all got a few book fetishes. One of mine has always been mental illness. I wrote a post a while back on my  thoughts on mental illness and it’s depiction in the media. It was an extremely personal post, not because I’ve ever been directly affected by mental illness, but because I care. When Tamara Ireland Stone’s Every Last Word started getting buzz in the blogosphere I was immediately intrigued. Every Last Word seemed like such a big departure from The Time Between Us and Time After Time. I was curious as to how Tamara Ireland Stone would handle the subject. In all honesty, for three quarters of the book, Every Last Word read like many other contemporary novels. It didn’t have anything special. Nothing to truly make it remarkable. Sam (referred to as Samantha by her best friends) suffers from OCD, but she refuses to let anyone outside of her […]

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Posted 8 June, 2015/27 Comments