A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)

While Sarah J Maas undoubtedly mastered the YA fantasy genre, there is no doubt in my mind that Maas just owned the NA fantasy one much of the same way. With lyrical writing, a witty and hot tempered protagonist, an assemblage of hotties and her signature vivid world building, Maas has given us a gift we weren’t aware we wanted. An NA fantasy novel that takes the New Adult category to new heights.  Maas heights. So where does Sarah J Maas offer us with A Court of Thorns and Roses? Let’s put it this way, it’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a very big touch of Maas’ creativity. A Court of Thorns and Roses remains surprisingly close to the core of the original story, but it’s got just enough originality to stand on it’s own.  Being particularly weary of retellings I’ve been known for avoiding almost all of them like the plague. Another thing I’ve been known to actively avoid reading? faeries. They–simply–are not my cup of tea. My imagination finds it hard […]

Posted 21 May, 2015/16 Comments


All the Rage: Review

All the Rage: Review

What happens when your right to tell the truth gets taken away from you? All the Rage explores the aftermath of protagonist Romy Grey’s rape in small town, nowhere, USA. After being raped, Romy is ostersized by her community and made fun of repeatedly by her peers after claimined the town’s Golden Boy raped her. Said Golden Boy also happens to be the sheriffs son. All the Rage is an extremely difficult book to go through. So heard in fact that I could not emotionally and mentally get through this one in one day. I had to read sections of it everyday for a week. It was that emotionally upsetting. Romy’s story is not a pleasant one, but it’s one that needed to be told. Romy is filled with so much self-hatred and disgust after her rape and her towns bullying; she struggles to get by on a day to day basis. She ends up having to find work at a restaurant in the next town over to have some […]

Posted 14 May, 2015/39 Comments


Fuel the Fire: Review

Fuel the Fire: Review

Krista and Becca Ritchie always seem to carefully craft characters I can easily relate too. I resonated with Lily and Lo and so much in the Addicted series. I saw bits of myself through Daisy and Ryke’s eyes in Hothouse Flower and I gave a rambly explanation as to why I felt Amour Amour and Thora James gave me a huge emotional push I needed. That being said, if there were two characters I didn’t see myself completely, one hundred percent, seeing myself in, they were Connor and Rose. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve loved them and shipped them and seen some of my humour and sarcastic comments in Rose, but i never thought i’d ever see the world as they saw it. My copy of Fuel the Fire is completely highlighted (thank god kindle can highlight!) and i’ve got sticky notes all over my bedroom door with my favourites quotes and passages from this one. There was just so much Fuel the Fire managed to capture and bring attention […]

Posted 8 May, 2015/39 Comments


Black Iris: Review

Black Iris: Review

Leah Raeder can make you feel. Anger, confusion, hate, sorrow, pity. She makes you bleed out your own emotions. Her characters become you, or you become her characters. It doesn’t matter which happens, only that it does. Your emotions become so tangled with her characters, you can’t tell apart what you’re feeling from what a character is feeling. Reading anything by Leah Raeder is like entering a union. The book and you become one. Black Iris doesn’t pretend to be anything other than dark. It’s messed up. Crazy. Black Iris is filled with characters who are just as twisted and complex as the synopsis suggests. There are so many emotions in this one too. Black Iris isn’t afraid to make us explore the intense things: lust, anger, love, rage, acceptance, rage. With characters who are certifiable, this one completely pulls you in from the beginning and makes it impossible to put down. “Falling for someone is like pulling a loose thread. It happens stitch by stitch. You feel whole most of […]

Posted 6 May, 2015/38 Comments


Interview with Francesca Zappia (The Author of Made You Up)

Interview with Francesca Zappia (The Author of Made You Up)

While I still haven’t read Made You Up by Francesca Zappia yet, after reading the synopsis on Goodreads a few months ago, I felt a deep connection to the book. Mental Illness, despite how it’s portrayed by the media, is a serious topic–but it seems like it’s approached with mock seriousness most of the time. When I was younger, I seemed to gravitate towards books and movies with characters who had serious mental illnesses. I loved those characters and felt a profound connection to them. Only, I didn’t understand they were suffering from mental illness until much later. I only saw those characters as humans who were suffering, and what  empathetic human being doesn’t resonate with suffering? As I got older and learned about mental illness I felt pressured to see my beloved characters in a different light, a light that was far less flattering. A few weeks ago I learned that my school was planning on ignoring Canadian Mental Health Week in favour of Catholic Education Week. I felt outraged by the […]

Posted 4 May, 2015/30 Comments


The Summer After You and Me: Review

The Summer After You and Me: Review

As the weather begins to warm up and as the days begin to last longer I tend to crave books that put me in the summer mindset. There’s nothing  like a book that takes place on a beach to get you pumped for the summer months. When it comes to picking up summer reads though– it’s become increasingly difficult to find reads that have summer romances and true substance together. While the cover for The Summer After You and Me completely put me in the ‘Summer-must-come’ mindset, it didn’t do much else. The Summer After You and Me takes place a few months after Superstorm Sandy swept threw Jersey Shore. In the storm’s wake, the people of Jersey Shore are left with horrific repairs and damages they need to fix. Lucy and Connor are neighbors and during the storm something happened between them, only to be forgotten soon after. Months after the storm, Connor comes back to Jersey Shore and him and Lucy are forced to confront what may or may not be between them. In short, The […]

Posted 1 May, 2015/33 Comments


The Secrets We Keep: Review

The Secrets We Keep: Review

Having an identical twin sister isn’t something we can all relate too. But growing up in somebody else’s shadow? That we definitely can. The Secrets We Keep was a surprisingly complex story with much more depth than i originally thought it would have. i’m not one to typically read twin inpersonation books. I understand the fascination, I remember loving The Parent Trap when I was younger, but I’ve never found myself actively looking out for books that features twins, much less twins impersonating one another. When the cover for The Secrets We Keep was released and i got to read the synopsis I immediately knew i wanted to read this one. I was intriguied by the plot and how Trisha Leaver was going to tackle the grief, the mystery and the romance all in one. Ella and Maddie used to be two peas in a pod, identical sisters who were each others best friends. When they began high school Maddie found popularity and Friday night parties. Ella continued to find […]

Posted 27 April, 2015/40 Comments


None of the Above :Review

None of the Above :Review

None of the Above is incredibly moving, but it’s also one of the most difficult books I’ve read in sometime. If it hadn’t been for all the blog tour posts and I.E Gregorio’s facts on Intersex during the days leading up to the books release, None of the Above would have completely skipped my radar, and so would have the topic of Intersex. The main focus of None of the Above is Kristin Lattimer and her Intersex diagnosis. Prior to reading None of the Above, I hadn’t had a clue as to what Intersex was and when I heard this book talked about it, I was compelled to read it immediately. None of the Above is a book that feels necessary  in YA. It tackles the issue of gender diversity in a way that seemed extremely relatable while also remaining informative. None of the Above takes it’s time asking the important questions: “What does it mean to be a girl?” “What makes one a girl?” and “How can one come to fully accept […]

Posted 23 April, 2015/35 Comments


Why I Won’t Stop Taking Pictures of My ARCS

ARC envy has been an ongoing thing in the blogosphere. If you’re one of the lucky few who are completely oblivious to the issue, let me tell you a little bit about it. If I were to define ARC envy for a spot in the Oxford Dictionary, my definition would be something like this: ARC ENVY In which a person is upset, hurt, and/or insulted because of recurring pictures and status updates by someone else regarding an advance readers copy they were unable to receive for themselves. Sounds a bit silly doesn’t it? The idea that someone can be ARC envious isn’t completely incomprehensible. After all, the synonym for envy is jealousy, and can we all truthfully say we’ve never been even a tiny bit jealous over an ARC someone else received?  We can’t. It’s human nature. We are always going to be a bit jealous over what other people have when we want it too (Especially if said thing happens to be an ARC of ACOTAR because, hello, IT’S SARAH J MAAS  bows […]

Posted 16 April, 2015/67 Comments


Hit (Hit #1):Review

Hit (Hit #1):Review

Hit is filled with exceptional themes that are bound to pique everyone’s interest. With themes like: corruption, power, money, political agenda’s and capitalism, Hit tells the story of a young Patsy Klein who is forced to become an indentured collections agent when she finds out her mother owes Valor National Park money and needs further help to afford her mother’s cancer treatment. Valor National Park has essentially bought the US government with the intention of paying off their debts and ruining the lives of the needy. Because of a hidden clause in a credit card agreement–the government can call in anyone at anytime to either pay off their debt in full, die, or become an indentured collections agent and hunt those who haven’t payed of their signficant debts yet. The premise is undoubtedly interesting, and one that was full of potential. The problem with Hit (albeit, i had several issues with the book), is that it never quit reaches it’s full potential and instead falls into a typical storyline that […]

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