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 solace in her art, manga comics, and simply being herself. While Maddie surrounded herself the […]

Posted 27 April, 2015/3 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 themselves?.” Gender stereotypes and discrimination are lucrative in this book. The main focus of None of […]

Posted 23 April, 2015/31 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 down to queen) But how much jealousy is too much? I’ve heard a lot of […]

Posted 16 April, 2015/66 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 ends up being more about impulsive choices and illogical decisions than the problems at hand. […]

Posted 13 April, 2015/28 Comments

The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass 0.1-0.5)

The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass 0.1-0.5)

I’d put off The Assassin’s Blade for an entire year. While I loved the idea of getting to know more about Celeana and her past, the idea of jumping into this one hurt too much. I already knew what layed ahead for Celeana before starting The Assassins Blade, and the fate of young Sam Cortland. The Assassin’s Blade, as I expected, was sorrow, grief and maddness all wrapped up into one. The Assassin’s blade features five novella’s, all told from Celeana’s perspective. All the short novella’s were interconnected and were the parts to a much larger story when combined. The first novella, dealt with the freedom of a group of slaves, while the other’s all touched upon the repercussions on Celeana’s first act of defiance against the King of Assassins. This act, inevitably leads to the fate we all know awaits Celeana, her imprisonment in the slave camp,Endovier. “If you can learn to endure pain, you can survive anything. Some people learn to embrace it- to love it. Some endure it through drowning it in sorrow, or by making themselves forget. Others turn it into […]

Posted 10 April, 2015/31 Comments

{Blog Tour} The Truth About Us Review + YA Summer Reads Authors Answer Questions

{Blog Tour} The Truth About Us Review + YA Summer Reads Authors Answer Questions

Yay for Canadian authors! I don’t know about you guys but whenever I find a book by an author that has some sort of tie to me (whether he or shy is of the same nationality or their favourite colour is the same as mine) I get pretty excited. I’d been super excited to start The Truth About Us after seeing it on numerous blogs (as Waiting on Wednesday picks) over the past few months  and seeing it get quit a bit of buzz. Janet Gutler is a fairly popular name in the YA world and I was looking forward to finally reading something by her. The Truth About Us follows your standard “Rich girl, poor boy” formula, but like so many other novels that  follow the same sort of storyline, it was the characters and the connections they made that set this one apart. The Truth About Us tells the love story between Jess and Flynn, two star-crossed teenagers who come from completely different worlds.  When unforeseeable circumstances put them on each other’s path, they begin to see something in one another and become adamant on being together, despite […]

Posted 7 April, 2015/26 Comments

{Blog Tour} Fuel the Fire: Would the Addicted Series Characters Survive the Hunger Games?

{Blog Tour} Fuel the Fire: Would the Addicted Series Characters Survive the Hunger Games?

  Title: Fuel the Fire Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie Series: Calloway Sisters #3 Pub Date: April 3rd, 2015 Protect your family. At all costs. It’d take the impossible to hurt Connor Cobalt, even for a moment. Protect your family. At all costs.At twenty-six, his narcissistic tendencies have made room for the people he loves. Protect your family. At all costs.And he loves Rose. But when his love is threatened, when his greatest dreams with her are compromised — what is the cost then? Protect your family. At all costs. Love will guide his choices. For the first time in his life.   Morning Lovelies! I say morning because if you’re anything like me, you’re counting down the days until Fuel the Fire comes out and we all get to call in sick, haul up in our rooms, and pretty much ignore the entire world in favour of our favourite smartass, Connor Cobalt and ice queen, Rose Cobalt. So, because you’re anxouis for Fuel the Fire to finally be out in the world, i know all you hardcore Fizzleforce members are stalking the blog tour posts every morning […]

Posted 1 April, 2015/55 Comments

Everything That Makes You:Review

Everything That Makes You:Review

As a teenager about to enter University, I’m (as per right of passage) destined to ask the “what if’s”  questions. One does not go through life without asking themselves “What if that didn’t happen?” or “What if I had handled that differently?” There are so many ‘what if’s’ we can ask ourselves, it’s a wonder we can still find the strength to live with the ‘What is’ and not continuously worry about the ‘What if’s’ every second of everyday. As someone whose in the position of questioning every decision and the possible implications of each one, I found myself not being able to put down Moriah McStay’s beautiful debut. With University applications, deadlines and graduation approaching i’m constantly plagued with the fear of making a wrong choice and looking back down the road and wondering ‘What if…’ Because of this I found it incredibly easy to connect with the central themes of this one. Everything That Makes You tells the story of young Fiona Doyle, who at age five had an accident at a zoo that resulted in her having scars on one side of her face. She […]

Posted 30 March, 2015/31 Comments

Insurgent: Movie Review *SPOILER FREE*

Insurgent: Movie Review *SPOILER FREE*

  On Sunday night i attended an early screening of Insurgent at a local movie theatre. Being the young and reckless teenager than I am, I decided to sit in the back row with my heavy winter jacket (hood up, brightness low) and live tweet my reaction to the movie. If you guys remember, I reviewed the Divergent movie on the blog last year, and was not a fan. Of course, since i’m glutton for punishment, I decided to put myself through the Insurgent movie experience, and I wanted to include you guys too. I live tweeted my reactions to the movie using the hastag @LilyLivetweetsInsurgent (which you can still read now) and tried to be as spoiler free with my tweets as possible. While I usually do full out movie reviews for book adaptions, I decided to write a few tweets that pretty much summoned up my thoughts on the movie this time around.   Final Thoughts: Filled with an allstar cast including some of the best female actress’ in Hollywood, Insurgent failed to impress me and move the plot forward. Stuck in limbo, […]

Posted 26 March, 2015/33 Comments

Discussion:Sometimes I’m Okay Not Knowing What Comes Next

Discussion:Sometimes I’m Okay Not Knowing What Comes Next

There comes a time when our favourite characters stories end, when the writing has finished and the last battle has been won. Sometimes we go on a journey with characters praying that everything ends all right for them, but than hoping the end never comes. Letting go is always the hardest part. I’ve always declared myself against open endings. If the author leaves certain things up for ‘interpretation’ chances are I’ll be hurtling my book across my front lawn a la Bradley Cooper style. I DO NOT WANT TO GUESS IF MY FAVOURITE CHARACTERS ARE ALRIGHT FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES, I WANT TO KNOW. Does Lena end up choosing Alex or Julian? Will love always be declared a ‘disease’? Why is no one around to answer my questions? Back before I started blogging, I used to check the back of my favourite series enders to make sure there was an epilogue. I figured I could emotionally handle everything they were about to go through if there was an epilogue that hinted to a better future for the characters, in the end. Corny? yes. Did it […]

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