Monday, 31 December 2018

Bookmas 2018: Day Eleven





With so many amazing books being
released and announced every year it
can be hard to keep up with all of them...


For day 11 of Bookmas, I'm sharing with you
10 books that I wanted to read in 2018, but never
got around too...




Sunday, 30 December 2018

Bookmas 2018: Day Ten




Welcome to day 10 of Bookmas 2018
where I share with you some of my
favourite book covers!


So let's just jump into it!



Saturday, 29 December 2018

Bookmas 2018: Day Nine




It's day 9 of Bookmas 2018,
and today I'm sharing some of
my favourite debut authors of 2018!


So, let's just jump into it...



Friday, 28 December 2018

Bookmas 2018: Day Eight




Welcome to day 8 of Bookmas where I'll be sharing some 
of my favourite fantasy books that I read this year!


So many amazing fantasy books came out this year and
I finally got around to reading some that had been on my 
tbr for a while.


So let's take a look at some of my favourite fantasy
books...

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Bookmas 2018: Day Seven





Welcome to day 7 of Bookmas
where I share how I made a Christmas
flower decoration!


So let's just jump into it...



Sunday, 23 December 2018

Bookmas 2018: Day Six




After reading the first book in the
Winternight trilogy I immediately started the
sequel.


Today for Bookmas day 6 I'm sharing
my review of The Girl in the Tower by
Katherine Arden.


So let's just jump into it...



Saturday, 22 December 2018

Bookmas 2018: Day Five




Today I'm sharing my review of
The Caged Queen, the sequel to The
Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli.


So, let's jump in...



Friday, 21 December 2018

Bookmas 2018: Day Four



For day 4 of Bookmas 2018
I'm finally reviewing a book that's
been sat on my tbr for months and I
ended up loving.


So, let's jump into day 4...


Thursday, 20 December 2018

Bookmas 2018: Day Three



Welcome to day 3 of Bookmas
2018!


Today I'm sharing how you can make
your own magical wands with a few
simple steps.


So let's jump into it...





Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Bookmas 2018: Day Two




Welcome to day 2 of Bookmas!


I'm extremely excited to share an
unboxing of the Funko Harry Potter Advent
Calendar.


There is a lot to get through,
so let's just jump straight into it.


Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Bookmas 2018: Day One




Welcome to Bookmas 2018!

Last year I posted every day for six days before Christmas and six days after 
Christmas. Posts included reviews, crafts and recommended reads.

You can read all my posts from Bookmas 2017 here


So to kick of Bookmas 2018 I'm sharing with you 10 of my favourite
books that I read in 2018.

So let's jump into it.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

UNBOXING: Japan Crate November 2018





It took a while to get here, but I'm finally here
with an unboxing of November's Japan Crate!


So let's take a look at what was included...




Tuesday, 4 December 2018

REVIEW: Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 1534437355

Format: Hardback, Paperback, E-Book,
Audio-Book

Release Date: 20th November 2019


Links: Goodreads, Amazon.com, Indigo,
B&N, Book Depository


Rating: 9/10


Synopsis:

Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

REVIEW: Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult/Mythology

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

ISBN: 1488097224

Format: Hardback, Paperback, E-Book,
Audio-Book

Release Date: 2nd Octoer 2018


Links: Goodreads, Amazon.com, Indigo,
B&N, Book Depository


Rating: 9/10


Synopsis:

One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

UNBOXING: Japan Crate October 2018





It finally arrived.

The October Japan Crate took a little while to arrive but it
was well worth the wait!

So let's just jump into what was included in the 
box...

Friday, 16 November 2018

REVIEW: Tombland by C.J Sansom

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery

Publisher: Random House Canada

ISBN: 0735277087

Format: Hardback, Paperback, E-Book,
Audio-Book

Release Date: 23rd October 2018




Rating: 7/10


Synopsis:

Spring, 1549. Two years after the death of Henry VIII, England is sliding into chaos...

The king, Edward VI, is eleven years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, rules as Protector. Radical Protestants are conducting all out war on the old religion, stirring discontent among the people. The Protector's prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry.

Since the old King's death, Matthew Shardlake has been working as a lawyer in the service of Henry's younger daughter, the Lady Elizabeth. The gruesome murder of the wife of John Boleyn, a distant Norfolk relation of Elizabeth's mother--which could have political implications for Elizabeth--brings Shardlake and his young assistant Nicholas Overton to the summer assizes at Norwich. There they are reunited with Shardlake's former assistant Jack Barak. The three find layers of mystery and danger surrounding the death of Edith Boleyn, as more murders are committed.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

REVIEW: The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

Genre: Historical, Fantasy, Young Adult

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0670785482

Format: Hardback, Paperback, Audio-Book,
E-Book

Release Date: 31st January 2017


Links: Goodreads, Amazon.com, Indigo,
B&N, Book Depository


Rating: 8/10


Synopsis:

June 1812. Just weeks after her catastrophic coming-out ball, Lady Helen Wrexhall—now disowned by her uncle—is a full member of the demon-hunting Dark Days Club. Her mentor, Lord Carlston, has arranged for Helen and her maid, Darby, to spend the summer season in Bristol, where Helen can sharpen her Reclaimer powers. Then the long-term effects of Carlston’s Reclaimer work take hold, and his sanity begins to slip. At the same time, Carlston’s Dark Days Club colleague and nemesis will stop at nothing to bring Helen over to his side—and the Duke of Selburn is determined to marry her. The stakes are ever higher for Helen, and her decision will truly change the world…

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

REVIEW: The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Reads

ISBN: 0670785474

Format: Hardback, Paperback

Release Date: 26th January 2016


Links: Goodreads, Amazon.com, Indigo,
B&N, Book Depository


Rating: 8/10


Synopsis:

London, April 1812.

On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

Friday, 2 November 2018

REVIEW: The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Publisher: HarperTeen

ISBN: 0062696874

Format: Hardback, Paperback, E-Book,
Audio-Book

Release Date: 23rd October 2018


Links: Goodreads, Amazon.com, Indigo,
B&N, Book Depository


Rating: 9/10


Synopsis:

Five years ago, Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell cowered from air strikes in a London bomb shelter. But that night took a turn when the sisters were transported to another realm called the Woodlands. In a forest kingdom populated by creatures out of myth and legend, they found temporary refuge.

When they finally returned to London, nothing had changed at all—nothing, except themselves.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

REVIEW: The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

Genre: Historical, Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal

Publisher: Graydon House

ISBN: 1525833014

Format: Paperback, E-Book, Audio-Boo

Release Date: 2nd October 2018


Links: Goodreads, Amazon.com, Indigo,
B&N, Book Depository


Rating: 8/10


Synopsis:

Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.

Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences but those around you, as well.

Friday, 26 October 2018

REVIEW: The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

Genre: Middle-Grade, Fantasy, Adventure

Publisher: Hodder Children's Book

ISBN: 1444936700

Format: Hardback, Paperback, E-Book,
Audio-Book

Release Date: 19th September 2017


Links: Goodreads, Amazon.com, Indigo,
B&N, Book Depository


Rating: 9/10


Synopsis:

Once there was Magic, and the Magic lived in the dark forests.

Wizard boy, Xar, should have come in to his magic by now, but he hasn't, so he wants to find a witch and steal its magic for himself. But if he's got any chance of finding one, he will have to travel into the forbidden Badwoods.

Xar doesn't realise he is about to capture an entirely different kind of enemy. A Warrior girl called Wish.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

UNBOXING: Doki Doki Crate





In today's post I'm unboxing my very first Doki Doki Crate from the 
same people who created Japan Crate.


So let's just jump into it.

Friday, 19 October 2018

UNBOXING: Gacha Gacha Crate




I'm super excited to share with you the very first Gacha Gacha Crate!

This is the first in a new type of box that the Japan Crate company 
has come up with to allow people to experience Gachapons.

So let's jump into the unboxing!


Tuesday, 16 October 2018

UNBOXING: Indigo Book Box




It's time for another Indigo book box unboxing!

I was super excited when Indigo announced that
their next book would feature What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli 
and Adam Silvera.


So let's jump into the unboxing!

Friday, 12 October 2018

Books to Read in the Fall





Last year I put together a list of some books that I thought were perfect to 
read for Halloween. I loved putting the list together and thought I would 
do it again!

This year I put together a list of books that I thought were perfect for the 
fall and/or Halloween. (You can check out my post from
last year here).

So let's just jump into it!

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

REVIEW: Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

Genre: Middle-Grade, Horror

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons

ISBN: 052551502X

Format: Hardback, E-Book, Audio-Book

Release Date: 25th September 2018





Rating: 9/10


Synopsis:

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. 

Friday, 5 October 2018

BLOG TOUR: The Oyster Thief





Today's blog post is an interview with Sonia Faruqi, the 
author of The Oyster Thief which comes out 
October 16th. Myself and some other bloggers have 
come together to celebrate the release and share some 
exciting posts until the day of release.


The Oyster Thief is a tale of Coralline, a mermaid on a 
quest to find a magic elixir to save her brother. She meets 
Izar, a human who is also on a quest to find a cure for his 
dying father. The two continue their journey together, but 
the secrets they hide threaten the trust and affection they 
have built for one another.


I asked Sonia Faruqi some questions about her 
upcoming book as well as some questions 
about her journey as a writer/author.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

REVIEW: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Publisher: HarperTeen

ISBN: 0062866567

Format: Hardback, Paperback, E-Book,
Audio-Book

Release Date: 16th October 2018


Links: Goodreads, Amazon.com, Indigo,
B&N, Book Depository


Rating: 9/10


Synopsis:

It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

REVIEW: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Genre: Sci-Fi, Contemporary


Publisher: Dutton

ISBN: 1524743445

Format: Hardback, Paperback, E-Book,
Audio-Book

Release Date: 25th September 2018


Links: Goodreads, Amazon.com, Indigo,
B&N, Book Depository


Rating: 8/10


Synopsis:

The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship--like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor--April and her friend Andy make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world--everywhere from Beijing to Buenos Aires--and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.

Friday, 21 September 2018

REVIEW: Confessions of a Teenage Leper by Ashley Little

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: PenguinTeen

ISBN: 0735262616

Format: Hardback, E-Book

Release Date: 11th September 2018


Links: Goodreads, Amazon.com, Indigo,
B&N, Book Depository

Website


Rating: 8/10


Synopsis:

Abby Furlowe has plans. Big plans. She's hot, she's popular, she's a cheerleader and she's going to break out of her small Texas town and make it big. Fame and fortune, adoration and accolades. It'll all be hers.

But then she notices some spots on her skin. She writes them off as a rash, but things only get worse. She's tired all the time, her hands and feet are numb and her face starts to look like day-old pizza. By the time her seventeenth birthday rolls around, she's tried every cream and medication the doctors have thrown at her, but nothing works. When she falls doing a routine cheerleading stunt and slips into a coma, her mystery illness goes into overdrive and finally gets diagnosed: Hansen's Disease, aka leprosy.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

REVIEW: Kens by Raziel Reid

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: PenguinTeen

ISBN: 0735263779

Format: Hardback

Release Date: 18th September 2018


Links: Goodreads, Amazon.com, Indigo,
Book Depository

Website, Twitter


Rating: 5/10


Synopsis:

Heterosexuality is so last season: Kens is the gay Heathers meets Mean Girls, a shocking parody for a whole new generation.

Every high school has the archetypical Queen B and her minions. In Kens, the high school hierarchy has been reimagined. Willows High is led by Ken Hilton, and he makes Regina George from Mean Girls look like a saint. Ken Hilton rules Willows High with his carbon-copies, Ken Roberts and Ken Carson, standing next to his throne. It can be hard to tell the Kens apart. There are minor differences in each edition, but all Kens are created from the same mold, straight out of Satan's doll factory. Soul sold separately.

Friday, 14 September 2018

REVIEW: Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

Genre: Historical Fantasy

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 0785217142

Format: Hardback, E-Book, Audio-Book

Release Date: 10th July


Links: Goodreads, Amazon.com, Indigo,
B&N, Book Depository

Website,


Rating: 10/10


Synopsis:

Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

REVIEW: Julia Unbound by Catherine Egan

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Publisher: DoubleDay Canada

ISBN: 0385684711

Format: Hardback, E-book

Release Date: 28th August 2018


Links: Goodreads, Amazon.com, Indigo,
B&N, Book Depository

Website, Twitter


Rating: 9/10


Synopsis:

Julia has been ensnared in so many different webs it's hard to see how she'll ever break free. She must do Casimir's bidding in order to save the life of her brother. She must work against Casimir to save the lives of most everyone else she knows.

Friday, 7 September 2018

UNBOXING: Japan Crate August 2018




Today I'm back with another unboxing of Japan Crate. This month's theme 
was super exciting as it was a collab with the Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card!

So, let's just jump right into it.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

BLOG TOUR: The Ghost Road by Charis Cotter

Genre: Middle-Grade, Fantasy, Paranormal

Publisher: Tundra Books

ISBN: 1101918896

Format: Hardback, E-Book

Release Date: 4th September 2018


Links: Goodreads, Amazon.com, Indigo,
B&N

Website


Rating: 9/10


Synopsis:

For the first time, Ruth is heading to Newfoundland to stay with family she's never met instead of spending the summer traveling with her dad. When she arrives, she finds Newfoundland is very different from her life in Toronto--people there are much more friendly, but also superstitious, believing in ghosts and The Sight and family curses. Ruth's cousin Ruby is also staying for the summer, and the two discover they have a lot in common: they both lost their moms when they were two years old, they're the same age and they even like the same food. But while Ruby believes in spirits and fairies, Ruth believes in science and cold, hard facts.

Friday, 31 August 2018

RECAP: Indigo YA Preview, Fall 2018





On Tuesday 28th I travelled to downtown Toronto to attend the Indigo YA 
Fall preview event! I was very excited to receive  an email from the team at Indigo 
inviting me to the event and I wasn't sure what to expect. 

So today I'm going to share the books that we talked about along with
the books that I received in my goodie bag.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

RECAP: Frenzy Presents, Fall Preview





At the start of August I received an exciting email from Ashley over at HCCFrenzy 
with an invite to the Frenzy Presents: Fall preview. I'd seen and heard about these events 
a lot all over Instagram and Twitter, so I was super excited to finally be invited to one.

The event was amazing and I thought I would share the books we talked about as well as 
the goodies I received in my swag bag!

Friday, 24 August 2018

GUEST POST: Catherine Egan




Today's post is a little different. Catherine Egan is the author of The Witch's Child Series. I recently reviewed the first two books in the series, Julia Vanishes and Julia Defiant. The third book in the series, Julia Unbound, is about to be released. I was lucky enough to be offered the chance to feature a guest post with Catherine Egan where she will be discussing her favourite books and books that inspired her throughout her writing journey.



Before jumping into it, if you'd like to check out my reviews for the first two books 
you can find them here:



Tuesday, 21 August 2018

REVIEW: With You Always by Rena Olsen

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons

ISBN: 110198239X

Format: Paperback, E-Book

Release Date: 7th August 2018


Links: Goodreads, Amazon.com, Indigo,
B&N,

Website


Rating: 8/10


Synopsis:

In the wake of a painful breakup and struggling to prove herself at work, Julia feels adrift. When Bryce blows into her life, he seems like the perfect anchor. Handsome, charming, secure, and confident, Bryce brings out the best in Julia, sweeping her off her feet with attention and affection while grounding her with his certainty and faith. Together they embark on a path guided by the principles of his family and their church, each step a paving stone leading to happily ever after.

But this is no fairytale.