Summer 2018 Biannual Bibliothon TBR

It’s time for the Summer 2018 Biannual Bibliothon everyone! I love this readathon and I am so excited for this round! I have been in a reading slump for the past few weeks and I’m hoping that this readathon will help me get out of it! The readathon goes from Saturday, July 14 to Friday, July 20. Check out the Biannual Bibliothon  instagram page to see all of the blog and instagram challenges when they are posted.  Here is the link to the Biannual Bibliothon youtube channel where you can find all of the information! So now let’s move onto the reading challenges for this round and my TBR! For this readathon you are allowed to double up on challenges but you cannot triple up on them. You will see that there are a few that I have doubled up on to try and save time.

Challenges:

  1. Group Book: The Wicked Deep
  2. Choose from someone else’s TBR
  3. Try the first chapter of 3 books and pick 1
  4. Read a book that has been on your TBR for over a year
  5. Read a predicted 5 star read
  6. Own voices – different from YOU
  7. Read the last book you bought

My TBR:

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw – This will count for the group book challenge, as well as read a predicted 5 star read.

One Small Thing by Erin Watt – This will count for choose from someone else’s TBR, as well as read the last book you bought/acquired (from the library).

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst, Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – These will count for try the first chapter of 3 books and pick 1, as well as own voices.

Vicious (Pretty Little Liars, #16) by Sara Shepard – This book will count for read a book that has been on your TBR for over a year.


That’s it for my Summer 2018 Biannual Bibliothon TBR! Let me know in the comments if you will be participating and which books are on your TBR! Don’t forget to follow my blog as well as my other social media which are linked on the sidebar.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Summer Reads

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! T5W is a collaborative group of book reviewers across any platform who love sharing lists on every Wednesday. For more information and to join, the group can be found here on Goodreads!

Today’s topic for T5W is Summer Reads. Now in the summer I prefer to read a lot of contemporaries. I love being able to relax, not think too much about the plot and fly through the book. I also love reading about summer vacations and characters being at the beach or working throughout the summer since working and beach days with friends are how I spend my summers!

So my list today consists mostly of YA contemporaries with one fantasy exception!

stay sweetStay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

I read this book last month and it was such a cute read and a great way to kick off my summer vacation! Stay Sweet centres around these two best friends who both work at their local ice cream stand during the summer and this particular summer is special to them as it is their last one together before they both go off to college. This book is filled with friendships, small town feels and of course ice cream! I loved being about to see these character’s at work and dealing with issues and stresses before college as it really made the story very relatable and I very much saw my friends and I in these characters. For more of my thoughts on Stay Sweet you can check out my review for it here!

the truth about foreverThe Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

This was the first Sarah Dessen book that I ever read and I instantly fell in love! This book was so beautiful and got me right in the feels. Sarah Dessen has a wonderful way of writing very normal and realistic characters with very average lives while still keeping you captivated in their story the whole way through. Her stories are so normal with no crazy plot twists or moments where you go “ya like that would ever happen”. I should preface this by saying I’ve only read two of her books (although I will for sure be reading all of them at some point) and that statement is true for the two that I have read. This is the reason that I love them so much! I feel like I could be reading about my own life and I connect so much with her characters. This book will always hold a place in my heart and I recommend it to everyone!

my life next doorMy Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My feelings about this book are very similar to The Truth About Forever. I would say that this book had more moments that made it more dramatic than realistic but overall I loved the two main characters so much! I found this story to be so sweet and special and I recommend this one to everyone too! I haven’t read any more of Huntley Fitzpatrick’s book even though I own them all but I hope to change that this summer! Also this book is a debut??? It is one of my favourite contemporaries of all time and it is a debut?! That’s awesome!

the sisterhood of the traveling pants

  The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

This is one that is probably the most popular summer contemporary recommendation as it has been around the longest and there are also two movies from it. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is honestly a classic summer read. This series is filled with many important themes such as friendships, family, love and life! It is a light and fun series, but will also stick with you forever. I may not remember every detail of this series, but I will always remember the feelings that stuck with me, years later.

 

lightning thief 

 The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan

I usually prefer to read fantasy books in the fall and winter, however this series feels different. I think part of it is because this book starts at the beginning of summer vacation and a lot of the book takes place outside. Rick Riordan’s books are so action packed and full of humour that while being fantasy, they are still really fun and fast reads!


That’s it for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday. Let me know in the comments which books are your favourite summer reads and why! Don’t forget to follow my blog as well as my other social media which are linked in the sidebar.

Top 5 Wednesday: Rewind #3

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! T5W is a collaborative group of book reviewers across any platform who love sharing lists on every Wednesday. For more information and to join, the group can be found here on Goodreads!

This month is going to be Top 5 Wednesday Rewind month. This means that each week you can pick a topic that has been done in the past to talk about. This week I chose the topic Favourite Character Names which was originally done June 8, 2016

For some reason all of these names except for one are male. I do find that most of the books that I have read, the male characters names are the ones that are usually a little different or intriguing compared to the female characters names. I love all of these names! They are unique to me and I felt that each of them really fit their character.

1: Jace – The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
2: Damon – The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith (I have only watched the tv show)
3: Jax – Breathe by Abbi Glines
4: Rielle – Furyborn by Claire Legrand
5: Audric – Furyborn by Claire Legrand

That’s it for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday! Let me know in the comments which character names you really like! Don’t forget to follow my blog as well as my other social media which are linked in the side bar.

Review: Furyborn (Empirium, #1) by Claire Legrand

furyborn

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Publication Date: May 22, 2018

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Rating: 5/5    5 stars

Plot:

Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

Review: 

Furyborn is a book that will hook you from the beginning and leave you remembering what it truly means to fall in love with a good book.

I am in love with this book! I could not put it down. Every time I went to stop reading this I had to pick it back up in minutes, I devoured the whole 500+ pages in 3 days!

I am a huge fan of fantasy so I was automatically intrigued with this book for that factor, however I have not read many fantasies that involved assassins and murder yet I thoroughly enjoyed it! Although this book was over 500 pages it did not feel like it. I never lost interest and by end I could’ve read 500 more pages and been happy (I need book 2 now!!!). Each chapter was captivating and they were fairly short which kept me reading more. This book was FILLED with action, mystery and romance and I was here for all of it!

This story is told from two different points of view. One is of a girl Rielle and the other is of a girl Eliana which takes place 1,000 years after Rielle’s story. Each chapter the points of view change. At first I wasn’t sure how this would work with the 1,000 year difference but within a few chapters I felt it worked perfectly! Although the world itself looks very similar 1,000 years later, the politics of the world are very different which is the key difference between them. I did find it confusing at times to keep all the different places, people as well as their jobs/duties of the court straight but I think that is partly due to the fact that I read this as an e-arc and wasn’t able to flip back and reference past pieces easily. I also believe this is because we’re learning about a brand new world, so of course it’ll take time to understand.

The trials that occur during Rielle’s chapters were some of my favourite parts. I couldn’t wait to see what Claire Legrand would come up for each one! They were so descriptive that I could see the whole thing playing out in front of me.

All of the characters were perfection! I honestly could not pick a favourite between Rielle and Eliana, I looked forward to each of their chapters. Simon constantly made me laugh while Remy just held my heart the whole time…and Auric, he had my heart too. The witty and sarcastic comments from Eliana, Simon and Rielle added to my love for them and to my enjoyment of the book. I am also here for all the strong females! Thank you for having two incredible, strong, powerful and intelligent female characters, their strength is inspiring!

I cannot say enough amazing things about this book! I can understand that it may not be for everyone and I do think it is geared towards older YA (16+). I urge everyone to give this a try! It is an all consuming story that you won’t be able to put down. It has touched my heart in a way I didn’t expect and will hold a place there for a very long time! I am so thankful this book fell into my hands when it did and I will eagerly be awaiting the second one.

*I received an arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*


I hope you enjoyed my review for Furyborn by Claire Legrand! Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and what your thoughts were! Don’t forget to follow my blog and as well as my other social media which are linked on the sidebar.

Review: Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

stay sweet

Publisher: Simon Schuster

Publication Date: April 24, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Rating: 4/5 4 stars

 

Plot: 

A summer read about first love, feminism, and ice cream.

Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind…

Review:

Stay Sweet reminded me of myself, my friends as well as the meaning and gift of true friendship!

This was such a cute and fun summer read! My favourite aspect had to be that it revolved around an ice cream stand and had me craving ice cream 24/7 ever since I started reading it.

I felt very connected to Amelia as a character. She was so nervous about her best friend and her going off to college and how that would affect their friendship since she didn’t want anything to change. She wanted every summer to be the same and to always work at Meade Creamery with Cate. I saw a lot of myself in her as I too felt that way when getting ready for university. Their friendship as well as all of the girls relationships working at Meade Creamery were really special and I liked that the book really pinpointed that.

I was not the biggest fan of the romance in this book. I felt that it happened almost too quickly and that the male character’s personality didn’t change enough before hand from being arrogant to kind and respectful (when you read this book, which you should, this will make more sense). By the end of the book I was on board and thought it was really cute but I could have gone without it.

Molly’s diary entries were definitely a highlight of the book. I became so connected to her character and I looked forward to each diary entry that came along. Since we learn early on in the book how Molly’s story ends, it made each entry emotional no matter the content. The way each entry tugged at my heart strings really added to my overall enjoyment and connection to the characters, the business of Meade Creamery as well as the story.

I won’t talk about the ending here because I don’t want to spoil it but you need to read this book for the ending! It made me feel so many things and I loved it!

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone looking for a cute, summer contemporary with strong female characters and friendships as well as emotional tie-ins of World War 2. Pick this one up to laugh, smile, cry and eat ice cream!

*I received an arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*


That’s it for my review of Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian, I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and what your thoughts were! Don’t forget to follow my blog as well as my other social media which are linked in the sidebar.

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Rewind #2

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! T5W is a collaborative group of book reviewers across any platform who love sharing lists on every Wednesday. For more information and to join, the group can be found here on Goodreads!

This month is going to be Top 5 Wednesday Rewind month. This means that each week you can pick a topic that has been done in the past to talk about. This week I chose the topic Books You Wanted to Start Yesterday which was originally done April 8, 2015. I have a massive TBR pile and there are a ton of books that I constantly want to get to so I thought this was a good topic to be able to talk about some of the books that I need to read and why I haven’t.

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare

I love Cassandra Clare’s books so much! I have read all of The Mortal Instruments series as well as The Infernal Devices trilogy. However, I am the type of person who needs to read books in order so I have not picked this one up yet as I have not yet read The Bane Chronicles as well as Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy but I am dying to get to this one!

A Court of Thorns of Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is an author that I am ashamed to have not yet read. Although, I also look at it like I am so lucky that I get to experience her books for the first time now while others did that years ago. This is a book of hers that I am itching to get to and I hope that I can read very soon, especially since all of the main books are out now in paperback.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

The reason for not picking this one up yet is very similar to Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. Even though I have read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (and loved it), I still haven’t read The Upside of Unrequited. I know you don’t have to read that one first but I still want to read it. I don’t know if that is because I think I will like Leah’s book better so save the best for last or if I just want to stick to publication order but either way I have been needing to read this since the day it came out!

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Jay Kristoff and Aimee Kaufman

This is one that if I didn’t participate in Tome Topple I would have, hopefully, already read. I know this will be a quicker read since it is told in mixed media so the only reason I haven’t gotten to it, other than the hundreds of other books on my TBR, is because I am saving it for Tome Topple. Tome Topple is a readathon hosted by Samantha from Thoughts on Tomes and I have linked her channel here.

Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham

Gilmore Girls is my favourite TV show besides FRIENDS so I was dying to read this when it first came out! It has been on my shelf for a while now and I just keep putting it off because I don’t want it to be over! Does that make sense? You know when you are so excited for something but you put it off so that the excitement and love doesn’t fade or go away? It happened with me for the last 3 books of The Mortal Instruments Series, it happened when reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as well as Breaking Dawn (don’t judge) and now it is happening with this book! I just need to read it so I can finally love it even more.


That’s it for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday! Let me know in the comments which books you wanted to start yesterday! Don’t forget to follow my blog as well as my other social media which are linked in the side bar.

April Wrap Up

Hello bookworms! April was a crazy busy month. It was filled with last minute assignments, exams and many sleepless nights. I was able to read 4 books in April which I am so happy with since I barely had time to do anything! I also participated in the O.W.L’s Readathon which was created and hosted by Book Roast. I have linked her channel here. With the books that I did read I was able to pass the Arithmacy, Astronomy, History of Magic and Potions exams. Therefore I finished with my pass grade as Exceeded Expectations. Overall I would call the month a success! Here are the books that I read in April…

 

Saga Volume 3 and Saga Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan

I’m starting to think that I’m going to feel the same way about all of the books in this series. They’re fun and entertaining as well as action packed, but I often forget about them after a week or so. Like I have said before, the ending is always a cliffhanger which gets me to continue. These are good and I would definitely recommend them to an older audience (there are some very graphic illustrations) but they are not my favourite reads. I gave both of theses 3 stars.

fullmetal alchemist

Full Metal Alchemist Volume 1 by Hiromu Arakawa

I went into this one thinking I wouldn’t like it and that I was just using it to pass an exam in the O.W.L’s Readathon. Boy was I wrong! For some reason I really enjoyed this graphic novel! It took me a while to get used to reading from right to left and I sometimes got confused as to who was talking when it came to speech bubbles, which is why it doesn’t get a 5 stars. However, the story held my interest the entire time, I loved the science and math added into it since it is about alchemy, and I really enjoyed the characters. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of graphic novels or to anyone who is looking for a fast, action-packed read! I ended up giving this one 4 stars.

obasan

Obasan by Joy Kogawa

This was the final book that I had to read for school this year. It was very emotional and had a huge impact on me. Being a Canadian it was so devastating to read about all the terrible things that our government did to Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. At the very end of this book I felt sick to my stomach. This book is such an important and informative read. It was very slow paced and I did have a hard time getting through it because of that. I also found the format confusing at times. However I would still recommend it to everyone due to its content. I gave it 3 stars.


That is it for my April wrap up! Let me know in the comments which books you read in the month of April or if you have read any of these books and what your thoughts were? Don’t forget to follow my blog as well as my other social media which are linked on the sidebar.

May TBR

Hello everyone! Today I’m bringing you my massive May TBR. I have no idea if I will be able to get to all of these books this month but I am sure going to try! With exams being done it is officially summer now for me now and I’m hoping that I will be able to read a lot more since I will have some more free time. All of these books sound amazing and I just want to read all of them right now! Without any more rambling here is my May TBR…

stay sweetStay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

Plot: A summer read about first love, feminism, and ice cream.

Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind…

geekerellaGeekerella by Ashley Poston

Plot: Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale romance—now in paperback, with a special Starfield bonus scene!

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

call me by your nameCall Me by Your Name by André Aciman

Plot: Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance of scarcely six weeks’ duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

The psychological maneuvers that accompany attraction have seldom been more shrewdly captured than in André Aciman’s frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. Call Me by Your Name is clear-eyed, bare-knuckled, and ultimately unforgettable.

my name is victoriaMy Name is Victoria by Lucy Worsley

Plot: By turns thrilling, dramatic, and touching, this is the story of Queen Victoria’s childhood as you’ve never heard it before.

Miss V. Conroy is good at keeping secrets. She likes to sit as quiet as a mouse, neat and discreet. But when her father sends her to Kensington Palace to become the companion to Princess Victoria, Miss V soon finds that she can no longer remain in the shadows. Her father is Sir John Conroy, confidant and financial advisor to Victoria’s mother, and he has devised a strict set of rules for the young princess that he calls the Kensington System. It governs Princess Victoria’s behavior and keeps her locked away from the world. Sir John says it’s for the princess’s safety, but Victoria herself is convinced that it’s to keep her lonely and unhappy. Torn between loyalty to her father and her growing friendship with the willful and passionate princess, Miss V has a decision to make: continue in silence or speak out. In an engaging, immersive tale, Lucy Worsley spins one of England’s best-known periods into a fresh and surprising story that will delight both young readers of historical fiction and fans of the television show featuring Victoria.

my lady janeMy Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

Plot: Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…

Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…

Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?

from twinkle with loveFrom Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

Plot: Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

save the dateSave the Date by Morgan Matson

Plot: Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

the last summer of the garrett girlsThe Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood

Plot: One summer will challenge everything the Garrett sisters thought they knew about themselves—and each other.

Kat lands the lead in the community theater’s summer play, but the drama spills offstage when her ex and his new girlfriend are cast too. Can she get revenge by staging a new romance of her own?

Bea and her boyfriend are heading off to college together in the fall, just like they planned when they started dating. But Bea isn’t sure she wants the same things as when she was thirteen…

Vi has a crush on the girl next door. It makes her happy and nervous, but Cece has a boyfriend…so it’s not like her feelings could ever be reciprocated, right?

As the oldest, Des shoulders a lot of responsibility for her family and their independent bookstore. Except it’s hard to dream big when she’s so busy taking care of everyone else.


That’s it for my May TBR! Don’t forget to follow my blog as well as my instagram and twitter which are linked on the sidebar. Let me know in the comments which books are on your May TBR!

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Rewind #1

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! T5W is a collaborative group of book reviewers across any platform who love sharing lists on every Wednesday. For more information and to join, the group can be found here on Goodreads!

This month is going to be Top 5 Wednesday Rewind month. This means that each week you can pick a topic that has been done in the past to talk about. Since I just finished my exams last week and school is now out for the summer I thought I would pick my Favourite Required Readings topic which was originally done August 12, 2015. A required reading is a book that you were assigned to read while you were in school. This can be from elementary to college/university. The books that I have been required to read over the years have been a hit or miss with me however I usually have really enjoyed most of them. Here are my top 5 required readings from school!

Book 1: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I was so happy when they added this book to the grade 10 curriculum! For once the entire class was excited about reading a book for our English class. This book is extremely well done, hard hitting as well as an important read. It instantly became one of my favourite books of all time and I will never stop recommending this book. Having death narrate the story was a powerful and unique choice by Markus Zusak but I believe that is one of the reasons this book is so incredibly amazing. Please pick this book up if you have not already read it! I myself want to reread it soon!

Book 2: Macbeth by William Shakespeare

I owe all of my love for Shakespeare to my required readings. Each year of high school we had to read a Shakespeare play and I truly loved them all. Out of the four that we read (The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Hamlet) I would have to say that Macbeth is my favourite, with Hamlet as a very close second. I understand that Shakespeare isn’t for everyone, but I personally enjoy his plays and I cannot wait to read them all!

Book 3: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

As much as this book may seem a bit dry in places or slow in pace, it is one of my favourite classics. It has been years since I read it but it has stuck with me. Its story, like many required readings, is an important one and I would recommend this, as well as its movie from 1962, to anyone and everyone. I also want to reread this one before I finally pick up Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.

Book 4: East of Berlin by Hannah Moscovitch

This is a play that I read only a month ago but it is on this list. I don’t read many plays which I think is why this is on this list. Since plays aren’t usually my thing, I was surprised by how much I loved this one. This was an extremely powerful and hard hitting as it is about World War 2, however it takes place after the war with one of our main characters being German and the other one being Jewish. Hannah Moscovitch did a wonderful job of capturing my attention and holding it throughout. This is a really quick and fast read as it is short, and I highly recommend you pick it up.

Book 5: Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm is another short book that I feel everyone should read. This book deals with politics and based on what is happening in the world today, it is a very important read. I can see where not everyone would enjoy this book. I happened to love Orwell’s writing and messages entwined throughout the novel. I’m really happy that this was a required reading of mine and I am very interested in picking up one of his other books, 1984.


That’s it for my T5W rewind post on required readings! I hope you guys enjoyed and that you will try picking up one of these books. Let me know in the comments which books that you had for required readings and whether you enjoyed them or not?

May Anticipated Releases

Happy May everyone! This is another month full of awesome new releases! I am so excited to read all of them! Here are a few of the ones that I am most looking forward to reading!

royalsRoyals by Rachel Hawkins

Publication: May 1, 2018

Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.

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Furyborn (Emporium, #1) by Claire Legrand

Publication: May 22, 2018

Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

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The Outsider by Stephen King

Publication: May 22, 2018

An eleven-year-old boy is found in a town park, hideously assaulted and murdered. The fingerprints (and later DNA) are unmistakably those of the town’s most popular baseball coach, Terry Maitland, a man of impeccable reputation, with a wife and two daughters. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland coached, orders an immediate and public arrest. Maitland is taken to jail, his claim to innocence scorned. Maitland has a foolproof alibi, with footage to prove that he was in another city when the crime was committed. But that doesn’t save him either.

King constructs a propulsive plot, and a race against time to uncover the identity of a terrifying and diabolical killer who has left victims—and “perpetrators”—across the country, and who is on his way to his next horrific act.

King’s psychological suspense is at its most riveting in this extraordinarily dramatic and eerie story. He is devastatingly vivid on the experience of being falsely blamed—the effect on the accused, the spouse, the children; the suspicion of friends, even the most loyal; the impossibility of ever being innocent again (if you are lucky enough to live). He is also masterful at showing us that supernatural monsters are startlingly like human beings who do monstrous things.

from twinkle with loveFrom Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

Publication: May 22, 2018

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

all the little lights

All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire

Publication: May 29, 2018

The first time Elliott Youngblood spots Catherine Calhoun, he’s just a boy with a camera, and he’s never seen a sadder and more beautiful sight. Both Elliott and Catherine feel like outcasts, yet they find an easy friendship with each other. But when Catherine needs him most, Elliott is forced to leave town.

Elliott finally returns, but he and Catherine are now different people. He’s a star high school athlete, and she spends all her free time working at her mother’s mysterious bed-and-breakfast. Catherine hasn’t forgiven Elliott for abandoning her, but he’s determined to win back her friendship…and her heart.

Just when Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott, he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy. Despite the town’s growing suspicions, Catherine clings to her love for Elliott. But a devastating secret that Catherine has buried could destroy whatever chance of happiness they have left.

lifelike

Lifelike (Lifelike, #1) by Jay Kristoff

Publication: May 29, 2018

On a floating junkyard beneath a radiation sky, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.

Eve isn’t looking for secrets—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she’s just spent six months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her Grandpa from the grave was the fistful of credits she just lost to the bookies. To top it off, she’s discovered she can destroy electronics with the power of her mind, and the puritanical Brotherhood are building a coffin her size. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it.

But when Eve discovers the ruins of an android boy named Ezekiel in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world comes crashing down. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic conscience, Cricket, in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, infiltrate towering megacities and scour the graveyard of humanity’s greatest folly to save the ones Eve loves, and learn the dark secrets of her past.

Even if those secrets were better off staying buried.


That’s it for my May anticipated releases! Let me know in the comments which May releases you are most excited about!