YA

Review: Lumberjanes Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson

Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware The Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

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My Rating: ★★★★★

My Review/thoughts:

Meet Jo, April, Mall, Molly and Ripley. These are the five rad and bad-ass main characters we are introduced to in Lumberjanes, who are all just wanting to have an amazing, butt-kicking summer experience. Together, these five are about to face a very magical adventure full of monstrous creatures, supernatural critters, quests, and more! (more…)

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Review: Detached by Christina Kilbourne

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Before I begin my review for Detached, I first want to thank Dundurn Press for the opportunity to be a part of this blog tour. Tomorrow (September 10th, 2016) is World Suicide Prevention Day, and I am more than grateful to be able to talk about this very sensitive yet important subject right here on my blog. For those of you who already know me, you’d know that I have dealt with (and still am dealing with) mental illness first hand. For years my depression and anxiety consumed me, and I am now finally just getting comfortable with talking about it. On that note, through this blog tour for Detached, I gladly took the opportunity to speak out (more) on mental illness. I also want to thank Christina Kilbourne for writing such a powerful novel that hit very close to home for me. (more…)

Review: The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

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My Rating: ★★★★★

My Review/thoughts:

Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners mysteriously went missing. But now all of them except one are back. The five kids—now all 16 years old— who did find their way back home after all those years…seem to be perfectly fine. And none of them can remember anything that happened to them for the past eleven years. What happened to these children the last decade? Why did only five of them come back? What will happen now to their families that tried so hard to move on from something so tragic? The Leaving is one of those books that you just need to go into blindly. The less about the premise you know, the better reading experience you will have. Trust me. (more…)

Review: Our Demons, Best Friends by Diana T. Scott

Our Demons, Best Friends (Half of Me) by Diana T. Scott

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My Rating: ★★★★☆

My Review/thoughts:

Meet Ava: she’s got a painful past which she carries with her—silently—everywhere she goes. And then meet Sebastian: he’s also got a past, except he carries his like a lead armour, out in the open for everyone to see without any care for what others might be saying or thinking about him. Ava and Sebastian, both with their own baggage and demons to carry around, crosses path during their medical residency. We all know that deep down we all carry our own personal demons. It’s all in how well they play with each other. (more…)

Review: With Malice by Eileen Cook

With Malice by Eileen Cook

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My Rating: ★★★★☆

My Review/thoughts:

Imagine waking up one day in a hospital without any recollection of how you got there, and no sooner finding out that you are missing six weeks worth of your memory including the four weeks you had spent on a trip abroad to Italy with your best friend. All because of a car accident you were involved in. Now imagine all of this, and imagine wanting nothing more than to just have your best friend by your side to comfort you, to make you feel better and normal again…but then imagine, after all the trauma you had supposedly already been through, hearing the news that your best friend was in that car accident with you and you were the only one who had made it out alive. Not only is your one and only best friend now gone, you are also faced with the problem that the car accident may not be an accident after all. This was the new complicated reality in the life of Miss Jill Charron, the 18-year-old main character of a very gripping novel, With Malice— undoubtedly inspired by the Amanda Knox trial—by Eileen Cook. (more…)

Review: Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding

Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding

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My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5/5)

My Review/thoughts:

The Fitzgerald-Trouts are four loosely related children with two different mothers and two different fathers. Their family tree will have you wanting to draw a diagram to try to figure out and understand just how these children are related. Not only is their family tree complicated, their situation as a whole is even more mind boggling. Set in a lush tropical island, the Fitzgerald-Trouts were abandoned by all four parents to mostly fend for their own selves with only a car to call their “home.” Throughout the entire book, (more…)

Review: Diary of Anna the Girl Witch by Max Candee

 

Diary of Anna the Girl Witch 1: Foundling Witch (Volume 1) by Max Candee

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Set in the Swiss countryside, “Diary of Anna the Girl Witch” blends ancient folklore with a classic coming of age tale about a young witch on the brink of womanhood.

Anna Sophia has always known she was different. She just didn’t know how different until now. On the eve of her 13th birthday — in the orphanage where she’s spent most of her childhood — Anna wonders about her past. She never knew her parents, doesn’t even know where she came from. All she has to go by is an unbelievable fairy tale her uncle used to tell: that she was found as a baby, tucked among a pack of bear cubs in the wilds of Russia.

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