Simon and Schuster promotion/giveaway

Simon and Schuster is having a spring promotion/giveaway and is asking bloggers to share with our followers. They’ve got a lot of really good sounding books coming out so definitely recommend checking out the page. http://pages.simonandschuster.ca/springromance

The giveaway is a prize pack and includes 5 books (To all the boys I’ve loved before, The last forever, The edge of falling, Year of mistaken discoveries, and Criminal), a 100$ gift card to Garage clothing, and a limited edition Jenny Han t-shit.

Good luck to anyone who enters. I definitely did:)

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Waiting in Wednesday

New WoW

This is a feature started on Breaking the Spine(http://breakingthespine.blogspot.ca/) that puts the spotlight on upcoming books.

This week’s pick is:

breathe, annie, breathe

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16045306-breathe-annie-breathe

Goodreads: Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.
But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

Why I’m excited: It’s part of the Hundred Oaks series, which I’ve really been liking, running is something I can definitely relate to, and her reasons make me tear up just reading the synopsis.

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WWW Wednesday

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This was started by ShouldBeReading( http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/) and every Wednesday posters answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently: rebel bellezac and mia big

Finished: prisoner big tale world without princes big

Next: arclight

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Teaser Tuesday

teaser tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading (http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com). Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week it’s

zac and mia big

“Music, of sorts, is invading my room at a level previously unknown on Ward 7G. The new girl must have brought her own speakers and lumped them on the shelf above the bed, facing the wall, then cranked them right up to max.”

Page 9 – Zac and Mia – AJ Betts

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish(check out the blog: http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.ca/ ) Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten bookish things(that aren’t books) that I want.

10. harry potter bookend Harry Potter bookends. It’s good vs evil!

9. bookcase Read Your BookCase bookshelf.

8. umbrella This umbrella. Because if April/May has as much rain as the winter had snow, I’m going to need one.

7. nails Book fandom nail polish. This one is expelliarmus from Harry Potter.

6. pillow This pillow says it all.

5. necklace Fandom jewelry!

4. rue Wall decorations.

3. plates Plates that look like open books. As someone who loves to read and bake, I approve!

2. book nook First I need a closet big enough to do this, then someone with a talent for building.

1. picture Because this is so, so true.

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Book Haul

It’s been over a month since I last posted a haul. Where did the month go?

Bought:

steelheartif i stay where she went

Steelheart – Brandon Sanderson. Friends have convinced me this is amazing so it’s been hyped. That doesn’t tend to go well for me.

If I Stay/Where She Went – Gayle Forman. I need to read If I Stay before the movie comes out. The sequel was right beside it and just made sense to pick up.

ARCs:

handful compulsion feralSublime dissonance small

In a Handful of Dust – Mindy McGinnis

Compulsion – Martina Boone

Feral – Holly Schindler

Sublime – Christina Lauren

Dissonance – Erica O’Rourke

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Book Review: The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

school of good and evil

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18778100-the-school-of-good-and-evil

3 stars

In Gavaldon, children have been getting kidnapped for year, always in pairs, and always one beautiful and good child and more homely and outcast. No one knows where they disappear to but neither are seen again, and soon after the bookshop starts selling fairy tales with characters that look exactly like the missing children. This year best friends Sophie and Agatha are the pair taken. They soon find out that the previous kids had been taken to The School of Good and Evil, a school designed to train children to become either heroes and heroines or storybook villains. Sophie has always wanted to be taken and has devoted herself to beauty routines and good deeds and is convinced she’ll be in the School for Good. Agatha seems like a perfect fit for the School for Evil. But when they get dropped off at their new schools, Sophie is placed with Evil and Agatha with Good.

This is a middle grade novel, which I knew going into it, but the length of the book(almost 500 pages) had me hoping there would be a lot of twists and development. Sadly, I was able to predict the plot pretty early on and what development there was, seemed rushed. The concept was really interesting and even though the lessons in the book are ones so many books and TV shows try to teach that age group, it was still entertaining.

The book takes everything I dislike about fairy tales and amplifies it. By halfway, it was getting on my nerves so much that even if the ending turned out the way I’d hoped, it wouldn’t make up for it.

Agatha was the bright spot of the book, for me. She was the most complicated character and the one who grew the most, and the most realistic of the characters in the book. She didn’t want to be Evil but she never felt like she belonged in Good either; she looked nothing like the other girls and didn’t enjoy the beauty routines or think a kiss from a prince was the most important thing. Sophie, I tried to feel sympathetic toward since being dropped in the middle of Evil had to be terrifying, but she really annoyed me a lot. And it was hard to buy her development into top student and evil mastermind when she’d been so oblivious to everything before. I found their friendship, which is supposed to be a main part of the plot, more co-dependent than touching or genuine.

The plot moves along quite quickly for such a long book, sometimes too quickly as there’s a lot of things that seem to happen out of nowhere. We don’t get to experience the development, it’s just there. The teachers are mostly harsh and uncaring, until rendered pretty much useless. The school master gets about five seconds to explain why he chooses real kids from the village to mix in with the fairy-tale students. The ending is happening so fast that it’s hard to keep track of everything that’s going on.

The drawings in each chapters were a nice touch and the detailed descriptions gave a vivid picture to what the rooms, forest, and other areas looked like. Again, the concept is great and really intrigues me so I’m curious to where it’s going in the next book.

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