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Weekly Reading Recap


A little sour this week because, for the second week in a row, Love Simon isn’t playing at my theatre. We’ve made plans to go to see it in the next city over, an hour away, so that’s two hours of driving time when I could be reading.

Currently reading: Royals

Finished reading: 3874148834726469Ash PrincessChaotic Good Comps14.indd

Reviewed: Save the Date

What I’m hoping to get to next week: 3292893535068585 to read

38741488Chaotic Good Comps14.indd to review

Books read it 2018: 46

Debut authors read for 2018: 17

Contemporary: 21

Fantasy: 15

Sci-Fi: 2

Dystopian: 3

Historical: 1

Misc: 1


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Book Review: Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Save the Date

Save the Date

Release date: June 5th 2018

4 stars

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.

This just might be my favourite Morgan Matson yet. It hooked me right from the start, had characters I found easy to relate to, a sweet romance, and a very chaotic family. Coming from a big family who recently had a big wedding where plenty went wrong, this brought back many memories. I loved the dynamics between the family members and the added touch of the Grant comic strips through the book was a great touch.

Charlie was the youngest Grant and it was interesting how easy-going she was about her life being turned into a comic strip. She grew up with it so to her it was normal. I liked how determined she was to give her sister the perfect wedding, even when it seemed impossible to fix some of the mishaps. She had a different relationship with each of her siblings and we got to see each on display as they all came home for the weekend. On top of all the events of the wedding and family drama, Charlie was dealing with her own issues: choosing a college, leaving home for the first time, feelings for a brother’s best friend, but she tried her best to shove them to the back of her mind to focus on her sister’s wedding.

I loved how chaotic the Grants were and how different each sibling was. JJ was my favourite and every time he appeared, I knew I would be entertained. There were so many scenes that I could easily picture, like a mini movie in my head. There were also many scenes that reminded me of me and my own siblings, bringing back some memories. The romance was pretty light, more in the background of the wedding weekend(at least Charlie’s romance), but what we got was sweet and I really enjoyed it. I also loved Linnie and her fiance and their romance.

I’m always a huge fan of interesting character dynamics and with Charlie and her siblings, there was little chance I wasn’t going to love this book. If it wasn’t for work, I would have finished it in a night. Definitely tops of my Morgan Matson reads.

*I received a copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music in exchange for an honest review.


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Weekly Reading Recap


Was hoping to go to the movies this week but nothing is playing at the local theatre except action movies. Guess I’ll read instead.

Currently reading: Chaotic Good Comps14.indd

Finished reading: Spindle FireAru ShahMiles Away From YouSave the Date

Reviewed: Where I Live (Final Cover)

What I’m hoping to get to next week: Ash Princess34726469 to read

Aru ShahSave the Date to review

Books read it 2018: 42

Debut authors read for 2018: 15

Contemporary: 22

Fantasy: 13

Sci-Fi: 2

Dystopian: 3

Historical: 1

Misc: 1

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Book Review: Where I Live by Brenda Rufener


Where I Live (Final Cover)

Where I Live

Release date: February 27th 2018

4 stars

Linden Rose has a big secret–she is homeless and living in the halls of her small-town high school. Her position as school blog editor, her best friends, Ham and Seung, and the promise of a future far away are what keep Linden under the radar and moving forward.
But when cool-girl Bea comes to school with a bloody lip, the damage hits too close to home. Linden begins looking at Bea’s life, and soon her investigation prompts people to pay more attention. And attention is the last thing she needs.
Linden knows the only way to put a stop to the violence is to tell Bea’s story and come to terms with her own painful past. Even if that means breaking her rules for survival and jeopardizing the secrets she’s worked so hard to keep.

This book was a quick read exploring a topic I haven’t seen too much in YA books, at least to this extreme. It followed Linden, a high school student who was homeless and living in the school as much as she could. She had a system down and if she didn’t follow it, it could mean the difference between sleeping somewhere in the school and getting stuck outside for the night. She had her two best friends, a notebook to keep track of her debts, and she was determined to graduate and go to college. Her life and the lives of her two best friends ended up getting tangled up with a trio of popular kids, which Linden feared would expose her secret.

Linden was a very determined, goal-oriented character. She didn’t want to be a burden on anyone so she kept a tally of anything she took and found ways to pay it back. She was always careful about how she presented herself so as not to draw attention so teachers or parents wouldn’t start asking questions. The riskiest thing she allowed herself was the friendship of her two best friends, Ham and Seung. Those three together were amazing. Seung was the more serious one and Ham was the comedian. The three of them had their differences at times but they were so clearly meant to be a group.

When her group started to clash with Bea’s group, it brought more attention to Linden and she kept trying to stay away from it. She was resistant to getting involved at first. Bea clearly didn’t want Linden around her, it broke so many of Linden’s rules that kept her safe, but they kept getting pushed together. It provided some interesting dynamics between the two groups.

Overall, I thought this book did a great job highlighting the issue of youth homelessness and how easily overlooked it can be. It had really interesting character dynamics, which I will always like, and it had growth for so many characters without distracting from the main character’s arc.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Waiting on Wednesday

New WoW

This is a feature started on Breaking the Spine that puts the spotlight on upcoming books.

This week’s pick is:


Sky in the Deep

Release date: April 24th 2018

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

Why I’m excited: This seems to be the year for fantasy set outside of castles and kingdoms, where main characters aren’t princes or princesses. This one sounds like it’s going to keep me up all night.

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Weekly Reading Recap


First one of March. 2018 is flying by so far!

Currently reading: Save the Date

Finished reading: 13065327imageWhere I LiveIdentical

Reviewed: All of this is TruePuddin

What I’m hoping to get to next week: Ash PrincessMiles Away From You to read

Where I Liveimage to review

Books read it 2018: 38

Debut authors read for 2018: 14

Contemporary: 20

Fantasy: 11

Sci-Fi: 2

Dystopian: 3

Historical: 1

Misc: 1

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Book Review: All of This is True by Lygia Day Penaflor

All of this is True

All of This is True

Release date: May 15th 2018

4 stars

Miri Tan loved the book Undertow like it was a living being. So when she and her friends went to a book signing to meet the author, Fatima Ro, they concocted a plan to get close to her, even if her friends won’t admit it now. As for Jonah, well—Miri knows none of that was Fatima’s fault.
Soleil Johnston wanted to be a writer herself one day. When she and her friends started hanging out with her favorite author, Fatima Ro, she couldn’t believe their luck—especially when Jonah Nicholls started hanging out with them, too. Now, looking back, Soleil can’t believe she let Fatima manipulate her and Jonah like that. She can’t believe that she got used for a book.
Penny Panzarella was more than the materialistic party girl everyone at the Graham School thought she was. She desperately wanted Fatima Ro to see that, and she saw her chance when Fatima asked the girls to be transparent with her. If only she’d known what would happen when Fatima learned Jonah’s secret. If only she’d known that the line between fiction and truth was more complicated than any of them imagined. . . .

This book was an absolutely addicting read in all the right ways. I really liked the format in which the story unfolded, with it being told through interviews, e-mails, and excerpts from a fictional book based on true life events. I also liked that the three main girls were so different in their viewpoints toward how things turned out. It gave an interesting dynamic as they each recounted the events, even though they all told their stories separately.

Miri was the most outspoken of the three, the most insistent that the author(Fatima) they’d befriended was genuine and none of what happened was her fault. Soleil was the angriest of the three, hurt and blaming everyone she could. Penny was the most unsure, just really wanting to get her side of the story out because the other two were telling their sides. Put all three together and it made for a twisted plot full of turns, anger, and surprises. Four teen befriend their favourite YA author sounded like a dream come true but turned out to be more of a nightmare. Fatima, the author in question, was definitely manipulative but it was easy to see that considering the way the story was told. If it had been told in a linear fashion her manipulations could have been so subtle a lot of them would have been missed.

The plot was mainly about the four friends, Miri, Soleil, Penny, and Jonah, finding a way to befriend Fatima and their plans to share her work and her beliefs with all their classmates. They hung out at Fatima’s house, confided in her, trusted her, and she took everything they gave them, skillfully manipulating them into being more interesting, having more drama, so she could turn them into characters in her next book. That book, what she revealed, had consequences and the three girls were the ones left to deal with it all.

The book had some major twists. There was one that I was able to see coming from pretty early on but it wasn’t about the twists, it was about the toxic relationships and the way the girls were manipulated by their idol. Even though it’s over 400 pages, it’s still a one sitting type of book because it’s so addicting to read. This is one that could cause some interesting debates.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Puddin’ by Julie Murphy



Release date: May 8th 2018

4 stars

Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream—and to kiss her crush. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they will surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing they might have more in common than they ever imagined.

I was so excited when it was announced that Millie was getting her own companion novel alongside Dumplin’. She was one of my favourite supporting characters in the first book and I couldn’t wait to see more of her. This book was set a little after the events of Dumplin’ but could be read separately. There were a few references to the events in Dumplin’ but nothing that should have the reader wondering what was going on if they hadn’t read the first book.

This book was told in two POVs, Millie and Callie. They were complete opposites. Millie was a larger girl from a family who wasn’t well off but they were very close. She worked in her uncle’s gym and was very eager to start doing more with her new friends. Callie was a popular girl from a well off family who made a bad decision in anger and was paying for it. It was the type of decision that made her realize who her friends were. Both girls were confident and while Millie was open and friendly and willing to give second chances, Callie was judgemental and entitled and closed off.

I really enjoyed the different types of friendships and relationships displayed in this book. It showed great, positive female friendships with Millie and her friends but it also showed some negative aspects with Callie and her group of friends. I was really interested in how the dynamics between Millie and Callie changed through the book as they were forced to work together. Millie was definitely a positive influence on Callie and she went through a huge growth journey by the end of the book.

The book was a pretty light read, quick, but still very engaging. It had the same feel as Dumplin’ without feel too much like reading the same book. Definitely one to read if you liked Dumplin’ but also if you like female friendships, girl power, and a great story.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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February Wrap-Up/March TBR

Can anyone believe two months are gone in 2018 already? So many good books have already come out and so many more to come!

February Wrap-Up:

defiant The Defiant – Lisa M Stasse. 3/5 stars. A good finale to this series.

the-love-interest The Love Interest – Cale Dietrich. 3/5 stars. Review. The concept was interesting but the characters were a little flat.

36563330 I Have Lost My Way – Gayle Forman. 4/5 stars. Review. I enjoyed seeing the three teens connecting.

mechanica Mechanica – Betsy Cornwell. 3/5 stars. This was cute but I did find it predictable.

Empress The Empress – SJ Kincaid. 3.5/5 stars. Good follow up to The Diabolic.

Purple Hearts Purple Hearts – Michael Grant. 4/5 stars. This alternate history was really interesting.

Onyx and Ivory Onyx & Ivory – Mindee Arnett. 4/5 stars. Review. I really liked the world and the character dynamics in this book.

Bone Queen The Bone Queen – Alison Croggon. 3/5 stars. Another book that had a really interesting concept but fell a little flat. Still interesting.

lost in a book Lost in a Book – Jennifer Donnelly. 3.5/5 stars. I will always welcome more books with Beauty and the Beast. This was really cute.

Ship It Ship It – Britta Lundin. 2.5/5 stars. Review. I had no connection with the main character at all.

Bookish Boyfriends Bookish Boyfriends – Tiffany Schmidt. 3.5/5 stars. Review. This was cute, an easy read.

Arcadia Awakens Arcadia Awakens – Kai Meyer. 3.5/5 stars. I enjoyed the mythology in this book.

Puddin Puddin’ – Julie Murphy. 4/5 stars. Review coming. A great companion to Dumplin’. This was funny, sweet, and had plenty of good female friendships.

Academy The Academy – Katie Sise. 3/5 stars. This felt like a book version of Cadet Kelly but with a less interesting main character.

All of this is True All of This is True – Lygia Day Penaflor. 4/5 stars. I liked how the story was told, through interviews and e-mails and book excerpts. Lots of twists.

Furyborn Furyborn – Claire Legrand. 4/5 stars. Really interesting mythology and I enjoyed the split timelines.

March TBR:

imageSave the DateAsh PrincessMiles Away From You

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Weekly Reading Recap


With the Olympics over, all my TV shows are back and some are about to start. But I’ll still make plenty of time for reading.

Currently reading: Identical

Finished reading: FurybornAll of this is TrueAcademyPuddin

Reviewed: Ship ItBookish Boyfriends

What I’m hoping to get to next week: sword of summerWhere I Live to read

PuddinAll of this is True to review

Books read it 2018: 34

Debut authors read for 2018: 13

Contemporary: 17

Fantasy: 10

Sci-Fi: 2

Dystopian: 3

Historical: 1

Misc: 1


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