3 Stars for Rebekah L. Purdy’s The Winter People


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Author: Rebekah L. Purdy

Series: No

Date of Publication: September 2, 2014

Source: Netgalley

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Rebekah L. Purdy’s The Winter People has a very unique fairytale-esque/fantasy/paranormal theme, which I definitely enjoyed. So many elements reminded me of some of my most beloved TV shows and books. The winter people themselves reminded me of Game of Thrones in a way with their white walkers, the whole fairytale aspect reminded me of Once Upon a Time and the ‘bonding’ took me back to my Vampire Academy spirit bound days – this book was quite a journey 🙂 It follows Salome Montgomery, a 17 year old girl who lives with her loving mother alone most of the time because her dad is constantly travelling for his job. She always finds herself spending time with her grandparents, who live just down the street. When they ask her to take care of their house for the winter months while they go on vacation, Salome is scared because of a traumatic experience she had as a child which has left her with a horrible fear of snow and really, winter in general. In The Winter People, readers go on Salome’s personal journey of fear, discovery, loss, love and bravery.

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Review: Tortured Souls by Keigh Leigh Wheaton


Title: Tortured Souls

Author: Keigh Leigh Wheaton

Series: The Orion Circle #1

Publisher: Sea Dragon Press

Date of Publication: July 29, 2014

Source: Netgalley

Rating: ★★★

Before reading Tortured SoulsI hadn’t read many paranormal books, though I’d like to say that one of my debuts into the genre was a pleasant surprise! To start, I have a short summary:

This book follows a 15 year old girl named Kassandra (although she goes by Kacie and CiCi) who leads a relatively normal life, living with her father, Adam, her brother, Gavin and her super-loving dog, Kodiak. Oh, fairly normal except for the fact that she is clairvoyant meaning she can see and communicate with spirits, both good and, unfortunately, very very evil. Since early childhood, she has recognized her “gift” (as not so much a gift, but a curse really) and shared this information with her parents. That very day, her mother fled the house and never returned – something Adam, her father, will always blame her for. When she starts going on early-morning runs with her longtime crush, the very dreamy and brave Logan, she is introduced into a whole new paranormal world which she had no idea she was living in – The Orion Circle only accepts select and elite individuals. Soon Kacie is thrown headfirst into this world, not really knowing what she’s doing….

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5 HUGE Stars For Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park


Title: Eleanor & Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Date of Publication: February 26, 2013

Source: My Bookshelf

Rating: ★★★

 Two misfits.

One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try

 

And Rainbow gets yet another 5 stars!!

This book warmed my heart – immensely. The characters Rainbow Rowell has created through Eleanor and Park are two of the funniest, most loveable AND loving, real and relatable individuals. This book is such a great story about love, finding yourself, learning to accept who you are and accept love from others. On the other hand….

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Review: Since You’ve Been Gone By Mary Jennifer Payne


Title: Since You’ve Been Gone

Author: Mary Jennifer Payne

Publisher: Dundurn Group

Date of Publication: January 1, 2015

Source: Netgalley

Rating: ★★★

First, I’d like to thank Dundurn Press for sending me this book though Negalley in exchange for an honest review. It’s greatly appreciated! Going into reading this, I didn’t know much about it, except for the small blurb I read online. Either way, the cover caught my eye while scrolling through Netgalley and I thought I’d give it a go.

For a brief summary without too many spoilers because this is an ARC!: Edie Fraser and her mom, Sydney, have been on the run for years now, from someone they used to love and trust – her father. As a child, Edie was always careful around him because of his erratic mood swings but one day, he snapped. Ever since then, Sydney has gone to all lengths to provide a safe, abuse-free, environment for her daughter but unfortunately, this means moving. A lot. Edie stays in a town or city long enough to make some new friends and get comfortable where she is but, sooner or later her mom tells them they have to leave again. This time, to a whole new country – England.

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Waiting On Wednesday {#1}


HAs I was browsing through GoodReads, YouTube and other blogs, I came across a cool weekly post idea called Waiting on Wednesday. Basically, every Wednesday you post about a new book that you’re waiting very impatiently for. We thought this was a fantastic idea, so we’re hoping to post one up every week!

For our first one, I went with a series that I absolutely love so far called The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Cress, the third book in the series, has a release date for February 4, 2014 which means we’re going to have to wait a little while longer. (noooo!) Cinder and Scarlet, the first two books, are definitely favourites of mine mainly because I loved the fairytale aspect of them that are relatable to the bedtime stories I heard, but have intriguing changes to them.

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Tag #1 – My Bookish Pet Peeves


Lately on YouTube and other book blogs, I’ve been seeing so many people do the Bookish Pet Peeves Tag. Even though there is a large portion of booktubers and book bloggers doing this tag, I still thought I should join in on the fun and do it myself! As I’m writing this, I still don’t know how many I have, but we’ll see how this goes.

Doggy-Eared Pages

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Series Cover Changes

So I think every post that I’ve read on this tag has this one of their pet peeves, but I’m totally there with everyone else. COVER CHANGES. Ugh! It’s so common now too and it’s so annoying! I just want my books to look nice and pretty on my shelves. Sigh. I try to stay away from these, but sometimes, you have no choice! Look at this!:

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Paperback of Shatter Me #1

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I mean, REALLY? Why not make the hardcover the same as the paperback version so that the whole series matches? It’s so random! Other ones I’ve heard a lot about is the Across The Universe Series, The White Cat series and the Glow series. There’s so many!

Bargain Book Identification

remainderMark_1I’m sure all of you have purchased a bargain book before from a book retail store. (like Chapters or bookcloseousts.com) Don’t get me wrong, I loooovvve bargain books – when I find a hardcover copy bargain book of a novel I wanted to read, I do a happy dance. The only thing that seriously disappoints me is the markings left on the books.

< WHY MUST YOU DO THIS? I mean, I understand a little dot on the pages to identify the on-sale books, but A HUGE LINE? I even bought a bargain book copy of Starcrossed and there’s a huge, blue line across the top. It’s really just sad. I hope I’m not sounding super abnoxious…

When the Spine Breaks

Sometimes, there’s no way to avoid this one! Even with hardcover books, there’s always a way for a spine-malfunction to happen. I don’t know why but I’m so picky about this along with my many other bookish pet peeves. Every time I read a paperback book, I take extra special care and make sure I don’t bend the spine, otherwise it would drive me crazy. I guess the exception would be if you re-read that book over and over again that it just happens. Does this bother you too?

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Stickers On the Books

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No, I don’t mean the stickers that you can just peel off once you buy the book. I’m referring to the ones that you can’t take off once you buy the book. – the stickers that are printed on the books… I just wanted a nice, clean cover and BAM. There’s a sticker on it. And they seem to always be promoting something as well. ‘Now a major motion picture’ ‘In theatres May 5’ ‘Extra chapter at the end in John’s POV.’ NO, please no. If you couldn’t tell, I’m one of those people who takes her books very seriously… This seems to be happening a lot more lately. I guess authors and publishers just have more to say or advertize now. But still, I would probably go out of my way to find a copy of a book without a sticker.. Would you do that too?

Well, I thought I’d have a lot more pet peeves than those to be completely honest. Keep in mind though, these are only my physical book pet peeves. There are other things that bug me about the actual writing of a book. Like trilogies that should have been stand alone books. Or series that have over 15 books in them. I mean, just end it while it’s still good. Anyway, that’s all for my first bookish pet peeves. I’ll do one soon, but not too soon otherwise I’ll just sound like I hate everything about books haha! So what are your pet peeves? Are they the same as mine?

– C 

‘Wicked’ by Lisa Campbell ★★★ ½


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Title: The Wicked

Author: Lisa Campbell

Series Order: Wicked #1

Year of Publication: 2013

Publishers: Createspace

Length: 299 pages

ISBN: 148203333X

**3.5 STARS!**
Before I start the review, I’d like to thank the author of this book, Lisa Campbell, and the First Reads program on GoodReads for giving me the chance to review this book 🙂

Natalie Johnson is a college student who experienced a traumatic event two years ago in a graveyard with her mother. This event left her terrified and had lasting side-effects on her like nightmares and most recently, hallucinations and sightings. Unfortunately, her mother was not so lucky – she was most affected in the incident and is now in an asylum for her condition. The Wicked explored Nat’s journey in coping with the return of a beloved best friend and her ex-boyfriend who happen to be seeing one another. She must choose between them two to help her deal with these recent discoveries and events happening in her life..

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