Review: You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

Review: You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins is a beautifully written saga that tells the story of the Das family and their experiences immigrating to the United States. When a book grabs hold of you and keeps you engaged right up to the end, it is safe to say that it is going to be a favourite. Told in alternating perspectives, Perkins gives her readers so many unique and interesting points of view through her well-developed female characters. The Indian customs and culture that are told throughout this story are so insightful and add to the magic of the narrative. Continue reading

I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Maurene Goo

I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Maurene Goo

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo is the K drama-inspired book that has been on my most anticipated books list for quite some time. However, while the concept had so much potential, it got a bit creepy, and the main character became manipulative. I did still enjoy some aspects of the novel, like the strong bond between the main character and her father, but I feel like this story could have been so much more than it was. Continue reading

Book Review: A Week of Mondays

Book Review: A Week of MondaysTitle: A Week of Mondays
Author: Jessica Brody
Also by this author: The Chaos of Standing Still
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
Rating: four-half-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

When I made the wish, I just wanted a do-over. Another chance to make things right. I never, in a million years, thought it might actually come true...

Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks is having a serious case of the Mondays. She gets a ticket for running a red light, she manages to take the world’s worst school picture, she bombs softball try-outs and her class election speech (note to self: never trust a cheerleader when she swears there are no nuts in her bake-sale banana bread), and to top it all off, Tristan, her gorgeous rocker boyfriend suddenly dumps her. For no good reason!

As far as Mondays go, it doesn’t get much worse than this. And Ellie is positive that if she could just do it all over again, she would get it right. So when she wakes up the next morning to find she’s reliving the exact same day, she knows what she has to do: stop her boyfriend from breaking up with her. But it seems no matter how many do-overs she gets or how hard Ellie tries to repair her relationship, Tristan always seems bent set on ending it. Will Ellie ever figure out how to fix this broken day? Or will she be stuck in this nightmare of a Monday forever?

From the author 52 Reasons to Hate My Father and The Unremembered trilogy comes a hilarious and heartwarming story about second (and third and fourth and fifth) chances. Because sometimes it takes a whole week of Mondays to figure out what you really want.

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Book Review: A Week of MOndays by Jessica Brody

A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody is a quick and cute read for the summer. The concept is so unique and the main character is very relatable. One of my favourite things about the book is the epic friendship between Ellie and Owen. Everything about this book is so fun! Continue reading

Review: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

Review: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie RutkoskiTitle: The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy #3)
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #3
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Publication Date: March 29, 2016
Rating: four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He's finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can't quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people-and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that's what he thinks.

But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?

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Review: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski is such a fantastic instalment to The Winner’s Trilogy! I was definitely not as prepared for this epic conclusion to the series as I thought. This book is filled with action and suspense and contains one of my favourite main characters in YA. If that wasn’t enough to sway you, the writing in this book is so gorgeous and will make you fall in love with The Winner’s Kiss right away. Continue reading

Book Review: I See Reality: Twelve Short Stories

Book Review: I See Reality: Twelve Short StoriesTitle:  I See Reality: Twelve Stories About Real Life
Author: Kristin Elizabeth Clark
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Rating: three-half-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Twelve original stories by top MCPG authors explore real issues for real teens.

Through prose and comics alike, these heart-pounding short stories ask hard questions about a range of topics from sexuality and addiction to violence and immigration. Here is the perfect tool for starting tough discussions or simply as an introduction to realistic literary fiction. In turns funny, thought-provoking, and heartbreaking, I See Reality will resonate with today's teens long after the last page has been turned.

Contributing authors include Jay Clark, Kristin Clark, Heather Demetrios, Stephen Emond, Patrick Flores-Scott, Faith Hicks, Trisha Leaver, Kekla Magoon, Marcella Pixley, James Preller, Jason Schmidt, and Jordan Sonnenblick.

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Book Review: I See Reality: Twelve Short Stories

I See Reality is a book of twelve short stories filled with a set of very realistic stories written by a variety of YA authors. This book tackles issues such as addiction and AIDS and addresses them in a way that is believable. While many of these stories may not have been my cup of tea, there were quite a few that are absolutely fantastic. Continue reading