Happy Sunday (better late than never right?!) fellow book nerds! You may (at least I hope) have noticed that we took last week off from our awesome Publisher Spotlight Event. We’ll believe it or not Bionic Shelly and I needed that quick breather before jumping back in! And this week we have a HUGE publishing house to bring to you: In July of 2013 Penguin and Random House; two of the biggest publishing houses out there merged. Now, a full two years later Penguin Random House is the home to over 200 editorial imprints and is the publisher behind some of our all time favorite, and highly anticipated reads! This week we have: a few list for you to help your never-ending TBR pile A blogger geared interview with a Penguin Random House publicist A review, and ARC giveaway of Blood and Salt (AHHHHH) So stay tuned lovelies and enjoy all the Penguin Random House pretties!
Hi everyone! I recently read some amazing books and I can’t wait to share them with you! 3/4 of these are LGBTQIA+ books, in honour of Pride week/month, and I loved them all! Alex as Well by Alyssa Brugman Released January 20th 2015 by Henry Holt and Co. Rating: ★★★★☆ Alex is ready for things to change, in a big way. Everyone seems to think she’s a boy, but for Alex the whole boy/girl thing isn’t as simple as either/or, and when she decides girl is closer to the truth, no one knows how to react, least of all her parents. Undeterred, Alex begins to create a new identity for herself: ditching one school, enrolling in another, and throwing out most of her clothes. But the other Alex—the boy Alex—has a lot to say about that. Heartbreaking and droll in equal measures, Alex As Well is a brilliantly told story of exploring gender and sexuality, navigating friendships, and finding a place to… Read more »
Happy Canada Day to all you Canadians and those who aren’t Canadian! I have lived in Canada for over 10 years now (woah!) and so, Canada Day is one of my favourite holidays. (#sorrynotsorry for the patriotism!) Presenting…. THE CANADA FLAG OF YA! (Okay, they’re not all Canadian authors but I couldn’t find all the covers necessary for that. But Blood Red Road is by a fellow Canadian so at least there’s that!)
In honor of Scholastic week, I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane. Some of the first books I can remember reading were published by Scholastic! And the very first series I was obsessed with was…… The tv adaptations freaked me out a bit but I loved every single Goosebumps book! So I did a quick google search for a list of ALL the Goosebumps books and I’m surprised, proud, awed and concerned by how many I’ve read. And these are just from the original series! There was also the Series 2000 and the unbelievably awesome, “can’t believe I get to pick the plot line!” Give Yourself Goosebumps series. I was going through all the titles and tv clips and it just filled me with so much nostalgia! I grew up on this! I want to expose my kid to this! I want to buy all of them and lay them on the floor then make a book… Read more »
I received an early copy of this book for review from the publisher. This does not influence my thoughts on the book. -DNF at 35%- When I read the synopsis for Tangled Webs, I was excited to read it. A historical fiction novel involving secrets, lies and deception? Sign me up! Unfortunately, I just could not get into it. The plot so far has felt very repetitive. I found a lot of the plot points to be telling vs. showing the conflicts and it felt repetitive. The entire first part, Lady A (Arista) keeps talking about how she wants freedom and to see India. This longing was repeated over and over again and it was everything that she could think about, even when there were other concerns for her to worry about (like managing to stay alive). Arista also seemed very flip-floppy. She would think about how she has to obey Bones to protect her life and her friends but in… Read more »
Happy Monday guys! This week we are proud to feature Scholastic Press. This publisher is extra special to me personally because of BOOK FAIRS!! These were some of the only high points I can remember from elementary school and looking at what Scholastic has accomplished: They’ve also put out some completely unbelievably great books! Including: and of course the story that started it all for many of us Scholastic was the publishing house that brought me some of my first reading loves. And I can never show my true appreciation to Scholastic for the love they’ve instilled in me for reading. In honor of this week I will be reading: What are some of your favorite Scholastic books? Share them in the comments!
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my thoughts about the book. As much as I love contemporary YA, I rarely read books that address mental illness, or ones that portray it well. I’m happy to say that Every Last Word is a thoughtful, moving read about OCD that is both engaging and informative. Samantha has Purely-Obsessed OCD and her mind is filled with dark thoughts that she can’t escape. When she meets a new student, Caroline, she starts to feel a bit better. Caroline introduces her to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room in the school basement where fellow students gather to share poems and songs that they wrote. As Sam makes new friends and starts writing, she feels a bit more “normal”. But can her old friends and new life merge smoothly, even when something turns everything she’s known upside down? Every Last Word is definitely a book I’d recommend to those who are… Read more »
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, this does not influence my review. -DNF at 41%- I am a huge fan of contemporary YA, and Joyride seemed like the perfect book for me, but unfortunately, it was just not my type of book. I was totally invested in Carly’s story. Her parents were deported several years ago, and as a result, Carly works as much as possible to find the money to bring them back. While still trying to do well in high school, of course. Carly wants to help her parents but also help secure a future for herself by getting good grades and going to a good school. Her problems were very real and heavily relatable. But Arden, our main love interest, was totally un-relatable to me. While he had some troubling family situations of his own, I couldn’t relate to him. His need to prank (which is the reason he starts talking to Carly) just… Read more »
I received an early copy of this book from the publisher, this does not influence my review. Last Year’s Mistake is about David and Kelsey, two former friends who ended their friendship on bad terms. When David re-enters Kelsey’s life, she has to figure out whether or not her feelings for him have ever really gone away. Basically, this book is just amazing and I read it all in one sitting. Last Year’s Mistake sucks you in and won’t let you stop reading all the swoony moments. Before their sophomore year, Kelsey and David were practically joined at the hip. But a misunderstanding ruins their friendship and they haven’t spoken for over a year. But when David returns to Kelsey’s life after she’s moved to a new city and started over, Kelsey has to relive her memories of David. And while David and Kelsey may have a rocky past, does that mean their future will be just as complicated? The plot… Read more »
Simon & Schuster week has officially started and we’d love to take this time to feature our favourite S&S books! Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz Released March 3rd, 2015 Simon Pulse Imprint Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown. Everywhere she turns, someone feels she’s too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; and not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere— until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca seems like Etta’s salvation, but how can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself?… Read more »