Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Book: The Coldest Girl in Cold Town

Author: Holly Black

Publisher: Little Brown Books For Young Readers

Format: ARC

Pages: 419 Pages

Source: Traded at the OBS Meetup 2013

Goodreads Summary

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

Friday, 18 April 2014

ARC Review: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Book: To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Author: Jenny Han

Publication Date: April 15th, 2014

Publisher: Simon + Schuster Books for Young Readers

Pages: 368 Pages

Format: Advanced Readers Copy, provided from the publisher

Source: Simon and Schuster Canada

Requested from Simon and Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Summary:
Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them — all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren't love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she's written. One for every boy she's ever loved— five in all.

When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Monday, 14 April 2014

How I Buy Books

I'm a student with a part time job. That means that I have money to buy books, but in order to keep up with my reading, I have to buy the most books I can with the money I have. This often means that I only buy my books online because I get a discount, going from Chapters Indigo, to Amazon, to The Book Depository, seeing where I can buy my books the cheapest. You can also see me scowering the web for coupon codes or discounts. I've actually set up some loose guide lines for my book buying.

Stick to the budget! 
This is a rule that a lot of people have, and I understand why. At the beginning of each month, I set aside money that I can spend on fun things for the rest of the month. That includes going to the movies, or going to lunch with friends. 

Buy books at the end of the month
This way, I know how much I want to spend on books, and spend in other places accordingly.

ALWAYS check the bargain bins 
Amazon and Chapters have really great bargain books, and It's nice to get 3 books for 15$ instead of one book.

Don't just buy a book for owning it 
All the books I buy are carefully selected. I read reviews, I look at ratings, I read multiple synopsis of it. An example of this was that I was planning on buying Savage by Alexandra Duncan. I read some reviews on Goodreads and found out that there was a love triangle. I try to stay away from those because they always piss me off. So it went out of my basket. I might buy it in paperback, or get it from the library, but I didn't want to buy it in hardcover.

Only buy hardcovers that are 300 pages or more 
This is a weird rule, I admit it. But I feel like, when buying a hardcover, I want to get what I pay for. This is a weird rule because some of my favourite books are hardcover and under 300 pages (Two Boys Kissing, Paradox of Vertical Flight, etc). I try to stick with this, but sometimes I splurge. 

Do you guys put any limitations on your book buying? What are they? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Summer Project! I'm Reading Your Favourite Books!

Image from We Heart It

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Booktubers alike! I'm looking to start a new feature for this summer, and I need your help! If you want to know what this feature is, keep reading below!


I think that you can tell a lot about a person by what their favourite book is, and why. And I want to spend the summer reading some of your favourite books. I want to interview 8 bloggers and book tubers, read their favourite book (no matter the length or genre), and make it a featured post on the blog. I want to do one a week for the entire summer, and at the end of each week, give away a copy of that book!


I need bloggers and booktubers! I need you, if you're interested, to fill out this form and submit it so that I can pick the 8 people. I would also LOVE if you could tweet out that form, or retweet me so that more people know about it!

I am so excited to do this feature, but can only do it with your help! Thanks so much guys, and I hope you fill out that form! I'll talk to you guys later!!


Top Ten Most Unique Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
I am attracted to the oddball books. Maybe because they remind me of me, and maybe because they're just fun. I like experiencing different ways to tell stories. These 10 books are very unique, and I suggest you pick them up!

1. Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
The writing gets more poetic and frantic as Kiri's story progresses. It adds to the mood and makes for an amazing experience.

2. The Arrival by Shaun Tan
This wordless graphic novel is very beautiful and tells a beautiful story.

3. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The creepy pictures make for such a unique mood and tone.

4. The Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi
The strikeouts throughout the series matched with the beautiful writing makes for such a captivating and unique series.

5. S. by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst
I haven't read this one yet, but I don't think 'book' is the right term. It's more of an experience. 

6. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
The narration is so beautiful. I can't even describe it because it's so beautiful.

7. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
This is a 480 page acid trip. But a good one.

8. The Paradox of Vertical Flight by Emil Ostrovski
Such an inventive story and the philosophy in it is so cool.

9. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Beautiful writing. Probably the most imaginative and the best written magical realism in a long time.

10. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
This book is really hard to get through because of the subject matter but the letter format is so interesting.

 These books are so different, and so worth the read! Link me to your TTT posts in the comments! Have you read any of these picks?


Monday, 7 April 2014

ARC Review: Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Book: Noggin

Author: John Corey Whaley

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Release Date: April 8th

Pages: 342 Pages

Format: ARC 

Source: Recieved for Review from Simon and Schuster

Where to Buy: Chapters Indigo, The Book Depository, Amazon

I recieved this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Goodreads Summary 

Listen — Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.

Now he’s alive again.

Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.

Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.

Oh well, you only live twice.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

March Book Haul

Hello everyone, and welcome to my March book haul! I only bought one book this month, but I got a lot of cool books from a lot of cool people! You can find my video haul, or you can check out the pictures! Please like and subscribe if you want more videos :) Thanks for watching!

Book I bought:
S. by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst

Received for review:
The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
Countdown City by Ben H. Winters

Thanks to Eric from Quirk Books for these! 

Won in the #getobsessed contest on the Indigo Teen Twitter:
The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely
Maybe One Day by Melissa Cantor
The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Thanks to the ladies at Indigo Teen for these amazing titles!

 Thanks for sticking around guys! Hope you have a great day, and a great month in books!