Thursday, 31 July 2014

Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Book: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Pages: 359 Pages

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchased at Chapters

Where to Buy: Indigo ChaptersThe Book DepositoryAmazon CA

Goodreads Summary

A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

My Review

I have no idea how to put my thoughts on this book onto paper. Or internet. You know what I mean. This book was not just a book; it was an experience from start to finish. One filled with love and hope, friendship and acceptance. I had no idea how hard this book had hit me till I finished it, and just erupted into tears. This is such an important book, and I have no idea how people can walk around without having read this and experienced Aristotle and Dante's story. 

The story is around the friendship that Aristotle and Dante develop one summer. They are just boys living in Texas with nothing binding them but a desire to know each other better. While they seemingly have nothing in common, the boys create a strong bond of loyalty and trust. Their friendship and dedication to each other had me longing for my own Dante. Someone who would discover the secrets of the universe with me.

Aristotle has taken up permanent residence in my heart. His journey was one that struck me so much. As a reader you watch him grow, develop into a young man, and go through the struggles that every teenager goes through. But his is so much more poignant. I saw Ari grow from page one, so slowly and subtly that I didn't notice it at first. Watching him go through the stages of self hatred and self destruction brought such a sense of realism to the page that I felt like I knew exactly what he was going through.

The relationships in this book are so incredible. The relationships each boy has with their respective parents and the relationships they have with the one another's parents. They are such great role models and such great characters in general. But the relationship that struck me the hardest was between Ari and Dante. Ari and Dante taught each other what family meant. They taught each other what it meant to love wholeheartedly and unconditionally.  Their relationship is undefinable, filled with emotion and passion that one cannot simply call it friendship.

Please, pick this up. It is such an important book. 5/5 stars. Obviously.


Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Top Authors I Own the Most Books From

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
I don't have many 'auto buy authors' and a lot of them don't have many books out. So here is my top 5!

1. J.K. Rowling - 9 Books
The Harry Potter Series (7)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard (1)
The Cuckoos Calling (1)

2. John Green - 7
An Abundance of Katherines (1)
Paper Towns (1)
Let It Snow (1)
Looking for Alaska (2)
The Fault in Our Stars (2)

3. Tahereh Mafi - 5
Shatter Me (1)
Destroy Me (1)
Unravel Me (1)
Fracture Me (1)
Ignite Me (1)

4. Rainbow Rowell - 5
Eleanor and Park (1)
Eleanor and Park Collectors Edition (1)
Fangirl (1)
Attachments (1)

5.  Sarah Addison Allen - 5
Garden Spells (1)
The Girl Who Chased the Moon (1)
The Peach Keeper (1)
The Sugar Queen (1)
Lost Lake (1)

Who are your auto buy authors? Let me know in the comments and link me to your TTT! Thanks for stopping by!!

- Indigo

Monday, 28 July 2014

Review: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Book: This Song Will Save Your Life

Author: Leila Sales

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Pages: 279 Pages

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased online at

Where to Buy: Chapters IndigoBook DepositoryAmazon CA

Goodreads Summary

Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.

Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.

My Review

I was really excited to read this book. Besides from knowing that it was about a teenage DJ, and knowing that it was on almost everyone's top 13 of 2013 lists, I had no idea what it was going to be about.

Leila Sales created such a relatable and revolutionary character. Elise is the main character and what a character she is. At the beginning of the book, she bares her insecurities on her sleave and shows the reader how vulnerable and breakable she is. That was such a great way to get me to connect to her. While most characters wait till further towards the middle of the book to lay out all their cards, she was able to just come out and say it.

And the integration of music into the book was really well done. I was expecting it to be a bit cheesy, talking about music all the time, but never really hearing it, but it wasn't about hearing it. It was about feeling it through Elise, and about her interpretation of the music, not ours. The music was such a natural element that I can't believe I had doubts about it at first.

I wasn't expecting to love this. I knew that I would like it, but that was the extent of what I thought this book had for me. But with my connection and similarities to Elise and her want for freedom and self acceptance, I couldn't put this one down. I was obsessed from page one, with realism in every word, and such a great pacing that it reminded me of one of those songs that just never gets old.

I really wish I had read This Song Will Save Your Life earlier. I felt such a strong bond with Elise, and I think that everyone needs someone like Elise in their lives; someone who is vulnerable and scared, yet confident and unafraid to follow their heart. I think this book will stay with me for a long time.

5/5 stars.


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me on a Deserted Island

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jay Gatsby is one of my favourite characters in all of literature, and I feel like he would find a way to throw great parties
2. The Liars from We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
These 4 Liars are a diverse group of characters. I feel like they would make the island.... eventful.

I mean.... we need some comic relief on the island. And he can definitely keep us alive!

4 & 5. Cath and Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I would have so much to talk about in regards to fandoms and fan culture with Cath, and I mean, where she goes, Levi's not usually far behind.

6 & 7. Mackenzie Bishop and Wesley Ayres from The Archived series by Victoria Schwab

Mac is such an interesting character and I feel like spending time with her would let me pick her brain a little! Also Wesley because he's perfection and I just want to be near him. I mean, what?

8 & 9. Alison and Willem from the Just One Day series by Gayle Forman
These two can create an adventure out of anything, and I think they would make this island a lot more fun that it is! 

10. Liesel Memminger from The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Liesel is one of those 'look-on-the-bright-side kind of kids, and I think I would need a lot of that if I were to be stuck on an island.

Now that I'm thinking about it, this Island wouldn't be so bad! Throw in some wifi and a library of some sorts, and I'm good to go! Who do you want on your island? Let me know in the comments!


Monday, 21 July 2014

Review: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria

Book: Love Letters to the Dead

Author: Ava Dellaria

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Pages: 327 Page

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased at Chapters Indigo

Listen to: The Ghosts in the House are Ours by theairtwit - 8Tracks Playlist

Where to Buy: Chapters IndigoAmazon CABook Depository

Goodreads' Summary

It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply flawed; can she begin to discover her own path.

My Review

The only way to describe Love Letters to the Dead is to call it an experience. It was an emotional experience that had be laughing, crying, and just feeling all of the emotions. The story was conveyed with such beautiful writing, and Ava Dellaria conveyed Laurel's emotions so easily. Laurel wormed her way into my heart and there she will stay.

The writing was very reminisent of Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky, but it had it's own feel to it. I think that it was because of who the letters were written to. I think that specific people got specific kinds of letters; Judy Garland got letters that were about feeling used up, and Amelia Earhart got letters about ambition, and wanting to run away. The letters were beautifully written, and I loved that a lot of things came out of order in these letters.

Laurel, the main character, is an unreliable narrator, which I absolutely love. The way that events unravelled in the story made for such an interesting way of reading. It also feels like the narrator doesn't owe the reader anything. In a lot of books, I find that its the narrator's job to convey the story to us, but when the narrator is as well developed and as unreliable as Laurel, I feel like it's me that owe her my time. That probably doesn't make sense to anyone but me, but oh well.

There was an incredible balance that was held in this book. The balance between letters to people, and actually telling the story, between suspense and relief, caution and rebellion. I loved the character of Laurel for this reason. She was never only one thing. She got scared, and she second guessed herself a lot, but she still knew who she was and who she wanted to be. She just didn't know how to get there.

Love Letters to the Dead was a beautiful experience that I feel privilaged to have had. 5/5 stars. Obviously. 


Sunday, 13 July 2014


The BookTube-A-Thon is created and run by Ariel Bisset over on her Youtube Channel. Check out the BookTube-A-Thon's Channel for more info!

Yes, you read that right! I will be participating in the BookTube-A-Thon this year! The BookTube-A-Thon, if you don't know, is actually something that happens over on Youtube, but I'm participating this year! I made a BookTube Channel this year and want to use it a lot more, for things other than hauls and wrap ups, and I thought that this would be a really good way to do that!

Here's my video explaining what I'll be reading this week! 


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Book: We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Pages: 225 Pages

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased at Chapters Indigo

Listen to: We are Broken and Privilaged - a We Were Liars fanmix by ODalek on 8Tracks

Where to Buy: Chapters IndigoAmazon CAThe Book Depository

Goodreads' Summary

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends,  just LIE.

My Review

This book wrecked me. It was so beautiful and dark, and wonderful and haunting.

This will be a short because you should go into this blind. It's the only way to go into it.

The writing is wonderful. The tone is dark, and haunting, and hazy. The narration is creepy, using this 'we' that I was never sure of. I didn't trust Cadence, but It made me like the story more.

Don't try to figure it out. It's better that way.

Overall, this book gave me shivers. It was so beautiful and incredible. Please read this.

5/5 stars.

And when you read it, if anyone asks you how it ends? Just lie.


Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell


Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Release Date: July 8th, 2014

Pages: 308 Pages

Format: Hardcover

Source: Sent to me for review from St. Martin's 

Where to Buy: Chapters IndigoAmazon CAThe Book Depository

Goodreads' Summary

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

My Review

Landline is classic Rainbow Rowell. If you enjoyed any of her other books, you will enjoy Landline immensely. The characters! The writing! The plot! The everything! It was incredible!!

Georgie was such an incredible character. She was so fun, and headstrong, but she was real. I felt like she could have been my neighbour, or an old family friend. She was palpable. She questioned all the wrong things, and she cried, and got angry, and over thought stupid things. She made for such a great narrator because of her relatability. It's so refreshing reading Rainbow Rowell's characters. They make for such amazing reads.

The next thing that really surprised me was the addition of magical realism to this novel. I was very excited to read about it and it was pulled off in a really good way! I love the way that Georgie reacted to it, making it very clear that she had no idea what was happening, why it was happening, and HOW it was happening. It was a very fresh take, and I really appreciated that we never really got an explanation as to what was going on.

I also really loved the relationship between Neal and Georgie. The way it was described, both in their current state and how they were when they first met, was so wonderful and made me root for them. It wasn't easy to see where they went wrong, and I loved how their relationship felt real.

There is this mood I get into after reading Rainbow's books. I can't describe it fully, but I just get super happy, and I just can't stop smiling. This was no exception to that. I was laughing, and crying, and I just felt so happy when I had finished it, but I wanted more. I just want more Rainbow in general. 

Landline is a fun, feel good book that made me so, so happy. Everything that I love about Rainbow Rowell was bigger and better than ever. I really loved Landline, and I think that everyone should read this one.

5/5 stars.