Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Changes to the Blog

Hi guys!

First off, I wanted to say, thank you all so much for following my little blog :) It means so much to me that you would do so. I mean, I would still be doing this if no one read my blog, but I love each and every reader.

On Thursday August 28th, I am travelling across the country, from Toronto to Halifax, for University. I'll be studying English with a focus on literature at Dalhousie University, and that means a lot of changes.

The first big change, will be my reading habits. While writing this, I've read 63 books this year, which means that I'm on track for 96. But I don't know how much free time I'm going to have at school. As much as I want to hole up in the library reading, I don't know how realistic that is. I want to do well in school, and I want to make friends and socialise. But I also want to make time for reading.

The next big change will be that there will be no more videos on my BookTube Channel for the time being. I will be living with a roommate, and I want to test the waters, before I pull out my camera and start flailing. Once I figure everything out, the videos will come.

Lastly, I don't know how often I'll be updating the blog. I might find that I can update once a day, or once a month, I don't know. I'm going into uncharted territory here, and I don't want to set standards for myself. I want this first semester to be very go with the flow.

I hope you guys understand all the changes that will be going on, and hopefully you'll stick around! Wish me luck, everyone!


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Event Recap and Giveaway | Frenzy Presents 2014

Earlier this summer, I was invited to join the ladies at HCC Frenzy and a whole bunch of other bloggers for an afternoon of books, treats, and a ton of YA themed fun. Yesterday was this event; Frenzy Presents. This is what my day looked like!

After getting ready for the event, my dad and I drove down to the nearest subway station, and took the subway downtown. It was great getting to ride the subway with my dad, who grew up in the city. He loves getting to do cool stuff like this with me, and he really loves hearing about books and the reading I do, even if he's not a big reader himself.

When I got to the building, I saw a few familiar faces, like Giselle from Book Nerd Canada, and Becca from OMFG Books. I've got to see them a few times, at signings, events, and blogger meet ups in the past. 

When we got upstairs to the Harper Collins Canada offices, that's when my excitement level went through the roof. I want to go into publishing, and getting to be in the offices was so much fun. Then I met Caitlin, from The YA Bookworm Blogger, and Jen from Pop Goes the Reader, who I spent the majority of the afternoon with. 

We all gathered in, grabbed some snacks, and sat down to listen to the lovely Frenzy ladies talk about the new fall and winter releases! Here are the books that they talked about;




These books all sounded absolutely amazing, and I would definately find out some more about them, and add them all to your TBR List!

So, once we finished talking about these books, the ladies brought in a guest to be a quiz moderator; Eve Silver! Eve is the author of The Game series, which so far has 2 books, Rush and Push. She lives in Toronto, and she was so much fun! My team, which was comprised of Caitlin, Jen, Becca from OMFG Books, and Sobhian from Conversations of a Reading Addict, and I, were pretty good, if I do say so myself! It was a lot of fun :D

After all of that, we got to mill around a bit, get books signed by Eve, and grab swag bags! Here's what I got in my swag bag!


The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard
Rebel by Amy Tintera
Rush by Eve Silver - Signed!
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Divergent DVD and tattoos

I had an absolute blast, and it was such a great way to finish off the summer! Thanks again to all the amazing bloggers that came, to Eve Silver for being of Quiz Master (and recreating the cover of The Selection perfectly!) and to all the ladies at Harper Collins Canada. You guys are all amazing, and I love you all.

I also made a video update and recap! Watch here:


One winner will recieve a hardcover copy of Eve Silver's RUSH and a book mark signed by Eve Silver! There will also be a bunch of other cool swag in there as well, such as tea, more book marks, and maybe some fun buttons... :)

- Canada only! Sorry, but i'm on a budget!
- Must enter through the rafflecopter form below
- Giveaway ends at midnight on Monday, August 25th!

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Thanks for reading, and I'll talk to you all soon!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that showcases books that we are all waiting for!
It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine
Photo by Siobhan at Conversations of a Reading Addict 

The Cover

The Story

Eveny Cheval just moved back to Louisiana after spending her childhood in New York with her aunt Bea. Eveny hasn’t seen her hometown since her mother’s suicide fourteen years ago, and her memories couldn’t have prepared her for what she encounters. Because pristine, perfectly manicured Carrefour has a dark side full of intrigue, betrayal, and lies—and Eveny quickly finds herself at the center of it all.

Enter Peregrine Marceau, Chloe St. Pierre, and their group of rich, sexy friends known as the Dolls. From sipping champagne at lunch to hooking up with the hottest boys, Peregrine and Chloe have everything—including an explanation for what’s going on in Carrefour. And Eveny doesn’t trust them one bit.

But after murder strikes and Eveny discovers that everything she believes about herself, her family, and her life is a lie, she must turn to the Dolls for answers. Something’s wrong in paradise, and it’s up to Eveny, Chloe, and Peregrine to save Carrefour and make it right.

The Facts

Book: The Dolls
Series: The Dolls #1
Author: Kiki Sullivan
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
Release Date: September 2nd, 2014

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Book Review: Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson

Book: Servants of the Storm

Author: Delilah S. Dawson

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Pages: 384 Pages

Format: ARC

Source: ARC provided to me by Simon Pulse in exchange for an honest review.

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

Goodreads Summary

A year ago Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction — and taking the life of Dovey's best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her.

But recently she's started to believe she's seeing things that can't be real ... including Carly at their favorite cafe. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined.

As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah — where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk — she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.

Dovey's running out of time and torn between two paths. Will she trust her childhood friend Baker, who can't see the threatening darkness but promises to never give up on Dovey and Carly? Or will she plot with the sexy stranger, Isaac, who offers all the answers — for a price? Soon Dovey realizes that the danger closing in has little to do with Carly ... and everything to do with Dovey herself.

My Review

I didn't know what I was expecting going into this, but I know that whatever I was wasn't what I got. This book is so unique in it's writing, and plot, and characters and I was blown away by the magnitude of this book.

Servants of the Storm is about Demons after a massive Hurricane in Savannah, Georgia. Crazy, right? I know. I had no idea how each element would be brought together without it being forced and gimmicky, but it was so natural. Everything that could have possibly went wrong didn't.  I don't know how, but this book really just grabbed me and sucked me in.

The main character, Dovey, was awesome. She was a funny, badass southern belle with reason to be pissed. She was so much fun to read about and her story was so captivating. I loved how everything she did was fueled by love and loyalty towards her best friend, who we are lead to believe was killed during the hurricane. I love how everything romantic (I mean, it's YA, there has to be a romance) was an afterthought, and she tried really hard to keep her focus on her friend, Carly.

I have never read anything by Delilah S. Dawson, and now I really want to read more by her. Her writing was absolutely stunning. She wrote suspense and intrigue so well, and I was sucked in from the first page. her writing flowed from whimsical to terrifying to nostalgic and lethargic so easily that I couldn't tell where one ending and the next began. 

And the plot of this story was so rich. The world was built so well, and I just wanted more once it was over. Everything happened for a reason, even if that reason wasn't told to us until the very end. I love when stories can add in details that I think are irrelevant and bring it back around.

I really loved this book. If you're a fan of the Beautiful Creatures books you will love this. An amazing southern gothic that stands out amongst all the others. 5/5 Stars


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Top Ten Books to Read if You've Never Read Rainbow Rowell

1. Great by Sara Benincasa

Rainbow Rowell is great when it comes to dialogue and Great has incredible dialogue.

2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Both The Great Gatsby and Rainbow's books have very complex and interesting characters that bring something specific and new to the story.

3. This Song Will Change Your Life by Leila Sales
A great coming of age story where the characters are always growing.

Rainbow's books and Megan Shepards books are both faced paced, with great relationships and bonds throughout.

5Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
An incredible coming of age story. Rainbow Rowell and Benjamin Saenz both write stories that today's young adults can relate to.

6. Looking for Alaska by John Green
The authors writing styles are both incredible. 

7. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Romance done write. Both Stephanie and Rainbow know how to write romance.

8. Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Beautiful writing, witty characters, and  a great, realistic plot. Both Just One Day and Rainbow's books are YA contemporary at its best.

9. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider 
Rainbow's books have great characters, and so does TBoE. Also, they share a great use of fan culture.

10. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Rainbow Rowell writes so beautifully and so simply, and Two Boys Kissing is very similar to that.

Rainbow Rowell is one of my all time favourite authors, and while these books are all amazing, if you haven't read Rainbow Rowell, PLEASE get on it. Link me to your TTT in the comments below!