Two weeks ago, I participated in Raincoast Books Winter/Spring Preview and it was fantastic! I participate from home because Vancouver is the closest meet-up location and it’s still 8 hours drive away. I always enjoy their previews but this was my favorite so far, there are just so many incredible up-coming books! The chat #teensreadfeed is also a great time, I love to meet other Canadian bloggers and see what they’re excited for.
These are some of the books they previewed that I’m most excited for and sure a lot of you have heard of. In fact, Raincoast was kind enough to send out little goodie packages to everyone participating at home and Hazel Wood was in my package! I can’t wait to dive in.
Also, the author of Nice Try, Jane Sinner, Lianne Oelke was a special guest. She told the story of how her book came to be and so much of what she had to say resonated with me. And inspired me as well. I didn’t know much about her book before that day, and I still don’t to be honest, but after hearing her talk I knew I had to read her book. I really encourage you all to learn more about her and this upcoming release!
I read 1 book and listened to 6 audiobooks
For a total of 2,908pages The genres included Fantasy, Historical Fiction as well as Contemporary. Here are my thoughts for each one, click the title of the ARCs for a full review.
Like A River Glorious by Rae Carson (owned) ★★★★ Does anyone else finally get around to reading a sequel and then wonder what took them so long? I forgot how much I love these characters. I did find the middle to be a little slow which is where it lost one star but overall the writing is just so atmospheric you can’t help but get sucked in.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (Owned) ★★★★.5 Another case of what took me so long! I don’t read a lot of contemporary but a lot of my friends love Jenny Han so I decided, why not give it a try? I’m so glad I did because immediately I loved Lara Jean and all of the song girls. I want there to be 10 books in this series, but I guess 3 will have to do.
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (Overdrive) ★★★★.5 I read the first book in 3 days and this sequel in 2! I have a hold on the final book and plan to buddy read it with a friend. I just can’t get enough! Seriously even if you aren’t often interested in contemporary you have to give this series a try.
The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova (ARC) ★★★★ (SPOILERS) This is the sequel to The Alchemists of Loom which I LOVED and reviewed last year. In this sequel, the world expands, secrets are revealed and the stakes get intense! I really liked getting to know Florence better and watching her grow and gain purpose. Arianna and Cvareh didn’t develop as much as I would have liked as individuals, and Arianna even irritated me at times. (If you don’t want to be in a relationship fine but don’t be an asshole) I really need the final book Rebels of Gold to know how it all plays out!
Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz (Overdrive) ★★★ I borrowed this on a whim and basically knowing nothing about Hamilton (I know, what rock have I been living under) I didn’t have anything to compare it to. Having said that it was an enjoyable if predictable read. The narrator did an excellent job bringing the characters to life.
A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir (Owned) ★★★★ I had greatly forgotten my love of these characters. In fact, I should have reread An Ember In The Ashes First but regardless I ate this up like ice cream. It was so good! By the end, everyone is in a role they weren’t expecting and now I have no idea what to expect in book 3! Sabaa Tahir is proving to be a really talented writer. (And also the greatest to follow on Instagram)
A Gathering of Shadows by Victoria Schwab (Owned) ★★★★★ OMG that ending! I loved Lila as a pirate and the Games but I was not prepared for that ending. Schwab is officially a new all-time favorite author of mine and I want to read everything she’s written.
It’s been likened to Harry Potter which is a nearly impossible pair of boots to fill. Before I knew that though, the cover gave me HP vibes while the synopsis set it apart. I have a really good feeling about this one and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.
I recently took part in Raincoast Books Winter/Spring Preview event. At the event was special guest Lianne Oelke. I hadn’t really heard of her or her book before that day but wow, she blew me away. She described the series of events that lead to her writing Nice Try, Jane Sinner as well as the process of getting it published. Everything she said felt like it was plucked from my own thoughts! It really resonated with me. Without hesitation, I will be buying this one on release day.
In Other News
I started school, I guess is my biggest news. I’m doing some upgrading to qualify for college next fall and so far it’s going really well. I’m surprisingly really enjoying math, no one is more surprised about that than me.
My son and I have been enjoying the fall weather, walking lots and frequenting the library more often. We recently fell in love with If I Had a Gryphon by Vikki Vansickle, and if you have a toddler in your life I highly recommend it. Then we both got sick and spent a lot of time just watching movies and reaching for tissues.
Most of my free time was taken up by school and homework so I didn’t do anything exciting in September. I did, however, participate in Raincoast Books, Winter/Spring Preview Event and it was a blast! I have participated in three events like these and this was the best yet. There are so many incredible and diverse books coming out in the next six months and I really enjoyed the guest speaker Lianne Oelkle as well. Definitely look for my blog post recapping the whole event later this week.
Coming Up Next For Review
What was the best book you read in September? Let me know down in the comments!
“Sister in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine.” (Pg.180)
Despite having a movie come out this year based on the same main character, Leigh Bardugo’s Diana stands on her own. Bardugo crafted a tale with all the parts of the Wonder Woman we know and love: a girl born to the island Themscrya, wielding a truth enforcing whip and looking incredible while she does it. While also breathing new life into the story, weaving in Greek mythology; Helena of Troy and characters like the Goddess Eris.
What I liked:
Holy feminism batman! So much girl power I couldn’t help walking around with my head held higher the entire time I read this beauty. I expected no less from Bardugo ❤
Greek mythology!! Seriously the easiest way to the heart of this bookworm is to include any kind of mythology. I haven’t read a lot of other Wonder Woman material but to my knowledge (please correct me if I am mistaken), this is the first time Helena of Troy has been included in Diana’s tale. Trust Bardugo to make an often retold story original as heck.
Incredible female friendships. Alia’s and Nim’s tightness is #goals. These girls are fierce and there is no question that they have each other’s backs, in the ballroom and on the battlefield. I also enjoyed the connection that grew between Diana and Alia, from mistrust to a sisterhood. Bardugo is the queen of writing inspiring females…
Seriously, how does Leigh keep writing such hilarious dialogue between her characters? The chemistry feels so organic between the group of five and Theo is such a cinnamon roll (not only because he shares a name with my son)
I should also mention this book is incredibly DIVERSE! (POC & LGBTQ)
What I Disliked:
Usually, I enjoy a twist that I don’t see coming but this one felt shocking because it didn’t feel right? Almost jarring or forced because everything leading up to this didn’t even hint at his deceitfulness? It just didn’t sit right with me.
I found the pace to be slow in a lot of places, and more description than I needed at times, usually when they were traveling.
While I enjoyed the diversity of the cast, the fantastic banter, and strong female friendships, sometimes it felt like these friends were trying too hard to be like another band of misfits we all love.
Thank you for reading this review of Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, I hope you enjoyed my insights and look forward to more reviews from me in the future.