Raincoast Books Winter Preview Recap

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.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Furyborn by Claire Legrand


And these are a few that I hadn’t heard of until the preview that really caught my attention. Click on the links below to read a full synopsis and add it to your Goodreads.

Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau
Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Your Only & Only by Adrianne Finlay

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cover Reveal for The Rebels of Gold!

 

I’m so excited to be sharing the cover reveal for Rebels of Gold by Elise Kova with you today! This is the third book in the Loom Saga and I am so excited to read this conclusion, which is releasing December 5th, 2017. I also have information for you about the incredible pre-order giveaway! For those of you who are new to the Loom Saga here’s a little information about The Alchemists of Loom – Book #1 in the Loom Saga, to get you started. I cannot recommend this trilogy enough, this is one of the best series I’ve ever read.

The Alchemists of Loom, The Loom Saga Book #1

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

To celebrate the final book in the Loom Saga, the first book, THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM, is on sale! The eBook is on sale for $3.99!

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And now, without further ado here is the GORGEOUS cover reveal for The Rebels of Gold!

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34503713-the-rebels-of-gold

Synopsis: A new rebellion rises from the still-smoldering remnants of the five guilds of Loom to stand against Dragon tyranny. Meanwhile, on Nova, those same Dragons fight amongst themselves, as age-old power struggles shift the political landscape in fateful and unexpected ways. Unlikely leaders vie for the opportunity to shape a new world order from the perfect clockwork designs of one temperamental engineer.

Pre-order Giveaway: When you pre-order The Rebels of Gold you can get exclusive swag like bookmarks, bookplates, and characters card. The swag is first come, first serve, so send proof of your pre-order here early. The more people who pre-order the more swag that will be unlocked!

Pre-order THE REBELS OF GOLD from:

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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2017

  1. Best book I’ve read so far 
    This was a really tough choice but the top spot currently goes to Gemina. Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman are truly talented, their stories are always the perfect balance of action, suspense, humor, and romance. I didn’t think it could be as good as Illuminae and it was better. Rounding out my top 5 are Windwitch, The Valiant, Furiously Happy and When Dimple Met Rishi. Hey! That’s one from every genre!
  2. Best sequel I’ve read so far
    Definitely Windwitch by Susan Dennard
  3. New release you haven’t read yet but want to
    There are so many but Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab is at the top of the list
  4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
    Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova and Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
  5. Biggest Disappointment
    Would have to be The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. The cover is beautiful and I was so sure I would love the story, it even started out great but the rest was a total flop for me. 
  6. Biggest Surprise
    Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. I listened to the audiobook on a whim and I’m so, so thankful I did. I laughed, I cried and this story resonated so deeply with me as someone who struggles with mental health. Jenny Lawson is such an incredible author and inspiring individual. 
  7. Favorite new (to me) author
    Is a tie between Lesley Livingston who wrote The Valiant and Menon Sandhya, author of When Dimple Met Rishi
  8. Newest Fictional Crush
    OMG, now I know what has been missing, I haven’t found a new book boyfriend all year! I do however have a major girl crush on Hanna from Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
  9. Newest Favourite Character
    I really related to Reggie Mason, from Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor, and her struggle with mental health. She was kind of a complete mess and really thorny on the outside but loving on the inside just like me! 
  10. Book That Made Me Cry
    Come Away With Me by Karma Brown. I’m pretty sure I teared up while reading a few others this year but this one really pulled my heart strings because I’m a mom. 
  11. Book That Made Me Happy
    When Dimple Met Rishi by Menon Sandhya. Hands down the most smile-inducing book I’ve read this year. 
  12. Most Beautiful Book I’ve Bought This Year
    Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
  13. What Book(s) Do I Need To Read By The End Of The Year
    If I had to pick just one I’d say The Novice by Taran Matharu, because I think it’s going to become an instant favorite of mine and I still haven’t picked it up and I have no good reason why.However, these are the other books I really hope to get to by the end of 2017. Morning Star by Pierce Brown, Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken, A Torch In The Night by Sabaa Tahir, Winners Crime by Marie Rutkoski, ACOWAR by Sarah J Maas, Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab, The Crowns Fate by Evelyn Skye, Now I Rise by Kiersten White, Fire Falling by Elise Kova, Like A River Glorious by Rae Carson, Of Fire And Stars by Audrey Coulthurst, Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch and The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson. Wish me luck!

I would like to tag Alice of Alices Book Vault and Adriana of Adriana Gabrielle Writes

#ATSOReadathon Begins Tomorrow!

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I can hardly believe it but my very first readathon begins tomorrow!

I have had so many wonderful readers, bloggers and booktubers sign up and I could not be more thankful and excited. I hope you are as well. If you missed my post announcing the readathon you can find it here
Basically, the goal of this readathon is to read books that are 300 pages or less, as many as you can, in the month of March. (Thats right, this readathon lasts a whole month!) They could also be novellas, graphic novels, books of poetry, etc. You can interact on Twitter using the hashtag #ATSOReadathon and there will be a giveaway at the end!

It isn’t too late to sign up! You have until the 7th of March at 12 midnight Pacific Time

I for one, am so excited to read so many books this month. I have a HUGE tower of short books and I’m ready to start crushing it!
I can’t wait to see your progress and hear all about the amazing books you guys read this month.

Happy Reading, And let All The Short Ones Readathon Begin!!

 

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: January 31st 2017
Source: eARC from Raincoast Books

Click Here For The Goodreads Summary

 

RATING: ☆☆22296822

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Not the Twix!” said Banger. “It’s a candy bar and a cookie”

THOUGHTS:

I feel like I’m definitely the black sheep in the flock because I just couldn’t enjoy this book. There were good moments, but overall I had so many issues with it.

If you don’t know this book is about a girl and her little brother who are attacked during a snow storm and saved by a mysterious, well muscled, man from the Lowlands. Which is basically Hell. He is sent to the Overlands (Our world) to collect sinning souls and take them back to his world. However, our main character Zoe and mystery man feel an instant connection and he asks her whether he should take the soul or not. She chooses mercy for the sinner but in choosing to let him go damns mystery man to suffer the Trembling. A kind of sickness for not obeying his masters. But he’s already broken a bunch of rules by allowing himself to be seen by an innocent so what one more, right?

Firstly I would like to cover what I did enjoy about The Edge of Everything. Mechanically, I found the writing was really solid. Honestly, I feel that if this author were to write a different story, I would be interested in reading it. I really enjoyed the characters because they had realistic flaws and were pleasantly quirky. Zoe was great, her blurting was funny and often had me in giggles. The banter between all the characters was really good in fact. I also adored Ripper and Banger, yes their self-inflicted damages made me cringe, but their personalities were fantastic. One of my favorite scenes is the junk food scene with Banger and Zoe.

Sadly, that wraps up what I enjoyed. (Some spoilers ahead)

The story started off faced paced and felt creepy, almost thriller-like but after the initial attack, the mood changed. The rest of the story was pretty slow-paced, and mostly dialogue between characters. I didn’t feel engaged anymore. It wasn’t predictable, I’ll give it that. It was so weird and unrealistic that I didn’t have any idea what would happen next but not in a good way. I like the kind of unpredictable that well crafted and this was more like the recollections of an acid trip. Think Alice in Wonderland, in fact, if you like that sort of nonsensical whimsy you might love this book. I am a true believer that there aren’t books that are actually bad, just books paired with the wrong people.

Like I said before I liked Zoe but boy did I hate her to start. She sent her eight-year-old brother, who she refers to as a Spaz, outside to play because hess annoying her. Even though its -10 and she knows there’s a snow storm coming. And, she waits till the storm is full on before going to get him? I was ready to quit right there, expecting her to be thi sbratty for the rest of the book. She was actually a pretty kick ass character throughout, and very protective of her brother, so the beginning felt really out of character.

One of the things that bothered me most were the love interests. Putting aside all the bright shiny feelings Zoe has for X, I felt like their relationship was really unhealthy. Insta love that causes the participants to instantly be willing to throw away their lives and safety of others is not romantic in my opinion. Also, X is aware that his presence is a danger to Zoe but he stays anyway and later he endangers her again without warning her of the consequences. This was just plain selfish. Now, let’s compare this to Dallas, the one-sided love interest, who is constantly and annoying painted as a Neanderthal. He was constantly respectful of Zoe’s need for space, always willing to listen, helpful, kind and even thoughtful. I’m not saying Zoe should have picked Dallas (I would have) because you can’t help loving who you love. What I am saying is, she had an example of healthy love in her life so she should have known the difference. Zoe and X’s relationship felt a lot like the typical bad boy who needs saving trope. Which is so over done, and unrealistic. Bad boys have a lot of baggage and aren’t emotionally available to have a healthy relationship. It’s not a trope that should be romanticized. Again, just my opinion.

This story was unrealistic in so many ways. I wanted to scream on multiple occasions. Just so you know this is the most instant of insta love you have ever read. These two can even mind read one another from the moment they meet. I can believe an instant attraction but I hate insta love. Also who has instant love with a man who appears out of nowhere, with magic powers and a taste for soul stealing? Where is her sense of caution?! I mean I get the bad boy attraction theory but this is pushing the limits. This isn’t a leather jacket and a smoking habit. This guy is from Hell. Zoe should have been getting some major red flags once she recovered from the sight of his perfect abs. Yeah okay, later we discover that he isnt a psycho but she doesn’t know that then! And while we’re on the topic of X’s demeanor – throughout the story Zoe and X are trying to find a way for X to stay in the Overlands so they can be together? This guy has lived in Hell for 20ish years, I’m sorry but I can’t see him getting a job at Starbucks and enrolling in evening classes. What I mean is this guy is going to need some serious therapy after what he’s been through and to assimilate into a new world. I really don’t think he would be in any place to have a relationship. And does anyone else think its weird that he loves the first and only girl he’s ever interacted with? I mean so would I in his position but does that make it real love? Maybe I’m being too critical but even though this story is weird and quirky I need it to be realistic. I need my characters to think realistically. And don’t get me started on the mother! What mom would have let a strange man, found hiding in the garage, suffering from some strange sickness into the house. And leave him alone with her kids. No, any mom I know would have called the cops, or at least a cab and kicked him out. I just couldn’t buy it. Look I know its fantasy, in other fantasy books there are teen assassins saving the world, but its set in a different world than ours. If you’re going to have a fantasy in our world I’m going to hold it to the standard of our cultural reality.

And my biggest gripe with this book. What. Was. The. Point. Seriously? I really felt like it had no direction what so ever. The world wasn’t changed or saved. I don’t feel like the characters grew or learned anything. Zoe changes her mind at the last minute and lets her father go? Wow, didn’t see that coming a mile away. Rendering everything that led up to it completely pointless. I was really hoping her father would go willingly to see her happy with X, that would have been a decent resolution – but no. And oh, there’s a big battle at the end? Nope, the lords don’t even look for a body, they just assume he’s dead and give up and leave. Talk about anti-climactic. And wouldn’t they know that they didn’t kill him? I mean they know what X is doing from another realm but they can’t sense whether a life ended?

Nothing was resolved, nothing changed. I’m torn between hoping there’s a sequel so things make sense and hoping that this is the end of the ridiculousness. If there is a sequel that wraps things up, I feel like a lot of this book could have been cut out to make way for that content.