Review: The Wolves of Winter

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Title: The Wolves of Winter
Author: Tyrell Johnson
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

goodreads-badge-add-plus-71eae69ca0307d077df66a58ec068898Goodreads Synopsis:

Station Eleven meets The Hunger Games in this ruthless, captivating story of a young woman’s survival in the frozen wilderness of the Yukon after the rest of the world has collapsed.

As the old world dies, we all must choose to become predators. Or become prey.

The old world has been ravaged by war and disease, and as far as Lynn McBride is concerned, her family could be the last one left on earth. For seven years, the McBrides have eked out a meagre existence in the still, white wilderness of the Yukon. But this is not living. This is survival on the brink.

Into this fragile community walk new threats, including the enigmatic fugitive, Jax, who holds secrets about the past and, possibly, keys to a better future. And then there’s Immunity, the pre‑war organization that was supposed to save humankind from the flu. They’re still out there, enforcing order and conducting experiments—but is their work for the good of humankind or is something much more sinister at play? In the face of almost certain extinction, Lynn and her family must learn to hunt as a pack or die alone in the cold.

Breakout debut novelist Tyrell Johnson weaves a captivating tale of humanity stretched far beyond its breaking point, of family and the bonds of love forged when everything else is lost. Reminiscent of Station Eleven and The Hunger Games, this is a classic and enthralling post‑apocalyptic adventure and a celebration of the human spirit.

Review:

This book is a great way to start of the new year! It’s a cross between the Hunger Games, Station Eleven, and even a bit of The Maze Runner.

I love dystopia stories. Some seem so realistic, especially with the way the world is going these days. In this story, there has been nuclear war that destroyed a lot of the world. Asia was decimated by the Asian flu, which eventually made its way to North America. This future is terrifying, but unfortunately it is believable.

I loved the character of Lynn. She’s conflicted and takes chances but she sticks with her decisions. This doesn’t always have the best outcomes, but it made the story thrilling and unpredictable.

Also, while I’ve been reading this story, the weather in Toronto has been breaking records for how cold it is. This has nothing to do with the story, but it made me sympathize with the cold Yukon environment that the characters were experiencing. It really set the scene.

From the ending of the story, I hope there will be more to come. I’ll definitely be looking for it!

Best Books of 2017 – Young Adult Fiction

Here are my favourite young adult fiction books of 2017:

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The Empress

Author: S.J. Kincaid
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Canada
Release Date: 
October 31, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★
My Review

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All The Crooked Saints

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher:
Scholastic
Release Date: 
October 10, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★
My Review

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Long Way Down

Author: Jason Reynolds
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★
My Review

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The Upside of Unrequited

Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: April 11, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★
My Review

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They Both Die at the End

Author: Adam Silvera
Publisher:
HarperTeen
Release Date: 
September 5, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★
My Review

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She, Myself, and I

Author: Emma Young
Publisher:
ABRAMS Kids
Release Date:
September 5, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★
My Review

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Girls Made of Snow and Glass

Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Publisher:
Flatiron Books
Release Date:
September 5, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★
My Review

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Zero Repeat Forever

Author: G.S. Prendergast
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada
Release Date: August 29, 2017
Rating: ★★★★
My Review

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Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★
My Review

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I Have No Secrets

Author: Penny Joelson
Publisher:
Electric Monkey
Release Date:
June 29, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★
My Review

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Saints and Misfits

Author: S.K. Ali
Publisher:
Salaam Reads
Release Date:
June 13, 2017
Rating: ★★★★
My Review

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Follow Me Back

Author: A.V. Geiger
Publisher: 
Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: 
June 6, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★
My Review

 

My list for the best Non-Fiction books of 2017 is here.
My list for the best Graphic Novels of 2017 is here.
My list for the best Adult Fiction novels of 2017 is here.

 

Review: This Is Not a Spectacle

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Title: This Is Not a Spectacle
Author: Isabelle Kenyon
Genre: Poetry
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Source: Author
Release Date: September 4, 2017
Rating: ★★★★

goodreads-badge-add-plus-71eae69ca0307d077df66a58ec068898Goodreads Synopsis:

The extended version of This Is Not a Spectacle explores human curiosity towards strangers and investigates where curiosity becomes fascination with another’s grief or misfortune from afar.

Split into six sections, the poems range from my experiences of a car accident, my own fascination of others and strangers’ impressions of me.

It is an expression of anger from those who least want to be stared at and be put on display.

Review:

I have never been a big fan of poetry. But when Isabelle Kenyon approached me to review her poetry collection I decided to give it a try, and it was very good.

The poems are powerful and moving. They are divided into sections such as Homeless, The Care Home, and Hospital Rooms. They are all subjects that we can relate to, but are difficult to discuss.

A couple of poems really stood out to me. “Raised by the Internet” is about what people post on social media. The things that people post make us think we should behave the same way. The final line was the powerful: “Internet trends do not correspond to real friends.”

“Family member in fur” is another poem that was important to me. It’s about losing a pet. I have experienced that before, and I will again one day. It’s never easy to lose a pet because it’s like losing a child. But the poem described it well.

I really enjoyed this poetry collection and I recommend it to poetry fans and newcomers alike!

Beat the Backlist 2018

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Here’s my first challenge of the new year! I’m so excited to do this challenge, because I have so many books piled up that I want to read, but I’ve been neglecting them to read new ARCs instead. Now I finally have a reason to read them!

Here are the rules:

The challenge will run from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. You have an ENTIRE YEAR to complete your goal!

Books must be released prior to 2018 to count for this challenge. Although we love new releases too, this isn’t the challenge for them.

You can sign up here and don’t forget to tag #BeatTheBacklist and @BeatTheBacklist on Twitter.

Once you sign up, you will be put into a team so you can earn points and prizes.

So without further ado, here’s my back list for 2018:

  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
  • Wintersong by S. Jae-Jong
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  • King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
  • Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
  • Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • Fireblood by Elly Blake
  • Frostblood by Elly Blake
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
  • After You by Jojo Moyes
  • China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

 

Update: I’m on the Book Bards team!

Best Books of 2017 – Adult Fiction

Here are my favourite adult fiction books of 2017:

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The Rules of Magic

Author: Alice Hoffman
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Canada
Release Date: 
October 10, 2017
Rating: ★★★★
My Review

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The Accident

Author: Dawn Goodwin
Publisher: 
Aria
Release Date:
 October 1, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★
My Review

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The Good Mother

Author: Karen Osman
Publisher: Aria
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Rating: ★★★★
My Review

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Home Fire

Author: Kamila Shamsie
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★
My Review

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The History of Bees

Author: Maja Lunde, Diane Oatley (translator)
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Release Date:
August 22, 2017
Rating: 
My Review

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Emma in the Night

Author: Wendy Walker
Publisher: 
St. Martin’s Press
Release Date:
August 8, 2017
Rating: ★★★★
My Review

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Are You Sleeping

Author: Kathleen Barber
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Release Date:
August 2, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★
My Review

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The Lying Game

Author: Ruth Ware
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Rating: ★★★★
My Review

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The Child

Author: Fiona Barton
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★
My Review

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The End of Temperance Dare

Author: Wendy Webb
Publisher:
Lake Union Publishing
Release Date:
June 6, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★
My Review

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The Finishing School

Author: Joanna Goodman
Publisher: 
Harper Paperbacks
Release Date: 
April 11, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★
My Review

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Gone Without A Trace

Author: Mary Torjussen
Publisher: 
Berkley Books
Release Date: 
April 18, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★
My Review

My list for the best Non-Fiction books of 2017 is here.
My list for the best Graphic Novels of 2017 is here.

2017 Wrap up

This was my first year of blogging, and I absolutely loved it! I’m so glad that I have been able to get to know so many of my fellow bloggers. I really feel at home in the book blogging community.

So here’s my year of books, according to Goodreads:

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So I read 290 books… yes that’s a lot!
And what may be even crazier is that I’m going to make my reading goal 300 for 2018. Since I review a book everyday, I’m always reading. But I love it so it isn’t a chore for me. And since I almost made it to 300 books with just blogging for the past 8 months, I should be able to reach that goal next year.

Another milestone is that my NetGalley approval rating is 74%!
I made a goal to get it to 80% by January 1, 2018, but I wasn’t able to reach that. However, I made a lot of progress on that goal through December, because my rating was at 60% at the beginning of December. Hopefully I will be able to get to 80% by my birthday (February 22).

Now for some blogging stats:

My most viewed post was my Blogmas – Day 1 post.

My most viewed review was Jane Eyre (Manga Classic). This really surprised me! I didn’t expect this one to be my most viewed review.

As of writing this post, I have 431 followers! Thank you so much to everyone who has followed my blog. I appreciate all of you! I’m planning on doing a giveaway when I reach 500 followers, so hopefully that will happen in the near future!

I have had a fabulous year of reading and blogging! I hope you have too!

Thanks for reading!

Happy New Year and All the Best in 2018!!!