Review: Emergency Contact


Title: Emergency Contact
Author: Mary H.K. Choi
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: March 27, 2018
Rating: ★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.


This is a character driven novel. It’s not my favourite kind of story. I prefer a strong plot. But others will probably enjoy it more than me.

I liked the quirky characters. Penny was funny, and I loved how she was always so prepared. Sam was a tragic character. They both grew up in single parent households and faced some struggles. Jude and Mallory were the opposites of them, because they seemed like they had everything together. These contrasting characters were great.

It took a long time for the story to start moving forward. For the first hundred pages or so, the characters kept reflecting on things that happened to them in the past. I kept wondering where the story was going. For me, that was too long to start the main storyline.

Unfortunately, this book wasn’t for me, but I’m sure many other readers will enjoy this style.


Review: Black Panther, Volume 2: A Nation Under Our Feet


Title: Black Panther, Volume 2: A Nation Under Our Feet
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chris Sprouse, Don McGregor, Rich Buckler
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Source: Purchased
Release Date: January 24, 2017
Rating: ★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Counting down the final days of the kingdom of Wakanda! As Zenzi and The People poison Wakanda’s citizens against the Black Panther, a cabal of nation-breakers is assembled. And Ayo and Aneka, the Midnight Angels, are courted to raise their land to new glory! His allies dwindling, T’Challa must rely on his elite secret police, the Hatut Zeraze, and fellow Avenger Eden Fesi, a.k.a. Manifold! And with T’Challa’s back truly against the wall, some old friends lend a hand: Luke Cage, Misty Knight and Storm! But Wakanda may be too far gone for this all-new, all-different crew — and there’s one job the Panther must handle alone. Only he can voyage into the Djalia! Getting there is hard enough, but can he even find his sister Shuri inside Wakanda’s collective memory? Collecting BLACK PANTHER (2016) #5-8, plus JUNGLE ACTION #6-7 and bonus content.


I enjoyed this second volume in the new Black Panther series.

This story jumped right into the action, since the characters were introduced in the first volume. T’Challa appears much more conflicted between leading his country and protecting his people. Meanwhile, he needs to try to get his sister back from Wakanda’s collective memory, which is like an in-between world.

The Black Panther has to face all of these challenges, so he brings in some help from other superhero friends. I loved the cameo appearances by other Marvel superheroes. He asks Tony Stark, AKA Iron Man for help. He also brings his friends Storm, Eden Fesi, Luke Cage, and Misty Knight into Wakanda. It was interesting to see him interact with these other familiar characters.

I also enjoyed the two vintage comics at the end of the volume. They show the original comics featuring the Black Panther, so we can see how he has changed and how he has remained the same over the decades. This is a great second volume in the series!

Blog Tour: The Window


Title: The Window
Author: Amelia Brunskill
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Anna is everything her identical twin is not. Outgoing and athletic, she is the opposite of quiet introvert Jess. The same on the outside, yet so completely different inside–it’s hard to believe the girls are sisters, let alone twins. But they are. And they tell each other everything.

Or so Jess thought.

After Anna falls to her death while sneaking out her bedroom window, Jess’s life begins to unravel. Everyone says it was an accident, but to Jess, that doesn’t add up. Where was Anna going? Who was she meeting? And how long had Anna been lying to her?

Jess is compelled to learn everything she can about the sister she thought she knew. At first it’s a way to stay busy and find closure . . . but Jess soon discovers that her twin kept a lot of secrets. And as she digs deeper, she learns that the answers she’s looking for may be truths that no one wants her to uncover.

Because Anna wasn’t the only one with secrets.


I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down!

This story was very fast paced. The chapters were short, which made the story fly by. There was even a little twist in each of the chapters. The story was so addicting, I never wanted to stop reading it.

This story reminded me of Sara Shepard’s series Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game. There was a lot of teenage drama, but there was a lot of mystery about the end. Jess was on her own in figuring out what exactly happened to her sister. I love this kind of thriller. They are mysterious and unpredictable, but also relatable because of the high school setting.

I loved this book! I highly recommend it to fans of YA thrillers!

About the Author:


Amelia Brunskill was born in Melbourne, Australia, but she grew up mostly in Washington state where she picked a lot of blackberries, read a lot of books, and failed to properly appreciate the epic beauty of the mountains and the Pacific ocean.

She earned her bachelors degrees in psychology and art from the University of Washington and her master in information studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She now lives in Chicago, where she eats as much Thai food as possible and works as a librarian.

The Window is her debut novel.


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Novel Ink– Review

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Review: Reader, I Married Him


Title: Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre
Author: Tracy Chevalier
Genre: Short Stories, Fiction
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: Purchased
Release Date: March 22, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

This collection of original stories by today’s finest women writers—including Tracy Chevalier, Francine Prose, Elizabeth McCracken, Tessa Hadley, Audrey Niffenegger, and more—takes inspiration from a line in Charlotte Brontë’s most beloved novel, Jane Eyre.

A fixture in the literary canon, Charlotte Brontë is revered by readers all over the world. Her novels featuring unforgettable, strong heroines still resonate with millions today. And who could forget one of literature’s best-known lines: “Reader, I married him” from her classic novel Jane Eyre?

Part of a remarkable family that produced three acclaimed female writers at a time in 19th-century Britain when few women wrote, and fewer were published, Brontë has become a great source of inspiration to writers, especially women, ever since. Now in Reader, I Married Him, twenty of today’s most celebrated women authors have spun original stories, using the line from Jane Eyre as a springboard for their own flights of imagination.

Reader, I Married Him will feature stories by:

Tracy Chevalier, Tessa Hadley, Sarah Hall, Helen Dunmore, Kirsty Gunn, Joanna Briscoe, Jane Gardam, Emma Donaghue, Susan Hill, Francine Prose, Elif Shafak, Evie Wyld, Patricia Park, Salley Vickers, Nadifa Mohamed, Esther Freud, Linda Grant, Lionel Shriver, Audrey Niffenegger, Namwali Serpell, and Elizabeth McCracken.

Unique, inventive, and poignant, the stories in Reader, I Married Him pay homage to the literary genius of Charlotte Brontë, and demonstrate once again that her extraordinary vision continues to inspire readers and writers.


This is a great collection of short stories!

I loved the stories that expanded on the original story of Jane Eyre. “The Mirror” tells about the marriage of Jane and Rochester. In that story Rochester tries to convince Jane that she made up his mad wife in the attic, which makes Jane question if she is going mad herself. In “Reader, She Married Me,” Rochester tells his side of the story of his marriage with Bertha. He loved her so much, and ended up marrying Jane because she wore him down. These are both fascinating takes on the classic story.

Some of the stories weren’t obviously about Jane Eyre. One of those was “The Self-Seeding Sycamore,” which was about a woman who had to fight with her neighbor over an invasive tree between their yards. It didn’t have an obvious Jane Eyre theme, but I still enjoyed reading it.

This collection is a must-read for fans of Jane Eyre!

Review: Herding Cats (Sarah’s Scribbles #3)


Title: Herding Cats (Sarah’s Scribbles #3)
Author: Sarah Andersen
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: March 27, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Sarah valiantly struggles with waking up in the morning, being productive, and dealing with social situations. Sarah’s Scribbles is the comic strip that follows her life, finding humor in living as an adulting introvert that is at times weird, awkward, and embarrassing.


This is another great collection from Sarah Andersen. The best part about her comics is that they are so relatable.

There were a lot of pet comics in this book. One of my favourites was where a cat doesn’t know her name because she is called so many nicknames at home, such as “mush,” “kitten pie,” and “little beanie toe cutie.”

There were also a lot of comics about the struggles of being an artist. My favourite one was where artists are compared to actors and musicians. Both actors and musicians become more glamorous when they become famous, but artists are still at home, sitting at their computers.

This collection ended with some commentary about becoming an artist. Sarah talks about how the internet has changed and become more negative since she began her career, but it’s still an important tool for young artists. My favourite part was when she said that you shouldn’t be so hard on yourself. If you wouldn’t say it to someone else about their work, don’t say it to yourself.

This collection was entertaining and inspiring.

Review: Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvellous Memoir


Title: Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir
Author: Stan Lee, Peter David, Colleen Doran
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Touchstone
Source: Purchased
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

In this gorgeously illustrated, full-color graphic memoir, Stan Lee—comic book legend and cocreator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Incredible Hulk, and a legion of other Marvel superheroes—shares his iconic legacy and the story of how modern comics came to be.

Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. The most legendary name in the history of comic books, he has been the leading creative force behind Marvel Comics, and has brought to life—and into the mainstream—some of the world’s best-known heroes and most infamous villains throughout his career. His stories—filled with superheroes struggling with personal hang-ups and bad guys who possessed previously unseen psychological complexity—added wit and subtlety to a field previously locked into flat portrayals of good vs. evil. Lee put the human in superhuman and in doing so, created a new mythology for the twentieth century.

In this beautifully illustrated graphic memoir—illustrated by celebrated artist Colleen Doran—Lee tells the story of his life with the same inimitable wit, energy, and offbeat spirit that he brought to the world of comics. Moving from his impoverished childhood in Manhattan to his early days writing comics, through his military training films during World War II and the rise of the Marvel empire in the 1960s to the current resurgence in movies, Amazing Fantastic Incredible documents the life of a man and the legacy of an industry and career.

This funny, moving, and incredibly honest memoir is a must-have for collectors and fans of comic books and graphic novels of every age.


Stan Lee has had a fascinating life. He has gone from writing comics for WWII to making cameo appearances in his own movies. His stories are timeless. They are still relevant decades after he created them.

This book is great for all kinds of fans. It doesn’t only tell the story about his comics. He also details the comic publishing industry in the mid-20th century. He has become a celebrity on his own too, so he also talks about being starstruck when meeting other celebrities. Stan Lee has the unique position of being very successful in publishing and writing, and transitioning into mainstream pop culture. His characters are some of he most recognizable characters in the world.

This really is an Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible memoir! I recommend it to all comic fans and anyone looking for a fascinating read!

Review: Wizard for Hire


Title: Wizard for Hire
Author: Obert Skye
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Fourteen-year-old Ozzy lives near Portland, Oregon, and is desperate for help. His scientist parents have been kidnapped after discovering a formula that enables mind control. Their work was so top secret Ozzy is afraid to go to the police, but without help, he fears he’ll never find his parents. Then he stumbles across a classified ad in the local newspaper that says “Wizard for Hire. Call 555-SPEL.” Ozzy has read about wizards in books like Harry Potter, but wizards couldn’t actually exist today, could they? After Ozzy meets the wizard Labyrinth–aka Rin–he’s even more skeptical.

Sure, Rin dresses like a wizard, but the short robe and high-top tennis shoes seem unorthodox, as does Rin’s habit of writing notes on his shoes and eating breakfast for every meal. Plus, Rin doesn’t even cast any magic spells, which means that the unexplained coincidences that start happening around Ozzy are just that–coincidences.

With the help of a robotic-talking raven invented by Ozzy’s father, a kind and curious girl at school who decides to help Ozzy, and, of course, a self-proclaimed wizard who may or may not have a magical wand, Ozzy begins an unforgettable quest that will lead him closer to the answers he desperately seeks about his missing parents.


I loved this book!

It’s a cross between Harry Potter and A Series of Unfortunate Events. There were lots of Harry Potter references in this book. Since Ozzy lives in a cabin in the forest, he hasn’t had much contact with the outside world. Most of the things he knows about school, he learned from Harry Potter, such as that schools are closed on weekends and holidays. The way that his parents disappeared under suspicious circumstances reminded me of the Beaudelaire children’s parents in A Series of Unfortunate Events.

The wizard, Rin, was a great character. His magical abilities are questionable, because he doesn’t do any spells and the information he finds for Ozzy can also be found on the Internet. Ozzy is suspicious of how much of a wizard Rin really is, but he’s the perfect adult companion for a child who has lived in a forest for most of his life. They are both clueless on many topics, so it made the story funny. For example, Rin gave Ozzy some verbal instructions on how to drive a car for the first time, which didn’t end well for the car.

I loved this story! It’s great for readers of all ages.

Review: The Nameless City


Title: The Nameless City (The Nameless City #1)
Author: Faith Erin Hicks
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: First Second
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Rating: ★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

The City has many names… and no name.

Built on an ancient mountain pass, the City is forever being invaded by one nation or another, and every new master gives it a new name. But for the natives, their home is the Nameless City, and those who try to name it are forever outsiders.

Dreamy, sheltered Kaidu is one such outsider. He’s a Dao born and bred–a son of the latest nation to occupy the Nameless City. Cynical, street-smart Rat is a native, and at first she hates Kai for everything he stands for. But Kai’s love of his new home may be the one thing that can unite these two unlikely friends. And they will need to stand together at all costs…

…because the fate of the Nameless City rests in their hands.



This middle grade graphic novel was recommended to me by the 10 year old girl I look after. She said I “had to read it!” It was really good.

I liked the setting of this ancient Asian city. It is “nameless” because every group who conquers it gives it a different name. Since the name is always changing, it is actually nameless, because everyone calls it something different.

I loved the art in this book. Some of the lines were blurred to show movement in the pictures. There was a lot of running in the story, which was demonstrated really well with that technique. One thing that I didn’t like was that some of the men looked the same. This was especially confusing because they were on different sides of an argument so I kept getting them mixed up.

This book is a great start to the series.

Review: The Sun Is Also a Star


Title: The Sun Is Also a Sun
Author: Nicola Yoon
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Delacorte
Source: Purchased
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?


This book is another amazing story from Nicola Yoon! I read Everything Everything last year, and I didn’t think this one could top that, but I loved it!

Nicola Yoon is an awesome storyteller. Natasha and Daniel tell their stories in the first person. The narrative alternates between them, and sometimes the universe chimes in as well. The stakes in the story are high, because Natasha is being deported at the end of the day. They will only have this one day together unless Natasha can find a way to stay in the country.

I really liked when the universe, or other characters chimed in. Things that were happening around Daniel and Natasha were sometimes described in detail between their narratives. For example, the thoughts going through the head of the security woman at a building show that she is struggling and wants to kill herself. Another time, when a man almost hits Natasha with his car, we see a glimpse of his story. These parts show that you never know what someone else is going through, or the reason they treat you a certain way. You may thing they are rude, but they have their own struggles which are worse than what happens in that moment.

This is an amazing book, and very fast paced. I will be recommending it to everyone!

Review: Warcross (Warcross #1)


Title: Warcross (Warcross #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Penguin Group
Source: Purchased
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.


Most people don’t know that I love video games. I used to be hooked on World of Warcraft and I love other games too. But since I started university, I haven’t had as much time to play. This story gave me the experience of playing a new game.

This book definitely lived up to the hype. I flew through it! It was so fast paced. I loved the intensity of Emika’s bounty hunt. I kept holding my breath when she had to sneak around, and when she barely escaped getting caught.

The diversity in this book was great too. The main characters were Asian. One of Emika’s teammates was in a wheelchair, though his avatar in the game wasn’t. In the game Warcross, everyone can have equal abilities, even though they may not in real life. I think that’s one of the great things about games. You can live through a different life in games, just like in books.

I loved this book!! I can’t wait to see what happens next in the series!