Six for Sunday – Perfect Pool Reads

This meme is hosted by Steph at A little but a lot. The weekly prompts for 2019 can be found here.

This week’s prompt is Perfect Pool Reads. Here’s my list:

1. The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley

2. Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

3. The Au Pair by Emma Rous

4. The Last Guest House by Megan Miranda

5. Save the Date by Morgan Matson

6. Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

Did you write a #SixforSunday post? What was your list of Perfect Pool Reads?

Review: The Secret of the Old Clock

Title: The Secret of the Old Clock
Author: Carolyn Keene
Genre: Children’s, Mystery
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlop
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: 1930
Rating: ★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Nancy, unaided, seeks to find a missing will. To the surprise of many, the Topham family will inherit wealthy Josiah Crowley’s fortune, instead of deserving relatives and friends who were promised inheritances. Nancy determines that a clue to a second will might be found in an old clock Mr. Crowley had owned and she seeks to find the timepiece. Her search not only tests her keen mind, but also leads her into a thrilling adventure.


It’s been many years since I first read this book. I recently watched the walkthrough on YouTube for the game version, and I wanted to read the book again. It wasn’t my favourite Nancy Drew game, so I was curious to revisit the book.

It may be my modern way of thinking, but I found the characters way too trusting. All of them told Nancy their financial troubles right after meeting her. It seemed strange for them to tell her all of their business immediately. I know it’s fiction, but it was so unrealistic and unusual.

Though some parts of this story were unrealistic, it is still a classic because it is the beginning of Nancy Drew’s mysteries.

What to read next:

The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene

Have you read The Secret of the Old Clock? What did you think of it?

Stacking the Shelves – August 3

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I received two books from Penguin Random House Canada:

Knife by Jo Nesbø

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

I was approved for a book on NetGalley from Simon and Schuster Canada:

Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao

Thank you Penguin Random House Canada and Simon and Schuster Canada for these books!

What books did you get this week?

Review: Doctor Who: The Many Lives of Doctor Who

Title: Doctor Who: The Many Lives of Doctor Who
Author: Richard Dinnick
Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction
Publisher: Titan
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Release Date: September 26, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

The ultimate celebration of Doctor Who – a perfect introduction for new fans and a brilliant tribute for long-time Whovians! 

When you die, your life flashes before your eyes – and the Doctor’s had a lot of lives! The Thirteenth Doctor relives unseen adventures from all her past selves!


This story takes place during the Twelfth Doctor’s regeneration into the Thirteenth Doctor. He thinks back on each of his different regenerations as the Doctor. It’s a great recap of the entire series.

I loved that each version of the Doctor was illustrated by a different person. They all had distinct personalities, so they were all illustrated differently in this book. Some of the ones that were more quirky, like the Fourth Doctor, had more of a cartoon drawing, while more serious characters, like the Ninth Doctor, has more realistic graphics. My favourite illustrations were of the new Thirteenth Doctor, because they were so realistic that they looked like photographs of her!

I’m not as familiar with the Doctors from the original series, but I could recognize some of the characters. I wish there were more of my favourite characters in the recent Doctor stories. For the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, other characters were in their stories who I think are from their comic series. I wish there were more recognizable companions with those Doctors.

This is a great introduction to the new Doctor!

What to read next:

Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor, Vol. 1: A New Beginning by Jody Houser

Have you read Doctor Who: The Many Lives of Doctor Who? What did you think of it?

First Lines Friday – August 2

This is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words, where you give the first few lines of a book to hook your readers before introducing the book.

Here are my first lines:

“It was a bloody great hotel. The minibar in Jule’s room stocked potato chips and four different chocolate bars. The bathtub had bubble jets. There was an endless supply of fat towels and liquid gardenia soap. In the lobby, an elderly gentleman played Gershwin on a grand piano at four each afternoon. You could get hot clay skin treatments, if you didn’t mind strangers touching you.”

Do you recognize these first lines?

And the book is… Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart.


Goodreads synopsis:

From the author of the unforgettable New York Timesbestseller We Were Liars comes a masterful new psychological suspense novel–the story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.

Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. 

An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. 

A bad romance, or maybe three.

Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. 

A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.

A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

Have you read Genuine Fraud? What did you think of it?

Review: Changeling (The Oddmire #1)

Title: Changeling (The Oddmire #1)
Author: William Ritter
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Source: Thomas Allen and Son (book distributor)
Format: Paperback
Release Date: July 16, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Magic is fading from the Wild Wood. To renew it, goblins must perform an ancient ritual involving the rarest of their kind—a newborn changeling. But when the fateful night arrives to trade a human baby for a goblin one, something goes terribly wrong. After laying the changeling in a human infant’s crib, the goblin Kull is briefly distracted from his task. By the time he turns back, the changeling has already perfectly mimicked the human child. Too perfectly: Kull cannot tell them apart. Not knowing which to bring back, he leaves both babies behind.

Tinn and Cole are raised as human twins, neither knowing what secrets may be buried deep inside one of them. Then when they are twelve years old, a mysterious message arrives, calling the brothers to be heroes and protectors of magic. The boys must leave behind their sleepy town of Endsborough and risk their lives in the Wild Wood, crossing the perilous Oddmire swamp and journeying through the Deep Dark to reach the goblin horde and discover who they truly are.


This was an exciting adventure story that alters the fairytale of the changeling.

A changeling is a baby that has been switched by a fairy or goblin for one of their babies. However, in this story, when a goblin goes to switch the babies, he gets distracted and forgets which baby he brought. He ends up leaving both babies, so the family is left with both their baby and a changeling that looks identical to the baby.

On their thirteenth birthday, the twin boys, Tinn and Cole, go on an adventure into a magical part of the forest called the Oddmire to find out which one of them is the changeling and which one is the human. They meet magical creatures along the way, such as goblins and hinkypunks.

The boys’ mother was an important part of the story. She raised the boys on her own because her husband left soon after the changeling arrived. Often in children’s fantasy stories, the parents are absent or absent minded. I liked seeing a very involved parent, who was willing to risk her life to save her children.

I loved this story!

Thank you Thomas Allen and Son for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles #1) by Toni DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Have you read Changeling? What did you think of it?

TBR Thursday – August 1

TBR Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly Faye Reads, where you post a title from your shelf or e-reader and find out what others think about it.

My pick this week is Her Royal Highness (Royals #2) by Rachel Hawkins.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best friend/sort-of-girlfriend has been kissing someone else. And because Millie cannot stand the thought of confronting her ex every day, she decides to apply for scholarships to boarding schools . . . the farther from Houston the better.

Millie can’t believe her luck when she’s accepted into one of the world’s most exclusive schools, located in the rolling highlands of Scotland. Everything about Scotland is different: the country is misty and green; the school is gorgeous, and the students think Americans are cute.

The only problem: Mille’s roommate Flora is a total princess.

She’s also an actual princess. Of Scotland.

At first, the girls can barely stand each other–Flora is both high-class and high-key–but before Millie knows it, she has another sort-of-best-friend/sort-of-girlfriend. Even though Princess Flora could be a new chapter in her love life, Millie knows the chances of happily ever afters are slim . . . after all, real life isn’t a fairy tale . . . or is it?

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?