Happy Pub Day – April 5

Happy Pub Day to all of these new books!

Reputation by Lex Croucher

Fool Me Once by Ashley Winstead

Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor

Omens Bite by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast

A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by Rebecca Connolly

Very Bad People by Kit Frick

Sense and Second-Degree Murder by Tirzah Price

Sari, Not Sari by Sonya Singh

How to High Tea with a Hyena (And Not Get Eaten) by Rachel Poliquin, Kathryn Durst

Belle Morte by Bella Higgin

Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak by Charlie Jane Anders

This Rebel Heart by Katherine Locke

Queen’s Hope by E.K. Johnston

Crimson Summer by Heather Graham

Summer on the Island by Brenda Novak

A Family Affair by Robyn Carr

Love From Scratch by Kaitlyn Hill

Does My Body Offend You? by Mayra Cuevas, Marie Marquardt

The Matchbreaker Summer by Annie Rains

The Silent Unseen by Amanda McCrina

Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang

The Blood Trials by N.E. Davenport

Alone Out Here by Riley Redgate

Heartbreak Symphony by Laekan Zea Kemp

Scout’s Honor by Lily Anderson

She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott, Alyson Derrick

Why Would I Lie? by Adi Rule

Nothing Burns as Bright as You by Ashley Woodfolk

All the Best Liars by Amelia Kahaney

Bluebird by Genevieve Graham

I Was the President’s Mistress by Miguel Syjuco

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

Animal Person by Alexander MacLeod

The Color of the Sky is the Shape of the Heart by Chesil

Youngbloods by Scott Westerfeld

Realm of the Blue Mist by Amy Kim Kibuishi

Again, Rachel by Marian Keyes

The Candy House by Jennifer Egan

In a Garden Burning Gold by Rory Power

Daughters of the Occupation by Shelly Sanders

Atomic Anna by Rachel Barenbaum

K-Pop Revolution by Stephan Lee

Gold Mountain by Betty G. Yee

You Are More Than Magic by Minda Harts

What books are you most excited for this week?


Review: The Witch’s Hand (The Montague Twins #1)

Title: The Witch’s Hand (The Montague Twins #1)
Author: Nathan Page, Drew Shannon
Genre: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy, LGBT
Publisher: Knopf
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Release Date: July 14, 2020
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Brothers. Detectives. Witches? Meet Pete and Alastair Montague in the first installment of a new graphic novel duology that is the Hardy Boys meets Paper Girls.

Pete and Alastair Montague are just a couple of mystery-solving twins, living an ordinary life. Or so they thought. After a strange storm erupts on a visit to the beach, they discover there is more to their detective skills than they had thought. Their guardian, David Faber, a once prominent professor, has been keeping secrets about their parents and what the boys are truly capable of.

At the same time, three girls go missing after casting a mysterious spell, which sets in motion a chain of events that takes their small town down an unexpected path. With the help of David’s daughter, Charlie, they discover there are forces at work that they never could have imagined, which will impact their lives forever.

An exciting new graphic novel from innovative creators Nathan Page and Drew Shannon that is at once timely and thrilling.


Pete and Al Montague are teenage twins who live with a professor and his family. Pete and Al solve mysteries in their town. However, they have a magical secret behind their success. After a storm, the boys find a mysterious witch in a lighthouse. Then three girls disappear, including the daughter of a prominent man in town. Along with the professor’s daughter, Charlie, Pete and Al investigate this disappearance and the mysteries of their town. 

This story was set in the 1960s, which reminded me of vintage Archie comics meets the Hardy Boys. There was some diversity in this story, with queer characters talking about coming out. I enjoyed this setting for this story. 

This was an exciting mystery novel. I loved the addition of some magic along with the mysteries. There was some witch lore involved as well. I liked that the mysterious elements were introduced in this story, and it left a lot of questions to be explored in the next volume. 

The Witch’s Hand is an exciting start to the Montague Twins series!

Thank you Penguin Teen Canada for providing a copy of this book.

What to read next:

The Devil’s Music by Nathan Page and Drew Shannon

Other books in the series:

  • The Devil’s Music

Have you read The Witch’s Hand? What did you think of it?

Review: Love, Comment, Subscribe

Title: Love, Comment, Subscribe
Author: Cathy Yardley
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Montlake
Source: Thomas Allen and Son
Format: Paperback
Release Date: October 1, 2021
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Back in high school, Lily Wang wanted to be popular, but she considered herself lucky to be part of a tight group of oddballs and honors students called the Nerd Herd. Now, at twenty-eight, she feels like she’s finally on the cusp of succeeding as a beauty influencer—if she can hit five million subscribers, brands will take notice and she could get her own makeup line.

Fellow Nerd Herd alum Tobin Bui has had a lot of success as a YouTube gamer. But the road to online stardom has been rocky. First, he disappointed his parents by dropping out of college, and now, after years of pranks, skits, and playthroughs, he’s struggling to come up with new content to satisfy his ever-growing fan base. His agents say he needs cross-audience appeal, a new twist.

When Nerd Herd frenemy Lily approaches Tobin about teaming up to do a video to bolster her brand and reinvigorate his, he agrees. But when their first collab video goes viral, their relationship heats up too. With the whole internet watching, will these two former misfits finally realize they’re perfect together?


When she was in high school, Lily Wang didn’t want to be a member of the nerdy, overachievers called the Nerd Herd. She wanted to be friends with the popular kids. Now, at twenty-eight, she still has the same feelings. She’s a beauty Youtuber who wants to have the most followers so that she will get more opportunities with beauty brands. When her childhood frenemy Tobin goes viral with a stunt on Youtube, Lily wonders if she could collaborate with him to gain some more subscribers. Tobin Bui has had a lot of success on Youtube, but now he is struggling to come up with original ideas. He agrees to team up with Lily, and they quickly go viral. Their tension on the screen translates to romantic tension in real life, and they wonder if they were meant to be together.

This was a fun rom com! As an influencer, on a much smaller scale than Lily and Tobin, I could relate to their desire to grow their brands. It’s easy to get caught up in wanting to grow your subscriber or follower count, especially when that comes with more paid opportunities. Lily was just focused on becoming as popular as she could, which isn’t the point of being an influencer, but she ended up teaming up with Tobin and got a great relationship out of it.

There were quite a few laugh out loud funny parts in this story. Tobin played some jokes on Lily in his videos. I was shocked at some of them, especially the first one. These were fun to read about, but I wouldn’t want them to happen to me in real life.

Love, Comment, Subscribe is a fun rom com!

Thank you Thomas Allen and Son for providing a copy of this book.

What to read next:

Gouda Friends by Cathy Yardley

Instamom by Chantel Guertin

Other books in the series:

  • Gouda Friends

Have you read Love, Comment, Subscribe? What did you think of it?