Indigo Event: Becky Albertalli, Angie Thomas, and Julie Murphy

Monday night I went to an Indigo event at Yorkdale in Toronto featuring Becky Albertalli, Angie Thomas, and Julie Murphy. This is the first time I’ve gone to a signing with three authors. It was longer than most author events but it was so amazing!

The stories they told about their books were so fascinating. They described their characters and their inspiration. Some of Angie’s stories gave me goosebumps, they were so good!

This was a fabulous event! I’m so glad I went. I’ll be reading and reviewing these books in the coming weeks!

Blog Tour: Joined

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Title: Joined
Author: Mara Gan
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Duty and prophecy get in the way of everything.

All I ever wanted todo was read my books, play my sports, and help people. Life and prophecy had other things in mind. Helping people is what I do; asan empath and semi-frequent telepath, I can easily sense and understand people’s needs and emotions. Sometimes even before they do. Being able to read everyone’s thoughts and feelings all the time can drive me crazy with anxiety, but that moment when I can finally make someone’s life better makes everything worth it. Unfortunately, I’m also the next in line to rule the galaxy, I’m the only diplomat most planets will listen to, assassins try to kill meonan annoyingly regular basis, and a much-vaunted Prophecy has decreed that I’m going to die. Oh, and someone blew up my home planet. Kind of a lot to deal with, right? Too bad I just got another problem: a big, irritating, overbearing bodyguard with serious anger management issues.

And I think I’m falling for him.

Review:

This is an awesome story!

It reminded me of popular YA fantasy stories, such as Throne of Glass. However, this story has a princess who gets a protector. 

Though this is a stereotypical story (of the princess being saved), Meda is very rebellious. She is a multidimensional character: she has flaws. But I really liked her. 

The story was fast-paced. Some parts were repetitive because Meda kept acting up in the same way, which was frustrating. But the action moved quickly, so I was never stuck in one place too long. 

I really liked this story and recommend it for YA fantasy readers. 

About the Author:

A Pacific Northwesterner by birth and disposition, Mara has lived in Washington DC, Oregon, Japan, and most recently the beautiful Pacific Grove, California, before returning to her roots in Seattle. By day she teaches history to unsuspecting teenagers, and by night she writes books and travels to far-flung places. She loves to be with animals, read, play sports, and drink more London Fogs than is likely good for her.

Connect with Mara on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maraganbooks

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Book Tour Organized by: YA Bound Book Tours

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Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours for letting me participate in this blog tour.

Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite Childhood Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is a throwback freebie. I have chosen to do my favourite books from when I was a kid (10 and under). Each of these books or series can be credited for encouraging my love of reading.

Here’s my list:

Berenstain Bears

Little Critter

Harry Potter

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Mole and Shrew

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Golden Books

Magic Tree House

Baby Sitters Club Little Sister

Junie B. Jones 

Animal Ark

Dolphin Diaries

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

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Review: She, Myself, and I


Title: She, Myself, and I
Author: Emma Young
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: ABRAMS Kids
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Ever since Rosa’s nerve disease rendered her quadriplegic, she’s depended on her handsome, confident older brother to be her rock and her mirror. But when a doctor from Boston chooses her to be a candidate for an experimental brain transplant, she and her family move from London in search of a miracle. Sylvia—a girl from a small town in Massachusetts—is brain dead, and her parents have agreed to donate her body to give Rosa a new life. But when Rosa wakes from surgery, she can’t help but wonder, with increasing obsession, who Sylvia was and what her life was like. Her fascination with her new body and her desire to understand Sylvia prompt a road trip based on self-discovery… and a surprising new romance. But will Rosa be able to solve the dilemma of her identity?

Review:

This story is amazing. 

It’s such a unique concept, but realistic too. It’s hard to imagine a brain transplant but it’s definitely a possibility for the future. Since other organs can be transplanted into a new body, why not a brain too?

The complications from this kind of surgery are fascinating as well. Not only does Rosa have to adjust to having a new body and a completely new face, the families of both Rosa and Sylvia have to adjust as well. It’s easier for some more than others. 

Many parts of this story reminded me of Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Rosa must stay in the hospital to recover from the surgery, until she meets a boy… It wouldn’t be a YA book without a little romance. 

Though this book isn’t a thriller, some parts were so chilling that it made my heart pound. Just the idea of waking up from surgery with a new face and body is so hard to imagine. But that’s the magic of reading: living through things that are almost unbelievable. 

This is a great novel. I definitely recommend it. 

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #3

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

This blog meme is hosted by Book Date. It is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

What I just finished:

 

Yesterday I finished She, Myself, and I. It’s such an amazing book! You can check out my review today.

What I’m currently reading:

Today I am reading Joined for the blog tour with YA Bound Book Tours. This is a very long book, so I had to start reading it this weekend.


I’m also still reading A Darker Shade of Magic for the readalong with Flavia the Bibliophile. The link to readalong info is here.

What I’m reading next:


Next I will be reading Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I’ve heard good things about this series so I’m excited to be finally starting it!

What are you guys reading this week? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!

Review: Harley Quinn, Volume 2: Joker Loves Harley


Title: Harley Quinn, Volume 2: Joker Loves Harley
Author: Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: DC Comics
Source: Purchased
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Harley Quinn’s punk-rock epic concludes with a BANG. Too deep and not covered enough, their undercover mission comes to an end as the gang takes on thieves and murderers. All the laughs and some of the quacks are all here.

Taking a break comes with unexpected woes when Harley and Ivy head to the Bahamas for sun-kissed beaches and ice-cold drinks.

Review:

Harley is back for more adventures! 

I love this girl! She’s so hilarious. All her catch phrases are awesome. I really laughed at each of the comics in this volumes. 

These stories were unpredictable. I liked the addition of the Joker and seeing his interactions with Harley. 

Harley’s fighter side and her innocent girlie side are both shown in these comics. She shows what a fighter she is when she confronts the Joker. But when she gets to see Santa, she becomes a little girl again, lining up with all the kids to tell him what she wants for Christmas. These dual sides of Harley work very well together and make her the funny and entertaining character that she is. 

I’m excited for Volume 3 to come out in a couple of weeks. I’ll be reviewing it when it’s released! 

My review for Harley Quinn, Volume 1: Die Laughing can be found here

Weekly Wrap Up #3

Here’s my weekly wrap up!

I didn’t have as much time for reading this week. I had a migraine Monday so I missed my reading then. I had to rearrange my blogging schedule because of that.

I read 5 books this week, and reviewed all of them, plus 2 extra reviews:

This was a great week for books! So many good ones came out. My favourite was Girls Made of Snow and Glass. My least favourite was Demi-Gods

I also did a weekly book meme everyday:

What did you read this week? Have you read any of these books?