Friday, November 8, 2019

Book Event Recap | Raincoast Books TeensRead Preview Winter & Spring 2020

 

On October 26th, I attended Raincoast Books semi-annual TeensRead Preview event where they discussed upcoming releases for the Winter and Spring 2020! A livestream was broadcasted from Vancouver and there was a secondary location in Toronto in order to create accessibility for everyone across the country (Canada) to participate.


I live-streamed the event from my computer and it was a great experience to watch and participate in. Throughout the event, I was able to interact with with everybody by sharing on my Instagram story as well as tweeting about Raincoast's upcoming releases by using the hashtag TeensReadFeed. You can also find out which books I'm highly anticipating by checking out my Twitter thread from the event. To keep up to date on exciting bookish events and new releases be sure to follow me on Twitter.

Check out my top picks below and the #TeensReadFeed on Twitter for more Canadian bloggers' reactions to upcoming releases!



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The above pictures are upcoming releases discussed by the Raincoast crew and ones I am so excited for! To be honest, most of the books discussed at this event sounds wonderful, leading me to look forward to almost all of them. If you are interested in a book you see here, feel free to click it and it will lead you to the title's Goodreads page.


Once all the books were presented and discussed, the special guest, Kim Smejkal was introduced! She presented her upcoming book, Ink in the Blood (more information about this book will be available below) and then proceeded to answer some questions we had.



 43261156Ink in the Blood
by Kim Smejkal
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers 
Expected Publication: February 11th, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT, Fiction, Romance
A lush, dark YA fantasy debut that weaves together tattoo magic, faith, and eccentric theater in a world where lies are currency and ink is a weapon, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake.

Celia Sand and her best friend, Anya Burtoni, are inklings for the esteemed religion of Profeta. Using magic, they tattoo followers with beautiful images that represent the Divine’s will and guide the actions of the recipients. It’s considered a noble calling, but ten years into their servitude Celia and Anya know the truth: Profeta is built on lies, the tattooed orders strip away freedom, and the revered temple is actually a brutal, torturous prison.

Their opportunity to escape arrives with the Rabble Mob, a traveling theater troupe. Using their inkling abilities for performance instead of propaganda, Celia and Anya are content for the first time . . . until they realize who followed them. The Divine they never believed in is very real, very angry, and determined to use Celia, Anya, and the Rabble Mob’s now-infamous stage to spread her deceitful influence even further.

To protect their new family from the wrath of a malicious deity and the zealots who work in her name, Celia and Anya must unmask the biggest lie of all—Profeta itself.
 


Even though I couldn't make it to the event in-person, Raincoast was kind enough to send a swag bag! Every person attending the event got an amazing tote filled with a bunch of cute goodies, such as a Wattpad pop-socket, a bookmark, poster, and cute temporary tattoos relating to the upcoming release of Ink in the Blood. The tote also included three upcoming titles discussed during the event!

 
  



I hope you enjoyed my recap of Raincoast's TeensRead Winter & Spring 2020 Preview! Big thanks to Raincoast Books for hosting such an amazing event! It was a fun-filled afternoon about bookish previews! Which upcoming releases are you most looking forward to reading?




Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday {37}

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating. 
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Title:
The Heart Principle
Author:
Helen Hoang
Publication Date:
May 5th, 2020
Publisher:
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Summary from Goodreads:
USA Today bestselling author Helen Hoang returns with a witty and sizzling new romance that shows how wrong you can be about someone…and how right they can be for you.

To most people, Quan Diep is nothing but a surly-looking, underachieving playboy. The problem is he’s not any of those things. And now that he’s the CEO of an up-and-coming retail business, he’s suddenly a “catch,” and the rich girls who never used to pay any attention to him are looking at him in a new way—especially Camilla, the girl who brushed him off many years ago.

Anna Sun dislikes Quan Diep almost as much as germy bathroom door handles. Or so she tells herself. She will never admit that she has a secret crush on him, especially because he only has eyes for her charismatic and newly engaged younger sister Camilla. Over the years, Anna has worked hard to overcome her OCD, but she’ll still need to find a way to bury her anxieties and seduce Quan so he doesn’t ruin her sister’s engagement, and with it, a crucial real estate development deal.

Slowly, Anna breaks down Quan’s dangerous and careless exterior while peeling off her own tough, protective shell. But when Quan discovers Anna’s true intentions, he’s forced to confront his own hurtful past and learn to forgive, while Anna must face her greatest challenge: truly opening herself up to love.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday {36}

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating. 
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Title:
You Deserve Each Other
Author:
Sarah Hogle
Publication Date:
April 7th, 2020
Publisher:
                                         G.P. Putnam's Sons




Summary from Goodreads:
For fans of The Hating Game, a debut lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy about two unhappily engaged people each trying to force the other to end the relationship--and falling back in love in the process.

Naomi Westfield has an Instagram-perfect life, including the perfect fiancé: Nicholas Rose holds doors open for her, remembers her restaurant orders, and comes from the kind of upstanding society family every bride dreams of being a part of. They never fight, complain, or disagree. They're preparing for their lavish wedding that's three months away. And they are miserably and utterly sick of each other.

Tired of contorting herself to fit the ridiculous standards demanded by Nicholas's family, Naomi wants out of the relationship. But there's a catch: Whoever calls off the engagement will have to foot the enormous bill for the wedding. When Naomi finds out that Nicholas, too, has been feigning contentment, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of wills to see who can annoy the other into surrendering through pranks, sabotage, and all-out emotional warfare.

But now that they have nothing to lose, they're finally being themselves. They're having so much fun getting on each other's nerves that it starts to feel like something else entirely. As Naomi discovers hidden feelings for Nicholas buried under three years of simmering resentment, she wonders if he feels the same way. Suddenly, the countdown to the wedding that may or may not come to pass feels more like a race to mutual destruction--and Naomi doesn't want to be left alone at the finish line.

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Review | Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren


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Twice in a Blue Moon
by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books on October 22nd, 2019
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Kindly provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Summary from Goodreads: 
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners and the “delectable, moving” (Entertainment WeeklyMy Favorite Half-Night Stand comes a modern love story about what happens when your first love reenters your life when you least expect it…

Sam Brandis was Tate Jones’s first: Her first love. Her first everything. Including her first heartbreak.

During a whirlwind two-week vacation abroad, Sam and Tate fell for each other in only the way that first loves do: sharing all of their hopes, dreams, and deepest secrets along the way. Sam was the first, and only, person that Tate—the long-lost daughter of one of the world’s biggest film stars—ever revealed her identity to. So when it became clear her trust was misplaced, her world shattered for good.

Fourteen years later, Tate, now an up-and-coming actress, only thinks about her first love every once in a blue moon. When she steps onto the set of her first big break, he’s the last person she expects to see. Yet here Sam is, the same charming, confident man she knew, but even more alluring than she remembered. Forced to confront the man who betrayed her, Tate must ask herself if it’s possible to do the wrong thing for the right reason… and whether “once in a lifetime” can come around twice.

With Christina Lauren’s signature “beautifully written and remarkably compelling” (Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author) prose and perfect for fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner, Twice in a Blue Moon is an unforgettable and moving novel of young love and second chances.
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Review
Sam and Tate meet while on vacation in London with their grandparents. The chemistry between the two is immediate and, as Tate is a 18-year-old and Sam is a, 21-year-old, college student, they wonder if their feelings for each other are real. But their feelings are too intense to ignore and they begin to enjoy the time they have with one another, as well as fall in love, with plans to see each other in the future. However, all that changes when a betrayal so heartbreaking occurs that makes Tate leave London, and Sam, behind.

Fourteen years later, Tate is an up-and-coming actress and is starting to film a new movie that could propel her stardom even higher. When she steps on set the last person she expected to see was Sam, the screenwriter for the film. As old feelings begin to surface once more, including his betrayal and their painful separation, they are no longer able to continue to ignore each other and must face the event that divided them if they can have any chance of finding closure and moving forward.

Having been a fan of Christina Lauren's previous works, I couldn't wait for the release of Twice in a Blue Moon! However, once I was reading this one, I have to say I was a little let down as it not only took a while to get into this book but also felt lacking. With that being said, I am ultimately glad I finished this book as the ending was by far the best part of the book. 

The first part of the book was a sort of light-hearted romance, exploring and innocent. It read similar to that of a young adult novel. It is there that we are first introduced to 18-year-old Tate and her grandmother who are in London for two weeks. While they are dining at a restaurant, they meet 21-year-old Sam and his grandfather. From there, a whirlwind romance takes place leading Tate to confide her biggest secret to Sam, only to have him betray her in the cruelest way possible. 

Fourteen years later, and we see what has changed not only between the two main characters' relationship but also their own character development and careers. While I did enjoy Tate and Sam's characters, I did not feel as strong of a connection between the adult versions of Tate and Sam as I would have liked, especially compared to their younger selves. It was only near the 80% mark that I could finally see an endless-love sort of chemistry between the two. 

While I personally thought that there were too many supporting characters that did not add value to the book but diminished it as they became a distraction to the overall story, I can admit that I did enjoy the dynamic, and particular focus, between Tate and her father. Through their relationship, one can see that this wasn't simply a book entered upon romance but one that focused on various kinds of relationships between those the characters are close to.

In the end, I was hoping to escape in a delightful world that Christina Lauren typically creates, but was unable to get fully captivated or invested in this story. While I did enjoy Tate and Sam's characters, especially their younger selves, I was hoping for more in the romance department. Nonetheless, this was an enjoyable read.



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About the Author

Image result for christina laurenChristina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 31+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)


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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday {35}

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating. 
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Title:
Marriage on Madison Avenue
Author:
Lauren Layne
Publication Date:
January 28th, 2020
Publisher:
                                             Gallery Books




Summary from Goodreads:
“The word charm is pretty much synonymous with Lauren Layne.” —Hypable

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne, the “queen of witty dialogue” (Rachel Van Dyken, New York Times bestselling author), comes the final installment of the Central Park Pact series, a heartfelt and laugh-out-loud romantic comedy that’s perfect for fans of Sally Thorne and Christina Lauren.

Can guys and girls ever be just friends? According to Audrey Tate and Clarke West, absolutely. After all, they’ve been best friends since childhood without a single romantic entanglement. Clarke is the charming playboy Audrey can always count on, and he knows that the ever-loyal Audrey will never not play along with his strategy for dodging his matchmaking mother—announcing he’s already engaged…to Audrey.

But what starts out as a playful game between two best friends turns into something infinitely more complicated, as just-for-show kisses begin to stir up forbidden feelings. As the faux wedding date looms closer, Audrey and Clarke realize that they can never go back to the way things were, but deep down, do they really want to?
 
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Friday, October 18, 2019

Pick A Book And Hear A Song


When I'm reading a book I am completely 100% into, I tend to listen to one or more songs while reading it. If the book is quickly progressing into one of my favourite reads of all time, I create a playlist specifically for that book. These are some songs I thought fit the books listed below. Tell me your thoughts on them and if you also listen to listen to some music while reading.




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Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

On paper, college dropout Pablo Rind doesn’t have a whole lot going for him. His graveyard shift at a twenty-four-hour deli in Brooklyn is a struggle. Plus, he’s up to his eyeballs in credit card debt. Never mind the state of his student loans.

Pop juggernaut Leanna Smart has enough social media followers to populate whole continents. The brand is unstoppable. She graduated from child stardom to become an international icon and her adult life is a queasy blur of private planes, step-and-repeats, aspirational hotel rooms, and strangers screaming for her just to notice them.

When Leanna and Pablo meet at 5:00 a.m. at the bodega in the dead of winter it’s absurd to think they’d be A Thing. But as they discover who they are, who they want to be, and how to defy the deafening expectations of everyone else, Lee and Pab turn to each other. Which, of course, is when things get properly complicated.
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16096824. sy475 A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses - Book 1

Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price ...

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

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17927395. sy475 A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses - Book 2

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
 

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43220998. sy475 The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming guise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of a Texas oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother's birth through the lens of his camera. Photography--and fate--introduce him to Ana, whose family's interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War--as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel's photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.

Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys once again shines light into one of history's darkest corners in this epic, heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love, repercussions of war, and the hidden violence of silence--inspired by the true post-war struggles of Spain.
 
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40024139Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Series: Serpent & Dove - Book 1

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou's, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou's most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.
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Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting
Series: Clipped Wings - Book 1

An emotional love story that follows the touch-and-go relationship of Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

As Hayden and Tenley navigate their newfound but slightly unstable relationship, they want to trust each other, but Hayden is hiding a dark and shameful past that he doesn't ever want Tenley to find out about. And Tenley has secrets of her own that could make Hayden run away forever. When Tenley asks Hayden to put a beautifully elaborate tattoo across her back, the two form what they thought was an unshakeable bond. But when Tenley's past shows up on her doorstep, will Hayden stand by her side...or run?

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Inked Armour by Helena Hunting
Series: Clipped Wings - Book 2

In this follow-up to Clipped Wings, the emotional love story continues between Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

In the wake of losing Tenley Page, tattooist Hayden Stryker's tumultuous past is haunting him. Plagued by nightmares about the murder of his parents, Hayden reaches out again to Tenley. Having run from the man she doesn't believe she deserves, Tenley finally lays her guilt to rest. Despite their intense physical attraction, Hayden and Tenley struggle to repair their fragile emotional connection. As Hayden gets closer to the truth, he must find a way to reconcile his guilt over his parents' death in order to keep the woman who finally cracked his armor, and found her way into his heart.

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Have you read any of the books mentioned or currently have them on your TBR? If so leave a comment below letting me know whether or not you liked it or are excited to read! 😄
~ Aimie