[#BookReview] I Stop Somewhere by T.E Carter @RaincoastBooks @FeiwelFriends @TECarter7 #YALit

**Caution: Spoilers**

**I’d like to thank Raincoast Books & the publishers for my advanced copy in exchange for my honest review**

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Genre: YA, Fiction

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends, Macmillan

Publication Date: Feb 27, 2018

My Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤 1/2 (4.5/5)

Book Blurb:

Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn’t need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper. But when the unthinkable happens, Ellie finds herself trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn’t the first victim, and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her. The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.

My Thoughts..

This isn’t a story of great romance or of true love. It’s simply a story of being lonely and how comforting it is to be called beautiful.

It’s been a while since I’ve read something this heartbreaking and gut-wrenching. The story takes you on a dark and emotional journey through the eyes of Ellie, a fifteen year old unpopular girl, trying to blend in. To be honest, this book took me by surprise (in a good way). I tend to read other people’s reviews and decide whether or not I still want to read the book. With this however, I decided to go in blind.

The Good..

-It reminded me very much of the Lovely Bones, which I loved. I liked how the author managed to tell this story through the eyes of a dead girl. When I started reading, I had no idea Ellie was dead but I did have a hunch.

– Being unpopular myself, I felt a real connection with Ellie. The story took me on a bit of a trip down memory lane and what it felt like to have a crush for the very first time. Especially on the popular guy in school.

It takes a lot of things to make a girl, but breaking her? It only takes a few pretty words and a crooked smile.

The Bad..

-The pace. There were parts that were kinda slow, but I was so fixated on wanting to know what happens in the end, that I was able to stay focused.

Overall, this was a truly beautiful read.

Have you read this? Or The Lovely Bones? Thoughts?

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[#BookReview] Motor Goose by Rebecca Colby, illustrated by Jed Kaminsky @feiwelfriends @MacKidsBooks #childrensfiction #KidsLit

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Publication Date: July 11, 2017

My Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

My Thoughts..

I’m a huge fan of nursery rhymes. Always have been. Now I’ve passed the torch onto my kids. This book was sooo cute! A fun twist on the classic Mother Goose.

Even my 3 year old who isn’t particularly interested in story time, enjoyed it along with all the beautiful illustrations.

Highly recommended. Perfect for ages 3 & up.

Your Laugh Line Funniest Books 2017 Competition

Strap in! It’s going to be a hilarious ride!
Starting on February 1st, Your Laugh Line begins its official search to find the funniest books written in 2017. It’s like a quest for the Holy Grail (Monty Python or otherwise) but more important! Our hope is that this book is so funny that it will end all war.
Okay. Maybe not.

But we are looking for the best, hilarious books written last year.
The contest has two components. One is a Reader’s Choice Award. Readers can log onto https://yourlaughline.com/voteand enter the author and book of their choice. The author who receives the most reader votes will win $250 and an assortment of promotional help from Your Laugh Line.

The other component is an adjudicated contest for books submitted by authors and/or their publishers. The form is available at https://yourlaughline.com/laugh-line-humorous-book-awards. The cost to enter the competition is $20 per book. Those books will be judged by a panel of expert book reviewers. The winning author will receive $500, plus an assortment of promotional help from Your Laugh Line.

Authors can enter the competition between February 1st and April 30th. Reader’s Choice voting runs from February 2nd to August 15th. Books making it past the first round will be announced on July 1, second round list on August 1, and the final winner on September 1. Honorable mentions will be made for category-specific books.

Author or reader – come and help us find last year’s funniest book!

About Your Laugh Line
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[#BookReview] The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Genre: Young Adult

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Publication Date: Feb 28, 2017

My Rating: 💙💙💙💙💙

Book Blurb:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: whatreally went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

My Thoughts

What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?

Truth be told, this wasn’t my intended first read of 2018..I actually had something else in mind to start the new year. But since I borrowed it from the library, I didn’t have much of a choice except to read it first.

When it comes to books that receive a lot of praise, I have a tendency to be in the minority which is what I was expecting with this one…glad I was wrong, cause I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable it was! Angie Thomas takes us on a heartfelt journey through the eyes of Starr Carter who is the only witness when her childhood friend is shot and killed by a white cop.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this story was like peeling an onion with so many layers and so many different events. For a fiction novel, it felt SO incredibly real. Being from a cultural background and having friends from the wrong side of the tracks, I was able to relate to a lot of the emotions and events that took place in the book. There were times I almost wanted to cry, while others made me laugh

Trust me, my school has hoes too. Hoedom is universal.

All that lip licking. Not cute. “Yeah, I’ve heard about you. And you may wanna get some chapstick if your lips that dry, since you’re licking them so much”

Like everyone else, I agree that this is a MUST-READ!! It’s definitely going on my TOP 2018 reads list and would be the perfect choice for a book club as it is bound to spark some very interesting discussions and debate.

If there was anything for me to point out, is that the dialogue might take some getting used. But in my opinion, it only added to the authenticity of the story.

Well done Angie! I love being surprised by awesome story telling 😁

Have you read it? What did you think?

[#BlogTour] Guest Post: The Consults Daughter by Mark Knowles 


Title: The Consul’s Daughter: A red-blooded crime thriller based on true events
Author: Mark Knowles

Genre: Historical Fiction – Murder/Mystery, Crime/Thriller
Formats: Paperback & eBook
Published by: Endeavour Press
ISBN-13: 978-1973216827
Pub. Date: November 3rd, 2017
Number of pages: 343
Content Warning: 18+ for brief nudity and violence
Purchase at: Amazon.com, Amazon.ca & Amazon.co.uk

Guest Post:

What did you like most about the writing process?

Recreating your own world and populating it with your own characters is, for me, the best part about writing. The endless possibilities make it a very exciting process at times. I think we sometimes forget how difficult it must have been, and still is in many cases, to write long stories without the benefits of laptops and computers. You want to add another character, or take one away, or change the way they speak, move or dress? A few simple clicks and that can be achieved relatively painlessly, with no waste paper basket filling up with screwed-up balls of paper like in cartoons. I’m sometimes prone to whimsical changes like this and I actually quite enjoy the process, or at least knowing that I can make significant changes without worrying too much about it.

Book Blurb:

Rome, AD 205: Tribune Ambrosius Milo is the only man in his cohort who enjoys the night watch. Somewhere in the darkness is the man who murdered his wife, and one day he will catch him. But one cold February morning, the fog lifts to reveal the dead body of a young girl on the banks of the Tiber. Led by the quick-tempered Ambrosius, the watchmen track a grim murder scene and locate several seemingly vital clues. But there is trouble afoot, for this was no ordinary young girl. She is a consul’s daughter and, when her distraught parents come to claim her body, it has mysteriously vanished from the Watch House crypt … From the intrigues within the Imperial household to the mean streets of Ancient Rome, The Consul’s Daughter is a red-blooded crime novel based on true events and documented characters.

Author Bio: Mark Knowles read degrees in Classics and Management Studies at Downing College, Cambridge. After a decade working as a frontline officer and supervisor within the Metropolitan Police Service, he became Head of Classics at a school in Harrogate. He is a particular fan of experimental archaeology and rowed on the reconstructed Ancient Athenian trireme ‘Olympias’ during its last sea trials in Greece in 1994.

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Button-Eyes Award 2017: Best Villain 

We’ve reached the end of 2017 and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some pretty despicable characters.  Villains have always been the most intriguing in any story and to show my appreciation, I am presenting this year’s best villian with the famous black button eyes. 

The nominees are:

Ratchett aka Cassetti- from Murder on the Orient Express

Perry Wright from Big Little Lies

Amarantha aka The Deceiver from A Court of Thorns and Roses

Drum roll please…

The winner of 2017’s Best Villain is..

AMARANTHA!!

There are those who seek me a lifetime but never we meet,
And those I kiss but who trample me beneath ungrateful feet.

At times I seem to favor the clever and the fair,
But I bless all those who are brave enough to dare.

By large, my ministrations are soft-handed and sweet,
But scorned, I become a difficult beast to defeat.

For though each of my strikes lands a powerful blow,
When I kill, I do it slow…

Who was your favourite bad guy based on all the books you read in 2017??