August #TBRList

Hey Bookworms!

I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer! Are you bummed it’s almost ending? Or are you excited like me to be entering into the cooler season??  I can’t take the heat, so summer is usually my least favourite season.

What is everyone reading?? Or watching? Let me know!!

Here is my August TBR:

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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My Lady Jane

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Sea Witch

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[#BookReview] Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J Pearce @ScribnerBooks @ajpearcewrites #HistoricalFiction #ChickLit

Genre: Historical Fiction, Chick Lit

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

What It’s About

London 1940, bombs are falling. Emmy Lake is Doing Her Bit for the war effort, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services. When Emmy sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent seem suddenly achievable. But the job turns out to be typist to the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Emmy is disappointed, but gamely bucks up and buckles down.

Mrs Bird is very clear: Any letters containing Unpleasantness—must go straight in the bin. But when Emmy reads poignant letters from women who are lonely, may have Gone Too Far with the wrong men and found themselves in trouble, or who can’t bear to let their children be evacuated, she is unable to resist responding. As the German planes make their nightly raids, and London picks up the smoldering pieces each morning, Emmy secretly begins to write letters back to the women of all ages who have spilled out their troubles.

My Thoughts..

Dogs are like children. Noisy, trainable, but dim and likely to smell disagreeable on the arrival of guests.

-Mrs. Bird

I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but every now and then, one will catch my attention.

This was a bit of chick lit, mixed in with historical fiction making it a fun and lighter read.

Definitely perfect for summer reading, and one I’d recommend 🙂

The Characters..

Emmy (Emmeline Lake)

I enjoyed getting to know Emmy. She was ambitious and empathetic towards other women and their “troubles”.

Bunty

Emmy’s BFF and roommate. She was the kind of friend you’d want in real life.

My faves

Mrs. Bird

Her tell-it-like-is attitude towards women was hilarious. She definitely had a stick up her butt, but she was enjoyable to read about.

Charles

He wasn’t a huge character in the story, but he was such a sweetheart! A true gentleman..Definitely the guy you want to snag before anyone else does.

Least fave

Edmund

I seriously wanted to punch this guy!

Have you read it? Do you read historical fiction?

If so, what has been your fave so far?

[#BookReview] The Next To Die by Sophie Hannah

The Next to Die: A NovelThe Next to Die: A Novel by Sophie Hannah

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A special thanks to the publishers for gifting me this eARC

DNF 😭

Womp, womp..

The premise of the story was great, and there were parts that actually weren’t bad..like Kim’s character. I liked her morbid sense of humor in the beginning, but I just couldn’t push through this one. It was mostly underwhelming. The argument and explanation of Billy Dead Mate’s nickname went on and on for majority of the chapter, that I just couldn’t take it anymore! Seriously?! That part only needed to be one quick summary (1 page) and was pretty self-explanatory the first time it was mentioned. There really wasn’t a need for the two detectives to argue about for a whole chapter! 🙄

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[#BookReview] To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han @jennyhan @simonschuster @SimonSchusterCA

Genre: YA, Chick Lit

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What It’s About..

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control

My Thoughts..

They aren’t love letters that someone else wrote for me; I don’t have any of those. These are ones I’ve written. There’s one for every boy I’ve ever loved—five in all

OMG. Talk about book hangover! I actually stayed up till 6am just cause I wanted to see how everything ends!! Totally worth the lack of sleep.

I have to say, I am pleasantly surprised by this one! You know the saying “never judge a book by its cover”? Well..I totally overlooked this one when it first came out.  I thought the cover was a little too girly for my taste.  But thanks to the  Netflix trailer, I knew I would enjoy the book.

I’ve been on this chick lit binge and devoured every moment of it. There were parts that caught me by surprise, cause it was not the way I thought it would go.

The Characters..

MY FAVES

Kitty

-Outspoken & wise beyond her years.  She reminds me a little of myself: will stop at nothing to get what she wants (in a good way of course).

Kavinsky aka Peter K

-He may have been the popular, “Handsome Boy”, but he was so not what I was expecting.  I found myself rooting for him.

ONES I DIDN’T CARE FOR

Josh

-Sure, he was the nice guy and literally the guy next door.  But for some reason he annoyed me.

Lara Jean

-I had a love/hate for her.  She was cute and quirky, but it bothered me how afraid she was to speak her mind.

THE BEOTCH

Genevieve

-As despicable the as the villain is with every story.  I also happen to find myself loving the bitchiest characters.  Why? Because they are always, in my opinion, the ones who are well-written.

I definitely wanted to punch her!

Have you read it? Did you have a favourite character?? Who’s excited for the film?

 

[#BookReview] The Woman In The Window by A.J Finn

The Woman in the WindowThe Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After being #21 on the waitlist at the library, I was very excited to get my greedy hands on this one.

Let me start by saying that this book had its moments and most of these, I really had to push through to finish (which wasn’t a good thing). To be honest, I nearly gave up.

The good..

-Like I already mentioned, the first two chapters start off well. It’s a bit confusing, but it unravels as you read further and discover more about Anna.

-Anna is such an unreliable character that it only made me curious enough to want to skim to the end to see what happens.

The not-so great..

-The storytelling becomes repetitive and slow. I get it, Anna suffers from agoraphobia and has PTSD. But I feel like this book could have been cut down to 200-300 pages max. After chapter 3, it became long-winded. I actually felt exhausted by the time I got to chapter 7 and almost added this to my DNF pile.

Overall, it wasn’t a terrible read. Would I recommend it? Sure, but I would suggest finding it at your local library.

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[#BlogTour] When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn

 

When Life Gives You Demons
Jennifer Honeybourn
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 17th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Some people have school spirit.

 

Shelby Black has real ones.

Shelby Black has spent the past six months training to be an exorcist. Her great-uncle Roy―a Catholic priest―has put her through exorcist boot camp hell, hoping to develop her talent, but ohmygod, he still doesn’t trust her to do an exorcism on her own.

High school is hard enough without having to explain that you fight demons for a living, so Shelby keeps her extracurricular activity to herself. The last thing she wants is for her crush, Spencer, to find out what she does in her off time.

But Shelby knows how to keep a secret―even a big one. Like the fact that her mom left under mysterious circumstances and it’s all her fault. Shelby is hellbent on finding her mom, no matter what it costs her―even if what it ends up costing her is her soul AND a relationship with Spencer.

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EXCERPT

Uncle Roy glances at me over his half-moon glasses as I enter the church office.
We usually complete the paperwork for an exorcism right away, but Uncle Roy was too tired to work on Mrs. Collins’s file the other day. An exorcism can take a lot of energy, and I’ve noticed they’ve affected him more than usual lately.
Maybe if he’d just let me do one myself, then he wouldn’t be so tired.
I plunk down at the scarred wooden desk across from him. Moo, my cat, immediately settles across my feet. I grab a yellow legal pad and a pen from the ugly clay holder one of the parishioners gave Uncle Roy for Christmas one year.
Uncle Roy says it’s important to keep records. I get that, but I wish he would at least let me use the computer. He makes me handwrite everything because he’s paranoid someone will hack our files. I’m not sure who he thinks would care enough to do that – and what they’d do with the information if they did manage to get their hands on it – but when I complain, he lectures me about confidentiality. Going to see an exorcist? Not exactly something anyone wants made public.
Fair enough. I mean, it’s definitely not something I want anyone to know I’m involved in. But I still wish I could use the computer.
“So, Shelby. What could you have done differently?” Uncle Roy taps a pencil against his lips.
“Uh…I don’t know. Talk faster?” I reach down to move Moo off my feet; her weight has already made them fall asleep, sending prickles up my legs.
He nods. “Yes, but your pronunciation was off as well. And you were much too far from the bed! You need to get in there. Right up close.”
“Within spitting distance? No thank you.” I shudder.
Uncle Roy’s eyes narrow. “Shelby, you need to take this seriously.”
“I do take it seriously,” I say, stamping my sleepy left food against the threadbare oriental carpet. “Maybe if you’d let me finish just one time—”
“You did finish,” he interrupts. “And you failed.”
I slouch in my chair, arms crossed. I can feel a headache coming on. Uncle Roy’s lectures are worse than the paperwork.

Author Bio:

Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She’s a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. If she could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, she’d have high tea with Walt Disney, JK Rowling, and her nana. She lives with her husband, daughter and cat in a house filled with books. Wesley James Ruined My Life is her first novel.

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Mystery Blogger Award

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I’d like to thank Maddie @munchreviews & LaRonda @flyingpaperbacks for nominating me! Please take a peek at their blogs when you have a chance!!

RULES:

•Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
•List the rules.
•Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
•Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

So I’m a bit of a rule breaker..lol. I couldn’t fulfill all the rules here. I was supposed to select 10-15 bloggers and ask 5 questions. Well, I think all of you awesome bloggers deserve an award and recognition. It’s not easy doing what we do, but it’s fun. So..I pick all of you! (I would be so fired if I had to hand out the Oscars) 🤣🙈

3 Interesting (or not so interesting) things about me:

  1. I have 4 kids-2 girls, 2 boys
  2. I’m a horrible cook. Luckily, hubby is an excellent one! I do bake though (from scratch).
  3. I love coffee

Maddie @munchreviews questions:

What is your ideal vacation?

Disney. I went there a couple of times when I was a child and would love to take my own kids there.

What is your favourite & least favourite smell?

Favourite smell-I have more than 1: Coffee and pizza (not at the same time though).

If a genie gave you 3 wishes, what would they be?

Hmm.. 1) I would want to ensure my kids are happy for the rest of their lives. 2) I would want to live till I’m at least 90 years old without any medical or health issues. 3) Never have to worry about finances.

Best piece of advice you would give a new blogger?

Have fun and write about the stuff that interests you.

If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

umm..hard to answer cause I’m someone that needs variety and can’t eat the same thing every day. But I suppose if the zombie apocalypse or bio warfare were to happen and the world was going to end, I could probably eat bread everyday. LOL.

LaRonda @flyingpaperbacks questions:

What is the saddest book you’ve ever read?

ooh..good question! I actually don’t like to read sad stories.

If you could replace one character in any book with yourself, who would it be and why?

Another great question! I’m not sure to be honest. Even if the character had a good outcome, I’m not sure I would want to endure some of the challenges they face before their happy ending. Know what I mean?
Book to movie adaptations… thoughts? Which one is your favorite?

Books, hands down. I feel like movie adaptations tend to miss the mark. There have been a few exceptions though. The LOTR series in movie form was just as awesome, and Sex and The City was way better as a TV series than the book was.
How photogenic is your pet (if you have one… if you don’t, then how colorful is your bookshelf)?

I feel like pics don’t do him justice, so I would say my dog Loki, is not very photogenic.

Sci-Fi or Fantasy?

After reading Illuminae, I have developed an appreciation for Sci-Fi. So my answer would be both. I like mixing things up.

[#BookReview] Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova @raincoastbooks @sourcebooks #BrujaBorn

**I’d like to thank Source Books & Raincoast Books for my ARC**

Genre: Young adult

Publication Date: June 5th, 2018

Publisher: Source Books

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2 (3.5 stars)

Book Blurb

Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister’s newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula’s bruja healing powers can’t fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.

Then a bus crash turns Lula’s world upside down. Her classmates are all dead, including Maks. But Lula was born to heal, to fix. She can bring Maks back, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous. Unpredictable. And when the dust settles, Maks isn’t the only one who’s been brought back…

My Thoughts..

Magic transforms you. Magic changes you. Magic saves you. I want to still believe in all those things

I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either.

What I enjoyed..

  • I really liked the whole idea of witches,curses, magic and paranormal beings.
  • The characters were well developed with a good storyline.
  • I particularly like that this story was immersed in the Hispanic culture and beliefs.  I found that very interesting and something that is quite new to me.

So why didn’t I like it more?

What I didn’t like..

  • The story slowed down when I was at the 30% mark, making it hard to stay focused.
  • Although this was an easy read, it was a little more juvenile than I wanted it to be. It seemed more like a middle grade novel and not quite what I was looking for.

Like always, I am in the minority with books that everyone else seemed to love and this was just, meh for me.  Maybe if this were made into a Netflix series/movie with some editing, it would or could be really great.

Have you read it? What did you think?  Are there any books you’ve read where you thought if it was turned into a movie or series, it would actually be better than the novel?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[#BookReview] Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung @mackidsbooks @arreechung #ChildrensLiterature #KidsLit

Genre: Children’s Literature, Picture books

Publication Date: July 3, 2018

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Thoughts..

OMG! This book was super duper cute and great for a wide range of ages. It’s a great way to introduce colours to little ones, and diversity to the older kids. I loved how this fun story teaches acceptance and sharing. The artwork was just wonderful and received a quadruple thumbs up from my kids.

[#BookReview] Caraval by Stephanie Garber #YALit @SGarberGirl @Flatironbooks

“Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world.”

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Genre: YA, Fantasy

Publication Date: Jan 31, 2017

Publisher: Flatiron Books

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What It’s About..

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

My Thoughts..

I know there are few that would beg to differ, but for me this book was dark and magical. Nothing like anything I’ve ever read! I felt like I was Alice in Wonderland, in a world that was splendid, yet didn’t make any sense.

“Remember, don’t let your eyes or feelings trick you.”

I do have to say that there was one character that bothered me, and it was Scarlett. While I don’t blame her for being secluded on an island & sheltered by her father, I found her rather annoying at times. She was incredibly naïve and hopeless..the opposite of the strong female leads I’m used to. But on the same note, it was very refreshing. Even though she was weak (in my opinion), her will and determination to finish the game and find her sister were admirable. I particularly liked Julian. He may have appeared to be a bit of a ladies’ man in the beginning, but he had a lot of redeeming qualities as the story progressed and quickly became my favourite character.

This story had it all in my opinion: adventure, tragedy, mystery & happy endings..

Personally, I loved this book and can’t wait to read the next installment!!

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think? Who was your favourite or not-so favourite character?

Any plans to read Legendary?