February 2019 Wrap-Up

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Even though I only read six books out of the ten books I had on my TBR for this month, I would still consider this month a successful reading month! I read my first 5-star book of the year, and my lowest rated book was only 3.5 stars – which is not bad at all!

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The first book I read this month was “The Dreamers” by Karen Thompson Walker. I really enjoyed this book, and almost felt like I was reading magic. You can read my full review for this book here. Thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for an advanced finished copy!

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The second book I read this month was “The Black Coats” by Colleen Oakes! This was my first 5-STAR read of the year, and I was not expecting my first 5-star book to be this one! This book was spectacular, and you can read my full review here. Thanks to HCC Frenzy for the ARC!


The third book I read this month was “Two Can Keep A Secret” by Karen M. McManus. While I did really enjoy this book, nothing about it surprised me. I was hoping for some exciting twists and turns, but sadly there weren’t many that truly shocked me. However, I still gave this book 4/5 stars!

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The fourth book I read this month was “Moxie” by Jennifer Mathieu. I read this book because it was our group read for the Fierce Female Reads Readathon! I posted a full review for this novel, which you can read here. In short, I loved this book and gave it 4.5/5 stars!


The fifth book I read this month was “Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee” by Jeff Zentner. This book was released on Monday, and I posted my full review for it yesterday, which you can read here. Thanks to Penguin Teen Canada for sending me the ARC!


The last book I read this month was “Chicken Girl” by Heather Smith. I featured this book in my latest “In My Mailbox” post, which you can read here. I thought that this book was pretty good, and gave it 3.5/5 stars. My full review will be posted next week. Thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for the advanced finished copy!


Those are all of the books I read this month! Thanks to the publishers mentioned above for sending me some great books! How many books did you read this month and which one was your favourite?!

Good Night Book Owls!

Alyssa’s Reviews – Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner (ARC)

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You know when you walk into a bookstore or see a book online and you are immediately drawn to it because of it’s beautiful cover? Well, that’s how I felt when I first saw “Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee” by Jeff Zentner on the Penguin Random House Canada website a few months ago! After reading the synopsis, I was very intrigued and knew that I had to read it! Thanks to Penguin Teen Canada for providing me with an ARC!


Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

A contemporary novel about two best friends who must make tough decisions about their futures–and the TV show they host–in their senior year of high school.
Every Friday night, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show Midnite Matinee on the local cable station TV Six.
But with the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls face tough decisions about their futures. Josie has been dreading graduation, as she tries to decide whether to leave for a big university and chase her dream career in mainstream TV. And Lawson, one of the show’s guest performers, a talented MMA fighter with weaknesses for pancakes, fantasy novels, and Josie, is making her tough decision even harder.
Scary movies are the last connection Delia has to her dad, who abandoned the family years ago. If Midnite Matinee becomes a hit, maybe he’ll see it and want to be a part of her life again. And maybe Josie will stay with the show instead of leaving her behind, too.
As the tug-of-war between growing up and growing apart tests the bonds of their friendship, Josie and Delia start to realize that an uncertain future can be both monstrous…and momentous.

I don’t remember the last time a book made me cry. Coincidently, I was thinking about all of the books that have made me literally cry (like visible tear streaks down my face) while I was watching the film adaptation of The Fault In Our Stars. TFIOS was the first book that I ever cried at while reading, and I quite honestly could not remember the last time I cried while reading a book… that is until yesterday when I finished “Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee”!

The ending of this book was among one of the most beautiful and well written conclusions I have ever read in any book within any genre. It was a wonderful way to tie in all of the different elements of the story. As someone who needs a good ending in order to feel like I really enjoyed a book, this one absolutely satisfied that need. I felt so much emotion for both Josie (Rayne) and Deliah (Delilah) during the last few chapters, and quite honestly I wasn’t expecting that.

I didn’t particularly enjoy the first two thirds of this book. I thought the beginning was great, but I wasn’t totally sold after the first 130 pages. The middle (more specifically the end of the middle) was probably my least favourite part of the book, since I thought that a lot of the details didn’t add much to the story. They didn’t feel necessary, and I think they could have been skipped completely. However, as I sad before, the ending was absolutely phenomenal.

Books that are about “behind-the-scenes” activities (specifically: directing shows, writing books, working in libraries, etc.), are some of my favourite books to read. Since this show was largely about filming and creating a TV show with a very specific niche was very cool to read about, and I really enjoyed reading every single scene that was set in their filming studio.

I’m not the type to DNF books, so even though I still wasn’t sold after the first 100 pages, I continued on, and mostly because of the great characters. My favourite part of this book was reading and learning about the characters in this novel. The past few books I have read have been full of a wide-variety of characters. However, this book only dealt with a few main characters, which I really enjoyed. I adored Josie, Rayne, Akill, and Lawson. They were all such great characters, but were all very different from one another. They connected in very unique ways, and were brought together because of they’re great hearts and personalities.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and gave it 4/5 stars. Thanks again to Penguin Teen Canada for providing me with an ARC of this book!

Good Night Book Owls!

HCC Frenzy Presents Spring 2019 Recap!

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Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending my second Frenzy Presents event (read my first recap here), hosted by the lovely team at HCC Frenzy (Harper Collins Canada Teen division)! We chatted about some fantastic new Spring and Summer upcoming releases, and I am so excited to read so many of them!


Right outside the elevator was a big sign welcoming everyone to the Frenzy Presents event. On the poster, they featured their logo and tagline “Let’s Get Literary!”


The first Frenzy Presents event I went to was located at their old office on Bloor St., therefore this was my first time visiting their new office on Adelaide. This one is much larger, and is absolutely gorgeous!


Right before going inside to watch the presentation, there was a sign that you could write your Twitter and/or Instagram handle on! Can you spot my Twitter handle?!


At 11:30 am on the dot, the HCC Frenzy team began their presentation about all of the exciting upcoming Spring and Summer YA books! They started off the presentation by introducing themselves, and sharing a video from Angie Thomas talking about her new novel “On The Come Up”.


You can spot me in this picture, posted by Hailey in Bookland on Instagram!

Here are some of the books that sparked my interest out of all the ones they mentioned in their presentation:

March 2019:

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May 2019:

June 2019:

July 2019:

August 2019:


After the event was over, I received a huge swag-bag put together by the HCC Frenzy team!


Inside the bag, there were a variety of cute bookish themed items, including a HCC Frenzy mug accompanied by some loose leaf green tea (provided by Tealish), some candy (provided by Sweet Artisian Candies and Golden Ticket Candy), a bath bomb (provided by Da Bomb! Bath Co) and a really neat pillow case!


There were also some nice paper goodies, including business cards from the companies who provided us with the candy and bath bomb, some HCC Frenzy bookmarks, and a sampler of an upcoming release titled “The Evil Queen” written by Gena Showalter.


HCC Frenzy was so kind to gift us three ARCs that they spoke about during their presentation!


The first ARC I received was “Let Me Hear a Rhyme” by Tiffany D. Jackson. Tiffany wrote “Monday’s Not Coming“, which I have yet to read but have been wanting to for a long time. This book includes a downloadable sound track link that feature songs that are meant to be listened to while you read the book. This book comes out on May 21, 2019. I am very excited to read this novel!


The next ARC I received was “This Time Will Be Different” by Misa Sugiura. While the cover is not shown on my ARC, it has already been released and you can find it on Goodreads! It is SO beautiful and the story sounds amazing! It is set to be released on June 4, 2019.


The final ARC I received was “Nocturna” by Maya Motayne. I have been really wanting to read some fantasy books lately, since I cannot even remember the last time I read a book with magical elements! This book is going to be Harper Collins’ big fantasy release of the summer, and I am super excited to read it. This book comes out on May 7, 2019.

Thank you again to Ashely and the entire HCC Frenzy team for inviting me to your fantastic event. You guys are the BEST!

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In My Mailbox #9: Snow Storm Edition (Brrrrrrrr)

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Over the past three weeks, we have had three snow storms, and my mail has been so off and on because of the weather. However, I received five books yesterday, so I thought it would be very fun to share them with you! I always love watching BookTube unboxing/book mail haul videos, and this is my written out version of them! As always, I am not trying to brag in anyway and create these posts as a preview to future reviews that I will be sharing in the future!

All of the books that are featured/shown in this post were sent to me for free by either Raquel Rich, Raincoast Books or Penguin Random House Canada (I will specify which book came from where when I mention it).


The first book I received was Hamartia by Raquel Rich. Raquel reached out to me a few weeks ago to see if I could review her book, and I gladly accepted the invitation! This novel sounds really interesting, especially if you are into Sci-Fi books. From the reviews I have read online, it seems like this book is going to be really great, so I am really looking forward to reading it! Thanks to Raquel for sending me her novel!


The second book I received came from Raincoast Canada, and is called “Wicked Saints” by Emily A. Duncan. I am participating in the Raincoast Blog Tour for this book, and my post/review will be up on March 29. I am super excited to start this book, and think that it is going to be a really interesting read!


You have NO IDEA how excited I was to receive this book in the mail!!!!! The second book I received from Raincoast Canada is “Again, But Better” by Christine Riccio (A.K.A. Poland Bananas Books on BookTube)! I had seen ARCs from Christine’s personal friends social media accounts, and am beyond fortunate that I received an ARC for myself! This book is among one of my Top 3 releases of 2019, and words cannot describe how thrilled I am to be able to read this book before the release date!! I might not be able to wait until May to read it… and now I don’t have to!

Thanks again to Raincoast Canada for “Wicked Saints” and “Again, But Better”!


Later yesterday afternoon, I received a large box in the mail from Penguin Random House Canada! I had requested a few books from their February newsletter, and since we are already near the end of February, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be sent my requests… but here they are!


The first book I received from Penguin Random House Canada was “The Hiding Place” by C.J. Tudor. Since my love affair with mystery/thrillers started during the last quarter of 2018, I haven’t been able to stop reading them! I don’t know much about this book, other than that it is a thriller combined with horror elements.


The second book I received from Penguin Random House Canada was “Chicken Girl” by Heather Smith. Penguin Random House Canada doesn’t usually offer many Young Adult titles, so whenever I see one that I am semi-interested in, I will usually request it. This one seems like such a great book, and I’m really excited to read it!


The last book I received from Penguin Random House Canada is one that has received a lot of buzz over the past few weeks. “Black Leopard, Red Wolf” by Marlon James is a book that I have had on my radar ever since ARCs were sent out and posted around the book-socials. Apparently this one combines african history and mythology, which sounds very intriguing to me!

The last two books I received came from Simon & Schuster Canada via NetGalley. “The Last” by Hanna Jameson has something to do with people trapped in a hotel during a nuclear war, and also has a sub plot line about a murder mystery that takes place within the hotel. Doesn’t that sound so interesting?! “Social Misconduct” by S.J. Maher is about a girl whose phone gets hacked and life (potentially) gets ruined because of it (I think). I’m really looking forward to both of these titles! They both are scheduled to be released sometime in April.


Those are all of the books I received literally yesterday!! Thanks to Raquel Rich, Raincoast Books, Penguin Random House Canada, and Simon & Schuster Canada for sending me these ARCs, I am so appreciative of them!

Good Night Book Owls!

Alyssa’s Reviews – The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker (FC)

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SO many books have been getting rave reviews and popularity from the bookstagram community recently, and “The Dreamers” by Karen Thompson Walker has been getting the MOST popular during these past few months. Before the book was published, I requested it from Penguin Random House Canada since it sounded like it was going to be fantastic! And let me tell you, it did not disappoint!

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Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

In an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a freshman girl stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep—and doesn’t wake up. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate, Mei, cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics who carry her away, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. Then a second girl falls asleep, and then another, and panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town. As the number of cases multiplies, classes are canceled, and stores begin to run out of supplies. A quarantine is established. The National Guard is summoned.
Mei, an outsider in the cliquish hierarchy of dorm life, finds herself thrust together with an eccentric, idealistic classmate. Two visiting professors try to protect their newborn baby as the once-quiet streets descend into chaos. A father succumbs to the illness, leaving his daughters to fend for themselves. And at the hospital, a new life grows within a college girl, unbeknownst to her—even as she sleeps. A psychiatrist, summoned from Los Angeles, attempts to make sense of the illness as it spreads through the town. Those infected are displaying unusual levels of brain activity, more than has ever been recorded. They are dreaming heightened dreams—but of what?

This book was pure magic. The writing style captivated me from the very first page and immersed me into this small town that had been cursed with a strange sleeping disease. I loved how there was very vague foreshadowing written at some parts of this novel, which made it that much more intriguing.

The plot line was really interesting and flowed very nicely. While there were not many twists or turns, the concept of this book was very unique and unlike anything I had ever read before. The idea of a sleeping/dreaming disease spreading through an entire town seems like an otherworldly idea, so the fact that it was done on earth made it very interesting to read about. It makes you wonder what kinds of things can be born and spread throughout our society!

While we readers were not able to focus on a small amount of characters since there were so many we focused on throughout this story, I still found it easy to connect to the individuals characters and their storylines. All of there storylines were completely different from one another, and seemed to have a little bit of everything I love from different contemporary novels. Each character at one point or another had a random interaction/connection with another one, which I absolutely loved.

Obviously the setting and world building was a very large part of this novel. I how the book took us through many areas of the city, especially since all of the characters lived or worked around different parts of the town. The descriptions and world building were great, and made the story much more realistic.

The only thing I didn’t love about this novel was the ending. It finished very openly and didn’t really conclude anything. While I understand why it was done this way, I would have loved a full conclusion to this enchanting story.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and gave it 4/5 stars.

Thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for the free finished copy!

Have you read this book or plan to soon? Let me know in the comments so we can discuss!

Good Night Book Owls!

Alyssa’s Reviews – Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

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In honour of the Fierce Female Reads Readathon starting on Friday, I am going to be sharing my full review of our group read, Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu! I loved this book, and am so excited to hear all of your thoughts on it, since I know a ton of you have it on your TBR for this readathon!

Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

Moxie girls fight back!
Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.
Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

I loved this book! From the cover, to the main message, to the characters, and all of the social issues, it really was a fantastic novel!

By far my favourite thing about this novel is the characters. Vivian is the protagonist and main character in this novel. She and her friends experience a lot of sexist things that go on in the school, and are basically allowed to go on because the principal is the father of the star of the schools football team. People have accepted these sexist acts, as they know there is not much they can do to stop them. However, after Vivian finds a box from her moms childhood and discovers the kick-ass teenager she was, that inspires her to act against these awful teenage boys and stand up for what’s right. Her passion for equality was so inspiring to me, and she truly lived up to her fierce-written character! Claudia, Lucy, and Emma were three of my other favourite characters. They had a huge influence on Viv, so to see there characters develop as the story went on was great! I obviously absolutely adored Seth (Viv’s boyfriend)! They have one of the most healthy YA relationships I have ever read, and to see an author romanticize a teen relationship like that made me enjoy this novel even more! Anytime that Seth said made an “un-educated” statement about something that was going on in the school, Viv would clearly explain the issue and try to make him understand why it was not OK. Instead of Viv walking away and getting upset at her boyfriend, she helped him understand things, which made their relationship even stronger.

The school setting was a clear and easy choice for this plot line, but I liked how Jennifer incorporated the teachers and cafeteria setting into the novel, as that constantly reminded us readers that the novel was set in a school. I always loved reading the scenes where the characters would be talking to each other in the cafeteria or hallways, so I really enjoyed the school setting.

An element of this book that I really enjoyed was how all of the girls in the school stood up for one another together, instead of categorizing themselves by colour, race, or sexuality. While some readers have argued that this book excludes males from the gender equality fight, there is a scene in this book where Viv suggests to Seth that they should also include boys, but Seth says encourages her to make this group a safe space for girls only.

The Women’s Rights/Gender Equality movement is slowly changing society as we know it today, and I was so happy to hear that a YA book was tackling this topic head on. Not only was this book great, but it totally exceeded my personal expectations! Overall, I gave it 4.75/5 stars!

Are you guys reading this book for for the Fierce Female Reads Readathon? Have you read it already? Let me know in the comments so we can discuss!

Good Night Book Owls!

Fierce Female Reads Readathon TBR!

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Ashely from Falling Down The Book Hole is hosting the first ever Fierce Female Reads Readathon with the help of a few other fantastic bloggers (including myself)! It starts today on February 15th, and is running until the last day of the month – February 28th. If you are planning on participating in the readathon, sign up here! The Fierce Female Readathon is all about reading books written by fierce female authors or fierce female characters. There are six challenges that you can follow when selecting your TBR books for this readathon, or you can chose your own fierce female books! The challenges are listed in the graphic below!

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I have chosen a book for each of the categories, but I highly doubt that I will be able to read seven books in the next 14 days!


The book we have selected as our group read is Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. I will be posting my full review for this book on Feb. 17, and I am so excited to share all of my thoughts on it with you! Therefore, I have actually already read the novel and won’t be reading it during the readathon. However, I encourage you to read Moxie along with the group, and I look forward to reading all of your thoughts on the novel!


The first challenge for this readathon is to read a book with women/girl in the title. I am sort of cheating for this one, as I am picking a book with female names in the title (I hope that’s ok!). The first book I plan on reading is “Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee” by Jeff Zentner! The first thing that drew me into this book was obviously the beautiful cover, but the premise seems very interesting. Apparently there is a lot of humour in this book, and I can’t wait to read it! Thanks to Penguin Teen Canada for this ARC!

The second challenge for the FFR is to read a book written by a women of colour. For this challenge, I have chosen “Internment” by Samira Ahmed. This book is a fictional story based on what is happening at the boarders in the United States of America. While I am a proud Canadian citizen, I think that this story and the real events that are going on at the boarders in the USA are so important and need to be spoken about more. Words cannot explain how excited I am to read this book. Thanks to Hachette Book Group for the finished copy (hopefully I will get my copy in the mail before the end of the readathon)!


The third challenge is to read a fierce female recommendation recommendation from the book community. I thought this would be the perfect time to finally read “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid! I have heard SPECTACULAR things about this book in all of the book communities (book blogs, book tube, bookstagram, etc.), and I am eager to see what I think about it!


The fourth challenge is to read a book featuring/written by a fierce female or a book based off of women in history. I have chosen to read “Becoming” by Michelle Obama. This book has been the #1 best selling books on charts all over the world, and I am SO excited to finally read her novel. I am a huge Michelle Obama fan, and I was ecstatic to hear that she was writing and publishing her very own novel. I actually featured this book in my “Fierce Females in YA” post, which you can read here.

The last challenge for the FFR is to read a book with a fierce female leading a resistance. For this challenge, I have chosen to read an eARC of Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto, which has been sent to me from Simon & Schuster Canada. This book came out just a few days ago, and I am really looking forward to reading it! I have not read a YA fantasy book in ages, so I am interested to see what my opinions of this book will be since my reading preferences have changed drastically over the past six months. To be honest with you, I have heard very mixed things about this book, so it will be interesting to see what my overall opinions of it are.

And those are all of the books I plan on reading during the Fierce Females Reads Readathon! If you are participating, let me know what you plan on reading or comment the link to your post down below and I will be sure to check it out! Also make sure to follow the twitter for the Fierce Female Reads and use the #FierceFemaleReads, as there will be a lot of fun stuff going on there as well! I hope you will all participate in this readathon, since it is going to be a lot of fun!

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Alyssa’s Reviews – The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes (ARC)

“You…” Her eyes fluttered as her skin turned pale. Thea could see from here that the (spoiler)’s leg was bent at an unnatural angle. “You could have been great.” Thea’s lips curled. “I’d rather be good.”

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I am SO happy to share that my first 5-STAR READ OF 2019 is… THE BLACK COATS by Colleen Oakes! This book exceeded my highest expectations, and I am so thankful that I received an ARC from HarperCollins Canada/HCC Frenzy of this book!

TW: Rape, abuse, murder, violence.

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Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

Roses are read, violets are blue, if you hurt us, we’re coming for you.
The deeply secretive Black Coats have been exacting vengeance on men who hurt girls and women for years. And Thea has just received an invitation to join them. This is the opportunity she’s been waiting for to finally get justice for her cousin Natalie, whose killer went free.
Thea dives head first into the group, training every day with other girls whose stories rival hers. Together they carry out Balancings—acts of revenge guaranteed to teach a lesson. With every predator threatened, every blackmailer exposed, and every date rapist punished, Thea can feel herself getting closer to avenging Natalie’s death.
But then the Balancings begin to escalate in brutality, and Thea discovers that the Black Coats are not all they seem to be. Thea must confront just how far she’s willing to go for justice—and what kind of justice Natalie, and Thea herself, deserve. Because when the line between justice and revenge is razor thin, it’s hard not to get cut.

This book was phenomenal. I loved the writing style and vocabulary used in this book. I was hooked in from the very first page.

While this book is marketed as a contemporary novel, I would say that it’s more of a dark contemporary novel. There is a lot of killing and abuse talked about in this book, so it is definitely not like a fluffy contemporary book that you may be used to reading. There was no magic in this book, but it read almost like a book with paranormal realism in it.

The Black Coats was filled with some fierce and bad-ass female characters. They were all brought together because of past grief and tragedy, and slowly bonded because of their shared experiences. At first, they didn’t like or understand each other, but slowly their characters went through a lot of development, and considered each other family at the end of the novel. Thea, the main character, experiences her first love in this story with a boy named Drew. While the romance is definitely present in this novel, it is not overwhelming by any means. It does not impact the plot line and influence any of Thea’s decisions, which I really appreciated. Quite frankly, their relationship does not majorly impact the story until the last 100 pages. Thankfully and fortunately, I have not experienced any similar events that the main characters in this novel have experienced, but that does not mean I could not sympathize and connect with the characters.

The setting in this novel did not play a major role within the plot line, but it was definitely an important part of this novel. Many of the events in this story take place in Mademoiselle Corday, a huge mansion that the Black Coats group schemes in. I loved reading scenes that were set in this mansion, since I thought it was a really cool place for everyone to meet up in.

The plot/storyline in this novel is incredibly unique and unlike anything I have ever read before. To be honest, I thought that the plot would be quite problematic. Fighting fire with fire is never a good idea, and can be written/read quite poorly in books. However, as the characters developed, they realized this themselves, which opened their eyes to a lot of the problems within The Black Coats society (sorry if that was vague, I try not to include any spoilers in my reviews!), and further developed both the plot and their character. I thought that the plot flowed very nicely and was paced to perfection. Something that I appreciated Colleen writing about was the fact that women can abuse other women and man can be abused by both women and men. I thought that this book would just zone in on men abusing women, but it was much more expansive than that.

After the epilogue and acknowledgements, Colleen wrote a beautiful letter talking about the #MeToo movement and women’s abuse/freedoms. The letter alone is worth purchasing and reading the book, as it gives you a preview of Colleen’s wonderful writing style and story. I thought the letter was a very thoughtful touch and a stunning way to close off her book.

Overall, I absolutely adored this book and gave it 5/5 stars. I did not expect this book to be my first 5-star book of 2019, but the bigger the surprise, the better the rating feels!

I highly encourage you to pick up this book at a bookstore near you, since I think it is a great book to read in today’s day and age. Thank you to Harper Collins Canada/HCC Frenzy for an ARC of this book!

Good Night Book Owls!

Favourite Fierce Females in YA

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In honour of Fierce Female February and the Fierce Female readthon, happening on Feb. 15th until the 28th, I am going to be sharing my favourite female characters in young adult fiction! All of the books that these characters come from would be great novels to read during the readathon! Myself along with several other fantastic fierce female bloggers shared what being a fierce female meant to us, and you can read that here! You can participate in the readathon by signing-up here, and can read some amazing fierce female book recommendations here!

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“The Black Coats” by Colleen Oakes is my first 5-star read of 2019, and features several fantastic female characters that stand up for what they believe in and aren’t afraid to speak their minds. Thea, the main character in this novel, goes through some very tragic events, but doesn’t let them identify who she is, and instead uses these events to do better. “The Black Coats” just came out last week, and my full review for it will be up in a couple of days!


One of my favourite books of 2018, “Dare You To Lie” by Amber Lynn Natusch, featured Kylene, a strong female character who needs to stand up for herself after past troubling events. If you’re looking for a great YA mystery book featuring a great cast of strong characters, look no further and pick up this book! You can read my full review here!


“Roam” by C.H. Armstrong is a book about 17-year-old Abby and her struggles being a homeless teenagers. Abby is such a fierce head-strong character, and this book is such an important one to read. You can read my full review here!


As I am sure many of you already know, “Girls of Paper and Fire” by Natasha Ngan is a novel about paper girls whose sole responsibility is to please and honour the king. However, Lei, the main protagonist, has never wanted to become a paper girl, and fights for what she believes in and for the rights of the other paper girls. Lei is a very fierce LGBTQ+ character, and I loved reading about her adventure in this novel! You can read my full review here!


While this post is mostly for YA novels, I wanted to include a non-fiction novel that I believe people of all ages and book preferences would enjoy. Michelle Obama is one of my personal inspirations and role models, and I am eagerly waiting for the Fierce Female Readathon to began, as that is when I plan on reading her book “Becoming” (my TBR post will be up later this week!). I am really looking forward to reading this, and hope that I love every second of it!

I hope you enjoyed finding out all of my recent favourite fierce female characters! In my opinion, these books will be great to read during the Fierce Female readathon, and I would love to hear if you are going to be participating! I will be sharing my full TBR for the readathon with you on Friday, so keep your eyes on the lookout for it!

Good Night Book Owls!

(P.S. Sorry these pictures are all sort of different and choppy, I didn’t really feel like taking new pics just for one post. I hope you all enjoyed it regardless!)


Welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!

Believe it or not, on this exact day four years ago I posted my first (and only… until now!) Book Shelf tour (click here to see it)! To this day it is still one of my most viewed blog posts ever! I’ve been getting a lot of requests on Instagram to do an updated one, so when I saw that it had been four years since my last one, I thought it would be so fun to post to see how different my bookshelves look! I am still using the same bookshelves, but I am using a lot more of them now (in my basement my family installed a huge bookshelf, so I use about 1/3 of the shelves, and my Dad uses just over 2/3). I have acquired A LOT more books since the last time you saw these shelves, thanks to all of the amazing ARCs I have received from different publishing houses, my discovery of BOOK HEAVEN (aka BookOutlet.com!), and the fantastic releases that authors have been publishing over the past several years. As you can see, my shelves consist of a lot more YA and Adult books, rather than in my last bookshelf tour where I had an even mix of YA and Middle Grade. I hope that you all enjoy this tour!

DISCLAIMER: I have received quite a few ARCs (which will be indicated with an astric), as well as a lot of books that have been purchased for me from friends or family from gifts. However, most of the books (including all of the books I have purchased from Book Outlet) were boughten by myself. I am not making this post to brag in any way, shape, or form. This post is very requested, and I am publishing it purely because people have asked to see my book collection. 🙂

Key: Bold – Sent for free. Underlined – Reviewed on blog (I used to review most ARCs solely on Goodreads, since I didn’t have much time to write full reviews in the past) (click on the title, it will take you right to the review).

This is my bookshelf! As I previously said, it is a huge bookshelf unit that is installed in the basement of my house, and this is literally only one third of it! My bookshelf isn’t really organized in any way. Some shelves hold books that have the same genre, while some just have random hardbacks. The far left column only holds ARCs and books that i have received for free from publishers (as does a few shelves next to it).

These are all hardcover books that I have received from publishers for free. All of them were sent to me from Penguin Random House Canada, except for “Hello, Friends!” by Jerry Howarth, which I received from ECW Press TODAY!

The Productivity Project ● A Ladder To The Sky ● Once Upon A River ● The Dreamers ● City of the Lost ● Illuminae ● Binge ● This May Sound Crazy ● Salt to the Sea ● Unhooked ● The Skeleton Tree ● Someday ● Final Report ● Hello, Friends!

This shelves houses my XL-Paperback ARCs! Like the previous shelf (and all other ones on the left side of my shelf), I received these from publishers. Most of them are from Penguin Random House Canada, Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster Canada and Raincoast Canada.

The Cruelty ● The Square Root of SummerFlawed ● Yiddish For Pirates ● Golden StatePiper Perish ● The Diabolic ● The Suspect ● The Hatching ● The Name Therapist ● Genius ● Everyone Brave Is Forgiven ● Holding On To Normal ● Her Father’s Secret ● Girls of Paper and Fire ● Once & Future

Most of these books were sent to me from Simon & Schuster Canada, Harper Collins Canada and Raincoast Canada from 2014/2015.

Since You’ve Been Gone ● Unravel ● The Defiant ● Chasing Before ● Servants of the Storm ● Black Ice ● Walking on Trampolines ● Me Being MeHit ● City Love ● GalgorithmThree Day Summer ● Kissing In America ● Like It Never Happened ● In Real Life ● Paper Weight ● The War Against The Assholes ● Wild Ones ● Don’t Fail Me Now ● The Unquiet ● The Scorpion Rules

Most of these books were sent to me for Simon & Schuster Canada, Raincoast Canada and Harper Collins Canada!

Walk On Earth A Stranger ● Zeroes ● The Last Kids on Earth ● The Rest of Us Just Live Here ● A Step Toward Falling ● This Is Where The World Ends ● This Is Where It Ends ● The Forbidden Wish ● Where You’ll Find Me ● Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here ● Rebel of the Sands ● Teen Frankenstein ● Charlotte Cuts It Out ● Snow Job ● The Last Boy and Girl in the World ● The Unexpected Everything ● Black River Falls ● Gap Life ● Scythe ● This Adventure Ends ● Ice Like Fire

These books were all bought late last year on Book Outlet! You can read the post that I hauled them in here!

Why We Broke Up ● Every You, Every Me ● Mosquitoland ● Looking For Alaska ● The Love That Split The World ● The Walls Around Us ● A Little Something Different ● Behind Her Eyes ● Firsts ● This Song Will Save Your Life ●  The Smell of Other peoples Houses ● This is the Life ● The Gates ● Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock ● Behind Closed Doors ● This Savage Song ● Before I Fall ● Like A River Glorious ● Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore ● Dumplin’ ● Crimson Bound ● Cruel Beauty

Some of these books were purchased on Book Outlet, while the others I purchased at Chapters Indigo!

An Anonymous Girl ● Leave Me ● The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo ● Falling Into Place ● Anatomy of a Misfit ● Made You Up ● The Female of the Species ● A Madness So Discreet ● The Last Time We Say Goodbye ● Bellevue Square

This is another one of my ARC shelves. All of these books were sent to me from Raincoast Canada, Penguin Canada, Simon and Schuster Canada,  Harper Collins Canada, and Hachette Book Group! I will be posting a review of any and every book that has not yet been released on this shelf closer to their release dates!

Labyrinth Lost ● Worlds of Ink and Shadow ● You Before Anyone Else ● Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity ● Romeo & What’s Her Name ● Dare You To Lie ● I Do Not Trust You ● OtherEarth ● The Wren Hunt ● The Gauntlet ● LookerDryThe Field Guide To The North American Teenager ● The Black Coats ● The Meaning of Birds ● Love & Other Curses ● Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee ● You Must Not Miss ● Wilder Girls ● The Lost Property Office ● Eat Better, Live Better, Feel Better

This shelf is home to my all-time favourite “coffee table book”! Bibliophile by Jane Monet is a beautiful book all about… BOOKS! What more could you want?!

This shelf holds some of my all-time favourite books!

Cress ● Winter ● Fairest ● Insurgent ● Allegiant ● Four ● Dorothy Must DieThe Wicked Will Rise ● Yellow Brick War ● The End of Oz ● The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell ● The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns ● The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning ● The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms ● The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odessy

The next few shelves will all feature my hardcover books! I purchased most of these from Chapters Indigo or Book Outlet!

Caraval ● Girls Made of Snow and Glass ● Heartless ● If We Were Villains ● Because You Love to Hate Me ● Between The Lines ● Daughter of Smoke & Bone ● These Broken Stars ● This Shattered World ● Popular ● Red Queen ● The Fault In Our Stars ● Emergency Contact ● Two Can Keep A Secret ● Moxie ● The Chaos of Standing Still ● Isla and the Happily Ever After ● Warcross

First Life ● Forsake ● Soundless ● All The Bright Places ● Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend ● To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before ● Unbecoming ● Love and Other Perishable Items ● Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between ● Turtles All The Way Down ● Noggin ● Burn For Burn ● Stealing Snow ● The Afterlife of Holly Chase ● Two Roads From Here ● Althea & Oliver ● We Are Still Tornadoes ● Here We Are Now ● Tell Us Something True

Something Real ● Pennyroyal Academy ● The Iron Trial ● Curse Of The Thirteenth Fay ● Seraphina ● The School for Good & Evil ● I Will Always Write Back ● Stalker Girl ● The Truth Commission ● The Lost and the Found ● Pretty Little Liars ● The Body in the Woods ● The Screaming Staircase ●  Entwined ● Love, Stargirl ● Stargirl ● Hellen Keller Biography ● Who Was Walt Disney? ● The Giver ● Glittering Court

This shelve holds all of full series/box sets!

The Maze Runner ● The Scorch Trials ● The Death Cure ● The Kill Order ● The Hunger Games ● Catching Fire ● Mockingjay ● Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone ● Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ● Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ● Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ● Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix ● Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince ● Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ● A Darker Shade of Magic ● A Gethering of Shadows ● A Conjuring of Light ● Lady Midnight

This shelf holds paperback dystopian, sci-fi, and a few thrillers.

More Than This ● City of Bones ● City of Ashes ● The Darkest Minds ● Otherworld ● The Diviners ● Across the Universe ● The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer ● Big Little Lies ● Gone Girl ● Twilight ● New Moon ● Snow Like Ashes ● Frost Like Night ● Divergent ● Cinder ● Scarlet

The shelf features some contemporary, middle grade, and non-fiction books.

Everyday ● Brain on Fire ● It’s Kind of a Funny Story ● What Happened to Goodbye ● Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour ● Anna and the French Kiss ● My Life Next Door ● Paper Towns ● Where Things Come Back ● Normal Girl ● This is What Happy Looks Like ● The Geography of You and Me ● The Mysterious Benedict Society ● The Fill-in Boyfriend ● Say What You Will ● Girl’s Best Friend ● 13 Gifts ● The Clique ● Best Friends For Never ● Revenge of the Wannabes ● Nancy Drew: Without a Trace ● Choose It and Lose It ● Show Me A Story! ● Falling up ● Make Up: Your Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success – Online and Off

This final shelf holds some horror/halloween-themed books, historical fiction novels, and some classics!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children ● The Night Circus ● The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall ● Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer ● Dead Upon A Time, The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die ● The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall ● Doll Bones ● The Perfect Nanny ● Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl ● A Night Divided ● Red Scarf Girl ● Between Shades of Gray ● Prisoner B-3087 ● One Crazy Summer ● The Boy in the Striped Pajamas ● The Breadwinner Trilogy ● The Book Theif ● Stones on a Grave ● Small Bones ● Night ● The Wave ● The Great Gatsby ● The Hobbit ●The Two Towers ● The Fellowship of the Ring ● Lord of the Flies ● The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr. Willy Wonka ● Lord of the Flies ● King Lear ● The Catcher In The Rye ● Nineteen Eighty-Four

AND THAT IS MY 2019 BOOKSHELF TOUR! I hope you enjoyed seeing all of the books I own!

Good Night Book Owls!