March 2019 Wrap-Up

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March was probably one of the best months I have had in a while! Every single week in March went by so quickly, and I was in such a great mood this month! Even though I was sick during the first week of March, I still managed to read nine books this month! However, unlike the previous two months, I didn’t really stick to my March TBR, but instead read by my mood.


The first book that I read this month was “Once & Future” by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy. I went into this book thinking that it was fantasy, but it is actually very sci-fi. I still enjoyed it, but nothing about it blew me away. You can read my full review here. Thanks to Hachette Book Group Canada for providing me with an ARC!


The second book I read this month was “Again, But Better” by Christine Riccio. I had such high expectations for this book… and you will have to wait until the week of it’s release to see my final thoughts! Thanks to Raincoast Canada for providing me with an ARC!


I then went on to read “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” and “Daisy Jones & The Six”, which are both written by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I posted a dual mini review of both of these novels, which you can read here. I gave Evelyn Hugo 4.75/5 stars and Daisy Jones 3.75/5 stars!


After reading two historical fiction/romance novels, I felt like reading something much different! Since Mysteries/Thrillers are some of my favourite books to read, I picked up “Anonymous Girl” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. I have yet to read there first highly talked about novel “The Wife Between Us”, since I have this a physical copy of this one. While I wanted to love it, I didn’t find anything very shocking or eery. Because of this, I gave it 3/5 stars.


I then finished “Hello, Friends!” by Jerry Howarth! I had been reading a few chapters of this book every night before going to sleep, so it took me about a month to get through. Since I am a huge Toronto Blue Jays fan, I was so excited to read this one! You can read my full review here. Thanks to ECW Press for sending me an advanced finished copy!


The next book I read was “The Unhoneymooners” by Christina Lauren. After finishing a thriller and non-fiction book, I was in the mood for something ‘light and fluffy’. I decided to pick up my eARC of Christina Lauren’s newest romance novel… and it did not disappoint!! You’ll have to wait to hear all of my thoughts closer to the release date, but let me tell you that this is definitely one that you should pick up if your into adult romance/contemporary! Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for the eARC!


Then, I read “Opposite of Always” by Justin A. Reynolds. I had heard so much buzz about this book from the Frenzy Presents event and from many other bloggers. However, I didn’t love it and thought it was the definition of a “meh” book. This book is so up my ally, so I had a lot of high expectations going into it, but you can’t love everything you read! I gave this book 3/5 stars.


The ninth book I read this month is “Wicked Saints” by Emily A. Duncan. I was part of the blog tour for this one, so you can read my full review of this dark and magical book here!


The last book I read this month is “When We Were Lost” by Kevin Wignall. Even though this book is not scheduled to be released until the beginning of June, I was in the mood to read a YA thriller/survival story (that wasn’t “Wilder Girls… I’m saving that one for the summer!) and decided to pick this one up! Truthfully, as I write this (the morning of March 30), I am only 75 pages in, but I think I will be able to finish it before the end of the day tomorrow. I am very excited to continue reading this one, as I am loving it so far! Thanks to Hachette Book Group Canada for sending me an ARC!


Those are all of the books I finished in March! I am really happy with how much I read, especially since I didn’t read anything until March 8th! What did you read this month?!

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Alyssa’s Reviews – Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan {BLOG TOUR}

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Over these past few weeks, I have been craving a dark fantasy novel, and boy oh boy, Wicked Saints definitely fixed that craving! Thanks to Raincoast Books for including me in their blog tour for this novel, I’m so fortunate to be a part of it!

Wicked Saints Blog Evite

Flavia @ Flavia The Bibliophile
Joe @ Storeys of Stories
Katelin @ Pretty Little Library
Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm
Christine @ Padfoots Library
Carly @Beauty & Her Books
Rachel @ Model Who’s Read
Joyce @ The Beachy Reader
Wendy @ Cupcake and a Latte

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Synopsis (

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.
A prince in danger must decide who to trust.
A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.
Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.
In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

This book was so dark and bloody and… great! It started off with a BANG, and the story took off from there!

The magic system and world building were my favourite parts of this book. I am always fascinated by fantasies that focus around blood magic, as I think it is a very interesting concept. And while at times I thought that it was a bit graphic and gruesome, those factors did not impact my overall enjoyment of the story. Emily wrote the magic system in the book so well, and I really enjoyed it. I also loved the world building in this novel. I enjoyed going to all of the different towns/cities in this novel, and thought that there were really interesting to read. It was very easy to visualize the different places and scenes in this novel, and sometimes I have a hard time doing that in other fantasy books.

While reading this, I could not believe that this was Emily’s debut full-length novel (and she wrote while in grad-school!!). The book was written like a seasoned pro, and some of the effortless writing that is showcased in this book makes Emily easy to place among some of the great fantasy writers in the YA spectrum.

One thing that I did not love about this novel were the characters. As other reviewers have said, you either love or hate the characters in this novel. And sadly, I didn’t really like them. I didn’t feel any sort of connection to any of the characters, and while they go through a lot in this book, I felt that they could have developed a tad more. Since characters are very important to me when reading a novel, my overall experience of reading the book was definitely tainted because of them. However, a lot of other bloggers on this tour loved the characters, so it’s definitely personal preference!

Another thing about this book that I didn’t appreciate was the use of words in another language. I definitely understand why they were included, but I think that it would have been useful if there was a small dictionary in the front of the book for readers to reference while reading this novel.

If you are a lover of fantasy, I highly recommend that you read this book! I think that this will be the next huge fantasy novel, and I can’t wait to hear other peoples opinions on it! Overall, I gave it 3.75/5 stars.

Thanks again to Raincoast Books for selecting me to participate in the blog tour! Please check out all of the other stops on the tour, by clicking on the blogs mentioned above.

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Alyssa’s Reviews – Hello, Friends! by Jerry Howarth (FC)

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You may not know this, but when I was on my long blogging hiatus in 2016/2017, I created a blog for the Major League Baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays! While I don’t write on that blog anymore, I am still a ginormous Blue Jays fan, and am still very active on my baseball-focused Twitter account! When I found out that one of my favourite announcers, Jerry Howarth, was writing a book published by ECW Press, I knew that I had to request it so that I could read and review it early! Fortunately, my request was granted and I was able to read it a month in advance! Even though this book has been out for almost a month, I wanted to save my review until Toronto Blue Jays Opening Day (which is today!!!!!!!)!

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Synopsis (

An honest memoir about life, family, and baseball from the longtime, legendary Toronto Blue Jays radio broadcaster.
For 36 years, Jerry Howarth ushered in eternal hope each spring and thrived in the drive of each fall as the voice of the Toronto Blue Jays. In 1982, the lifelong avid sports fan joined Tom Cheek as full-time play-by-play radio announcer for the Blue Jays, and for the next 23 years, “Tom and Jerry” were the voices of the franchise. Jerry became part of the fabric of a nation and a team, covering historic moments like the rise of the Blue Jays through the 1980s that culminated in back-to-back World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993. His Hall of Fame-worthy broadcasting career has been nothing short of legendary. When Jerry retired in February 2018, the tributes poured in and made one thing perfectly clear: Toronto baseball would never be the same.
Howarth brings together thoughts on life, family, work, and baseball. Featuring stories about everyone from Dave Stieb, Jack Morris, Duane Ward, Roberto Alomar, and Joe Carter to John Gibbons, Edwin Encarnacion, Josh Donaldson, and the late Roy Halladay, Hello, Friends! is a must-read for sports fans everywhere.

I loved everything about this book!

Jerry is one of my all-time favourite broadcasters, as he truly was the Blue Jays voice. His stories from his past were great to read, and made me respect him so much more. He found his true passion and paved his own path into a very successful jobs and career. Jerry is such an inspiration to me, and thousands of other people!

My favourite chapters came from the beginning and end of the novel. I loved reading about how he came into the Blue Jays organization and became the voice of the Toronto Blue Jays. I also LOVED the chapters about the “glory years”, both the 1992/1993 chapters, as well as the ones talking about the 2015/2016 seasons. They were written so well, and made me feel very nostalgic and yearn for more successful seasons to come! I also loved the chapters from which he spoke about his wife and family, as it made me feel very connected to Jerry.

When reading this entire novel, it seemed like I was listening to Jerry Howarth speak in my head while reading the book, and I could practically hear Jerry during every phase. You could definitely tell that he wrote it himself, as a lot of the words/language that he used on the radio for over forty years as the Blue Jays announcer were also used in his novel!

“Hello, Friends!” by Jerry Howarth is a MUST-READ for Toronto Blue Jays fans new and old! I gave this book 5/5 stars, as I loved every second of it! Thanks to ECW Press for sending me an advanced finished copy in exchange for a review!

If you live in Canada and are interested in purchasing your own copy, click here to get it for almost 50% off!

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Alyssa’s Reviews – Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy (ARC)

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I have been in the mood to read a lot of fantasy and fairytale re-telling stories lately, so when I received this one from Hachette Book Group Canada, I knew it was the perfect book for me to read!


Synopsis (

I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.
Now I’m done hiding.
My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.
When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

This book had a lot of promise, but unfortunately it took a lot of turns that I was not expecting, let alone anticipating. The plot, at times, confused the heck out of me, and at times, I struggled to pick up the book and remember where it had left off. The pacing of this story was very sporadic and wild. There were some parts that felt so slow, and other times where it felt like there were ten things going on at once. I would have liked if the pacing was a lot more smooth and consistent. However, the overall creativity and story was great and really interesting. It was the perfect mix between fantasy and sci-fi, as well as hilarious and sad.

At the beginning of the novel, we are introduced to Ari, who is a new reincarnation of King Arthur. We are also introduced to Merlin, King Arthurs trusted advisor/wizard. Ari and Merlin were my two favourite characters in the novel, as I connected to them the most and loved reading their stories. I loved Kay, Ari’s brother, at the beginning, but unfortunately I ended up despising him throughout the last 75 pages. The other characters were great, but I didn’t care about them as much as I would have liked to.

The settings of this story were super interesting. At times it was hard to figure out exactly where they were, but after a few paragraphs it was easy to realize their location. There were several different planets that we are taken to throughout this story, and I really loved reading about all of the different settings and planets.

Another thing I loved about this book was the government/political system. Mercer, the main group that essentially rules the galaxy, are the main antagonists and are the “evil” villain in this story. I really liked all of the interactions Ari and her team had with Mercer and the “Administrator” (the person in charge of Mercer).

Overall, I quite liked this book and gave it 3/5 stars. Thanks to Hachette Book Group Canada for sending me an ARC of this book!

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March 2019 Book Haul

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Once again, I apologize for the lack of posts on my blog. Ever since I got sick at the beginning of the month, I have been choosing my books by my mood, therefore I haven’t read a lot of ARCs that need to have reviews posted this month, or are backlist books that I have purchased. However, I have three reviews going up next week to make up for it!

Anyways, I have purchased a few books this month that I am super excited to read and want to share with you! Since the beginning of 2019, I haven’t purchased many books since I have received a lot of ARCs from many different publishing houses. However, I have had my eye on a few books and decided to purchase all of them at Indigo over the past two weeks!

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The first book I purchased this month is “Daisy Jones & The Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I had heard SO many amazing things about this book and decided to purchase it for 40% off at Indigo! I have since read it and posted a mini review of it (along with “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo”), which you can read here!


The next book I purchased is “The Astonishing Color of After” by Emily X.R. Pan. I am a HUGE Books&Lala fan, and have heard spectacular things about this book from her, along with many other BookTubers and bloggers. When I noticed that this was the last paperback version on the shelf at Indigo, I thought that was a sign that I should buy it, since I have wanted to read it for a while! I am SO excited to read this one, and hope to get to it very soon!


The third book I purchased is “One of Us is Lying” by Karen M. McManus. I read Karen’s second book “Two Can Keep A Secret” earlier this year and quite liked it, and since I have been wanting to read YA thrillers, I thought this would be a great one to read! According to some of my bookish friends, this one is better than her first one, so I am very excited to see if my opinion follows the popular opinion!


The last book I purchased this month is “Opposite of Always” by Justin A. Reynolds. This book was featured at HCC Frenzy’s: Frenzy Presents, and I have been wanting to read it ever since! While I haven’t heard the best things about this book, I have been really intrigued by it and definitely want to form my own opinions. I am currently reading this one right now, and will share my full thoughts in my March Wrap-Up!


The first ARC I received this month came from Penguin Teen Canada, and it just so happens to be my most anticipated release of the Summer! This book is called “Screen Queens” by Lori Goldstein. I love books about fierce females making their way into the technology industry, and I am so incredibly excited to read this one! Thanks to Penguin Teen Canada for the ARC!


Lastly, I received a huge package from Hachette Book Group Canada filled with a lot of late Spring/early Summer releases! These are the books in this stack:


Those are all of the books I acquired this month! What are some of the books you bought or received this month?!

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Alyssa’s Mini Reviews – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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The two most talked about books of 2019 thus far were both written by highly aclaimed author, Taylor Jenkins Reid. Over the past two days, I have read her two most well-known novels, “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” and “Daisy Jones & The Six” – which is her most recent novel (it came out just last week!). If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw me talking about these on both my Instagram stories and posts, and a lot of you wanted to read my opinions about both of them… so that is what I am going to share with you today!


Synopsis (

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
Written with Reid’s signature talent for creating “complex, likable characters” (Real Simple), this is a mesmerizing journey through the splendor of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it costs—to face the truth.

WOW. This book was truthfully unlike anything I had ever read before. The characters Evelyn, Monique, Harry, Celia, Rex, and everyone else literally felt like they were real people. Ms. Reid wrote the characters with such grace and elegance, and they honestly felt so real. It’s hard to describe unless you’ve read the book. I will admit that it took me about 100 pages to really get into the book, but I really loved it after that mark. And even though I figured out the main plot twist/point that occurs about 100 pages in the book, that did not stop me from loving it. Plus, the plot twist at the very end SHOCKED me, as I was not expecting it at all. This book discusses so many important themes and topics that are so relevant to society, and were basically whispered about back then, although they were still crucial and important. From LGBTG+ discrimination, to women working in a male dominated workplace, there were many things that this book discussed with such urgency. As I said before, the writing of the book was phenomenal, and deserves recognition on its own. It felt like I was literally reading a biography of a real celebrity that I had known for years. Everything in this book popped off the page, and I visualized it beautifully. Evelyn Hugo is a character I won’t soon forget and will stay with me for a very long time. I gave this book 4.75/5 stars!


Synopsis (

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.
Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.
Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.
Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.
The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.

This book was great, but I definitely enjoyed Evelyn Hugo a lot more. Surprisingly, I’m part of the unpopular opinion, as I liked the first half a lot more than the second half. I liked reading about the rise of Daisy Jones and The Six separately, and how they came together. While a lot of people felt that the beginning was all over the place, I really really loved it! However, I honestly thought that the middle of the book was kind of… *whispers* boring?! I don’t know. I was bored with the song writing process, and I felt that the same events and emotions just repeated for every song they wrote. I guess you could say that I was underwhelmed for a large majority of the plot, especially because I knew what Taylor was capable of writing since I had just finished Evelyn Hugo the day before reading this one. The ending picked up the pace a little bit, but it didn’t save the book from the dull middle. I loved all of the characters in this book, and Taylor continued to make these characters come alive off the pages. Her words are truly magical, and her writing is out of this world. She made it seem like I was reading a non-fiction book/conversation from a real life band! I also LOVED the writing style she used in this book, as it is all formatted like an interview. I’m a sucker for “unconventional” writing styles, and this one hit it out of the park. Overall, I gave this book a rating of 3.75/5 stars. To be honest with you, I feel like if I had listened to the audiobook instead of physically read the book, I might have enjoyed it a bit more, as so many people absolutely adored listening to this story. Although, I don’t really enjoy listening to audio books in general.


In conclusion, I enjoyed “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” quite a bit more than “Daisy Jones & The Six”. Throughout both books, Taylor Jenkins Reids’ writing was phenomenal, and the unique cast of characters featured in both books came to life wonderfully.

Have you read either of these novels? I’d love to discuss your thoughts in the comments!

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Friday Reads {03/15/19}

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Since I posted my most recent post (click here if you missed it), I have read two full books! Even though it took me ten days to get back into reading, I have found my groove again! Since I need to catch up on a lot of ARCs/backlist titles I was planning on reading earlier in the month, I thought it would be fun to share my weekend reading plans with you. While this may seem quite ambitious, I have found myself reading over 200 pages every night for the past few days, so if that trend continues then it should not be to hard to read at least two of these books over this weekend. I cannot even remember the last time I posted a “Friday Reads” post, so I hope you enjoy this “blast from the past”!


The first book I plan on reading this weekend is “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I started this one last night and am enjoying it so far! I have never heard so many fantastic reviews of a book until I started hearing about this one, so I hope it lives up to all of the hype!


The next book I plan on reading is “The Hiding Place” by C.J. Tudor. When I featured this one in a previous post, a lot of you told me that you had read it and enjoyed it, so I hope this one lives up to the hype as well! Thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a finished copy of this book!


The last book I hope to at least start this weekend in “Hamartia” by Raquel Rich. Raquel sent me a copy of her book in exchange for a review, and I was planning on reading it last week, but since I got sick I wasn’t able to. I read a bit of it and am enjoying it so far, so I plan on reading it either this weekend or at the beginning of next week!

Those are the three books I hope to read in three days! I hope I finish at least one of them and read a good chunk of another one! What are your reading plans for this weekend?!

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5-Star Predictions: Spring 2019 Releases

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Since I have just gotten back into the swing of reading frequently (see here if you’re confused as to why I have not been posting/reading a lot lately), I don’t have any reviews to share with you just yet. However, I still wanted to write a post to share with all of you! Recently, I have been receiving and picking up quite a few books that I am really looking forward to reading and think that I will LOVE! And since I have been wanting to create a “5-Star Predictions” series on my blog, I think that now is the perfect time to start it!

In each 5-star predictions post, I will be sharing my Top-Five 5-star predictions from new ARCs/releases that I have in my possession that I think will be 5-star reads! I will try to make one 5-star prediction post for every season, especially since I already have some 5-star predictions for the season of Summer! After I have read all 5-books that I mentioned in this post, I will make a recap post and share if these books were, in fact, 5-star reads or not (although, if you constantly read my posts, then you will most likely see reviews of all of these books over the next few months, so you will know if it was a 5-star read in advance!).

The 5-star predictions featured below are put in an order from which one releases first, second, and so on, since that is the order I will most likely read them in.

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“There’s A Word For That” by Sloane Tanen was sent to me from Hachette Book Group Canada, and I believe that it will be a 5-star read! I am SO excited to read this one, especially since I LOVE books featuring a large family with an interesting family dynamic. In this case, the characters in the book actually end up coming together in a rehab centre, after they have all gone through their own personal issues. If that doesn’t sound like a great family-based book, I don’t know what does!


“Love & Other Curses” by Michael Thomas Ford was sent to me from HarperCollins Canada Frenzy (teen division), and I believe that this book will be a 5-star read! This one has been sitting on my shelf since December, and every time I look at it, it intrigues me more and more! I don’t know much about this book, other than the fact that the main characters family is cursed, and if they fall in love with anyone before their seventeenth birthday, the person they love will die. How tragic! I’m super excited to read this one!!


My next 5-star prediction is “You Must Not Miss” by Katrina Leno“You Must Not Miss” by Katrina Leno, which was sent to me from Hachette Book Group Canada. I literally know nothing about this book, but I believe it is a YA Mystery/Thriller, which is my favourite genre to read! I have heard phenomenal things about this book so far, and it seems very intriguing to me!


As many of you are aware, “Again, But Better” by Christine Riccio is one of my most anticipated books of the year, and since it comes out in May, I obviously had to include it in this post! Christine Riccio (a.k.a. PolandBananas Books) is one of my favourite BookTubers, and the first one I ever watched. Therefore, I was ecstatic to receive an ARC from Raincoast Canada, and am unbelievably excited to read this one!!!


My last 5-star prediction of the Spring is “In the Neighborhood of True” by Susan Kaplan Carlton. While this book is scheduled to release in April, it is last on my list since I plan on reading it in May, as May is “Jewish History Month” in both Canada and the USA. I was beyond surprised to find a book that focuses on a Jewish teen girl that does not involve the Holocaust. Thanks to Algonquin Young Readers for an eARC of this novel!


Since I have only featured four physical books, I thought that it would be smart to feature a “bonus” book that is on my TBR backlist. If you haven’t heard of “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and are actively involved in the bookish online community, than you must be living under a rock (or in a book)! While I am not a big fan of books that focus on celebrities, I have heard fantastic things about this novel, and I hope to read it sometime this Spring!


These are all of my 5-star book predictions for the season of Spring! Do you have any books that you are highly anticipating this season? Let me know in the comments below!

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Quick update!

Hi everyone,

Sorry I’ve been M.I.A. over the past week or so. I got really sick last week and wasn’t able to post anything on here or on Instagram. I had two pre-scheduled posts prepared for the week, however I was only able to post one (you can read it here), because the publisher I was posting the second post for sent me an email in the early hours of the day the post was scheduled to go live, saying that they were no longer working on the project I was going to promote for them (to say I was upset about getting three hours notice is an understatement). That’s basically why I haven’t been posting. There have also been A LOT of technical issues I’ve been trying to work out, which explains why you’ve probably been getting emails from my blog with a title but no content (this should be fixed now).

Since I’ve been sick, I also haven’t been reading. It’s the eleventh day of the month and I still haven’t read one full book yet! Since this week is March break/spring break, I hope to get quite a bit of reading done. Regular content will resume in a few days when I have a review to post!!!

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Alyssa’s Reviews – Chicken Girl by Heather Smith (FC)

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Isn’t “Chicken Girl” a fantastic name for a new young adult book? I think it is! This book was filled with funny, intimate, and emotional moments. There were so many relevant and important messages talked about throughout this novel. Even though the book was 200 pages, I still got a lot out of the story. Thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for the finished copy! Now on to the full review…


Synopsis (

Everybody has a story that will break your heart; a poignant coming-of-age YA for fans of David Arnold, from the author of the acclaimed The Agony of Bun O’Keefe, a Kirkus Best of the Year selection.Poppy used to be an optimist. But after a photo of her dressed as Rosie the Riveter is mocked online, she’s having trouble seeing the good in the world. As a result, Poppy trades her beloved vintage clothes for a feathered chicken costume and accepts a job as an anonymous sign waver outside a restaurant. There, Poppy meets six-year-old girl Miracle, who helps Poppy see beyond her own pain, opening her eyes to the people around her: Cam, her twin brother, who is adjusting to life as an openly gay teen; Buck, a charming photographer with a cute British accent and a not-so-cute mean-streak; and Lewis a teen caring for an ailing parent, while struggling to reach the final stages of his gender transition. As the summer unfolds, Poppy stops glorifying the past and starts focusing on the present. But just as she comes to terms with the fact that there is good and bad in everyone, she is tested by a deep betrayal.

This book pleasantly surprised me! The synopsis didn’t sound that unique to me, but it actually turned out to make a good story! However, nothing in this book was very “wowing” to me, and I just thought that it was ok.

The characters in this novel took some warming up to. I did not love any of them at the beginning of the novel, but I slowly enjoyed reading about their adventures. My favourite characters were Miracle, Cam, and Lewis. I loved all of the scenes that they were involved in, and I loved reading about their personal stories.

The romance in the book was my least favourite part of the story. There is an insta-love relationship between two of the main characters within this story at the 30 page mark, which I hated (to say the least). Insta-love, when written beautifully, is not a “problematic” story element in my opinion. However, when it is done badly, I absolutely hate it. And unfortunately, that’s what happened in this story.

The overall plot of this book was interesting. I wished that the first two thirds of this book would have been a lot shorter, and that the last third of the story had been a lot longer. The last third of this book had a much different “vibe” and feel then the first two thirds, and I enjoyed it a lot! The small mystery element and emotional element that occurred during the final third was an amazing part of the story, and by far my favourite.

There are a lot of really important, yet triggering, themes mentioned in this book. Transgender, homelessness, and rape are just a few of the many themes written about in this story, so if any of these things are triggering to you, I would suggest skipping this novel. That being said, these themes and messages made the story a lot more interesting and unique, especially since it is a YA book. I enjoyed all of the things that were talked about, and I believe that they added a lot to the story as a whole.

Overall, I quite liked this book and gave it 3.25/5 stars. Thanks to Penguin Random House for providing me with a finished copy!

Good Night Book Owls!