In My Mailbox #8: Winter 2019 Edition

Hi everybody, welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!

Winter/Spring ARCs are coming in HOT and I am so fortunate to have been sent quite a few for review! Most of these books were requested by me, and have a few of them were unsolicited ARCs (which I will still be reading and reviewing). I will be including both the link to the publishers website as well as the direct GoodReads link if you want to add any of them to your TBR shelves (which I highly recommend you do)!

IMG_8460

The first book I received within the first couple of days of December from Simon & Schuster Canada! It is called “Looker” and was written by Laura Sims. Like I may have said earlier this month, I have been absolutely in LOVE with Mystery/Thriller books (just wait until you see my short review of “Behind Her Eyes” in my wrap-up)! This one sounded great on their seasonal ARC newsletter, so I was so happy to have requested it and eventually been sent it.

 

As always, Simon & Schuster Canada is great with providing almost all of the ARCs I have requested by sending out eARCs via NetGalley. Probably my MOST anticipated book of 2019 is “Sky Without Stars” by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell. This is supposed to be a mix of The Lunar Chronicles and Les Miserables… two of my favourite stories EVER. I am SO excited to read this humongous book before it even comes out! I am also currently reading “Watching You” by Lisa Jewell, and I have yet to form an opinion thus far. I’m hoping that it will pick up anytime now so I can finally start to really really enjoy this story! (UPDATE: I have now finished it and really enjoyed it!!!) My review will be up for it on the official release date (December 26). As for “Crown of Feathers” by Nicki Pau Preto and “The Remarkable Inventions of Walter Mortinson” Quinn Sosna-Spear, I am really looking forward to reading both of them and am anticipating their release so I can post my review (once I read them!).

Harper Collins Canada is always one of my favourite companies to get packages from! A lot of their seasonal packages are sent with some goodies, which I always LOVE! I was sent four books from them which I requested around early November for the Winter 2019 season. (P.S. I got a huge kick out of being sent a Lindt chocolate with this package! My mom works for Lindt in their downtown Toronto head office, so I thought it was so coincidental that they sent me a Lindt product!)

IMG_8468

The first book in the package was a book I didn’t originally request, but I will definitely read it because it sounds great! It is called “The Field Guide to the North American Teenager” by Ben Philppe. I was actually also invited to the book release party for this book, which seems like such an awesome event! This book seems like an interesting coming of age book, which is one of my favourite types of books to read! It comes out at the beginning of January, so look out for my review around then.

IMG_8471

This next book comes out in February and is called “The Black Coats” by Colleen Oakes. The first things that attracted me to this book was the gorgeous title! The picture doesn’t even do it justice!! I have wanted to read a Colleen Oakes book forever, so I’m really happy that I finally have an ARC of her newest one!

IMG_8472

In April, “Love & Other Curses” by Michael Thomas Ford comes out. I have heard fantastic things about Michael Tomas Fords’ writing, so I am really looking forward to finally reading a book written by him! While I am not currently in a huge contemporary mood, I know that around the spring time I absolutely love to read love stories, and I’m sure this one will be at the top of my list!

IMG_8475

The last book I was sent by HCC is called “The Meaning of Birds” and was written by Jaye Robin Brown. Can we just take a moment to stare at this cover? I mean COME ON. How beautiful is it?! One of my reading goals for next year is to read my diverse books, including LGBTQ+. This one sounds super lovely, and I am really excited to read it in April.

Hachette Book Group Canada sent me four eARCs via Netgalley as well, which I am very excited for! “The Woman in the Dark” by Vanessa Savage sounds AMAZING, and is definitely filling my recent obsession for thrillers! “Izzy & Tristan” by Shannon Dunlap sounds like such a sweet book and I am really looking forward to reading and reviewing it. “Golden State” by Ben H. Winters was giving me a 1984 vibe when I read the synopsis, and I am currently reading 1984 and loving it, so I thought it would be fun to give this one a try! The last book I was invited to read is “Internment” by Samira Ahmed. This book is obviously very relevant in today’s world, therefore I thought this was an important one to read and review.

Penguin Random House Canada sends out monthly “Recommended Reads” newsletters, where they often send out HARDCOVER anticipated new releases to bloggers and bookish “influencers”. I don’t think I will ever get over publishers sending out brand new hardcovers, since they are finished copies that have a legitimate value to them! Anyways, I received “A Ladder to The Sky” by John Boyne and “Final Report” by Rick Mercer. ALTTS has been getting a load of great book reviews lately and I thought the synopsis sounded amazing, so I just had to request/read it! I am also a big non-fiction fan, and I thought Rick Mercer’s book would be a very fun one to read. Plus, my Dad likes Rick Mercer quite a bit, so I plan on giving it to him once I have finished reading it.

Thanks very much to Simon and Schuster Canada, Harper Collins Canada, Hachette Book Group Canada, and Penguin Random House for providing we with some exciting new releases coming out in Winter 2019! All the books you see in this post will have a full written review posted on my blog on their date of release.

To read all of my previous “In My Mailbox” posts, click here.

Good Night Book Owls!

Black Friday 2018 Book Outlet Haul

Hi everybody and Welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!

As some of you may know, Canada Post (the main postal service company in Canada) went on strike for a good portion of November. Therefore, a lot of packages were in (and are still) a backlog since there were a ton of delays from both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. While my package took a longer time than most of my Book Outlet packages usually take (around three days), this one took about a week and a half (ordered on November 21, received on December 2 – who knew Canada Post delivered on Sundays?!).

I am so excited to share all of the books I bought with you! While I did recently made a HUGE Book Outlet order, this one is even bigger! Keep in mind, I hadn’t really bought any books in 2018 until my last Book Outlet order, so I still had some room to buy more books during their amazing 30% off regular priced books black friday sale!

To purchase your own haul of books from Book Outlet, feel free to use my link to receive $10 off your first Book Outlet order (click any of the words in this sentence to use it)!

Here’s a little sneak peek from inside the box!

This Song Will Save Your Life – Leila Sales
Price: $3.59 CAD – Bargain Book

The Smell of Other People’s Houses – Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Price: $4.29 CAD – Bargain Book

This Is The Life – Alex Shearer
Price: $1.20 CAD – Bargain Book

Anatomy of a Misfit – Andrea Portes
Price: $2.89 CAD – Bargain Book

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Price: $3.59 CAD – Bargain Book

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Price: $7.89 CAD – Bargain Book

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
Price: $4.29 CAD – Bargain Book

Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch (Snow Like Ashes #3)
Price: $4.29 CAD – Bargain Book

Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Price: $5.09 – Bargain Book

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
Price: $7.19 CAD – Bargain Book

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
Price: $4.29 CAD – Bargain Book

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Price: $6.49 CAD – Scratch and Dent

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Price: $5.69 CAD – Bargain Book

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
Price: $4.29 CAD – Bargain Book

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Price: $4.29 CAD – Bargain Book

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Price: $4.29 CAD – Bargain Book

Behind Closed Door by B.A. Paris
Price: $7.89 CAD – Bargain Books

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
Price: $4.29 CAD – Bargain Book

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
Price: $4.29 CAD – Bargain Book

Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho
Price: $4.29 CAD – Bargain Book

We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen
Price: $2.89 CAD – Bargain Book

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Price: $10.79 CAD – Bargain Book

If We Were Villains by M.L Rio
Price: $9.29 CAD – Bargain Book

Because You Love to Hate Me, Editied by Ameriie
Price: $8.59 CAD – Bargain Book

Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warge
Price: $7.89 CAD – Bargain BookPrice: $7.89 CAD – Bargain Book

Tell Us Something Trip by Dana Reinhardt
Price: $5.69 CAD – Bargain Book

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
Price: $3.59 CAD – Scratch & Dent

Two Roads From Here by Teddy Steinkellner
Price: $5.69 CAD – Bargain Book

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
Price: $7.89 CAD – Bargain Book

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
Price: $3.59 CAD – Bargain Book


Did you guys pick up any amazing books during the Book Outlet Black Friday sale, or another Black Friday book sale? Let me know in the comments!

Good Night Book Owls!

HUGE FALL 2018 BOOK OUTLET HAUL!

Hi everybody, Welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!

Almost two weeks ago I placed the most gigantic book order haul in the history of Book Outlet… just kidding (not really LOL)! I bought 19 books for just over $100 CAD on my favourite book selling website, BookOutlet.ca, which is a STEAL! Normally, hardback YA books are around $25 CAD, and YA paperbacks are around $15 CAD, so buying a mix of both hardback and paperback books ranging from $3-$8 CAD per book is the best book bargain you will ever find! Book Outlet books are NOT USED books, but rather have a small mark on the bottom of them which makes them unsellable in regular franchise book stores. These are called “Bargain Books“. However, Book Outlet acquires these books and sells them anywhere from 50%-90% off (this is not a sponsored post, I just wanted to share this information with all of you!). They also have a “Scratch and Dent” section which carries books that may contain a scratch or dent on the cover or inside of the book, or may even be missing a dust jacket. I purchased one S&D book for the first time in this haul, and I still can’t find the issue with it!

Enough with the rambling, let’s get started with the haul! Here’s a little sneak peak!

In this post, I will be including the synopsis of each book under the picture of their cover. I have not had the chance to read any of these books yet, so I will not be reviewing them in this post.


War Cross by Marie Lu
Price: $8.49 CAD – Bargain Book

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation. Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke
Price: $3.05 CAD – Scratch and Dent

SHE WAS LOST… 
When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister, Faith. Faith’s childhood was dominated by Laurel’s disappearance – from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever wanted to talk about her sister.
NOW SHE IS FOUND…
Thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the garden of the Logans’ old house, disorientated and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Laurel is home at last, safe and sound. Faith always dreamed of getting her sister back, without ever truly believing it would happen. But a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated and paranoid, and before long she begins to wonder if everything that’s lost can be found again…

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody
Price: $4.32 CAD – Bargain Book

Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year. She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died. But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her. And his name is Xander. When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head. Ryn can’t move on. But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Price: $4.83 CAD – Bargain Book

Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last? Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart. Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
Price: $9.17 – Bargain Book

For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind. Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him. When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
Price: $7.89 – Bargain Book

Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale. At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone has never beat at all, in fact, but shed always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the kings heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that shell have to become a stepmother. Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queens image, at her fathers order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to doand who to be to win back the only mother shes ever known or else defeat her once and for all. Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Price: $7.30 CAD – Bargain Book

Remember, it’s only a game… 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. Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Price: $3.64 – Bargain Book

When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat. Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night? Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

The Gates by John Connolly
Price: $6.11 – Bargain Book

Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Road. The Abernathys don’t mean any harm by their flirtation with the underworld, but when they unknowingly call forth Satan himself, they create a gap in the universe. A gap in which a pair of enormous gates is visible. The gates to Hell. And there are some pretty terrifying beings just itching to get out… Can one small boy defeat evil? Can he harness the power of science, faith, and love to save the world as we know it? Bursting with imagination, The Gates is about the pull between good and evil, physics and fantasy. It is about a quirky and eccentric boy who is impossible not to love, and the unlikely cast of characters who give him the strength to stand up to a demonic power. John Connolly manages to re-create the magical and scary world of childhood that we’ve all left behind but so love to visit. And for those of you who thought you knew everything you could about particle physics and the universe, think again. This novel makes anything seem possible.

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
Price: $4.32 CAD – Bargain Book

Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court. Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court. When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor. But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

Every You, Every Me by David Levithan
Price: $3.64 CAD – Bargain Book

In this high school-set psychological tale, a tormented teen named Evan starts to discover a series of unnerving photographs—some of which feature him. Someone is stalking him . . . messing with him . . . threatening him. Worse, ever since his best friend Ariel has been gone, he’s been unable to sleep, spending night after night torturing himself for his role in her absence. And as crazy as it sounds, Evan’s starting to believe it’s Ariel that’s behind all of this, punishing him. But the more Evan starts to unravel the mystery, the more his paranoia and insomnia amplify, and the more he starts to unravel himself. Creatively told with black-and-white photos interspersed between the text so the reader can see the photos that are so unnerving to Evan, Every You, Every Me is a one-of-a-kind departure from a one-of-a-kind author.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Price: $6.11 CAD – Bargain Book

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night. However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

Like A River Glorious by Rae Carson
Price: $3.64 – Bargain Book

After a harrowing journey across the country, Leah Westfall and her friends have finally arrived in California and are ready to make their fortunes in the Gold Rush. Lee has a special advantage over the other new arrivals in California—she has the ability to sense gold, a secret known only by her handsome best friend Jefferson and her murdering uncle Hiram. Lee and her friends have the chance to be the most prosperous settlers in California, but Hiram hasn’t given up trying to control Lee and her power. Sabotage and kidnapping are the least of what he’ll do to make sure Lee is his own. His mine is the deepest and darkest in the territory, and there Lee learns the full extent of her magical gift, the worst of her uncle, and the true strength of her friendships. To save everyone, she vows to destroy her uncle and the empire he is building—even at the cost of her own freedom. The second epic historical fantasy in the Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson, the acclaimed author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
Price: $6.11 CAD – Bargain Book

When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind. Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs—the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store’s overwhelmed shelves. But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore’s upper room, Lydia’s life comes unglued. Always Joey’s favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia? As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey’s suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia’s life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Price: $4.32 CAD – Bargain Book

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books. Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

BOXSET: Mosquito Land by David ArnoldLooking For Alaska by John Green
Price: $9.68 CAD – Bargain Book

Love, Fortunes, and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius
Price: $3.64 – Bargain Book

In the tradition of Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic, one girl chooses to change her fortune and her fate by falling in love. Love is real in the town of Grimbaud, and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Duprees have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita’s famous Love Charms Shop to happily marry their high school sweethearts. It’s a tradition. So she is both stunned and devastated when her fortune states that she will NEVER find love. Fortunately, Fallon isn’t the only student with a terrible love fortune, and a rebellion is brewing. Fallon is determined to take control of her own fate—even if it means working with a notorious heartbreaker like Sebastian. Will Fallon and Sebastian be able to overthrow Zita’s tyranny and fall in love?

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Price: $4.83 CAD – Bargain Book

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all. With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

I actually ended up clearing an entire bookshelf full of middle grade books that I moved into bins, so I had a whole shelf for all of my new Book Outlet books! I am SO excited to start reading them!

If you make a purchase on BookOutlet.ca, feel free to use my link to receive $10 off your first Book Outlet order of $25 or more! (If the hyperlink isn’t working, click here: http://bit.ly/2EtuKH4). 

In My Mailbox #7: Simon and Schuster Canada, Penguin Random House & Raincoast

Hi everybody!

This October is going to be a very busy and fun reading month! While I have a few books on my TBR list for October (which you can read here), I will also be writing a lot of reviews for books coming out throughout the month. When I knew I wanted to get back into book blogging, I emailed all of my favourite publishing houses a few requests for books coming out within the next few months that I could read and review right away. Thankfully, they sent me some great books to review, including one of my most anticipated books of 2018!


img_7481

Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers. Until the taps run dry. Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbours and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.

The first book I received from Simon and Schuster Canada was “Dry” by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman. When I found out about this book earlier this year, I immediately added it to my “Most Anticipated Books” list. Before I read the official synopsis, I had no idea that the main characters name was the same name as mine! I have yet to read a book where the main character and I share the exact same, so reading my name on every page in the book should be interesting! This book has such an interesting and unique concept, and I can’t wait to start reading it! P.S. I posted a picture of this book on my Instagram a few days ago, and you can check the picture out here (follow me over there while you’re at it!).

img_7482

Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

Soon to be a major motion picture in March 2019! In this moving story that’s perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, two teens fall in love with just one minor complication—they can’t get within five feet of each other without risking their lives. Can you love someone you can never touch? Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions. The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals. Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment. What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

The second book I received from Simon and Schuster Canada was “Five Feet Apart” by Rachael Lippincott. While the synopsis on Goodreads compares it to The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, I have a feeling that it will be more similar to Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I haven’t read a book like this in a while, and I’m excited to see how it differentiates from books similar to it, like TFIOS. This book will also be made into a movie in 2019, so I’m sure it will be getting a lot of hype within the next few months!

Thanks to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending along those two books! I can’t wait to read and review them!


img_7484

Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

Every day a new body. Every day a new life. Every day a new choice. For as long as A can remember, life has meant waking up in a different person’s body every day, forced to live as that person until the day ended. A always thought there wasn’t anyone else who had a life like this. But A was wrong. There are others. A has already been wrestling with powerful feelings of love and loneliness. Now comes an understanding of the extremes that love and loneliness can lead to — and what it’s like to discover that you are not alone in the world. In Someday, David Levithan takes readers further into the lives of A, Rhiannon, Nathan, and the person they may think they know as Reverend Poole, exploring more deeply the questions at the core of Every Day and Another Day: What is a soul? And what makes us human?

Every Day by David Leviathan is one of my favourite books of all time, so when I found out he was making a sequel, I new I needed to get my hands on it! Thanks to the amazing crew at Penguin Random House, they sent a hard cover version to me, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic to read it! I did not read Another Day (technically Every Day #2, but I see it as more of a companion novel and not a must read), so hopefully going into Someday without reading that one will be fine. To be honest with you, I was VERY surprised to see that David Leviathan was writing a sequel to Every Day. Every Day was a great stand alone book, and I really can’t see why he felt the need to make a sequel. It ended very well, and although there were still some questions left unanswered, it felt complete. That being said, I am looking forward to seeing where exactly this book will take us.

img_7483

Synopsis (GoodReads.com) *may include spoilers from “Otherworld”*

Return to the series BuzzFeed compared to Ready Player One in the second book in a new fast-paced trilogy from New York Times bestselling authors Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller that’s perfect for fans of HBO’s Westward. Simon saved his best friend, Kat, from the clutches of the Company and their high-tech VR gaming experience, Otherworld. But it was at a steep price. Now he, Kat, and their friend Busara are on the run. They know too much. About the Company’s dark secrets. About the real-life consequences of playing Otherworld. And about Kat’s stepfather’s involvement in everything. The group is headed to New Mexico to find Simon’s old roommate, who is a tech genius and possibly the only person who can help them reveal the truth about the Company before it’s too late and the line between what’s real and what’s fantasy is erased . . . forever. Imagine a future in which you can leave reality behind and give in to your greatest desires. That future is now. And the future is terrifying.

I have wanted to read the first book in this series called “Otherworld” for quite some time now! When I found out that Penguin Random House had ARC of this book available, I knew that if I received one I would be more motivated to finally start the series and dive into this new world. I have heard great things about this series, and am looking forward to starting it!

Thanks to Penguin Random House for sending along these two books! I can’t wait to read and review them!


img_7504

Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

Every Christmas, Wren is chased through the woods near her isolated village by her family’s enemies—the Judges—and there’s nothing that she can do to stop it. Once her people, the Augurs, controlled a powerful magic. But now that power lies with the Judges, who are set on destroying her kind for good. In a desperate bid to save her family, Wren takes a dangerous undercover assignment—as an intern to an influential Judge named Cassa Harkness. Cassa has spent her life researching a transformative spell, which could bring the war between the factions to its absolute end. Caught in a web of deceit, Wren must decide whether or not to gamble on the spell and seal the Augurs’ fate.

I’ll be honest with you… The Wren Hunt is not very similar to books I have requested in the past. However, I want to try and read more books that are “out of my comfort zone”, and I think this will be a great book to start with! I used to LOVE fantasy books, but I haven’t read one in quite some time. Plus, the written reviews on Goodreads make this book seem spectacular, so I hope it lives up to all of the recent hype!

Thanks to Raincoast for sending along this book! I can’t wait to read and review it!


Once again, I’d like to thank Simon and Schuster Canada, Penguin Random House, and Harper Collins Canada for sending me some amazing books to read and review! I’d also like to thank all of YOU! Without you reading my posts and interacting with me on social media, there’s no way I would have this incredible opportunity! Check out all of my previous “In My Mailbox” books here.

I hope you all enjoyed today’s blog post! If any of these books are on your TBR list, let me know and we can discuss them in the comments! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter for sneak peaks of new blog posts, and to see which book(s) I am currently reading!

Good Night Book Owls!

In My Mailbox #6: OCTOBER 2015 EDITION!

Hi everyone!

This month I have been super busy with school and haven’t been able to post much of anything! I’m going to try hard in November to post at least 3 times a week, so that in December I can post everyday!

This month I received a TON of books from a lot of different publishers, so I thought it would be fun to do a collective In My Mailbox! Let me know if you would want to see one of these every few months, or one every time I get a package in the mail!


Alchemist HB pic

Back in August, I got an email from Margaret Chiavette about reading and reviewing her new fantasy novel, The Alchemist’s Theorem: Sir Duffy’s Promise. I thought that it sounded great, so I jumped on the chances! The picture above is a finished copy, but I received a paper back ARE! You can pre-order the book here.


I then recieved a BEAUTIFUL FINISHED COPY of Illumnae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I quite enjoyed These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, so I requested an ARE of this book. The book premise sounds amazing, I believe it is all written in emails, codes and messages. Plus, this book is the Booksplosion BOTM, and you can find out more about the amazing book club here. I’m so excited to read this book next month!


If you didn’t know this about me, I am a HUGE YouTube watcher! Back in May (2015), I got the chance to read and review Joey Graceffa’s book “My Journey to a Pixelated World”. When I found out that one of my favourite YouTubers’ Tyler Oakley was coming out with a book, I jumped to find the publishing house he signed with, and low and behold it was Simon and Schuster! Joey signed with S&S too! I quickly emailed Amy and requested a review copy. On the day of the release, a beautiful finished copy of Binge landed on my door step, and I have never probably been more excited for an ARE ever! I am currently reading this book and it is AMAZING! Expect a review very soon!


2141103425666024

The last package I received was from Raincoast Books! This was my first time receiving books in the mail from Raincoast, although I went to an event earlier this fall from Raincoast which you can learn about here.  I requested several books from their monthly YA ARC Newsletter, and these were the 2 I recieved! I am so excited to read these books, as I have heard some great things about both of them!


There you have it! My October 2015 in my mailbox! If you want to read my past “In My Mailboxes”, click here!

Good Night Book Owls!


In My Mailbox #5: Penguin Canada

Hi everyone!

Sorry for another late post! I’ve been preparing for a fun October on my blog, so I promise it’ll be a fun month!

Anyways, I got a package in the mail this afternoon, and since you all enjoy my In My Mailbox’s, I thought I would do another one!


The books I got were:

The Forbidden Wish

Charlotte Cuts it Out

Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here

Thank you to Penguin Canada for sending me these amazing books, I can’t wait to read and review them!

Good Night Book Owls!

In My Mailbox #4: Penguin Canada!

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to my 4th In My Mailbox, in which I show you what bookish swag has popped up into my mailbox this week!

IMG_0437 (1)

I received a lovely package in the mail from Penguin Canada, including 2 middle grade books and 1 YA Book!

The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier

The Wild Ones by C. Alexandra London

Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche

Those are all of the books I recieved in the mail this week! Thank You to Penguin Canada for passing these ARCs along, make sure to check back for their book reviews closer to their release date!

Good Night Book Owls!