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)!

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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!)

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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!


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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!).

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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!


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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.

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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!


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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!


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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!


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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!

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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!

In My Mailbox #3: Simon and Schuster Canada!

Hi everyone!

Since a lot of you guys enjoy this feature on my blog, I thought that I would make another post featuring what I found in my mailbox as for books this week.

X-Men meets Heroes when New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld teams up with award-winning authors Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti to create a sizzling new series filled with action and adventure.
Don’t call them heroes.
But these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart.
Take Ethan, a.k.a. Scam. He’s got a voice inside him that’ll say whatever you want to hear, whether it’s true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn’t—like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren’t exactly best friends these days.
Enter Nate, a.k.a. Bellwether, the group’s “glorious leader.” After Scam’s SOS, he pulls the scattered Zeroes back together. But when the recue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals. At the heart of the chaos they find Kelsie, who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it or let it loose as she pleases.
Filled with high-stakes action and drama, Zeroes unites three powerhouse authors for the opening installment of a thrilling new series. – See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Zeroes/Scott-Westerfeld/9781481443364#sthash.XJurxKOw.dpuf

Contemporary fantasy meets true crime when schools of ancient sorcery go up against the art of the long con in this stunningly entertaining debut fantasy novel.
Mike Wood is satisfied just being a guy with broad shoulders at a decidedly unprestigious Catholic school in Manhattan. But on the dirty streets of New York City he’s an everyman with a moral code who is unafraid of violence. And when Mike is unwittingly recruited into a secret cell of magicians by a fellow student, Mike’s role as a steadfast soldier begins. These magicians don’t use ritualized rote to work their magic, they use willpower in their clandestine war with the establishment: The Assholes. – See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-War-Against-the-Assholes/Sam-Munson/9781481427746#sthash.9zEq9emB.dpuf


I hope that you guys enjoyed this weeks In My Mailbox!

Good Night Book Owls!

In My Mailbox #2: HarperTeen + SSC!

Hi everyone!

A lot of you guys really enjoyed last weeks In My Mailbox, so I thought that I would do another one for the books I got this week!


The first book I recieved was from HarperTeen/HCC Frenzy! The book is called Kissing in America by Margo Rabb! This book cover is GORGEOUS, and I will be reading it very soon!

For those of you who love Joey Graceffa (I know I do!), you will be VERY jealous of this book that I got on Thursday! I was reached out by Simon and Schuster Canada, to have to oppurtunity to recieve in ARC of Joey’s new book “In Real Life”! Here’s is the excerpt I was provided to share:

 You may know Joey from his popular YouTube channel with over 4 million subscribers and his daily vlog outings, Joey’s videos are fun and playful but he’s also not afraid to open up about his past and present demons. Often vlogging on the way home from therapy sessions — Joey has confessed the ways in which he needs to improve, what he struggles over, which habits he needs to learn to break. He’s been open about his the difficulties of his childhood which include his parents’ divorce, his alcoholic mother, and being bullied at school. In Real Life will dive deeper into these formative experiences in Joey’s life, all of which have in some way or another led to this monumental stage, his public coming out, a beautiful and inspiring confession that takes place right in the book itself.
You can get a sneak peek of the book here – where Joey and some of his Youtube friends read the intro to his memoir.

I hope you liked my second In My Mailbox! Be sure to like this post, I know that you guys like these!

Good Night Book Lions!