Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Book Review: Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak by Adi Alsaid

Release Date: April 30th, 2019
Read: April 26th-28th, 2019
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Series: Standalone
Format: ARC, 384 pages
Source: Publisher in exchange for honest review

Description from GoodReads:

The summer after senior year is not going as eighteen-year-old Lu Charles expected: after her longtime boyfriend unexpectedly breaks up with her, Lu can’t write a single word, despite the fact that her college scholarship is tied to her columnist job at hip online magazine Misnomer. Then, she meets Cal.

Cal’s ever-practical girlfriend Iris is looking ahead to her first year of college, and her plans do not include a long-distance boyfriend. When Lu learns that Cal and Iris have planned to end their relationship at the end of the summer, she becomes fascinated and decides to chronicle the last months the couple will spend together.

The closer she gets to the couple, the more she likes them, and the more she wants to write about them. The summer unfurls, and Lu discovers what it really means to be in love. On the page, or off it. The book is touching exploration of love and how it shapes us both during a relationship and after it has ended.


  We have love, isn't that enough?
   Adi Alsaid always seems to have the luck of the cover gods on his side, The Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak is no exception. Even having been a huge Adi Alsaid fan, I couldn't help but fall in love with the cover. 

   In a way, Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak felt like a trip down Sex and the City lane. Lu, our protagonist, writes a romance column for an online website. She writes about her romance with her ex-boyfriend, and eventually when she looses motivation to write about her love life, she decides to write about Cal and Iris. Rotating back and fourth between reading her column and her current day, one can't help but compare Lu to Carrie Bradshaw. 

   As an aromantic, I feel like I spent my time focused on things other than the romance and heartbreak, like I was supposed to. I focused on things like Lu and her best friend working in a movie theatre, or them constantly heading to The Strand and having their own bookseller hook up. It was especially funny to read about the bookseller, as I have been in that same position as her and my bookseller position, or vice versa, and having bookseller hook ups. 

   Adi Alsaid has made the perfect story for readers going through a heartbreak, specifically an after graduation break up with the Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak. Although this story wasn't something for me to relate too, I look forward to hearing how it impacts other readers. 


Favourite Quote:

"I'm only a chronicler, in the end. Take in what I see, process it through my particular lens of experiences and insecurities, spit it back out at you to do with what you will." 

Recommend to People Who Enjoy:

Young Adult, New Adult, Getting over heartbreak, Journalism, Sex and the City, focus on best friends

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Review: The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu

Release Date: April 9th, 2019
Read: March 28th-31st, 2019
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Series: The Eldest Curses, #1
Format: ARC, 368 pages
Source: McNally Robinson

Description from GoodReads:

Magnus Bane, a centuries old High Warlock, has taken possession of one of the great relics of the supernatural world, a powerful spell book of dark magic known as The Book of the White and there are many who want to claim it for themselves.

After the Mortal War where the part-human and part-angel Shadowhunters teamed with the part human-demon Downworlders to fight against the incursion of an army of demons, Magnus and his new lover, the mortal Alec Lightwood celebrate their survival and victory by escaping the supernatural battlefield of New York City by touring the world, but the world won’t leave them alone.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Blog Tour: Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith

   Hello and welcome to the Bloodleaf blog tour hosted by Raincoast Books. I'm so excited to introduce you to this fantastic new fantasy series! And so, I hope you enjoy my tour stop. 

Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith

Release Date: March 12, 2019
Read: March 10th-14th, 2019
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Series: Bloodleaf, #1
Format: ARC, 384 pages
Source: Publisher in exchange for honest review

Description from GoodReads:

Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed. As she forges new bonds and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her. But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, and she finds herself succumbing to their call as they expose a nefarious plot that only she can defeat. Will she be forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life? 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Book Review: The Caged Queen by Kristen Circcarelli

Release Date: September 25th, 2018
Read: January 14-18th, 2019
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Iskari, #2
Format: Signed Hardcover, 400 pages
Source: Bought

Description from GoodReads:

Once there were two sisters born with a bond so strong that it forged them together forever. Roa and Essie called it the hum. It was a magic they cherished—until the day a terrible accident took Essie’s life and trapped her soul in this world.

Dax—the heir to Firgaard’s throne—was responsible for the accident. Roa swore to hate him forever. But eight years later he returned, begging for her help. He was determined to dethrone his cruel father, under whose oppressive reign Roa’s people had suffered.

Roa made him a deal: she’d give him the army he needed if he made her queen. Only as queen could she save her people from Firgaard’s rule.

Then a chance arises to right every wrong—an opportunity for Roa to rid herself of this enemy king and rescue her beloved sister. During the Relinquishing, when the spirits of the dead are said to return, Roa discovers she can reclaim her sister for good.

All she has to do is kill the king.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Book Review: Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

Release Date: February 26th, 2019
Read: February 8-10th, 2019
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Series: Standalone
Format: ARC, 336 pages
Source: McNally Robinson

Description from GoodReads:

How do you kill a god?

As her father's chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Blog Tour: You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook

   Hello and welcome to the You Owe Me a Murder Blog Tour, hosted by Raincoast. I'm very excited to host one of todays stops, and I've got my review and a mini interview with the author for you. So I hope you enjoy!

You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook

Release Date: March 5th, 2019
Read: February 14th-18th, 201
Publisher:  HMH Books for Young Readers
Series: Standalone
Format: ARC, 368 pages
Source: Publisher in exchange for honest review.

Description from GoodReads:

17-year-old Kim never expected to plot a murder. But that was before her boyfriend dumped her for another girl. Now, Kim’s stuck on a class trip to London with him and his new soulmate and she can’t help wishing he was a little bit dead, even if she’d never really do that.
But when Kim meets Nicki, a stranger on the plane who’s more than willing to listen to Kim’s woes, things start to look up. Nicki's got a great sense of humor, and when she jokes about swapping murders, Kim plays along—that is, until Kim’s ex-boyfriend mysteriously dies.
Blackmailed by Nicki to fulfill her end of the deal, Kim will have to commit a murder or take the fall for one.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Blog Tour: The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale

   Hello and welcome to The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale blog tour, hosted by JeanBookNerd! I'm so excited to be able to show you all my review and an excerpt from the book! If you're a fan of Medusa then you're certainly in for a treat. 
And don't forget to check out the rest of the tour stops, which I've linked at the bottom of the post.

The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale

Release Date: January 22nd, 2019
Read: January 18th-
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Series: Standalone
Format: ARC, 288 pages
Source: McNally Robinson

Description from GoodReads:

   Milla knows two things to be true: Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe.

   Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.

   Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.