Blog Tour: The Beauty of The Moment by Tanaz Bhathena

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Title: The Beauty of the Moment
Author: Tanaz Bhathena
Publication: February 26th 2019
Synopsis:

Susan is the new girl—she’s sharp and driven, and strives to meet her parents’ expectations of excellence. Malcolm is the bad boy—he started raising hell at age fifteen, after his mom died of cancer, and has had a reputation ever since.

Susan’s parents are on the verge of divorce. Malcolm’s dad is a known adulterer.

Susan hasn’t told anyone, but she wants to be an artist. Malcolm doesn’t know what he wants—until he meets her.

Love is messy and families are messier, but in spite of their burdens, Susan and Malcolm fall for each other. The ways they drift apart and come back together are testaments to family, culture, and being true to who you are.

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MY RATING: 3/5 STARS

I received a copy from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a honest review.

The Beauty of the Moment will be the next read that hits the shelves with a fantastic representation of diversity and culture. Heavy with important topics youth can relate to, this book is a fun ride from page one to the last.

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2019 Releases I Am Excited to Read!

Recently, I have attended some major bookish events taken place in Toronto and I was lucky enough to grab more than a handful of 2019 new releases that I am so excited to read. These are majority ARCs which are not available yet…but keep your eyes peeled for them!

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Title: Somewhere Only We Know
Author: Maurene Goo
Publication: May 7th 2019
Synopsis:

10 00 p.m.: Lucky is the biggest K-pop star on the scene, and she’s just performed her hit song “Heartbeat” in Hong Kong to thousands of adoring fans. She’s about to debut on The Tonight Show in America, hopefully a breakout performance for her career. But right now? She’s in her fancy hotel, trying to fall asleep but dying for a hamburger.

11 00 p.m.: Jack is sneaking into a fancy hotel, on assignment for his tabloid job that he keeps secret from his parents. On his way out of the hotel, he runs into a girl wearing slippers, a girl who is single-mindedly determined to find a hamburger. She looks kind of familiar. She’s very cute. He’s maybe curious.

12:00 a.m.: Nothing will ever be the same.

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I’m Sick & Bored ~ An Update

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I normally don’t write personal life updates blog posts but since I’ve been really slacking with blog posts (I only post reviews when I read an ARC), I’ve decided to come back and make an appearance. There’s an itch inside me to write something but I have no idea what to write about that will interest you and me enough to finish it. So here’s a post about me and what I’ve been up to.

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Based on the title you should know I’m sick

I like to say overall, I’m a decently healthy person. Sure, my main diet consists of McDonalds and an unhealthy amount of caffeine consumption but I hardly get sick. In fact, I probably get sick once a year. Never twice. It’s March and I’ve hit my quota for the year. Common symptoms include headache, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and MAJOR congestion. I absolutely cannot stand be congested. I just want to do the thing I’m supposed to do to stay alive. And that is to B – R – E – A – T – H – E.

I called in sick at work on Friday and I’m just so done. Did I mention being sick is very boring? Like you can’t really do anything because you just don’t have the energy and your brain is all fuzzy so you can’t enjoy TV/Movies as much or read for that long.

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Book Review: Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

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Title: Again, but Better
Author: Christine Riccio
Publication: May 7th 2019
Synopsis:

Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal — but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change — there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic – the possibilities are endless.

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MY RATING: 1/5 STARS

I was provided an ARC from Raincoast Books in exchange for a honest review.

Let’s begin with that I’m a very fair person. I had no prejudice against Christine Riccio as an author and I was legitimately intrigued and excited to read this debut novel from her. I read Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and I didn’t even find it as bad as everyone painted it as. I thought it was entertaining and the writing was good. But Again, but Better, a novel by another famous booktuber made me so aggravated.

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Book Review: Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen

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Title: Fake It Till You Break It
Author: Jenn P. Nguyen
Publication: June 18th 2019
Synopsis:

Mia and Jake have known each other their whole lives. They’ve endured summer vacations, Sunday brunches, even dentist visits together. Their mothers, who are best friends, are convinced that Mia and Jake would be the perfect couple, even though they can’t stand to be in the same room together.

After Mia’s mom turns away yet another cute boy, Mia and Jake decide they’ve have had enough. Together, they hatch a plan to get their moms off their backs. Permanently. All they have to do is pretend to date and then stage the worst breakup of all time—and then they’ll be free.

The only problem is, maybe Jake and Mia don’t hate each other as much as they once thought…

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MY RATING: 4.5 / 5 STARS

I received an ARC from Raincoast books in exchange for a honest review.

Okay, I judge books based on publishers sometimes. Yup, it’s a fact for me that if I read several arcs from the same publisher and each book failed to make any good rankings for me, I kind of write them off. Swoon Reads was kind of an iffy publisher for me. They had the cutest covers for YA contemporaries that centered over the theme of romance. But they lacked substance, often boring, and childish. HOWEVER, Fake It Till You Break It was a gem in their published goodies. In fact, I’m intrigued now more than ever to read more books printed by them.

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Book Review: Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

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Title: Somewhere Only We Know
Author: Maurene Goo
Publication: May 7th 2019
Synopsis:

10 00 p.m.: Lucky is the biggest K-pop star on the scene, and she’s just performed her hit song “Heartbeat” in Hong Kong to thousands of adoring fans. She’s about to debut on The Tonight Show in America, hopefully a breakout performance for her career. But right now? She’s in her fancy hotel, trying to fall asleep but dying for a hamburger.

11 00 p.m.: Jack is sneaking into a fancy hotel, on assignment for his tabloid job that he keeps secret from his parents. On his way out of the hotel, he runs into a girl wearing slippers, a girl who is single-mindedly determined to find a hamburger. She looks kind of familiar. She’s very cute. He’s maybe curious.

12:00 a.m.: Nothing will ever be the same.

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MY RATING: 1.5/5 STARS

I received an ARC from Raincoast books in exchange for a honest review.

Honestly, I love what Maurene Goo represents because she’s an Asian American author who writes YA contemporaries representing the Asian community but this book was a huge let down. I think I’ve been under the impression that I loved the previous book she’s written because why wouldn’t I like a YA novel featuring a character I could relate to in terms of culture? But turns out, I forgot that I actually didn’t really like ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love.’ And unfortunately, Maurene Goo didn’t win me with this one either.

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Blog Tour/Review: Chicken Girl by Heather Smith

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Title: Chicken Girl
Author: Heather Smith
Publication: March 5th 2019
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.

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MY RATING: 3/5 STARS

I received an arc from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a honest review.

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Book Review: The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman

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Title: The Bridge Home
Author: Padma Venkatraman
Publication: February 5th 2019
Synopsis:

When Viji and her sister, Rukku, whose developmental disability makes her overly trusting and vulnerable to the perils of the world, run away to live on their own, the situation could not be more grim. Life on the streets of the teeming city of Chennai is harsh for girls considered outcasts, but the sisters manage to find shelter on an abandoned bridge. There they befriend Muthi and Arul, two boys in a similar predicament, and the four children bond together and form a family of sorts. Viji starts working with the boys scavenging in trash heaps while Rukku makes bead necklaces, and they buy food with what little money they earn. They are often hungry and scared but they have each other–and Kutti, the best dog ever. When the kids are forced from their safe haven on the bridge, they take shelter in a graveyard. But it is now the rainy season and they are plagued by mosquitos, and Rukku and Muthu fall ill. As their symptoms worsen, Viji and Arul must decide whether to risk going for help–when most adults in their lives have proven themselves untrustworthy–or to continue holding on to their fragile, hard-fought freedom.

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MY RATING: 5/5 STARS

I received an ARC from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a honest review.

Honestly, guys. Honestly, this book hands down converted me into a middle grade novel reader. Like I thought I would be too mature for the style of writing but THE BRIDGE HOME was written simply for a young reader but it didn’t annoy me nor did the characters feel too childish for me to relate. This book has made me feel so many e m o t i o n s and has made me cry from many chapters.

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Book Review: The Agony of Bun O’Keefe by Heather Smith

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Title: The Agony of Bun O’Keefe
Author: Heather Smith
Publication: September 5th 2017
Synopsis:

Set in 1980s Newfoundland, The Agony of Bun O’Keefe is the story of a 14-year-old girl who runs away to the city and is taken in by a street musician who lives with an eclectic cast of characters: a pot smoking dishwasher with culinary dreams; a drag queen with a tragic past; a Catholic school girl desperately trying to reinvent herself; and a man who Bun is told to avoid at all cost

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MY RATING: 2/5 stars

I received a copy from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a honest review.

I was recommended this read by the publisher after hearing how this book really left an impressive and powerful punch. I must say, this book definitely gives you a punch. You really feel it but it’s definitely not the book you should read if you’re not in the mood to be super bummy afterwards.

I’ll explain.

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Blog Tour/Book Review/ Q&A: The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli

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Title: The Matchmaker’s List
Author: Sonya Lalli
Publication: February 5th 2019
Synopsis:

One devoted modern girl + a meddlesome, traditional grandmother = a heartwarming multicultural romantic comedy about finding love where you least expect it 

Raina Anand may have finally given in to family pressure and agreed to let her grandmother play matchmaker, but that doesn’t mean she has to like it–or that she has to play by the rules. Nani always took Raina’s side when she tried to push past the traditional expectations of their tight-knit Indian-immigrant community, but now she’s ambushing Raina with a list of suitable bachelors. Is it too much to ask for a little space? Besides, what Nani doesn’t know won’t hurt her…

As Raina’s life spirals into a parade of Nani-approved bachelors and disastrous blind dates, she must find a way out of this modern-day arranged-marriage trap without shattering her beloved grandmother’s dreams.

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MY RATING: 4.5/5 STARS

I received an ARC from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a honest review and to take part in the blog tour.

Firstly, I can’t really begin by explaining how much I enjoyed this book. When I think back to when I first received this copy and immediately started reading it, getting captivated by the words, enthralled by the story and our characters–there’s just so much to talk about.

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