Blog Tour/ Book Review: Hate Notes by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

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Title: Hate Notes
Author: Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Publication: November 6th 2018
Synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes an unexpected love story of secondhand hearts and second chances…

It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress.

Something blue. 

I’d gone to sell my own unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. That’s when I found another bride’s “something old.”

Stitched into the lining of a fabulously feathered design was the loveliest message I’d ever read: Thank you for making all of my dreams come true. 

The name embossed on the blue stationery: Reed Eastwood, obviously the most romantic man who ever lived. I also discovered he’s the most gorgeous. If only my true-love fantasies had stopped there. Because I’ve since found out something else about Mr. Starry-Eyed.

He’s arrogant, cynical, and demanding. I should know. Thanks to a twist of fate, he’s my new boss. But that’s not going to stop me from discovering the story behind his last love letter. A love letter that did not result in a happily ever after.

But that story is nothing compared to the one unfolding between us. It’s getting hotter, sweeter, and more surprising than anything I could have imagined.

Something new. 

But I have no idea how this one is going to end . . .

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MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

I received a copy from Thomas Allen & Sons in exchange for a honest review and to take part of this blog tour.

I have to seriously thank the company for allowing me to take part of this blog tour because ‘Hate Notes’ was the one book that pulled me out of this weird book slump I was suffering through back in October/September. Hate Notes is an office romance that I never knew I needed until I actually read it. Why did I ever stop reading these gems? They’re so fun.

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Blog Tour/Book Review: You Are the Everything by Karen Rivers

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Title: You Are The Everything
Author: Karen Rivers
Publication: Karen Rivers
Synopsis:

Can you want something—or someone—so badly that you change your destiny? Elyse Schmidt never would have believed it, until it happened to her. When Elyse and her not-so-secret crush, Josh Harris, are the sole survivors of a plane crash, tragedy binds them together. It’s as if their love story is meant to be. Everything is perfect, or as perfect as it can be when you’ve literally fallen out of the sky and landed hard on the side of a mountain—until suddenly it isn’t. And when the pieces of Elyse’s life stop fitting together, what is left?

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MY RATING: 3/5 STARS

I received a copy from Thomas Allen & Sons in exchange for a honest review.

This is my first Karen Rivers book so I didn’t know what to expect. To my surprise, the book is entirely written from second person POV so it was essentially a book about myself. Ha!

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Book Review: Tossed Into Love by Aurora Rose Reynolds

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Title: Tossed Into Love
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication: August 21st 2018
Synopsis:

Can the best of enemies become the hottest of lovers? New York Times bestselling author Aurora Rose Reynolds proves that opposites can be compatible—and twice as combustible…

Libby Reed is over it. Or that’s what she tells herself. She’s lusted after one of New York’s bravest for years, but firefighter Antonio Moretti has doused her interest for the last time. As much as she wants the arrogant jerk (in a bad, bad way), they can’t even be in the same room without setting each other off…which might be a problem now that she’s volunteered to help out in his family’s restaurant.

Antonio’s been burned before. Now he knows better than to trust a pretty face and follow another pair of long, beautiful legs into heartbreak. But while Libby might rub him the wrong way, he can’t deny the heat between them. And it only burns hotter when she steps up in his time of need. The closer they get, the more he realizes he may have misjudged her. Then again, he doesn’t know the secret Libby’s keeping that could send their relationship up in flames before it’s even begun.

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MY RATING: 2/5 STARS

I received a copy from Thomas Allen and Sons in exchange for a honest review.

I don’t believe this is my first Aurora Rose Reynolds book but I also don’t remember ever enjoying the books I’ve read by her. I think they were always an average of 3 out of 5 stars the greatest and even then, I had issues with the writing and the characters themselves. Her stories are popular because they’re captivating and interesting and I can see it now from reading this one. While it missed the mark for me, this book was still entertaining.

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Book Review: The Infinite Pieces of Us by Rebekah Crane

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Title: The Infinite Pieces of Us
Author: Rebekah Crane
Publication: November 1st 2018
Synopsis:

From the author of The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland comes a hilarious and heartbreaking novel about coming apart, getting it together—and moving on. It’s just a two-hour drive…

Pondering math problems is Esther Ainsworth’s obsession. If only life’s puzzles required logic. Her stepfather’s solution? Avoidance. He’s exiled the family to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, to erase a big secret from Esther’s past. So much for the truth. Now for the consequences: an empty swimming pool, a water-sucking cactus outside her window, a goldfish rescued from a church festival, and Esther’s thirst for something real.

Step one: forget about her first love. Step two: make allies. Esther finds them in Jesús from the local coffee bar; a girl named Color who finds beauty in an abandoned video store; Beth, the church choir outcast; and Moss, a boy with alluring possibilities. Step three: confess her secret to those she hopes she can trust. Esther’s new friends do more than just listen. They’re taking Esther one step further.

Together, they hit the road to face Esther’s past head-on. It’s a journey that will lead her to embrace her own truth—in all its glory, pain, and awesomeness.

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MY RATING: 2/5 STARS

I received a copy from Thomas Allen & Sons in exchange for a honest review.

Reader, I would like to let you know that after reading ‘The Upside of Falling Down’ and ‘The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland’ both by Rebekah Crane, I knew I found a new favourite author. Imagine my disappointment when I read The Infinite Pieces of Us and it completely either missed the mark or made me angry to the point that I had to put it down and just skim through the ending.

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Book Review: The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold by Maureen Fergus

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Title: The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harlold
Author: Maureen Fergus and illustrated by Cale Atkinson
Publication: October 11th 2016
Synopsis:

Santa has a problem. This kid? Harold? Santa doesn’t think he’s real. He WANTS to believe in Harold–after all, Harold is one of the most magical parts of Christmas. Getting Harold’s letters, eating the cookies he leaves out, feeding his carrots to the reindeer… what would Christmas be without that? But Santa’s just not sure. Some of his friends are telling him they think Harold’s not real. And the Harold that sat on his knee last Christmas looked AWFULLY different. Santa comes up with a plan to find out once and for all if Harold really exists… with hilarious consequences.

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MY RATING: 3/5 STARS

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

I fell in love with Cale Atkinson’s illustrations thanks to Sam at PRH Canada so I had to request this adorable copy even though it’s actually written by him. I found the story to be perfectly fitting for the upcoming holiday festivities. I also found the title to be so refreshing—a twist on the day children stopped believing in Santa Claus.

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Book Review: The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield

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Title: The Darkest Dark
Author: Chris Hadfield
Publication: September 13th 2016
Synopsis:

Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield and brought to life by Terry and Eric Fan’s lush, evocative illustrations, The Darkest Dark will encourage readers to dream the impossible.

Chris loves rockets and planets and pretending he’s a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. Only one problem–at night, Chris doesn’t feel so brave. He’s afraid of the dark.
But when he watches the groundbreaking moon landing on TV, he realizes that space is the darkest dark there is–and the dark is beautiful and exciting, especially when you have big dreams to keep you company.

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MY RATING: 4.5/5 STARS

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

First off, I am a huge fan of Chris Hadfield. I fell in love with him when I read his memoir, An Astronaut Guide to Life on Earth. He was just such a fascinating person from his humble beginnings, his dreams of being an astronaut right from when he was a child to his older adult years.

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Book Review: Sir Simon: Super Scarer by Cale Atkinson

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Title: Sir Simon: Super Scarer
Author: Cale Atkinson
Publication: September 4th 2018
Synopsis:

A delightful, funny story of friendship, ghost chores, a spooky house and a professional haunter.

Meet Sir Simon, Super Scarer. He’s a professional ghost who has been transferred to his first house. And just in time! He was getting tired of haunting bus stops and forests and potatoes. And to top it off, this house is occupied by an old lady — they’re the easiest to haunt!

But things don’t go as planned when it turns out a KID comes with this old lady. Chester spots Simon immediately and peppers him with questions. Simon is exasperated. . . until he realizes he can trick Chester into doing his ghost chores. Spooky sounds, footsteps in the attic, creaks on the stairs — these things don’t happen on their own, you know!

After a long night of haunting, it seems that maybe Chester isn’t cut out to be a ghost, so Simon decides to help with Chester’s human chores. Turns out Simon isn’t cut out for human chores either.

But maybe they’re both cut out to be friends . . .

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MY RATING: 5/5 STARS

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

I am truly forever grateful to the wonderful team at PRH Canada for sending me this copy because it has introduced me to my new favourite genre of children novels. I know I may be a little too old for them but Sir Simon reminded me the pure joy of reading a picture book. Cale Atkinson is mostly known for his illustrative works—they’re so stinkin’ adorable–but his writing is exceptional as well.

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Blog Tour: Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean + Q&A

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Title: Empress of All Seasons
Author: Emiko Jean
Publication: November 6th 2018
Synopsis:

In a palace of illusions, nothing is what it seems.

Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy.

Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it would be, if she weren’t hiding a dangerous secret. Mari is a yōkai with the ability to transform into a terrifying monster. If discovered, her life will be forfeit. As she struggles to keep her true identity hidden, Mari’s fate collides with that of Taro, the prince who has no desire to inherit the imperial throne, and Akira, a half-human, half-yōkai outcast.

Torn between duty and love, loyalty and betrayal, vengeance and forgiveness, the choices of Mari, Taro, and Akira will decide the fate of Honoku in this beautifully written, edge-of-your-seat YA fantasy.

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MY RATING: 3/5 STARS

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

There seems to be an ongoing theme for this year’s new young adult fantasy releases. They all seem to follow stories influenced by many different Asian cultures which leaves me and my hungry for diversity butt to be thoroughly pleased. Empress of All Seasons follows the tales inspired by Japanese culture with an eccentric cast of characters.

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Book Review: Movie Night by Lucy Courtenay

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Title: Movie Night
Author: Lucy Courtenay
Publication: January 11th 2018
Synopsis:

One: I am hopelessly in love with Hanna Bergdahl. Two: for the first time since our recent reunion Hanna Bergdahl appears to be single. And three: I am in stuck in that inescapable netherworld of demons and acne – the Friend Zone.

Two best friends. One crush.

Sol and Hanna were best friends at primary school and after reuniting at college, they spend approximately seventy per cent of daylight hours together.

When disaster strikes at a New Year’s Eve party and Hannah sees new boyfriend Danny Dukas kissing Lizzie Banks, a New Year’s Resolution is formed. Sol and Hanna will watch one film a month for twelve months until the next New Year. After all, films hold answers to life’s hardest questions. Maybe they’ll figure out why they are both members of the dumpee club.

Only Sol Adams has a new year’s resolution of his own: to kiss Hanna Bergdahl before the year is over.

Will Sol ever defeat the Friend Zone?

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MY RATING: 2/5 STARS

I received a copy from Hachette Book Group Canada in exchange for a honest review.

If you know me, I’m a huge fan of contemporary romance. Movie Night sounded exactly something that would most likely end up on my favourite list. It tells the story of Hannah, a high school student with a life that seems to be perfect. She has an amazing group of friends and a hot boyfriend. It isn’t until she sees her boyfriend, Danny, kissing Lizzie Banks, that her life soon starts to fall apart. In hopes of coming back to normality, Hannah and her best guy friend, Sol, makes a promise to watch a movie every month together for a whole year. It seems easily enough until you realize that Sol is actually in love with Hannah and she’s equally as confused about her feelings towards him.

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Book Review: Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll

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Title: Unclaimed Baggage
Author: Jen Doll
Publication: September 18th 2018
Synopsis:

In Jen Doll’s young adult debut novel, Unclaimed Baggage, Doris–a lone liberal in a conservative small town–has mostly kept to herself since the terrible waterslide incident a few years ago. Nell had to leave behind her best friends, perfect life, and too-good-to-be-true boyfriend in Chicago to move to Alabama. Grant was the star quarterback and epitome of “Mr. Popular” whose drinking problem has all but destroyed his life. What do these three have in common? A summer job working in a store called Unclaimed Baggage cataloging and selling other people’s lost luggage. Together they find that through friendship, they can unpack some of their own emotional baggage and move on into the future.

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MY RATING: 3/5 STARS

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

Let’s take a quick break from the review to talk about how incredibly cute this cover is! I loved it so much and was immediately drawn to it. After reading the synopsis, I was hooked from the start. Unclaimed Baggage tells the story of Doris, an employee of Unclaimed Baggage, a store dedicated to selling luggage that has been lost or forgotten from airlines across the country. She loves her job because it’s the only place she feels like she belongs. When Nell moves into town, they instantly connect as very good friends. Doris doesn’t have much friends but Nell proves to be someone trustworthy and sweet. Nell is then hired by Doris and together they work together sorting luggage in the store. It isn’t until the town’s golden boy, Grant, starts working there do things get shaken up. Grant has a secret. He’s an alcoholic and he can’t seem to stop drinking to relieve the pressure and to forget about his past filled with mistakes. Doris resents Grant for a mysterious reason only revealed towards the end of the novel. The three most unlikely characters build a strong friendship despite different social classes, problems, and discrimination from peers.

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