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!

YA Contemporary Romance 

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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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