HCC #FrenzyPresents Spring Preview (2019-02-24)

This past Sunday (i.e.yesterday) I had the privilege – and pleasure – of attending the Harper Collins Canada #FrenzyPresents Spring Preview event in Toronto, Ontario. While I have previously been invited to this event, I have never been able to actually attend, so it was quite an exciting event for me! Not only did I get an in-depth preview of so many fantastic upcoming YA releases, but I also had the chance to meet several of my fellow Canadian Book Bloggers, which was simply heartwarming. Truly, my heart is so full.

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HCC Frenzy also gifted all the attendees a fantastic Swag Bag, which was put together in partnership with Indigo Books & Music Inc., Owlcrate, Tealish, Da Bomb Bath Co., Sweet Artisan Candies, David’s Tea, and Golden Ticket Candy! Honestly, this Swag Bag was loaded to the brim with goodies, including 3 Advance Review Copies, including:

  • If You Can’t Beat the Odds Change the Game Pillowcase (Owlcrate)
  • Delicious Detox Tea (Tealish)
  • Blueberry Cheesecake Bath Bomb (Da Bomb Bath Co.)
  • Black Cherry Artisan Candies (Sweet Artisan Candies)
  • Salted Caramel Chews (Golden Ticket Candy)
  • The Evil Queen (Sampler) by Gena Showalter

I also received 3 ARCs in my Swag Bag – The Meaning of Birds by Jaye Robin Brown (Release Date: April 16, 2019), Nocturna by Maya Motayne (Release Date: May 7, 2019), and Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds (Release Date: March 5, 2019).

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Finally, a word to all my fellow bloggers (Canadian or not) – when I started this blog (and by extension my Bookstagram and Bookish Twitter accounts), I truly had no idea where this journey would take me. Because even though I didn’t realize it at the time, I had found my thing, and I had found my people. This community has grown to mean the world to me, and meeting so many of my fellow Canadian Book Bloggers at the #FrenzyPresents event yesterday was like a dream. I am still floating on a high – because I simply cannot believe where this journey has taken me, and can’t wait to see where it will take me next.

GIVEAWAY – Courting Darkness Character Cards (February 10 – 15, 2019)

Hello Bookworms!

I have some very exciting news for you – Robin LaFevers sent Raincoast Books a goody bag of character card, and Raincoast Books wants to share them with Canadian fans of the His Fair Assassins trilogy and the Courting Darkness duology! And trust me – you’re going to want to get your hands on these character cards – they’re absolutely stunning!

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February 2019 Reading List

I know, I know – this list is a couple days late! Unfortunately the end of January was quite jam-packed, so it took me a few days to get this post together – though that is certainly no indicator of how excited I am for these February reads! my first reading list of 2019! After a successful month of reading in January (I managed to read over 12 books – I am not even sure how I managed that one!) I am excited to dive into all the fantastic new books being released in February!

I have quite a few books that I am excited to read in February, including some are older releases that I haven’t had a chance to read yet. Despite that, most are new releases I simply can’t wait to pick up (an honestly? It looks like February 5 is the most popular release day of 2019 so far!).

  1. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (Release Date: January 29, 2019)
  2. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (Release Date: February 5, 2019)
  3. Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian (Release Date: February 5, 2019)
  4. Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway (Release Date: February 5, 2019)
  5. Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers (Release Date: February 5, 2019)
  6. Enchantee by Gita Trelease (Release Date: February 5, 2019)
  7. Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard (Release Date: February 12, 2019)
  8. The Triumphant by Lesley Livingston (Release Date: February 12, 2019)
  9. The Afterward by E.K. Johnston (Release Date: February 19, 2019)
  10. Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller (Release Date: February 26, 2019)

What books are you most looking forward to reading in February?

December 2018 FairyLoot Unboxing

FairyLoot is a monthly book subscription box that specializes in Young Adult Fantasy books, based out of London, England. Some of the recent FairyLoot boxes I have received and unboxed include “Talk Faerie to Me” (January 2018), and “Save the Kingdom” (May 2018) and “Rebels in Ballgowns” (June 2018) Every month they have a different theme and select an exciting newly released fantasy novel, in addition to 4-6 hand selected goodies – like book inspired teas, candles, bookmarks, tote bags, and more!

So, how can you get a FairyLoot box of your own (because once you see the awesome books and all the awesome loot in them, I know you’ll want one too)? For more information, check out FairyLoot’s website! They’re also currently hosting a Rep Search on Instagram, so be sure to check that out as well!

So now, on to the exciting part – the unboxing! The theme for December 2018’s FairyLoot box was “Dragons”! This box is perfect for readers that love dragons and all things dragon-themed. The box promised to satisfy fans of Harry Potter (JK Rowling), Game of Thrones (George RR Martin), and Throne of Glass (Sarah J Maas), while still including plenty of other dragon goodies.

(WARNING: SPOILERS FOR BOX CONTENTS PAST THIS POINT)

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My Year in Books 2018

It’s the time of year for lists and reflection, and I would be amiss if I didn’t reflect upon what I read this year, and if I didn’t share my favourite reads of 2018! I read a lot this year – 82 books to be exact (or around there, because I am sure I missed recording a few on Goodreads here and there!), which amounted to a whopping 32,163 pages. And that’s not even counting all the reading I did for school (which, by the way, is something I would prefer to not reflect upon).

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Anyways, Goodreads put together this super neat feature called “My Year in Books”, and I thought it would be awesome to combine some of the things I learned from it with my yearly Top 10 Books post! I have attached photos of “My Year in Books” below my Top 10 of 2018 post for this of you who are interested in viewing it – including a fabulous collage of all the books I read this year!

My Top 10 Books for 2018 are:

  1. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas (Release Date: October 23, 2018)
  2. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Release Date: March 6, 2018)
  3. Vengeful by VE Schwab (Release Date: September 25, 2018)
  4. Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce (Release Date: February 6, 2018)
  5. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (Release Date: October 2, 2018)
  6. Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson (Release Date: August 7, 2018)
  7. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (Release Date: November 6, 2018)
  8. Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Release Date: March 13, 2018)
  9. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (Release Date: March 6, 2018)
  10. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (Release Date: October 2, 2018)

Notable mentions include The Cruel Prince by Holly BlackAce of Shades by Amanda FoodyThese Rebel Waves by Sara RaaschHero at the Fall by Alwyn HamiltonDare You To Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch, and The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli.

*Please note that this list only includes books that were published between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 in Canada. In addition, all books on the above list are books that I have personally read during the year of 2018. Therefore, some books you regarded as being one of your favourite books of 2018 may be omitted from this list. If this is the case, please refrain from negativity – instead, I ask you to comment and share the omitted book with me so I have to opportunity to read it myself! Thank-you!  

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January 2019 Reading List

Here it is – my first reading list of 2019! After a successful year of reading in 2018 (I managed to read over 80 books – I am not even sure how I managed that one!) I am excited to dive into all the fantastic new books being released in 2019!

I have quite a few books that I am excited for in 2019, but I’ll be sharing those in a post later this month! For now, here’s the books I am most excited to read in January! Some are older releases that I haven’t had a chance to read yet, while others are January releases I simply can’t wait to pick up!

  1. Once a King by Erin Summerhill (Release Date: December 4, 2018)
  2. Evermore by Sara Holland (Release Date: December 31, 2018)
  3. The Wicked King by Holly Black (Release Date: January 8, 2019)
  4. Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. Mcmanus (Release Date: January 8, 2019)
  5. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi (Release Date: January 15, 2019)
  6. Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye (Release Date: January 22, 2019)
  7. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (Release Date: January 29, 2019)
  8. Enchantee (ARC) by Gita Trelease (Release Date: February 5, 2019)
  9. Courting Darkness (ARC) by Robin LaFevers (Release Date: February 5, 2019)
  10. Bloodwitch (ARC) by Susan Dennard (Release Date: February 12, 2019)

What books are you most looking forward to reading in 2019?

SERIES REVIEW: Throne of Glass (Books 4 – 6)

In the interest of easily accessing the reviews I’ve written for the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas, I have decided to combine them into 2 larger review – books 1-3 (review is now available here) and books 4-6. The Assassin’s Blade  and Tower of Dawn will remain independent, as they are not directly part of the Throne of Glass timeline.

This second half of the series review will feature Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, and Kingdom of AshOverall, I feel that Maas really found her stride in the second half of the series. With world-building (mostly) out of the way, and a plethora of well-developed characters and plot points to choose from, Maas was able to focus on weaving an intricate plot that, at times, left me reeling in awe and wonder.

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December TBR + Christmas Wishlist

Hey Bookworms! For those of you who have been following my reading journey on my Bookstagram, you’ll know that I have a relatively successful reading month in November – in fact, I managed to read 7 books, despite a wildly busy month at work! I totally did not anticipate this level of reading success in November, but I am so happy that I found so much time to read this month, despite everything else going on in my life!

SO, WHAT WILL I BE READING THIS MONTH?

With Christmas just around the corner, I have decided to put myself on a “Book Buying Ban” until the New Year, which means my monthly TBR will be limited to the four books currently in my To Be Read Box, and one audiobook!

  1. Hunting Prince Dracula (Audiobook) by Kerri Maniscalco (Release Date: September 19, 2017)
  2. Heart of Thorns (ARC) by Bree Barton (Release Date: July 31, 2018)
  3. Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller (Release Date: August 29, 2018)
  4. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake (Release Date: September 4, 2018)
  5. Enchantee (ARC) by Gita Trelease (Release Date: February 5, 2019)

That being said, I do have quite the Christmas Wishlist, which is lined with new releases! For anyone looking for gift ideas of their own (and for my own reference in the future), I thought I would share my Christmas Wishlist here as well!

  1. Ever the Brave by Erin Summerhill (Release Date: December 5, 2017)
  2. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (Release Date: July 31, 2018)
  3. Mirage by Somaiya Daud (Release Date: August 28, 2018)
  4. The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell (Release Date: October 5, 2018)
  5. Empress of all Seasons by Emiko Jean (Release Date: November 6, 2018)
  6. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (Release Date: November 6, 2018)
  7. Once a King by Erin Summerhill (Release Date: December 4, 2018)
  8. Evermore by Sara Holland (Release Date: December 31, 2018)

WHAT BOOKS ARE ON YOUR WISHLIST? LET ME KNOW!

SERIES REVIEW: Throne of Glass (Books 1 – 3)

In the interest of easily accessing the reviews I’ve written for the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas, I have decided to combine them into 2 larger review – books 1-3 and books 4-6. The Assassin’s Blade  and Tower of Dawn will remain independent, as they are not directly part of the Throne of Glass timeline.

This first series review will feature Throne of GlassCrown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire. My feelings about these first three books are torn, as is evident in my individual reviews below, but overall I feel that without these three books, Aelin’s story, and the general tale Maas’ has woven, would have been less impactful and certainly less cohesive, as a significant amount of character development and world building occurs in these three books.

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