Rules For Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall @PenguinTeen @PenguinTeenCa @VikingBooks @kmarshallarts

** Thank you Penguin Teen for my ARC **

Genre: YA, Horror

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I don’t believe in ghosts, not exactly. But I don’t believe Becca is dead either. Which means she’s out there, and no one is looking for her but me.

I can’t breathe. There’s something in my throat as solid as stone.

Whose hand am I holding?

Did you ever tell ghost stories at camp when you were young? Well, this was the perfect campfire story!

It’s told in a series of interviews, text messages, recollections and video footage that really bring this story to life.
The whole time I was reading it, I swear my eyes could not move across the page quick enough! I didn’t want to put it down and kept wanting to know what was going to happen next.

The ending..it left me hanging and mind boggled! (Which will either work for you, or it won’t.)

Am I the only one still trying to figure out what happened? Was that it? I NEED ANSWERS!!

I got such a thrill reading this story! It had a diverse cast and I loved all the characters.

For me, this was like Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark meets Ghost Hunters & Coraline, making it the perfect Halloween read!

Have you read it? Is it on your TBR? What’s on your Halloween reading list??

Once a year, the path appears in the forest and Lucy Gallows beckons. Who is brave enough to find her–and who won’t make it out of the woods?

It’s been exactly one year since Sara’s sister, Becca, disappeared, and high school life has far from settled back to normal. With her sister gone, Sara doesn’t know whether her former friends no longer like her…or are scared of her, and the days of eating alone at lunch have started to blend together. When a mysterious text message invites Sara and her estranged friends to “play the game” and find local ghost legend Lucy Gallows, Sara is sure this is the only way to find Becca–before she’s lost forever. And even though she’s hardly spoken with them for a year, Sara finds herself deep in the darkness of the forest, her friends–and their cameras–following her down the path. Together, they will have to draw on all of their strengths to survive. The road is rarely forgiving, and no one will be the same on the other side.

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The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young @RaincoastBooks @adriennebooks @wednesdaybooks

** Thank you Raincoast Books for providing me with an advanced readers copy in exchange for my honest review **

Genre: YA

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Have you ever chosen to read a book based solely on the cover & title alone? (Without reading the description?)

That was me with this book!

Dum dum me, didn’t know this was the second book to Sky In The Deep, until I already had the ARC in my hands and stumbled upon moonprincess37‘s awesome review. 🤦‍♀️

It didn’t matter though, cause this could be read as a standalone. Phew!

To be honest, I didn’t think Vikings were my thing or my kinda story, but after reading this..it may have changed my outlook on it!

It totally reminded me of season 5 of Game Of Thrones. So if you’re a fan of the show like I was and haven’t read Sky In The Deep yet, I think you’ll enjoy this read.

There’s character building, an epic battle and alternating POV’s. Everything that makes for good storytelling!

Definitely going on my list of favourites for 2019!

Have you read it yet? If so, what did you think? Did you read Sky In The Deep?

For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.

For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again—a home.

Contagion by Erin Bowman @erin_bowman @HarperCollinsCa @HCCFrenzy

Genre: YA, Sci-Fi

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

This was like Guardians Of The Galaxy meets The Walking Dead. Except everyone on the ship is human.

I’m a newbie to reading Sci-Fi and after the last 2 tragic DNF’s (The Luminous Dead & Aurora Rising), I was starting to lose faith in the genre. But this..It kept me up all hours of the night reading!

I really enjoyed the alternating timelines and POV’s. The last 30% of the book was an intense ride. I had the same adrenaline rush as when I watched Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

The Characters

Toby..
That’s all I’m going to say about him.

Dylan

You know that annoying character in every slasher/horror flick, that you just wanna punch in the face? Well for me, that was her.

I’d have to say Thea and Coen were my favourite characters. I’m excited to see where they take us in the next book (Immunity).

Overall, I loved this story. It felt like I was watching a Blockbuster hit with everything I was looking for: great storyline and cast, actim then I think you’ll enjoy this one!

Have you read? What did you think? Did you read Immunity?

It got in us

After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

Most are dead.

But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.

Don’t set foot here again.

As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

Frankly In Love by David Yoon @penguinteen @penguinteenca @davidyoon

**Thanks so much to Penguin Teen for my ARC**

Genre: YA

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“A girl who can make you laugh is worth laughing with forever.”

This was such a cute and fun rom com.

Seriously. The story of my life! Except the fake dating, which was genius. Being Chinese, I connected with Frank on so many levels.

I loved the exploration of cultural differences and stereotypes. It was done in a very respectful manner.

The Characters

There was a diverse cast of characters which was very well-written.

Frank was easy to love. He’s nerdy, funny and witty. You really feel for him with some of the challenges he experiences. It was fun watching him fall in love for the first time.

I really enjoyed the dynamic between Q and Frank. Q was exactly the kind of BFF you’d want!

If you were a fan of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, I think you’ll enjoy this one too!

Is this one on your TBR? Have you read it? What did you think?

High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo–his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance–“Date Korean”–which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful–and white. Fellow Limbo Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks it’s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy’s fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love–or himself–at all.

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Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This place isn’t kind to gentle souls. It chews them up and swallows them whole

I’m always nervous walking into a book that receives alot of hype. I usually end up an unpopular opinion. The Last Time I Lied wasn’t successful for me, but I did love Final Girls. So this was a bit of a deal breaker.

As the saying goes, “third time’s a charm”. I was hooked from the start! Even though I had figured out the “who” part early on, I still found myself enjoying the story, especially with that fucked up twist near the end.

I don’t want to say too much since it’s a hard one to review without spoilers, but if you’re a fan of American Horror Story, you’ll like this one.

Have you read it? Have you read any of his other books?

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story—until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

** Thanks to Penguin Teen for my copy in exchange for an honest review**

Genre: YA

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

It’s turtles all the way down..

You’re trying to find the turtle at the bottom of the pile, but that’s not how it works.

This was my first John Green experience and have never heard of a tuatara till now. 😜

To be honest, my feelings for this book fall right in the middle. There were things I liked and disliked, but overall, found it entertaining.

What didn’t work for me:

• The bulk of the book was living inside Aza’s head. Based on the description, I was actually expecting more of a mystery and manhunt for Davis’ missing dad. Instead, his disappearance takes a back seat.

• While the author did a great job of representing mental awareness and what it’s like to get lost in your own spiral of thoughts, I also found it distracting and tiresome at times.

• Aza’s self-harm was disturbing (i.e swallowing hand sanitizer).

• Russell Pickett’s disappearance story ends rather abruptly and felt rushed. It was too coincidental in my opinion.

What I enjoyed:

• When I wasn’t lost in Aza’s thoughts, it was an easy read. The characters were well-written, even though I didn’t really like any of them…except maybe Davis and the billionaire tuatara 😆

• I enjoyed the courtship between Davis and Aza. It wasn’t the eye-rolling insta love. I also thought it was refreshing to see that Davis was a total geek and not your cliched rich kid jock.

• I’m SO glad there was an explanation/reference to the title. I was starting to wonder halfway through the book, what the hell the connection was.

While I was hoping for a different outcome, I liked that it wasn’t your typical happily ever after sort of ending. Something you don’t come across too often.

Have you read this one?

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim @fsgbooks @MacmillanUSA @AngieKimWriter

Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Contemporary

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wow. This book! Talk about a hangover!! I think I found this summer’s IT book! 🤗

Miracle Creek was chosen as June’s book club read with The Traveling Friends group on Goodreads. (You can also follow their blog @twosisterslostinacouleereading)

I had been humming and hah-ing over this one in fear that it was going to be another overhyped story. I’m so glad I decided to join in on this one, cause it totally lived up to the hype.

For all my thriller readers, it definitely wasn’t a thriller. But it did have a hint of mystery and that element of surprise at the end. So if you still enjoy a good court case involving murder (like me), then this one’s for you.

I loved the narration! It was told from multiple POV’s with each character’s version of events. Nothing is what it seems. Each victim has their own personal story and journey, and Angie Kim did a hell of a great job connecting them all. While I don’t have any experience caring for a disabled child or one on the spectrum, I think the author managed to capture the reality of what it would be like and the emotions that come with it.

Every character had some unlikable quality to them (which was probably the whole point), but you still somehow feel that tinge of sympathy for them. I found myself empathizing with Young majority of the time and hoping she’d find some way to rebuild that mother-daughter bond she so deeply yearned for.

The ending..OMG. While I love happy endings, I loved that the author chose to end things the way she did.

I thought this was a really well-written book that kept my focus the whole time! When I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it.

This is definitely going on my favourites list for 2019, and one that I would highly recommend!

Have you read it? What did you think?

In rural Miracle Creek, Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine. A pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for therapeutic “dives,” it’s also a repository of hopes and dreams: the dream of a mom that her child can be like other kids; the dream of a young doctor desperate to cure his infertility and save his marriage; the dream of the Yoos themselves, Korean immigrants who have come to the United States so their teenage daughter can have a better life.

When the oxygen chamber mysteriously explodes, killing two people, all these dreams shatter with it, and the ensuing murder trial uncovers imaginable secrets and lies.

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[#BookReview] The Unlikely Adventures Of The Shergill Sisters @WmMorrowBooks @HarperCollins @HarperCollinsCa

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Multicultural

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Balli Kaur Jaswal is such a talented storyteller and has managed to write yet another memorable and captivating story. One that is rich in culture, traditions and sisterhood.

I loved how imperfect Rajni, Jezmeen & Shirina’s relationship was, and how one trip to India brought them together. Their childhood and relationship with each other felt authentic.

I don’t want to give too much away since it’ll ruin the story for those who haven’t read it. But there’s some drama along the way with some despicable characters.

I highly recommend it, especially if you enjoyed Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows 🙂

Have you read this one yet??

The British-born Punjabi Shergill sisters—Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina—were never close and barely got along growing up, and now as adults, have grown even further apart. Rajni, a school principal is a stickler for order. Jezmeen, a thirty-year-old struggling actress, fears her big break may never come. Shirina, the peacemaking “good” sister married into wealth and enjoys a picture-perfect life.

On her deathbed, their mother voices one last wish: that her daughters will make a pilgrimage together to the Golden Temple in Amritsar to carry out her final rites. After a trip to India with her mother long ago, Rajni vowed never to return. But she’s always been a dutiful daughter, and cannot, even now, refuse her mother’s request. Jezmeen has just been publicly fired from her television job, so the trip to India is a welcome break to help her pick up the pieces of her broken career. Shirina’s in-laws are pushing her to make a pivotal decision about her married life; time away will help her decide whether to meekly obey, or to bravely stand up for herself for the first time.

Arriving in India, these sisters will make unexpected discoveries about themselves, their mother, and their lives—and learn the real story behind the trip Rajni took with their Mother long ago—a momentous journey that resulted in Mum never being able to return to India again.

[#BlogTour] Birthday by Meredith Russo @RaincoastBooks

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Genre: YA, LGBTQ

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I’m gonna tell him I’m supposed to be a girl, that I can’t stand being a boy anymore, that I feel like I’m dying a little bit more everyday.

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Holy crap, my heart hurts! I loved this book waay more than I thought I would, to be honest. The description was pretty vague, but I was intrigued and delighted to be part of the blog tour!

The story is told in alternating POV’S (my fave), on Eric and Morgan’s birthday from the age of 13-18, which I thought was really interesting and enjoyed. At times it was hard to read with the cringeworthy homophobic remarks. There were so many moments I just wanted to jump into this book and give Morgan a hug.

I really enjoyed how realistic this story was. The rollercoaster of emotions that Morgan went through were so raw and real. It makes you wanna cry. Highly recommend it!

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Two kids, Morgan and Eric, are bonded for life after being born on the same day at the same time. We meet them once a year on their shared birthday as they grow and change: as Eric figures out who he is and how he fits into the world, and as Morgan makes the difficult choice to live as her true self. Over the years, they will drift apart, come together, fight, make up, and break up—and ultimately, realize how inextricably they are a part of each other.

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