13.9.18

We Can(ada) Read: #Spotlight: TRUE BORN Trilogy by L.E. Sterling + #Giveaway!

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The entire TRUE BORN Trilogy is out! The last book, TRUE STORM, released on May 1, 2108. So today I am spotlighting the entire series! Learn more about each book below...

TRUE BORN

Author: L.E. Sterling
Series
: True Born Trilogy #1
Publisher
: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date
: May 3, 2016
Summary
:
Welcome to Dominion City.


After the great Plague descended, the world population was decimated…and their genetics damaged beyond repair.


The Lasters wait hopelessly for their genes to self-destruct. The Splicers pay for expensive treatments that might prolong their life. The plague-resistant True Borns are as mysterious as they are feared…


And then there’s Lucy Fox and her identical twin sister, Margot. After endless tests, no one wants to reveal what they are.

When Margot disappears, a desperate Lucy has no choice but to put her faith in the True Borns, led by the charismatic Nolan Storm and the beautiful but deadly Jared Price. As Lucy and the True Borns set out to rescue her sister, they stumble upon a vast conspiracy stretching from Dominion’s street preachers to shady Russian tycoons. But why target the Fox sisters?

As they say in Dominion, it’s in the blood.
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12.9.18

We Can(ada) Read: Eileen @ BookCatPin - #REVIEW: SLEIGHT by Jennifer Sommersby + #Giveaway

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Hello, my name is Eileen and I'm the blogger behind BookCatPin. Yes, that’s books, cats and Pin meaning I’m a book lover and a cat lady. Pin is my childhood nickname added in for a bit of a personal touch. You can often find me reading and cuddling with my cats. I also love sharing pictures and stories of books and my kitties on my social media!

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SLEIGHT

Author: Jennifer Sommersby
Series
: AVRA-K #1
Publisher
: HarperCollins
Publication
Date: April 3, 2018
Rating
: 4/5 stars

Summary
:
Growing up in the Cinzio Traveling Players circus, Genevieve Flannery is accustomed to a life most teenagers could never imagine: daily workouts of extravagant acrobatics; an extended family of clowns; wild animals for pets; and her mother, Delia, whose mind has always been tortured by visions—but whose love Geni never questions. In a world of performers who mystify and amaze on a daily basis, Delia’s ghostly hallucinations never seemed all that strange . . . until the evening Geni and her mother are performing an aerial routine they’ve done hundreds of times, and Delia falls to her death.

That night, a dark curtain in Geni’s life opens. Everything has changed.

As they reel from the tragedy, the Cinzio Traveling Players are also grappling with the circus’s new owner: a generous, mysterious man whose connection to the circus—Geni suspects—has a dark history. And suddenly, Geni is stumbling into a new reality of her own, her life interrupted daily by the terrors only Delia used to see. As the visions around her grow stronger, Geni is not sure who she should trust or love. Worst of all, she’s starting to question whether she can trust her own mind.

A thrilling and mysterious novel that captures the magic of the big top itself, Sleight is a high-flying fantasy that will enchant readers.
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Thank you Jamie for the opportunity to read and review Sleight! I was very excited to discover that Sleight was not only written by a Canadian but she's also a local author to me! I jumped on the chance to read it.

11.9.18

We Can(ada) Read: #REVIEW: THE DARK BENEATH THE ICE by Amelinda Bérubé + #Giveaway

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Jamie is a Canadian book blogger who owns more books than she can fit in her room. She mostly reads YA but has a soft spot for all types Science Fiction and Fantasy, so she carries those around with her as well. Jamie typically reads while drinking tea, curled up in a little ball for maximum warmth. 

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THE DARK BENEATH THE ICE

Author: Amelinda BérubéSeries: N/A
Source: ARC via Raincoast Books
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary:
Black Swan meets Paranormal Activity in this compelling ghost story about a former dancer whose grip on reality slips when she begins to think a dark entity is stalking her.

Something is wrong with Marianne.

It's not just that her parents have finally split up. Or that life hasn't been the same since she quit dancing. Or even that her mother has checked herself into the hospital.
She's losing time. Doing things she would never do. And objects around her seem to break whenever she comes close. Something is after her. And the only one who seems to believe her is the daughter of a local psychic.

But their first attempt at an exorcism calls down the full force of the thing's rage. It demands Marianne give back what she stole. Whatever is haunting her, it wants everything she has--everything it's convinced she stole. Marianne must uncover the truth that lies beneath it all before the nightmare can take what it thinks it's owed, leaving Marianne trapped in the darkness of the other side.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

This was super creepy and super good and also gay. So all things you want in a book, really. I think it handled mental health really well and it’s set in the best place I ever lived: Ottawa!

10.9.18

We Can(ada) Read: Sam @ Spines in a Line - #Review: PAST TENSE by Star Spider

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Sam is a twenty-something Master’s student from Canada, currently in the final year of her program before she finally leaves school for good and has to face the real world. Blogging for a little over two years but tracking her reading since grade school, she loves to read all genres but has a special fondness for mysteries and thrillers. Sam posts reviews, author interviews, and other bookish things over on her blog, as well as her Music Monday features, which are fun book/music mash-ups! Feel free to drop by to chat, offer book recs, or share your own Music Monday posts!

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PAST TENSE

Author: Star Spider
Series: N/A
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: April 10, 2018
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Summary:
How do you live after death?

Julie Nolan is a pretty average girl with pretty average problems. She’s been in love with her best friend, Lorelei, ever since they met in grade three. Only Lorelei doesn’t know about it — she’s too busy trying to set Julie up with Henry, her ex, who Julie finds, in a word, vapid.

But life gets more complicated when Julie comes home to find her mother insisting that her heart is gone. Pretty soon it becomes clear: Julie’s mom believes that she has died.


How is Julie supposed to navigate her first year of high school now, while she’s making midnight trips to the graveyard to cover her mother with dirt, lay flowers and make up eulogies? And why is Henry the only person Julie feels comfortable turning to? If she wants to get through this, Julie’s going to have to find the strength she never knew she had, and to learn how to listen to both her mom’s heart and her own.
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I’m going to start my review with a quick blurb about the story because when I first heard it, I was stunned and then immediately added it to my TBR, so I want to bring you all on the same page.

Ninth-grader Julie is dealing with pretty average teenage problems (in love with her best friend, you know how it is) but one day she finds her mom standing stock-still by the sink, hands resting in freezing dishwater, saying that her heart is gone. As Julie reels from this admission and her mom’s strange detachment in the coming weeks, she struggles to find a way to get her mom back to normal while keeping her condition secret from everyone else. But high school brings more drama, and Julie’s secrets are threatening to overwhelm her.

So weird and cool, right?

9.9.18

We Can(ada) Read: Indigo @ Adventures in YA Fiction - #Review: PRIDE MUST BE A PLACE by Kevin Craig

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Indigo is an MA student, studying modern literature in Toronto. She’s a YA book blogger, a tarot reader, a tea enthusiast, and a dog lover. When she’s not shouting at literally anyone who will listen to her about musical theatre, she is attempting to blog, and usually getting distracted. She has far too many opinions on The Great Gatsby, and is a Taylor Swift Stan. She started Adventures in YA Fiction in April of 2012, and has been active in the blogging community whenever she can remember to post. And, of course, Indigo is not her real name.

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PRIDE MUST BE A PLACE

Author: Kevin Craig
Series: N/A
Publisher: Museitup Publishing
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Summary:
Ezra Caine is gay. He’s sort of out at school but not at home, where he fears the wrath of his father’s bigotry. When Ezra's flamboyantly out friend Alex Mills takes one too many beatings from homophobic bully Will Severe, Ezra finally snaps. Fed up with the situation at school, he decides to do something about it.

With the help of his BFF, Nettie, and some unlikely allies, Ezra rallies to create their small-town school’s first gay-straight alliance. The Rainbow Alliance Club is formed. But the changes don't come without hiccups, one of which being a messy scandal involving Alex and a gay hook-up app.

As Ezra and his friends attempt to sway their school into an alliance of tolerance and acceptance, Ezra experiences a few surprises of his own on the home-front. He also learns the hard way that friendships out of convenience aren't always a good idea, just as some enemies might not be as bad as he originally imagined them to be.
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Pride Must Be a Place really took me by surprise, in all aspects of the saying. The plot twists were totally unexpected, and I found myself really taken by the story. I had also not read much Canadian contemporary, so it was nice to dive into something new!

8.9.18

We Can(ada) Read: Hannah @ The Book Thief Without Words - #Review: A POSSIBILITY OF WHALES by Karen Rivers // #Giveaway

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Hannah is an 18 year old aspiring author who grew up in the country with stories as her sole companions. She is a lover of all things fictional and one day hopes to have a book on the same shelves that she has spent hours perusing.

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A POSSIBILITY OF WHALES

Author: Karen Rivers
Series: N/A
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication Date: March 13, 2018
Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary:
The story of a girl who—thanks to her friends, her famous single dad, and an unexpected encounter with a whale—learns the true meaning of family.

Twelve-year-old Natalia Rose Baleine Gallagher loves possibilities: the possibility that she’ll see whales on the beach near her new home, the possibility that the trans­gender boy she just met will become her new best friend, the possibility that the paparazzi hounding her celebrity father won’t force them to move again. Most of all, Nat dreams of the possibility that her faraway mother misses her, loves her, and is just waiting for Nat to find her.

But how can Nat find her mother if she doesn’t even know who she is? She abandoned Nat as a baby, and Nat’s dad refuses to talk about it. Nat knows she shouldn’t need a mom, but she still feels like something is missing, and her questions lead her on a journey of self-discovery that will change her life forever.
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There's something magical about middle grade books that just can't be found in any other book.  Maybe because it reminds me of simpler times or maybe it's just because there's something incredibly unique about a book told from  a child's perspective but whatever the reason is, I love Middle grade books. Especially middle grade contemporary. Though I don't frequently seek them out, whenever I do  it's like coming home.