24 Apr 2019

#EventRecap: Windsor Small Press Book Fair

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On Saturday, April 13, 2019, I ventured out to the

Windsor Small Press Book Fair!

It was hosted by Zed Press and Biblioasis, which are Windsor based publishers. Biblioasis also has a store front location. It was located at the University Community Church above Green Bean Cafe!

I'm going to go over the different books I picked up and local authors and publishers you can check out! Let's get to it!

Also - come out to Biblioasis on April 27th for Independent Bookstore Day and meet ME, plus get discounts on books, meet local authors, and have generally a lot of fun!


The Windsor Small Press Book Fair featured local authors and publishers from the Windsor area. I picked up a LOT of books, which you can see above in the IGTV video!

It was so nice to learn more about some local authors and publishers! I am always such a big advocate for local authors and books so I am so glad I got to learn more about the book scene here in Windsor.

Learn more about some of the authors I adore in Windsor...

Jenn Sadai

Jenn Sadai has combined her love of writing with her passion for empowering women into two inspiring series. The Self-esteem Series is comprised of four non-fiction stories that tackle various issues that impact women’s self-esteem. Her first book, Dark Confessions of an Extraordinary, Ordinary Woman delves into the dark consequences of domestic violence, drug use, and depression.
Jenn Sadai is a proud Canadian, born in Windsor, Ontario, where she resides with her heroic husband and two lovable labs. Jenn can always be reached through the various social media links on her website or at jennsadai19@gmail.com.

Connect with the Author:

You can pick up Jenn's books on Amazon or the Chapters in Tecumseh!

Chelsea Girard

Chelsea can’t remember the last time she wasn’t reading a book. ​She is a blogger and bookstagrammer with an eye for creativity.
Chelsea tends to draw to novels that draw away from love stories and more towards suspense and personal experiences shared from one person to the next. She love books that make you feel for the character and give you a sense of fufillment when you claim their happiness as you’re own. That's why her poetry collections and novels resonate so well with readers.

Connect with the Author:

You can pick up Chelsea's poetry on Amazon!


Ben Van Dongen & Christian Laforet

Ben Van Dongen grew up in Windsor Ontario. He likes to think that if he tried harder he could have been an Astronaut, but he is happier writing science fiction anyway. He co-authored the books No Light Tomorrow and All These Crooked streets, and is one half of the founding team of Adventure Worlds Press. His first solo book, The Thinking Machine, a cyberpunk novella, came out last year and the unconnected sequel, The Neon Heart, is now available.

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Christian Laforet lives in LaSalle, Ontario with his wife, Lady, and his two girls, Lelaina Blue and Delilah Sunshine. He is co-founder and frequent contributor to the short fiction site, Adventure Worlds (adventureworldsblog.com).The rapidly growing website is shared among a group of writers who regularly post stories across all genres. Christian is also involved in several other projects and is hard at work on his first novel.

Connect with Christian:

You can pick up Ben and Christian's books on Amazon or in store at Biblioasis!

Elizabeth J.M. Walker

Elizabeth J. M. Walker has always loved books and writing. She is the author of the Young Adult books She Dreamed of Dragons, This Night Sucks, Slip Jig Summer, and The Boy Who Owned the Forest.
Connect with the Author:

You can find Elizabeth's books on Amazon or in store in Juniper Books in Windsor!

Who are some of your local authors?
Are you going to check out any of these?

20 Apr 2019

Stacking the Shelves (14): April 20, 2019

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks!
Last weekend I went to a Small Press Book Fair here in Windsor and hauled a bunch of new books! It was so much fun and I loved meeting new local authors.

How has everyone's 2019 been going so far?

19 Apr 2019

ARC #Review: WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan

19 April 4 Comments

WICKED SAINTS

Author: Emily A. Duncan
Series: Something Dark and Holy #1
Source: eARC via Publisher
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Overall Rating:
Diversity Rating:

Summary:
An instant New York Times bestseller!

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. 

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy..
Purchase:
Amazon | Chapters | TBD

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.




Trigger Warnings: This book has blood magic, self-harm, lots of violence, and an off-handed conversation about said self-harm in the course of its 400 pages. Please practice self-care before, during, and after reading this book.

From the fact that I had PREORDERED it and asked to participate on the blog tour, I think you can tell I was EXTREMELY excited for this one. It was actually one of my most anticipated reads of 2019. But. What the actual eff. Why is this getting such good reviews. Ignoring the fact that I was bored by 10% into this book, and probably wouldn't have finished if Dani and I hadn't been reading it together, after like 65%, I mostly just anger read this one. 

I don't generally like putting negative reviews on my blog and saving them for Goodreads, but there were things I felt I had to address with this because it is gaining such traction and I had been a part of the blog tour. A lot of things about this one really bothered me, beyond the abusive aspects that I talk about below.

The characters are boring, the plot feels reminiscent of literally hundreds of YA books before it (Dani and I were counting off specific points and lines that are basically the same as others we have read), and the "morally grey" aspects made me want to tear my hair out. I have read a couple reviews on here that talk about how Nadya doesn't have a lot of agency in this book - even in her POVs she is reduced to a side character. Once I saw it articulated, I agreed. I do hope that in the rest of the trilogy she is given the opportunity to grow; however, I will not find out because I'm not reading the rest of this.

You have to continuously wait for things to happen in this. It goes from one Big Point to nothing for like another 100 pages until you get to another Big Point, etc. etc. The fact that the characters find out they have been lied to and then so easily trust other people is ridiculous. The "halo" aspect of Nadya's character.... frustrates me to no end. So much of this just ANGERED me because I have no problem with books that use tropes, plot ideas, etc. from other books - but only if they do them well.

I am no longer going to be reading any "enemies to lovers" books that glorify tactics used in abusive relationships as "romantic" and "sexy." I read somewhere online that the test you should do is to imagine it is Peter Pettigrew (specifically the actor from the movies) doing these "hateful" things and see if they are still ~sexy~. If it isn't sexy if Peter Pettigrew does it, then it isn't sexy at all. I'm over villains and generally bad people who get a pass because they are attractive. No thank you!

This is a spoiler and a trigger warning, but I wanted to share because I haven't seen much said about it in reviews. I had a really big problem with a conversation between Malachiasz and Nadya. The more I think about it, the more upset I am that in WICKED SAINTS, the use of blood magic doesn't scar you because magic JUST so the author could put in the bit about Masshole self harming so he would be seen as a damaged boy. I can't handle how this topic was used and abused in this book. 


Just read the Grisha trilogy instead.
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17 Apr 2019

Subscription Box #Review: April #IndigoBookBox

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I am reviewing the April Indigo Book Box for you today! While Indigo DOES send me their Staff Picks of the Month for review and promotion, they DO NOT send me these Teen Book Boxes for the same purpose. I purchase these myself.

They are a little difficult to find on the Indigo website because Indigo is (much) more than just a subscription box website as they are the only Canadian big box store for books, home goods, etc.


Past boxes (that are still available):

Today, I am reviewing the April box that featured WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan and give you a full wrap-up of worth, value, etc. at the bottom for both.

April 2019: WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan


Price: $29.99 (with free shipping)
Shipping Time: 3 days
Included inside...
  • A copy of Wicked Saints signed by the author
  • A letter from Emily A. Duncan
  • A pouch of Read All Night tea from Canadian tea company Tealish
  • A detailed map card displaying this epic fantasy world on one side and a fierce quote on the other – to help you navigate between the dark and the light
Here's where I get real with you.

They cost basically the same amount as what the book does - maybe $5 more on average. Plus you get free shipping. This is about $40 less than what I pay for other book boxes. Are there perks in those? Of course. OwlCrate gives you exclusive covers, FairyLoot focuses on Fantasy, Once Upon A Book Club gives you things to open as you read the book, etc. But a lot of these boxes are filled with things I would never pick up for myself and would never use. I am glad they want to showcase artists and people's small businesses but I don't need 1000 art prints of the same characters over and over again.

The Indigo Book Box gives you official merchandise, a signed copy of the book, and not too many trinkets or items that you don't need. They include practical items that everyone could have a use for. And now that they are selling book sleeves, I look forward to those being thrown in every now and then!

On top of that, they tell you what's in the box before you actually purchase it. No guessing about what book it could be or what other items you may get, they lay it out for you on the website. There are usually a couple more items included that aren't listed, but these are fun little surprises (usually from the publisher) and not irrelevant items or ones from a fandom I'm not part of.

Beyond this, they try to be fairly inclusive. It isn't just the Big Names or Books that get featured, but diverse authors and a mix of publishers. The next book is WE HUNT THE FLAME by Hafsah Faizal so I know what books I don't need to necessarily "preorder" because I have them in this box. That cuts down on duplicates and all that jazz.

I definitely recommend this box if you are in Canada and want a cheaper option but still want to participate in the subscription box scene.

What subscription boxes do you get?

16 Apr 2019

#BlogTour: THE BOY WHO STEALS HOUSES by C.G. Drews // #Blitz

16 April 1 Comments
Hello and welcome to my blog tour post for

THE BOY WHO STEALS HOUSES by C.G. Drews!

I have information about the book for you today plus a giveaway! Be sure to check that out below. But first, let's learn more about the book...

THE BOY WHO STEALS HOUSES

Author: C.G. Drews
Series: N/A
Publisher: Orchard Books
Publication Date: April 4, 2019

Summary:

Can two broken boys find their perfect home? 

Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he's ever known. Now Sam's trying to build a new life for them. He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he's caught out when a family returns home. To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing - each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling. Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life, and falling for the beautiful Moxie. 

But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him.
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C.G. Drews lives in Australia with her dog, a piano, and the goal of reading every book in existence. Consequently, her brain has overflowed with words and she spends her days writing novel after novel. She blogs at Paper Fury, never sleeps and believes in cake for breakfast.

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Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram
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