Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo


Alina and Mal, orphans who grew up together, are sent to serve in the army. When Alina discovers that she possesses special powers that exceed her map-making skills, she’s thrust into the world of Grishas – an elite group of magical people. Everyone believes that Alina’s powers will rid them of  the Shadow Fold, a […]


Mini Reviews: Graphic Novels (August 2014 edition)


This month’s mini graphic novel reviews features a bit more misses than hits unfortunately. All three were requested from Netgalley – e-copies provided by the publishers in exchange for an honest review. All three were ones that the story called out to me and I thought I would enjoy. All three ranged from the bad […]


Why I’m Not Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge


For those that have been living under a rock (or not been on any form of social media) over the last 4 weeks, there’s a viral charity fundraiser taking place called the Ice Bucket Challenge™, raising awareness and donations for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The challenge, in which an individual is […]


Review: The Young World by Chris Weitz


Set in a dystopian New York City after a mysterious sickness wipes away all the adults and very young children, teenagers are the only ones left fighting to survive. After the previous leader turns 18, thereby becoming an adult and succumbing to the sickness, Jefferson is thrust into the role of reluctant leader. Along with […]


Recap: Outlander Preview Screening

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Earlier this week, I was honoured to attend Showcase’s preview screening of the new television series Outlander, based on the historical fiction novel by Diana Gabaldon. While the show has already premiered in the States, Outlander is set to hit Canadian airwaves this Sunday, August 24th at 10pm on Showcase and Shaw Media certainly put on a fantastic […]


Recap: #FrenzyPresents 2014/15 Preview Event


Now into its third year, Harper Collins hosted their annual HCC Frenzy event where they highlight and preview some of the exciting books that will be coming out this Fall. A fun group of familiar faces filled the rooms at the HCC Toronto office on a lovely Sunday afternoon as we listened to the team […]


One-Liners: Sherlock season 3


Good Lord, I’m obsessed. I enjoyed the first two seasons, which I did my one-liners on the other week, but now.. NOW I’m obsessed. Season 3 was all kinds of Sherlock awesomeness and I cannot believe season 4 isn’t out until 2016 (according to IMDB). As this is my thoughts and commentary while watching the episodes, there […]


Brunch Book Club: July Wrap-Up!


While Jenn and I always try to keep to our Sunday brunches, sometimes due to our busy schedules, we have to squeeze a weekday lunch or dinner in quickly. This was the case for our July read (apologies to those of you who had wanted to join us for a brunch that never happened!) where […]


Review: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid


Leila is on a road trip across the country in her red car, meeting many people along the way. She encounters four strangers at pivotal moments in their lives. Leila experiences love and life with these chance meetings as she heads towards her destination. Full disclosure, it was the book cover and title that first […]


Review: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood


Cate and her two younger sisters have grown up having to hide the fact that they can do magic. Living in New England, where women suspected of being witches are arrested and sent away on a constant basis, their livelihood and safety depend on them keeping what they are a secret. I need the next […]


Review: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith


Cormoran Strike is back with another case, this time investigating the disappearance of an author who has written a questionable and controversial book before going missing. Taking place months after solving the Lula Landry case, Strike tackles the publishing world and all the eccentric personalities that come with it. Convinced the police are on the […]


Mini Reviews: Graphic Novels (July 2014 edition)


This month’s mini graphic novel reviews features some really great discoveries! A few found via Netgalley, and one as part of an online Comic Books course (SuperMOOC²) that Ardo, Christa & I were participating in. (And of which I have failed miserably at keeping up with.) Sex Criminals, Vol 1 | Manifest Destiny, Vol 1 […]


One-Liners: Sherlock season 1 & 2


  I have finally/slowly started watching the much-talked-about BBC series Sherlock and, I must admit, I’m hooked. I would definitely have gotten through the first two seasons quicker if I had a bit more time the last little while and each episode wasn’t 1.5 hrs long. Such a commitment! Anyway, as I have done with […]


Impromptu Cleaning My Closet Giveaway 2.0


The last time I did this was back in October 2011 when I was tidying and came across a lot of random goodies that I wanted to give away. So while I had a momentary burst of inspiration to tidy a bit while watching some Mindy Project on Netflix, I compiled 3 gift packs to […]