Review: The Shadow Queen by Sandra Gulland

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Claudette grew up in a theatrical family, her parents formerly players in a Parisian troupe. The world they live in is one very divisive between the nobility & religion vs actors & theatre. Through some chance encounters spanning many years, Claudette meets Athénaïs, a girl from a noble family who affects her life more than […]

Review: Breathe by Sarah Crossan

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When The Switch happened, oxygen levels took a nose dive with both plant and human life dying off as a result. A lottery selected the “lucky” ones to live in an oxygen-controlled dome where the population are split into Premiums and Auxilary, which are basically the haves and the have-nots. Quinn, a Premium, and his […]

Recap: A Snowy Evening with The Enchanted’s Rene Denfeld

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On yet another blizzardy day in Toronto a small group of book lovers gathered at the Harper Collins office to meet author Rene Denfeld and to hear her speak about her new book The Enchanted. Christa (More Than Magic) had really enjoyed the book and I was definitely excited to find out more about it. […]

Recap: Matthew Quick & The Good Luck of Right Now

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It’s true, I’ve been meaning to watch Silver Linings Playbook for the longest time – but my track record for keeping up with movies AND with reading all the books I want to read is not very good. So when Christa (More Than Just Magic) mentioned that she was reading The Good Luck of Right […]

Review: The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

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Inspired by The Island of Dr Moreau, The Madman’s Daughter follows Juliet as she lives a life of poverty in London after her father had left in disgrace and her mother had died. She finds Montgomery, an old friend and servant boy, from her more privileged days and convinces him to take her with him […]

Blog Tour Review + Q&A: Hidden by Catherine McKenzie

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When Jeff is killed in an accident, his wife Claire and young son must now face the horrible task of planning his funeral and learning to go on with their lives without him. Tish, a co-worker, is overcome with grief when she finds out yet having to keep it a secret on how she is […]

Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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The final installment of the bestselling Divergent trilogy concludes with the highly anticipated Allegiant. With the chance to leave behind the world she once knew, which is now in disarray, Tris along with Tobias and a group of others venture out into the unknown. Only they soon realize that the evil you don’t know isn’t […]

Review: Sutton by J.R. Moehringer

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Brooklyn-born Willie Sutton was an infamous bank robber in the early 1900s who was arrested countless times and consequently escaped prison just as many times. Also known as Willie the Actor, he was America’s most successful bank robber and was put on the first Most Wanted List from the FBI. He couldn’t stop pulling off […]

Review: Tampa by Alissa Nutting

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Celeste is a 26 year old middle school teacher and married to Ford, a 31 year old police officer. For all intents and purposes, to everyone looking in they are the perfect couple. However, Celeste holds a deep dark secret: she’s attracted to 14 year old boys. Her excitement to start teaching is arousing to […]

Review: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

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Dan Crawford is off to a college prep summer school in New Hampshire where the students are being housed in a former asylum that housed the criminally insane. He befriends Jordan and Abby who join him in roaming the sealed off offices in search of the asylum’s sordid history. The more they discover about the […]

Review: If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

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Sahar and Nasrin have grown up together in Iran and went from best friends to girlfriends. They’re kisses are stolen behind closed doors in the privacy of their bedrooms and, because homosexuality is illegal in Iran, must keep their love for each other a secret. Their plan to continue as they have been is thrown […]

Review: Losing It by Cora Carmack

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Bliss Edwards is about to graduate college and seems to be the only one she knows who is still a virgin. Set to rectify that, she goes out with her best friend Kelsey to a bar with the intent of finding a one night stand. To Bliss’ surprise, she hits it off with a charming […]

Review: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

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Clara has discovered she is part angel after constantly seeing visions of a burning forest and a boy she apparently has to save. Her mother explains that this is Clara’s purpose and they pick up their lives from California, much to the chagrin of her younger brother, and move to Wyoming – a location that […]

Recap: HCCFrenzy Presents – Fall Preview: The Future of YA

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A group of Toronto-area bloggers were invited to attend the Harper Collins Canada fall preview for their upcoming YA titles over in the Liberty Village neighbourhood of Toronto. LV has a special place in my heart as I lived in the area for just over 4 years and (begrudgingly) moved out – only to hopefully […]

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