Wanderlost Review

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Title: Wanderlost

Author: Jen Malone

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Not all those who wander are lost, but Aubree Sadler most definitely is on this novel’s whirlwind trip through Europe.

Aubree can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talked into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe.

Aubree doesn’t even make it to the first stop in Amsterdam before their perfect plan unravels, leaving her with no phone, no carefully prepared binder full of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest: the tour company owner’s son, Sam. Considering she’s pretending to be Elizabeth, she absolutely shouldn’t fall for him, but she can’t help it, especially with the most romantic European cities as the backdrop for their love story.

But her relationship with Sam is threatening to ruin her relationship with her sister, and she feels like she’s letting both of them down. Aubree knows this trip may show her who she really is—she just hopes she likes where she ends up.

Source: Bought at Indigo

How I Found Out About It: Blogging

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I haven’t yet had the opportunity to do too much travelling, so I rely on books such as this one to *briefly* rid me of all my wanderlust. It is always so much fun to explore and visualize countries through books, and I adore feeling like I’m actually there, experiencing all of the events.

Let me just say that I loved travelling through Europe with the characters of this cleverly written novel! In spite of some minor flaws, I absolutely loved this book and I can see myself remembering it for weeks, months, and maybe even years to come.

Wanderlost basically follows a teenage protagonist named Aubree. Her sister Elizabeth was supposed to lead a tour bus in Europe one summer, but unforeseen circumstances cause her to have to quit. Hence, she secretly gives her job to Aubree, making her borrow her name. Aubree herself has barely done any travelling, and especially since she accidentally left her phone and all of her sister’s travel notes on the plane, she is very skeptical about the job. Will she be able to face it and as well not be revealed as really being Aubree instead of Elizabeth?

Aubree, although she made some decisions I didn’t really appreciate, was still a likeable character. She was flawed, and that’s what I value the most because just like real life people, no character can be perfect. She did an amazing and courageous deed to support her sister when she needed it the most, and I know it wasn’t necessarily right to lie about who she was, but what mattered is that she was able to amuse the senior citizens on the tour bus and make them feel good. She did all of this without anything to guide her, which is spectacular! Sometimes she did complain, which I can completely understand, but pushing that aside, she was overall a great protagonist.

In addition to Aubree, I loved getting to know the people on the tour bus. All of them were so unique and had the wackiest stories to share, and that was one of my absolute favourite things about this book! There was also a tad of romance between Aubree and this guy named Sam, and though I deemed it cute, I found it to be a bit unnecessary. But, to each their own.

The story’s plot moved quickly and it was easy to follow, and to add on, its many events are entertaining and it was especially fun getting to travel along with Aubree and her newly found crew. I learned a lot about Europe and some of its most famous landmarks, and I am now more eager to visit some of its hottest spots in the future.

To sum everything up, Wanderlost was an incredibly fun read. The characters were unique but flawed, it was super awesome to “travel” and learn about Europe, and I loved the writing style. For anyone wishing to pack their bags and immediately travel to Europe, then pick up this novel and lose all your wanderlust- well, at least for the few hours you spend reading it.

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ARC Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House

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Title: There’s Someone Inside Your House

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, horror, thriller, mystery, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

Source: Thanks so much to Indigo Books & Music Inc. for providing me with a physical ARC of this book!

How I Found Out About It: Blogging

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If Stephanie Perkins wasn’t the author of this book, then I doubt I would have even considered picking it up in the first place- I am usually not such a huge fan of dark horror novels like this. Because I adored her Anna and the French Kiss trilogy, I knew I could trust her writing to get me to try out a whole new genre.

I was right! There’s Someone Inside Your House was quite the awesome, fun read. I honestly had a spectacular time with it and now since having enjoyed this book, I can see myself eager to pick up more books of this type in the future.

 

For a brief plot summary, this novel focuses on a teenage protagonist named Makani. During the course of the story, Makani observes students from her high school being killed by a mysterious murderer. Soon enough, Makani will be involved, and this will cause her to have to uncover some of her deepest secrets, as well.

To be completely honest, I thought that the characters were the weakest point of this book. Makani was a bit bland, as were all of her counterparts including Ollie. Since this is technically a mystery book, it’s not surprising to me that the plot moves things along more than the characters do- in fact, it is kind of expected that it focuses less on the characters and more on the pace.

Continuing on with my last statement, the plot of this story had me completely reeled in! I found it very hard to set this book down as I was so immersed into everything. This book was very fast-paced and intriguing, and things took unexpected turns every couple chapters or so. In spite of all this, though, I was pretty indifferent about the ending, but that’s just my opinion. I didn’t love the turnout, but I didn’t despise it, either.

All in all, There’s Someone Inside Your House was the gripping book I needed to read in between all of the fluffy contemporaries that I’d been devouring. Although the characters weren’t as strongly developed as they could have been, the story as a whole was an incredibly fun ride. If you are new to the genre of YA horror or mystery, then this novel would be the perfect starting point for you. It incorporates all the fun of a contemporary book complete with a trusted author’s writing, but it also includes several new elements for you to explore.

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*I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review.*

Unique Blogger Award 4.0/5.0

Hi everyone!👋

Two lovelies named Marija @ Inside my Library Mind and Sam @ River-Moose-Reads have nominated me for my 4th and 5th respective Unique Blogger Awards. Thanks so much, girls! If you have a chance, then be sure to go check out their blogs because I am in love with them!💘

So let’s start!


The Rules:

1. Share the link to the blogger who nominated you.

2. Answer the questions they gave you.

3. Nominate 8-13 other bloggers and pay it forward.

4. Ask them three questions.


Marija’s Questions:

If you could cross two of your favourite books/settings/series, which two would that be?

I am not too sure what exactly is meant by this, but I’m going to assume this means a crossover. In that case, I would love to see a crossover with the characters of Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson and the characters of Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend written under Matson’s pseudonym, Katie Finn. Characters from different Morgan Matson books make cameos in other books of hers, so I would love to see her two pseudonyms cross over as well!


Which book or series would you like to have a prequel of?

I’d like to see a prequel of the Harry Potter series. I really want to know more about what Harry Potter’s life was like before Hogwarts as we only got a tiny snippet in the first book.


Which two authors would you love to see collaborate on a book together?

John Green and Morgan Matson! They are two of my all-time favourite authors and although their writing styles are very different, it would be perfect for a deep, philosophical, but at the same time adorable romance read. I’m down!🙋


Sam’s Questions:

What are your three current favourite gifs?

I am not a big gif user- I sometimes use them in tag posts when appropriate, but almost never in my reviews. I’m not even sure if I’ve used all of these, but here you go!😂

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Best series to binge read/watch?

I don’t do a lot of binging, either with reading or TV shows/movies. I did not binge read or watch either of the series I’m about to mention, but I think that they are definitely still binge-worthy for those interested.

For binge-reading, I would recommend The Princess Diaries series. I am probably the only one who still reads them (😂), but despite their age, they have the absolute perfect lengths and pacing to easily whip up a bunch of them in hours. Plus, not including a bunch of novellas, there are over 10 books in the series, all of which are perfect to keep you occupied!

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t watch a lot of TV. I prefer reality television to fictional television, but I would totally recommend the binge-watching of Full House and Fuller House. It’s just awesome to see how the family blooms and develops throughout the eight seasons of Full House and how they all come back together (except for Michelle😔) in Fuller House.


Unpopular bookish opinions?

Oh, I have lots of those, particularly stemming from my low-key dislike of fantasy books. They usually just don’t work for me, I’m sorry to say. Here are some popular books that just did not tickle my fancy (feel free to hold a grudge against me!):


My Questions:

1. Tell me a teaser sentence from the book you’re currently reading!

2. Tell me a little known fact about you that no other bloggers know.

3. What song is stuck in your head right now? (if any)


I nominate…

1. Sydney @ Fire and Rain Books

2. Liz @ Dreaming of Pages

3. Ashley @ The Infinite Library

You guys have absolutely no obligations to participate, but I would love to read your answers to my questions!💞


So tell me, have you read any of the books mentioned? Opinions? Dis/agree with any of my answers? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

ARC Review: How to Disappear

Title: How to Disappear

Author: Sharon Huss Roat

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Vicky Decker has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight, quietly navigating the halls of her high school undetected except by her best (and only) friend, Jenna. But when Jenna moves away, Vicky’s isolation becomes unbearable.

So she decides to invent a social life by Photoshopping herself into other people’s pictures, posting them on Instagram under the screen name Vicurious. Instantly, she begins to get followers, so she adds herself to more photos from all over the world with all types of people. And as Vicurious’s online followers multiply, Vicky realizes she can make a whole life for herself without ever leaving her bedroom. But the more followers she finds online, the clearer it becomes that there are a lot of people out there who feel like her— #alone and #ignored in real life.

To help them, and herself, Vicky must find the courage to face her fear of being “seen,” because only then can she stop living vicariously and truly bring the magic of Vicurious to life.

In this beautiful and illuminating narrative, Sharon Huss Roat shines a light on our love of social media and how sometimes being the person you think you want to be isn’t as great as being the person you truly are.

Source: Thanks so much to Indigo Books & Music Inc. for providing me with a physical ARC of this book!

How I Found Out About It: Indigo newsletter

I am your typical teenager that can tend to spend hours on end using social media such as Snapchat and Instagram. It’s where all the teens hang out these days, and I like keeping up with all of my friends and acquaintances on these sites. For this reason, books centring around social media have a soft spot in my heart. 

I almost always end up devouring all books of the sort, and now I most especially adored How to Disappear. It was so touchingly real and I adored every millisecond of my time reading it.

For a quick summary, this novel follows high schooler Vicky Decker. She is a tad socially awkward, so when her best friend moves away, she is left with no one to count on. To make herself feel happier, she decides to create an Instagram account entitled @Vicurious on which she photoshops her head into others’ images, making them look as real as possible. As her account goes viral, she finds out that she is not the only one who feels the way she feels- hundreds upon thousands of others feel the same way.

It was obvious that Vicky was having some trouble feeling comfortable in her own shoes, but nonetheless, she was an amazing and inspiring character that all readers can look up to with ease. She was very intuitive and understood people’s feelings, which is often what I look for in an awesome protagonist. Although photoshopping your head onto others’ pictures isn’t necessarily the most ethical thing to do in the type of situation that Vicky was in, she made it seem so real- and this was what made her followers fall in love with @Vicurious.

I must say that the super intriguing premise is what got me hooked in the first place. As I said earlier, books about social media always perk me up, and this one was a no-brainer. Contrary to many other contemporaries I’ve been reading lately, this one, in no way, shape, or form, left me confused or bored. Instead, every second excited me and left me wanting more and more. I never wanted it to come to an end!

To recap, How to Disappear was a raw, authentic novel that teaches us that no one is ever alone, and it as well proves that social media can in fact be helpful over harmful sometimes, with the latter being more emphasized in many books. If you are a regular social media user who experiences “FOMO” and other struggles regarding social life in high school, then this book is for you. It was so moving and inspiring that I think I may just have to grant it 5 stars!

*I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review.*

The Fashion Committee Review

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Title: The Fashion Committee

Author: Susan Juby

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

What if one contest could change the course of your entire life?

Charlie Dean is a style-obsessed girl who eats, sleeps, and breathes fashion.

John Thomas-Smith is a boy who forges metal sculptures in his garage and couldn’t care less about clothes.

Both are gunning for a scholarship to the private art high school that could make all their dreams come true. And whoever wins the fashion competition will win the scholarship.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Blogging

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Upon hearing that the awesome Susan Juby was about to release a new book, I was all in. About a year and a half ago, I devoured one of her other books, The Truth Commissionpraising it for its unique writing style and premise. Remembering the fun ride I had with that book, I was ecstatic to get around to this one.

Did I enjoy this one? Yes, for sure! But was it as spectacular as The Truth Commission was? Not in the least. I had quite high expectations for The Fashion Committee and I think it’s safe to say that I felt a bit let down.

To briefly sum up the plot, it basically follows the perspectives of two teens named Charlie and John. For different reasons, both are vying for a scholarship at a special arts school. In order to achieve this scholarship, applicants must win a fashion contest. For Charlie, this is a dream come true as she loves fashion, but John doesn’t know a thing about it. Who is going to end up taking home the scholarship and thus pursuing their artistic dreams?

First, let’s focus on the characters. Some of them were really interesting to read about, but others were simply bland and unmemorable. Starting with Charlie, although her story was captivating and I loved her fashionable flair and our common love for all things français, I don’t see myself remembering her in, say, two months time.

The same thing goes with John- he was a good protagonist to explore in the moment, but as soon as I closed the book for the last time, my memories of him vanished. I also must say that the changing fonts weren’t enough to distinguish the two POVs as I still got confused at times. May I suggest a really quirky font for Charlie and a really plain one for John?

The plot of this novel started off very strong and eventful and I sensed that this book would be a winner in my eyes, but as it continued, it just went downhill. I would have preferred it if this book started off slow and ended off on a high, but that’s just me. And speaking of endings, I did not expect The Fashion Committee to end the way it did. I was genuinely shocked!

Overall, The Fashion Committee was a fun, funky, and fresh read that is marvellous for pleasant summer reading. Its characters are mostly interesting, the premise is captivating, and the writing style is engaging and unique. This book may not become an absolute favourite of yours, but if you enjoy fashion and art themed stories, then you will dig this one!

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Sunshine Blogger Award 14.0/15.0

Hi everyone!😁

Two fabulous bloggers named Sarah @ Reviews & Read-a-Thons and Lily @ Cheeky Booky have nominated me for my 14th and 15th respective Sunshine Blogger Awards. Thank you both so much! Be sure to take a look at both of their stunning blogs!😘

So let’s get to it- just warning you all that this post will be a long one, so be prepared!


The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post or blog
  • Answer the eleven questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate eleven new blogs to receive the award and write them eleven new questions (Because I still have a huge backlog of these to do, I will only be nominating three)

Sarah’s Questions:

How long have you been blogging? What made you want to start?

For the first question, I have been blogging for about a year and a half now, and I started on April 10th, 2016. I have answered the second question in almost every award post I’ve been tagged in, so I don’t really feel like doing so again- my apologies!


Which book have you reread the most? Why?

As many of you may already know, I am not a big re-reader of books. I reread an old favourite from when I was younger (e.g. Junie B. Jones) every now and again to keep up with my reading challenge when I’m in a slump, but I usually don’t reread YA novels.


Do you read more backlist or new releases? Any particular reason why?

I read a bit more backlist books– they are easier for me to find because most of the books I read come from the library.


What’s your favorite book you’ve read so far this year?

It was AMAZING!!😍


Do you have any pets? If so, what kinds? If not, what kind of pet would you want to get if you could have any pet?

I have shared this many times before, but I have a Cockapoo dog named Max! If I could get any other pet, though, I’d either get a rabbit, chinchilla, or another dog.

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I love him so much!💞

What is your favourite part of summer? Why?

My favourite part of summer is being a counsellor for 5-7 year old girls at a day camp. Although it can get hard some days when the kids don’t cooperate or get along with each other, I still love it so much!💜


What’s your favourite genre to read? What do you love about it?

People have been losing so much creativity in these questions, it’s insane. I have literally answered this so many times, but to answer again, it’s YA contemporary and I love it because I really enjoy being able to relate to a story.


If you could be best friends with any author, who would it be? Why? 

Probably Jenny Han because on her Instagram page, I can always catch her eating delicious treats or travelling to awesome places. I would LOVE to have a bite out of some of those foods and a trip to all of those destinations!😂

Also, her books are so fluffy and happy and I always feel amazing after I read them.😊


If you could have one more book in any series that’s finished, what series would it be? What would you want to learn or discover in the continuation?

I can’t really think of a good answer to this right now because I believe that all of the series that I’ve finished reading ended on a good note without any loose ends to be tied. But just for fun, it would be cool to have another book in The Selection series!


What do you do in your spare times (besides read)?

Another question I have responded to about 10,000 times! Anyway, here goes again:

  • Blogging (duh!)
  • Homework (I am a nerd, I know🤓)
  • Hang out with friends and family
  • Eat
  • Use social media
  • Watch YouTube videos

I’m sure there are more, but I just can’t think of them right now!


Who would you cast to play your favorite literary character? Why are they a good fit?

Okay, my apologies, but I have two reasons as to why I’m finding it hard to answer this question. 1) because I don’t really have a favourite literary character, and 2) because I don’t know many actors- I don’t watch a lot of TV or movies.

I’ll update if I find the two someones, I guess!😛


Lily’s Questions

Which Disney princess do you relate yourself with?

I think that almost any reader would say this, but Belle as she is a huge fan of books!📚


What would the world be like if you are the leader? (Be as detailed as you like)

I have an unpopular answer here, but I feel like I would not really enjoy being the leader. That’s way too much responsibility placed into my two sole hands! One thing I would do, though, is make sure that more people are reading, especially kids and teens. I’d possibly start up some reading programs so people are excited and motivated to read both in and outside of school.😊


Top 5 pairings?

In no particular order…

1. Eva and Zenn from Zenn Diagram

2. Maddie and Olly from Everything, Everything

3. Anna and Étienne from Anna and the French Kiss

4. Steffi and Rhys from A Quiet Kind of Thunder

5. Allyson and Willem from Just One Day

I am probably forgetting so many, but here are some I love and passionately ship!💘


What animal is your patronus?

I couldn’t do the official Pottermore quiz without an account, so according to Buzzfeed’s unofficial test, I am a phoenix! Here is the description:

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OH NO! Eric Cartman came and stole your favourite desert. What’s your favourite desert and how would you deal with it?

I don’t know who this character is, but anyway, my favourite desserts are chocolate cupcakes and I would forgive him easily if he stole them- I am that type of person.😂 I guess I’d just find something else to eat, haha!


What would you do if you won a huge jackpot from the lottery?

I would donate at least half of it to those in need, use some of it to travel, and then save up the rest of it for my future. 💸


What book do you think should be a video game?

The dystopian/science fiction book Nerve by Jeanne Ryan would make for an amazing video game. Would I play it, though? Ehhhh.


Vampires or zombies?

I am personally not a fan of either.🙅


You have the power of re-animation to bring back anyone from the dead. Who would you bring back?

I would bring back my three grandparents who have sadly passed on. I only really got to meet two of them, but I just miss them so much!💜💜


Would you be a superhero or a supervillain and what would your name be?

I’d be a superhero, but I’m not going to try to create a name because whatever it is would be cringey as heck.😂


And lastly the most important question: cats, dogs, both, or neither?

I am hands down a dog person. Cats are cute, but you can do so much more with dogs. Plus, they’re generally much friendlier!💞🐶


My Questions:

1. Where was the last place you travelled, and when was it?

2. How many physical books do you own?

3. Under what circumstances would you DNF a book?

4. What was the last movie you saw in theatres? Did you enjoy it?

5. Share your favourite meme or GIF!😂

6. Tell me a teaser sentence from the book you’re currently reading!

7. What device do you use to write your blog posts (computer, phone, etc.)?

8. Tell me a little known fact about you that no other bloggers know.

9. If you could travel anywhere in the world right this instant, where would you go, and why?

10. What song is stuck in your head right now? (if any)

11. Give a shoutout to 5 awesome bloggers, and spread the love like confetti!😊


I nominate…

1. Kellie @ Kellie’s Book Nook

2. Keri @ Are You My Book?

3. Laura @ Shut Up I’m Reading

I know that most people have accumulated many of these awards (as you can tell by the title, I have as well), but this is ultimately just for fun. It is up to you whether you decide to participate or not, but I would love to read your answers to my questions!💜


So tell me, have you read any of the books mentioned? Opinions? Which animal is your patronus? Do you dis/agree with any of my answers? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

This Song Will Save Your Life Review

Title: This Song Will Save Your Life

Author: Leila Sales

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.

Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, This Song Will Save Your Life is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Blogging

I just realized that I have been reading so many books centring around music lately. I guess that something about the two of them meshed together perks me up, because each one I read is one that I thoroughly enjoy. 

This Song Will Save Your Life was absolutely no exception to this. I really, really enjoyed reading it! I loved the protagonist and the morals that this book displays, and I can totally see myself recommending this novel to others in the future.

For a brief plot summary, this story follows a teen girl named Elise. All her life, she has been a social misfit and arguably the most ‘unpopular’ student in her school. When she decides to attend a warehouse party one day, she discovers a whole new side of her that allows her to relate to the people there due to a similar interest in music- as well as a new love for being a DJ.

Elise was definitely a character whom I could easily see myself in. Much like me, she was a pure introvert and had some insecurities about fitting in with the crowd and being liked, but I love how she learns that it’s 100% okay to stand out, as well. Her growth by the story’s end is amazing to watch as she finally becomes able to find the people she can call her best friends!

There was one significant flaw in this book that I can’t help but point out, though, and that is the plot. It’s okay to disagree with me, but I felt like it turned in unrealistic directions sometimes, leaving me a tad confused. Although it bothered me a bit, it definitely wasn’t a big deal- the characters and morals made up for it.

To conclude, I really cherished my time reading This Song Will Save Your Life. The morals all about finding yourself and who you really are as well as finding true friends were spectacular, and I believe that many introverted readers would find solace in protagonist Elise. If you’re a hardcore music fan who also adores novels about blossoming friendships, this song book will save your life!

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ARC Review: The Midnight Dance

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Title: The Midnight Dance

Author: Nikki Katz

Genre & Age Group: Historical fiction, paranormal, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

When the music ends, the dance begins.

Penny is a dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and 11 other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate and in the only life Penny has ever known.

When new memories appear, showing a life very different from the one she thought she’d been leading, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With the sweet kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.

Source: Thanks so much to Indigo Books & Music Inc. for providing me with a physical ARC of this book!

How I Found Out About It: Indigo newsletter

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When I was requesting ARCs from Indigo’s weekly newsletter, The Midnight Dance caught my eye right away. It just seemed like the type of book I’d devour, being about dance and mysteries. Unfortunately, it did not meet my expectations, thus leaving me quite disappointed.

For a short summary, this book revolves around Penny, a ballerina whose goal is to become one of the most successful dancers in her home country of Italy. She has been stuck inside her prestigious dance school for basically her entire life, being closely watched over by the Master. But suddenly, Penny starts remembering things that she shouldn’t. Things that could change her entire life. So, with the help of love interest Cricket, she makes plans to escape her school and discover the truth, hoping to slide right by the Master.

Penny was a wise and strong character whose actions I enjoyed in the moment while reading, but once I shut the book, my memories of her went flooding away. I found that she didn’t really stand out in the sea of YA protagonists– rather, she fit in. The Master and Cricket are the only other two characters I can recall upon my writing of this review, but still, all I can remember about them are flirting and kisses with Penny.

The premise of this story was definitely interesting, but I’m not sure if it really followed through. To me, the plot was just thrown all over the place with random characters and events coming in and out of the story, and in short, I couldn’t keep track of anything! I was also quite bored by a large portion of this book and wanted to dose off to sleep. And what the heck was that ending?!

I must say, though, that the writing style of this book was amazing! It was very lyrical and unique, and if there’s anything to remember about this book in a year, it is the writing for sure.

All in all, The Midnight Dance was a mediocre read, and I was not blown away by it in any way. I think it was a little more paranormal and thriller-y than what I was expecting, and it took me a while to get used to that kind of atmosphere. I’d recommend this book to those wanting an interesting paranormal story with a unique premise and beautiful writing style- but don’t expect to be wowed any more than that.

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*I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review.*

September 2017 Book Haul

Hey everyone!👋

Since September is finished, this means that it’s time for my monthly book haul! My reading month was pretty decent, but I think I could still do better in the coming months of 2017 to reach my goal of 200 books read for this year!

So let’s get started!


Borrowed from the Library:


Received from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review:


Received from author Michaela Haze in exchange for an honest review:


So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? How was your reading month? Any new beautiful books you’ve acquired? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Audition Review

Title: Audition

Author: Stasia Ward Kehoe

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, poetry, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

When high school junior Sara wins a coveted scholarship to study ballet, she must sacrifice everything for her new life as a professional dancer-in-training. Living in a strange city with a host family, she’s deeply lonely-until she falls into the arms of Remington, a choreographer in his early twenties. At first, she loves being Rem’s muse, but as she discovers a surprising passion for writing, she begins to question whether she’s chosen the right path. Is Rem using her, or is it the other way around? And is dancing still her dream, or does she need something more? This debut novel in verse is as intense and romantic as it is eloquent.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: By browsing through books at my public library

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As I used to participate in dance classes and I love watching the art form unfold, I adore reading stories about dancing. In addition to this, the premise of Audition sort of reminded me of that of a book I really enjoyed called Tiny Pretty Thingsand thus I was tempted to try it.

Audition, despite its Goodreads average rating of 3.32 stars, was a fun and fast read. For those who do not mind reading stories in verse, you will breeze through it and adore its lyrical writing just as I did, but if you despise poetry, then consider yourself warned.

To briefly summarize the story, it follows a teen girl named Sara who earns a ballet scholarship in a completely new city- and lifestyle. Soon enough, she meets and gets to know her choreographer Remington, and figures out that she has become romantically attracted to him. But then she decides to take up writing as her new passion- is she about to throw away her dreams of dance? Or will Remington step in and save it all- or will he be thrown away as well?

If you want complete honesty, the characters weren’t the strongest point of this book. They could have been a lot more developed if the writing wasn’t as emphasized. I liked reading about Sara in the moment, but as I write this, it has been almost 3 weeks since I’ve completed the book, so she no longer sticks out. Rem was cute though; I’m not going to lie, but still unmemorable.

The plot is easy, breezy, and amusing to follow. The writing, as I touched on before, is in verse, allowing readers to flip its pages quickly and absorb happenings with ease. This may be a tome of around 450 pages, but I was able to complete it at the speed I would with a book of 250 pages.

To sum everything up, I had quite a good time with AuditionAlthough its characters were notably forgettable, I appreciated the romance, plot, and writing style. Would this book pass an audition for my favourite book of 2017? Unlikely, but I’d still recommend that readers looking for books about the legendary art of dance paired with daring romance give this one a spin.

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