APRIL 2017 MONTHLY RECOMMENDATIONS

 

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Monthly Recommendations is a Goodreads group where each month the participants recommend books that meet the topic for the months. The April topic is:

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BIG BOOKS (500+ PAGES)

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CARRY ON BY RAINBOW ROWELL 

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A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES BY DEBORAH HARKNESS

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OUTLANDER BY DIANA GABALDON

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THE INVASION OF THE TEARLING BY ERIKA JOHANSEN

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ILLUMINAE BY AMIE KAUFMAN AND JAY KRISTOFF

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LADY MIDNIGHT BY CASSANDRA CLARE

 

 

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A COURT OF MIST AND FURT BY SARAH J. MAAS

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THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING BY MORGAN MATSON 

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HEIR OF FIRE BY SARAH J. MAAS

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THE FINAL EMPIRE BY BRANDON SANDERSON

 

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Sometimes it is great to dive in to a big book. What is your favourite big book? Let me know in the comments.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

 

REVIEW: YOU’RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE

 

YOURE WELCOME UNIVERSE

 

PUBLISHER: Knopf

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 07th March 2017

 

PAGES: 297

 

 

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When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

 

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REVIEW:

 

I really enjoyed this contemporary novel exploring a Deaf character and her development as a character as well as her love for Graffiti. The plot was intriguing and the pace steady as the story developed. The character development was amazing and I became invested in the different characters and the development of the plot.

Julia as a character is facing many changes in life while people don’t fully understand how to communicate with her in her new school. I appreciated the exploration of a Deaf character and how she interpreted the world. I appreciated how the dialogue was done in such a way that the reader could understand that Julia doesn’t always catch every word someone says when she is lipreading. The concept of sign language and a name sign and how the Deaf community is something they take pride in, it is who they are, is explained within this novel.

I appreciated how being Deaf did not make up all of Julia’s character. Art makes up a big part of Julia’s life, it is a way to express herself. The illustrations of Julia’s art and different sign language was an addition to this book that only brought more to the story and engaged the reader on a deeper level.

I enjoyed Dianne’s (YP) character. She is a girl at Julia’s new school who befriends Julia. Julia nicknames her YP, for the Yoga Pants she always wears. YP is her own character with her own complexities and the two characters complement each other perfectly.

This diverse book was a breath of fresh air. The examination of a Deaf character and self-expression through Graffiti were elements I enjoyed. The limited romance in the novel only promoted the journey Julia made through the novel.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

MEMORABLE MONDAY

 

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Memorable Monday is a meme hosted by Escape in a Good Book. I’m excited to join in on this one because I love quotes, which was the driving force behind the creation of Memorable Mondays.

So… how do you participate? It’s simple ~

1) Share a quote that has captured your interest lately in a Memorable Monday post on your blog.

2) Come back here and leave the link to your post in the comment box below. If you don’t have a blog, I’d still love to read your quote. Leave it in the comment box instead of a link to a non-existent blog.:)

3) Visit other participants if you have time. It’s always nice to have visitors. There’s no overstaying your welcome this way, and they don’t have to offer the obligatory drinks. Or clean.

4) If you tweet your posts, feel free to use the hashtag #MemorableMonday.

The quote for this week is:

 

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This explanation of the feeling of love from the book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda  by Becky Albertalli is super sweet and leaves me feeling the warm fuzzies.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

 

SUNDAYS IN BED WITH…

 

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Welcome to Sunday’s in bed with… The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which boom you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Kate from Midnight Book Girl.

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This morning I am reading…

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

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A new fantasy book that I started yesterday, I am really getting into it.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: LOVE ME NEVER

LOVE ME NEVER

PUBLISHER: Entangled – Teen

DATE PUBLISHED: 05th April 2016

PAGES: 304

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Don’t love your enemy. Declare war on him.

Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to Buttcrack-of-Nowhere, Ohio, to help her mom escape a bad relationship.

All the girls in her new school want one thing—Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter’s never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he’s never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face.

Jack’s met his match. Suddenly everything is a game.

The goal: Make the other beg for mercy.
The game board: East Summit High.
The reward: Something neither of them expected.

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REVIEW: 

I am still reeling from what I just read. This book sounded like a fun enemies to lovers relationship, what I read was so much more. Each of these characters are so complex and flawed and contribute to the continuation of the story and the development of a plot that I am still extremely intrigued to see how it will develop through the books.

Isis is a character who has been hurt before and so she steels herself against ever getting hurt again. Her tough and confident exterior hides her inner vulnerabilities and when the hot and unattainable Jack picks up on these vulnerabilities there is only one way to deal with it in Isis’ mind, destruction.

Jack is a deep character that has more and more revealed about him as the story continues. He has vulnerabilities and secrets. While he is utterly frustrated with Isis, as their “war” continues he cannot help but appreciate her and eventually begin to feel more and more.

Side-characters such as Kayla and Wren also added to this story and to the protagonists main story arcs. These characters are as amazing as the protagonists and only add to the story. This is a deep and complex YA contemporary novel with a cliffhanger ending that has left me stunned. I need more.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

UNBOXING: APRIL 2017 BOOK BOYFRIEND BOX

 

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The Book Boyfriend Box is a bimonthly bookish subscription box based out of the U.S. The concept of the box is to appreciate those book boyfriends we have all developed through our time reading. This box has been running since October 2016 and this is the fourth box that has been sent out. Each box has a theme and the theme for April was:

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

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When the box is first opened this is what I see inside.

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Before I continue I had to quickly show off the quote on the side of the box.

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The first item out of the box is a full sized Funko Pop Figurine of Belle in her yellow dress. This  is a new release figurine from the new live action movie of Beauty and the Beast.

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The second item I take out of the box is wrapped up.

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It is a little sachet of eyeshadow from Printcess Mineral MakeupThe eyeshdow is called “Tale as Old as Time” and is exclusive to this box. I’m very interested to see how this will look and have never received eye shadow in a subscription box before.

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The third item is a sachet of tea. This is Spring Court Tea inspired by A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. The tea was created by Wick and Fable.

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The next item is a double sided bookmark featuring quotes from Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. This bookmark was created by Fictional Fox.

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The fifth and final bookish item in this box was a Beastly themed candle from Kool & Co. This candle smells so sweet and it is explained that the inspiration of this candle came from the concept of looking beyond skin deep to the heart within where true beauty lies.

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Finally, the book this month was:

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

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A letter from the author was also included in the box.

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There is a spoiler card for the items in this box and this month the art on the card is a colouring in page:

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The final item in the box was the spoiler card for the theme for June:

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This was actually a really great box and really appropriate coming so soon after the release of the live action remake of Beauty and the Beast. There was a wide range of items in the box from a wide range of stores and even an item that I have never seen in a subscription box before. I am really keen to read this book as I am a big fan of retellings.

What did you think of The Book Boyfriend Box? Let me know in the comments.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: ENSNARED

 

ENSNARED

 

PUBLISHER: Rita Straddling – Independently Published

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 18th December 2017

 

PAGES: 380

 

 

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Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

This New Adult Futuristic retelling of Beauty and the Beast broaches the topic of Artificial Intelligence whilst keeping elements of the original story in such a way as to create a new take on a classic tale. This tale as old as time has gotten a serious reboot.

Lor plays the part of “Beast”. He is a character that undergoes serious development through the book. He has never been exposed tot he outside world and so he must remain in his tower working as a corporate tycoon with is robot staff. Until Alainn comes into his life.

Alainn is the daughter of a robotic scientist who has been commissioned to create an AI robot for Lor (Spookily, the robot looks exactly like Alainn). However, the robot has created a mind of her own and does not wish to go to the tower. Seeking more time Alainn goes to the tower pretending to be the robot Rose so that her father is not sent to prison.

The relationship that developed between these two characters was both complex and heart-warming. At times I was a little bit concerned about the fact that Lor thinks he is falling for a robot but the relationship works and I waited on baited breath until it was revealed that Alainn was not the robot Rose. The action really picked up through the book and I liked the backstories of both protagonists adding to the dimensions of their characters. I love how there was mention of books as this is a big element of why I as a reader personally love Belle.

I have to give special mentions to the robots Blue and Rosette who were standout characters for me in this book. I enjoyed the exploration of ethics and morals in regards to AI and the influence on society and humanity, it added an extra layer to the story. This was a futuristic take on a story many know and love that has created a totally new retelling.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

SEARCHING SATURDAY

 

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Searching Saturday is a new weekly meme created by Nikki at The Night is Dark and Full of Books! The aim is to search a book (or multiple books) that is new to you and fits the weekly theme. This could be a book to add to your TBR, or just to address on your blog. It’s up to you! You can search as many as you want, wherever you want.

This weeks topic is: Person on the cover

 

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Push Girl by Chelsie Hill & Jessica Love

 

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The Deal by Elle Kennedy

 

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The Season by Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Deyer

 

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Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

 

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My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

 

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Can you think of any books with people on the cover? Let me know in the comments.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

BLOG TOUR: MEG & LINUS

 

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Today, I am a host for the Blog Tour of Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski. This Blog Tour is coordinated by Xpresso Book Tours.

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PUBLISHER: Swoon Reads

DATE PUBLISHED: 18th April 2017

PAGES: 336

 

 

 

 

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Can friendship, Star Trek, drama club, and a whole lot of coffee get two nerdy best friends through the beginning of their senior year of high school?

Meg and Linus are best friends bound by a shared love of school, a coffee obsession, and being queer. It’s not always easy to be the nerdy lesbian or gay kid in a suburban town. But they have each other. And a few Star Trek boxed sets. They’re pretty happy.

But then Sophia, Meg’s longtime girlfriend, breaks up with Meg. Linus starts tutoring the totally dreamy new kid, Danny—and Meg thinks setting them up is the perfect project to distract herself from her own heartbreak. But Linus isn’t so sure Danny even likes guys, and maybe Sophia isn’t quite as out of the picture as Meg thought she was. . . .

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REVIEW:

 

This diverse fiction is as much about friendships as it is about romance. I loved the friendship between Meg and Linus and how this developed through the book. These two are flawed characters but incredibly likeable. As they developed through the book there is elements of jealousy and grief over love lost. The multiple movie nights the friends share had me smiling.

The romance was sweet and slow burning and I really appreciated the diverse element of this book. The cute and awkward interactions between Danny and Linus had me thinking of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I loved these two and how they developed. I also like how this book was more than just their relationship.

In a contrast to Linus’ journey, Meg pretty much struggled through the book as she was going through the motions of grief over her break-up and then feeling isolated from her best friend. She develops through this book and slowly we see her work her way through this.

The conclusion of this book wrapped everything up nicely and it was very sweet. Overall, this was a sweet diverse book with a strong friendship that was the main drive of the book.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

 

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Hanna Nowinski is a language enthusiast and trained translator for German and English who lives in the middle of nowhere, Germany. She has wanted to be a writer since she learned that books were made by real people. As a kid, she made up her own bedtime stories, mostly sending her stuffed animals on adventures around the world. She loves books, music, coffee, and getting way too emotionally invested in TV shows. Meg & Linus is her debut novel.

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LINKS: 

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26176756-meg-linus?ac=1&from_search=true

Purchase:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LZA5DTB/
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/meg-linus-hanna-nowinski/1123426213?ean=9781250098603
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/meg-linus

 

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GIVEAWAY: 

 

Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN)
Print copy of Meg & Linus

If you would like to enter this giveaway, click here.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

COVER LUST FRIDAY

 

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Cover Lust Friday is a meme I have recently come across and it looked really fun. Cover Lust Friday is a weekly meme that’s all about covers. Alice from Alice Reeds is the host of this meme.

Pick a cover that stands out to you , add your reason why you’ve chosen that particular one or what you like about it. Let’s have fun and share some gorgeous covers.

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THE COVER: 

 

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THE REASON: 

 

WhenI first saw this cover I fell in love with it. The gold and red tones are highlighted perfectly by the back background. This is a cover that makes me extremely curious as to what the book is about and prompts me to pick it up and start reading.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati