Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Stranger than Fanfiction Review

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Title: Stranger than Fanfiction
 Author: Chris Colfer
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Review Copy: From publisher in exchange of honest review


Cash Carter is the young, world famous lead actor of the hit television Wiz Kids. When four fans jokingly invite him on a cross-country road trip, they are shocked that he actually takes them up on it. Chased by paparazzi and hounded by reporters, this unlikely crew takes off on a journey of a lifetime--but along the way they discover that the star they love has deep secrets he's been keeping. What they come to learn about the life of the mysterious person they thought they knew will teach them about the power of empathy and the unbreakable bond of true friendship.
When people hear Chris Colfer, they automatically associate him with Glee. But the realm of skills that Chris has goes beyond just Glee. He’s a director, screenwriter, and one bloody talented author, and don’t forget singer.

Stranger than Fanfiction is a book I related to on more than one level. For those of you who don’t know, outside of blogging, school and reading, I help with our local comic con here in Winnipeg. I will spare you the details of that life for this is a book review and not a story about me. But in summary, I have experience with celebrities behind the scenes. On this level, I related to all the characters.

This book felt raw, and but the good kind. Chris brought to light both sides of what it’s like to be a fan but also, what it’s like to be that person everyone looks up to. I would want no other author than Chris to write such a book. He lives and breathes it on a daily basis.

I want to give a shout out to Chris for having all these 90 kids’ references in the book. I definitely had my share of giggles and the odd laughing out loud moments. In hindsight, it makes me sad that readers won’t understand all of them.

The actual story was fairly meaty, it had the odd cliché contemporary moment but from such a plot as the book was, I fully expected these moments. We have Sam, Topher, Joey and Mo who are on a whirlwind high school graduation road trip. They each have their own weight on their shoulders due to a secret each of them are hiding from the group. Then we have Cash Carter who has thrown in the towel to life’s responsibilities and join them on their grand adventure. From the first chapter you can feel something is affecting him on an emotional level. This plus the interesting plot is what kept me wanting to read more. Secrets that felt like life or death to the character.

Development of characters was average for what you’d expect for a book with 5 alternative points of view. While I appreciate the effort Chris put into the characters, there were times where I wanted more meat.

This book portrays perfectly how the illusion of what you see on screen, or on stage can be shattered in an instant. Sam, Topher, Joey and Mo come to see as Cash as someone like them, wanting adventure, to live life to the fullest but also having people to join them on this journey. It makes you as a reader to step back and think of who we admire and look up to, and think about what do we see from them; is it an optical illusion or not.


Sensitivity Note: There is one paragraph in the book that talks about disability that can bother some readers depending on how their view is with some wording. This happens in the first bit of the book and it’s not mentioned again until the end for a few sentences. As someone who has a disability, I felt it was necessary to point out. 

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Black Dawn Blog Tour - Promo



Title: BLACK DAWN
Author: Mallory McCartney
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Pages: 352
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: Amazon, B&N
Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and bringing Emory back she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.


Some things are better left in the shadows.

Week One:
2/6/2017- Literary Meanderings - Interview
2/6/2017- Literary DustReview

2/7/2017- Daniel RidingExcerpt
2/7/2017- Bibliobibuli YAReview

2/8/2017- Books,Dreams,Life- Interview
2/8/2017- A Dream Within A DreamReview

2/9/2017- Don't Judge, ReadGuest Post
2/9/2017- Book BriefsReview

2/10/2017- Kayl's Krazy ObsessionExcerpt
2/10/2017- Taking It One Book at a TimeReview

Week Two:
2/13/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
2/13/2017- YA and WineReview

2/14/2017- Margie's Must ReadsExcerpt
2/14/2017- Lost in Ever AfterPromo

2/15/2017- The Autumn BookshelfInterview
2/15/2017- FiktshunReview

2/16/2017- Wandering Bark BooksGuest Post
2/16/2017- Mundie MomsReview

2/17/2017- Captivated ReadingExcerpt
2/17/2017- Owl Always Be ReadingReview


About the Author
Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found dog grooming, book shopping and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.  
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Monday, 13 February 2017

Island of Exiles Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway



Title: Island of Exiles 
Series: The Ryogan Chronicles #1
Author: Erica Cameron
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: February 14th, 2017
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In Khya’s world, every breath is a battle.
On the isolated desert island of Shiara, dying young is inevitable. The clan comes before self, and protecting her home means Khya is a warrior above all else.
But when following the clan and obeying their leaders could cost her brother his life, Khya’s home becomes a deadly trap. The only person who can help is Tessen, her lifelong rival and the boy who challenges her at every turn. The council she hoped to join has betrayed her, and their secrets, hundreds of years deep, reach around a world she’s never seen.

To save her brother’s life and her island home, her only choice is to trust Tessen, turn against her clan, and go on the run—a betrayal and a death sentence.
To say that Erica's new book is amazing, is putting it lightly.

I fell in love with her words when I received an arc of her first book, Sing Sweet Nightingale back in 2014; and every time I keep wanting more. Erica has a way with storytelling that I wish more people had the experience of reading. In Island of Exiles she has a way of educating the reader about cultures, how weather patterns work and how to live in the dessert. Now I'm not saying that I'd rely on it as a survival guide because this world is completely fictitious.

As I was writing this review, I was debating on what I wanted to showcase first; the characters or the story. So, I decided on the plot. When a synopsis that involves death is included, sometimes the death has already occurred, to which we then get some background history as to when leads to what happened. What I learned after starting the book, is a sister whose protecting and preparing her younger brother. This just shows the strong bond the siblings have for each other. Which in the story, is odd for the world we're in. This is what drives Khya to learn more, question authority and trust those outside her circle. This story shows us that the adults may feel they're protecting their family, clan or country; but how they're going about it may not always be the best option. Following authority blindly is how history repeats itself.

There's a couple of things I wanted to point out that I loved about this fantasy book. Not all the characters are straight when it comes to their romantic orientation. Readers need to find pieces of themselves in a book; whether its on a sexuality level, hobby level, emotional level etc. Readers will connect and want more if they can identify with aspects of the book. Before I go any further, I want to thank Erica for having Khya have her period in the book. If there's ever something that is crucial when creating female main characters, it's ensuring they have the same bodily functions as other females. I'll be happy when we get to a day where we don't have to point it out in fantasy novels. Another thing that she normalized is the characters having sex. I don't care if you're in a real world or not, teens are horny and have sex. It's a thing that happens! Another thing that I'll love when I don't have to make the shocked face when it's brought up.

Before I forget, I wanted to mention that there's a beautiful dancing scene and I can't stop thinking about it!

This book, along with Erica's other stories need to be shared with more readers. She's the amazing hole in the wall breakfast restaurant that I'd always go back for more. Keep breaking down those literature walls and I'll keep shouting out praise.


About the Author
After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Erica graduated with a double major in psychology and creative writing from Florida State University and began pursuing a career as an author.

Erica is many things but most notably the following: writer, reader, editor, asexual, dance fan, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, Florida resident, and quasi-recluse. She loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon décor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.


Her debut novel, Sing Sweet Nightingale, released March 2014 and it was the first volume of The Dream War Saga. In May 2015, Erica and her co-author Lani Woodland launched the Laguna Tides series with Taken by Chance. Riptide’s new YA imprint Triton Books will release both books in the Assassins series, Discord and Nemesis, in 2016. The Ryogan Chronicles, a fantasy trilogy set to launch through Entangled Teen, will launch in 2017 with Island of Exiles.
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