Snow has finally arrived in my part of the neighbourhood! While it would have been wonderful to have snow on Christmas day, it’s better late than never. Living in Canada, I, as well as other Canadians, love their seasons and I was starting to miss the snow. Winter isn’t really winter without a little white on the ground. Now is the best time to curl up on the couch, sitting by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows alongside a good book. Continue reading
It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.
The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.
But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: August 18, 2015.
Share in the comments below which books you’re most excited to read next or awaiting to arrive in bookstores. What’s your “waiting on” pick this week?
While I don’t go out of my way to read ghost stories, I have heard very good things about Garth Stein that I gave his latest novel A Sudden Light a try. It’s not a scary story, but the story weaves the human condition, curiosity and mystery together wonderfully.
The story follows Trevor Riddell, a fourteen-year-old boy, who tags along with his father to the Riddell estate in the Pacific Northwest. He hopes to save his parents’ marriage since they’re undergoing a trial separation after they filed for bankruptcy. His father, Jones Riddell, plans to work alongside his sister, Serena, to convince their ill father to sell the property and live in a retirement home. Jones believes once he settles the estate’s affairs and divides profits he can then live happily ever after. However, Trevor uncovers that the ghost haunting the Riddell home hopes the Riddell family will honour an old promise. Continue reading
Jumping back into Emma’s story, readers go from Archetype and onto the second and final instalment, Prototype. After a year of running trying to find her parents, she finds sanctuary and safety with the Resistance. She hopes to build a life of her own there, but struggles confronting the man she loves, Noah Tucker, who has moved on and is raising their daughter with another woman. She is constantly reminded of her past, the one that wasn’t entirely her own and the one she lived, and what she is. Meanwhile, Declan Burke wishes to reclaim her, getting the public on his side with both sympathy and reward money to hunt down his wife and bring her back to him. It’s up to Emma to fight for her life and freedom, taking a stand for what she wants.
I had high expectations for this book after such a fantastic, shocking ending in the first novel (If you haven’t read my Archetype review, go check that out first). I can see both books appealing to an audience not quite familiar with the science fiction genre and welcoming them into it for the very first time, but for science fiction fanatics like me, Prototype falls short. Continue reading
To summarize it quickly, here’s the description from the back of the novel itself:
After the Detonations, the world was unrecognizable. Those who survived were fused to their surroundings, even to each other. Today, ten years later, it is Pressia’s birthday. Today she must either become a soldier or be used for target practice. Today, Pressia begins running.
The Dome stands on a hilltop, its inhabitants untouched by the apocalypse. Pures. Patridge has become suspicious of life in the Dome, the secret attempts to enhance the species, and the circumstances of his mother’s death. When he escapes to search for answers, he’ll enter Pressia’s broken world.
In an uncharted wasteland two survivors must discover the key to Earth’s destruction, or suffer the ultimate demise that still lies in its future.
White light blinds you as your eyes open. As they adjust, you see strangers surrounding you. They take care of you, keeping you in a white room like a safe cocoon. Though when you sleep, dreams that feel so real haunt you, sharing a past that might have been yours and urging you to remember it—a truth you must unravel. During your first evaluation session, the doctor asks you how you are feeling and what you saw in your nightmares. You open your mouth to answer, but then a voice in your head, much like a conscience, urges you to lie. What would you do? This is Emma’s reality and she has a choice to make—trust a past life she doesn’t remember or give in to the tempting lifestyle she has now.
In Archetype, the novel is in first-person narrative, a story told through our protagonist Emma’s eyes. When readers first meet Emma, she is a weak and naïve character. She herself even realizes it, but I believe she is a reflection of her circumstances. Now, comparing her to the voice in her head, which early on I assumed was the essence of the woman she was before the “accident,” I enjoyed this stronger and quirky personality much more. I couldn’t get enough of her. She had quick wit and hilarious sarcasm that eased some of the tension in the story. The voice, or as Emma calls it “Her”, even protects Emma, guiding and helping her through her journey of difficult situations and getting her closer to seeing the bigger picture. Continue reading
In 1910, long-time treasure hunter, Jonathan Pryce, goes missing in Africa. Despite English society doubting he is still alive, his faithful daughter Eleanor asks the world’s greatest explorer James Steele for help and forms an expedition team. In Pure Steele, each member of the search party tells their account of the expedition in their own words and shares their insights as their journey unfolds.
Pure Steele is an epistolary novel, which sometimes felt more like a simple scrapbook. It had a compilation of the characters’ journal entries and letters, sketches and photographs, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, and personal notes. While it is noted each piece was carefully selected and organized in a particular order to give the best representation of the journey, I felt some entries didn’t serve a purpose or felt redundant, especially when characters shared a similar moment. Continue reading
Have you ever wished that a big YA book tour would make a stop in your hometown? Well, here’s your chance for that wish to come true! YA2U is a program that features five award-winning and best-selling authors who are holding a contest to see what city they should visit in an exclusive tour stop!
The authors are collecting votes from January 1 to February 15, and any city in the continental US or any Canadian city that has an international airport can win an exclusive visit from all five authors, including an author panel and book signing! Entering is super easy–and if you help spread the word about the contest, you can also enter to win a signed copy of all of their books (TEN signed books in total!)–and the book contest is open internationally!
Marie Lu, the New York Times best-selling author of Legend and the upcoming Prodigy
Marissa Meyer, the New York Times best-selling author of Cinder and the upcoming Scarlet
Beth Revis, the New York Times best-selling author of Across the Universe, A Million Suns, and the upcoming Shades of Earth
Victoria Schwab, author of The Near Witch and the highly-anticipated upcoming The Archived
Megan Shepherd, author of the debut novel The Madman’s Daughter
AND YOU COULD WIN…
ALL 10 BOOKS & SIGNED!
And if you mention that you learned about YA2U from me, we both get extra entries in the contest!
VOTE for: TORONTO
If you haven’t heard, J.K Rowling has written a new book geared towards an adult audience called The Casual Vacancy.
Here’s a brief summary about it:
When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
The novel comes out today.
The question is: Will you be buying it today? Did you pre-order it? Are you holding off and plan to borrow it from a friend? Or will you avoid it?
Let me know in the comments below.