Monday, December 31, 2018

Review: Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell

Almost Midnight by Rainbow RowellAlmost Midnight
by Rainbow Rowell
November 2, 2017
144 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Midnights is the story of Noel and Mags, who meet at the same New Year's Eve party every year and fall a little more in love each time . . .

Kindred Spirits is about Elena, who decides to queue to see the new Star Wars movie and meets Gabe, a fellow fan.

Midnights was previously published as part of the My True Love Gave to Me anthology, edited by Stephanie Perkins and Kindred Spirits was previously published as a World Book Day title.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Holiday Greetings!

Hello everyone! A quick note that I'll be taking a break from the blog this week and returning in the New Years. As always thank you for visiting my blog! Your visits and comments mean so much to me <3

Have a Merry Christmas and an early Happy New Year!

Pickles wishes you a very Merry Christmas <3Ripple hopes you have a Happy New Year <3

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Event Recap: Cassandra Clare on Tour for Queen of Air and Darkness

Cassandra Clare Signing @ Indigo Robson
When Cassandra Clare announced her Queen of Air and Darkness tour I was ecstatic to see Vancouver on her list of stops. It was the only Canadian stop too! The last time (also the first time) I met her was three years ago when she was here with Holly Black to promote The Copper Gauntlet (the second book in their Magisterium series). I was so excited I'd get the chance to see her again!!
Queen of Air and Darkness with my wristband!
Since the rule for the signing stated we need to buy a copy of the book at the signing store on the day of the event my cousin and I went bright and early to get our books. I thought I'd been pretty on time but it turned out the store opened an hour early for holiday hours. *facepalm* I still managed to get a good number and a good spot during the Q&A session. Phew.

Cassie and Nicki making their entrance.
I was trying to just enjoy the event so I didn't take notes on the things being said but here are a few that I remember:
  • The weirdest romantic ship Cassie's ever heard of is Isabelle and Church
  • Church was actually a shape-shifter (I think that was the term she used) so it's actually not THAT weird
  • Cassie likes to write real locations but Thule is a favourite
  • Sword Catcher, a totally Shadowhunter-unrelated book she's working on, will be set in a completely made up world
  • When she's stuck on something (has writer's block) she bakes brownies (as incentives) and asks her writer friends over
  • She has a parabatai she's known for many years who's never lived more than 30mins away
Cassie and Nicki chatting~
Nicki Pau Preto whose debut novel, Crown of Feathers (releasing February 12, 2019) was the moderator and I was really excited to meet her too! She's a Canadian author! Her talk with Cassie was energetic and funny~ When I went up to talk to her after the event she was very nice. I even got a signed bookmark ;)
Finally it's Cassie!Telling her I'd been waiting 3 years XP
I was internally fangirling so hard when I got to Cassie's signing table. I told her I'd been waiting for her for three years and thanked her for coming back to Vancouver~ Then I asked her to come back and she said maybe the next time she's back she'll have the Canadian Institutes figured out!

 Thanking her for coming back <3Asking her to come back next year ;)

She was so kind and such an expressive person (as evident in the photos above)~ Because of time constraint I only got to speak to her very briefly while she signed my books but so worth the wait <3 Fingers crossed she'll come back next year!!!!!

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #220

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A big thank you to PRH Canada for sending me this intriguing book ;)

Ripple with Four Dead Queens.

What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, December 21, 2018

Review: Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab

Vicious by V.E. Schwab
(Villains #1)
by V.E. Schwab
September 24, 2013
368 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates--brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find--aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge--but who will be left alive at the end?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn't automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

WoW #232: Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare

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Chain of Gold by Cassandra ClareChain of Gold
(The Last Hours #1)
by Cassandra Clare
November 19, 2019
544 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
From #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare comes the first novel in a brand-new trilogy that stars the Shadowhunters of Edwardian London. Chain of Gold is a Shadowhunters novel.

Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.

James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.

Cassie Clare and say no more! This cover is absolutely breathtaking!!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, December 17, 2018

Review: Amber & Dusk (Amber & Dusk #1) by Lyra Selene

Amber & Dusk by Lyra SeleneAmber & Dusk
(Amber & Dusk #1)
by Lyra Selene
November 27, 2018
368 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Sylvie has always known she deserves more. Out in the permanent twilight of the Dusklands, her guardians called her power to create illusions a curse. But Sylvie knows it gives her a place in Coeur d'Or, the palais of the Amber Empress and her highborn legacies.

So Sylvie sets off toward the Amber City, a glittering jewel under a sun that never sets, to take what is hers.

But her hope for a better life is quickly dimmed. The empress invites her in only as part of a wicked wager among her powerful courtiers. Sylvie must assume a new name, Mirage, and begin to navigate secretive social circles and deadly games of intrigue in order to claim her spot. Soon it becomes apparent that nothing is as it appears and no one, including her cruel yet captivating sponsor, Sunder, will answer her questions. As Mirage strives to assume what should be her rightful place, she'll have to consider whether it is worth the price she must pay.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #219

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I ordered these for my birthday back in October and forgot to haul them oops. This author and series came highly recommended from my bookstagram friends so I'm excited to have them in my hands! :D

Pickles with Trick and Dare.
I got adorable bookmail from HCCFrenzy, thank you! Kasie West always writes the swooniest stories <3
Ripple with Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss.
What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, December 14, 2018

Review: Snow in Love by Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman, Kasie West

Snow in Love by Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman, Kasie WestSnow in Love
by Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone,
Aimee Friedman, Kasie West
October 30, 2018
256 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
What's better than one deliciously cozy, swoon-worthy holiday story? Four of them, from some of today's bestselling authors.

From KASIE WEST, a snowy road trip takes an unexpected detour when secrets and crushes are revealed.

From AIMEE FRIEDMAN, a Hanukkah miracle may just happen when a Jewish girl working as a department store elf finds love.

From MELISSA DE LA CRUZ, Christmas Eve gets a plot twist when a high school couple exchange surprising presents.

From NIC STONE, a scavenger hunt amid the holiday crowds at an airport turns totally romantic.

So grab a mug of hot cocoa, snuggle up, and get ready to fall in love...

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

WoW #231: The Queen's Resistance (The Queen's Rising #2) by Rebecca Ross

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The Queen's Resistance by Rebecca RossThe Queen's Resistance
(The Queen's Rising #2)
by Rebecca Ross
March 5, 2019
432 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
At long last, Brienna is a mistress of knowledge and is beginning to settle into her role as the daughter of Davin MacQuinn, a disgraced lord who returned to Maevana to reclaim his house. Though she’d just survived a revolution, one that will finally return a queen to the throne, she faces yet another challenge: proving herself trustworthy to the MacQuinns. But as Queen Isolde Kavanagh’s closest confidant, she’ll have to balance serving her father’s house as well as her country. And then there’s Cartier, a wholly separate but desirable factor in her new life.

Aodhan Morgane, formerly known as Cartier √Čvariste, is adjusting to the stark contrast between his pre-rebellion life in Valenia as a master of knowledge and his current one as the lord of a fallen house. During the castle’s restoration, he discovers a young boy named Tomas, whose past and parentage are a complete mystery. So when Cartier’s former pupil Brienna is as taken with Tomas as he is, he lets his mind wander — what if he doesn’t have to raise him or his house alone?

As the Lannon trial swiftly approaches, Brienna and Cartier must put their love aside and stay focused on the most vital task at hand — forging alliances, executing justice and ensuring that no man, woman or child halts the queen’s coronation. But resistance is rumbling in the old regime’s supporters, who are desperate to find a weakness in the rebels’ forces. And what makes one more vulnerable than deep-seated love?

In this follow-up to The Queen’s Rising, Rebecca Ross weaves political intrigue, complicated relationships and love to create a story that readers won’t be able to put down.

I knew when I finished The Queen's Rising there could be more to Brienna and Cartier's story. I'm really excited to see it come true!!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, December 10, 2018

Review: The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay #2) by Jill Shalvis

The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill ShalvisThe Trouble with Mistletoe
(Heartbreaker Bay #2)
by Jill Shalvis
September 27, 2016
361 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
If she has her way ...

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her ...

He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.

Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him ...

Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice ...

Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish—and let the mistletoe do its work ...

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #218

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Scholastic Canada very kindly sent me this copy of the screenplay to the second Fantastic Beasts movie, thank you so much!! Ripple and I are ready to relive the magical movie moments ;)

Ripple with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, December 7, 2018

Review: My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina LaurenMy Favorite Half-Night Stand
by Christina Lauren
December 4, 2018
400 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
By the New York Times bestselling author who “hilariously depicts modern dating” (Us Weekly), My Favorite Half-Night Stand is a laugh-out-loud romp through online dating and its many, many fails.

Millie Morris has always been one of the guys. A UC Santa Barbara professor, she’s a female-serial-killer expert who’s quick with a deflection joke and terrible at getting personal. And she, just like her four best guy friends and fellow professors, is perma-single.

So when a routine university function turns into a black tie gala, Mille and her circle make a pact that they’ll join an online dating service to find plus-ones for the event. There’s only one hitch: after making the pact, Millie and one of the guys, Reid Campbell, secretly spend the sexiest half-night of their lives together, but mutually decide the friendship would be better off strictly platonic.

But online dating isn’t for the faint of heart. While the guys are inundated with quality matches and potential dates, Millie’s first profile attempt garners nothing but dick pics and creepers. Enter “Catherine”—Millie’s fictional profile persona, in whose make-believe shoes she can be more vulnerable than she’s ever been in person. Soon “Catherine” and Reid strike up a digital pen-pal-ship...but Millie can’t resist temptation in real life, either. Soon, Millie will have to face her worst fear—intimacy—or risk losing her best friend, forever.

Perfect for fans of Roxanne and She’s the Man, Christina Lauren’s latest romantic comedy is full of mistaken identities, hijinks, and a classic love story with a modern twist. Funny and fresh, you’ll want to swipe right on My Favorite Half-Night Stand.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

WoW #230: Reconnected by Catherine Tinker

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Reconnected by Catherine Tinker
by Catherine Tinker
May 7, 2019
320 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Anne Ellison and Freddie Whitlock were best friends all through middle school, even though they never met in person. But when Anne did something unforgivable to Freddie, their friendship quickly fell apart.

Four years later, Freddie comes to Anne’s town for the summer before she starts college. He’s training to be an Olympic gymnast. Anne knows that Freddie is the boy from her past—but Freddie has no idea. As Anne and Freddie start to spend more time together, Anne can’t help but fall for Freddie.

Can Anne find a way her way into Freddie’s heart—while keeping her identity secret? Or will the lies she’s telling tear their relationship apart?

Sounds cute, I'm in!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, December 3, 2018

Review: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

 *This review contains slight spoilers.
Lady Midnight by Cassandra ClareLady Midnight
(The Dark Artifices #1)
by Cassandra Clare
March 8, 2016
720 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #217

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Scholastic Canada sent me a box of goodies, thank you so much! Sorry you can't see the top book but it's a Harry Potter scratch book. I can't wait to read (scratch) them all!!

Pickles with Scholastic titles <3

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