#IndigoYAPreview Fall 2017 Recap

Hey everyone! Yesterday we were lucky enough to attend a YA preview event hosted by Indigo Books at their head office in Toronto. We’ve attended their previews twice before, and as always, we had lots of fun! Thank you to Indigo for inviting us and to the publishers for donating awesome books for us bloggers/readers to take home.

This post will mostly be photos, and of course, we’ll share the awesome books we took home!

We started by mingling and eating (photo below); we got there around 4:50, and it was due to start at 5pm. The preview covered YA books, but we also talked about everything from graphic novels/manga to romance reads and crossover adult titles! Continue reading

April Wrap-Up [2017]

Hey all! So we’ve gone on an accidental hiatus, mostly because in April we were super busy with school and exams, and after that we were busy revising our book. Still, we did get some reading done!

Sasha read: 

-Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood (5*)

-Swamp Angel by Ethel Wilson (4.5*)

-The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig (5*)

-Saints and Misfits by SK Ali (5*)

-Second Born by Arnold Robinson

-Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima (5*)

Sarena read:

-Imagination Bigger Together by Casey Rislov (5*)

-Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima (5*)

-The Water and Murder Flow South by Ken Stichter

-Hosanna by Katelyne Parker (5*) must read!

-The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (5*) another must read!

Swamp Angel by Ethel Wilson (4.5*)

-Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin (4*)

 

In April we finished exams and also participated in an awesome pitch contest called DVPit, which you should totally check out! Thanks so much to Beth Phelan for organizing it!

We also attended the Indigo YA Preview on April 5 at Indigo headquarters. It was so much fun! Here are some pics from the event & the ARCs we got:

There, we met SK Ali and got signed ARCs of SAINTS AND MISFITS! It was so great meeting her, especially since we’ve known each other via Twitter for a while!

Some more Instagram photos:

Still haven’t read a Sarah Dessen book … woops!

We hope you all had a great April!

-Sarena & Sasha

ARC August TBR [2016]

It’s August (who knows how that happened) which means the 4th annual #ARCAugust is upon us! #ARCAugust was created by Read Sleep Repeat. A month dedicated to reading those ARCs that’ve been collecting dust on your shelves (or that are brand new and shiny!). We participated last year, in case you want to see our #ARCAugust 2015 TBR and Wrap-Up. Now let’s get into our TBR!

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Graphic from the Read.Sleep.Repeat website.

First up, let’s begin with our shared reads–books we both want to get to this month! These include:

EVERLAND by Wendy Spinale (May 2016)

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MARK OF THE PLAGUE by Kevin Sands (September 2016)

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LABYRINTH LOST by Zoraida Cordova (September 2016. hey, #RWFSquad! Team Moon Circle ftw!)

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Sarena’s also excited to read THE CROWN’S GAME by Evelyn Skye (May 2016, my review isย here!)

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I (Sasha) can’t wait to read BOY ROBOT by Simon Curtisย (October 2016) and WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore (October 2016).

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What books are you excited to read this month? Let us know if you’re participating in #ARCAugust!

Until next time,

-S&S

Top 5 Books We Want To Read Before the End of 2015!

Hey, guys! Today we wanted to share our top 5 books we most want to read before the end of 2015! We’ll have separate lists, because we’ve read different books from each other throughout the year. (We won’t include what we’re currently reading, which for Sasha is WINTER/THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO and for Sarena A BOOK OF SPIRITS AND THIEVES.) ๐Ÿ™‚

Sasha’s top 5:

  1. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: THE SWORD OF SUMMER

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2. TINY PRETTY THINGS by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

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3. The Balance Keepers #2: THE PILLARS OF PONDERAY by Lindsay Cummings

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3. SNOW LIKES ASHES by Sara Raasch

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5. THE DEATH CURE by James Dashner

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And Sarena’s top 5 include:

  1. THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE by Heidi Heilig (e-arc provided by Edelweiss)

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2. SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch

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3. QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas

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4. P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU by Jenny Han

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5. LOKI’S WOLVES by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr

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And that’s it! Of course, we’d love to read more than that within the next month and a half, but those are at the top of our lists. What books do you plan on reading before the end of 2015? Let us know in the comments below! Until next time,

-S&S

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis [ARC Review]

October is a month full of monsters and ghouls, creepy crawly things, and best of all, HALLOWEEN! So what’s better than relaxing with a creepy book that’s filled with something even scarier than all the things listed above? A MADNESS SO DISCREET by Mindy McGinnis is a YA historical thriller about a girl who’s mentally insane. Yeah. Get ready to be creeped out (in a good way). Here’s the cover and synopsis from Goodreads:


24376529Grace Mae knows madness.

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evilโ€”and the madness that exists in all of us.


**Disclaimer: We received this book for review from HarperCollins Canada in exchange for our honest opinion. This has in no way impacted our final review of the book.**

A MADNESS SO DISCREET is a fun, quick read. We thoroughly enjoyed this novel, although we do admit it wasn’t the craziest thrill ride–or psychological thriller, for that matter–that we were hoping for. Nevertheless, this book was still full of crazy, weird characters and dark, creepy places. We also thought the main character, Grace, was a bit unreliable–she was crazy and she knew it, which only made us question whether she truly knew her own sanity. Especially with what happened at the end of the book. That was some crazy stuff!! (Even though Sasha did guess one of the ‘plot twists.’*)

*We put plot twists in quotation marks because we don’t really think this book was full of twists you’ll find in books like GONE GIRL, BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, or any other adult thriller. This book is YA, but we do think this could translate as a great read for adults as well.

To continue, we thought the writing in this book was exquisite. The dialogue of the characters firmly ground us into the historical time period of the novel (1890). And the fact that it took place in an asylum in the 1800s, with all their old/primitive ways of thinking (phrenology, etc) only made the book more nightmare-inducing.

However, we do think this book’s cover is actually creepier than its content. You won’t find anyone grabbing someone else’s bare foot and dragging them down. However, it is good symbolism for Grace’s madness, and how she’s spiralled into her own grave mental health conditions.

The title is also very fitting for this novel. As we were reading it, we were constantly reminded of the theme of a hidden sort of madness; something that’s deeper than face-value.

Overall, though this isn’t the scariest YA book you’ll come across, or with the most action, it’s a great fit for October. We highly recommend you check it out!

Rating: 4/5 stars

We’re looking forward to doing a bookish photoshoot with this book and possibly a few others! Stay tuned! ๐Ÿ˜€

-S&S

September Book Haul! [2015]

A new month means new books–what else? So today we’re going to show you what books we bought/acquired in September. And guess what? We only bought 1 book (for fun–and pre-ordered another) and the rest were either pre-ordered in August, or we had to buy them for school (boo). But anyway, let’s get on to the haul!

The first two books we got were pre-ordered in August, including:

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2. Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo14061957The next two books we got were actually the same book, just two copies! We were kindly sent two, beautiful signed copies of The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands (!!!)

3.The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
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4. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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5. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

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6. Othello by William Shakespeare

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7. Oscar et la dame rose by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

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And the last book we acquired in September was a pick from our local Costco (score!).

8. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

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Finally, even though we didn’t get this book in September (but have received it in the mail already ๐Ÿ˜€ ) we ordered it the week it came out.

9. Balance Keepers #2: The Pillars of Ponderayย 

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Whew! That was quite the list. How many books did you acquire/order in September? Until next time!

-S&S

Guess the Book!

Hey, all! It’s been a while since we last posted, so we decided to whip up a quick bookish game for you all! We’re going to play a game of “Guess the Book!” based on the first lines of novels we pulled off our shelves! Comment below what you think the books are–and try not to get help from the Internet! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  1. “She was lying on a burning pyre, hot coals beneath her back.”ย 
  2. “If my hair gets any frizzier, I’ll shave it to the scalp.”
  3. “*[He] could hear the car’s engine from blocks away.” *Actual name has been removed.
  4. “They all had their terrors.” (Hint: this book comes out in October, but we’ll have a review up soon!)
  5. “My mother thinks I’m dead.”
  6. “A secret is a strange thing.”

And another hint–these are all YA novels! Let’s see how many you guess correctly below!

Until next time,

S&S