[ARC Review] Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Akemi Dawn Bowman’s debut Starfish is a colourfully painted, masterfully crafted YA contemporary about growing up biracial, fitting in, and what it means to have a place in this world.

I absolutely loved this novel. But before we dive into the review, take a look at the cover and blurb (from Goodreads):  Continue reading

#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

July Wrap-Up & August Releases [2016]

Somehow we’re only a month away from school (*shudder*), which means it’s our last full month of summer. Which also means … we need to get reading. Because, let’s just say, July wasn’t our best reading month (unfortunately). BUT there are a lot of amazing book releases this month (including one of our most anticipated books of the year!), so let’s get into it!

Sarena read 2 books: 

  1. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (4/5 stars)
  2. The Doll People Set Sail by Ann M. Martin, Laura Godwin, and Brett Helquist (3.5/5 stars)

Her favourite book of the month? P.S. I Still Love You!

Sasha read 4 books: 

  1. The Trials of Apollo Book 1: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (4/5 stars)
  2. Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh (4.5/5 stars)
  3. A Series of Unfortunate Events Book 1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (4/5 stars)
  4. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (4.25/5 stars)

Her favourite book of the month? Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh!

And now it’s time to look at the awesome releases this month, including our most anticipated…

A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT by Sabaa Tahir (out August 30!!!)


FURTHERMORE by Tahereh Mafi (out August 30)


BEAUTY OF DARKNESS by Mary E. Pearson (out August 2)


THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR by Katharine McGee (out August 30)


If you couldn’t tell, our most anticipated release of the month is A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT. (Who’s excited? We definitely are!)

Let us know what you’re planning on reading this month. In case you missed it, we posted our ARC August TBR, so check that out if you want to see what we’re reading this month!

Until next time,


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)


MARK OF THE PLAGUE by Kevin Sands (September 2016)


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


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


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



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

Until next time,


Fave Books of 2016 So Far!

Hey, all! I (Sasha) posted a poll on Twitter asking you guys what we should post on our blog next, and most people voted for Fave Books of 2016! This post was also partially influenced by a post Ava @ Bookishness and Tea wrote, all about her favourite 2016 reads! So, without further ado, here are our favourite reads of 2016 so far!

  1. WOLF BY WOLF by Ryan Graudin. Sarena and I both read this book, and it’s such an amazing reimagining of WWII–if the Axis powers won. This book has some of the most amazing writing we’ve ever encountered in YA. Graudin has beautiful prose, and still manages to keep this a fast-paced read. We reviewed this book on our blog, and you can read it here24807186
  2. SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys. I’m actually in the middle of this one (and it’s quite good!) but Sarena already read it in February and looooved it. She’s a huge fan of Sepetys’ work and historical fiction in general. A must-read for historical fic fans!25614492
  3. THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renee Ahdieh. This is a powerhouse debut rich with lush writing and characters you will fall head-over-heels (*cough* Khalid *cough*) for. 18798983
  4. LADY MIDNIGHT by Cassandra Clare. I read this one shortly after CoHF, and guys–I thought it was better than City of Heavenly Fire. It was action-packed, mysterious, and had so many swoony OTPs. Such a great read! It felt very fresh, even though it was a world I’d visited many times before. Look out for a review very soon!25494343
  5. RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo. I read this one last year (and loved it), but Sarena didn’t read it until this year, and boy did she love it! It was such an amazing finale full of twists and turns. And that cover! *heart eyes* 14061957
  6. BEYOND THE RED by Ava Jae. This is  a fantastic debut novel that Sarena had the pleasure of reading back in January. (Thanks, Edelweiss, for the eARC!). If you love  anything sci-fi, BEYOND THE RED definitely fills that Star Wars hangover we’re all having until Rogue One releases 😉 25898435

And that’s it! Tell us–what are your favourite reads of 2016 so far? Until next time,