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Review: Adaptation by Malinda Lo

10744752Adaptation (1st book in Adaptation series)

By: Malinda Lo

Published:  September 18th, 2012

Publisher: Little, Brown Company

Language: English





For this week’s read I delved into Malinda Lo’s sci-fi paranormal book Adaptation. I will admit that it was not my initial book I was planning to talk about but sadly it did not keep my attention and I felt that I was reading the book out of order. Despite the book being the first in the series. So I put down that one and picked up this one, hoping for a better reading experience and I was not disappointed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 27, 2014 in Review


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Review: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

7090447The Red Pyramid (1st book in the Kane Chronicles series)

By: Rick Riordan

Published:  May 4th, 2010

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Language: English




Today I thought I would look at the first book in the Kane Chronicles series by Rick Riordan: The Red Pyramid. I came across this title in December in a 2013 Read Wrap-Up (I think?) and wanted to give this series a try. You might be wondering why I picked this one rather than The Lightning Thief (the first book in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series), and that is because when I was younger, I loved Ancient Egypt and Egyptian mythology. So when I heard he wrote a similar series around Ancient Egyptian mythology, I wanted to read it for myself.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 20, 2014 in Review


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Book Trailer Review: Some Fine Day

8 degrees hotter, 60 meters rising of the sea. Sounds like a effects of global warming seriously kicked in. It makes me wonder what areas got absolutely destroy and what areas thrived under these new global conditions, both in terms of the environment and humanity since that can be very different. I would imagine that any human colonies would have to go back to at least something familiar from the European Middle Ages.

I liked the foreboding feelings with the music & sounds of the storm through out the first half of the clip before the jump to the eyeball. It made me feel unsettled.

Now these book trailer painted in my mind a very different book then what the book blurb on the publisher’s website does. And I’m not sure how I feel about that. The basic concept of the book reminds me a bit of Deuce and her world perspective from the Razorland series. Only instead of humanity nearly destroying itself and forcing people underground, we have nature destroying human civilizations causing people to flee underground. Just based on my feelings from the trailer, I would almost rather see a book that takes place only in this new world rather than looking at someone living underground before coming up into this new world. But this is just what I feel based on the trailer and the book blurb and I am not an author so what do I know ^^;

Release date July 1, 2014

Either way I am still excited for this book to come out, as I have loved other books Strange Chemistry have released in the past. I am really loving the cover on this though! So crisp and clean with the white background and it really makes the eye pop.

So what do you think about the trailer? What picture does it paint for you about the book? Does it match up with the description on the publisher’s website or does it clash in any ways? Tell me down below your thoughts and feelings

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Posted by on January 19, 2014 in Review


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Review/Friday 56/Book Beginnings: Shadowplay by Laura Lam

The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda’s Voice. Here’s the rules:

*Grab a book, any book. Don’t grab your FAVOURITE book, but whatever is closest.

*Turn to page 56.

*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.

*Post it.


Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you’re reading.


Shadowplay (2nd book in Pantomime series)

By: Laura Lam

Published:  January 2nd, 2014

Publisher: Strange Chemistry

Language: English



The circus lies behind Micah Grey in dust and ashes.

He and the white clown, Drystan, take refuge with the once-great magician, Jasper Maske. When Maske agrees to teach them his trade, his embittered rival challenges them to a duel which could decide all of their fates. People also hunt both Micah and the person he was before the circus—the runaway daughter of a noble family. And Micah discovers there is magic and power in the world, far beyond the card tricks and illusions he’s perfecting…

A tale of phantom wings, a clockwork hand, and the delicate unfurling of new love, Shadowplay continues Micah Grey’s extraordinary journey.

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Posted by on January 17, 2014 in Friday 56, Meme, Review


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Shadowplay Promotion

Merry Christmas to everyone to celebrates this wonderful holiday!! I hope that your holidays have been filled with joy and wonder. And to my fellow Canadians, Happy Boxing Day! May your day be filled with either peace and quiet… or crazy shopping! For those unaware, Boxing Day is a huge shopping day for Canadian consumers. You can find great deals on things and if you get money (or gift cards) from loved ones as presents, it is a great time to use them since they may go farther then any other day. Personally myself, I stay home and away from the crazy shoppers.

Today’s post is going to be more about helping spreading the word about Laura Lam’s upcoming book Shadowplay, the sequel to her successful novel Pantonmime. You may recall I reviewed this book earlier this month (if not, check it out here), but recently she posted on her blog a heartfelt plea for people to help spread the word about this book. I encourage you to check it out.

To help promote the book, Laura has started posting teasers of the opening quotes from each chapter, plus a preview at the first couple of pages of Chapter One. Click here to read the teasers and check out the preview of Chapter One. Feel free to share the teasers across your social media networks!!  As well as that, follow her on her Shadowplay blog tour leading up to the release of Shadowplay. She will be visiting 23 blogs between December 20 and January 12.

I have posted below the pre-order links for the book (courtesy of Laura’s blog) but added two of my own for Canada. I would also like to suggest that you pre-order (or order) the book (if possible) from your local bookstore. While the chain bookstores are easiest for people to shop and order books, it is easy to forget the local bookstores who do not have websites. The book is scheduled to come out January 7 so you would not have to wait too long for it to come out!


UK: Amazon – The Book Depository
US: Amazon – Barnes and Noble – Indiebound – Powell’s
Canada: Amazon – Indigo – KoboBooks (TBD?) – Mosacic Books
Australia: BookAdda
NZ: Fishpond

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a safe and wonderful holidays and I will see you all next time!!

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Posted by on December 22, 2013 in Review


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Review: UnEarthed by Rebecca Bloomer


By: Rebecca Bloomer

Publisher: Odyssey Books

Published: July 2nd 2012

Language: English



Surprise!! You are getting yet another review from me this week! A second book review. Think of it as an early Christmas present for my first Christmas doing this blog.

This cover & description caught my attention while I was looking through Netgallery and I was lucky enough to be given the chance to review the book. Also I feel that I should note that the author, Rebecca Bloomer, is Australian! Not that being Australian I believe affects the story but I am trying to look at as many authors from different countries as possible. Gotta explore what is outside of your doorstep sometimes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 20, 2013 in Review


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ARC Review: Defy


By Sara B. Larson

Published: January 7 2014

Publisher: Scholastic

Language: English




Yup, you are not reading that wrong. I will be doing a review on a book that is not out yet. I received my digital ARC through Netgallery and read it through the Kindle app. I was first made aware about the book through the Waiting on Wednesday meme and jumped at the chance to read it ahead of the release.

Blurb on Goodreads:

A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?

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Posted by on December 16, 2013 in Review


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