This is not the Neverland you know │ Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Young Adult, Retelling, Fantasy
Hardcover, 352 pages
To be published February 2nd, 2016 by Simon Pulse
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher for an honest review! 

This is not the Neverland you know.

      For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer. 
      But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.
       The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.
       With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?

When I was offered the opportunity to review this book, I was like, hells yes! A Peter Pan retelling! I am so in! I love Peter Pan, you see. I have read the book and the play. I have watched and loved the movies. I have been to the play and plays inspired by it. I went out of my way to make it to the statue in London. Peter Pan is great.

When this book arrived, I read it basically right away. How could I not? Honestly, at that point I hadn’t read the synopsis in its entirety. I got as far as “Neverland” and didn’t look back. I don’t think I actually read the synopsis fully until after I finished the book…

This is something I do a lot, really. It’s possible I read the synopsis at some point in the past, but by the time I go to read the book, I either don’t remember it or never read it. I prefer it this way. There are too many books that give away too much in the synopsis. It’s usually much more enjoyable to go in blind. That way the author’s twists and turns and take on the subject matter have more opportunity to surprise and delight. (She says this while having posted the synopsis at the top of this review)

ANYWAY, I did enjoy this book. It was fun, exciting, and adventurous. It had some twists and deviations from the main source, just as you’d like in a retelling. I enjoyed the main characters, especially the Captain (someone catch me, I may be swooning). My favourite part of the characters is that none of them are particularly straight forward. They are more complex than either simply good or evil. There is more to it than that.

Another thing I really liked was that the story was kind of self-aware of its status as a retelling. The characters are aware of story of Peter Pan and Neverland. They know the main characters and plot points. It’s pretty interesting seeing how they reconcile that with the reality before them.

While I did enjoy this book, I have to say that I wasn’t blown away by it. There were even some times that I found myself actively annoyed. At times the writing was clumsy and repetitive, with extreme overuse of adjectives–such that it pulled me out of the story and really frustrated me. I will say that I did read the ARC, so hopefully there will be more editing before the finished copies are released. There were times that the writing was just plain bad, and there were other times the writing was quite good–it was just, as a whole, wildly inconsistent.

Overall, this is a fun retelling. I think it could have done more with the amazing source material it draws from, but overall it was good and I sped right through it. If you’re into YA retellings and like adventure stories, you’ll like this one.

Storyline B
Structure/Execution C+
Characters B+
Writing C
Conclusion B+
Enjoyment B
Overall Rating: B-
What do you like to see in a retelling? Are you as over the moon with Peter Pan as I am? Do you think you will be picking this one up when it releases on Tuesday?!

Adventures of a Book Blog Newbie: RAISE YOUR VOICE

Since I began blogging, one thing I have been struggling with is how to find my own voice. Everyone has a different approach to blogging, and a different way of talking about books and all that jazz. But, how do you find your voice? How do I find my voice?

Today I want to talk specifically about the writing of book reviews. When it comes to a review, I’m often torn about with path to take. Do I give it a more professional feel, or a personal one? I know that a strictly “professional” review is generally not what blog readers are looking for. That’s where literary journals and reviews come in.

But… I’m not really one to be super personal about it. I like GIFs as much as the next girl, but in general, they don’t factor in to my idea of a book review (not the ones I’m writing, anyway). I like structure. I like talking about more than my own personal enjoyment, because there are other factors in my opinion of the book’s quality! But I’m never sure how to temper it to make it readable. I like my reviews to be on the more serious and helpful side, but I also want them to be enjoyable to read. I’M NOT AVERSE TO FUN.

So, how do you go about finding your voice?

Everyone has a different approach to writing reviews. Some people write their own summaries, some people use the jacket blurb. Some people break it down into sections like summary, my thoughts, etc. I like to write it so it flows. Like it’s an article or something. I guess this is my schooling kicking in. That’s how I always liked to do it. How I was taught to do it, I guess. But this isn’t always the best way to do things. Blogging is a different universe, it feels like sometimes.

How do you find your place?

Sometimes it seems like it comes so easy to others. They know who they are and how they think and feel. I have trouble with that sometimes. I have all these different, often conflicting, thoughts and feelings, and I get lost sometimes. Where do I fit? I like so many different kinds of books that there isn’t really a niche for me. And that in itself makes finding an approach to reviewing a bit more difficult.
But, here’s what I’ve learned: DO YOU. Sometimes I don’t know who that is, but that’s okay. What do I like in a review? What do I like reading? I’m just going to go with that. I’m still struggling to find my voice as a person, so it only makes sense that it might get a little weird on my blog too. BUT I DON’T CARE. I’m ME. And this is MY blog.

Sure, if you have a “unique” and “strong” voice, that’s AWESOME. USE IT. But if you don’t? That’s okay too. Your voice is yours. Be yourself. Whoever that is.

What are your thoughts on blogging and voice? What do you value in a blogger’s posts?

It’s Monday, January 25th. Whatcha Reading?

Hey friends! It’s Monday, January 25th. Whatcha reading?! 
I’ve got to say that I have been having a pretty strange reading week. I just haven’t been in the mood to read too much, so I have been bouncing back and forth between a few different things. 
I’ve also been making too many trips to the bookstore. (And yes, you can make too many trips to the bookstore. Ask my wallet.)

After I finished reading The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith last week, I was pretty much wrecked. I’ve been trying to read The Dream Thieves since then, and it’s been slow going. And I know that it’s partly because I’m just in a weird reading mood. I want to physically be doing stuff. Which is totally weird for me because usually I want to do is curl up with a book! Oh well. I’m less than 200 pages in right now. And, like I said, it’s not because I’m not enjoying it! There are other factors!
This weird reading mood has directed me more toward comics. I read the first three volumes of Saga by  Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples. I also re-read the first volume of Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick (WHEN CAN I GET VOLUME TWOOOOO PLEASE NAOW). Needless to say, I’ve been enjoying both series. I do have an issue with Saga though. The story and the characters are AMAZING. But… There is so much nudity and graphic sexuality and it really puts me off. Like… I can understand there being some in a series geared toward an adult audience. But seriously. Most of the stuff in here was unnecessary, didn’t add any depth or more understanding to the characters, and added nothing to the plot. It seemed to be there more for shock value than anything, and I wasn’t a fan. It was just distracting and off-putting. If I wasn’t so invested in the characters I would not have continued reading. 
I also just started a book that I borrowed from the library–Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer. I’ve only read about 70 pages, but so far it seems like a very interesting and important investigation into violence against women and why it has become so prevalent in our culture (specifically in the U.S.). I’m not usually that into non-fiction, but topics like this need attention from everyone. Missoula also has a pretty good rating on Goodreads, so I’m optimistic that I’ll find it… if not enjoyable, at least enlightening. 
What are you reading this Monday? What did you read last week? Do you have any recs for me?

Fangirl Favourites Friday: Dear Colleen Hoover, Thank You for The Avett Brothers

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So, I don’t know how many of you out there are Colleen Hoover fans, but I’m a pretty new one. Last year I read three of her books and loved them all! There is always a neat extra element added. One of these books in particular brought me some pretty rad musical enjoyment (and some great slam poetry).

In Slammed, the main character’s favourite band is The Avett Brothers. Every chapter begins with a quote from one of their songs. I was immediately intrigued. I looked them up online and liked whatever song it was by them that I listened to. At that time, that was it.
In the last month or so, I got Apple Music. I thought, three-month free trial? Okay. Then I went about adding basically every song ever written to my music queue (hyperbole). Of course, The Avett Brothers were among those. For the last few weeks, I have been listening to all their songs on repeat.
I don’t even know what to say, guys. They are absolutely amazing. They have a folk/rock/grass feel to them, the lyrics are beautiful, the sound is great… They just sound so genuine and touching. I can’t even. I can totally understand why Colleen Hoover would want to incorporate them in such a big way into one of her books. And by golly, do I ever thank her for it!
For the last several months, maybe even the last year, I hadn’t been listening to music nearly as much as I used to. Every now and then a song would grab me, but other than that I just listened to the radio when I was driving and that was it. I forgot what it was like to have a song take hold of you so completely. To make you feel like it was written for you. Like it’s speaking directing into your heart. I seem to have forgotten that books aren’t the only things that can do that 😛
So Colleen Hoover, I thank you. Through your book, Slammed, you brought music back into my life and I love it. And to you, The Avett Brothers, thank you for your incredible music. It means so much to me.
If you haven’t listened to The Avett Brothers before, get on the interwebs somewhere and listen to them! They are BEYOND GREAT.
My favourite songs right now are:
Like seriously. I can’t even. I’m in love. Excuse me while I flail. Like, A LOT.

Murder, Mystery, & a Secret Town in the Arctic │ City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

City of the Lost (Casey Duncan #1) by Kelley Armstrong

Mystery Thriller
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published January 12th, 2016 by Random House Canada (originally published as a 6 part ebook series)
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Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review!

From the Publisher:

Casey Duncan once killed a man and got away with it. But that’s not why she’s on the run. Her best friend’s ex has found Diana again, despite all Casey has done to protect her. And Diana has decided the only way she’ll ever be safe is if she finds the mythical town she’s heard of where people like her can go to hide. Turns out the town really exists, and will take Diana, but only if Casey, a talented young police detective, comes too.

 Imagine a hidden town, isolated in the Yukon wilderness, where everyone is pretending to be someone they’re not. Even good people can get up to some very bad stuff. The laconic town sheriff dispenses his own frontier justice, but he’s more accustomed to sobering up drunks in the horse trough, than attempting to solve the series of brutal murders that has rocked the town. As much as he hates it, he needs Casey. As for Casey, coming to the far North may have started out as a sacrifice she was willing to make for her best friend. But maybe, just maybe, she needs Rockton as much as the town needs her.

Does that synopsis not just grab you? A hidden town in the Yukon wilderness? People hiding out? Frontier justice?

This is Kelley Armstrong’s latest adult book, and I was so excited to get a copy from the publisher! As soon as I received it I started reading. And I was hooked immediately.

Casey Duncan (or Butler, depending on who you ask), is a no-nonsense badass kicking butts and taking names. She has some serious baggage, but she has started again in a new city with her best friend Diana. Now Casey is making a name for herself as a detective and is settling in (well, as much as she can, anyway).

But then history shows its ugly face and they are on the move again. They end up in the fabled “City of the Lost” which in reality isn’t much more than a shantytown hidden in the Canadian Arctic with only the bare essentials.

That on its own is an extremely interesting idea. A town completely off the grid in the 21st century? I guess if there was such a place, the Arctic would be the perfect spot. The best part is we don’t only get an original and atmospheric setting, but we get one peopled with insanely interesting characters too.

There is a definite mystery/thriller aspect to this story, with mysterious and grizzly murders happening in this invisible town. However, that wasn’t the main focus. At least not to me. That was simply one aspect of the mystery of Rockton that highlighted and defined the other strange aspects of the town.

First of all, there’s the town itself. How did this place come to be? How does it sustain itself? Then there is the forest that surrounds it. What’s out there? The wildlife out there may be dangerous, but why are they so vehemently warned against entering the forest? And most importantly, there are the people of Rockton. Who are they, and why are they there?

First we have Casey. Your resident strong female lead (man, do I ever love that trend in books right now, amirite), with a past that threatens her sanity and her safety. She’s also loyal to a fault with strong protective instincts, especially toward her friend Diana. She would do anything to keep her safe. Now these two women are trying to blend in to their strange new home.

Next we have Eric Dalton. He’s the similarly no-nonsense Sheriff of Rockton. He’s blunt, he’s demanding, and he’s got baggage of his own. He’s an anomaly. He’s enigmatic. He’s a million other such descriptors. He’s not an easy man to get to know. What is he hiding?

Then we have Will Anders, the Deputy. He’s the resident pretty boy with a can-do attitude. He’s the nicest guy in town, everybody says so. He’s a great cop, and the only person Eric really trusts. But everyone that comes to Rockton has a secret—what’s his? 

Each and every member of the town has more than a secret or two they are trying to hide. Are any of them worth killing for? 

As Casey’s investigation of the murders progresses, she begins to unveil the town and its people layer by layer. I loved trying to figure out how things were going to go—and they never went how I thought! As she gets to know Rockton, so do you and it’s an amazing (and weird) ride! 

I loved this book. Especially the setting! It feels like a mix of the 21st century, frontier life, and a dystopian/post apocalyptic society. I cannot wait for the second instalment! I am dying to find more about this crazy place and its motley crew of characters.

A little bit of a content warning—there’s definitely some language in here, FYI! 

10 Titles I’ve Recently Added to my TBR!

Ten Titles I’ve Recently Added to my TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic is the top ten books we’ve recently added to our TBRs. There are tons of books constantly being added to my TBR, a lot of them new releases as I hear of them. Here though, I’m going to focus on books that are already published/I have access to!

Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
I don’t remember where I first heard about this one. It wasn’t that long ago. A couple weeks maybe? Anyway, perhaps someone mentioned it in a video or a bookish list or something. I then took to Goodreads and was sold. 
The Shore by Sara Taylor
This was on my radar in 2015 near the end. That being said, I would still call that recent! I purchased a copy of this one and plan to get to it very soon. It sounds so good and I have heard nothing but raves. 
The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango 
This is another one that had been on my radar near the end of 2015. I heard a few mixed things, but it has been described as a literary/quiet thriller, and that interests me greatly. It’s not too long of a book either, so I’m definitely going to give it a shot! 
The Door by Magda Szabo (Translated by Len Rix)
This was on a few best of 2015 lists and the premise really intrigued me. It’s a story about a writer and her housekeeper. It has come great reviews, so colour me interested!
The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips
Again, here is another that made lots of best of 2015 lists. Reviews from a few bloggers really solidified my interest. And the cover is pretty!
Black Apple by Joan Crate
I recently received an ARC of this one from Simon & Schuster Canada. I hadn’t previously heard of this one, but the synopsis sounds really good (and pretty timely, too!). It’s a coming of age story set in the Canadian Residential School system. Can’t wait to read it!
The Library At Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
So, this is the synopsis tag line: “Neil Gaiman meets Joe Hill in this astonishingly original, terrifying, and darkly funny contemporary fantasy.” SOLD. 
Only Ever Yours & Asking For It by Louise O’Neill
I have been hearing about both of these books a lot lately on Twitter and BookTube! Especially from UK bloggers/vloggers/reviewers. These are out yet in North America but they are in the UK. I ordered Asking For It from Book Depository 🙂 Can’t wait! 
The Child Thief by Brom
I had never heard of this before I watched Jaime and Jeff’s 2015 wrap up. It basically sounds like an incredibly creepy Peter Pan retelling. Count me IN! 
The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater 
I read The Raven Boys during Bout of Books and LOVE IT. SO HARD. I’m 100% going to be reading the rest of this series. And SOON. 
What books have you recently added to your TBR?

It’s Monday January 18th, Whatcha Reading?

What are you guys reading/have you been reading? I had a pretty good reading week if I do say so myself! I read three books, and I loved them all!

I started reading an ARC of Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell the week before last and finished it last week. It’s a sort of Peter Pan retelling. It’s pretty fun adventure book and I enjoyed it. Watch out for my full review next week!
From there I moved on to The City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong. I’m a huge fan of Armstrong’s Cainsville books and was really looking forward to starting another series of hers. Gotta say, I was not disappointed! It wasn’t paranormal like I was expecting, but that’s okay! I loved it. Full review coming your way Thursday!
And then… Oh, and then. I just finished reading an ARC of The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith. This book is amazing. I read it basically in one sitting. Such an important and heart wrenching book. PREORDER IT IMMEDITATELY. Like, GO, NOW! DO IT!
At this point, I don’t know what I’m going to read next. I’m still currently reeling over The Way I Used to Be. Book hangover, anyone? Yep. Yep yep yep. Severe.

So yeah, what have you guys been reading? What are you planning to read this week? 

Night Film by Marisha Pessl │Sovereign. Deadly. Perfect.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Mystery, Thriller
Paperback, 640 pages
Published July 1st, 2014 by Random House (first published July 16th, 2013)
In 2015, I heard this book mentioned so many times. It seemed like all the booktubers who had this book all decided to read it and talk about it at the same time. And then other people went out and bought it and read it and talked about it. Around Halloween, there seemed to be countless people adding this to their spooky TBRs.
This book had been on my radar for a while, but after hearing everyone rave about it this past year, I decided it was time to get down to it and finally give it a read.
This, of course, was aided by the fact that my lovely TBTB Secret Santa sent it to me (thanks again Lauren!) ! I surprised myself by reading it right away after I got it. And boy am I glad I did!

Night Film is the story of a disgraced reporter named Scott McGrath and his quest for redemption. He wants to clear his name and prove that he was right all along. If there is a bit of vengeance thrown in there, he’s okay with that too.
McGrath has been obsessed with an enigmatic and ubiquitous horror film director, Stanislas Cordova, whose life is completely shrouded in mystery. Cordova has made no appearances in over thirty years. No one really knows what he looks like. No one knows much of anything about him. But they know his films. McGrath thinks there’s something shady going on there, and he wants to know what it is. This had previously led him down the path of self destruction. But now he has some new leads.
Recently, Cordova’s daughter Ashley was found dead. McGrath takes it upon himself to investigate the circumstances of her death, and in so doing gets drawn back into Cordova’s web.
McGrath also finds himself in some unexpected company on his quest. He teams up with two strange youngsters who have an agenda of their own. Together they form a ragtag crew of misfits, each with their own secrets and motives.
From the publisher:

Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world. 

The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more. 

Night Film, the gorgeously written, spellbinding new novel by the dazzlingly inventive Marisha Pessl, will hold you in suspense until you turn the final page.

My goodness. This book is one serious trip. Whenever I wasn’t reading this book, I was thinking about it and longing to get back to it. The way it’s written and laid out, it’s a completely immersive experience. You really feel like you’re living it all with the characters and uncovering secrets with them.
Pessl does such an incredible job constructing the backstory for Cordova. You honestly start to believe that he is real. He must be. This history Pessl has created for him must be true. Because it feels so true. And completely crazy. I loved the way you sometimes couldn’t tell what was real and what wasn’t. Like I said: a total trip.
One of the best parts about this book is its multimedia aspect. Throughout the book there are photos, newspaper clippings, medical records, webpages, you name it. It really makes Cordova’s history, and McGrath’s investigation, come to life. And not only do you have all that, but there is also an app that has even more goodies! Like soundclips and extra records and things. It’s so amazing, guys. It draws you in even further to Cordova’s world.
I don’t want to tell you much more about this story because I think it’s much better if you just dive right in.
But seriously. READ THIS BOOK. That is, if you like insanely carefully, beautifully, wonderfully crafted thrillers. That totally mess with your head.
Have you read this book? What did you think? Are you planning to pick this one up?

Releases of 2015 I meant to get to but… just didn’t

Top Ten Tuesday: Releases of 2015 I meant to get to but… just didn’t

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

There are, of course, several books that came out in 2015 that I wanted to read but never got around to. I’m actually pretty impressed with myself for crushing the ones that would have been at the top of this list in the past week or so! So go me! Here are the ones that await crushing:  

Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray

Guys… I can’t even with this one. There is NO EXCUSE. I have been waiting for this book for forever and I even got on ARC at BEA! And yet… I still haven’t read it. I think that the size of the book has been intimidating me and I’ve been just continually passing it over. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME. THE FIRST ONE IS SO GOOD.

City on Fire by Garth Risk Halberg

I think this is another case of giant-book syndrome. I got an ARC of this one at BEA as well and was really intrigued by it. It’s gotten so much buzz, guys! This one is a historical fiction about New York City in the ‘70s before the big blackout. It sounds amazing but alas, it’s still sitting on my shelf unread.

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman

ANOTHER book I got at BEA and still haven’t read. This is another head-scratcher. It’s been getting so much buzz and sounds utterly amazing. I can’t even hazard a guess as to why I haven’t read it yet. I have no idea. I hope to get to it soon so I can squee about it with everyone!

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

It’s been quite a while since I’ve read anything by Sarah Dessen. I think the last time I picked up one of her books I was in high school. This particular book really intrigued me so I picked it up as soon as it was released. But… again… It’s still sitting on my shelf all lonely like. DON’T WORRY, BOOK! I STILL LOVE YOU.

Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2) by Sarah Raasch

This is another sequel that I haven’t read yet. I don’t know what’s up with that. I know I’m pretty awful at reading series, but I read the first one a year ago. Isn’t time to jump back in? C’mon Beth! Stop being such a series-slacker!

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

I’m not so mad at myself about this one. I only got this one in December! The publisher was kind enough to send me a copy. So… I should probably read it soon! And I definitely plan to. It sounds absolutely amazing. I love Carrie on Portlandia. I’m super interested to learn more about her.  

The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson

This book is a retelling of Shakespeare’s play A Winter’s Tale. It’s actually not one of his plays that I’ve read, but I do know a little about it. I’m really intrigued to see where the author takes this one! Again, the publisher was kind enough to send me a copy. I’ve been meaning to get to it for ages. Hopefully this is the month!

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this book. It’s Goodreads rating is crazy high! I’ve only read one or two of Hannah’s books before, but this one definitely piques my interest! I love historical fiction, esp. involving the World War Two. When this one come out in paperback, it’s mine!!!! (Or, when the holds line at my library stops being so ridiculous).

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

I’ve heard some mixed things about this one, but mostly good. This has me pretty intrigued. I’m curious to see where I fall in the mix of things.

The Shore by Sara Taylor

I haven’t heard too much about this one, except from a few bloggers who have been raving about it. I have, however, also seen it make a few different best-of lists! So, it has definitely earned a spot on my TBR.

Honourable Mention: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

If we’re being honest, I haven’t actually read any of Rowell’s books. This one, however, really intrigues me. More so than her others. Although I do plan to read those too! The YA ones, at least.
How about you? What books did you let fall by the wayside in 2015? 

It’s Monday, January 11th. Whatcha Reading? + Bout of Books 15!

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Here’s to 2016. The year of the new starts. As you may have noticed, I’ve changed my logo/header. So that’s a fun new thing. And there will be other fun, new things, too. Hopefully. I’m really hoping that now I’ll get back into the swing of things and post (semi) regularly again! I’ve been missing my bookternet.
If you follow me on twitter, you may have noticed that I participated in the Bout of Books 15 readathon this week! I was a pretty quiet participant though. More on the sidelines. I still needed that quiet, to-myself-ness that I had going on, so I kept it up. So, this post will sort of kind of serve as a bit of a wrap up for the readathon!

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The first book I read this past week was The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra. This is a collection of short stories (though it really does feel like a novel!) that kind of revolve around a Chechen painting and the hands it passes through or impacts. It’s a truly amazing and poignant book about the lives of those touched by the painting spanning different times and places, though mainly in Chechnya and Russia. I absolutely adored it and cannot recommend it enough! I can easily see this being one of my favourite reads of 2016. And it’s only January!
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From there I moved on to The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. And oh my goodness. I want to marry that book. I totally understand the hype. And I absolutely cannot wait to read the second book! I ordered it from Chapters immediately.However, I had to order it online because they don’t have hardcovers at my local store and Scholastic paperbacks are horrendous. HORRENDOUS. Honestly. It’s like a trick to make you buy hardcovers. ANYWAY. The Raven Boys. I’m officially obsessed.
I also read a few graphic novels/comics!
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I read The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl vol 1 and it’s hilarious. I love Doreen and Tippy Toe. I mean, she’s half squirrel. She has a tail and everything! She gets into such shenanigans. I can’t wait to read the next volume!

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Then I read Giant Days vol 1. And oh. My. Goodness. This is the best comic series. I’ve been waiting for the first volume to come out since I read the first issue at BEA. I don’t often buy single issues so I was waiting for the volume to come out! Then my book store took forever to actually get it in! Now I have it and I read it and it’s AMAZING. The main girls are so much fun. I love reading about female friendships.

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Next I read Ms Marvel vol 4: Last Days. And, of course, it did not disappoint! Not only was Kamala being her awesome self, she teams up with Carol Danvers! Captain Marvel herself! I love both of these ladies to bits so it was a total dream come true to see them together 😀 I can’t wait til the next volume comes out and I’m bummed that it’s not until June. 

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Now I’m reading an ARC of Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell that Simon & Schuster Canada sent me (out February 2nd!). This is a YA Peter Pan retelling. As of right now I’m only about 80 pages in and I’m enjoying it for the most part!
I didn’t really stick to my Instagram TBR, but that’s okay. Bout of Books is such a laid back readathon. You should check out their website and participate next time!

All right, let’s sum things up!
Books read: 6
Books finished: 5
Novels(/story collections) read & finished: 2
Comic trades read & finished: 3
Pages read: 1324
There you have it, guys! Those are the things I read this past week and what I’m reading now. What are you reading?