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?

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?

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.)

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).

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.

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!

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!

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!

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:  

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!

Favourite Books of 2015!

One of my favourite things about the New Year is all the wonderful “best of” lists that begin cropping up. I love a good list. I’ve been reading many “best books of 2015” lists and have been really interested in the differences and similarities between them! Most of these lists, of course, are of books that were published in 2015, so that is a bit different from what I’m doing here. But they have been so much fun to read and have expanded my ever-growing TBR!

In a previous Top Ten Tuesday post I discussed my favourite hidden gems of 2015. Today I want to talk about my overall favourite reads of 2015! These books are not necessarily ones that were published in 2015, but are simply ones I read in 2015!

2015 was a pretty good reading year for me. I had challenged myself to read 75 books, and I managed to read 105! There were a few duds, but a lot of them were really good! As I started writing this list, I had originally decided to choose ten titles. But as I went through the books I read this past year, I couldn’t get to ten! It’s not because I didn’t read a lot of good books, because I absolutely did. I guess it’s because a lot of those books, while yes, really good, aren’t ones that I would consider favourites. So… I came up with eight instead!