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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April Wrap Up

I am pretty sure I am going to say this a lot... April kicked my butt at school. If I thought March was insane. It was nothing compared to April. I am pretty glad it's done. May means no academic obligations and actually unemployment on my end- oh the joys of being laid off (that was supposed to me majorly sarcastic). So as of next week I will be actively looking for work and reading A LOT!! So here's to hoping.

I did manage to read five books in April, however I didn't blog very much at all. I posted one review. So here goes.

Books Read:

Lover At Last by JR Ward
Of Triton by Anna Banks
Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Pivot Point by Kasie West
Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

Books Review:

Perdita by Hilary Scharper


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But that's my month for you, I hope you enjoy!!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

My Thoughts: Perdita by Hilary Scharper

Will love let her go?

After a love affair that ends in tragedy, Garth Hellyer throws himself into his work for the Longevity Project, interviewing the oldest living people on the planet. But nothing has prepared him for Marged Brice, who claims to be a stunningly youthful 134. Marged says she wants to die, but can’t, held back by the presence of someone she calls Perdita.

Garth, despite his skepticism, is intrigued by Marged’s story, and agrees to read “her” journals of life in the late 1890s. Soon he’s enthralled by Marged’s story of love, loss, and myth in the tempestuous wilderness of the Bruce Peninsula. He enlists the help of his childhood friend Clare to help him make sense of the mystery.

As Garth and Clare unravel the truth of Marged and Perdita, they discover together just what love can mean when it never dies.

**ARC received from Simon and Schuster Canada**

How to review a book you are not sure you liked. I mean, I didn't not like Perdita By Hilary Scharper,  but at the same time I can't decide how I feel about the book. It was odd. And in all honesty left me wanting more. Even though the book itself was rather lengthy at over 400 pages. I was fascinated by the premise of this book when I first looked into it. It sounded like gothic romance with a ghost story thrown in for fun. I initially thought it would sort of be like The Taker trilogy by Alma Katsu.

For the majority of the book I found that I was waiting for something to happen. I was essentially waiting for Perdita. You would think that because the book was called Perdita, that the character would be pretty influential to the story. She wasn't. I think this impacted my reading experience. Perdita was presented at the beginning of the story and she made a few short appearances (I mean very short) throughout the rest of the book and again at the end. That was it. I was a bit disappointed by this.  I was also confused by Perdita herself. What was she? Who was she? Was she a ghost? Was she a figment of imagination? As I kept reading Perdita with the assumption that these questions would be answered, and they were to some degree, but not completely.

While some may think that I did not enjoy reading Perdita, this is not true. The story was interesting and would switch back from past to present. This can sometimes be annoying in a novel, for the most part I enjoyed it. I was curious about this woman who claimed to be over 125 years old and I was curious about her life. I also enjoyed the Canadian setting during the early twentieth century. I really liked all the characters in Perdita, they were well developed and for me, they did not fall flat.

I also enjoyed the mystery and suspense of the story. That part was entertaining. And for the most part it was well written. There was a couple of times where I sometimes felt like Scharper was trying to hard to be poetic and/or lyrical, which would complicate what she was trying to say and cause some confusion. This was not a  frequent occurrence but enough to have me notice it.

Overall, there were a few things missing to make Perdita a fantastic read, but it wasn't a bad one. I'll let you decide for yourself.  

~Happy Reading Everyone!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I liked/didn't like more than I thought I would

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at The Broke and Bookish.

Top Ten Books I Thought I'd Like MORE/LESS Than I Did

This week's topic I have split into two sections. Five books I enjoyed more than I thought and five books I didn't.

Top Five I Liked:

1) Witchlanders By Lena Coakley- I wasn't sure what to expect when I first began reading this book. I am not a huge fan of fantasy novels and I wasn't convinced that I was going to like it. But as I continued reading I was pleasantly surprised with how much I was enjoying it. In the end, Witchlanders was one of my favourite books of 2011. It was beautifully written and the story was a lot of fun.

2) Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver- This was a fantastic read. I wasn't sure I would like it because it is a middle grade novel and I hadn't thought much of middle grade novels. However, when I was reading this book I couldn't put it down. It was a lovely story.

3) The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta- Because I loved Jellicoe Road so much I wasn't sure that Marchetta could enchant me again. But she did it, she totally got me. The Piper's Son was an absolutely beautiful story. If you have not read this book. Get on in.

4) Across the Universe by Beth Revis- I do not like Sci Fi. I find it boring and complicated and my eyes Across the Universe was more than just a Sci Fi novel. It was suspenseful and romantic, it was funny and heartwarming. I liked it.
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5) The Taker by Alma Katsu- When I first read this book I thought I was getting another vampire novel. Whoa was I ever mistaken. There are no vampires involved in this book. The writing is phenomenal and the plot is so unique and surprising. To this day I get excited thinking about the plot twists and character development.

Top 5 That I Didn't Like:

1) Looking for Alaska by John Green- Now before you get all crazy on me... I did not like this book as much as I thought I would. Readers everywhere have raved about this book. I did not see what the big deal was. I thought Alaska was one of the most annoying characters I have ever read about. I was sure that after reading this book I would never read another book by John Green... we all know how the played out.

2) White Cat by Holly Black- Again, this book was majorly hyped up. I didn't enjoy it all that much. It was mostly Cassel, I found him supremely whiny. I thought the idea mildly interesting. I will admit that I enjoyed the sequel a bit better. I have yet to finish the trilogy though.

3) Choker by Elizabeth Woods- I thought this book was going to be fantastic. It was not. I did not like it at all. I guessed the twist maybe fifty pages into the story. It was rather disappointing. What can you do.

4) Don't Breathe A Word by Jennifer McMahon- Again the synopsis of this book was SO interesting. And the story was good, but the writing was all over the place. I was never sure what exactly was going on. The end also really ticked me off.

5) Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater- I did not like this book. I can't even remember exactly why. All I know is that I was not thrilled with it. I think it may be the whole romance between Sam and Grace and their insta-love. I will say, I did enjoy the rest of the series a bit more, but not by much.

That's it for me. I hope you enjoy!!

~Happy Reading.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I read before blogging

Interesting topic today. It was especially hard for me because I have always been a reader, and I have READ so many books it was hard to chose my favourites.  Also, I didn't read a lot of YA before blogging, so it was an interesting list to compile. 

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at The Broke and Bookish.

Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger 

From When I Was Young

1) The Hunter's Moon by OR Melling- Read this for the first time when I was in grade four. I finally got my own copy of it for my sixteenth birthday from my mum. I have read it SO many times and still, it continues to be one of my favourite books. 

2) The BFG by Roald Dahl- This was the first book I had read by Roald Dahl and I feel in love with it. I have such happy memories of this book. Again, I still love this one now. 

3) The Harry Potter Series- I was thirteen when I read the first three Harry Potter novels (the fourth wasn't out yet), and I devoured them during my winter break. It was magical. Harry Potter has a very special place in my heart. 

From My Romantic Days 

4) Prince of Magic by Anne Stuart- Not sure that this book is particularly good, but I certainly loved it. I am pretty sure I have reread it a handful of times and I enjoy it every time. What can I say? 

5) Dirty by Megan Hart- This one has been on a number of previous lists. But I read it before I was a blogger and I was blown away by the writing and the story. Dirty is absolutely on my top five. 

6) Public Secrets by Nora Roberts- Yes I am including  Nora in this list. How could I not? This was one of my favourites from my pre-blogging days. 


Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult- Loved this book. I don't know what I can say about it. I thought it was incredibly suspenseful and it had me on the edge of my seat. However, it also had me contemplating my life. 

7) The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Neffenegger- This was an all out good book. Beautiful story, beautiful writing. It was a really good reading experience. 

8) Animal Farm by George Orwell- Read this in high school and I absolutely loved it.  This is funny because I did not like 1984 at all. But I thought Animal Farm was phenomenal. 

9) If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern- This was a cute novel. Ahern is best known for her novel PS, I Love You. But she really is a gem and her novels are sweet and inspiring. 

10) The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson- I've mentioned this a few times. This is a Gothic love story (sort of), and it is beautifully written. It's special. 

~Happy Reading Everyone! 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (10)

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews.

Books Mentioned:


Rapture by JR Ward 
Sever by Lauren DeStefano
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Lover at Last by JR Ward


Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo 
Aylee's Review of Shadow and Bone


Pivot Point by Kasie West 


Dare You To by Katie McGarry 
Of Triton by Anna Banks
The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher 

Happy Reading Everyone! 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Boyfriends

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and Bookish

Believe it or not, this topic was a little hard for me this week. There were the obvious answers, but aside from a few... coming up with ten. Yeah I had to stretch my mind. So I hope you enjoy.

Top Ten Characters I Would Crush On If I Were Also A Fictional Character

1) Cole St. Clair from the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater- Cole was definitely my favourite character in this series. He was pretty bad ass and stand-offish but I kinda like that in my literary boyfriends. I'd totally go gaga for that if I were a character in this book. 

2) Conrad Fisher from The Summer Series by Jenny Han- What can I say. Team Conrad. I loved Conrad when I first read this book and I still do. He was just a good guy. 

3) Tucker Avery from the Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand- Tucker is the kinda guy every girl should want. He's your best friend and he loves you. 

4) Jace Wayland from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare- While I am not a huge fan of this series, I did like Jace, and if I am honest with myself- if I were to be a character in Clare's novels, Jace would totally woo me. When he's not being all woe is me, I rather like him as a character. 

5) Jonah Griggs from Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta- I thought about not adding Jonah, but that wouldn't be honest. He is absolutely crush worthy in my books. He's hot, he's tough, he can be a douche sometimes (why that's a good thing I don't know), and he can be totally sweet. Uh huh. 

6) Sam from Incarnate by Jodi Meadows- Sam was super sweet and incredibly caring. I absolutely loved that about him when I read Incarnate. I can see why Ana could't resist him. 

7) Cas Lowood from Anna Dressed in Blood by Kenare Blake- Not sure what it was about Cas that made me like him so much. He was such an interesting character though. 

8) Sam From Altered by Jennifer Rush- This guy is brutal. That's all I can say. He's brutal. There was something about him. I remember reading a part of this book and thinking- I am totally crushing on Sam right now. This shouldn't be happening. 

9) Adam Wilde from If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman- Be still my heart, but Adam was special. 

10) Jase Garrett from My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick- Jase was confident and easy going and he didn't take himself too seriously, but he also was responsible and I loved him. 

There you have it, my bookish crushes all in one place.

~Happy Reading Everyone!
"So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall."
— Roald Dahl