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GUYS THIS IS LIKE THE SHORTEST ViDEO EVER BUT THERE IS SO MUCH INFO CHECK IT OUT! If you want me to type out a list let me know!



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This Sunday, I had the privilege of being invited to Frenzy Presents hosted by HC Frenzy over at Harper Collins Canada in downtown Toronto.

Frenzy Presents is an awesome book blogger event where booknerds can connect and network, swap business cards and twitter handles. The team at HC presented the Fall/Winter YA releases and let me just say…they look amazing! Read More

June/July TBR

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Hey everyone! I am so happy that summer has arrived and I can sit back and relax! That also means getting my read on and trying to tackle my endless stack of unread books! Here is my end of June slash July to be read list. There may be some modifications to the list if I read faster than I think I can – haha…I hope to add more!

1. The Kiss Of Deception by Mary E. Pearson 
I have wanted to read this book from the moment it was released and am only now getting around to beginning it. There are so many great reviews connected to this book and I always love a good fantasy. Any story with a princess is a good one. I’ve only heard of the epicness that is this book. Apparently the protagonist runs away on her wedding day (typical) and is greeted by two strangers :

I am so pumped to pick this baby up!

2. 99 Days by Katie Contugno
99 Days has been extremely hyped in the bookstagram community because of it’s gorgeous cover (which I practically drooled over) and adorable romance. I know absolutely nothing about the plot, characters or story and I intend to keep it that way until I read it. Katie has received incredible amounts of praise for her previous novel ‘How To Love‘ and that only encouraged me to push it to the top of my TBR. With that settled, let us move on!

3. EON by Alison Goodman
Fairytale retellings are literally the coolest things ever invented and I think it is safe to say that EON is [sorta kinda maybe] a retelling of Mulan. Eona is disguised as a man in order to use Dragon magic. I love dragons and magic and epic fight scenes so I am definitely looking forward to this one!

4. Amy and Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
I have become obsessed with Morgan Matson ever since I read Since You’ve Been GoneHer writing is relatable, funny, adorable and inspiring. Since you’ve been gone has changed my perspective on life and friendship and romance. I will never look at a disposable camera the same way again. So many people have told me that Amy and Roger are better than Frank and Emily – I need proof! I can’t wait to find out if they are right!

“A moving and relatable story of a girl who takes a road trip to find herself–and the guy who goes with her.”


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Volition | Lily Paradis 

Tate Mackenna is like a woman’s purse, pretty on the outside – but on the inside she’s a total disaster. To be perfectly honest I wouldn’t blame her. Surviving a tragic accident without her parents and having to live with a witch of a grandmother in Charleston, she is almost at the point of becoming completely broken (if that even makes sense). Acting out with her two best friends at her side, drugs and parties and graves…

I think it’s safe to  say she has reached a tipping point which she not-so gracefully falls over when her soul mate ultimately does something to have her on the next plane to New York City in need of escape.

Running from her past sends her crashing into Hayden Rockefeller. Richest family in the city? Beautiful, perfect, understanding andadorableness. He likes her, she likes him – so what’s holding her back? The one person she can’t erase from her dark mind – Jesse. Her Soul mate.

But its Totally not a love triangle – unless you count me being in love with Hayden– and totally confusing at first but it’s worth it. Volition is a story about learning to look your past right in in the face and tell it to eff off, and not being blind to the people around you who love you.

Tate is a very interesting and relatable protagonist who made me question some things about life. And that’s what a good character does right? From the upper east side feel in Gossip Girl to quoting the notebook this book is filled with awesome references from pop culture today which is what I think makes it most relatable and what makes my a super fan of Lily Paradis! Volition contains two different plot lines from different periods in Tate’s life and forces us to acknowledge her character development. When I first started reading the book I was overwhelmed with cheesiness in one plot while the other was incredibly dark – it made me want to read more to see how it is that she got into the situation that she did.

I loved the book as a whole but I do admit it’s a tad bit hard to get into at the beginning. I encourage you to give it a chance because Hayden and Tate are addicting Once you start its hard to stop. I personally could use some more of their elevator make out scenes.

Recommended age: YA and A fiction readers
Overall Rating: 8/10
Romance: 9.5/10
Plot: 6.5/10
Characters: 7/10
Fluff: 60% fluff 30%
So what happens if you don’t read this? You die. –The notebook quoted and modified again.

Thank you to Lily and Empire Books for sending the ARC to me last minute!

Go check out Lily here http://lilyparadis.com BUY LINKS: KINDLE NOOK (B&N) iBooks (Apple) PAPERBACK SIGNED PAPERBACK INTERNATIONAL PAPERBACK

Reader Problems | Book Tag

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Contrary to popular belief, being a Book Nerd and Book Hipster isn’t as easy as it seems! There are soooo many problems that we encounter on the daily and we’re just introverted people who try not to complain about our problems. We fix them ourselves. Most of the time…

Anyway…I was tagged to do this tag on my youtube channel by Jessica from BooksWithJessie but I decided to do it on my blog since I have zero desire to film at this moment.


1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

Stooooooppp I’m so stressed! Too many books no!
If I just finished a series or an intense first book (dystopian/fantasy/paranormal) I pick up a contemporary and Vise versa.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

Reading a book is like being in a relationship. It requires commitment. But sometimes, you know it just doesn’t work out. Book breakups are the hardest.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

Ew. Who needs that kind of pressure?

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

My bookshelf is colour coded so it doesn’t matter that much. What really bothers me is when I want to put my series beside each other but two of them are hardcover and one is paperback. That pisses me the hell off.
Oh yeah and Anna and Lola are two separate editions and yeah I’m going to stop…

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Who’s mother reads YA?
If my mom read YA, books would be banished due to sexual content.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I cry.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?

Definitely reread. If I don’t feel like reading the entire thing I’ll just re-read the end.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people no when they ask?

Person: Can I borrow The Testi-
Me: No.

9.You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

Can I pass?

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

Let’s not forget my TBR list of 200000000 books that was mentioned in the first question.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?



Okay I must tag a person.

Maddie – twobookteens (Youtube)
Grace – Loving Dem Books (Youtube)

That pretty much sums up the amount of friends I have.


Veronica Roth + Tahereh Mafi Come To Canada! Toronto Tour Stop

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The stylish authors pose for a photo posted on Ransom Riggs’ instagram before the event.


     Veronica Roth and Tahereh Mafi just visited the Toronto tour stop yesterday October 14th. Screaming fans (including myself) filled the Chapters Queensway location. Some lining up for a wrist band as early as 11:00am. The author discussion was scheduled to begin at 7pm but that didn’t stop fangirls of the two trilogies (Divergent and Shatter me) from gathering to save a spot and make new friends. Well…I made new friends. The excitement brought us bloggers together heres a blogger I met http://thebookyouwanttoread.blogspot.ca
The wait was long and excruciating and I admit I tried to sneak into the back room to see them I was so desperate.

Their day started off with an interview on The Morning Show! Watch it here : Bz6XLc-CIAMNx0O.jpg-large

Then they did a number of other things check out Ransom’s instagram for fun pics http://instagram.com/ransomriggs

When they finally come out on stage the reaction might have literally cause whatever apocalyptic event occurred to create the world in the books the authors have written.

The discussion began with topics regarding their ‘writing process-ies’ as Veronica said it.
Veronica’s writing process: desperation. She has to do whatever is takes to get the writing done.
Tahereh: She has to throw herself into the mind of the protagonist and write in bursts where she is uninterrupted.

I also learned of Tahereh’s love for Gilmore Girls – which I share, but it stresses Veronica out.Bz_VrUECEAAX5Jr.jpg-large

What are their go to writing snack foods:
Tahereh: Tea, I think…does tea count as a food?
Veronica: Can you chew tea?
Tahereh: Well, no 
Veronica: That would be gross
Tahereh: Yeah I can’t eat when i’m writing – all I have to do is write
Veronica: I don’t really eat at the same time because if I walked on my treadmill desk, while typing and eating, I would choke to death.
But if she were to snack on something it would be goldfish crackers and popcorn.


Left to right: Veronica, Tahereh, Ransom, Me.

It was really awesome to know how they came up with their ideas for certain things in their books and how they agree and disagree on certain things. I like how Veronica said that you just have to accept that not everyone is the same (some people’s favourite parts are another’s reason to put the book down) and you can’t please everyone so you can’t worry so much about whether or not people are going to like your book. Because I was in the first 200 people, I had the opportunity to meet and have my books personalized by these lovely ladies. They are honestly the sweetest and most stylish women I know. It was super exciting and I must have made a complete fool out of myself! (In front of Ransom too eek!)

It was such an awesome experience – I never thought I would get a chance to meet theses amazing ladies.

Book Hipsters? (The pioneers of Fandom culture)

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 hipster-cartoons-pbr1    YA Book-to-movie adaptations are becoming less and less rare as they become more popular. Remember when there was only twilight and The Hunger Games? Well, now it seems every ‘New York Times Best selling’ book involving a fan base is optioned for a movie.  I’m not complaining, I love seeing my favourite books turned into a movie. What I dislike, however, is seeing adaptations being butchered by reviewers saying ‘just another hunger games unoriginal’. Most of the time – they’re wrong, in my opinion.

Nothing is original anymore – it just isn’t possible. So there are going to be elements sharing similar appearances between the adaptations. But announcing that The Maze Runner or Divergent is yet another “Hunger Games Remake” just because the cast involves teens? That just makes me want to put a butter knife in someones eye. 

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Ignite by Lily Paradis | Book Review

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ignite-amazongrswIgnite Spoiler-Free Review

Lauren Lindsay never thought she would get that phone call again: The “something so bad has happened that it can not be briefed on the phone” kind of call.

After her father’s death during a mine accident, Lauren is all too familiar with loss.
So are her three stepsiblings who are suddenly thrust into her care, following yet another family tragedy. Now, faced with a difficult decision, her first instinct is to flee. But something stalls her. Okay, maybe that something is a really a someone. The mysterious and gorgeous Dean Powell who everyone seems to be in love with.
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