Rating System Update!

As some of my regular readers may have noticed, I had made a post about a new rating system about a week ago.

I had made some mini, black and white versions of a picture I took of my husky, in order to use until I could get in touch with an illustrator who can help me out. And I didn’t even use my version of the husky for the last 2 book reviews which I wrote! I was going to, but was just too embarrassed of how they look.

But luckily for me (and everyone who reads my posts! haha), I have gotten into contact with an amazing illustrator who was able to create exactly what it was I had been looking for!

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Cleo by Sassafras de Bruyn [Review]

51I77+xunXL._SX360_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Cleo
Author & Illustrator: Sassafras de Bruyn
Type: Fiction
Genre: Children’s
Publisher: Calvis Books
Date published: May 15 2016
Format: E-book
Page Count: N/A
Source: NetGalley

E-copy of the book kindly provided through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Cleo is sad. She always has to hurry. To the bus. To school. She often feels lonely. But one day she’ll go far away, to a place where she defeats sea monsters and where clouds taste like whipped cream. Only her cat will come with her. But suddenly there is a boy…

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The Toothless Fairy by Timothy Jordan and Matt LaFleur [Review]

61hTKuYmDRL._SX473_BO1,204,203,200_Title: The Toothless Fairy
Author: Timothy Jordan
Illustrator: Matt LaFleur
Type: Fiction
Genre: Children’s
Publisher: Night River Press
Date published: August 1, 2015
Format: E-book
Page Count: N/A
Source: NetGalley

E-copy of the book kindly provided through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: More than anything, the Toothless Fairy wants to have a friend she can play with, but she feels unlovable as she has only one tooth. She is lonely and sad and feels she can’t make friends, because she will scare them away. When Halloween comes around, she notices that the kids are not afraid of all the scary costumes out there and she realizes, maybe this is her chance to find a way to make a friend. She comes up with a brilliant plan and that is how a new Halloween tradition begins.

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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesdays (#1)

As promised, here is my first daily-themed blog post!

I was going to start with these yesterday, because I’m pretty anal about starting weekly things on Mondays (haha), but it was a holiday in Canada, and I tried to stay off my laptop for the entire day before it’s back to work, and back to looking at a screen for hours upon hours in a day, haha.

So, without further ado, here is the first paragraph, of the first chapter of my ARC copy of Kiersten White’s And I Darken:

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New rating system!

So, if you have been reading my book reviews, you might have noticed that I have been using the classic 5 star system. Well, I’ve been playing with the idea of doing something different for that portion of my reviews, and since Raph [check out the About Me page, if you don’t know who that is 😉 ] is my assistant and would like more input on my reviews, I’ve decided…in stead of stars, to use…

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Weekly Memes ❤

stitch_reading_by_calling_all_angelz-d34ehauI would like to announce that I will start a posting series which will revolve around weekly themes! These will usually be unrelated to my book reviews, and will be more of a fun thing for me to write, and for you to read (hopefully! haha), between my book reviews!

As I’ve been busy with reading submissions for the magazine which I am interning at, I have had very little time for my own reading. We will be meeting this Friday to discuss which submissions will make it into the magazine, and which will not (exciting!), and after that…I will have all the time for the reads!

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My May Book Haul……(so far)

maybookhaulThis is my May book haul, thus far! I have another book on the way though, and one I forgot to include.

1. Smith of Wootton Major by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
4. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
5. The One by Kiera Cass
6. Cinder and Cress by Marissa Meyer
7. Eleanor & Park and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I forget whose blog post I got this information from, but I learned about bookoutlet.ca from somewhere, and well…I went a little nuts!

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Currently Reading…

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I am very happy to have been given the opportunity to read Kiersten White’s And I Darken, the first installment of her new Conqueror’s Saga series. This title will be published on June 28th of this year, and I’m super excited to be able to read it and give you all my opinion, before then!

What I’ve gotten from it so far, is that Ladislav is what White believes Vlad the Impaler would have been if he had been a woman! This is definitely a new spin on the story, and I’m really enjoying it so far.

Summary: NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

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