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By: Melanie | July 18, 2015 | (64) Comments

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I’d firstly like to point out that Emmy & Oliver is a really misleading title. While the title screams a romance-dominated story, I would say it’s anything but that. Sure, there is a hella adorable romance… but at it’s core, Benway’s story is one about friendship, growing up, making your own path in life, and more importantly, family.  “Sometimes love isn’t something you say, it’s something you do.” At it’s surface, this book is about Oliver who is finally found 10 years later after being kidnapped […]

By: Melanie | July 11, 2015 | (63) Comments

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Thanks Xpresso Book Tours for hosting this tour! Click here for the rest of the tour. Miranda Kenneally’s Hundred Oaks is one of those super cute, swoon-worthy contemporaries that you can pick up at any point in the series, and love them just as much as the next person. For me, I started reading her books since Racing Savannah (book 4) and this book, Jesse’s Girl is undoubtedly my favourite one up to date. While the first 5 books have all been about sports, this one is different […]

By: Melanie | July 8, 2015 | (56) Comments

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*This review is spoiler-free for the entire series. Spoilers are hidden in spoiler tags* It is Paula Weston’s fault that I haven’t done anything productive lately. Yup that’s right, I’m putting ALL the blame on her. I’ve been stuck inside this world that Weston’s created and just can’t seem to get out. SEND HELP.  So. If you haven’t heard of/read The Rephaim series, I highly recommend you reconsider all your life choices and ask yourself: what am I doing with my life? I clearly […]

By: Melanie | July 6, 2015 | (55) Comments

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Hello, you book nerds! The time has come for another post filled with mini reviews. It is also in which I showcase my excellent skill called inconsistency because some of the mini reviews are the tiniest things ever whereas some turned out being essays. Whoops. SUCH FAIL. Aaaaaanywayyy, I’ve been having some pretty bad luck with my Netgalley reads as of the late, seeing as only 1 out of the 6 books I have here I (somewhat) liked. This post consists of […]

By: Larissa | July 4, 2015 | (48) Comments

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Horror is a genre within YA that I personally believe brims with unexplored possibility. As a bit of a horror buff myself, I do love the genre itself but even more so the impact it can have on the reader. From personal experience I’ve felt the aftereffects of well done horror far past the credits of a movie or the closing words of a novel. I suppose my personal definition of a successful horror then would be if it elicited undeniable long-lasting fear. I […]

By: Melanie | June 23, 2015 | (66) Comments

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Fangirl Discussion Review by Mel and Celine *This is a spoiler-free review* Celine: Can I just say how much I loved this one?! Mel: Yes omg I cannot get over how brilliant this one is. Buying myself a hardcover for sure! Celine: I loved pretty much everything about this. Its uniqueness, the voice, the amazing characters, the bonds different characters have, the fantastic ship, the twisty revelations… This book just has it all. Mel: Yes girl!! That pretty much sums up all of […]

By: Larissa | June 20, 2015 | (48) Comments

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This novel had quite the premise, it appealed to me on every level. I mean come on, historical fiction coupled up with a complex blackmail scenario? Sign me up. Unfortunately with Tangled Webs I found myself simply unable to finish it. I ended up marking it as DNF at 30 percent just because I was so, so, so detached and bored out of my mind. The biggest issue for me was definitely the writing in this one. It just read as so bland and typical, […]

By: Melanie | June 16, 2015 | (42) Comments

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The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is one of those laugh out loud, quirky contemporaries with fantastic underlying messages that every contemporary junkie needs to read. It’s definitely a book that I enjoyed, and apparently a spider agrees with me (it’s now dead though). Oh yes, I went to the bathroom the other day and when I came back to my desk, there was a huge ugly spider resting on my book. The horrors. I legit screamed and spent the next […]

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