Winger by Andrew Smith | Review

4.5 out of 5

Title: Winger
Author: Andrew Smith
Series: Winger (Book 1)
Publication Year: 2014
Genre: Contemporary
Pages: 439

Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids in the Pacific Northwest. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy.

With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart.

Filled with hand-drawn info-graphics and illustrations and told in a pitch-perfect voice, this realistic depiction of a teen’s experience strikes an exceptional balance of hilarious and heartbreaking.

So I just wanna start off by saying I took a little break from reading a while back so that's sort of to explain my absence from this blog. Those of you that follow us on Tumblr may have noticed that we've been a lot more active on there and that's partially because it's a bit easier during my reading break to kind of stay up-to-date on everything bookish by looking through everything on there. But lastly I want to thank all of you for sticking around (and that anon on Tumblr.) Why don't we get started?

This book is amazing. It's one of those books that I finished reading thinking "Wow, just wow." It was a perfect mixture of substance, fluff, humour and tragedy... This book is literally a emotional rollercoaster. It makes you laugh until tears come out of your eyes, then it gives you something to sob over. Seriously, your tear ducts will be empty by the end of this book. 



So a little bit about the book first. It's a contemporary set in a private boarding school where they have 2 different halls; one for "normal" people and the other for the "troubled." Our main character, Ryan Dean West, who is 2 years younger than everyone else in his grade, get's moved over to the hall with the "bad" kids, then all hell breaks loose. A lot of this books revolves around a main theme, rugby, and that's what ties a lot of the book together, which I find is pretty awesome because I've read way too many books where everyone is on a football team.

I think that another thing this book does really well with is staying away from clich├ęs. I feel like I've been reading way too many contemporaries these days that just follow what sort of feels like a standard "Character A is lonely, Character A meets Character B, Character A and Character B fall in love, Character A and B break up, Character development happens now, Character A and Character B get back together. The end." Winger does sort of follow this format but not to the extent where that's the whole story. To me, the romance element in this book is shoved in your face and that's the only plot you get. I feel like with Winger, the main plot follows the protagonist's life with a few interludes into his personal life.

Ryan Dean West is the quintessential hormonal teenage boy, He's hilariously crude while still being able to be serious at the same time. While yes, I agree that he objectifies every single person he sees, I don't think it takes away from the book. He's just one of those characters you can automatically relate to, I was drawn in from the very first sentence. And of course like you have all seen me say on this blog before, he's written with the perfect amount of flaws to make him awesomely relatable.

One thing I really loved about this book were really its characters. Everyone (and I mean everyone) in the book was fully developed and every character was full of surprises. I really can't say much without spoiling anything but really trust me on this, you won't be disappointed.

Do I recommend? Hell ya.


So really all that's left for me to say is whether I recommend this book or not. The answer to that is hell ya, this book has an amazingly different plot, an awesome array of characters... I guarantee that this book with be one of the best books you read for a long time.

Anna and the French Kiss||If You Liked #1




Anna and the French Kiss, we've probably all heard of this book some time during the past couple years as it exploded into the YA romance genre.

Sure, you may not have liked it
but you've got to agree with one thing, this book has all the makings of a successful YA romance; cute characters, snippy dialogue, an exotic locale, etc. And for the most part, I agree. I loved this book, everything just seemed to make it work. Some of Rainbow Rowell's (not all) books per se, in the same genre just end up kinda flopping for some reason.

For all of you out there who haven't read Anna and the French Kiss yet, stop reading and go read it now. It's one of the best books in the genre. For those of you who have read it, keep scrolling.




I'm Too Slow | Madness Mondays #5


I've been having a problem since the last time I dropped by with a reading update.

I'm reading

      too

           slowly.


Notebook Confessions | Madness Mondays #4

Two weeks ago, I did a Madness Mondays post called My New Notebook. In that post, I said, and I quote, "I've decided to use it as my everything notebook."

As of this week, that's a lie. It is no longer my everything notebook. It is no longer my newest notebook.

Confession: I got a new notebook.

Confession #2: Confession #1 is a lie. I got two notebooks.

My New Notebook | Madness Mondays #3

So at the beginning of the New Year, I got an old notebook and ripped out all the used pages. I've decided to use it as my everything notebook.

So far, I've used up a few weeks worth of pages. So I decided to make a post about my notebook entries so far . . .


The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

4.5 out of 5

Title: The Kiss of Deception
Author: Mary E Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles (book 1)
Publication Year: 2014
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 492

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.


This book is so ridiculously good! The characters, the plot, the idea, everything! Just



Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi (Manali's Review)

Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*WARNING SPOILERS*

Hey guys! I'm back. And I plan on fulfilling our "New Year's Resolution" #1, which is to post two or more times a week. I've already got one queued up, so this will be the second. (Also, you can expect some more posts from me this week, if you read my Monday post coming up, and from the other guys as well.) Anyhow, I felt like today's a good day to post a review.

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do—and they are just as determined to stay together.

Within the confines of a cave they're using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble an unlikely team for an impossible rescue mission. Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival--he's also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

Rants With Manny #2 - When Books Don't Match | Madness Mondays #2

I've decided that my first post of the year is gonna be a rant. A rant about stuff that's wrong with books.

(Brace yourself, it's gonna be a long one.)

So let's get started . . .

The Holiday Bookshoot

As you've seen from the title, this is going to be a few pictures of the books I got for Christmas, kinda like a book haul, but with pictures that I took myself!


This book is Half Bad by Sally Green, I heard so many awesome things about it throughout the year so I decided to get it for myself. Lucky for me, it was on sale at my local bookstore so I got it pretty cheap. I love the way it looks without the slipcover, the red on black makes it look so ominous. 


I also got Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson. Same as Half Bad, I heard so many great things about this book as well. I think it's one of those awesome summer novels, which is just thing I need to distract me from the freezing temperatures right now in Toronto. It's been -10 to -20 Celsius this whole week! 



So this boxset has been on sale for a while, the whole trilogy and a book of essays for only 20 dollars! I have to say, one of the reasons why I bought this specific boxset was for the way it looks. I think the kinda minimalist design really works. Review: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Review



Last but not least, a book that I got from my friend Olivia over at Fictionally Obsessed. I love the cover on this book too. Everything just works. Before she gave me this book I've only really seen it mentioned once or twice by someone at school, I never really checked it out. I read the back blurb and the reviews on Goodreads and the book seems pretty cool. We'll have to wait and see!

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson



5 out of 5

Title: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Series: The Millenium Trilogy
Author: Stieg Larsson (posthumous)
Original Language: Swedish
Translator: Reg Keeland
Pages: 465
Rated R (swearing, mature subject matter)

Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there's always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has to be one of the best, and most complex crime novels ever written.


Hello everyone! I just wanna apologise again that we haven't been on for the past while. We decided to take a hiatus through December so we could concentrate a little on school, and some exams. But now we're back! So first things first, we want to wish everyone an awesome New Year and we hope you had an awesome holiday season!

  1. Our main goal for the new year is to post 2 or more times a week, that way we'll be able to talk to you guys more about what's happening in our bookish lives. We're hoping to be able to get more giveaways, interviews and the such!
  2. Our second goal for the new year is to reach 100 followers by the end of the year. Right now we have 29 followers on GFC and 15 on Bloglovin'. 
  3. Work on our newsletters! We're planning to start a sort of newsletter that culminates both what we've posted on our blog, and what's happening in the bookish world (releases, touring, events, etc.) that way we'll be able to keep everyone informed on what's happening in the world, delivered right to your inbox! We've already put up the sign-up widget on our sidebar! 
  4. Our last goal is to have an awesome year. We want to attend more events, signings, read more awesome books, discover new authors, everything! 

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