Sunday, July 31, 2011

Question of the month Answered! Majority of Us ARE Judgemental!

It looks like we have a winner for July's Question of the month: Do YOU Judge a Book by its Cover?

Majority of you guys voted YES and I totally agree! Why have the covers at all if not to attract us to the content that lies right underneath?

There’s a lot a cover can do for the novel. It sums up the entire story and gives you that starting point of the world and journey your about to enter!

For one particular book, I only picked it up because of the amazing cover art it had! Have any of you heard of Hush Hush by the wonderful Becca Fitzpatrick? This cover is so captivating and it’s a love at first sight connection!

What does Cover Art mean to YOU? Leave a response BELOW! I want to know what you think! This topic really interests me!

Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite. – Sir Francis Bacon

As Always



Monday, July 25, 2011

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer By: Michelle Hodkin

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published Date: September 27th, 2011
Source: ARC Courtesy of Simon & Schuster Canada

Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.

She's wrong.

(Review by Goodreads)

Mara Dyer is just another teen growing up in Rhode Island. A friend and a daughter with a bright future ahead of her until one night where everything seems to blackout. Mara wakes up in the hospital with bruises and no memory whatsoever. She’s certain of two things: first, her friends are dead and second, she some how survived.

Time passes and Mara Dyer is no longer the same person. She sees them. Her dead friends. She hears them and she imagines them so vividly in her everyday life. With no choice left, Mara and her family decide to move away and start fresh with no ties to the past. When they set foot in their new town, things don’t seem to ease up on Mara they seem to have gotten worse. The constant nightmares and images that pass through her mind are telling her something about the night her friends die but she can’t quite figure it all out. Amidst Mara Dyer’s descend into crazy, she meets a boy Noah Shaw –CORRECTION: a hot boy with a BRITISH accent *sigh*. He’s got a bad reputation but despite what everyone thinks they know, Mara learns for herself, Noah is MUCH more than the poster child for womanizer. He’s hot, he loves dogs, and there’s something about him that keeps him fighting for Mara every second he’s got! They both find something in each other that is special and at the same time scary. They’ve got no clue how to control it and the consequences are deadly. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is EPIC!

Every word hung with unbearable tension, every page so bone chilling! The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is going to mess with your mind! A novel with haunting characters, lovely boys and killer friends – literally. It left me scared with chills down my spine and in love with the Noah Shaw! All boys should aspire to be Noah Shaw! Easily one of my favourite reads so far this year!

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars!

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer hits shelves on September 27th. EVERYONE definitely needs to check this book out!


I asked Michelle Hodkin if you could tell your readers one thing about The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, what would it be? She replied:

“I think I’d tell them that there will DEFINITELY be a sequel, and it will be out in Fall 2012 :)”

So there you have it, rest assured, there will be more to the story of Mara Dyer!


And now I leave you with some of my favourite lines from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer:


“My God, you’re like the plague.”

“A masterfully crafted, powerfully understated and epic parable of timeless moral resonance? Why, thank you. That’s one of the nicest things anyone’s ever said to me,” he said, coolly amused.


“No. I hate you,” I said hoping that saying it would make it so.

“And yet, you draw me.” Noah was still smug, completely undeterred by my declaration…”Why?” he asked.

“Why what?” What could I say? Noah despite you being an asshole, or maybe because of it, I’d like to rip off your clothes and have your babies. Don’t tell.


As Always,



PS - Did I stress how much I LOVED this book? Michelle Hodkin is pretty awesome as well! Check out her blog HERE and follow her on twitter @MichelleHodkin

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover #2

This weeks Book Cover picks are a mix between my favs and Chandra Rooney's. For those of you who don't know, Chandra runs the IndigoTeenBlog over at And for updates on all things YA, follow her on twitter @IndigoTeenBlog!

Chandra's Pick - if this cover is not dramatic enough! Love it, it's now on my TBR list!

Chandra’s Pick – So creepy! I’m a little scared to dive into this one but nonetheless, I’ve added it to my TBR list as well!

This is a fun cover! I’m a sucker for these complex/romance/YA novels!

Loving the darkness this one shows! And the storyline is VERY.... haunting? So to speak.

So far this has been my favourite Cover I’ve seen so far this year…the book is amazing as well! It’s out September 27th so mark your calendars because this book is such a thrill to read! – I will be posting a review of it soon =)

Thanks again to Chandra for her recommendations! Be sure to check out her blog & follow her on Twitter!

As Always,

Happy Reading


(Book Info Provided By GoodReads)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Daily Dose #2

A little late this week... but nonetheless, here are my finds this week!
& thanks to GoodGollyMissHolly for the idea! Go check out her amazing book blog HERE

(does this not look like a scene straight out of Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare?)

-These photos do not belong to me-

Monday, July 11, 2011

Daily Dose #1

The idea of posting some of my favourite picture finds is genius! Thanks goes to GoodGollyMissHolly for the idea! Go check out her amazing book blog HERE!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Review: Wondrous Strange By: Lesley Livingston

Mon review of the lovely Wondrous Strange by the equally stunning, Canadian, Lesley Livingston:

Since the dawn of time, the Faerie have taken. . . .

For seventeen-year-old actress Kelley Winslow, faeries are just something from childhood stories. Then she meets Sonny Flannery, whose steel-gray eyes mask an equally steely determination to protect her.

Sonny guards the Samhain Gate, which connects the mortal realm with the Faerie's enchanted, dangerous Otherworld. Usually kept shut by order of icy King Auberon, the Gate stands open but once a year.

This year, as the time approaches when the Samhain Gate will swing wide and nightmarish Fae will fight their way into an unsuspecting human world, something different is happening . . . something wondrous and strange. And Kelley's eyes are opening not just to the Faerie that surround her but to the heritage that awaits her.

Now Kelley must navigate deadly Faerie treachery--and her growing feelings for Sonny--in this dazzling page-turner filled with luminous romance.

(Review brought to you by Chapters)

Upon the very first pages we meet this average girl, Kelley Winslow, who is striving to make an acting career for herself in the big city, New York. She is to star in her company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and believes this could be her big break! In the midst of studying her lines in central park one night alone, she meets a gorgeous stranger who goes by the name Sonny Flannery and he so happens to be guarding the gates to a whole different world! A world where it isn’t as simple as peace, love, and the human race but a realm of fairies and fae that possess the power to destroy everything in Kelley’s world!

Sonny is just a worker, a slave almost, to the King of the Unseelie Court of Fairies. He’s been chosen to guard these gates so no one shall pass through to the Otherworld. When Sonny meets Kelley there is instant spark and the harder he tries to protect her from his dangerous world, the more they learn that both of there worlds are due for some major destruction!

Kelley learns she is much more than the average human. She’s apart of Sonny’s world way more than they both know; she’s a fairy princess in line to inherit the throne to a fairy kingdom. There are people out there that want to embrace Kelley but there are others who want to have Kelley gone! Confused, scared, and in-love, Kelley is forced to make decisions she has no idea how to in order to protect herself, Sonny and her beloved world.

At times predictable but a good predictable; does that make sense? There is definitely something magical to the way Lesley Livingston spins this tale! I found myself flipping each and every page with more anticipation than before. It’s the way that Sonny shines and Kelley sparks that really bring this novel to life! Their characters ‘click’ and Livingston does a phenomenal job showing that romeo/juliet-esque love they have! Add in the touch of magic, and you’ve got this knock out fairytale! Handcrafted so nicely, and wrapped up in such beautiful cover art,

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars!

A must to ANY fantasy reader out there!

As Always,



PS – This book is a trilogy so go check out the others by clicking on their covers below!


I got the chance to meet Lesley in person here in Toronto and she is just so friendly! One of the funniest and most charming authors I’ve ever met! This is her debut novel and it’s unbelievable! Congrats to all her success!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover?

I'll make an exception here! The first of a little mini series on my blog where I'll post some of my favourite book covers that I've picked up already or look forward to picking up! If you have any recommendations or stories of what books you were instantly tethered to, leave a comment! I'll feature them on my next Book Cover Post!

Cause let's be honest here, who HASN'T been drawn to some of their favourite books because of their covers?

Oh Hush Hush was my introduction to Fallen Angels...C'mon just LOOK at this cover?

It was hard to choose just one Sarah Dessen Cover, they all are simple and perfect!

Now the one on the left is the original, and the one on the right is the new cover that was just released. Either one shows the emotion of what the book takes you through!

I just love Victorian Dresses! And this is such a fitting title for this book...Just a lovely COVER!

Last but not least,this cover reeled me in instantly! I have yet to pick it up, but this cover, my oh just get an instant feel to it, no?

That is all for now, if you are interested in learning more about each book, just click their covers!
Look forward to hearing about some of your favourite covers!

(Thanks goes to GoodReads)