We Need To Talk About Authors Reading Reviews

A conflict that’s not new in the book world is author’s reading reviews. But lately, I’ve been seeing it happen more and more. I’m so fed up with authors violating the safe space of readers and reviewers. Reviews. Are. Not. For. Authors.

Dear Authors,

Stop reading reviews.

Yours Truly,
Reviewers everywhere

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ARC Review: “Fable” by Adrienne Young

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Title: Fable
Series: Fable, #1
Author: Adrienne Young
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Source: Raincoast Books
Publication Date: September 1st, 2020
Format: ARC
Page Count: 368 (hardcover edition)
Rating: ★★★

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Plot Summary: Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men.

As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home seventeen-year-old Fable has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.

But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him and Fable soon finds that West isn’t who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they’re going to stay alive.

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I received an ARC from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.

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July Wrap Up

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When I stop to think about it, the passage of time has always been a funny thing. But this month – and this year in particular – seems to be slipping by in a daze of books, working, and isolation. I feel trapped physically, so I turn to art in various forms to soothe my soul and calm my mind. If nothing else, these past months have taught me to cherish every moment of life. I took for granted the way we all lived, before.

Last year, I was free in a way we aren’t this year. I was constantly outside, visiting fields of golden sunflowers and active bees, glimpsing the mountains of a far away city on a road trip. Staying up way too late with friends. And going on countless walks to soak up the glow of the sun.

So this July was different for me, as it was different for all of us. This is what my July looked like.

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2020 Reading Rush TBR

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It’s almost the end of July, so it makes perfect sense that I pressure myself to read more by impulsively joining another readathon this month.

But I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t repeatedly over-commit to buddy reads, online book clubs, readalongs, and/or readathons. Every. Month. Also, seeing everyone’s TBRs – including that of my bestie – just really felt like some subliminal messaging or a sign from the heavens.

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ARC Review: “Every Step She Takes” by K.L. Armstrong

Title: Every Step She Takes
Author: K.L. Armstrong
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Source: Penguin Random House Canada
Publication Date: June 30th, 2020
Format: eARC
Page Count: 320 (paperback edition)
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Plot Summary: Sometimes there’s no use running from your past. . . .

Genevieve has secrets that no one knows. In Rome she can be whoever she wants to be. Her neighbours aren’t nosy; her Italian is passable; the shopkeepers and restaurant owners now see her as a local, and they let her be. It’s exactly what she wants.

One morning, after getting groceries, she returns to her 500-year-old Trastevere apartment. She climbs to the very top of the staircase, the stairs narrowing the higher she goes. When she gets to her door, she puts down her bags and pushes the key into the lock . . .

. . . and the door swings open.

It’s unlocked. Sometimes she doesn’t lock it because break-ins aren’t common in Rome. But Genevieve knows she locked the door behind her this morning. She has no doubt.

She should leave, call the police. What if someone is in her apartment, waiting for her? But she doesn’t.

The apartment is empty, and exactly as she left it, perfectly tidy and not a thing out of place . . . except for the small box on her kitchen table. A box that definitely wasn’t there this morning. A box postmarked from the US. A box that is addressed to “Lucy Callahan.”

A name that she hasn’t used in ten years.
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I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger warning: This book contains on the page sexual assault.

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ARC Review: “I’ll Be the One” by Lyla Lee

Title: I’ll Be The One
Author: Lyla Lee
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: HarperCollins Canada
Publication Date: June 16th, 2020
Format: eARC
Page Count: 336 (hardcover edition)
Rating: ★★★

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Plot Summary:

The world of K-Pop has never met a star like this. Debut author Lyla Lee delivers a deliciously fun, thoughtful rom-com celebrating confidence and body positivity—perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Julie Murphy.

Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn’t dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn’t call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she’s about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for girls like her.

She’ll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she’ll do it better than anyone else.

When Skye nails her audition, she’s immediately swept into a whirlwind of countless practices, shocking performances, and the drama that comes with reality TV. What she doesn’t count on are the highly fat-phobic beauty standards of the Korean pop entertainment industry, her sudden media fame and scrutiny, or the sparks that soon fly with her fellow competitor, Henry Cho.

But Skye has her sights on becoming the world’s first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the competition—without losing herself.

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Review: “The Silence of Bones” by June Hur

Title: The Silence of Bones
Author: June Hur
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: Raincoast Books
Publication Date: April 21st, 2020
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 336
Rating: ★★.5

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Plot Summary: June Hur’s elegant and haunting debut The Silence of Bones is a bloody YA historical mystery tale perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco and Renee Ahdieh.

I have a mouth, but I mustn’t speak;
Ears, but I mustn’t hear;
Eyes, but I mustn’t see.

1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman.

As they delve deeper into the dead woman’s secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder.

But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.

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I received a finished copy from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.

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Koreadathon TBR

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It’s July! (Wow, where has the time gone). And that means a fresh month of reading, and a fresh TBR. July is also the month for Koreadathon co-hosted by Monica Kim and Chloe from bookswithchloe! It’s been a bit since I did a readathon, and I’m so excited to join in with #koreadathon. From July 6-12, we’ll be reading some books based on the challenge prompts, but there are also general prompts! And, of course, we’ll all be reading the Koreadathon group book (which I’m super excited for).

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BLOG TOUR | ARC Review: “The Last Train to Key West” by Chanel Cleeton

Title: The Last Train to Key West
Author: Chanel Cleeton
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Penguin Random House
Publication Date: June 16th 2020
Format: eARC
Page Count: 320 (paperback edition)
Rating: ★★★

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Plot Summary: In 1935 three women are forever changed when one of the most powerful hurricanes in history barrels toward the Florida Keys in New York Times bestselling author Chanel Cleeton’s captivating new novel.

Everyone journeys to Key West searching for something. For the tourists traveling on Henry Flagler’s legendary Overseas Railroad, Labor Day weekend is an opportunity to forget the economic depression gripping the nation. But one person’s paradise can be another’s prison, and Key West-native Helen Berner yearns to escape.

The Cuban Revolution of 1933 left Mirta Perez’s family in a precarious position. After an arranged wedding in Havana, Mirta arrives in the Keys on her honeymoon. While she can’t deny the growing attraction to the stranger she’s married, her new husband’s illicit business interests may threaten not only her relationship, but her life.

Elizabeth Preston’s trip from New York to Key West is a chance to save her once-wealthy family from their troubles as a result of the Wall Street crash. Her quest takes her to the camps occupied by veterans of the Great War and pairs her with an unlikely ally on a treacherous hunt of his own.

Over the course of the holiday weekend, the women’s paths cross unexpectedly, and the danger swirling around them is matched only by the terrifying force of the deadly storm threatening the Keys.

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BLOG TOUR | ARC Review: “The Marriage Game” by Sara Desai

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Title: The Marriage Game
Author: Sara Desai
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Penguin Random House
Publication Date: June 9th 2020
Format: eARC
Page Count: 352 (paperback edition)
Rating★★★

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Plot Summary: A high stakes wager pits an aspiring entrepreneur against a ruthless CEO in this sexy romantic comedy.

After her life falls apart, recruitment consultant Layla Patel returns home to her family in San Francisco. But in the eyes of her father, who runs a Michelin starred restaurant, she can do no wrong. He would do anything to see her smile again. With the best intentions in mind, he offers her the office upstairs to start her new business and creates a profile on an online dating site to find her a man. She doesn’t know he’s arranged a series of blind dates until the first one comes knocking on her door…

As CEO of a corporate downsizing company Sam Mehta is more used to conflict than calm. In search of a quiet new office, he finds the perfect space above a cozy Indian restaurant that smells like home. But when communication goes awry, he’s forced to share his space with the owner’s beautiful yet infuriating daughter Layla, her crazy family, and a parade of hopeful suitors, all of whom threaten to disrupt his carefully ordered life.

As they face off in close quarters, the sarcasm and sparks fly. But when the battle for the office becomes a battle of the heart, Sam and Layla have to decide if this is love or just a game.

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