Saturday, 17 April 2021

The Ones We're Meant to Find: Joan He


Title: The Ones We're Meant to Find
Author: Joan He
Publish Date: May 4th, 2021
Publisher: Roaring Brook 
Source: Huge thank you to Raincoast Books and the publisher for providing me with an ARC for review! 

One of the most twisty, surprising, engaging page-turner YAs you’ll read this year—We Were Liars meets Black Mirror, with a dash of Studio Ghibli.

Cee has been trapped on an abandoned island for three years without any recollection of how she arrived, or memories from her life prior. All she knows is that somewhere out there, beyond the horizon, she has a sister named Kay. Determined to find her, Cee devotes her days to building a boat from junk parts scavenged inland, doing everything in her power to survive until the day she gets off the island and reunites with her sister.

In a world apart, 16-year-old STEM prodigy Kasey Mizuhara is also living a life of isolation. The eco-city she calls home is one of eight levitating around the world, built for people who protected the planet―and now need protecting from it. With natural disasters on the rise due to climate change, eco-cities provide clean air, water, and shelter. Their residents, in exchange, must spend at least a third of their time in stasis pods, conducting business virtually whenever possible to reduce their environmental footprint. While Kasey, an introvert and loner, doesn’t mind the lifestyle, her sister Celia hated it. Popular and lovable, Celia much preferred the outside world. But no one could have predicted that Celia would take a boat out to sea, never to return.

Now it’s been three months since Celia’s disappearance, and Kasey has given up hope. Logic says that her sister must be dead. But as the public decries her stance, she starts to second guess herself and decides to retrace Celia’s last steps. Where they’ll lead her, she does not know. Her sister was full of secrets. But Kasey has a secret of her own.

Penelope's Review

Wow what a fantastic novel! Great storyline, with really great elements of real world issues woven in to create the perfect balance between fiction and not. I am truly surprised at the direction this book took, something that hasn't happened to me in a long time reading a book. The way Joan He writes, the twists that her story took, the perfect merge between two seemingly separate story lines... it was a testament to her tremendous skill as a writer. 

The book follows Cee who has been on an abandoned island for three years, and Kasey the sister who was left behind. I enjoyed getting to know each character and journeying through their lives with them as they uncovered truths and discovered themselves. The plot itself is widely based on the world "ending" in a way due to the environmental strain that humans placed on the Earth for so long. The author's world of cities in the sky with holograms and stasis pods was masterfully created. The book didn't end the way I expected or thought I wanted, and yet it fit the story perfectly. 

Overall, I recommend everyone give this book a try regardless of age or favorite genre. I think it has something for everyone - lovers of mystery, romance, thriller, fiction, fantasy, etc. Go in with an open mind... don't try to guess where it's going because you'll be wrong every time lol. Just read and enjoy. 

Rating: 4.5/5 Devils

Friday, 16 April 2021

Book Blogger Hop


This is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer! Hop over to their page to grab a button and join in the fun!

This Week's Question:

How many different weekly memes do you participate in besides the Book Blogger Hop?

(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

Well normally I participate in It's Monday! What Are You Reading, Can't Wait Wednesday, and Stacking the Shelves/The Sunday Post! Given that I finally have my laptop back, I will be getting back to my full schedule! :) 

Sunday, 11 April 2021

Stacking the Shelves/The Sunday Post #6


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Hello everyone! Ugh laptop is still out of commission but HOPEFULLY back in my hands early this week! I haven't really been able to blog much - there always seems to be someone on the family computer lol! But once I get it back, I'll be back in business! 

This coming week, I plan on posting Monday's book meme at least, and hopefully 2-3 reviews but we'll see how it goes! 

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!

From NetGalley:

Physical ARC's in my mailbox:

Friday, 9 April 2021

How to Survive a Scandal by Samara Parish


Title: How to Survive a Scandal
Author: Samara Parish
Publish Date: May 25th, 2021
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Source: Huge thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC for review!

In this whirlwind regency romance a near-death experience leads to a marriage of convenience for two unsuspecting strangers, but will their unusual meeting lead them to true love?

Lady Amelia was raised to be the perfect duchess, accomplished in embroidery, floral arrangement, and managing a massive household. But when an innocent mistake forces her and the uncouth, untitled Benedict Asterly into a marriage of convenience, all her training appears to be for naught. Even worse, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to this man no finishing school could have prepared her for.

Benedict Asterly never dreamed saving Amelia’s life would lead to him being shackled to the hoity Society miss. Benedict was taught to distrust the aristocracy at a young age, so when news of his marriage endangers a business deal, Benedict is wary of Amelia’s offer to help. But his quick-witted, elegant bride defies all his expectations . . . and if he’s not careful, she’ll break down the walls around his guarded heart.

Penelope's Review

This was such a cute, fun read! I really enjoyed it and want to congrratulate this author on her debut. 

The book follows Lady Amelia, a prim and proper, upper class member of society. She is destined to marry a duke, but one mistake ruins her chances and forces her into marrying our male lead, Benedict Asterly. I loved Amelia's character - she took everything in stride, and stayed true to herself no matter what. Watching her grow and learn about things that she always considered beneath her station was heartwarming and exciting! I loved that this book was sort of the opposite of what I'm used to in these romance books - the ones I pick up always seem to be a rich, upper society man rescuing the poor damsel with no prospects. While I love, and will continue to love that trope, I must say this was a breath of fresh air! I loved seeing Amelia brought down a few notches only to clamber back up them again with ferocity and determination. 

Benedict was a hard-working man with great aspirations and a love for the people in his town. I loved reading from the perspective of a working class man in an era of industrialization. Benedict was also very protective of his little sister, and it was sweet to see that side of him. 

While Amelia and Benedict's relatonship was a bit dramatic at time, it nevertheless kept me entertained and rooting for them. The chemistry was definitely there, but I hoped for more romance in this romance novel lol! I still thoroughly enjoyed the book however, as it had a great plot and lots of entertaining twists and turns. If the next book in the series is featuring the two characters I think it might be, then I am super excited to see what happens - I am hoping for more heat and chemistry, but looking forward to it regardless! 

Overall, this is a great read that I recommend to anyone looking for a bit of a different twist on regency romance. I think ou'll quite enjoy it!

Monday, 5 April 2021

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.

Happy Monday everyone! Well.. as happy as it can be I suppose lol! Unfortunately my laptop completely died on the weekend and though I'm taking it in to see if it can be fixed today, it's very likely that I've lost everything on it. I haven't quite wrapped my head around what that means... but it's not good as all of my school files are on that computer. It's my own fault for not backing anything up though. I have definitely learned my lesson for next time! On the plus side, with no laptop for homework all weekend, all I did was read lol!

What I Read Last Week:

What I Am Currently Reading:

What I'm Reading Next: