2017 🇨🇦 Canadian Book Release Spotlight: The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

This month I will be featuring new releases from Canadian authors! From indie authors to well-known authors, I want to share with you the books I’m most excited for this year — I hope you’ll add some of them to your own wishlist and TBR! 

The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

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HMH For Young Readers | October 3, 2017

Skye Thorn has given tarot card readings for years, and now her psychic visions are helping the police find the town’s missing golden girl. It’s no challenge—her readings have always been faked, but this time she has some insider knowledge. The kidnapping was supposed to be easy—no one would get hurt and she’d get the money she needs to start a new life. But a seemingly harmless prank has turned dark, and Skye realizes the people she’s involved with are willing to kill to get what they want and she must discover their true identity before it’s too late.

I keep forgetting that Eileen Cook is Canadian, so when I realized (for the second time) that she was, I was super excited to see a new release from her! This one sounds super dark and intense – and I love that cover!

What Canadian book are you waiting for? 

[Canadian 🇨🇦 Audiobook Talk] A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout

Audiobook Details:

Format: Paperback & Audiobook
Source: Bought & Borrowed
Narrator: Amanda Lindhout
Length: 13 hours 17 minutes
Read: May 2017

Synopsis:

The dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most beautiful and remote places, its most imperiled and perilous countries, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity—an exquisitely written story of courage, resilience, and grace.

As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. At the age of nineteen, working as a cocktail waitress in Calgary, Alberta, she began saving her tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each adventure, went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth.” On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road.

Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converts to Islam as a survival tactic, receives “wife lessons” from one of her captors, and risks a daring escape. Moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert, she survives on memory—every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity—and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. When she is most desperate, she visits a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains, in the dark, being tortured.

Vivid and suspenseful, as artfully written as the finest novel, A House in the Sky is the searingly intimate story of an intrepid young woman and her search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity.

My Thoughts

I didn’t actually know Amanda Lindhout’s story, though I’m sure I must have seen it on the news at some point, so this really was fascinating to listen to. I liked that it wasn’t just about Amanda’s kidnapping, but it also went into her life and what led to her actually going to Somalia to fulfill her dreams.

As someone who is a very safe traveler – that is, I prefer to go to bigger cities and stay on the grid in the few places I’ve been to – I read the first part of this book in horror. Amanda was  a very naive traveler and I would think someone who read National Geographic and dreamed of traveling would at least know to follow certain customs in certain places. I loved her can-do attitude but I honestly would’ve been terrified in her situation. While her story is horrible and disturbing to read, I would like to think that most people would have more common sense when traveling and maybe be a bit more cautious – BUT you never know, even things like this can happen to the most cautious of travellers.

For all that she went through, this is a very honest and terrifying account of what can happen and it definitely made me thankful for where I live.

Audiobook Notes: 

While Amanda was an okay narrator and it only seemed fitting that she read her own book, the narration was just okay. I felt like there wasn’t a lot of emotion conveyed in the reading and it was just that – her reading.

But don’t take my word for it … read some other reviews! 

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2017 🇨🇦 Canadian Book Release Spotlight: Me & Me by Alice Kuipers

This month I will be featuring new releases from Canadian authors! From indie authors to well-known authors, I want to share with you the books I’m most excited for this year — I hope you’ll add some of them to your own wishlist and TBR! 

Me & Me by Alice Kuipers

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HarperTrophy | April 11, 2017

It’s Lark’s seventeenth birthday, and although she’s hated to be reminded of the day ever since her mom’s death three years ago, it’s off to a great start. Lark has written a killer song to perform with her band, the weather is stunning and she’s got a date with gorgeous Alec. The two take a canoe out on the lake, and everything is perfect—until Lark hears the screams. Annabelle, a little girl she used to babysit, is drowning in the nearby reeds while Annabelle’s mom tries desperately to reach her. Lark and Alec are closer, and they both dive in. But Alec hits his head on a rock in the water and begins to flail.

Alec and Annabelle are drowning. And Lark can save only one of them.

Lark chooses, and in that moment her world splits into two distinct lives. She must live with the consequences of both choices. As Lark finds herself going down more than one path, she has to decide: Which life is the right one?

Alice Kuipers, the award-winning author of 40 Things I Want to Tell You and Life on the Refrigerator Door, is an expert chronicler of the teenage heart, and she takes her work to new heights here. A riveting, high-concept novel with heart, Me and Me is about what it feels like to be torn in pieces, and about finally finding out who you really are.

Oh man, this book sounds intense! I just read 40 Things I Want To Tell You this year and I can say that Alice Kuipers books seem innocent enough, and they start out that way, but they deal with far deeper issues than that of your usual teen. I originally fell in love with this book because of the cover, but I can’t wait to get a copy of it now to read – it sounds both intense and heartbreaking.

What Canadian book are you waiting for?