[Canadian 🇨🇦 Book Talk] Missing by Kelley Armstrong

Book Details:

Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Read: July 2017

Synopsis:

The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve’s End is that soon she’ll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They’re better off taking a chance elsewhere.

The only thing Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.

But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they’re all missing?

My Thoughts

Man, do I love Kelley Armstrong’s books! Particularly, I’m loving this new route she’s going, into writing YA thrillers. The first one I read was The Masked Truth, and it seriously had me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading! So naturally I was really excited to read this one.

Personally, what I love about Kelley’s books isn’t just the writing — and she’s a great writer — but the atmosphere in her books. She seems to go into the woods a lot and I find a lot of comfort in nature, living in the country and all, and there’s just something that’s equally soothing about the woods in her books, and also terrifying. It’s a good place to go missing, of course. The whole time I read this book I thought I knew what was going on, but then Kelley would throw me for a loop and I’d be stuck at square one wondering what the heck was going on and I LOVED it.

Honestly, whenever I finish a Kelley Armstrong book, I fall so hard in love with her and I just don’t know what to say about what I read. It’s that fine line between wanting to gush endlessly about the mystery, the twists and turns, the characters … and also not wanting to give anything away because it’s one of those books that should just be picked up and read without knowing anything about it.

This is the second of three books Kelley’s releasing this year and neither has disappointed yet! Not only can’t I wait for Rituals, her next book coming out, but I’m super excited to see what her next YA thriller will be!

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

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[Canadian 🇨🇦 Book Talk] Tides of Honour by Genevieve Graham

Book Details:

Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Read: May 2017

Synopsis:

A novel of love, loss, and honour amidst the horrors of war and its aftermath.

It’s 1916, and the last thing Nova Scotian soldier Danny Baker expects to find in war-torn France is the love of his life. Audrey Poulin is alone in the world, and struggling to survive the war in the French countryside. When Audrey and Danny meet and fall in love, it seems like the best version of fate.

But love is only the beginning, as Danny loses a leg in the Battle of the Somme, and returns home to Halifax with Audrey, only to discover that he’s unable to leave the war behind. Danny and Audrey struggle with their new life together, and must face not only their own internal demons, but a catastrophe that will soon rip apart everything they think they know about themselves and each other.

Genevieve Graham, author of Under the Same Sky and Sound of the Heart, brings her passion for weaving history and fiction together in a seamless tale that will capture and enthrall the reader.

My Thoughts

Alright, seriously … where has Genevieve Graham been all my life? I had mentioned in another review of another Canadian book that I felt like I was searching for Canadian authors in all the wrong places because I feel like this year I’ve been coming across a new one (or multiple ones) every single day and having these wild epiphanies of, “What? They’re from Canada?!” While you can find plenty of history books about Canada, I hadn’t seen a lot of historical fiction, so when I saw Genevieve’s book, I was so excited. Not only was it historical fiction, but it was also based in Canada and about an event that doesn’t get a lot of talk these days. In fact, I had never heard about the specific event that takes place in the story until this book and I really enjoyed Ms. Graham’s note at the end of the book about it. In fact, it made me so curious about Canadian history that I finished the book longing to know more about this country I have home – I mean, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve taken social studies and I do want to be able to share the history of this country to my kids as they grow. So I thank Ms. Graham for piquing my interest!

Anyway, this story was wonderful. I’m always in the mood for contemporary stories so when I jump into a historical, it always seems to take me a minute to adjust and get into the story. This book made it so easy to just get the feel of the past and I loved how romantic it was shortly off the bat. It starts off in the throes of war and it was just so engaging and addicting that I couldn’t wait until I could read this story again after I had to put it down. I loved both Audrey and Danny and I liked that when I thought their story was just beginning, I was completely wrong. While the war might end, this book deals a lot with the aftermath of war, especially with Danny. The war ended and he went back to his old life, but so much had changed, even though things were still the same. He had things, both physically and emotionally, to deal with, and it was nice to see his family there with him. There was so much to both him and Audrey and I just adored them together!

Not only did I love the characters and their story, as well as the growth they both go through in this book, I mostly adored Nova Scotia. I loved Audrey’s farm, but I am so in love with eastern Canada that I could almost feel like I was there in Halifax with them. Honestly, I felt like it was just so vivid in my mind as I was reading, that I made a note to read all of Ms. Graham’s other books soon. This was just such a great story about love, family, and perseverance. I’ve heard that Ms. Graham will be writing a follow-up companion novel to this one and I can’t wait!

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[Canadian 🇨🇦 Book Talk] 40 Things I Want To Tell You by Alice Kuipers


Book Details:

Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Read: May 2017

Synopsis:

Amy (a.k.a. Bird) seems to have the perfect life: loving parents, a hot boyfriend, the best friend ever. She even writes an online advice column, full of Top Tips, to help other teens take control of their lives. But after a new guy shows up at school, Bird can’t seem to follow her own wisdom.

Pete is the consummate bad boy. He’s everything Bird is not: wild, unambitious and more than a little dangerous. Although she knows he’s trouble, Bird can’t stay away. And the more drawn she is to Pete, the more cracks are revealed in her relationship with Griffin, her doting boyfriend. Meanwhile, her parents’ marriage is also fracturing, possibly for good.

Bird is way out of her comfort zone. All it takes is one mistake, one momentary loss of control, for her entire future to be blown away . . .

My Thoughts

When I was going through the unread books on my Canadian bookcase (what, you don’t have one of those?) I was drawn to the cover of Alice Kuipers book – it’s one of those covers that just makes you have to read a book because it’s so gorgeous! I did really enjoy reading the book, too, and felt that her writing was very engaging even if the story could have been a bit longer for me.

I really liked Bird’s character, even if I didn’t really like a lot of the choices she made. I felt like a lot of the drama in this book happened so quickly and decisions were made without thought and were almost uncharacteristic of Bird. It’s very much a teenage drama book, one that I had a hard time connecting with as an adult. Actually, while I couldn’t connect with parts of the story, I felt empathy towards Bird, especially when it came to her relationship with her parents. They drove me a bit crazy with their own drama and I wondered who was the teenager at times.

However, while I felt that a lot of the story was predictable and maybe too young for me, I really enjoyed reading it and thought that Alice Kuipers wrote in a way that just pulled me in, wanting more. It was a really fast read and it really is such a pretty book for the bookcase. I do look forward to reading more of her titles, too!

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

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