The Lady of the Rivers by Phillipa Gregory

The Lady of the Rivers by Phillipa Gregory  is about a woman named Jacquetta. She’s somone I’ve never heard of before I read the book. Jaquetta is a predecessor to most of the women centred around the Tudor era that … Continue reading

The Trial of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle (book 1) by Rick Riordan

The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle is the first book in Rick Riordan’s series where Apollo is the main character. After the last war in The Heroes of Olympus series, Apollo, the Greek god of the sun, music, poetry, … Continue reading

Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson 

Beneath a Meth Moon is a relatively short and beautifully written novel about the horrors of meth addiction. I coincidentally decided to read the book at the same time that I was watching Breaking Bad. It’s 2 really different perspectives … Continue reading

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor (book 2) by Rick Riordan

Happy Valentine’s Day! On this day, whether you’re celebrating or not, I am bringing to you some of my thoughts from the book 2 of the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. Published on October 4, 2016, The Hammer … Continue reading

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer (book 1) by Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer is the first book in Rick Riordan’s series about Norse mythology. I powered through the book over the last few days; it’s super good. Magnus Chase is the cousin … Continue reading

The Heroes of Olympus: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (book 5)

The Blood of Olympus is the fifth and final book in Rick Riordan’s The Heroes of Olympus series. The series is told from the POV of Reyna, Nico, Jason, Piper, and Leo. In The Blood of Olympus, the demigod heroes … Continue reading

The Heroes of Olympus: The House of Hades (book 4) by Rick Riordan

Another Rick Riordan book done. I am really enjoying the books, which is a relief because I was feeling hesitant during the first two books and even part way into the third book. The House of Hades is the fourth … Continue reading

The Heroes of Olympus: The mark of Athena (book 3) by Rick Riordan

The Mark of Athena is the third instalment in Rick Riordan’s The Heroes of Olympus series. After fighting a battle in the previous book, The Son of Neptune, the Greek and Roman demigods try to strike up an alliance at Camp … Continue reading

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier 

Set in 1660’s Holland, Girl with a Pearl Earring is a fictionalized account of the creation of Johannes Vermeer’s famous painting. Girl with a Pearl Earring is a oil painting by Vermeer that many believe was painted around 1665 – 1667. … Continue reading

The Heroes of Olympus: The son of Neptune (book 2) by Rick Riordan

The Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune is the second instalment in Rick Riordan’s series that follows Percy Jackson of Rick Riordan’s first series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I forget where exactly, I think it was at the … Continue reading

The Heroes of Olympus: The lost hero (book 1) by Rick Riordan

The Heroes of Olympus: The lost heroes is the first book in Rick Riordan’s second series of books about Greek (and now Roman) mythology set in modern day USA. It starts with Jason waking up on a bus and having … Continue reading

Until We Are Free: My fight for human rights in Iran by Shirin Ebadi 

Until We Are Free by Shirin Ebadi is about her fight to protect human rights in Iran. This is something she has continued to do even while living in exile. Iran is a theocracy, or more commonly known as an … Continue reading

The Boleyn Inheritance by Phillipa Gregory

The Boleyn Inheritance came recommended to me from The History Chicks, which is one of my favourite podcasts. In The Boleyn Inheritance, Katherine of Aragorn is dead (from neglect and heartbreak they say), Anne Boleyn has been executed, and Jane Seymour … Continue reading

Three Sisters, Three Queens by Phillipa Gregory

Three Sisters, Three Queens is Phillipa Gregory’s most recent historical fiction novel. Set during the Tudor era, Phillipa presents Mary in a much fairer light than history generally paints her, something she admits to doing on the basis that she … Continue reading

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The battle of the labyrinth, book 4 by Rick Riordan

Those of you who’ve already read the reviews for The Lightning Thief, The Seas of Monsters, and The Titan’s Curse, know that I am absolutely loving the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. In The Battle of the Labyrinth, 15-year-old … Continue reading

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse, book 3 by Rick Riordan 

I am addicted to this series, it’s so good and it’s such an easy read that it’s proving to be easy to just blow through the books at light speed. Ok so in Percy Jackson and the Olympians; The Titan’s Curse … Continue reading

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The sea of monsters, book 2 by Rick Riordan

Wow, what a quick read that was, I read it within 24 hours. Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Sea of Monsters is the second book in the five part series about a demigod (half-god, half-human) named Percy, … Continue reading

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, book 1 by Rick Riordan 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a 5 book fantasy and young adult series that is written by Rick Riordan and begins with The Lightning Thief. Percy Jackson is a 12-year-old boy who has never known his father and has … Continue reading

The Queen’s Fool by Phillipa Gregory 

Set during the reign of Queen Mary I (Mary Tudor) in the mid-1500’s, The Queen’s Fool by Phillipa Gregory melds history with Mary Tudor and her fool, Hannah Green. Hannah Green wasn’t technically a real person. She was based on … Continue reading

The Translation of Love by Lynn Kutsukake

The Translation of Love by Lynn Kutsukake is a moving story set in post-war Japan. 13-year-old Aya, one of the the main POV characters, has recently moved from Canada to Japan with her father. After spending years in interment camps … Continue reading

Review: Bliss by Shay Mitchell and Michaela Blaney

Bliss was written by Shay Mitchell and Michaela Blaney. Shay Mitchell is a Canadian actress Emily Fields in Pretty Little Liars and Michaela is her best friend who works in marketing. In Bliss, the main characters are Sophia, Demi and Leandra. … Continue reading

Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, written by Benjamn Alire Sáenz, was a super thoughtful and interesting YA novel. I must admit, no matter how old I get, I still enjoy a well written coming of age … Continue reading

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

Drums of Autumn is the 3rd book in a series by Diana Gabaldon’s, following the bestselling novel, Outlander, which is now a TV show. In Drums of Autumn, Jamie and Claire are reunited and living in North Carolina in the … Continue reading

Crystal Kingdom: The Kanin Chronicles (book 3) by Amanda Hocking 

Crystal Kingdom is the third and final instalment of Amanda Hocking’s self-published trilogy, The Kanin Chronicles. Bryn, accused of murder and treason, has fled her home and ended up in cahoots with Konstantin, a man who has been on the … Continue reading

Taking Flight by Michaela DePrince with Elaine DePrince

Taking Flight is an inspiring memoir written by Michaela DePrince with the help of her mother, Elaine DePrince. Michaela DePrince was born Mabinty Bangura in Sierra Leone. The tragic civil war in Sierra Leone left Michael orphaned and abandoned at … Continue reading

The King’s Curse by Phillipa Gregory

After reading The King’s Curse by Phillipa Gregory, I am pretty sure that King Henry VIII was at least a little bit unhinged. Phillipa Gregory (a PhD historian) always writes from the women’s perspectives in the Tudor era and will … Continue reading

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

I have recently finished reading The Silkworm by Robery Galbraith, aka J.K. Rowling. I’ll never cease to believe that J.K. ROWLING IS A LITERARY GENIUS. From Harry Potter to her Cormoran Strike mystery murder novels, I love her writing. In … Continue reading

After Alice by Gregory Maguire 

Based on Alice In Wonderland, After Alice was written by Gregory Maguire, the same author who wrote Wicked. In After Alice, Alice is already in Wonderland when her friend, Ada, the main character in this version, comes to find Alice to … Continue reading

The Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

The Career of Evil is the third book written by Robert Galbraith, who, if you don’t know, is really J.K. Rowling; she has a pseudonym. In The Career of Evil, Cormoran Strike, a private detective, and his assistant/partner-in-training, Robin, are … Continue reading

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

I would just like to start by saying that Robert Galbraith is actually a pseudonym that J.K Rowling uses. Joanne is Robert! I remember when this was first discovered (and it didn’t take long to find out) that it had something … Continue reading

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell was released on October 6, 2015. Those of you who have read Fangirl, also by Rainbow Rowell, will have been introduced to the characters and story of Carry On. Simon Snow is a teenaged boy … Continue reading

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

I had a moment when I was half way through a book and it dawned on me that OMG THIS WOMAN IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE CHARACTERS ON ONE OF MY FAVOURITE SHOWS (AKA Charlie Bradbury in Supernatural). I mostly picked … Continue reading