Dyed in the Green by George Mercer

Dyed in the Green is a mystery novel written by Canadian author and (former) park ranger, George Mercer, who turned to writing mysteries set in Canada’s national parks. The book was published in 2014 or so and George Mercer has … Continue reading

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

The White Queen by Philipa Gregory follows Elizabeth Woodville who married King Edward Let me just say right off the bat that this book is situated during the last chunk of the War of the Roses. You practically need a … Continue reading

Lord of Shadows, The Dark Artifices 2 by Cassandra Clare 

Lord of Shadows is the second book in The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare. Can I skip the summary? Yes, I suppose, since it’s my blog. Here is a summary if you want to know what the book is … Continue reading

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Shoda Belleza

Empress of a Thousand Skies is Shoda Belleza’s first young adult novel told from the POV of Aly and Rhee. Around 10 years before, Rhee’s family was killed. It was a spacecraft “accident” that someone arranged to get her family out … Continue reading

Turtles All the Way Down – John Green

“Every loss is unprecedented. You can’t ever know someone else’s hurt, not really — just like touching someone else’s body isn’t the same as having someone else’s body.” ~ somewhere in the book (yeah, I Googled the quote and THEY … Continue reading

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, book 3: THE SHIP OF THE DEAD by Rick Riordan

The Ship of the Dead is the third book in the Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series. It was just released on October 3, 2017, so it is brand new.  What happened? Loki escaped from his … Continue reading

The Birth House by Ami McKay

The Birth House by Ami McKay was recommended to me at a local bookstore. I can’t remember what the conversation was, but I think the extent of it was “historical fiction” “female protagonist” “thanks”. It was an amazing read and … Continue reading

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give is one of the best books I have read in a while. It is so significant and relevant to current issues that are being faced in the United States and around the world right now. In The Hate … Continue reading

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller 

The Song of Achilles was such an amazing novel. I went in knowing very little – only that it was the story of Patroclus and Achilles told from Patroclus’ point of view. The book begins with Patroclus witnessing the Greek kings signing … Continue reading

The Chilbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan

The Chilbury Ladies Choir is a historical fiction novel by Jennifer Ryan. Set toward the beginning of the war, the women in the community of Chilbury are devastated that their choir is being shut down due to all the men … Continue reading

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