The Book Fangirling Award!

Helloooooo! We got nominated by Syc at The Lit Mermaid a billion months ago so thanks for the nomination! But her blog is supah nice, so you should really go check it out! We’re finally trying to catch up with our award posts, so if we’ve been nominated for something and haven’t posted it yet, we are on it! 🙂

Note: We actually answered to these questions a few months ago too, so some of our responses will be a bit out of sync with our current book reading but all of our opinions still apply!


Rules:

  1. Create a post to accept your award.
  2. Add the blog award button into your post and put it on the side of your blog as a widget. Visit fangirling for the award button.
  3. Answer the questions below.
  4. Nominate between 5-10 book bloggers who you think also deserve this award.
  5. Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees.

Have you ever done anything embarrassing while fangirling?

Faith: Like screaming, squealing, and jumping up and down in a quiet library while heads turned and gave me odd looks? Why yes, of course. We’re pretty good at fangirling if you don’t mind me saying so myself.

Sarah: Like hyperventilating and talking loudly a mile a minute, in a near silent public library? Obviously. 😀

All time favorite book. Only one.

F: Ugh, we always talk about this one and I know at this point everyone is tired of me having to repeat myself every single time. I probably needn’t write this but for those of you who don’t know, it’s Hamlet by Shakespeare. I’m joking, I actually haven’t read Hamlet yet but I sure will… have to. (For those of you genuinely curious, it’s the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.)

S: Ok I really hate that question because not all books and genres are created equal and you can’t really compare apples to flowers. (F: Okay, it’s like books to books and not fungi to chicken nuggets in outer space. It shouldn’t be that-No wait, it is a hard question.) But since I have to choose, I would say Eyeshield 21, which is a Japanese manga and one of the funniest, heart-warming and inspiring mangas I have read.

How many books do you read on an average in a month?

F: On average 3-5. In a faster month maybe 7. It’s a slow but steady process. Slow and steady wins the race! 🙂 The race is one against time, my friends.

S: I read at least one book a day during the school week… so 20, 25-ish books a month? (F: She’s the rabbit. 😛 See ya on the other side of the finish line!)

Ahaha I love this… a rubber band, a toy skate board, and a turtle XD

Have you ever fangirled to your parents?

F: Uhh, yeah. Should I even be admitting this? They just don’t get it the same way though. The other day I was COMPLETELY RUINED (for my math tests and generally just acting like a regular homo sapien) because of The Trials of Apollo. I was hardcore fangirling and my dad was just there across the table from me but I couldn’t help it. So it went along the lines of “WHAT EVEN IS AIR OR LIFE WHY DO I FEEL LIKE THIS… laskdfjl;jdaslijaleihlweadalis;fld;ajf HOW TO TYPE 101 dfdafskladjdalfsd. i dont even know what my life even is any more without this book… I- wow. Good bye grammar, goodbye sanity. PLS LET ME HAVE THIS BOOK ASAP. I mean now. sdafkadsj;jase. I mean I’m definitely a patient person but like NOW. I just-”

S: No. ABSOLUTELY NOT. My mom would have me committed…or worse, ban me from reading.

This probably encompasses Sarah’s life. Let’s be real. #SherlockObsessionWayTooHard

When was the last time you fangirled and why?

F: Today because as you may know/have yet to know from our Sisterhood Award post here, my librarian gave me a fresh copy of The Wrath and the Dawn to bring home over the weekend and it definitely made my day. 😛

S: WHHHHAAAAT FAITH WHY YOU NO TELL ME WHAAAT HOW WHY SO UNFAIR I WANT YOUR LIBRARIAN NOOOOO – Just now I guess… but before that, yesterday after reading a really funny parody book, which I’ll probably review.

Me. (Faith)

The WORST book to movie/TV adaptation you have seen that you reverse-fangirled over it?

F: WORST is an intense word. I can’t really say; I didn’t really like the I Am Number Four movie but I did wish that the movie series would have carried on and better yet, become A TV SHOW. I really do think that the later books would have been so much better movie material. An adaption I DID truly love is The Maze Runner meets my expectations and maybe even better. (But shhh I didn’t say that.)

S: I’m not as nice as Faith. The Percy Jackson movies? I wanted to burn everyone alive. As it happens, I reverse fangirled in front of my mom (but she wasn’t listening, so hey). However, like Faith, I LOVED The Maze Runner and I so want to see The Scorch Trials. Also, I really enjoyed ALL the Hunger Games movies. I watched Mockingjay Pt 1 and it was boss. 😀

How does it feel when you finally obtain a long, long awaited book?

F: You mean, like today? Like any crazed fangirl? I-can’t-even-speak-or-explain-myself-it’s-that-good great and shut-up-I’m-trying-to-read-so-get-out-of-the-way-before-you-really-feel-my-wrath (but not the dawn) annoyed. I advise you to stay within a 10 km radius from your nearest book nerd friend with their fresh new book and if it’s yourself, then good luck.

Also, to the friends of a book nerd, here is a fangirl first aid kit in the case of an emergency- nah, I’m kidding. First, second nor third aid kits won’t help: drop everything and RUN.

If you’re still confused, here’s an example.

S: PREACH. BEWARE OF READER…

Any embarrassing fangirling stories? (I know, this question is already asked but I still wanna hear!)

F: Sadly, I don’t have any more because my life is basically one whole embarrassing moment. I mean, I just scream a lot, start crying, jumping up and down, and waving my hands up and down everywhere. It’s like a one-person mad-girl dance party. It’s insane. (Meanwhile, Faith explains this with all the calmness of a bored, procrastinating girl.) 

Heh.

S: Hmm… when my middle school got a shipment of books (like literally 2 huge boxes of new YA) I DIED. I turned so red and couldn’t speak my librarian and friends sat me down and told me to chill. 

What was your biggest book hangover?

F: You mean when I finish a book and can’t get over for hours and hours? AND for the rest of my life? Hm… An Ember in the Ashes and all the Lorien Legacies books have pretty book hangover prone endings.

S: I don’t understand the term ‘Book Hangover’. Do you mean a book I thought about forever, or a book that made any book after it pale in comparison? Either way, there are way too many to list. Cinder, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter and Uprooted all make the cut ~ but there are many other books and series like that.

Which book made you cry for the first time?

F: The classic Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. Unexpected, right? Or maybe not. I read this in grade 5-ish and I loved it but it was so sad… it kept making me cry genuine tears for that poor horse. Agh, the emotion!

S: I have a confession to make. I don’t cry. I laugh. (F: Well, then I’m glad you’ll laugh for me if I ever trip and fall. Side note: You know when you walk into a pole and your friends laugh until they’re in tears before asking if you’re okay? Yeah, that has happened to me.) And if I tear up, that’s a major accomplishment. So congratulations Speak and Cut. Only time I’ve ever really cried 😥

Our Questions:

  1. Which moment in your life had kick-started your love of reading? Any specific books?
  2. You were granted an opportunity to meet Harry Potter but you’re only allowed one sentence to say to him. What would it be?
  3. What’s a soundtrack that would basically encompass your all-time favourite book?
  4. When it comes to YA books, what would be your fangirl/boy level from a scale of 1-10?
  5. Would you rather be best friends with or in a relationship (dating/married) with your favourite fictional character?

Here are our fantastic nominees! If you’ve already received this award or have A TON on your plate already, no worries. We are most definitely in the same boat as you in award and tag completions. Hope you enjoy these questions! ❤

The Orang-utan Librarian 

Hazra at Another Ramble

Parneet at The Enchanted Book

The Galaxial Word

Michelle at The Writing Hufflepuff


We hope you’re enjoying your day so far! If not, here’s a bucket-full of positive vibes!! 🙂

White Pine Wednesday: The Story of Owen

Hello fellow bookies! Let’s take a moment to think about the fact that EXAMS ARE OVERRRRRR (good vibes to everyone who still hasn’t finished, though 😛 ). Exams are the reason that this is being published on a Friday.

Only 19 weeks of school left …

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So I read The Story of Owen yesterday. Right after my math exams. And oh boy, if I hated the cover when I first saw it, I LOATHE the cover now.


What I originally thought:

I’m sorry, but what a bad cover. When I look at this, I don’t want to read it. It’ll probably remain in the pile until I absolutely cannot find anything else to read. But the story itself sounds interesting…


What I now think:

The cover of this book should be burned. It scares readers away from this hilarious, smart and very Canadian book. This book has been the best book I’ve read so far. It made me laugh, fascinated me with its world building, and had a great overall message.

It was basically set in an alternate universe, where everything happened… but there were dragons. A direct result of consumerism (and a ‘manifestation’ of global warming), they are attracted to oil and gas (as well as things that use gas). As you can imagine, they are fatal, dangerous… and E.K. Johnston outdid herself with the backstory. In retrospect, it makes sense while you’re reading it, but it’s really hard to explain.

The dragon’s were always there… and in the olden days, every village had it’s own dragon slayer. But now only the big corporations (who pay very well) are able to hire them. So when a dragon slayer family moves back to Trondheim, the town rejoices.

Strangely enough, the narrator, Siobhan McQuaid (and really, more of the main character) doesn’t hero worship Owen, and their ‘relationship’ is really platonic and amusing. It was also very refreshing, and a great distraction from the angst filled books so common in YA.

The book is rather short, but densely packed, so you don’t really notice how much information you are absorbing until you are done. That being said, the plot sort of suffers from the condensation (it felt sort of slapdash, really) but it does manage to come through in the end.

I found it extremely funny, with great social and political commentary. There are beautifully funny lines that made this worth the read, as well as a very Canadian sense of humor. A mixture of self deprecating sarcasm and wise-cracks? What ever it is, I feel so much more Canadian reading this book.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable romp, and a very unlike fantasy. There are no overwhelming villains or quests, but rather, the typical (but at the same time atypical) lives of 2 teenagers. I loved the crowning touches ~ an addition of a Youtube channel (she’s a bard, get it?) as well as many others that gave it a little extra spice. Even though it was obviously set in a rural town, it was still relatable (I’m a city slicker 😛 ). It has strong social, political and environmental messages ~ it wasn’t afraid to go into subjects that ‘bore’ teens. It’s funny, creative and one of my favourite books this month!

Honestly,  it has dragons, and sword fighting, and great characters. Just go read it already!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

 

 

 

EXAM SEASON

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… NOT.

We have exams this week, so there will only be one post this week (other than this, of course 😉 ) Disclamer: This weeks White Pine Wednesday will come on the Friday. Possible because I haven’t even read the book.

We apologize in advance if we miss any comments, posts or awards ~ we hope to catch up with you guys next week!

Wish us luck XD

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As always, Mr Bean is relatable. #ourfaceswhenwegettheexam

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See the close up of his blank eyes? That’s us right now 😛

We wish you luck (if you happen to have exams/projects/life)  too!

 

SUBLIME FRIDAYS! ft Sherlock and John

If there is one thing I have learned in these past few weeks, it’s never ever start watching Sherlock before exams.

Because once you’re in, you can never escape.

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It’s Sarah here 😀

Basically, every Friday night, my family has a movie night, where we pick a movie, eat sunflower seeds instead of popcorn and watch!

Now, you’d think we’d look like this,

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All calm and cute, right?

but in reality, we basically fight to the death over which movie is to be played.

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Three way death brawl, people. I’m not even joking.

Unfortunately for all my siblings, we basically watched every movie worth watching during the Christmas break. So when I suggested Sherlock, my sister needed bribing, my brother rolled his eyes, and my mom didn’t care :P.

Now, going in, I had high expectations. I mean, EVERYONE online, and my BFF was going insane. The hype was intense.

I’m pleased to announce that my expectations were absolutely shattered. Destroyed. Wrecked. Sherlock raised the roof, and then some 😀 It was too good not to review, so here we are!

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Literally, every time I see these opening credits, I die internally from joy.

 

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❤ The babes ❤

Title: BBC’s Sherlock

Country: Great Britain

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock, and Martin Freeman as John Watson.

Pilot: A Study in Pink

We start off with John Watson. He’s woken up out of a nightmare from a war zone, and looks extremely tired. He’s a soldier (army doctor), and an injured one at that. However, you get a sense of normalcy looking at him: his hair, sweaters and living quarters are extremely plain and ordinary. He is worried, though: living in London isn’t cheap, especially not in a bachelor pad. So when an old friend suggests a room mate, John agrees to check him out.

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Um, how did you know…?

Obviously, the potential roommate is Sherlock Holmes. He asks if John served in Afghanistan or Iraq… and the look on John’s face is life. We are then introduced to Sherlock’s genius… and his eccentricity. I won’t spoil anything else (although these were all facts given in the trailer 😉 )

The episode, being the first one ever aired, was everything a first episode should be. Intriguing, funny, witty and extremely entertaining.  My sister, who was all like NO WAY, asked immediately to watch the next one, and my brother, who thought it was going to be crappily made, was all like:

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God bless quality British TV, eh? 😉

Honestly, this episode was extremely well crafted. It gave the viewers insight into how Sherlock did his work, all the while giving us his extremely relatable foil (Dr. Watson).

Their interactions were PURE GOLD. Sherlock was the typical eccentric, weird and fascinating to watch. He also had horrible social skills, which makes him hilarious with no matter whom he’s interacting with. However, if Sherlock was awe-inspiring, then Watson was godly. You’d think that a teenage girl wouldn’t have anything in common with an old, discharged soldier, but Martin Freeman proved me wrong. His reactions to Sherlock are exactly how any normal person would react!

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All calm and cute, right?

Watson provided an amazing and sane contrast to Sherlock’s genius. He asked the questions all the viewers had, and he never really took Sherlock’s shit. And even though he didn’t get all the snazzy lines, his facial expressions were extremely telling. His sighs, frowns, laughter and denials rang true.

All the other characters added humor, and occasionally gravity to the situation. A special shout out goes to Anderson, who manages to lower the IQ of the whole street whenever he opens his mouth, as well as the drugs bust team.

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Volunteer drugs bust.

The plot (and ‘twist’) at the end was predictable to me, but other than that, the episode was perfection!

Rating: 5/5

And now for my favourite quotes!

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JW: No. SH:What? JW: You? SH: SHUT UP!

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SH: What? JW: Nothing… Welcome to London *snickers*

 

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I hope you enjoyed my fifth attempt at writing a coherent review! I’m not even joking ~ this post has had 25 revisions as of now 😛

  😀 Sarah 😀

Which Wednesdays: LGBTQ Characters

Hello, fellow bookworms and book bloggers! I have appeared, right before your eyes, to bring the second ever Which Wednesday! This week’s theme? Book’s about LGBTQ characters!

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The two books I’ve chosen this week are Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (AADDTSOFU for short) and Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda (SVTHSA for short). Both books feature LGBTQ characters, something that has become extremely relevant.From the landmark US Supreme court ruling, to the hashtag  #lovewins, and Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out, many say that 2015 has been the year of LGBTQ rights. From more representation in movies, to acceptance in general, homophobia is generally becoming a thing of the past. More and more people are seeing past a default and opening their minds and hearts to people who would, 10 years ago, have been shunned. This trend (and to call it a trend is too simplistic) is not only in popular culture, as the We Need Diverse Books movement has contributed greatly to the variety of YA, LGBTQ-centric literature today. The two books I have chosen today are some of the most hyped and widely talked about stories. They deal with regular, average teenagers, and how they face their problems. Both of them have an average of 4+ ratings on Goodreads, so let’s see how they turn out! Continue reading

Everything Wrong With Kissing In America

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Hello world! This is simply a book review, albeit a negative one. I’m not really planning on really trashing the book, just listing the things I didn’t like. Also, in a regular review format, I really didn’t have much to say, so here’s my (hopefully) funny take on this book. There will be spoilers, so don’t say I didn’t, say I didn’t warn ya…

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If you liked it, I’m sorry 😛

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White Pine Wednesdays! The Art of Getting Stared At

This post is a continuation of this and this! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check them out XD

Like I promised yesterday, the very first ever White Pine Wednesday review is The Art of Getting Stared At.

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Now, I won’t rehash the summary (watch the trailer!), but I will rehash my first impressions. When I read the summary, and saw the cover ….

… I think the cover is pretty and relevant (to the summary, at least). It doesn’t excite me, but it’s sending pretty, solid, contemporary vibes at me.

(Look at me, quoting myself :P)

And… I was on point.

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First Impressions + GAME!

Hello, fellow book lovers! This is a continuation of this post 🙂

An integral part of reading books is judging by their covers. Covers attract us, repulse us and play with our emotions. They play with design in order to hint at a story… basically, they can make or break a book sale. Since I’m reviewing the books nominated for White Pine 2016, I wanted to convey my first impressions.

[Hi  it’s Faith and for this post, I’ve written a mini book cover rant and  “made” a book cover matching game. 😉 That says something about the covers beforehand, but I’ll let you “judge” them for yourselves. In this game, there are 3 pairs and one group of 4. If you’re interested, stay until the end! The rant and the game will be way down at the bottom of this post so keep an eye on those covers and see if you can figure out the patterns that we’re finding – Good luck!] 

Originally, this post was supposed to be a mini feature, but morphed into this. Oops.

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#sorrynotsorry XD

And since this became a full length feature, I decided to look at their summaries as well! To spice things up, I’ve decided that the covers and summaries shall determine the order of reviewing!

May the best books be reviewed first, mwahahaha XD


 

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After a school video she produced goes viral, sixteen-year-old Sloane Kendrick is given a chance at a film school scholarship. She has less than two weeks to produce a second video, and she’s determined to do it. Unfortunately, she must work with Isaac Alexander, an irresponsible charmer with whom she shares an uneasy history.

On the heels of this opportunity comes a horrifying discovery: a bald spot on her head. No bigger than a quarter, the patch shouldn’t be there. Neither should the bald spots that follow. Horror gives way to devastation when Sloane is diagnosed with alopecia areata. The auto-immune disease has no cause, no cure, and no definitive outcome. The spots might grow over tomorrow or Sloane might become completely bald. No one knows.

Determined to produce her video, hide her condition, and resist Isaac’s easy charm, Sloane finds herself turning into the kind of person she has always mocked: someone obsessed with her looks. And just when she thinks things can’t get any worse, Sloane is forced to make the most difficult decision of her life.

Embarrassing fact of the post: I thought this book’s name was The Art of getting Started At for the longest time. I saw it once, but since I forgot the name, asking librarians if they had a copy got hella frustrating.

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Stephen Colbert literally grew 2 extra arms to face-palm my stupidity.

Ahem. I think the cover is pretty and relevant (to the summary, at least). It doesn’t excite me, but it’s sending pretty, solid, contemporary vibes at me.

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A streetwise girl trains to take on a gang of drug dealers and avenge her best friend’s death in this thriller for fans of Scott Westerfeld and Robin Wasserman.

Heam: It’s the hottest drug around. Users are able to see Heaven—a place so beautiful, so indescribably serene, many people never want to come back. And some don’t, like Faye’s best friend, Christian. But when Faye was forced to take Heam, she didn’t see Heaven; she saw Hell. And now she spends her nights training to take revenge on the men who destroyed her future and murdered Christian. When a mysterious young man named Chael appears, Faye’s plans suddenly get a lot more complicated.

Love and Death. Will Faye overcome her desires, or will her quest for revenge consume her?

“…fans of Scott Westerfeld”. Ahem. Bad vibes already. Why? Unpopular Opinion time: I have never finished a Scott Westerfeld book in my life. Not even Uglies, which I tried to read on 5 different occasions and with an open mind. Not even the Uglies graphic novel. Not even Zeros. And keep in mind, I do not DNF books.

But, back to the cover. It’s not the best cover, but it isn’t the worst. And it looks better in person. It seems like typical YA action fare. The summary suggest revenge, so I hope she actually wreaks havoc on those mofos who drugged her. The mysterious young man angle? YOU BETTER NOT GET IN THE WAY OF HER REVENGE. Overall though, it looks like it’ll be entertaining.

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Willa Jaffrey is beautiful, rich, dating the perfect guy and determined to have a fabulous senior year. Enter Keegan Fraser, a handsome new student who wants no part of the games everyone plays at Willa’s school. Despite a rocky start, Keegan and Willa gradually become closer, even as Willa’s carefully constructed universe begins to fall apart. But little does Willa know that Keegan’s past holds the darkest of secrets—and it’s about to catch up to him.

 

The rest of that summary was praise for the author… which kinda puts me off. I mean, really? Praise for an author that’s the length of the actual summary? Not cool. But the cover looks quite similar to The Art of Getting Stared at. Maybe they used the same filter? I have no idea what the story will be about… so I can’t pass judgement. Oh well.

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Brannan filter, anybody?

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The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.

With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?

Well well well, what do we have here? I see the Forest of Reading is taking on rape culture here. A bleak cover, for a bleak summary, for what is shaping up to be a bleak book. There are also hints of a mystery here, so I wonder how this book is going to unfold. I wonder if it will be on Speak‘s level. Speaking of Speak, if you haven’t read it, you need to go read it now.

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Listen! For I sing of Owen Thorskard: valiant of heart, hopeless at algebra, last in a long line of legendary dragon slayers. Though he had few years and was not built for football, he stood between the town of Trondheim and creatures that threatened its survival. There have always been dragons. Dragon slaying was a proud tradition. But dragons and humans have one thing in common: an insatiable appetite for fossil fuels. From the moment Henry Ford hired his first dragon slayer, no small town was safe. Dragon slayers flocked to cities, leaving more remote areas unprotected. Such was Trondheim’s fate until Owen Thorskard arrived. At sixteen, with dragons advancing and his grades plummeting, Owen faced impossible odds armed only with a sword, his legacy, and the classmate who agreed to be his bard. Listen! I am Siobhan McQuaid. I alone know the story of Owen, the story that changes everything. Listen!

I’m sorry, but what a bad cover. When I look at this, I don’t want to read it. It’ll probably remain in the pile until I absolutely cannot find anything else to read. But the story itself sounds interesting…

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Two Aboriginal brothers surrounded by poverty, drug abuse, and gang violence, try to overcome centuries of historic trauma in very different ways to bring about positive change in their lives.

Pete, a young Aboriginal man wrapped up in gang violence, lives with his younger brother, Joey, and his mother who is a heroin addict. One night, Pete and his mother’s boyfriend, Dennis, get into a big fight, which sends Dennis to the morgue and Pete to jail. Initially, Pete keeps up ties to his crew, until a jail brawl forces him to realize the negative influence he has become on Joey, which encourages him to begin a process of rehabilitation that includes traditional Aboriginal healing circles and ceremonies.

Powerful, courageous, and deeply moving, The Outside Circle is drawn from the author’s twenty years of work and research on healing and reconciliation of gang-affiliated or incarcerated Aboriginal men.

OH MY GOSH, IT’S A GRAPHIC NOVEL! A moment of silence please, to observe this momentous shift in thinking (pictures can tell deep stories too, literary snobs). It also deals with Aboriginal issues, something that is actually very relevant in Canada right now (aka The Truth and Reconciliation Committee, aka Canadian politics, aka feel free to ignore 😉 ). The art looks very nice and doesn’t get on my nerves. I feel this might be a hard novel to read with a straight face. I’ll tell you if the onion ninjas get to me.

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Kaya is adopted, multiracial, grieving the death of her father—and carrying a painful secret. Feeling ill at ease with her family and in her own skin, she runs away repeatedly, gradually disappearing into a life of addiction and sex work. Meanwhile, her sister, Beth, escapes her own troubles with food and a rediscovered talent for magic tricks. Though both girls struggle through darkness and pain, they eventually find their way to a moment of illumination and healing.

This YA novel is rooted in the tragic life of the author’s sister, Sarah, a victim of serial killer Robert Pickton and the subject of Maggie de Vries’s Governor General’s Literary Award–nominated memoir for adults, Missing Sarah. Sarah’s tragic experiences inspired the character Kaya, as well as an adult sex worker she meets on the streets.

Well. The cover looks familiar (Delusion Road, TAOGSA and Brannan filter), but that’s just me. This also deals with sex, albeit sex work, and looks very, very, very sad. I’ll save this until I’m being annoying. It’ll probably shut me up quick. But anyway, the Robert Pickton (aka the most infamous Canadian serial killer) twist (and the real life relation) are certainly unexpected… I’d like to see how this goes.

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By the author of Wild Awake, a coming-of-age story about deep friendship, the weight of secrets, and the healing power of nature.

It’s senior year of high school, and Annabeth is ready—ready for everything she and her best friend, Noe, have been planning and dreaming. But there are some things Annabeth isn’t prepared for, like the constant presence of Noe’s new boyfriend. Like how her relationship with her mom is wearing and fraying. And like the way the secret she’s been keeping hidden deep inside her for years has started clawing at her insides, making it hard to eat or even breathe.

But most especially, she isn’t prepared to lose Noe.

For years, Noe has anchored Annabeth and set their joint path. Now Noe is drifting in another direction, making new plans and dreams that don’t involve Annabeth. Without Noe’s constant companionship, Annabeth’s world begins to crumble. But as a chain of events pulls Annabeth further and further away from Noe, she finds herself closer and closer to discovering who she’s really meant to be—with her best friend or without.

ALL THESE COVERS LOOK THE SAME ~ WHAT’S WITH THE MOODY LOOK, GUYS? Admittedly, the open blue sky does give you a sense of the infinite. So I can’t really complain. But the summary really isn’t interesting. I mean, best friends, growing up? GROW UP! Hypocritical of me, but although my bestie and I have grown in different directions, we still manage to call each other best friends. Ahem. Well, I feel meh. Not interested.

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Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Bryant is not happy. She’s had to leave all her friends behind and move across the country for her dad’s job in the military. One hot summer evening, she’s out killing time at a local garage sale when she spots a little soldier doll amid the junk. She thinks only that it might be a good last-minute birthday gift for her dad, who’s about to ship out to Afghanistan. She doesn’t realize that it might be a missing (and very valuable) historical artifact. With the help of Evan, the cute guy she’s just met at a local used book store, Elizabeth discovers that the doll might be THE soldier doll: the inspiration for a famous World War I poem of the same name.
Elizabeth’s story is interwoven with the amazing, tumultuous story of the soldier doll itself. Fashioned with love by a father for his only child in England years ago, we follow the doll back to England during World War I, then on to Nazi Germany in the 1930s, a Czech concentration camp during World War II, Vietnam in 1970 and through the aftermath of 9/11.

I like the cover. It looks simple and conveys it’s military setting. Makes me wonder if the doll is behind that brown paper packaging. And I really like the attention to the stamps (all are places/battles mentioned in the summary). However, I do not feel an intense urge to read it, so meh.


With out further ado, the review order, arbitrarily decided by Sarah is:

The art of getting stared at

The story of Owen

All the rage

Rabbit ears

The bodies we wear

The outside circle

Delusion road

Soldier doll

A sense of the Infinite


Basically, I get the feeling that these books are going to make me emotional.

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Obviously not reading books that may or may not have torn my heart out.

While these books don’t really give me the overwhelming must-read feels, I think I can safely say they are a lot better than last year’s selection. Long story short, last year was filled with books that all had the same problems (literally) and the same cliches. They were also too obviously, ‘moral of the story’ books, which only pissed off this very aware teenager.

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We’re teenagers. Not idiots. Not children that need to preached to. Say it with me. TEEN-AGE-RS.


Book Cover Mini-Rant & Matching Game Answers

(as declared by Faith)

Here is an overview on all of the book covers for this year’s White Pine selection… have you made up your mind for any potential pairs yet? If not, jot some titles down! (Remember, I’ve chosen 3 pairs and one set of 4 as the matches). The answers will be right after my rant. 😛

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Found any similarities? Or is it just us? Honestly, it’s hard not to see it after awhile. When I saw all the covers together, I just said, “TELL ME THAT THIS IS NOT A MATCHING GAME.” So that’s how this game came to be. In my head, their logic would be that everyone is aware of the fact that you’re not supposed to judge books by their covers, so less regard is given towards the covers in a selection of books for an award. I mean, it’s the content that really counts, right? If I was Hazel (because I’m going a bit nuts) in The Fault in Our Stars (the fault in our book covers), I’d be going “This is NOT OKAY, OKAY?”

Okaaaayyy I’m definitely coming off way too sassy here but my point is, that it is hard to differentiate books with similar topics and covers between one another, especially when one is to be selected by teens as an award winner. To dull the edge of my ranting knife, I will say that I understand that publishers wouldn’t change the book covers on whim just for the White Pine selection. But in a book utopia, I’d say that the covers would be finer than my 0.5 felt tip fine-liners. Then again, all book covers would be on point. You get my point? (At this point everyone is exhausted from these horrific puns/attempt at some sort of word play. I could go on forever… so instead of pointing fingers, someone please stop me before these puns get out of hand. Wow, I am disappointed in myself.)

Are you ready for the cover matching results?

Here are the matching game answers:

“All the Rage” & “The Bodies We Wear”

“The Art of Getting Stared At” & “Rabbit Ears”

“Delusion Road” & “A Sense of the Infinite”

“The Outside Circle”, “Soldier Doll”, “The Story of Owen”, & “The Troop”


Thanks for reading all the way through this uber long post and enduring our sass! XD Let us know if you have any thoughts or comments and especially if you’ve done our spontaneous matching game!

And hi, you look nice. 🙂 We dare you to spread some happiness like you spread Nutella today!

~ Sarah & Faith @Sublime Reads

Forest of Reading + First Review

To start of this post, we Canadians would like to apologize for taking up your time with this Canadian-filled post XD

Every year, in Ontario (a province in Canada, for the geographically challenged), a giant book club is set in action. Sounds interesting? Well, it is! Every year, 10 books are chosen for 9 categories. The categories include:

Badge Name Age type of book
Blue Spruce™ JK–Grade 2 Picture books
Silver Birch® Grades 3–6 Fiction / Non-fiction
Red Maple™
Grades 7–8 Fiction, Non-fiction (every other year)
White Pine™ Grades 9–12 Fiction

Basically, every school I’ve ever been too has participated in this province wide book club. We read, trade and discuss the books, and at the end of the year, we vote for a winner. I thought it would be cool to review and predict the end results! Since I am in high school, I will be doing the White Pine level books, simply because they tend to be more relevant to me. But that’s not to say that I won’t review them 😉
Starting every other week, Faith and I (or just me) will review the books, and hopefully discuss the books with people who have read them 🙂 And on May 17th, we will go the the Festival of Reading and see who won (obviously documenting our adventure 😉 )

Today I’ll post a list of all the books I will review, tomorrow I’ll post first impressions, and from then on, Wednesdays will be the very reviews 😀

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Hence the name, you know 😉

The art of getting stared at

The bodies we wear

Delusion road

All the rage

The story of Owen : dragon slayer of Trondheim

The outside circle

Rabbit ears

A sense of the infinite

Soldier doll

These titles all link to their Goodreads page 😀