Currently Reading

As of right now, I have 3 books on the go.

  1. Holiday Grind by Cleo Coyle: As the holiday season comes to an open, I decided to re-read one of the Christmas books in one of my favourite series’.
  2. The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman: This book intrigues me and even though I’m only a little bit into it, it’s interesting so far.
  3. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan: As a fan of Jenny Colgan’s books as a whole, I’m so far enjoying her news book.

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Quote of the Week

Life is itself is too great a miracle for us to make so much fuss about petty little reversals of what we pompously assume to be the natural order.

– Robertson Davies, Fifth Business (1970)

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Quote of the Week

Only in the real world do young people discover that many aspects of life are uncertain, mysterious and even unknowable.

–  Michael Crichton, Micro (2011)

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Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams Review

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(*This photo is my own)

Author: Jenny Colgan

Release: 2012

Genre: Chick Lit

Pages: 465

 Do you like the feeling of nostalgia that classic candy stores give you? The glistening jars, the old-style register and the memories evoked upon walking in? Well readers, look no further than Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams.

As a candy enthusiast, as well as a fan of Ms. Colgan’s work, I was enveloped in the sweet stories and idyllic scenery presented in this book. I myself have never travelled to the United Kingdom, but a village such as the book’s Lipton is exactly the type of place I’d want to go to.

The book presents its readers with two lovable protagonists; Rosie Hopkins and her great-aunt Lilian Hopkins. Rosie is a 30-year-old auxiliary nurse living in London with her childish boyfriend of 8 years. Lilian is the aging proprietor of her family’s sweetshop in the countryside village of Lipton. Lilian has her own backstory that is explained through heart wrenching flashbacks depicting the world during World War II, and how it affected everyone.

When Rosie is sent by her mother to help Lilian, she finds that her city life makes her a sort of exotic bird in the quiet countryside. The relationship between the two protagonists, and their love stories, is written elegantly with Ms. Colgan making the entire book relatable as well as hard to put down.

Rating: 5/5 sweets

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The She-Hulk Diaries Review

Author: Marta Acosta

Release: 2013

Genre: Superhero/Fiction

Pages: 328

I could not put this book down! Found on a fluke, I’ve never been so happy to give a book I haven’t heard about a chance.

In all honesty, I didn’t even know that there was a She-Hulk comic book character. Jennifer Walters is a lawyer by day who is often frustrated with the She-Hulk persona who takes over her consciousness in times when The Avengers, or New York City, need her.

The constant power struggle of humanity versus (super)heroism is a central theme in this book, with the two polar opposites existing as one yet finding it necessary to reach a agreement with one another. I know that sounds like a confusing sentence, but think of She-Hulk like a modern day Jekyll and Hyde and it will be easier to understand.

The characters jump off the pages, especially if you’re even the slightest bit familiar with the Marvel universe as Iron Man/Tony Stark makes a few appearances throughout.

This book has even motivated me to go out and buy some of the actual Sensational She-Hulk Comic Books, which are proving to be just as entertaining.

Rating: 5/5 comic books

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Operation Grizzly Camp (Poppy McVie Adventures #3) Review

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(*This photo is from goodreads.com)

(I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review)

Author: Kimberli A. Bindschatel

Release: 2016

Genre: Adventure, Thriller

Pages: 184

Bravo! That’s the first sentiment that comes to mind after reading the newest installment in the Poppy McVie series focusing on the title characters adventures as an animal protection agent.

This outing tells the story of Poppy and her partner Agent Dalton’s mission to catch a poacher hunting bears under the guise of a legal hunting lodge in the Alaskan wilderness. The descriptions of this area are next to none, with the beautiful writing driving home the underlying message about the importance of conversation.

“Glacier-covered peaks along the shoreline, dotted with alpine lakes, offered streams that meandered downward, through the patchwork of green, toward the satiny blue sea. Beautiful, untouched, the way it was meant to be. Alaska was truly the last frontier. I held my breath, taking it in.”

Upon embarking on the hunting trip, Poppy comes face to face with dangers posed by both nature and humans themselves. The suspense in the wilderness scenes had me reading voraciously to discover what would take place next. Whether you agree with hunting or not, Ms. Bindschatel’s fact-based books will make you evaluate your views regardless without being preachy.

An absolutely wonderful addition to the series, watch out for the next book Operation Turtle Beach, coming soon.

Rating: 5/5 vistas of Alaskan wilderness

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My Favourite ‘Scary’ Books

I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of horror because it frankly terrifies me and not in the exhilarating way fans of the genre describe it. So I’ve decided to compile a list of 4 books that scared me in a bearable way for all of the non-horror fans out there.

  1. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (1939)

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10 strangers are summoned to an island, where each has a secret that may or not be their demise.

The older writing and gothic-esque feel make this book decidedly creepy, and the twist caught me completely unawares. A thriller for fans of Agatha Christie and mysteries alike.

Fans of this book may find a watching of the 1985 movie romp Clue to be a good pairing.

(*Book cover photo from goodreads.com)

2. The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones (2009)

A college freshmen needs to get away from her life at NYU and decides to reside in her father’s Northern Canada cottage, a desolate location that painted the picture in my head of an area around the Muskoka region.

The sheer isolation of this locale, compared to the bustling New York life that the protagonist is accustomed to, feels claustrophobic and eerie throughout the entirety of the book. The feeling is almost The Cabin in the Woods-esque (from what I hear about the movie), but with much less horror.

3. The Diviners by Libba Bray (2012)

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In roaring 1920’s New York City, Evie O’Neill becomes embroiled in the world of the supernatural and occult as a serial killer is roaming the streets. The twist? Evie is what becomes known as a ‘Diviner’, an individual with a supernatural gift, in her case she can see what’s happened by touching objects.

I don’t want to say too much more, because I want people to read the book without spoilers. I will say that the character of Naughty John absolutely haunted me and kept me up late enough to finish the book so I could find out what happened.

4. Variant by Robison Wells (2011)

Teenager Benson Fisher is sent to the mystery-shrouded Mayfield Academy that is quite literally located in the middle of nowhere. It’s here where gang wars occur between the classmates and the mystery of the entire Academy is called into question.

The action of this book had me gripping the edge of my seat, but I would consider the ‘scariness’ factor of the book to be more centred on the wonderfully written suspense sequences.

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Poppy McVie

I am finally back now, my lovely fellow bookworms!

To begin my return, I wanted to focus on giving a theme song to one of my current favourite book characters; Poppy McVie. Poppy McVie is the title character in Kimberli A. Bindschatel’s Poppy McVie Adventure books. A feisty Special Operations agent with a passion for protecting animals, Poppy is the kind of character that teenage girls would find to be a good role model. She isn’t afraid t0 be who she is and stand up for what she believes in.

This brings me to a song that I believe perfectly encapsulates her character: Something Wild by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and Lindsey Stirling. As a longtime fan of Andrew McMahon from his beginnings with the band Something Corporate, to the more popular Jack’s Mannequin and now to his current act, his team up with violin virtuoso Lindsey Stirling brings about a beautiful song.

The following lyric is one that I believe captures the essence of Poppy McVie:

“The way you see the world, it got you this far. You might have some bruises and a few scars, but you know you’re going to be okay.”

To hear the full song on Youtube click the link: Something Wild

More about Poppy McVie will be coming to Bookworm Buzzes soon, as I am currently reading the newest instalment of the series Operation Grizzly Camp. 

To learn more about the author and Poppy McVie, visit: http://www.kimberlibindschatel.com

 

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A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) Review

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(*This is a photo from Goodreads)

Author: Deborah Harkness

Release: 2011

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 579

I cannot believe how incredible this book was. The characters are vibrant and complex, the settings absolutely breathtaking. There was never a point in this book where I felt bored or unmotivated to read any more. This book is one of those occasions where I could not put the book down until I was literally falling asleep.

Diana Bishop is a 30-something witch who has rarely practiced her craft, instead focusing her efforts on being one of the most sought-after historians in the world. Her focus on alchemy puts her back in the realm of magic, with an ancient text revealing itself to her at Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Enter a menagerie of vampires, daemons and witches who want to know more about this text. Most notably is esteemed professor, and vampire, Matthew Clairmont.

Throughout this book, readers are taken on a magical journey from Oxford to France to small-town New York state. The cast of characters draws you in to their lives and makes readers actually feel for them.

I can’t wait to begin reading the second book in this series, Shadow of Night, immediately.

Rating: 5/5 over-caffeinated daemons

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*This photo is not my own, it is from Mitch Albom’s official Facebook page*

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May 30, 2016 · 1:00 pm