Publisher: Macmillan

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo | Review

July 4, 2016 / 0 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Diversity, Review
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo | Review

Review: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo I feel like an alternate title for If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo could be “Secrets” or “The Secrets We Keep.” Because even though it’s Amanda’s secret that is the impetus for this story of a transgender girl who moves to a new town, it’s the idea of secrets and secret-keeping that makes this story as compelling as it is. There’s a universality in being scared to show someone your true self, in moving to a new town, in first love and first real friends. In those ways, this […]

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood | Review + Blog Tour

May 19, 2016 / 4 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Blog Tour, Review
The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood | Review + Blog Tour

Hi guys, today I’m excited to be part of the Canadian Blog Tour for The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood. This is a really unusual young adult novel, chock full of science and heartbreak, but with beautiful and quirky writing. Read on for a short Q&A with Harriet (about Dawson’s Creek, because Harriet did her Ph.D on it!), and then my review! Who is your favorite Dawson’s Creek character and why? Harriet Reuter Hapgood: Jen Lindley. Without question. I loved her from the get-go. She had such an awful time of it – sexualized way too young, […]

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills | Waiting on Wednesday

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills | Waiting on Wednesday

Look, all I have to say is that that cover matches my Waiting on Wednesday image, which should tell you that this book and I are meant to be. Still not convinced? How about the fact that it includes a quest for a missing painting? How about the fact that there’s going to be romance and friendship and family? How about the fact that it’s written by Emma Mills, whose 2015 debut First & Then was one of my favourites last year (with an insanely good book boyfriend)? Here’s what I said about First & Then: “First & Then is more of an homage […]

| Giveaway + Review | Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

| Giveaway + Review | Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Guys, I am SO excited to be able to give you this review of Stars Above by Marissa Meyer. Last week, I got the most amazing news: Fierce Reads and Raincoast Books (distributor of tons of amazing books in Canada, including Macmillan titles) were sending me a bound galley copy of STARS ABOVE! To say I was excited is a complete understatement. There was much screaming and dancing around in my house because I really, REALLY needed a few extra chapters at the end of Winter. I needed to make sure my babies were still okay =P In addition, Fierce Reads […]

The Lunar Chronicles | Series Wrap-Up, Cress & Fairest Reviews!

The Lunar Chronicles | Series Wrap-Up, Cress & Fairest Reviews!

Hi guys! Yesterday you saw my review of Winter, the final book in Marissa Meyer’s epic The Lunar Chronicles series. Today, I’m back today with two mini-reviews of Cress or Fairest, which I never got around to reviewing, followed by my series wrap-up with some of my favourites (book, couple, characters, etc)! Check it out below: The Rapunzel-like Cress lives alone in a satellite where she uses her genius hacking skills to help Levana – but is desperate to defy her. Cress is incredibly capable and hilariously fangirlish, a dreamer who has always had a crush on Carswell Thorne, a […]

[No Spoilers] Review | Winter by Marissa Meyer

November 22, 2015 / 14 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Wrap-Up
[No Spoilers] Review | Winter by Marissa Meyer

Review: Spoilers for Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress in this review, but NO SPOILERS for Winter. I can’t tell you really ANYTHING that happens in this Winter because it’s all so damn glorious and if you haven’t read the other books, it just won’t make sense anyway. It’s like going into Return of the Jedi never having seen Luke Skywalker struggle with The Force. This book does not even pretend that you haven’t read the rest of The Lunar Chronicles – in fact, it demands that you read the others. And let’s face it, you wouldn’t be picking up the 800+ page […]

GIVEAWAY & Book Reviews: Fierce Reads 2015 Blog Tour!

October 8, 2015 / 44 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Blog Tour, Interview
GIVEAWAY & Book Reviews: Fierce Reads 2015 Blog Tour!

Hi all, I’m delighted to be part of the Canadian Fierce Reads Blog Tour today (thanks to Raincoast Books for including me)! Today I’ve got reviews of Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales and First & Then by Emma Mills, the two YA contemporary (duh, it’s me) books on the tour. I also got the opportunity to ask all four of the Fierce Reads tour authors an interview question. And because the tour is coming to Canada, I’ve got an amazing opportunity to win one of the Fierce Reads books, signed to you! Read on for more! What do […]

#WaitingonWednesday: The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

#WaitingonWednesday: The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

I heard about The Square Root of Summer awhile back while perusing catalogues for Spring 2016 (that font treatment is perfection!), but it wasn’t until last weekend’s Raincoast Books Teen Preview that I got super excited. Physics and time travel in books is one of my auto-buy triggers, and the fact that the author wrote a thesis on Dawson’s Creek basically sold me on her forever. Is The Square Root of Summer on your TBR? Are you obsessed with science in your books, too? What are you waiting for this week? Let me know and I’ll stop by! Want to win a Sept […]

Waiting on Wednesday: Young Widows Club by Alexandra Coutts

Waiting on Wednesday: Young Widows Club by Alexandra Coutts

I’ve been desperate for this book ever since I heard about it. The premise sounds so original: it deals with grief from the perspective of teen widows. Is it weird and wrong that I hope it includes the perspective of a teen whose husband went to war? I feel like that’s a story I want to read in YA. I’m not usually into super mopey books, but I think we could all learn a lot from the women in this book. Is Young Widows Club on your TBR? What are you waiting for this week? Let me know and I’ll […]

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

February 11, 2014 / 25 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder  Author: Marissa Meyer (website | twitter) Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Raincoast Books in Canada) Source/Format: ARC from ALAN Conference 2011 Publication date: January 3, 2012 My rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with […]