Tag: may 2015

Sexual Violence, Bad Boys and A Court of Thrones and Roses

July 3, 2015 / 152 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
Sexual Violence, Bad Boys and A Court of Thrones and Roses

WARNING: Major spoilers for A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, and I will be quoting from some of the explicit, 18+ scenes in this essay.  I know I’m going to be hated for this post, but I can’t not write it, because, very few people are talking about the sexual violence in Sarah J. Maas’ latest bestseller, A Court of Thorns and Roses. So here we go. Way back in the day, I talked about my love for Good Boys, and how Bad Boys are problematic, especially in YA. I’m not one of those people who […]

“I Used to Write” Kissing in America by Margo Rabb

May 27, 2015 / 4 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
“I Used to Write” Kissing in America by Margo Rabb

Win a copy of Kissing in America or another May release! Kissing in America Author: Margo Rabb (website | twitter) Publisher: Harper Collins Source/Format: ARC sent to me by Harper Collins Canada in exchange for an honest review (thank you!) Publication date: May 26, 2015 (yesterday!) My rating: 4 out of 5 stars Buy It: Indigo.ca | Amazon.ca | Amazon.com | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound | The Book Depository “Wise, inspiring, and ultimately uplifting—not to be missed.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review “A hilarious, thought-provoking, wrenching, and joyful quest.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review “Authentic and complex…This is a smart teen’s novel.”—Booklist, starred review […]

GIVEAWAY + Excerpt: The Merit Birds by Kelley Powell

May 25, 2015 / 0 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Uncategorized
GIVEAWAY + Excerpt: The Merit Birds by Kelley Powell

The Merit Birds Author: Kelley Powell (website | twitter) Publisher: Dundurn Press Publication date: May 2, 2015 Eighteen-year-old Cam Scott is angry. He’s angry about his absent dad, he’s angry about being angry, and he’s angry that he has had to give up his Ottawa basketball team to follow his mom to her new job in Vientiane, Laos. However, Cam’s anger begins to melt under the Southeast Asian sun as he finds friendship with his neighbour, Somchai, and gradually falls in love with Nok, who teaches him about building merit, or karma, by doing good deeds, such as purchasing caged “merit […]

“You’ve Changed”: Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

May 19, 2015 / 3 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
“You’ve Changed”: Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

Win a copy of Hold Me Like A Breath! Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family #1) Author: Tiffany Schmidt (website | twitter) Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Source/Format: eARC provided by publisher via Netgalley (thank you!) Publication date: May 19, 2015 (today!) My rating: 2 out of 5 stars. Buy It: Indigo.ca | Amazon.ca | Amazon.com | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | IndieBound | The Book Depository  Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the […]

GIVEAWAY CONTEST: May New Release Giveaway Hop!

May 15, 2015 / 122 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Uncategorized
GIVEAWAY CONTEST: May New Release Giveaway Hop!

Hey guys, remember when I was giving away books every month? Yeah, for some reason, I fell off that train, but now I’m BACK! And I’m so glad I’m restarting this month because there are so many amazing books out in May. You know the drill: I’m giving away one young adult, middle grade, or new adult book released this month. In the interest of not making myself crazy, I’m only posting covers for the ones I’m super interested in reading, but feel free to comment with your own choices! My review of The Heir            […]

5 Things To Know About The Heir By Kiera Cass

May 14, 2015 / 5 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
5 Things To Know About The Heir By Kiera Cass

The Heir (The Selection #4) Author: Kiera Cass (website | twitter) Publisher: HarperTeen (Harper Collins Canada) Source/Format: Purchased from Indigo Publication date: May 5, 2015 My rating: 3 out of 5 stars.  Buy It: Indigo.ca | Amazon.ca | Amazon.com | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Google Books | IndieBound | The Book Depository | Audible Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has […]

“Are We Out of the Woods Yet?” Review: Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross & Mark Perini

May 11, 2015 / 2 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review, Uncategorized
“Are We Out of the Woods Yet?” Review: Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross & Mark Perini

Win a copy of HALFWAY PERFECT & a 1 year subscription to Cosmo! Halfway Perfect Authors: Julie Cross and Mark Perini Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Source/Format: eARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review (thank you!) Publication Date: May 5, 2015 My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.  Buy It: Indigo.ca | Amazon.ca | Amazon.com | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo | IndieBound | The Book Depository Bestselling author Julie Cross teams up with Ford model Mark Perini to pen a poignant and gritty YA novel about love and the dark side of modeling and the fashion industry Eve’s time as a fashion model nearly destroyed her-now she’s […]

GIVEAWAY + Excerpt: Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross & Mark Perini

April 30, 2015 / 2 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Uncategorized
GIVEAWAY + Excerpt: Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross & Mark Perini

Hi everyone, I’m delighted to be part of the promo tour for Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross and Mark Perini. I’m a fan of Julie’s (and part of her street team) after reading her mature YA novels Whatever Life Throws at You and Letters to Nowhere – she does great things with teens who are dealing with tough, pressure-filled worlds. I just started Halfway Perfect, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be spectacular as well. Stay tuned for my review, but first, check out an excerpt and giveaway from Julie and Mark! Halfway Perfect Authors: Julie Cross and Mark […]

Waiting on Wednesday: 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

Waiting on Wednesday: 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

5 to 1 Author: Holly Bodger  Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Expected publication: May 12th 2015  In the year 2054, after decades of gender selection, India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity. Tired of marrying off their daughters to the highest bidder and determined to finally make marriage fair, the women who form the country of Koyanagar have instituted a series of tests so that every boy has the chance to win a wife. Sudasa, though, doesn’t want to be a wife, and Kiran, a boy forced to compete in […]

Waiting on Wednesday: The Heir by Kiera Cass (spoilers for series!)

Waiting on Wednesday: The Heir by Kiera Cass (spoilers for series!)

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating. The Heir (The Selection #4) Author: Kiera Cass  Publisher: Harper Teen Expected publication: May 5th 2015 Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she […]