Thursday, 25 June 2015

I am alive + giveaway info post

Hello everyone! I know I haven’t posted since the beginning of the month (despite the fact that I promised that I would post more), but a lot has been going on in my life!


Aside from the usual crazy shifts at work, CPT and exam workload was thrown on top of it, and then I was so busy that all my extra time was devouted to catching up on the sleep that I missed the night before.


However, this year marks a special year for me, because I graduated from high school literally yesterday!


The way we do it from where I’m from, we have prom after exams and before grad. This year, exams finished on Friday June 19th, so our prom landed on the Monday following. And then grad happened yesterday- Wednesday- and it was surreal! After four years of hard work, it is crazy realizing that I was finally free and entering another four more years of craziness and fun.


While I didn’t necessarily cry during our ceremony (I’m a firm believer of letting the past go and moving on, and if I ever meet anyone from my past ever again, it’s because it was meant to be), I did tear up during the speeches—the majority of my time was devouted to trying to sit through the uneasiness of hunger (my last name starts with a “T” so it’s at the bottom of the list”), trying not get rained on (the air conditioner on my side of the centre was leaking and spraying water EVERYWHERE), and trying to stay awake.


But despite the craziness of the last couple weeks- ESPECIALLY the last couple days- I wouldn’t trade it in for the world. I made great memories with amazing people that have made my last four years- especially my senior one- enjoyable, and I wish them the best in their future endeavors- I swear, we’ll see each other again.


Now that the sappy part of my post is over, let’s move on to the thing that I KNOW you’ve all been waiting for:


Yes, I have been suggesting a giveaway for months now, and I really am in dire need in cleaning out my shelf. So there will be a couple of giveaways going to happen on my blog (unfortunately, due to Canadian postage costs, most of them will be CAN only!), and the biggest one will happen on my 3 year blogging blogaversary on August 22nd, 2015, and yes, that one will include international giveaways!


So the first of the giveaways is going to start REALLY soon! So keep an eye out on my posts!


And also, check out my review of A Book of Spirits and Thieves and my Fangirl Friday post on Historical Hotties tomorrow!

Thursday, 4 June 2015

ARC Review: Galgorithm by Aaron Karo

Author: Aaron Karo
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date:
Received from: publisher
Status: standalone

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

A romantic comedy about high school, heartbreak, and having all the answers.

What if the secrets of dating and love were revealed in one simple formula? That's the tantalizing proposition high school senior Shane Chambliss offers the hopeless and hapless guys who come to him for relationship advice.

After the girl of his dreams breaks his heart, Shane devises a mysterious formula called the Galgorithm and establishes himself as the resident dating guru at Kingsview High School. But his attempts to master the art of romance go outrageously awry.

As Shane tries to navigate the ensuing drama, he must follow his heart, abandon all the rules, and ignore his own advice in a quest for true love. What he discovers, no formula could ever predict...


Galogorithm is a witty romantic comedy about a teenage "Hitch" who learns about how love really works when he starts falling in love himself.

The novel is about high school senior, Shane Chambliss, a teenage match maker who has an endless amount of advice for guys. After a terrible relationship that leaves him heart broken, he developed a formula to help fellow geeks to win the girl of their dreams. His formula (which he wittingly calls galgorithm) is based on just pure observation. Because of his formula, he doesn't believe in the stereotypical "she's out of my league" excuse, as he reinforces that being different and confident does work.

While the whole novel may seem as a generalization as women as "easy solutions", it's not. The novel is really about learning how to be confident enough to go up to a person, say hi, and hit it off. There's no degrading of women in the sense that she's an object, but merely the guys' side of the geeky "falling in love" story.

The book had nice characters, and I enjoyed the main female character, Jak, as well. It was easy to relate her anxieties, and her ability to ruin the perfect moment. I did thoroughly enjoy the novel as a whole, and loved the humour in Karo's writing that delivered the dialogue and the conflict of the story nicely.

If you're looking for a nice, easy romance novel that's not about a girl tumbling through the hardships of falling in love, pick up Galgorithm!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

ARC Review: Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu


Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Pages: 336
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Release Date: June 2nd, 2015
Received from: publisher
Status: standalone

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Rachel Walker is devoted to God. She prays every day, attends Calvary Christian Church with her family, helps care for her five younger siblings, dresses modestly, and prepares herself to be a wife and mother who serves the Lord with joy. But Rachel is curious about the world her family has turned away from, and increasingly finds that neither the church nor her homeschool education has the answers she craves. Rachel has always found solace in her beliefs, but now she can’t shake the feeling that her devotion might destroy her soul.

There are a lot of things in the world that make you question your faith, but when Rachel Walker's life starts unfolding, and the people around her seem to be changing, she discovers that maybe her devoution might be the reason why.

Rachel's story was a very heart-breaking, yet wonderful journey of self-discovery. Rachel grew up in a very closed off religion (think, Duggar's lifestyle, just without the cameras). She's essentially, from day one, taught to eat, breath, sleep, think, and act in the light of Christ, and has been told that her main purpose of life was to become a loving mother and servant of the Lord. But unlike others in her family, she's always craved knowledge, understanding, and has found herself questioning practices of their Church.

Mathieu delivers a powerful story, and her writing style (in my opinion), has flourished immensely since The Truth About Alice. Rachel's journey moved me to tears, because she knew that if she followed her heart, she'd be cut off from her family completely, but if she stayed, she knew that she'd live an unhappy life. It really moved me, especially since I am a Christian- a Catholic specifically- and I am pretty into my faith. I'm not devouted as much as Rachel was, but I believed in God, and I do practice. This novel made me wonder how devouted people could be to use their faith to harm others, and it hurt me knowing that Rachel's faith was hurting her. And what really hurt me more was the fact that such devouted people were not supportive, nor did they forgive sinners when they erred- they essentially punished them, and punishment and forgiveness should never go hand in hand. That's not how it should be, and I was really proud of her growth as a character, and her fierceness as well.

This story was thought-provoking and heart-breaking, and it will captivate you from the very beginning! I highly recommend this book to everyone!

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