Category: Books

[Contest] Cainsville Giveaway by Kelley Armstrong

Ah, Kelley Armstrong. She’s one of the authors (and she’s Canadian!) that I truly love. Her new series, Cainsville heads into slightly darker horror territory than usual.The main character, Olivia, has a gift of seeing omens.

It took me awhile to get into this series, but with this second book I’m definitely hooked. I love the dynamic between Gabriel and Olivia and the Celtic and fae mythology woven into the story. Those looking for a bit of spice that Kelley is known for certainly won’t be disappointed. The story is gripping and I couldn’t put it down. Can’t wait until the next one!

Thanks to Random House, you can win both books in the series!


[Review] The Table of Less Valued Knights by Marie Phillips


When I was younger, I used to get in trouble in class because I would always smuggle a book on my lap to read under my desk. If the book was particularly good, I would read it over lunch and at recess.

That is how I feel about The Table of Less Valued Knights. I carried it around with me on public transit, read it on squished subways and even read it while walking to work. (true story.)

[Review] Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen


The Queen of the Tearling is fantasy at it’s best. I devoured this book, and it’s the best fantasy that I’ve read all year!

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.


[Review] Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II


I had first heard about the New York Times Best Seller “Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II” by Denise Kiernan on the Daily Show as Jon Stewart really loved this book. It sounded pretty interesting, but I had forgotten about it until Heartless Girl gave me the opportunity to read it.

“Girls of Atomic City” is a book about the women who lived in Oak Ridge, Tennessee during the war and how they were instrumental in developing the atomic bomb even though no one, including the workers, knew about it. Oak Ridge itself was an army-run town shrouded in secrecy that wasn’t even on a map. As more and more workers put down roots it became an experiment, not just in physics, but in a social context as well.

No one could talk about work and everyone who worked there was transported from all areas of the country creating an instant sense of camaraderie and community. I liked the book as it followed the lives of some of the women who worked there, referenced the German physicists who discovered nuclear energy (side note: the play Copenhagen is a must read), and examined the scientific breakthroughs that happened at the time.

This book is very well researched and artfully put together; it really feels like a story rather than a work of nonfiction. It truly is an amazing part of history that changed the world forever, not just scientifically, but also for the role of women in society. I would highly recommend it.

Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan
Publisher: Touchstone
Paperback, 400 pages

This is a guest post from Jennifer. Jennifer is a bibliophile living in the ‘burbs, but remains a city girl at heart.  When her nose isn’t in a book she is crocheting up a storm. Oh, and one time a Starbucks barista invited her to their wedding solely based on the fact she goes every morning for a decaf mocha. So, there’s that.

Delicious! by Ruth Reichl



Billie Breslin has traveled far from her home in California to take a job at Delicious!, New York’s most iconic food magazine. Away from her family, particularly her older sister, Genie, Billie feels like a fish out of water—until she is welcomed by the magazine’s colorful staff. She is also seduced by the vibrant downtown food scene, especially by Fontanari’s, the famous Italian food shop where she works on weekends. Then Delicious! is abruptly shut down, but Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints in order to pay her bills.

To Billie’s surprise, the lonely job becomes the portal to a miraculous discovery. In a hidden room in the magazine’s library, Billie finds a cache of letters written during World War II by Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old, to the legendary chef James Beard. Lulu’s letters provide Billie with a richer understanding of history, and a feeling of deep connection to the young writer whose courage in the face of hardship inspires Billie to comes to terms with her fears, her big sister and her ability to open her heart to love.

A must for all food lovers, Delicious will feel like an indulgence with each page turn. I loved reading about the curious cast of characters that worked at Delicious. Billie’s taste buds are nothing short of amazing, but she won’t cook. If she even begins to think about it, she gets anxious.

The description of food is so vivid that you’ll find yourself longing for a piece of salami or a taste of cake. This book combines history, romance and food to create a tale you won’t be able to put down. I really enjoyed this book, and I’m sure you will too!



This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki [Review]

thisonesummerI’ve been a fan of Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki ever since their first graphic novel, Skim. Jillian forever endeared herself to me for drawing Scarborough in her novel in such a beautiful way.

Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki are seriously talented cousins. Mariko writes the story and Jillian illustrates. In This One Summer, they’ve perfectly captured the quintessential Canadian cottage experience.
ThisOneSummer2 thisonesummer1This One Summer deals with some pretty heavy topics in a lazy Ontario cottage town. Julia enjoys typical cottage activities like hanging out with her friend, crushing on boys, going swimming and watching terrifying horror movies.

However, she’s also dealing with the fact that her parents seem to be getting further apart each day, and her mother is distant. Her friend is a little younger than her, and Julie is starting to mature faster than her. Even the teenager that she has a crush on has major issues to deal with. It all comes together in a dramatic climax.

It’s beautiful to see Jillian’s stunning brushwork and curling speech bubbles. She’s such a talented illustrator, and whenever these cousins pair together there’s bound  to be magic.

The book launches this week at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Check it out below!

This One Summer Book Launch ft. Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki with Hannah Sung
Sunday May 11, 2014
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St.
Free Event
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