Review: The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Review: The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan Source: Digital galley courtesy of Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley. Thank you! Expected Publication: April 7, 2015 by Grand Central Publishing Verdict: Okay/Good Book Description: “If I’m Cinderella today, I dread who they’ll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next.” American Rebecca Porter was […]

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Review: The Truth Commission by Susan Juby

Review: The Truth Commission by Susan Juby Source: ARC courtesy of Goodreads First Reads and Penguin Canada. Thank you! Expected Publication: April 14, 2015 by Razorbill Canada Verdict: Excellent Book Description: Open secrets are the heart of gossip—the things that no one is brave or clueless enough to ask. That is, except for Normandy Pale and her friends Dusk and […]

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Great Picture Books! (3)

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach. With vibrant illustrations and a fun-with-a-twist story to boot, this picture book is a real joy. From the opening page the narrator tells us that “It all started with the bear”… And so follows a grand tale about a joyously illustrated bear and how he gets to that sandwich. But just who […]

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Blog on Fire Tour: Review of Thrice Burned by Angela Misri

Welcome to day two of the Blog on Fire: Thrice Burned Blog Tour. Today’s stop on Fab Book Reviews features an advance review of Angela Misri’s soon-to-be-released novel! Review: Thrice Burned (Portia Adams Adventure #2) by Angela Misri Source: ARC courtesy of Fierce Ink Press. Thank you! Expected Publication: March 24, 2015 by Fierce Ink Press Verdict: Very Good/Excellent Book Description: If you play with fire, you might get burned. Portia is still reeling from finding out that her guardian, Mrs. Jones, is actually the infamous Irene Adler and her grandmother. As if that wasn’t shocking enough, Sherlock Holmes is her grandfather, a secret Portia’s mother took to her grave. As a diversion, Portia throws herself into work and continues to consult with Scotland Yard on their hard-to-crack cases, including a brazen theft that the perpetrator boasted about before it took place, as well as the disappearance of prostitutes. While on the trail of an arsonist she meets Annie, a resourceful reporter. They strike up a friendship and Annie starts to report on “P.C. Adams”, the consulting detective keeping London safe, but she promises to keep Portia’s true identity secret. Neighbor Constable Brian Dawes takes a shine to Annie just as Portia starts to question her own feelings for him. At the same time Portia attracts the attention of Gavin Whitaker, a medical student and her intellectual equal. He may just be the distraction she needs. As the press starts to show an interest […]

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Review: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Review: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson Source: ARC courtesy of Goodreads First Reads and Penguin Canada. Thank you! Expected Publication: March 10, 2015 by Dial Books Verdict: Very Good/Excellent Book Description: For fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby. For most of her twelve years, Astrid […]

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Reviews: ‘Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures’ & ‘The Thirteenth Tale’

Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam The 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize Winner, Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures contains interconnected stories revolving around a few main characters as they go from medical school to being practicing physicians. Lam, an emergency room physician himself, writes in what I would call a very natural manner- unfussy, approachable and poised. I will say that […]

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Great Picture Books! (2)

Big Bad Bubble by Adam Rubin, illus. Daniel Salmieri Just look at that cover! Are you smiling yet?! Rubin & Salmieri- the team behind Secret Pizza Party and Dragons Love Tacos– have given us another totally winning and funny story. You wouldn’t think it, but monsters in La La Land are actually petrified of bubbles. There’s no way to fight […]

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