5 YA Novels to Look Forward to in 2021

Last year I attended a couple of online previews and get an early sneak peek at several YA titles coming out in 2021. It was definitely an interesting experience attending these events online, and while I miss the in person events, I’m glad the publishers could move them online so we can still hear about all the amazing titles coming out in the new year. So without further delay, here are my top picks of YA books coming out in the first half of this year! 


You Have a Match by Emma Lord
Release Date: January 12, 2021

I haven’t read Tweet Cute yet, but I’ve seen many bloggers rave about it. You Have a Match is Emma Lord’s second YA novel, and it’s described as “The Parent Trap meets 23andMe”.  Protagonist Abby discovers she has a sister through an online website, and it turns out her sister is Instagram star Savannah Tully and the complete opposite of her! The two girls decide to meet up at a summer camp to figure out why Savannah was given up for adoption a year before Abby was born.On top of the family drama and secrets, Abby also has to confront the awkwardness between her and her best friend and crush Leo, who also is the co-chef at the camp where both girls are staying. This was one of the three review copies in the digital swag bags provided to us, so I’m hoping to get around to reading it sometime this year.

Hot British Boyfriend by Kristy Boyce
Release Date: February 9, 2021

This book was Marisol’s pick from the Frenzy Presents event in December since she also studied in England and ended up marrying her “Hot British Boyfriend”. Pitched as “The Holiday meets Legally Blonde”, Hot British Boyfriend is about Ellie Nichols’ quest to land a hot British boyfriend during her high school’s study abroad trip to England. After all, the best way to get over the humiliation of a public rejection is to move on with someone better! Readers who love teen romances that take place overseas like the Stephanie Perkins’ books will probably enjoy this one as well!

Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price
Release Date: 
April 6, 2021

If you’re a fan of Jane Austen and mysteries, then this book may be perfect for you! The first in a new series of Jane Austen murder mystery retellings. In Pride and Premeditation, Lizzie Bennet is now an aspiring lawyer, while Fitzwilliam Darcy is the stern young heir to the prestigious firm Pemberley Associates. The two find themselves force to spend more time together as Lizzie is determined to prove herself by solving a murder case where she believes that the authorities have got the wrong person. As a fan of murder mysteries, I’m intrigued to see how the Lizzie and Darcy dynamic will be in a legal environment, so this one is for sure on my radar. It should also be on your radar if you’re a fan of the Lady Janies series.

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean
Release Date:
 May 25, 2021

Not going to lie, Tokyo Ever After is the title that I am the most excited for out of all the books I heard about from the previews last year! I’m hoping to get a review copy of this one so I can read it as soon as possible and share with you guys my thoughts on it. Izumi Tanaka is a Japanese American girl who has been raised by her mother with no idea of who her father is. So she’s in for a big shock when she discovers she is none other than the Crown Prince of Japan! Described as “The Princess Diaries meets Crazy Rich Asians”, I’m looking forward to all the Japanese culture and family drama and the promise of a potential bodyguard crush romance. As an Asian American who also grew up in a predominately white town, I can definitely relate to feeling like I don’t belong both in the country I was born in and my parents’ country. Tokyo Ever After has already been optioned for a TV series and a sequel is already set to come out in 2022!!

Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous by Suzanne Park
Release Date: 
June 1, 2021

Sunny Song’s summer goals include making Rafael Kim her boyfriend, getting to 100 K followers and of course having the best summer ever! Unfortunately, her plans are ruined when she accidentally makes an inappropriate video that goes viral, causing her principal to make her parents send her to a digital detox camp. Now she’s stuck in a farm in Iowa, which is basically the middle of nowhere to her, with no Internet access! Touching on topics like online addiction and casual racism, Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous promises to be both funny and heartwarming that fans of Jenny Han’s books may also enjoy as well.

6 YA Books to Read This Fall

Fall is just around the corner, and with a new season comes more great new read to cozy up with. Over the past few months, I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to attend a couple of fall previews. So for those of you who are looking to add even more books to your TBR pile you’re in luck, because I’ve got some recommendations to share with you guys.

Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai (September 3, 2019)

This one is high on my reading list as there still aren’t many #ownvoices novels featuring Vietnamese protagonists. It follows a girl named Hằng who finally makes it to the US and is looking to reunite with her brother, Linh. Along for the ride is her new friend, LeeRoy who dreams of being a cowboy. Of all the titles presented at Frenzy Presents, this is story of unlikely friendship, road trips, displacement and family is probably my most anticipated read.


Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin (September 3, 2019)

At the Frenzy Presents event, the one word that was used to describe this book was “filthy”. Other than that, the concept of a forbidden romance between a witch and a witch hunter has me intrigued. This is the one title that has been compared to the Sarah J. Maas books and it is also perfect if you liked dark fantasy series like Rin Chupeco’s The Bone Witch.


There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool (September 3, 2019)

This book was my YA Horoscopes match for the TeensRead Fall 2019 Preview. Compared to Six of Crows, this book promises to turn the trope of the Chosen One on its head. Fair warning though, this book is far bleaker than Six of Crows. If you want to know more about my thoughts on this book, be sure to come by the blog next week for my blog stop and review for this title.

Frankly in Love by David Yoon (September 10, 2019)

The name David Yoon may ring a bell because of his wife, Nicola Yoon who is a best-selling YA author and whose books have both been turned into major movies. However, with his debut novel he proves that he’s also a gifted writer. In fact, Frankly in Love is currently on my list of top reads of 2019! Highly recommend this well-written and touching story about first love, family and being the kid of immigrant parents.

Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan (September 10, 2019)

Another book that I was fortunate enough to read early. This one is about a teen in Missouri who is forced to take a road trip with her ex best friend when she discovers she’s pregnant and needs to get an abortion. This one is being marketed as “Thelma and Louise but…with a happy ending” and I agree. If you’re a fan of the movie Juno you may like this one. Also like Juno, Unpregnant is set to become a movie produced by Greg Berlanti and Sarah and directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg who worked on The Mindy Project. A timely read, I really enjoyed this one and am looking forward to seeing how the book gets translated to the big screen! 

Dangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance by Jennieke Cohen (December 3, 2019)

I love a good historical mystery and even better if there a good romance subplot! This one was pitched to us as a “Victorian Tinder”, which has piqued my interest. For fans of My Lady Jane and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, I think Dangerous Alliance may end up on my reading list solely on the basis the that the heroine is not only a badass but also a major Jane Austen fan looking for her own “Pride and Prejudice” type of love.


Frenzy Five | Spring/Summer 2019

It’s hard to believe it’s been 7 years since the very first, Frenzy Presents. Frenzy Presents has certainly come a long way since its humble beginnings especially as this event had over 110 attendees and that’s not including the waitlist! This particular event was definitely shorter than the ones in the past due to the Angie Thomas event that was taking place at the Art Gallery of Ontario later that afternoon. Still there was no shortage of great titles, so without further ado here are my top five picks from all of the titles presented.

1. The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos (Release Date: May 28, 2019)

A contemporary-fantasy hybrid novel, The Wise and the Wicked is about a family with an unusual power. Every woman in Ruby’s family when they come of age, has the ability to see when exactly they will die. And without fail, every member of the Chernyavsky family has died in the same manner that they saw that is until Ruby’s great-aunt Polina passes away. This twist leads to Ruby having hope that things are not completely set in stone, but can she really change her fate? An own voices magical realism story, this one awesome some awesome LGBTQ characters and representation which I’m all here for!

2. Ordinary Girls by Blair Thornburgh (Release Date: June 4, 2019)

This one was one of the titles on my wish list and I was fortunate enough to snag an ARC in my swag bag. A modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, this one’s for those who love stories about complicated and dysfunctional family dynamics particularly among sisters. 

3. This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura (Release Date: June 4, 2019)

Another contemporary YA novel that I’m eagerly anticipating, this one is about a Japanese American girl whose family owns a flower shop. Interestingly enough this one looks at the effect that the Japanese internment camps still has, since CJ’s family ends up selling their shop to the family that swindled her grandparents during WWII. This causes CJ to stand up and fight for her family, causing conflict within their entire Northern California community. Perfect for fans of Samira Ahmed’s Love, Hate & Other Filters, Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi as well Jenny Han.

4. The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter (Release Date: June 25, 2019)

Everyone that attended the event received a chapter sampler of this Evil Queen retelling. For fans of twisted fairy-tale retellings like the Lunar Chronicles series, this one takes place in a world where your fate is already written in the fairy tales. Everly Morrow is a loner and outsider who has the ability to commune with mirrors. Unbeknownst to her, she is destined to be the “Evil Queen” in Snow White’s story. Will she succumb to becoming the evil queen and a villain or give up her crown to become a hero? After reading this one, I’m even more intrigued to read the rest of Everly’s story.

5. Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) by Shelby Mahurin (Release Date: September 3, 2019)

Okay so technically this one doesn’t come out until the fall, however those who attended the Spring 2019 Frenzy Presents event were given a tiny glimpse of some upcoming fall titles. This one is the first in a fantasy duology, and is the authour’s debut novel. Although, fantasy isn’t my typical cup of tea I’m excited for this one because it has a runaway witch, a marriage of convenience cleverly orchestrated by the protagonist and of course some forbidden romance between a huntsman and a witch! Also how awesome is this cover?

TeensRead Winter + Spring 2019 Preview Picks

Two months ago, I was fortunate enough to attend the Raincoast BooksTeensRead Winter and Spring 2019 Preview event in Toronto. As always there were some of the best donuts I’ve ever had, awesome swag bags, and of course tons of amazing books that were presented to us. Below are my top three picks from the preview and for 2019.

1. Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Evans Hicks (on sale February 12th, 2019)

Faith Evan Hicks is a Canadian cartoonist and animator known for her graphic novel. Comics Will Break Your Heart is her first young adult novel. The plot of this book inspired by the real life stories of comic creators of companies like DC and Marvel who lost the rights to their creations, and thus were never fairly compensated for their work, comics will break your heart is about Miriam the granddaughter of one of the creators of a well-known superhero who was betrayed by my co-creator as a result her family is now penniless. While Miriam is trying to out if she truly wants more than what her small town can offer, she meets a cute boy who of course ends up being the grandson of the man who betrayed her grandfather. I got an ARC of this one at the preview event and am intrigued by it. Hopefully I’ll get around to reading this one. Fun fact, Comics Will Break Your Heart is apparently the first book in a series, though I hope the book is a standalone and the next book is about other characters.

2. Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo (on sale May 7th, 2019)

At the time of the preview, we didn’t have a cover for this book. However, now that we do can I just say how adorable it is? Of all the titles mentioned during the preview, this one is without a doubt my most anticipated title! Another romantic comedy from Maurene Goo, Somewhere Only We Know is a modern take on the classic Audrey Hepburn film  Roman Holiday only with Hong Kong setting and a potential romance with Kpop singer and the son of a paparazzi who is trying to impress his dad. I cannot wait to read this one, and *fingers crossed* I’ll be able to snag an advance of it!

3.We Hunt the Flame (We Hunt the Flame #1) by Hafsah Faizal (on sale May 14th, 2019)

We Hunt the Flame is getting ALOT of buzz on social media and a lot of people at the preview were excited for it. I love the tagline for this book which is, “people lived because she killed, people died because he lived”. Doesn’t that speak your curiosity? The author herself is Muslim and she wanted to write a diverse fantasy novel with an Arabica setting with no genies or even supernatural elements. The first in a duology, We Hunt the Flame promises to be a thrilling novel that is all about discovering who you are and conquering your fear.

5 Books from Penguin Random House That I’m Excited For This Fall and Winter

This month and last month, I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend a couple of book previews from some publishers. Two of these preview events were from Penguin Random House. The first was their annual Fall Preview for fiction and non-fiction titles and the second was the annual Fall-I-Day Kids and Teen Preview. Both events were lots of fun, with great food and guests. You can get a glimpse of the events on my Instagram account @WordsofMystery. You should also check out the hashtags #PRHCFallPreview and #fallidaypreview on social media for more fun. Anyways without further delay, here are my top picks from both events this season!

1. The Pocket Butler’s Guide to Travel: A Compact Guide to Travelling Well: From Efficient Packing to Etiquette in a Foreign Land by Charles MacPherson


Charles The Butler (as he is fondly know as) has written couple of guide books, and his latest is a compact guide to all things travel. As someone always on the lookout for tips and tricks for travel, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what kind of advice Charles The Butler has to offer. This guide is apparently also quite small in size which means it would fit perfectly within a carry-on which would make it a perfect gift for the traveler in your life.

2. The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory


Earlier this year I read Jasmine Guillory’s The Wedding Date and while I appreciated the diverse representation and the string, independent heroine it wasn’t exactly my favourite romance. That being said, I did like the character of Carlos and was curious as to what his story would be like. But what really had me intrigued enough to add this book to my TBR was this article by Jasmine Guillory on how it’s okay to say no to a ring, something that the heroine in The Proposal finds herself doing in a very public way.

3. Design Your Next Chapter: How to Realize Your Dreams and Reinvent Your Life by Debbie Travis (November 20th 2018)

Lately, I’ve felt like I’m at a crossroads in more than one aspect of my life.  This is something that Debbie Travis probably has also felt as she started as a TV and Home Decor guru before she decided she needed a new challenge in life. This lead to her purchasing a 13th century Tuscan villa where she now runs empowering retreats for women. Providing advice on how to make a life change and/or “switch” I’m interested in seeing what Travis has to say about reinventing your life.

4. Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of ’80s and ’90s Teen Fiction by Gabrielle Moss


Quirk Books is known for putting out unique and fun titles, and Paperback Crush is no exception. Authour, Gabrielle Moss is an editor for Bustle and has written for The New Yorker, Slate, GQ.com, The Hairpin, The Toast among many other places. In Paperback Crush looks at the history of Young Adult fiction in the 1980s and 1990s from a feminist perspective. I’m not totally obsessed with YA fiction from that era but having grown up with The Babysitters Club series, I’m definitely interested in checking this book out and learning more about 80s and 90s YA fiction. Plus who knows? Maybe I’ll even end up adding some more of these books to my TBR.

5. Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner (February 26th 2019)bluebird

So this one actually comes out early next year. Jeff Zentner is a YA author that many of my fellow book bloggers love. Despite his books being in the  contemporary YA fiction genre, I haven’t read any of them as of yet. I love that this one is about two friends who are in their final year of high school and are dealing with their lives going in different directions as this is something I can definitely relate to. Furthermore,  I was told that unlike his previous books this one won’t be as sad and in fact it will be funny so I may make this one my first Jeff Zentner read.

Frenzy Presents | Spring 2018

Last month I had the pleasure of attending the Frenzy Presents Spring Preview at the new HarperCollins Canada office. As always it was a fun day filled with good company, great snacks and of course lots of book talk! Not to mention we got to hear authour, Hadley Dyer talk about her  new YA novel Here So Far Away. As per tradition instead of doing a full recap, I thought I’d once again share my top HarperCollins Spring/Summer YA titles picks with you guys. Feel free to let me know in the comments below which books you guys are most looking forward to.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – April 24, 2018

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

So I’m going, to be honest here. I never really got on the Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda bandwagon with the book and so my first Becky Albertalli book was actually The Upside of Unrequited which I liked but didn’t really love. I did, however, adore the movie adaption of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaLove Simon which made me really fall for Simon and his group of friends. And while I’m nervous at the thought of Leah and her group of friends drifting apart during their senior year of high school, I am excited for Leah to finally get her own book!

Puddin’ by Julie Murphy – May 8, 2018

Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a little girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream of being a newscaster—and to kiss the boy she’s crushing on.

Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend.

When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing that they might have more in common than they ever imagined.

So this was a title that I was fortunate enough to read before the event as an eGalley. I did read Dumplin’ but it just wasn’t for me. Puddin’, however, was an awesome, heartwarming read! I love the female friendships in this book and all the girl power that happens. Pitched as a title that would appeal to fans of Rainbow Rowell’s books, I also think this is perfect for those who may not love Rainbow Rowell’s books but are looking for a feel-good read to put them in a happy mood. Look for my review of this one on the blog early next week.

Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim – June 5, 2018

The summer after her freshman year in college, Mariam is looking forward to working and hanging out with her best friends: irrepressible and beautiful Ghazala and religious but closeted Umar. But when a scandalous photo of Ghaz appears on a billboard in Times Square, Mariam and Umar come up with a plan to rescue her from her furious parents. And what better escape than New Orleans?

The friends pile into Umar’s car and start driving south, making all kinds of pit stops along the way–from a college drag party to a Muslim convention, from alarming encounters at roadside diners to honky-tonks and barbeque joints.

Along with the adventures, the fun banter, and the gas station junk food, the friends have some hard questions to answer on the road. With her uncle’s address in her pocket, Mariam hopes to learn the truth about her father (and to make sure she didn’t inherit his talent for disappearing). But as each mile of the road trip brings them closer to their own truths, they know they can rely on each other, and laughter, to get them through.

So out of all the titles that were presented during the event, this one was my most anticipated title. It’s a summer story of a group of friends who embark on a road trip together to New Orleans. The characters are said to be relatable and hilarious and I like that it tackles the cultural issues along with the usual teenage drama. I also like that the characters are in university as opposed to high school like in most YA novels. This one’s recommended for contemporary fans who’ve enjoyed books like When Dimple Met Rishi.  I actually manage to snag an ARC of this one at the event, so if you guys are interested in seeing my review of it on the blog let me know in the comments below.

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning – July 31, 2018

Ever since her best friend Anna died, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. Hiding her talents, mourning her loss, drowning in her guilt.

Then a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears on the shore, and the two girls catch the eyes of two charming princes. Suddenly Evie feels like she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But magic isn’t kind, and her new friend harbors secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad—or on two legs—without Evie’s help. And when Evie reaches deep into the power of her magic to save her friend’s humanity—and her prince’s heart—she discovers, too late, what she’s bargained away.

For fans of fairy tale retellings and the musical Wicked, Sea Witch is the story of the evil witch in The Little Mermaid (known to Disney fans as “Ursula”). Pretty much every blogger I knew was excited for this one. And while I’m more of a contemporary YA girl myself, the comparison to Wicked (my favourite Broadway musical) in addition to the promise of strong female characters and friendship on top of a revenge plot has me intrigued. And while I’m not really the biggest fan of getting to know the “villians”, I am curious to see Henning’s unique take on the classic story of The Little Mermaid. Not to mention just how awesome and haunting the cover is of this book is! Also recommended for fans of Danielle Paige’s Dorothy Must Die series.

Fall Books Preview 2017

Fall marks the return of school, and the return of people coming back to work from their summer vacation. But book lovers may also know it as the prime “book season”, when many great releases are out, serval literary festivals are happening and the major book awards are given. This month I had the opportunity to attend two different fall book previews each with amazing author guests, and  so instead of doing a full event recap for each event I thought I’d highlight a few of the titles from both that I’m looking forward to.

Penguin Random House

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (Out Now)

This one is one that I’ve actually read before the preview. It’s about a young woman who as an intern has an affair with her married, a congressman. Told from various points of views including the woman, her mother and the congressman’s wife this book unexpectedly became one of my favourites for it’s incredibly female empowering message. A review of this book will be up on the blog some time next week.

Smitten Kitchen: Every Day Triumphant & Unfussy New Favourites by Deb Perelman (October 24, 2017)

I don’t often cook or bake, but when I do I tend to visit food blogs for inspiration. I stumbled upon the Smitten Kitchen blog last year when I was looking for recipes for my Christmas cookie swap with my friends. I love the simplistic blog layout, gorgeous photos and the easy to follow recipes. It’s been more than four years since the last Smitten Kitchen book and based on the previews, this one promises the usual drool worthy food photos and family friendly, accessible recipes. For those of you interested, Deb Perelman will be coming to Canada for a signing at Chapters Bayview on October 26!

Unqualified by Anna Faris (October 24, 2017)

This one is rather interesting seeing as Anna Faris and her husband, Chris Pratt have just announced that they’re separating. Chris is still confirmed to be doing the foreword to the book as announced earlier. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book but after reading an excerpt of her book where she talks about how its importance of friendships especially female friendships outside of your romantic relationships, I found her writing to be relatable and interesting so I’ll definitely be picking this one up. Unqualified has been suggested as being a must read if you’re a fan of Faris’ podcast or even if you enjoy funny, female memoirs.

Christmas at the Vinyl Cafe by Stuart McLean (October 31, 2017)

I grew up with CBC radio, and Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe show was one of the staples of my Canadian childhood. Sadly with his passing earlier this year, 2017 will be the first year without a Vinyl Cafe Christmas special. This collection includes some previously recorded stories as well as some new ones, so I’m definitely excited for it as it would make for some perfect Christmas reading.

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce (November 7, 2017)

I adored Rachel Joyce’s The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy and after hearing abut The Music Shop, I’m eagerly anticipating this one as well. Inspired by a real life event, and taking place in the 1980s and featuring a record store where the owner has a “gift” for finding music that people need at a certain point in their life. Described as quirky and heartwarming and recommended for fans of Terry Fallis’ The Best Laid Plans this one is definitely on my must read list this fall. (I managed to get an ARC of this one, so stay tuned for my review of it on the blog)

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If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Out Now)

I haven’t read anything by Jennifer L. Armentrout yet, but the tagline for this book “how can you move on if tomorrow isn’t guaranteed” has me intrigued. Also I looked up the synopsis of this one online and it sounds like it would be an interesting contemporary YA novel with the added bonus of a swoon-worthy book boyfriend! This one was recommended for fans of All the Bright Places as well as 99 Days.

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (September 19th)

I quite enjoyed Three Dark Crowns and am looking forward to more action in the sequel! This series is about a set of triplets who must fight to the death in order to become the next queen! Recommended for fans of complex, and messy sibling relationships and readers who love the fantasy genre.

Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West (December 26th)

So this one was my most anticipated titles out all the ones that were presented! I love a good contemporary YA novel and am a huge fan of the friends to lovers trope. Plus I love reading books were characters have their own bucket lists and are trying to check things off their list. This is mostly because I’ve always wanted to make a bucket list but could never really commit to doing one so its fun for me to live vicariously through others even book characters.

So what are you guys looking forward to this fall? Let me know in the comments below!

Frenzy Picks (Spring/Summer 2017 Edition)



On Sunday I had the privilege of attending a Frenzy Presents event at the HareprCollins offices. Usually they only have an event in August to showcase their upcoming fall titles so I was really excited that they had one in the spring to showcase their their summer titles as summer usually means more contemporary fiction! Anyways without further delay, here are five titles from all those presented that I’m looking forward to:

Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily CollinufThe title with the earliest release date from my list (it’s out next week), this is a collection of essays written by the actress Lily Collins whose father is the singer Phil Collins. I’m curious to see what she has to say as she talks about issues like body image, self-confidence, family and dating. Out March 7th, 2017.

Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of) by Arden Rose



I was a bit wary about this book, but Suman totally sold me on it! With chapter titles like “Do Tour Laundry or You’ll Die Alone”, it sounds like it will be a hilarious read for those of us who dread “adulting things”. Plus I’m kind of looking forward to her take on topics like fashion, travel and dating. Arden Rose also created a fun book trailer to promote her book, which you can check out here. Can’t wait until this book is in stores next month. Out March 28th, 2017.

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy


Ramona Blue is teenaged girl who 6 feet tall (quickly outgrowing her trailer home) with blue hair whose life was forever changed when Hurricane Katrina hit. Though she’s just a teenager, she finds herself juggling multiple jobs to help her family afloat.

While I wasn’t in love with Dumplin’ like so many of my fellow bloggers, I did enjoy Side Effects May Vary. Based on the synopsis I was intrigued to pick up Ramona Blue as it not only examines the complexities of sexual orientation but also addresses other issues like family, sisterhood, poverty and race. Fortunately, everyone who attended the Frenzy Presents event was gifted with an ARC which I almost immediately started to read and so far am enjoying. Out May 9th, 2017.

Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

A book that doesn’t fit into just one genre, this book follows three different girls from three different places and time periods. Interestingly enough, there is a heartbreaking connection between the three girls although I was also promised that it would be a hopeful book as well. This premise had me curious and I was lucky enough to get an ARC of it at the event. Out June 13th, 2017.

I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski


The latest book from Canadian authour, Sarah Mlynowski this book promises to be the perfect vacation read. As you guys may (or may not) know, I’m a huge fan of books that have travel in it and if I were to be honest this was probably my most anticipated title from the list presented. I See London, I See France best friends Sydney and Leela as they travel all over Europe together after Leela’s boyfriend cheats on her and she decides to take Sydney on their trip. Unfortunately, Leela’s ex-boyfriend also ends up going on the trip and along with his best friend, there’s bound to be a ton of drama. I got an ARC of this book as part of my gift bag so if you guys are interested in seeing my review of this one let me know. Out July 11, 2017.

So what spring/summer HarperCollins titles are you guys eagerly anticipating? Feel free to chime in below!

Winter + Spring 2017 Preview Picks

On Saturday September 10th, Raincoast Books held their Winter and Spring 2017 Teen Reads preview event for their upcoming titles. While I normally would have attended the in person events (there’s one in Toronto as well as one in Vancouver where the Raincoast Books offices are located). This time around due to a family emergency, I was forced to attend the event via Google Hangout. And while my laptop and internet had glitches which made me fall behind in the presentations, fortunately I was able to keep up by following the #TeensReadFeed hastag on Twitter at the same time. Anyways below are my top anticipated titles from the Raincoast preview:

1. Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer


This one is a give, and probably my most anticipated 2017 title (of all the ones I presented during the preview. I love graphic novels and am looking forward to seeing Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew making appearances in this book. Also Iko was a character that pretty much stole every scene she was in during the Lunar Chronicles series so it’s great to see her finally get her own story. Anyways this is the first volume of a two volume series and it will be out on January 31st.

2. Things I Should Have Known by Claire Lazebnik


So this book sounds right up my alley what with the quirky romance and sibling relationships. During the preview we were told that the idea for this book came from an article the author wrote about the difficulties that her son with autism had in dating. I haven’t seen many books touching upon this subject so Things I Should Have Known definitely has me intrigued.

After special guest, author Mary E. Pearson spoke, the people at Raincoast Books asked all participants three questions. Below are the three questions and my answers, feel free to chime in below in the comments with your own answers:


  1. What book are you most anticipating? Of all the titles presented, I’d have to say without a doubt its Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer. Two other titles from Raincoast Books I’m eagerly anticipating that weren’t mentioned during the preview are The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord and The Truth about Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo.
  2. What book are you reading now? At the time of the preview I was reading The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon.
  3. What are your favourite books of the year so far? A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny (one of her bests to date)



Back on the first day of October, I had the pleasure of once again visiting the amazing office of Penguin Random House in downtown Toronto. This time it was for their fall preview where we got to hear from Jackie and Evan about all the exciting Fall titles that were already out as well as those that will be in stores later in the Fall.

There were also two special guests at the session I attended, one was Shari Lapena the author of The Couple Next Door while the other guest was author, Kyo Maclear who spoke about her upcoming book Birds Art Life Death: A Field Guide to the Small and Significant. Everyone then received an advance copy of the book which will be out in February.

In addition to the Fall titles, we got a sneak peek at some Winter titles as well and I thought it would be nice to share with you guys some of the Winter titles that I’m looking forward to.

1. Books for Living by Will Schwalbe


Fun fact, Will Schwalbe was technically the first author I met as a book blogger. His memoir, The End of Your Life Book Club inspired me to start a book club of my own with my mother…and while that has not yet happened, I’m still looking forward to the recommendations that can be found in Books for Living. Pitched as a book for those who are curious as to what others are currently reading, it sounds like a perfect read to me.

2. All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai


Elan Mastai was one of the many authours who had an introduction video at the fall preview. In his, he was “apologetically” Canadian. The premise of All Our Wrong Todays sounds incredibly intriguing as it mixes science fiction elements like time travel with elements of more realistic fiction like relationships and life in general. I’m curious to see as to whether the protagonist will choose to stay in the new world (our version of 2016) or head back to the one he came from, the 1950s

3. How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh


I recently got into iiSuperwomanii’s videos and I’m slightly obsessed. Lilly is just so relatable and hilarious, and I love that we are both alumni’s of the same university and program. With this title, I’m more excited to get my hands on the audio book as it would be way cooler to listen to her actual voice as it’s what I’m used to with her YouTube videos.

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.

Frenzy Five

2016 marked the fifth year anniversary of Frenzy Presents, a YA preview event of upcoming Fall/Winter titles hosted by HarperCollins that usually took place at their offices.  A big shout to all the wonderful staff at HarperCollins who have once again invited me to attend this event for the third (and I hope not the last) time. As always there were lots of book bloggers, awesome treats, and of course tons of books. Of the titles discussed during the presentation, the following five are the ones that I most looking forward to:

1. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli


The protagonist, Molly has had many crushes but has never been in love (just like high school me). When her twin sister, Cassie finds love with her new girlfriend Mina, Molly is slightly jealous that her sister gets to experience something she has yet to experienced. Things suddenly get complicated when Cassie and Mina try to set up Molly with Mina’s friend, Will at the same time that Mina finds herself falling for her nerdy co-worker, Reid. The Upside of Unrequited  is probably my most anticipated title of all the titles that were discussed during this year’s Frenzy Presents. I love a good contemporary YA novel and this one sounds right up my alley, too bad I will have to wait until April 11th 2017 to read it, though I’m sure it will be worth the wait.

2. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake


Okay, normally I don’t do fantasy but this one has me intrigued (and it comes highly recommended by Suman). Three Dark Crowns follows three sisters who are triplets and all have equal claim to the throne. Separated at birth, on their 16th birthday the three sisters will be forced to battle each other (until the death?) with the victor becoming the next queen. Unfortunately of the three sisters, only one of them truly has a handle on their powers…Releasing on  September 20, this is one book that I’m looking forward to audiobook.

3. The Valiant by Lesley Livingston


My first introduction to Canadian authour, Lesley Livingston was her Never series, so her latest book has me excited. I’ve always been into ancient history, and this book is set during Ancient Rome where gladiators roamed. Additionally it features a badass female which I just love. For those of you who are fans of Roman history, The Valiant comes out on February 14th 2017.

4. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee


Apparently The Thousandth Floor starts with a character falling off the tower, but readers won’t know who it is until the end. I was fortunate enough to be gifted an ARC at the Indigo YA Fall Preview, and I’m looking forward to starting this at some point. Jessica at The Papertraildiary was the presenter for this title at Frenzy Presents and has told me that the story is REALLY good. For those of you who were not able to get an early copy, fret not as this tale of high stakes, drama, and gossip comes out on August 30!

5. Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel


On the invitation for Frenzy Presents this year, we were told that there would be two special guests. One was M-E Girard, the authour of Girl Mans Up and the other was Kenneth Oppel who talked about his new book, Every Hidden Thing. Described as “Romeo and Juliet meets Indiana Jones”, the book follows the children of two rivaling paleontologists (whose relationship is based off of the real life rivalry of paleontologists, Cope and Marsh). After falling in love and realizing that their fathers are nuts the two run away and elope before setting off on an adventure to find “the Rex”. This one is out on September 20th.

So, what are you guys looking forward to this coming fall and winter? Comment below with what titles you can’t wait to read.

TeensRead Fall 2016 Preview


It’s been a long time since I’ve had the opportunity to attend a publisher event, and I was really looking forward to seeing everyone again. What I didn’t account for was my work team having an outing the day before and me not getting home until 1:30 AM on the day of the preview. Needless to say I was extremely tired, but still excited to get to the event.

For those of us in Toronto, we had our own event at Deer Park Library where we all sat together and watched a live stream via Google Hangouts of the actual event that was taking place in Vancouver. While the event in Vancouver was hosted by Melissa from Raincoast Books, (with special guest, Eileen Cook, who wrote With Malice) the Toronto event was hosted by Jenn (aka @lostingreatbook) and Jenny from Ampersand Inc. who provided us with lots of yummy treats and a swag bag.

Photo credit: @ShilpaRaikar
Photo credit: @ShilpaRaikar

Despite some technical issues that made it difficult to hear the stream, it was still a yummy snack filled and fun event as we rarely get to see so many book bloggers gathered together in one room.

Of the countless fall titles that were previewed at the event I thought I’d highlight six that I’m eagerly anticipating. Interesting fact, Raincoast announced at the preview that they will now be distributing Bloomsbury titles starting August which has me super excited as some of my favourite YA titles are from them (like Emery Lord’s books) Anyways, in no particular order, they are:

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter


A modern adaptation of the Russian fairy tale, “Vasilisa the Beautiful“, but set in the kingdom of Brooklyn. Vassa lives with her stepmother and stepsisters in a working class neighbourhood where there is dark magic lurking about. So when she is sent to get light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission. Fortunately she has help from Erg, a tough wooden doll with sticky fingers, and together the two may finally be able to break the witch’s curse. Also if that doesn’t intrigued you, I should mention that it’s also blurbed by Leigh Bardugo!

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

crooked kingdom

Speaking of which, in case you don’t already know I adored Six of Crows and the sequel is definitely high of my most anticipated fall releases. While the synopsis has me slightly worried for the characters I love so much, I’m still incredibly curious as to what will become of them also I’m intrigued because I heard that Crooked Kingdom will focus on cons more than heists. And of course I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of my beloved ships.

Other-Wordly written by Yee-Lum Mak and illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley

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One of the posters included in the swag bag featured illustrations from this book which are gorgeous! I love languages and learning new words, and that paired with such beautiful illustrations makes this one a must pick up!

 This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills


 I received an ARC of this title in my swag bag, in fact many of the other book bloggers in attendance also received an ARC. To be honest the synopsis didn’t appeal to me, but I was in the mood for a contemporary novel and I had a long commute home so I decided to give it a try. And to my surprise I found that I enjoyed (and am still enjoying it immensely). Sloane has just moved from New York to Florida, and unexpectedly she gets involved with twins Vera, a social media star and her brother Gabe. I’m still reading it at the moment but I have to say I am really enjoying the portrayals of complex relationships, both familial and friendships. This is definitely one YA contemporary read you’ll want to be on the lookout for.

We are all Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen

We are all Tornadoes

Another contemporary YA novel, this one is set in the 1980s and is a series of letters back and forth between two characters who are best friends. I’m looking forward to a coming of age story and I’m hoping that there will be a bit of romance in it too! This one was a title that the Raincoast staff recommended for those who are fans of Rainbow Rowell.

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill


Ever the Hunted has been on my radar for quite some time now, in fact I already tried requesting it on Netgalley so here’s to hoping I am able to get approved. The synopsis promises murder, magic, and dangerous quests as well as a kick butt heroine so I’m definitely game.

So, how about you guys? Any of these titles appeal to you? What are some fall titles that you guys are anticipating?

Words of Asia | In the Country: Stories by Mia Alvar


For a listing of the links to all the other review posts for the Words of Asia blog event click here.

About the Authour:
Mia Alvar is a writer who currently lives in New York City. She was born in the Philippines and raised in Bahrain and the United States. In the Country is her first book.inthecountry

Where Does it Take Place?
Like the Filipino diaspora, these stories take place anywhere from the USA to the Middle East which gives readers a look at how different the immigrant experience is as well as the common thread between all their experiences despite ending up in different countries with different cultures.

What’s it About:
In the Country, is a collection of nine short stories about the Filipino diaspora. These are women and men who are starting their lives in countries all over the world.

My Thoughts:
Usually with short stories collection there are some stories I love and others I don’t love. However, with Mia Alvar’s In the Country I found that I love pretty much most of the stories in the collection. Each of the stories is more captivating than the previous one. The stories, themselves have a lot of substance, and are extremely thought provoking. The recurring theme in In the Country is that there’s so much more to people and situations then you may see at first glimpse.

With so many choices to choose from, I’d have to say my favourite of the collection would probably be, The Miracle Worker story which is an exceptionally well written story about a woman who is hired to teach severely handicapped girl. As a result of her encounter with the girl and the girl’s mother she starts to doubt her marriage and what she wants in life. I loved the story for the message it imparts on the reader at the end. Additionally, I enjoyed reading Legends of the White Lady because it mixes a traditional ghost story with the contemporary story of a foreign model in Philippines. What I loved most about this book was reading about all the Filipino people living all over the world and the lives they lead, as these stories are the ones that I don’t often hear about or come across as often in the books I tend to read.

You’ll like this book, if you love:
Stories about the immigrant experience, and not just of those who have immigrated to North America but those who have moved to countries that you may not expect them to.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Nevertheless, regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.

Words of Asia | And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini


For a listing to the links for all the other review posts for the Words of Asia blog event click here.

About the Authour:
Khaled Hosseini is the authour of the best-selling books, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. And the Mountains Echoed is his third novel to date. Currently a Goodwill Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and he also founded the Khaled Hosseini Foundation which helps by giving humanitarian assistance to people in Afghanistan.

Where Does it Take Place?
The story starts in Afghanistan but moves around to various places from Paris, France to Pakistan to the USA.


What’s it About:
It’s the year 1952, and the reader is introduced to a pair of very young siblings Abdullah and his younger sister, Pari. Something tragic then happens that changes the course of both of their lives forever. The rest of the novel then follows the stories of not only Abdullah and Pari but many other characters that are or have become connected to them. No one is completely good or evil, but everyone has their flaws and regrets.

My Thoughts:
As this was my first book by Khaled Hosseini (my sister has been trying to push The Kiterunner on me for years though), I wasn’t sure what to expect. Fortunately I adored this book, the writing and characters truly held me captive. And I liked how this book was both heartbreaking but also uplifting at times, which made it all the more beautiful. Also the conclusion of And the Mountains Echoed was just so poignant and on point.

You’ll like this book, if you love:
Books  set in war-torn countries that are about family, sacrifice, love and loss.

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.

Words of Asia | Ticket to Childhood by Nguyễn Nhật Ánh


For a listing to the links for all the other review posts for the Words of Asia blog event click here.

About the Authour:
Nguyễn Nhật Ánh is a well-known Vietnamese authour of stories for children, teenagers and adults. Ticket to Childhood or Cho tôi xin một vé đi tuổi thơ, as it was originally called is perhaps his best known and best selling work.


Where Does it Take Place?
Vietnam! Love the fact that its set in Vietnam because not that many books take place in Vietnam or about Vietnamese people that have been translated into English.

What’s it About:
Mui, a writer relates the story of his childhood and his adventures with his friends, Hai, Ti and  Tun in Vietnam. These tales are then simultaneously compared with how each of the characters turned out as adults.

My Thoughts:
Even if you weren’t born in Vietnam, which  I suspect many of you weren’t there is something that almost everyone can relate to. The carefree and innocent adventures that Mui and his friends have makes me a bit nostalgic for my childhood as well even though it wasn’t too long ago that I was a kid. So even though the book was not what I’d expected based off of what I could understand from the Vietnamese audiobook, it was still a magical read. This modern fairytale of sorts is a book that I’d recommend for those who fancy themselves as young at heart. Nguyễn Nhật Ánh is a gifted storyteller who is able to turn the most ordinary lives of children into something that is precious, extraordinary and truly magical. And even though the book is short in length, I think its perfect length for the story the authour is trying to tell.

You’ll like this book, if you love:
Books that will take you back to a much simpler time and remind you of what it was like to be a kid.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Nevertheless, regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.

RHC Spring/Summer Blogger Preview | Five Titles I Can’t Wait For!

Last Wednesday I got to check off another thing off my book blogger checklist, which was to attend a blogger preview at the offices of Random House of Canada. It was an entertaining night, and I got to meet a few of my fellow book bloggers for the first time as well as catch up with those who I’ve already met in person. Overall it was an entertaining and well organized event, and if they were to hold an Fall Preview I wouldn’t object to getting an invite to attend it so once again, thank you Aliya for the invite!! Anyways, I thought I’d feature a few of the titles that I am super excited for that are coming out in the next few months or so. I’m pretty sure there will be lots of overlap between my choices and the choices of the other bloggers that attended this event so without further delay here are my top five pick plus one bonus pick in no particular order:

1.finding-audrey-sophie-kinsella-book-cover Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

When I first heard that Sophie Kinsella was coming out with a YA novel, I’ll admit I wasn’t as excited as everyone else was. I mean I’ve only read one book by her, Wedding Night which I enjoyed but I wasn’t like a super fan of her work or anything. However, after learning more about what the book is about I’m very intrigued. The protagonist in this book suffers from an anxiety disorder which as someone who struggles with anxiety often, I can definitely relate to. Also its apparently supposed to be a cute contemporary with romance which is one of my sweet spots. Thus I will definitely be anticipating the release of this book. This book releases on June 9th 2015.


2. godruinsA God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

I absolutely loved, Life after Life by Kate Atkinson so when I heard that she was coming out with a sort of sequel I knew I had to get a copy of it. In A God in Ruins we get the story of Ursula’s younger brother, Teddy. This should be interesting since I really liked Teddy in Life after Life and I’m excited to learn more about him. Fortunately I got an ARC of this book, so I’ll be able to dive into it soon. This book releases on May 5th 2015.


3. we-are-all-made-of-molecules-susin-nielsen-book-coverWe are all made of molecules by Susin Nielsen

I adore Susin Nielsen’s writing, and her book The Reluectant Journal of Henry Larsen was one of my favourite reads in 2013. Initially I wasn’t sure about this book, but after hearing about it more at the preview, I really want to check it out when it comes out. Also I loved the fact that one of the descriptions for this book is “Nerd Power Defeats Bully”, cause that is just awesome! Don’t you guys think so too? This book releases on May 12th 2015.


4. a-robot-in-the-garden-by-deborah-install-book-coverA Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install

This book some really adorable and I’m just loving the Canadian cover for it. The premise of this book also sounds utterly charming as it is about a man in his thirties who come across a robot in his garden (hence the title), the story then follows all their misadventures as they try to find the robot, Tang’s home. I was sad that I was able to get an ARC of this one but luckily I know a couple of good blogger friends who did get their hands on an early copy and would be willing to share it with me. This book releases on August 4th 2015.


5. chinarichChina Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

This is probably my most anticipated book of 2015. Luckily, I got an ARC of it early on and having just finished reading it, I can say that my excitement was warranted. If you loved Crazy Rich Asians, then you will love China Rich Girlfriend. And if you haven’t read either book, but want a fun and entertaining story filled with ton of gossip and drama and featuring Asian characters then you should definitely check this series out! I know I will be definitely preChina Rich Girlfriend releases on June 16th 2015.


**Bonus Pick: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald**

This last pick is a bonus pick as it doesn’t release until the fall but it is already up there on my fall reading wishlist. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend follows 28-year-old Sara from Haninge, Sweden who decides to visit her pen pal Amy in Broken Wheel, Iowa. This don’t go as Sara expects once she gets to Broken Wheel, but it does leave room for a great story that is perfect for book lovers. Hearing this book being compared to The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry has made this book a definite must read for me!