Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Review: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.
She believed she knew every horror and was beyond surprise.
She was wrong.

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Fresh on the Shelf - December 2018 Book Releases + Giveaway

Happy December, Cupcakes!๐ŸŽ„

I hope everyone had a lovely November, I know I certainly did!
I did plenty of reading, movie watching, and adventuring, most recently having seen the CP Holiday Train, which makes a yearly stop in Toronto. You can check out my short video below that I posted on Instagram - it was an absolute blast!

Anyways, is anyone else EXTREMELY excited for Queen of Air and Darkness? I pre-ordered the Indigo Book Box edition of Cassandra Clare's latest, and can't wait for it's arrival! It comes with a signed copy, a bookmark, tote bag, and mug - I can't wait! In addition to Queen of Air and Darkness, I also can't wait to read Kiss Collector, Evermore, and The Cursed Sea. All three titles are very high on my to-read list, here's hoping I have the time to review them!

Which of the following December 2018 book releases are you most excited for? Let me know!

See you in the New Year and.....

Happy Reading!๐Ÿ“š

Friday, 2 November 2018

The Darkest Star Blog Tour - Review + Excerpt

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the universe of the Lux in this brand new series, featuring beloved characters both new and old.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Fresh on the Shelf - November 2018 Book Releases + Giveaway

Happy November, Cupcakes!๐Ÿ‚

How was your October? Did you do anything special for Halloween?

I did A LOT of reading, working, and dressing up for Halloween. My several costumes included an adorable fawn, red riding hood, a Slytherin student, a vampire, and Wayne Campbell from Wayne's World. It was probably my favorite Halloween yet! Did you dress up? I'd love to know!

This month we've got many exciting new releases for YA lovers. Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald by J.K. Rowling, and Arch-Enemies by Marissa Meyer are among several of the titles I can't wait to dive into! Are there any November YA releases you're eager to read? Let me know!

Happy Reading!๐Ÿ“š

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

{Event Recap} Raincoast Books' Teens Read Preview - Winter & Spring 2019

Is there anything more exciting and fun than talking about books? Other than reading them, I don't think anything else could top that kind of excitement!

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Review: An Assassin's Guide to Love & Treason by Virginia Boecker

Philipa Gregory meets Mr. & Mrs. Smith in this witty and thrilling action-adventure novel of star-crossed asassins in Elizabethan England.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Review: Consumed by J.R. Ward

That hand, Dear God ... her days as a firefighter were over.
It was what he had wished for all along. 

But not like this. 
He didn't want it to happen like this.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Fresh on the Shelf - October 2018 Book Releases + Giveaway

Happy October, Cupcakes!๐Ÿ‘ป

I'm so excited for this month! It's, by far, my favorite of the year because;

a) The weather is AMAZING!
b) I absolutely adore the gorgeous colors of the changing leaves
c) Halloween
d) All the incredible spooky films and books I can binge watch/read!

With that said, I'm very eager to get this month started! Halloween plans aside, and oh-boy do I have plenty of them, I absolutely cannot wait for this month's amazing releases! Although lacking in the spooky department, I am so excited for Laini Taylor's upcoming release, along with Tahereh Mafi's, Ransom Riggs', David Levithan's, Sarah J. Maas', Becky Albertalli's and Adam Silvera's books. So much to read, so little time!

Which October 2018 book are you most anticipating? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below, along with any ways you're planning on celebrating Halloween this year (if you do celebrate, that is). I'll be doing some haunted houses and ghost walks. Spooky!

Happy Reading!๐Ÿ“š

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

{Event Recap} - Fan Expo Canada 2018

[Past Recaps: 2015 - 2016 - 2017]

It's that time of year again - my yearly Fan Expo recap where I fan girl like mad and share my honest recap on this year's event. With that said, I wasn't initially planning to attend Fan Expo 2018 for three days, it just magically happened that way, but I'm glad it did! Most of my plans were made for solely Friday and Saturday, including panels and photo-ops, but my sudden availability of Thursday opened up the weekend to an extra dose of fangirlish fun! Get ready for my complete honest perspective and recap of this year's Fan Expo Canada 2018 and take a dive into the good and the bad I experienced last weekend (it was mostly good, I promise!)

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Fresh on the Shelf - September 2018 Book Releases + Giveaway

Happy September, Cupcakes!๐Ÿ˜ป

Summer is just nearly over, which means many of you will be heading back to school and that the gorgeous, but sometimes sweltering, summer weather will soon be saying it's final goodbye. Even so, I'm eager for the beautiful fall breeze headed our way and the autumn festivities that are sure to start soon.

Additionally, the end of the summer also brings up several fantastic reads! I've been anticipating Marie Lu's Wild Card, Kendare Blake's Two Dark Reigns, and Courtney Summers' Sadie for a very long time and can't wait to dive into them the moment they hit the shelves.

Which September 2018 titles are you most anticipating?

Also, be sure to stay tuned for a special Fan Expo 2018 recap in the next few days. I'm currently attending the event and can't wait to share with you my honest experience this year, with plenty of cosplay photos and sneak peeks at panels.

Happy Reading!๐Ÿ“š

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Fresh on the Shelf - August 2018 Book Releases + Giveaway

Happy August, Cupcakes!๐Ÿ’œ

I'm SUPER excited for this month. Not only is it peak summer weather, but it's also right around the corner of Fan Expo 2018! If you're not familiar with the convention, be sure to check out my recaps here, here and here. For the most part, I'm currently planning my outfits for the event (I'm planning on attending for two days, and if I'm able, possibly three) and I'm eager for booking some photo -ops and scheduling in some exciting panels, as well!

Other than that, let's talk books! August is usually a month filled with a ton of highly anticipated YA titles, and with a quick glance at my list below, I'm certain this is going to be an excellent reading month. #Murdertrending, Mirage, Seafire, Catwoman, City of Ghosts, Nightblood, Toil & Trouble and Ruin of Stars are just among A FEW of the titles I'm planning on reading this month. I'm eager to dive into some seriously awesome thrillers and paranormal/supernatural books.

What about you? How many August 2018 titles are you planning on picking up? Let me know!

Happy Reading!๐Ÿ“š

Friday, 27 July 2018

Review: More Than Words by Mia Sheridan

The moment she met Callen Hayes, 
eleven-year-old Jessica Creswell knew he was a broken prince. 
Her prince. 

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Fresh on the Shelf - July 2018 Book Releases + Giveaway

Happy July, Cupcakes!๐Ÿจ

It's been just about the hottest summer in Toronto. Sweltering heat waves have sent this book nerd into the shade, often enjoying a refreshing iced latte and a good book. One of my absolute favorite June reads was Dirty Exes by Rachel Van Dyken, be sure to stay tuned for a review very, very soon.

What were your favorite June 2018 reads? Let me know!

As for July, we've got several very promising releases. My most anticipated titles are Heart of Thorns, Lost, Sea Witch, and Bright We Burn. I can't wait to share my reviews this month and look forward to hearing which July 2018 book releases you're most excited for.

Happy Reading!๐Ÿ“š

Thursday, 21 June 2018

{Cover Reveal} Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry

Would you dare to defy destiny? 
Are our destinies written in stone? 
Do we become nothing more than the self-fulfilling prophesies 
of other people's opinions? 
Or can we dare to become who we believe we were born to be?

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Review: All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire

"Elliott's motor could still be heard a block away, and it made me angry that my heart was crying out the further he drove."

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

"She didn't recognize that girl with the flushed cheeks and wild hair, could hardly believe she'd kissed a man and enjoyed it. Was it possible she'd be able to conquer what came next, as well?"

Monday, 4 June 2018

{Event Recap} - Teens Read Fall 2018 Preview

I'm always ready for an excellent bookish discussion, and Raincoast Books has always been prepared to deliver! The latest TeensRead Preview took place on June 2nd, and focused mainly on upcoming fall titles with plenty of buzz. Unfortunately, I wasn't available to attend in person, but I did attend virtually through the Google Hangout. As I hunkered down, eager for the preview with WordPad wide open, I wondered to myself, "How many titles would wander their way onto my TBR list this time around?" The answer - almost every single one...I'm not even kidding!

As the presentation started, I found myself discovering several titles I'd only briefly learned of before, but also came across several new ones that sounded very exciting! Below you will find a detailed list of all the titles that were discussed during this year's Fall TeensRead preview, in addition to my own commentary on upcoming titles. Furthermore, you will also find a heart (๐Ÿ’“) emoji next to titles that have made their way onto my reading wish list and a maple leaf (๐Ÿ) emoji for titles written by Canadian authors.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Fresh on the Shelf - June 2018 Book Releases + Giveaway

Happy June, Cupcakes!๐ŸŒž

I hope everyone's had a wonderful spring and is ready for summer!

It's just around the corner and with this gorgeous warm weather we also have countless amazing books making their way into the world.

My June reading list consists of Save the Date by Morgan Matson, Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno, My Plain Jane, and Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolfe. Additionally, I have several adult romance titles I can't wait to dive into like More Than Words by Mia Sheridan, The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, and a few manga titles I'm especially excited for.

What's your most anticipated June 2018 release?
Let me know in the comment section below.

Also, don't forget to check out my Anime North 2018 recap. The post is full of photos of cosplayers and goodies, so feel free to check it out!

Other posts during May include my reviews on:
Royals by Rachel Hawkins   
The Foreseeable Future by Emily Adrian   
I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting

Happy Reading!๐Ÿ“š

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Review: I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting

"I drink coffee and hum to the music blasting through my ear buds as I prepare the cookie dough. Cookies and open houses are always a winner. 
I add cinnamon, because it’s proven to make people feel more at home."

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Review: The Foreseeable Future by Emily Adrian

"Sparks flew up from the flames and died in the sand. 
Right now, I needed to explain myself to Seth."

{Event Recap} - Anime North 2018

I'm con obsessed! I must have been counting down the days to Anime North 2018 since last year, which sounds pretty crazy...because it is! As I mentioned in last year's recap on the event (click here if you missed it), it had been YEARS since I last attended Anime North. I was a frequent attendee for years, especially during high school, but not long after stopped attending because the event would get a little hectic, especially for someone as young as I was at the time. However, as I noticed during last year's visit, things seemed far better organized and felt so much safer both indoors and out.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Fresh on the Shelf - May 2018 Book Releases + Giveaway

Happy May, Cupcakes!๐ŸŒป

Spring is finally here and I couldn't be happier!

No more surprise snow storms, cold and windy days, or gloomy weather. I'm so eager to finally be able to read outside in the sun, and to finally enjoy this year's most anticipated YA reads!

A Court of Frost and Starlight is officially out today, and I'm super excited to dive into my personal copy. Anyone else a big fan of Sarah J. Maas? I'm also anticipating War Storm, Furyborn, Legendary, Puddin', and Royals. I can't wait to share my reviews in the next few weeks and look forward to seeing your thoughts, too!

What are your most anticipated May 2018 book releases? Be sure to let me know!

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Review: Tell Me by Abigail Strom

"Caleb put an arm around her shoulders, and she leaned against him, his strength like an anchor in a stormy sea."

Monday, 16 April 2018

Review & Giveaway: True Storm by L. E. Sterling

"To be True Born means you can’t catch the Plague, though you’re a pariah in so many other ways. They say True Born DNA has all but jumped back in time."

Review: I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

"In the light of the moon, he watches the pages flutter as the book sails higher in the air than the physical laws of the universe dictate and descends not at a painful eighty miles per hour but gently, slowly, as if gravity has, for this one moment, reversed itself, allowing Nathaniel to back up and imagine his life with a different kind of fellowship."

Monday, 9 April 2018

{Event Recap} Frenzy Presents - Spring 2018 Edition

Happy Monday, Cupcakes!

This weekend I had the pleasure of being invited to and attending one of my most anticipated bookish events of the year - Frenzy Presents! First and foremost, I want to thank the lovely team at HCC Frenzy for working tirelessly to create yet another flawless Frenzy Presents event. The afternoon was filled with bookish talk and delicious eats, and I couldn't have imagined a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon - Thank you!

Friday, 6 April 2018

Review: As She Fades by Abbi Glines

"Our story isn't an easy one. The charmed life we had grown up with was pulled away from us so quickly, we didn't have time to prepare for it. But no one ever does. That's the dark side of life."

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Fresh on the Shelf - April 2018 Book Releases + Book Giveaway

Happy April, Cupcakes!๐Ÿฐ

Spring is in the air and I can't wait for the warm weather! Goodbye winter cold, hello beautiful days reading in the park. I'm so eager for the warm weather, the sun, and for this month's exciting new releases!

Julie Kagawa's Inferno, Abbi Glines' As She Fades, Cassandra Clare's Son of Dawn, Siobhan Vivian's Stay Sweet, and Amanda Foody's Ace of Shades are some of my top picks for this month. I've been dying to pick these titles up, and have quite a bit of time set aside to dive into these lovelies. What April 2018 releases are you most eager for?

Be sure to let me know in the comments below, along with any recommendations you might have on upcoming reads!

Happy Reading!๐Ÿ“š

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

{Blog Tour} Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi ~ Review + Giveaway

Happy Tuesday, Cupcakes!

I'm pleased to share my review and a special giveaway as part of the Children of Blood and Bone blog tour. Organized by Raincoast Books, the blog tour will run from March 5th - 9th, across 10 book blogs, featuring reviews and giveaways. Be sure to check out every stop for some stunning reviews and a chance to win a copy of your very own.

An extended thank you to Raincoast Books for organizing another fabulous blog tour!

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Fresh on the Shelf - March 2018 Book Releases + Book Giveaway

Happy March, Cupcakes!

Hope everyone had a FANTASTIC February!

I celebrated my birthday later in the month and had a phenomenal time. There was a delicious cake, and plenty of books. I'm pleased to say I got quite a few of my highly desired reads, and can't wait to dive into them when I have a chance. For the most part, I've gotten through any of the manga I received, so I hope to eventually have a chance to start uploading some reviews on my favorite series'.

What did you read last month? Any new favorites?

Most recently, I finished reading My Lady's Choosing by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris. It's a choose your own path romance title, featuring an array of unique male leads, and an assortment of different adventures. I, for the most part, have completed most of the routes, and plan to review it very, very soon!

As for March, there are so many exciting reads I can't wait to pick through. First and foremost, there's Tahereh Mafi's latest installment in the Shatter Me series, RESTORE ME. It's been so long since I've ready the trilogy, and I can't wait to read Restore Me! Additionally, I'm very eager for Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro.
What are you most excited for this month? Let me know!

Happy reading! ๐Ÿ“š

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Fresh on the Shelf - February 2018 Book Releases + Giveaway

๐Ÿ’–Happy February, Cupcakes!๐Ÿ’–

How was everyone's January? Did you kick off 2018 with an amazing to-read list? I know I certainly did! Did you find any favorites among your new reads? I'd love to hear about them.

Aside from some awesome reads that I hope to review sometime soon on A Cupcake and a Latte, I also attended my local Light Festival (The Toronto Light Festival). I attended it last year and chose to attend again this year, and although there weren't as many light - up attractions this year as last, I still had a total blast! Check out the photos below!

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Now moving onto February - how AMAZING are this month's releases?! I've got at least 12 of those beauties on my TBR list right now and can't wait to get to them. What's your most anticipated February release?

Happy reading! ๐Ÿ“š