Friday, 13 December 2019

Review: Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

Morgan Grant and her sixteen year old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Fresh on the Shelf - October 2019 Book Releases & Giveaway

๐ŸHappy October, Cupcakes!๐Ÿ‚

I hope everyone had a fantastic September! Also - HAPPY FALL!

It's now officially one of my favorite times of the year. The weather is perfect, nature is at it's peak in beauty with the changing colors of the leaves, AND Halloween is just around the corner! I look forward to many outings and hikes in the upcoming month!

As for books, although I did manage to make time to read plenty of exciting books last month, including Rainbow Rowell's WAYWARD SON, I sadly didn't have very much time to focus on my blog or sit down to write very many reviews, in addition to my Fan Expo Canada recap. I hope to remedy that at some point this month!

As for this month's upcoming releases, I'm especially excited for Marie Lu's Rebel and Tahereh Mafi's latest novella in the Shatter Me series! What are you most eager to dive into this month?

Happy Reading!๐Ÿ“š

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Fresh on the Shelf - September 2019 Book Releases & Book Giveaway

๐ŸHappy September, Cupcakes!๐Ÿ‚

I hope everyone had an epic summer!

Anyone do anything exciting?

I had the pleasure to attend FanExpo Canada 2019 last weekend and had an absolute blast! Look forward to a post coming up soon filled with a detailed recap on my experience, celebrity meet ups, photo ops, swag hauls, and more! Here's hoping I can post that soon, free time permitted! If you're interested in checking them out, I posted a few photos over at my instagram!

Additionally, I binge read several adult romance titles, including Sylvia Day's latest, BUTTERFLY IN FROST. If you haven't checked it out yet, be sure to read my review. I absolutely loved falling into another one of Sylvia Day's books again after her hiatus! For this month, I'm eager to read The Babysitters Coven, When She Reigns, Wayward Son, and The Girl the Sea Gave Back. I can't wait for my pre-orders to arrive!

What are you most excited to read this month?

PS. Don't forget to save this page so you can revisit it on your next book shopping trip!

Happy Reading!๐Ÿ“š

Friday, 23 August 2019

Review & Giveaway: Butterfly in Frost by Sylvia Day

Emotional and heartrending, the Butterfly in Frost novella marks a brilliant return by global sensation Sylvia Day, the #1 international multimillion bestselling author of the Crossfire saga.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Fresh on the Shelf - August 2019 Book Releases & Book Giveaway

Happy August, Cupcakes!

Hope everyone's having a phenomenal summer so far!

Has anyone read any exciting books so far? If so, let me know!

As for me, I've been doing a lot of reading and working, not so much spending time enjoying the summer. Luckily, that's going to change this month since I have a few plans set up! That, and I'm super excited for Fan Expo Canada 2019, which will be happening later this month. I'm bouncing with exciting for the opportunity to geek out, dress up, and meet some awesome celebrities.

Do you have any plans for this month?

As for books, I'm super excited to dive into Rage by Cora Carmack, The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee, and A Dress for the Wicked by Autumn Krause! Each title sounds incredible, and I can't wait for their arrival so I can dive right in!

Don't forget to check out the list of upcoming YA releases for the month below, and don't forget to save this page for your next book shopping trip!

Happy Reading!๐Ÿ“š

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Review: Tumble by Adriana Locke

What's it going to take for Neely to give him - 
and Dogwood Lane - just one more chance?

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Fresh on the Shelf - July 2019 Book Releases + Book Giveaway

Happy July, Cupcakes!

Happy Canada Day ๐Ÿ to all my Canadian cupcakes, and a very Happy 4th to all my neighbors down south! I apologize in advance for not having this month's Fresh on the Shelf post up yesterday morning, as I usually have it scheduled. I was away with family celebrating Canada Day. If you celebrated over the weekend and/or yesterday, I hope you all had an amazing time!

Now back to books - did anyone read anything awesome last month? I real several titles that I absolutely loved, one of them being Cassandra Clare's latest in the Shadow Hunter world - Ghosts of the Shadow Market. It was amazing and I highly recommend it for C.C fans!

As for this month's majorly exciting book releases, I have my heart set on reading Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim, Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia, Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart and The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson. They all sound phenomenal!

Which of the below July 2019 book releases are you most eager for? Let me know!
Also, don't forget to bookmark this post so you can easily pull it up during your next book shopping trip!

Happy Reading!๐Ÿ“š

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

{Event Recap} - Anime North 2019

→ Anime North Recaps: [2018] [2017] ←

It's that time of year again - it's CON TIME! And after kicking it off with my visit to Toronto Comic Con 2019 back in March (click here to read my recap and check out photos), I was more than eager for the arrival of Anime North 2019! This year the con kicked off on Friday May 24th and expanded into the weekend, ending on the Sunday evening. Per usual, this year I chose to visit on the first day of the con - Friday. As it's always the most chill of days to attend, and the easiest of days to pick up whatever merch you have your heart set on, I was ready to hop right into it.

Monday, 3 June 2019

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Fresh on the Shelf - June 2019 Book Releases & Book Giveaway

Happy June, Cupcakes!

Hope everyone's had a wonderful start to the summer, so far!

Last month was an extremely busy month for yours truly, but I'm proud to say the giveaway is back now that I (HOPE) I'll have more time to sort through giveaway entries!

Additionally, I also had the opportunity to attend Anime North 2019 last month, stay tuned for a recap with photos coming along to A Cupcake and a Latte soon.

Now, let's talk BOOKS! What are you most excited to read this month? My list is long, and includes:
Ghosts of the Shadow Market, Ordinary Girls, Wicked Fox, Storm and Fury, and Sorcery of Thorns!

I can't wait to check them out and dive right into them! Also, look forward to some reviews this month! Going to be rolling some out that I, sadly, didn't have the time to edit and post last month due to my packed schedule. So glad to be back!

Happy Reading!๐Ÿ“š

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Review: Castle of Lies by Kiersi Burkhart

Thelia isn't in line to inherit the crown, 
but she's been raised to take power however she can.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Fresh on the Shelf - May 2019 Book Releases

Happy May, Cupcakes!๐Ÿ’™

I hope everyone had an amazing April!

Mine was EXTREMELY busy, with a lot of work related responsibilities and family events. Let's just say, it was quite a busy month with almost zero downtime. So on that note, for this month's Fresh on the Shelf there will be no giveaway. May is expected to be yet another busy month for me, so I won't have very much time to filter through giveaway entries (ie; weeding out daily duplicate entries from same IP address, fake/invalid entries, etc), so I'll only be postponing it just for May, but it'll be back again for the June Fresh on the Shelf! ๐Ÿ˜„

As for May's exciting book releases - what are you most eager to read? I'm very excited for Kingsbane, The Candle and the Flame, With the Fire on High, Castle of Lies. In fact, stay tuned for my review on Castle of Lies soon, as well as one for Again, But Better!

With all that said, I hope everyone has an AMAZING May, and stay tuned for June's return of the Fresh on the Shelf giveaway, while I take a bit of a break! ๐Ÿ˜„

Happy Reading!๐Ÿ“š

Monday, 1 April 2019

Fresh on the Shelf - April 2019 Book Releases & Giveaway

Happy April, Cupcakes!

Hope everyone had a FABULOUS March! I'm very excited for April, mostly for the warm weather and the release of Cassandra Clare's latest with Wesley Chu (sooooooooooooo excited!)

March was an absolute blast, with plenty of binge reading and with my visit to Toronto Comic Con 2019 (click here to see photos and my experience recap.) What was everyone up to during March? Any exciting reads or events? Let me know!

As for April in terms of books, there's fewer YA releases, but there's still quite a few I'm eager to check out and read. As I mentioned earlier, I'm very excited for RED SCROLLS OF MAGIC, but I'm also anticipating the arrival of MERA, DEFY ME, and DEFY THE STARS. Additionally, if you haven't read my review on WICKED SAINTS yet, please be sure to do so by clicking right over here. I loved that book and can't wait for others to check it out, as well!

Happy Reading!๐Ÿ“š

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

{Event Recap} - Toronto Comic Con 2019

Toronto Comic Con Recaps: [2018] [2017] [2016]

This year's Toronto Comic Con took place during the March Break weekend, between the 15th and 17th, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Just as every Comic Con before, I chose to once again attend only the Friday, freeing up my weekend for other activities. Upon my arrival, I immediately noticed that the team behind Toronto Comic Con had vastly improved security when entering the facility. My concern has always been a lack of, especially after an incident I witnessed two years ago at Fan Expo 2017 where there were drunken people causing trouble with other guests (a situation, that actually involved my getting tripped and falling...not pretty or fun!) This time, I observed that the screening of people as they were entering the south building was a lot more vigilant, especially as March Break was in progress at all schools and children would be present at the event.

Monday, 18 March 2019

{Event Recap} Frenzy Presents - Spring 2019 Preview

On February 24th, 2019 I had the pleasure of being invited by and attending the HarperCollins Canada "Spring 2019 Frenzy Presents" event. If you haven't heard of the event before, it takes place at least a couple of times a year, and is hosted by HarperCollins Canada's Frenzy team, whom are devoted to sharing the love for their most anticipated young adult releases. (Noted: you can also check out my previous recaps through the "Frenzy" search tag here on the blog.)

This year's Spring Frenzy Presents had an astounding 100+ attendees! Wow! Myself and other OG bloggers reminisced over the days when it was 10-15 of us in a room, sitting around a table, chatting about books for hours on end. The way blogger events have changed over the years is astounding, and I'm glad to see so many new book-loving faces. At this year's event, I arrived early, and indulged in coffee and some delicious brunch treats. Around the expansive event room, I enjoyed the games they'd set up for us, like "Pick Your Fave Cover" (so difficult to choose). They'd even included a large foam board for sharing Twitter handles - fun! Following all the bookish game-play and catching up with bookish friends, we were greeted by the Frenzy team, and started with the most exciting part of the event - talking books!

Below you will find a complete list of all the titles discussed at this year's Spring Frenzy Presents. My list includes the release date, genre, and is additionally directly linked to it's respective Goodreads book listing for easy access to your TBR list.

Friday, 1 March 2019

Fresh on the Shelf - March 2019 Book Releases & Giveaway

Happy March, Cupcakes!

We're one step closer to spring, and if you're anything like me, you're ready for the snow to disappear and for the warm weather to start creeping back in. Dreaming of those warm days, sitting in the park and enjoying a good book and an iced coffee. *drifts off to dreamland*

How was everyone's February? Last month I celebrated my birthday ๐ŸŽ‚, and a month filled with plenty of reading! Now, just to find time to update my Goodreads reading challenge....hmmm๐Ÿ˜•.  I also attended Frenzy Presents, an event hosted by HarperCollins Canada a couple of times a year to showcase upcoming titles. It was the first event I've had time to attend this year, which was awesome! Stay tuned for a recap in the next few days!

As for March, there are plenty of YA titles I'm especially excited to read. My TBR list consists of; Eyes on Me by Rachel Harris, Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith, A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro, and Queen's Shadow by E.K. Johnston. What are you most excited to read this month?

Happy Reading!๐Ÿ“š

Friday, 8 February 2019

Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry, Illustrated by P. Craig Russell

“He knew that there was no quick comfort for emotions like those. They were deeper and they did not need to be told. They were felt.”

Friday, 1 February 2019

Fresh on the Shelf - February 2019 Book Releases & Giveaway

Happy February, Cupcakes!

I hope everyone had an excellent January!

There's been A LOT of snow here in Toronto and the weather's been topsy-turvy! Even with snow, we've had insanely warm and then dramatically cold days. However, with that said, cold weather is splendid for cuddling and reading. During January I chose to take a little step back from my blog (no reviews or posts, I'm sorry!) but I did choose to spend most of my time resting when not working, and reading as much as I could. It was a great opportunity to mellow out, finally give myself a mini-vacation from life, and fall in love with some new books.

As for February, there's a few titles that have caught my eye. I'm hoping to read Enchantee, Dark of the West, On the Come Up, Bloodwitch, and The Ruin of Kings. What are you most excited to read this month?

Don't forget to bookmark this page for your next book shopping trip, and don't forget to check out my giveaway below!

Happy Reading!๐Ÿ“š

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Fresh on the Shelf - January 2019 Book Releases + Book Giveaway

Happy New Year, Cupcakes!

How was everyone's winter holiday?

I celebrated Christmas with family but, sadly, rang in the New Year with a sprained ankle (not fun!)
Luckily, I had plenty of books to keep me company, and had fun doing some binge reading. My binge read included The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan, The Wicked King by Holly Black, and Kakuriyo (vol.1) by Midori Yuma. Additionally, this Christmas I received a plethora of manga and books, both romance and young adult, and can't wait to binge read those, as well!

During December I did plenty of movie watching (ahem...AQUAMAN!) and sight-seeing. Below, is a video I edited and shared on Instagram of an incredible light display at someone's home in Toronto. Dubbed the "Desario House", they annually decorate their home in epic light displays and ask for visitors to offer a donation to the Sick Kid's Foundation. This was my first year seeing their light display.