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.