The Impossible Fortress by Jason Redulak

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How do you motivate three fourteen year old misfit buddies from the 80s? Come up with a plan for acquiring the most sought after magazine of their time. Playboy. Featuring the one and only, Vanna White of “Wheel of Fortune” fame, in all her naked glory. These boys, Billy, Clark, & Alf, are desperate. And so is every other underage boy in their high school. How far will they go to get the magazine? 

Take a portal back to 1980-something and read on. With great 80s references and some BASIC coding at the start of each chapter, author Jason Redulak “turns back time” in this comic adventure about young boys, their vices, their first loves, and their willingness to do anything to see a naked woman. 

A great, fun read! Do not compare this one to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, however. This is a lighter look at the 80s and is set in the 80s. The music, the advent of the computer age, and the necessity for pay phones live here. So if you’re feeling a little nostalgic or want to experience the 80s for the first time give this one a read. 

4 Ghosts for this one! Blinky, Pinky, Inky, & Clyde would agree. 

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The Original Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

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Want to experience the world through the eyes of another? With the help of Benjamin Ludwig you can see the world through the eyes of Ginny Moon. Ginny is just your average teen. She just sees the world a little differently. Ginny is autistic. Her world is simple but so utterly complicated. In her mind, Ginny’s mission is clear but the world around her just can’t seem to understand. 

Mr. Ludwig is masterful at showing the reader how quickly we judge, misinterpret, and react to things we don’t fully understand. His characters evoke such emotion that you will want to champion for Ginny and possibly slap a few others. 

It’s hard not to gush about this book without revealing any spoilers but this is me gushing. Please, just read it when it releases this Spring on May 2, 2017. 

A copy of this book was generously given to me from HarperCollins Canada in the gorgeous packaging you see in the photo. Thanks to Cory & Kate at HCC! (And a shout out to Emma for the lovely Ginny Moon boxes!) Hearing Benjamin Ludwig speak about Ginny Moon was a wonderful experience. #IndigoEmployee

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Are You Ready For Evelyn Skye’s “The Crown’s Fate”?!

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Mark May 16, 2017 on your calendar! The Crown’s Fate, one of my most highly anticipated sequels of 2017, will be available for your consumption. 

Read my review of The Crown’s Game here, then head over to Evelyn Skye’s website to enter for a chance to win an ARC of The Crown’s Fate!


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Truthwitch: A Witchlands Novel by Susan Dennard 

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Witches, elemental powers, fierce battles, allies, enemies, truth, lies, epic journeys, and, oh!, so much more! 

Safiya is a Witch. A Truthwitch. She can tell a lie from a truth. Iseult is a Threadwitch. She can see the threadties that bind and threads that entangle lives together. 

In this world, Magic is bountiful. Witches of all Magicks are sought after for good and for evil. But this world is also cursed as the Wells that hold the Magic are dying or have been dead for too long. Warring countries try to survive without war, but the peace treaty that held them all at bay is coming to an end. 

This first instalment of Susan Dennard’s epic fantasy of The Witchlands was, simply put, Fantastic! The world building is wonderful, the characters of Safi, Iseult, Merik, heck, all the characters are so richly drawn you feel something for each and every one. Even lesser characters with fleeting appearances leave their impression. 

The book starts slowly but builds to such a wonderful, epic story you will be reaching for the next instalment. Friendship and the ties that bind, survival and the lengths some will go, and honour and the devotion to vows made are the cornerstones of this book. It is absolutely a must read! 

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The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

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Ruth Ware, author of, In A Dark, Dark Wood has delivered another thrilling page-turner in The Woman in Cabin 10. 

When Lo, Lauren, a travel writer, has been given the opportunity to take a specialty cruise in place of her boss, she jumps at the chance to prove herself in the hope of someday taking on more exotic locales to report on. But as she prepares to leave her home is invaded, setting off a chain of events that threaten her very life. 

Luxury. The Aurora is a small cruise ship about to set out on its maiden voyage. And with only ten luxurious cabin-suites, the guest list has only the top travel correspondents and the ship’s owners aboard alongside the staff and crew. 

When Lo sets out, still shaken by the home invasion, she is determined to boost her career and schmooze with the other guests. As she readies herself for her first night aboard, she meets the strange young woman in Cabin 10 who doesn’t seem to fit in with the guest list. 

Stranger yet, the woman doesn’t show up for the lavish reception and dinner that same evening. Putting the events of the last few days behind her, Lo has just a little too much to drink and during the night, awakes to what she thinks is a woman’s scream and the sound of something or someone being thrown overboard. 

Determined to find out what happened to the woman in cabin 10, Lo starts asking questions and soon finds herself in very deep waters. 

With a cast of characters straight out of an Agatha Christie novel, Ruth Ware crafts a mysterious thriller that will keep you on the edge. A fantastic read!

4 Blaring Foghorns!

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RoseBlood by A.G. Howard 

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For “Phans” of Phantom of the Opera this discriminating and imaginative retelling is, simply put, phantasmagorical! 

Anita Howard’s ability to retell one of the greatest tragic love stories of all is masterful. She’s already proven that she can modernize a beloved fairytale and give it new life with due respect in her Splintered series and this standalone is no exception. 

The lyrical prose and romantic exposition of the original is mirrored beautifully in Howard’s narration which interchanges between Rune’s POV and a third-person narrative. The story is set in modern day France but has retained the gothic feel in the setting. 

No spoilers. This supernatural mystery is romantic, suspenseful, and brilliant. The main theme of “Phantom” exists, but Howard has reimagined the story so interestingly that you will not be disappointed. And, once again, her cover artist, Nathalia Suellen, wields her magic on yet another gloriously beautiful cover. 

Enjoy!
4.5 Bloody Roses 🌹🌹🌹🌹

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Freeks by Amanda Hocking

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Available now for preorder. In-store January 3, 2017. 

As soon as this book was announced I was so excited! A big Thank You to St. Martins Press and Indigo for the ARC. I always credit Amanda Hocking as the reason I began reading YA. I stumbled upon her Trylle trilogy when she first self-published it and fell deeply under her spell. With a deft pen and fearless imagination Hocking has the ability to draw you into her world. Freeks is no exception. 

Mara is a carny. She travels the country with her Mom and the rest of her carnival family bringing fun and sights of wonder to the masses. But this carnival is special. The “acts” are not just acts. The wonders that each carnival sideshow offers are real. Levitations and pyrotechnics, and the fortunes told, are real. The members of this carnival have special powers. All but Mara. Mara just wants to be normal and live in a house. Her Winnebago has been home for as long as she can remember but when she meets Gabe, Mara has a glimpse of what a home could be. But something in the small town of Caudry is amiss. When members of her carnival family are brutally attacked and one goes missing, Mara and her family must decide whether to leave without being paid or stay and fight whatever otherworldly force is trying to kill them all. 

Awesome! 4.5 Stuffed Teddy Bears 🐻 

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I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review