Posts Categorized: Canadian

Falling Kingdoms: review

Falling Kingdoms: review

Title: Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1)Author: Morgan RhodesRating: 3 out of 5 starsRelease Date: December 11, 2012Publisher: RazorbillAge Group: YASource: Purchased Falling Kingdoms is a high fantasy about Mytica, a continent on the verge of a war, drawing with it the fates of four young people into chaos and tragedy. The synopsis, while not entirely unique, is intriguing. It seems to promise all the staples of a good fantasy novel: heroes, princesses, politics, magic, romance, death. And all of this it delivers…on a young adult level. Morgan Rhodes’ tale tells of Cleo, Jonas, Magnus, and Lucia and the destinies they are called forth to fulfill as their land teeters on the bloody edge of conflict and grapples with menacing want-to-be-kings, sly sorcerers, and an ancient magic long lost. The world building is convincing enough. The map, the descriptions, the names, they all work to compel a reader to believe. Rhodes… Read more »

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Dualed: review & giveaway

Dualed: review & giveaway

Title: Dualed (#1)Author: Elsie ChapmanRating: 3.5 out of 5 starsRelease Date:February 26th, 2013Publisher:Random HouseAge Group: YASource: ARC provided by the publisher Every person in the city of Kersh has a genetic Alternate–but only one will survive! Dun dun dun. At the age of fifteen, West Grayer has just been notified of her Alt’s location, and it’s a race against the clock to find and eliminate her…before she herself is killed. I really enjoy YA science fiction, so Dualed by Elsie Chapman is right up my alley. Who wouldn’t be intrigued by a concept like that? The blurb sold it to me, and I’m guessing it will hook a lot of other readers, too. I thought this was a pretty entertaining story, though I did have a few reservations. What I liked: — West. Instead of being a more typical butt-kicking heroine, she’s just an ordinary girl–albeit one well-trained to fight–who… Read more »

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DUALED Author Elsie Chapman’s Thankgiving Recipe

DUALED Author Elsie Chapman’s Thankgiving Recipe

Welcome to Day Two of our Debut Authors Celebration!  We’re thankful that publishers take a chance on new talent, and this week we’re featuring three authors whose 2013 debuts we’re anticipating. One of the books I’m really excited about for 2013 is Dualed, a city in which every person has an alternate–but only one will live beyond his or her twentieth birthday. Fifteen-year-old West only has one month to hunt down her alt to ensure her survival, but a tragic mistake shakes her confidence and makes her question the choices she’s made. This action-packed adventure sounds like a lot of fun, and I hear there’s an “unexpected romance” as well! Dualed will be released on February 26th, 2013. Author Elsie Chapman joins us on the blog today to share her favorite Thanksgiving memory and recipe. ~ Wendy Elsie Chapman’s Thanksgiving Memory As a second generation Chinese Canadian growing up in a… Read more »

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Above: review

Above: review

Above by Leah Bobet Above is a deeply human tale. Bobet takes human problems, human hates, human sadnesses and disappointments, and human hopes, and wraps them up in a jarringly sparse, backwards prose about an underground community of Freaks, who wish for nothing more than to be left alone.   Above is a challenge, evidenced by the numerous reviewers who’ve abandoned ship before they ever set sail. Which is a shame. Because while this may be categorized under paranormal and science fiction, it’s really no more than a disguise. Bobet’s story hits much closer to home than might be expected. The prose. It is the gift and curse. The dialect is disordered and requires deciphering. Basic rules of grammar does not apply here. Our protagonist, Matthew, is a young man born underground, in Safe. A Freak-built safe-house for those who have gills, lion’s feet, and crab claws; for those who… Read more »

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The Calling: review

The Calling: review

The Callingby Kelley Armstrong I have a feeling that some people are going to hate Kelley Armstrong’s The Calling. It’s almost impossible that she didn’t think this was going to piss a few people off. This is a book you can’t take at face value. Because at face value, this is a slow progressing plot, the romance is largely missing (though not entirely, it’s just not with the same guy – shock horror), and as we get more answers about Maya, her friends and the bad guys, we also get more questions. This is an adventure book. It’s a prolonged action scene. It’s like a cross between the Blair Witch Project, Mantracker and Survivorman. There’s a lot of hiding, running, fighting, all that jazz. It started to become frustrating because if you’re someone who looks for plot development, then this might be a bit of a challenge. If you’re someone… Read more »

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40 Things I Want To Tell You: review

40 Things I Want To Tell You: review

40 Things I Want To Tell Youby Alice Kuipers I’m torn. Alice Kuipers’ 40 Things I Want To Tell You didn’t quite reach the level of expectation I had for it, sadly. Its a coming of age story about Amy (a.k.a. Bird), an organized, predictable, self-assured young lady with the grades, the drive, and an advice column on the side. She has everything planned – all the time. Except she’s suddenly become tired of being herself, which compels her to do something utterly unthinkable, utterly wild. Unluckily, her one momentary stray into the promiscuous results in not freedom, but quite the opposite. So, the problem. While I didn’t find the actual story as engaging as I’d hoped it would be, it was more what it achieved in my mind, what it stood for, that I responded to. Amy’s story is not sweet, or comforting. At first, it seems like a… Read more »

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Sneak Preview: Canadian YA in 2012

Sneak Preview: Canadian YA in 2012

Hi. My name is K. and I’m a Canuck. So, I’m the Canadian here in the Midnight Garden and I bring with me a selection of Canadian fiction. Some will be titles you might already be waiting for, some you might never have heard of. All I really want to do is spread the word, because, admittedly, there just aren’t as many popular Canadian YA books out there. It’s easy to be overlooked. But I feel like we, the big country, have awesome things to offer, too. Now, there are quite a few titles I want to present so I should probably hurry up. Let me just preface by saying that these are just some titles I’m excited to read. This is not, in any way, the full scope of Canadian YA…only what my feeble mind is capable of containing. In order of their release dates, check these babies out!… Read more »

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