Library Reads | #37

libraryrreadsLibrary Reads: I’m a huge fan of libraries. I tend to visit the library quite a bit, so these posts are where I document the books I’ve borrowed from the library of my hometown, or one of a few of the library systems that I visit. 

I’ll tell you a little but about what I expect from the book, or the author’s writings. Whether what I say is a sentence long, or a few sentences. From doing these posts I hope to spread a little bit of my love for libraries, while also informing you of books that you may not have known of!


These are the books that I borrowed between March 20th — April 20th.

Let me know if you’ve borrowed or read any of the following books!

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Dreamin’ Sun Volume 03, by Ichigo Takano | Manga Review #24

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33946210When Shimana runs off into a rainstorm, the last person she expects comes to her rescue: Zen! When he gets a fever the next day, Shimana feels responsible and offers to nurse him back to health. While caring for him, she learns that eh’s been hiding something from her—-but that’s not the only surprise he has in store for her. Zen’s got a confession to make and it’s getting harder and harder for him to keep it under wraps. 


In this 3rd volume, we see Shimana in some very different situations. We see her own up to her mistakes. I’ve figured out that in this manga series, while they still revolve around Shimana, the books show more focus on the character that is on the cover. Which is incredibly interesting, since we still get Shimana’s point of view—-her story, as well as having focus on another character at the same time.

I liked seeing Shimana take care of Zen. And to see Zen sick was pretty adorable! The introduction to Zen’s older brother, Ken, was great as well. Poor Zen!! Gosh, I hope Zen and Shimana go out in one of these volumes..

I REALLY LIKE THIS VOLUME, OK?? Like, there are so many emotions that flow in the story, but I feel like in this volume especially, the feelings are amplified ’cause they’re being talked about.

I’m actually really looking forward to reading the fourth volume, I want to see if Ken follows his dream! It’d be amazing for Ken to win, and it’d be amazing for Zen to see his older brother follow his dream, since Zen wants to so desperately follow his own dreams.

Ahaha, I didn’t know that in this manga there was a little game you could play. Apparently the game is to find this dog named Poko, and in this volume he was hidden 6 different times. I found him 4 times, so I wonder where the other two Poko’s are.

I give this volume 4.5 stars!

What was the last manga that you read? 

Happy Reading!
–Adele

Stay Sweet, by Siobhan Vivian | {ARC} Book Review #345

A huge Thank You to Simon & Schuster Canada, via Netgalley, for allowing me to read Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian in exchange for an honest review. 

32333296A summer read about first love, feminism, and ice cream.

Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind…


Publication Date: April 24, 2018.

My thoughts on Stay Sweet prior to sitting down and reading the book are that even though the premise for Stay Sweet is interesting, I wanted to keep my expectations low. I thought that Stay Sweet would be a story overflowing with fluff. Kind of like a dreamy summer read. Instead, Stay Sweet was more down-to-earth, more realistic. Amelia has graduated high school, and this summer, she’ll be working at the Meade Creamery before she’s off to college.

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Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas | Re-read Book Review #344

IMG_5705“Nothing is a coincidence. Everything has a purpose. You were meant to come to this castle, just as you were meant to be an assassin.”

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.

Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.

And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.

But something evil dwells in the castle—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.


This is my second time reading Throne of Glass (though I’ve tried multiple times over the years to read it again), so my insights on the story are a little Continue reading

The Night We Said Yes, by Laura Gibaldi | {Mini} Book Review #343

Note: This review has been copy and pasted from my tumblr.
My views on this book may have changed since I’ve read it.

Untitled-4A fun, romantic read, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti! What happens when Matt and Ella reunite one year after their breakup? Are second chances really possible?

Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over her ex-boyfriend and graduate high school—simple as that. But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player—was never part of that plan. And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.

But then Matt leaves town, breaking Ella’s heart. And when he shows up a year later—wanting to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future.


I liked this story. It was fun, and adventurous. We’re introduced to many characters. Though the main characters that this story focuses on though, is Ella and Matt.

The Night We Said Yes goes back and forth between the past and present, effectively telling the story between two perspectives of the same person. Though Ella and Matt have their own thing to work out, we also see bits of the other characters stories as well, still seen through Ella’s eyes.

Ella and her best friend, Meg, have such a strong friendship. Actually, all the characters have a strong bond with each other. Their little group of friends are so strong that when I finished the book I thought to myself “If these characters were real people, they’d still be close friends until the day they die.”

I cant help but say that at what happened at the end I had predicted at the beginning, and I am annoyed that it happened!

The Night We Said Yes, is a good story though, and a nice read.

I gave The Night We Said Yes, 3 stars.

Have you read The Night We Said Yes, or any other of Laura Gibaldi’s works?

Happy Reading!
— Adele

Perfect World Volume 01 by Rei Aruga | {ARC} Manga Review #23

A huge Thank You to Kodansha Comics, for allowing me to read Perfect World Volume 01 by Rie Aruga, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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39333818Perfect World is Rie Aruga’s touching drama about the romance that develops between an abled interior designer and her first love, whom she reencounters one day only to find he is wheelchair-bound.

26-year-old Tsugumi Kawana reunites with her first crush from high school, Itsuki Ayukawa, at a get-together between an architecture firm and the interior design company she works at. He sends her heart aflutter, until she realizes he’s now disabled, and in a wheelchair. At first she feels she couldn’t date a guy in a wheelchair, but then her feelings begin to change …


Perfect World was a manga that I had my eye on throughout this past March. I’m glad that I got the chance to read it, since I honestly ended up loving the story. Perfect World is different from all of the other Manga’s I’ve read because the story actually takes place in the character’s late 20’s instead of the usual high school age —- and the love interest who was able-bodied in high school is now wheelchair bound.

I was hesitant to read this book because while I was interested in Prefect World a great deal, I didn’t know how the story would actually pan out. Yet I found myself thinking of this story when I wasn’t even purposely thinking of this manga. My mind always found a way back to Perfect World.

I am so incredibly glad that I read Perfect World. Even though I am not wheelchair bound, I’m glad that Perfect World is realistic with the way that people think of those who are wheelchair bound.

I liked seeing Kawana’s initial struggle with Ayukawa’s disability, and how she grew to understand, very quickly, that Ayukawa life differs from the norm. I liked seeing Kawana admit that she has feelings for Ayukawa. I especially liked how Ayukawa admitted that he’s not yet truly accepted that he is wheelchair bound and will never walk again.

While the romance was only one sided in this first volume, I’m eagerly looking forward to reading the second volume whenever I’m able to.

Perfect World volume 01 is now genuinely one of my favourite manga’s.

I give Perfect World 5 stars.

Happy Reading!
— Adele

Avoiding Alpha by Aileen Erin |{Mini} Book Review #342

20661334Seventeen-year-old Tessa McCaide has come a long way since her abrupt entrance into the world of werewolves, but she still has just as far to go before she’s comfortable with turning full wolf. In the meantime, she’s avoiding the topic of shifting to four legs any way she can. Thankfully her mate, Dastien Laurent, is quite the distraction.

When she finds her best friend, Meredith, getting sick in the bathroom, Tessa knows something’s majorly wrong. Meredith was cursed years ago, and the dark magic kept her wolf dormant—only now the wolf is awake, and that same spell is killing her.

Tessa has no intention of sitting around while Meredith wastes away. Even if it means playing with magic she doesn’t understand, she’ll do anything to save Meredith’s life. Including bargaining with the local coven of witches and its crazed leader, whose only goal is getting Tessa to join the witchy ranks.


Avoiding Alpha is the second book in the Alpha Girl series. The first book is called Becoming Alpha, and you can find my review of that book, here.

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It’s been a while since I’ve read Becoming Alpha, so having the recaps here and there throughout the story was a huge help.

I liked that this book left on a cliff hanger, yet if you really wanted to, you could end this book and not read the rest of the series! I’m actually opting to have Avoiding Alpha as the last book for now, because I am completely avoiding the happenings of the next book, Alpha Divided.

With every new book in a series, new problems arise and after some discourse, Tessa finds a way to fix it. Even if it means making an enemy in the process.

I gave Avoiding Alpha 3 of 5 stars on GoodReads.

Happy Reading!
— Adele

May 2018 Book Publishings

ucbrpicHello friends! It’s that time of the month again, where I talk about the books that are being published next month. Especially the ones I’m looking forward to reading! Here are 9 books I’m looking forward to being published in May. With 4 other titles that I mention as well!

If any of these books are books that you’re looking forward to, let me know!

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Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers | Book Review #341

This review contains spoilers. 

IMG_5543In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.


Assassin’s Heart is my first Sarah Ahiers read, and I’ve got to say that I’m very pleased with her writing, and with how everything turned out in the end. Continue reading

The Assassin’s Blade, by Sarah J. Maas | Book Review #340

The Assassin’s Blade is a collection of Throne of Glass novella’s that take place before the start of Throne of Glass.

IMG_6736Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out. Continue reading