April 2017 Releases

ANTICIPATED RELEASES

Hey guys!

Every month I post the books that I’m most excited about that are going to be released. For April I’m bringing you seven exciting releases. Let’s check them out:


Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

Defy the StarsNoemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that’s now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth’s robotic “mech” armies for decades with no end in sight.

After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel’s programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis–even though her plan to win the war will kill him.

Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel’s devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.

Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

ShadowcasterAlyssa ana’Raisa is the reluctant princess heir to the Gray Wolf throne of Fells, a queendom embroiled in a seemingly endless war. Hardened by too many losses, Lyss is more comfortable striking with a sword than maneuvering at court. After a brush with death, she goes on the offensive, meaning to end the war that has raged her whole life. If her gamble doesn’t pay off, she could lose her queendom before she even ascends to the throne.

Across enemy lines in Arden, young rising star Captain Halston Matelon has been fighting for his king since he was a lýtling. Lately, though, he finds himself sent on ever more dangerous assignments. Between the terrifying rumors of witches and wolfish warriors to the north and his cruel king at home, Hal is caught in an impossible game of life and death.

Letters to the Lost Brigid Kemmerer

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

Letters to the LostJuliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

Blacklist by Alyson Noel

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

BlacklistLayla Harrison has finally found herself in the middle of a celebrity story worth reporting. Aster Amirpour’s name is in every tabloid—even if it isn’t the good kind of publicity she hoped for. Tommy Phillips is inches away from getting the girl of his dreams, which may be harder than scoring a VIP ticket to an Unrivaled nightclub.

But Layla, Aster and Tommy never imagined it would be because they’re entangled in the disappearance of Madison Brooks—a story that’s blinded the world like a starlet blinded by the flash of a paparazzi camera.
Now, Layla is receiving mysterious messages from an anonymous source, Aster’s looming murder trial is so huge even her parents’ lawyer can’t save her, Tommy is retracing his steps as the last person Madison saw alive, and Layla’s ex Mateo finds himself lured into the fold.
You can dig up dirt about celebrities that the tabloids miss if you search long enough. But when Layla, Aster, and Tommy team up with an unsuspecting insider to unearth the truth, they’ll find that some secrets are best kept in the grave.

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

Release Date: April 11th, 2017

Spindle FireIt all started with the burning of the spindles.
No.
It all started with a curse…

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.

And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood–and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.

As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.

Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape . . . or the reason for her to stay.

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis

Release Date: April 11th, 2017

Given to the SeaKhosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance – an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy – she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra – fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before – are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land – and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Release Date: April 11th, 2017

The Upside of UnrequitedSeventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?


Let me know if you guys are looking forward to any of these books this month! I really can’t wait to get my hands on them.

Until next time,

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Unpopular Opinions Book Tag #2

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Hey guys!

I’ve done this tag on my old blog 2 years ago and I thought that since the time has passed,and my opinions have changed I could do another one.

I was not tagged by anyone to do this. I just thought it would be fun to revisit it!


 1. A popular book or series you didn’t like.

I read the first book and it passed. Then the second book came and it flopped so hard I will not be continuing with the series.

2. A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.

The Cruelty

It’s not so much that people don’t like this book, it’s that they didn’t like the author. In his first interview after he sold his book he decided to trash the genre that he is writing. Not a good move. But it was a good book!

3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn people for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like.

HP and the Deathly Hollows

You all know who should have ended up with who…

4. A popular genre that you hardly reach for.

Contemporary

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.

Sorry Chaol fans. He just missed his mark on this one!

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.

Victoria Aveyard

As I said above. The first book was decent. Then the author messed up with the second book and so on… girl bye.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing.

The chosen one trope is getting pretty annoying if I’m going to be honest. Why can’t someone be average or normal and still be able to save the day?

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean

I can’t even remember what the names of the first two books are… HA.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

Riverdale

Does Riverdale count? It’s not that I don’t like the comics this show originated from… it’s just I love the direction the show is taking!


Well there you have it! My unpopular opinions. Sorry if you disagree, but that’s just me. If any of you want to do the tag, by all means. I would love to hear your unpopular opinions too!

I TAG YOU

Emma | Olivia | Flo | Maria | Lois | Deanna

AND EVERYONE ELSE!

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GIVEAWAY | It’s My 25th Birthday

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Hey guys!

First off I just want to start off by thanking everyone for supporting Books at Dawn over the past 2 years now, and thank you for all the warm wishes on my birthday.

On March 16, 25 years ago I was brought into this world. I know… a quarter of a century. It’s quite eye opening. At this point in my life I want to begin making changes and finally doing something with it. It’s time to buckle down and start being an adult. BUT because I will forever be a child at heart, I want to celebrate my birthday with a wonderful giveaway!

To celebrate my 25th birthday I will be giving away to ONE lucky person a book worth up to $20 CAD on Book Depository!

It will run for one week starting today, Monday March 13, 2017 0:00 – Sunday March 19, 2017 23:59.

That means if you win I will purchase a book of your choice that is $20 CAD or less and have it shipped to your home as long as Book Depository ships there.

To enter the giveaway please hop on over to Rafflecopter link below!

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Thank you in advance for all the Birthday Wishes and for showing Books at Dawn a lot of love and support!

Good Luck to All of You!

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Top Winter 2017 Reads!

Top 2017 Winter Reads

Hey guys!

We can all come out of our caves soon as winter will be ending in a few short weeks. I’ll pause here and let you all cheer! I don’t know about you guys, but I quite like winter to be honest. It might be the Canadian blood running through my veins, but I don’t find it harsh or oppressive in any way. The snow is romantic and beautiful to watch fall, skating is a fun activity, and not to forgot skiing! Who else likes to curl up with a book on the couch with some hot cocoa or tea?

But let’s make way for my favorite season and new arrivals! Spring is coming~ To end this winter I wanted to show you guys the best books I read over those cold months!


Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes

Crystal StormThe ruthless Empress Amara of Kraeshia has taken the Mytican throne, and now uncertainty looms over the three kingdoms. Since Lucia unleashed the fire Kindred, wreaking havoc throughout the land, Myticans have been looking for someone—anyone—they can trust. They believe in Amara, not knowing her grand promises are built on lies.

In Paelsia, Magnus and Cleo reluctantly follow King Gaius to the home of his exiled mother, Selia. Selia is a powerful witch and claims she can help unlock the magic of the Kindred—if the visitors agree to her terms. When Jonas arrives from Kraeshia, he is shocked to find that his rebel army now includes his sworn enemies. Along with Nic, Felix, and the mysteriously resurrected Ashur, the contentious group agrees to cast aside old grudges—for now—and united against their common enemy: Amara.

Meanwhile, bearing the child of a Watcher and feared by all, Princess Lucia travels across Mytica to find her family. But time is running out. The impending storm signals the dark prophecy Timotheus warned her about. Her fate is written, and it includes none other than the rebel Jonas. When their paths collied, Jonas and Lucia must decide between blindly following their destiny or fighting for their own free will.

The battle for power culminates at the Paelsian palace, where Amara resides. Rain pours. Blood spills. And soon all will discover that the darkest magic comes at an even darker price.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

5 Stars

Why You Should Pick This Up:
  • Best series for: love, betrayal, breaking alliances, war, and magic.
  • One step closer to the final battle/conclusion.
  • Oh the poor characters are always getting themselves into trouble!

The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine

The Cursed QueenAnsa has always been a fighter.

As a child, she fought the invaders who murdered her parents and snatched her as a raid prize. She fought for her place next to Thyra, the daughter of the Krigere Chieftain. She fought for her status as a warrior in her tribe: blood and victory are her way of life. But the day her Krigere cross the great lake and threaten the witch queen of the Kupari, everything changes.

Cursed by the queen with fire and ice, Ansa is forced to fight against an invisible enemy—the dark magic that has embedded itself deep in her bones. The more she seeks to hide it, the more dangerous it becomes. And with the Krigere numbers decimated and the tribe under threat from the traitorous brother of the dead Chieftain, Ansa is torn between her loyalty to the Krigere, her love for Thyra, and her own survival instincts.

With her world in chaos and each side wanting to claim her for their own, only one thing is certain: unless Ansa can control the terrible magic inside her, everything she’s fought for will be destroyed.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

5 Stars

Why You Should Pick This Up:
  • LGBTQ+ characters.
  • Beautiful writing and storytelling.
  • Strong willed heroine.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U GiveSixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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5 Stars

Why You Should Pick This Up:
  • #OwnVoices
  • Tackles current issues that are occurring in present day.
  • Amazing story, beautiful writing, real characters.

Frostblood by Elly Blake

Frost BloodThe frost king will burn.

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.

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4 Stars

Why You Should Pick This Up:
  • Amazing and cool mythology!
  • Brooding prince-type character.
  • Fantastic world building.

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine

The Wish GranterThe world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.

🌟🌟🌟🌟

4 Stars

Why You Should Pick This Up:
  • Sinister villain.
  • Amazing visual storytelling.
  • Connectable characters.

Well there you have it, my Top Winter Reads of 2017! Let me know what books you really enjoyed this Winter or if you read any of the ones I’ve listed here.

Until next time,

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February 2017 Wrap Up!

February Wrap Up

Hey guys!

Is it just me or was the shortest month of the year the one that seemed to go by the slowest? It was probably just me, who am I kidding. Not a lot of things went down this month. I got to attend the HarperCollins HCCFrenzy Spring Preview this past weekend which was one. It’s always nice to here a publishing company talk about the books that they’re publishing. Plus I walked away with 6 new ARC’s too! But anyways..

Let’s take a look at what I got down to this month on the book blogging side of my life!


Wrap Up Books I've Read

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom – February 2nd, 2017

Batman Vol. 1: I Am Gotham by Tom King – February 4th, 2017

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak – February 4th, 2017

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – February 10th, 2017

What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan – February 20th, 2017

Jughead Vol. 1 by Chip Zdarsky – February 22nd, 2017

The Fire By Night by Teresa Messineo – February 25th, 2017

Batman Vol. 1.5: Night of the Monster Men – February 26th, 2017

Nightwing Vol. 1: Better Than Batman – February 26th, 2017

Driven by M.B. Mulhall – February 27th, 2017

A total of 6 novels + 4 graphic novels!

Other books I’ve started:


Wrap Up Reviews

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera – 5/5

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak – 4/5

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom – 4/5

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine – 4/5

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis – 3/5

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – 5/5

(Click the links to read the reviews)

Reviews Coming in March:


Wrap Up Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

Goodbye Days – February 1st, 2017

The Bone Witch – February 8th, 2017

Shadow Run – February 15th, 2017

A Crown of Wishes – February 22nd, 2017


Wrap Up Top 10

Top 10 Tuesday

Fantasy Romances (Valentines Day Edition) – February 14th, 2017

I Loved Them More Than Expected – February 21st, 2017


Wrap Up Awards

February Awards

N/A

February Achievements

800 Twitter Followers  February 2017

34,500 Blog Views – February 2017

14,000 Blog Visitors  February 2017


Wrap Up Book Tags

Lunar New Year Book Tag – February 5th, 2017

The Alphabet Book Tag – February 18th, 2017


Wrap Up Discussions at Dawn

Why I Quit NetGalley & EdelweissFebruary 4th, 2017

Bookish Pet Peeves – February 25th, 2017


Wrap Up Cover Reveal

January 30 to Febraury 5thBIG REVEAL: Siege of Shadows

February 6th to 12thBIG REVEAL: They Both Die At the End

February 13th to 19th – BIG REVEAL: One Dark Throne

February 20th to 26th


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40 Books / 40 Reviews

January:

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

REVIEW: I See You

February:

What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan

Jughead Vol. 1 by Chip Zdrasky

REVIEW: The Sidekicks

Total: 4 Books / 2 Reviews


And that was February. Phew. That was a big month and I am glad I could get a lot of reading done! See you guys in March!

Until next time,

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Bookish Pet Peeves | Discussions at Dawn

Discussion at Dawn

Hey guys!

Welcome to Discussions at Dawn. This is where I will talk about hot button issues, book related topics, and other things I find interesting.


My Bookish Pet Peeves

If you are as addicted to reading as I am, then there is probably a few things that people do while you read, or while they read that bothers you. I am about to list 4 major ones, but just know that I have more. These are the ones that bother me the most and the ones that I endure on a daily basis. Let me know if we share any of the same pet peeves!

Doggy Earing the Pages

This is mostly to those that don’t cherish the pristine condition of the books they own or read. I see it all the time on my commutes into work on the train. Why people??? There is this little invention called a book mark! You can get them pretty much anywhere you bought your book. Heck, use a piece of paper, or bus transfer for fracking sake. Just stop doggy earing the damn books!

P.S. If you do this to your books, then so be it. You do you girl. Just know it makes my skin crawl. HAHA

P.P.S If I find out you’re a doggy earer, then best believe you should never ask to borrow a book from me. K bye.

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The Need to Talk to Me

So I go on my break at work, pop in my earbuds, turn on my music, open my book, and start eating/reading. Where does it say “Time to Talk to Jesse”?? No freaking where. So why is it that every time I try to do this every co-worker feels the need to talk to me? I will never understand this. Leave me be. I clearly do not want to talk.

This scenario also counts for train commutes, coffee shops, at home, on an airplane etc. If you see me listening to my music and reading a book, just walk away… or at least send me a text message and I will glad get back to you later.

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Bent Corners

You’re getting ready for the day and grab your current read and pop it into your bag. When you finally get on the train that takes you to work and you take the book out of your bag and down in the bottom right corner, you now have a bent page. My heart breaks every time this happens to one of my babies.

Thankfully I solved this problem when I got a Book Beau and a Book Biff. Honestly guys, these have been life savers for me when it comes to no more bent corners. Go check out the links!

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Reading Hardcovers

As much as I love Hardcovers and they are the majority of the books I own, I hate reading them. I find them awkward to hold, tilt, lay down, and are just so damn heavy to lug around. Like seriously, the GIF below is me every time I try to read a hardcover. I’m in the white shirt and the book is the pink pants.

Am I the only one that finds it awkward to read a hardcover? I will never stop buying them though. They make my shelves look stunning!

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What are some of your Bookish Pet Peeves? These are only a select few of the ones that bother me the most, but I have more. Do you share a bookish pet peeve with me? Let me know down below!

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February 2017 Book Haul

Book Haul

Hey guys!

Here are all the books I got in February and then some! There is quite a few to get through. I’m super excited about this month’s haul.

So let’s get started shall we?


INDIGO

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Frostblood by Elly Blake

The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

 


Book Outlet

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Asunder by Jodi Meadows

Infinite by Jodi Meadows

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Endlessly by Kiersten White

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Mind Games by Kiersten White

Perfect Lies by Kiersten White

Trick of the Light by Lois Metzger

The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Game by Barry Lyga

Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

Wandering Star by Romina Russell

Jughead Vol. 1 by Chip Zdarsky


ARCs

Windwitch by Susan Dennard (Indigo)

The Beast is An Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale (Simon & Schuster Canada)

Bang by Barry Lyga (Hachette Book Group Canada)

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Hachette Book Group Canada)

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (Sourcebooks Fire)

The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda (Simon & Schuster Canada)


That was definitely a big month for me! Did you guys pick up any of these books too? See you next month!

Until next time,

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