• ARC Reviews,  Reviews

    Alexandra Bracken’s Lore ARC Review

    Thank you to Alexandra Bracken, NetGalley, and the team at Disney-Hyperion for the advance reader copy of Lore, a standalone contemporary fantasy I was a huge fan of Alexandra Bracken in my teens, especially The Darkest Minds series. I applied for Lore on a whim on NetGalley never expecting to get it because I am not exactly a strictly YA reviewer. Nonetheless, Disney-Hyperion took a chance on me. So keep that in mind when you read my review, I was a huge fan of her earlier work and I do not read as much YA as I used to. Check out the Goodreads synopsis… “From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Darkest Minds comes…

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    Jay Crownover’s Blacklisted ARC Review

    Thank you to Jay Crownover, InkSlinger, Netgalley, and the team at Forever for the advanced review copy of Blacklisted the third book in the Loveless, Texas series. I was over the moon to receive this book nearly two months early. I finished it the day Jay Crownover announced she got a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly for this story, the first book of her’s to ever do so. Maybe that’s why reading this release felt so special, I devoured it. No surprise here Jay killed this book. Check out the Goodreads synopsis… “From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series comes an irresistible and suspenseful romance between a doctor who…

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    Sophie Kinsella’s Love Your Life ARC Review

    Thank you to Random House – Dial Press and NetGalley for the advance reader copy of Love Your Life, releasing on October 27th! I was floored that I had the chance to get an ARC of a new Sophie Kinsella book. I have actually never read a book by Sophie Kinsella but my entire time as a reader I have known who she is. From the Confessions of a Shopaholic series to standalone such as Can You Keep a Secret? and I’ve Got Your Number, Sophie Kinsella is a prolific writer and a titan of the romance genre. It is my honour to be able to review her new book months…

  • Book Project,  Pub 350,  SFU Publishing Minor

    The Marketing of Discretion by Karina Halle

    This is the final essay I wrote for my Publishing class on Marketing for Book Publishers. The assignment was to explain the marketing campaign of a recent release. Introduction Examining the marketing strategy behind Karina Halle’s Discretion perfectly illustrates the nature of marketing within the romance genre and how it differs from the marketing of other genres. In The Book Business: What Everyone Needs to Know, Mike Shatzin and Robert Paris Riger write about the future of the publishing industry, and how romance is shaping it. Shatzin and Riger propose, “at a future date it would be fascinating to study the shift from the mass-market paperback-dominated romance industry to the…

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    Laura Trentham’s A Highlander is Coming to Town ARC Review

    Thank you to St. Martin’s and NetGalley for the advance reader copy of A Highlander is Coming to Town, part of the Highland, Georgia series which releases September 29th! I was approached by St. Martin’s via NetGalley to read and review this Christmas themed story. I opted into the opportunity because who does not love Scots and Christmas, at any time of the year. Check out the Goodreads synopsis… “The third book in the Highland, Georgia romantic comedy series from Laura Trentham, A Highlander is Coming to Town, full of love, laughs…and highlanders! You better watch out. . . Holt Pierson is dreading Christmas. His parents absconded to Florida for the season…

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    Helena Hunting’s Kiss My Cupcake ARC Review

    Thank you to Helena Hunting, Forever, and Netgalley for the advance reader copy of Kiss My Cupcake, releasing on August 11th. I absolutely adore Helena Hunting’s books and this new release is awesome. It has the perfect quirkiness that Helena brings to her books. Check out the Goodreads synopsis… “As two neighborhood shop owners battle for business, they prove opposites attract in this outrageously funny romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of Meet Cute. Blaire Calloway has planned every Instagram-worthy moment of her cupcake and cocktails shop launch down to the tiniest detail. What she didn’t plan on? Ronan Knight and his old-school sports bar next door opening on the very same day.…

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    Evelyn Lozada and Holly Lörincz’s The Wrong Mr. Darcy ARC Review

    Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Griffin for the advance reader copy of The Wrong Mr. Darcy a modern Pride and Prejudice retelling by Evelyn Lozada and Holly Lorincz. This story releases on August 25th. I jumped at the chance to review this after St. Martin’s Griffin because I am a classic Pride and Prejudice stan. But I would not really say it is an amazing retelling. In actuality, this was not good. I only found out after I finished that it was written by someone who has dated NBA players and was on Basketball Wives but I really feel like this was her attempt to take shots at WAGS…

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    S.A. Foxe’s Cheat(er) Code ARC Review

    Thank you to S.A. Foxe and Daz and Netgalley for the advance reader copy of Cheater Code, an erotica graphic novel from Oni Press. Check out the Goodreads synopsis below… “An erotic graphic novel that pushes all the right buttons, Cheat(er) Code is a hilarious, sexy, and surprisingly tender story about navigating heartbreak and rediscovering your own confidence. Kennedy and his boyfriend Seth have been together six years, and honestly, it’s pretty comfortable. That is, until the couple gets into a huge, potentially relationship-changing fight. Kennedy turns to his trusty video games to distract himself, but when a random power surge hits, he’s transported inside his video game library. Dazed and incredulous about…

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    Lia Louis’ Dear Emmie Blue ARC Review

    Thank you to Lia Louis, Atria/Emily Bestler Books, and Netgalley for the advanced copy of Dear Emmie Blue. Lia Louis’ newest story releases on July 14th. The publisher reached out to me via Netgalley about reading Dear Emmie Blue. The blurb drew me in and as I read my heart was warmed as it reminded me of some of my favourite adult romances, such as Me Before You. Check out the Goodreads synopsis below… “In this charming and poignant novel, teenager Emmie Blue releases a balloon with her email address and a big secret into the sky, only to fall head-over-heels for the boy who finds it; now, fourteen years…

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    Helena Hunting’s A Secret for a Secret ARC Review

    Thank you to Helena and the teams at Montlake, NetGalley, and SocialButterflyPR for the advance reader copy of A Secret for a Secret, the third standalone in the All In series. Helena Hunting is the queen of hockey romance! So I was over the moon to see her write this hockey romance trope, the relationship blocked by team dynamics as the female love interest is someone’s daughter. In A Secret for a Secret’s case, Queenie is the general manager’s daughter, but that does not stop a beautiful relationship that blooms between her and the team’s goalie, Ryan Kingston. Check out the Goodreads synopsis… “From New York Times bestselling author Helena…

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