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Piper Perish Review + Q&A

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the February 28 stop on the Piper Perish Blog Tour! Today myself and Amanda @ Brains, Books, and Brawn will be reviewing the book Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan. This blog tour is made by Raincoast Canada, and the novel was given to me for honest review while participating in the blog tour.

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Synopsis (Goodreads):

Piper Perish inhales air and exhales art. The sooner she and her best friends can get out of Houston and into art school in New York City, the better. It’s been Piper’s dream her whole life, and now that senior year is halfway over, she’s never felt more ready. But in the final months before graduation, things are weird with her friends and stressful with three different guys, and Piper’s sister’s tyrannical mental state seems to thwart every attempt at happiness for the close-knit Perish family. Piper’s art just might be enough to get her out. But is she brave enough to seize that power, even if it means giving up what she’s always known? Debut author Kayla Cagan breathes new life into fiction in this ridiculously compelling, utterly authentic work featuring interior art from Rookie magazine illustrator Maria Ines Gul. Piper will have readers asking big questions along with her. What is love? What is friendship? What is family? What is home? And who is a person when she’s missing any one of these things?


Review:

Piper Perish was a very fun novel to read!

The beginning started off slow, but picked up the  pace leading to the middle. The middle to the end were quite suspenseful, which benefited the novel a lot! These parts made me want to keep reading.

Piper was a unique character, and I enjoyed reading about her. She had a quirky personality and pop in her step, which is something not all YA females have. I appreciated her journey in the novel, and she seemed to mature a bit in the second half of the novel. Her passion for something (in her case art), was wonderful to read. The obstacles she faced in order to meet her goal made her both a realistic and role model type character.

Piper had many great people in her life, and also some not so great people. Her friends were really nice to read about and her interactions without them added some fun to the novel. All of her friends were very similar to her and all art obsessed! On the other hand, I hated the majority of her family. While the family dynamics were realistic, the sister was extremely annoying and hard to read about.

While reading the novel, you will notice that it is written in diary form. At first the diary format through me off, and I couldn’t understand exactly what perspective the novel was written in. Once the novel started to progress, I figured out the diary format. Near the end the diary format benefited the novel, and complimented it.

The novel ended in the direction that I wanted it to go for both Piper and the overall stories sake.

Overall, I enjoyed this novel and gave it 3.75/5 stars!


I had the opportunity to ask Ms. Kayla Cagan a question about her novel.

Do any of the characters in Piper Perish reflect anyone you know in real life?

“Yes! Adams is based on a combination of two teachers – a creative writing teacher I had in high school named Mary Mischler, and a friend of mine who currently teaches at a school for visual effects, games and animation in Los Angeles. Her last name is even Adams!
Also, the 610 Diner is based on the famous 59 Diner in Houston, Texas. The 59 Diner was named after the 59 highway. It’s no longer in business, unfortunately.”


Thanks to Raincoast Canada for supplying me with the novel, and letting me participate in such a cool blog tour with some awesome fellow book bloggers!

Make sure you check back to your favourite book bloggers blogs everyday this week to read there post about Piper Perish! Check the postcard I posted above to see the bloggers who are participating in this blog tour.

Thanks for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it. Don’t forget to follow me on twitter for all Reading, Reading, Reading updates!

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Book Review: Room – Emma Donoghue

Hi everyone and welcome to a late night edition of Reading, Reading, Reading!

I took a week off of my Holiday Reading posts because I had a handful of projects and tests that I did last week, so I figured I would take the week off and relax! Going forward, I will not be posting everyday for the rest of the month, but this week I will be coming out with three posts (including this one) to share with you all!

This evening I have for you a book review of a book I just recently finished. I actually had to read this novel for an independent study unit in my english course. I really enjoyed it, so I thought I would provide a small review of it for all of you!


Synopsis:

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.
Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

Review:

This book was absolutely brilliant. I had never read anything like this novel, and it was quite eye opening. To have the perspective come from a 5 year old boy who is very naive and doesn’t really know what is going on is very different to any other books made today. I also had never read any novels in which a large theme of it was related to rape and kidnapping. That was definitely the eye opening part. It definitely did not make me afraid for my life, so please do not let that discourage you from reading it.

The characters of Ma and Jack were absolutely lovely. Ma has raised Jack very well for being under such insane circumstances, especially with her background story while living in the house (no spoilers, but it is sad and crazy). Jack is a loveable young boy who is very creative in the way he talks and thinks. If you really process it, you will see that he actually acts very mature for his age, especially being raised under such horrible circumstances. I guess he didn’t know anything other than being inside the room and that is why he acted that way.

The ending of the book was very fast paced and intense. Just when you think everything  is heading to a happy ending, something almost tragic happens and scares the s*** out of you. I was reading this book in my school’s library and I literally couldn’t hear anything going on around me because I was that locked into the book.

Overall, I give this book 5/5 stars. It was so unique and beautifully written, and I truly don’t think I will read another that novel that comes close to this one.


Have you read Room? Let me know your thoughts on it in the comments below!

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Hi everyone!

Today I am going to be sharing with you my thoughts and opinions on the novel “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon. I had been meaning to read this novel forever ago, but didn’t have the time to. When I saw that this novel was only $2.99 on the Kobo bookstore, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy it and read it on my e-reader. And that is exactly what I did!


Synopsis (Goodreads):

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Review:

This book was excellent, and by far one of the best books I have read this year. From the beginning I was hooked on the story, and it only took me about two days to read it. Do any of you find that when you are reading a book on an e-reader/iPad, you tend to read the book a lot faster than you would if it was on paper?

Both of the main characters in this novel – Madeline and Olly – were very loveable and kind. You could tell that Olly genuinely cared for Madeline and that was wonderful to see, especially in YA romance/contemporary. I also loved Madeline’s caregiver/nurse, and I thought that she added another “mother-like” figure to the novel. Of course, Olly’s father had me nervous from the start, but if you read the novel you will see what happens to him! Madeline’s mother is a completely different story though. I really did thank that she was nice and a great mother to her, but at the end we find out who she really was.

Speaking of the ending… OH BOY THAT ENDING! I definitely did not see that coming, and I don’t think many readers (who didn’t get spoiled!) expected that either. What a turn of events!

Overall, I loved this book and gave it 5/5 stars.


I hope you all enjoyed my review of Everything, Everything. If you have read this book, let me know your thoughts on it in the comments below. If you have read any books similar to this one that you think I might enjoy, feel free to comment those below, too!

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PS. Did you guys know that Everything, Everything has just signed on to become a movie?! For more details about it, click here.

Holiday Colouring Book Review!

Hello friends!

Last year, I received an advanced copy of an adult colouring book for the holidays called “Keep Merry and Color On”! Needless to say, it was super cool, but I wanted to wait until I completed most of it to post my full review. So, that’s what I am going to do today!


Some pages I coloured:

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I had so much fun colouring in all of these festive pages. It puts you into the mood and spirit of the holiday times! Sometimes my Mom would also join me in colouring! It was very simple to colour in this book with others as the pages are ready to rip out neatly. Some of the pages took longer to colour and were more complicated, while others were easier and more simple. Every page was black and white, leaving the colour ways and creativity to you. While some pages were mostly christmas themed, others were more geared towards general winter and holiday times. Overall, I would recommend this book to everyone in the mood for some fun holiday times, and I think it would also be a great stocking stuffer!


I hope you all enjoyed a different type of book review! Thanks to Raincoast Canada for sending along this cool book! You can pick up your own copy of “Keep Merry and Color On” here!

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ARC REVIEW: Genius by Leopoldo Gout

Hi everyone!

As I’m writing this, it is actually Christmas Eve. You read this right! It is currently December 24, 2015! I received in ARC of Genius by Leopoldo Gout just about 2 days ago and absolutely devoured it! I figured instead of waiting 6 months until the week of its release, I would write and schedule the post to go up in about 6 months. Can you believe that I’m actually graduating this month?! It’s crazy, and I can’t wait to see what my life will be like by the time this post is up. Anyways, let’s get on to the review!
Summary:
Trust no one. Every camera is an eye. Every microphone an ear. Find me and we can stop him together.

The Game: Get ready for Zero Hour as 200 geniuses from around the world go head to head in a competition hand-devised by India’s youngest CEO and visionary.
The Players:
Rex- One of the best programmers/hackers in the world, this 16-year-old Mexican-American is determined to find his missing brother.

Tunde-This14-year-old self-taught engineering genius has drawn the attention of a ruthless military warlord by single-handedly bringing electricity and internet to his small Nigerian village.

Painted Wolf-One of China’s most respected activist bloggers, this mysterious 16-year-old is being pulled into the spotlight by her father’s new deal with a corrupt Chinese official.

The Stakes: Are higher than you can imagine. Like life and death. Welcome to the revolution. And get ready to run.
Review:

This book was absolutely breath taking. It had me hooked on literally every page. I went to sleep reading this book and woke up to finish it. The story is insane! I love the cover and the inside illustrations/art. There are a ton of diagrams and beautiful full colour art. I love books that involve a contest or a game. Such as The Hunger Games or some people would also consider Divergent in that section of YA books. The whole premiss of the Game and how it was sort of mysterious was very intriguing. Once you get an invitation to The Game, you accept and pack. No money is needed and most everything is there for you. The building that The Game is held in sounds huge and spectacular. Although, I was slightly disappointed with the world building aspect. There wasn’t much of a description of the building or place they were in. I guess that was part of the mystery aspect! The characters were so amazing and I felt a connection with the three main characters, Rex, Tunde and Panting Wolf (whom you will find out her shortly). The mystery of Painted Wolf was very intriguing and during the whole book I felt that she was developing more and really finding herself. The ending is absolutely breath taking, but in some ways a bit short. I would have loved more of an explanation as to at some of the things happened the way they did. But don’t you worry, this book is part of a trilogy! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one, although it probably won’t be out until 2017!

Overall:

I absolutely loved this book and gave it 4.75/5 stars! I would recommend it to any science/sci-fi or math lover. A lot of complicated terms are used, although all of them are explained.

I hope that you all enjoyed this book and will pick it up today!

Good Night Book Owls!

Square Root of Summer Review + Q&A!

Hi friend!

A few weeks ago, I decided to apply to join the Square Root of Summer book tour, run by Raincoast Canada! Today I and Liz @ Midnight Bloom Reads have our stop/posts on the blog tour!

The Square Root of Summer was a book I had heard of before Raincoast. I believe it was recommended to me on GoodReads, and I decided to add it to my TBR list. When I heard I could be a part of the blog tour, I jumped on the chance and decided to join in!

The box the book came in was soooo cute, and I read the book in a quick matter!

Let’s get started with the review!


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Synopsis:

This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It’s a little bit like a black hole. It’s a little bit like infinity.
Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she’s hurtled through wormholes to her past:
To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.
Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie’s past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone’s heart is about to be broken.
With time travel, quantum physics, and sweeping romance, The Square Root of Summer is an exponentially enthralling story about love, loss, and trying to figure it all out, from stunning debut YA voice, Harriet Reuter Hapgood.

Review:

This book was such an incredibly powerful novel. It really shares how love and friendship can change you and make you crazy!

What I loved most about this book was the characters. I really liked Gottie, especially the nicknames she was given from her family and friends! Gottie was funny at times, especially in the beginning when she was comparing her life to math, more specifically wormholes. This made her different then many other YA characters, especially because her qwerks were lovable, not annoying. Another character I really enjoyed reading about was Thomas. Thomas and Gottie had a special connection throughout the entire book, and I really enjoyed reading about them when they were together. Also, can we mention that Thomas moved to Toronto, Canada for 5 years before coming back to England to spend the summer in Gottie and Ned’s (Gottie’s brother) house. The stereotypes were so funny and they gave me a good laugh!

One of things I enjoyed reading were all of the flashbacks from Gottie. The ones I liked most were the ones when she was recounting her times/memories with her grandfather Grey. You could tell that she had another special connection with Grey, and missed him dearly.

Other then the relationships between characters, this book had a lot of time traveling involved. As someone who knows absolutely nothing about time travelling, Harriet made it really easy to understand, which I was very grateful for! The time travelling added a really neat touch to the novel, that most authors would never think of doing. I think that that aspect really enhanced the book, rather then made it difficult to understand.

The book is set in an English small town/countryside. The town was so cute, other then that I really don’t know how to describe it! There was a “home-ie” feeling to it that not many books have, as many authors don’t pay close attention to a setting, unless the book is dystopian! Gottie’s dad “Papa” took over the bookstore that her grandfather Grey owned.

And like any feel-good contemporary there is a lot of good romance, which ended up being really sweet and cute!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and gave it 4/5 stars!


I had the opportunity to ask Harriet a little question, and here is her response!

What inspired you to write The Square Root of Summer?

I started writing the book so long ago it’s hard to remember the original spark of
 inspiration. My grandmother had died and I had a really hard time dealing with it, and
I wanted to write about that – a summer story about grief, because I love books set in
the summer holidays when there’s no school structure or timetable or familiarity to
each day, and time slips into a different groove. I went away to a cottage in Norfolk
to think about it and ended up using that as the setting – something about the sea and
the countryside and solitude combined to create this lonely tone. And the last conversation my grandmother and I had had was about quantum physics, so the book ended up being a continuation of that conversation.


I’d like to send a heartfelt thank you to Raincoast Canada and Harriet Reuter Hapgood for giving me the oppurtunity to participate in this blog tour, as well as giving me an ARC of the book!

Check out all of the other amazing blog tour posts for Square Root of Summer here:

Alexis @ Inside the Pages Book Reviews
Ryley @ Ryley Reads
Jenn @ Lost in a Great Book
Christine @ Padfoot’s Library
Liz @ Midnight Bloom Reads
Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit
Melissa @ YA Bookshelf
Ambur @ Burning Impossibly Bright

Use the hashtag #SquareRootofSummer on Social Media to discuss this amazing book!

Thank you all so much for reading! Let me know if you enjoyed this book/plan on reading it in the comments below!

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Flawed by Cecelia Ahern (ARC Review)

*I am one day behind on my posts, so another post will be going up earlier today!

Hi everyone!

Today, I am going to be posting a book review from the book that I received at last years TeensRead Winter/Spring Preview! I received This Is Where it Ends from last years event, and I just realized I never did a review for it… I will have to post it one day! Anyways, this years TeensRead Fall 2016 Preview is this upcoming Saturday (May 7), and since I received this book last year and just read it, I figured it would be fun to write a review for it today!

Let’s get started!

Synopsis:

You will be punished…

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

Review:

This book was very, very good! I received a tweet at the end of last years event, asking for someone to trade their ARC copy for another book, but I never ended up trading it away, and I’m glad I hadn’t!

The book started off like an interesting contemporary novel! There were a few interesting things about the society, but overall the way it was introduced, sounded like a YA contemporary! Plus, the cute romance scene with Celestine’s boyfriend Art was SO CUTE!

But then, let’s just say all hell broke loose!

So many odd things happened to Celestine, and I could never imagine going through what she went through!

The town/city where this novel takes place was so interesting to read about! There were so many different rules as to how the city/citizens could operate, but they all had a back story to them. Again, I couldn’t imagine anyone/myself living through these rules. Especially now in our society, where everyone is welcomed.

The characters were so intrucuit, and Cecelia wrote them so descriptively and with such character that I could really understand them. Sometimes authors will right there characters very “naive-ly”. They will have a very bland personality. It almost seems as if one YA character will have the same traits as another, but there are written by a completely different author and in a completely different world.That being said, these characters were very different from ones you may find in other YA books. Sure, the main female character was brave and heroic, but instead of her trying to be heroic she stood up for something without thinking of what her actions could lead to. Plus, she ended up getting in trouble for her heroic ways!

Although, during some parts of the book it was very hard for me to understand where exactly they were as well as what exactly was going on.

The ending was incredible, especially because I didn’t realize this book was the first of a trilogy…!

Overall:

I really enjoyed this novel and gave it 4/5 stars! It wasn’t the best book I ever read, but it certainly was a good one!

That’s it for today’s book review!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book, and what you thought of it!

Good Night Book Owls!

Who Says You Can’t? You Do. by Daniel Chidiac

Hi everyone!

Today I’m going to be writing my long awaited book review for “Who Says You Can’t? You Do.” I received this book from the author a while ago and couldn’t be more excited to review it! I have been in a long reading/blogging slump, but I’m back and needed to do this review badly! 

Synopsis:
Have you ever wondered why there are few people living their dream, yet others seem to be slipping further away from theirs with every day that passes? Daniel Chidiac’s writing has touched millions of people worldwide and helps to transform thousands of lives daily. By opening Who Says You Can’t? YOU DO, we embark on a psychological and emotional journey that is certain to unlock our truest potential. This challenging yet extraordinarily rewarding book is the ultimate guide to discover the fulfilment we have been searching for our whole life.
‘This book is incredible, enlightening and I believe it to be right on point. It will make you look at things from many angles before you make a decision to act, as every act has benefit and/or consequence in your life. Daniel is an author with foresight beyond his years.’ John Huntington California, USA Co-Founder of Hart and Huntington
‘Who Says You Can’t? YOU DO is stimulating and regardless of one’s success, perceived and otherwise, assists in determining how to engineer what we want in life and from life. I found Daniel’s philosophy unique. I recommend that everyone, regardless of their status in life, would gain much benefit from reading this book.’ Professor Geoffrey Edelsten Medical Entrepreneur & Author of Enigma. 

Review:
This book was so good and just what I needed to get back into reading/blogging. It felt so real and not phoney like a lot of books in this genre do.

One of my favourite quotes in the book was The beauty of life is just as real as the ugliness of life. It all depends on which one you choose to see.” This was such a powerful quote and it really spoke to me. 

I enjoyed that you could hear motivation on every page throughout this book, and it’s was a real pick me up kind of book. If you’re feeling unmotivated, or you’re just not happy with your life in this moment, I’d strongly recommend this book to you!

Check out his website here: http://danielchidiac.com

Overall:

This book was really good and I gave it 4/5 stars!

I hope you all liked this short but sweet book review! Thanks again to Daniel Chidiac for a copy of his book!
Good Night Book Owls!

ARC REVIEW: Where You’ll Find Me by Natasha Friend

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to my blog! As I write this it is currently Christmas Eve! Can you believe it? I wonder how the year has gone so far and if I’m still tackling my New Years resolutions! In June, you will see another book review that I wrote today, in fact I wrote it just a few hours ago. Oh the joys of receiving books early and scheduling posts! Anyways, let’s get started with the review for a fantastic book! As always this review will be spoiler free. I hope you enjoy it!

Summary:

In this powerful and buoyant YA novel, a thirteen-year-old girl learns to navigate the shifting loyalities of friendships in middle school and deals with challenges at home.
The beginning of the eighth grade is not what Anna thought it would be. Her lifelong best friend has ditched her for the cool kids, and her mom is in the hospital after a suicide attempt. Anna finds herself where she least expects to: living with her dad, his young new wife, and their baby, and starting a new year at school without a best friend. With help from some unlikely sources, including a crazy girl-band talent show act, Anna learns that sometimes you find what you need to pull you through in the most unlikely places.

Review:

Where You’ll Find Me is a beautifully amazing novel. I read it in one sitting, and it only took me a few hours to finish. It got me hooked on every page and I read and I literally couldn’t put it down! I have been on a real reading kick lately and hope to read a few more books before the end of 2015!
Anna Colette is a girl who is currently going through a lot. With a mother who just attempted suicide and a recently remarried father, plus the drama of being a middle school student, she has lots of thoughts going through her mind. Normally if the character in the book is in a middle school setting, the book will be middle grade, although it does not take place in her school and the subject matter is mature and I don’t believe is suitable for children of middle school reading level or thinking level. Anna is an interesting main character. I wouldn’t say that she is stubborn or obnoxious, but I wouldn’t say that she is the most loveable character either. She sticks with her gut and doesn’t forgive easily, which I really admired her for. In reality, I don’t like anyone to have conflict with me, so I end up always saying sorry to people, although Anna is not that type of person. Anna’s step mother Marnie was very nice and a very loveable character. Although she was much younger than Anna’s father, I found her very mature, especially for the situation she was technically dragged into. Anna’s father and mother were a complete different story. I really didn’t find either one to be terrible but loveable either, such as Anna. Which makes since, since she is their child!
The concept was very interesting as well. I will actually be graduating middle school in January (Grade 8), so I definitely understood some of the “drama” taking place. Although the story line wasn’t complicated, I really appreciated how there were many aspects to it. I loved how at the end of the novel I didn’t have any unanswered questions or any “enclosed wounds”.

Overall:

I really loved this novel and found the characters easy to connect to! I loved basically everything about this novel and gave it 5/5 stars.

I hope that you all enjoyed this book review! Thanks to Raincoast Canada for this amazing novel!

Good Night Book Owls!

Holiday Reading: My True Love Gave to Me Book Review

Hi everyone!

Today I’m going to be writing a book review for an amazing winter book called My True Love Gave to Me by several different authors!

Synopsis:

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year’s there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.

Review:

I don’t really want to give away to much of my thoughts, as I think that when reading this book/the 12 stories its much better to read this without any info on the book/stories. All I’m going to say is that I LOVED this book! I loved almost all of the stories and would recommend it to all! Especially if you have read and enjoyed Let It Snow by 3 Amazing Authors! Overall I gave it 5/5 stars!

Good Night Book Owls!