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River & Sam’s Fave Books of October

It’s hard to believe there is only two months of the year left, but there you have it. October was an awesome month for reading, though I did not get to read as many spooky reads as I would have liked. I am now in the middle of the six hundred page beast The Life and Death of Zebulon Finch: Volume 1, and right now it is fitting the bill well as my spooky read. It’s so good, you guys! I can’t wait to share my thoughts on it with you guys soon.

Anywho, we had favourites this month! Let us share them!

River’s Pick:


Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

If I am being honest, I thought River would have picked Front Lines by Michael Grant, if only because she had been fangirling it a good chunk of the month. However, then she read this book and told me in all caps how I need to read this series RIGHT NOW. Considering all the books we own and share between each other… I’m going to be in big trouble soon if I don’t get to this one soonish. Anywho, check out River’s recent review of the book!

Sam’s Pick:


Cloudwish by Fiona Wood

My friend Katharine over @ Ventureadlaxre always shares her favourite Aussie authors with me. Last year she introduced me to Fiona Wood and sent me both Wildlife and Six Impossible Things, both I devoured and gave five stars to. It’s no surprise then that this would be my favourite book of the month simply because since I had heard about Cloudwish, I knew it would be everything I love in a tough contemporary read — it did not disappoint. Seriously though, if you love raw and tough contemporary reads, you need to check out Fiona Wood.

And there you have it! What was your favourite read in October? Let us know in the comments!



River & Sam’s Fave Books of September

Can you believe another month is up guys? Only three months of the year left. Surely that’s enough time to read another bajillion books right? RIGHT? On with the faves!

River’s Pick:


Future Perfect by Jen Larsen

This book has been getting some really unique buzz, both positive and negative. Some people find this book to be incredibly offensive to body types, or see it as morally objective in terms of how body image is presented. River, however, really loved this one. She saw it in a very different light I think than others, and I think there’s a lot to be said on how people view and object to literature on body image. Also, I heard this has cute puppies. This is a book I am curious to check out once it arrives at work just to see where I fall in terms of criticism.

Sam’s Pick:


Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

THIS BOOK, OMG. Okay, while I would have had lots of favourites this month (Six of Crows, Uprooted, What We Saw), this was the book that never left my mind throughout the month of September. The ending was pitch perfect, I loved the characters, the world, everything about it. Also I may have the best co-blogger ever because she was the one who gave me her extra copy! But seriously, this book will make you go through a slew of emotions, and it’s so adrenaline pumping that I found myself whining at work one day because all I wanted to do was go back to reading this damn book. YOU MUST CHECK IT OUT! Seriously, it releases this month! No excuses!

What were some of your favourite that you read in the month of September? Let us know in the comments!

River & Sam’s Fave Books of August

Another month gone, and a ton of reading was completed by both River and myself. Let’s just hop on into things, shall we?

River’s Pick:


The Unquiet
by Mikaela Everett (coming Sept. 22nd)

While I was at #FrenzyPresents back in August, I had the opportunity to learn more about this novel, and it sounds wonderfully messed up. I sounds a little like Elise Chapman’s Dueled series, with more of science focus. River absolutely was obsessed with this one over the month, basically shaking me to read it. Have a read it yet? No, but I will since the concept sounds fantastic! Plus, if you’re curious, we’ll have a review for this one going live closer to the release date.

Sam’s Pick:


Violent Ends edited by Shaun David Hutchinson (Out Now)

This book, this book, this book. How emotionally raw you left me. I couldn’t get over how complex this book was in terms of its creation, the over-arching narrative, and how everyone’s piece connected in the story. I have gushed about this one before, so if you want to see my thoughts in more detail, check out my review!

What was your favourite book you read in the month of September? Let me know down in the comments, as I always love to hear what folks are reading!

River & Sam’s Top Five Books of 2015 So Far

It’s crazy to think we are more than halfway through 2015, and there’s still tons of great books being released. Seriously, so many that it was hard to narrow down our favourite books that have been released so far. Wait until the end of the year when we’re screaming about the fact that we have MORE books we want to include. For now though I’m going to share our Top Five Books, and if it’s already been reviewed, I’ll share a link for that as well. But here’s five books each that we think you need to get your hands on ASAP.

River’s Top Five:


  1. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin (Release Date: October 20th 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) — Review TO COME.
  2.  The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi (Published: June 16th 2015 by HarperTeen) — Review!
  3.  Illusionarium by Heather Dixon (Published: May 19th 2015 by Greenwillow) — Review
  4. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway (Published: June 23rd 2015 by HarperTeen) — Review~~
  5. Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu  (Published: June 2nd 2015 by Roaring Brook Press) — Review~

Sam’s Top Five:


  1. Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu  (Published: June 2nd 2015 by Roaring Brook Press) — Review
  2. All the Rage by Courtney Summers (Published: April 14th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin) — Review!
  3. Violent Ends edited by Shaun David Hutchinson (Release Date: September 1st 2015 by Simon Pulse) — Review!!
  4. Don’t Fail me Now by Una LaMarche (Release Date: September 1st 2015 by Razorbill) — REVIEW COMING SOON
  5. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow (Release Date: September 22nd 2015 by Margaret K. McElderry Books) — REVIEW COMING SOON!

This is our top five books of the year so far, though I wouldn’t doubt that this will change somewhat by the end of the year. What have been your top favourites so far this year? Let us know in the comments!


River & Sam’s Fave Books of July

It’s time for FAVE OF THE MONTH! This is where River and I share a book (or two, or twenty) that we considered our favourite read(s) of the month. July saw us finishing up Summer Contemporary Fling, as well as reading… a lot of contemporary outside of the event. I know, I know, we like our contemporary on this blog. Truthfully, summer just makes me want to read contemporary books, or a fat fantasy novel. I’m sure the urge for the latter will be coming soon. Let’s dive into the favourites!

River’s Pick:


What We Saw
by Aaron Hartzler (coming Sept. 22nd)

This book doesn’t release until mid-September, and yes we’ve already got a review coming for this one. Actually, we’re going to be having two reviews for this book, as I will be reviewing it as well once I complete it. The book is as going to be featured in a article I’ll be writing for the OLA’s Open Shelf Magazine (where one a month I teach folks about YA novels with tough topics!). River described this book to me as a punch — slow moving, but leaves a last bruise when you’re finished. It’s rough, it’s uncomfortable, it will make you physically feel ill. It definitely sounds like a book that would pair well with Courtney Summers’ All the Rage. Definitely check this one out when it releases, guys!

Sam’s Pick(s):

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The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow (coming Sept. 22nd), Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche (coming Sept. 1st), and Momo by Michael Ende

Normally, I can limit myself to one book (or two if there’s a serious contender) buuuuuuut… I couldn’t stop thinking about all three of these books when I finished them, meaning I couldn’t choose between them. Momo is a great children’s classic that I’ve talked about to death, but the other two… let’s just say we have reviews coming for both, and trust me when I say: they are releases you do not want to miss out on.

What was your favourite reads in July? Let us know in the comments, as we looooove to know what others are reading!

River & Sam’s Fave Books of June

It’s time for another Fave of the Month! And let’s just say, River and I equally read a crap ton of books in June. I can actually state, confidently, that I read 54 books (though keep in mind, a good chunk were graphic novels), but still, that’s a lot more than I’m usually capable of. We both saw great reading months, and it’s time to share our favourites.

River’s Pick:


Wold by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

An alternate history novel where Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. These are always scary, scary books to read, and it sounds like it takes cues from The Man in the High Tower by Philip K. Dick. The more River has told me about this novel, the more I need to get my hands on it and devour it. Sounds like Ryan Graudin has a real knack for great YA historical fiction.

Sam’s Pick:


Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn

I feel like I’ve chatted a lot about this book on the blog for the past month, but admittedly I cannot help myself. This book was horrific, creepy, messy, and made of mind-f*ckery. I kept me glued the page, constantly guessing, and making me feel like I was suffocating in a story of scary people doing horrific things… and I love for the book for that. Stephanie Kuehn writes novels that don’t shy away from the ugliness that can be inside people, and I’ll continue to read her novels because she always offers a perspective that I haven’t thought as deeply about as perhaps I should.

What was your favourite read in the month of June? We’d love for you to share your thoughts in the comments!

River & Sam’s Fave Books of May

All right, so there’s really been no excuse as to why River and I dropped Fave of the Month. We love sharing our favourite books we read with you guys, so it seems so silly that we stopped doing this. However, we have decided to get back into the swing of things by sharing with you all our favourite book we read in the month of May.

River’s Pick:


Between the Notes
by Sharon Huss Roat

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This is a debut novel, and while our review won’t be going live until later in June, I want to stress how much River adored this novel. It was one that wasn’t even on her radar and then instantly became a favourite upon reading. Thoughtful and clever, River really makes me want to read this book. Sounds like such a hidden gem of a read!


by Jennifer Mathieu

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Easily by a landslide, my favourite book this month. I truly loved how engaged I was in Rachel’s world, and how angry I was while reading it (the good kind of anger). You can read my review here.

And there you have it! These were our favourite books of the month. What was your favourite read in the merry month of May? Let us know in the comments!