Mari At Work · thinking out loud

Google Hangout with Michelle Knudsen + ACOTAR Celebration

Last Saturday we had two events as part of our YAwesome fest – our last Google Hangout session with Michelle Knudsen, and an ACOTAR series celebration party as the final event of the month. I am so relieved that everything’s over! And yet, I’m missing it all already, because it was SO FUN being able to connect with other YA fans. Continue reading “Google Hangout with Michelle Knudsen + ACOTAR Celebration”

Fantasy · Romance

Books About Tricksters: Crooked Kingdom, Thick As Thieves, Empire of Storms

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Awesome heist story, with a trickster god (not literally) of an anti-hero? Check. Kickass female characters who really deserve their own books? Check. Romantic subplots that gives you ALL THE FEELS without being annoying or taking over the story? Check. Diverse characters? Check, check and check. A character that might have annoyed me some in the first book but I feel oh so protective about in this sequel? CHECK. Continue reading “Books About Tricksters: Crooked Kingdom, Thick As Thieves, Empire of Storms”

Mari At Work · thinking out loud

Book Talk and Q&A with Kasie West


I said in an earlier post that I’m a Kasie West fan. What I didn’t include was, while I do read a lot of YA contemporary, and even a number of YA contemporary romance, the latter isn’t one of my favourite genres. In fact, I wouldn’t mind it if the books I read are completely romance free. (Which is weird, considering I’m a sucker for so many romantic tropes!) I started reading Kasie West because of Pivot Point, which is more paranormal/suspense, and was happy to find that besides enjoying the story, I enjoyed the writing. It made me try The Distance Between Us, which I really loved, and that cemented my status as a Kasie West fan. Continue reading “Book Talk and Q&A with Kasie West”

Romance · Science Fiction

A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray

A Million Worlds With You is the third of the Firebird series in which the characters can jump between multiverses. The protagonist is Marguerite, whose parents are famous scientists and the inventors of this dimension-hopping tech. When her father is murdered, Marguerite has to go after the killer as he jumps from dimension to dimension. She’s determined to get her revenge, but with each jump, Marguerite learns of the life of another alternate Marguerite, and it makes her wonder if there’s such a thing as fate.

Honestly, I went into this series not knowing what to expect (besides the typical YA thing) and was happy to find it reminiscent of one of my favourite books as a kid, Continue reading “A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray”


Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Here’s the thing about me and unhappy endings in YA fiction – I can’t stand them. To me, YA needs to be like a Disney movie, with maybe more curses and romance and action and darkness, if needed, but it must end well to be enjoyed. That is not to say that I haven’t loved books with unhappy endings – John Green’s books are among my favourites, and I have zero complaints about the ending of the Divergent series. But. Generally, I avoid the unhappy.

This is the reason why I’ve yet to read Fairest, Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles spinoff novel, and this is the reason why I hesitated to read Heartless. However, I love Alice (who doesn’t?) Continue reading “Heartless by Marissa Meyer”

Contemporary · Romance

By Your Side by Kasie West

I’m a Kasie West fan. I haven’t read everything by her, but I’ve liked everything by her that I’ve read. Comparing the books by her that I’ve read, By Your Side didn’t wow me as much as The Distance Between Us or Pivot Point did, but it’s still a nice read that brought me out of a reading slump.

The romance and storyline in here do not offer anything new – two teenagers who are complete opposites end up stuck in a library together. Autumn is a typical Good Girl, who may not be the most popular, but has a good group of friends, and is seems to be well-liked. What her friends don’t know is that she also has anxiety, and in order to hide this from them, she’s known to disappear at times. Continue reading “By Your Side by Kasie West”