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Changes in Latitudes by Jen Malone (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Jul 13, 2017 at 1:52pm

Cassie, the protagonist, is suffering because her parents just got divorced and her life is kinda falling apart. Her mother comes up with the idea to go on a 4 month sailing trip to Mexico as a "family". The trip is with Cassie, her brother Drew and their mother Elise. On this trip Cassie meats Jonah, a 20 year old sailor who has parent problems like Cassie. The two grow very close and eventually end up dating.

Changes in Latitudes was very well written, but had a few honest mistakes with a word missing or a grammar mistake, but I get that it is not corrected yet so it's well done! The storyline had just enough drama but the right amount of reality as well. This novel was for sure one of my favourite Two Thumbs Up books! And I will for sure read more of Jen Malone's books in the future! I would recommend this book to anyone with a sense of humour as well as a heart to read real life romantic novels. I give this novel a 8.7/10.

- Courtney, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Changes in Latitudes will be availble July 25.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Monday, Jul 10, 2017 at 4:10pm

Bad Romance is utterly yet informally dark. Heather Demetrios does a wonderful job in representing a case of twisted romance through the eyes of the victim and our heroine Grace. I even found it hard to resist Gavin's charms because gosh, who would turn Prince Charming down? Grace is both strong and flawed at the same time. I rooted for her all the way. It was frustrating to see her stumbling into darkness and rewarding at the same time when I finally got to see her stepping into the light once more. I completely adored how hopeful the ending is. Grace's parents angered me so much while reading, especially her mother who forces unreasonable chores on her. Fortunately, her friends more than made up for it though. The snarky and supportive best friends trope is something I will never get tired of. Some of the most amazing moments in this book are the friendship moments and they definite help lighten the mood from the Gavin's situation.

I understand that the subject covered in Bad Romance is a difficult one to deal with, let alone read about. I had to stop several times to collect myself before I can continue reading but trust me, it's worth it. How many books out there tell you that the boy who writes you songs and sings you lullaby can turn out to be a manipulative jerk or a control freak? That your happily ever after doesn't come on a silver platter? I respect Bad Romance for its presentation of a nasty truth and I truly recommended it. I give this book a 4.5/5 Stars.

- Phuong, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Sunday, Jul 09, 2017 at 11:57am

After being mistaken for a self centered alien princess, Delaney is kidnapped by the princesses guards, and imprisoned in a palace. She must impersonate the princess in order to survive.

I found Amid Stars and Darkness, to be rather standard in the world of young adult fiction. Interesting enough the characters made the story pop, but I thought the plot was somewhat lacking. The wonderfully creative world building, makes this alien planet feel so real. Definitely to be enjoyed by fans of science fiction stories, such as The Lunar Chronicles, and even Star Wars.

- Sophia, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Amid Stars and Darkness will be available July 18.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Jul 08, 2017 at 3:37pm

The Wood was such a great read. The main character, Winter Parish, is very independent and has a unique personality that I know everyone will love. She always feels the need to help and protect others, especially her mom, while she herself must deal with a hard task of her own: being the guardian of the Wood. Ever since her father mysteriously vanished in the Wood, Winter decided it was her job to find him. When she meets the young and heroic Henry, she discovers that she might actually be able to find out what happened to her dad. This is what made the plot start rolling and it was quite interesting.

The author of the novel, Chelsea Bobulski, did an amazing job when it comes to world-building. Her descriptions of the Wood make you feel like you are really there, which can be wonderful and creepy at times. This world she's created is like an alternate version of our own. It's beautiful and fascinating. The only downside I found in the novel, is the lack of information on the Old Ones. We never learn how they became immortal, or why they don't guard the Wood themselves. I was left with a bunch of unanswered questions about them that I wished were answered. I'd rate this book as a 8.5/10

- Lauren, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

The Woods will be available August 1st.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

Antisocial by Jillian Blake (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Jul 06, 2017 at 11:01am

I read the novel Antisocial by Jillian Blake. This is Jillian Blake's first novel so I think that it was pretty good by those standards. I give this a 65/100.

Antisocial is a novel about a teenage girl who has social anxiety and who's pressured a lot during the course of the book. Jillian Blake plays up that fact too much, so by the end, Anna, the protagonist, seems kinda bratty and spoiled because of it.

The main idea of this book is that Anna and the rest of her school are cyberbullied by a hacker who has a secret identity, and then there are problems in Anna's life that go along with that story. This book, I feel, is too packed with details that it goes off topic a lot of the time. This book was overall not bad, so I would read another novel by Jillian Blake if the story line was more on topic.

I would recommend this book to teenagers who either want to read about social anxiety or who like gossipy teen high school novels.

- Courtney, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up
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