ARC Review: Come This Way by Michelle Schlicher

ctwTitle: Come This Way

Author: Michelle Schlicher

Release Date: October 21

Publisher: Self Published

Source: A copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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3 stars

A hiking and outdoor enthusiast, fifty-year-old Fern Conrad can’t imagine spending her time doing anything else, much to the dismay of her daughter, Colby.

Kara Dawson, a twenty-five-year-old student therapist, has shut life out to focus on her sister’s illness. That is, until a chance meeting pushes her to confront the possibilities—by letting go and moving forward.

Eighty-three-year-old Nettie Campbell heals in the hospital while facing the consequences of her actions. Can she repair relationships and forge new bonds as she comes to terms with the truth?

Come This Way is an emotional, honest look into the lives of women who are discovering their own strength. It is a story about difficult choices and the people around us who help us find our way. (Source: Goodreads)

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ARC Review: In the Land of Broken Time by Max Evan and Maria Evan

itlobtTitle: In the Land of Broken Time

Author: Max Evan and Maria Evan

Publisher: Self Published

Source: A copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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1 star

This book is about the adventures of the boy named Christopher, the girl named Sophia and retriever Duke. By chance they found themselves in a balloon, that took them into a fairyland, where mysterious events happen. Children wanted to find the way home. The heroeshad to solve a lot of mysteries.They learned interesting ways of time measuring and found a time machine. (Source: Goodreads)

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Review: Now and Zen by Linda Gerber

nazTitle: Now and Zen

Author: Linda Gerber

Publisher: Speak

Source: Purchased

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2 stars

Nori Tanaka is thrilled to be studying abroad in Tokyo, Japan, but it isn’t exactly what she had imagined. She expected tranquil gardens and swoopy-roofed houses, not concrete and neon. And everyone assumes that, with her traditional Japanese features, she’s a native instead of the naïve Japanese-American that she really is. Even Erik, a gorgeous German student, mistakes Nori for Japanese, and treats her like a personal tour guide. Nori is sure that he’ll like her for who she is once he gets to know her, so what harm can come of temporarily pretending to be Japanese? It doesn’t take long to realize that she has a lot to learn about Japan, and about herself, before she can pass for a native. But after exploring the karaoke clubs in Tokyo, the peaceful temples in Kyoto, and the tranquil heights of Mt. Fuji, Nori knows she has a good chance of finding the hidden Japanese spirit and Zen mindset within herself. (Source: Goodreads)

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ARC Mini-Review: Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

narwhalTitle: Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea

Author: Ben Clanton

Release Date: October 4

Publisher: Tundra Books

Source: Penguin Random House on NetGalley  (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)

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Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together.
A wonderfully silly early graphic novel series featuring three stories. In the first, Jelly learns that Narwhal is a really good friend. Then Narwhal and Jelly form their own pod of awesomeness with their ocean friends. And finally, Narwhal and Jelly read the best book ever — even though it doesn’t have any words…or pictures! (Source: Goodreads)

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Review: The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto’s First Immigrant Neighbourhood edited by John Lorinc, Michael McClelland, Ellen Scheinberg, and Tatum Taylor

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Title: The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto’s First Immigrant Neighbourhood

Editor: John Lorinc, Michael McClelland, Ellen Scheinberg, and Tatum Taylor

Publisher: Coach House Books

Source: Purchased

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4 stars

From the 1840s until the Second World War, waves of newcomers who migrated to Toronto – Irish, Jewish, Italian, African American and Chinese, among others – landed in ‘The Ward.’ Crammed with rundown housing and immigrant-owned businesses, this area, bordered by College and Queen, University and Yonge streets, was home to bootleggers, Chinese bachelors, workers from the nearby Eaton’s garment factories and hard-working peddlers. But the City considered it a slum, and bulldozed the area in the late 1950s to make way for a new civic square.

The Ward finally tells the diverse stories of this extraordinary and resilient neighbourhood through archival photos and contributions from a wide array of voices, including historians, politicians, architects, story­­tellers, journalists and descendants of Ward residents. Their perspectives on playgrounds, tuberculosis, sex workers, newsies and even bathing bring The Ward to life and, in the process, raise important questions about how contemporary cities handle immigration, poverty and the geography of difference. (Source: Goodreads)

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ARC Mini-Review: Razzle Dazzle Unicorn by Dana Simpson

rduTitle: Razzle Dazzle Unicorn

Author: Dana Simpson

Release Date: September 20

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Source: Andrews McMeel Publishing on NetGalley  (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)

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5 stars copy

Phoebe and Her Unicorn is back with more sparkles than ever! In this fourth volume, join in the adventure as Phoebe and Marigold confront messy rooms, trouble at school, and a nasty case of “Sparkle Fever.” Follow the pair back to Camp Wolfgang, where their old pals Sue (a.k.a. “Monster Girl”) and Ringo, the lake creature, remind them that being weird is WAY more fun than being normal. (Source: Goodreads)

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ARC Review: Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

ghostsTitle: Ghosts

Author: Raina Telgemeier

Release Date: September 13

Publisher: Graphix

Source: Scholastic (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)

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Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake – and her own. (Source: Goodreads)

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