{Book Review} The Game Changer by Marie Landry

the game changerOh Canada, thank you for producing so many awesome authors! Seriously, Marie Landry, where have you been all my life? Actually, you’ve been on my Twitter feed!

It’s so funny … and kind of terrible … how I always feel like I won’t like the books written by the people I know. Like for some reason, they’re just going to be awful. BUT that’s so not the case! I mean, Stephen King has friends, doesn’t he? Danielle Steel? I’m sure even Margaret Atwood has at least a couple!

All authors started at one point and it’s crazy to think that just because you know someone that they’re not amazing at something.

Anyway.

I LOVED THIS BOOK! I knew right from the get-go that I was going to love it. I actually didn’t read anything about it before opening it up on my ereader … I wanted to be totally surprised … and I’m pretty sure I was smiling right off the bat. The whole story opens up with a break up, so it’s funny to think that I was smiling about it, but I kind of loved Melody. And hated Rick.

Rick the dick. Ha ha.

Melody had such a great head on her shoulders and was one of those characters who I knew I could be good friends with, who I wanted to be good friends with. And Olivia? Yup. Sign me up. I would totally be the third wheel in that relationship. They just had one of those friendships that makes you want to phone your best friend to make sure that she’s reading the same book as you because you know she’ll love it too and then you can both talk about it over win afterwards.

And Julian! Really, these are the kinds of male leads who I love in my books! Not the crazy bad boy, but the guy who seems totally down to earth, but needs that one girl, that game changer, to really make him into one amazing guy. I loved his relationship with Melody right from the start. Yeah, he was a total player at times, but I loved how he treated her, how he was always there for her … and, of course, that he was such a nerdy guy. A hottie who is also a nerd. Right? Yes!

The only reason I would have to not gush about this book would be the ex’s crazy girlfriend. She was a bit much and added a lot of drama at one point in the story, I’m not totally sure it was necessary. It did work out, but I think that there were so many amazing storylines happening that this one little one didn’t really need to happen.

Anyway, I have completely fallen in love with Marie’s writing and will be reading more of her in the near distant future! This is classic romance at its finest AND it’s Canadian. Could you ask for anything more?

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How Canadian Are You? – The 2015 Ultimate Canadian Reading Challenge

When I started thinking about what kind of book reading challenge I wanted to do in 2015, Book Bingo was at the top of my list. BUT while I’ve loved doing Book Bingo for the past two years, I knew that something different was on the horizon. This year I’ve been growing more and more fond of books created in my own country, so this book reading challenge was pretty inevitable …

Yes! A Canadian reading challenge!

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I’m doing this more for myself than anything else, but if you are Canadian (though that’s not a prerequisite) and you want to join in, then feel free!! Why is it the ULTIMATE challenge? Well, because there are going to be a few different challenges that will make up being the ULTIMATE Canadian reader. I like to keep things fun. :)

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The Traveling Canadian Challenge

Read a book by an author from each province and the territories. For an added bonus, read a book by both a male and a female author from each province and territory. (13-26 Books)

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The Local Lover Canadian Challenge

Read at least twenty books by local authors. This could be local as in your city, or as in your province. Books can be previously published, or new releases in 2015. (20 Books)

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The Award-Loving Canadian Challenge

Read at least twenty books from either the long- or short-list of various Canadian book awards. This could include the Scotiabank Giller Awards, the Booker Prize, the Governer General’s Award, Stephen Leacock Award, TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, etc. Find a full list with links HERE. (20 Books)

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The Genre-Loving Canadian Challenge

Pick a genre, any genre! Actually, pick four of them. Then read five books from each genre you picked! That can be contemporary, mystery, classics, etc. You could even do YA or Graphic novels, if you like. (20 Books)

Want to be the ULTIMATE Canadian reader? Then complete ALL the challenges! (86 books)

Throughout the year I’ve been adding new books to my Canadian reading list (which you can view HERE), though I’ve been focusing more on authors and provinces, instead of awards or genres. Obviously I’m going to go for the Ultimate Canadian reader BUT the main goal for me this upcoming year is to just read more Canada! And I want YOU to read more Canada, too!

This will be a super informal challenge, I’ll write check in posts here and there, so keep track of your Canadian reads so you can share your progress! The challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st.

Will you be participating in the 2015 Ultimate Canadian Reading Challenge? What are the top books on your Canadian reading list? 

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{Book & A Cuppa #5} Wednesday’s Book & Tea

It’s Wednesday! Another day to share with you what I’m reading and what’s in my teacup! 

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So the other night I decided to start a new book when I went to bed. I was reading four books and had finished two that day, so it made TOTAL sense to start a new one, right?

Yeah, I don’t have a clue how far I made it into the book AND I can’t even remember what the book was. I was reading it on one of my book apps on my iPad and closed it when I got up. Needless to say, I don’t think it was the right time to read that book.

Last night I decided I should start a new book (again) and decided to go with an old stand-by series I’ve been working my way through. It goes well with my new mug AND my old stand-by tea that’s in it.

In my cup today is one of my favourite teas, Earl Grey de la Creme:

Earl Grey de la Creme

I’m sure we all have those amazing teas where when we just can’t make up our mind on what kind to have, this is the one we go for. Why? Because it’s always amazing and it just warms us up.

Earl Grey de la Creme is one of those teas I could drink ALL day. I love the taste, the smell, the look of it … whether I have it black, or with a splash of milk and sugar, it’s always perfect. Whenever I do tea parties, I always highlight this tea because it’s just so amazing. Everyone usually falls in love with the smell and if I’m doing a tasting of it, I can guarantee a few bags will be bought.

Today’s book, like I said, goes perfect with my tea, since they’re both favourites. I’ve loved this series since I started reading it and every now and then I can’t decide what to read, so I’ll grab the next book in the series and fall in love all over again.

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This is the fourth book in the series, and I totally recommend starting at the beginning if you want to read it, but here’s the synopsis:

Her deadly dreams leave her in grave danger.

Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they’ve fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it’s time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She’s having visions of a vampire named Gregor who’s more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn’t know about.

Gregor believes Cat is his and he won’t stop until he has her. As the battle begins between the vamp who haunts her nightmares and the one who holds her heart, only Cat can break Gregor’s hold over her. She’ll need all the power she can summon in order to bring down the baddest bloodsucker she’s ever faced . . . even if getting that power will result in an early grave.

Last week’s book was a Christian romance and this one is FAR from that. Does anyone read vampire books anymore? It felt so strange diving back into a world like this! And I haven’t read a sexy book in SO LONG. Really, my new mug fit so well with the book! 

I love Cat and Bones and I know whenever I go to read a new book in this series, I always hesitate because I think I won’t be able to get into it again, but I’m already about 50 pages in and it’s freaking awesome. I have the next book in the series, but might have to pick up the next one after that … you can never be too prepared.

Have you read any books in this series? What’s in your tea cup this morning? Want to participate in Book & A Cuppa? Share what’s in your teacup and what you’re reading by linking below! 

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