Book Review: Clap When You Land

Guys! I read a beautiful book and I think that you should too! This one was called Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Synopsis: Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance—and Papi’s secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.

And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

This was my first experience with a book written in verse and I thought that it was done beautifully. I was a little nervous going into it because I though it was going to be like poetry but the story flowed so naturally and it didn’t even feel like it was broken up in the sentence structure that it was.

There was a deep exploration of family bonds and how love and forgiveness can be the key when dealing with grief.

I liked the dual perspective and how we got to see both sister’s side to the story and how each of them dealt with their father’s death in their own way. I also really enjoyed the fact that there was some LGBTQ+ rep in the book.

I would be excited to try out more of Elizabeth Acevedo’s books as I have heard they are similar in style to this one!

Book Rating: 4.5/5

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Disclaimer: I was gifted this book for my birthday and read it because I wanted to. I was in no way compensated for this review.



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Book Review: 1967 – A Coming of Age Story

I am on a book review spree right now! I be you haven’t seen this many reviews on consecutive days from me ever! This time I read 1967 – A Coming of Age Story by Richard W. Doornink.

Synopsis: “1967” depicts the precarious moment between childhood and adolescence in a thought-provoking, fun read that captures the mood of the era. It is a strongly written, moving account of a young boy taking his first steps to independence and true sense of self. Set in a small prairie town over a one year period, “1967” provides a wonderful portrait of a time and place long gone.

Seen from the young boy’s perspective, devoid of reflection, the reader is pulled along within the frame of his experience – his point of view, his language, and his understanding. It becomes clear that the boy’s “growing up” has less to do with physical development than with recovering a buried memory.

Lacking a real moral centre, the main character is an anti-hero but immensely likeable, for although he is canny and quick-witted, he is nevertheless an innocent child, prisoner of his cultural and social-economic class.

While “1967” provides a devastating look at an impoverished existence, empty of expressed love or gentle guidance, the evocative imagery and power that fuels the writing provides vivid proof that one can survive childhood.

I thought that this book was a fun way to experience the life of a young boy learning what it is like to make hard decisions and discover who he is. It definitely reminded me of my childhood and actually playing outside. Even the way that friends were made was just so casual as a child and it was fun to experience that again.

It definitely showed its time too as there were some references to words in this book that would not necessarily be widely accepted nowadays.

I think that the boy is trying to learn what it is to be a “man” and to build a stronger bond with his father but also be respectful and not step out of line either. It kind of reminded me of the movie A Christmas Story.

Overall, it was an interesting read. The innocence of being a child and all the hectic things you can get yourself into were definitely a highlight of the book and it will make you reminisce (depending on how old you are)! Even if you are younger, it shows you what life was like back then.

Book Rating: 3/5

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Book Review: Elephant

Another book review brought to you by yours truly! This time, I read and reviewed Elephant by Natalie Rodriguez.

Synopsis: Summer of 2006. Four childhood best friends. A family secret.

After a strange encounter leaves him hospitalized, a timid teenage boy named Matt “Matty” Smith comes home to a continuous series of events met with anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

Under the guardianship of his grandma, Lucia, Matt lives with unspoken questions about his deceased grandpa and father, and his missing mother. The elephant in the room. As Matt develops over the summer, the secrets only grow more profound and complex. Will the answers ever come? While searching for answers, Matt and his three childhood best friends encounter the meanings of love, forgiveness, and fate.

I honestly did not really enjoy this book. I thought that the story/plot was all over the place and very hard to follow. We are so focused on this one character the whole time and even then, you don’t really get to know them because the book doesn’t really flow well.

Half the time, you don’t know what is real and what isn’t. There is some big secret that everyone is trying to uncover and there is never really a resolution for anything that happens in the book. It was set up to have a sequel but I wouldn’t even know where to begin.

I feel like this could be a really good psychological thriller movie but I have the feeling that this is not the genre the book is going for.

I just think that this was a book that I couldn’t really get into. I think others might like it but it was just not for me.

Book Rating: 2/5

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Book Review: Devil in the Grass

I have so many books sent to me by authors that sometimes it is hard to keep track but this book definitely kept me on my toes! This one is called Devil In The Grass by Christopher Bowron.

Synopsis: When his pro football career fails, Jackson Walker returns to his home in southwest Florida to sort out his life. He lands an internship with Republican state senator James Hunter, whose Clean Water Bill puts him at odds with influential members of The Brotherhood of Set, a Satanic cult. They have deep roots in Florida, and are led by the sinister Henrietta LePley.

After Walker begins a relationship with a member of the Brotherhood, he is framed for the horrific killing of two elderly people. To clear his name, Jackson turns to his Seminole family to evade the police and a particularly nasty bunch of malevolent characters who specialize in the disposal of dead bodies. The Everglades provides an ancient and frightening setting for the unfolding action that will prove whether Jackson Walker will pull himself free from the dark evil that lurks there.

I thought this book held its own as a thriller. It wasn’t really like a creepy thriller but more of a crime thriller with same very dark elements to it. There were times where I thought that the things happening would line up with something a serial killer does so that added to the dark elements of the book.

The fact that it was set in the Florida Everglades also had me intrigued because they are known for their gators and I love any movies that have to do with gators so I was happy to read about it.

The characters were decent. I didn’t really get overly attached to any of them but I was more invested in the plot rather than the characters anyways so that was okay.

The book had lots of twists and turns which kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next. I would definitely read more by this author if I am looking for more crime thrillers!

Book Rating: 4/5

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Book Review: A Mother’s Tears

Time for a memoir book review! This time I have A Mother’s Tears by Dre Carlan.

This book is more an autobiography as I believe that the author and his mother are both still alive but this book details their lives together and the struggles that they have gone through. They had to survive immigration to a new country, dealing with multiple bouts of cancer and drug/alcohol problems. But they endured it all together and this book was a great way to show that.

Family is very important and this is a good way to capture just how much so. I did find that it got repetitive a bit with the going in circles and falling back on bad habits which is realistic but I think the book could benefit from being a little bit shorter. That being said, it was truthful and from the heart and I really liked that.

Book Rating: 3/5

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Book Review: Discovering Wildlife In Toronto’s Don Valley

A Toronto Photographer named Jim Chung reached out to me back in November and asked me if I would like to review their wildlife photography book and of course I said yes! The book is called Discovering Wildlife In Toronto’s Don Valley.

I thought this photography book was marvellous! I jumped at the chance to see more nature from the Don Valley since I only see the outskirts of it when I drive past (when I visit Toronto). Nature has always intrigued me and as a kid, whenever we visited my Aunt’s house, I would always pull down all their books from their travels and look through all the wildlife pictures with fascination and wonder in my eyes.

Jim narrates the book by adding captions and descriptions to all the images and he makes it funny while also being very informative. I had no idea that there were that many species of birds in Toronto but he has shown me that there is hidden beauty in all places.

The book features rare shots of all sorts of Canadian wildlife. Blue jays are my favorite birds so I was happy to see some of them in there!

I am so happy to now have this book on my coffee table because I can escape to a world of wildlife whenever I want and it is great because it is a local area to me that is being highlighted (within reason, about a 4 hr drive :P).

Book Rating: 5/5

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Book Review: The Worst Dogs

I had read a book by Matthew a while back called Roses in December and it was a collection of chilling short stories which I really enjoyed. This time, he sent me his book The Worst Dogs which was a murder mystery book and here is what I thought about it.

Synopsis: In the Maritimes of Canada, a series of murders have baffled the police force in the small town of Feckless Bay. Enter Detective Sergeant Natalya Stone, an African American detective – originally from Chicago – currently working for the Provincial Police. She quickly discovers that these violent murders are most likely by the same perpetrator – and are, most likely, hate crimes.

“Murder is not an entertainment,” she quips to Zev Arendt, a young local Detective Constable, whom she has taken under her wing to assist her in solving the hate crimes. They encounter dead end after dead end, and weeks go by with no leads. Finally, based on her experience and intuition, and with the skills that Zev has acquired from his mentor, they find exactly what they are looking for: hiding – in plain sight. “The Worst Dogs” is a literary Murder Mystery like no other.

I enjoyed that this book was set in the Maritimes of Canada even if it was a fictional town because I have travelled there many times which made it very easy to imagine the different settings of the book.

The book dealt with a lot of racism that the main protagonist faced and I was so frustrated with what they were having to go through. It was maddening reading how they were being treated and I wanted to rage at the injustice of it.

The murder mystery aspect was decent although I did find it pretty easy to solve (from the reader’s perspective). As the plot went on, all the pieces seemed to fall into place very conveniently.

Overall, it was a quick read and I would definitely pick up more from this author.

Book Rating: 3/5

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Book Review: Someone’s Story

I actually came upon this book when the author was referred to me by another booktuber, Connor Stompanato, which was so cool! This one was called Someone’s Story by B.A Bellec.

Synopsis: In his debut endearing coming-of-age book, B.A. Bellec writes about a group of weirdos that find and save each other from the dark depths of their minds. Someone’s Story is literally Someone’s story, as in a first-person narrative of a teenager that calls himself Someone. As he struggles to find a new footing in a new space, we encounter the many ups and downs of modern teenage life, the difficulties that adjusting to adult feelings bring, and a few tear-jerking surprises along the way.

This book was told in a way that you were trying to discover the main character’s back story while learning about his current story. The main character was called “Someone” and that was something I have not encountered in a book before. The plot was interesting enough because I wanted to know how this teenager was going to try and fit in after moving to a new town.

The book deals with some hard subjects such as mental illness and I think it was portrayed very well. There were definitely some twists that I wasn’t expecting so that added to the experience for me. The author also told me there is a soundtrack that goes with this book which is really cool.

If you want an easy to read coming of age story about a kid trying to fit in while dealing with some devils of his own, then I think you would enjoy this book.

Book Rating: 3.5/5

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Book Review: The Conviction

As most of you know, I am very behind in my reviews but I am working on catching up. This book was read in September and I am finally getting around to reviewing it. I did review it on my Youtube Channel but here is my written review of The Conviction by John Mathews.

Synopsis: Two criminals are responsible for an innocent man getting sentenced to life for murder. An inept defense attorney and a crooked prosecutor are the other players in this case of egregious American corruption. 

The four of them have been lured into a trap in an abandoned warehouse. Someone wants vengeance. This is a story of vigilante justice for the wrongfully convicted. Marked doors lead to four locked rooms, one where each of them will have to pay a price for what they have done. What will they be required to do in order to survive?

This was a novella and I enjoyed it! It was kind of set up like the movie Saw where strangers get led to this place and then they are trapped and tested with puzzles of sorts except this one was testing their morales and integrity more than anything. The cool part about this is that all the people brought together had some sort of shady past where they didn’t exactly follow the law.

I found it very interesting the way the characters had to work together but also figure things out for themselves and make the right decisions in order to escape with their lives. It is definitely a new for of justice and it kept me on my toes as I was reading along.

It was a pretty quick read and I did enjoy myself. Was it fantastic? No. But I feel like it could have been if it was a full book. I would have liked to have a more drawn out process with the captives and their attempts to escape.

Book Rating: 3.5/5

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Book Review: What If It’s Us

I read this book awhile back (as most of my reviews start because I am so behind) for a book club and here I am to finally tell you about it. This one was called What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera.

Synopsis: Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

I’ll start by saying I like both of these authors and think that they are very talented. They have a way of bringing out emotion in you for their characters and reading their books makes your heart feel warm. That being said, I didn’t quite feel that with this book. I still flew through it as it was an easy book to read but I wasn’t really liking the characters in this one as much as their other books.

Arthur was a little bit over the top for me and I found him to be annoying at times. Also, very dramatic (which can be fun sometimes but in this case it seemed over done).

There is lots of the miscommunication trope in this book which is my least favorite trope and I felt like Arthur acted very childish at times when he could have just talked out an issue instead of stomping off and thinking the world was over for him. Half the time, he didn’t even understand the situation but made a big deal out of it.

Ben was definitely the more responsible character but I wasn’t really captured with him either. I honestly wanted to know more about the side characters in this book than the main ones.

I will say that the ending was very realistic so I liked that because the rest of the book wasn’t. But overall, I did go through it very quick and it was nice to take a break from the denser books I read to take on this one.

Book Rating: 3/5

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