Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 192


Menagerie by Rachel Vincent | Monsters: A Love Story | The Wine of Solitude by Irène Némirovsky | A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess | The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson | The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis


Did you have a great week? I had a very long one for some reason and considering it was only a four-day week, I swear, I didn’t think it was going to end. The kids officially went back to school. We have a grade 10 and a grade 4 in our midst. I can’t believe how fast they’re growing. *sniffs*

On Friday night, I attended a book club meeting with fellow Winnipeg book bloggers. It was our first get-together so we picked our initial book (This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab). It’s great to talk to other people about the same obsession we all have in common so I was excited to be a part of this book club. And of course, because the meeting was held at a bookstore, I couldn’t resist picking up a few.

If you’ll remember from my last Hoarders post, I mentioned downloading a copy of Menagerie by Rachel Vincent. Well, I ended up loving it so much that I had to get a physical copy. I was also coerced into getting a copy of The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. I remember why I was so against this book and it had to do with the supposed love triangle I’ve been reading from the reviews. They insisted that it wasn’t much of a love triangle, anyway so I might love it too so I decided to check it out. Crossing my fingers that I’ll enjoy this.

Read this week:


Cooper by Juliana Stone was a fast read – enjoyable but not remarkable. I’ve reviewed Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts last week and hope to write one for Menagerie soon. This book was so good, guys. If you haven’t read it, you should pick up a copy for yourself. It reminds me of The Others by Anne Bishop if the Human First League won. It was difficult to read at times but all in all, it was fantastic.

I hope you’ll have a great week ahead.

Happy reading!


  • karina

    Yep, I absolutely loved Menagerie!!! *high fives* So glad you had the same feelings about it, J.!

  • Yay for book club 😀 Sounds interesting. <3 And eee, yaaay for getting so many gorgeous books 😀 I also really, really loved Menagerie. Sigh. It was so awesome 🙂 I'm thrilled you felt the same. But ahh. The Kiss of Deception. Sigh. I did not love it at all, haha. And so I am not reading the next two books :p So curious to see what you think 🙂 Happy reading Joy. <3

  • That book club sounds like so much fun Joy! Awww it really does sound like they grow up really fast. Yeah, I was put off by that love triangle from Kiss of Deception as well. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it!

  • I’ve heard that Menagerie is tough to read at times, I have a copy but haven[t gotten around to it. Glad to see you loved it so much 🙂

    Nereyda│ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist

  • I would to read The Kiss of Deception. I still haven’t read it :/ I kind of forgot it existed (same with Menagerie) so I need to remember them next time lol

  • I really loved The Kiss of Deception, but I haven’t even touched the second book yet, and am afraid to buy the last one. I’ve read a lot of reviews, both good and bad, and I can’t make up my mind if I should trade the first two books and abandon the trilogy or not. I know if I read the sequel I’ll have to read the last one. Ugh, I’m so conflicted.

  • I tried reading Menagerie a few months ago when I downloaded a copy from Netgalley. At the time I just couldn’t get into it, but have popped it on the backburner and looking forward to reading your review Joy, you never steer me wrong. So excited to see you bought a copy of Sidekicks as well. GO AUSSIES! I have that one too to read. Ooh, what are you reading next for your bookclub? I’d love to find one in my area, but sadly I can’t imagine there’s many readers around me 😀

  • The Menagerie reminds you of The Others?! I must check that out. I want to pick up more Nora Roberts. I’ll have to read your review and see if this is one I’ll like. Enjoy your books, Joy! 🙂

  • The Sidekicks! Can’t wait to see what you think – I raved about this book so much after I read it earlier this year. Definitely one of my faves. Happy reading!

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    Ooh I definitely need to pick up Rachel Vincent’s latest if you liked it so much. I hope your next week feels shorter and I am v excited to see what you think of some of these other books you picked up. Great post!!

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I need to read Menagerie! I love Rachel Vincent something fierce, and I’m so glad to hear you adored this book enough that you needed 2 copies:) I can’t wait to see what you think of A Shadow Bright and Burning, I really enjoyed that one!

  • I loved Menagerie. I’m a huge fan of Rachel Vincent. When she tweeted that the book wasn’t even released and she had seen three DNF reviews because it was too dark, that got me even more excited to read it (I think maybe some of her YA fans were trying it, because her adult series can be dark). It was a favorite of 2015. I’m going to do a relisten before the next book comes out. I also agree with your comparison with The Others.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • Menagerie was one of my favorite books of 2015. Such a fantastic story, and I’m so glad you liked it! I’m so excited for the next book.

  • I am so glad to hear that you loved Menagerie! I was surprised by how much I ended up liking it. I can’t wait for the next book to be released. That is awesome about the book club. I have done some buddy reads online but have never been a part of an official book club but it sounds like fun. Great post!

  • Menagerie is awesome, I took it to another level and read into the creatures as a metaphor for being different in this society.

    So do you know how to use that quill?

  • Menagerie, huh? On my to be bought list it goes. Thanks for the heads up on that one. I need to read a more variety of books so I’m definitely interested in that one.

    My bestest blog buddy is near Winnipeg. I’m going to tell her about your book club. She might enjoy that.

    I hope you have a great week, Joy! Happy reading!

  • Yay, wasn’t Menagerie awesome! I’m thrilled you love this Joy 🙂

  • Julia Stone is my go to when I just want entertainment. 🙂 I loved Menagerie. That was a good one!

  • Wooo Menagerie, 🙂
    Even if I have not read it

  • Karen

    I like The Others so I’ll have to give Menagerie a try.

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  • kindlemom1

    Dang it, I didn’t plan on grabbing the new Vincent book anytime soon but you just convinced me I need to,
    Yay for the book club, I do wish we had something like that here, I have no idea why we don’t.

  • ChristinaBookAddict

    I hope your kids have a great school year! They grow up too quickly. My little guy just started pre-school today! I am reading my first Nora Roberts novel currently…will have to check out your thoughts on Chasing Fire. Have a great week!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I’d love to have a book club to attend. I tried to form one with friends, but it was hard to get people to commit to meetings and even if they did show up, they usually hadn’t read the book. haha I used to be in an online book club for YEARS though and it was a great way to find new books.

    Last week was a bit slow for me, but I was in London and we did a lot, so that’s why. Nothing bad. I do hope this week goes quick though. I could use a weekend – spent most of this past weekend traveling. haha


  • They grow up too fast. I still can’t get over my baby being in kindergarten.
    After just finishing The Night Circus, I’m drawn to reading Menagerie. I even have a copy on my Kindle, but does it end in a cliffhanger?? I vaguely remember someone saying that is the case, and oh how I loathe cliffhangers.

  • Ah yes I heard great things about Menagerie, I want to try too! happy reading and have a nice week!

  • Children always seem to be growing up fast! Yay for a new book club and it sounds so cool being in contact with others who also love reading just as much as you yourself do too. I’m actually reading A Shadow Bright and Burning right now, and so far I’m loving it 😀

  • Another author I haven’t read yet, Rachel Vincent. I probably need to rectify that someday. Glad you loved it. First week of school is usually hard all the way around for both you and your children. All the settling back in. Hopefully next week will be better!

  • Did you say “The Other”? Brb … okay, just added it to the high priority list! Aww, the youngins are growing up. I caught the end on the Chargers game today. That was close. 🙁 Anyway, have a great week, Joy!

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    Nora! I haven’t read Chasing Fire just yet, I’m saving it for when I’m truly in a horrible mood and need something to save me. But I love her every single romantic suspense. Really, what’s not to like? And now I’ll have to get Menagerie too, won’t I? I’m so curious.