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April 2018

Toronto Prose Mill is Holding an Open Call for Submissions!

Hi, everyone! I just wanted to let all the Canadian writers who follow this blog know that Toronto Prose Mill is accepting short stories for its second issue. Toronto Prose Mill is a literary journal dedicated to publishing short stories by Canadian writers.

Please send all submissions via email to torontoprosemill@gmail.com by May 1st at 11:59 pm, and ensure that they meet the criteria below:

– Stories can be submitted in the ‘Submission’ field by copying and pasting, as a Google Doc link, or sent by email to torontoprosemill@gmail.com so long as authors’ names do not appear anywhere in the document, including the file name *WARNING copy and pasting will alter the formatting of the story
– Each story can be up to 8,000 words in length; there is no minimum word count
– Works must not have been previously published
– Works must be written by the individual(s) submitting the piece(s) for consideration
– Co-authored works must be accompanied by all authors’ approval in order for such submissions to be considered for publication
– Submission forms are confidential and will only be viewed by the Toronto Prose Mill team

If there are any questions or concerns about the submission form please send an email to torontoprosemill@gmail.com. Also, for further information about Toronto Prose Mill, feel free to check out its site!

Have a nice day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

 

 

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ARC Review: Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

Summary 

Summer in Sand Lake isn’t complete without a trip to Meade Creamery—the local ice cream stand founded in 1944 by Molly Meade who started making ice cream to cheer up her lovesick girlfriends while all the boys were away at war. Since then, the stand has been owned and managed exclusively by local girls, who inevitably become the best of friends. Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is “Head Girl” at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn’t sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly’s grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business…but Grady’s got some changes in mind…

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Review

My rating:

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Hi, everyone! I’m back with another review, this one being on Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian. This is actually the first book that I’ve read by the author, but the premise sounded sweet (pun 100% intended), so I thought I’d give it a whirl and request it. Luckily, the publisher granted my request on NetGalley and I got a chance to read the book!

When I first started reading this book, I had high hopes for an enticing plot. And while I did like reading the book overall, sometimes, I would get a bit bored, waiting for something big to happen. It wasn’t until the end where big strides were made in change, and even then, readers don’t get to see how it pans outs. Which is okay for a standalone, but in this case, I wanted to see more action than what I got. The diary entries of Molly Meade were interesting, though. It gave readers a bit more history regarding Meade Creamery.

As for the characters, I didn’t really connect with any of them. But I did respect their development throughout the book, like Amelia, Grady, and even Cate. They all start the summer uncertain of aspects within their life, only for it to be more rectified by the summer’s end. I did admired Amelia’s gumption at the end of the novel. It was great to see her find her passion! I think that’s the time when she really shined (at least, for me).

Well, that’s all I have to say about Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian. While the novel didn’t grab my attention sometimes, I thought that it was good overall. Has anyone else read anything by Siobhan Vivian? If you did, which of her works would you recommend that I read next? Also, Stay Sweet is coming out this Tuesday, for those of you who are interested. 😉

Have a nice day!

–  Sumaya

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

ARC Review: Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner

Summary 

Sixteen-year-old Brynn Harper’s life has one steadying force—Rachel Maddow. She watches her daily, and after writing to Rachel for a school project—and actually getting a response—Brynn starts drafting emails to Rachel but never sending them. It’s an outlet; Brynn tells Rachel about breaking up with Sarah, her first serious girlfriend, about her beloved brother Nick’s death, her passive mother and even worse stepfather, about how she’s stuck in remedial courses at school and is considering dropping out.

But then Brynn is confronted with a moral dilemma. She learns that one student representative will be allowed to have a voice among teachers and administrators in the selection of a new school superintendent. Sarah, along with Brynn’s arch-nemesis John, believe only honors students worthy of the selection committee seat. Brynn knows they are more interested in power and perks. Brynn feels all students deserve a voice. When she runs for the position the knives are out and her brother’s memory and her new crush Michaela are shamed. Brynn asks herself: What would Rachel Maddow do?

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My rating:

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Hey there, everybody! Another day, another review, and this one’s on Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner! Now, when I first heard about it, I was a bit intrigued with the premise. How many times have I wanted to send a letter to my hero and have it answered? So I could totally relate to the title! And I really wanted to see what would happen to Brynn as the novel progressed.

One thing I really liked about this novel was that it didn’t end the way I expected it to. Usually, this is something I would critique on, but lately, I’ve been finding it works with a lot of standalone novels, especially when there is a lot going on. You can’t cover everything within about 300 pages. And that’s okay. As long as it ends on a somewhat more positive note than the beginning. Plus, it would be pretty predictable if everything I thought should happen in a novel did actually happen… 😉

As for the characters, I’ve got to say that I enjoyed reading about them. From Brynn and her reluctance altruism, Lacey and her brilliance, Justin and his sheer honesty, and a lot of others. Even when Adam and Sarah came into play, I was totally invested in how they would interact with everyone. Did I like them as people? No way. But they did make the plot more interesting, so I’ll give them that.

Well, that’s all I have to say about Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner. My final note is that I was in it for every email in that book! If anyone else is interested, Dear Rachel Maddow is coming out on June 5th, 2018. Thanks for reading, everyone!

– Sumaya

I received an advance reader’s copy from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 33

Hi there, fellow readers! Long time, no see, but I’m back now with another It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. This week, I’m getting back into reading books that I haven’t read before and excited to see if they’re amazing as they sound.

What I Read Recently:

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What I’m Currently Reading: 

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What I’m Planning to Read Next: 

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Well, that’s all for now! Hope to read these all by the end of the week! What’s everyone else reading at the moment, by the way?

Have a nice day, fellow readers!

–  Sumaya

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