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PROSE IN THE PARK LITERARY EVENT: OBS SPEAKS OUT

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra W Where was I on June 6, 2015 you ask?  Well….. I was at Prose in the Park, an initiative of Ottawa’s writing community for the first major open air literary festival/book fair in the Nation’s Capital!  At let me tell you…it was … Continue reading

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HEIST SOCIETY BY ALLY CARTER: OBS PLAYLIST

  Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie Heist Society is perhaps one of my favorite YA books ever. Funny, fabulous, and freaking amazing, this book totally needs a playlist. About THE HEIST SOCIETY: When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case … Continue reading

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A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC BY V.E. SCHWAB: OBS PLAYLIST

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie I read A Darker Shade of Magic over break. This book is seedily spellbinding, burningly brilliant, and in desperate need of a playlist…   About A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC: Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe … Continue reading

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STOLEN SONGBIRD BY DANIELLE L. JENSEN: OBS PLAYLIST

  Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie I recently read Danielle Jensen’s Stolen Songbird, an intoxicating novel with a strong heroine and charming love interest. I hope this playlist fits the book well! About STOLEN SONGBIRD: For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city … Continue reading

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DIVERSITY IN YA GENRE (YOUNG ADULT): OBS SPEAKS OUT

  Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie OBS Speaks Out: Diversity in YA Genre (Young Adult) Discussion of diversity in media, young adult fiction in particular, has exploded in the past few months. An increasing number of authors are trying to include characters of varying ethnicities, classes, and sexual … Continue reading

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A LOOK INTO THE INCRYPTID SHORT STORIES BY SEANAN MCGUIRE: OBS SPEAKS OUT

  Brought to you by OBS reviewer Omar A Look Into the Incryptid Short Stories by Seanan McGuire The fourth book in the Incryptid Series, Pocket Apocalypse, just came out on March 3rd, to which you can read our review here.  As you know, the series is centered around the … Continue reading

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SNOW LIKE ASHES BY SARA RAASCH: OBS PLAYLIST

  Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie   I recently read Snow Like Ashes, a bewitching tale penned by Sara Raasch. The novel’s protagonist, Meira, captured my heart with her independent mindset and brave endeavors. This playlist was created in an attempt to capture some of Meira’s spirit. About … Continue reading

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SHOULD YOU READ A BOOK IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE AUTHOR’S BEHAVIOR?: OBS SPEAKS OUT

  Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie   OBS Speaks Out: Should you read a book if you don’t like the author’s behavior? Many public figures, including politicians such as the President,  depend on their actions in order to maintain their status and keep their job. Yet an author’s … Continue reading

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ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER BY STEPHANIE PERKINS: OBS PLAYLIST

  Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie Stephanie Perkins has been one of my favorite authors ever since I read Anna and the French Kiss. In honor of her latest book, Isla and the Happily Ever After, here’s a playlist to listen to while reading the book! Isla and … Continue reading

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A REFLECTION ON BOOK REVIEWS: OBS SPEAKS OUT

  Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie A REFLECTION ON BOOK REVIEWS   If you’ve ever gone on a book reviewing website, such as Goodreads, chances are you’ve come across at least one scathing review of a novel. If you haven’t, please try to avoid them. However, if you … Continue reading

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TIGER LILY BY JODI LYNN ANDERSON: OBS PLAYLIST

  Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Valerie   Tiger Lily was one of my favorites reads of summer 2013. It was heartbreakingly beautiful. I tried to mirror the emotions I felt as I read the book with this playlist. Warning: Spoilers ahead, so read at your own risk! About … Continue reading

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SAY YAY TO YA GENRE (YOUNG ADULT): AN OBS SPEAKS OUT

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie Say Yay To YA Once upon a time, or rather, once upon the 1990s, the young adult genre was being born. Fast forward to 2014, and now the new adult genre is being born. However, instead of embarrassment due to the new adult … Continue reading

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AUTHOR DIANA GABALDON BOOK SIGNING: OBS SPEAKS OUT

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra Diana Gabaldon Book Signing The date is June 23, 2014.  The place is Chapters, Rideau Centre, Ottawa, Ontario Canada. The occasion…getting to meet a favorite author of mine…Diana Gabaldon of The Outlander Series fame. Approximately 500 – 600 fans gathered at this bookstore … Continue reading

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THERE’S WILD THEN THERE’S YOU BY M. LEIGHTON: OBS PLAYLIST

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi There’s Wild, Then There’s You is the first book I’ve ever read by M. Leighton, and I must say that I really enjoyed it. It’s about two people meeting a Sex Addict’s Anonymous meeting, one being there to support a friend, the other … Continue reading

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YA (YOUNG ADULT) IS THE WAY: OBS SPEAKS OUT

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie YA Is The Way Selective Reading Disclaimer: I do not mean in any way to be offensive. This is my attempt at a sarcastic, almost satirical post. I haven’t finished a whole book in quite a while. Yes, you’ve read that right. I … Continue reading

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BOUND BY TIME BY A.D. TROSPER: OBS PLAYLIST

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Caro I had a great time reading Bound By Time, and I became so inspired to create a playlist for the story, mainly for the couple of Isobel and Damien. The idea of a couple just meaning to be together and find themselves no … Continue reading

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THESE BROKEN STARS BY AMIE KAUFMAN: OBS PLAYLIST

  Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie These Broken Stars is one of my favorites of December 2013 (the date is from when I read it). Magical, mystical, marvelous, there’s only one thing this book is missing- a playlist! Thankfully, I’ve got just the music for the sweepingly gorgeous … Continue reading

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DYSTOPIA: TO DISS OR NOT TO DISS – OBS SPEAKS OUT

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie    Dystopia: To Diss or Not To Diss As you can all tell, dystopian novels are the popular genre in YA literature today. From The Hunger Games to Divergent to Legend, the dystopian novel really brings in the cash not just to the … Continue reading

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THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE BY JANDY NELSON: OBS PLAYLIST

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie I waited for a long time before I got the guts to create a playlist for The Sky is Everywhere. Honestly, this novel is possibly the best book I’ve ever read. It’s heart wrenchingly beautiful and tragic and perfect. In The Sky is … Continue reading

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DIVERGENT BY VERONICA ROTH: OBS PLAYLIST

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Erin   This week’s playlist is dedicated to one of the anticipated movie adaptations of 2014, Divergent by New York Times Bestselling author Veronica Roth. The movie stars Shailene Woodley as Tris Prior, Theo James as Four Eaton, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, … Continue reading

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THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US BY KASIE WEST: OBS PLAYLIST

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie The Distance Between Us is a great chick-lit to read when you want to smile and laugh. Caymen and Xander have such great banter; I literally laughed through the whole book! About The Distance Between Us: Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her … Continue reading

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HOW ZOE MADE HER DREAMS (MOSTLY) COME TRUE BY SARAH STROHMEYER: OBS PLAYLIST

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie   Sarah Strohmeyer has written many books about female protagonists became the best possible versions of themselves. This is my playlist for her latest novel, How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True. Synopsis: When cousins Zoe and Jess land summer internships at … Continue reading

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HOW TO LOVE BY KATIE COTUGNO: OBS PLAYLIST

Brought to You by OBS reviewer Valerie   Reena and Sawyer fall hopelessly in love. One day he leaves her, pregnant and confused, and doesn’t return for the next three years. Come the third year, Sawyer returns, and Reena must decide her true feelings about Sawyer. How to Love is … Continue reading

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THE PLEDGE BY KIMBERLY DERTING: OBS PLAYLIST

Brought to You by OBS reviewer Valerie Charlie and the Chocolate factory is so over. Meet the new Charlie, the protagonist in the Pledge. She’s about to raise your levels that much higher. In the country of Ludania, languages determine your social standing. Charlie’s breaking all the rules. About The … Continue reading

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THE PRINCESS DIARIES BY MEG CABOT: OBS PLAYLIST

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie   Believe it or not, I used to hate this book. However, my tastes have been so much better these days, so now I love this book. Of course, loving a book means you have to do a playlist. Basically, Princess Diaries is … Continue reading

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DEAR JOHN: PRE-EMPTIVELY DUMPING THE READER – OBS SPEAKS OUT

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andrea Dear John: Pre-emptively Dumping the Reader “Life is too short to read books you don’t like, so if you’re not having a good time, stop doing it.” Laurell K. Hamilton Writers are sensitive creatures, or so my girlfriend who is a writer tells … Continue reading

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50 SHADES OF SUBMISSION: OBS SPEAKS OUT

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andrea 50 SHADES OF SUBMISSION     Upon the recommendation of a co-worker I read E.L. James’ 50 Shades of Grey, I admit it. In fact, I read the whole series and enjoyed it…sort of. Incidentally, reading it did not make me want to have … Continue reading

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DEFIANCE BY C.J. REDWINE: OBS PLAYLIST

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie   I’ve wanted to read Defiance for so long, and then I finally got to! Of course, reviews just don’t cut it for books you’ve been so hyped about. Hence, the playlist. Defiance is a story about a girl, Rachel, who’s trying to … Continue reading

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