Blog Tour: Book Review & Giveaway – White as Silence, Red as Song by Alessandro D’Avenia


Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for this book. Thank you to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for inviting me to be a part of the Blog Tour, and to NetGalley for the free eARC copy of this book to read and review. This was the first book I have read by Alessandro D’Avenia and I just love the book cover. It is so beautiful.




White as Silence, Red as Song by Alessandro D’Avenia

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Release Date: September 4, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary



Sixteen-year-old Leo has a way with words, but he doesn’t know it yet. He spends his time texting, polishing soccer maneuvers, and killing time with Niko and Silvia. Until a new teacher arrives and challenges him to give voice to his dreams.

And so Leo is inspired to win over the red-haired beauty Beatrice. She doesn’t know Leo exists, but he’s convinced that his dream will come true. When Leo lands in the hospital and learns that Beatrice has been admitted too, his mission to be there for her will send him on a thrilling but heartbreaking journey. He wants to help her but doesn’t know how—and his dream of love will force him to grow up fast.

Having already sold over a million copies, Alessandro D’Avenia’s debut novel is considered Italy’s The Fault in Our Stars. Now available in English for the first time, this rich, funny, and heartwarming coming-of-age tale asks us to explore the meaning—and the cost—of friend-ship, and shows us what happens when suffering bursts into the world of teenagers and renders the world of adults speechless.



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1Alessandro D’Avenia holds a PhD in Classical Literature, and teaches Ancient Greek, Latin and Literature at a high school in Milan. White as Silence, Red as Song was his first novel, published in Italy in 2010. It sold a million copies in Italy, has been translated into over twenty languages and was released as a film in 2012. Alessandro has since published four more books, the latest of which, Every Story is a Love Story, was published in October 2017.

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This was a heart warming story of a young man in high school and how he falls in love with a girl who is diagnosed with Leukemia. I found it refreshing to read about young love and the many trials and tribulations that come along with being a typical teenager. I felt many emotions while reading this book. Some parts made me laugh, some parts made me happy, and some parts made me feel sad.

The main character Leo has quite a way with words and was easy to like as a character in the book. I enjoyed reading about his daily life, his thought process and the way he thinks. He has quite the imagination and is a typical teenager.

It was interesting to see the world through his eyes and the way he interprets it in various colours. White is silent and boring. Leo doesn’t want to be white or boring. Blue is the colour of friendship and this is how he sees all of his friends, including Silvia – one of his closest female friends. Red is the colour of love and this is the colour he sees when he looks at Beatrice, the woman he loves.

This book was quite interesting and it makes you think deeply. It was a wonderful book to read and I enjoyed it from beginning to the very end. It is a story of setting hopes, goals and dreams and then working to attain those. White as Silence, Red as Song is a great story of love, friendship, heartache, and chasing your dreams in an attempt to make them come true.

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Book Review: The Exes’ Revenge by Jo Jakeman


Publisher: Viking
Published: September 11th, 2018

Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for providing me a free copy of this book to read. Happy Publication Day!

This was the first book I have read by Jo Jakeman and I was quite impressed! This book sucked me in from the very cover and title of the book. I just knew it would be a perfect thriller of a book, which would be one that I loved.

This book follows 3 women and a man they all have been with at one point in time named Phillip. There is the first wife, now ex-wife, Ruby. She has always been there for Phillip and they still have contact. She has always loved Phillip and is blind to all of his faults. There is his current wife, and soon to be ex-wife, Imogen. They share a son together, and Imogen knows what her husband is truly capable of. There is his current girlfriend, Naomi, who is much younger and prettier. Phillip has cheated on each women with the next woman in line.

Phillip is rude, cunning, conniving, controlling, loves to play mind games, is mean, violent, and is physically, emotionally and verbally abusive. Even though all 3 women despise one another, circumstances and fate bring them together so they have to work together to get through it all. Will they make it out at the end as friends?

Phillip is currently living with his girlfriend Naomi, but his wife (soon to be ex) Imogen is living in their family home they shared together with their son Alistair. Imogen is waiting for Phillip to sign divorce papers but Phillip is determined to have his say in everything and gives Imogen an ultimatum: be out of the house by the end of the month or there will be consequences. He will take their son away from her.

This book was wonderful. I was hooked from the very first page, and I found myself so into the storyline that I seemed to breeze right through this book. I loved how detailed the storyline was and how in depth we got to read about each character. It allowed us to understand why each woman was the way they were and their experiences they went through being in a relationship with Phillip. Each woman experienced something quite different from the other in their relationship with Phillip, but had some common experiences as well. It ended up bringing them together so they had to work together.

Phillip was so easy to despise in the novel. He mistreated all 3 of these women in one way or another, and some more harshly than others. Did he love them in his own way? What made him act the way he did? What exactly happened? You’ll just have to read the novel to find out. You won’t be disappointed.

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Book Review: Confessions of a Teenage Leper by Ashley Little


Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada, Penguin Random House, Penguin Teen
Published: September 25th, 2018

Thank you so much to Penguin Random House Canada for this free copy of this book to read. This was the first book I have read by Ashley Little and it was fabulous. It definitely won’t be my last!

You think it’s hard having acne and braces and a stupid looking haircut? Try being a high school leper.

This book follows the story of young teenager Abby Furlowe. She is a senior in high school and seems to have it all. She is popular, pretty, smart, and is a cheerleader.
One day she notices a little red spot on her leg. She wonders what it is and hopes it will go away. After a while and the spot is still there she shows her mom. They decide she go to the doctor. She is given a prescription and told it should go away within a few weeks. A few weeks pass and the spot is still there… What could it be? Abby goes back to the doctor… again and again…

Eventually Abby is diagnosed with Leprosy, which is now called Hansen’s disease. Her body breaks out into sores and she gets them all over her body. They are sore, they hurt, and she can’t stand them! She feels ugly and feels her life as she knew it is over. Even her so called friends seem to want to have nothing to do with her anymore. How can she be a cheerleader now, and do all the normal things other girls her age can do, like go to prom, have a boyfriend, go to school even!?

Without giving too much away this was a fabulous book that I very much enjoyed reading. I enjoyed reading about Abby’s journey from diagnosis through to all of her treatment she had to undergo. It was a very informative book and entertaining to read at the same time. I loved the main characters and Abby’s spunky personality. She had a lot to go though and I couldn’t help but feel for her. I just wanted to give her a hug and tell her everything would be ok. I learned a lot from this book and about Hansen’s disease including the fact it is now called Hansen’s disease.

I very much recommend this book! You won’t be disappointed!

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Book Review: Tell Me You’re Mine by Elisabeth Noreback


Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada, Penguin Random House, Putnam
Published: September 4th, 2018

Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada and Putnam for providing me with a free copy of this book to read.

This book follows 3 women… One woman is sure she has found her lost lost daughter. Stella is married and has a son and works as a successful therapist counseling others in need. When she was much younger she had a daughter namd Alice that suddenly disappeared without a trace and Stella has been heartbroken over the loss of her daughter. One day a young woman enters Stella’s office for counseling and Stella is convinced it is her long lost daughter.

One woman is terrified she will lose her daughter. She will do anything to keep her daughter safe and out of harm’s way. Kerstin loves her daughter Isabelle and is determined to love her and keep her safe always.

One woman is struggling to figure out who she is. She has recently lost her father and found out he wasn’t her biological father. She has been struggling since his death and seeks counseling.

How are these 3 women connected?

This was such a great psychological thriller. One that will have you reading into the late hours of the night as you are wanting to know more. I was hooked on the book from the very first page. There are a lot of twists and turns, secrets, lies and deception. Fabulously written.

I enjoyed reading about the stories of all 3 of the women in this book. I grew to really dislike Kerstin for many reasons. I don’t want to give away any spoilers in the book, but she was not a very nice character and I grew to really dislike her. The other characters in the book were quite likeable.

I especially loved the ending of the book. I like how it ended and it allowed closure in my eyes and I love a story like that. Again I don’t want to give away too many spoilers. You’ll just have to read this story for yourself 🙂 Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.

All the stars for this book!

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Blog Tour Book Review: The Home by Karen Osman @Aria_Fiction @HoZ_Books #blogtour #bookreview #ariafiction #headofzeusbooks #bookblogger #bookblog


Thank you so much to Aria Fiction for inviting me to be a part of this Blog Tour and for providing me with a free e-galley on NetGalley to read and review.

About the book:

Angela was just a baby when her mum left her for the last time, and a children’s home is no place to grow up. The homes manager Ray takes the girls off to his den in the garden and the littlies come back crying, and Ray’s wife Kath has special wooden spoons which she saves for beating any of the children who dare to misbehave. So, when wealthy couple James and Rosemary come to choose a child to adopt, Angela is desperate to escape. But the scars of her childhood remain, and when Angela’s search for her birth mother Evelyn is successful, their reunion is no fairy tale. Soon strange and sinister events start to unfold, and Evelyn fears she may not survive her daughter’s return

The Home is another devastating psychological thriller from the author of the bestselling The Good Mother.

My Review:

This book was a pleasure to read from beginning to end. I fell in love with the characters in the book, especially Angela and her adoptive parents James and Rosemary. You read about Angela’s upbringing as a child, her abandonment by her mother, and what life was like for the various children living in the children’s home. You can’t help but feel so many mixed emotions for the other children living in such a home and some of the horrors and experiences they had gone through.

This book had many surprises, both good and bad, and without giving too much away there were plenty shocking twists and turns to keep any reader hooked to the very last page. I found myself so into this book it was hard to put down, and I found myself wanting to read more and more to find out what would happen next. We learn about what life was like not only growing up in the care of the children’s home, but also the loving family home once Angela was adopted.

Now an adult herself, we read about Angela’s decision to meet her birth mother Evelyn, who has many demons from her past. She has lived a hard life, and is surprised when she meets Angela.

This book is full of lies, betrayal and deception! Once you start reading you can’t seem to stop. I loved every shocking twist in this book and found myself stunned by the many turns it took. I loved this book and I hope you do too!

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About the author:


Originally from the UK, Karen won the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Montegrappa Novel Writing Award 2016 with her crime-thriller novel, the bestselling The Good Mother. When she’s not writing novels, Karen is busy bringing up her two young children and running her communication business Travel Ink.

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Blog Tour Book Review: The Guests on South Battery by Karen White


Publisher: Berkley, Penguin Ranfom House

Published: January 10th, 2017


Thank you to Berkley, Penguin Random House for inviting me to be a part of the Blog Tour for this book and for sending me the free e-galley on NetGalley to read and review.

This is a paranormal book that follows the life of the main character Melanie. She is about to return to work at a realty office as a realtor after being off work on an extended maternity leave. She has been getting phone calls, that when she picks up the phone there appears to be no one on the other end, and she fears that the ghostly apparitions that have remained silent for a year have returned.

She is tasked with selling a home for a woman named Jayne, who has inherited the house and wants to sell it. The house appears to be haunted by ghosts and spirits inside. Why is the house haunted?

This was the first book I have read by Karen White and although this book is part of a series, none of which I have read previously, it was not hard to keep up with what was going on in the storyline. After reading this book I am definitely interested in reading the other books in this series.

I enjoyed the storyline in this book and I loved the haunted, paranormal feel of the book. The book was written in a way to keep the reader interested from beginning to end. I found myself wanting to know what would happen next as I continued reading along and quite enjoyed reading about the various characters you meet in the book.

Why do there appear to be spirits nearby? What do they want?

You’ll have to read this book to find out. 😊

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Book Review: The Echo Room by Parker Peevyhouse


Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: September 11th, 2018

Thank you Raincoast Books, St. Martins Press and Tor Teen for the free copy of this book to read and review.

A young man named Rett wakes up on a cold and dark floor. He doesn’t know where he is or how he got there. Confused and curious, he gets up and begins to walk around to figure out just where he is and what is going on. He notices blood on the front of his shirt. How did it get there? Did he hurt someone? After exploring his surroundings, he discovers he is not alone. There is a young woman there with him, named Bryn. She has no memory of how she got there either. She asks Rett where the blood came from, and after hearing he has no idea what happened, Bryn fears her safety. Can she trust Rett? Is he telling the truth? The only thing they both know for certain is that they are locked in this room together. The question is why? Rett tries to escape from the room alone, only to wake up suddenly on the floor all over again….

This book was interesting and had my interest from the very start. I was curious to find out why Rett and Bryn were locked together in a cold and dark room and why they had no idea where they were or how they got there. I was wanting to solve the mystery or just what exactly was going on. A few times they kept making progress it seemed, until they all of a sudden woke up on the cold floor of the same room again and again, as if everything was reset. I was interested in finding out why the story seemed to reset itself, and each time the story turned out a bit differently.

Slowly all the pieces come together and you slowly learn what exactly is going on. I was frustrated when the story kept resetting and the day seemed to start all over again and was initially confused as to what was going on, but it made sense after a while. A few parts of the story for me I found dragged on a bit, but it picked up again for me near the end.

Overall this was a pretty enjoyable read.

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