My Not So Perfect Life by Sophia


I needed a really good book to bring me out of my reading funk. Nothing too harsh, nothing too hectic, nothing too serious, nothing too fluffy. Sophia Kinsella’s MY NOT SO PERFECT LIFE fit the bill to a perfect “T”.

Continue reading the girls by emma cline


Cults are fascinating to me. With documentaries like HOLY HELL thrusting cult fascination back into the spotlight, a new novel entitled THE GIRLS by Emma Cline puts another interesting spin on ‘cult’ life. While it’s not without it’s fault, it’s a solid easy read.

Continue reading it ends with us by colleen hoover

colleen hoover

I was introduced to Colleen Hoover only last year through a book inquiry via NetGallery. In just over a few days time, I had devoured her then latest novel NOVEMBER 9TH, and Colleen Hoover had gained another fan.

When I saw the novel IT ENDS WITH US available on NetGallery I jumped at the chance to read it. It definitely didn’t disappoint.

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the outliers by kimberly mccreight


First and foremost, I’m happy to see that this is the first in a trilogy. When you read the rest of my review, you’ll understand why….

THE OUTLIERS by Kimberly McCreight is this author’s first foray into young adult territory. McCreight’s adult novels (I’ve always hated the labels adult vs. young adult) are some of my favourite reads. Her breakthrough novel RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA was one of the best debuts ever.

THE OUTLIERS, on the other hand, doesn’t debut with as much of a bang as her past novels. A great set up to what could be a fantastic story, I found THE OUTLIERS to get bogged down in too much of the unnecessary and not enough of the plot.

Continue reading hidden by catherine mckenzie


Definitely an interesting read! Catherine McKenzie never fails to deliver in her novels and HIDDEN is a great reflection of that. While not as strong as some of her older novels, a hearty plot line keeps readers enthralled until the bitter end. Watch out for that epilogue!

Continue reading people who knew me by kim hooper

people who knew me

This book is SO. GOOD. I really didn’t know what to expect going in and after reading a chapter of the novel, I opted to not re-read the description (too-spoilery, who wrote this?) and just let myself be surprised. I was so glad I did. New author Kim Hooper delivers her first novel entitled PEOPLE WHO KNEW ME and it’s heartbreakingly divine.

Continue reading cam girl by leah raeder


Things I was not expecting this novel to be: crude and over the top. I’m not a prude. I just have a limit to excessive sexual content … and this book reached it. A did not finish at 50%, CAM GIRL by Leah Raeder is definitely the novel you have to read the fine print on.

Continue reading luckiest girl alive by jessica knoll

luckiest girl alive

This novel came out of nowhere for me. A novel I originally picked up and discarded over a year ago, LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE by Jessica Knoll crept back into my consciousness, and thus, I picked it up again.

Boy, I was glad I did.

A novel about how mistakes in the youth warp your entire life path, this novel is dark. Be forewarned.

Continue reading one true love by taylor jenkins reid



My first chic.reads review! To honour such a momentous occasion, I most definitely had to promote an author near and dear to my heart.

It can go down as fact that Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of my favourite authors of all time. Ever since I read her first novel a few years back, I was hooked. Her latest novel is, ONE TRUE LOVES, debuts later this Summer and it’s by far a must read for 2016.

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Welcome to chic.reads!


When I was a child, I fell in love with books.

I was very young when I picked up my first novel and I have yet to put them down. The written word has always been able to transport me to a different place: a Babysitters club meeting to Hogwarts to early 20th Century Geisha Japan to high fashion Manhattan to the deep inner thoughts of a psychopath. I’ve been to all these places through the comfort of the written word.

Around two years ago, I put my love of the written word out into the world. I created my own website entitled chic.toronto where I could express my thoughts and opinions on a variety of different issues – beauty, health, style, and of course, books. Two years went by, and the mojo of writing about lipsticks and beauty events slowed drained out of me … but my love of novels prevailed. While I took a break from my website, I still kept up with my reading and reviews for publishers.

So here I am now – April 2016, and while I still don’t have the mojo to write about beauty and style anymore, I do have the mojo to write about books.

Here is chic.reads – a sister site, if you will, to chic.toronto that is targeted towards all those fashionable readers who would rather spend their lunch hour with a sandwich and Elizabeth and Darcy, their Friday night with a wine glass and Holden Caulfield, and their Sunday afternoon with a cup of tea and Katniss. Happy reading.

– A