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ARC Review: Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy

Summary

Fandom and first love collide for Iris on the film set for her grandmother’s famous high-fantasy triology—perfect for readers of Fangirl!

Unlike the rest of the world, Iris doesn’t care about the famous high-fantasy Elementia books written by M. E. Thorne. So it’s just a little annoying that M. E. Thorne is her grandmother—and that Iris has to deal with the trilogy’s crazy fans.

When Iris gets dropped in Ireland for the movie adaptation, she sees her opportunity: if she can shut down production, the Elementia craze won’t grow any bigger, and she can finally have a normal life. Not even the rascally-cute actor Eamon O’Brien can get in her way.

But the crew’s passion is contagious, and as Iris begins to find herself in the very world she has avoided her whole life, she realizes that this movie might just be amazing…

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Review

My rating:

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Hey there, wonderful readers! It’s time for another review, this one being on Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy. Now, I remember seeing this title last year and feeling that I really wanted to read it. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’re probably aware of my love for books concerning the entertainment industry/ the arts! Musicians, artists, actors, you name it, I’ll read it! Added to that fact that this novel is also pretty fandom-friendly, I was obviously excited for Now a Major Motion Picture before I even got my hands on it!

Firstly, I’ve got to say that I was in love with the world built around the fantasy series within the novel! It was really well done to the point where I wanted to know more about Elementia! As for the world outside Elementia, it was great as well in terms of plot. One moment you think everything’s going okay and the next minute there’s a crisis. And then that crisis is averted only to have another one in its place! But I believe that these problems push the characters into who they become in the end; this was especially the case for Iris, at least.

Then there were the amazing characters of this novel. From bold Shoshanna  to heartthrob Julian and nerdy Eamon, to mischievous Ryder and determined Cate, to our headstrong protagonist, Iris! I really admired the character development Iris went through to become a lighter, happier version of herself compared to the beginning of the novel, when her nickname was Jaded Iris. I did like those moments when people had interacted with her dad, only to tell her, I get why you are the way you are. Because it’s true; her dad basically enforced his worldview on her. Thankfully, it gets better afterwards, but I still thought of the dad as the bad guy, even though he was made into a more complex character with some backstory. I kind of wish I heard more from Iris’ mom, though, or at least about Iris’ mom. I understand why I haven’t heard from her, but still…

Well, that’s all I have to say about Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy. It was a pretty quick read that I did enjoy!  I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a good contemporary novel! For those of you who are interested, Now a Major Motion Picture comes out on April 3rd, 2018! And if you have any comments or questions, let me know in the Comments Section below! Have a nice day, everyone!

– Sumaya

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

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 26

Hey, everyone! It’s Monday and you all know what that means! The time has come for “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”, a meme hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. I’ve got to say, I’m pretty pleased that I got to meet my reading goals this week, in the amount of books I wanted to read. Hopefully, this streak continues! 🙂

What I Read Recently: 

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! I think I can finish this in time for next week! If you have any thoughts or questions you’d like to share ( like what you’re reading today), feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below!

Thanks for reading, everyone!

– Sumaya

Down the TBR Hole 15

Hi, everyone! I’m back with another post of “Down the TBR Hole”, hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story! This meme is dedicated to uncluttering your TBR pile, going through each book and choosing which one should stay or go. So, without further ado, here are this week’s set of books:

1.  I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

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I definitely still want to read this one! Now if only I could find the time…

The verdict: Keep

2. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

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I remember adding this book to my TBR pile after I had finished As You Wish. I loved the writing style so much that I wanted to go back and read anything else Chelsea Sedoti has written. But now that I’ve gone back to it, the book sounds too much like a thriller and I’m planning on staying away from those for a while.

The verdict: Go

3. Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

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I’m going to let this one go as well, because it also falls in a thriller-like category…

The verdict: Go

4. Deacon Locke Went to Prom by Brian Katcher

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Well, I can never say no to a book about prom, so I guess this one’s stuck on my TBR pile until I finally get the chance to read it! 😉

The verdict: Keep

5. Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

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I actually did try to read this a while ago, but just couldn’t get into it. I found it still a part of my TBR pile on Goodreads, though, so out it goes!

The verdict: Go

Well, that’s all for now! I’m glad I’ve gotten back into the habit of managing my TBR pile, especially since I’ve been adding to it with all the new books that have been catching my eye! How about you? Are there any books on your TBR pile that you’ve been meaning to get rid of? Let me know in the Comments Section below!

Have a nice day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Review: Fallen Heir by Erin Watt

Summary

These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.

She might be right.

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.

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Review

My rating:

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Hey there, fellow readers! I just finished reading Fallen Heir by Erin Watt and wanted to share some of my thoughts on it! After reading When It’s Real, I couldn’t wait to read Fallen Heir as soon as possible and get my Erin Watt fix! Sadly, it wasn’t what I had expected…

First of all, I’ve got to hand it to the author in terms of plot. That was set up pretty nicely. There was always something to be anxious about and made you want to keep reading, like Hartley’s past or Felicity playing the game. The story was filled with so much drama, which is what I loved about the previous books within the series as well. Plus that strong cliffhanger ending? That’s probably now the main reason for me wanting to read Cracked Kingdom, the next book in the series! So when it came to the plot, I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest!

However, I was disappointed by the array of characters within the novel. Easton wasn’t really easy to read as the protagonist. Now, I know that not every action a character makes has to sit well with you; they’re meant to depict realistic reactions. It was just that a lot of the things he did didn’t sit well with me. Paired with the fact that he didn’t seem to develop much, other than a few epiphanies that seemed to be forgotten after a couple of chapters, Easton’s POV wasn’t all too enjoyable to read. And don’t even get me started on the novel’s romantic pairing! Let’s just say I wouldn’t root for them. Harsh, but true. As for the other characters, there were a few that I liked, but no one that really stood out, other than perhaps Felicity. Even though she was a real mean girl through and through, I did admire how much thought she put into her conniving schemes, which is more than I could say for Easton…

Well, that’s all I have to say about Fallen Heir. It wasn’t as enjoyable as I had hoped, but I did like the story structure, if anything. I don’t know whether or not I’ll read Cracked Kingdom at this point. Maybe Easton will clean up his act, and he’ll start to think of others beyond himself. All I hope for is that there might be another book after Cracked Kingdom so that his development ins’t too rushed to be unbelievable in the hopes of tying loose ends. Either that or, if Cracked Kingdom is the last book, he begins to develop and change some of his ways right at the end, leaving readers the promise of his future character development. Anyways, with that being said, has anyone else read Fallen Heir? And what were your thoughts on it if you did? Let me know in the Comments Section below! Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

Thank You for Your Support!

As the title states, I’d like to thank everyone who has been a part of this blogging experience help me reach this really cool milestone: one thousand people following my blog! I can hardly believe! But I couldn’t have done this without you, the fellow book bloggers and book lovers who comment on my blog, helping me discover new books in the process as well as a different outlook on older ones!

To celebrate, I’m going to set up a giveaway within the next couple of days. Be on the lookout!

Take care, everyone! And as always, keep reading!

–  Sumaya

Which Cover Wednesday 83

Hi, fellow readers! It’s time for another Which Cover Wednesday! Which Cover Wednesday is a meme I host where I compare two covers of the same book and choose which one I think is better for that book (based solely on my opinion). Feel free to join in on the fun as  well by commenting in the section below! Here are this week’s covers:

1. Everless by Sara Holland

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Definitely going with the first cover! I love the detail given to it! While the second cover has a similar idea, I like the first cover’s execution of that idea more!

2. Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

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This is a tough decision, mainly because I’m not a fan of either cover. But if I had to choose, I’d go with the first one, only because the second cover seems like it can apply to other stories with just a girl’s face front and centre…

3. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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Again, my vote goes to the first cover! I love the cover art as well as the typography! That mirroring effect thing gives the cover an interesting touch. Not that the second cover isn’t nice as well. I just prefer the first cover more!

4. Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes (originally called The Wonder)

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This round goes to the second cover! Finally! But honestly, I really prefer the card-like cover, especially compared to the first cover of a girl in a dress. I’ve seen that kind of cover so many times (although not in recent publications) that it’s nice to see something else instead!;)

Well, that’s a wrap for this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! Any covers that caught your eye? Let me know in the Comments Section below!

Take care, everyone! And keep reading!

–  Sumaya

ARC Review: American Panda by Gloria Chao

Summary

At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth–that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?

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Review

My rating:

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Hi, everyone! Another day, another review! I’m really excited to talk about today’s book, though, which is American Panda by Gloria Chao! I remember being excited for this book as soon as I saw the announcement on Twitter last year! It just sounded so good! Now, I’ll be honest; I tried to keep my expectations low so I’d enjoy it, as that worked the last time I read a book. But I just couldn’t! It’s okay this time around, though, because the reading experience was amazing! 🙂

First of all, I really liked Mei as the main character. I believe that her voice made this book what it is. I really got a chance to relate to her as well, with her whole “going-off-to-college” experience. You rarely have YA go in that path (what characters are usually thinking about is getting to college, but rarely is their experience fully viewed). In fact, the only YA books I can think of with a college setting are We are Still Tornadoes and I Hate Everyone But You. It was that experience of discovering what you want to pursue, going to lectures, tests and whatnot that I enjoyed reading about. That and seeing how she handles it while balancing expectations from her parents in upholding her end of the bargain by becoming a doctor. I totally got that since at one point in my life, I was influenced into becoming a doctor and selecting my courses and major because of it. I understood exactly what Mei was going through, which is probably another reason of why I ate this novel up!

I also like how this story had a nice balance of humour and seriousness to it. All throughout, you’d get these fleshed out characters who you want to see more of! With the progression of the novel, the characters developed alongside until it was over and I was sad to leave them behind. The only character I actually didn’t want to see fleshed out was Eugene, a potential suitor for Mei. Shocking, I know! I’m usually complaining about the fact that a character isn’t developed enough and here I am wanting this character to remain flat. It’s just that I didn’t think that Eugene’s presence benefited the story’s plot in any way. You could leave his minor appearance out and it would still be the same. It was the idea of Eugene and arranged marriages in general that actually mattered to the plot.

Well, those are my thoughts on American Panda by Gloria Chao. I really liked it and I would recommend this book to anyone looking in the Contemporary sphere! If you have any questions about this book, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below. And for those of you who are interested. American Panda comes out on February 6th, 2018!

Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

I received an advance reader’s copy from Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 25

“It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” is hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date.

Hi, fellow readers! Another week has gone by, and I’m proud to say that I’ve gone through a lot more books that I thought I would! Here’s what I read last week and what I’m hoping to read next! 🙂

What I Read Recently:

What I’m Currently Reading: 

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What I’m Planning to Read Next: 

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What are you reading this week? Let me know in the Comments Section below!

–  Sumaya

Down the TBR Hole 14

Hello again! It’s time for another round of Down the TBR Hole, which is hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story! This meme is dedicated to uncluttering your TBR pile, going through each book and choosing which one should stay or go. Here are the books I’m considering this week:

1. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

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Since I haven’t read historical fiction in a long time, I’m just going to give this one a pass…

The verdict: Go

2. Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor

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I love books about the entertainment industry, so I’m definitely keeping this one! 😉

The verdict: Keep

3. Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

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I first added this book after finishing The Demon King, along with a whole bunch of other books by the same author. But since I haven’t read any of the other books in the Seven Realms series, I’m just going to remove it from my TBR pile for now.

The verdict: Go

4. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

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I really want to read this novella! I just keep on forgetting about it! But how could I forget about this book? It’s by Rainbow Rowell!

The verdict: Keep

5. Air Awakens by Elise Kova

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I actually bought the book and tried to read it; I just couldn’t get into it… I thought I might return to it before, but I don’t think I will…

The verdict: Go

Well, that’s all for this week’s post! Are any of these books a part of your TBR pile? And if so, are you excited to read them or are you thinking about getting rid of them as well? Let me know in the Comments Section below!

Take care, everyone! And keep reading!

–  Sumaya

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