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Which Cover Wednesday 70

Hello, fellow bloggers! It’s time for another Which Cover Wednesday! Which Cover Wednesday is a meme I host where I show two different covers of the same book and choose which one is better (in my opinion). And you can join in on the fun as well by commenting on your favourite covers in the section below. The covers for this week are:

1.  52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody

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Between these two covers, I prefer the first one. There’s just something more comical about it than the second cover, with the way the model strikes her pose contrasted by the hat she’s wearing. Though the second cover is still decent, no doubt! 😉

2. A Different Blue by Amy Harmon

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In this case, I like the second cover a bit more. Even though both covers basically look the same, I’m fond of the font used for the word blue as well as the colour. Plus,  I really like  how the model’s staring down at us readers in such a bold manner!

3. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

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Sorry, but my love goes to the second cover! The first cover, while okay, doesn’t make me want to read the book (it was actually the blurb that made the book sound awesome). I think I’m a fan of the cover art on the second cover, as well as the message on the front saying,”Time to Fight Like a Girl”, which gives an empowering feel to it! 🙂

4. Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Hmmm… this one’s a toughie for me. They just both seem really great in their own ways. But if I had to choose, I’d go with the second cover, because of its use of bold typography as well as the detail given to the illustration; it looks almost real to me!

Well, that’s all for now! What did you think of this week’s covers? Were there some you liked? If you have any thoughts or questions, please let me know in the Comments Section below! Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

Review: Roar by Cora Carmack

Summary

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

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Review

My rating:

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(4.25 stars)

Hey everyone! I’m finally back with another review, this one being on Roar by Cora Carmack! After hearing a lot of buzz about it from other bloggers, I thought I’d give this book a go, especially seeing how I want to read more Fantasy at the moment. And while at first, I was a bit letdown by the book, it picked up very quickly, and kept me interested throughout (except near the end, which was when I realized it was ending on a cliffhanger…😬).

In terms of the plot, I really liked how the trouble progressed. The plot just got a whole lot interesting after Aurora finally took initiative on her life. Plus, the amount of world building that went into this novel made it amazing! I loved all the bits and pieces of information given to readers in between chapters, whether it was in the form of poems, religious text, stories, journals, etc. It gave the sense that there was more to the world than what even the characters were experiencing within the book.

In the case of characters and their development, I thought that the novel set it up pretty well. It was told in multiple POVs, so readers would get moments from a lot of different characters, from teasing backstories to current events. I just wish we’d get a bit more from other characters, like Sly or Jinx. Maybe in the next book? Anyways, I liked how the POVs would switch off, showing off those bits of character development and surprises without stretching it too thin…

Overall, I had a great time reading this book! The only reason I wouldn’t give this a 4.5 star or even a 5 star rating was that I was able to put it down at one point and kind of didn’t feel the need to read it as much. Well that’s all I have to say about Cora Carmack’s Roar for now. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them in the section below. Take care, everybody!

–  Sumaya

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

 

#ARCstravaganza: Moxie

Hey, everyone! With Monday comes another #ARCstravaganza! For those of you who don’t know, here’s a little more info on #ARCstravaganza:

#ARCstravaganza is a weekly meme hosted by YA and Wine to give book bloggers/bookstagrammers a chance to show off their ARCs/eARCs that they are most excited about! Remember to comment on their weekly posts with a link to your own #ARCstravaganza blog post, or post a picture on Instagram using the #ARCstravaganza hashtag, and you will be entered to win an ARC copy of an upcoming YA novel! One winner will be chosen at random each month.

The ARC I’m really eager to talk about this week is Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. When I first heard about it on NetGalley, I knew I wanted to read it! Luckily, it was available for request via Raincoast! Thank you to the lovely people at Raincoast Books! 🙂

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Summary

An unlikely teenager starts a feminist revolution at a small-town Texan high school in the new novel from Jennifer Matheiu, author of The Truth About Alice.

MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with a school administration at her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

Moxie is a book about high school life that will make you wanna riot!

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Has anyone else heard of Moxie yet? If you’re excited for this book, or any other ARCs, feel free to let me know in the Comments Section below! Thanks for reading, everybody!

–  Sumaya

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10

Hi, everyone! How are you doing on this fine and wonderful Monday? I know some people aren’t a fan of Mondays, and for good reason. But I just love the potential they bring to the week! Especially since I’ve started keeping updated goals every week through “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this meme, it’s hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date and you basically state what you’ve read, what you’re currently reading as well as what you hope to finish by the end of the week. So without further ado, feast your eyes on these lovely titles!

What I Read Last Week:

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

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What I’m Planning to Read Next:

 

Well. that’s all for now! Hopefully, I at least reach my goals for this week’s goals! Oh, and I haven’t written reviews for Roar and Eliza and her Monsters yet, but I already have them in the works for later on this week! 😉 What books have you recently read or are currently reading? Are they amazing or do they have you wanting to rant? Let me know in the Comments Section below! Have a wonderful day. everyone! 🙂

–  Sumaya

 

Book Bargain: All the Feels by Danika Stone

Hey, everyone! Guess what? All the Feels by Danika Stone is only $2.99 (CAD) on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and iBooks! Be sure to check it out while you still can, especially if you like fandom friendly novels! 😉

Down the TBR Hole 12

Hey there, lovely readers! I hope you’ve all had a restful weekend! Other than relaxing with a good book, Sundays for me means another round 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. Week after week, I feel as if I’m running out books to feature in this post, but then I go on Goodreads and that proves me wrong! 😀 Even though I’ve made progress, I still have a long ways to go before my TBR pile can be deemed somewhat manageable! 😉 Well, here are the books for this week’s post:

1.  Ms. Marvel: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

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I hope I get to read this one in the future! Every time I get a chance to read it, there’s always another book to read until I remember it has to be returned to the library again… But I’ll still keep it on my TBR pile just in case!

The verdict: Keep

2. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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I actually bought this book a while ago but have never compelled to read it after that initial buy. So I’m just going to take it off my TBR pile until I’m convinced otherwise…

The verdict: Go

3. Defy by Sara B. Larson

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I don’t know why, since I hardly remember the book, but this reminds me of Graceling… Maybe it’s just the cover! 😀 Anyways, I’m probably not going to pick up this book anytime soon, due to that similarity I feel with Graceling plus the fact that I’m not in the mood for love triangles.

The verdict: Go

4. Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes

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While I found the premise pretty interesting, I actually tried to read this book but found I didn’t like it. To be honest, I forgot this was still on my TBR pile and if I had remembered before, I would have taken it off a long time ago. 😉

The verdict: Go

5. Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) by Amy Spalding

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I know that this isn’t the best reason in the world, but I really want to read it because I loved Amy Spalding’s other book, The Reese Malcolm List! I know, I know; I’ve been disappointed by books that have been written by authors I love before. But I still want to read this one! 😀

The verdict: Keep

Have you read any of these books featured in this week’s Down the TBR Hole? And do you agree or disagree with my choices? Let me know in the Comments Section below! Have a nice day, everyone! 😉

–  Sumaya

Blog Tour: All the Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham (Review)

About the Book

All the Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham

Published by Entangled Teen

Release Day: June 6, 2017 all-the-stars

Relocating to Arctic Norway would put a freeze on anyone’s social life. For Leda Lindgren, with her crutches and a chip on her shoulder the size of her former Manhattan home, the frozen tundra is just as boring as it sounds. Until she meets her uncle’s gorgeous employee.

Unfortunately, no matter how smoking hot the guy is, Roar comes with secrets as unnerving as his moving tattoos. And Leda doesn’t trust him.

Roar shouldn’t be drawn to the moody human girl with eyes that leave him weak in the knees. But when Leda gets shot by one of his enemies and survives, Roar finally understands why he’s drawn to her: Leda is exactly what he was sent to Earth to find. A weapon of immense power capable of saving his planet.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

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Review

My rating: purple4

(3.75 stars)

Hi, everyone! I recently finished All the Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham, and I’ve got to say that overall, I liked it! There were some parts that I was kind of iffy about, but, by the end, it was pretty good.

Firstly, I think I liked how action packed the book got at times. During the beginning, the book was a bit slow for my taste. But once something actually happened, I was fully engrossed in the story. And trust me, a lot does happen in this book. Almost to the point where it’s unreal. But I think it manages to jampack everything that could happen while not being too dramatic. Plus, the book would do a nice job of explaining any raised questions that readers might have right away.

As for the characters, for the most part, I really liked the ones that were fully fleshed out, like our protagonists, Leda and Roar. Without thinking about pairings or whatnot, I really admired Leda’s ability to stay strong and sensible, even with everything that’s been going on. Even at times where she’d doubt herself or want nothing more than to follow her desires, she doesn’t, because she knows there is more at stake. Plus, I like the way the author treats her disability in the novel, not something to be overlooked but at the same time, it doesn’t limit Leda’s potential to be a hero at all. The only problem I had with her was her link to Roar. While it was explained away and everything, I still kind of felt like it was too instalovey for me. I have few exceptions for instalove, and this wasn’t one of them… Other than that instalove and the amount of time it would take to get from one POV to the others, I really liked reading about our main characters.

Well, that’s all I have to say about All the Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham. I’d recommend it to anyone who doesn’t mind instalove and is in the mood for a good Sci-Fi read! If you have any thoughts or questions about this book, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below! Thanks for reading, everyone!

About the Author

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Ashley Graham was born in Ontario, Canada, and has since lived in five countries. Before writing her first manuscript in 2015, she worked as a clerical assistant, quality assurance officer, chef, and stay-at-home mom/homeschool teacher. When she isn’t writing or reading every book she gets her hands on, Ashley enjoys online window shopping, Netflix binges, and spends way too much time thinking about space travel. ALL THE STARS LEFT BEHIND is her debut novel.

Author links: Website|Goodreads|Twitter|Facebook

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Which Cover Wednesday 69

Hey there, fellow readers! We’ve reached that time of week again: Which Cover Wednesday! For those of you who don’t know, Which Cover Wednesday is a meme I host where I show two different covers of the same book and choose which one is better (in my opinion). And if you’d like to give your opinions on these covers as well, just leave your thoughts in the Comments Section below! Now, let’s begin!

1.  The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

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In this case, I think I’d go with the first cover. I like how it’s simplistic and understated compared to the overcrowdedness of the second cover. From the bold typography and the little bits of cover art to that solid black background, I love it all! And I didn’t notice until much later that there are eyes in the water, weirdly enough! 😀

2. Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski

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Second cover wins my vote! Not only does it match the design of the author’s most recent book, I See London, I See France, but I like the way it conveys the story with the cover. The first cover merely looks like a romantic Contemporary, but there was much more going on in Ten Things than that!

3. Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

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Based on summary alone, it would be a pretty tough call to pick between these two covers. The first cover relates more to the premise in the protagonist’s positioning and athletic wear while the second cover follows the style of the author’s previous novels. In the end, I’d go with the first cover, because of its ties to the plot.

4. Paper Princess by Erin Watt (English and Danish)

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This one’s a little too easy! I’d definitely go with the first cover! I love the detail given to the crown as well as how it takes up the space on the cover! That plus the tag line and positioning of the title makes it a really great cover in my eyes! And while I admit that the second cover is pretty nice, I don’t think it conveys the storyline at all…

Well, that’s it for this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! Where there any covers that stood out to you in this week’s post? If so, let me know in the Comments Section below, as well as any thoughts and suggestions you might have for next week’s Which Cover Wednesday. Have a nice day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

#ARCstravaganza: As You Wish

Hi, fellow bloggers and lovely readers! I’m back with a weekly post of #ARCstravaganza! Here’s a little more on #ARCstravaganza for those of you who are unfamiliar with it:

#ARCstravaganza is a weekly meme hosted by YA and Wine to give book bloggers/bookstagrammers a chance to show off their ARCs/eARCs that they are most excited about! Remember to comment on their weekly posts with a link to your own #ARCstravaganza blog post, or post a picture on Instagram using the #ARCstravaganza hashtag, and you will be entered to win an ARC copy of an upcoming YA novel! One winner will be chosen at random each month.

Today’s ARC of the week is As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti. I got it from NetGalley a while ago, and have been eager to read it since I first heard about it. The premise just makes it sounds super interesting! Plus, I think I have a thing for contemporary books with a little bit of paranormal mixed in. 😉

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Summary

What if you could ask for anything- and get it?

In the sandy Mojave Desert, Madison is a small town on the road between nothing and nowhere. But Eldon wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, because in Madison, everyone gets one wish—and that wish always comes true.

Some people wish for money, some people wish for love, but Eldon has seen how wishes have broken the people around him. And with the lives of his family and friends in chaos, he’s left with more questions than answers. Can he make their lives better? How can he be happy if the people around him aren’t? And what hope is there for any of them if happiness isn’t an achievable dream? Doubts build, leading Eldon to a more outlandish and scary thought: maybe you can’t wish for happiness…maybe, just maybe, you have to make it for yourself.

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Are there any ARCs that you’re excited to read this week (or in general)? Let me know in the Comments Section below, as well as any other thoughts or questions you might have about this week’s #ARCstravaganza! Have a nice day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

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