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October 2015

Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

My rating: green3

(3.25 stars)

Hello everybody! It’s time for another review, and the book of choice is The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. When I first heard about this book, I was really excited to read it. I mean really excited. It’s about the people on the sidelines,like Mike and his friends, that don’t get to participate in all the “saving the world” activities, but live through it anyway. And maybe that affected me somehow, like I put my high expectations onto the book, because I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. I read it and didn’t really find the book that enjoyable till the deer incident. Then it gets a bit more interesting as far as I’m concerned.

There were some things I liked about it. Like the idea of what to do when the world seems like it doesn’t want you to act, but react to it. How would you function in such a powerless situation? Mike and his friends have different ways of coping with this, but in order to move on, they have to let go these mechanisms and establish better ones. Also, there were those little summaries at the beginning of each chapter as to what “the indie kids” were up to, which I found funny. And those descriptions about what the indie kids were like in the eyes of other people were absolutely hilarious.

What I didn’t like were a few characters in the book, such as Henna until the end. It just seemed like she was playing with Mike’s feelings for a while, even at the beginning. Nathan appeared like a shady character as well, since Mike doesn’t like him and I saw him through that kind of perception. For a while there, I thought that Mike was right about him, but then had to remind myself that Mike has proved himself to be a bit more unreliable than most narrators.

This was the first book I read by Patrick Ness, and while it didn’t meet my expectations, it turned out to be pretty good at the end. That is why I gave this novel a 3.25 star rating. Those are my initial thoughts about this book. Have you read or any other books by Patrick Ness? If you did, what did you think of it? I’d love to hear your thoughts about it in the comments below. Have a nice day and keep reading!

-Sumaya

Which Cover Wednesday 14

Hello, fellow bloggers and wonderful readers! I’m here with another Which Cover Wednesday. This is a meme I’m hosting that compares two different covers of the same book and sees which cover fits it better, based on my opinion. Feel free to participate, too, in the comments section. Well, here are this week’s covers:

1. Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

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In this case, I would choose the second cover, since it depicts the scenery and makes it look more apocalyptic with the orange sky and the trees. I like its use of colour overall, compared to the other first cover, that looks all brown…

2. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

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The second one again! There’s nothing wrong with the first one, it’s just that the second one seems to be a successful revamping of a cover. It looks more magical, with the book, and has Ella out and about.

3. Graceling by Kristen Cashore

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I favour the first cover. It just seems more high fantasy to me in comparison to the other cover. But I’ve got to admit, the other cover does look great! 😉

4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (English and Swedish)

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This one’s a tough choice…I like the setting being seen in the second cover, but I like how understated the first cover is, but not to the point of it being boring… I’d go with the second cover, just because there is more going on it.

That’s all for today. I hope you enjoyed these covers! If you have any thoughts, questions, or ideas for next week, I’d love to hear about them in the comments below! Until next time…

-Sumaya

Top Ten Tuesday: Bringing Back Vampire Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hi everyone! It’s been a long week and it’s only Tuesday! 😛 But speaking of, it’s Top Ten Tuesday! This week, it’s all about Halloween, seeing as it’s this Saturday. The topic is kind of a freebie related to Halloween themes, so I’m going to go with a supernatural creature: the vampire. I know this supernatural being is a bit outdated in popular lit (because there’s only so much vampire books you can read), but it still had an impact on YA, and so I’m going to mention ten books that have vampires in them:

1. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

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Just about everyone and their grandmother knows about this book.

2. The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L. J. Smith

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Most people know about this from the TV series.

3. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

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It’s like vampires plus Gossip Girl.

4. Reborn by C.C. Hunter

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Della leads a double life by being a vampire at her boarding school while her family lives in ignorance of her secret.

5. Carry On: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow by Rainbow Rowell

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Oh, Baz! *sigh*

6. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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Vampires have magical powers. That’s right! 🙂

7. Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauly

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Teaches you how to be a proper vampire. 😉

8. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Vampires are living as second class citizens, thanks to Shadowhunters.

9. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

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Where a girl realizes that she’s one of the few female vampires left…

10. Almost to Die For by Tate Halloway

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Vampires and witches duking it out! 😀

That’s my Top Ten for this week! Any that are similar to yours? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below! Until next time…

-Sumaya

Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: blue4 copy

(4.25 stars)

Hey, everyone! Sorry I haven’t been really present for a while. Last week was a really busy, with so much stuff to do. But I’m back with a review in tow: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I have been reading this for what seemed like a long time (compared to everyone else that was reading it at the time) that I was glad and sad to have finished it. Glad because I can finally read The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness ( or The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan; I haven’t really decided) but sad because of so much has happened and the characters that should know don’t. But I guess that’s how it’s meant to be, since their secrets did die with them. But it’s so weird since Agatha ( of all people) has evidence of it in her room.

The plot altogether was really great! Whenever I could, I would try to read Carry On because of how enticing it was. Except in the beginning; it was really boring in the beginning, with its worldbuilding. But once I got to the problem at hand, that’s when things got a bit more interesting. And then Baz came, and I was really invested in the book. It felt like I was just waiting for him to show up.

Is it weird that I liked Penny and Baz way more than I liked Simon? Sure, Simon was great by the end, but in the beginning, it was Penny’s antics that kept me reading the book as well as the mystery surrounding Baz. I loved everything about Penny, and every time she appears in a scene, I seem to agree with her completely, or at least in an amused way. Now, Simon’s a bit boring compared to Penny, who always has to help him, because his magic is out of whack. But his banter with Baz is pretty funny. I guess he grew on me after a while. Then there was Baz. Sometimes (most of the time) I just really wanted to hold his hand and say that it’ll be okay. I loved reading his POV and thoughts about Simon. Agatha was probably the only Watford student I disliked. I guess that’s the whole point, to sideline her so that this story can happen. Or she could have been the Cordelia  of the Scooby Gang… All I know is that I think it would have been nice if Agatha had been less whiny and spoiled.

I gave it a 4.25 star rating because of that beginning and the fact that there’s so much missing information from the story that even we don’t know. Where’s Nicodemus? What exactly happened to Lucy and why is she able to have a POV without ever coming into contact with Simon? Will they ever find out the truth about Simon? And what will Baz think? Anyways, that’s my review on Carry On: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow. If you have any thoughts or questions you’d like to share, feel free to leave them in the comments below. Thank you for reading!

-Sumaya

Which Cover Wednesday 13

Hey, everybody! It’s Which Cover Wednesday again! This is a meme I host where two covers of the same book are compared and I give my opinion on which one “did it better”. And you can participate, too, in the comments below! Here are the covers for this week:

1. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

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I haven’t actually read this book but if I were at a bookstore, I think I would pick up the second cover, since it’s simple and elegant. And the colour scheme isn’t too shabby. 😉

2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (English and Thai)

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My loyalty is to the first cover, although I can see the appeal of the second, it playing around around with the title of the cover and the colours before sunset. The first cover is just not as dizzying.

3. The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross (English and German)

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First cover forever! I can see why the model was picked for this cover: she looks like a typical steampunk character, with those goggles, that dress, gloves and jacket. But other than that, it seems really boring compared to the first one, with nothing happening in the background.

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (English and Indonesian)

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For this, I’d choose the second cover. As soon as I saw it, I instantly thought it looked cute! That doesn’t mean I don’t like the first cover, though. I’m just infatuated with the second cover’s art and font! 😀

That’s it for Which Cover Wednesday! Any thoughts you have on the covers above are welcome in the comments section. Thanks for reading!

-Sumaya

Review: Kissing in America by Margo Rabb

My rating: pink3

(3.25-3.5 stars)

Hello, wonderful readers! I’m here with a review: Kissing in America by Margo Rabb. When I first saw this book, I was immediately attracted to the cover. It reminded me of I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios (and I LOVED that book). The cover was so pretty (still is) that it got me to anticipate the release of this book. I wish I read the blurb a bit more because Kissing in America wasn’t as enjoyable as I thought it would be. It’s about this girl named Eva who meets someone named Will and thinks that she has fallen in love with him. Since she hadn’t felt such a strong connection to anyone after her father’s death, she travels across the country for him with her best friend, Annie.

Let me tell you, there were many other things going on other than the main plot, like Eva and her friend Annie’s travels across the U.S. It was so exciting to see them get to finally leave New York and explore new places that you almost forgot why it happened in the first place. There was also all the people they met along the way and what they taught Eva about love. The only part I didn’t like was that Eva belief that Will’s love will solve all her problems, which I though was kind of odd and reaches an almost stalkerish level in the book. I think Rabb was trying to give us a protagonist we knew was flawed and that Eva is not at her best in those moments. This trip is actually good for her, because of the time she has to herself to figure out what love is and looks like, and if her love for Will was actually real. There were also communication problems with her mother that she had to work out, which was shown to be much more important than ephemeral Will, who was there for only a small part of the story, yet you see more of Eva’s relationship with her mother and how strained it has become after her father’s death. I loved the resolution they reached at the end, though! So while I was able to read this story to the end, I didn’t like it because of Eva being really selfish to the point of it affecting her best friend, who always stood by her.

Those are my thoughts on Kissing in America. If you like watching someone develop from a semi-likeable character to an unlikeable one to a likeable one, this is the book for you. Feel free to leave your thoughts about it in the comments section below. Thanks for reading! 😀

-Sumaya

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Wishes to a Bookish Genie

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hi, everyone! It’s been a while since my last post, and I’m glad to be back! It’s Top Ten Tuesday time, and today’s topic is about all those bookish wishes in the back of your head. The concept of it seemed pretty easy, but I actually had to think about these wishes. My wishes are:

1. A magical bookshelf that would give me any book I desired. It would look like a normal empty bookcase, but I’d simply think of the book I wanted (that has been released) and it would appear.

2.To own the biggest bookstore on the planet. It would be so cool to be able to say that, as well as being a success based off my passion.

3.To have Strange Fate by L.J. Smith in my hands. I know I have mentioned this a lot, but I would really like to know the ending of the Nightworld series. I’m not bugging L.J. Smith about it; it’s merely a wish.

4. Better T.V/Movie adaptations to carry the legacy of the books they came from as well as blot out those horrible adaptations that have been made in the past few years (you know who you are 😛 ).

5. The ability to read A Court of Mist and Fury right now. THAT WOULD BE AMAZING! 😀

6. A great conclusion in The Crown by Kiera Cass and no more books about the Selection after that.

7. To have better mastery of my blog. Learn some more cool ways to improve my blog layout.

8. To able to put down books when I need to study. Or maybe have an eidetic memory so I could just read more books without worrying about school… 😉

9. Find someone who has similar bookish habits or at least isn’t bothered by my love of reading.

10. Help me find another genie so I can make more wishes (I think that gets me out of the loophole 🙂 )

So those are my Top Ten this week. Anything similar to yours? If you have any comments or questions, I’d love to hear them. Also, feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten in the comments section. Thanks for reading!

-Sumaya

My Life in Books Tag

Good morning, lovely readers! This post is dedicated to a tag called My Life in Books tag. Thank you, Paige @ Page By Paige for tagging me! You all should really check out her amazing blog, if you haven’t already! So here goes:

Find a book for each of your initials.

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Count your age along your bookshelf. Which book is it?

Since I’m 20, the book I landed on was Infinite in Between by Carolyn Mackler.

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Pick a book in your city, state, country. 

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Frostfire by Amanda Hocking is set in Ontario, my home province!

Pick a book that represents a destination you would love to travel to.

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-Because I would love to go to Oxford, especially a fictitious one with magic!

Pick a book that’s your favourite colour.

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I really like the colour red at this point of my life! 😀

Which book do you have the fondest memories of? 

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I remember reading this book over and over again when I was younger… I would never get bored of it or any other TBC book!

Which book did you have the most difficulty reading? 

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I just really wanted to like this book because of the premise, but try as I might, I couldn’t read it.

Which book on your TBR pile gave you the biggest sense of accomplishment?

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I was waiting so long for the last book to come out that I bought it the day of and just stayed holed up in my room until I finished it.

Tags:

Laura @ LaLa’s Blog

Allison @ Allison The Reader

Jane @ greenish bookshelf

Sarah and Faith @ Sublime Reads

Lucía @ Making Days Better

And anyone else who wants to do this! 😉

If you have already done this tag or aren’t interested, you can choose to ignore it. That’s all for now! Thanks for reading!

-Sumaya

Which Cover Wednesday 12

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday! And that means it’s time for Which Cover Wednesday! Which Cover Wednesday is a meme I host where I look at two covers of the same book and give my opinion on which one is the better fit. And you can participate as well, in the comments below! Our covers this week are:

1. Madly by Amy Alward

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In this case, I like the first cover better. The design just appeals to me more, with the realistic liquid (that’s probably supposed to be potion…). I’m also a fan of the font and cover art surrounding it.

2. Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan

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First one again! This has more to do with the second one kind of giving me a headache with its green colouring. Another thing to point out is that the first cover looks like a witch’s spell book as well.

3. Deception by Lee Nichols (English and Danish)

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OMG, what is with the first covers this week? I like the first cover of Deception better than the second because I believe it gives context of where the story is taking place and to who.

4. Always a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough (English and Romanian)

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The second one has my vote! Although I do like the gothic feel of the second cover, the first one just seems more witchy to me, with the pink smoke/essence around her.

That’s all for Which Cover Wednesday! What did you think of the covers? Were some more captivating to you than others? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below! Thanks for reading! 😀

-Sumaya

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