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November 2015

Which Cover Wednesday 16

Hey everyone! Welcome back to another Which Cover Wednesday. This is a meme I host, in which two covers of the same novel are compared and I give my opinion on which one did it better. Feel free to join in on the fun and comment about them below. And the covers for this week are:

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (English and Russian)

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OMG! If it was just based on beauty alone, I would pick the second one hands down! It has so much more going on than the first one, in terms of dress and background. But if I had to choose, I’d go with the first cover, since there’s more relevance to the story seen there, what with the metal skeleton and iconic shoe of Cinderella.

2. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

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This one’s pretty easy; I like the first one way better than the second. It’s just that the second one is pretty much one colour and has a wolf taking up all the space on it. 😉

3. Entwined by Heather Dixon

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In this case, I’d go with the second cover. These two are pretty much the same expect for the background and name. The second cover makes much more sense than the first one because this is about the twelve princesses being enchanted to dance at night.

4. Eve by Anna Carey (English and French)

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Again, I prefer the second cover over the first one. The reason is that in the second cover, we’re shown her face, but it looks like someone who’s trying to survive, instead of the usual model posing for a book. That’s why I liked it. 🙂

That’s this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! Were there any covers you liked or disliked? I’d love to hear about them! Oh, and stay tuned for Which Cover Wednesday during in December; I have something special planned! 😉 Until next time…

-Sumaya

Top Ten Tuesday: Book to Film Adaptations

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

Hello again! Sorry for being absent for the last Top Ten Tuesday. But I’m back on track, with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! The topic of the week is about those book to film adaptations, which I kind of have a love-hate relationship with. Well, more of a hate relationship, since I’m mostly horrified by what’s on the screen later on. Still, it doesn’t stop me from anticipating other film adaptations, and hoping for the best. These are the ones I’m looking forward to:

10. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

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The trailer for the sequel looks good, so far…

9. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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I haven’t actually read this (yet), but I’m already interested to see how it would look on the big screen.

8. Room by Emma Donoghue

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The trailer made me cry. And want to see the whole movie.

7. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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I hope the tv series Shadowhunters does a good job of adapting the books, unlike the movie…

6. The Selection by Kiera Cass

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Third time’s the charm! Or maybe this is fourth time it’s been picked up, but I can’t really remember… :/

5. Obsidian by J.L. Armentrout

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Finally! 😀

4. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

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The trailer made me want to see it right away!

3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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I’m so excited for this one; I have such positive feelings about this series!

2. Shadow Falls series by C.C. Hunter

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This is actually going to be a web series. Can’t wait until the actors are confirmed! 😉

1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

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I literally fangirled when I saw the pictures of it that recently came out. Imagine what would happen if I saw the trailer? 🙂

So those are my Top Ten. Are any of them similar to yours? What adaptations are you looking forward to? Feel free to leave comments behind; I would love to hear from you! Thanks for reading!

-Sumaya

Review: The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill

My rating: green2

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Hey, lovely readers! It’s review time, and today’s featured book is The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill. When I saw this ebook on NetGalley, I thought I would love it. It has a competition, arts programs, and some romance, which are all great to read about in one book! But then I read it and found that I didn’t like it that much.

First of all, it would go on and on about the same issue, and it wasn’t even a big one (on a scale). It kept on talking about Liza’s control issues and her need to raise money and keep the school band together, while the solutions to her problem seemed so simple. Not to the control issues, but her current predicament; leading the band to victory and prize money while avoiding their funding being taken away. There were many other ways to handle that problem, but I think it all stems from the fact that she needed to control things, and that’s why she didn’t tell the band; not to ease their minds but her own. Anyways, several paragraphs at a time would be dedicated to a rant, which would make me do the unthinkable: skim the page. The horror! :O

The control issue was the main reason I didn’t like Liza but there were many others, like her dramatics, whininess, the fact that she thinks that she’s in the right all the time, even when readers know she’s not. It makes her an unreliable narrator and not a person I would relate to, or even like to read about.

Then there was the romance part of the story. It seemed a bit too rushed and unrealistic as well as predicable; I knew who she was going to end up with right off the bat. It was even worse than a normal case of instalove, especially in the end, because I couldn’t follow Liza’s train of thought in that matter. There was no warming up to the person, and bare mentions of attraction. Overall, the love element was too predictable and uninteresting.

I could barely get through this book without skimming each time Liza would get into a state of panic and act out. The thing about Liza is that she presents herself as better than other characters because she doesn’t do the same things they do. In reality, she’s similar to some of the characters she pretends to foil. It’s not necessarily a bad thing; the only thing wrong is the self-denial.

Even though The Trouble with Destiny wasn’t too enjoyable, there were still some parts of it I liked, like one of the resolutions, as well as the overall message. It was a good example of what too much control could do to a person. It just wasn’t the book for me. But maybe it was just because I’ve just read a contemporary and need time away from it. I don’t know.

Those are my main thoughts on The Trouble with Destiny. Started off really well, but by the end, I wasn’t really impressed with it. But maybe I’ll like Lauren Morrill’s other books better. Have you read any of them? What do you like/dislike about them? I’d love to hear what you all think, even if you haven’t read any of her novels. Take care and keep reading!

-Sumaya

Which Cover Wednesday 15

Hello everyone! It’s been a long time since I’ve last posted; in fact, I haven’t even done yesterday’s Top Ten Tuesday on account of being so busy with school. But I’m back with another Which Cover Wednesday! For those of you who don’t know, Which Cover Wednesday is a meme hosted weekly, where I compare two different covers of the same book and give my opinion on which one did it better. You can participate, too, in the comment section below! And here are our covers:

1. Fins are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs (English and Italian)

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This choice is pretty easy, with an emphasis on pretty. 😉 The second one is my favourite with it looking really mystical, while the first is less intriguing.

2. Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

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To be honest, I haven’t read this book yet, but if I had to choose between these two covers at a book store, I would go with the first one. The second one isn’t as original.

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (English and Portuguese)

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Choosing between these two is really tricky! I love the first cover since I first laid eyes on it, but the second one seems so pretty, with the rose thicket and hazy purple background. After a while, I decided that the first cover is my favourite, because of the red background as well as the dress and tattoos (which make sense later on in the book).

4. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

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The second cover is my favourite of the two. It has this nice mismatch of buildings and fey that just scream “urban fantasy”. I love that! ❤ ❤ ❤

So that was this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! So, did you like the covers? And which one is your favourite? If you have any thoughts or questions, please leave them in the comments section below! Have a nice day! 😀

-Sumaya

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