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August 2016

Which Cover Wednesday 35

Hi, everyone! Welcome back to Which Cover Wednesday! Which Cover Wednesday is a weekly meme I host. What happens is that I compare two different covers of a book and give my opinion of which cover looks better. Feel free to join in on the fun by giving your opinion of these covers as well! This week’s covers are:

1.  Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan (print and ebook)

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I really like the first cover more than the second one. It’s just that the second cover seems a bit more dull with nothing going on but the model holding a dagger. It doesn’t hint at the plot like the first cover does.

2. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (English and Spanish)

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While I do like the first cover, I think I like the second cover even more. It might be because of the blue background making things look more lively. Or it could be the amount of cover art that’s all over the place on this cover in comparison to the other. I definitely like the typography of the first cover better, but overall, it’s the second one that’s captured my eye.

3. Venom by Fiona Paul

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This one’s a tough call… but I’d have to go with cover number one! Just look at that smokey background, that intricate mask design as well as the gorgeous typography. It just screams that there’s intrigue and mystery behind this cover! Not that second one isn’t great. However, in my opinion, the model and the background don’t really match…

4. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

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When I saw the second cover, I knew right away that I liked it better than the first one. Then again, I’ve never really liked the first cover because it seemed a bit boring with three models in the middle, looking like they are doing nothing. I love how the flowers are placed on the cover, as well as the author name and short blurb. Plus, I usually prefer books without models anyways, so that was a bonus!

Well, that’s it for this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! Were there any covers that you liked or didn’t like? Are these the only covers you’ve seen of these books or are there more that you think represented the book better than the ones shown here? If so, please share your thoughts in the Comments Section below, as well as any questions you might have. Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

 

Review: November Snow by Shannon A. Thompson

My rating: blue5

(4.5 stars)

I received an ebook copy from the author for an honest review

Hello, fellow bloggers! I know it’s been a while since my last review (last Tuesday), but I’m back now, and really excited to talk about the second and final book in the Bad Bloods series! November Snow is the sequel to November Rain and deals with the backlash of Serena and Daniel’s acquaintance. The city of Vendona is under attack. By itself. As the election draws closer, people are rallying against bad bloods now more than ever. In this instalment, the Northern and Southern flocks must figure out a way to survive through the upcoming elections that will ultimately decide their fate.

Remember how in my review of November Rain, I stated that even though I had a few problems with the book, I was still in anticipation for November Snow? Well, my anticipation paid off, because November Snow was amazing!

First of all, the two books in the series actually complement each other in a way that most series do not. You really need to read the second book in order to understand the first one, and once you do read the second one, you realize that the first book actually contained the right amount of exposition because everything fit perfectly afterwards. Once I finished November Snow, I was kind of sad that these two books were split from one huge book, even though I knew it was for the best. If the Bad Bloods series was just one book, then it would be a very long book. It isn’t uncommon to have a really long book; it just might have been thought of as more intriguing to consumers as two books…. 

Then there was the amount of connection between characters’ stories. I felt as if everything character-wise had finally made sense within the second book, which does a great job in explaining how the characters came to be in a relevant way to the present, rather than reminiscing on the past like November Rain. Sure, there are a few things it doesn’t really tie up, but overall, I really enjoyed reading this in terms of character relationships and development. In fact, there wasn’t a single character that I didn’t enjoy reading about!

After finishing the series, I would rate both books together as a 4 star read. The first book was a bit slow, but understandable since it was providing a lot of the foundation needed in the amazingly tense and gripping second book. If you’re interested in starting the series and finding out for yourself, November Rain is being offered for free on iBooks, Kobo, and Amazon.

That’s all I have to say about November Snow and the Bad Bloods series in general. Thank you, Shannon A. Thompson, for letting me review these books. It was a treat! 😉 If you all have any questions or thoughts on the series, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set in School

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hello, fellow bloggers and lovely readers! I’m back with another Top Ten! Since school’s right around the corner for a lot of people, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is dedicated to anything school-related. My Top Ten is all about those amazing books set in schools (and not limited to boarding schools, like my TTT a couple of weeks ago 😉 ). This opens the field to a lot of books! Well, without further ado, here are my Top Ten:

1.  Infinite in Between by Carolyn Mackler

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I loved reading how the main characters developed throughout their four years of high school! 

2. Incredibly Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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Alice finally graduates from high school! 🙂

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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School was where Charlie met Sam and Patrick! ❤

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

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It all began when Stefan chose enrol in the same school as Elena…

5. Teen Idol by Meg Cabot

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This was actually the first Meg Cabot book I read… 😉

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Two schools in one story.

7. Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung

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I love reading about private schools!

8. Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

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A Pride and Prejudice retelling set in high school.

9. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

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This book introduces us to Gallagher Academy, a.k.a spy school… 😀

10. Something Real by Heather Demetrios

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Chloe quits reality television and gives going to school a try!

Well, that’s all I have for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! Are any of these books on your TTT?  If you have any thoughts or questions, or if you’d like to share a link to your own TTT, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below. Have a nice day! 😀

– Sumaya

Which Cover Wednesday 34

Good evening! Well, it’s Which Cover Wednesday again! For those of you who do not know, Which Cover Wednesday is a weekly meme I host. What happens is that I compare two different covers of a book and give my opinion of which cover looks better. Feel free to give your opinion of these covers as well! Here are today’s contenders:

1.  Withering Tights by Louise Rennison

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I love the first cover! It has a simple layout and yet something extra with the knit design on the top and bottom of the cover! The second one is okay, but I think it has nothing on the first cover! 😉

2. Evermore by Alyson Noël (English and German)

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OMG! That second cover? It looks amazing! And it gives off more of a haunting vibe than the romantic first cover, tapping into a different aspect of the novel… 😉

3. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

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First cover, first cover! I love how much detail was given into this one compared to the other cover! I think that the layout is artistic and sophisticated.

4. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

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First cover forever! I like how the spine mimics the model’s kilt as well as the typography and placement of the words! 😉

What do you think of this week’s covers? Are they all awesome or are some just more awesome than others? If you have any thoughts or questions, I’d love to hear about them in the Comments Section below! Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

Hello again! I’d like to start off the day with a book tag! Thank you Emily from The Little Book Affair for tagging me (months earlier, I might add 😉 ). Now, I know I have an iffy relationship with tags, but I really wanted to do this one!   Luckily, I’m getting to it now before it became December! 😛 Be sure to check out Emily’s answers for the Mid-Year Freak Out Tag by the way, because they are great to read! Let’s begin!

Best book read in 2016 so far: 

Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw

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Best sequel read in 2016 so far:

A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett

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New release you haven’t read but you really want to: 

My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows

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and This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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Most anticipated release for the second half of the year: 

Midnight Hour by C.C. Hunter

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and

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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Biggest disappointment: 

Jinx by Meg Cabot

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Biggest surprise: 

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

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Favourite new author: 

Roshani Chokshi, the author of The Star-Touched Queen

Newest fictional crush: 

I don’t really have a new fictional crush at the moment, but I really liked Akinli from The Siren by Kiera Cass

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Newest favourite character: 

Tiffany Aching! 😀

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Book that made you cry: 

No More Confessions by Louise Rozett

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Book that made you happy: 

All the Feels by Danika Stone

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The most beautiful book you’ve bought or received this year: 

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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Book you need to read by the end of the year:

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (Don’t judge me! 😛 )

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Favourite book community memmber (blogger, booktuber, bookstagrammer):

Sasha of abookutopia and Christine from polandabananabooks! 😀

Tags: 

Zainab @ TeenBookLit101

Ola @ OlaReadsBooks

Shruti @ This is Lit

Meghan @ Meghan’s Whimsical Explorations & Reviews

Anne @ Inked Brownies

If you have done it before or aren’t interested, feel free to ignore it! Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

 

Review: November Rain by Shannon A. Thompson

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(3.75 stars)

I received an ebook copy from the author for an honest review

Hello, everybody! I’m back with another review! This recent book review is on November Rain by Shannon A. Thompson. I’d like to thank Shannon for giving me a copy of this book, as well as its sequel, to read! November Rain is set in the near future (the year 2089) where bad bloods, the name given to people with supernatural abilities, are feared and prosecuted. In the book, there is an election going on that will either be in favour of the bad bloods or against it. In the centre of it all is Serena, a bad blood who has just escaped the blood camp, and Daniel, the boy who saves her from being caught on the streets again. Separately, these bad bloods are surviving, but together? Who knows what they can accomplish. 😉

Bad Bloods was originally supposed to be a single book but has now been split into two: November Rain and November Snow. And that might be the reason why it feels kind of slow paced within the first novel. November Rain does a good job setting things up, but I feel as if things just start to get really interesting by the end of the book. Don’t get me wrong; a certain amount of exposition is needed to understand what is going on in the novel. I just feel as if the book could have ended its major exposition mode early on and have more action-filled scenes…

While its exposition choices left something to be desired, this book was really strong in plot. I remember starting it and thinking “I wonder what’s going to happen next?” At the beginning, it seems clearcut and dry, but by the end of the first book, it leaves you befuddled on how these events had occurred. And that secret reveal at the end? Really makes me want to read the next book!

So that’s all I have to say about November Rain by Shannon A. Thompson. While it is a bit slow to read, I really liked the idea behind it and am eager to read the next book and see what happens. If you have any comments or questions, please leave them in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading! 😉

–  Sumaya

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that have been in my TBR pile way too long!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hey, everyone! It’s Top Ten Tuesday again, and this time, it’s all about the infamous TBR pile! As book lovers, there might have been a lot of books we’ve read and enjoyed, but there are also a lot out there that we haven’t gotten to reading. Sad, but true! Here are just some of the books I haven’t read:

1.  The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

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While I did love Kirsten White’s Paranormalcy series, I wasn’t ready to jump on board with another series… 

2. The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

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I kind of wish I continued this series, because the last book did end on an interesting note! 😉 

3. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

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I had this on my TBR before I even knew that Morgan Matson was popular…

4. Cress by Marissa Meyer

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I guess I fell out of love with the series… 

5. The Last Best Kiss by Claire LeZebnik

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I didn’t like Persuasion to begin with, so I wasn’t so keen on reading its retelling

6. The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross

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I probably should have read it since it was the last in the series… I just got tired of it…

7. The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

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It seemed really interesting, and I regret not reading it still… 😦 

8. Intertwined by Gena Showalter

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I think this was really popular at the time, and that’s why I wanted to read it… *shrugs in a confused manner*

 

9. Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger

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I returned this one to the library before I could read it and haven’t gotten it back since…

10. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

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Tried to read this a bunch of times, but never got into it…

 

So that’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! How many books have you haven’t read? Are there any books on your TBR that you have truly fallen out interest or has this TTT renewed that former interest? I’d love to hear from you all in the Comments Section below. Have a nice day! 🙂

–  Sumaya

 

Review: Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall

My rating: green3

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

Hey, everyone! I’m here with a review on Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall! It’s about two friends who realize that there is more to their relationship than just being best friends. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a copy! I was really excited to read this book, because the last two books by Sandy Hall were amazing, so when my request was finally accepted, it made my day! Once I started reading it though, I had mixed feelings for it.

The first few chapters of the story were interesting and got me interested in the characters and their lives. But after? Been Here All Along kind of alternated between interesting and too simplistic. The story knew what it was doing and let readers in on it, too. There weren’t really any twists or turns; everything was laid out from then on out and by that point, I wasn’t really interested. The text itself sounded really artificial to my ears by the middle. Not that there wasn’t some good dialogue going on in the story, especially between Gideon and Kyle. It’s just that the main problem of the story wasn’t really interesting and was resolved pretty quickly. I saw there was potential for it to be more, but it was restricted by the characters unwillingness to be more complex, since no one wanted to be the antagonist of the story…

The characters were really flat as well. At first, like the plot, I really loved reading in their perspective, but by the end, I was ready to say goodbye. With a few exceptions (from secondary characters at that), all the characters seemed to be of a stock quality and do not break the restrictions they have, if that makes sense… Like one character being a cheerleader and greatly invested in their image or being manipulative… While there were explanations made that add to their overall character and establish them as more complex, I don’t think it helped that much. It felt like it was all tell and no show. It would have been much more interesting to see the characters act out their complexities than think it in their heads for readers only… Overall, I wasn’t really into the portrayal of the characters.

Well, that’s all I have to say about Been Here All Along. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section. Thank you for reading!

– Sumaya

Which Cover Wednesday 33

Hello, everybody. It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for 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). Feel free to give your opinions on the books as well, in the comments section below! Well, here are this week’s covers:

1.  On the Fence by Kasie West (English and German)

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In this case, I like the first cover rather than the second one. You kind of get an idea of what the story is about and then there’s the fact that there’s an actual fence being displayed on the cover… ; )

2. How to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles

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First cover again! Even though this cover was probably made via stock images, I like it way better than the second cover, which looks really bland with this white tone…

3. The Reese Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

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This is a tough call, but I really like the second one more than the first cover. It’s just that the typography of the second cover, as well as the background, looks awesome! The first cover still looks great, though…

4. Anne and Henry by Dawn Ius

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First cover forever! I don’t know why this one is more appealing to me than the second cover, seeing as they’re both practically the same. Maybe because the first cover makes it look like the models are at a party scene. I really like what it’s doing with the pink! 😀

That’s all for this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! Hope you enjoyed reading it! If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below! Thank you for reading!

–  Sumaya

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