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August 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books Set in Boarding Schools

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hello, lovely readers and fellow bloggers! It’s Top Ten Tuesday again! This week’s topic is Top Ten books set in X location, any place you like. I went the easier route and chose to focus on boarding schools (which was a suggestions that The Broke and the Bookish gave). So, without further ado, here are my top ten books with boarding schools in them.

1.  Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

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2. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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4. Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

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5. Withering Tights by Louise Rennison

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6. Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

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7. Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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8. Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

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9. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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10. Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs

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That’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed reading my post. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section. Have a nice day!

–  Sumaya

Review: The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet by Kate Rorick and Rachel Kiley

My rating: blue5

Hey, everyone! I’ve just finished reading The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet, and I have to say, I really liked it! More than I thought I would! 😉 It focuses on Lydia Bennet’s story after the Pride and Prejudice narrative has run its course. Only it’s not a typical Pride and Prejudice narrative, but one based on YouTube webisodes. In it, Lydia was betrayed by Wickham rather than marrying him, which I find to be an interesting take on the classic. It seemed so problematic to me at the the end of the original text for Lydia to end up with Wickham and no one really give a thought to her afterwards. That’s a major reason on why I liked this book. It really fleshed out her character, even more than the webisodes, if you can believe it. And I know I really liked this book because I had been reading it through both the print and ebook format; I just couldn’t get enough of it. When I would be unable to read the print version, I’d read the ebook version and vice versa.

I loved reading Lydia’s POV. It was just so engaging, fun and interesting. She had a great sense of humour that I could relate to and the way she depicted her experiences were just so vivid to me. I felt as if I was travelling around with her and her friends. And even though she was dealing with some serious aftermath in the form of relationship scandal, Lydia still remained strong and so admirable. She did doubt herself a lot but in the end, she took that experience and made it a part of her, rather than just let it define her.

Overall, I thought that this was a really enjoyable read and I recommend this to anyone who has watched The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and/or The Lydia Bennet, or has read Pride and Prejudice. While I’m hesitant to give this book a full five star rating, at the same time, I cannot really find any fault in it. I just enjoyed it way too much! Maybe later on I’ll recognize a flaw or two, but for now, I’m going to bask in this great read, because I know there will be books in the future that I will probably not like. So I’m just going to make the most of it. That’s all I have to say about The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet for now. If you have any thoughts or questions, feel free to use the Comments Section below. Have a nice day, everybody!

–  Sumaya

Which Cover Wednesday 32

Hi, everybody! It’s time for Which Cover Wednesday! Which Cover Wednesday is a meme I host where I compare two different covers of the same book and give my opinion on which does it better. And feel free to join in on the fun as well, by commenting about these covers in the Comments Section below. This week’s covers are:

1.  Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury

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I really like the first one. It just looks like a bit more effort has been put into it compared to the second cover, which looks more like a collage of sorts…

2. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (English and Russian)

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First cover forever! I just fell in love with the cover of the book. It just seems so fanciful and ethereal… While the second cover looks interesting, it’s the first one that’s captured my heart! ❤

3. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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Before the second cover came out, I wouldn’t believe that it could be possible to improve on the first cover of The Winner’s Curse. Was I ever wrong! The second cover not only has a great placement of type (which I do like better than the first one’s confusing layout) and model, it gives off the vibe that you do not want to mess with the protagonist… 😉

4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (English and French)

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This is a tough call. Both are variants of the same cover and look so good! But in this case, I’d have to go with the first cover because it plays with different colour schemes… Plus, I kind of like how the crow is depicted in the first cover in comparison to the second one.

Well, that’s it for this week’s Which Cover Wednesday. If you have any comments or questions about the covers above, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below! Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I was Forced to Read (and ended up liking!)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hello, lovely readers and fellow bloggers! It’s Top Ten Tuesday again! This week’s Top Ten is a chance to catch up on any Top Ten Tuesdays that have been missed or to redo a Top Ten Tuesday topic that you really liked. This week, I’m going for the books I’ve been forced to read in school, but here’s the twist: these are some of the books that I actually liked after reading them! 😉 So without further ado, my Top Ten:

1. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall  by Anne Brontë

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2. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

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3. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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4. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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5. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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6. Animal Farm by George Orwell

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7. The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

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8. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

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9. Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill

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10. Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw

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Well, that’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! If you have any comments or questions, please leave them in the Comments Section below. Have a nice day!

–  Sumaya

Which Cover Wednesday 31

Hey, everyone! Hope you’ve all been doing well this week! Today’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for Which Cover Wednesday! 😉 For those of you who don’t know, Which Cover Wednesday is a meme I host where I compare two different covers of the same book and suggest which one is more appropriate for the book. And you can join in on the fun as well, by commenting about these covers in the Comments Section below. And the covers for this week are:

1. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (physical and audiobook)

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In this case, I like the first cover better than the second. While both covers are pretty similar, the second cover’s background is slanted and I kind of find that odd. In fact, the title is slanted, too, so it seems like everything is slipping off the cover… The first cover makes great use of its space, in my opinion, and I like its typography a lot!

2. Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil

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Second cover, second cover! I guess it relates more to the subject matter of the novel, which is pure geekery and romance! 😀 I love the comic aspect of this cover. Not that the first one isn’t a legitimate cover in its own right; I just like the second one better! 😉

3. Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan (English and German)

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Look at that second cover! These are both pretty cool covers, but I like the second one for including shoes into the mix and indirectly implying dancing. Then there’s the typography playing with that idea of dancing by having the “T” of “Flirty” to be people in mid-dance. It’s too cute! 🙂

4. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (English and German)

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First cover forever! I love what they’ve done with this cover and while the second cover is acceptable, the first cover is beyond amazing! With its typography, background and uses of models to emphasize important themes (like friendship), this book relates its content without even having to pick it up!

That’s all for this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! Like any of these covers! I know I do! 😉 If you have any thoughts on these covers, feel free to share them in the Comments Section below! Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

 

Review: My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill

My rating: pink3

(2.5 stars)

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

Hello, everybody! Another day, another review, and this time, it’s on My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill. Now, to be fair and honest, I should have not expected so much from this book, since I didn’t like the author’s last one. But the blurb just seemed so interesting. My Unscripted Life is about a girl named Dee who becomes a summer intern on a movie set once she is rejected from a summer Art program. I LOVE books that have to do with the entertainment sphere, whether it’s about movies, tv shows, or music. So I decided to request it on NetGalley, and now I’ve come to regret it.

First off, the book just had too many colloquialisms in it. Now, I might be a fan of the occasional funny phrase or appropriate metaphor. However, this book had so much of that, it was distracting for me to read. Instead of being appropriately placed, the metaphors and sayings were everywhere and didn’t make sense at all. Or they would be ones that wouldn’t sit well with me, like using the phrase “like a drunk toddler” to describe someone’s coordination. I was pissed off for a few minutes after reading that, just arguing with the book (yes, I was arguing with the book… 😉 )  on why that should never be a possibility. But that was probably just my own bias…

Then, there were the characters. I didn’t really like Dee, our main character. She just didn’t seem strong or real enough to me. There were moments where I could relate and empathize with her, but other than that , I thought that her reasoning was all over the place. I didn’t really understand her rationale and I guess that distanced me from her. I also thought that she got way too attached to her love interest to be realistic. And to be honest, I thought that the novel as a whole wasn’t that realistic. I feel as if the author could have done more with the novel, like continue some trains of thought that the characters were having, or using a few secondary characters to their maximum potential. Some characters that seemed to possess significant roles early on in the novel, but were later belittled to limited roles. Based on their roles in the end, it didn’t make sense to have them in the novel at all, so why were they there in the first place? It was just one of the things that bugged me.

Although I didn’t like reading My Unscripted Life that much, there were a few moments where I could enjoy it, like when Dee went all artistic on us, or when the novel would include aspects of a screenplay. It was just so much fun to read during those points. But they were so little and few that it didn’t really matter as much…

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend My Unscripted Life to anyone. It might be just my bias and you could possibly like it. Let’s just say that you liked The Trouble with Destiny by the same author, you’d probably like this book, too. That’s all I have to say about this book. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the Comments Section below. Have a nice day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Hello, lovely readers! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday again! This week’s topic is pretty easy. It’s about the books you’d buy if you were given a loaded gift card. Since a price wasn’t discussed, I’m just going to pretend it’s an unlimited gift card and I’ll be able to get any books I want. Now, these are only some of the books that I’d buy with the gift card; there are plenty more that I can imagine buying, but here are a few:

1. Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz

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2. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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3. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

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4. Worlds Collide by S.M. McEachern

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5. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout

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6. Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler

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7. The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu

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8. Going Geek by Charlotte Huang

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9. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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10. Just Another Girl by Elizabeth Eulberg

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Well, that’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! Is my list similar to yours? Were there stuff that you had forgotten about or didn’t even think of buying? If you have any comments or questions concerning Top Ten Tuesday, please leave them in the Comments Section below. Have a nice day, everyone, and thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

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