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September 2016

Anonymous Bookaholics Tag

Hello, everyone! Another day, another tag! Thanks again, Donna @ Chocolatenwaffles Blog for tagging me in this! Happy to be a bookaholic with you! 😉 And these questions were pretty fun to answer!

What do you like about buying new books? 

I’m not much of a book buyer, but when I do buy books, it’s because I’m anticipating that it’ll be really good and I cannot wait for the library to get it to me! So, I guess the fact that it’s mine with the possibility of running home to read immediately is what I like about buying books. That doesn’t always happen, though… 😉

How often do you buy new books?

Not that often. Unless the book is the end of a series or just something I really, really want and it’s 2.99 on Amazon Kindle, I rarely go out of my way to buy books… I’m more of a library person! 😀

Bookstore or online shopping: which do you prefer?

I guess I prefer bookstore shopping compared to online since I get to have the book immediately…

Do you have a favourite bookshop?

I really like Mabel’s Fables, a bookstore that focuses on children’s and YA fiction. The people there are really friendly and will help out with any recommendations you need. Plus it has a lot of swag, and besides being a book nerd, I also have a button obsession!

Do you pre-order books?

Not really. I like getting the book as soon as possible and sometimes that doesn’t happen with pre-orders coming a few days after the publication date…

Do you have a monthly book buying budget?

Since I don’t buy books that often, I don’t necessarily have to worry over a budget. However, if I happen to buy a book that was around $22 dollars, I tend not to buy another book so soon…

Book buying bans: are they something for you?

Again, I don’t really buy books that often, so I don’t have to force myself not to buy them.

How big is your wishlist?

Um…. every book that I’ve ever wanted to read? 😉

Which three books from your wishlist do you wish to own now? 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz, and One Summer with Autumn by Julia Reece!

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Anyone who wants to do this!

Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

 

 

Which Cover Wednesday 39

Hello, fellow bloggers! It’s time for 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. And feel free to join in by giving your opinions on these covers in the Comments Section below. Without further ado, here are this week’s covers:

1.  The Start of Me and You by Emery Lorde

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I really like the second cover and how it uses pastels as well as the simpleness of it all. The second cover is also a bit more accurate, plot-wise, than the first…

2. The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

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Love that first cover! It has such beautiful typography and colours (I really like the ombre mix of pink and orange). The second cover is alright but it seems a bit bland compared to the first one…

3. Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

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In this case, I’d pick the first cover. It kind of matches Robyn Schneider’s first novel, The Beginning of Everything, and I think it looks pretty cool with the background image. The second cover’s image looks a bit obscure. I get why it’s depicting a cross between a lung and tree, but I don’t think that it looks as appealing as the first cover’s background.

4. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

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OMG! That second cover is gorgeous! Not that I don’t like the first cover; it’s just a bit too generic. The second one looks way more eery and matches the title as well as the subject matter! 😉

That’s it for this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! If you have any comments or questions, please leave them in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

Review: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

My rating: red3

Hey, everyone! Happy Wednesday! I just finished reading The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord, and I’ve got to say, I don’t really know how I feel about it. The book is told from the perspective of Paige, who lost her boyfriend, Aaron, two years ago to drowning, but is making an effort to move on and be happy again. I thought it would be interesting to read and a few people did recommend this book to me so as soon as I found a copy, I thought “why not?” There were parts I really liked and parts I didn’t like at all. I think it actually took me until about halfway into the book before I actually started to enjoy the book. And even after that, I thought to myself, should I really be spending my time reading this book?

Don’t get me wrong; there were times where I really enjoyed reading The Start of Me and You and it probably made up for half the times I didn’t. Like when Paige unabashedly gets her nerd on or does something brave for once. I liked the QuizBowl matches and hope that Paige still continues with it in the long run! 😉 And I really enjoyed reading about Paige’s friends, who are always there for her whenever she needs them, and vice versa. A bonus was that there was no major drama between them, which was a relief to read about!

But then there was the stuff that just bothered me. I didn’t really like how Paige put so much importance in establishing a relationship with the perfect guy. I get that she wants to date again after Aaron, her last boyfriend. However, it felt as if she obsessed too much over that one goal and not enough on other goals she made for herself, which were accomplishments in their own right. Then there was the ending and how even I thought Paige shouldn’t have had to deal with a certain person’s (for the avoidance of spoilers, this person shall not be named) attitude. It seems to me that if Paige was trying to talk it out, that person should have tried a bit more as well! Or at least sought out an explanation… :/

Well, that’s my take on The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord. I guess I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would (although it was an okay read). If you like a light contemporary read with a lot of emphasis on finding love, then this is probably the book for you. If you have any thoughts or questions, feel free to ask in the Comments Section below. I’d really like to hear what you all think about this book or how you liked this compared to other books by Emery Lord. Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Top Ten Tuesday: My Fall TBR

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

Hello, everyone! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is in honour of fall and those books we’re excited to read this season! I’m sure you all have a few that you cannot to get your hands on and neither can I! Here are just some of the few books that I will (hopefully) read as soon as possible:

1. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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I need to get back to reading this!

2. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I have it on my shelf, ready to read and everything! 😀

3. Going Geek by Charlotte Huang

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I really want to read Charlotte Huang’s sophomore novel!

4. The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima

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Hope it’s as great as The Demon King

5. Midnight Hour by C.C. Hunter

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I cannot wait to read from Miranda’s POV! Finally! 🙂

6. Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys

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Looks and sounds interesting…

7. Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adhler

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On the way via snail mail!

8. Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales by… Angela Carter

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Saw this as a recommendation and wanted to read it immediately!

9. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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I need more fantasy reading material in my life! It’s been a lot of contemporary lately… 😉

10. The Replacement Crush by Lisa Browns Robert

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The premise just sounds so cute! ❤ ❤ ❤

Well, that’s just some of the books that are on my Fall TBR.. or at least TBR that I want to read immediately! 😉 If you have any thoughts, questions, or links to share of your TTT, feel free to do so in the Comments Section below. Have a nice night, everybody!

–  Sumaya

Review: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

My rating: green4

Hey, everybody! I just finished The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima and I’m kind of sad to say that… I should have read this book a long time ago! It was really good! The Demon King follows the perspective of Princess Raisa and Han Alister, a reformed thief. Both these characters battle the limited amount of choices their positions put them in and from them, readers get to see different perspectives of Fellsmarch (the capital) in order  to get the whole picture of what is going on in the queendom of the Fells.

At first, I felt like I couldn’t get into it. I was immensely bored and almost wouldn’t have continued reading the book. But after struggling for a few chapters, I finally got in the zone and started speed reading like nobody’s business! 😉 I really liked how Cinda Williams Chima chose to reveal certain pieces of information and even use the perspectives of our main characters by complimenting them in order to advance the story. Even though their stories do not seem as interconnected at first, it’s nice to see how the perpectives slide from one character to the other without ruining the story. In fact, in some cases, it’s such a smooth transition between their stories that it works out great! It’s just that as I got to the ending, I was more interested in what was happening and may have been guilty of skimming a couple of pages in order to find out… 😀

I was really impressed by Raisa, and not just by her character: stubborn, caring and a warrior at heart. What I was really impressed by was the fact that Raisa admits she has flaws. After reading The Great Hunt where the princess was pretty bland and proper in everything, it was nice to read someone who was more critical of herself and her surroundings. It’s also a plus that her time away from court helped her learn different skills other than the ones forced upon her by her mother, Queen Marianna as well as society. I just wish she listened to her instincts more!

And then there was Han! He was a real treat to read and I couldn’t help but get excited every time I’d get to his POV. He just has a certain charm about him, you know?  It’s not just Raisa that gets to be more complex than the average princess stereotype, but Han as well. Han is in between so many things during the book. He doesn’t want to cause trouble, but trouble seems to follow him no matter what. He wishes to be able and stay with his friends in the clan camp, but he also has a duty to his mother and sister as well. He’s more than what he seems and I can’t wait to see his development in the future!

That’s all I have to say about The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima. As much as would like to marathon this series (since I have The Exiled Queen ready at hand), I also really want to read another book! How about you? What are you reading this Friday? Hope it’s a great book! If you have any thoughts or questions about The Demon King feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below. Have a great weekend!

–  Sumaya

Review: Shadows and Dreams by Matthew Cody (ReMade 1.1)

My rating: blue4-copy

(3.75 stars)

This story was provided by the publisher for an honest review. 

Hello, everyone! Today, I’ll be talking about the YA serialization up on Serial Box called ReMade, particularly the first instalment, Shadows and Dreams. ReMade is an upcoming serialization spanning from September to December and written in collaboration by Matthew Cody, Kiersten White, E.C. Meyers, Andrea Phillips, Carrie Harris and Gwenda Bond. The story is about twenty-three teenagers that have died at a certain time (between 9:31 pm and 9:32 pm) and ending up in a post-apocalyptic world, where they are humanity’s only hope for survival. Together, they’ll have to search for the answers of what happened to them and the rest of humanity. This first episode, as they are called by Serial Box, is called Shadows and Dreams and is written by Matthew Cody. It focuses on the perspective of a boy named Holden, one of the twenty-three teenagers in the post-apocalyptic world.

What I liked about the episode was its pacing. There was never really a dull moment in the book, which I appreciated very much. But I think that is also why it failed to add more information on what happened to Holden and Seya, the girl he is with at the time. As a reader, I don’t need to be spoon fed everything about the world of the book from the first page, but I like to know a bit about what was going on. I felt as if I had a lot of unanswered questions that could have been reasonably answered in that episode without giving the storyline away, like what were they doing there, the characters involved with Holden and Seya, the place they were in and where it came from. Maybe a lot of it had to do with survival and the fact that most people would be worried about their life over information that might not be necessary in the long run if they slow down.I understand that it is a great suspense technique to withhold information, but it still irked me a bit. If I were to rate this episode by itself, I’d give it a 3.5 star rating Instead, I feel the episode deserves a 3.75 star rating because I’m anticipating it to be a stepping stone and that a lot of questions will be answered in the next instalment.

That’s all I have to say about the first instalment of the ReMade serialization. I think it’s a really good start to a story, if you enjoy fast-paced stories that leave you on the edge of your seat and wanting more! I just wouldn’t read it by itself, but probably with the second instalment right after. If you’re interested in more information about the serialization ReMade, click here. Any thoughts or questions you might have are welcome in the Comments Section below as well. Thanks for reading, everybody!

–  Sumaya

Which Cover Wednesday 38

Hey, lovelies! It’s that time of week again: 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. And you can join in on the fun as well by giving your opinion on the covers below (in the Comments Section). Here are this week’s covers!

1.  The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

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This one’s a hard choice, since I really like both covers. But if I had to choose, I’d go with the first one because it looks more simplistic yet elegant. Also, I feel like the second cover focuses on one person when there are multiple people involved in this story. And then there’s the fact that it’s a really bright yellow, which for some reason seems to suggest a happy and joyful mood… Because of this, I don’t think that the second one fits the story behind the cover.

2. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch (English and Russian)

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Love that first cover! The pastel cover scheme is pretty sweet and I just adore how the cones were drawn! Again, the cover art and typography are simplistic but so effective. Plus, in the case of the second cover, the cones are floating in the sky, which seems kind of odd to me…

3. Freeks by Amanda Hocking

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If it was a choice in buying the book with either the first or second cover, I’d go with the second. I just like the drawing style given to the cover more than the photoshopped image of the first. I also like the second cover’s typography because it looks a bit more circus-like.

4. Popular: A Memoir by Maya van Wagenan

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Take a look at that second cover! I like the fact that the placement of the title is on the book the girl is holding, so it seems as if she’s reading a book of that title, too. I think it also fits the story being told as well since the protagonist actually follows a book’s advice on how to be popular. And the colour scheme of the second cover isn’t too shabby either! 😉

Well that’s it for Which Cover Wednesday! Were there any covers that you particularly liked? Tell me about it in the Comments Section below! Have a nice night, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Review: The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker

My rating: blue4-copy

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

Hi, everyone! Hope you’re all having a great Tuesday! I just finished reading The Delphi Effect and it was so intense! At first, I thought that it might have been boring and went on to reading other books before coming back to it again. I don’t know if it was the time away from the book or if it was just reading it when it finally got good, but I got really engrossed in the story after that!

As I’ve said, the book was really intense. I think that mainly had to do with the amount of action in the plot. The story’s intensity was like a car chase, with one thing after the other. The book kept you on your toes and just when you think that things are finally going to mellow down, they don’t. After the slow beginning, I really liked that. And then there was also the world building involved, which I thought was really great. In terms of urban fantasy or paranormal books, it’s up to the author to fit the idea of our current reality and fantasy side by side in a believable manner so that we and the characters can actually believe what’s going on or are unable to see one form of life without the other. At least, that’s how I think the genres of urban fantasy and paranormal act in my opinion. I loved the detail given to the powers people had and the history behind them. But then again, I always loved effective worldbuliding; basically, world building that helps define the story but doesn’t become all there is as well! 🙂

The characters were pleasant enough to read about. There were times when I thought that the main character, Anna, was a bit too naive. However, at the same time, I understood her actions and thoughts, which helped me sympathize with her. Overall, I liked her as a character and cannot wait to read more of her story in the sequel. In terms of relationships between characters, I liked the more platonic ones more than the romantic affiliations. Maybe it’s because the romance didn’t have as much a chance to develop. Maybe it was because the relationship wasn’t as important as the overall plot. All I can say is that  I wouldn’t put too much stock into it. 😉

So that’s all I have to say about The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker. It’s coming out on October 11th, so if you’re interested in a thrilling paranormal read, this is the book for you! I guess it kind of falls in line with the Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong. If you have any comments or questions about this book, feel free to leave in them in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

Review: The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

My rating: green3

(2.5 stars)

Hello, everyone! It’s review time again! Today’s review is on The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins, author of The Sweet Trilogy, which I loved btw! This book is actually a retelling of a Grimm brothers fairytale and is about a beast who terrorizes the land of Lochlanach. In order to motivate the men to kill it, the king gives away his daughter as a reward, as well as inheritance to the entire kingdom. Along comes a guy named Paxton, who wants nothing to do with royalty, thinking them as merciless and haughty,  merely wanting the beast gone. However, he is thoroughly surprised when he meets Princess Aerity, and a spark of interest ignites between them. When I heard that Wendy Higgins was writing a new book, I immediately added it to my TBR pile, just waiting to read it! But then all the other books on my TBR caught up to me, and so it took me a while to get to this book. Upon reading it, however, I felt differently towards this book.

There were some things I liked about it, though. What I liked about The Great Hunt was that it had an interesting mythology around the story. I was really invested in reading about the history rather than the present with the boring and predictable characters. When the Lashed Ones were mentioned, I always wanted to know more about them. It might have been one of the reason why I wasn’t interested in reading about Aerity’s royal life. That and the fact that I didn’t feel like she was doing anything worthwhile.

I mean, yeah, she was selfless enough to sacrifice her future for Eurona’s (the continent in which Lochlanach is located), but I don’t know if it’s the same as the hunters and people of Eurona who are sacrificing their own lives to hunt the beast. Everyone and their grandmother likes to mention Aerity’s sacrifice for the kingdom and how brave she is, but they rarely say anything about the hunters’ sacrifice. It just kind of irked me. Other than going on and on about her sadness or how she somehow liked somehow who held her in contempt, Aerity didn’t have much going on as a main character. Not that Paxton was much better as a love interest. Once the mystery surrounding him was revealed, I immediately grew disinterested in him, finding him way too prejudiced for my liking. Overall, I didn’t really like Aerity and Paxton’s story, but the other stories surrounding them.

That’s all I have to say about The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins. I don’t think I’d recommend reading this unless you are thoroughly interesting in reading a fairytale retelling of the Grimms brothers. If you have any thoughts or questions about this book, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below. Have a nice day!

–  Sumaya

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