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December 2016

Review: Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar

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Hello, fellow bloggers! I’m back with another review. This one is on Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar. I admit, it was the title that made me want to pick up this book. It was just so blunt that I wanted to know more about it. Also, it’s especially comical with the traffic sign attached to it. The book is about a boy named Aspen, who has taken advantage of everyone through his super powers, taking away anything he doesn’t like about people. It’s been in his family for quite a while and until he goes to stay with them, he never really thought about what his powers does to others.

I love how selfish Aspen is; it’s much more refreshing than those protagonists who are more good than bad, but feel guilty about what they’ve done and try to make amends for it all the time. I don’t know what that says about me, but I really liked reading from Aspen’s POV, especially when you as a reader can tell that what he’s doing at the moment is pretty awful, but he thinks it’s alright and appropriate behaviour. However, don’t worry; Aspen does develop within the story and it is fulfilling because he’s come a way ( I wouldn’t say a long way, but more than the first page of the book, that’s for sure).

There’s also the romance within the book. Or the lack of romance. I felt as if this book was more focused on the idea of family and what makes a person rather than the romance between characters. Any romance that was present within the story was warped or broken to the point beyond repair. Anyways, the romance was sidelined for an important part of Aspen’s life to manifest itself: family and his powers. They had such an influence on shaping him to who he is in the present, which can be seen through the amazing flashbacks that gave us just enough information to get by and build suspense. Overall, the whole was about family, not the guy becoming a better person due to love.

That’s all I have to say about Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar. I thought that this was a pretty great paranormal read with a satisfying ending. If you have any thoughts or questions, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below. Have a nice day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

 

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Review: The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts

My rating: pink3

Hi, everybody! It’s time for another review, and this one is on The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts. The book focuses on Vivian, a book blogger whose heart gets broken by her longtime crush, Jake. After that, she has made it her mission to find the perfect replacement crush- someone safe for her to date with having the passionate feelings that blinded her in the first place. But the new guy in town, Dallas, will try to change her mind about that. When I first heard about it, I was really excited to read it, mainly because it was about a book blogger. I really love reading about book nerds. In fact, it was Katy from the Lux series that kind of inspired me to blog. I honestly didn’t know book blogs existed until then. Plus, I loved hearing Katy gush about books that even I’ve  read, like Sweet Evil. But now that I’ve read The Replacement Crush, my excitement has been traded with a meh-feeling. While I did enjoy some parts of the book, there were others when I’d just question the logic altogether as well as a few other things.

When I started reading the book, I was in the process of enjoying it, liking how it was building up with the world surrounding our protagonist, whether it was her history, the relationships she had with people, or her blogging ways. But once it got to that ridiculous scheme of hers, I kind of lost that connection I had to the book. I mean, sure, there were moments when I’d like reading the book again, like when she was at book club, or reading those insanely funny reviews she’d write, but most of the time, I’d be wondering why. I felt as if her whole mission was contradictory and that if she were actually thinking logically, she could see that. But instead, she went on with it because she just wanted respite from her hormones. Honestly, she could have easily put that effort into something more productive than finding a safe crush that she would have zero chemistry with. Does that statement even make sense? The whole point of a crush is to have feelings for them… Oh no, I am not going into rant mode! I’ll just stop right there before things get hectic…

There was also the fact that I wanted to see more from the book in general. Like the fact that her mother had a more solid presence in the beginning of the book, but by the end, we don’t really see or hear from her. And then there was her supposed best friend, Jaz. I might be judging too harshly, but I feel as if Vivian should talk to Jaz about her tendency to share personal information with others. I wouldn’t care if it was only once or twice, but it kept on happening to the point where she was unrepentant by it. Where is the solidarity that comes with friendship? Did it just go out the window in order to continue the plot? All I’m saying is that there were other ways for secrets to come out other than letting her best friend blab them all…

Okay, this is starting to sound more like a rant again, so I’m just going to stop there. While I might not have liked The Replacement Crush, if you like contemporary books dealing with heartbreak, then you might enjoy this book. If you have any thoughts or questions about this book, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below. Have a nice day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Which Cover Wednesday 48

Hello, wonderful people!🙂 It’s Wednesday and time for another 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. Feel free to join in on the fun by your own opinions on these covers in the Comments Section below! And the covers for this week are:

1.  Girl Defective by Simone Howell

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I really love the second cover! It has so much going on, from the colour scheme to the art on the cover, showing more of the story in a creative way! I like how the cover makes use of its space by not only filling it with records, but trying to perfect placement. I mean, look at how the author is credited via a tag! So clever! 😉

2. Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

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In this case, I like the second cover because of its typography. Not only is it in a beautiful font face, it also is made out of paper, which I really like. Plus, the first cover is much more preferable to me in its simplicity.

3. When Michael Met Mina / The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah

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First cover gets my vote! It just seems more friendly and less thrilling than the second cover. Also, the second cover is basically made of lines…

4. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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First cover, first cover, first cover! Even though I think that the second cover is cute, I think that the first cover is even cuter with the chemistry between the models being apparent, as well as that the background and typography complimenting the cover pretty nicely.

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: New-to-me authors

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

Hello, fellow readers! I know it’s been a while since my last Top Ten Tuesday (two weeks), but I’m back now! 😀 This week’s Top Ten is dedicated to those authors you’ve just discovered within 2016, no matter if they are actually new or not. Here are the authors that have made my TTT, along with the books I’ve read by them:

1.  Lindsay Ribar

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2. Colleen Hoover

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3. Kendare Blake

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4. Emery Lord

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5. Cinda Williams Chima

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6. Huntley Fitzpatrick

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7. Amie Kaufman

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8. Alice Pung

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9. Dahlia Adler

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10. Jodi Picoult

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Well, that’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! In the case of some of these authors, I can’t believe I waited this long to read their books! Were there any authors on your TTT that made you feel that way? If you have any thoughts or questions, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below. Have a nice day!

–  Sumaya

Review: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

My rating: purple4

(4.25 stars)

Hey, everyone! I’m glad to say that I really liked Nicola Yoon’s sophomore novel, The Sun is Also a Star! It’s about Natasha and Daniel, two virtual strangers who meet at a time they really needed it and change both their lives after that moment. Sounds simple, but it was amazing! I fell in love with this book from page one! When I heard about The Sun is Also a Star, I couldn’t wait to read it. For months, anticipation has been building for me, and this book isn’t even a part of a series. It just has to do with how much I liked the writing style of Everything, Everything!

As I said, I really thought that this was great for a sophomore novel. When an author writes a great debut novel, I feel like there is a certain pressure to write a novel just as great, and Nicola Yoon has successfully done this. I’m usually not a fan of books that have a short time covered within the book, but I went with it in this book -it was focused on the events of one day- because the writing was just amazing! By focusing on that day, it became important to our minds, as well as to the characters within the story, Daniel and Natasha especially. My only problem with it is that the epilogue did the opposite, trying to speed things up rather than slow them down. It was kind of jarring. Maybe if a single moment was focused on, rather than rushing through their whole lives so that we would know everything that happened to them… But that’s just my opinion! 😉

Can I just say, I love how our two lovebirds complimented each other! I know the opposites attract theory has been put into practice countless times, but it works, so why not? There’s just something about two people coming together, in spite (or because) of their differences. It’s just so much more interesting than seeing a Jane-and-Bingley-like couple, two people who are more or less the same. Overall, I fell in love with this pairing! If you’ve read some of my other reviews, you might know that I’m not crazy about romance, but that usually when there’s a whole other plot going on that’s being sidetracked because of a developing romance that doesn’t capture my interest. But this couple? O.T.P. 😀

That’s all I have to say about The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon! If you liked Everything, Everything, then you should really, really read this book! If you have any thoughts or questions, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

 

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