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Which Cover Wednesday 62

Hello, everybody! Welcome back to another Which Cover Wednesday! For those of you who don’t 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. And you can join in on the fun as well! Just leave your thoughts about these wonderful covers in the Comments Section! Anyways, let’s begin! 😁

1.  Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

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This one’s a toughie… I love the orangey clouds of the first cover, but I really like the typography of the second. And then there’s the fact that the covers give off different vibes; One looks more like a romance novel, while the other looks like a fantasy  novel…  I guess if I had to choose, I’d go with the second one, mainly because of the typography, but also because it looks a bit more fantastical with the lighting surrounding the model holding a sword!

2. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

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This one’s an easy choice for me! I’d go with the first one. It’s mainly because the second one looks really generic, reminding me of those free eBook classics. The first one has a bit more work put into it. Plus, I really like that dress! 😍

3. Solitaire by Alice Oseman

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First cover again! I like how this cover fills its space compared to the second one. And while these covers are similar to each other, the second one is more word-heavy, which appeal to me as much as the first one does…

4. Oh My Gods by Tera Lynn Childs

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This round goes to… the second cover! I like how it relates to the story more than the first cover, which seems a bit more random with the statue and its relation to the story.. is it about art, history, running? The second cover hints more at the story in comparison. Then, there’s also the fact that I like the placement of the author’s name in the second cover more than the first…

Well, that’s it for this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! Were there any covers that struck your fancy? Let me know which one is your favourite (if you have one)!  And if you have any other thoughts or questions about these covers, or suggestions for next week’s Which Cover Wednesday, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

ARC Review: Paper Hearts by Ali Novak

Blurb

Felicity has her entire future planned. Ever since her older sister ran away, she’s had the full weight of her mother’s expectations on her shoulders. So she works hard to get straight As and save for college.

Except sometimes the best things in life are unplanned-like when Felicity meets a handsome, masked stranger while she is volunteering at a charity masquerade ball. She never thought he’d flirt with her. And she certainly never thought he’d turn out to be a member of the world-famous Heartbreakers band, Alec.

Then Felicity uncovers a shocking family secret. Suddenly, she, Alec, and her two best friends are off on a road trip to find Felicity’s missing sister. And she’s about to discover that unexpected turns have a peculiar way of landing her right where she needs to be…

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Review

My rating: red3-5

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

Hello there! It’s time for another review, this one being on Paper Hearts, the second book in The Heartbreakers Chronicles, by Ali Novak! When I first heard about this book on NetGalley, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! After all, I did read The Heartbreakers and loved it so much! I honestly thought Paper Hearts would pull my heartstrings in the same way… but it failed to have the same effects as its predecessor.

Don’t get me wrong! There were times when I seriously loved the book, like when it would go into Felicity and Rose’s relationship. I really liked the emotional and physical journey Felicity went through to understand her sister’s point of view. It was something she needed to do in order to move on with her life and not be so stuck, for lack of a better term. While the healing process in Felicity’s family is far from over, by the end of the book, you could tell that there is some effort to make amends, which sounds really promising!

Instead, it’s the romance that takes centre stage in this story. While I understand that the romance was meant to be a main part of the novel, it didn’t stop me from almost zoning out at times when all these misunderstandings would happen between Felicity and Alec. It also didn’t help that I kept comparing them to Oliver and Stella, who were so much more interesting to read in the first book! Or maybe it was the fact that while Felicity and Alec as a couple were okay, they didn’t make me want to happy dance or root for them…

As for the plot itself, it was really interesting at first, but then slowed down in the middle to the point where a whole evening took multiple chapters… I know that there was probably a point to what seemed like a huge filler, but I just couldn’t get on board with it, wanting to know what happens afterward.

Well, that’s all I have to say about Paper Hearts by Ali Novak! It wasn’t as good as the first book for me, but I’m sure anyone who loves a slightly lighthearted contemporary will like this book! For anyone who is interested, Paper Hearts comes out on July 1st, 2017. If you have any thoughts or questions about this book, feel free to share them in the Comments Section below. Have a wonderful day!

–  Sumaya

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2

Hey, everyone! It’s Monday again, which means I’m back with another “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” post, hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to meet my weekly goals last week since True Born took so long to read. That’s probably why I’m a little less ambitious for my reading list this week… Hopefully it works out well! 🙂

What I Read Last Week: 

true-born geekerella

What I’m Currently Reading: 

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What I’m Planning to Read Next: 

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Well, that’s all I’m planning to read for now! I’m especially excited for Radio Silence and hope to read it soon! 😉 What are you reading this week? Is it any interesting? Let me know in the Comments Section below! And thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

Down the TBR Hole 5

Hello again! It’s time for another round of Down the TBR Hole, which is hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story! This meme is dedicated to uncluttering your TBR pile, going through each book and choosing which one should stay or go. So… let’s get this started!

The books:

1. The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

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I really want to continue this series! I remember reading the first book and just loving it! I just never got around to continuing the series… But I’m definitely keeping this book on my shelf for the future! 😉

The verdict: Keep

2. A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

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I don’t think I’m going read this book anytime soon, mainly because I got my 1001 Nights fix from The Wrath and the Dawn… 😉

The verdict: Go

3. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

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I mainly added this book to my TBR pile because it’s by Rae Carson. However, since I haven’t read The Crown of Embers yet, I’m going to hold off reading this book, at least until I finish the author’s previous series (whenever that’ll be… 😀 )

The verdict: Go

4. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

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This one is definitely going… I’ve already read two books by the author and didn’t really like them, so I’m going to take a break from her books until I’m in the mood for them…

The verdict: Go

5. The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima

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I liked the first book a lot! It was just so long that I really wanted to read other books before going back to it. But I will eventually!

The verdict: Keep

Well, that’s it for this week’s Down the TBR Hole! Any of these books on your TBR pile or have you already read them?By the way, I’d love to hear any thoughts you have about any of the books in this week’s post! Have a nice day! 🙂

–  Sumaya

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Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Blurb

Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

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Review

My rating: purple4

Hey, fellow bloggers! Hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend! Anyways, I’ve finally gotten around to reading Geekerella by Ashley Poston! Now I remember hearing about this book and being so excited for its release. However, while I’m glad that I read Geekerella – since it was pretty good – it wasn’t everything I expected it to be…

It probably had to do with how closely this book was following the Cinderella/Ashputtle storyline. While I did like seeing the parallels between the stories, and how Ashputtle was woven into Geekerella in terms of Starfield and her parents’ legacy, I also found it to be a bit lacking in terms of a few characters, mainly the stepmother. You see, even though readers get a glimpse into the stepmother’s mind when she interacts with Elle sometimes, she bounces right back to the evil stepmother trope that I love to hate! I just wish Catherine, Elle’s stepmother, could have been more complex instead of being relegated to the role of antagonist, or at least had some sort of satisfying resolution that included her. The other characters were really something, though! 🙂

Then there’s the pairing of Elle and Darien to consider. And let me tell you, they do make the book pretty cute to read! From their shared interest in Starfield to their strong chemistry, I loved them right from the start! This is one pairing that I’m willing to root for! As you might have noticed in previous posts, I’m not the biggest advocate on romance lately, especially when it doesn’t do anything for the story. But when it works, it works! 😉

Another thing that made this book fun to read was all things Starfield! I’ve always had a thing for fandom friendly stories, like All the Feels, Queens of Geek, Fangirl and so much more! So how could I not love all the additional information given in the novel about the fandom that Elle loves? Plus, I could feel the love that Elle has for Starfield, with it not only being a huge connection to her parents but also to anything remotely positive while she lived under her stepmother’s reign. It just made me appreciate her fandom even more! Overall, I loved the fandom that the author incorporated into her story.

Well, that’s all I have to say about Geekerella by Ashley Poston. While it might have not been my favourite fandom friendly book, I thought that it was still a good read. If you have any thoughts or comments on Geekerella, feel free to share them in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

 

Blog Tour: True Born Trilogy by L.E. Sterling (True Born Review)

About the Book

True Born by L.E. Sterling

Published on May 3rd, 2016

Published by Entangled Teen

Genre: YA Fantasy/Science Fiction

Summary:

Welcome to Dominion City.

After the great Plague descended, the world population was decimated…and their genetics damaged beyond repair.

The Lasters wait hopelessly for their genes to self-destruct. The Splicers pay for expensive treatments that might prolong their life. The plague-resistant True Borns are as mysterious as they are feared…

And then there’s Lucy Fox and her identical twin sister, Margot. After endless tests, no one wants to reveal what they are.

When Margot disappears, a desperate Lucy has no choice but to put her faith in the True Borns, led by the charismatic Nolan Storm and the beautiful but deadly Jared Price. As Lucy and the True Borns set out to rescue her sister, they stumble upon a vast conspiracy stretching from Dominion’s street preachers to shady Russian tycoons. But why target the Fox sisters?

As they say in Dominion, it’s in the blood. 

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Review

My rating: purple3

Hi again! Hope everyone is having a good week so far! In honour of the latest instalment of the True Born trilogy, True North, I’m here to review the first book itself! I’ve just finished reading True Born by L.E. Sterling, and even though I liked it overall, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It actually took me a while to finish it compared to most books I read, so maybe it had to do with that. However, I think my view of the characters and the way the exposition was handled had a lot to do with me liking the novel as well.

For instance, other than a handful of characters, I don’t think that anyone made a great impression on me throughout the novel. And that even includes our protagonist, Lucy. At times, I barely tolerated her, but there were a few moments where she caught my attention. Other than that, I also had a problem with her speech patterns because it was all over the place. Sometimes, Lucy would go from using prim and proper speech to talking regularly or in slang. And this isn’t just to different people, but in her thoughts as well. If she had stuck to one lane or the other, it would have been okay with me. But the mix in her dialogue and narrative was a bit jarring to read.

As for the exposition, while I know it’s needed for readers to gain context of the story’s world, at times it could be a bit too much, dumping information when readers could have been eased in. It felt odd at times, too, even random at one point. It’s probably why I was so slow reading this book in the beginning, because by the end of the novel, it was more fast-paced and easier to read.

The thing I liked about this book though was its world building. While the exposition surrounding Lucy and her sister Margot’s history wasn’t the greatest, the mythology surrounding the city of Dominion with a mix of science and magic was really cool. I liked seeing how that all fit together. That and learning about the Fox sisters’ puzzling DNA mystery was what made this book easier to read. It kept me going, wanting to know what would happen to them as well as what was happening to them. Overall, the book’s world building slightly redeemed the story, in my eyes.

Well, that’s all I have to say about True Born by L.E. Sterling. While I’ve got to admit that it wasn’t my favourites, it did hold an interesting appeal in terms of the world created between those pages. Hopefully this just sets the stage for book two! 😉 If you have any thoughts or questions about this book, feel free to share them in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading, everybody!

–  Sumaya

About the Author

I was a voracious devotee of sci-fi and fantasy novels all through my childhood, so I suppose it doesn’t come as much of a shock that I’ve returned to the genre with a vengeance.

For a while I turned my back on the genre in favour of ‘high-brow’ literary texts. Ironically, it was my doctoral degree that saw me circling back. There’s something about the way postmodern literature plays with the arcane that had me utterly fascinated, and it wasn’t long until I fell headlong back into my old ways and haven’t looked back since.

My first novel, which isn’t in the Urban Fantasy or Fantasy genres, isn’t high literature, mind you, even if it tangles with some serious statements about politics and the way our western world runs. My editor described it as something between Charles Dickens and The Catcher in the Rye: Serious Fun, in other words.

My second novel, Pluto’s Gate, is where I’ve come home to myself: it’s a contemporary retelling of the Demeter-Persephone-Pluto story from Greek mythology. Folded into the mix is a Shaman-in-training, a magical book, Underworld Gods, a world covered in ice, a three-headed dog, and one lousy ex-boyfriend.

But I’ll tell you this much: I believe in the power of words and stories to transform our inner worlds. Whether the characters be vampires or vagabonds, a good narrative sucker punches so-called reality anyhow.

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Which Cover Wednesday 61

Hello, lovely readers! 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 feel free to join in on the fun by commenting on these gorgeous covers below! 😉 And this week’s contenders are:

1.  This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

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This is a tough one! I really like the ombre colours of the first cover, but I love the typography of the second cover more…. I guess if I had to choose, I’d go with the second one, because it’s a bit more subtle and suited to the story than the first cover’s playfulness.

2. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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Second cover, second cover, second cover! While the first cover is the one I read from way back when, the second one holds an appeal to me simply because of the velvety rose in the centre. I kind of wish it had more going for it than that, but right now, I like its cover art as well as its bold typography…

3. The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan

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Love that second cover! At first, I really liked the first cover with that ethereal dress the model’s wearing as well as the colours, but the second cover has something going for it. Maybe it’s the model’s expression, like she’s just been fighting some serious bad news, or the fact that a gargoyle is on the cover, alluding to the story more than the Parisian background of the first cover.

4. Chanters by Amy Butler Greenfield

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In this case, I’d go with the first cover, seeing as it looks  a bit more otherworldly and related to fantasy in some way. The second cover looks more general ( I honestly wouldn’t know if it was historical or contemporary…), but I wouldn’t guess its relation to the story at all! Plus, I like how first cover makes use of its cover art by playing with the typography. Even though the second one has the same kind of cover art, it looks more like a random flourish…

Well, that’s all for this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! Were there any covers that made you look twice? I’d love to hear about it, as well as any suggestions for this meme, in the Comments Section below. Have a wonderful day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Review: Just Another Girl by Elizabeth Eulberg 

Blurb

You resent her. You can’t stand her. You might even hate her.

But you don’t know her at all.

Hope knows there’s only one thing coming between her and her longtime crush: his girlfriend, Parker. She has to sit on the sidelines and watch as the perfect girl gets the perfect boy . . . because that’s how the universe works, even though it’s so completely wrong.

Parker doesn’t feel perfect. She knows if everyone knew the truth about her, they’d never be able to get past it. So she keeps quiet. She focuses on making it through the day with her secret safe . . . even as this becomes harder and harder to do. And Hope isn’t making it any easier. . . .

In Just Another Girl, Elizabeth Eulberg astutely and affectingly shows us how battle lines get drawn between girls — and how difficult it then becomes to see or understand the girl standing on the other side of the divide.

You think you have an enemy. But she’s just another girl.

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Review

My rating: blue3

Hey everyone! I recently finished reading Just Another Girl by Elizabeth Eulberg and I couldn’t wait to share my thoughts with you about the book! To be honest, I’ve always loved Elizabeth Eulberg’s novels, from when I first read Prom and Prejudice to reading Better Off Friends (I didn’t read We Can Work It Out because I thought that The Lonely Hearts Club didn’t need a sequel and wasn’t the least bit curious about it). So when I heard that she was writing a new book, I was super excited! Especially with the premise behind it! But then I actually read it, and I’m not sure if the anticipation made it worse ( it probably did), but it fell flat to me…

At first, I was a little dismayed at how long it took to get from one perspective to the other. When it comes to dual perspectives, I prefer a switch between one or two chapters. All I would hear about was Hope’s complaints, which got really tedious after a while. I honestly wanted to hear from Parker and what she had to say. That was actually the main reason why I wanted to read this book, other than the author. To read a complex character that’s usually made into a one-dimensional character for others to hate. However, once I got to Parker’s perspective, I initially failed to connect with her. I really, really wanted to! Especially with all the horrible circumstances she had to face. But try as I might, I didn’t feel any personality coming from her words. It almost felt like it was a documentation of someone else’s life. Even Hope had a little more going for her in that department. In the end, Parker felt more like a cautionary tale for Hope to learn from rather than her own person.

The plot itself was okay, in that it made sense. It was also pretty easy to read as far as books go, as I finished Just Another Girl within a day. I really wanted to know more about Parker and what had happened to her as well as see Hope think more about people other than herself. The way the novel withheld information was probably the only thing that had me reading on until the end. That and the potential development of our two protagonists.

Overall, I didn’t like Just Another Girl by Elizabeth Eulberg as much as I thought I would. It was probably my high expectations that affected my reading of the novel, but personally, I didn’t think it was one of the author’s best (that honour goes to Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality! 😉 ) . Well, that’s all I have to say about Just Another Girl. Have you read it? What did you think of it? By the way, any comments about this book or others by Elizabeth Eulberg are welcome in the Comments Section below! Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

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