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May 2017

Which Cover Wednesday 67

Hi there, wonderful 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 giving your opinions in the Comments Section below. Here are this week’s covers:

1.  Avalon High by Meg Cabot

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In this case, I prefer the first cover over the second one, seeing as the second one has a model who is merely holding a sword upright in the corner… Maybe if she was doing something else, I might like the second cover more, but overall,  the first cover’s more appealing to me for playing with the typography and cover art.

2. The Lost Marble Book of Forgotten Girl and Random Boy by Marie Jaskulka

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First cover again! I like how the design mimics a marble book’s cover a lot! Not that the second cover doesn’t look good, because I love its typography and backdrop! It’s just that I like the first cover more.

3. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

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My vote goes to the first cover (what a surprise)! I love the detail into the cute and quaint illustrations and that it includes not one girl centre stage, but all the girls going to the academy. Plus, the model in the second cover does not help in my imagining of Miri…

4. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

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Yes to the first cover! OMG, after all this time, I still love the model’s outfit and how it fits with the background, as well as the mirror image below. While I do admit that it screams photo shoot more than a cover, it looks much more better than the second one to me, which just depicts the model’s head and nothing else…

So, I guess this was a week for first covers… 😀 That aside, did any of these covers catch your eye? Let me know in the Comments Section below! Take care, everyone! And keep reading!

–  Sumaya

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ARC Review: I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

Summary

I see London, I see France
I see Sydney’s underpants.

Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She’s spending the next four and half weeks traveling through Europe with her childhood best friend, Leela. Their plans include Eiffel-Tower selfies, eating cocco gelato, and making out with très hot strangers. Her plans do not include Leela’s cheating ex-boyfriend showing up on the flight to London, falling for the cheating ex-boyfriend’s très hot friend, monitoring her mother’s spiraling mental health via texts, or feeling like the rope in a friendship tug-of-war.

In this hilarious and unforgettable adventure, New York Timesbestselling author Sarah Mlynowski tells the story of a girl learning to navigate secret romances, thorny relationships, and the London Tube. As Sydney zigzags through Amsterdam, Switzerland, Italy, and France, she must learn when to hold on, when to keep moving, and when to jump into the Riviera… wearing only her polka dot underpants.

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Review

My rating: black4

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

Hi, everybody! I’m back with another review, this one being on I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski. Now, I’ve read a few books by this author and liked all of them! So when I saw for the blurb for this one, I was thrilled! Luckily, this book didn’t disappoint! 😉

What I really liked was the traveling and the adventure of it all. It’s probably because I’ve always wanted to go traveling to other places, but have hardly left my home city… But I loved seeing what each city had to offer as well as what Sydney and Leela did there. And even when they went to seemingly random places, there was some sort of purpose to it. Except Belgium. Other than the fact that it’s a quick getaway, I feel like that could have been skipped and it wouldn’t have affected the novel’s trajectory at all. Plus, all the traveling around kind of made the romance in the book sweeter (problematic but sweeter)! The only downfall to the focus on traveling is that there is less focus on Sydney’s home life, which is granted. I only wish there was much more of a closed ending regarding Sydney and her family…

Then there were the characters, I thought that they were pretty realistic. They didn’t hide the fact that they were humans and made mistakes or did things that wouldn’t have been in the best interest of the trip and each other. With that being said, I still didn’t like Leela, Sydney’s best friend, until about more than halfway into the book. I empathized with her, but at times, I was in total agreement with Sydney in hoping Leela wouldn’t dedicate their vacation to moping around a lot. But once I warmed up to her, I could see why she and Sydney were friends. As for Sydney, I really liked her overall. She was the character I was able to relate to the most, maybe because I could see where she was coming from since it was her POV. t. I admired that she was trying to do the best she could for everyone, even when it did come back to haunt her.

Overall, I liked I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski, although there were a few things that irked me. I would recommend this book for people who like to read about travelling! Well, that’s all I have to say about this book for now! If you have any thoughts or questions though, I’d be happy to hear about them in the Comments Section below! Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

With Every Word, They Fall in Love: YA Characters Coming Together Through Words 💖

Hey there, fellow readers! Today, I’ll be talking about a romantic trope I love to bits! That is the “letters to love” trope. I might be wording it in a confusing manner, so I’ll just go right ahead and explain. What I mean is when two people learn about each other and develop feelings through words rather than face to face interactions. I absolutely love it when two people get together and learn about each other based not on physical attraction, but mental and emotional attraction as well! Whether they know each other at first and learn more about each other via written communication, or are complete strangers until that moment of contact, it’s really fun to read about! 😀 It’s kind of like the written stuff and the anonymity takes away all the extra nonsense that people worry about when interacting with others. And sometimes, it’s just easier to be exposed to someone you feel slightly removed from and can’t see, so that in the end, the relationship between the two slowly forms into something that’s continued irl. Here are some of the books I know that have used this trope (most of them using more modern versions of letter communications, like emails or texts):

 

Have you read any of these books before? And did you like them (as well as the romantic trope they use)? Let me know in the Comments Section below! Have a nice day!

 

 

#ARCstravaganza: I See London, I See France

Hi, everyone! I’m back with another #ARCstravaganza, hosted by the lovely ladies at YA and Wine. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, here’s how it works:

#ARCstravaganza is a weekly meme hosted by YA and Wine to give book bloggers/bookstagrammers a chance to show off their ARCs/eARCs that they are most excited about! Remember to comment on their weekly posts with a link to your own #ARCstravaganza blog post, or post a picture on Instagram using the #ARCstravaganza hashtag, and you will be entered to win an ARC copy of an upcoming YA novel! One winner will be chosen at random each month.

Ironically, I’m actually reading an ARC at the moment, which I’m kind of excited about. It’s called I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski. As soon as I heard that Sarah Mlynowski was writing this book, I knew I couldn’t wait to read it! It’s got a lot of things I like, such as friendships and traveling! So far it’s good, with a few bumps here and there.

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Summary

I see London, I see France
I see Sydney’s underpants.

Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She’s spending the next four and half weeks traveling through Europe with her childhood best friend, Leela. Their plans include Eiffel-Tower selfies, eating cocco gelato, and making out with très hot strangers. Her plans do not include Leela’s cheating ex-boyfriend showing up on the flight to London, falling for the cheating ex-boyfriend’s très hot friend, monitoring her mother’s spiraling mental health via texts, or feeling like the rope in a friendship tug-of-war.

In this hilarious and unforgettable adventure, New York Timesbestselling author Sarah Mlynowski tells the story of a girl learning to navigate secret romances, thorny relationships, and the London Tube. As Sydney zigzags through Amsterdam, Switzerland, Italy, and France, she must learn when to hold on, when to keep moving, and when to jump into the Riviera… wearing only her polka dot underpants.

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What ARCs are you all excited for? Let me know in the Comments Section below! Have a nice day, everyone. 😉

–  Sumaya

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 7

Hey, everyone! It’s Monday, which means I’m back with another post of “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” post, hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. While I did get to read the amount of books I wanted to last week, I didn’t read all the books on my last post of “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” But at least I got to read Just Visiting, which was amazing!

What I Read Last Week:

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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! While I’m kind of sad I didn’t get a chance to read The Lines We Cross yet, I’ll try to get to it as soon as I’m done I See London, I See France! What are you reading this week? Is it any interesting? Let me know in the Comments Section below! Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Down the TBR Hole 10

Hey there, everybody! I’m back with another post of Down the TBR Hole, 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. I can’t believe this is the tenth time I’m going through my TBR pile! It seems so weird every time I continue posting these with a new number, like I’m actually making progress on decluttering my TBR pile! Now, let’s get to this week’s titles! 🙂

The books: 

1.  The Swan Riders by Erin Bow

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I’m definitely not going to read this book anytime soon, mainly because I didn’t like how the last book ended, and I don’t think it’s going to get any better for me in The Swan Riders

The verdict: Go

2. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

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Even though I didn’t like how the Evernight series ended , every time I read the blurb for A Thousand Pieces of You, I get really excited for it! Plus, look at that cover! Not that it’s a good reason to keep a book on your TBR pile, but look at it! 😉

The verdict: Keep

3. Prudence by Gail Carriger

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I tried to read this a while back and decided to come back to it later. I don’t think I will though, mainly because I thought that the prequel series ended pretty well and I didn’t really any reason to continue.

The verdict: Go

4. My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris

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While I did enjoy the first book in the series a lot, it’s been so long that I wouldn’t be able to describe what exactly happened that made me like it. That being said, I don’t think I’ll pick up this book (or the book between the first and this one) anytime soon.

The verdict: Go

5. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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I’ve had plenty of opportunities to read this book and haven’t, so I think I’ll just get rid of it from my TBR pile for now. Maybe in the future, I’ll have a change of heart, but for now, I don’t have the urge to read it immediately.

The verdict: Go

Well, that’s all for this week’s posting of Down the TBR Hole. In the end, I only got to keep one book out of the five, but who knows? Maybe I’ll still read them some day! Emphasis on the maybe! 😀 If you have any thoughts or questions on this week’s post, feel free to share them in the Comments Section below! Have a nice day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

 

Review: Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler

Summary

Reagan Forrester wants out—out of her trailer park, out of reach of her freeloading mother, and out of the shadow of the relationship that made her the pariah of Charytan, Kansas.

Victoria Reyes wants in—in to a fashion design program, in to the arms of a cute guy who doesn’t go to Charytan High, and in to a city where she won’t stand out for being Mexican.

One thing the polar-opposite best friends do agree on is that wherever they go, they’re staying together. But when they set off on a series of college visits at the start of their senior year, they quickly see that the future doesn’t look quite like they expected. After two years of near-solitude following the betrayal of the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart, Reagan falls hard and fast for a Battlestar Galactica-loving, brilliant smile-sporting pre-med prospective…only to learn she’s set herself up for heartbreak all over again. Meanwhile, Victoria runs full-speed toward all the things she thinks she wants…only to realize everything she’s looking for might be in the very place they’ve sworn to leave.

As both Reagan and Victoria struggle to learn who they are and what they want in the present, they discover just how much they don’t know about each other’s pasts. And when each learns what the other’s been hiding, they’ll have to decide whether their friendship has a future.

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Review

My rating:

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Hi, everyone! I’ve finally read Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler! I’ve been meaning to read that for a while, ever since I bought it last year… But for some reason, I kept on putting it off. Maybe because didn’t enjoy the last novel I’d read by the author, maybe because it was a book that I bought and therefore, I reasoned to myself, it could wait while other books couldn’t. Whatever the reason was, it doesn’t make up for the fact that I had a pretty great book under my nose the whole time and didn’t realize it!

First off, I’ve got to say that I loved the femship between Reagan and Victoria! Often when I read a contemporary novel, the friendship between women aren’t given much thought in comparison to a romantic relationship or even a friendship between men for that matter. Sometimes, I feel (with emphasis on I feel since this is just my opinion) that if women are friends in a story, it’s a given, but the femship itself is never really explored, which is why I was really excited for this book! For a while now, I’ve been wanting to read a book focused on solely on friendship, especially after Toward a Secret Sky! Just Visiting couldn’t have been read at a better time! What I loved about Reagan and Victoria is how they just clicked even if they didn’t share any of the same interests, with Rae being more of a studious bookworm and Victoria being passionate about fashion! I never got tired of reading them together, and never thought, “this doesn’t sound like a real friendship”, like I did with some books. Sure, they had their ups and downs, but it doesn’t stop them from being there for each other, or trying  to figure out what to do in terms of their future.

As for the plot, I got into it pretty quickly and would have gladly read this in one sitting, if not for the fact of responsibility coming in the way of things… However, once I got ahold of the book, I couldn’t put it down, wanting to know more about Victoria and Reagan’s lives. In terms of their perspective, I didn’t prefer one over the other and thought that they both complimented the story pretty nicely! It’s been a while since that’s happened for me! 😉 The thing about the story was that it revealed info about our protagonists bit by bit, leaving readers wanting to know more! Plus, while the ending wasn’t the one I was expecting, I was still pretty satisfied with it! I thought that they both ended up right where they should be… But before I say too much, I’ll just leave it at that!

Well, that’s all I have to say about Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler! I seriously loved this novel and would recommend to anyone looking for a good femship to read about! Have any of you read Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler? If you have, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it, as well as any questions or comments you might have, in the section below. Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

 

Review: Dreamfall by Amy Plum

Blurb

Cata Cordova suffers from such debilitating insomnia that she agreed to take part in an experimental new procedure. She thought things couldn’t get any worse…but she was terribly wrong.

Soon after the experiment begins, there’s a malfunction with the lab equipment, and Cata and six other teen patients are plunged into a shared dreamworld with no memory of how they got there. Even worse, they come to the chilling realization that they are trapped in a place where their worst nightmares have come to life. Hunted by creatures from their darkest imaginations and tormented by secrets they’d rather keep buried, Cata and the others will be forced to band together to face their biggest fears. And if they can’t find a way to defeat their dreams, they will never wake up.

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Review

My rating: green2.png

Hey there, everybody! Well, it’s finally happened; I’ve gotten around to reading Dreamfall by Amy Plum. I was really excited for this book, not only because it’s Amy Plum, but it’s Amy Plum writing Sci-Fi, and I was trying to get into that genre lately… Plus, look at that gorgeous cover! It’s surreal! But then I actually got to reading it and found myself utterly bored…

To be fair, there were interesting parts. Especially outside of Dreamfall, the place all the teenagers are connected to in their consciousness. I think I really liked the issue of ethics involved in the experiment, especially since they’re almost all minors. There’s this tension between wanting to do the right thing and, at the same time, saving what’s left of the experiment if possible. And this was all told from the POV of Jaime, a premed student who happened to be there, which I really liked. I felt like Jaime was like a reader himself, observing from the outside, trying to figure out what’s going on, while delving deeper into the pasts of the patients. It was also during these times where both the reader and Jaime would learn more about the patients suffering from insomnia and what led them to take part in this experiment. Piece by piece, it would compliment their dreams and help add to the puzzle!

What I didn’t enjoy about the book was essentially Dreamfall, the collective consciousness the patients were in while trying to survive their own nightmares. At first, I would try to read as much as I could, but by midpoint, I was skimming around those parts like nobody’s business! Some dreams were vivid and memorable, but after a while, it seemed kind of repetitive…That, and the fact that the book drags on way too long for my liking, and by the end of it all, I don’t think even a few hours have passed since the experiment started. For me, there are only a few books that could pull off that stretched-out narrative, and this definitely wasn’t it. And don’t get me started on the POVs! While Jaime’s POV was interesting, I’m curious as to why there are only two other POVs in the book even though there are more characters trapped inside Dreamfall. Was it because of the novel’s length not allowing it? Or maybe the other characters will be featured in the next and final novel, Neverwake… I don’t know, but overall, I didn’t really like it.

Well, that’s all I have to say about Dreamfall for now. While it wasn’t my cup of tea, I’m pretty sure people who like reading about dreamscapes would like this more than I did. Oh, and by the way, if you have any questions, thoughts, or suggestions on great Science Fiction in YA, be sure to leave them in the Comments Section below! Thanks for reading!

– Sumaya

Book Bargain: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Hi, everyone! Just wanted to let you know that the eBook version of Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake is available for $2.99 only! You can buy a copy via Amazon Kindle, Kobo, and iBooks! I really, really liked this book and cannot wait for the sequel, One Dark Throne! 😉

–  Sumaya

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