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June 2017

Review: A Different Blue by Amy Harmon

Summary

Blue Echohawk doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know her real name or when she was born. Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn’t attend school until she was ten years old. At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on with life, she is just a senior in high school. With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least. Tough, hard and overtly sexy, she is the complete opposite of the young British teacher who decides he is up for the challenge, and takes the troublemaker under his wing.

This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody. It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love. But falling in love can be hard when you don’t know who you are. Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can’t love you back might be impossible.

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Review

My rating:

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

Hey, everybody! I’m back with another review, this one being on A Different Blue by Amy Harmon. Now I’ll be honest: when I first saw this on NetGalley, it wasn’t the forbidden romance factor that drew me in, but the protagonist herself. I wanted to know more about Blue and witness her development throughout the book. So with that, I really wanted to love this book!

But then I started reading it and realized I didn’t really like Blue as a character. Don’t get me wrong; I understand that she’s been through more than what anybody should have. Plus, I don’t think we’re meant to like her at first, as readers. She’s pretty much mean to everyone at first, but slowly softens throughout the book. But I felt like she had so much more potential than what readers got to see in this novel.
Also, I wasn’t much of a fan of the romance between Blue and Wilson. It wasn’t that I was against it; I just wasn’t really invested in it. Especially when at times I felt there was nothing there between the two characters. What I was invested in were those moments where Blue would learn about herself, her history with Jimmy, as well as how she would try to be a better version of herself, one she could be proud of. Unfortunately, the book ends upon a huge realization, and I would have liked to have seen more develop on that note. Overall, it was an okay read, but not as great as I hoped.

Well, that’s all I have to say about A Different Blue by Amy Harmon. While it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be, it did have its moments. Have you read A Different Blue? What did you think of it? Feel free to share your thoughts in the Comments Section below, whether you’ve read the book or not! Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Review: Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Summary

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

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Review

My rating:

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Hi, everyone! I’ve got to say, I really liked reading Eliza and her Monsters! Ever since I first heard of i t-and to be honest, I don’t know from where exactly- I knew that I really wanted to read it! Lately (meaning a few years) I’ve been interested in reading fandom friendly fiction, so I thought that this book would be an obvious match for me. And it was! I loved it so much that I couldn’t put it down and finished it in hours!

One thing I liked about Eliza and her Monsters is that it was so engaging, not only with Eliza’s perspective but with the amazing parts of the comics that readers got to see. By the end of the book, I was fully hooked to the comics just as much as actual story that I was grinning so widely at the last comic panel. Plus, it makes me want to read The Children of Hypnos comics, mentioned in the book, which I recently learned was real, only it’s not actually a comic but is told in written format only. 🙂

I also like how the story was set up in relation to the characters. It wasn’t solely focused on the romance; there were other things going on, like Eliza’s relationship with others, her art, herself. Throughout the novel, I thought that Eliza was pretty real to me, and I could understand some of the choices she’d make, even if they weren’t always the right ones, or the ones you know would come back to haunt her…Also, it was nice to see that while Wallace had some effect on her, it wasn’t overdone or unrealistic. For instance, there was this one moment in the book where he was such a jerk, but I liked that it broke from his usual nice guy demeanour. I didn’t like him in that moment as a person, no, but I thought it made the story better and more rounded.

Well, that’s all I have to say about Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia! Would I recommend this to anyone looking for a really good read, fandom friendly novels in particular? Definitely! If you have any thoughts or questions. let me know in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Which Cover Wednesday 70

Hello, fellow bloggers! It’s time for another Which Cover Wednesday! Which Cover Wednesday is a meme I host where I show two different covers of the same book and choose which one is better (in my opinion). And you can join in on the fun as well by commenting on your favourite covers in the section below. The covers for this week are:

1.  52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody

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Between these two covers, I prefer the first one. There’s just something more comical about it than the second cover, with the way the model strikes her pose contrasted by the hat she’s wearing. Though the second cover is still decent, no doubt! 😉

2. A Different Blue by Amy Harmon

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In this case, I like the second cover a bit more. Even though both covers basically look the same, I’m fond of the font used for the word blue as well as the colour. Plus,  I really like  how the model’s staring down at us readers in such a bold manner!

3. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

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Sorry, but my love goes to the second cover! The first cover, while okay, doesn’t make me want to read the book (it was actually the blurb that made the book sound awesome). I think I’m a fan of the cover art on the second cover, as well as the message on the front saying,”Time to Fight Like a Girl”, which gives an empowering feel to it! 🙂

4. Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Hmmm… this one’s a toughie for me. They just both seem really great in their own ways. But if I had to choose, I’d go with the second cover, because of its use of bold typography as well as the detail given to the illustration; it looks almost real to me!

Well, that’s all for now! What did you think of this week’s covers? Were there some you liked? If you have any thoughts or questions, please let me know in the Comments Section below! Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

Review: Roar by Cora Carmack

Summary

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

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Review

My rating:

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(4.25 stars)

Hey everyone! I’m finally back with another review, this one being on Roar by Cora Carmack! After hearing a lot of buzz about it from other bloggers, I thought I’d give this book a go, especially seeing how I want to read more Fantasy at the moment. And while at first, I was a bit letdown by the book, it picked up very quickly, and kept me interested throughout (except near the end, which was when I realized it was ending on a cliffhanger…😬).

In terms of the plot, I really liked how the trouble progressed. The plot just got a whole lot interesting after Aurora finally took initiative on her life. Plus, the amount of world building that went into this novel made it amazing! I loved all the bits and pieces of information given to readers in between chapters, whether it was in the form of poems, religious text, stories, journals, etc. It gave the sense that there was more to the world than what even the characters were experiencing within the book.

In the case of characters and their development, I thought that the novel set it up pretty well. It was told in multiple POVs, so readers would get moments from a lot of different characters, from teasing backstories to current events. I just wish we’d get a bit more from other characters, like Sly or Jinx. Maybe in the next book? Anyways, I liked how the POVs would switch off, showing off those bits of character development and surprises without stretching it too thin…

Overall, I had a great time reading this book! The only reason I wouldn’t give this a 4.5 star or even a 5 star rating was that I was able to put it down at one point and kind of didn’t feel the need to read it as much. Well that’s all I have to say about Cora Carmack’s Roar for now. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them in the section below. Take care, everybody!

–  Sumaya

I received an advance reader’s copy from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.

 

#ARCstravaganza: Moxie

Hey, everyone! With Monday comes another #ARCstravaganza! For those of you who don’t know, here’s a little more info on #ARCstravaganza:

#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.

The ARC I’m really eager to talk about this week is Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. When I first heard about it on NetGalley, I knew I wanted to read it! Luckily, it was available for request via Raincoast! Thank you to the lovely people at Raincoast Books! 🙂

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Summary

An unlikely teenager starts a feminist revolution at a small-town Texan high school in the new novel from Jennifer Matheiu, author of The Truth About Alice.

MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with a school administration at her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

Moxie is a book about high school life that will make you wanna riot!

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Has anyone else heard of Moxie yet? If you’re excited for this book, or any other ARCs, feel free to let me know in the Comments Section below! Thanks for reading, everybody!

–  Sumaya

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10

Hi, everyone! How are you doing on this fine and wonderful Monday? I know some people aren’t a fan of Mondays, and for good reason. But I just love the potential they bring to the week! Especially since I’ve started keeping updated goals every week through “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this meme, it’s hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date and you basically state what you’ve read, what you’re currently reading as well as what you hope to finish by the end of the week. So without further ado, feast your eyes on these lovely titles!

What I Read Last Week:

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

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What I’m Planning to Read Next:

 

Well. that’s all for now! Hopefully, I at least reach my goals for this week’s goals! Oh, and I haven’t written reviews for Roar and Eliza and her Monsters yet, but I already have them in the works for later on this week! 😉 What books have you recently read or are currently reading? Are they amazing or do they have you wanting to rant? Let me know in the Comments Section below! Have a wonderful day. everyone! 🙂

–  Sumaya

 

Book Bargain: All the Feels by Danika Stone

Hey, everyone! Guess what? All the Feels by Danika Stone is only $2.99 (CAD) on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and iBooks! Be sure to check it out while you still can, especially if you like fandom friendly novels! 😉

Down the TBR Hole 12

Hey there, lovely readers! I hope you’ve all had a restful weekend! Other than relaxing with a good book, Sundays for me means another round 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. Week after week, I feel as if I’m running out books to feature in this post, but then I go on Goodreads and that proves me wrong! 😀 Even though I’ve made progress, I still have a long ways to go before my TBR pile can be deemed somewhat manageable! 😉 Well, here are the books for this week’s post:

1.  Ms. Marvel: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

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I hope I get to read this one in the future! Every time I get a chance to read it, there’s always another book to read until I remember it has to be returned to the library again… But I’ll still keep it on my TBR pile just in case!

The verdict: Keep

2. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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I actually bought this book a while ago but have never compelled to read it after that initial buy. So I’m just going to take it off my TBR pile until I’m convinced otherwise…

The verdict: Go

3. Defy by Sara B. Larson

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I don’t know why, since I hardly remember the book, but this reminds me of Graceling… Maybe it’s just the cover! 😀 Anyways, I’m probably not going to pick up this book anytime soon, due to that similarity I feel with Graceling plus the fact that I’m not in the mood for love triangles.

The verdict: Go

4. Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes

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While I found the premise pretty interesting, I actually tried to read this book but found I didn’t like it. To be honest, I forgot this was still on my TBR pile and if I had remembered before, I would have taken it off a long time ago. 😉

The verdict: Go

5. Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) by Amy Spalding

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I know that this isn’t the best reason in the world, but I really want to read it because I loved Amy Spalding’s other book, The Reese Malcolm List! I know, I know; I’ve been disappointed by books that have been written by authors I love before. But I still want to read this one! 😀

The verdict: Keep

Have you read any of these books featured in this week’s Down the TBR Hole? And do you agree or disagree with my choices? Let me know in the Comments Section below! Have a nice day, everyone! 😉

–  Sumaya

Blog Tour: All the Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham (Review)

About the Book

All the Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham

Published by Entangled Teen

Release Day: June 6, 2017 all-the-stars

Relocating to Arctic Norway would put a freeze on anyone’s social life. For Leda Lindgren, with her crutches and a chip on her shoulder the size of her former Manhattan home, the frozen tundra is just as boring as it sounds. Until she meets her uncle’s gorgeous employee.

Unfortunately, no matter how smoking hot the guy is, Roar comes with secrets as unnerving as his moving tattoos. And Leda doesn’t trust him.

Roar shouldn’t be drawn to the moody human girl with eyes that leave him weak in the knees. But when Leda gets shot by one of his enemies and survives, Roar finally understands why he’s drawn to her: Leda is exactly what he was sent to Earth to find. A weapon of immense power capable of saving his planet.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

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Review

My rating: purple4

(3.75 stars)

Hi, everyone! I recently finished All the Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham, and I’ve got to say that overall, I liked it! There were some parts that I was kind of iffy about, but, by the end, it was pretty good.

Firstly, I think I liked how action packed the book got at times. During the beginning, the book was a bit slow for my taste. But once something actually happened, I was fully engrossed in the story. And trust me, a lot does happen in this book. Almost to the point where it’s unreal. But I think it manages to jampack everything that could happen while not being too dramatic. Plus, the book would do a nice job of explaining any raised questions that readers might have right away.

As for the characters, for the most part, I really liked the ones that were fully fleshed out, like our protagonists, Leda and Roar. Without thinking about pairings or whatnot, I really admired Leda’s ability to stay strong and sensible, even with everything that’s been going on. Even at times where she’d doubt herself or want nothing more than to follow her desires, she doesn’t, because she knows there is more at stake. Plus, I like the way the author treats her disability in the novel, not something to be overlooked but at the same time, it doesn’t limit Leda’s potential to be a hero at all. The only problem I had with her was her link to Roar. While it was explained away and everything, I still kind of felt like it was too instalovey for me. I have few exceptions for instalove, and this wasn’t one of them… Other than that instalove and the amount of time it would take to get from one POV to the others, I really liked reading about our main characters.

Well, that’s all I have to say about All the Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham. I’d recommend it to anyone who doesn’t mind instalove and is in the mood for a good Sci-Fi read! If you have any thoughts or questions about this book, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below! Thanks for reading, everyone!

About the Author

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Ashley Graham was born in Ontario, Canada, and has since lived in five countries. Before writing her first manuscript in 2015, she worked as a clerical assistant, quality assurance officer, chef, and stay-at-home mom/homeschool teacher. When she isn’t writing or reading every book she gets her hands on, Ashley enjoys online window shopping, Netflix binges, and spends way too much time thinking about space travel. ALL THE STARS LEFT BEHIND is her debut novel.

Author links: Website|Goodreads|Twitter|Facebook

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