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January 2018

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 27

Hey, everyone! Another week has gone by, but unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to finish one book. Every time I started to read one, I’d lose interest in it and then start another one. Thankfully, the mini book-slump is over once I started Speak Easy, Speak Love! And here’s to hoping I can get back into The Afterlife of Holly Chase!

What I’m Currently Reading: 

What I’m Planning to Read Next: 

Well, hopefully I get to read these books this week! What is everyone else reading at the moment?

Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

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Down the TBR Hole 16

Hi, everyone! It’s been a while, but 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. Now, let’s see which books will stay and which will go!

1.  Beheld by Alex Flinn

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I hate to say it, but in this case, I have to let this book go. I think I’ve lost interest in the series in general, and even though I really liked the earlier books, the more recent ones haven’t captured my interest.

The verdict: Go

2. The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguire

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This book has been on my TBR pile way too long to the point where I don’t think I’ll be reading it at all…

The verdict: Go

3. The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine

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Just reread the blurb, and I’ve got to say, it has me intrigued again!

The verdict: Keep

4. The Sound of Us by Ashley Poston

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Due to my love of books about showbiz, I can’t simply let this one go! It stays! 😀

The verdict: Keep

5. Trixter by Alethea Kontis

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I actually haven’t read any of the author’s books since the one in Saturday’s POV, Hero. So until then, I’m going to give this book a pass…

The verdict: Go

Well, that’s all for now! Are any of these books in your TBR pile? If so, do you think you’ll make time to read them? And if you’ve already read these books, feel free to share your thoughts on them as well in the section below!

Have a nice day!

–  Sumaya

Which Cover Wednesday 84

Hi, everyone! It’s that time of week again: Which Cover Wednesday! Which Cover Wednesday is a meme I host where I compare two covers of the same book and choose which one I think is better for that book (based solely on my opinion). You’re also welcome to participate as well, by commenting in the section below. And the covers for this week are:

1. The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee (English and Spanish)

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In this case, I’d go with the second cover! I like the simplicity of this cover and how it conveys the same kind of idea as the first one without the additional cover art. Plus, I really like the flower design of cover number two in comparison to the first one! 🙂

2. Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly

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Definitely going with cover number one this time around! It’s not that the second cover looks bad, but rather the fact that it looks more like a generic contemporary that could be about anything. The first cover, on the other hand, looks more like it could be involved in a thrilling adventure, which the main characters do get from the mystery they’re trying to solve. 😉

3. Girls in the Moon by Janet McNally (English and Spanish)

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Both covers look amazing1 But if I had to choose, I’d go with the second cover, mainly because I like how they sneaked the moon into the cover! 😀 That and the fact that it hints at the book’s subject matter. 😉

4. Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter

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Firstly, I have to say that I find the difference between these two covers to be utterly hilarious! If I didn’t know that they were for the same book, I would have thought that these were two completely different stories, since one looks like a mystery/thriller with something afoot and the other appears to be a light contemporary novel. That being said, I’d go with the first cover on this one, being that it conveys more of the story and looks more polished than the second cover.

Well, that’s it for this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! Find any cover you like? Let me know in the Comments Section below!

Thanks for reading, everybody!

–  Sumaya

ARC Review: Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy

Summary

Fandom and first love collide for Iris on the film set for her grandmother’s famous high-fantasy triology—perfect for readers of Fangirl!

Unlike the rest of the world, Iris doesn’t care about the famous high-fantasy Elementia books written by M. E. Thorne. So it’s just a little annoying that M. E. Thorne is her grandmother—and that Iris has to deal with the trilogy’s crazy fans.

When Iris gets dropped in Ireland for the movie adaptation, she sees her opportunity: if she can shut down production, the Elementia craze won’t grow any bigger, and she can finally have a normal life. Not even the rascally-cute actor Eamon O’Brien can get in her way.

But the crew’s passion is contagious, and as Iris begins to find herself in the very world she has avoided her whole life, she realizes that this movie might just be amazing…

Sourced from Goodreads

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Review

My rating:

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Hey there, wonderful readers! It’s time for another review, this one being on Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy. Now, I remember seeing this title last year and feeling that I really wanted to read it. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’re probably aware of my love for books concerning the entertainment industry/ the arts! Musicians, artists, actors, you name it, I’ll read it! Added to that fact that this novel is also pretty fandom-friendly, I was obviously excited for Now a Major Motion Picture before I even got my hands on it!

Firstly, I’ve got to say that I was in love with the world built around the fantasy series within the novel! It was really well done to the point where I wanted to know more about Elementia! As for the world outside Elementia, it was great as well in terms of plot. One moment you think everything’s going okay and the next minute there’s a crisis. And then that crisis is averted only to have another one in its place! But I believe that these problems push the characters into who they become in the end; this was especially the case for Iris, at least.

Then there were the amazing characters of this novel. From bold Shoshanna  to heartthrob Julian and nerdy Eamon, to mischievous Ryder and determined Cate, to our headstrong protagonist, Iris! I really admired the character development Iris went through to become a lighter, happier version of herself compared to the beginning of the novel, when her nickname was Jaded Iris. I did like those moments when people had interacted with her dad, only to tell her, I get why you are the way you are. Because it’s true; her dad basically enforced his worldview on her. Thankfully, it gets better afterwards, but I still thought of the dad as the bad guy, even though he was made into a more complex character with some backstory. I kind of wish I heard more from Iris’ mom, though, or at least about Iris’ mom. I understand why I haven’t heard from her, but still…

Well, that’s all I have to say about Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy. It was a pretty quick read that I did enjoy!  I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a good contemporary novel! For those of you who are interested, Now a Major Motion Picture comes out on April 3rd, 2018! And if you have any comments or questions, let me know in the Comments Section below! Have a nice day, everyone!

– Sumaya

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

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 26

Hey, everyone! It’s Monday and you all know what that means! The time has come for “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”, a meme hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. I’ve got to say, I’m pretty pleased that I got to meet my reading goals this week, in the amount of books I wanted to read. Hopefully, this streak continues! 🙂

What I Read Recently: 

What I’m Currently Reading: 

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What I’m Planning to Read Next:

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Well, that’s all for now! I think I can finish this in time for next week! If you have any thoughts or questions you’d like to share ( like what you’re reading today), feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below!

Thanks for reading, everyone!

– Sumaya

Down the TBR Hole 15

Hi, everyone! 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. So, without further ado, here are this week’s set of books:

1.  I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

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I definitely still want to read this one! Now if only I could find the time…

The verdict: Keep

2. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

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I remember adding this book to my TBR pile after I had finished As You Wish. I loved the writing style so much that I wanted to go back and read anything else Chelsea Sedoti has written. But now that I’ve gone back to it, the book sounds too much like a thriller and I’m planning on staying away from those for a while.

The verdict: Go

3. Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

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I’m going to let this one go as well, because it also falls in a thriller-like category…

The verdict: Go

4. Deacon Locke Went to Prom by Brian Katcher

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Well, I can never say no to a book about prom, so I guess this one’s stuck on my TBR pile until I finally get the chance to read it! 😉

The verdict: Keep

5. Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

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I actually did try to read this a while ago, but just couldn’t get into it. I found it still a part of my TBR pile on Goodreads, though, so out it goes!

The verdict: Go

Well, that’s all for now! I’m glad I’ve gotten back into the habit of managing my TBR pile, especially since I’ve been adding to it with all the new books that have been catching my eye! How about you? Are there any books on your TBR pile that you’ve been meaning to get rid of? Let me know in the Comments Section below!

Have a nice day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Review: Fallen Heir by Erin Watt

Summary

These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.

She might be right.

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.

Sourced from Goodreads

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Review

My rating:

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Hey there, fellow readers! I just finished reading Fallen Heir by Erin Watt and wanted to share some of my thoughts on it! After reading When It’s Real, I couldn’t wait to read Fallen Heir as soon as possible and get my Erin Watt fix! Sadly, it wasn’t what I had expected…

First of all, I’ve got to hand it to the author in terms of plot. That was set up pretty nicely. There was always something to be anxious about and made you want to keep reading, like Hartley’s past or Felicity playing the game. The story was filled with so much drama, which is what I loved about the previous books within the series as well. Plus that strong cliffhanger ending? That’s probably now the main reason for me wanting to read Cracked Kingdom, the next book in the series! So when it came to the plot, I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest!

However, I was disappointed by the array of characters within the novel. Easton wasn’t really easy to read as the protagonist. Now, I know that not every action a character makes has to sit well with you; they’re meant to depict realistic reactions. It was just that a lot of the things he did didn’t sit well with me. Paired with the fact that he didn’t seem to develop much, other than a few epiphanies that seemed to be forgotten after a couple of chapters, Easton’s POV wasn’t all too enjoyable to read. And don’t even get me started on the novel’s romantic pairing! Let’s just say I wouldn’t root for them. Harsh, but true. As for the other characters, there were a few that I liked, but no one that really stood out, other than perhaps Felicity. Even though she was a real mean girl through and through, I did admire how much thought she put into her conniving schemes, which is more than I could say for Easton…

Well, that’s all I have to say about Fallen Heir. It wasn’t as enjoyable as I had hoped, but I did like the story structure, if anything. I don’t know whether or not I’ll read Cracked Kingdom at this point. Maybe Easton will clean up his act, and he’ll start to think of others beyond himself. All I hope for is that there might be another book after Cracked Kingdom so that his development ins’t too rushed to be unbelievable in the hopes of tying loose ends. Either that or, if Cracked Kingdom is the last book, he begins to develop and change some of his ways right at the end, leaving readers the promise of his future character development. Anyways, with that being said, has anyone else read Fallen Heir? And what were your thoughts on it if you did? Let me know in the Comments Section below! Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

Thank You for Your Support!

As the title states, I’d like to thank everyone who has been a part of this blogging experience help me reach this really cool milestone: one thousand people following my blog! I can hardly believe! But I couldn’t have done this without you, the fellow book bloggers and book lovers who comment on my blog, helping me discover new books in the process as well as a different outlook on older ones!

To celebrate, I’m going to set up a giveaway within the next couple of days. Be on the lookout!

Take care, everyone! And as always, keep reading!

–  Sumaya

Which Cover Wednesday 83

Hi, fellow readers! It’s time for another Which Cover Wednesday! Which Cover Wednesday is a meme I host where I compare two covers of the same book and choose which one I think is better for that book (based solely on my opinion). Feel free to join in on the fun as  well by commenting in the section below! Here are this week’s covers:

1. Everless by Sara Holland

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Definitely going with the first cover! I love the detail given to it! While the second cover has a similar idea, I like the first cover’s execution of that idea more!

2. Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

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This is a tough decision, mainly because I’m not a fan of either cover. But if I had to choose, I’d go with the first one, only because the second cover seems like it can apply to other stories with just a girl’s face front and centre…

3. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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Again, my vote goes to the first cover! I love the cover art as well as the typography! That mirroring effect thing gives the cover an interesting touch. Not that the second cover isn’t nice as well. I just prefer the first cover more!

4. Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes (originally called The Wonder)

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This round goes to the second cover! Finally! But honestly, I really prefer the card-like cover, especially compared to the first cover of a girl in a dress. I’ve seen that kind of cover so many times (although not in recent publications) that it’s nice to see something else instead!;)

Well, that’s a wrap for this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! Any covers that caught your eye? Let me know in the Comments Section below!

Take care, everyone! And keep reading!

–  Sumaya

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