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March 2018

Review: Finding Felicity by Stacey Kade

Summary

Caroline Sands has never been particularly good at making friends. And her parents’ divorce and the move to Arizona three years ago didn’t help. Being the new girl is hard enough without being socially awkward too. So out of desperation and a desire to please her worried mother, Caroline invented a whole life for herself—using characters from Felicity, an old show she discovered online and fell in love with.

But now it’s time for Caroline to go off to college and she wants nothing more than to leave her old “life” behind and build something real. However, when her mother discovers the truth about her manufactured friends, she gives Caroline an ultimatum: Prove in this first semester that she can make friends of the nonfictional variety and thrive in a new environment. Otherwise, it’s back to living at home—and a lot of therapy.

Armed with nothing more than her resolve and a Felicity-inspired plan, Caroline accepts the challenge. But she soon realizes that the real world is rarely as simple as television makes it out to be. And to find a place where she truly belongs, Caroline may have to abandon her script and take the risk of being herself.

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My rating:

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Hello, fellow readers! I’m back with another review, this one being on Finding Felicity by Stacey Kade. Now when I first heard about this book, I thought that it sounded a lot like Fangirl and was pretty excited to read it. While I did enjoy the ending, I wasn’t what I was anticipating.

One of the things that I did like about it was Caroline’s character development, especially at the end of the novel. When I started this story, I was kind of apprehensive of her. I wanted to root for Caroline – I really did – but then I would hear more of her “plan” and would think to myself,”Noooooooooooo…. don’t do that…” As the story went on, however, Caroline turned things around near the end of the novel, which made her more endearing to me. Honestly, I understand why her mother and psychiatrist were apprehensive about Caroline leaving for college. At the same time though, I’m glad she went to college and through those obstacles because I think that was the only way she was going to learn more about herself. Another thing I liked was that there was more involvement from other characters that were well-rounded by the end of the novel.

However, this character development happens mostly at the end of the novel, mainly because of the novel’s pacing and length. The novel itself ends maybe a month or two after she starts college, making me wish it at least ended with the semester. Maybe more development would have been noticeable. Plus, it set a slow pace for me in the first two thirds of the novel; I was just waiting for that epiphany moment to happen. But that’s just me. If you don’t mind slower pacing, I think you’d like this book.

Well, that’s all I have  to say about Finding Felicity. While it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, I’m glad I got to read another college YA novel, and cannot wait to read more! For anyone who is interested, Finding Felicity comes out today!

Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

I received this copy from Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review.

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Which Cover Wednesday 86

Hello, lovely readers! It’s been a while since my last Which Cover Wednesday, but I’m back now! For those of you who don’t know, Which Cover Wednesday is a weekly meme I host where I compare two different covers of a book and give my opinion of which cover looks better. Without further ado, here are this week’s covers!

1.  The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

the afterlife of holly chase 1 or the afterlife of holly chase 2

In this case, I’d go with the first cover. I love the cover art surrounding the first cover’s typography; I find it eye-catching. Plus, the second cover gives off this comic vibe that doesn’t sit well with me, since I didn’t find this book particularly funny…

2. Ink is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding

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OMG! Loving that second cover! Especially that ink stain background and typography! It fits the book so well! The first cover is okay for its time, but has nothing on the second cover!

3. First Test by Tamora Pierce

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And this round goes to the second cover! Again! I love the contrast between these two covers! You can tell the cover designer wanted to revamp the book in order appeal to all those who want tough, kickbutt heroines and might not have heard of Tamora Pierce or her books.

4. The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

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Second cover for the win! I’m just a huge fan of the typography as well as the moving car alluding to the story. While the models in the first cover do allude to the story as well, I’m all for covers that prove that they can stand on their own with including models.

Well, that’s a wrap for this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! Let me know which covers you liked in the Comments Section below!

–  Sumaya

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 32

“It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” is hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date.

Hi, everyone! Sorry it’s been a while since my last post! I just got caught up rereading the Harry Potter series! I started with the fourth one, and now I’m well into reading the first book. I just haven’t felt like starting anything new lately, but I’m hoping to read Finding Felicity soon!

What I Read Recently:

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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 for now! What’s everyone else reading this week?

Have a nice day!

–  Sumaya

Review: Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

Summary

The only thing 17-year-old Jane Sinner hates more than failure is pity. After a personal crisis and her subsequent expulsion from high school, she’s going nowhere fast. Jane’s well-meaning parents push her to attend a high school completion program at the nearby Elbow River Community College, and she agrees, on one condition: she gets to move out.

Jane tackles her housing problem by signing up for House of Orange, a student-run reality show that is basically Big Brother, but for Elbow River Students. Living away from home, the chance to win a car (used, but whatever), and a campus full of people who don’t know what she did in high school… what more could she want? Okay, maybe a family that understands why she’d rather turn to Freud than Jesus to make sense of her life, but she’ll settle for fifteen minutes in the proverbial spotlight.

As House of Orange grows from a low-budget web series to a local TV show with fans and shoddy T-shirts, Jane finally has the chance to let her cynical, competitive nature thrive. She’ll use her growing fan base, and whatever Intro to Psychology can teach her, to prove to the world—or at least viewers of substandard TV—that she has what it takes to win.

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My rating:

black4

Trigger Warning: suicide

Hello, lovely readers! I finally got a chance to read Nice Try, Jane Sinner and I liked it. A lot! To be honest, lately I feel like I’ve been liking a lot of the books I read. Probably because I haven’t been able to just go through with some of the books I didn’t like and just end up DNFing them… I wasn’t sure which category Nice Try, Jane Sinner was going to end up in, but I’m glad it wasn’t the DNF pile!

First off, Nice Try, Jane Sinner is set in Alberta, which makes it the first YA Canadian story I’ve read in quite a while. The last one I’ve read was Kat and Meg Conquer the World last year. Honestly, I can never get enough of Canadian YA, even if it isn’t set in Toronto like Me and the Blondes… I just really relished the fact that it was set in Canada!

Secondly, I really liked the plot. The fact that the story was centred around a reality TV show was something I couldn’t get enough of! I love novels with reality TV shows in them because it makes for great drama! So much stuff happened that wouldn’t have otherwise if this novel wasn’t about Jane’s participation in House of Orange (the reality show). Plus, the book never failed to surprise me, either with the competition ideas and the competitors’ strategies.

Plus, I’m guilty of loving Jane Sinner’s perspective and personality. She’s pretty much like me in a lot of ways, which is a main reason why I couldn’t help but root for her and laugh at her shenanigans! But the novel does have its serious moments as well, and I think that the author handled it pretty well. My only issue out of the entire novel is that I’ve never seen Jane in a psych class, but a lot of the novel revolves around that in terms of a project. I kind of found it baffling. That and wanting to know more about why she doesn’t really like Chaunt’Elle.

Well, that’s all I have to say about Nice Try, Jane Sinner! I would recommend to anyone who likes reading books with witty humour, reality TV, and Canada! Has anyone else read Nice Try, Jane Sinner? And if you had, what did you think of it? Feel free to share in the Comments Section below!

Have a nice day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Book Bargain: The Royals Series by Erin Watt

Hi, everyone! TGIF, am I right? I just wanted to let you all know that The Royals series by Erin Watt on sale for a really discounted price. The books 1-5 are 1.26 CAD, 2.54 CAD, 3.79 CAD, 0.99 CAD, and 3.79 CAD respectively on Amazon Kindle. If you like soap opera drama, then definitely check out this series!

Have a nice day!

–  Sumaya

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