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#ARCstravaganza: The Innocence Treatment

Hello again, lovely readers! I’m back with another #ARCstravaganza! 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.

The ARC under the spotlight this week is The Innocence Treatment by Ari Goelman. Not only is it written in a series of documents, but it’s also a thriller and I really want to get into a thriller! 🙂

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Summary

You may believe the government protects you, but only one girl knows how they use you.

Lauren has a disorder that makes her believe everything her friends tell her–and she believes everyone is her friend. Her innocence puts her at constant risk, so when she gets the opportunity to have an operation to correct her condition, she seizes it. But after the surgery, Lauren is changed. Is she a paranoid lunatic with violent tendencies? Or a clear-eyed observer of the world who does what needs to be done?

Told in journal entries and therapy session transcripts, The Innocence Treatment is a collection of Lauren’s papers, annotated by her sister long after the events of the novel. A compelling YA debut thriller that is part speculative fiction and part shocking tell-all of genetic engineering and government secrets, Lauren’s story is ultimately an electrifying, propulsive, and spine-tingling read.

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Well, that’s a wrap for this week’s #ARCstravaganza! Are there any ARCs you’re ready to read at the moment? Let me know in the Comments Section below, along with any #ARCstravaganza links you might have! Have a wonderful day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

 

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#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

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

Review: The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Summary

Boy meets girl. Girl changes everything.

Michael likes to hang out with his friends and play with the latest graphic design software. His parents drag him to rallies held by their anti-immigrant group, which rails against the tide of refugees flooding the country. And it all makes sense to Michael.

Until Mina, a beautiful girl from the other side of the protest lines, shows up at his school, and turns out to be funny, smart—and a Muslim refugee from Afghanistan. Suddenly, his parents’ politics seem much more complicated.

Mina has had a long and dangerous journey fleeing her besieged home in Afghanistan, and now faces a frigid reception at her new prep school, where she is on scholarship. As tensions rise, lines are drawn. Michael has to decide where he stands. Mina has to protect herself and her family. Both have to choose what they want their world to look like.

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Review

My rating:

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(4.25 stars)

Hi, everyone! Another day, another book read, this one being The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah. Now when I first heard about this book, it was just in the Australian version When Michael Met Mina, which sounds nice and all, except for the fact that I couldn’t access it in Canada, through a retailer or the library… But when I finally saw the US version, I was thoroughly excited. Randa Abdel-Fattah is one of my favourite authors of all time, right from Does My Head Look Big in This and Ten Things I Hate About Me. And I adored her other novels like Where the Streets Had a Name and No Sex in the City. So to say I had really high expectations for this book would be understating things. Thankfully, I finally got a chance to read and love this book!

I’ve got to say that Randa Abdel-Fattah handled the political side of her novel really well. There were such similarities to what we see in Western culture that we can’t help but relate to the concerns of the novel. It’s like Michael says in the novel, the scariest thing about his parents is not that their evil, but that they’re nice,  too. It’s hard to think that your parents are wrong on anything, especially when they’re the kind that take care of you, and always look out for your best interest. It still made me really, really angry though, hearing their arguments and validating others to be treated poorly. But at the end of the day, Michael knows that he has to make a decision on what he stands for and whether everything he has been taught was wrong. Also, I really liked how Mina was portrayed in the novel, how she could make me both laugh at one moment with her wit, and cry the next at all the horrors she had to witness to get to where she is today. Within the novel, Mina and her family are trying their best to belong to a society that wants little to do with her because they has no other choice. There is so much truth in this novel, about love, hate, hope, loss, and those incredible moments of happiness in between that make it worth reading.

The reason why I give this novel a 4.25 star rating instead of a 4.5 star rating or even a five star one is the romance part of the novel. Not that it wasn’t cute and all, but I felt as if there was something unresolved about it by the end of the novel. How it ends makes sense in terms of the mood of the book’s ending, but at the same time, I was curious to see how it would play out given a little more time, that’s all. That’s probably just my own personal opinion though, as I think most people would just find the couple to be cute together! Plus, some of the secondary characters felt less fleshed-out than they could have been. Don’t get me wrong; there are some secondary characters within the novel that have a three-dimensional quality to them, and I understand that not all characters can be given such treatment. Still, I wondered about the mother’s friends that we never get to see, but just hear about, or Mina’s older friends that only appear once within the novel, and a few times via communication or memories. I guess I liked what I heard about them so much that I wanted to see more of them! 😉

Well, that’s all I have to say about The Lines We Cross for now! Do I recommend it for everyone, especially those looking for realistic fiction? Yes! So what are you waiting for? Go read it now! By the way, feel free to leave any thoughts or questions you might have in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

ARC Giveaway!

Hi, wonderful readers! I’m giving away a few spring release ARCs that I’ve read. These ARCs include: Fireworks by Katie Cotugno, The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich, Internet Famous by Danika Stone, and Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios. The giveaway is only for residents of Canada and the U.S. Maybe in the future it’ll be international, but for now, this is all I can afford… Here are the rules:

1. The giveaway runs from May 23rd to June 5th 12 am (EST)

2. The giveaway is for Canadian and US residents only

3. Participants must fill in all the required entries

4. Any participants who are under 18 must have parental/guardian permission before entering the giveaway in case they win later on and I need their mailing address. It is understood that once the participant enters the giveaway that they have parental permissions.

5. The winner will be notified a day after the giveaway closes, but if they do not respond within 48 hours, someone else will be picked as the winner

To enter, just visit in the rafflecopter giveaway link here.

Have a nice day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Book Bargain: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider!

Hey, everyone! Just wanted to let you know that on Amazon Kindle, The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider is on sale for $1.99! I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good contemporary!😉I just adored this book as well as Robyn Schneider’s other contemporary novel, Extraordinary Means! 😊

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: 

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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! 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

Book Blitz: True North by L.E. Sterling

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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True North by L.E. Sterling

Published by Entangled Teen

Published April 4th, 2017

Genre: YA Fantasy/Science Fiction

Summary:

Abandoned by her family in Plague-ridden Dominion City, eighteen-year-old Lucy Fox has no choice but to rely upon the kindness of the True Borns, a renegade group of genetically enhanced humans, to save her twin sister, Margot. But Nolan Storm, their mysterious leader, has his own agenda. When Storm backtracks on his promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off for Russia with her True Born bodyguard and maybe-something-more, the lethal yet beautiful Jared Price. In Russia, there’s been whispered rumors of Plague Cure.

While Lucy fights her magnetic attraction to Jared, anxious that his loyalty to Storm will hurt her chances of finding her sister, they quickly discover that not all is as it appears…and discovering the secrets contained in the Fox sisters’ blood before they wind up dead is just the beginning.

As they say in Dominion, sometimes it’s not you…it’s your DNA.

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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.

Author links: Website|Goodreads|Twitter

Excerpt: 

Read the first 6 chapters HERE

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Down the TBR Hole 2

Hey there, wonderful readers! I’m back for a second time round with the meme, Down the TBR pile, 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 the books I’m considering this week!

The books:

1.  The Royal We by Heather Cocks

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I actually read a sneak peek of the novel way back when and didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. I just forgot to take this book off my TBR pile right after that…

The verdict: Go

2. Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler

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Even though I didn’t really like the first book, I’m willing to give the second book a try That’s because the secondary characters that I loved in the first book are going to be the protagonists of this one! Now, if only I could just get around to reading it…

The verdict: Keep

3. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

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I actually borrowed the book from the library several times without having even read it. I don’t think I will at this point…

The verdict: Go

4. Crave by Melissa Darnell

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I remember putting this on my TBR at a time that I really liked this sort of thing. Now, I’m not really into the whole star-crossed lovers trope.

The verdict: Go

5. Dark Mirror M.J. Putney

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Every time I think about removing this book from my TBR, I read the synopsis, reminding me why I want to read it and makes me unable to let it go! And this time is no exception! 😀 It just has this Shadow Falls vibe that I really like.

The verdict: Keep

Well, that’s it for this week’s Down the TBR Pile! Were there any books here that you’ve read and liked? Or are they on your never-ending TBR pile as well? If you have any thoughts about this week’s Down the TBR Pile, feel free to leave a comment in the section below. Take care, everyone! And keep reading! 😉

–  Sumaya

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