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Which Cover Wednesday 69

Hey there, fellow readers! We’ve reached that time of week again: Which Cover Wednesday! For those of you who don’t know, 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 if you’d like to give your opinions on these covers as well, just leave your thoughts in the Comments Section below! Now, let’s begin!

1.  The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

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In this case, I think I’d go with the first cover. I like how it’s simplistic and understated compared to the overcrowdedness of the second cover. From the bold typography and the little bits of cover art to that solid black background, I love it all! And I didn’t notice until much later that there are eyes in the water, weirdly enough! 😀

2. Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski

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Second cover wins my vote! Not only does it match the design of the author’s most recent book, I See London, I See France, but I like the way it conveys the story with the cover. The first cover merely looks like a romantic Contemporary, but there was much more going on in Ten Things than that!

3. Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

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Based on summary alone, it would be a pretty tough call to pick between these two covers. The first cover relates more to the premise in the protagonist’s positioning and athletic wear while the second cover follows the style of the author’s previous novels. In the end, I’d go with the first cover, because of its ties to the plot.

4. Paper Princess by Erin Watt (English and Danish)

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This one’s a little too easy! I’d definitely go with the first cover! I love the detail given to the crown as well as how it takes up the space on the cover! That plus the tag line and positioning of the title makes it a really great cover in my eyes! And while I admit that the second cover is pretty nice, I don’t think it conveys the storyline at all…

Well, that’s it for this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! Where there any covers that stood out to you in this week’s post? If so, let me know in the Comments Section below, as well as any thoughts and suggestions you might have for next week’s Which Cover Wednesday. Have a nice day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

#ARCstravaganza: As You Wish

Hi, fellow bloggers and lovely readers! I’m back with a weekly post of #ARCstravaganza! Here’s a little more on #ARCstravaganza for those of you who are unfamiliar with it:

#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.

Today’s ARC of the week is As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti. I got it from NetGalley a while ago, and have been eager to read it since I first heard about it. The premise just makes it sounds super interesting! Plus, I think I have a thing for contemporary books with a little bit of paranormal mixed in. 😉

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Summary

What if you could ask for anything- and get it?

In the sandy Mojave Desert, Madison is a small town on the road between nothing and nowhere. But Eldon wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, because in Madison, everyone gets one wish—and that wish always comes true.

Some people wish for money, some people wish for love, but Eldon has seen how wishes have broken the people around him. And with the lives of his family and friends in chaos, he’s left with more questions than answers. Can he make their lives better? How can he be happy if the people around him aren’t? And what hope is there for any of them if happiness isn’t an achievable dream? Doubts build, leading Eldon to a more outlandish and scary thought: maybe you can’t wish for happiness…maybe, just maybe, you have to make it for yourself.

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Are there any ARCs that you’re excited to read this week (or in general)? Let me know in the Comments Section below, as well as any other thoughts or questions you might have about this week’s #ARCstravaganza! Have a nice day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9

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

Hey, everyone! Another week has gone by, but to be honest, not much reading has been done. I guess I kind of fell into a mini slump, where I didn’t feel like reading anything. It wasn’t until I started reading The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen that I felt that need to read again. Here’s to less slumps in the future!

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 my tentative schedule for now! Hopefully, I’ll be able to read more, but I’ll just wait and see (and read 😉 )! What are you reading this Monday? I’d love to hear about it in the Comments Section below!

–  Sumaya

Down the TBR Hole 11

Hi, everybody! It’s been a while since my last “Down the TBR Hole” post, but I’m finally back with a new one! 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. Here the titles up for this week’s post:

1.  Sunshine by Robin McKinley

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I don’t even remember putting this book on my TBR pile, which probably says something about my interest in the book. 😉 I think I put it there because of the author… Anyways, I’m definitely taking this book off my TBR pile!

The verdict: Go

2. Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

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I remember being so excited for the first book of this series, but then I read it and didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. That’s why I’m not going to be picking up this book anytime soon…

The verdict: Go

3. Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

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As a whole, I really like what I’ve read from the Hundred Oaks series by Miranda Kenneally and want to read more of it! 😉

The verdict: Keep

4. Ruined by Amy Tintera

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I know it’s been a while since my cousin recommended me this book, but I still want to read it! It just sounds so good! 😉

The verdict: Keep

5. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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Even though I did read a bit of the book before putting it down, I think I’ll come back to it in the future. There was just something about the characters that makes me want to read more…

The verdict: Keep

That’s it for now! While I did keep more books this week, I still like the progress I’m making in terms of my TBR pile. If you have any thoughts on the books featured in this week’s Down the TBR Hole, feel free to share them in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

 

 

 

Book Bargain: It Started With Goodbye by Christina June

Hey, lovely readers! Just wanted to let you know that It Started With Goodbye by Christina June is currently on sale (eBook) for $1.99 on Amazon, Kobo and iBooks! I really liked it and would recommend it for anyone looking for a really good modern Cinderella retelling! 😉

If you want to know a bit more about this book, I’ve added a link to the summary on Goodreads as well as my own review of It Started With Goodbye. Have a nice day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Which Cover Wednesday 68

Hey, everybody! Welcome back to Which Cover Wednesday. Now, for those of you who don’t know, 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). Feel free to join in by giving your own opinions in the Comments Section below. This weeks covers are:

1.  The Naming by Alison Croggon

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In this case, I really like the first cover! Even though I like the second cover for its typography, I adore the first cover’s dynamic feel with the model’s hair flowing through the wind and her determined look.

2. Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

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I’m choosing the second cover hands-down! It seems so vibrant to me, and that’s saying something with the first cover’s colour scheme. While I do love the first cover’s use of colour, the second cover captures my attention with its contrast of colour versus lack of colour within the cover. Plus, I like how part of the story is conveyed through the cover as well as its typography!

3. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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Take a look at that gorgeous second cover! OMG! Whoever created that cover has done a fantastic job! From the beautiful use of colour to the phoenix right in the middle and the wisps of orange dancing on the cover, down to the typography, the newest edition of Ruin and Rising looks amazing!

4. Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr (English and Estonian)

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Second cover for sure! I just like the atmosphere of it, with the girl looking towards the horizon/sky. I guess I really like the background of this cover compared to the first. On a side note, I don’t know why, but that first cover screams “2000s” to me…

Well, that’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! Did you see anything you liked? If you have any thoughts or questions about Which Cover Wednesday or this week’s titles, I’d love to hear about them in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading!

– Sumaya

Review: Any Boy But You by Julie Hammerle

Summary

Elena Chestnut has been chatting with an anonymous boy late into the night. It’s a very You’ve Got Mail situation, and she has no idea who he is. He can’t be Oliver Prince, hot-and-bashful son of the family running the rival sporting goods store. Their fancy sales strategies are driving Elena’s family out of business. Elena’s mystery boy has teamed up with her in their latest sales strategy, an augmented reality game, to help her win the grand-prize plane tickets. Money’s so tight Elena’s going to miss senior year spring break with her friends if she can’t win this game.

The girl Oliver’s fallen head-over-heels for online had better not be Elena Chestnut. She’s his angry, vindictive Latin tutor, the daughter of his dad’s business rival, and the one girl he’d never even think of kissing. She’s definitely not his online crush, because that girl is funny, sweet, and perfect.

When Oliver asks to reveal their names at the Valentine’s Day dance, their IRL relationship will either ruin what they have online, or they’ll discover just how thin the line between love and hate really is.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains swearing, snowball fights, and sexual tension that could melt the North Pole. Read at your own risk.

Sourced from Goodreads

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Review

My rating:

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Hi, everybody! I just finished reading Any Boy But You by Julie Hammerle and, to be honest, I’m glad that it’s over… Maybe at the beginning, when it was full of promise, I was intrigued by it. But by the end, I was ready to move on to the next novel, which was really sad since I liked the author’s debut novel, The Sound of Us.

It wasn’t all bad, though. What I loved most about this novel was the IM correspondence between Elena and Oliver. As you might have seen from a recent post of mine, I really like it when people get to know each other out of the context of their day-to-day lives. It just proves how much people can get along without all that extra baggage weighing them down. Especially in terms of that ridiculous family feud that doesn’t even concern them at all.

Speaking of the feud, I’m glad that I read this novel, because now I know just how much I hate feuds. Particularly the ones that extend beyond generations and divide everyone’s loyalties. I was so upset every time Elena and Oliver acted like jerks to each other, and not even for a logical reason. I like drama and tension just as much as the next person, but when it doesn’t even feel real or draw out any emotions of relating to characters, I can’t really get behind it. I mean, yeah, they can hate each other, but it has to be understandable. But maybe that was just me…

As for the novel’s development plot-wise, I didn’t really like it as it got near the end. The resolution wasn’t really believable and I thought it was too fast to not be questionable. Plus, in my opinion, the parents’ drama was more deserving of a book than their kids (like a prequel NA novel or something). It made much more sense of why they didn’t get along, while also portraying some seriously good drama that would have interesting to read about!

Well, that’s all I have to say about Any Boy But You by Julie Hammerle. While I was really in love with her debut novel, her second novel didn’t live up to the hype I built in my head. If you have any thoughts about this book, let me know in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

 

#ARCstravaganza: Kat and Meg Conquer the World

Hi again! Time has flown by since my last #ARCstravaganza and I can’t believe it’s time for another one! For those of you who don’t know, here’s what #ARCstravaganza is:

#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 eager to share today is Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza! Funny thing is that it came today, although I was anticipating it later on in the week! Yay, book mail! Anyways, the main reason I wanted to read this book was for the femship that’s bound to develop between Kat and Meg. I’m always on the search for some great femship novels! 😉

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Summary

Kat and Meg couldn’t be more different. Kat’s anxiety makes it hard for her to talk to people. Meg hates being alone, but her ADHD keeps pushing people away. But when the two girls are thrown together for a year-long science project, they discover they do have one thing in common: They’re both obsessed with the same online gaming star and his hilarious videos.

It might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship—if they don’t kill each other first.

Sourced from Goodreads 

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Have you already heard of Kat and Meg Conquer the World or is this the first time? And do you all have any ARCs that you’re anticipating? Let me know in the Comments Section below! Take care, everyone! And keep reading!

–  Sumaya

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 8

Hey there, fellow readers! Well, it’s time for another weekly post of “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”, hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. I’m happy to say that I’ve completed my goals for last week! Hooray! Let’s see if this reading streak will continue! 

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 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! Have a brilliant Monday!

– Sumaya 

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