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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Hi again! Today, I’m trying out a meme called “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”. This meme is hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date.  I thought I’d give it a whirl since I’ve seen so many people participate in it and it was always fun to catch up on what people were reading or have read! 😉 Well, here goes nothing!

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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So that’s what I have planned for this week! Hopefully I can read them all (and more)! What are you reading today?

Have a nice day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Down the TBR Hole 4

Hey there, fellow readers! It’s time for Down the TBR Pile post, 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, without further ado, I give you … this week’s titles:

1. Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

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After rereading the synopsis, I still want to read this book. Maybe I should make it a priority so it won’t fall behind all the other books I want to read… Either way, I’m keeping this!

The verdict: Keep

2. Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

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I remember when I first of this and really wanted to read it because it had to do with book nerds. But now, I’m not as interested in it as I was before…

The verdict: Go

3. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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This one’s a keep, but a big reason behind that is because I already own the book… 😀 So I’m definitely going to read it sometime in the future…

The verdict: Keep

4. Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Before, I would have been excited about this book and want to read it in a heartbeat, especially because of the author. However, after reading a couple of books by her that fell flat, I’m just going to stay away from it for now…

The verdict: Go

5. Strange Fate by L.J. Smith

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Oh, this one is definitely going, mainly because I have given up waiting for this book to come out. I just realized that it was still on my Goodreads TBR pile. Well, not anymore! 😉

The verdict: Go

Well, that’s a wrap for this week’s Down the TBR Pile! Were there any books here that you’ve come across? If so, did you find them interesting, once upon a time, as well? If you have any thoughts about this week’s Down the TBR Hole, I’d love to hear about them in the Comments Section below. Have a wonderful day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

ARC Review: Love and Vandalism by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Blurb

He calls it fate. She calls it blackmail.

Rory has a secret: she’s the vandal who paints graffiti lions all over her small town. If her policeman dad knew, he’d probably disown her. So when Hayes, a former screw-up on the path to recovery, catches her in the act, Rory’s sure she’s busted. Instead, he makes her a deal. If Rory shows him around town, he won’t turn her in. It might be coercion, but at least the boy is hot.

As they spend more time together, Rory worries she made the wrong choice. Hayes has a way of making her want things she shouldn’t want and feel emotions she’s tried to bury. Rory’s going to have to distance herself from Hayes or confront a secret she can’t bring herself to face…

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Review

My rating: pink4

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

Hey, everyone! Another day, another review and this one’s on Love and Vandalism by Laurie Crompton Boyle! As far as NetGalley books go, this one really intrigued me due to the author, which I’ve read before, the description and, let’s face it, the cover! So, once I got the request, I was really excited to start reading it!

At first, though, I found myself not really liking the protagonist, Rory. It might have been because of her attitude towards other people in general that threw me off. Or it might have been her tiff against Starbucks (I’m such a Starbucks fiend, it isn’t even funny). As I got to know her, however, I started to empathize and like her more and more. Partly because I understood that she was going through a really hard time and partly because I thought that she was growing as a person by developing connections with others, and not just on the romantic front.

I was also interested in how Rory’s relationship with her art. I find with most YA novels I read involving art, the protagonist is usually looking for some form of recognition for their work, whether it’s praise or monetary success. It’s just something I’ve been noticing at times. But I liked how Rory was using her art to express herself and in an attempt to manage her grief.

On the romantic front, I thought that Rory and Hayes were a good mix of cute and intimacy, sharing the darker parts of themselves with each other. But I like how the author treated their relationship as neither of them trying to improve the other; rather, they were more focused on themselves. I honestly felt like it was more compelling to read. I’ve read too many books where love is the cure-all for everything, so it was intriguing to see that even though they did care for each other, their problems didn’t just disappear. As for Rory’s relationship with her dad, I really wish that I got to read more resolution from them. Sure, the ending was satisfying for them, but I felt as if it was just the beginning of their reconciliation and wanted to see more!

Well, that’s all I have to say about Love and Vandalism by Laurie Crompton Boyle for now! For anyone whose interested, Love and Vandalism comes out on May 2nd, 2017. Warning though: if you are not in the mood for some heartbreak, then this is not the book for you! Otherwise, keep on reading and let me know what you think! Thanks again for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

ARC Review: Internet Famous by Danika Stone

My rating: green4

(4.25 stars)

Hello, again! I’m back with another review, this one being on Internet Famous by Danika Stone. Now when I first heard about this last year, I thought it sounded great! It’s about a blogger named Madi, living in New Jersey and a foreign exchange student named Laurent, who lives in New York. These two meet through the comments section of Madi’s blog, MadLibs, and start to build a connection that has the potential to be something more. Meanwhile, Madi’s also facing adversity in the form of troll who is not in the mood to be ignored. Anyways, you know when you hype up a book in your mind and once you finally read it, it doesn’t deliver in the way you expected it would? Well, this book… did no such thing! 😄

While the beginning might have been a bit slow for me, by the time I read a few chapters, I was hooked! I loved all the extra stuff, like the blog posts (made me want to participate in the Comments Section of MadLibs), tumblr and snapsed (the book’s equivalent of Snapchat) pictures! The sad thing was that I really wanted to follow MadLibs after reading this book. Too bad it isn’t real… but who knows, maybe there’ll be a site up for Madi soon like there is for Liv and Xander from All the Feels, Danika Stone’s previous YA novel! Hopefully!

I was also on the edge of my seat as I was trying to figure out who the troll could be! Honestly, I suspected everyone until near the very end; that’s when it became clear. But it wasn’t obvious to me before and I liked the author could hide that info so well! In real life, I wouldn’t like it as much. I’m just thankful that the community in a part of is so supportive and friendly! Thanks, everyone! You all are rockstars! 🎸

Another cool thing about this book is that it’s set in the same world as All the Feels, and you see these references to Starveil, Spartan and those amazing fanfics from that novel! 😍 And while those mentions were nice, it kind of made it hard for me to like the new set of characters at first, because I kept on comparing them to characters from All the Feels. For instance, at first I thought that Laurent is no Xander, but by the end of the book, I was thinking,”Well, Xander sure is no Laurent!” And while Madi and Liv share a few similarities, I find Madi to be more assertive than Liv, and I love the strong relationship she has with her sister, Sarah.  Overall, once I got past seeing the characters through an All the Feels lens, I was championing them like nobody’s business! 😉

Well, that’s all I have to say about Internet Famous by Danika Stone! I really thought this novel was something! I recommend this to anyone looking for a cute contemporary with a modern romance as well as any fans of All the Feels! If you have any thoughts or questions, feel free to share them in the Comments Section below! And for those of you who are interested, Internet Famous is out on June 6th, 2017! Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

I received this copy from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.

Which Cover Wednesday 60

Hello, fellow bloggers! It’s time for Which Cover Wednesday! Which Cover Wednesday is a weekly meme I host. What happens is that I compare two different covers of a book and give my opinion of which cover looks better. And feel free to join in by giving your opinions on these covers in the Comments Section below! Without further ado, here are this week’s covers:

1.  The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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I really like the first cover! It just has this rustic appeal that the second one doesn’t have. And the title’s typography looks amazing! Meanwhile, the second cover seems to just scream “love story with horses”…

2. Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman

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Definitely the first cover! I like the placement of the title and how it fills out the cover more than the second one. Also, the first cover’s title gets a little playful with cover art (the target on the O), which I thought was simple and affective. Plus, I’m a major fan of vespas and cobbled roads…. 😁

3. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

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First cover again! I love the detail given to the illustration of the first cover! 😍 It looks gorgeous! And to be honest, the second cover looks more like a promo poster for a movie or show…

4. United We Spy by Ally Carter

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While I do admire the second cover’s attempt to mimic the original covers, it’s the first cover that steals my heart! The second cover is a bit too monotone for my taste, while the first cover mixes a bit more colour into it! Plus, I love Cami’s graduation get-up! 😉

That’s it for this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! I guess I really gave my love to the first covers this week! 😉 What did you think of this week’s covers? I’d love to know what you thought of them! If you have any thoughts or questions, please let me know in the Comments Section below! Have a nice day!

–  Sumaya

The Versatile Blogger Award

Hey there, fellow readers! I recently got nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Angelica @ The Book Cover Girls! I was also nominated by Meghan @ Meghan’s Whimsical Explorations and Reviews a while back! Thank you so much! It means a lot that you both nominated me for this award. 🙂 Now, without further ado, let’s get this started!

The Rules:

  • Display the award on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blog.

1.  When I was younger, I was a bit of a prankster. I’d prank phone calls, tie people together via their clothes; that sort of thing. Thankfully, I’ve gotten over that phase and just stick to mildly scaring people from time to time… 😀

2. I have this love and hate relationship with the rain. First off, I hate being stuck in the rain. I have no qualms about it when I’m inside my house, sipping a latte and watching the world go by. But once I’m outside and it starts pouring, I’m just put off by it. Probably has to do with the times it would rain in Somalia. Since it wouldn’t rain for long periods of time, when it actually does rain, it pours like nobody’s business. It’s probably also why I’m thankful for it, seeing as the land did need that downpour in order for the wildlife to survive.

3. I’ll never read the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I know this for a fact because I’ve tried several times to read it and could never get past the first few chapters. I know that lots of people love it, and I respect that, but it’ll probably never be my cup of tea and I’m okay with that.

4. I’ve always wanted to work at a bookstore. I guess this would come as no surprise to many of you, but it’s always been a dream of mine to have worked with books and the first job I thought of was working at Chapters Indigo. Even now, if I ever got the chance to work with them and see how the sales side of things go in the book industry, I’d still be interested. Maybe it’ll happen in the future…

5. I haven’t read a Fantasy YA novel in quite a while! I know I’ve been on a Contemporary streak lately, but I really want to delve into a world of magic again! If anyone has suggestions of a really good fantasy novel to read, please share them in the Comments Section below! I’ll read it ASAP!

6. I think I’m slowly on my way to becoming Team eBook… Or at least more than I was before. While I do love having a physical copy of the book at hand, I also love having a eReader with a bunch of books that I can choose to read if I’ve lost interest in one of them. Plus, if buying a new eReader is any indication, it probably means that I’m more dedicated to reading eBooks on a device dedicated to it rather than my tiny phone screen.

7. I don’t own a bookshelf. It’s true! I have a bunch of books but no shelf to put them in. I usually just leave them on the table or in a bin. I’d really like one though… Maybe that’ll be my next big purchase…

I nominate: 

Lia @ Lost in a Story

Hermione and Clara @ Proud and Prejudiced Book Thieves 

Steph @ Lost Purple Quill

Sydney @ Sydney’s Shelves

Laura @ Reading Sanctuary

Des @ Des’ Random Thoughts

Bentley @ Book Bastion

Eliza @ DuskAngelReads

Jasmine @ How Useful It Is

Laura @ thebookcorps

If you’ve already done this award or are not interested, feel free to ignore the nomination. Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Down the TBR Hole 3

Hi, everybody! Welcome back to another Down the TBR Pile post, 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 far, it’s actually been a really great way to sort through my TBR pile! Anyways, I’ll just cut to the chase and introduce this week’s titles! 😉

The books:

1.  Missing You (1-800-Where-Are-You) by Meg Cabot

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OMG! I cannot take this book off my TBR ever! Unless I read it, that is… I’ve always loved Meg Cabot’s books and Jess has got to be one of my favourite protagonists that she has written. I’ll try to get back into this series, even if I have to reread it again! 😀

The verdict: Keep

2. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

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In this case, I’m not sure… Honestly, I just put it on my TBR because it’s Tahereh Mafi, and I loved read the Shatter Me trilogy. I did read a sneak peek of the book, which made it intriguing, so maybe I’ll just keep it for now!

The verdict: Keep

3. Cashmere by Temple West

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This one’s definitely a go! It’s been a long time since I read the first book, which I wasn’t too invested in, excluding the last part…

The verdict: Go

 

4. Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

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From what I can tell, this book is right up my alley with the whole girl-becomes-a-star angle! I’m definitely keeping this! Hopefully I can read this before the adaptation on Freeform…

The verdict: Keep

5. A Mad Zombie Party by Gena Showalter

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I remember really wanting to read this, especially after the conclusion of Queen of the Zombie Hearts. But now, I’m okay with letting that be the conclusion of the whole series, instead of rehashing that ending…

The verdict: Go

Well, that’s it for this week’s Down the TBR Pile! Are any of these books on your TBR pile as well? And if so, are you still interested in them? By the way, any thoughts about this week’s Down the TBR Pile are welcome in the Comments Section below. Have a nice day, everyone! 🙂

–  Sumaya

ARC Review: Sucktown, Alaska by Craig Dirkes

My rating:

red1.5

(DNF review)

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

Hello, everyone! Another day, another review, and this one is on Sucktown, Alaska by Craig Dirkes. When I first requested it on NetGalley, I think I only had to read the first paragraph of the blurb to find it interesting. It’s about a guy named Eddie who works as a reporter in a small town called Kusko after flunking out of the University of Anchorage. And at first, I was really invested in it. Especially in the reporter aspects of the novel and the funny articles. But once I read about a third of the novel, and it became less about reporting, I started to lose interest and skimmed. A lot. So much so that I would lose chunks of the story yet somehow still know what’s going on. In the end, what started out as something really enjoyable became something I just couldn’t read anymore.

As I’ve said before, the novel did start out interesting with Eddie’s reporting and articles in The Delta Patriot, the newspaper he works for in Kusko. It was cool to see Eddie go all out for a career he loves, even though the place is less than ideal for him. Everyone tries to warn him about it, but instead of just quitting at the first sign of trouble, he sticks it out, which I had admired. I just wish he kept that resolve later on in the book.

Then there was Eddie’s logic on his staying at Kusko. While I thought it was admirable that he was willing to make up for his mistakes and prove that he is serious about journalism even after his mistakes, all that resolve goes out the window because of a girl he had just met. I’d say it was on a whim except he makes decisions affecting him in the long run because of it. At the very least, Eddie could at least stick to one plan, whether it was to go or stay, and not base it off how a girl treats him. That kind of decision making gets him into all sorts of trouble that’s more than it’s worth…

Overall, I wasn’t as invested in the story as I was in the beginning where it had shown a lot of promise. Partly because of what happens as the plot progresses and partly because of Eddie becoming less of a likeable character. Well, that’s all I have to say about Sucktown, Alaska by Craig Dirkes. It wasn’t the novel for me, but I’m sure that had to do with my biases more than the writing itself. If you have any thoughts or questions about this book, feel free to leave them in the Comments section below. Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

Which Cover Wednesday 59

Hello, lovely readers! I’m back with another Which Cover Wednesday! For those of you who don’t know, Which Cover Wednesday is a meme that I host. In it, I compare different covers of the same book and give my opinion on which cover fits the book better. You can also join in on the fun by commenting down below on which is your favourite cover and why. Today’s covers are:

1. A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee

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In this case, I really like the second cover because it gives off more of a mystery vibe to me, with its colour scheme and the shrouded house in the background. Plus, I really admire the second cover’s typography! 🙂 I also like the fact that it looks appealing without the model on the cover. Don’t get me wrong; the first cover looks great as well. But I do have a thing for covers without models and this is no exception!

2. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (US and Polish editions)

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OMG! Second cover looks great! While both these covers look similar, the second cover looks like a re-vamped version of the first that I cannot say no to. It just instantly draws my eye to it…

3. Heist Society by Ally Carter (US and Australian editions)

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This one’s an easy pick! I’d go with the first cover! I like how it’s not too obvious, playing with the pun in the title by having the model mimic someone from high society, with her sunglasses and her top (from what I can see of it). Meanwhile, reflected from her glasses is a painting that she looks ready to rob! The second one just looks like a model stunt, with the effects appearing to be part of the background used to sell whatever it is the model’s selling… Maybe her jacket ( it is a nice jacket… 😉 )?

4. Special feature: Caraval by Stephanie Garber (US, UK, and Russian Editions)

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Thank you, Liliana @ Liliana N Bookish, for suggesting these three covers! I honestly wouldn’t have even known about the third one if it wasn’t for you!

As to which cover I prefer, I think it would be the US edition first, then the Russian edition, and finally, the UK edition. I love the simplistic and elegant look of the first one. It’s not over the top but it’s intriguing enough to hold its own, all without divulging a concrete image of the characters that’ll be stuck in a reader’s head through the novel. The Russian cover, on the other hand, would be perfect for a graphic novel, with its whimsical animation and attention to detail. I just don’t think that it’s as suited to a novel as the US edition is. And compared to these two covers, the UK edition looks boring in comparison…

Well, that’s it for this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! If you have any thoughts or questions about these covers, or suggestions for next week’s Which Cover Wednesday, feel free to share them in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

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