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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Hey there, fellow readers! It’s been a while since my last Top Ten Tuesday, but I thought I’d get back into the habit of writing these posts! This week’s TTT is about the books we meant to read in 2017, but never got a chance to. I don’t know about you, but there are a lot of books I really wanted to read, whether they were new releases, part of a series, or just because they sounded really awesome! Here are just some of the books I wished I had the time to read last year:

Do you have any books you really wanted to read in 2017, but never got a chance to do so? Feel free to share them in the Comments Section below!

Have a nice day, everyone!

–  Sumaya


Review: Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking


Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.

Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin’s ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart.

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Hey, everyone! I just finished reading Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking! To be honest, I didn’t hear about her latest novel until around October, which seems pretty late in the game, but I was still pretty intrigued! I loved The Trylle Trilogy and The Kanin Chronicles, so I couldn’t wait to read this book! Once I started reading it though, I wasn’t as excited for it as I thought I would be…

A good reason for this might be the world-building within the novel. Usually, in the author’s past novels, the mythology is concise and easy to follow. In this case, I felt as if it was all over the place, with different mythologies coming together to create a hodgepodge all-encompassing mythological world. I just wasn’t a fan of mixing mythologies together and then just leaving holes in that world later on because of it. That and the fact that until the end, I had no clue whatsoever about where the book was set. It didn’t really bother me until Malin used some British slang and then I paused to ask myself “Wait! Where is this taking place?” Luckily, by the end, the book hints to take place in the U.S. since they mention Mexico and the border. I’m still not 100% sure… But those are just my opinions! I’m sure there are people who loved the world the novel was set in! 😉

As for the characters, while they were good for all intents and purposes, I didn’t connect with them that much. I mean, I was interested in their actions and whatnot, but that was more in terms of plot and the mystery surrounding them. Plus, I felt as if some of the characters could have used a bit more backstory. Not necessarily Malin and Quinn (I actually like the amount of backstory given to them), but Oona, Asher and even Marlow. Maybe it’s my feelings about the world building that’s clouding my judgement as well, but overall, I just didn’t click with the characters as much as I wanted to…

I guess that’s all I have to say about Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking. At least for now. While I wasn’t into this book as much as her other novels, I hope that the second book will be better. If you have any comments or questions about this book as well as any other novels by Amanda Hocking, feel free to share them in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

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

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 24

Happy Monday, lovely readers! I’m back with another post of “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. While I didn’t get to read In Search of Us last week, I did get to read other books, so there’s that! Hopefully, I’ll finally read In Search of Us this week because it sounds so interesting!

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 what I’m planning to read so far! Who knows how it’ll go by the end of week, though? 😉 What are you reading today? I’d love to read about it in the Comments Section below!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Down the TBR Hole 13

Hi, everybody! It’s been a while since my last “Down the TBR Hole” post, but I thought I’d get back into it to help sort through the books in my 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 do, here are the books featured this week:

1.  #Nerd by Cambria Herbert


If it wasn’t for the fact that I had recently bought this book on Amazon Kindle (it was $1.99), I probably wouldn’t keep it in my TBR pile. But since I did, I will have to make an effort to read it some time soon! Who knows? Maybe I’ll end up liking it if it’s anything like Perfect Chemistry! 😉

The verdict: Keep

2. A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody

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Ever since I read In Some Other Life, I really want to read all books by Jessica Brody, so I’m definitely keeping this. Now, if only I can find time to read it…

The verdict: Keep

3. Firstlife by Gena Showalter


I don’t think I’ll be reading this since the only reason this book was on my TBR pile was because of Gena Showalter. I really loved the White Rabbit Chronicles series, but I don’t think my love will transfer to this book’s premise…

The verdict: Go

4. The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading by Charity Tahmaseb

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I added this book to my TBR list a really long time ago, and I don’t think I’m even a little bit invested in reading it anymore…

The verdict: Go

5. Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

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I honestly added this to my TBR pile mostly because of the gorgeous cover and somewhat because of the plot. But when I look at it, it doesn’t provoke any desire to read it, so I’m just going to toss it.

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.

Take care, everyone!

–  Sumaya


Review: Busted by Gina Ciocco


Marisa wasn’t planning to be a snoop for hire—until she accidentally caught her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. Now her reputation for sniffing out cheaters has spread all over school, and Marisa finds herself the reluctant queen of busting two-timing boys.

But when ex-frenemy Kendall asks her to spy on her boyfriend, TJ, Marisa quickly discovers the girl TJ might be falling for is Marisa herself. And worse yet? The feelings are quickly becoming mutual. Now, she’s stuck spying on a “mystery girl” and the spoken-for guy who just might be the love of her life…

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Hi, fellow readers! I’m back with another review! Today’s review is on Busted by Gina Ciocco. Now, I’ve been trying to broaden my reading horizons, so I thought I’d give this book a go since I don’t typically go for thrillers.  After that book though, I’ve decided to stay away from thrillers, at least for a while… I’m not trying to judge one genre based on one book (although this book did have a role to play in my decision), but after trying to read a couple of thrillers, I just feel that the genre isn’t for me.

Don’t get me wrong; the book had a super interesting plot with the amount of stuff going on! Just when you thought the book was going one way, it uproots you when it goes in a totally different direction! Honestly, by midpoint, I was 100% invested in finding out what was going on. I just didn’t agree with how Marisa, the protagonist, handled it. At. All. However, it did take a little while for me to get interested, since the beginning was a bit boring with all the setup. Oh, and by the end, when the mystery was solved, I didn’t really care for the story anymore. I was just ready for it to be over. But the middle was spectacular in terms of plot.

The characters, though, are another story… Like I said before, I couldn’t believe how Marisa handled things. And I’m not talking about a couple mistakes; more like a mistake every couple of pages! For someone who knows about the power of information, she sure likes to reveal her hand to people before it’s necessary, ruining the impact it might have had otherwise. Sure, there were some things that she couldn’t have possibly guessed would have happened, but a lot of the time, it was Marisa’s insistence in digging deeper and not learning from her mistakes that made me not care for her as a character, let alone the protagonist who gave readers the lay of the land. I honestly took everything she said with a grain of salt…

Well, that’s all I have to say on Busted by Gina Ciocco. While I did find it an interesting read, I wish its protagonist had developed a bit more… But if you’re searching for a good book, plot-wise, then look no further! Has anyone else read Busted yet? And if you have,  what did you think of it? If you have any comments or questions related to Busted, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

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

It’s Only Pretend Until It’s Not: Fake Relationships in YA

While this trope may never work out in real life,  fake relationships- that become real sure are appealing to read about! After reading When It’s Real, I felt inspired to write this post and talk about fake relationships some more. Here are some of the key elements that I’ve noticed in these books:

1. There’s always a reason behind it all


Before the emotions, there was the calculating plan that brought these two together in the first place. There could be a number of reasons why they felt like they had to stage a fake romance like financial troubles, judgment of friends and family, etc., but the top contender is usually to keep up appearances.

2. Prejudices in the way


We all have preconceptions of people before we truly get to know them and the OTP of this novel isn’t any different. Except for the fact that they hate each other’s guts almost right off the bat. First impressions are a big deal in this subgenre and set the tone of the couple’s relationship for a good part of the novel. Now, if there was only some way to get rid of these assumptions… 😉

3. Physical attraction

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While our couple may not be connecting emotionally at first, they certainly can’t help stealing glances at each other! Not that they would admit it to each other, though! At least, not so early on in the story…

4. “Illogical” jealousy

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These two might not be actually dating each other, but it doesn’t stop one of them from feeling jealous whenever the other shows interest in someone else, even purely platonic interest. The jealousy is brushed off initially, however, because that can’t possibly be the reason behind their reaction.

5. Moments of vulnerability

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As they get to know each other and the older prejudices slowly come crumbling down, the true turning point of their relationship is when they’re able to bear their souls to each other and become vulnerable around that person. That’s when the fake relationship becomes real!

Do agree with my list? And which books have you seen this trope appear in? Let me know in the Comments Section below!

–  Sumaya


Review: When It’s Real by Erin Watt


Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley’s team decides it’s time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he’s settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of “normal.” Under ordinary circumstances she’d never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn’t have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley’s team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley’s a shallow, self-centered jerk? It’s not like they’re going to fall for each other in real life…right?

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Hello, everyone! Just finished a pretty good book today: When It’s Real by Erin Watt! I’ve been meaning to read it for a while, ever since I finished the third book of The Royals series! Well, that and Fallen Heir, too! On a whim, I bought the book on Amazon Kindle and have been reading it since! Was it as good as I thought it would be? Yes, it was!

First of all, I want to start of by saying that I really like reading about fake relationships turning into something more! I don’t know exactly what it is about them. Maybe it’s the fact that both people have prior judgments about the other that are wiped away over the course of the relationship. Or it could be the fact that they become really vulnerable when they wouldn’t have otherwise. Maybe it’s the drama that results from it! Or all of the above! Regardless, I love it when a book includes a staged relationship into its story! Plus, When It’s Real had a lot to do with the entertainment industry since Oakley is a   famous singer and all! Those two things combined made this book super appealing to me!

As for the characters, I liked them well enough. They interacted nicely with each other and were pretty decent. On their own, they were okay as well. Sometimes, they’d play to their archetypes, though. Like Vaughn being the girl next door and Oakley being the jerky dudebro… But it made sense due to the story being told and for the progression of the plot. I was never bored, that’s for sure! But there also times where my heart would go out to them, especially Vaughn! While I might not have agreed with how they both handled things, I understood their reasoning and empathized because of it.

Well, that’s all I have to say about When It’s Real by Erin Watt! At least, for now! Honestly, I loved reading every bit of it! Even near the end! Mainly because I was really tense, more than I needed to be! 😀 Now I really need to read Fallen Heir because I obviously cannot get enough of books by Erin Watt! If you have any comments or questions about this book as well as The Royal series, feel free to leave them in the section below. Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Book Bargain: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Hey, there! I just wanted to let everyone know that To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han is available for 1.99 CAD on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, and iBooks! If you haven’t read it already, and are looking for a sweet, Contemporary YA read, then you should definitely read this book!

Have a nice day!

–  Sumaya

Review: Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski


THE RULES ARE SIMPLE: You must be gifted. You must be younger than twenty-five. You must be willing to accept the dangers that you will face if you win.

Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Gupta’s entire life has been leading up to this—the opportunity to travel to space. But to secure a spot on this classified mission, she must first compete against the best and brightest people on the planet. People who are as determined as she to win a place on a journey to the farthest reaches of the universe.

Cassie is ready for the toll that the competition will take; the rigorous mental and physical tests designed to push her to the brink of her endurance. But nothing could have prepared her for the bonds she would form with the very people she hopes to beat. Or that with each passing day it would be more and more difficult to ignore the feeling that the true objective of the mission is being kept from her.

As the days until the launch tick down and the stakes rise higher than ever before, only one thing is clear to Cassie: she’ll never back down . . . even if it costs her everything.

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Hello again! Another day, another review, and this one is on Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski! I’ve been trying to read more Sci-Fi and broaden my horizons instead of comfortably reading Contemporary over and over again. So far, it’s been hard to break that habit of returning to Contemporary, but I still try and read something else once in a while. And this book sounded pretty interesting, with the huge competition and everything! Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I thought I would…

The main reason for this was my initial feelings for the protagonist. I didn’t like Cassie from the beginning, with her thinking she’s better than everyone else. Even after she began to develop as a character, and I started to like Cassie a bit more, there was still that initial impression that followed me until near the very end. If I liked anything, it was probably her development as a character, making friends while in the competition, and realizing mistakes she has made beforehand. I liked some of the secondary characters a lot more though, like her friends Emilio and Mitsuko!

As for the plot, I actually liked the idea behind it all, with the winner of the competition going into space alongside seasoned astronauts. And every step of the way, I was intrigued by the challenges set up to determine the winner as well as the courses used to catch them up. Although all throughout the novel, I did wonder “Why do they need an inexperienced person to come along with them to space?” And how does youth play a role?” And while my questions were answered by the end, those answers just spurred so many more questions! Honestly, the plot was where it was at for me and the only thing I can think of that I didn’t like was sometimes the pacing would be really quick in some places, but really slow in others.

Well, that’s about all I have to say about Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski. Wasn’t my favourite Sci-Fi read (that honour goes to The Thousandth Floor! 😉 ), but I did find it interesting. Not sure whether I’ll pick up the sequel, though…Has anyone else read Dare Mighty Things? And if so, what were your thoughts on the book? I’d love to hear about it in the Comments Section below!

Take care, everyone, and keep reading!

–  Sumaya

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

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