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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favourite Releases So Far This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hey, everyone! It’s Top Ten Tuesday again! This week’s topic is about our favourite releases so far this year!  This is opposite to last week’s topic, which was about the anticipated releases for the second half of the year. Compared to last week’s, this week’s Top Ten was easier to write about! Well, without further ado, here’s my list:

1. The Siren by Kiera Cass

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This was everything I wanted and more! 🙂

 

2. Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw

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I love books about fandoms! ❤

3. The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

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I didn’t know that this was the conclusion, but if I did, it would only have made me anticipate the book more! 😉 

4. Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally

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A great contemporary read!

5. The Crown by Kiera Cass

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It’s finally over! Yay! 

6. Proposal (Mediator #6.5) by Meg Cabot

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It was nice having a refresher before Remembrance!

7. Remembrance (Mediator #7) by Meg Cabot

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Loved seeing Suze and Jesse again!

8. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

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Reading this whenever I have the time and immensely enjoying it!

9.  My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows

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Reading a bit of it made me really want to read the rest! 

10. All the Feels by Danika Stone

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This book is literally waiting for me to start reading it again! 😀

That’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! Do any of these books match your Top Ten? If you have any thoughts you’d like to share (whether it be questions, comments or your TTT), feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading!

-Sumaya

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Beach Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s topic is on beach reads and you’ll be able to tell from my list that to me, beach read usually equals romance or contemporary! 😉 I guess there could be other novels that you’d bring to the beach with you (to each their own), but I’d look for something light and easy, usually without a cliffhanger. Well, instead of explaining it, why don’t I just show you? Here are books that I think are beach reads:

1. The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

I just love the theater aspect of the book as well as emotional issues being resolved!

2. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

This one’s just too cute for words!

3. A Match Made in High School by Kristen Walker

Because you’d never see this happening at high school! 😉

4. The Siren by Kiera Cass

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It’s not just a beach read because of the cover! 

5. Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan

It was such a quick read! 🙂

6. Last Chance (or Keeping the Moon) by Sarah Dessen

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Coincidently, this book is set in the summer… 😀 

7. Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall

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Another book set in summer, but a really enjoyable read, nonetheless!

8. Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally

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Such a sweet standalone! 

9. The Fairy Tale’s Return and Other Princess Tales by Gail Carson Levine

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A few good stories that people can choose to read in which ever order they want!

10. For the Record by Charlotte Huang

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Summertimes tours and all their drama! 😉

So that’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! Do the titles match on any of your Top Ten or are titles you’ve read before? If so, please share your thoughts in the comments section below! Even if you haven’t read or recognized these books, I’d still love to hear from you if you have any questions or comments! Well, that’s all for now! Tune in next week for another Top Ten. Have a nice night, everyone!

-Sumaya

 

Review: The Crown by Kiera Cass

My rating: purple4

Hey, everyone! Hope you’re all doing well. This is my first review since returning to my blog and for that, I’m covering The Crown by Kiera Cass! 😀

This book is the final one in the series and the second book in Eadlyn’s perspective. Now, while The Selection books are pretty popular, I’ve got to say that the last book didn’t match the standards of the other four books, even The Heir, in which we meet a bratty Eadlyn. Maybe because the pacing in that book is more slower than The Crown. The last book of the Selection series is attempting to tie any loose ends, but in doing so, it felt too fast paced without any room for actual development. The book tried to do too much in so little pages (288 pages compared to The Heir‘s 368 pages). I’m not saying that The Crown wasn’t good; it just wasn’t great enough to give the book five stars.

Another problem with the plot was the ending. Before The Crown came out, I thought,” Wouldn’t it be funny if Eadlyn ended up with him?” only to find out that she actually does end up with him. And I was kind of worried about how easy it was for her to end up with him. Maybe because her declaration of love wasn’t strategically placed. Eadlyn realizes she loves him near the end of the book, which makes their relationship seem less developed. Sure, she comes up with a few instances that explains her feelings. I just wish they had more of a developed story at the end, instead of seeing only the beginning of their relationship.

Then there was Eadlyn herself. Compared to The Heir, she has grown into a strong and capable leader who is sensitive to other people’s needs. Without the crisis that happened in the end of The Heir, I wouldn’t have believed it to be possible in such a short amount of time. But Eadlyn stepped up to the point where she almost was a Mary Sue. Luckily, there were a few moments that brought back her realness. But there was a drawback; Eadlyn started to care so much about other people’s thoughts that she became obsessed with serving others, even if it meant her own happiness is diminished. I think the main lesson she learns from the last book is that she should balance her duties to others and herself. The Heir shows her lacking empathy for others outside her station, while in The Crown, Eadlyn deals with the concerns of her people and takes on so much. But in the end, she decides to be careful and not take on all her people’s problems at once, without any help. I think, at least character-wise, it was a good way to finish.

That’s all I have to say about The Crown for now. What do you think? Do you believe that Kiera Cass ended The Selection on a good note? What will she write next? I’d love to hear your thoughts about it. For those of you wanting to read more Kiera Cass after the Selection series, I think you should read The Siren, because it is just amazing! 😉 Thanks for reading!

-Sumaya

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Book to Film Adaptations

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hello again! Sorry for being absent for the last Top Ten Tuesday. But I’m back on track, with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! The topic of the week is about those book to film adaptations, which I kind of have a love-hate relationship with. Well, more of a hate relationship, since I’m mostly horrified by what’s on the screen later on. Still, it doesn’t stop me from anticipating other film adaptations, and hoping for the best. These are the ones I’m looking forward to:

10. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

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The trailer for the sequel looks good, so far…

9. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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I haven’t actually read this (yet), but I’m already interested to see how it would look on the big screen.

8. Room by Emma Donoghue

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The trailer made me cry. And want to see the whole movie.

7. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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I hope the tv series Shadowhunters does a good job of adapting the books, unlike the movie…

6. The Selection by Kiera Cass

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Third time’s the charm! Or maybe this is fourth time it’s been picked up, but I can’t really remember… :/

5. Obsidian by J.L. Armentrout

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Finally! 😀

4. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

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The trailer made me want to see it right away!

3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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I’m so excited for this one; I have such positive feelings about this series!

2. Shadow Falls series by C.C. Hunter

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This is actually going to be a web series. Can’t wait until the actors are confirmed! 😉

1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

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I literally fangirled when I saw the pictures of it that recently came out. Imagine what would happen if I saw the trailer? 🙂

So those are my Top Ten. Are any of them similar to yours? What adaptations are you looking forward to? Feel free to leave comments behind; I would love to hear from you! Thanks for reading!

-Sumaya

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

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

Hello everyone! It’s Tuesday and that means Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s Top Ten features those series you have yet to finish, whether you want to or not. And my Top Ten are:

10.The Delirium series

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I just couldn’t read Pandemonium. I just couldn’t…

9. The Iron Fey series

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I finished the books in Meghan’s POV, but still haven’t touched the second book in Ethan’s POV. Hopefully, I’ll be able to go back to it soon.

8.The Divergent series

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Never going to finish it after what everyone has told me. To be honest, I received the book around the time it was released but didn’t make time to read it on account of not liking it. So I’m really glad that happened! 😉

7. The Hunger Games series

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Yeah, yeah. It’s kind of weird that I didn’t finish it. But that’s really my fault, since I read the synopsis after waiting a long time for the book. Basically, I ruined it for myself and cannot continue to finish the series because of this.

6. The Shadowhunter Academy series

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This is one series I can’t wait to finish!

5. Throne of Glass series

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Why do I keep on using this series in almost every Top Ten?:/ Anyways, super excited about it!

4. ACOTAR series

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Thank God it’s a trilogy and not six books! 😀

3. The Young Elites series

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I don’t think I’m going back to that one seeing as Adeline basically turns evil, at least from what I can tell…

2. The Selection series

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Just when we thought it all ended with the third one, they bring in two more! 😐

1. The Night World series

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If it’ll ever be finished, I’m reading it! 😉

So, that’s my Top Ten. To be fair, I probably can make up a list that includes more than ten series but these were the first ones that came to mind, so that has to mean something. Do you have any series that you’ve yet to finish, whether you want to or not? Comment about it below, or leave me a link to your Top Ten if you have one! Until next time…

-Sumaya

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