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Which Cover Wednesday 25

Hello, everybody! It’s time for another Which Cover Wednesday! Which Cover Wednesday is a meme I host where I compare two different covers of the same book and suggest which one is more appropriate for the book. And you can participate, too, by giving your opinion on which cover you think is better in the Comments Section below. Well.. let the games begin! 🙂

1. Marked (House of Night #1) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

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I think I’m in love with the second cover! It’s just that the first cover looks a bit plain in comparison, with its background and bored looking model in the corner of the cover. The second cover, on the other hand, looks more vibrant and mysterious in that the model is shrouded by the colour… 😉

2. Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods #1) by Melissa de la Cruz (English and Indonesian)

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Second cover again! It won me over with that background! 🙂 The second one just looks so much more glitzier compared to the first, which seems relevant when talking about rich vampires…

3. Night World No. 1 by L.J. Smith

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In this case, I’d go the second cover! While the first one shows readers a passive model, the second one has the model appearing active (in the process of sucking blood) while staring directly at the audience. It’s kind of chilling! 😉

4. Hearts at Stake/My Love Lies Bleeding (The Drake Chronicles #1) by Alyxandra Harvey

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Second cover for the win! 😀 It’s not that the first cover isn’t great. The second one just seems more thought out and organized with its word placement and cover art. Plus, I love how the model appears to be formed from the background itself, which in my opinion is really a creative design! 😉

Well, those are our covers for this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! Which ones did you like? I’d love to hear about it in the Comments Section below! Also, any questions or suggestions about next week’s Which Cover Wednesday are welcome as well! That’s all for today. Thanks for reading!

-Sumaya

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Bringing Back Vampire Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hi everyone! It’s been a long week and it’s only Tuesday! 😛 But speaking of, it’s Top Ten Tuesday! This week, it’s all about Halloween, seeing as it’s this Saturday. The topic is kind of a freebie related to Halloween themes, so I’m going to go with a supernatural creature: the vampire. I know this supernatural being is a bit outdated in popular lit (because there’s only so much vampire books you can read), but it still had an impact on YA, and so I’m going to mention ten books that have vampires in them:

1. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

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Just about everyone and their grandmother knows about this book.

2. The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L. J. Smith

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Most people know about this from the TV series.

3. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

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It’s like vampires plus Gossip Girl.

4. Reborn by C.C. Hunter

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Della leads a double life by being a vampire at her boarding school while her family lives in ignorance of her secret.

5. Carry On: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow by Rainbow Rowell

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Oh, Baz! *sigh*

6. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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Vampires have magical powers. That’s right! 🙂

7. Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauly

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Teaches you how to be a proper vampire. 😉

8. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Vampires are living as second class citizens, thanks to Shadowhunters.

9. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

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Where a girl realizes that she’s one of the few female vampires left…

10. Almost to Die For by Tate Halloway

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Vampires and witches duking it out! 😀

That’s my Top Ten for this week! Any that are similar to yours? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below! Until next time…

-Sumaya

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Duos

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

Hey, everybody! Another Tuesday, another Top Ten! This week’s topic is about those duos you think would write great books together. Here’s my list!

1. Rachel Vincent and Gena Showalter

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I can see these two writing together since they have such similar protagnonists and work with similar genres

2. Sarah J. Maas and Alex Flinn

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This pairing is mostly because of the fairytale retellings that both these authors have written…

3. Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs

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I haven’t read a book by Ransom Riggs (yet). But how great would it be for this couple to write a book together? A book by them would be the cutest thing ever!

4. Simone Elkeles and Katie McGarry

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Both Perfect Chemistry and Pushing the Limits are on the same level of YA contemporary, in terms of the feels, so they would be a superb pairing!

5. Richelle Mead and Cassandra Clare

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I wonder how a book by these two authors would turn out. That’s why I parked them: pure curiosity. 😉

6. Gail Carriger and Kady Cross

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Go Steampunk! With the supernatural and Victorian elements, you know you won’t go wrong if Gail Carriger and Kady Cross paired up!

7. L.J. Smith and Christopher Pike

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Since both of these authors started from the 90s, I wonder what kind of perspective they would bring together in 2015.

8. Rainbow Rowell and Stephanie Perkins

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Since they already have an anthology together, I think they could probably pull off a coauthorship as well.

9. Corey Ann Haydu and Sarah Dessen

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Their books are on the same line of YA contemporary, in that it has a dark, complicated side as well as light…

10. Heather Demetrios and Laurie Boyle Crompton

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Now I can imagine these two writing great contemporaries together.

Those are my Top Ten!  Who are yours? Feel free to leave your Top Ten as well as any comments or questions in the Comments section below. Until next time…

-Sumaya

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books To Read If You Like This Super Popular Book/Author

Hello, everybody! Today’s Tuesday, which means it’s time to name my Top Ten! This week, it’s about those books you’d recommend  if you’d like reading this author or that. To be honest, at first, I thought it would be really hard to come up with a list for this Top Ten, but then it became really easy as I got the ball rolling!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, if you liked City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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I felt that Calaena was like Jace when I read this the first time around…

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, if you liked Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (sigh)

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Other than it being hot and steamy, it also includes issues about family, image, acceptance and other topics.

The Lightning Thief, if you liked Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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This was how my friend recommended it to me when I first read it, and I’d have to agree, except The Lightening Thief is a bit shorter…

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, if you liked The Faults in Our Stars by John Green

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When the blurb on Goodreads describes it like that, you can’t always trust it. But in this case, it was kind of right. 🙂

Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway, if you liked anything by Sarah Dessen

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This description (of it being for fans of Sarah Dessen) was pretty accurate, according to me!

Dark Visions by L.J. Smith, if you liked The Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong

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Teens locked up in a secluded area with magical/psychic powers? Oh yeah!

Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi, if you liked Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Not only is it concerned with reality versus imagination, it also has themes about family and social interaction. Both main characters are loners as well. 😉

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabuluous Life Rachel Renée Russell if you liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

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This is more or less like Diary of a Wimpy, only with the main character being a girl…

The Real Prom Queens of Westerfield High by Laurie Boyle Crompton, if you liked Something Real by Heather Demetrios

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They both contain the ugly truth about reality tv shows.

The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter, if you liked Abandon by Meg Cabot

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If you want to read retellings about myth, specifically the Persephone and Hades myth.

These are my Top Ten this week! Any of these similar to your Top Ten? If you have any thoughts about this list or want to leave your TTT link in the comments section, feel free to share them. Take care and keep reading!

-Sumaya

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books/Series that Scared Me Silly ( or just made me anxious)

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

Hi, everyone! Sorry for the late post, but as you can see, this is for Top Ten Tuesday. This week is interesting because it’s a freebie (you can basically decide what topic you want to discuss). At first, I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to list, but then this topic came to mind, and I just let it roll. While these books did put me on the edge of my seat, I still like most of them. I don’t think the books would have been as great without that scary factor. So without further ado, I present my Top Scary Books:

10. The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

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This one wasn’t scary bad, but creepy nonetheless. Didn’t stop me from reading it, though!

9. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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I was actually afraid to read Frankenstein, thanks to the media. Once I read it, Frankenstein wasn’t that scary and was actually a great story and one of my favourites!

8. The Riddle by Alison Croggon

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I was mostly afraid for Maerad, since she was alone in an unfamiliar world at this point of the story.

7. Falling for You by Lisa Schroeder

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As I read the story, I was really afraid for Rayanne’s well being and hoped she make it out okay.

6. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

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It was on the same lines as Falling for You, where I was scared for Caitlyn and wanted the problem to resolve itself so badly!

5. Anything from the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine

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There was just something about the Goosebumps series that made you want to read more, even if you knew something bad was going to happen to the protagonist.

4. Anything from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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I’ve never read this series at night. Nuff said.

3. The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith

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When game turns into something with higher stakes, you know you should be worried.

2. The Midnight Clowns by Robert Dodds

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That book freaked me out when I was in Grade 10, and it was for kids!

1. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

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I enjoyed the book while I read it, but as soon as I was done, I couldn’t sleep for days without the lights on…

As you can see, I don’t enjoy reading books that scare me, so I generally avoid them. In most cases, I had no idea these books would affect me the way they did. Are there any books that scare you silly (or is it just me)? If anyone has posted a Top Ten Tuesday, feel free to leave a link below! I’d love to see what you’ve done this week! Take care and keep 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

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read the Most Books From

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

Hello again! I’d like to point out that this is my first time participating in the weekly meme, Top Ten Tuesday. Hope to keep the participating consistent from here on out! This week’s theme is authors I’ve read the most of and here are my top ten:

10. J.K Rowling (7 books)

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This is what got me into books!

9. C.C Hunter (7 books)

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C.C Hunter is an amazing author! It’s hard not to read her books!

8. Jeff Kinney (9 books)

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid is always good for a laugh! Unless you’re reading The Third Wheel

7. Cassandra Clare (13 books)

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I remember reading this in 2010 and I’ve been with Cassandra Clare since!

6. Jennifer L. Armentrout (14 books)

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When I first heard about it, I didn’t think it would be that good. I’m glad that I gave it a chance. 😉

5. L.J Smith (15 books)

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Read this before the tv series!

4.Rick Riordan (18 books)

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My friend recommended this to me and I’m happy that she did! 😀

3. Richelle Mead (20 books)

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Read this on my day off, which made it even more amazing.

2. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (26 books)

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My childhood to adulthood with Alice McKinley!

1. Meg Cabot (27 books)

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Have read almost every book by Meg Cabot and cannot wait for the ones coming up!

That’s my list! Have you read any of these authors? Or have you read an author so much that they deserve to be on your Top Ten Tuesday? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

-Sumaya

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