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Which Cover Wednesday 23

Hello, my fellow bloggers and readers! It’s Which Cover Wednesday again! Hooray! 😀 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 I invite you all to participate and comment below to choose your favourite cover. Here are this week’s selection:

1. Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard (English and French)

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Well, in this case, I’d go with the first cover. Not that the second cover is bad, but the first cover links the art with the story. The second cover could be used for a multitude of stories.

2. Timeless by Alexandra Monir (English and Polish)

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First cover again! This cover is simply beautiful! The background is nicely done with its fog and colour scheme, shrouding the model and making her look mysterious. Also, not to take the title literally, but the first model looks more “timeless” than the second cover’s model (in terms of fashion).

3. Twilight (Mediator #6) by Meg Cabot

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Well, I kind of feel bad for choosing the first cover again, but then I wouldn’t be true to my opinion, would I? So…first cover all the way! 😀 In its vagueness, the first cover leaves us to imagine what the characters would look like, rather than giving us features that we have to contend with, in our minds.

4. Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

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This one’s a bit more harder, since these covers are both great within their own right. The first cover makes the model appear to be troubled, while floating, tying into the ghost haunting motif. While the second one is appropriate with its fog and  bare trees, it reminds me of the cover of Fallen by Lauren Kate (especially with the model in that position on the cover, surrounded by trees). So, for originality (as well as a beautiful and ethereal cover) , the award goes to… the first cover! 🙂

Well, this week’s Which Cover Wednesday has come to a close. Were there any covers you liked (or disliked)? If you have any comments or questions about this week’s Which Cover Wednesday, please leave them in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading, everyone!

-Sumaya

The Gilmore Girls Book Tag

Hello everybody! I’m back with another tag. This time, it’s the Gilmore Girls book tag, courtesy of Eve Messenger. If you haven’t already, you should check out her blog and her answers to this tag; you’ll find them really entertaining! Well, without further ado, here are my answers to the tag:

1. I JUST GOT HIT BY A DEER: character having the worst day ever

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  • Calaena in the second half of Crown of Midnight (it was more than a day, but it was still pretty bad…)

 

2 . STARS HOLLOW: wildly eccentric cast

  • Mia’s friends in The Princess Diaries series

 

3. COFFEE: a character you’re addicted to/ a character with an addiction

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  • Jem in The Infernal Devices, with his addiction to yin fen.

 

4. SOMEONE DEVIL EGGED MY CAR?!: a great act of revenge

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  • Frankenstein’s creature from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley ( OMG! The things he put Frankenstein through, not that he didn’t totally deserve it…)

 

5. MR. MEDINA: an illicit affair

  • Benedict Lightwood and demon pox. Nuff said.

6. KIM’S ANTIQUES:  a world you’d be afraid to enter

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  • Narnia, just because it seems like it would be a lot of work just to stay there….

7. HARVARD VS. YALE: character who needs to make a life-changing decision

  • Percy Jackson at the end of The Last Olympian by Rick RiordanMa, when he is given his reward

8. LUKE’S DINER: comfort read

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  • Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi, because I would go back to that book over and over again.

9. AM I CRYING OR LAUGHING?: a book that messed with your emotions

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  • Falling for You by Lisa Shroeder had me crying even on the subway!

10. EMILY: the HBIC

Grandmere from The Princess Diaries totally fits that description! 😀

11. LORELAI AND RORY: favourite family dynamic

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  • Stella and Cara from The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak. They wholeheartedly support each other! 😉

12. I PUSHED HIM IN THE LAKE: a book you’d throw in the lake

  • The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill is that book. If I had been near the lake at the time, I probably would have left it there, since it was pretty boring…

13. 1000 YELLOW DAISIES: favourite romance

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  • At this point, it would be Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I remember reading it and thinking that it was the sweetest thing!

14. JESS: an unpopular opinion

  • Love, Lucy by April Lindner, just because of the star rating it was given on Goodreads versus how much I enjoyed it (a lot more than its star rating…)

15. FIRST SNOW: snowy or holiday read

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  • My True Love Gave to Me anthology sounds like a perfect fit for this category! 😉

16. HEP ALIEN: book centred around music

  • Any book in Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series, since she always has a playlist at the back of those books pertaining to certain scenes.

17. HE’D BETTER HAVE A MOTORCYCLE: your book crush

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  • Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices! *swoons* ❤ ❤ ❤

18.IT’S REPETITIVE AND REDUNDANT: a book that could have been shorter

  • Every Last Breath by J.L. Armentrout, since that book was mostly filled with character development rather than plot (I think there should be an equal mix, plus it’s the last book!).

19. KIRK: the weirdest book you’ve ever read

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  • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffry Chaucer. While it was mostly enjoyable, it certainly gave me pause in some (a lot) of places.

20. IT’S A LIFESTYLE, IT’S A RELIGION: that one book that means more to you than any other

  • I can’t think of one at the moment…

TAGS:

Anushka @ Living in Pages

Michelle @ The Bookish Librarian

Inge @ The Belgian Reviewer

Charleigh @ Charleigh’s Book Nook

Sarah and Faith @ Sublime Reads

Samantha @ Reed’s Reads & Reviews

I invite you all to participate in this tag (as well as anyone who’s read this post)! But if you have already done this tag or aren’t interested, you can choose to ignore it. That’s all for today! Until next time… 😉

-Sumaya

 

 

Which Cover Wednesday 20

Hello, lovely readers! I’m back and so is Which Cover Wednesday! 😉 For those of you who don’t know, Which Cover Wednesday is a meme that I host. In it, I compare two 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. And our covers today are:

1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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In this instance, I choose the second cover wholeheartedly! 😀 Let me just say that I love the new covers of the Delirium series! Especially this one! It uses its one image and colour to convey the themes of the novel without the cover being too empty. All that blue and sadness as well as the fractured heart makes for a good cover! 😉

2. The Oracle of Dating by Allison van Diepan (English and French)

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This one is a bit more tricky, since both covers relay the content of the novel by using a girl with a laptop. However, I’d say that the first one appeals to me more because of the title’s word art, which looks much more creative and visually appealing.

3. Jinx by Meg Cabot

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First cover forever! While the second cover has a nice font and cute background, the first cover is much more mysterious with the model’s back turned to us and her hair blowing in the wind slightly. Even though Jinx is a Paranormal YA novel, it still has a lot of mystery in it, making the first cover a great fit!

4. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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Second cover all the way! 😉 I’m not saying that the first cover isn’t great, because the two are basically almost the same. It’s just that I don’t like the first one as the intricate red design obscures the model, making it seem unorganized and diminishes the cover’s charm.

That’s it for Which Cover Wednesday! I hope you enjoyed it! If you have any suggestions for next week’s covers, questions, or comments about Which Cover Wednesday, please leave them in the Comments Section. Thanks for reading!

-Sumaya

Which Cover Wednesday 17

Hey, wonderful readers! It’s time for another Which Cover Wednesday. This is a weekly meme that I host in which I compare two different covers of the same book and suggest which one suits the book better. Feel free to participate as well, in the Comments Section below. Here we go:

1. Shadows in the Silence by Courtney Allison Moulton (English and French)

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In this case, I prefer the first one, since it has a more vibrant background than the second. I also like the battle stance of Ellie in this one than in the second. It’s not that the second cover’s model isn’t fierce (because she is); it’s just that first gives off much more of a battle stance than merely a fighting stance, like she’s strategizing.

2. City of Masks by Mary Hoffman

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I love the second cover! While the first one does relate to masks and its importance in the book, I just got really creeped out by the eyes on the cover (which are also really significant). Then there’s the second cover signalling Lucien as the protagonist and the plot that surrounds him… 😉

3. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (English and German)

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First cover forever! The first one seems a bit more polished, with its simple elegance, compared to the second cover’s random placement of images. All it needs to anchor us in the Vampire Academy realm is that golden lily! 😉

4. Abandon by Meg Cabot

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Finally, I end with choosing the first cover again. It’s just that the second cover sets up all these assumptions into my head about the characters and who they are supposed to be. Like the good girl-bad boy dynamic. That is way overdone and untrue to an extent. Pierce is not a total “good girl” and John isn’t a total bad boy. That’s why I’m going with the first.

So those are my covers this week. What did you think of them and which one did you prefer? I’d love to hear your answers about it! That’s all for today. Thanks for reading!

-Sumaya

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Quotes

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

Hello, everyone! It’s me again! And I’m back with another Top Ten this Tuesday! Today’s topic is about those quotes that just got to you while reading a book this past year or so. Here are some of mine:

10. ” I love you. Remember. They cannot take it.” Lauren Oliver, Delirium 

9. “Good night my-” He stopped, bit his lip, and abruptly left me.” Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

8. “She was Aelin Ashryver Galathynius- and she would not be afraid.” Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

7. “The only way I could describe what kissing him felt like was, like the last day of school, knowing that months of freedom and sunshine lay before you, the feeling that you could do anything you wanted and time stretched out in endless possibilities.” Robin Benway, Emmy and Oliver

6. “I know you hate me. But don’t let that make you stupid.” Rae Carson, The Girl of Fire and Thorns

5. “I am enough, and I always will be.” Tahereh Mafi, Ignite Me

4.  ” Despite all evidence to the contrary, Grandmère believes that Ron Weasley, not Voldemort, is the villain of the Harry Potter series.” Meg Cabot, Royal Wedding

3. “If you hurt Della one more time, I’m going to remove your boy parts, grind them up, and feed them to the hungry rats and scorpions. Is that clear?” C.C. Hunter, Unspoken

2. “As for Calaena,” he said again,” you do not have the right to wish she were not what she is. The only thing you have a right to do is decide whether you are her enemy or her friend.” Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

1.”People come in and out of your life. For a time, they are your world; they are everything. And then one day they’re not. There’s no telling how long you’ll have them near.” Jenny Han, P.S. I Still Love You

So those are just some of my favourite quotes from books I’ve read. How about you? Have any quotes that you love to pieces? Feel free to comment about it below or leave your Top Ten behind. Have a great day, wonderful readers! 😉

-Sumaya

The Summertime Madness Book Tag

Hello everyone! In this post, I’ll be participating in the Summertime Madness Book Tag, since summer isn’t over until the autumnal equinox (around September 22nd). I better get a move on it, since summer’s ending soon 😉 ! Thank you Only True Magic for tagging me! Here are my answers:

1. Show a book with a summery cover

Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell

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Camps just make me think of summer…
2. Pick one fictional place that would be the perfect destination for a vacation

Innail from The Naming by Alison Croggon

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It was just so peaceful for Maerad at that time, so I think it rubbed off on me!
3. You’re about to go on a flight to your summer vacation, but you want to read a book that lasts for the whole flight. What novel do you choose?

Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking

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I think this would last for my whole flight, plus get me to continue reading the series.
4. You have a case of Summertime Sadness. What happy book do you pick up to shine a smile on your face?

Any books from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series!

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That’s for sure going to put a smile on my face!
5. You’re sitting at the beach all alone. Which fictional character would be your beach babe?

Jess Mastriani from the 1-800-Where-R-U series

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It’s hard not to love Jess! ❤
6. To match your ice cream, you want an icy cool sidekick! Which fictional sidekick do you pick?

Lilly from The Princess Diaries series

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Lilly is Mia’s sharp counterpart and therefore suited to be an icy cool sidekick!
7. Share the Summertime Happiness! Who do you TAG?

I’m tagging:

Bookish Rachel

Curtsy To The Queen

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That’s a wrap with the Summertime Madness Book Tag! If you have any thoughts or questions, feel free to share them in the comment section below! Take care and keep reading!

-Sumaya

Which Cover Wednesday 5

Good evening! Well, it’s Which Cover Wednesday again! For those of you who do not know, 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 wore its’ cover better. Feel free to give your opinion of these covers as well! Here are today’s contenders:

1.Switched by Amanda Hocking

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This one’s an easy choice: the first cover. Not only does it have the protagonist front and centre (well, almost front and centre), it has a wonderful background, including a castle, some lovely flowers and nice font art. Also, the second cover doesn’t seem to relate to the story’s content.

2. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow (English and Italian)

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Again, first cover! As a cover, the Italian one looks great and really Gothic. The problem is that I don’t remember any angels in the novel, Strange Angels (weird right?). I think it’s actually a reference to a vampire’s appearance in the novel: beautiful as an angel. Plus, the first cover looks grungy, which is a better match for the novel.

3. The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller (English and German)

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This time, my cover love goes to the second cover! The German cover takes in the fact that the book has to do with comics and overall nerdiness. If you look closely, you can see the comic pattern in the background.

4. Nicola and the Viscount by Meg Cabot

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For this book, I’m going with the second cover. It’s not that I hate the first cover. It’s just that I like that there are two figures, representing Nicola and her love interest, on the second cover and not one. With that, the book seems to be more romantic than childish.

5. Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn’t have) by Sarah Mlynowski

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I end this Which Cover Wednesday by choosing the first cover of Ten Things We Did (and probably shouldn’t have). To be honest, this particular choice was a hard one for me to make. This is because both covers appear generic enough to apply to most Contemporary YA novels. At least to me they do. I went  with the first one because I liked it better than the second one, which seemed to have less effort involved in its making.

What do you think of this week’s covers? Are they all awesome or are some more awesome than others? If you have any thoughts you’d like to share, or any suggestions for next week’s Which Cover Wednesday, please leave them in the comments section below! Take care and keep reading!

-Sumaya

Top Ten Tuesday: Syllabus for YA Fantasy 101

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

Hi everyone! Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday. Today’s Top Ten is pretty fun: choose books you would teach in a course. The course I would teach would be YA Fantasy, since I have such a deep love for it. Fantasy is an umbrella term for a number of sub genres, such as Epic Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, etc. It’s hard to pick just ten books for a course focused on the topic, but I did choose what I though were great books in YA fantasy and here they are:

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Fey and Humans: combating with speciesism 

2. Eragon by Christoper Paolini

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Learn about Dragons, their intense bond with Riders and how they save the world together.

3. The Naming by Alison Croggon

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Names and the meanings behind them are important, which is obvious from this title.

4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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With magic comes the art of illusion, both physically and psychologically.

5. The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

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Strongest magic: the bond between those we love.

6. Born at Midnight by C.C Hunter

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Come to a world where you leave everything behind, including what you knew about yourself.

7. Shadowland by Meg Cabot

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Why do gifts = fighting for the greater good?

8. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

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The challenge of balancing normalcy with your magical legacy. 😉

9. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

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Werewolves and human cohabitation: how they survive each other

10. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

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Angels, humans, and the Purpose between them.

Well, that my Top Ten! Recognize any of these books? Do you agree that they should be on the syllabus or not?  Feel free to leave comments about it below. By the way, I would love to hear about your Top Ten this week! Have fun and keep reading!

-Sumaya Musse

Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot

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First of all, I would like to say sorry for all the book memes this past week. Who knew that the Disney Challenge could do that to you (probably everyone but me). I just didn’t want to miss any posts I had for a particular day. And the lack of reviews also had to do with the fact that I DNFed The Road to You by Alecia Whitaker. I just couldn’t take it anymore, and since it wasn’t mine, the answer was easy: stop reading it.

That’s when I started to read Royal Wedding. Even though I received this as a Goodreads giveaway some time ago, it took me a long time to come around to because of the amount of books in my TBR pile. There’s also the fact that in the back of my mind, I worried that this novel wouldn’t be as great as the others in the series. Maybe it’s been too long since Meg Cabot wrote these characters to depict them in the same light. But luckily, I was wrong. So, so, so, so wrong! 😉

Everyone is almost the same in this epic conclusion to the series. Just a bit more grown up with a little more different mindsets. But their personalities remain true! Mia was still a worrywart, Lilly such a smarty pants, Tina a romantic and there was so much more. Practically everyone from the series made a comeback in this book. We got to see what they’ve been up to, which was pretty sweet. Some of the stuff was predictable but it was really a book of surprises, that kept you reading until the last page. Quite odd for a Contemporary. Also, it was really funny throughout the book. Meg Cabot, you haven’t lost your touch! 😀

Some highlights of the book revolved around Mia, Michael, Grandmére, Lana being Lana, Lilly and the law, Boris, Olivia, J.P. and awkward (yet funny) emojis. Then there was obviously the wedding, which as you can guess, Mia cannot fully control. Although, I’ve got to give Mia props in this book; she’s gotten way better at being a princess than in the previous book, Forever Princess. Even though she claims not to have matured, I can see it in the way she says that she wants to leave the world a better place than it was and actively achieving that as well. While she is a worrywart, she doesn’t fuss over the stuff she used to and even comments on how egomaniacal she seemed in her high school diaries. After eight years, she’s not constantly thinking about the status of her relationship, which is a plus! The only thing that saddened me was that she couldn’t keep writing. Oh well!

How Olivia (her half-sister) came into the plot was interesting. Even though Meg Cabot used the same plot in where a girl finds out she’s a princess, it actually happens in a very different way and is handled by Olivia as such. It’s not same story, different person; it’s different story, different person. Olivia is made to be distinct from Mia in a number of ways. I loved her interactions with everyone from Mia’s life, especially Grandmére! The funny thing is that we already hear about her story in From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, but this is just in Mia’s perspective. Still, it was really fun to read about.

Judging from how the book ended, I guess that’s it for Mia’s POV. However, I did think that Forever Princess was the last book for a long time… Anyways, I can’t wait to read her next book in the Mediator series! What did you all think about Royal Wedding or any of the other books Meg Cabot wrote? To all those Princess Diaries fans, if you haven’t read Royal Wedding yet, I suggest you do so. Thanks for reading!

-Sumaya

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