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Book Bargain: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Hi, everyone! Just wanted to let you know that Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is on sale for $2.99 (eBook) and you can find it on Amazon, Kobo and iBooks! If you haven’t gotten a chance to read the book before, now would be a great time to do so! 😉 Have a nice day!

–  Sumaya

Which Cover Wednesday 22

Hey, wonderful readers! Hope you all are doing well this Wednesday! I’m back with 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 I’m not the only one who can participate; you can, too! Just leave your cover preferences in the Comments Section below. Here are our covers :

1. The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak (English and Italian)

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In this case, I like the second cover than the first one. Both are great, but the second one is more appealing to me because of its abundance in colour as well as the fact that it doesn’t show the faces of our protagonists. That way, they can look however we imagine them to be… 😉

2. Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

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I love the first cover! While the second cover has amazing typography, the first cover is more connected to the story, seeing as it deals with Emme and her ability to trust her own talent, rather than relying on others.

3. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

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First cover for the win! 😀 I love how the protagonist is so focused on this cover as well as the message in the letters of the title (LOVE). I think this particular picture on the first cover is from an actual passage within the book, so it’s more relevant than the second one, which is a bit too generic for my tastes.

4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (English and Dutch)

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This time, it’s all about the second cover. I think it plays with typography way better than the first cover as well as the fact that there are hidden images within images , like the school bus at the bottom of the tape cassette. I didn’t even recognize it until after a while! 😉

Well, that’s all for this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! Do you have any covers that you prefer? Or any suggestions for next week’s topic or titles? If you do, feel free to post your thoughts in the Comments Section below! Have a nice night, everyone! 😉

– 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

Just about everyone and their grandmother knows about this book.

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

Most people know about this from the TV series.

3. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

It’s like vampires plus Gossip Girl.

4. Reborn by C.C. Hunter

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

Oh, Baz! *sigh*

6. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampires have magical powers. That’s right! 🙂

7. Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauly

Teaches you how to be a proper vampire. 😉

8. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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

9. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

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

10. Almost to Die For by Tate Halloway

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…


Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: blue4 copy

(4.25 stars)

Hey, everyone! Sorry I haven’t been really present for a while. Last week was a really busy, with so much stuff to do. But I’m back with a review in tow: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I have been reading this for what seemed like a long time (compared to everyone else that was reading it at the time) that I was glad and sad to have finished it. Glad because I can finally read The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness ( or The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan; I haven’t really decided) but sad because of so much has happened and the characters that should know don’t. But I guess that’s how it’s meant to be, since their secrets did die with them. But it’s so weird since Agatha ( of all people) has evidence of it in her room.

The plot altogether was really great! Whenever I could, I would try to read Carry On because of how enticing it was. Except in the beginning; it was really boring in the beginning, with its worldbuilding. But once I got to the problem at hand, that’s when things got a bit more interesting. And then Baz came, and I was really invested in the book. It felt like I was just waiting for him to show up.

Is it weird that I liked Penny and Baz way more than I liked Simon? Sure, Simon was great by the end, but in the beginning, it was Penny’s antics that kept me reading the book as well as the mystery surrounding Baz. I loved everything about Penny, and every time she appears in a scene, I seem to agree with her completely, or at least in an amused way. Now, Simon’s a bit boring compared to Penny, who always has to help him, because his magic is out of whack. But his banter with Baz is pretty funny. I guess he grew on me after a while. Then there was Baz. Sometimes (most of the time) I just really wanted to hold his hand and say that it’ll be okay. I loved reading his POV and thoughts about Simon. Agatha was probably the only Watford student I disliked. I guess that’s the whole point, to sideline her so that this story can happen. Or she could have been the Cordelia  of the Scooby Gang… All I know is that I think it would have been nice if Agatha had been less whiny and spoiled.

I gave it a 4.25 star rating because of that beginning and the fact that there’s so much missing information from the story that even we don’t know. Where’s Nicodemus? What exactly happened to Lucy and why is she able to have a POV without ever coming into contact with Simon? Will they ever find out the truth about Simon? And what will Baz think? Anyways, that’s my review on Carry On: The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow. If you have any thoughts or questions you’d like to share, feel free to leave them in the comments below. Thank you for reading!


Which Cover Wednesday 13

Hey, everybody! It’s Which Cover Wednesday again! This is a meme I host where two covers of the same book are compared and I give my opinion on which one “did it better”. And you can participate, too, in the comments below! Here are the covers for this week:

1. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

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I haven’t actually read this book but if I were at a bookstore, I think I would pick up the second cover, since it’s simple and elegant. And the colour scheme isn’t too shabby. 😉

2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (English and Thai)

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My loyalty is to the first cover, although I can see the appeal of the second, it playing around around with the title of the cover and the colours before sunset. The first cover is just not as dizzying.

3. The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross (English and German)

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First cover forever! I can see why the model was picked for this cover: she looks like a typical steampunk character, with those goggles, that dress, gloves and jacket. But other than that, it seems really boring compared to the first one, with nothing happening in the background.

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (English and Indonesian)

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For this, I’d choose the second cover. As soon as I saw it, I instantly thought it looked cute! That doesn’t mean I don’t like the first cover, though. I’m just infatuated with the second cover’s art and font! 😀

That’s it for Which Cover Wednesday! Any thoughts you have on the covers above are welcome in the comments section. Thanks for reading!


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


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…


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

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

Welcome back, everyone! It’s Top Ten Tuesday! And we’re back with structure! Yay! Today’s Top Ten is about those Fall TBRs we’ve all been wanting to get our hands on. 😉 So without further ado, I give you my TBR for this week!

10.The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The premise just interested me so much! I haven’t read any of Patrick Ness’ work but it seems to be worth reading!

9.Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall

It kind of sounds like Fangirl, which is what got me excited!

8.Infinite in Between by Carol Mackler

I guess you could say this is a bit more New Adult with college experiences and everything, which would be refreshing change from reading a lot of high school plots…

7.Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking

The last book of this amazing series and it’s already out? Of course I want to read it! 😉

6.Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Anything by Rainbow Rowell is worth looking forward to!

5.Mirrored by Alex Flinn

I’ve been hooked on Alex Flinn’s retelling since before Beastly became a movie. Hopefully this one’s good, and not like Towering…

4. Unspoken by C.C. Hunter

OMG! I can’t to see what’s in store for Della, as well as Kylie and Miranda.

3.The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

I’ve already mentioned this in my TBR book tag, but I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

2. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

I’ve heard so much good things about it that I feel compelled to read it. 😀

1. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

I’ve also mentioned this in the TBR book tag, and I’m still looking forward to reading it while I wait for ACOTAR 2.

Well, that’s my Top Ten! Are any of these on your fall TBR? If you have any thoughts, questions, I’d love to hear about them in the Comments section below! Have a nice day and keep reading!


Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-Buy Authors

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

Hello! This is my second time participating in the book meme, Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s topic is top ten authors you would buy books from no matter what genre. Here are my top ten:

1. Meg Cabot

The first author I thought of when thinking about this week’s topic. She has written in so many different genres that I don’t think it’s possible to dislike one of her books.

2. Rainbow Rowell

I’ve read all of her books so far (except Landline) and I haven’t been disappointed yet.

3. Tahereh Mafi

I loved her writing in Shatter Me and how she developed her characters. Can’t wait to see what she’ll write next! 😉

4. Sarah J. Maas

So far so good, with Sarah J. Maas’ two series. I’d definitely would keep an eye out for her!

5. C.C Hunter

C.C Hunter is an amazing writer who writes about brilliant heroines! I can’t imagine her not writing fantasy, but I would be interested to see what she would write outside the genre.

6. Amy Plum

I’ve already read books by Amy Plum that are of different genres and I’m impressed by her writing in both! 🙂

7. Jeff Kinney

If Jeff Kinney were to write anything else, I just hope it’s as funny as Diary of a Wimpy Kid!

8. Heather Demetrios

All the books I’ve read by her so far were great!

9. Elizabeth Eulberg

Even though she’s only written Contemporary YA, I could see myself reading a different genre by Elizabeth Eulberg…

10. Kelley Armstrong

I’m always on the lookout for what Kelley Armstrong is writing! 😀

What are your thoughts on the subject? Do you have an author you like so much that you would buy any of their books on the spot? Are there any authors I’ve mentioned that are a part of your Top Ten? Feel free to leave any thoughts about this post in the comments below . Thanks for reading!


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