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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 46

Hello, fellow readers! It’s been a while since I’ve done this, but I’m going to share what I’ve been reading in this post, “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date.

What I’ve Read Recently:

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

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What I’m Planning to Read:

lovely dark and deep

Well, that’s all for now! Got quite a few books out of the way last week and I’m even more closer to completing my 2018 Reading Goal! What books are you reading this week?

Have a wonderful day!

–  Sumaya

ARC Review: Analee, in Real Life by Janelle Milanes

Summary

Ever since her mom died three years ago, Analee Echevarria has had trouble saying out loud the weird thoughts that sit in her head. With a best friend who hates her and a dad who’s marrying a yogi she can’t stand, Analee spends most of her time avoiding reality and role-playing as Kiri, the night elf hunter at the center of her favorite online game.

Through Kiri, Analee is able to express everything real-life Analee cannot: her bravery, her strength, her inner warrior. The one thing both Kiri and Analee can’t do, though, is work up the nerve to confess her romantic feelings for Kiri’s partner-in-crime, Xolkar—aka a teen boy named Harris whom Analee has never actually met in person.

So when high school heartthrob Seb Matias asks Analee to pose as his girlfriend in an attempt to make his ex jealous, Analee agrees. Sure, Seb seems kind of obnoxious, but Analee could use some practice connecting with people in real life. In fact, it’d maybe even help her with Harris.

But the more Seb tries to coax Analee out of her comfort zone, the more she starts to wonder if her anxious, invisible self is even ready for the real world. Can Analee figure it all out without losing herself in the process?

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Review

Hey, everyone! It’s been a while since my last review, but I’m back to talk about Analee, in Real Life by Janelle Milanes! From the moment I read the summary, I knew I had to read this book! Not only does it include online gaming, but it also has that fake relationship I love seeing in YA books! But if you think the book met my expectations, I need to tell you something. It didn’t.

It surpassed them!

First of all, I really loved Analee’s perspective. She was honest and relatable, to the point where you could root for her in almost any given scenario, even when you can admit she’s being unreasonable. I think it’s because I knew where she’s coming from since we’re given access to her internal monologue. While she isn’t as open with everyone else, as a reader, you can see the contrast between her personality when she’s more comfortable with people versus when she isn’t as comfortable. To be honest, I liked how this book tackles social anxiety and how it affects both the socially anxious person and the people around them. The book doesn’t magically cure her in the end just because she starts hanging out with a boy, but it does show Analee’s resolve can overcome her anxiety when she really wants to accomplish something, whether it’s reading in front of children to making a toast at her dad’s wedding.

Additionally, I liked the depiction of connections Analee had in the novel, past and present. You see her older relationships through flashbacks while the newer ones are forming within the novel and become more concrete as the novel progresses. Analee doesn’t shy away from the grief she feels since her mother’s funeral, which is a big part of the novel. It did leave me teary a lot of the time, but I also wanted to read those beautiful moments between her and her mother! You could see similar flashbacks in regards to her father and friend as well since the bonds between them changed drastically within two years. It helped convey the tension between them in the present pretty well.

I could say so much more about the novel, like how it was the first RPG book I loved since Gamer Girl, or how I loved that whole fake-boyfriend ordeal, where it really reminded me of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, but I’m going to leave it here for now. If anyone wants to talk about it further, feel free to leave a comment in the section below! Ultimately, I admire how Analee handles things, especially at the end of the novel. It wasn’t the ending I expected, but that’s what made it so great! And for those of you who are interested, Analee, in Real Life comes out on September 18th, 2018!

Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

I received an advance reader’s copy from Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 43

“It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” is hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date.

Hey there, lovely readers! Another post of “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” coming your way! I haven’t done much reading this past week, mainly because I couldn’t get into any book I read after A Blade So Black!

What I’ve Read Recently:

A Blade So Black

What I’m Planning to Read Next:

 

Well, that’s all for now! You might have noticed that I don’t have a section that states what I’m currently reading. That’s because I’m not reading anything at the moment. 😉 Don’t worry, though! I’ll probably get to reading Analee, in Real Life very soon!

What is everyone else reading this week?

–  Sumaya

Quiet YA Books I’d Recommend

Hi, everybody! Lately, I’ve been thinking about how many books there are in the world. Too many for anyone to read all of them, right? I don’t think I could even read all of this year’s published books if I tried! That’s why I thought I’d write a post dedicated to Quiet YA, young adult novels that are lesser known than the bestsellers that are always recommended everywhere you go. Honestly, I prefer reading Quiet YA in comparison, mainly because it has less hype attached to it. Hype has ruined many a good book for me, so it’s a sweet treat to stumble upon a book that hasn’t been overhyped and find that it’s great, too! Here are just some of the books I’ve read that I would categorize as Quiet YA:

And that’s just some of the Quiet YA I know and loved! How about you? Read any Quiet YA recently? Have any that you’d recommend? Feel free to share in the Comments Section below!

Thanks for reading, everyone!

– Sumaya

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 42

Hey there, fellow readers! It’s time for my weekly post of “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”, hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. I’m really excited to get into this week’s readings, especially A Blade So Black!

What I’ve Read Recently:

smothered

What I’m Currently Reading: 

What I’m Planning to Read Next:

Well, that’s all for now! Tune in next week to see if I actually read any of these books! 😀 What is everyone else reading this week?

–  Sumaya

ARC Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers

Summary

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

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Review

Trigger Warning: emotional abuse and molestation 

Hello, fellow readers! It’s been a while, but I’m back with another review, this one being on Sadie by Courtney Summers. While I haven’t read any of Courtney Summer’s other books, as soon as I heard about this one at the latest TeensRead event, I knew I wanted to read it. It’s kind of surprising, since I’m not a huge fan of thrillers, what with me questioning every decision the protagonist makes, but this one seemed different. Possibly because of the podcast element. And I wasn’t wrong.

First of all, I loved the chapters alternating between Sadie’s POV and the podcast transcript. There was just so much story in both. For instance, as one chapter ends, the next POV would carry on seamlessly. The podcast would fill readers in on anything Sadie might have left out in her narration and vice versa. Plus, the storytelling elements for both of these POVs were superb.

Then there were the characters. These were fleshed-out people whose story cannot be contained in a single novel, but the author did an outstanding job in giving readers a glimpse. What I’m trying to say is that the author gives us characters that aren’t good or bad – with the exception of some – but have their own story to tell alongside Sadie’s. And for most of these characters, you feel some level of empathy for them. Especially Sadie. As I’ve said before, a lot of time when I try to read thriller or mystery, I find myself constantly questioning the protagonist and their motivations. Not this time. I understood exactly why Sadie was doing what she was doing and empathized with her throughout the entire novel.

Well, that’s all I have to say about this novel for now. If you’re into true crime podcasts, Macmillan made a fake one for Sadie called The Girls (the name of the podcast in the novel). The first episode is available right now, too! As for the novel, I honestly would recommend this to anyone who likes to read thriller or mystery; it gets you questioning the sad truths about missing girls and how people shouldn’t simply fit them into a stereotype just to make it easier. Fair warning though: the ending will leave you with more questions than answers. And for those of you are interested, Sadie comes out on September 4th, 2018.

Also, after reading Sadie, I plan to read more of Courtney Summer’s novels. If anyone has read one of them and they would like to recommend it, feel free to share the title 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? 41

Hi, everyone! It’s been a while, but I’m back with another post of “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”, hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. I didn’t get much reading done this past week, but I did get to finish Sadie by Courtney Summers, so I’ll consider that a win! Now, if only I could find some time to listen to its companion podcast…

What I’ve Read Recently:

sadie

What I’m Currently Reading: 

smothered

What I’m Planning to Read Next:

Well, that’s all for now! What are you reading this week?

Have a lovely day!

– Sumaya

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 39

Hi, everyone! Welcome back to another post of “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. I got the chance to read some of the books I wanted to last week, but still haven’t finished 101 Things I Learned in Advertising School. Hopefully, if I don’t read anything else for the time being, I might actually finish it!

What I’ve Read Recently: 

What I’m Currently Reading: 

101 things

What I’m Planning to Read Next: 

Well, that’s all for now! Who knows if I’ll stick to it, though?

Also, if you’re reading anything really exciting at the moment, feel free to let me know in the Comments Section below!

– Sumaya

Review: Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka

Summary

Megan Harper is the girl before. All her exes find their one true love right after dating her. It’s not a curse or anything, it’s just the way things are, and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theatre, and fulfilling her dream school’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible.

But her plans quickly crumble when she’s cast as none other than Juliet–yes, that Juliet–in her high school’s production. It’s a nightmare. No–a disaster. Megan’s not an actress and she’s certainly not a Juliet. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a sexy stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script.

Between rehearsals and contending with her divided family, Megan begins to notice Owen–thoughtful, unconventional, and utterly unlike her exes, and wonders: shouldn’t a girl get to play the lead in her own love story?

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Review

My rating:

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Hey there, fellow readers! Today, I’ll be reviewing  Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka. Now, I remember seeing this book on Goodreads last year and knew I had to read it! The premise just sounded so intriguing! And I loved the fact that it covered theatre, since I love reading about the performing arts. Luckily, this book didn’t get lost in my TBR pile!

One thing I could say about this book is that I really sympathized with the protagonist. Megan wants love, but at the same time, believes herself to be “the girl before”, never to fall in love herself, but help others fall in love. Even though this “curse” seemed a bit of a stretch for a contemporary novel (it could honestly be a legitimate thing in fantasy, though), I imagine that this sort of thinking might help her cope with the fact that she’s getting dumped for true love’s sake. At least, that’s what I saw in the case of her best friend, Madeleine, who got together with one of Megan’s exes. It kind of sucked that she didn’t stick up for herself until near the end of the novel; that she actually does deserve to be happy, whether in a romantic relationship or with her family ties. But this is where her core development lied, so it’s understandable.

Also, I liked that, for the most part, the novel portrayed positive relationships between Megan and her family members. In the beginning, she feels out of sorts with where she belongs, and throughout the novel, she tries to figure out her place in her ever-expanding family. But no one tries to shut her out or make her feel less important intentionally. In fact, it’s the opposite, which I felt was a nice change to some of the dynamics I’ve seen in the past when it came to divorce, family, new partners, and children.

Overall, this novel was a good read, although it did leave me with a few loose ends. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet contemporary novel! And if you have any thoughts on Always Never Yours, I’d be happy to hear them!

Take care, everyone!

– Sumaya

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