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Bookish News: 30 January 2017

Hey there! Can you believe it’s already almost February? I can’t wait for some February releases, but here’s the last batch from January that we can be hyped about.

This week’s releases:

  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes
  • Exo by Fonda Lee
  • Fire Color One by Jenny Valentine
  • How to Break a Boy by Laurie Devore
  • Lifers by M. A. Griffin
  • Long Way Home by Katie McGarry
  • Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley
  • Silver Stars by Michael Grant
  • The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu
  • The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman
  • The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
  • Unfolding by Jonathan Friesen
  • Wait for Me by Caroline Leech
  • Wire and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

ICYMI this is what went down in the bookish universe this week:

  • Thirteen Reasons Why trailer was released

The series is set to release on Netflix on March 31st this year and is based on Jay Asher’s novel. On Instagram, producer Selena Gomez shared the trailer. See it here.

  • EpicReads shared an excerpt of The Last of August

This past Friday EpicReads shared the first two chapters of Brittany Cavallaro’s coming book The Last of August which is the sequel to A Study in Charlotte. The series is a twist on Sherlock Holmes and this time our favorite detective is a female. The first book was a hit when it was released last March, and the next book is set to release this Valentine’s day. If you’d like to know my thoughts on A Study in Charlotte click here.

That’s all I’ve got for now folks! Have a wonderful week!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Book Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Hey there! I hope you’ve been having a lovely weekend. It started snowing again back here in Michigan and it’s quite blustery – a great day to read a book in my opinion! Today I’ll be talking about Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. This is the sequel to Six of Crows and is the last book in this duology. Please note there will be a few spoilers for Six of Crows in this review. If you would like to read my thoughts on the first book click this link here.

You have been warned!!

Here’s what you probably want to know about the book:

When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

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Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.

Release Date: 20 September 2016

Edition: US, Hardcover                                   My rating: 5/5 stars

Page #: 546

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This was a fantastic ending to a fantastic beginning. It starts you right off in the middle of the action much like Six of Crows did. I loved familiarizing myself with the characters again. I have to be honest – Inej is totally my favorite of the six. Next of course is Nina – I mean how can you not love her and her spirit?

One element that pleasantly surprised me was the multilayered plot line. With the first book it was focused solely on getting into the prison, but with this one there were multiple schemes going on at once. I loved to see how it all tied together and how the characters reacted to each other. When all hope seemed to be lost there was always something Kaz had up his sleeve to counteract them.

There is something I love so much about the world building Bardugo used. It thrusts you so completely into a whole new world that I was intoxicated with a culture that doesn’t even exist. I wish I could visit Ketterdam and the world of the Grisha. It’s thrilling to be part of this world even for a little bit.

Toward the end there was a plot twist I was not expecting. I couldn’t fathom what happened and why it happened. I was happy with the way things before this happened!

Alright, I’ll see you guys again tomorrow!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

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Seed loves you. Seed will never let you go. 

Fifteen-year-old Pearl has lived her whole life protected within the small community at Seed, where they worship Nature and idolise their leader, Papa S. When some outsiders arrive, everything changes. Pearl experiences feelings that she never knew existed and begins to realise that there is darkness at the heart of Seed.  A darkness from which she must escape, before it’s too late.

Hi everyone! It’s Beth, and I’m back with my latest review which you can also find on my blog and Goodreads.

I don’t even know where to start with this one. It’s one of those you have to digest after reading…just like all the best books force you to do.

To put it simply – this book is good. It’s really good. It’s 300+ pages, and I read it in 2 days. That would normally take me a week or more! I literally couldn’t put it down. I’ve been reading for hours, putting off schoolwork and doing my gaming blog and everything else just to read. When I wasn’t reading it, I was in a kind of Seed trance. Have you ever read a book so good you end up in a trance just thinking about it?

“It feels like I am underwater at the lake,”

The easiest way to describe Seed was that it turns the pages for you. It’s definitely a thriller, but not in a way like Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train. It definitely has dark undertones, and it’s definitely thrilling….but above all, it is strange. I mean this book is really messed up – but that’s what makes you want to read on. I just wanted to know what would happen.

“yet floating through the sky.”

I loved the characters in this book. I loved the setting. Both were complicated and confusing but also related highly to the ‘Outside’, or the real world. There were constant reminders that this was about people, even if they didn’t live conventionally.

“There a thousand butterflies dancing on my skin”

The plot was definitely fast paced, and I felt the constant twists and turns, wanting to follow the winding road to the end of the story. I did enjoy the first half of this book more than the second, though. I’m not sure why…but I have to say I thought the ending was a bit rushed. I found I blundered into it without even knowing where I was going. It all just felt a little hazy.

There was also a very big, unexpected event at the end of the book which I felt kind of eliminated some of the point of the book. It all built up to what would happen with a certain person and then another event means we’ll never even know.

But otherwise, the only other complaint I could possibly have is that I want more. I want to know about Pearl now. I want to know about her adventures and how she moves on from everything that happened in those last few pages.

I’m still giving this book top marks, though. I couldn’t possibly mark such a captivating page turner with any less.

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5 out of 5 moons

 -Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Review: Seed by Lisa Heathfield

Hi guys! I’m Beth from The Books Are Everywhere and Tea Pusheen. Today I’m going to be listing 5 of my favourite books published in 2016!

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I can’t believe I read this book nearly a year ago now, but it still sticks very strongly in my memory!

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You Were Here was my favourite book of 2016. Yes, it came out on top! I adored this book so much!

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I read this book with Sophie early last year and we both loved it! Such a unique read.

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I read this book in a couple of days while I was in Wales last summer and I absolutely loved it! Such an emotional ride but one of my favourite of the year.

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This book was very close to getting my top stop! I loved this book so much, but it’s definitely a strong second.

Thanks for reading!

Which 2016 books did you love?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Book Chat: 5 Favourite Books Published in 2016

Bookish News: 23 January 2017

It’s Monday which means another week of fabulous titles coming your way! I can’t believe all of the great things that are coming out this month – it’s going to be a great year in books!

This week’s releases:

  • After the Fall by Kate Hart
  • Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
  • City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson
  • The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius
  • The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

ICYMI here’s a *few* bookish happenings:

  • Before I Fall released a trailer ahead of its Sundance debut

Entertainment Weekly helped the producers drop the new trailer for Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall. The movie is set to come out March 3 in theaters and hit Sundance yesterday. It stars Zoey Deutch as the leading lady, Samantha Kingston. See the trailer and full article here.

  • E. Lockhart gave us an excerpt of her new novel Genuine Fraud

You may remember Lockhart from her stunning We Were Liars, and she’s back at it again with a new thriller. This new book is set to release on September 5th this year from Delacorte Press. In an interview with Mashable E. Lockhart also gave an excerpt. Read the full piece here.

Synopsis: From the author of the unforgettable New York Times bestseller We Were Liars comes a masterful new psychological suspense novel—the story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Genuine Fraud


Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

  • Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda movie now has a Leah

Becky Albertelli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was a huge hit when it debuted in 2015 and the movie is moving forward already having a Simon Spier in Nick Robinson. The newest addition to the cast is Katherine Langford as Leah, Simon’s best friend. Langford is the co-star of Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why which is set to debut on Netflix. Here is a link to the full article on Deadline.

That’s all I’ve got for today folks, have a wonderful week!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

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General Update: My Bookish Life no.2 vol. 2

Hello, how are you all doing today? I’ve had a quiet one today and a bit of a busy week last week.

I had a lot of catch up work to do after missing a day for my Model UN conference. It was nice to have a day off due to the ice, though. I was glad to be back in my classes and tried my best to get everything back to normal since next week is finals! I had orchestra for the first time this year, and it was great to be back. We got a new piece – the Blue Danube Waltz and if you’re familiar with the piece you know how long and taxing it is. The mapping of the piece (how to read through the piece) took 20 minutes in and of itself. We cut a lot of stuff out to lessen the time it takes to play, too, and I can’t wait to work on it further. A lot of my teachers were out this week so I had a lot of subs which was kind of weird.

Today I was busy but not busy. I did a lot of my homework and studied for my exams. I worked a bit and then came home and read (a lot). I’ reading Passenger by Alexandra Bracken and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I love them both for different reasons, but one commonality is how much I love the character development.

I wish I could have been at a Women’s March today. It was so inspiring to see all of the signs of protest when scrolling through my Facebook and Instagram feeds. Thank you to all who participated and gave us a voice.

Well, in other news, this week is my last finals week. It was a bit of a mess due to so many conflicts but thankfully I’ve worked it all out. I’m missing Friday to go to a scholarship competition and I’m carpooling with my two favorite people (you know who you are *cough* Ana *cough*). It’s gonna be a great weekend. I also am gonna stay the night with my friend I haven’t seen since Christmas and I’m so excited to hang out with her again!

Have a wonderful week, guys!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Q & A Friday: The Mystery Blogger Award

Hi guys! I found this award over on Lauren’s blog Wonderless Reviews and thought it would be super fun to do. Thank you to Okoto Enigma for creating this award. Without further ado, here we go!

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

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“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma

Rules: 

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog (I picked an alternate version of the logo).
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  • Answer questions of nominator.
  • Nominate 10-20 people.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  • Share your link to your best post(s).

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Three Facts

  1. I’m from the Great Lakes state! (Michigan, Lower Peninsula – yes, I like to use my hand as a map.)
  2. I like cake without icing, but I prefer ice cream to either cake or frosting.
  3. I have an alter ego. Her name is Rosemary and she’s an old lady.

Lauren’s Questions

1. A series that you hope to start or finish this year?

Oh man I’m so excited for Always and Forever Lara Jean by the lovely Jenny Han.

2. Current favourite song?

If you know anything about me, you know how terrible I am at choosing a favorite. I’m digging everything from Celine Dion to George Michael to the Spice Girls. I also found a Spanish version of Stand by You by Rachel Platten and I love it so much.

3. ONE upcoming release that you could read right now if you had the chance?

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard!

4. What was your most recent 5 star read?

 

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini; I read this for my fem lit class and absolutely loved it. You have to give it a chance if you haven’t already.

FUN/WEIRD Question: You’ve instantly taken the place of the main character in the book you’re currently reading/last read. How screwed are you?

Well, I’m reading Passenger by Alexandra Bracken as well as The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. In Passenger I’m much better off than in the latter.

My questions

  1. What assumption do people make about your reading habits that is the most inaccurate?
  2. Favorite genre to read on a rainy day?
  3. What’s your go to read when you’re in a slump?
  4. 2017 cover you’re completely lusting over right now?
  5. *fun* question: You get to take over the life of a supporting character. Who is it and why?

My favorite posts

Interview with Siobhan Vivian

Interview with Cori McCarthy

Interview with Shannon M. Parker

Who I’m nominating

Beth | The Books Are Everywhere

Emma | Lost Amongst the Chapters

Emily | EmNEmily’s Books

Anyone who would like to do this!

And with that I am complete! I would love to hear your responses so feel free to link me below!

Happy  reading,

Sophie 🙂

 

Hi everyone! Gosh, it feels like I’ve been gone for ages! If you haven’t seen me here before, my name is Beth & I blog over at The Books Are Everywhere (and vlog over at Tea Pusheen!).

Today I’m going to be sharing 5 unpopular opinions I have about books and reading. Let’s get started! This has kind of sprouted from my latest T5W post, so some of these books are kind of the opposite – books I disliked when others love them.

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This book is the opposite though! Isla was my favourite of all 3 books, when a lot of people said it was their least favourite.

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The Fault in Our Stars is incredibly popular – but I think it was really overhyped. I wouldn’t say I disliked it, but I just think it didn’t quite deserve all of the hype it got.

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My Harry Potter opinion isn’t really an ‘opinion’ as such, but it’s more the fact that I haven’t actually read it yet!

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The last two books are definitely books I disliked when a lot of people seemed to adore them.

One Day is definitely one of these books – I didn’t like this one when everyone else seemed to be raving about it!

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Northern Lights is such a modern classic…but it was another I couldn’t get on with! It got to the point when I was wondering whether I could even finish it, and I definitely won’t consider carrying on the series.

Thanks for reading, guys! What’s your bookish unpopular opinions?

-Beth

Let’s Discuss! Bookish Unpopular Opinions