TTT: Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems

I really love this topic so even though this is coming out late I couldn’t let it pass by. There are a few books I truly love that don’t get enough attention in my opinion. I have reviews for a lot of these if you’re interested. Clicking on the title will take you to the Goodreads page but you can find all my reviews in the Review tab at the top of the page.

When My Heart Joins the Thousand:
-Beautiful, powerful and moving.
-Autism and disability rep.Nice Try, Jane Sinner
-incredibly funny participant in reality tv show
-completing high school at a community college
-the main character deals with depression and anxiety (well done)

The Alchemists of Loom:
-vividly imagined steam-punk world
-awesome magic system
-sassy main character with a hate-to love interest

Piper Perish:
-the main character is a passionate art student
-there are illustrations!
-navigates the complexities of family and friendship

Summer of Sloane:
-perfect summer read with lots of surfing and sunshine
-complex friendships and steamy romance

Little Do We Know:
-had me in the best kind of tears
-such an authentic rep of high school
-friendship is the main focus

Foolish Hearts:
-unexpected friendships
-boy bands and gaming

The Last Magician:
-historical time-traveling adventure
-magic, and secret societies

The Abyss Surrounds Us:
-action-packed
-pirates and sea monsters

Girl Against the Universe:
-girl with PTSD and anxiety
-list of challenges to expand her world
-sports and supportive friendships

What are some hidden gems you think more people should be reading?

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July Reading Wrap-Up

 

July Reading Wrap-Up

Total Number of Books: 11
Total Number of Pages: 3,014
Average Pages Read per Day: 97
Average Pages per Book: 274

Big Little lies by Lianne Moriarty (Audio) – 4 Stars
I read this after Melissa at writergrrlreads raved about it. I really wasn’t sure it was for me but decided to give it a try when it came available on audio at my library. I’m happy to say that it completely surprised me in the best way and I can’t wait to read more by this author. I highly recommend the audiobook as well, it totally adds to the story and the atmosphere.

The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars by  Michael Dante DiMartino (Library)
This has no rating because I realized when I got home from the library that this wasn’t the first in the series. I read it anyway but you definitely need to read the previous books to appreciate it.

Joyride Vol. 1 by Jackson Lanzing (Library) – 3.5 Stars
I loved this graphic novel! If you enjoy space adventures or books like Illuminae you’d enjoy this as well.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Audio) – 3 Stars
I had only ever seen the movie and fans of Riordan told me I had to read the book before I formed an opinion. I did enjoy it a lot more than the movie but I’m not sure I will continue the series. I think if I had read it when I was the same age as the characters like I did with Harry Potter, I would have loved the series.

 99 Days by Katie Cotugno (Audio) – 2 Stars
I was hesitant in the first few chapters but I quickly changed my mind and fell in love with the ship. Sadly the last few chapters were cringy and disappointing. I failed to see the point of the story when it ended the way it began and there was no character growth.

Mirage by Somaiya Daud (ARC) – 4 Stars
A really interesting sci-fi that feels like fantasy. I enjoyed the story because it didn’t contain any of the tropes I expected. The love interest is a sweet cinnamon roll and the antagonist with intriguing and complex. Dauds writing didn’t read like a debut, and I can’t wait to see where she takes the sequel

Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone (Audio) – 2 Stars
I was really excited to read another book by Tamara after enjoying Little Do We Know, unfortunately, this didn’t even come close. It’s partly because I don’t enjoy books about time travel but also it just didn’t have the heart that LDWK did.

Giant Days Vol. 5 by (Library) – 3 Stars

The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace (Own) – 4 Stars
I liked this book of poetry and the way it had recurring themes and elements. They came together like a kind of story and it was a story I could really relate to.

Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (Own) – 4.5 Stars
An incredible, action-packed conclusion with a new romance (hate-to-love my favorite!) and some really dark moments. I would read anything this duo write.

Sleep Sheep! By Kerry Sparrow (eARC) – 5 Stars
A very cute picture book about a boy who will not go to sleep for his mother. He always needs something; a glass of water, another blanket, a bedtime snack. One day she outsmarts him and he is forced to try counting sheep, but #68 just won’t jump! Sleep, Sheep had great illustrations and the sheep’s antics had me in giggles. I loved reading it even as a digital copy and I can’t wait to get my hands on the physical book.


Recently Added To Goodreads:

The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

Contagion by Erin Bowman


Coming Up Next For Review

August Reading Wrap-Up

 

August Reading Wrap-Up

Total Number of Books: 5
Total Number of Pages: 1,031
Average Pages Read per Day: 33
Average Pages per Book: 206

Giant Days by John Allison (Library) – 2 Stars
I found that this volume was just more of the same which is great if you really love the series but I’ve always been on the fence so I think this was the last one for me.

Goodnight Anne (eARC) – 3 Stars
Really cute illustrations and will really resonate with fans of Anne. As a stand-alone for children who haven’t read Anne yet, I felt it wouldn’t hold the same enjoyment.

Ruin Of Stars by Linsey Miller (ARC) – 1 Star
Full disclosure – I DNF’d this one. I had mixed feelings about the first book in the duologoy, but I wanted to see if the sequel would have more of the things I liked about Mask of Shadows. Unfortunately, I found the writing style to be just as unpolished; explanations were often vague and the dialogue was erratic and confusing.

Sadie by Courtney Summers (ARC) – 4.5 Stars
Dark, intense, and engaging. I highly recommend but know that there are a lot of potentially triggering events and discussions, and I would say it is for 16+ readers for sure.

Saga Volume 5 by Curtis Vaughn (Library) – 3 Stars
In this volume, the main characters have been separated so we get to see them as solo acts and see more flashbacks of the past. This volume was just okay for me but ended in a way that has me intrigued for future editions.


Recently Added To Goodreads:

Nine perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake


Coming Up Next For Review

Mirage by Somaiya Daud – Blog Tour

Rating:  ★★★★
Publication Date
: August 28th 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Source: ARC from Raincoast Books
Link to the author: http://www.somaiyabooks.com/

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Mirage was a very unexpected experience; as beautiful as it was brutal. The story begins in Amanis village – I wish we had more time to get to know her in that setting but I did appreciate how fast paced the action was. The setting was unusual but enjoyable and I liked that there was futuristic tech but I did find a lot of the names and terms of the cultures to be confusing. The world building could have been a little more thorough. Amani is quickly taken to act as a body double for the Vathek Princess Maram. Maram is a vicious girl that you despise right away and yet I came to like her by the end of the book. Her story was perhaps the most complex and intriguing. Amani goes through a horrible ordeal as she acclimatizes to life in the palace where she is forcibly molded into a copy of the princess.. She is very compliant because she fears if she doesn’t cooperate her family will suffer. She wasnt written as homesick as I think she would have been though. Amani does a brilliant job of immitating Maram at social engagements but it doesn’t fool Idris, Marams fiance. I really liked Idris because he didn’t follow any of the male stereotypes in YA. He was quite vulnerable and even though you think their relationship is surely doomed you really want it to end otherwise.

Mirage had a lot of unexpected surprises that kept me on my toes and I enjoyed the story over all. I have high hopes that the sequel will be even better and think Somaiya Daud is an author to watch. 


Thank you for reading my review of Mirage by Somaiya Daud, I  hope you enjoyed my insights and look forward to more reviews from me in the future.

 

From Twinkle, With Love – (Spoiler Free) Review

From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

 

Rating: 4 Stars
Publication Date
: May 22nd 2018
Genre: Contemporary
Page Count: 336
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: eARC from Netgalley

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THOUGHTS:

I enjoyed From Twinkle, With Love Almost as much as When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon is definitely an auto-buy author for me now.

Where Dimple was all about coding, Twinkle loves everything about film. That’s probably why I found her harder to relate to, that and she felt younger (more immature) than Dimple. In the beginning, I loved her character, she’s a wallflower and she’s passionate about becoming a voice for women and minority in the industry. Towards the middle of the story, she became a little unlikable and her decisions were cringe-worthy. As an adult, I was very judgemental but I reminded myself that it was an accurate portrayal of high school maturity and experience.

I think I liked the male main character Sahil more than Dimple. He had his insecurities but he was just the sweetest guy. He was always kind and incredibly supportive of Twinkle. Definitely book boyfriend material.
As for the romance, I loved it and I hated it. There was a really weird, awkward and uncomfortable love square? At the same time the two that end up together I was rooting for the whole time and they are so cute together!

I also really enjoyed the writing style. There were e-mails, texts and Twinkle told the story in a diary/letter format, writing letters to her female film idols. That format and the film references throughout really brought Twinkle’s character and her passion to life. Menon’s characters always feel like real people and that’s why I find her stories so enjoyable.

In conclusion, the pacing and my enjoyment was up and down, however it was due to the character and not Menon’s skill as an author. For that reason I gave From Twinkle, With Love: ★★★★

Thank you for reading my review of From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon, and also to Simon & Schuster Canada for this review opportunity. I  hope you enjoyed my insights and look forward to more reviews from me in the future.