Discussion Post: Netgalley

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Hi everyone!

I haven’t done a discussion post in quite a while! I haven’t really had an idea, but I came up with the idea of writing about Netgalley and decided to go on with it.

If you don’t know what Netgalley is, it is a site that many bloggers, reviewers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and even more can use to receive digital ARCs (Advanced Readers’ Copies) of upcoming/newly released books, in exchange for honest reviews. If you’ve read some of my reviews, you may notice that a few of them say this:

*I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

This means that the book was one I requested on Netgalley to read and review, which I was approved for by the publisher, so I got to download it, read it, and write up a review!

At first, I had quite a bit of trouble getting publishers to accept my requests. Admittedly, my profile just explained what genres I liked and that if they wanted me to review their book to just check out the review policy on my blog. I didn’t even include my blog email or a direct link to my blog in the company field, like Netgalley recommends. I was just a naive new little blogger requesting to her heart’s desire, even though it was only a couple months ago! (My blog has grown and developed A LOT since then, FYI.)

I then started reading the criteria that Netgalley recommends you include in your bio in order to get more approvals; as well as the approval criteria of the publishers that had declined me in the past. I found that this helped me A LOT, and all the declines just turned into more approvals! This is now what my profile looks like:

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As you can see, I included more up-to-date stats rather than general information, which is what many publishers like to see. Publishers like knowing that they have a committed reader and reviewer at their hands, rather than someone who will take advantage of the awesome free eBooks.

In my bio, I’ve included what I do (blog), the types of books I read and review, when I created my blog, my number of followers as of a specific date, the average number of likes per post, how often I review, the number of unique visitors per month, my blog email, and a couple reviews I’ve written for previous Netgalley approvals. I’ve also made a promise to update when the stats change, which I have been doing. If you are new to Netgalley or don’t have this information in your profile, I suggest you add it for a better chance of approval!

Adding in this information really helped me because at the beginning, most of my only approvals were from indie authors, but I am now able to review for a number of publishing houses, including SOURCEBOOKS Fire and ABRAMS Kids! I plan to request more books from bigger publishers in the future, once I’ve reviewed more books from smaller publishing houses.

This brings me to my next point of reaching (and maintaining) a ratio of 80%. This basically means that your chance of approval drastically seems to improve once you’ve read and submitted feedback for at least 80% of the books you’ve been accepted for. As I am a very quick reader and am pretty good with deadlines, this hasn’t really been an issue for me. What I like to do when I get approved for books is read them all before requesting others, as I am even more likely to be accepted with a 100% ratio. As I write this, I’ve submitted feedback for 10/11 approvals, giving me a ratio of 91%. The one book I haven’t reviewed yet is one whose file isn’t really working, so I emailed support and hopefully they’ll be able to help!

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I know having a ratio of at least 80% is very hard for some people, especially those who have huge TBRs. Here are a few tips I have to get that 80% back:

  1. DON’T go on requesting sprees! Even if you think, “Oh, so what, I’m probably going to be declined for them all anyway,” well GUESS WHAT? Chances are you’ll be accepted, and will have to fulfill all those reviews before the books get archived. That won’t be good for your ratio! My tip for you is that you download, read, and review them all as soon as possible once you get them, and if a book is archived before you’re able to do anything with it, that you submit feedback to the publisher saying that you were unable to read it in time and that you’re sorry. That still counts towards your ratio, you know, so don’t you worry! This has personally never happened to me, because as I said before, I think I’m very diligent with this process. But this has happened to many others, and that’s my advice!
  2. Schedule when you’re going to read and review books. The rule I’ve made for myself is to read an ARC and then a physical book and then keep continuing on with that pattern until all my ARCs are read and reviewed, so I don’t strain my eyes from reading from a screen all day. This has been very effective for me, and once I’m done, I can request more ARCs! Also, I don’t do this myself because I read and review my ARCs ASAP, but consider putting in your planner or calendar, whether it be physical or digital, the dates that your ARCs release and/or archive. I know that this has been helpful to many reviewers to manage their time wisely around reading and reviewing their ARCs.
  3. Only request the books that you know you 100% are interested in and want to read. Many bloggers have requested books that they’re not sure they’ll enjoy, and end up getting approved for them, to the point when they’re no longer interested and they end up just sitting there until they eventually get archived. Guys, I can’t stress this enough, only request the books you know you want! Your Netgalley ratio will thank you, and you will enjoy the ARC process way more.

So there you have it, my tips on using Netgalley and being able to get accepted for books! I hope this guide has helped you to better navigate around Netgalley and all its quirks, and get one step closer to receiving some of the most hyped up galleys!

So tell me, do you use Netgalley? What are some tips YOU use to get a better chance of approval? Tell me in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜👋

 

Top Ten Thursday #11!

Hi everyone!

 Just FYI, today (June 29th if you’re reading this after the fact) is my birthday!🎉 I am so excited to experience new things and make new memories this year! Anyway…

Today I am going to be sharing with you the top 10 reasons why I 💞book blogging, and how much it has changed my reading and writing experiences in just three short months. So let’s get started, shall we?😊(My reasons are not in any order, just when I came up with them.)

  1. It’s fun! Yeah, I know how general of a reason this is, but it’s the truth! I find it so much fun to hop onto my laptop to write book reviews, tags, these top ten lists, and even more to keep you guys reading. I truly enjoy doing it and I hope I always will.spongebob1.gif
  2. I love interacting with other bloggers about books! I honestly LOVE meeting a fellow bookworm, it really makes my day. Admittedly, I haven’t really met many in real life yet, but on here I’m connected to dozens, if not hundreds of them! I also love receiving book recommendations and feedback from my fellow bloggers!CgxdPvyUUAEnniW.jpg
  3. I really like to write, but not really fictitious stories. Despite not wanting to write fiction, I wanted to pursue my writing somehow other than that, and I thought blogging was a great idea, especially about my love of books! So, I tried it out and haven’t looked back since!
  4. It makes me more motivated to read. Before I made this blog and Goodreads, I found myself in a very long reading slump. I just had NO CLUE WHATSOEVER what to read, and most of my friends weren’t really readers, so they didn’t really have many good book recommendations. Now that I have this blog, finding something to read and actually reading it is no problem, it’s a breeze, to say the least! I cheer myself on while reading books because for me, one book completed=one more accomplishment!aid137336-728px-Read-a-Boring-Book-Step-02-Version-2.jpg
  5. It’s a great hobby! Before I got my blog and Goodreads, as I said before, I was in a loooooong reading slump. I still enjoyed reading, but not as much as I do today. I often found myself bored and always tended to play games on my devices or go on social media sites. Even though I still do those things, that’s been minimized now with the responsibility and joy of maintaining this blog!
  6. Customization! I love being able to customize my blog and make it my own! If you’re currently reading this on my blog, then you will see that my background is magenta, my favourite colour. If you press on my Reviews page, you will see how I organize my reviews alphabetically by title, and how I’ve made the letters really pretty so they pop out! Just like people, every blog has its quirks to make it its own, and I’m really happy to have mine!
  7. Getting ARCS! So far, the only ARCS I’ve gotten are digital ones from Netgalley, but I hope to be able to receive print ones in the future, as my blog gets a bit older and more established. I love the feeling of spreading the word on books and oftentimes reading them before they’re published!💖 It makes me feel amazing to help publishers and authors market. (So, if you’re a publisher or author looking for someone to review your brand new title, do not hesitate to click here!)images.jpeg
  8. The blogging community! The bloggers I’ve conversed with on here have been SO nice, and really encouraging! I’ve honestly never seen anyone on here put anyone else down, not to jinx anything😁. I’ve discovered some amazing new books thanks to them, and the amount of recognition and kindness going on around here is insane (in an AMAZING way💞). So, for any bloggers reading this right now, I send you a…Unknown.jpeg
  9. Scheduling posts! Probably 98% of my posts have been scheduled, including this one. I just find it way easier to do so, so I’m not scrambling around at the last minute trying to find something to write. Most of the time, I schedule my posts a day before they’re supposed to go up, but it all depends on how busy I am and how many ideas I have. (Just so you know, if you’re reading this the second it was posted, I just got out of school 5 minutes ago, so it’s summer now!✌️☀️And you know what that means, a TON of blog posts coming your way!😄)
  10. All the opportunities! I will be speaking with Heather Reisman, owner and CEO of Indigo, very soon! She is going to be giving me blogging tips and potentially some books to review, and I couldn’t be more excited!😊👍

So there you have it, 10 reasons why blogging rocks! What else do you like about blogging? Do you agree with my reasons? Tell me in the comments below!

Asta la vista!👋

 

The Liebster Award!

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Hi everyone!

I’ve finally been nominated for the Liebster award, and I’m so happy!😊Thanks so much to   Catherine @ thediaryofabookishgirl for the nomination! You’re awesome!💜

Here are all the rules:

  1. Acknowledge the person who nominated you for the award and post the award
  2. Answer the questions that were asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Give 11 facts about yourself
  4. Ask 11 questions of your own
  5. Nominate 11 blogs for the award (or however many blogs you can nominate)
  6. Notify your nominees.

So now I’m going to be answering Catherine’s questions:

  1. If you could turn a book series into a TV show, which would you pick?

I think I’d choose The Lunar Chronicles. Even though I’ve only read the first book in the series, I still think it would be interesting as a TV show!

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     2. Is there a series you wish was longer? (Feel free to mention more than one!)

The Girl Online series by Zoe Sugg, even though I’m sort of cheating as I just found out that she has another book coming out in November😄! (as you can see, the cover and title have yet to be revealed)

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      3. Who is your favourite fictional female character?

I feel like I can really relate to Penny from Girl Online, and that she’d make a great friend for me, so I’m going with her.😄

      4. Is there a book you wish you never read?

That would probably have to be The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein. I should have gone with my intuition and not have read it when my friend told me about it, because as much I wanted to like and continue on with it, I just couldn’t! I DNF’ed it, that’s how much I disliked it.

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       5. Who is your favourite lesser known author? Give them a mention and maybe suggest one of their books for people to look into.

Kit Pearson’s work is often overlooked by young adult readers, since she writes historical fiction, which I find that many readers tend to pass up on. Despite that, her books are amazing! I’d recommend her duology The Whole Truth and her book The Sky is Falling, because I really enjoyed them!

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6. Which film adaptation do you dislike and wish that the story had remained in book form?

I’d like to pass on this one, sorry! I haven’t watched any movie-to-film adaptations that I’ve disliked.

       7. If you could expand the story of one character, who would it be?

I’d probably want to expand the story of Mia from If I Stay before it happened. Her life seemed like a very interesting one, and I’d love to learn more about it.

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       8. Is there an author or book you feel you will never read?

That would probably have to be Cassandra Clare (no offence to fans of hers!). It’s not her, it’s me. I just don’t like paranormal books, and they all seem so long! I’m sure her books are amazing, and would be if I tried them, but I don’t plan on doing so anytime soon.

        9. Which fictional character do you feel deserved better? (It doesn’t have to be a book character!)

Um… may I pass, please? I just can’t think of an answer right now.😒

        10. Is there a fictional item you wish you could have in real life?

I haven’t read many books including one, but a teleport! I think that it would be pretty cool to travel in time, as long as I don’t mess up anything.😝

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11. What time of the day do you prefer to read? (Are you a morning person, or an evening one? Or do you read in the middle of the night?)

I usually like to read in the evenings or right before bed on school/camp nights, but if it’s a weekend or there’s no school, I will read all throughout the day!

Now for my facts:

  1. My birthday is tomorrow!🎉🎉I’m so excited to see what this new year brings for me! And not to mention that it’s the last day of school for me too, and I’m switching schools next year, so mixed feelings there.😊😒
  2. My favourite song right now is probably This is What You Came For by Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna, but it changes all the time as I discover new music and get sick of older songs.
  3. I’m currently typing this on my amazing MacBook Air that I got in August last year!
  4. I really like watching gymnastics videos and trying the stunts myself. All I can do at the moment are backbends (bridges), cartwheels on my left leg, somersaults, chest stands, and (sort of) handstands. I’m working on my skills though!
  5. I don’t watch much TV. I just think it takes away from my reading time and other things I want to do. Sorry to all TV lovers😝!
  6. My pet peeve is probably rude people. I cannot stand them!
  7. My favourite animals are dogs🐶 and penguins🐧.
  8. I can speak and write French, and I actually own two books in French, Drame by Raina Telegemier and Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. (Je peux parler et ecrire le francais, et je possede deux livres en francais, Drame par Raina Telegemier et Le Petit Prince par Antoine de Saint-Exupery.)
  9. My favourite movies are Inside Out, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Home, Annie, Big Hero 6, and many more. Yes, I’m not afraid to admit that I like kids movies😊.
  10. My favourite sports are basketball, swimming, and dance.
  11. And I can’t think of any more facts, so that can count as my last fact, right?!😂

Now for my questions:

My apologies, but I really like the questions I made for The Sunshine Blogger Award, so I’m re-using them here!

  1. What are you doing this summer? (Or if your region is not in summertime, what did you do last summer/plan on doing next summer?)
  2. How many physical books do you own?
  3. Under what circumstances would you DNF a book?
  4. What was the last movie you saw in theatres? Did you enjoy it?
  5. Do you play video games? If so, what console do you have?
  6. What are your favourite and least favourite things about blogging?
  7. Tell me a teaser sentence from the book you’re currently reading!
  8. What device do you use to write your blog posts (computer, phone, etc.)?
  9. Tell me a little known fact about you that no other bloggers know.
  10. If you could travel anywhere in the world right this instant, where would you go, and why?
  11. What song is stuck in your head right now? (if any)

Now for my nominations- I really love all these blogs, and I’m sure you will, too!

  1. The Mystery Corner
  2. Donish @ Bookitwithdon
  3. The Library Lizard
  4. Novelgossip
  5. Libby @ Through The Wardrobe
  6. Isabella @ Bella’s Book Nook
  7. Bree @ That Bookish Life
  8. Shivalika @ Brown Eyed Musings
  9. Calloway Books
  10. Sean @ Kingdombookblog
  11. Amphy @ Bookrantings

So that’s it for this post! Au revoir!👋

Lola and the Boy Next Door Review!

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Title: Lola and the Boy Next Door

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads

*This is the sequel to Anna and the French Kiss, but this could work well as a standalone as well, as the storylines are completely different, it’s just that Anna and Etienne are introduced first.*

Review:

This book, even though it wasn’t as good as its prequel Anna and the French Kiss, was pretty enjoyable and light! The book did not cover many sensitive topics and due to the easiness of the read, I breezed through it.

The story centres around a teenage girl named Lola, who designs costumes and loves fashion. She is dating an older boy named Max, with whom she is satisfied at the moment. But then the Bell twins- Calliope, a competitive figure skater whom Lola doesn’t really get along with, and Cricket, an inventor and science geek whom she used to have feelings for- move back next door to her, and she finds her feelings returning for Cricket. Who does her heart desire more, Cricket or Max, and which one will she end up with?

I found that Lola wasn’t the most likeable character, but I warmed up to her while reading the book. She wasn’t the nicest and most sensitive to others’ feelings, and I felt like she was a bit selfish and whiny. I also didn’t really like her lack of honesty, as she seemed to be keeping secrets from people and made quite a bit of little white lies. But characters aren’t really all that realistic without their flaws, and those flaws are what made Lola a pretty honest portrayal of an average teen! Because of that, and despite her unpleasantness, I often found myself willing to read about her and what was going on in her life.

Max, her boyfriend, wasn’t really the nicest, either. I found him to be unforgiving and a bit iffy, it was just something about him. He seemed to be the type of person to hold grudges really easily and find it hard to let go of them. I find these characters a bit harder to read about, and plus I honestly don’t think he was the one f0r Lola.

I really liked Cricket, though! He was a really nice guy, and seemed pretty smart, too! I mean, he built an elevator for Lola’s dollhouse at six years old! That’s amazing, and he’s got to be pretty clever to do that! He also seemed to be very caring about Lola, hence the feelings he had for her upon returning. He was very patient and really listened, which are great qualities in friends and potential partners!

Overall, this book was pretty amusing, though a bit slow sometimes. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet, light-hearted romance, regardless of whether or not you’ve read Anna and the French Kiss. For those who have read the first book, don’t you worry, even though they may not be main characters, Anna and Etienne are back!

Rating: 4/5 Stars!

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award!

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Hi everyone!

I have some exciting news! I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thanks so much to icebreaker694 for the nomination and your support for my blog!😊♥️

Anyway, here are all the rules:

Thank the person who nominated you.

Answer the 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.

Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award.

Give them 11 new questions (if you want to)

Display the award on your blog (if you want to)

I will now be answering the questions provided for me:

  1. Which do you like better: the movie or the book?

The book, definitely. Why would I even have this blog if I preferred movies?😜Unknown.jpeg

2.  If you could bring to life any character from a book and have him/her stay with you in the real world, who would it be?

I think it would have to be Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games! She is soooo strong and brave and I would love to have more people like her to look up to!Unknown-1.jpeg

     3. Who would win in a battle: Magnus Bane or Dumbledore?

May I pass on this one? I know who Dumbledore is, but not Magnus Bane😂.AAEAAQAAAAAAAAKaAAAAJDNmYTZiNGM1LTlhMWEtNGFjNS05NzhjLWM4NzBhMzgyYzJhYw.jpg

       4. If you could read only one book for the read of your life what book would that be? 

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson! I know you guys know how much I LOVE that book.😍😍

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        5. Now ship characters from different books!

Anna Oliphant from Anna and the French Kiss and John Ambrose McClaren from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before!

        6. Got a go-to snack when reading?

Not really, I don’t really eat while reading. When I do, though, it’s either pretzels or popcorn.

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        7. What’s your favorite classic?

That would probably have to be The Giver by Lois Lowry or Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I would totally recommend both of them!

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          8. Would you rather: have 1 million books but no time to read them all, or 1 book with all the time in the world?

I’d say 1 book and all the time in the world. If I don’t have time for books, then that would mean I’m not reading them, which would totally suck! So, I’d rather take my time with one book than not have time to read anything at all!

          9. Who’s your favorite antagonist?

I don’t read many books with villains, to be honest, so I’m going to pass on this one for now, sorry!

          10. What’s on your Summer TBR list?

Basically anything from my Goodreads TBR that I feel like reading that I can get my hands on, but I am hoping to finish some series like The Hunger GamesUglies, and The Selection, as well as starting some like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (in time for the movie!😊) and Divergent.

           11. What’s your latest DNF book?

You probably have absolutely NO CLUE whatsoever what this book is, as it’s middle grade, doesn’t have many ratings on Goodreads, and was recommended to me by a friend. But anyway, it’s The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein. Despised every minute of this.

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My questions are:

  1. What are you doing this summer? (Or if your region is not in summertime, what did you do last summer/plan on doing next summer?)
  2. How many physical books do you own?
  3. Under what circumstances would you DNF a book?
  4. What was the last movie you saw in theatres? Did you enjoy it?
  5. Do you play video games? If so, what console do you have?
  6. What are your favourite and least favourite things about blogging?
  7. Tell me a teaser sentence from the book you’re currently reading!
  8. What device do you use to write your blog posts (computer, phone, etc.)?
  9. Tell me a little known fact about you that no other bloggers know.
  10. If you could travel anywhere in the world right this instant, where would you go, and why?
  11. What song is stuck in your head right now? (if any)

Now for the nominees! I love their blogs, and I’m sure you’ll love them too! (As always, feel free to take a pass on this one if you’re not up to it or have already done it, I won’t be offended.👍)

  1. Rose Read
  2. Eleanor @ Real Tasty Pages
  3. Daniela @ Daniela’s Bookshelf

So that’s it, folks! Hope you enjoyed, and thanks again, Icebreaker694! You rock!💜

 

 

ARC Review: 12 Hours in Paradise!

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Title: 12 Hours in Paradise

Author: Kathryn Berla

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, travel, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Twelve hours, thirty-six questions, and a chance to fall in love… It’s the last day of Dorothy Patmont’s family vacation. Soon, she must head back to Reno, where all that waits for her is the cold and the snow. To top it all off, her brother, Chester, acted like a little jerk and ate one too many cookies from the sample jar in the cookie store. But his antics have an unexpected benefit-attracting the attention of an intriguing boy who could change her life forever. Treats can be sweet, but love is sweeter still… Arash Atkinson, fluent in four languages and an adventurous soul, is in Waikiki for a high school band competition. When he meets Dorothy, he realizes their time together is limited. “Come out and play,” he texts her. A night of romantic adventure ensues, and Arash discovers an app that claims it can make people fall in love after answering thirty-six questions in each other’s presence. With each question asked, their stories and feelings continue to unfold. But with every hour that passes they’re more at risk of being found out-Dorothy, by her parents, and Arash by his school chaperone. And then Arash gets the dreaded phone call-he has been discovered missing from his room, and must return immediately. Can they finish the questions before facing their consequences? When time is running out, true love cannot wait. What Arash and Dorothy have is beyond special, something that comes along once in a lifetime, and begins with Twelve Hours In Paradise…but can it survive the trials of the real world?

Source: Thanks so much to Limitless Publishing via Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with an e-ARC via Netgalley!

How I Found Out About It: Netgalley

Review:

This was a pretty cute, lighthearted romance story, and I enjoyed it quite a bit! This book was unlike any other I’ve ever read with a unique storyline and amazing, in-depth characters.

To sum up, this story is about two teenagers- Dorothy and Arash- who meet in the beautiful state of Hawaii and fall in love. It’s Dorothy’s last day there, but when they meet, they still both want to get to know each other, despite having such a short amount of time to spare. Twelve hours is better than nothing, right? Anyway, so they could have enough time to really open up to each other, they sneak out of their respective hotel rooms and go to the mesmerizing beach, and together they find an app that gives them 36 meaningful questions to help them fall in love. Will they be able to get through all 36 questions in time, before they get caught by their caregivers and before Dorothy has to leave?

I really liked Arash, he was probably my favourite character in the book. He was so swoon-worthy and just an amazing guy, and if I made a list of my book crushes, he’d definitely be going on! I found him to be really patient towards Dorothy, as he listened to her answers to all the questions with an open ear and gave very insightful answers in reply. He was also very determined to get to know Dorothy before anything could happen to part the two, and seemed to be willing to do ANYTHING to gain more knowledge of her and what she’s all about. I like characters who persevere, and Arash counts as one of them!

The only weak point about this book was that the story line wasn’t the most realistic. Seriously, meeting someone for the first time ever and falling in love knowing that you have very limited chances is a bad case of insta-love, something which I find is a bit overused in young adult books these days. Nevertheless, I thought that the author still put a pretty unique spin onto the insta-love, making the read a very enjoyable one!

I’d recommend this book to anyone looking for a short but sweet read and a swoon-worthy young adult romance in the dream vacation land of Hawaii, as I know this book would definitely amuse you and leave you smiling afterwards! I know it did for me. 😊

Rating: 4/5 Stars!

Top Ten Thursday #10!

Hi everyone!

Today I will be listing my top 10 favourite posts on my blog, inspired by Top Five Wednesday! (But I’m doing a top ten😊, and they are not in order.) I hope you will take the time to maybe check out these posts, especially if you’re one of my newer followers, so you can see what my blog is all about! It would mean a lot to me😄.

Now without further ado…

  1. My review on The Selection by Kiera Cass10507293.jpg
  2. My little “debate” about borrowing vs. buying books
  3. The Blogger Recognition Award– the first award I ever received as a blogger!
  4. The Book Monsters Tag– my first ever book tag!
  5. My review on The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins2767052.jpg
  6. My very first blog post- my review on Girl Online by Zoe Sugg!22510983.jpg
  7. My very first ARC review- my review on True Colors by Krysten Lindsay Hager!22444090.jpg
  8. My May 2016 book haul
  9. My review on Two Summers by Aimee FriedmanScreen Shot 2016-06-22 at 4.04.55 PM.png
  10. And last but not least, my list of reasons for loving Goodreads so much!Unknown.jpeg

So tell me! What are your favourite posts of mine? What are your favourite posts on your own blog? Let me know in the comments below!💜

 

Epic Reads Tag!

Hi everyone!

Today I will be participating in the Epic Reads book tag! Thank you so much to Diana @ Night Train Books for tagging me! Her blog is amazing, so you should definitely check it out, and perhaps give her a follow!

Without further ado…

  1. If you could invite one author and one of their fictional characters to lunch, who would you invite and what would you serve them?

I think I’d probably invite Suzanne Collins and Katniss Everdeen to have lunch with me. I really want to know more about Collins and see if she’s up to writing any more books, and of course get to know the amazing, brave character of Katniss! I don’t know what I’d serve them… I guess whatever they feel like eating😝.

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2. What book do you wish the author would write a prequel for?

I’d say the Uglies quartet by Scott Westerfeld. Though I have not completed the whole series yet, I’d love to see a background story on all the different societies mentioned throughout the books.

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  3. Which two characters (not from the same book) would make a good couple?

I think Anna Oliphant from Anna and the French Kiss and John Ambrose McClaren from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before would make a great couple! Both are very considerate and sweet, and my instincts say they’d just really bond!

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4. If you ran into your favorite author on the subway and only could say one sentence to them, who is it and what would it be?

It would definitely be Morgan Matson. Her books are amazing, and for that, I’d say thank you.

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5. What book made you a reader and why?

Um, okay, I’ve sort of always been a reader, so I didn’t really have one specific book that got me into reading. But you can check out my list of childhood favourites to see what books I adored as a youngster!

6. Your bookshelf just caught fire. Show the book you’d save.

What a hard question! I guess I’d save Wonder by R.J. Palacio, since I could re-read that book over and over again, it’s just that awesome. Check out my review here!

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7. Which dystopian world would you want to live in if you had to choose one? Why?

I’d probably choose the land of The Giver. It just seems so peaceful and pleasurable, until I learned the deep, dark secrets about it. But still, I would choose that one if I had to pick.

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8. What is your most epic read of all time?

I really dislike these types of questions. I despise them. I just can’t choose one book; it’s just like asking a mother who their favourite child is! (Which, by the way, IS an unfair question.) But I think it would have to be Since You’ve Been Gone or Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. Let’s face it, they are amazing. SHE is amazing.

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So, that’s it for this tag! Hope you guys enjoyed!

As for the nominees…

I tag:

  1. Kristen/Nicki @ Up ‘Til Midnight
  2. Morgan @ Happily Ever Bookish
  3. Jasmine @ smileybooklover 😊

Feel free to skip this one if you’ve already done it or just don’t feel up to it, I won’t be offended👍. Also, 100% feel free to participate if you’d like, even if I didn’t tag you! I’d love to see your answers, so be sure to link them below.

Au revoir!💜

Symptoms of Being Human Review!

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Title: Symptoms of Being Human

Author: Jeff Garvin

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads

Review:

When I first heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. Learning about gender queer individuals from a character who blogs seemed like such an interesting premise, and I was so excited! And when I read this book, it was just what I had expected- plus more!

For a summary, this book centres around a teenager named Riley, who feels different than all the other kids of the same age. Some days, Riley feels like a female, and others like a male. Riley had no idea what on earth was going on and what was wrong (if anything), so he/she decided to see a therapist to discuss the worries and anxiety. Notice how I said he/she. This is because when Riley looked up the symptoms of what had been happening, he/she found out that there was a name for the condition- gender fluid, meaning that people like this either don’t identify with either gender, or identify with both. Riley fell into the latter category, but at different times. Anyway, Riley’s therapist told him/her to create a blog about being that way, and from doing this, he/she would be able to rant and interact with people who feel the same way. Riley, though a bit reluctant, thought that this was a good idea and created the blog, which ended up going viral! But unfortunately, someone anonymous kept on sending hate messages and threats, to the point where Riley really needed to find out who it was. Will Riley find out, and does he/she know the cyberbully in real life? And will he/she be able to come out to those whom he/she knows and trusts?

I found this book to be amazing! The characters, the plot… EVERYTHING! Riley was just such a great role model for everyone, and was so brave and strong! Despite some very mean people bullying him/her for his/her gender identity, Riley stayed courageous (well, partly with the help of friends named Solo and Bec) and pulled through really well! Riley’s blog posts were also really inspirational and definitely made me look at the world in a different perspective. Before reading this book, the world seemed to be divided into two categories. Male and female. Yes or no. Reader or TV-watcher, and more. But from this story, I was able to realize and accept that there is an in-between in each of these categories. In between male and female, there’s transgender, or gender fluid like Riley was. In between yes and no, there’s maybe. (I think now you get the idea of how uplifting and coming-of-age this book was!)

I’d recommend this book to honestly any teen, especially those who are struggling to find out who they really are and what they stand for, and also to anyone willing to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community. You will for sure see the whole world from a brand new lens, and the amazingness of this book is absolutely not to be missed!

Rating: 5/5 Stars!

The Hunger Games Review!

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Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Genre & Age Group: Dystopian, science fiction, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

Source: School library

How I Found Out About It: Seriously, anyone who hasn’t heard about this book is living under a rock, because this is one of the most popular books ever!

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Review:

I had really low expectations coming into this book. I knew it was super popular and all, but it just didn’t really seem like my sort of thing. Books with gory violence and fighting usually don’t appeal very much to me, so I usually tend to avoid them. But when I saw The Hunger Games sitting in a bin at my school library, it screamed, “Come on Kayla, just give me a try! I know you want to know why I’m so popular!” So I took it out, and when I read it, I was wooed over! I wasn’t expecting it to be THAT AMAZINGNow having read this book, I now understand why everyone has gone completely crazy for it, and how late I was to join the hype train!

The characters and plot of this book are just fabulous! Our main character, Katniss Everdeen, is such an amazing role model for everyone and her lead should definitely be followed. She was so brave to have volunteered for her little sister’s spot in the Games, and a great sport! I know that I wouldn’t have been able to do that if I was her; I would be way too scared! Her perseverance was phenomenal; as she was always pumped up for what was coming and not as scared as many of her opponents. She always looked towards the bright side of things and never backed down, which I admire. Despite it being her first time doing something of sorts, I could tell that she really knew what she was doing, and she was able to use her knowledge to help herself and her ally Peeta survive, and hopefully win the Games!

I thought that the plot was really creative and well thought out. As I said before, this type of book doesn’t usually pop out at me, but it turns out that it has now opened doors to many other different books of this kind! I now no longer cringe at the sight of a book like this, and I would now be much more willing to try it.

I would recommend this book to, well, who hasn’t read it? Raise your hands. (only a couple hands were raised) Well, anyone with their hands raised, please go and read it now! It’s AMAZING, believe me! Even if you aren’t a fan of violence or dystopian type books, you still need to read this one, because I know you’ll still love it no matter what!

Rating: 5/5 Stars!