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Some love for you & October news ❤️

Hey guys !

I’ve been quite busy with college and college reading this week, so I don’t have much to post here ! However, I still read what you guys are posting, and since it looks like you enjoyed seeing love and positivity on the blog, I offer you today a post featuring some blogs that I love ❤️ I really hope you’ll check them out, because even though I don’t know them all personnaly, I know they’re amazing persons, and their posts are really worth your while !

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First off is Kristin @Kristinkravesbooks ! She’s one of the first bloggers I followed when I arrived on WordPress, and she never fails to give us good books reviews and does fun tags as well !

Then, I believe you should absolutely follow C.G @Paper Fury, who not only publishes interesting blog posts, but is also a writer, and a talented one, if most reviews are to be believed. Unfortunately, I still haven’t had the opportunity to read one of her two novels, but I’ve heard of both of them pretty much everywhere. She’s a rising star 🌠

Last one for today is a duo made by Nen & Jen @Nen&Jen ! They also write great reviews, take part in fun tags, and best of all, they are ADORABLE ! I must admit I sometimes lose track of which of them I’m replying to in the comments, but they’re truly adorable !

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Again, I have been super busy with college this week, and I have an exam next week, but I hope I’ll be able to read more fiction, especially as I got Mark C. King’s latest book, which is a historical fiction in which a monster kills people, and I couldn’t hope for a better Autumn/Halloween book.

In other news, I’ve been branded Top Reviewer on Netgalley, and it really made my day ! It’s  not much, or very important, but I’m glad some publishers thought my reviews relevant enough to publish on their detail pages ! I’ve also been auto-approved for the first time ever by a publisher ! I didn’t expect it but that was also a nice surprise ! Definitely motivates me to read more 🙂

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That’s it for today ! Thanks for reading !

See you soon,

Love, Jade ❤️

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What releases today ~ 15.10.19

Hey everyone !

Today, only one release that I’ve read ! For once, it’s not YA, and it’s not plain text. If you have kids or enjoy reading middle grade stories, you might like today’s release 🙂

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Unplugged and Unpopular | Mat Heagerty | ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | My review

Amazon | Book Depository

After Erin Song’s parents ban her from using her phone, TV, Internet, and all her screens, she soon discovers mysterious, strange creatures and must foil their plot to take over Earth in this hilarious sci-fi graphic novel for tweens.

Erin Song lives in a digital world. Everyone has a phone, a tablet, a computer—more screens than you can count. Even with a world of information at her fingertips, Erin can’t figure out the secret to popularity at her clique-y junior high school. So when uber-popular Wendy asks for help cheating on a test, Erin jumps at the opportunity. This could be her big break! Unfortunately, she gets caught, and her parents ban her from all her devices. Suddenly, Erin Song is the only girl in the world who’s not allowed to look at a screen.

And that’s when Erin notices something funny: small, furry aliens making humans disappear with a weird device Erin’s never seen before. No one else notices them, though—except Erin’s grandmother and two old men who run the local library. They’ve discovered that the aliens are using screens to control the human race, tricking them into thinking they aren’t really there—and that anyone who’s been abducted never existed.

Now it’s up to Erin and her grandmother to save the day! But without technology on their side, do they stand a chance?

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I don’t usually read middle-grade comics, but the concept of this one was really fun and cute ! Erin was a cool main character, and her grandma is super badass ! I would have loved to read this as a kid ! I’d also recommend this comic for the libraries to put on their shelves. It’s fun read 😀

That’s it for today ! As always, thanks for reading 😘

See you soon,

Love, Jade ❤️

Reviews

Book review ~ To Best the Boys, Mary Weber (Spoiler-free)

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To best the boys

Author : Mary Weber

Genre : Fantasy

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Synopsis

Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port have received a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. The poorer residents look to see if their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope.

In the province of Caldon, where women train in wifely duties and men pursue collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship competition.

With her cousin, Seleni, by her side, the girls don disguises and enter Mr. Holm’s labyrinth, to best the boys and claim the scholarship prize. Except not everyone is ready for a girl who doesn’t know her place. And not everyone survives the deadly maze.

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My opinions

To win a scholarship for a prestigious university, Rhen decides to enter a usually all-boy competition hosted by a mysterious person. To save the world and the ones she loves, Rhen will need to prove she can best the boys !

I can’t believe I read this in only one sitting (okay two if you count the fact I had to eat at some point…) I got so caught up in the world Mary Weber created ! Rhen reminded me a lot of Audrey Rose in Stalking Jack the Ripper and sequels. I immediately fell in love with that brilliant young lady who dreams of science and wants to save her mother from a deadly disease spreading in her city.

All the characters are pretty well developped, which is what I always judge first in a book. Rhen is everything I ever want to be in life : smart, beautiful, dedicated, brave and loyal (I would have punched Vincent so hard all book long if I were her). I’m glad we live in an era where young women in books can inspire the young readers.

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Second, I’ll ship Rhen and Lute till the end (despite him having a weird ass name. As for the rest of the cast, Byrell kind of made me laugh all through the book, even though it was not really the point of him, Seleni gave me major sis vibe, and I absolutely want to be her friend. Considering her background, it’s a little surprising she manages to be so open-minded and cheerful, but hey, she’s a cool character !

The plot in itself is really attractive for me, and I couldn’t wait for the competition to actually begin. Maybe it’s the only thing bad I could say about this book : I wish the competition part would have been longer. It only appears after 1/2-1/3 of the whole book. I wanted more !
Sure the world building was totally necessary and enjoyable, but I would have loved for the book to be longer and give me more of the competition.

Honestly, I’m not too sure what to tell you to convince you to read this, because the plot in itself would make anyone buy that book. If you like the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and are a sucker for badass smart young ladies main characters with a (feminist-ish) story in a 1900 vibe, you should probably go grab a copy of To Best the Boys !

I’ll personnally be sure to take a closer look to the rest of Mary Weber’s books 😀

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I’ve been a little bit away from WP this week… I’ll try keeping up better this week because you’re all amazing people and I love reading your blog posts !

Thanks for reading !

See you soon,

Love, Jade ❤️

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WWW Wednesday – 09.10.19

Hey everyone ! I’m back today for a WWW Wednesday! For those of you who don’t know it yet, it’s a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words in which you only have to answer three questions :

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Here we go !

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What are you currently reading?

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To best the boys is one of the books I’ve received in a Fairyloot box last year and still hadn’t gotten to hehe… Now is finally the time ! I haven’t technically started it yet because I need to read some college books, but I still think it counts as a current read !

What did you recently finish reading?

The odyssey is a classic that I just HAD to read. It was really entertaining and I loved the story. Greek mythology is the best for me ! Click here to read my full review for it 🙂

The rain belongs here was a big surprise for me ! It was an e-arc, and although the plot attracted me, the fact that it was a seemingly survival dystopia gave me bad flashbacks of The 5th Wave. I still gave it a go and was not disappointed and ended up reading it all in two-three days ! Click here to read my full review for it 😀

What do you think you’ll read next?

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A treason of thorns was this month’s LitJoy Crate book. It seems a perfect read for the Halloween season, and I will definitely read this in a cozy sweater, under a blanket, drinking tea at night while it rains outside. Yes, I’m very specific when it comes to my reading conditions 😂

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Have you read any of those ? I’d love to hear your opinions on them !

Thanks for reading,

See you soon,

Love, Jade ❤️

 

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What releases today ~ 08.10.19

Hey everyone !

Today I have only one book to indroduce to you and the world ! However, it’s a very powerful one about gun control in the US, especially regarding young people.

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Enough is enough, Michelle Roehm McCann |⭐⭐⭐⭐| My review

Amazon | Book depository

From award-winning author Michelle Roehm McCann comes a young activist’s handbook to joining the fight against gun violence–both in your community and on a national level–to make schools safer for everyone. Young people are suffering the most from the epidemic of gun violence–as early as kindergarten students are crouching behind locked doors during active shooter drills. Teens are galvanizing to speak up and fight for their right to be safe. They don’t just want to get involved, they want to change the world.

Enough Is Enough is a call to action for teens ready to lend their voices to the gun violence prevention movement. This handbook deftly explains America’s gun violence issues–myths and facts, causes and perpetrators, solutions and change-makers–and provides a road map for effective activism. Told in three parts, Enough Is Enough also explores how America got to this point and the obstacles we must overcome, including historical information about the Second Amendment, the history of guns in America, and an overview of the NRA. Informative chapters include interviews with teens who have survived gun violence and student activists who are launching their own movements across the country.

Additionally, the book includes a Q&A with gun owners who support increased gun safety laws.floral-1751088_1280I’m no non-fiction fan, but this one was really powerful and impacted me even though I’m not in the US. If you have pro-gun friends, you should probably gift this book to them ! PS: It’s not an anti-gun book. It’s only advocating gun CONTROL ! It’s not extremist in its ideas 🙂

Thanks for reading,

See you soon,

Love, Jade ❤️

Reviews

Book review – The rain belongs here, Julie Rogers (spoiler-free)

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The rain belongs here

Author : Julie Rogers

Genre : Dystopia

Release date : 1st November 2019

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Synopsis

If she succeeds in finding him, he’ll be charged with murder. If she fails, he won’t likely survive on his own.

It’s 2064. Ana lives in the City, an experimental community that has had little contact with outsiders in decades. When her older brother Finn disappears on her 22nd birthday, a seemingly impossible event given the City’s extensive monitoring, she quits school, moves into her station wagon and embarks on an obsessive manhunt. Unable to find him on her own, she’s forced to partner with Aaron, a detective with his own complicated history and agenda.

Together they comb the dregs of the outside world, encountering both the horrors of lawless survivor communities and the unclaimed beauty of the old world. As Ana comes closer to understanding her brother’s disappearance, she’s forced to confront the truth about herself and her place in the City.

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My opinion

Dystopian survival hasn’t been my thing these last years, and several books made me dislike this genre. However, I decided to give this one a chance, because I liked the sister looking for her missing brother in the wilderness trope.

I had to push through the first pages, but I absolutely do not regret it. I ended up reading the whole book in two days. I just wanted to know what happened to Finn, and I loved following Ana tracking him.

The world building was really decent, and most importantly, believable. Actually, I think it’s the first time I read a dystopia in which the new city is not bad. I mean, seriously, it has a few flaws, but it would be a way better society than the one we have, and for real, no hidden tricks like in Divergent. It turns out I really like this kind of dystopia ! Unfortuntately, the City is not the main focus of the story, so I couldn’t read much about it.

I was not too sure about the characters at first, but they really grew on me ! I even ended up shifting my liking from a character to the other, and the course of the story unraveling made me change my mind about some characters. This is definitely what I’m here for ! I love getting captivated in a book that manages to get me THAT involved with the plot and characters.

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I also want to thank the author for not overdoing the love angle. I mean, I do like romance, but it’s not the focus of the book, and the author did not drift away from the main plot, and the romantic aspect is just perfectly written. It’s kind of rare in the books I read, in which a couple always has to steal the spotlight, and I’m very grateful for it.

The Rain belongs here might appeal to you if you liked Divergent, but wanted more realistic aspects of dystopia. I really recommend it !

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Thank you for reading, I hope you have the best week 😀 It’s fall season after all, what can be bad during those times ??

See you soon,

Love, Jade ❤️