Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon [Kind of cute but over-rated]

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Do you ever feel that sometimes you just have a fall out with a book? This is what it was like for me when I read Everything, Everything. No, I won’t be hate reviewing but I’d definitely like to discuss what parts made me feel that way.

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The princess saves herself in this one – Amanda Lovelace

Since this lovely book was in verse (poetry), I decided to bite it and have the review in verse too. Judge all you like.

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Pick this up
if
1. You are a girl
2. You are broken
3. You are in need
of some friction to light that spark in you.

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A very late review of my 2016’s best

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Eileen was a great read. It was dark and isolating and a detailed portrait of a person but also a reflection. It was like a battle of the self, the anatomy of basic human feelings and thought processes with a dash of poisonous habits. It was brilliant.

The thing about jellyfish was a delight. It was little smiles and a warm heart and good wishes. It was the sweetest and it touched me and I’ll forever yell I loved that book from the rooftops. It also had the most beautiful science that reminded me of my love of science and made me sad that science is usually made boring and dry and theoretical and unloved.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books n’ Tunes

*clap clap*

Sometimes, as it happens, you’re listening to a song. And that song paints a lovely picture in your head. And sometimes, it happens to fit perfectly with the picture a book puts in your head. And then, ta-da, you get the song and the book married off!

I have wanted to do this type of a post for a while now. When a song fits for me, I have an intense need to tell people about it. Intense.
So, beware, for this post will be intense and, will not follow the first T5W rule (i.e. It’ll be above 5). Let’s bang on:

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Up-close n personal: The Raven boys

So by now I expect you will have heard about the *ahem* great series called The Raven cycle by *ahem* the great Maggie Steifvater.

(If you haven’t, um, what?)

(YOU HAVEN’T??)

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So like I said, the series is *GREAT*, which is basically me containing all my feelings for this *somuchgreat* series. If I let my heart unleash the real meaning of *great*, that’s all this post would be about.

But because of a different objective, I have just used the *ahem* great.

This post is basically about how it’s so *great*. I read the first book in the series and I just noted my favorite and most liked parts and the little things that make the series so *great*! So follow me (into a list that is infinite):

[Basically, I took notes while reading parts of the book. Read only if you’ve read the book, it’ll only make sense then. I hope this list reminds you of them, the Raven boys and you remember the little things you forgot and the whole magic of it.]

Did you know that Blue needs sleep for quality spikes (for Noah to pet)?

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Beez’s Friday finds

Friday Finds is a meme hosted by Books and a Beat. It was created to showcase all the books we’ve added to our TBR piles in the past week.

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I’m going to let you in on all the books I’ve added on my TBR pile and reasons for hence. Be cautioned- I am bizarre and I like philosophy.

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#1 The killer next door by Alex Marwood

Beez: If you live in Dubai, and don’t know about the following piece of information, this is going to be your lucky day. Some metro stations allow you to borrow books and that’s amazing. So this is one book I picked up because well, it sounded hella interesting and creepy.

#2 The age of genius: The 17th century and the birth of the modern mind by A. C. Grayling

Beez: Basically, I’m interested in the evolution of human intelligence. And I also met this author and was extremely interested and flabbergasted by what he said. So there. Also, a book actually about the evolution of human intelligence is The dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan!

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Raven’s Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a meme hosted by Books and a Beat. It was created to showcase all the books we’ve added to our TBR piles in the past week.

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This Friday I would like you all to know about the books I added to my TBR (Most of them are because of amazing book bloggers). Next Friday you’ll get to know about what Beez added to her TBR.

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#1 Paper Princess by Erin Watt, Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick

Raven: I read a review recently that compared this book to Hana Yori Dango (A japanese manga and T.V. show) and since I absolutely LOVED Hana Yori Dango I decided to add this book. Read Hitormissbooks review on it.

#2 The Wolf in the Attic by Paul Kearney

Raven: I absolutely loved how vague yet intriguing the description of this book was. Read Bookhaunt’s superb review on it.

#3 Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Raven: The description is fabulous and it was said to be better than Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar children and since I love creepy books I had to add this to my tbr. It was Hitormissbooks review that really sealed the deal for me.

#4 Mr. Fahrenheit by T. Michael Martin

Raven: This book was promoted by Rhett and Link on their channel, Good Mythical More and I couldn’t say no to them. Also, the plot and cover are interesting.

#5 The Return Man by V. M. Zito

Raven: This sounds like an amazing Zombie book and I NEVER say no to zombie books that sound like they could be great. Also, Thetattoedbookgeek’s review convinced me.

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#6 The Vagrant by Peter Newman

Raven: This BOOK! It has a mute character and a GOAT! Read Thetattooedbookgeek’s amazing review on it.

#7 The Ugly Stepsister by Aya Ling

Raven: JourneyofAngie’s Friday first lines mentioned this book and on reading the description I realized that I needed to know more. Also read her amazing review here.

#8 Henge by Realm Lovejoy

Raven: I added this book as soon as I read the word Camelot. I’ve been watching Merlin and I’m in love with it! (Just finished season 2) So naturally I would jump at the opportunity to read a different take on Arthur Pendragon and his Camelot.

#9 The Stranger by Albert Camus

Raven: This book was recommended to me by an amazing book blogger. Read Hitormissbooks enticing review by clicking on her blog name!

#10 A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin

Raven: I added this book because I FINALLY NEED to read this book by the end of this year. And hopefully we will get news of the next book in the series by then *fingers crossed*

So those are the books I added to my TBR this week. As I type this a part of my brain is screaming at me to go take a shower cause I actually went jogging EARLY in the morning with my sister, Beez and her sister, while another part of my brain is screaming at me to make preparations because I’m going for a BBQ/Sweet potato roasting/Marshmallow burning (don’t deny that the burnt ones taste amazing)/Corn roasting… I hope I have fun.

Lots of love,

Raven

Carry on by Rainbow Rowell

Carry onPublication date: October 8, 2015

Publisher: Macmillan

Pages: 517

Targeted Audience: Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal

Blurb: Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

In the beginning, I won’t lie, this book was giving off serious Harry Potter vibes. Simon reminded me of Harry, Penny as Hermione, her family was like the Weasleys, Baz reminded me of Draco and Watford reminded me so strongly of Hogwarts (which brought about a serious feels attack).

But there are a few differences as well. Their spells are phrases and not words, the magick (this is how it’s spelled) has a ‘feeling’, a ‘reserve’. They play football in their school and NOT quidditch, the mage is nothing like Dumbledore and the villain who is named the Humdrum is nothing like Voldemort.

Now the story is about Simon who is attending his last year at Watford. They have been terrorized by a being named the Humdrum, who sucks magick out of a place. This Humdrum is hell bent on killing Simon, who is the chosen one, who is destined to save the magickal world. Then we have Baz who is “supposedly” out to kill Simon, and Penny who is Simon’s best friend.

The book takes some time to pick up speed but once Baz appears everything becomes interesting (x10). Needless to say I love Baz’s POV. He is very snarky and cynical and just fabulous.

The romance between Simon and Baz didn’t really interest me. It was cute but that’s about all I felt. Their romance actually reminded me of all the Drarry fanfics out there.

The Humdrum was a very interesting villian. He was one of the reasons why I kept reading in the beginning because I needed to know what he was all about. And in no way did he disappoint me. I think Rainbow Rowell has done a fabulous job on making this character so unique and different.

This book is actually more like a mystery book set in a fantasy world. But the problem I had with this book was that it felt like it was going nowhere in the beginning. I mean, I picked it up because:

1. It’s a Rainbow Rowell book.

2. It’s fantasy.

But this book had way too much romance and I just don’t really prefer reading romance. You see the problem here? This book had so much Simon and Baz romance that it felt a little random to me. Which is probably why I like the ending the most because there is some really good action and mystery reveal happening.

I guess the fact that we were just catapulted into Simon’s last year at Watford was also another reason why I was a little on the sidelines with the whole inside joke/revenge thing that had been going on.

I did not love this book but neither did I hate it. It was just okay. I didn’t FEEL anything for any of the characters. And the entire time I felt disconnected from the Watford world. I just couldn’t imagine it looking any different from Hogwarts.

I guess you could say that by the end, this book did not remind me of Harry Potter. It was similar yes, but also very different (if that makes any sense).

Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a light fantasy read and also a good mystery and a lot of fantasy romance.

Ratings: 3/5 not one of the best books I’ve read by Rainbow Rowell.

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Lots of love and Pasta,

Raven

Our Liebster Award!

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We were nominated for the Liebster award by http://amiesgoodness.com/ (Go check out her blog! It’s about health and beauty) Thank you so much for nominating us and making us feel like we are recognized out there in the blogging community.

Now, to be honest we didn’t really know what this award was so we did a little research and found out that this is an internet award for upcoming bloggers. You get nominated by someone and you have the option to CHOOSE to accept the award and PASS IT ON or not choose it and break the chain.

To know more about the award and how it works click on this link –> http://wordingwell.com/the-liebster-award-the-official-rules-my-first-blog-award-and-a-few-personal-secrets-revealed/

For obvious reasons *cough* to feel good about ourselves *cough* we decided to accept the award and now we have the power to pass on this magic MUHAHHAHAHAHAHA!

To be honest I think it’s a great way to motivate people to work more on their blog. It sure did help us feel accepted in the blogging community and we felt that our work was making a difference out there.

The rules of this award are pretty simple.

 

Liebster-Award-RulesBelow are Amie’s questions for us:

1. How many favourite people do you have in your life?

Beez: We are each others favourite person!

Raven: Yas! (Cause everyone else hates us)

Beez: We love each other more than we hate everyone else.(Whaddup Landline reference!)

2. Name 3 of your favourite body features you possess.

Beez: My hair, my long spindly fingers (maybe I’m a witch) and my collar bones?

Raven: I love my fat calves, the little bit of my tummy that exposes itself whenever I’m angry and my jiggly thighs.

3. If you had a choice to choose a country for permanent residence where would it be?

Beez: On this measly Earth? Underwater.

Raven: Narnia.

4. Do you love makeup? If so why?

Beez: I don’t love makeup because I don’t like poking my eyes and because chemicals.

Raven: I don’t like makeup cause I was born this way! *dances*

5. Have you complimented anyone today?

Beez: Do you seriously think I compliment people? I compliment only myself.

Raven: I compliment myself for clearing the junkyard that was our email and I compliment my budgies for loving me.

6. Favorite pizza outlet?

Beez: Papa John’s!

Raven: Papa Murphy’s!

7. Which is the hair color you want to try, but need add a little more bravery to do it?

Beez: Purple.. I’m am not afraid of the colour at all, but the chemicals that it brings with it.

Raven: I was going to say purple cause it’s my favourite colour but since Beez already mentioned it I would go with Electric Blue. I’m not afraid of getting it done but I’m just too lazy…

8. Favorite super-hero?

Beez: Raven, who’s my favorite super-hero?

Raven: I am Beez’s favourite super hero and my favourites are Black Widow, Storm and Iron man.

9. What do you most love about your country?

Beez: I love the fact that women get to have separate compartments in metros and buses and we get to stand in separate lines. That way we avoid all the stinky men (no offense men, we know you work hard but we don’t want to stand next to you in the metro when you stink so bad)

Raven: I love the safety and feeling of luxury we get from living here. We once came back home at around 11pm and felt completely safe.

10. The person who encouraged you to start your blog?

Beez: My fabulous head *flips hair* and everyone knows I was the one who influenced Raven to start it with me.

Raven: Beez brainwashed me into doing it. Hail Hydra! *whut*

For some reason or another we were only asked 10 questions by her. I think it’s because many people seem to have revised the rules but we will be sticking with the 11 question rule.

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And now we come to 11 random facts about us!

1. We met around three years ago on April 2013 and this blog was made about a year after we became best friends.

2. We finish off each others thoughts and most of the time text each other the same thing and at the same time.

3. We have very very similar interests so similar that we sometimes can’t differentiate between ourselves.

4. We live in Dubai for all those people who don’t follow us on Goodreads. (This is a hint for you to go become our friend)

5. We tried to die our hair blonde once but failed terribly cause we didn’t bleach it and since we both have dark black hair, it just turned into a chestnut brown.

6. We can be pretty rude sometimes, not to each other but towards other people. We can sit and hate on others for hours and hours.

7. Beez is the only person I’m willing to give as much money as she wants but I’m also in no way ashamed of pestering her about giving it back. Cause best friends can do that and still not have to worry about loosening their friendship.

8. I love budgies and birds and animals in general but Beez is ONLY a cat person. (I DISAGREE I AM ALSO A GIRAFFE AND WHALE PERSON)

9. We have extremely tiny bookshelves that are overflowing at the moment. Of course that doesn’t stop us from buying more. The problem is that our parents don’t want to buy us a bigger shelf only for books cause we live in a rented apartment and anyone living in Dubai knows that rents shoot up so high sometimes that you keep shifting you entire life.

10. We have inner drug jokes that we crack when we are on imaginary drugs which is usually at midnight.

11. We are so badass that once we climbed the fence of a park to get out instead of using the gate…

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Our questions for the bloggers that we have nominated (to be honest I believe everyone deserves the chance to be nominated so if you are an upcoming blogger who hasn’t been nominated yet then yes we nominate you):

1. What is your favourite memory?

2. If you ruled a kingdom what would you call it and what kind of creatures would live in it? (go crazy with this answer)

3. If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

4. Do you have a pet? And if you don’t, would you want one? If so which one?

5. How would you survive a zombie apocalypse?

6. What are your favourite T.V. shows?

7. What is one book universe you really really want to live in?

8. If you were to kill someone (morality and threat of being caught aside), how would you do it? (Be creative here)

9. How do you think the world will end?

10. Which people are you comfortable farting in front of?

11. Do you have a tattoo? If yes what is it? If no, would you like one and of what?

And now for our nominations!

Some rules say that we should nominate people with less than 200 followers, and some say less than 1000, others say less than 2000, but my question is how on earth would we really know how many followers they have? So we have just nominated some blogs that we really like and who we think deserve more followers.

http://melsshelves.com/

https://muggleboooks.wordpress.com/

http://theteacuplibrary.com/

https://littlemisslitberry.wordpress.com/

http://bookbabble.weebly.com/

https://mywandergirllife.wordpress.com/

https://abookwormsperfectapple.wordpress.com/

https://katherineannebooks.wordpress.com/

http://larawhitfield.co.uk/

http://www.katsbookpromotions.com/

http://readingtounwind.blogspot.ae/

So once again, thank you so much for nominating us! I hope everyone keeps following us and loving us. We will try to be very consistent this year with our postings. If you guys comment and like our posts it will encourage and motivate us a lot.

This is Raven and Beez,

signing out~