The Emoji Challenge

FINALLY! The weekend is here! And I am stoked not to do anything but sleep and read. I think the entire book community knows I am a fiend for emojis. I probably use them way too much and find any reason for using them. So I had to do this challenge Sha and Mandy tagged me in. I want to thank both of you two. I am excited to do this post.

Rules

  • tag the creators @bookprincessreviews
  • share one thing you learned about the person who tagged you
  • for each prompt, you can use a maximum of three emojis
  • tag at least two other bloggers you want to get to know better

What I learned about the both of them is that Mandy doesn’t like TOG (it gets better in the later sequels) and that Sha is Canadian (I had no clue). Before you get to my post, give some love to Mandy and Sha, who created the challenge. And if you don’t feel like answering a few questions, you can always leave your answer blank. I hope you all have fun! Happy weekend!


What country do you live in?

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

What was your dream job growing up?

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿš€

How many siblings do you have (if any)?

3๏ธโƒฃโž• (๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ)

What are your top three favourite activities?

๐ŸŽž๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ–Š

What is something you’re very good at?

๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ–Š

What is something you’d like to become better at?

๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿšด๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŽป

How many languages do you speak?

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

What is something you could talk about for hours (non-book related if possible)

โ˜„๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ˜ท

What’s your favourite book genre?

๐Ÿง๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿง›โ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒŒ

What is your favourite season of the year?

๐Ÿ‚โ„๏ธ

If you had to describe yourself as an animal, what animal would you be?

๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿบ


I Tag

The challenge is short but sweet. Don’t feel any pressure into doing it, if you don’t want to. You can always join in on this fun and do the challenge. You don’t need me to tag you. Have fun!

Jess | Rachel | Alyssa | Mel | Karalee | LaRonda | Lori | Sue | Danielle | Monika | Dora | You!

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Beyond the Blurb | Act Your Age and Read YA

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that young adult readers will always be shamed. I’m not surprised that someone has decided to criticize YA readers, authors, and books.

Since I’m primarily a YA blogger, I thought I’d address this issue in the next installment of my discussion series, Beyond the Blurb. And before we get to the post, let’s give Melissa from The Reader and the Chef a round of applause for addressing this topic. A writer from Fordham Ram, Fordham University’s journal of record, suggested readers read their age. I understand the original poster is an aspiring writer, but antagonizing a potential and a powerful audience isn’t necessarily the right direction to go before starting a writing career.

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YA Playlist Tag

Morning, bloggers!

This week feels as if it has been a month. And I’m still trying to process everything. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m not alone, right? I’ve been at two different hospitals on four separate trips. And I’m done. The weekend cannot come soon enough.

Jess and Teagan from Fiction No Chaser tagged me in their first tag. I’ve been trying to find the right characters and songs for this post, so it’s taken me much longer than I anticipated. But it’s here! I want to thank my two dark souled sisters for tagging me.

Rules

  • Pick your characters
  • Choose their song
  • Link to OG post at FictionNoChaser
  • Tag some friends

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Top Ten Tuesday | Books on My Spring 2019 TBR

Typically, when a new season arrives, I come out with new graphics. I have the clipart, but, uh, life has decided to kick start my inner klutz. First, I sprained my toe. And while working today, I badly bruised my tailbone when the insidious chair I was sitting on collapsed. So I’m slightly behind on my blog because of that and because of my Mom’s treatments. You’re stuck with the winter theme.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. Besides breaking my butt, I’m excited for the new Spring titles coming. But the new season also allows us to check up on our backlist, which mine is in desperate need of trimming.

So I hope you all enjoy my choices! Have fun, everyone!

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Beyond the Blurb | Paranormal Romance Deserves More Respect

Calling all paranormal romance readers!

Yes, you’ve read the headline properly. I am talking about that genre and the respect it’s long overdue to earn. Honestly, if I had this conversation a few years ago…No, scratch that. I would never have had this conversation before. Ever. And I’m not being dramatic either.

You obviously know what’s on my mind though. So in the next installment of my discussion series, Beyond the Blurb, I address the lack of respect this genre gets from a select few readers. You may not agree, or you may feel the same as me. But I’ve wanted to talk about this topic for some time. So I’d avert your eyes you aren’t a PRN reader. Yes, now is the right time.

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Do I Have That Book Challenge

Happy Saturday, bloggers!

You know, I typically enjoy when the weekend arrives, but I have so much to work on. And I feel as if I need about three more days to sleep so I can handle everything. ๐Ÿ˜‚ So since I love procrastinating, I thought I’d work on a new post instead. I found this challenge on Bibliophagist. Sara hasn’t tagged anyone, but I loved her answers. And I thought it looks like fun.

Enjoy!

Rules

1. Time yourself trying to find each prompt on your shelf
2. Try and beat the time of the person who challenged you.

3. Donโ€™t forget to tag your challenger and the original creator.
4. Have fun!

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Review | Mirage by Somaiya Daud

Mirage by Somaiya Daud

Published by: Flatiron Books

Publication Date: August 28, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction

Page Count: 320

Rating: 4.5/5

Source: Purchase

Goodreads | Indigo | Amazon CAN | Amazon US | Book Depository


In a world dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated home.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty-and her time with the princess’ fiancรฉ, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.


โ€œYou do not kneel or bend, I told myself. To anyone. You continue.โ€

I never anticipated I needed a book in my life until I started reading Mirage. This slow-burning Moroccan-inspired fantasy is the breath I’ve been waiting for. And I can’t imagine why I waited so long to experience this marvel. How can I possibly explain my love for Somaiya’s debut? I don’t know if I can convey my love for it. I want to pass it to children who haven’t found a book they can relate to, can’t see themselves in, but want to be proud of reading.

You know I’m traversing the science fiction genre. For years, I haven’t given it credit. But Somaiya is why I’m thrilled to explore the genre further. She takes YA court intrigue, feminism, and a tantalizing love story and transforms these elements into a uniquely written space opera.

She also reveals these multi-dimensional characters who fight for life, survival, and acceptance and somehow makes you sympathize over others you never thought you’d understand. Amani, an eighteen-year-old Andalaan aspiring poet, soon discovers she’s a mere image of Maram, the Vathek princess, whose father colonized Amani’s peaceful moon. Whisked away from her family, she must now learn how to survive in a world where one mistake will get her killed.

As the story progresses, you get a sense of who Amani truly is. She’s more than just a dreamer. Even throughout her naivety, she thrives and transforms into her own character. You don’t know how much I loved reading her development. She soon uses her influence and tries to bond with Maram, who has another side that readers may not expect. And throughout this growth, she somehow finds love with the princess’ fiancรฉ, Idris. At times, I was saddened by their unexpected love story, their past, and their heartache.

I’ll be honest with you. I’ve never been this surprised by a debut novel. Somaiya transports you to a bleak, colonized backdrop rich with Moroccan culture. She taught me about a civilization I admired from afar, but I’m proud to know a piece of it now. This character-driven treasure is abundant in culture, beautiful storytelling, and opulent worldbuilding. I hoped for a bit more action, but that issue doesn’t take away from the storyline.

I didn’t want to stop reading this novel. It dominated my every thought when I cracked open the book. If this review hasn’t convinced you to take a risk on Mirage, I don’t know what else will. But don’t wait any longer than I did. It deserves to be heard. It deserves its own voice. And you deserve this treat.

โ€œYou are not defined by the men in your life, no matter how powerful. You lived before them and you shall live after them.โ€

The Mystery Blogger Award (3)

Morning, everyone!

This week has been hellish. I’ve pushed back so many posts. But once again, an award nom has saved me. I wanted to work on my next review, but writer’s block has hit me hard. Rosanna from Reading in the Garden nominated me. I want to thank her for thinking of me! We’ve recently started following each other, and I am always excited to see what she has next on her blog.

So why don’t you send her some love before you get to my post. You won’t be disappointed.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Standalone Books That Deserve a Sequel

Hey all!

Where are my clumsy people at? I know I’m not alone. I started off the week by badly spraining one of my toes, But thankfully, this post kind of makes up for most of that. I typically read series since I enjoy them more, but I’m interested in seeing what you all pick.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. This week’s prompt is all about standalone books that deserve a sequel.

Enjoy!

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Behind the Blogger Tag

Morning book lovers,

Please tell me that I’m not the only person who’s trying to figure out what time it is. I don’t mind daylight saving time and the longer sunlight, but I need an extra day to recuperate.

I found this tag on Berries and Books. Before you get to my post, why don’t you send Dora some love! You’ll love her blog.

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator:ย Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers youโ€™d like to know more about to do this tag

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