Caraval Read Along Update!

Caraval was released today!

In a recent post I announced a Caraval read along taking place at the start of March. The reason it is is March is to give everyone the opportunity to acquire and read the book.

Everyone is welcome to read along with us, and no participation is required. We will be having discussions where everyone can comment if they would like so we can all have a chance to discuss the book. You can take all the time reading that you would like, as you do not have to be part of all the discussions. In fact, you do not have to discuss at all, just read along with us!

This read along is hosted by us, here at The Book Cover Girls, and Brookie, from BrookieCowles. More information on the dates of the discussions and read along end date will be posted closer to March. For more info on our read along in general see our original post HERE.


Join us in this read along!



Title: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Sampler

Release Date: January 31, 2017 (Today)

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Date of Read Along: March 2017

Goodreads Synopsis for Caraval

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.


This or That

Book Cover Editions

Not all book covers are created equal. Some are good, some are bad, some are downright ugly. But, alas, we the readers have no say in the makings of such things. Luckily for us, many books have different editions for us to choose from. The question is, which is better? Continue reading “This or That”

All the Bright Places


18460392This book broke my heart, glued it together, and then smashed it into the cobblestones of my soul until there was nothing but tiny little heart shaped dust fluttering around. It was that intense.

First, I must admit that I went into this book with a predisposition to hate it. I know, I know, how can I say that? Why even bother if I thought I would hate it?

Let me explain. I went into this book having read many reviews of it. Some were bad, but most were good. The problem was that those good ones only ever compared this book to The Fault in Our Stars, a book which I publicly dislike.

Continue reading “All the Bright Places”

T5W – January 25, 2017

Underrated Books

At any given time there are a group of popular books that dominate the market. You know what I am talking about, those handful that every booktuber, blogger, and readers keep stuffing into our faces and we eat them up because we simply do not know of better books. Yeah, these here are not those books. These are the books that don’t get advertised. The ones that get seemingly overlooked by everyone for preference to the big name titles. These are my favorite books you’ve probably never heard of, and if you have, probably have never read.  Continue reading “T5W – January 25, 2017”

Everything, Everything


18692431So, I guess that this is one of those awkward moments when you hate a book your co-blogger loved.

This book was well written, I can at least admit that. Nicola Yoon is a good writer, I do not doubt that her writing will continue to get better and that I might eventually like her novel, this one just was just not the one.

Now, if you want to read a gushing review for this novel, I get it, I really do. By all means feel free to go check out Angelica’s review HEREContinue reading “Everything, Everything”

Caraval Read Along!

Join us in this read along!



Title: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Sampler

Release Date: January 31, 2017

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Date of Read Along: March 2017


For a while now, Rosie and I have been eyeing this book, eagerly expecting its release. Now that the moment is almost here, we, along with our friend Brookie @BrookieCowles, have decided to do a buddy read and are welcoming all who would want to join us.

Since the book is not to be released until the very last day of January, we will hold this buddy read/read along during the month of March so everyone who wants to join us has a chance to acquire the book, be it through library, book exchange, or purchase. Also, so that everyone can make time in their schedule to read it, as we know you are all busy people.

We will hold discussions on the book in which everyone can comment as we read along in March. It will be free for all to participate and state their thoughts and opinions. There is no obligation to do this, nor is there any obligation to participate in the comments if you do decide to read with us.

We, either us or Brookie, will release more information on the matter as the date approaches, and we hope to see you all reading what promises to be an amazing book with us. Continue reading “Caraval Read Along!”

Everything, Everything



18692431.jpgI have sat in front of my computer for a while now, trying to organize my thoughts on this book. If I were to rate this book on sheer enjoyment alone this book would get all the stars. But, when I analyze the content and look at the characters and their actions, I find that there are a lot of things I did not like.

This book is about Madeline, a half African-American/Japanese girl who has not left her house in 17 years due to the fact that she is allergic to everything, everything. She lives in a bubble, the very air can possibly kill her if she steps outside. So, after a life of living the safe life, Madeline decides that she will risk it all if only for the new boy next door. This is where the problems start. Continue reading “Everything, Everything”

T5W – January 18, 2017

Favorite Polarizing Books

Everyone has opinions. That is, obviously, a given. Some books though are universally thought of as good. Others are collectively thought of as bad. Those are the books for which we are all in agreement. Then there are the books for which it seems that there is simply no agreement. Those we love to hate or hate to love. Those for which there are is no in between. For all the polarizing books I’ve read, these are my favorites. Continue reading “T5W – January 18, 2017”

Furiously Happy



This book made me laugh, a thing that I love. But more than that, this book made me think, which I love even more.

This, as the subtitle implies, is a funny book about horrible things. It is about depression and anxiety and the struggles of living with those and many other mental and physical problems. This is a book about how to deal with life when you are your own worst enemy, and how to get through it all with a smile on your face and positive outlook on life. Continue reading “Furiously Happy”

The Lost Hero


(Real Rating: 2.5/5)

7736182This is a book that I have been wanting to read for a while now. Every time I would pass by it at a library or a bookstore I would tell myself to pick it up. Finally, I did. And you know what, I was very disappointed by it. In no way did this live up to my expectations.

Before I start let me just say that I am totally biased. Percy Jackson is one of my favorite male characters of all time and the world in which he lives, filled with Greek gods and monsters, is by far one of my favorite to read about. That said, I did not enjoy the fact the Percy Jackson does not appear once in this novel. For that alone I think my enjoyment of this book diminished. Not that Jason didn’t have his moments, he just wasn’t Percy, and will never even come close to being.

Continue reading “The Lost Hero”