Haven – A Review of a Disappointing Novel

★★☆


30119375I am not going to lie, I went into this with fairly low expectations. Then again, I have been going into all the book I read lately with pretty low expectations. This book, though, surprised me and was better than I thought. It just wasn’t good enough.

The plot follows Heaven, a girl blessed, or possibly cursed, with immortality. Although she ages just as a normal person would, she cannot be killed. So after the brutal murder of her family, she is the only one left to sit upon the throne. All this while an evil sorcerer queen is invading all the surrounding kingdoms. Now, the royals must band together to get rid of this threat. Continue reading “Haven – A Review of a Disappointing Novel”

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La Sombra del Viento – A Review in Español!

★★★☆


5968482A few weeks ago I read an English copy of The Shadow of the Wind and wrote a review on it. A few days ago, I decided that since it was originally a Spanish-language novel I would write a Spanish review of it.

Hace unas semanas leí una copia en inglés de La Sombra del Viento y le escribí una reseña. Hace unos días, decidí que como era originalmente escrito en la lengua española que escribiría una reseña en español también.

Ahora, para empezar, soy de hecho un hablante nativo de español. El español era, de hecho, mi primera lengua porque nací en la soleada República Dominicana. Tristemente, todos mis libros están en inglés y por lo tanto la mayor parte de mi reseñas lo son también. Pero, si hay algunos hablantes de español que les gustaría verme reseñar una novela Young Adult en español, estaría dispuesta a escribir algunas en español igual como en ingles. Pero, como ni siquiera sé si alguien va a leer esto, decidí comenzar con esta. Si estás leyendo esto, ¡hola! Continue reading “La Sombra del Viento – A Review in Español!”

The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

Hello, hello!

A few days ago I was nominated by the very wonderful Rendz from Reading with Rendz.

So, what is The Black Cat Blue Sea Award, you ask?

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“This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.”

So, thanks again Rendz for nominating The Book Cover Girls!!! Continue reading “The Black Cat Blue Sea Award”

The One by Kiera Cass – Where it all Comes to an End

★★★☆


18635016.jpgWell, now that it’s finally over, I can rest in peace. It’s sad though, that even in the end I kind of wanted America to get shot and die.

I recently read and reviewed The Elite, and was really eager to get to The One. For some reason beyond common sense, I had the futile hope that perhaps, just maybe, America would grow up and be just a little less annoying. Guess what? It didn’t happen. Three chapters in and I had already rolled my eyes more times than I could have possibly counted. I’m kind of mad she got her happily ever after. (It’s not a spoiler cause we all knew it was coming). Continue reading “The One by Kiera Cass – Where it all Comes to an End”

The Shadow of the Wind – My Story on a Book about a Book

 

★★★☆


1232I finished this book a few days back and have yet to find the words with which to properly describe it. So, instead, I am going to tell you all a story.

It was a bright and sunny morning and I had just come back from a 9:00 A.M. class. Bored, and without the desire to do anything, I asked one of my roommates if she had any books to recommend. My roommate, let’s call her A, smiled broadly and handed me The Shadow of the Wind, a book she had read three times already. She went on to tell me that it was her favorite book of all time and never in all her life had she read a book like it. I, being me, smiled, nodded, and went to read another book. Continue reading “The Shadow of the Wind – My Story on a Book about a Book”

What Non-Readers Say

We’ve all experienced this.  Whether it be a family member, a friend, or a total stranger. There are always a group of people who feel the need to cast their opinions and judgments onto us, usually by asking us the darndest questions and making the most infuriating comments. Usually, these questions wonder at our reading habits, an innocent enough thing, but these are the questions that for some reason get under our skin. Also, these are the comments that make us wonder why we have a relationship with them.  Continue reading “What Non-Readers Say”

Caraval Read Along!

 

As we have been announcing for while now, there will be a Caraval buddy read/read along going on in the month of March. We will be holding discussions each Wednesday throughout the month starting on the 8th of March.

Participation is not necessary, nor is answering every question, or joining every discussion a mandatory thing, should you choose to join us. We are just doing this for fun so please feel free to read along with us. Even if you have already read the novel in it’s entirety, feel free to comment on the discussion board.

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.

More information to be posted closer to the date of the read along!

 

Join us in this read along!

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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.


Check out our 2017 Reading Challenge

Carve the Mark – A Somewhat Controversial Review

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30233110I’ve been wondering whether or not to post this. But, here we are. This is going to be a very controversial post. Be warned. Either read the whole post, or don’t read any of it. Only then will you get what I am saying.

While Angelica and I both read the novel, neither she nor I will be rating or reviewing it. Angelica’s reasons are her own, if she feels it she will make a post and let you know. My reasons for not doing so are that while I kind of liked the book, I don’t exactly know how I feel about it and have no words with which to review it. Also, I do not feel the need to add to the controversy of this book. Perhaps in the future I will find the words with which to express myself. Continue reading “Carve the Mark – A Somewhat Controversial Review”

Life Advice From Oscar Wilde

It is known that I am a fan of the quotes of Oscar Wilde, despite having never read his work. It is because of this that I have gone out and gotten myself a shiny new copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray, as well as a fun little book, Wit and Wisdom: A Book of Quotations, a bind up of all of Wilde’s most famous quotesLooking through these quotes I realize that I desperately need to get hip to Wilde and his writing.

Here is one of my favorite quotes from him.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken”

– Oscar Wilde

 

The Elite

★★★★☆


theeliteLet it be known that I really enjoyed this book. Let it be known that I was secretly hoping America Singer would die. That said, I can now move on to my praise filled rant of a review.

This book, much like it predecessor, The Selection, which I read back in 2013, is extremely addicting. It’s like watching really bad reality TV, but with wars, and kingdoms, and royalty, and all that good dystopian stuff. And you know what I have found? I actually love this kind of crap.

Continue reading “The Elite”