Little Peek #4 : April 2016

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April has been a very stressful, swamped month for me, consequences: I only read 5 books this month which I’m not really impressed with but it doesn’t bother me much, I was adulting haha. A weird thing has been happening since the beginning of this year with the amount I read, it’s decreasing with exactly one book each month. I started the year with 8 books under my belt. It’s all good though, I’ll have plenty of time to read once I’m done with my exams. As usual, the titles are direct links to the Goodreads pages.

Oh yeah, and read until the end, I have an idea I wanted to run by you and see what you think of it.

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Onto the books now:

NEVERWHERE – NEIL GAIMAN

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This is the most interesting book I’ve ever read in my life. Some kind of twisted, funny, hair pulling urban fantasy. Very unpredictable. And very confusing too. But definitely worth the reading.

Here’s my full review.

 

3.5 stars

He had gone behind the world of metaphor & simile into the place of the things that are, and it was changing him.

SCARLET – MARISSA MEYER

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This was a great sequel to Cinder, the series is getting better and better with each book as everyone has said to me and can’t wait to pick up Cress this month. I’m a big fan of these retellings and I think that the world building is on point. You can find out more about it here.

 

4 stars

“We met less than a week ago and in that time I’ve done nothing but lie and cheat and betray you. I know. But if you give me a chance…all I want is to protect you. To be near you. For as long as I’m able.”

I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN – JANDY NELSON

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OH MY GOD! Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God! Okay I’ll stop here because this is getting ridiculous, but my love for this book is endless, I don’t know by what sorcery that happened, but it did and it became an all time favorite. Here, check out the review for more raving.

 

5 stars

“Meeting your soul mate is like walking into a house you’ve been in before – you will recognize the furniture, the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves, the contents of drawers: You could find your way around in the dark if you had to.”

CLOCKWORK PRINCE – CASSANDRA CLARE

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Remember how I said that I was disappointed with the first book in the trilogy? This sequel made all of that go away. It was amazing and I loved everything about it. The characters, the action, the romance. EVERYTHING. My review for it just went up yesterday.

 

4.5 stars

“We live and breathe words. …. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt–I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted–and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.”

ARCHER’S VOICE – MIA SHERIDAN

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This book is all kinds of dark and tortured but also cute and steamy ! I am very conflicted with how I feel about this book. But it was a quick enjoyable read, even if it was kind of draining. My review for it is coming up next week.

 

3 stars

“Try to believe that maybe more light shines out of those who have the most cracks.”


 

Here’s this month’s post summary, other than reviews:

Top 5 Wednesdays :

Book Theme Meme : 

Tags and Awards :

Other Ramblings :

This idea I wanted to have your opinions on. This past week I’ve been thinking about something, a lot of you guys don’t know much about Morocco, if anything at all. So I thought why not do a feature of some sort (monthly maybe) where each time I’ll showcase a city or an area from my beloved country, with maybe a local dish, and local traditions. I don’t know how it’ll be yet, I wanted to see first, if it’ll spark your interest and then think the details through. I’d love to hear you thoughts about it in the comments or even on Twitter if you’d like to chat!


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Clockwork Prince – Where I fell in love all over again

10025305Title : Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2)

Author : Cassandra Clare

Publication date : December 6th 2011

Publisher : Simon & Schuster

Genre : YA Fantasy – Historical Fiction

Synopsis : In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.
(From Goodreads)

Rating : 4.5 stars

Clockwork Prince

They say that time heals all wounds, that presumes the source of grief is finite.

(No spoilers)

If you’ve read my review of Clockwork Angel you know that I was a little disappointed, that’s the reason for me going into this book with pretty low expectations but this time this book blew me away. It exceeded everything I hoped over even when keeping my expectations at a low. This book felt like seeing an old friend after years and years of absence. The previous one didn’t feel like the SH world I know and love but this one was everything I wanted and more.

By now, you know how much I enjoy Clare’s writing (ok maybe not, but know you do), it is so full of life, fun and quick to read. She also writes some of the wittiest dialogs out there and I really appreciate that. Since this is a sequel, I don’t have much more to say about the writing and I don’t want to be repetitive. Oh, one more thing, you know how I love pointing out ridiculous sentences in books? haha. Here’s one for you:

“Black hair, blue eyes, graceful cheekbones, thick dark lashes, full mouth- he would have been pretty if he had not been so tall and so muscular.”

AS IF BEING TALL AND MUSCULAR IS A BAD THING NOW! I laughed so hard at this, I’m not even exaggerating right now.

Question: Do Shadowhunters see ghosts? That part really confused me!

Moving on. I can’t go into much detail about the plot because hello spoilers! All I can say is that the first half of the plot is more of an investigation which was really captivating and not at all boring which I was afraid would happen again. And the second half, LORD HAVE MERCY ON MY SOUL! It was so so thrilling and action packed. CC has a way of withholding the truth from you, leaving you wondering until she dumps it all at once, your heart racing and your mind blown. Those twists and turns, OH.MY.GOD. I never saw any of them coming (The major ones anyway) Am I that oblivious? No. I believe I am not, but, BUT SHE GOT ME. Also, characters wise, this was a lot more focused on Will, which was bitter sweet. On one hand, it was great getting to know the man behind the mask, but on the other hand I felt like Jem was overshadowed. And well, you know how I feel about Jem.

Will, oh Will! My heart broke for him for almost the whole damn book. I feel bad for previously hating the poor guy, he does what he does because he has to and now that I know I understand why he is the way he is. I think that Magnus put it best:

“There is a soul under all that bravado. And he is really alive, one of the most alive people I have ever met. When he feels something, it is as bright and sharp as lightning.”

afde87e42d2b5247256a1939f9b704cdEven though while getting to know Will, I learned to love him, Jem takes home the gold medal. He’s just so dreamy! Oh and aside of everything I already said about him, that guy can do seemlessly HOT things. Dang it! And he can get mad too, thank God for the temper, even if it is really hard to get him to that point, he’s not dull and I love him all the more. And I STILL ship him with Tessa, I’m sorry Will I love you but nah!

Last time I said I didn’t know what to think of Tessa yet, but now I know and I like her. She’s lovely, brave and smarter than I gave her credit for. She also learned to stand up to Will and give him a taste of his own medicine, which is always funny to read about. The more I knew about her past, the more questions it raised. Plus, the whole mystery aroud the extent of her power is really intriguing. I can’t wait to learn more about it. But. BUT. I can’t help but resaint her for what I know is coming.

I still love the side characters as much but this time, I want to highlight Sophie, she’s so spontaneous and outspoken, and I liked her development from book 1, she grew stronger and more confident. Other than her, Henry and Charlotte‘s heart to heart had me all swooning with cuteness. And let’s not forget about Jessamine, I hated her from her first appearance and I WAS RIGHT! YES!! That girl is so freaking self-centered, I can’t put up with her.

This book reminded of one of the many reasons I love historical fiction. The contrast between now and then. Let me give you an exemple: I’m sitting here cursing like a sailor while Tessa slips and says “unladylike” things. HAHA. HAHAHAHA.

To sum it up, I LOVED this book for its action, for its characters, and strangely enough, for its love triangle, I normally hate those but this one is so well done that it got me on bord from the beginning. And yeah! At the end I was screaming! “YAAAAS!” and at the same time “NOOOO!” because of the romance, if you read it PLEASE tell me so, I need someone to talk to about it all.

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Did you read Clockwork Prince ? If so, what did you think of it?

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Top 5 Wednesday #12 : Why Those Covers?

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T5WSo today is Wednesday, this means that it is time for me to do another T5W.  It is a weekly feature created By Lainey @ Gingerreadslainey with a different theme each week. It is hosted now by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. For more information, you can check the Goodreads group.

This week’s original topic is Favorite parental figures but I just feel like I haven’t read many books with involved parents in them, I could think of 2 and that’s not enough to do a T5W. That’s why I chose another one done a few months back:

This week’s theme is: TERRIBLE COVERS.

P.s: The covers are direct links to the GoodReads pages.

This topic is one of my worst nightmares. Okay, not really. It is more of a pet-peeve. One question, can I list every NA book ever? I’m exaggerating a bit, but most of them are so cliché with all the bare chests and kissing couples. No? Okay! I’ll find you some other ones, it shouldn’t be hard, right?

Disclaimer: There is going to be a lot of ranting in this post. Brace yourselves.

5- ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS – STEPHANIE PERKINS

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What IS this? NO! Luckily for us -and for them- the cover of this book and its two companions got changed to the gorgeousness that they are now. More classy and subtle, thank you very much!

4- LUX – JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

This is another one that got a cover change, but even the new ones aren’t that great. Why did I choose to display the ugliest ones you say? Because I am mean like that *Grins*. Just look at them, I don’t even know what kind of vibe they’re supposed to give off.

3- THE DIVINERS – LIBBA BRAY 

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This is actually after a cover change. Yep. All I want to ask is WHY SO CRUEL? The previous cover was so beautiful that this cover change breaks my heart, I don’t understand.

2- UNDER THE NEVER SKY – VERONICA ROSSI

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I don’t know anything anymore. This is another terrible cover change, I seriously wonder what goes through their minds to make changes like this. This cover doesn’t even make sense to me.

1- BLOODLINES – RICHELLE MEAD

Hhh. Do I really need to elaborate on this one? This is an exemple of eveything that could go wrong with a cover. I don’t like the font. I don’t like the people. I don’t like anything. And I know that everyone agrees with me on this one.


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What are other books that you think have terrible covers?

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TAG #11 : Get to know me Tag

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Today is going to be all about me (As if other days are not! JUST KIDDING don’t kill me). This is going to be very helpful (Or completely useless, it depends on how you see things) because when I get asked to introduce myself, my mind goes blank, I literally don’t know what to say other than my name and age haha, that’s where this Get to know me Tag comes in and makes it easier for me to talk to you about myself a lot a little.

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I was tagged by my amazing fangirling partner Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books to do this tag. Her blog is so beautiful, you should definitely go check it out.

Before starting with the different sections, here’s yours truly:

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Vital states

Name: Fadwa.
NicknamesDidwa, which I’ve been called since I was born.
Birthday: December 26th.
Star Sign: Capricorn.
Occupation: Second year Medstudent. But you probably already know it as I’m always complaining haha.

Appearance 

Hair colour: Very dark Brown with Auburn highlights.
Hair length: Long. It is almost at the small of my back.
Eye colour: Brown.
Best Feature: As it is listed under appearance, I assume it is supposed to be physical? Mmm… I’d say my lips.
Piercings: 3 piercings in each ear.
Tattoos: Hell to the freaking no! I think they’re really cool, but this girl right here has commitment issues and I can’t see myself having some kind of symbol on my body for the rest of my life.
Right or Left: I’m a proud lefty.

Firsts 

Best Friend: A girl named Yasmine in Kindergarten that I’m still friends with now. (Though not close)
Award: Hah! It was a for a reading competition at school to see who could read the most books in a week. I was 7 or so.
Sport: It was Taekwondo which I did for 7 years. Now, I boxe, weight-lift and take step classes regularly. And sometimes, I would go out on intense bike rides with my dad, HE KILLS ME.
Real Holiday: The Moroccan Sahara when I was 5. My love for it runs deep.
Concert: Jessie J. 4 years ago, and it was A-MEU-ZING. That woman can sing.

Favourites

Film: What the hell? What kind of question is that? ddd.png
TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy people, that show is everything. If you watch it you know what the struggle.0b1aaf968706e1e898f253ed46593154.jpg
Colour: Blue.
SongChasing Cars by Snow Patrol. SO. MANY. FEELS.
Restaurant: Sushi House. Their sushis are just the best I’ve had yet *salivating*
Shop: If it is a bookshop, none here in Morocco. Because, well, because they all suck. If is a clothes’ store, I’d say Stradivarius, I want all of their clothes. All of them.
Books: I will pretend that you didn’t just dare ask something like that and that you are asking about my most recent favourite which is I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson. Gaaah! The things that book did to me. Jandy Nelson - I'll Give You the Sun

Currently 

Feeling: Drained! I’m in the middle of preparing for my final exams and it is driving me nuts (See! Told you I’m always complaining about it)
Single or Taken: Very single.
Eating: Last thing I ate was lunch and I had a proper moroccan Tajine #Yummy
Thinking About: How I need to get my laptop fixed tomorrow because it is going out of its mind.
WatchingNothing. But next in line is the NEW SEASON PREMIERE OF GAME OF THRONES.
Wearing: My bugs bunny Pajamas. So comfy !

Future

Want ChildrenYes.
Want to be Married: Yes.
Careers in Mind: Mmm, my heart is leaning towards pediatric surgery as for now (and has been for a couple years)
Where You Want To Live: This question is so hard. Amsterdam, maybe London? God, I don’t know!

Do you Believe …

God: Yes, I do.
MiraclesYep.
Love at First Sight: Mmm, no. Lust maybe? But Love, I just can’t wrap my head around it.
Ghosts: Nope.
Aliens: I don’t.
Soul MatesI think that when you find the person you want to spend your whole life with, that person becomes your soulmate.
Heaven: Yes.
Hell: Euh, yes.
Kissing on the First Date: Naah! I’m a little stuck up like that haha.
Yourself: Yes. It took me a while but I eventually got there.

Well, some of these questions were harder to answer than I expected. If you’re reading this, then you’re awesome and I want to thank you for bearing with me.

And I tag: 

Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews

Lashaan & Trang @ Bookidote

Sammie @ Bookshelves and Biros

Amy @ Book Enthral 

Liam @ Hey Ashers!

Ps: If you’ve already done it or you just don’t feel like it, I’m sorry just ignore my tag hah.


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I’d love for you to share facts about yourself in the comments.

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My 2016 Challenges

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I don’t know how I never tought of doing this post before, what the heck? I feel like it should’ve been one of my very first post #AlwaysLatetotheParty .

As I was just coming out of a reading slump in the beginning of this year, I didn’t want to overwhelm myself with “big” challenges so I just stuck to things that I hoped I would be able to achieve and that I knew wouldn’t stress me out. It has been and still is fun but I feel like it could be better, that is why next year, I’m think about signing in for more challenging challenges (hehe!). Onto the challenges now:

2016 Challenges

GoodReads Challenge : 

Let’s start off with the most basic one. The one that everyone (I think?) has joined.

Here is the link to it. Because the widget was being a jerk and messing the whole post up

I’m actually at the half-way point right now. I’ve read all and for all, 25 books this year which is really good for me and I’m 10 books ahead of schedule so YAY! This has one missing book that is by a moroccan author and that I couldn’t find on GR. Not a big loss though, I hated it.

I’ll probably double that number up by the end of the year but as I said I didn’t want to pressure myself in fear of falling into another reading slump.

Here are said books :

Characters A to Z Challenge :

Which I’ve found 15/26 for, and I’m quite proud of myself for it. I picked one characters per book (Those are the rules friends!) and to make it harder, one character per series.

A : Abel from The Storyteller.
B : Brie from The Catastrophic History of You and Me.
C :
D : Deanna from The Girl in 6E.
E : Eadlyn from The Heir.
F : Felix from Wolf By Wolf.
G :
H :
I :
J : Jace from City of Bones.
K : Kaito from Cinder.
L : Levi from Fangirl.
M : Miles from Looking for Alaska.
N : Nathan from Me Before You.
O : Oscar from I’ll Give You the Sun
P :
Q :
R : Richard from Neverwhere
S :
T : Tessa from Clockwork Angel
U :
V :
W : Watney from The Martian
X :
Y : Youssef from Les Dunes Vives
Z :

The Every Year Challenge

This one I really really enjoy doing, it is basically choosing a significant year (In my case, it’s my birth year, how humble of me I know !) and read one book for each year. I managed to tick off 7/20.

1996 : Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
1997 : Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Reread)
1998 : Bag of Bones by Stephen King
1999 : Stardust by Neil Gaiman
2000 : Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
2001 : One Day by David Nicholls
2002 : I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
2003 : The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks
2004 : Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
2005 : Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
2006 : It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
2007 : City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
2008 : Graceling by Kristin Cashore
2009 : City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
2010 : Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
2011 : The Martian by Andy Weir
2012 : Cinder by Marissa Meyer
2013 : Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
2014 : We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
2015 : Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
2016 : Passenger by Alexandra Bracken 

Around the World in Books Challenge

This one I’m not being very good at haha because I always find myself drifting back to American and English authors (Oups?) I don’t even do it on purpose, if you know of some good books from different places, let me know. So far I read 5/15.

1- The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis Germany
2- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare United States
3- Les Dunes Vives by Khireddine Mourad Morocco
4- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes United Kingdom
5- I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai Pakistan

And finally, here are the books and series I want to tackle this year.


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What challenges are you taking part in this year?

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The Book Theme Meme #3 – I’ll Give You the Sun

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So, it is 11pm hahaha. It is technically still Sunday here -and in other parts of the world too. This is the first chance that I had to sit down and write this post. I was away and the wifi was shit and I spent more time than expected on my way back home so yeah, without further do, I’m here with yet another book-song pairing for this meme created by Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secret.

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The rules:

  • Link back to the originator
  • Choose a book or book series.
  • Choose a song you feel like represents the book (fyi: it doesn’t have to have words, it can be classical or a score).
  • Post the book/series and the song.
  • Tell us what about the song reminds you of the book. Is it a particular lyric/s? Is it the general feeling of the song? Explain a little.

As you may or may not know, last week I finished I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson and I couldn’t shut up about it. This book has seriously become one of my favorite books of all times, don’t ask why I won’t be able to answer, I barely found the words to write a review for it, and to pair it with, I chose one of my favorite songs as well:

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Just the title of this song screamed Noah and Jude to me, because they are SO flawed, if you read it you’ll know, they’re jealous, competitive and most of all they don’t communicate which led them to unnecessarily drift apart.

When all of your flaws and all of my flaws are laid out one by one
A wonderful part of the mess that we made
We pick ourselves undone

All of your flaws and all of my flaws, they lie there hand in hand
Ones we’ve inherited, ones that we learn
They pass from man to man

There’s a hole in my soul
I can’t fill it, I can’t fill it
There’s a hole in my soul
Can you fill it? Can you fill it?

Those flaws truly made a mess of their relationship, but those same flaws managed to bring them back together, and both twins cannot feel whole without the other so in a way, when they were barely speaking to each other, their souls were holed. I don’t know if that makes any kind of sense, but this song is the first that came to mind when I thought of this book.

P.s: The cover is a direct link to the Goodreads page.


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What other song do you think is a good fit for I’ll Give You the Sun?

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I’ll Give You the Sun – Or what should be I’ll Give you the Feels

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Title : I’ll Give you the Sun

Author : Jandy Nelson

Publication date : September 16th 2014

Publisher : Dial Books

Genre : YA Contemporary

Synopsis : Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world. (From Goodreads)

Rating : 5 stars

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“Or maybe a person is just made up of a lot of people,” I say. “Maybe we’re accumulating these new selves all the time.” Hauling them in as we make choices, good and bad, as we screw up, step up, lose our minds, find our minds, fall apart, fall in love, as we grieve, grow, retreat from the world, dive into the world, as we make things, as we break things. He grins. “Each new self standing on the last one’s shoulders until we’re these wobbly people poles?” I die of delight. “Yes, exactly! We’re all just wobbly people poles!”   ”

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Holy cow ! I think this is the hardest book for me to review up until now (My twitter can prove it haha.). Because this is the book that made me feel the most. I just don’t know how to explain it, it moved me in ways I didn’t think a book could. I’ve put off reading it for SO LONG. And now all I can think is “What the hell is wrong with you Fadwa ?” and I also want to thank the one and only Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books a billion times over for harassing me until I FINALLY picked it up haha. Girl, you were right, this book deserves all the stars of the universe. Now, let the fangirling begin. I feel like this is going to take a while.

The writing had me hooked from page 1, but I must admit it’s either you love it or you hate it, there’s no in-between. It is full of imageries and figures of speech and that’s actually my favorite kind, so I was more than pleased with it. Holy gorgeousness ! It is so beautiful, and almost all of it is quotable, I just kept marking quote after quote, SO MANY. Hold on, let me count … I got 42. And those were just the absolute best.

We have 2 POVs here. 13 year old Noah and 16 year old Jude. I loved how they were unique, both extremely funny and entertaining (I laughed A LOT) but each voice with its own quirks. Noah with the mental drawings and Jude with her Grandma’s silly bible notes. You would think that the back and forth between the two would make the story more predictable, less enjoyable (At least I know I did). But NO. It just made it all the more impactful.

Talking of impact, this book made me feel EVERY EMOTION ON THE SPECTRUM. I felt happy, sad, angry, frustrated, heartbroken, and the list goes on. The thing is stories about siblings are very rare and that’s too bad because I think that they are really fascinating to read about. First, we start with 13 years old Noah and that first chapter is crucial if you ask me, because it goes down hill from there and that specific part sets the gap that’s widening little by little. Things eventually look up but not before they reach rock bottom. This book made me think about how secrets affect our lives. Envy and jealousy, even love led two inseparable twins into barely-speaking terms. I saw them drifting apart little by little and my heart broke every step of the way as I was screaming “QUITE BEING PASSIVE AGRESSIVE AND TALK YOU DUMBASSES” Ugh! The story is set at two different times, 3 years apart and it freaking criss-crosses, it is amazing how Jandy managed to braid the two periods into one plot, one story, they truly both had just one half of what really happened. OH HAHA. Let me talk about the feelings for one second. You would think that knowing what will happen before it happens will ease the pain. HA! YOU’RE WRONG. You see the shit coming and you are in denial until it hits you in the face and leaves you laying in a puddle of your own tears. You’ve been warned. You’re welcome.

One last thing, this story feels so authentic. It portrays first love so genuinely. And 16 year olds. And 13 year olds. Being inside little Noah’s head was particularly interesting, he’s barely a teenager, experiencing all the emotions for the first time and it frankly made me change my mind about first person POVs, I don’t usually like them, but I don’t see “I’ll Give you the Sun” working any other way.

I loved the twins’ relationship even at its worst, because despite everything that split them apart they loved each other endlessly. It’s strange I know but they still would choose each other over the world.

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Let’s talk about the characters now. I loved EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. OF. THEM. I’m usually really weird with characters, I have trouble connecting, usually disliking at least one of them. But here I was heart and soul with all of them. I think it was because none of them were perfect, they all had their flaws, some noticeable ones, and it made them all the more relatable. And every character than was introduced had a purpose, a way of helping the plot forward.

Little Noah IS THE FREAKING CUTEST. I adored him, he’s so weird and awkward but in an endearing way, and the way he exaggerates everything is hilarious, older Noah I liked a lot less (which was done on purpose obviously) he became this popular kid, hiding his true self, mistreating his twin but since I knew it was all an act to prevent guilt from eating him up alive I loved him still. Jude was the exact opposite. Little Jude was a popular adventurous, party-lover, a selfish brat who was ashamed of her brother. Bluuuh! When she grew up, her only friend was her grandma’s ghost, she boycotted boys and wore camouflaging clothes, was superstitious and hypocondriac but I LOVED HER. Her failing boycott around Oscar was so funny to read about.

Oh boy Oscar ! I fell in love with him. British guys are my undoing, add to that the bichromatic eyes, the sarcasm, the leather jacket and the motorcycle. Yep, this girl right here is head over heels. And his relationship with Jude is #Goals. Everything, even the bumps. They were just so darn cute, I can’t even deal with that right now. The way the talked about each other was beyond adorable. Brian, I liked a tiny bit less because of the whole hot and cold thing with Noah but it still was very realistic which means that I loved him, euh? Contradiction much? They loved each other and as the saying goes: Love conquers all, so I never lost faith in Brian.

This is a happy ending situation, and I will forever treasure it. By the end, the twins find their way back to each other stronger than ever before. I swear, never have I ever cried of Joy because of a book, I’m not that emotional of a person, but as I closed this one, silent tears were streaming down my face.

You may have noticed the abuse of Caps in this review. Yeah! That’s me loosing control.

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Did you read I’ll Give you the Sun? If so, what did you think of it?

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Award #4 : Am I a Creative Cookie ?

Hello guys !

As I promised yesterday, I’m catching up on my tags and awards now that I finally have a little time. Ironically, this is the toughest time of the year because I finished school and am now sitting at home for a month preparing for my finale exams, it’s going to drive me crazy and this blog -is- will be the only thing keeping me sane. I can’t and won’t be studying 24 hours a day so I’m going to post on my breaks (probably daily YAY).

Without further ramblings, let’s tackle today’s matter which is The Creative Blogger Award. Me? Creative? Awww! *blushing* *looking around for pranksters* I want to thank Beth @ Reading Every Night for nominating me, she is an awesome person and her blog is totally worth the detour, so go check it out. (It is not a request. It is an order.)

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The rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • Share five facts about yourself.
  • Nominate some bloggers in return and notify them about their nomination.
  • Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do.

This is hopefully going to be easy, I already came up with 28 facts (here) so 5 won’t be hard, right? Right? So, as I started kind of theming my facts, I’ll do these ones about physical appearance.

The facts :

  1. I wear glasses. I am short-sighted and I absolutely hate contact lenses. Plus, I really love the smart look that my glasses give me haha.ffff.gif
  2. My hair is originally curly, but around a year or so, it became a giant blab that didn’t look like anything so I straighten it. With no heat though. And to be quite honest, it was too much of a struggle for a lazy girl like myself.giphyd
  3. I have double jointed fingers. Those things have a mind of their own. They do some weird ass shit sometimes.giphyhjk
  4. I’ve been told to look like a mean girl from first sight hahaha. I’m nice though I promise. My close friends say that that first impression isn’t wrong after all. So yeah… I don’t know *has an existencial crisis*giphyhjklmù
  5. I’ve never had acne, but I had pimples, freaking annoying pimples, that left some dark spots on my forehead (and some on my cheeks) on my already pretty dark skin when they went away. Luckily now, they are fading thanks to a cream.

And I nominate :

Yarravy @ Hiraeth for the Pages

Michelle @ The Reading Belle

Poulami @ Daydreaming Books

Rachel @ Journal of a Bibliophile

Ps: If you’ve already done it or you just don’t feel like it, I’m sorry just ignore my tag hah.

That’s it until next time.

If you do the award, go ahead and leave the link in the comments so that I can check it out.

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Top 5 Wednesday #11 : Hiding from Books !

Hello guys ! T5W

So today is Wednesday, this means that it is time for me to do another T5W.  It is a weekly feature created By Lainey @ Gingerreadslainey with a different theme each week. It is hosted now by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. For more information, you can check the Goodreads group.

This week’s theme is: BOOKS YOU’RE INTIMIDATED BY.

P.s: The covers are direct links to the GoodReads pages.

My oh my ! This week’s topic is a very interesting one because I don’t get intimidated by books easily, I’ll dive head first in any book any fiction novel you hand me but there are some few exceptions to that rule. There’s first the 700pages (more like 600) mark, if a book is over that I feel like I’d drawn in it, ad there’s also High Fantasy, to me, it is like that guy who loves looking at dogs but is scared to death to approach them. Yeah, that’s me. So, that’s mostly what this list will contain :

5- AN EMBER IN THE ASHES – SABAA TAHIR

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Hhhh. You’re going to laugh. Wanna know why? Because I don’t have a reason for this one. It just intimidates me, okay? I swear I don’t even understand it myself, so don’t even try.

4- YOU – CAROLINE KEPNES

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Internal conversation with me, myself, and I: This book is so creepy. – Yes, but it sounds so fascinating. – But, it is so dark. – Oh, shut up, you hypocrite, you love dark books (sometimes). – But, HE IS A STALKER.- Okay, but … Yeah, I admit, it’s going to give us nightmares.

No seriously, I’ll eventually gather enough courage to pick it up.

3- Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

 

SO LONG. Why? Just whyyyy? I’m dying to read it because I love the premise but the length has been discouraging me everytime. Every book is freaking 800 pages or longer. Ain’t nobody got time for that. (Except maybe in the summer haha)

2- MISTBORN – BRANDON SANDERSON

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 Or every Brandon Sanderson book ever. Because High Fantasy. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE Fantasy, but I’m more into Urban Fantasy than High Fantasy. Actually, I can’t say that, because I’ve never read a High Fantasy novel before (Or did I ?) I want to though. And I’m going to. Soon. I promise.

1- A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE –  GEORGE R. MARTIN

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Again, 1000 pages. What the hell? I’m obsessed with the tv-show (24th PLEASE COME FASTER) and I know it is utterly different from the books and I WANT to read the books, but the page count is overwhelming.


 That’s it until next time.

What are some books that intimidate you?

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TAG #10 : The F.R.I.E.N.D.S Book Tag

Hello guys !

I can’t tell you how behind on tags I am, it is crazy. I am so bad at this. Okay, to be honest, I have a reason for delaying them which is that I don’t want to be repetitive. My 2015 reading year has been very shitty, I didn’t read many books and I don’t want to keep bringing up each time the same books I read this past 4 months -and the few I read last year- so I’m waiting to read more and doing tags little by little, but I promise if you tagged me I’ll do it eventually, I just want to do it right, I’m sorry !

For today, it is the F.R.I.E.N.D.S Book Tag for which I haven’t been technically tagged but that I saw on  the awesome Kat‘s @ Life and Other Disastersages ago  in February. You should most definitely check out her blog because her content is pretty varied and amazing and just do it, you won’t regret it. So I’m not an avid watcher of Friends, yeah no, don’t throw rocks at me, I adored the few episods I caught on TV, that show is hilarious, it’s just that I’ve never found time to binge watch the whole thing (Though I might do it in the summer).

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THE ONE WHERE EDDIE WON’T GO: A CHARACTER I WISH WOULD JUST GO AWAY

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Pearl from Cinder. Just No. Yayks. Every time she showed up, I swear I really wished she would go away. She gave me murderous thoughts. She’s Cinder’s stepsister and just plain AWFUL. I was so happy she wasn’t mentioned in Scarlet.

 

THE ONE WHERE ROSS AND RACHEL TAKE A BREAK: FAVORITE BREAK UP SCENE

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N/A. None stuck with me, because it is either I hate the break-up and despise the author for it or I just don’t care for it and forget about it soon after haha.

THE ONE WITH ALL THE KISSING: A BOOK WITH LOTS OF KISSING

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-Insert any NA or Adult book I’ve ever read- For this one, I’ll go with the one all about kissing (and more hah). It is This Man. If you want on-going, never-ending tension and steam, read that trilogy.

 

THE LAST ONE: FAVORITE SERIES FINALE

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The most predictable answer in the WHOLE GALAXY. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. If you don’t know what perfection is, that ending is. It just wrapped up everything so neatly. Gaaah!!

 

THE ONE WITH A BLACKOUT: A SCENE I’D LIKE TO FORGET

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That one scene from The Storyteller. I’m scarred. It is so dark and creepy and just something I would want to have amnesia because of. I can’t tell you what it is, because spoilers.

THE ONE WHERE CHANDLER CAN’T CRY:  A BOOK THAT DID NOT MAKE YOU AS EMOTIONAL AS OTHERS

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Eleanor & Park. Sorry? ish? It was okay! It just wasn’t this breath-taking love story to me. I couldn’t connect with anything, or did I maybe read it at the wrong time? I don’t know. Anyhow, I’ll give it another try sometime this year.

 

THE ONE WHERE JOEY DOESN’T SHARE FOOD: A BOOK YOU WON’T EVER LEND

None huh? My books, my rules. And I say: Thee shall not lend books EVER. I’ve done it in the past and they were back in not so good of a condition so yeah, never again.

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THE ONE WITH THE THUMB: A RECENT READ THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TWO THUMBS UP TO   

 Ryan Graudin - (#1) Wolf by Wolf

 

Wolf by Wolf. I know you saw that one coming, right, right? I’m not ready to stop talking about that book. Not now. Not ever. Deal with it.

THE ONE WITH THE ICK FACTOR: A BOOK WITH A PET PEEVE

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Here’s one I never talked about. Twilight. With all it’s ridiculously shining vampires, love triangle and imprinting. God no! I read the first one, that’s about it.

THE ONE WITH THE LESBIAN WEDDING: FAVORITE LGBTQ BOOK COUPLE

 MALEC. Yes, yes, YES! Best couple IN THE UNIVERSE. Nothing tops them. Freaking cute. Freaking hilarious. Freaking everything I love in fictional couples.

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I tag :

Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secret

Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews

Vivian @ Inked in Pages

Carrianne @ Cuppa ‘n Critiques

And whoever wants to join in.

Ps: If you’ve already done it or you just don’t feel like it, I’m sorry just ignore my tag hah.


That’s it until next time.

If you did the tag, go ahead and leave the link in the comments so that I can check it out.

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