Covers & Cupcakes: Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Happy Book Birthday to Kingdom of Ash! We’re a mix of excitement and nerves to read the finale to the Throne of Glass series. It’s a bit surreal that the end is finally here. I’d like to say that after seven books, we are ready for whatever emotional rollercoaster Sarah J. Maas decides to throw us on. But history has shown that she manages to surprise us every time and leave us drowning in book feels!

All week we are celebrating this epic series with fun content on our blog. Today, we bring you a Covers and Cupcakes post dedicated to the Throne of Glass series!

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Book Series Discussion: Throne of Glass saga by Sarah J. Maas

Tomorrow marks a momentous occasion for YA readers. Sarah J. Maas’ massively popular and beloved fantasy series, Throne of Glass, comes to an end with its final installment, Kingdom of Ash. It’s been a long, emotionally wrought journey for Aelin, her cohorts, and readers alike. Faiza and I thought this would be a good time to take a look back at one of our favorite YA fantasy series and share what we love so much about it.

*Mild spoilers for the series are included.*

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Bitmoji Book Review: Wildcard by Marie Lu

Wildcard is the second book in the Warcross duology. Marie Lu’s latest series is a futuristic sci-fi story about a virtual reality game called Warcross. In the first book, we meet Emika Chen, bounty hunter and hacker, just barely surviving in New York. She’s on her own and leading a tough life. All that changes when she is unexpectedly hired by Hideo Tanaka, creator of Warcross, to investigate the very security breach that resulted in her accidental glitch into the championship game. Emika travels to Tokyo and is at once embroiled in a dangerous conspiracy. The sequel finds Emika struggling to come to terms with a harsh truth she learns about Hideo and keeping herself alive long enough to prevent the misuse of technology at the hands of a misguided adversary.

The Warcross duology is an action-packed, intense, and exciting adventure in the world of gaming that won’t let you breathe till the last page.

And now onto my Bitmoji Review of Wildcard! Also, you’ve been warned:

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4 Reasons to Add AYESHA AT LAST to Your TBR!

From the moment we heard about Ayesha At Last, we knew it was a must read. A Muslim romcom inspired by the classic Pride and Prejudice? SOLD! When we discovered the US release date wasn’t until 2019, and that Canada was getting it June 2018, we were very tempted to visit our neighbors to the north. Thanks to author Uzma Jalaluddin, we didn’t need to travel to Canada to get our hands on a copy of Ayesha At Last. She graciously and generously sent one our way to read and honestly review. Thank you SO much for sending us your book, Uzma!

Co-blogger Faiza was the lucky one to read Ayesha At Last  and she shares her thoughts below!

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New Blog Feature Announcement!

When it comes to reviewing books, there’s no one way to do it. Some bloggers like to write a critical analysis, while others like to take an informal approach and simply discuss their general thoughts on a book. Still others choose a more expressive approach and use GIFs to convey their feelings. Or perhaps they share “101 Thoughts I Had While Reading X Book” posts, or even “Top 5 Reasons to Read X Book” posts gushing about a recent read. I’ve been brainstorming creative ways to talk about books on my blog for a long time now…. and well…

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I’m excited to share a new blog feature: Bitmoji Book Reviews! If you aren’t familiar with Bitmoji, it’s a free app where you can create an avatar of yourself and become your own personal emoji. There is a whole library of moods and feelings to choose from all based on your avatar (example above). It’s a fun way to communicate through texts, so I thought why not try it out for book reviews?

I’ll be posting my first Bitmoji Book Review in a couple days, so be sure to check it out and let me know what you think!

 

5 Diverse YA Contemporary Reads

Reading contemporary stories is not my usual fare, but there is something about the summer season that inspires me to pick up one (or several) to read. I’m drawn to the stories featuring diverse main characters written by #ownvoices authors. This year’s list includes authors that are returning favorites as well as debuts. I highly recommend every book on this list. I loved each and every one these #ownvoices reads. The main characters are beautifully complex, relatable, and have unique stories to share. They are coming of age stories that are heartfelt, timely, and honest in their narration. Plus, look at all that gorgeous POC cover representation! 😍 I sincerely hope you give one or all of these YA books a try!

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Review: Ayesha Dean: The Istanbul Intrigue by Melati Lum

One of my favorite young adult series growing up was Nancy Drew. These books featured a strong, intelligent female character solving crime and kicking ass with two awesome friends by her side. They were fun, interesting, and easy to read. So, when Ayesha Dean was pitched to me as a Muslim Nancy Drew, it was an automatic add to my TBR. It’s been a long time since I found anything even close to the amazingness that is Nancy Drew. I’m so happy to say that Ayesha Dean lived up to my expectations and I’ve found a new series to love. Read on for three reasons why I enjoyed Ayesha Dean the Istanbul Intrigue!

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7 Flame in the Mist Quotes Paired With “Mulan” GIFs

In one week, we will learn the fates of Mariko and Okami when SMOKE IN THE SUN is released into the world. This has been one of my most anticipated reads for 2018 from the moment I finished FLAME IN THE MIST last year. Inspired by the story of “Mulan,” Renee Ahdieh deftly captures readers with her lush, beautiful descriptions of feudal Japan and a bold female protagonist determined to follow a path of her own choosing. With the duology soon to be complete, this would make a wonderful summer read.

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Covers and Cupcakes #5: The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Welcome back to another edition of Covers and Cupcakes! This week I’ll be featuring the epic sci-fi trilogy, THE ILLUMINAE FILES, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. If you’re looking for a binge-worthy series to read over the summer, then this is stellar choice. It’s unique storytelling format will keep you glued to the pages and you’ll be shocked, awed, and thrilled as this space adventure unfolds across the galaxy. I highly recommend you audiobook The Illuminae Files to appreciate the full scope of this story.

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