OTHER WORDS FOR HOME | (short) book review

# of pages: 352

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Title: Other Words for Home

Author: Jasmine Warga

Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary

Jude never thought she’d be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives.
At first, everything in America seems too fast and too loud. The American movies that Jude has always loved haven’t quite prepared her for starting school in the US—and her new label of “Middle Eastern,” an identity she’s never known before. But this life also brings unexpected surprises—there are new friends, a whole new family, and a school musical that Jude might just try out for. Maybe America, too, is a place where Jude can be seen as she really is.

“Hoping, I’m starting to think, might be the bravest thing a person can do.”

When I saw Other Words for Home was available at my library, I checked it out thinking it would be a pretty average read. Mainly, I loved the cover. However, I am happy to say that this book is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the out, and was easily one of the best books I have read. 

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All the Books I Read in 2020

So, this post is coming very late and well after the New Year, but better late then never! I made a list of the Best Books I Read in 2020 and My Most Disappointing Reads of 2020, but there are so many other good books I read which I didn’t get a chance to highlight in those posts. Overall, 2020 was not the best year for me when it came to reading (and pretty much everything else 🙃). I managed to finish 41 books, which I’d say is pretty damn good considering I was in a reading slump for a solid few months.

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WOLF BY WOLF | book review

# of pages: 388

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Title: Wolf by Wolf

Author: Ryan Graudin

Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host an annual motorbike race across their combined continents. The prize? An audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball.
Yael has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost when she was a prisoner in a brutal concentration camp. Now part of the resistance, Yael has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. But the only way to enter the race is to impersonate last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. Yael is a master of deception but there are two other competitors it may be impossible to fool – Adele’s brother, Felix, and Luka, a boy she clearly has history with.
But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and stay true to her mission? The future on the world is depending on her . . .

“The world is wrong. I’m just doing my part to fix it.”

I’m usually not a fan of historical fiction, and I could count the number of books from this genre that I actually liked on one hand. However, I had really high hopes for Wolf by Wolf.

The premise sounded so interesting. It follows main character Yael, a former death camp prisoner, in a world in which the Axis powers won World War II. While she was at the death camp, Yael was a human subject and had many chemicals injected in her as an experiment. Now, she has a secret. As a result of that testing, Yael is able to skinshift and change her appearance. Now, Yael is on a mission to kill Hitler. The only way she can do that is by joining a race in which the winner gets to meet him.

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2021 Book Releases to Keep on Your Radar

I normally don’t keep up with new book releases and instead focus on my backlist TBR. This year, though, I don’t want to miss out on all the exciting titles coming our way! I’ve picked some of the most books I am ~most~ looking forward to in 2021, but there are so many more I haven’t included. Another plus in 2021 is that all these books have the most STUNNING covers 😍 SO hopefully you’ll find at least a few of these interesting enough to add to your list of books to read this year!

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# of pages: 803

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Title: House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1)

Author: Sarah J Maas

Genre: Adult Fantasy

Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. Every night is a party and Bryce is going to savour all the pleasures Lunathion – also known as Crescent City – has to offer. But then a brutal murder shakes the very foundations of the city, and brings Bryce’s world crashing down.
Two years later, Bryce still haunts the city’s most notorious nightclubs – but seeking only oblivion now. Then the murderer attacks again. And when an infamous Fallen angel, Hunt Athalar, is assigned to watch her every footstep, Bryce knows she can’t forget any longer.
As Bryce and Hunt fight to unravel the mystery, and their own dark pasts, the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the deepest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir …
With unforgettable characters and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom – and the power of love.

“Through love, all is possible.”

Okay. Um. This review was incredibly hard to write because it’s almost impossible for me to form any coherent thoughts about this book. 

House of Earth and Blood absolutely stunned me in the best way possible. I was blown away by the characters, the romance, the plot, and the drama. If there’s one book that truly has it all, it’s this one. 

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9 Books That Made me Emotional

As someone who gets emotional very easily, I really struggled to narrow this list down to just nine books. Not all these books necessarily made me cry, but they all made my heart heavy and feel all the feels. Also, I don’t know about you, but sometimes I really like getting into my emotions while reading?? It’s weird, but I know I’m not the only one who feels like that. Hopefully if you’re ever in the mood to read something deep, you’ll find a book from here to check out ❤

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U.S. VS U.K. Battle of the Covers

As readers, we all know the struggle of impulsively buying books based off the cover. Sometimes, you just can’t resist a beautiful book. That being said, the U.S. edition of a book and the U.K. edition usually tend to be pretty different. There have been times where I’ve looked at the U.K. cover and wished I could’ve gotten that instead. 🤷‍♀️Now, it’s time for the ultimate showdown… let me know your picks in the comments!

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21 Books I Want to Read in 2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! There were a lot of downs this past year, but the biggest disappointment of 2020 was probably the fact that I just…didn’t read the books I told myself I would. I had a huge list in January of everything I wanted to get to this year, and unfortunately only got to a few of them. SO. I’m making this list to force myself to read books that have been on my TBR for way too long. Whether or not I’ll actually get to all these is yet to be known, but hopefully I’ll at least be able to cross a few of these off my list and maybe you’ll find a book or two from here that interests you!

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