Blog Tour: That’s Not What I Heard by Stephanie Kate Strohm [BOOK REVIEW + MOODBOARD]

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Book Title: That’s Not What I Heard
Author: Stephanie Kate Strohm
Series: N/A (Standalone)
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: January 29th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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What did you hear?

Kimberly Landis-Lilley and Teddy Lin are over. Yes, the Kim and Teddy broke up.

At least that’s what Phil Spooner thinks he overheard and then told Jess Howard, Kim’s best friend. Something about Teddy not liking Kim’s Instas? Or was it that Teddy is moving to Italy and didn’t want to do long distance? Or that Kim slid into someone else’s DMs?

Jess told her boyfriend, Elvis, that he needs to be on Kim’s side. Especially if he wants to keep her as his girlfriend. But Elvis is also Teddy’s best friend.

Now, Kim’s run out of school for the day. Jess is furious. Elvis is confused. And half the lunch period won’t talk to Teddy. Even the teachers have taken sides.

William Henry Harrison High will never be the same again!


I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of the blog tour hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club.

MY THOUGHTS

That’s Not What I Heard has been on my radar recently since I saw it from a fellow blogger’s post/tweet. I thought the premise quite interesting and fun, but I didn’t expect the book to be this entertaining!

The book started off by introducing the most important thing (apparently) in William Henry Harrison High, Kim and Teddy. Their relationship, albeit only been briefly explored, was enough to make me wish for my own. I’ve always been such a hopeless romantic so a bit of romance impacts me a ton! Then the story continues on to the breakup of the said couple. A random student, who happened to be just buying chips from the vending machine, overheard the breakup and told someone who told someone who told someone… You get the idea. From then on, the rumors started getting more and more ludicrous that it ultimately led to their school’s chaos.

That’s Not What I Heard is told in the multiple perspectives of the characters. It was so interesting to read about since each of their thoughts were so different from one another, and the gravity of the situation can really be felt through this.

The story was really entertaining, I enjoyed every single page of this. Its flair for the dramatic got me laughing so damn hard at times! The different characters were fairly likeable and I love that each of them has their own quirks and personalities.

Also, I’m not sure if it’s just my deep, dramatic side that wants to take a lesson out of everything, but the message of the book was pretty good! Rumors are like wildfire; once lit, they destroy everything in their way, causing social structures and order to come tumbling down.

Overall, That’s Not What I Heard was absolutely worth the read. If you’re looking for a quirky and obnoxiously fun read, I really think think that this one’s for you!


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of The Taming of the DrewPilgrims Don’t Wear PinkConfederates Don’t Wear CoutureIt’s Not Me, It’s You and Prince in Disguise. She grew up in Connecticut and attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where she was voted Winter Carnival Queen. Currently she lives in Chicago with her fiance and a little white dog named Lorelei Lee.

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Luxe’s Thoughts: UK vs US Book Covers

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Haven’t we all heard this idiom at least once in our lives? I don’t know about you, but I do judge books by their covers more often than I would like to admit. I mean, book covers give me like an itty bitty, tiny feel of what the book is about. Well, at least some of them do; other covers can be deceiving. My point is, I allow myself every now and then to judge a book by its cover. But that’s another story.

Today, let’s talk about the thing that boggled my mind when I first got into book blogging: different covers of the exact same book. Picture this. A girl emerging from a bookstore with a book in hand. The same girl going blog hopping and seeing the said book’s title with a completely different look.

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After a few hours searching, my slow-ass finally realized that these are the same books but published with different covers in other countries for the purpose of marketing. Needless to say, that made me soooo excited because who doesn’t like multiple copies of  a book just for their varying dust jacket despite having literally no funds to buy them just yet? I know I do.

So… Let’s look at some of the differences of the UK and US covers of books on my wishlist/TBR! There’s a little poll as well for each book for you to vote which ones you prefer better, so we can evaluate these books together!

NOTE: UK covers are on the left while the US covers are the ones on the right!


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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I personally like the US one better, with its gold foil, since it’s very sparkly. And for me, sparkles make everything better!! Although I wouldn’t mind having the UK one which is still very pretty.

 

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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The US cover wins again for me on this one. I just imagine it looking better on a hardcover as compared to the other one. Also, I love the black and red combination. It looks so classy!

 

The Diviners by Libba Bray

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I’m quite confused on what covers to put on this book because there are a lot. I’ve actually read this book, with the first ever book cover (I believe), but I just thought I’d put this on the list just because. I adore the UK cover! It just screams “READ ME” in my opinion.

 

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

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I seriously can’t decide between these two!! The UK one is more minimalist and would probably look good on the shelf but the US one, UGH! *turns into the heart eyes emoji* So I’ll let you decide!

 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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My vote for this one goes to the UK cover. Although the US cover looks great, I also think that it has too much going on. And I love the color scheme of the UK version better, especially the gold!

 

Enchantée by Gita Trelease

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Initially, I was so torn on this one as well. I think both are absolutely GORGEOUS but the lack of color and the title size/style on the first one wasn’t as eye-catching compared to the second one so US cover gets my vote!

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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My vote for this one goes to the UK book cover, no doubt! It’s just so much more appealing to me maybe because of the gorgeous girl on the cover!


So among the 7 books listed above, I voted 3 UK covers and 3 US covers, with 1 still undecided. I’ve had a lot of fun writing this blog post, since I don’t usually do discussion posts, and I hope you enjoyed reading as well!

Don’t see your favorite US/UK book cover above? Comment them down below, and let’s chat!

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Book Review: Dream Keeper by Amber R. Duell

37534266Book Title: Dream Keeper
Author: Amber R. Duell
Series: The Dark Dreamer Trilogy #1
Publication Date: January 29th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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The Sandman is seventeen-year-old Nora’s closest friend and best-kept secret. He has to be, if she doesn’t want a one-way ticket back to the psychiatrist. It took her too long to learn not to mention the hooded figure in her dreams to her mother, who still watches Nora as if she’ll crack. So when Nora’s friends start mysteriously dying gruesome deaths in their sleep, she isn’t altogether surprised when the police direct their suspicion at her. The Sandman is the only one she can turn to for answers. But the truth might be more than she bargained for…

For the last five years, the Sandman has spent every night protecting Nora. When he hid the secret to the Nightmare Lord’s escape inside her dreams, he never expected to fall in love with her. Neither did he think his nemesis would find her so quickly, but there’s no mistaking his cruel handiwork. The Nightmare Lord is tired of playing by the rules and will do anything to release his deadly nightmares into the world, even if that means tormenting Nora until she breaks.

When the Nightmare Lord kidnaps Nora’s sister, Nora must enter enemy territory to save her. The Sandman is determined to help, but if Nora isn’t careful, she could lose even more than her family to the darkness.
(Please note: This story contains vivid death scenes.)


I received a copy of this book from Netgalley (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my thoughts in any way.

MY THOUGHTS

Dreams have always given me a certain kind of fascination. I don’t think I’ve read much books about dreams except for Dreamology which is a contemporary. But this… This is exactly what I’ve wanted! When I first heard of Dream Keeper, I was—to put it midly— interested. And when I saw this available for request on NetGalley, I was very excited. So I guess you can imagine my (joyous) outburst when I got approved for it!

This is nothing like I’ve read before. Dream Keeper is told in two perspectives, Nora and The Sandman, and it follows both their journey in saving the people they love (for Nora, her sister, and for The Sandman, well, Nora) and the whole world along with it.

The Dream Realm and the Nightmare Realm, a whole other world once everyone falls asleep, were really amusing to read about. Written very well, I especially loved the spooky vibe that the Nightmare Realm gave and the ghastly things inside it.

The death scenes mentioned in the synopsis really were horrid so fair warning if you’re not comfortable with that, maybe skip those particular parts? But I’m not really bothered by that kind of thing so those scenes combined with the vivid description of each and every nightmare, added much more to the eerie reading experience.

Nora, our main character, can be a bit immature at times and although I don’t agree with some of her decisions, I still very much like her strong personality. Despite her overwhelming fear, and even though there’s nobody she can turn to except for The Sandman, she maintains headstrong to save her family and the whole world along with it. I mean, who wouldn’t admire that? Her mother thinks she’s crazy, people around her are dying and she’s considered the main suspect. If I were in her shoes, I would have broken down in a heartbeat.

A very interesting and unique plot? Check. Amazing world building? Check. A strong female main character? Check. Fantastic writing? Check. I highly recommend you include this book in your TBR—or, much better, read it immediately!


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Can’t Wait Wednesday: Enchantée by Gita Trelease

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings. This allows bloggers, such as myself, to feature upcoming book releases that we are ecstatic about.


This week, let me feature a book that I am very much looking forward to. I have been excited to read Enchantée from the first time I’ve heard about it. Although I’m not the biggest fan of Historical Fiction because I haven’t read much of them, I am trying to widen my horizons and this one just sounds too good! And look at that cover. I mean, it’s prettier than my whole existence!

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Book Title: Enchantée
Author: Gita Trelease
Series: None (Standalone)
Publication Date: February 5th 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

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Love. 
Magic. 
Revolution.

When smallpox kills her parents, seventeen-year-old Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic–la magie ordinaire–Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

With the dark magic she learned from her mother, Camille transforms herself into ‘the Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. Her resentment of the rich at odds with the allure of glamour and excess, Camille is astonished to find that her would-be suitor Lazare, a handsome young inventor whom she thought shared her dreams of liberty, is also living a double life.

As the Baroness de la Fontaine, Camille gambles at cards and flirts, desperate to maintain her place at court and keep herself and her sister off the streets. But la magie has its costs. When a scheming courtier blackmails her and Lazare’s affections shift, Camille loses control of her secrets. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose–love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, reality or la magie–before Paris burns.

Bestselling author of Caraval Stephanie Garber calls Enchantée “a lit firework crackling with treacherous magic, decadent romance, and disguises that take on lives of their own–deliciously addictive!” Gita Trelease’s lush, imaginative debut fantasy is perfect for anyone looking for immersive magic in the world of Sofia Copola’s Marie Antoinette.

What about you? What’s a 2019 release you can’t wait for? Leave a comment and let’s chat!


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Book Review: Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan

24157427Book Title: Don’t Get Caught
Author: Kurt Dinan
Series: N/A (Standalone)
Publication Date: April 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Humor, Mystery, Young Adult
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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10:00 tonight at the water tower. Tell no one. -Chaos Club

When Max receives a mysterious invite from the untraceable, epic prank-pulling Chaos Club, he has to ask: why him? After all, he’s Mr. 2.5 GPA, Mr. No Social Life. He’s Just Max. And his favorite heist movies have taught him this situation calls for Rule #4: Be suspicious. But it’s also his one shot to leave Just Max in the dust…

Yeah, not so much. Max and four fellow students-who also received invites-are standing on the newly defaced water tower when campus security “catches” them. Definitely a setup. And this time, Max has had enough. It’s time for Rule #7: Always get payback.

Let the prank war begin.


MY THOUGHTS

This book was so much fun! As students, my friends and I occasionally pull harmless pranks to divert our attention from all the stress that is school. I’ve always been drawn to the art of silly pranking and this book is the epitome of silly pranks. Their antics, however unrealistic, were creative and bold. I really enjoyed reading about how they execute each prank and how they get away with it.

I liked all the characters from the start, even the mean ones like Mr. Stranko, except for one. I won’t tell you who it is just because. 😉 But you’ll know what I mean when you read the book, hopefully. Anyway. I enjoyed reading from the point of view of the main character, Max. He is a funny guy and he has a very kind personality. Also, as the book progresses, his character development becomes more evident. He went from alternating between Just Max (his normal, boring side) and Not Max (his outgoing, brave side) to being himself.

Plot-wise, I didn’t exactly love it. It was quite predictable and that pretty much blew the fun experience a bit for me. With that being said though, I still had fun reading Don’t Get Caught, an entertaining quick read for when you want a little mischief.

 


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