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Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
5 ⭐️
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As a precursor to this review, I must tell you 1. I’ve never seen Hamilton... and 2. I listened to this on audiobook.
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Alex and Eliza was exactly the book I needed in this moment. It was a period piece (obviously) with a lovable male love interest and a feisty female main character. I gave it five stars because it was easy and carefree while also having an interesting plot.
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The thing is...I will forever be a sucker for period pieces. I love the sense of propriety, the clothing, the manners, the balls...I love everything about them. Alex and Eliza happened to be a perfect period piece in my opinion.
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The hidden gem in this book were the side characters. The sisters and their coinciding relationships were entertaining and made me love them as much as our main two. That takes a lot for me, and will always bring a book’s rating up in my mind.
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All in all, the audiobook was well narrated and provided me with some mindless entertainment while driving and doing my hair over the past week. Thank you Melissa de la Cruz! 
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Miranda and Maryssa (@sisters_who_read)


Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz 5 ⭐️ . As a precursor to this review, I must tell you 1. I’ve never seen Hamilton... and 2. I listened to this on audiobook. . Alex and Eliza was exactly the book I needed in this moment. It was a period piece (obviously) with a lovable male love interest and a feisty female main character. I gave it five stars because it was easy and carefree while also having an interesting plot. . The thing is...I will forever be a sucker for period pieces. I love the sense of propriety, the clothing, the manners, the balls...I love everything about them. Alex and Eliza happened to be a perfect period piece in my opinion. . The hidden gem in this book were the side characters. The sisters and their coinciding relationships were entertaining and made me love them as much as our main two. That takes a lot for me, and will always bring a book’s rating up in my mind. . All in all, the audiobook was well narrated and provided me with some mindless entertainment while driving and doing my hair over the past week. Thank you Melissa de la Cruz! #book #books #bookish #youngadult #review #bookreview #periodpiece #hamilton #alexandeliza #melissadelacruz #booksofig #booksofinstagram #booksofinsta #love #lovestory #sisterswhoreview #pretty

Winter by Marissa Meyer
4.5 ⭐️
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This book was everything a final book should be. It included all of the characters we loved, and it was lengthy but not overwrought. There was action, slow moments, relationship building, and character development. It is a work of art.
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The only part that made me not enjoy parts of this book was Winter and her character. It is hard to think about her romantically with Jacin because emotionally and psychologically she seems like such a young child. Her character, while I understand, annoyed me. I was looking forward to learning more about her and the more I learned, the more I didn’t like reading about. She was whiny, scared, and immature 99% of the time. It is such a stark difference than the other characters so I understand why Marissa Meyer wrote her. We need the juxtaposition of life experiences because there are a lot of characters.
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My favorite two pairings - Cress and Thorne and Scarlet and Wolf were perfection in different ways. They had showed tremendous growth even through all of the challenges they faced throughout this last book. I want more from just them! .

But at the end of the day, this story is about Cinder, and what a great leading lady she is! Her fierceness and determination kept the story driving and always pushed my anticipation into excitement.
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All in all, this series was everything I wanted it to be. Familiar storylines with such unique characters and plot is my cup of tea, and this hit on all of that and more. .
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Miranda and Maryssa (@sisters_who_read)


Winter by Marissa Meyer 4.5 ⭐️ . This book was everything a final book should be. It included all of the characters we loved, and it was lengthy but not overwrought. There was action, slow moments, relationship building, and character development. It is a work of art. . The only part that made me not enjoy parts of this book was Winter and her character. It is hard to think about her romantically with Jacin because emotionally and psychologically she seems like such a young child. Her character, while I understand, annoyed me. I was looking forward to learning more about her and the more I learned, the more I didn’t like reading about. She was whiny, scared, and immature 99% of the time. It is such a stark difference than the other characters so I understand why Marissa Meyer wrote her. We need the juxtaposition of life experiences because there are a lot of characters. . My favorite two pairings - Cress and Thorne and Scarlet and Wolf were perfection in different ways. They had showed tremendous growth even through all of the challenges they faced throughout this last book. I want more from just them! . But at the end of the day, this story is about Cinder, and what a great leading lady she is! Her fierceness and determination kept the story driving and always pushed my anticipation into excitement. . All in all, this series was everything I wanted it to be. Familiar storylines with such unique characters and plot is my cup of tea, and this hit on all of that and more. . #book #books #bookish #booksofig #bookstagram #review #bookreview #lunarchronicles #marissameyer #youngadult #yabooks #fairytale #series #pretty #bookish #booklovers #sisterswhoreview

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett - 4/5 ⭐️
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I know summer is over and all but this book was such a good summer read. I'm a sucker for an easy, light hearted contemporary read. I think I ended up reading this in basically one sitting (with breaks).
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I can't say that this was my favorite contemporary but if you're looking for a book that encompasses a bit of nerdy with some summer fun and touristy goodness, this is it.
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The book revolves around the main character, Bailey, who has moved to a small town in California that just so happens to be the same town her online friend lives in. I love the concept of Bailey trying to figure out who Alex is on her own which leads her to explore this small, quaint town and all its quirks. I could see the ending coming from a mile away and honestly even before I picked up the book, but I think that's what draws me to these contemporaries. I love the melding of the online world with the "real," I adore the fact that this is more prevalent recently. We get to go on the ride with Bailey as she finally puts it together and figures out who Alex is. Along the way, we see her develop long lasting friendships and even an arch nemesis at work. The banter between her and her arch-nemesis is really fantastic and one of my favorite parts of the book.
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The predictability can be a turn off for some people but for me, I will never tire of it.
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Miranda and Maryssa (@sisters_who_read)


Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett - 4/5 ⭐️ . I know summer is over and all but this book was such a good summer read. I'm a sucker for an easy, light hearted contemporary read. I think I ended up reading this in basically one sitting (with breaks). . I can't say that this was my favorite contemporary but if you're looking for a book that encompasses a bit of nerdy with some summer fun and touristy goodness, this is it. . The book revolves around the main character, Bailey, who has moved to a small town in California that just so happens to be the same town her online friend lives in. I love the concept of Bailey trying to figure out who Alex is on her own which leads her to explore this small, quaint town and all its quirks. I could see the ending coming from a mile away and honestly even before I picked up the book, but I think that's what draws me to these contemporaries. I love the melding of the online world with the "real," I adore the fact that this is more prevalent recently. We get to go on the ride with Bailey as she finally puts it together and figures out who Alex is. Along the way, we see her develop long lasting friendships and even an arch nemesis at work. The banter between her and her arch-nemesis is really fantastic and one of my favorite parts of the book. . The predictability can be a turn off for some people but for me, I will never tire of it. . #bookstagram #bookreview #sisterswhoreview #youngadult #yacontemporary #contemporarybooks #alexapproximately #review

Hey guys! I just wanted to pop on here quick and say I'm SO SORRY for not posting recently! I've been sick for the past 4 or so days and it's just getting worse. My energy has been super low and I just haven't been able to do much 😩
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I am gonna try to get some more done including tags and reviews! I'm in a bit of a slump 🙊 but hoping to finish Ever the Hunted soon! After that I've gotta get some eARCs read and reviewed then I may move on to this beauty! I'm so grateful for @sourcebooksfire for doing a giveaway of these limited edition arcs of Furyborn by Claire Legrand. Isn't it GORG!? It's so soft too!
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What are you currently reading? What do you do when you're in a slump?
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#bookstagram #bookish #books #ya #sourcebooksfire #furyborn #ireadya #youngadult #book #arc

Miranda and Maryssa (@sisters_who_read)


Hey guys! I just wanted to pop on here quick and say I'm SO SORRY for not posting recently! I've been sick for the past 4 or so days and it's just getting worse. My energy has been super low and I just haven't been able to do much 😩 . I am gonna try to get some more done including tags and reviews! I'm in a bit of a slump 🙊 but hoping to finish Ever the Hunted soon! After that I've gotta get some eARCs read and reviewed then I may move on to this beauty! I'm so grateful for @sourcebooksfire for doing a giveaway of these limited edition arcs of Furyborn by Claire Legrand. Isn't it GORG!? It's so soft too! . . What are you currently reading? What do you do when you're in a slump? . #bookstagram #bookish #books #ya #sourcebooksfire #furyborn #ireadya #youngadult #book #arc

I still haven't read ACOWAR yet, probably because I don't know where it's going and I thoroughly enjoyed ACOMAF so I don't want to be let down. Sometime soon I'll get to it...probably.
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Today I'm doing a tag! We've been tagged a bunch of times to do some of these and I'm finally getting to them. This one def caught my eye because pizza and books? My fave. Here's the #booksandpizza tag, thanks @booknerd.babe for tagging us!
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🍕 Cheese pizza (fave book as a kid)
📖  Ohhh I'd probably say Chicka Chicka Boom Boom bc I'm a child.
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🍕 Combo pizza (book with a diverse cast)
📖  The Upside of Unrequited! SO GOOD!!! .
🍕 Margarita pizza (book with a beautiful setting)
📖  ACOMAF for sure because who doesn't wanna visit Velaris!? 😍
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🍕 Meat pizza (book with the best male character)
📖  Hmm this one is tough. I want to say Owen from Just Listen ❤️
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🍕 Frozen pizza (a book you read really fast) 📖  Alex, Approximately. I read it in probably 12 hours total? With breaks and all aha.
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🍕 Dessert pizza (a book with a great friendship)
📖  I'd have to say the Percy Jackson series just generally has GREAT friendships. I love them so much.
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🍕 Pepperoni pizza (an old favorite)
📖  Just Listen for sure. I know I used Owen in the other question but I LOVE THIS BOOK.
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#bookish #bookstagram #books #booktag #acomaf #acotar #acowar #youngadult #yafantasy #ireadya

Miranda and Maryssa (@sisters_who_read)


I still haven't read ACOWAR yet, probably because I don't know where it's going and I thoroughly enjoyed ACOMAF so I don't want to be let down. Sometime soon I'll get to it...probably. . . Today I'm doing a tag! We've been tagged a bunch of times to do some of these and I'm finally getting to them. This one def caught my eye because pizza and books? My fave. Here's the #booksandpizza tag, thanks @booknerd.babe for tagging us! . 🍕 Cheese pizza (fave book as a kid) 📖 Ohhh I'd probably say Chicka Chicka Boom Boom bc I'm a child. . 🍕 Combo pizza (book with a diverse cast) 📖 The Upside of Unrequited! SO GOOD!!! . 🍕 Margarita pizza (book with a beautiful setting) 📖 ACOMAF for sure because who doesn't wanna visit Velaris!? 😍 . 🍕 Meat pizza (book with the best male character) 📖 Hmm this one is tough. I want to say Owen from Just Listen ❤️ . 🍕 Frozen pizza (a book you read really fast) 📖 Alex, Approximately. I read it in probably 12 hours total? With breaks and all aha. . 🍕 Dessert pizza (a book with a great friendship) 📖 I'd have to say the Percy Jackson series just generally has GREAT friendships. I love them so much. . 🍕 Pepperoni pizza (an old favorite) 📖 Just Listen for sure. I know I used Owen in the other question but I LOVE THIS BOOK. . . #bookish #bookstagram #books #booktag #acomaf #acotar #acowar #youngadult #yafantasy #ireadya

Here's a look at what we're #currentlyreading!
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Miranda has begun Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore and is about 50 pages in! Thus far, she's loving the writing and is enjoying the story. A full review to come when she's finished.
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I'm currently about halfway through Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill and I have a lot of mixed feelings. I managed to snag an arc of Ever the Brave via #booksfortrade through Twitter so my plan will be to read that one and give y'all a review on both once I'm done!
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What are you #currentlyreading? Let us know in the comments!
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#bookstagram #bookish #books #arcs #ireadya #youngadult #yafantasy #fantasy #whatimreading #everthehunted #clashofkingdoms #janeunlimited #kristincashore #erinsummerill #yalit #tbr

Miranda and Maryssa (@sisters_who_read)


Here's a look at what we're #currentlyreading! . Miranda has begun Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore and is about 50 pages in! Thus far, she's loving the writing and is enjoying the story. A full review to come when she's finished. . I'm currently about halfway through Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill and I have a lot of mixed feelings. I managed to snag an arc of Ever the Brave via #booksfortrade through Twitter so my plan will be to read that one and give y'all a review on both once I'm done! . . What are you #currentlyreading? Let us know in the comments! . #bookstagram #bookish #books #arcs #ireadya #youngadult #yafantasy #fantasy #whatimreading #everthehunted #clashofkingdoms #janeunlimited #kristincashore #erinsummerill #yalit #tbr

In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody (4🌟)
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Kennedy Rhodes secretly made the most important decision of her life. She declined her acceptance to the prestigious Windsor Academy to attend the local public school with her longtime crush, who had finally asked her out. It seems it was the right choice―she and Austin are still together, and Kennedy is now the editor in chief of the school's award-winning newspaper. But then Kennedy's world is shattered one evening when she walks in on Austin kissing her best friend, and she wonders if maybe her life would have been better if she'd made the other choice. As fate would have it, she's about to find out .
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I really enjoyed this book for what it was - a stress-free, cute, light contemporary read. The private school setting was everything I wanted in a current read, and the side mystery plot was a nice addition. Kennedy as a main character was believable, and likable (which is so important to me!) and the love interest was perfectly kept to the side. It wasn't about that - this book was about Kennedy coming to terms with herself and her life; what she wants out of life.
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I also really enjoyed the ending. It had a resolution but it wasn't PERFECT - which made it perfect for me. The only part of the ending that bothered me was the very pretty, wrapped in a bow forgiveness that happened with Kennedy's best friend. Jessica Brody did a good job of justifying that, but cheating is something that is personally unforgivable so it rubbed me the wrong way.
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All in all, In Some Other Life was exactly what I wanted it to be, and what I was in the mood for. I read it in two quick sittings and it didn't make me think too much. If you're looking for an adorable contemporary read with a strong female main character, this is your book!
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#bookreview #arcreview #books #sisterswhoreview #ireadya #bookish #bookstagram #bookphotography #youngadult #yacontemporary #ya #reviews #contemporary #privateschool #book #booksofig

Miranda and Maryssa (@sisters_who_read)


In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody (4🌟) . . Kennedy Rhodes secretly made the most important decision of her life. She declined her acceptance to the prestigious Windsor Academy to attend the local public school with her longtime crush, who had finally asked her out. It seems it was the right choice―she and Austin are still together, and Kennedy is now the editor in chief of the school's award-winning newspaper. But then Kennedy's world is shattered one evening when she walks in on Austin kissing her best friend, and she wonders if maybe her life would have been better if she'd made the other choice. As fate would have it, she's about to find out . . . I really enjoyed this book for what it was - a stress-free, cute, light contemporary read. The private school setting was everything I wanted in a current read, and the side mystery plot was a nice addition. Kennedy as a main character was believable, and likable (which is so important to me!) and the love interest was perfectly kept to the side. It wasn't about that - this book was about Kennedy coming to terms with herself and her life; what she wants out of life. . . I also really enjoyed the ending. It had a resolution but it wasn't PERFECT - which made it perfect for me. The only part of the ending that bothered me was the very pretty, wrapped in a bow forgiveness that happened with Kennedy's best friend. Jessica Brody did a good job of justifying that, but cheating is something that is personally unforgivable so it rubbed me the wrong way. . . All in all, In Some Other Life was exactly what I wanted it to be, and what I was in the mood for. I read it in two quick sittings and it didn't make me think too much. If you're looking for an adorable contemporary read with a strong female main character, this is your book! . . #bookreview #arcreview #books #sisterswhoreview #ireadya #bookish #bookstagram #bookphotography #youngadult #yacontemporary #ya #reviews #contemporary #privateschool #book #booksofig

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson (5/5 ⭐️)
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A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel. An Enchantment of Ravens is set to release on 9/26/17.
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If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would absolutely do so. Honestly, it's going to be hard not to ramble on and tell you every little thing I enjoyed about this. I can see the comparisons between ACOTAR and this, but the actual worlds themselves are vastly different. .
Let's start with the writing of this book because it was the first thing that grabbed my attention going in. Her writing is fantastic. Everything flows so well together and you can tell Rogerson clearly took the time to build this story. Her writing makes you feel like you are part of the story, I can't even truly describe it. I'm keeping my eye on her going forward that's for sure.
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The actual world building, describing how the humans and faeries interact, how they perceive each other, and the intricacies of the world was such a pleasure to read. I felt like I understood what was happening, everything made sense, nothing was left undone to confuse the reader. It was clear all the way through that Rogerson understood that one misstep, on forgotten detail, could lead the reader to become overwhelmed and lost. Not only is the world building amazing but at no point did I feel I was given unnecessary information. I didn't feel overwhelmed and I felt like everything was deliberately written to create this story.
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The characters themselves are fascinating, wonderful, and I could read thousands of pages about Rook's backstory. I adored Rook and his declarations because they were so very him. I also loved how strong willed Isobel was; she knew who she was and what she wanted and wasn't willing to lose sight of that.
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This is undoubtedly one of my top 5 favorite books of all time. I can see myself rereading this later on and finding more things to love. ❤️
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#bookstagram #books #arc #arcreview #sisterswhoreview #bookreview #bookish #ireadya #anenchantmentofravens #margaretrogerson #yafantasy #review #bookish #ireadya

Miranda and Maryssa (@sisters_who_read)


An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson (5/5 ⭐️) . A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel. An Enchantment of Ravens is set to release on 9/26/17. . . If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would absolutely do so. Honestly, it's going to be hard not to ramble on and tell you every little thing I enjoyed about this. I can see the comparisons between ACOTAR and this, but the actual worlds themselves are vastly different. . Let's start with the writing of this book because it was the first thing that grabbed my attention going in. Her writing is fantastic. Everything flows so well together and you can tell Rogerson clearly took the time to build this story. Her writing makes you feel like you are part of the story, I can't even truly describe it. I'm keeping my eye on her going forward that's for sure. . The actual world building, describing how the humans and faeries interact, how they perceive each other, and the intricacies of the world was such a pleasure to read. I felt like I understood what was happening, everything made sense, nothing was left undone to confuse the reader. It was clear all the way through that Rogerson understood that one misstep, on forgotten detail, could lead the reader to become overwhelmed and lost. Not only is the world building amazing but at no point did I feel I was given unnecessary information. I didn't feel overwhelmed and I felt like everything was deliberately written to create this story. . The characters themselves are fascinating, wonderful, and I could read thousands of pages about Rook's backstory. I adored Rook and his declarations because they were so very him. I also loved how strong willed Isobel was; she knew who she was and what she wanted and wasn't willing to lose sight of that. . This is undoubtedly one of my top 5 favorite books of all time. I can see myself rereading this later on and finding more things to love. ❤️ . . #bookstagram #books #arc #arcreview #sisterswhoreview #bookreview #bookish #ireadya #anenchantmentofravens #margaretrogerson #yafantasy #review #bookish #ireadya

Hey guys! Maryssa here. I just wanted to say, first and foremost, thank you so much! We just hit over 1k followers and we can't be more grateful! We love having this account together to showcase our love of books and share reviews with y'all!
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On another note, hurricane Irma is on her way towards the states and will likely make landfall this weekend. We live in south Florida and have lots of animals that make it near impossible to even consider evacuating. We're more inland so we are praying that we don't get damage! But we likely won't post much at all over the next few days. Please stay safe throughout this storm!
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I'll be packing a ton of books and riding the storm out with my parents so I'll hopefully get a lot of reading done! This one is definitely coming with me.
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#books #bookstagram #bookish #thecolorproject #sierraabrams #ya #ireadya

Miranda and Maryssa (@sisters_who_read)


Hey guys! Maryssa here. I just wanted to say, first and foremost, thank you so much! We just hit over 1k followers and we can't be more grateful! We love having this account together to showcase our love of books and share reviews with y'all! . . On another note, hurricane Irma is on her way towards the states and will likely make landfall this weekend. We live in south Florida and have lots of animals that make it near impossible to even consider evacuating. We're more inland so we are praying that we don't get damage! But we likely won't post much at all over the next few days. Please stay safe throughout this storm! . I'll be packing a ton of books and riding the storm out with my parents so I'll hopefully get a lot of reading done! This one is definitely coming with me. . #books #bookstagram #bookish #thecolorproject #sierraabrams #ya #ireadya

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton (4🌟)
Releases February 20, 2018
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Camellia Beauregard is a Belle, one of the rare few who is born with beauty and with the ability to manipulate others' beauty. She is competing against her sisters to become the Queen's Favorite. But, she quickly learns that being the Favorite is not everything it was touted to be. With the lies and secrecy hidden in the walls of the royal family and even with those she trusts, she begins to question everything she's ever known.
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This book's atmosphere was dreamy. Clayton's writing style was beautiful and I found myself rereading lines of description to admire the craft. The main character was feisty, and the setting was unique. I also enjoyed a lot of elements of the plot, such as the history of the Belles and the intricacies of the the manipulation happening with the royal family.
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Where this book fell just a tad short for me was in the pacing and the believability of the naïveté of Camellia. To begin, the pacing was slow and it seemed that all of the action had to happen in the last fifty pages or so. In relation to the latter point, I realize Camellia is young, but her feisty spirit and intelligence should have allowed her to see the fallacy behind the villains in the story. And her stalling of taking any action until it was too late was frustrating.
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All in all, I enjoyed this book and was riveted by the storytelling that Clayton possesses. I am looking forward to the following books in this series to see the action build and see Camellia transform into the character she was teased to be in this introduction!
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#bookstagram #bookish #books #bookreview #sisterswhoreview #arcreview #thebelles #dhonielleclayton #youngadult #ireadya #disneyhyperion #reviews #neworleans #pretty #freeform #disney

Miranda and Maryssa (@sisters_who_read)


The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton (4🌟) Releases February 20, 2018 . . Camellia Beauregard is a Belle, one of the rare few who is born with beauty and with the ability to manipulate others' beauty. She is competing against her sisters to become the Queen's Favorite. But, she quickly learns that being the Favorite is not everything it was touted to be. With the lies and secrecy hidden in the walls of the royal family and even with those she trusts, she begins to question everything she's ever known. . . This book's atmosphere was dreamy. Clayton's writing style was beautiful and I found myself rereading lines of description to admire the craft. The main character was feisty, and the setting was unique. I also enjoyed a lot of elements of the plot, such as the history of the Belles and the intricacies of the the manipulation happening with the royal family. . . Where this book fell just a tad short for me was in the pacing and the believability of the naïveté of Camellia. To begin, the pacing was slow and it seemed that all of the action had to happen in the last fifty pages or so. In relation to the latter point, I realize Camellia is young, but her feisty spirit and intelligence should have allowed her to see the fallacy behind the villains in the story. And her stalling of taking any action until it was too late was frustrating. . . All in all, I enjoyed this book and was riveted by the storytelling that Clayton possesses. I am looking forward to the following books in this series to see the action build and see Camellia transform into the character she was teased to be in this introduction! . . #bookstagram #bookish #books #bookreview #sisterswhoreview #arcreview #thebelles #dhonielleclayton #youngadult #ireadya #disneyhyperion #reviews #neworleans #pretty #freeform #disney

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Here are some of my favorite contemporaries that remind me of summer! Contemporary is a genre that I ADORE and can always get into but these are some of the stand outs for me. They're books that remind me of summer: fun and light hearted with just the right amount of depth/seriousness to pique my interest. Shout out to Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour for being one of my fave books with LGBTQIA+ representation 🙌🏻
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What are some of your favorite contemporaries and/or summer reads?
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#bookstagram #bookish #books  #contemporaryya #summerreads #ya #ireadya #sarahdessen #rainbowrowell #jennyhan #ninalacour #LGBTQIA

Miranda and Maryssa (@sisters_who_read)


🌸🌺🌼🌸🌺🌼🌸🌺🌼 . . Here are some of my favorite contemporaries that remind me of summer! Contemporary is a genre that I ADORE and can always get into but these are some of the stand outs for me. They're books that remind me of summer: fun and light hearted with just the right amount of depth/seriousness to pique my interest. Shout out to Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour for being one of my fave books with LGBTQIA+ representation 🙌🏻 . What are some of your favorite contemporaries and/or summer reads? . #bookstagram #bookish #books #contemporaryya #summerreads #ya #ireadya #sarahdessen #rainbowrowell #jennyhan #ninalacour #LGBTQIA

My ultimate goal is to have the energy to get creative with my bookshelves. I see so many #shelfies with fairy lights and cool ways of storing bookmarks and awesome organization of their books. I'm so jealous! I have a lot more book shelves (that are a mess right now) but I wanted to showcase this one because it's my pride and joy!
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This shelf has taken me years to grow and I hope to continue growing it! This is my ARC bookcase! Every book pictured here (except Rebel of the Sands) is an arc. I've collected all of them either from #bookcon, #booksfortrade (on twitter and GR), or from giveaways on Instagram. Sometimes I just stare at this shelf like a weirdo and remember how much I love my books ❤️
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Miranda and Maryssa (@sisters_who_read)


My ultimate goal is to have the energy to get creative with my bookshelves. I see so many #shelfies with fairy lights and cool ways of storing bookmarks and awesome organization of their books. I'm so jealous! I have a lot more book shelves (that are a mess right now) but I wanted to showcase this one because it's my pride and joy! . . This shelf has taken me years to grow and I hope to continue growing it! This is my ARC bookcase! Every book pictured here (except Rebel of the Sands) is an arc. I've collected all of them either from #bookcon, #booksfortrade (on twitter and GR), or from giveaways on Instagram. Sometimes I just stare at this shelf like a weirdo and remember how much I love my books ❤️ . #bookstagram #books #bookish #arcs #arc #shelfie #library

What's a book that's on your TBR list that you're excited to read?
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I try to stagger the genre of book that I read because I don't have a bunch of contemporary on my TBR. Fantasy is my favorite genre and the one that I have the most of. So when I find a contemporary that I REALLY wanna read I'm almost hesitant to actually read it. I recently read Once and for All so I'm gonna try to get through a few more fantasies first but this is the next contemporary for me.
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#books #bookstagram #bookish #contemporary #ya #ireadya #youngadult #iloveya

Miranda and Maryssa (@sisters_who_read)


What's a book that's on your TBR list that you're excited to read? . . I try to stagger the genre of book that I read because I don't have a bunch of contemporary on my TBR. Fantasy is my favorite genre and the one that I have the most of. So when I find a contemporary that I REALLY wanna read I'm almost hesitant to actually read it. I recently read Once and for All so I'm gonna try to get through a few more fantasies first but this is the next contemporary for me. . #books #bookstagram #bookish #contemporary #ya #ireadya #youngadult #iloveya

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen - 4/5 ⭐️
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I am the biggest sucker for Sarah Dessen books. I found this one during my trip to New York at The Strand for the best price. I love a good, cheesy contemporary just as much as the next person but what I adore about Dessen books is that they also have really well rounded characters. Sarah Dessen isn't afraid to incorporate deeper backstories and underlying issues in her main characters.
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So why did I give this 4 stars instead of 5? Well that would be mostly based on Ambrose, who from the beginning was obnoxious, annoying, and frustratingly self-centered. I would've liked more character development from him. There was some, little snippets here and there that indicated he was more than this presentation of arrogance but it didn't go as far as I would've liked. I took slight issue with Louna's best friend, Jilly, who seemed pushy and unaware of the anxiety that Louna experiences. I think best friends are supposed to try to help you out of your comfort zone but there's a way to go about it and sometimes she felt just SO pushy. Those were my only 2 issues with this book though. I LOVED the wedding planning and diverse family dynamics. I really felt Dessen captured the anxiety and panic that Louna experienced at times so accurately. I think it was an interesting, fresh story that I personally haven't read before which is ALWAYS a plus because I hate feeling like I'm rereading stories. Overall I'd definitely recommend this for anyone wanting a good contemporary book.
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I would also recommend Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, which is literally my FAVORITE standalone ever that I could reread a million times.
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Miranda and Maryssa (@sisters_who_read)


Once and for All by Sarah Dessen - 4/5 ⭐️ . . I am the biggest sucker for Sarah Dessen books. I found this one during my trip to New York at The Strand for the best price. I love a good, cheesy contemporary just as much as the next person but what I adore about Dessen books is that they also have really well rounded characters. Sarah Dessen isn't afraid to incorporate deeper backstories and underlying issues in her main characters. . So why did I give this 4 stars instead of 5? Well that would be mostly based on Ambrose, who from the beginning was obnoxious, annoying, and frustratingly self-centered. I would've liked more character development from him. There was some, little snippets here and there that indicated he was more than this presentation of arrogance but it didn't go as far as I would've liked. I took slight issue with Louna's best friend, Jilly, who seemed pushy and unaware of the anxiety that Louna experiences. I think best friends are supposed to try to help you out of your comfort zone but there's a way to go about it and sometimes she felt just SO pushy. Those were my only 2 issues with this book though. I LOVED the wedding planning and diverse family dynamics. I really felt Dessen captured the anxiety and panic that Louna experienced at times so accurately. I think it was an interesting, fresh story that I personally haven't read before which is ALWAYS a plus because I hate feeling like I'm rereading stories. Overall I'd definitely recommend this for anyone wanting a good contemporary book. . . I would also recommend Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, which is literally my FAVORITE standalone ever that I could reread a million times. . . #books #bookreview #sisterswhoreview #youngadult #ya #ireadya #iloveya #bookish #bookstagram #sarahdessen #onceandforall

Earlier this year, both Miranda and I went to @thebookcon in New York City. It was our 4th year going and we were both lucky enough to be chosen for this Scholastic @ireadya event in the morning. They had stations set up for "bookstagram" pictures and this is one of the pictures I took. I figured it's Thursday (late Thursday where I am) and this would be a perfect #throwback to a time before we had this account. I know I speak for both of us when I say we are SO GRATEFUL for y'all and we love managing this account!! I hope you enjoy my (very poor) first attempt at a bookstagram picture aha.
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Did any of you guys attend BookCon this year? Or anyone planning to attended next year?
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#books #bookstagram #bookish #ya #youngadult #arc #thebookcon #bookcon #bookphotography

Miranda and Maryssa (@sisters_who_read)


Earlier this year, both Miranda and I went to @thebookcon in New York City. It was our 4th year going and we were both lucky enough to be chosen for this Scholastic @ireadya event in the morning. They had stations set up for "bookstagram" pictures and this is one of the pictures I took. I figured it's Thursday (late Thursday where I am) and this would be a perfect #throwback to a time before we had this account. I know I speak for both of us when I say we are SO GRATEFUL for y'all and we love managing this account!! I hope you enjoy my (very poor) first attempt at a bookstagram picture aha. . . Did any of you guys attend BookCon this year? Or anyone planning to attended next year? . . #books #bookstagram #bookish #ya #youngadult #arc #thebookcon #bookcon #bookphotography

**I was provided an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
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Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller - 3.5/5 ⭐️
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Thank you Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for providing me with this ARC. Mask of Shadows is a YA fantasy featuring a gender fluid main character named Sal who is competing to become the new Opal who is part of the Queen's collection of personal assassins, The Left Hand. This book releases on August 29th and I was lucky enough to be able to read it before that. Let's get down to what I loved and what I didn't quite care for. .
I am 10000% here for more LGBTQIA+ representation in YA, especially in fantasy because it's so scarce in this genre. This book definitely portrays the fluidity of sexuality in the most perfect, subtle way. I loved that Sal's gender fluidity wasn't the focal point and was just part of who they are. I also felt that it was a good portrayal of society, in that some were immediately accepting and others were blatantly rude to Sal about their gender. I also LOVED the Left Hand characters, Ruby, Emerald, and Amethyst. So many team feels. The Left Hand is a little family who have given up their lives for the Queen and have found home with each other. HOW AWESOME IS THAT!?
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I do have to say it took me a little while to get into it. I know some people DNFed it after 20% and I can understand why. It was slow going and there was so much information with very little backstory. I felt like I needed more background to understand the story and I was left a little confused. There is a timeline at the end of the book but I feel if that could've been incorporated more into the story itself it would've been much better. I pushed past that point and I have to say, I'm really glad I did. There was just a TOUCH of some romance in it but it was in no way the focus of the book and I loved it. I gave this a 3.5/5 because I thought it was a bit sloppy and needed more world building, needed more information, and the writing was a bit underwhelming for me. But overall I enjoyed the story and I would definitely pick up the next one in the series. I want more Sal and I want more of the Left Hand/the inner workings of the Queen's court.

Miranda and Maryssa (@sisters_who_read)


**I was provided an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review** . Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller - 3.5/5 ⭐️ . Thank you Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for providing me with this ARC. Mask of Shadows is a YA fantasy featuring a gender fluid main character named Sal who is competing to become the new Opal who is part of the Queen's collection of personal assassins, The Left Hand. This book releases on August 29th and I was lucky enough to be able to read it before that. Let's get down to what I loved and what I didn't quite care for. . I am 10000% here for more LGBTQIA+ representation in YA, especially in fantasy because it's so scarce in this genre. This book definitely portrays the fluidity of sexuality in the most perfect, subtle way. I loved that Sal's gender fluidity wasn't the focal point and was just part of who they are. I also felt that it was a good portrayal of society, in that some were immediately accepting and others were blatantly rude to Sal about their gender. I also LOVED the Left Hand characters, Ruby, Emerald, and Amethyst. So many team feels. The Left Hand is a little family who have given up their lives for the Queen and have found home with each other. HOW AWESOME IS THAT!? . I do have to say it took me a little while to get into it. I know some people DNFed it after 20% and I can understand why. It was slow going and there was so much information with very little backstory. I felt like I needed more background to understand the story and I was left a little confused. There is a timeline at the end of the book but I feel if that could've been incorporated more into the story itself it would've been much better. I pushed past that point and I have to say, I'm really glad I did. There was just a TOUCH of some romance in it but it was in no way the focus of the book and I loved it. I gave this a 3.5/5 because I thought it was a bit sloppy and needed more world building, needed more information, and the writing was a bit underwhelming for me. But overall I enjoyed the story and I would definitely pick up the next one in the series. I want more Sal and I want more of the Left Hand/the inner workings of the Queen's court.

MOST ANTICIPATED NEW RELEASE: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. I am beyond excited for this upcoming release. This comes out on September 26 so just about a month and a half away. I was able to snag this from #booksfortrade on twitter and I can't wait to start it (hopefully sometime soon)! Here's a description if you want to know more about it:
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A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.
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Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.
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Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.
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What book are you most looking forward to?
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#bookstagram #books #arcs #arc #anenchantmentofravens #margaretrogerson #bookish #yalit #iloveya #youngadult #fantasy

Miranda and Maryssa (@sisters_who_read)


MOST ANTICIPATED NEW RELEASE: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. I am beyond excited for this upcoming release. This comes out on September 26 so just about a month and a half away. I was able to snag this from #booksfortrade on twitter and I can't wait to start it (hopefully sometime soon)! Here's a description if you want to know more about it: . . A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel. . Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life. . Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel. . What book are you most looking forward to? . . #bookstagram #books #arcs #arc #anenchantmentofravens #margaretrogerson #bookish #yalit #iloveya #youngadult #fantasy

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (5🌟!!!) .

Wow, I can't begin to explain how much I enjoyed this book. I had been waiting for a contemporary novel to blow me away like Fangirl and was let down time and time again. Not this time!! .
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Ramona is an extremely relatable and complex character. She is insecure, but confident. She is unique but has a background that millions can relate with. I had never read about such a believable poor/low-income character before. Her insecurities in relation to her position in life and view that she spoils things she touches was heartbreaking. There were several parts of the book that Julie Murphy made me tear up. She has some severely quotable passages!! To read about Ramona's struggle with this, but ultimate fight back against it was inspiring and I couldn't have asked for a better main character.
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The romance was so swoon-worthy. This was another interesting part of the book. It is so important to start a conversation about sexual fluidity these days because people just don't know it exists! A lot of human beings view the world, and especially sexuality, as black and white - but that's not the case. As I was reading, I could feel Ramona start to fall in love with the human being and not the gender. It was beautiful and I hope teenagers read this and feel that they too can go outside the norm if that's what they are feeling.
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To conclude, I recommend this book to absolutely everyone. It's discussions on race, the class system, and sexual identity were truly remarkable and enjoyable to read. I don't know one person who wouldn't like this book. READ IT!!
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Miranda and Maryssa (@sisters_who_read)


Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (5🌟!!!) . Wow, I can't begin to explain how much I enjoyed this book. I had been waiting for a contemporary novel to blow me away like Fangirl and was let down time and time again. Not this time!! . . Ramona is an extremely relatable and complex character. She is insecure, but confident. She is unique but has a background that millions can relate with. I had never read about such a believable poor/low-income character before. Her insecurities in relation to her position in life and view that she spoils things she touches was heartbreaking. There were several parts of the book that Julie Murphy made me tear up. She has some severely quotable passages!! To read about Ramona's struggle with this, but ultimate fight back against it was inspiring and I couldn't have asked for a better main character. . . The romance was so swoon-worthy. This was another interesting part of the book. It is so important to start a conversation about sexual fluidity these days because people just don't know it exists! A lot of human beings view the world, and especially sexuality, as black and white - but that's not the case. As I was reading, I could feel Ramona start to fall in love with the human being and not the gender. It was beautiful and I hope teenagers read this and feel that they too can go outside the norm if that's what they are feeling. . . To conclude, I recommend this book to absolutely everyone. It's discussions on race, the class system, and sexual identity were truly remarkable and enjoyable to read. I don't know one person who wouldn't like this book. READ IT!! . #books #book #bookstagram #bookreview #review #youngadult #lgbtq #fivestars #sisterswhoreview #booksofig #bookish

Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings (⭐️ 2.5)
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It took me a VERY long time to finish this book and while I wish I could say I was too busy with work, the truth is I was not excited by this book. I did not look forward to picking it up and had to force myself to finish it (because I don't DNF books, it's just not in me) which can give you an idea of where this review is going. So first, lets go over the things I did like.
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THE GOOD: I enjoyed the aspect of basically a girl-gang, traveling in space and not needing men for anything. I liked the setting because beneath my fear of the unknown I'm always intrigued by books set in outer space. Something also of note is how seamless both authors' writing was. I never knew who was writing which chapters which I liked, it's awkward when there's a distinct difference. Now...onto the stuff that I didn't like. I feel like there was a lot of potential here where it could've gone differently if they expended their energy in the right places but they didn't.
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THE BAD: The thing that's stood out to me the MOST, and the thing my sister could easily tell you I complained about frequently, was that I was TOLD what was happening. Something I value in a book is being shown what's going on and being able to paint a picture of the scene. The authors often refer to Androma as "The Bloody Baroness" but it never FELT like she embodied that name. I also thought the writing was very simple which I felt made it even more difficult to get into. The story is one I've read a million times and I had this strong feeling of deja vu throughout the entire book. I feel as though they took their favorite YA fantasy books, grabbed the storylines they liked best, and threw it all together into one giant book. This felt like blatantly taking storylines from other books and using them with a change in name. And finally, I was LOST in this book. For a book that told me versus showing me, it didn't tell me ANYTHING about the background. There was a lot of describing places and telling me what things looked like but there was very little world building.
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Miranda and Maryssa (@sisters_who_read)


Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings (⭐️ 2.5) . . It took me a VERY long time to finish this book and while I wish I could say I was too busy with work, the truth is I was not excited by this book. I did not look forward to picking it up and had to force myself to finish it (because I don't DNF books, it's just not in me) which can give you an idea of where this review is going. So first, lets go over the things I did like. . THE GOOD: I enjoyed the aspect of basically a girl-gang, traveling in space and not needing men for anything. I liked the setting because beneath my fear of the unknown I'm always intrigued by books set in outer space. Something also of note is how seamless both authors' writing was. I never knew who was writing which chapters which I liked, it's awkward when there's a distinct difference. Now...onto the stuff that I didn't like. I feel like there was a lot of potential here where it could've gone differently if they expended their energy in the right places but they didn't. . THE BAD: The thing that's stood out to me the MOST, and the thing my sister could easily tell you I complained about frequently, was that I was TOLD what was happening. Something I value in a book is being shown what's going on and being able to paint a picture of the scene. The authors often refer to Androma as "The Bloody Baroness" but it never FELT like she embodied that name. I also thought the writing was very simple which I felt made it even more difficult to get into. The story is one I've read a million times and I had this strong feeling of deja vu throughout the entire book. I feel as though they took their favorite YA fantasy books, grabbed the storylines they liked best, and threw it all together into one giant book. This felt like blatantly taking storylines from other books and using them with a change in name. And finally, I was LOST in this book. For a book that told me versus showing me, it didn't tell me ANYTHING about the background. There was a lot of describing places and telling me what things looked like but there was very little world building. . #books #bookstagram #bookish #bookreview #review #arc #arcreview #zenith #sisterswhoreview