ARC Review: What Every Girl Should Know (J. Albert Mann)

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Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: February 12th 2019
Format: ARC Paperback
Source: Pansing Books
Page Count: 228

Blurb from Goodreads:

This compelling historical novel spans the early and very formative years of feminist and women’s health activist Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, as she struggles to find her way amidst the harsh realities of poverty.

Margaret was determined to get out. She didn’t want to clean the dirty dishes and soiled diapers that piled up day in and day out in her large family’s small home. She didn’t want to disappoint her ailing mother, who cared tirelessly for an ever-growing number of children despite her incessant cough. And Margaret certainly didn’t want to be labelled a girl of “promise,” destined to become either a teacher or a mother—which seemed to be a woman’s only options.

As a feisty and opinionated young woman, Margaret Higgins Sanger witnessed and experienced incredible hardships, which led to her groundbreaking work as an advocate for women’s rights and the founder of Planned Parenthood. This fiery novel of Margaret’s early life paints the portrait of a young woman with the passion and courage to change the world.


RATING

4.5 STARS

HERE’S MY REVIEW!

WOW.

Now this is truly an incredible read.

This is my first time reading historical fiction and I am happy to say that this book is quite good and makes me even want to read more historical fiction out there! One of the aspects that I love about this book as it was set in the late 1890s and I have always wanted to read and experience it myself on how it was during that time, more specifically on how women were treated and respected by the society as a whole.

This book is a work of fiction, some might be true and some might be made up. However, the story felt real to me. The story truly described and showed the condition of how women are treated in the late 1890s in detail.

Margaret Louise Higgins Sanger‘s (Maggie, for short) story was about her hardship and poverty that she faced with both of her parents and an ever-growing number of siblings in a small house at Corning, New York. The daughters of the Higgins family worked day and night to scrub, wash, prepare and tidy the house and all of the humans inside it. The boys were not such a help either and that made the daughters worn out after calling it a day. Their father was a free-thinker, and this made him to be blacklisted and excluded from the society because of his such contradicting believes on God and religion. His father was not able to provide for the family well.

Education was Maggie’s only hope to get out of the house and to help her family escaping from the hardship that they had faced. She wanted to become a doctor, so she could learn how to treat patients. Her experience in facing extreme poverty has made her to become an advocate for women’s rights and the founder of Planned Parenthood.

At such a young age, she has learned and realised that women are not meant to stay at home doing chores only. Women are also equally equipped to work, vote and make a change in the society. Women deserve to be heard. She realised this because of his father, he was totally “free” and able to express his feelings strongly and Maggie envied him for that. She was very brave in giving speeches in school to express herself on why women should take part in the society.

I was not so sure of the ending, it was a bit too fast and blurry because the final part did not tell the readers on the Higgins’ wellbeing.

I have never read any of her biographies before and I am very much interested in reading them soon, to learn about her self-discovery and journey in advocating women’s right.

If you have the chance to read this, please do because this read will change your life.

Thank you Pansing for providing me this powerful read!

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Sabrina

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Review: Clownfish (Alan Durant)

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Genre: Children’s
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Publication date: November 1st 2018
Format: Paperback
Source: Pansing Books
Page Count: 219

Synopsis: 

~My Dad~

Species: Clownfish (Daddicus fishibum)
Habitat: The aquarium
Food: Fish flakes/cheeseburgers

Special note: 

After Dad’s funeral, I thought I’d never see him again. But when I visited the aquarium, there he was – only, he’d turned into a clownfish! I don’t think Mum’s ready to hear the news just yet. So for now, it’ll have to be my secret..


RATING

4 STARS!

HERE’S MY THOUGHTS!

After a very stressful week of committing to life, I would need a happy, light and easy read for me to devour please, thank you very much!

This book, Clownfish is a perfect read, initially I thought that this book was all about happiness and joy but I was wrong. It is heavier than that.

Clownfish is a moving story about friendship, love, family and heartache. Dak’s life with his family was unfortunately very short as his father has passed away due to heart disease. I felt for him because as a growing child, he truly needed the support from both of his parents. We saw his view after the transition with his life. Thankfully, his close friends were so kind and supportive of him and they always seemed concerned about Dak’s wellbeing.

He discovered something mind-blowing and unbelievable after his dad’s death. He kept this as a secret from everybody else and kept on focusing with his life until he neglected school. This was truly understandable as a child like him need time and space to recover.

My favourite part of this story was the relationship with his newly found mate, Violet, who was the niece to the owner of the aquarium that Dak has always visited. She reminded me of Darla in Finding Nemo because at first she was quite unbearable to begin with, but at the middle of the story, she became Dak’s best friend and they went through quite an adventure together.

Overall, I totally loved reading this story, it felt so honest yet poignant. I loved all the characters in this book, they all showed great characteristics and moral values.

This is my first time reading Alan Durant’s book and believe it or not, this masterpiece is his 100th book that he has written! This book is totally special to him, as the book is dedicated to his late father who died in 2016, Christopher Durant. And I think it is very special for me too.

Thank you so much Pansing Books for providing me this review copy! 

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Sabrina

Adventure is Inevitable: A review for Furthermore (Tahereh Mafi)

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Blurb from Goodreads:

Colour and magic combine in this enchanting new middle grade fantasy from the bestselling author of the Shatter Me series.

Born as blank as canvas in a world brimming with colour and magic, Alice’s pale skin and milk-white hair mark her as an outcast. Because, for the people of Ferenwood, colour and magic are one and the same. And since the disappearance of her beloved father, Alice is more determined than ever to prove herself and her own magical abilities.

To do so she’ll have to travel into the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, with the help of a fiercely annoying boy named Oliver. But nothing in Furthermore is as it seems, and it will take all of Alice’s wits to find her father and return him safely home.

RATING

4 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

HERE’S MY THOUGHTS!

I won this book from an Instagram giveaway last week and I was honestly very looking forward into reading this masterpiece.


Furthermore follows the story of a young girl named Alice, who is born colourless and possesses no magic. Her family lives in the magical world named Ferenwood, and very much everyone in the world has a magical power which can awe people.

Alice’s father has gone missing and leaves his wife and four children behind. Everyone wonders where his father is up to. Being the eldest of the family, Alice mostly spends her time alone in the forest because she feels disconnected from her own family. She feels she doesn’t have a place at home after Father left. Her mother treats her badly because Mother thinks she is the reason why Father is missing.

“Why must you look like the rest of us? Why do you have to be the one to change? Change the way we see. Don’t change the way you are.”

Alice then meets Oliver, a boy who is first known to be such a pain in the ass towards Alice. He would tease upon her condition and makes Alice feels very intimidated and less confident. However, one day, Oliver comes to Alice and delivers a news saying that he is able to safe Father. Alice accepts the offer to search Father with Oliver.

They explore the land of Furthermore, which is full of magic and whimsical traps to outsiders who break the law. The system at Furthermore is very particular and systematic as well. Alice and Oliver meet their inevitable adventure in order to save Father.

I find the story to be confusing at times when the narrator tries to talk about how the world and system work as a whole because some things are not well elaborated. Alice is a highly likeable character to me as I could really understand and get into her feelings easily. I love reading the adventure that the book offers and what makes me glad is Tahereh Mafi’s writing. I wish I can write like her. Her sentences’ structure are short yet so perfect to read. She wins my heart by her writing. (This is my first time encountering her book)

I also love the messages that the book tries to offer. Love, friendship and sacrifice are among the main themes discussed in the book. Although this is a middle grade book, I can say that this book is very engaging and fun to read. I also love reading books with less number of pages in a chapter, because it makes the reading progress more smoothly.

However, I feel like the ending is a bit too rushed. I don’t see the plot twist coming at the end of the book. I love the end of the story where Alice gets her own happy ending.

Overall, this is a good story. Looking forward for more Tahereh Mafi’s writing in the future.

Awesome Blogger Award

 

Greetings guys!

I was nominated by Krista and Dawlyn by littleblindbookfinds! Thank you so much for the nomination guys! Appreciate it so much ❤

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This award was created by Maggie @ Dreaming of Guatemala and she said:

“This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.”

 The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.

  • Include the reason behind the award.

  • Include the banner in your post.

  • Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.

  • Answer the questions your nominator gave you.

  • Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.

  • Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.

  • Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated!


Kristi and Dawlyn’s Questions

What was your favorite subject in school?

I guess my favourite was Mathematics, Chemistry and English! I scored high marks during high school 🙂 However, once I enter university, Chemistry is the hardest subject of all :/

What is your favorite book from your childhood?

I guess any books from Dr Seuss! I honestly couldn’t remember because it was long time ago and probably my parents have given them away.

Do you have a show that you’re enjoying watching right now?

Sam and Cat! I am currently re-watching the first season and I have forgotten how hilarious the tv are! 🙂

What is your favorite show?

I love watching Sam and Cat and The Thundermans on Nickelodeon! I don’t really watch TV shows from Netflix because we don’t subscribe it. I also rarely watch adult TV shows because they are not interesting and tempting enough to watch! I rather watch something that is suitable for my family to watch too 🙂

If you were to write a book, what genre would it be?

If I were to write a book, I will write Contemporary or Fantasy because I love those genres so much! Right now, I am not planning to do any stories because of university, guys.

What is your favorite movie genre?

I love watching those Disney movies, like High School Musical, Camp Rock, and many more! I love watching like teenagers movie because I relate to those so much.

What fictional pet would you have?

I would love to have an owl! Having an owl that can deliver post? I WANT IT!

What is your most anticipated book release?

Harry Potter: A History of Magic!! OMG!! I cannot wait!!

Are there any book to movie/TV show adaptations you are looking forward to? If not, have you enjoyed any this year?

I am looking forward for Fantastic Beasts 2! However, I heard that the movie will come out next year unfortunately. I am also excited for Thor 2 this upcoming November 🙂

Do you already have a Reading Challenge or goal in mind for next year? If not, are there any books you know you will be reading next year?

As usual I will be planning a Reading Challenge on Goodreads next year! However, I will decrease the number of books that I want to read, because I will be busy for my final year project and internship next year! Wish me luck, guys!

I am tagging 5 lovely bloggers!

Abigail’s Books

Melanie from Bookish Endeavor

Nicay from The Nerdy Side of A Queen

Lorryn from Reading Parental

Ash Williams

Here are my questions!

  1. If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?

  2. Who is your most inspiring idol in the world?

  3. Which one that you cannot live without, books or food?

  4. Do you prefer buying books online or at the bookstore?

  5. Do you guys read or watch Game of Thrones? I don’t find it interesting at all :/

  6. Do you guys think that the Harry Potter series is overrated?

  7. What ice cream flavour do you like?

  8. Have you done something so embarrassing lately?

  9. What are your plans for 10 years from now?

  10. Do you like entering giveaways? Have you won any?


Thank you guys for reading! To the nominees, congratulations and make sure you notify me when you have done the post! ❤

Till next time!

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Sabrina

 

 

Thursday Tag #11: Blogger Stats Book Tag

Hey guys!

It has been awhile since I posted book reviews and book tags! This is because I am currently busy with my final year project preparation so I have to do a lot of scientific reading for my proposal and presentation 🙂

I ran out of ideas to do book tags, so I went and search on the net and this one intrigued me! So here you go, this is my Blogger Stats Book Tag! 


The Last Three Books You Read?

 Book 1 to Book 3 of the Harry Potter series! 🙂

This series has a special place in my heart ❤

Spoilers or spoiler free?

Spoiler free! Usually I will write reviews without major book spoilers because people who have not read the particular book would not want to be spoiled! However, I think my reviews will be more critical and significant if I write spoiler reviews. It is fine with me since I want to encourage more people who haven’t read them to read!

How long have you been book blogging?

Since end of July 2017. I am actually still new to the world, but I have met the nicest book people in this WordPress community!

A book you read in one sitting?

Never in my life I had read a book in one sitting! To those who have done it, you are all awesome people! 🙂 I will face back aches from sitting too long :/

Your favourite genre?

I love reading Fantasy and Contemporary always 🙂

Preferred book size? (novella, tome…etc.)

I like books which are not too long and too short. An average book of 200 pages will do for me! A bonus point for the book if the condition of book is flimpsy! I love flimpsy books because they are much easier to read when laying on bed hehe.

Amount of books on your TBR?

I have 11 books on my TBR right now. But I think the amount has doubled because they are so many good book releases now!!

A book you have DNF’d?

I DNF’d Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn because I think the book and environment setting are not my cup of tea :/

Recent awards or milestones?

I don’t usually announce my number of followers to people but today I officially reach 131 followers in the span of 3 months of blogging! I am so grateful that they are actually people who read my blog even though my posts are quite mediocre :/ I am very grateful for this opportunity and I honestly appreciate every one of you 🙂

I received a few awards and nominations from lovely bloggers, such as The Sunshine Blogger Award 2017Liebster Award 2017, and Mystery Blogger Award! I also received two other nominations such as Awesome Blogger Award and The Blogger Recognition Award!

Best interaction with an author you enjoy?

I never actually encounter authors face to face but they are a number of times when I tweeted something about my favourite book and they were nice enough to favourite/like my tweets!

Average number of books you read per month?

I guess 2 books per month, when I am in the mood. This year is my worst year of reading ever! I only managed to read 11 books this year up till now :/

Top three publishers?

To be honest, authors are much more important to me, and I don’t choose books based on publishers! If the book is good, I will just give it a try without knowing the publisher is!

Social media sites your blog uses?

Twitter and Instagram!

Average amount of time you spend networking?

I find by having a book blog, the ultimate struggle is to be consistent! By being consistent, time is major deal. Without having enough time, you will not be able to write posts, engage with followers, keep up with friend’s blog and posts and many more!

I spend at least 2 hours just to engage with people by commenting and liking their blogs. This is not including the time where I write blog posts, that will be much longer.

Most comfortable blogging position?

On my desk with enough light to work.

Music or quiet when writing reviews?

I don’t mind hearing people talking and noises while I write! However, I do appreciate quite situations.

A blog you looked up to starting out?

I don’t have a particular favourite, but I adore people who write blog posts and work full time at the same moment like some people!

The best book you have reviewed so far?

My best book that I have reviewed was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J.K. Rowling)! I received many views and likes at the same time! 🙂 Honestly my favourite books to review is from the Harry Potter series!

Check out my reviews for other Harry Potter stories as well! 🙂

Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone (J.K. Rowling)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (J.K. Rowling)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J.K Rowling)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two (J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne)

Best piece of blogging advice?

Just do your best and good things will come to you! Be honest, sincere, and DO NOT CHASE THE NUMBER OF FOLLOWERS AND LIKES! Always be happy for what you have!


That’s it, My Blogger Stats Book Tag! I always find pleasure in writing these kind of tags, because I discover new things from myself!

Till next post ❤

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Sabrina

Review: The Wrath and The Dawn (Renée Ahdieh)

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Blurb from Goodreads:

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

RATING

4 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

HERE’S MY THOUGHTS!

This BOOK. So many feels yet so many confusion. This was my first time encountering ancient retelling stories and at first I didn’t know what to expect. I just picked it up mainly because of the hype.

For the first few chapters, I faced some difficulties in understanding the story because of the language used by the writer. I never read books with such impressive language and writing like this one. Honestly I was near to abandoning the book. However, the writing style showed by the writer was fantastic and beautiful. As the characters spoke, their speaking were so beautiful and rich with delicacy and gracefulness. The dialogues were very formal even though they were speaking to their dear ones. It was acceptable and refreshing at the same time.

I had trouble in remembering all of the character’s name because the names were peculiar and long. I managed to overcome the problem that in the middle of book. The book was set in Ancient Arabian setting with some cross culture between the Arabian and Greek believes and traditions. There were also magic elements written in the book. The community completely believed in mumbo jumbo and witchcraft. This kind of story is really new to the YA community and I am glad to say that I read this.

The first few chapters were slow and boring because we didn’t get to read any point of views from the hero himself. I love reading books which have quite a number of point of views because we get to know the story better from observing different angles. I liked reading from the main character’s POV. She could be very annoying and stubborn at the same time, but I adored on how she handled her problems in such hard situations. I loved how she used her mere words to persuade and negotiate with people. She refused to use force, instead she used words. I loved reading Khalid’s POV, because it was the only way to know the other side of the Caliph. At the introduction, he is written as the eighteen year old-young caliph who killed her bride without any reason, but when you get to read his POV, he certainly has his own reasons to his prior doings. What I could say was I never expected that kind of plot twist for Khalid’s doing. I was so shocked that I didn’t have the exact word to describe my feeling while finishing the book.

“My soul sees its equal in you.”

The drive of the book was mainly romance and surprisingly, the romance was not that bad. It’s not the kind of cheesy romance you find from other YA books. The drive of romance was purely based on each other’s personalities and behavior, not on physical attraction. Each of the duo always told story tales during the night and each of them have to guess what’s the metaphor and moral of story all about. I fell in love with their ability to converse beautifully.

I recommend this book to all of Young Adult book lovers especially if you love reading about Fantasy and Romance. Bear in mind to never put high expectations on a book because it may disappoint you. The Wrath and The Dawn is personally a refreshing story to the book community.

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Sabrina

 

Thursday Tag #7: Readers Confession Tag

Greetings Book People!

One day when I was googling bookish tags, I found this tag written by Samantha, Holleye and Anna from Spines and Covers. You guys should really check her post out!

Let’s get into the tag!

1. Have you ever damaged a book?

Never on purpose! I once put my Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire book in my bag while going to class and the next moment I found that the spine of the book has slightly broken! I also had accidentally left my book in my car under the scorching Sun and the book was damaged!

I hate it when I unintentionally dog-earned few pages while reading because it could damage the pages! 😦

2. Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

Never! I would take care the borrowed book better than my own. I would never betray someone’s trust.

3. How long does it take you to read a book?

If the book has approximately 400 pages, I could finish the book within a week. If I am reading on iBooks, I could take only 2 days to finish it. I once brought my book to a vacation with family, but I could not make myself read AT ALL. I felt I have to do something like exploring, playing tourist other than reading. That is why I am so jealous and amazed to people who can read during vacation.

4. Books that you haven’t finished?

I have DNF’d Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I just could not connect with world at all. I found the story to be not suitable for me because I felt like the plot was too heavy. I read around 20 pages, and just abandoned it.

5. Hyped/popular books you didn’t like only thought were OK?

They are not much, because I am a really pleased reader. I could be pleased by any book as long as it is my favourite genre.

I hate to break it to you guys, but I found that The Savage Song by Victoria Schwab and the Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard to be rather boring. I could not find any specialties or good points in the books. However, I will like to try to read the A Darker Shade of Magic soon!

6. Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

I will never be ashamed or embarrassed of the books I read. Books are sacred things that bring us knowledge and fine moral values! I would be honoured to share my thoughts on my favourite book with a stranger in a bus anytime, any day.

7. How many books do you own?

I have loads!! I could not count it, mainly because I will get fuzzy eyes from seeing and counting too much books! I still have my childhood reads with me and I will feel sad if I give them away!

8. Are you a fast or slow reader?

I am a fast reader on iBooks but a slow reader for physical books. It is just I want to savour and enjoy the time of holding and reading a physical book. Not to mention, I love sniffing the pages!

9. Do you like to buddy read?

I’ve never done one before, but I’d really like to do it sometime! It sounds really fun.

10. Do you read better in your head or out loud?

In my head, definitely. I occasionally read out loud, when nobody’s home. I also often listen to audiobooks as well!

11. If you were only allowed to own ONE book, what would it be and why?

I am still racking my brain for this answer! I have to say any of the Harry Potter books will do, because it is my MOST favourite series of all time and I will NEVER get bored with reading it! I just cannot choose one!

Tags are always fun like that! Till next time!

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Sabrina