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Johnny and Jamaal, by K.M. Breakey -review-

December 24, 2016
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.

Title: Johnny and Jamaal
Author: K.M. Breakey
Publisher: Self published
Release date: June 20th 2016
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Where do I even start with this book?

Let's start here. Let's start by saying that when I read the synopsis for Johnny and Jamaal, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Yes, because this book isn't one you pick up if you're looking for a fun read, or a relaxed afternoon. This book has a message, a pretty damn important one, a pretty damn touchy one too, and it demands attention.
To put it simply, this book is about the conflicts about Blacks and Whites in America, specifically in the United States.

When I First Saw You #31

December 10, 2016
When I First Saw You, WIFSY for short, is an original monthly feature here on Sailing Through Books that consists of writing a made-up synopsis for a book based on its cover and title only. Essentially judging a book by its cover, yes.

Well hello there!
It's been so long since the last time we spoke! I love what you did with your hair! And is that a new shirt? Lovely!

My apologies for the lateness of this WIFSY post (again), but I'm here now so let's not waste any more time and jump right into it!
The choices this month were all really interesting and I had a hard time picking one, but I finally decided to go with Beautiful Broken Girls.

Title: Beautiful Broken Girls
Author: Kim Savage
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Release date: February 21st 2017
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When I First Saw You #30

November 11, 2016

When I First Saw You, WIFSY for short, is an original monthly feature here on Sailing Through Books that consists of writing a made-up synopsis for a book based on its cover and title only. Essentially judging a book by its cover, yes.

I'm slacking, I know. And I want to get back to blogging so badly! Problem is, I don't want to share with you guys some quick, shitty post simply for the sake of sharing something. I want to write good reviews, I want to write interesting discussion posts, and right now, I'm having trouble figuring out how to do that amidst everything else.

But today, although a day late I admit, is the second Thursday of the month, which means it's time for WIFSY!

Here were the choices this month, and I have to say I had a hard time picking a cover because they all look so interesting!

When I First Saw You #29

October 13, 2016

When I First Saw You, WIFSY for short, is an original monthly feature here on Sailing Through Books that consists of writing a made-up synopsis for a book based on its cover and title only. Essentially judging a book by its cover, yes.

Hello cupcakes!
Are you ready for another round of WIFSY? You better because that's what's happening today!

Interview with Aprilynne Pike, author of GLITTER - SST -

October 9, 2016
The Sunday Street Team aims to help authors promote their book. Every month, new authors are chosen and bloggers from across the interweb team up to help authors get the word out regarding their story. For more information, visit Nori's blog!

Hi cupcakes!
Today, I have the lovely Aprilynne Pike on the blog with me to answer some questions about her upcoming book GLITTER! 

Title: Glitter
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: Random House
Release date: October 25th
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Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.

When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.

Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.

But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.

Now on to the interview, shall we?

I'll meet you home

September 27, 2016

Title: I'll Meet You There:
Author: Heather Demetrios
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Release date: February 3rd 2015
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Alright, let's skip the small talk. Long time no see, it's good to be back. Now, on to this beautiful book!


September 8, 2016

When I First Saw you, WIFSY for short, is an original monthly feature here on Sailing Through Books that consists of writing a made-up synopsis for a book based on its cover and title only. Essentially judging a books by its cover, yes.
More details over here.

Hello cupcakes!

September is here, which means it's time for another WIFSY, but also Fall and another giveaway! Here are the covers for this month, and the one I picked.

Title: The hundred lies of Lizzie Lovett
Author: Chelsea Sedoti
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Release date: January 3rd 2017

In conclusion..

August 31, 2016

Here it is, the last of August.
The last day of my challenge.
The last post for a while.

Top Ten Books I brought with me to uni - Top Ten Tuesday

August 30, 2016
This weekly feature was created by the lovely gals over at The Broke and the Bookish

Hi cupcakes!

The last Top Ten Tuesday of August is here! And to celebrate school that's starting again, the topic for this week is a freebie concerning "back to school".

Because this was a serious matter for me, I'm sharing with you today ten books (out of many more) that I brought with me to uni that I'm most excited to read!

Well this is different...

You know, I had planned a review for today, but the truth is, I haven't finished a book in a long time and I just moved in my dorm, four hours from home and a review is the last thing on my mind. So instead, I'm gonna write a "traditional" blog post and tell you all about what's going on with me.

I think my third eye needs glasses...

August 28, 2016

Hi cupcakes!

August is almost over, when did that happen?!?!

On another note, I am officially moved in my dorm! It still doesn't seem real, but it's my home for the next eight months...!

Back to the point of this post, here's what you can expect this week:

18 years alive, a lot more to go!

August 27, 2016

Hello cupcakes!

Today's my birthday, which means I've been on this planet for 18 years. I thought long and hard (5 minutes) about what kind of post I wanted to share. While some bloggers (Alexandra, from Twirling Pages) have made some awesome posts with lessons they learned and all of that, I don't have the time nor the wisdom to come up with 18 lessons/advice. Instead, I'm bringing it all back to me today and I'm sharing 18 things that made me proud of myself this past year.

Diversity needs to be more diverse

August 26, 2016

If you're into books, chances are you've heard people talk about the WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS movement, or at least how there should be more diversity in books, especially YA.

In the last year, we've been seeing more and more diversity, which is great! But it's always the same type of diversity, and I want to address that today.

True words of wisdom

August 25, 2016
Hi cupcakes!
My intention with this post was to make some cool graphics with quotes I find inspiring, but I've been getting ready to move and frankly, making graphics was the last thing on my mind. Instead, you'll have to enjoy the wonderful quotes I picked out for you by simply... reading them!

Last year's mistake, more like you're next read!

August 24, 2016

Title: Last Year's Mistake
Author: Gina Ciocca
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: June 9th 2015

With packing and getting ready to move, I haven't been doing much reading and thus, I went back to see if there was a book I could review. Turns out I read Last Year's Mistake a few months back and never talked about it, so... Let's talk about it!

These 10 books are starting to look dusty... - Top Ten Tuesday

August 23, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature created by the lovely gals over at The Broke and the Bookish

Hello cupcakes!

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is all about the books that have been on our shelves since before we started blogging.
For my part, that was a little more than a year ago and as I was going through my TBR pile, I was pleased to realized that none of my books had been there for more than a year! So I'm tweaking this week's topic a bit and I'm simply going to share with you ten books that I've owned for quite some time now.

Broken things, broken friendship, broken people...

August 22, 2016

Title: Beautiful Broken Things
Author: Sara Barnard
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Release date: February 25th 2016
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I didn't dislike this book, I was simply expecting more from it.

Man, one of my tarot cards is missing!

August 21, 2016

Hello cupcakes!

Is this post late again? Yes it is. Am I sorry? Not really, it's just how things are. Shall we get to the good stuff? Yes we shall!

What to expect this upcoming week

I like clichés, which means I'm not a cliché.

August 20, 2016

Every reader seem to agree on the fact that they don't like seeing clichés in books. We're talking love triangle, the ordinary, boring MC who turns out to be special, the good girl falling for the bad boy...

And then there's me, who actually still enjoys them.

Books like this exist to let you know you're not alone

August 19, 2016

Title: Watching Traffic
Author: Jane Ozkowski
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Release date: August 9th 2016

I received this books from some very lovely people over at Groundwood Books, in exchange for an honest  review.

Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus book tag - Happy Birthday Percy!

August 18, 2016

Hello fellow demigods!

In case you didn,t know (shame on you if it's the case), todays is Percy Jackson's birthday and in honour of this special date, I decided to do the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus Book Tag, created a couple of years ago, by Michelle over at The Writing Hufflepuff.

Michelle created the tag in anticipation of the release of Blood of Olympus, the last books in the HoO series. Since the book has been out for quite some time now, I will be skipping some questions, just to let you guys know.

Let's get on with the tag!

Writing a YA synopsis 101

August 17, 2016

Hello students!

In my years as a passionate reader, I've come across many synopses and I like to think I've become an expert in the matter. Therefore, I will be sharing my knowledge with you so that you, too, will be an expert in the art of writing synopses.


Let's go on an adventure! -Top Ten Tuesday-

August 16, 2016
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by the lovely gals over at The Broke and the Bookish. 

Hello my little sprinkles!

This week's topic for Top Ten Tuesday was books with X setting, and I decided that I would take you on an adventure to the best magical lands of all the magical lands! Are you ready? Billy, did you pack some bandaids just in case? Let's go!

I FOUND the HIDDEN oracle amazing!

August 15, 2016

Title: The Hidden Oracle
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release date: May 3rd 2016
Rating: ★½

Alright cupcakes, I've been meaning to write this review for fours months now so lets get this show on the road. Here are all the reasons why The Hidden Oracle is fantabulous!

Shit, I dropped my crystal ball!

August 14, 2016

Hi lovelies!

Wow, another week's already over! I've been having a lot of fun writing posts for my personal challenge of sharing one post everyday for a month and  hope you're enjoying them too!

Let's talk about my lack of memory, AKA let's participate in CONVERSATIONS

August 13, 2016
Conversations is a cool feature created by Geraldine from Corralling Books, and Joan from Fiddler Blue.

Hello cupcakes!

After months of trying to find the opportunity to participate in Conversation, the time is finally here, guys! Conversation is this really nice feature that aims to start conversation through the blogosphere and help bloggers get to know each other a bit more. Pretty cool, right?

Today's topic is:

Do you forget book as easily as you read them?

Welcome on my list of favorite authors, Jeff!

August 12, 2016

Title: I have a bad feeling about this
Author: Jeff Strand
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: January 1st 2014

A while back, I tried, to the best of my abilities, to review The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever, by Jeff Strand. I say "tried" because in my opinion, I didn't do the book justice. Today, I'm going to try to review I Have a Bad Feeling About This.

When I First Saw You #27

August 11, 2016

When I First Saw you, WIFSY for short, is an original monthly feature here on Sailing Through Books that consists of writing a made-up synopsis for a book based on its cover and title only. Essentially judging a books by its cover, yes. More details here.

Title: The odds of lightning
Author: Jocelyn Davies
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: September 20th 2016

Hi guys! 
It's already time for August's WIFSY, and hope that you enjoy this one! I had a hard time picking a cover for this one, but I think I made up a pretty good story this time. I won't make you wait ant longer, here it is!

The Awesome, what a perfect title!

August 10, 2016

Title : The Awesome
Author : Eva Darrows
Publisher : Ravenstone Press
Release date : May 26th 2015

This book was awesome, pun intended!

The premise of The Awesome grabbed my attention and wouldn't let go: a girl trying to have sex so she can be a licensed monster hunter? How much better can it get?

Top Ten books I'll never read!

August 8, 2016
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by the lovely gals over at The Broke and the Bookish

This week TTT is kind of a freebie because you get to go back and pick any topic that you like. I decided to go with the top ten books I'll never read.

Most of them are very popular in the book blogging community. Some of them, I said I would read eventually. But the truth is, they simply don't sound that amazing to me, and why bother reading books because they're popular if I could be reading something that really interests me? There are too many books that I want to read to waste time reading books others want me to read.

Here are the top ten books I'll probably never read.

I'm proud of you, cupcakes! -open letter to the blogging community-

The stars are telling me...

August 7, 2016

When I decided to give myself the challenge of writing a post everyday for a month, I didn't want it to be boring. So I chose one weekly feature, decided to review as much books as possible and share some discussions and thoughts, add two or three different posts in there for good measure and do weekly previews. Today will be one of those weekly preview.

The possibility of becoming one of your favorite books

August 6, 2016

Title : The Possibilty of Now
Author : Kim Culbertson
Publisher : Scholastic
Release date : January 26th 2016

See what I did there with the title of my post? Yeah, I thought I was being clever too! But seriously cupcakes, The Possibility of Now was GOOD.

Tell me something new, not a retelling!

August 5, 2016

I haven't read many retelling in my life; one is, in fact, the right number. And I don't plan on reading much more because I have mix feelings about them. Here's why.

What the hell August, what are you doing here?

August 4, 2016

A duck quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

The raven Boys, AKA the book that didn't live up to the hype

August 3, 2016

- REVIEW - The raven Boys, AKA the book that didn't live up to the hype

Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic
Release date: September 18th 2012

The Raven Boys has been on my to-read list for a long time and now that I read it, I don't understand the excitement that surrounds it.
The one thing that comes to my mind when I think about The Raven Cycle trilogy is this: over-hyped. Okay, fine, it might not be fair to judge an entire series by the first book, but at the same time, if I'm not hooked right away, why bother to continue?

The main thing that turned me off while reading this book was how unreal everything and everyone seemed. The beauty of books is that they make you believe in made-up worlds and magic creatures, they make you believe that whatever the author chose to write about is possible; real. Maggie Stiefvater? She didn't succeed in making me believe her story.

Firstly, the characters. I'm sorry but as rich as you may be Gansey, I simply don't buy your act, especially when you have other rich friends behaving nothing like you. And Blue? One question: what about school! And that name.. I want to take you seriously, but I can't.

Second, the story. I felt like the plot wasn't going anywhere. I was lost with the whole ley lines story, and I felt like nothing really happened. Stuff did happen though, I was entertained while reading, but I wasn't dying to get back to the book, you know?

Also, the relationship between Blue and Noah was a bit laughable. To me, it seemed to come out of nowhere. Plus, Blue is clearly meant to end up with Gansey, Noah and Ronan are probably gay, and the story about Blue killng her true love if she kisses him? Come on! Give me more explanation because right now it sounds like a fairy tale!

The Raven Boys was entertaining, don't get me wrong. It was far from being bad, but after all the good things I heard about it, I felt let down. To be frank, the book felt more like a first draft of something that could be great.

But hey, I'm clearly in the minority here, maybe I just completely missed the point.

Take care cupcakes!


The Raven Boys is far from being a bad book, it's simply another case of "over-hype"...

Books I'd buy right now if you gave me a Chapters' giftcard -TTT-

August 2, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely gals over at The Broke and the Bookish.

Do you know when was the last time I participated in Top Ten Tuesday? No but serisouly, I have no clue...

TTT is by far one of my favorite memes in the blogosphere and today's topic was hard because I had to restrain myself from 1: actually buying the books on the following list and 2: sharing more than ten books. That being said, I present to you the ten books I would buy right this second if someone handed me money.

One post a day keeps the doctor away

August 1, 2016

Since when do books have "seasons"?

July 21, 2016

Summer is in full swing and I find myself looking at my rather big TBR pile and skimming over a lot of books because they aren't "summer books" to me. Since when do books have season? That, my friend, is the subject of today's discussion.

When I First Saw You #26

July 14, 2016

When I First Saw You, WIFSY for short, is an original monthly feature here on Sailing Through Books that consists of writing a made-up synopsis for a book based on its cover cover and title only. Essentially judging a book by its cove, yes. More details here.


Hello Cupcakes!

Today just so happens to be July's second Thursday, which means it's time for WIFSY! The cover choices for this month were...

And I picked...

Turns out this cover is not the final version, but it is the one I'm using for WIFSY
Title: The Thousandth Floor
Author: katharine McGee
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release date: August 30th 2016


Pass me the remote so we can rewind a bit -one year blogiversary!-

July 6, 2016

Sophie Bergeron created her blog Sailing Through Books on July 6th 2015.

Hello cupcakes!

Today is a very exciting day because it is my little blog's anniversary! Yep, you read that right, Sailing Through Books is now one! Not gonna lie guys, it doesn't register that I started blogging a year ago. To be frank, I feel like I started last week and at the same time, like it's been five years!

 Let's rewind a bit