The Week's Entrée #133

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

Who here is a fan of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket? My sister & I grew up with this series around the same time we discovered Harry Potter and we were so excited when Netflix announced it was making its adaptation. So far we have only watched the first episode, but it looks good so far! Shocker of an ending in that first episode too. Have you seen it? What are your thoughts so far? We hope to watch the rest of the episodes this week. :D

Also, I just realized that I haven't been posting book reviews on the blog. I will fix that ASAP now that I have more free time and can focus more on the blog and my tbr.

Have a lovely week folks. ♥
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New book!

{Won}


I won a copy of this book from another blogger and I'm quite excited to read it. I'm not much of a Sci-Fi reader but its blurb sounds intriguing so yeah, I want to read it. Glad that I was lucky enough to win it!
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To Read This Week:


A big whoops from my part. I confused release dates and I wrote down Beheld as a February release and NOPE, it release last week! *Face Palm* So yeah, will quickly try to catch up with this read and review on YABC.
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée!  What are you all reading? :)

Diverse Reads Box Is A Launch!

Hello everyone! So today I am proud to announce that Diverse Reads is officially open for orders! Now, what is Diverse Reads, you may be asking? Well, here’s Angel, the founder, to help explain:
“So, Diverse Reads is a subscription box meant to celebrate people's different experiences and thoughts! I wanted to create the box because I am an Egyptian-American Muslim woman and, unfortunately, until I was halfway through 11th grade, I never read a book that accurately represented Muslims. To be honest, I'd never read one that even had a Muslim in it but I'd seen so many TV shows and movies that misrepresented my religion so many times over and that was really disappointing.
That was three years ago and though the literary world has gotten more diverse, it's still hard to find books that represent my religion and culture well without quite a bit of researching.
As I look back on how long it took for me to find myself in a world I so dearly love, as well as how much research it's taken to just read diverse books, I find myself hopeful that, through 'Diverse Reads', I can help someone much younger than me find themselves in literature much sooner than I did.
Now, every month you'll get a new, diverse young adult novel and 3 -5 awesome, handpicked goodies based on the themes of the book! The book of the month for January is Allegedly by Tiffany D Jackson!
So, how does it work?
Well, it works in three easy ways:
  1. You take your pick of a 1 month, 3 month or 6 month subscription plan! One month is $20 excl. shipping & taxes! Then you get to sit back and relax while you wait!
  2. I gather all the supplies needed to make your fabulous subscription come to life then begin packing and sending it on its way!
  3. Diverse Reads is delivered right to your doorstep! Now you can enjoy the book & goodies, and share what you got on social media using #DiverseReads!

Guess what, though? You can get 10% off your first order of a 3 month or a 6 month subscription with 'JOIN10'!!! Just click here to get started and begin your awesome diversity adventure!!! You can only get January’s box by Tuesday, January 17th so hurry up fast to get your order in!!!

Waiting on Wednesday #9: The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich


Hi everyone! Welcome to another "Waiting on Wednesday" post (meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!). 

This week I am waiting on:


The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
 May 16th 2017, Feiwel & Friends
YA Contemporary
There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.
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Okay, this book sounds super super intriguing! Two boys trained to fight for the love of a girl, and whoever who doesn't win DIES, but plot twist! they begin to develop feelings for each other!!!! Eeep. Me needs. :D
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What are you waiting on this week? :)

The Week's Entrée #132

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

How did the first week of 2017 treat you? I didn't get to finish a single book (boo!) BUT I did manage to organize my list of ARCs that I need to read in order of release date, publisher, where I need to review, etc. so I think that's quite a success, right? I promised myself to be a bit more organized this year and so far I am sort of keeping up with this commitment. It's such a cool thing to have things a bit more organized since I can now see what books I desperately need to read and review.

How do you keep track of all your books/review copies? Gimme all the cool tips!
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New books!

{For Review}
From publishers, authors, Edelweiss/Netgalley, etc.



AHDAKJDHKAH the pubs have been so nice with me these last few days!!! I mean, look at these beauties ♥.♥ So flippin' excited to read them all!

{Purchased}


I snatched a copy of Passenger while it was on sale the other day. I've heard great things about it and I couldn't pass up this great deal ($0.99!).


{Won}


I won a copy of Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh + a signed bookplate from Maximum Pop Books! Here's a pretty photo a took for YA Books Central's Instagram account. ♥
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To Read This Week:


This is so sad. Remember a few weeks ago that I said I was going to read this book? Well, I didn't. I started Roseblood but I barely reached the second chapter when I decided that I wasn't in the mood to read it. And now it comes out tomorrow... so yeah, I'm now on full on reading mode and I expect to finish it today AND review it by tomorrow. *Gulp* Wish me luck!!!
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée!  What are you all reading? :)

It's Our 3rd Blogoversary!


PEOPLE! THE BLOG TURNED THREE TODAY!


AAKJSAJKDHAKJDJKAK I cannot believe it's been THREE YEARS since I posted my very first post on this blog! THREE YEARS, YOU GUYS. 

How is this possible?!!?!? I remember how nervous I was to open my own blog. I didn't have a clue whatsoever on how to manage it,or how to join blog tours, get authors to agree on interviews, and well, everything bookish that we do in this community. And I don't really think that I've mastered all of this, but I do think that I have gotten better. ;)

What I do know is that these past three years have been amazing and all kinds of wonderful. I have made so many friends and best friends, grown as a writer and a professional book pusher, started a #bookstagram, contributed in other websites, and so much more! And honestly, everything is thanks to this awesome little blog called The Reader and the Chef. This blog is my heart and soul. I have worked so hard to get to where I am today and I'm really proud about it. Extremely, ridiculously proud.



Just the other day, I listened to my dad proudly tell a few of his friends about my blog, about my hard work (and my sister's who is the chef), and my other contributions to the bookish community. And guys, for my dad to mention it, to actually say "The Reader and the Chef" is such a huge accomplishment. I swear I almost cried with joy. We have often argued about my time spent on this blog and books, and over the years he has softened to the idea. To the point that he now takes me around to buy stuff for bookstagram! (And now I feel like crying as well, it's just that this makes me so happy *sniff*).

Anyway, I don't really want to bore you to death, so I will quickly tell you about my blog's and personal accomplishments/stats since my last blogiversary:
  • My sister & I started our Bookstagram in 2016! As of now, we are close to 2,700 followers. 
  • This blog reached 638 Bloglovin' followers (yay!) and we average 6,000 pageviews per month!
  • I have 2,890 followers on Twitter ♥
  • I won NaNoWriMo 2016 with my best friend Becky from Book Nerd Addict.
  • This means that I'm writing a book!
  • I also got to beta read The Broken Ones by Danielle L. Jensen. ♥
  • I joined YA Books Central as a staff reviewer and a few days ago I became Co-Manager of the Instagram account. ♥
  • I stopped writing reviews on Kate Tilton, Connecting Authors & Readers but I'm now contributing other types of bookish posts.
  • Um.. let's see... OH, last year I won a huge box of books from Maximum Pop Books. It was awesome!!! 25 books ♥
  • Aaaaaand, I can't remember anything else LOL
To sum it up, last year was an amazing year and I'm super happy to have reached this new milestone!


Special thanks to:

- Kate Tilton, for all of your support and friendship.
- Danielle L. Jensen, for allowing me to discuss your books endlessly.
- Becky, for being the best friend ever.
- My sister, for putting up with me every day.
- Jasmine, Erika, and Sabrina - My Aldrik support group! ♥
- Alex from The Book's Buzz & Jessica, best reading buddies I could ever hope for!
-Helena, Sarah K., Brittany, Eileen, Raneem, Jordan, Jazmen ...  you guys rock!

And thank YOU, my lovely friends & readers here on the blog, on Twitter, and Instagram. Thank you so much for all of your support, for your comments here, for following us on Instagram, for your friendship and for wanting to talk bookish with me. I seriously love you all so much and I thank all my lucky stars for being part of this amazing community and for letting me be a part of your lives. I feel super lucky today and incredibly blessed. ♥


That much. ♥

Giveaway!

To celebrate our blogoversary, I'm giving away:

 - A signed copy of The Broken Ones by Danielle L. Jensen, prequel to The Malediction Trilogy (AKA my favorite YA series ever).  Will be mailed once print copies exist.

- Two envelopes full of book swag / signed bookmarks of: the Air Awakens series by Elise Kova (Water's Wrath, Crystal Crowned, The Crown's Dog), The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova, The Malediction Trilogy by Danielle L. Jensen, Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller, Vicious by V.E. Schwab, and a few more things!

There will be three winners (one for the book & two for the swag envelopes). This is of course INTERNATIONAL.  Good luck and thank you so much for stopping by! ♥

Book Review: Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys

Title: Dead Girls Society
Author: Michelle Krys
Genre: YA Mystery
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published:  November 8th, 2016
Page Count: 304 pages
Format: eARC
Source: From publisher via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review


Summary:
You are cordially invited to participate in a game of thrills and dares. Tell no one, and come alone. If you dare.

Hope is sick of everyone treating her like she’s breakable. Sure, she has cystic fibrosis (basically really bad lungs), but she’s tired of being babied by her mom and her overprotective best friend, Ethan, not to mention worrying about paying for her expensive medication and how she’s going to afford college. And she’s bored with life in her run-down New Orleans suburb.

When an invitation arrives from a mysterious group that calls itself the Society, Hope jumps at the chance for some excitement. This could be her ticket out. All she has to do is complete a few dares and she might win some real money.

But the Society isn’t all it seems . . . and soon Hope finds that playing the game isn’t a choice—it’s a requirement.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 5/5 stars

.This review can also be found on YA Books Central.


WOW. Buckle up readers and get ready for a wild ride of dares and mystery! Dead Girls Society is THE BOOK to read if you are looking for a page-turning read full of shocks, twists and turns, even a bit of love!

What I Liked:

I can't remember the last time I read a book where the main character has a terminal/serious illness, let alone someone who doesn't let her condition bring her down. Hope has cystic fibrosis and her days are basically numbered, but she's still not ready to give up on life yet. She is strong even when her lungs falter. She gets dragged into a dangerous game of dares that at first brings her freedom then fear, but she still manages to live through it all. Hope is a survivor in every possible way and a character to be admired.

One thing that I particularly liked about Hope is how she tries to make her mom happy by complying (mostly) to her wishes to stay at home or to be smothered by her because she knows how much it means to her. I'm used to reading books where the characters shake off their parents as too much and not realizing how mean it is, but Hope does. She appreciates everything that her mother does and has done for her, so when it comes the time to act a bit against her protection, she doesn't do it lightly. I liked this a lot.

In this book we also get other interesting characters besides Hope, from her best friend (and crush) Ethan, to the other four girls who also get an invite from the Society. Starting with Ethan, I have to say that I fell in love with him because he's a sweet guy who clearly cares about Hope and she can count on him when she truly needs him. And I loved Farrah, Nikki, Hartley, and Lyla because each girl brings something unique into the storyline with their personal stories and treat Hope as if she weren't sick. They, along with the Society's dares (in a twisted way), push her to not be limited by her illness.

However, my favorite aspect of Dead Girls Society is the whole mystery. From dare to thrilling dare, I got hooked ever since the first mysterious invitation from the Society turns up in Hope's email inbox. I wasn't expecting such a wild, messed up ride, but I loved the surprise of it all. As I went from page to page, I kept mentally ticking off characters from the suspect list trying to guess who was part of the society, yet I never guessed right until it became too obvious in the last few chapters of the book. I basically found out along with Hope.

And oh my, when we find out who is behind it all, for the reasons that person creates the Society--not what I was expecting at all! I'm still in shock, to be honest. The build-up to this mystery is quite a roller coaster and much darker than how I thought it would be. It still gives me the chills just by thinking about it.

It also doesn't help with the evil ending author Michelle Krys leaves us. My heart stopped cold and the shocked feeling hasn't quite faded away. There will be a sequel, right? I sure hope so because the thought of this being the definite end doesn't sit well with my sanity.

What Left Me Wanting More:

There's nothing that I didn't enjoy from this book! It's a fantastic read, but I do wish for some confirmation for the sequel. I'm pretty sure every reader out there who come upon this book will demand it. We need more!

Final Verdict:

Dead Girls Society is a thrilling read that will capture fans of mysteries and thrillers alike, and even those who shy away from these genres! It is a captivating read that will have any reader flipping pages non-stop trying to figure out who is behind the society while also falling in love with a great cast of characters, all with a spectacular and interesting personality of their own. I highly recommend this book!

The Week's Entrée #131

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! I hope 2017 has treated you well so far and that it turns out to be an amazing year for you. ♥ 

Have you set your goals yet? How many books will you be reading this year?

I have pledged to read 120 books (again) for my Goodreads Challenge but this time I WILL MAKE IT. But more than that, I really hope to fall in love with lots and lots of books.  That's my main goal for now, however, tomorrow or on Wednesday I will write up my blogging/bookish goals post. ;)
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New books!

{Purchased}


Finally! I thought this book had gotten lost in the mail since I ordered it early October, but it appeared last Friday. So so relieved. ♥

{Gift}


I won a copy of Velvet a few weeks ago and I'm so happy to have received it. I have heard such great things about it!
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To Read This Week:



My first two reads of 2017 will be Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo! I am so excited to read both!!
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée!  What are you all reading? :)