Blog Tour & Review: Not the Girls You're Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi


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Title: Not the Girls You're Looking For
Author: Aminah Mae Safi
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Hardcover, 336 Pages
Published June 2018




Summary: Lulu Saad doesn't need your advice, thank you very much. She's got her three best friends and nothing can stop her from conquering the known world. Sure, for half a minute she thought she’d nearly drowned a cute guy at a party, but he was totally faking it. And fine, yes, she caused a scene during Ramadan. It's all under control. Ish. Except maybe this time she’s done a little more damage than she realizes. And if Lulu can't find her way out of this mess soon, she'll have to do more than repair friendships, family alliances, and wet clothing. She'll have to go looking for herself.

I received an advanced copy of Not The Girl You're Looking For in exchange for an honest review from the publisher for this blog tour. I'm glad I did, because this was a great story about love, friendship, and finding your true self.

Lulu is a complex character, and that's what I seemed to enjoy most about her. She had moments where she was really struggling with her choices, with her friends, and even with some boys in her school. She was fiesty and outspoken at times, and timid and shy at others. She was definitely multi-faceted, and that's why I loved her so much. She was loyal to her friends when the time came, but she also spoke up when things were going south. It was also really interesting to see Lulu come to terms with her own identity, being half Arab. She thought she had a solid grip on who she was, and then people around her started to ostracize her and make her feel like the odd one out, and then she began to struggle to find out who she really was. So that character development was really interesting to watch.

Lulu's interactions with James were also interesting to see. At first, things seemed like they were going well when they met, but then they continuously had instances where they got off on the wrong foot and each said things to the other that were hurtful or unkind or just plain thoughtless. Watching their interactions in the beginning made me cringe in the sense that I was like "OMG no!! You don't say that to someone!!," but watching the development from that point on was entertaining.

My favorite aspect of the entire story was the complex friendship that Lulu had with all of her friends. They were so fiercely loyal to one another (especially in the very beginning) and spent so much time together that it reminded me a lot of what my own friendships were like in high school and how close all of my friends and I were. So that was a nice little nostalgia trip!

Overall, I liked reading Not The Girls You're Looking For. If you're looking for a story about a sassy, spunky main character who is headstrong and totally badass, then Lulu is the girl for you, and you should definitely consider picking up this book.

I'd like to thank Aimee at Aimee, Always for welcome me onto this blog tour! I really had a lot of fun, and it's been awhile since I've participated in a blog tour like this one, so I'm super glad that I got the chance to revive one of my favorite parts of blogging again. :-)




Guest Review: Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf


Title: Bring Me Their Hearts
Author: Sara Wolf

Rating: 5/5 Stars 
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Hardcover, 400 Pages
Published June 2018

Summary: Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly. Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles. Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat. So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all. Winner takes the loser’s heart. Literally.

Today on the blog we have a guest review from Heather over at NightlyReadingShe was kind enough to stop by and review an advanced copy of Bring Me Their Hearts and share her thoughts on it, and we couldn't be more excited to have her here as our guest reviewer for today! So without further ado, let's get into it!


If anyone is wandering whether they should pick up this book…my answer would be a thousand times YES!!!!

Zera is a Heartless, meaning a witch has her heart in a jar on a mantle which turned Zera into a monster of sorts. She can control the hunger by what she eats and the witch is her ruler/protector. Her witch sends her on a mission and as her reward for completing her mission, she will earn back her heart. Her mission, you ask? Get the Prince to fall in love with her and steal his heart giving him her same fate. Can she do it?

I loved the cast of characters in this book and I was hooked from the very first chapter. I could tell that Zera had that snarky whit that I enjoyed in my female heroine. I also liked the fact that it was easy to tell when Zara’s monster had taken over.

There is no insta-love in this story which is very refreshing. I must add that if you have a weak stomach, this may not be the story for you. It was not horribly graphic but there are some parts that may make some squeamish. I personally love that factor of the storyline…but hey, I am a little strange:)

Thanks to Entangled Teen for the adorable surprise box of goodies and the book! I adored it and cannot wait for the next installment!

We'd like to once again thank Heather for stopping by The Book Bratz today to post this guest review. You can read the original review over on her blog by clicking HERE!













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Review: The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

Title: The Final Six (The Final Six #2)
Author: Alexandra Monir
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: March 6th 2018 


Summary: 
Set in the near future, this action-packed YA novel—already optioned by Sony—will take readers out of their world and on a quest to become one of six teens sent on a mission to Jupiter’s moon. When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, a science genius from California, are two of the twenty-four teens drafted into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever altered. After erratic climate change has made Earth a dangerous place to live, the fate of the population rests on the shoulders of the final six who will be scouting a new planet. Intense training, global scrutiny, and cutthroat opponents are only a few of the hurdles the contestants must endure in this competition. For Leo, the prospect of traveling to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—to help resettle humankind is just the sense of purpose he’s been yearning for since losing his entire family in the flooding of Rome. Naomi, after learning of a similar space mission that mysteriously failed, suspects the ISTC isn’t being up front with them about what’s at risk. As the race to the final six advances, the tests get more challenging—even deadly. With pressure mounting, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo, and the two grow closer with each mind-boggling experience they encounter. But it’s only when the finalists become fewer and their destinies grow nearer that the two can fathom the full weight of everything at stake: the world, the stars, and their lives.

I was really excited for The Final Six and I really want to say that I loved it. But sadly I didn't. I liked the idea a lot and the diverse cast of characters but that was about it. The Final Six fell short of the expectations that I had for it. 


Character wise I was able to relate to Naomi in the aspect of her young brother being ill and him being the center of her world and her devotion to her family. After that I wasn't the biggest fan of Naomi. Though ISTC hasn't been entirely forthcoming on the Europa mission, it is the only hope for humanity at this point. I found her to be very negative about a lot of things. She does realize through out the book that she has had it a lot easier then a majority of the 24 selected teens, but she continuously only thought about herself. I did how ever like Leo, the book opens up in his POV. You can see nothing but the pain and loneliness he has felt in the time that his parents and sister died that you can't help but to feel for him. He is desperate for a fresh start and Europa is his answer. Where Naomi is finding every possible way to sabotage the mission so the 24 will get to go home to their families, Leo is hoping to be one of the final six that is chosen to go to Europa. 

I wasn't a fan of the romance at all. It felt rushed and they barley know anything about each other. One moment they are strangers on separate sides of the world and the next they are in love. I just don't understand. It felt like the romance took over a lot of the plot line of The Final Six in certain parts. There was a scene at the very end of the novel that I didn't find relevant to the story line, but having been seventeen once I do understand that train of thought.

The idea behind Europa and colonizing it was cool, but I am still confused with what exactly was going on. They have to break through ice to get to the land and then get to the ocean? Are microscopic aliens the only life form? There are so many aspects of Europa that remained unanswered and could have been explained a whole lot more then they really were. 

I liked the idea behind The Final Six all things considering. Colonizing and terraforming other bodies of mass in the galaxy is a really interesting concept to me, and I am eagerly waiting for this step to be taken in the real world. The natural disasters that take place in The Final Six are scary real. They aren't some far fetched ideas that are impossible. These things are very much possible and are happening everyday. 

With how The Final Six ended I am curious what is going to happen next and have still have a ton of questions that I am looking for answers for. I do plan on reading the second book when it comes out all things considered. All in all I am dissapointed that I didn't love this one as much as I anticipated but not everything I read is going to be my cup of tea.  





(2.5 Stars)