Potato Podcast #3: The Art of Commenting

Potato Podcast #3: The Art of Commenting

Hey, again! Welcome to our third episode of the Potato Podcast, in which we finally have our cute co-blogger, Aimee, in the mix! The last time we had our podcast, only Rashika and I were present, so I’m so excited to let you guys hear Aimee’s voice AND opinions. And not just her, but we also have Larissa @ YA Midnight Reads present, too! I shit you not that this was such an enlightening and awesome episode for all four of us, so we hope you enjoy it, too.

So what did we tackle today? Our topic, as the title of this post suggests, is about commenting back. We all know that the blogging is composed of so many individuals, and we believe that it is through continuous interaction with each other that we experience the most out of it. And not just that, we also discuss what makes a meaningful comment? How do we handle generic ones? Is Goodreads a place we should be active in, too, as book bloggers? What are our tips to people who are struggling with commenting? We cover all of these in this 20 minute episode, so listen and share your opinions with us!

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What do you think about commenting back?Do you agree with our views? Do you also believe it’s something one should invest in when it comes to blogging? Do you have any tips and other feedback to share?

Thanks to:
Larissa @ YA Midnight Reads
HappyCrab for the music “Alternative”

ARC Review: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

ARC Review: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Let's Get LostGenres: Road Trip, Contemporary, Young Adult
Release Date: July 29th, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source:  ARC from Edelweiss
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Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost. 

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most. 

There’s HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love. 

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila’s own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you’re looking for is to get lost along the way.

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Let’s Get Lost was a book I was looking forward to reading and I am really glad I wasn’t let down. I wouldn’t say it blew my mind away, but I definitely had the feels. I think the best way to think of this book is to allude it to one of those you read when you’re not having a great day. It’s far from perfect as when I look back, I can think of so many things that could have been better, but in spite of this I’m not even tempted to lower the rating, because I still remember this book with fondness (although it hasn’t been all that long since I’ve read it).

This won’t be for everyone, though. There are an awful lot of conveniences and problems that are solved quite easily, but, if you, like me, love happy endings then this book is  for you. If you get warm cuddly feelings when everything works out for someone then you’ll love this. Just like I did.

And no, saying that isn’t really a spoiler. This book consists of 5 short stories, and personally, I think it was a very interesting way to develop the plot. We get the stories of each of the 4 people whose lives Leila has made a difference and then we finally get hers.

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Random Things in Motion #5: Would You Sacrifice a Loved One for the Greater Good?

Random Things in Motion #5: Would You Sacrifice a Loved One for the Greater Good?

Okay, before you all panic, this is a hypothetical question. I am not in any situation where I have to make a decision like this, and hopefully, I will never get there in my lifetime.

But, I’ve seen this theme happen so many times in the books I read, in which our main character is in the middle of a battle against the government, or the world, or another world, and find themselves in a situation where someone close to them is the “needed” sacrifice. Like for example, the sister is the cure for the zombie and fungal disease. The brother is the needed exchange in order for a treaty to happen between two warring countries. Or the love interest has to be given to the bad guy for the release of dozens of children.

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ARC Review: One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington

ARC Review: One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington

One Past MidnightAlternative Title: Between the Lives
Genres
: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Release DateJuly 22nd, 2014
PublisherBloomsbury USA Childrens 
Source:  ARC from Netgalley
Check out on GOODREADS

Above all else, though I try not to think about it, I know which life I prefer. And every night when I Cinderella myself from one life to the next a very small, but definite, piece of me dies. The hardest part is that nothing about my situation has ever changed. There is no loophole.

Until now, that is… 

For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her ′other′ life – a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she′s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she′s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.

With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she′s always wanted… But just what – and who – is she really risking?

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Since this one was my first Jessica Shirvington novel, I really didn’t know what to expect from this one. I was hoping for some intriguing, attention-grabbing mystery that would make me question the world and how it works… One Past Midnight gave me exactly what I wanted.

Sabine lived two lives. I was expecting to be a little confused, or maybe bored with at least one of her lives, but Shirvington definitely knows how to keep things exciting. Every little detail, ever scene from either of Sabine’s lives kept me hooked. Okay, I’ll admit–I do have a “favorite” from her two lives, or one that I preferred to read about more, but I really wanted to know more about both of Sabine’s lives. One of them did have a bit more action and happenings, but it was good to take a break from those with the calmness and normality of her other life. There was really a good balance here, I’d say.

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Potato Podcast #2: Sailor Moon Crystal Review & Comparisons

Potato Podcast #2: Sailor Moon Crystal Review & Comparisons

Welcome to the second episode of the Potato Podcast! I know, you might be thinking, “Whoa, isn’t it too soon for the second one?!” but, well, Amir and I watched Sailor Moon Crystal recently and we wanted to share our insights with you guys, and this was the most personal way we could do that. So think of this one as a “special episode”!

I was planning this one to be a 10-15 minute podcast, but our conversation branched out to many other discussions, like comparing the original and the reboot, our other childhood cartoons, and maybe a rant or two… haha. In any case, we enjoyed this one, and I hope you guys enjoy it, too!

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Did you watch the first episode of Sailor Moon Crystal?
Do you agree with our views? What about the reboot did you like best?

Thanks to:
Amir @ Not-So-Literary Heiresses
HappyCrab for the music “Alternative”

Potato Prints #3: Anna and the French Kiss + These Broken Stars

Potato Prints #3: Anna and the French Kiss + These Broken Stars

Hello, hello! Welcome to our third edition of the Potato Prints! If you’re looking for your next book swag, don’t fret as we have some wallpapers and bookmarks that will surely satisfy the ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS and THESE BROKEN STARS fan in you!

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ARC Review: Grim edited by Christine Johnson

ARC Review: Grim edited by Christine Johnson

GrimGenres: Re-tellings, Anthologies, Young Adult
Release Date: February 25th, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source:  ARC from Netgalley
Check out on GOODREADS

Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today:

Ellen Hopkins, Amanda Hocking, Julie Kagawa, Claudia GrayRachel Hawkins, Kimberly Derting, Myra McEntire, Malinda Lo, Sarah Rees-Brennan, Jackson Pearce, Christine Johnson, Jeri Smith Ready, Shaun David Hutchinson, Saundra Mitchell, Sonia Gensler, Tessa Gratton, Jon Skrovon

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This is definitely one interesting collection of tales and I have to say, I definitely enjoyed it on the whole. I’ve had my ups and downs while reading this, but generally, it was pleasurable reading most of these stories. Of course, there are quite a few for which I didn’t know the original tale on which the retelling was based, so I wouldn’t be able to compare and contrast the original with the retelling, but to me they were all unique in their own ways even if not all of them were enjoyable.

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Potato Podcast #1: It Doesn’t Matter What You Read

Potato Podcast #1: It Doesn’t Matter What You Read

It’s here! It’s finally here! Our very first episode of the Potato Podcast! Unfortunately, our dear Aimee wasn’t able to join us because at the time of the recording she had homework to do (among other things), so we dragged coerced asked Amir @ Not-So-Literary Heiresses to join us discuss about the Slate article that was posted a few weeks ago (I know, we’re very late to the party, but hey! Better late than never, right?), and how it doesn’t matter what you read as long as you’re reading.

For me, this is such an important discussion because there has been so much reader-shaming and book-shaming in our community when this should never be an issue in the first place. Isn’t the fact that we are reading more important? Why shame those who prefer to read more books from this demographic or the other?

Don’t miss out this episode folks, especially since Amir actually confesses to something veeeery juicy here… your secret’s out of the bag, my lovely! ;D

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Thanks to:
Amir @ Not-So-Literary Heiresses
HappyCrab for the music “Alternative”

[BLOG TOUR REVIEW] All Four Stars by Tara Dairman – “YUM!!! + Pictures Abound!”

[BLOG TOUR REVIEW] All Four Stars by Tara Dairman – “YUM!!! + Pictures Abound!”

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Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Release Date: July 10, 2014
Publishing House: Putnam Juvenile
Number of Pages: 288
Source: ARC from Netgalley/Blog Tour
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Meet Gladys Gatsby: New York’s toughest restaurant critic. (Just don’t tell anyone that she’s in sixth grade.)
 
Gladys Gatsby has been cooking gourmet dishes since the age of seven, only her fast-food-loving parents have no idea! Now she’s eleven, and after a crème brûlée accident (just a small fire), Gladys is cut off from the kitchen (and her allowance). She’s devastated but soon finds just the right opportunity to pay her parents back when she’s mistakenly contacted to write a restaurant review for one of the largest newspapers in the world.
 
But in order to meet her deadline and keep her dream job, Gladys must cook her way into the heart of her sixth-grade archenemy and sneak into New York City—all while keeping her identity a secret! Easy as pie, right?

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Oh, man. This book was like my tummy’s dream come true, as it was full of talks of exotic food and tasty desserts that would surely make anyone’s mouth drool. Fair warning, my dear friends: don’t read this book when you’re hungry as you’d be looking for the nearest restaurant in a jiffy!

All Four Stars is definitely an endearing read that will connect to the chef (and eater!) in you, as it follows the story of Gladys Gatsby, a young sixth grader, follow her dreams in the most unconventional way. She has loved food at a very tender age, and has since then experimented with recipes behind her parents’ backs. It has gone so, so well, until she caught the kitchen’s curtains on fire when she was attempting to make a Crème Brûlée, a tasty French treat that assure you is as delicious as it sounds. She got banned from the kitchen, from looking up cookbooks, and pretty much everything that has anything to do with food and cooking, but what’s she to do when she (unintentionally) finds herself hired to review a dessert shop for the New York Standard? Looks like her dream isn’t yet ready to give up on her, either…

One word to sum up this book? Freaking. Adorable.

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