Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Words in deep blueTitle: Words in Deep Blue

Author: Cath Crowley

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books

Release Date:  June 6th, 2017 (first published August 30th, 2016)

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Goodreads Summary: Love lives between the lines.

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.

Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction, and the escape. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. She can’t see her future.

Henry’s future isn’t looking too promising, either. His girlfriend dumped him. The bookstore is slipping away. And his family is breaking apart.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

This book is beautiful. Both inside and out.

Cath Crowley writes about hard-to-accurately-represent topics, like death and depression, in a way that is so amazing. Rachel is dealing with depression, because her brother, Cal, passed away. Cath Crowley fleshed out Rachel’s character so remarkably, you can’t help but to feel with her.

This book is written in duo-perspectives, from both Rachel and Henry’s point of view, and it really helps with this story. Sometimes, if a book is ever written from both perspectives, I can’t help but feel if this is necessarily important for the plot or the story line that’s going on, but in this case it is. You not only get to experience someone who is truly hurting and barley keeping it together, you also get to experience the side of the bystander, not completely knowing how to cheer them up or help them.

I loved how this book is set in Australia. I’ve personally never read a book that’s set in Australia, or know about any other books that are set in Australia, but I loved the fact that the book is set during their summer vacation, which from mid-December to February. That just seems so weird to me.

I also loved the Letter Library. I wish that all bookstores, or a select few, had a specific shelf that were filled with books intended for you to write in and leave letters in. I like how you not only get to experience Henry and Rachel’s story, you also get to experience the story between George, Henry’s sister, and Pytheas, her secret admirer, which was written in letters and put into the books in the Letter Library.

I recommend this book to everyone. I want everyone to read this book and experience the rawness of death and life after that. I also want everyone to experience the Letter Library and the new feeling of summer in January.

Fireworks by Katie Cotugno

fireworks Katie CotugnoTitle: Fireworks

Author: Katie Cotugno

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Release Date: April 11th, 2017

Goodreads Summary: It was always meant to be Olivia. She was the talented one, the one who had been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend, Dana, was the level-headed one, always on the sidelines, cheering her best friend along.

But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who’s never sung more than Olivia’s backup. Dana, who wasn’t even looking for fame. Next thing she knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who’s destined to be the next big thing.

It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift . . . and there’s only room at the top for one girl. For Olivia, it’s her chance at her dream. For Dana, it’s a chance to escape a future that seems to be closing in on her. And for these lifelong best friends, it’s the adventure of a lifetime—if they can make it through.

Set in evocative 1990s Orlando, New York Times bestselling author Katie Cotugno’s Fireworks brings to life the complexity of friendship, the excitement of first love, and the feeling of being on the verge of greatness.

This book has a great love story. I love Alex and I wish he were also my boyfriend. I also really enjoyed how it showed us what up-and-coming new stars go through, with training and rehearsal, I guess I have the tendency to just think it’s a lot simpler than that for many artists.

That’s it.

That’s all the book had to offer for me.

And it breaks my heart.

This book is meh. The writing was meh. The love story is really good, you get sucked into it like many other books, but that’s it. I personally found the ending anticlimactic and I thought Dana was obnoxiously unreasonable. It was lacking the wow factor that I often find in almost all of the books I read. Plus, I felt out of sorts with this book, I was hoping for a lot more by it being set in the 1990s, but nothing really came out of it. They mentioned a landline like twice and that was it.

Usually, I would rave a lot more about a book before the spoilers, but I have nothing to rave about. I would not not recommend this book, it wasn’t horrible, it was just meh. You should still go ahead and read it, but if you haven’t read other books, like the books I’ve reviewed, I honestly think you should rather pick those books up over this one.

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Okay, am I the only one who thinks Olivia is a shit friend? Straight from the beginning, she cared more about what Kristin and Ashley thought of her, girls she’d known for like 2 seconds, over what her lifelong best friend thought of her. That’s how it starts. Then she starts attacking her, being short with her, right up until the point where Guy chooses Dana, making Dana give up all her hard work, because of a pact, that Olivia made up. And in the epilogue, I was not satisfied with how she was considering being her friend again. What Olivia did was such a shit move, I can’t believe that only after 4 months Dana would consider being her friend again.

I felt like Katie Cotugno really tried making flawed characters, or characters with a hard life. She tried making Olivia bulimic or that Dana was really poor with a terrible mother. Yes, to a degree it did work, because I still felt for Dana, but I honestly cannot believe that Dana, after being friends with Olivia for almost her entire life, would take her by her word after she catches her throw up and progressively sees her slim down. I cannot believe that that would actually happen.

Plus, I feel like Dana was so unthankful. She gets this amazing opportunity and everything, along with this amazing boy, I mean, I get it, before she had nothing really that she loved, nothing she was thankful for, but I would bless all the stars in the universe if I even came close to having my own Alex. She kept pointing out flaws in him and not seeing how truly amazing he was, it honestly bothered me so much.

I really wanted to like this book. I liked her other book, 99 days, a lot more than I liked this one. I was in the middle of this book when I was talking to my friend about it today and I remember being so excited for how it would turn out, but the ending kind of sucked. Maybe I’m biased, because I’m so used to contemporaries always having a happy end where it worked out in the absolute end, but come on, what kind of an ending was that? I get where she’s coming from when she broke up with Alex, because he’s on tour and all, but they said ‘I love you’ to each other and were super serious, I don’t get why she would just throw him out like that, he honestly doesn’t deserve her.

It makes me so sad that this is the worst book I’ve read this year, and I just had such higher expectations for it.

P.S. Can this please not be a trope, because in a lot of the books I’ve read recently where sort of opposites attract, or people get together that you just generally wouldn’t expect, they break up in the end to spare the other from themselves and then they end the epilogue with this great thing to get their ex back, because they know they can’t live without them? It’s generally getting on my nerves now.

🍨 Top 5 Summer Reads 🍨

The summer is almost officially upon us, and with summer comes summer vacation! Last year was my best summer for reading yet. I read 27 books which, although it really helped shrink my tbr pile,  caused a book burn-out which lasted until now. Reading is still kind of hard for me, but I’m slowly getting over the slump and I decided to lower my tbr for the summer and I’m particularly excited to get to the next 5 books on this list!

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love and gelatoThis book follows the story of a girl who’s mother recently passed away and has gone to Italy to find out more about her birth father, who she’s never met before. She’s reading along with this journal that her mom left her which tells the story of how she met the father in Italy and slowly fell in love with him and the same thing happens to our main character in a way. I’m super excited for this book, because it’s a summer read, it’s in a place other than our usual America or London where most of the books take place that I read and I’m just so in the mood for such a summer love story! I started it last year, but it was already autumn so I wasn’t feeling it anymore, so now I’m ready to read it at the right time.

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Words in deep blueI’ve talked about this book before and I’ll talk about this book again, because I’m just really looking forward to actually reading it. It follows a sort-of complicated love story and I like it when the characters already know each other and the attraction is already there, plus it’s much more realistic, because honestly not all love stories can be easy with a meet cute and a happy end.

The Next Together by Lauren James

the next togetherThis book has been sitting on my shelf longer than I’d actually like to admit. Since I probably won’t be so hot on actually reading fantasy, this has a fantasy sort-of element, because they keep switching between times and I’m excited to see that unfold. Plus I’m super excited for the whole extra images in the book like Amy & Rogers Epic Detour or Everything, Everything

Fireworks by Katie Cotugno

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This book has everything that I want in a book. I’m excited for the fact that she’s a good singer, the friendship and the whole deal between that. Plus, how fun is it actually that the story isn’t based entirely in our time. A lot of things will already be modernized but imagine the fact that she might own a flip phone!

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple met RishiEveryone’s raging about this book at the moment and it’s being super hyped up and honestly, I’m a sucker for hype. It also includes many things that I’m very excited about, because there isn’t enough of it. A power driven Indian-American woman at a tech camp with her arranged future husband there waiting to woo her. When have we last had such an interesting plot and tag line? I’m so excited for this, I just still need to pick it up.

 

 

I’m just super excited about all of these books and I’m really happy that my reading burn-out is slowly coming to an end and I can work down my tbr pile again

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

one of us is lyingTitle: One of Us is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary

Release Date: May 30th, 2017

Goodreads Summary: One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

As you can tell by the summary, this book has a Breakfast Club and Gossip Girl vibe. It is perfect if you’re looking for your summer contemporary, but you don’t just want a love story, you want something much different. A book set in our real world, so we don’t have to use too much of our sun-fried brains to imagine anything fantastical, and includes very fleshed-out characters.

The writing style kind of takes a while to grow on you. At first, I felt it was a bit fanfiction-y, because it bothered me a little how she tried to enunciate Coopers accent or tiny things like that. But, I realized, I was being a bit picky and I only got the feeling at the beginning, because the writing style only goes up from there.

You can tell that Karen M. McManus put a lot of work into, not only the main characters, but also the side characters as well. She had an in-depth story for all of them, that happened along with the plot. And she never gave up on making the plot interesting. The book never got slow in the middle, you’re hooked from the first three buzzwords on the first page, and you fall in love with all the characters as you watch their lives completely change.

Sure, this book kind of has a lot of clichés, like the bad boy from a terrible family who’s really a softie, or the country guy who everyone loves and does everything right, along with many others, but there’s just something so wonderful that she does with clichés. Clichés are clichés for a reason, people like them, even if they call them tacky. The important thing is that the clichés are done correctly.

This book is such a change of pace from my usual reading taste and I loved how there wasn’t just a murder and you find out who the killer is, there was much more, and the more I kept trying to figure it out for myself, the more mistakes I made. So please, please pick up this book, you will not regret it. It has all of the A+ important qualities a book should have.

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First things first. Yes to the good nerdy girl with the bad boy cliché. I was so happy that that happened. Everyone’s probably tired of that cliché, but I loved it so much. It made me so incredibly happy. It was just unconventional and unconditional love, it was amazing. I love being there from the starting point and really seeing all of it happening. I was all for it.

And yes to the constant plot twists. To be honest, for a while there I thought Bronwyn was the killer, because when the first few Tumblr posts started surfacing, it was read from either Coopers or Nate’s perspective and I thought the author was trying to be tricky and hinting by it like that, but I’m so glad she wasn’t the killer.

Although, there really wasn’t a killer. Simon committed suicide, and the fucked-up story behind that is amazing. When they mention 4chan, you know that some sort of psychologically messed up stuff is about to happen, and it really did. The way Simon planned his suicide just to be special and had Jake by his side, kind of reminded me of the whole 13 reasons why thing, where in this case Jake would be a messed up version of Tony.

While we’re already talking about Jake, I’m sorry, boy what? When you first meet Jake, he is this sweet guy, who is kind of a control freak and likes bossing his girlfriend around. And at the end, when you find out what went down between Jake and Simon was crazy. Simon, planning to kill himself, just spilled the beans about his girlfriend Addy sleeping with TJ Forrester to Jake and Jake just helped him with his plan. I mean, maybe stop him a little bit? Maybe ask what’s wrong? No, it’s fine, just don’t think anything about actively helping a suicide and taking down your high school girlfriend, because she slept with your best friend. Yes, that stings, but Jake blew that whole thing way out of proportion, right until the point where he actually tried killing Addy. I mean, maybe I’m also kind of impressed by his ability to stay so calm. He was together with his girlfriend for a while after finding out that she cheated and he never let it show. It surprised me that he didn’t try driving the car off a cliff when Addy, TJ and him were going to the beach.

I was also so close to being upset with the end of the book. Obviously, the main story interested me a lot and I was very intrigued in the whole who dun it thing that was going on, and how beautifully the story was wrapped up, but I’m a sucker for romance and I love everything about Nate and Bronwyn. And the fact that in the last few pages, Nate just dumps Bronwyn, because he thinks he’s not good enough for her, that was such a cliché and I hate those. And in the epilogue, I was so upset that she was almost together with Evan, because as perfect as Evan may be, he ain’t no Nathaniel Macauley. It really made my day how Nate came to her piano concert-kind-of thing and wanted to fix the relationship and I’m so up for the fact that she wanted to work on it too, because she just knew she and Nate were going to last.

Plus, Karen M. McManus, good job for constantly keeping me off track. I thought maybe Janae had something to do with it, but she was just a distraction from Jake. The distractions were well placed and well done!

P.S. Am I the only one who loves it, when authors thank the readers in the acknowledgments?

✨ Recent Purchase ✨

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Goodreads summary:  Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.

Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

Bought this book after going to the dentist! I saw it once before with a friend and I wanted to get it, but she managed to keep me from buying it. This time she wasn’t with me. I’m running shockingly low on my contemporaries for the summer, because although I have over 150 books, I’ve read 90 and the majority of the 60 left are fantasy and series and I’m in the middle of a ton of series and I’m not ready to go down that road again, so I’m gonna read a lot of my contemporaries in the summer, including some others I wanna pick up. Not only did the cover interest me, the summary really sold the deal I mean, c’mon, it’s a love story including books, that’s the kind of story I want to live through vicariously.

🏷 Opposite Books Tag 🏷

I found this tag over on DreamlandBookBlogs Blog. I found it interesting and wanted to give it a go ☺️

 the fault in our stars book coverFIRST BOOK IN YOUR COLLECTION

I’m sure this isn’t technically the first book in my collection, because beforehand I owned books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid  or Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty, but I’d count The Fault in our Stars as the first one in my collection, because it really rekindled my love for reading.

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LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT

I picked this book up on a whim roughly a week ago and I’m currently reading it. I’ve seen a couple of BookTubers talk about it and have read good reviews, can’t wait to finish it 😋

A CHEAP BOOKnight circus

I got this beautiful, hard cover edition of The Night Circus for a surprising 5€ off of amazon. If that isn’t a bargain, I don’t know what is.

harry potter and the half-blood princeAN EXPENSIVE BOOK

While I was in London last fall with my class, I knew that I was going to get something Harry Potter related, so I did. I went to the gigantic Waterstones near Piccadilly Circus and bought a limited first edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for a whopping 30£.

A BOOK WITH A MALE PROTAGONISTpercy jackson lol.jpg

How can I not mention my favorite male protagonist of all time? (Harry Potter doesn’t count because it’s told in third person 😂

the unexpected everythingA BOOK WITH A FEMALE PROTAGONIST

Wow, this one was really hard. I mean from all the books on my shelf, I think I hardly own any with a female protagonist. Of course, that is a lie, and I chose one of my favorite books of 2016 by one of my favorite authors! Hats off to The Unexpected Everything, I really loved that book to smithereens.

A BOOK YOU READ FASTnever always sometimes

I’m still super astounded when I mention this, it only took me three hours to read. Very impressive, thank you thank you.

empire of storms.jpgA BOOK THAT TOOK YOU LONG TO READ

Empire of Storms is an amazing book and I hate how we still have to wait a year for the original final installment (yes, I’m happy for Chaols novella that turned into an actual novel, but that cliffhanger at the end of book five was too much for me). Empire of Storms took me 3 months to finish, and I only got around to it in February because I was sick.

A BOOK WITH A PRETTY COVERfurthermore.jpg

I have a lot of nominees for this category, but I’d have to go with Furthermore. The colors are so vibrant and the small images are parts from the story and I love recognizing what part they’re from and reflecting on the story.

oppositionA BOOK WITH AN UGLY COVER

Now, ugly is a harsh word but I’d have to say this one is a popular opinion. I can bat my eyes away from the first four covers in this series, because at least they matched, and since this series is very twilight-alien based, it fit the story. But then they just changed the cover for the last book and ruined it, I can hardly even look at it on my shelf, because I know what’s awaiting me.

A THIN BOOKsimon vs the homo sapiens agenda cover

Although a surprising amount of books on my shelf only have around 300 pages, I’m going with Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

harry potter and the order of the pheonixA THICK BOOK

Probably a fan favorite, and a thick book on everyone’s shelf, I’m staying classy and going with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

A FICTION BOOKcinder

All of the books on my shelf are fiction, except for a select few, I decided to go with the one that is the most fiction. Between spaceships, an actual colony that lives on Mars, cyborgs and of course Lunars, I’d have to say this one wins by a landslide.

the amazing bookA NON-FICTION BOOK

I’m trash.

A VERY ROMANTIC BOOKanna and the french kiss.jpg

Anna and the French Kiss has been my guilty pleasure read since day one. And the adorable & beautiful love story that I’ve devoured around five times now is still one of my favorites and I cannot ask for a better book. I just ask for more love stories from Stephanie Perkins.

The_Last_Olympian_coverAN ACTION BOOK

I’m not that big on the whole action esc. book thing, I decided to go with a fantasy book with a bit less romance it. Sure, there were a few parts, but what’s a book without it?

A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPYCover-Reveal-The-Upside-Of-Unrequited-Large

The Upside of Unrequited. Oh I just loved this book. I loved how relatable Molly was. I loved the family aspect in this book. I loved Reed. I loved her being all Pinterest obsessed and giving tips on the cookie dough recipes, I just loved everything about it.

eleanor and parkA BOOK THAT MADE YOU SAD

Although A Court of Wings and Ruin was also high on this list, I went with Eleanor & Park because just the whole vibe of this book was sad and I cried like a blubbering idiot when I finished it.

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Well, this wraps up my first ever Tag-Tuesday! I’m thinking of posting these tags every other Tuesday. I hope you liked it and stay tuned for another post on Thursday.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Title: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Publisher: Corgi Children’s

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Release Date: September 3, 2015

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Goodreads Summary: My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Everything, Everything was exactly the book I was looking for. This book; it was short, it was pretty and the bigger font and amount of pictures didn’t hurt either. After having read A Court of Wings and Ruin (review coming up soon), a big, small fonted behemoth of a book, I decided it was time for a smaller one. I picked up Everything, Everything on a whim because it’s been sitting on my shelf for well over a year now and the movie is coming to theaters soon in Austria. I was invested in this story by page one.

Nicola Yoon’s portrayal of a teenage girl was amazing. You would seriously feel like an actual teenager had written it. Now, I, myself, don’t know that much about the SCID disease, like many of you probably, but after reading this book I felt very well informed. You can tell she put a lot of work into finding out more about SCID.

I loved the love story in this book.  It showed precisely how it starts, and when she started getting feelings for him, and her trying to be reasonable and stop them both from the pain of being together with someone who has SCID but she takes the risk anyway. I liked how you had an overview of what was happening, and how they got together.

Personally, in this book, I found Carla to be a better mother figure than the actual mother. Maybe because Carla was around more or maybe because all in all she was better. Carla, the nurse, is also a mother so she understands what having a teenager is like and has a big warm open heart and she was the reason that Olly and Madeline could even get together in the first place.

The thing that I loved the most though in this book were the drawings. Or the chats. Or how there were always little snippets of like the plane ticket or what she ordered online. Sometimes when books do that, you feel a little distant from the story. Maybe they’re placed awkwardly or too early or too late and they make you feel like you’re reading two things instead of it all being strung together, I really enjoyed how perfectly placed all the details were.

Before the spoilers, I would like to recommend this book to everyone, everyone. It showed me everything that I should be grateful for. Sure, we find flaws in our life and things that we’re missing, but we’re still lucky enough to go outside and experience things, and not live vicariously through books like Madeline. It opened my eyes and it’s so short, it’s a great passage of time. ❤️

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Nicola Yoon was amazing with the whole plot twist that she doesn’t actually have SCID because I really did not see that coming. I mean, I kind of did, but not from the beginning. I started getting the feeling when she was in Hawaii and she did all these exotic things like swimming or eating all of those fish, after before in the book they made a special diet for her because of her immune system.

And when people say Madeline was a bit harsh to her mother after everything, I’m sorry, Madeline had every right to be this way. She didn’t have any social contact with people her age and was only surrounded by two people her entire life, she couldn’t go outside, not even her backyard. I mean I get where Madelines mom is coming from, what she went through was dramatic, but she just forebode so many things in Madelines life, I get it why she was so angry.

Last but not least I would like to ask Nicola Yoon to write some sort of novella to this story or something. I loved the ending, I’m so glad Olly didn’t find a new girlfriend between him moving away and the whole break up, but I wanted more. Sometimes authors write so much to one story and after a while you’re like: okay, enough is enough, but sadly Nicola Yoon isn’t one of these authors and I just wanted like maybe a tiny little epilogue?

P.S. Who creates her book covers because they are all so amazing!! 😍