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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (34)

Welcome to the Stacking the Shelves, a feature by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews, post for this week. All weekly updates that have happened around the blog will take place below as well as the books that I have received this week for review. Please don't forget to leave a comment on this post and link me to your Stacking the Shelves so I can see what you've gotten this week and comment back. Thank you!

Recent Events & Past Reviews:

Top Ten Tuesday: See Courtney's top ten heroines with gifs
Waiting on Wednesday: Eirini is waiting on Charisma by Jeanne Ryan
Follow Friday: What three books would Courtney rescue from a burning fire?

Other recent events include:
#StudyAbroad: Courtney's getting her visa! T-minus 19 days until Japan!

#CollegeLife: Courtney and Eirini are meeting up at New Paltz next weekend!

#EnglishMajorProblems: Trying to pick which poems to submit to your school's anthology and you just want to edit every single one because they are not ready for the eyes of peers. PERFECTION THY NAME IS POETRY!

For Review:
Got this in the mail, signed, and I was literally fangirling all over the place. I love Lauren DeStefano, so winning Burning Kingdoms in her twitter contest sent me to the moon and I never came back :)

Burning Kingdoms (Internment Chronicles #2) by Lauren DeStefano

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Your house is burning down and you have time to select three books you own to take with you. What three books? - Suggested by Alison Can Read. 

1. My signed copy of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
2. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin, because I am not even halfway done with it.
3. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchet

But let's be honest with one another, I'd take my kindle and run for the hills. That thing has over 300 books on it. I think I'm set.

Review: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 368
Genre: Contemporary • Magical Realism

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veryone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?
        Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.
        As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.
*An advanced reader's copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*

Bone Gap definitely took time to settle into whether it be the magical realism or understanding the characters. But once the weariness and the waiting period was over, I was comfortable enough with the writing and the contemporary/magical world that is the small town of Bone Gap. I was engrossed in the stories of the quizzical Finn, the beautifully tragic Roza, and the eccentric residents of Bone Gap.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (73): Charisma by Jeanne Ryan

Charisma by Jeanne Ryan
Release Date: March 3, 2015Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yep, Liv’s dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially this one where she’s in a graveyard at night, watching four boys perform dark magic rituals.   The really weird thing is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They’re classmates from her new school in London, the school where’s she’s starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But they seem to know things about her in real life that they couldn’t possibly know, which is mystifying. Then again, Liv could never resist a good mystery. . . .
A chance at the ultimate makeover means deadly consequences in this Sarah Dessen-meets-Robin Cook thriller.        Aislyn suffers from crippling shyness—that is, until she’s offered a dose of Charisma, an underground gene therapy drug guaranteed to make her shine. The effects are instant. She’s charming, vivacious, and popular. But strangely, so are some other kids she knows. The media goes into a frenzy when the disease turns contagious, and then deadly, and the doctor who gave it to them disappears. Aislyn must find a way to stop it, before it's too late.
        Part medical thriller, part social justice commentary, Charisma will have readers on the edge of their seats.

Little bit worried that the summary calls itself a social justice commentary piece, but who knows?  This might be the kind of book that can be taught in a class and enjoyed with a cup of tea in footsie pajamas.  A part of me is a little curious if the drug turns people into zombies because strange illness usually are zombies, but maybe this will be different.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (4): Heroines are my drug

*This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish*

This Week's Topic: Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books (Or you could pick movies/tv): We've done this topic before so you could always do heroines you love since the last time we did this topic, heroines in a particular genre, etc.

Since I can do movies and TV shows, I think I'm going to go ahead and do them too. I will try my best not to deter from novels made into movies. The order does not matter.

1. Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones

I've been watching the show on HBO and reading the books (I'm on book 3 right now) and I am just compelled by Sansa's story line. I love the chapters that have to do with Kings Landing, the political strife, and how Sansa is fighting her own battles as a women and prisoner of the court.

2. Hazel Grace Lancaster from The Fault in Our Stars

The movie made me cry harder than the book did. That's because in the book I was laughing and smiling along side Hazel, Augustus, and Isaac through all the video game scenes and the car egging. Don't get me wrong, I cried during the book. But I cried harder during the movie, and much more often. Pretty much every other scene in the movie. Music + sad scenes kills me emotionally. But Hazel Grace drew me in from page one. And I loved her character.

3. Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation

I've been watching this show with my brother during dinner time on Netflix, and I love Leslie. I mean, I love the whole cast, mainly Ron Swanson, but Leslie's over-the-top dedication, her stance towards the equal rights of women, and just how zany she is makes me smile and laugh until I fall out of my chair.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Review: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
Series: A Wicked Thing #1
Publication Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 352
Genre: Fantasy

Rhiannon Thomas's dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of Sleeping Beauty and what happens after happily ever after.
        One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.
        Her family is long dead. Her "true love" is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept. 
As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.
        Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.

*An advanced reader's copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*

What if Sleeping Beauty didn't fall in love with the prince?

First off, I'm a huge fairy tale nerd. So an adaptation of the Sleeping Beauty story after she wakes from her curse, sign me up! And Sleeping Beauty who disregards the true love trope? Hell-to-the-yes, I will pick that up in a heartbeat. And that's what we get with A Wicked Thing. Thrown into a strange new world right along side Princess Aurora, where the story of Sleeping Beauty is one that everyone knows, because its a hundred year old tale. With a true love's kiss, her awakening is meant to bring prosperity and magic back to the land. But nothing is happily ever after for Aurora. She is engaged to the shy Prince Rodric, a stranger to her and one of many princes that have traveled just to kiss her lips and await her eyes to flutter open. Her family is dead, long gone from this world. Her home is a mystery to her. And Aurora is all alone, thrown to the dogs in this strange, new world. And home is a hundred years in the past.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (33)

Welcome to the Stacking the Shelves, a feature by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews, post for this week. All weekly updates that have happened around the blog will take place below as well as the books that I have received this week for review. Please don't forget to leave a comment on this post and link me to your Stacking the Shelves so I can see what you've gotten this week and comment back. Thank you!

Recent Events & Past Reviews:

Giveaway--A *signed copy* of THE GLASS ARROW and some swag. 5 winners! So many possibilities (:

For Review:
Really excited to start reading all of these(:

The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1) by Melissa Grey
Fairest (The Lunar Chronices #3.5) by Marissa Meyer
Willful Machines by Tim Floreen
The Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eater's Daughter #1) by Miranda Salisbury
Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles #1) by Amanda Hocking
Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendon

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 452
Genre: Retelling • Science Fiction
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C inder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Another fantastic rendition to the Lunar Chronicles. Scarlet is one heck of a read, and worthy to be called a sequel to Cinder. Fast-paced, loveable additions to the story, and digging deeper into the mystery behind the missing Lunar Princess Selene, the madness of Queen Levana, and an oncoming war between Earth and Luna.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (72): The Game of Life and Death

A Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Antony and Cleopatra. Helen of Troy and Paris. Romeo and Juliet. And now . . . Henry and Flora.

For centuries Love and Death have chosen their players. They have set the rules, rolled the dice, and kept close, ready to influence, angling for supremacy. And Death has always won. Always.

Could there ever be one time, one place, one pair whose love would truly tip the balance?

Meet Flora Saudade, an African-American girl who dreams of becoming the next Amelia Earhart by day and sings in the smoky jazz clubs of Seattle by night. Meet Henry Bishop, born a few blocks and a million worlds away, a white boy with his future assured — a wealthy adoptive family in the midst of the Great Depression, a college scholarship, and all the opportunities in the world seemingly available to him.

The players have been chosen. The dice have been rolled. But when human beings make moves of their own, what happens next is anyone’s guess.

Achingly romantic and brilliantly imagined, The Game of Love and Deathis a love story you will never forget.
Yahoo diversity in YA. The 1930s. And an epic conflict between Love and Death. I am so hoping that Love and Death are characters with their own point of views or so help me I will be completely upset with this book. Seems to me like it's going to be in the same territory as The Book Thief.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: The One by Kiera Cass

The One by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #3
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 323
Genre: Dystopian 

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The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

So much better than the first two books. The One ended spectacularly, even had my heart stop for just a moment, just a moment, before pumping again. This one was most definitely a roller coaster that I was happy to have ridden. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Blog Tour Review | This or That | Giveaway: The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

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Thanks for stopping for my spot on The Glass Arrow tour! Big thanks to Jean @ Jean Book Nerd for this fabulous opportunity, for Kristen Simmons for a fantastic read, and Tor Teen for the advanced readers copy for the tour. Here on my blog I'm featuring my opinions on the novel in my review, after that is a This or That segment with Kristen Simmons herself, and a giveaway to win some copies of The Glass Arrow including a *signed* copy, and some bookish swag! Keep on scrolling (:

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Tor Teen
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 336
Genre: Science Fiction
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The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.
        In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.
 *An advanced reader's copy was provided by the publisher for the blog tour & an honest review*

Even though I have never read The Handmaid's Tale, this book was definitely on par with Blood Red Road in the gripping, survival mode story line. We are first introduced to Aya, a young woman living in the mountains with her family away from civilization, for a good reason. Women are hunted like cattle, born to breed. In a world that values male life as dominant, women are considered nothing more than dogs, playthings, and only serve on purpose--to bring healthy baby boys into the world. And Aya is having none of that! Until she's captured and forced to go to auction, a slave to the system. But her cousins are out in the mountains, and she is unrelenting, fighting to escape the solitary confinement of The Garden, where girls are primed, plucked, and presented to men wealthy enough to place bets and buy wives.