24 January 2015

Stacking The Shelves - January 24, 2015





Hello Bookies, how are you all on this very snowy day? This is going up a little late but we are in the middle of a snow storm, and I also just got home from work. So it has been a very slow day.

In other news! Here are the books I have received recently!

Bought:
Still Alice by Lisa Geneova

Borrowed: 
Between Shades Of Gray by Ruta Septeys 

From Work:
All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Around The World ARC Tours:
Finding Paris by Joy Preble

School:
Slavery & Freedom by James Oakes

For Review:
Bit Players, Has Been Actors & Other Posers by S.M. Stevens
Bit Players, Bullies & Righteous Revels by S.M. Stevens
Bit Players, Bird Girls & Fake Break Ups by S.M. Stevens


My Reviews You May Have Missed! 


Thanks for stopping by! Leave links to your hauls, and STS' below :)


15 January 2015

Book Blitz: The Clone Chronicles by Heather Hildenbrand

   
Deviation by Heather Hildenbrand
Publisher: Alloy
Release Date: December 30, 2014
Synopsis: Until a month ago, eighteen-year-old Ven had never set foot outside the windowless warehouse where she was created. An Imitation of Raven Rogen, Ven spent her days confined in the lab, studying videos of her Authentic, all so she could step into Raven’s life at a moment’s notice.
Now, Ven lives in Raven’s penthouse apartment, kisses Raven’s boyfriend, and obeys every order from Raven’s dad, Titus Rogen—the very man who created her. But Ven has a secret plan. She doesn’t want Raven’s life. She wants her own. In the action-packed sequel of Imitation, Ven wages a dangerous war against Titus. First she’ll free herself, then she’ll free every last Imitation. . . . 

Purchase on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1wXxNHZ
Haven't started the Imitation series yet?

Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand
Publisher: Create Space Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: April 3, 2013
Synopsis: Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.
Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face. Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now. When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met? Fans of Cinder, The Selection and Sara Shepard’s Lying Game series will love Imitation, a thrilling, action-packed novel sure to keep readers guessing until the very last page.   

Purchase on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1AO8UlO
 
Meet The Author:
Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. (She's only slightly socially awkward as a result.) Since 2011, she's published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places. Her most frequent hobbies are riding motorcycles and avoiding killer slugs.
Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visit www.phoenixauthorink.com and find out how to create your own OutRAGEous Life. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman. You can find out more about Heather and her books at www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com

07 January 2015

Early Review: When by Victoria Laurie

When by Victoria Laurie 
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: January 13, 2014
Book Format: e-ARC
# of Pages: 336
Synopsis: Maddie Fynn is a shy high school junior, cursed with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of unique digits hovering above the foreheads of each person she encounters. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father’s premature death for Maddie and her family to realize that these mysterious digits are actually death dates, and just like birthdays, everyone has one.

Forced by her alcoholic mother to use her ability to make extra money, Maddie identifies the quickly approaching death date of one client's young son, but because her ability only allows her to see the when and not the how, she’s unable to offer any more insight. When the boy goes missing on that exact date, law enforcement turns to Maddie.

Soon, Maddie is entangled in a homicide investigation, and more young people disappear and are later found murdered. A suspect for the investigation, a target for the murderer, and attracting the attentions of a mysterious young admirer who may be connected to it all, Maddie's whole existence is about to be turned upside down. Can she right things before it's too late?


Meet The Author: (Taken From Goodreads)
 Victoria Laurie is the New York Times bestselling author of 26 books and counting. Victoria divides her time between her two adult mystery series, (The Psychic Eye Mysteries, and The Ghost Hunter Mysteries), and a Y/A thriller, When (Formerly titled Death Date), to be released in early January of 2015.

As a professional psychic, Victoria's protagonists - psychic Abigail Cooper, and spiritual medium M. J. Holliday - tackle the tricky world of the paranormal while fighting bad guys and demons with plenty of plucky humor and determination.

And using that keen understanding of the paranormal, Victoria also created the character of Maddie Fynn, a teenager with the unique intuitive ability to predict the exact date of someone's death.

To showcase her writing range, Victoria has also penned a children's epic adventure series, The Oracles of Delphi Keep.


My Review:
I received When by Victoria Laurie from the publisher and this is my honest review.

By the time this book was downloaded to my kindle app I had completely forgotten what the concept of the story was. So, after reading the first chapter or two I was pleasantly surprised.
In the beginning we meet the main character Maddie who has a very special ability, and that is she can see a persons death date by simply looking at their forehead. The concept of this novel, is so refreshing compared to all the other overused YA subjects like vampires, werewolves, etc. A young teenager being able to read anyone and everyones death date is an interesting concept, and could make for a very well written story which Laurie has proved.

Maddie has had this ability ever since she could remember, and has used it to help people since the death of her father when she was younger. She felt that if she had warned her father of his date he would still be alive and well today. In the book, Maddie is living alone with her alcoholic mother doing anything she can to bring in money. For example she started a small business to read individuals death dates for them. But when one client comes in, everything goes very wrong.

I found myself not being able to stop reading this book from the minute I started it until the very last page. There were so many lovable thing incorporated into the book. For instance, Stubby had to be by far my favorite character. He was such an innocent kid, that every time something bad happened it upset me greatly. I felt for both Maddie and Stubby and was rooting for everything to end in their favor.

Another really lovable character by far was Mrs. Duncan, from the very beginning of the story all the way until the end she made sure that especially Maddie, her mother, and sometimes uncle Donny were well taken care of. Everything this sweet old lady did was amazing and I loved every time she had a part in the story.

Laurie did an amazing job ending the book. I was so into figuring out who was committing all the murders throughout the whole book. But let me just say I had no clue who it possibly could have been. I had a few hunches but I never suspected the person that it ended up being, when Maddie walked into her house and was attacked I almost yelled PLOT TWIST! I was so surprised.

In the end I am very glad I had the opportunity to read this book, I loved all the characters they all had huge parts and made the story interesting and fun to read. Maddie was a young but very strong girl dealing with a lot and I was rooting for her and her family to pull through the whole time. I am very satisfied with the ending. 










04 January 2015

Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martins Griffin
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Book Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 326
Synopsis: Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.

Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises...Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.


Meet The Author: (Taken From Goodreads)
Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they're screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she's not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don't really matter in the big scheme of things.

She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

More at rainbowrowell.com.






My Review:
I bought Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell with my own money, and this is my honest review.

Recently I decided to buddy read Eleanor & Park with Dela; who just happens to be the author of another book I recently finished, The 52nd which by the way is amazing and I highly recommend everyone to check it out. But back to the topic at hand, I have heard amazing things about all of Rowells books but never had the chance to pick one up for myself until now.

I must say the fact that the story is based in 1986, makes it that much more enjoyable. I feel like it probably would be more profound to someone who was alive at this point in time, but just the fact that Rowell took a risk and chose that year rather than present day was interesting. Another aspect that drew me in, was Eleanor and Parks reactions to each other in the beginning pages. Early on Eleanor refers to Park as a stupid asian quite often and I got a kick out of it every time.

Their love was not instant, which lets face it makes the story that much better. It bugs me when people lay eyes on each other and its like, “I don’t know you but I love you.” The way these two started off made for a much better story. Another great part was the ice breaker between them which was when Park started giving Eleanor comics to read, that made me melt. Another feature that making their love iconic was how awkward the two of them were when their romance started, “Jesus. Was it possible to rape someones hand?” (Rowell, 74) I laughed out loud to this line for a while.

The background characters really added to the story in this case. My favorite was Parks mom for the sole fact that she was asian and Rowell most of the time did a great job making her accent stand out. The character that I hated the most though, you would think was her stepfather, but it actually was Eleanor's mother for me. The reason being is because she had like 6 kids in that house sleeping in one room, they had pretty much nothing, and were all being subjected to the rath of their stepfather. I mean come on now, how much does it take for her eyes to open and something to be done?

The ending was just meh for me. I was hoping for and expecting so much more, and as imagined the end just left me feeling empty and wanting more. Yes I know this is some authors goal, but the way the whole book went I felt as though it was supposed to be a happily ever happy ending, and while it was a safe ending for Eleanor it was most certainly not happily ever after.

Favorite Quotes:

“Nobody thinks Asian guys are hot.” Park said finally. (272)

“She kissed him with tongue. On the bus.” (219)

“Did you really kick him in the face?” his dad asked” (133)

Jesus. Was it possible to rape somebodys hand?” (74)


   

26 December 2014

Another 2015 TBR Pile Challenge!







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Good Afternoon Bookies! Before I start off let me say I know this looks strange, I'm signing up for another TBR Pile challenge when I have recently already signed up for a different one. Let me explain! Ever since I started book blogging my shelves have grown from one tiny bookshelf, to 2 huge ones and books stuffed in other random places around my room. So I have decided to take part in two of these challenges just so that I can clear off twice as many books off of my TBR! 

Please leave me comments below and let me know what you think about this idea. I'd love to hear from you!!

This TBR Pile Challenge is hosted by the lovely ladies over at Bookish. I picked the level, A Firm Handshake which is between 1-10 books! 

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21 December 2014

Review: The 52nd by Dela

The 52nd by Dela 
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release Date: October 27, 2014
Book Format: ARC
# of Pages: 461
Synopsis: Not one of the sacrifices chosen over the long history had survived--until now.

On the tip of the Yucatan peninsula, the immortal Castillo family gathers in Tulum. Weary and haunted, they receive the names of fifty-two human sacrifices chosen once every fifty-two years for the Underworld, a tradition thought to have disappeared with the fall of the Aztec and Mayan empires.

Driving home one night, college freshman Zara Moss swerves to avoid hitting a ghastly figure in the road. Lucas Castillo witnesses the car crash, but when it comes time to supervise her abduction from the wreckage, he intervenes. Something is different about Zara: Lucas has been having dreams of her arrival for five hundred years.

As Lucas and Zara come together to put an end to the bloody sacrifices, they discover that the ancient tradition isn't so easily broken. The gods are angry, and they have until the Winter Solstice to drag Zara to the Underworld.


Meet The Author (Taken From Goodreads)
 
My first novel, THE 52ND, will be published October 27, 2014. Lover of tacos, neon lights, and snowboarding. Being a Vegas veteran is awesome.














  

 My Review:  
I received The 52nd by Dela from the author herself for review, and these are my honest thoughts compiled into a review. 

The premise of this story is an extremely interesting concept. An attractive god and his mysterious family suddenly walk into the life of a young college student dead set on saving her from being the 52nd sacrifice. You will have to read the book to understand what a sacrifice is and why there are 52 but I must say this story has a very unique plot. We are introduced to Lucas and his family first which I like because, normally books introduce the character that will have more presence in the book first. But I believe Lucas being introduced first was necessary for the plot and it fit perfectly. 

    My first thought while reading was that I liked how Dela mixed the names up. There were normal names for the people we heard from the most, but also some odd and hard to pronounce names. It was difficult at first with the ones I could not figure out how to pronounce, but by the end I believe it added to the experience of the story. The description of Lucas and his family was an enticing part of the story. It happened quickly and came along with action by the end of chapter 2 which was entertaining. 

    The characters all fit together like puzzle pieces of a perfect family. The favorite had to be Zara, her attitude from the beginning was priceless. I enjoyed watching her thoughts and feelings towards Lucas change throughout the whole book. She was an entirely new person by the last page in a good way. Many authors tend to use insta love in their books but in The 52nd there was no trace of this. Zara started off being confused about Lucas and it took awhile for him to change her mind. The only thing that did not really fit into the story was the small love triangle that included Zara, Jett, and Lucas. I felt that Jett was randomly thrown into the mix maybe to add a little drama. But with everything else going on every chapter had enough action and drama that Jett’s love was not needed although it did make for a sweet ending. 

    Overall I loved this book, while reading I could not put it down and when I did it was not for long before I started missing the characters and wanted them back in my life. I am not sure if this is a standalone or not but I sincerely hope that it is not because I have fallen in love with this world and the characters!

Favorite Quotes:
“My fingers went stone cold as I stared at the sheet between them. “You did our report?” (95)

“My sweater and pants sailed at my face.” (243)

“His smile broadened as if he was going to laugh, but he didn’t, and then he leaned in and took a deep breath. “This is my someday.” (359)

“And then I leaned in to kiss my prince.” (461)


20 December 2014

Stacking The Shelves - December 20, 2014



  

Good Afternoon Bookies! How are you all today? I'm here with another book haul! Some of these are oldies that I have had on my shelf for a few months but forget to show you, hope you don't mind! Let me know what you think of any or all of the books below as well as leave links to your own hauls!

Bought:

Work: 



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