Stacking The Shelves #9

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews that highlights books that we’ve acquired to read. It doesn’t matter if they are for review, purchased, checked out from the library, ebooks, audio, paperback, etc… Just share the book love!!! This week I have 3 for review and only purchased 3.

For review Net Galley

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The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling

Contact by Laurisa White Reyes


For review Entangled Teen

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Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch


Purchased

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Curses and Smoke by Vicky Alvear Shecter

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Dead End (Kiera Hudson Series 2, book 9) by Tim O’Rourke

That’s it for me this week. What did you get this week?

Series Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

 

I decided to review the series as a whole, instead of one book at a time. I read these over the course of a week and a half, so I finished them rather quickly. It took me a while to get to them, since my obsessiveness with sticking to my TBR schedule won’t let up. I usually don’t buy print books of series until after I’ve read the first book and enjoyed it. But my itchy hands had to click on the boxed set for sale on Amazon earlier this year. Don’t blame me, blame my fingers! I actually had to order the prequel separately, but it was worth it. Okay, lets get to the review. There will be no spoilers (hopefully), just a little rundown of each book.

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Series: The Maze Runner

Author: James Dashner

Released Between: October 6, 2009 – August 14, 2012

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Source: Bought (boxed set paperbacks)

Genre: YA/Dystopia/Science-Fiction/Post-Apocalyptic 

Series Rating: 4 Stars

Purchase: Amazon


SYNOPSIS: Imagine waking up in total darkness, unsure of where of where you are and unable to remember anything about yourself except your first name. You’re in a bizarre place devoid of adults called the Glade. The Glade is an enclosed structure with a jail, a graveyard, a slaughterhouse, living quarters and gardens. And no way out. Outside the Glade is the Maze, and everyday some of the kids– the Runners– venture into the labyrinth, trying to map the ever -changing pattern of walls in an attempt to find an exit from this hellish place. So far, no one has figured it out. And not all of the Runners return from their daily exertions, victims of the maniacal Grievers, part animal, part mechanical killing machines.

Thomas is the new arrival to the Glade in this Truman-meets-Lord of the Flies tale. A motley crew of half a dozen kids is all he has to guide him in this strange world. As soon as he arrives, unusual things begin to happen, and the others grow suspicious of him. Though the maze seems somehow familiar to Thomas, he’s unable to make sense of the place, despite his extraordinary abilities as a Runner. What is this place, and does Thomas hold the key to finding a way out?


REVIEW

This is a really amazing series. I’m a fan of The Hunger Games and Catching Fire movies (I didn’t read the books), but I read Mockingjay, so when others started comparing the two, I thought i’d give this series a shot. I can’t compare the first two books of THG trilogy with this, but going by the movies i’d hazard to say this series is more dramatic than THG. I read The Kill Order first since it’s the prequel for the trilogy.

Mark, the MC, teams up with Alec and they try to find a cure for the plague that’s killing the survivors of the solar flares that nearly wiped out Earth. He is recalling all that happened the year before, while also living in the present. The details are truly frightening to me. I was so keen on stopping, but it kept getting to the point where I couldn’t. And while I appreciate details, I think that some of the goriness could have been left out. This is supposed to be YA after all. After reading all of the books, I realized that The Kill Order really left me with questions. I assumed that it would be better to read it first, but I was wrong. There were characters that added nothing to the other books, I’m pretty sure that they didn’t need to be mentioned at all. Yes, you get to know what happened before the Glade, but this felt like a different story. Maybe I should have just read the trilogy, then maybe I wouldn’t think it was such a waste of my reading time.

In The Maze Runner, Thomas wakes up in the Glade with memory loss, surrounded by various teenage boys. He’s asking questions but getting no answers. There are multitudes of rules to follow, yet the place doesn’t seem half bad. Soon Thomas finds out what exactly is outside of the walls protecting the Glade. He and the others start to formulate a plan to leave the Glade. Apparently no one is allowed  inside the Maze, except the Runners. Once a girl is brought in, things change exponentially. The fight for survival is all to real for Thomas and the others. The author only gives out certain information in spurts, clearly to keep the reader wanting more. I immediately jumped to the next book.

The Scorch Trials nearly had me pulling out my hair. They are created to test out the survivors of the Glade by WICKED. It is really insane!! I couldn’t, for the life of me, stop reading. By the end, I was questioning my own mind. You never know who to trust, and there are new characters that make you want to hide under a rock. Seriously, it was just that gruesome. And yet, I kept reading like the masochist that I am. There is so much action in this one, much more than The Maze Runner. If WICKED isn’t enough to give you an idea of the dangerous situations, let me tell you what it stands for. World In Catastrophe Killzone Experiment Department, is that enough to make you cringe? This book was the least of my favorite in the trilogy. Again, Dashner gives you just enough to make you keep reading. It was beyond brilliant writing, but I can’t say that I would read it again. I’ll just wait for the movie (if there is a second).

Thomas goes through a lot in The Death Cure. And the character deaths were shocking, to say the least. I thought that a lot more would be revealed about WICKED, but it wasn’t. I’m not sure what to think about this book. The Maze Runner is the only book that I liked from the whole trilogy. James Dashner clearly doesn’t do too much character development here. We learn that the flare was created to control the population. Shocker there! (sarcasm intended)! In all the dystopian books, everything is about control. Yeah, kinda had that figured Mr. Dashner.

I was going to say that it was just okay, but that is an understatement of epic proportions. It is brilliant writing on parts, but others just made me want to throw it out with my garbage. I’m not so sure this should be classified as YA. It involves teens yes, but would I want my teen reading the gruesome details of this book? Not sure. Just like The Hunger Games trilogy, I am hesitant to let my cousins read it, simply because of all the deaths and kids killing kids thing. But, it is a good series to read, so therefore the 4 stars is warranted.

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Stacking The Shelves #5

 

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, that highlights all the books we’ve received to read, review, or just to add to your shelves. I missed

last week so I have a few more to add this week.

From Net Galley

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Land of Shadows by Rachel Howzell Hall

How To Tell Toledo From The Night Sky by Lydia Netzer

Hexed by Michelle Krys


From Bethany House

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Gathering Shadows by Nancy Mehl


From Booklook Bloggers

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Spirit Bridge by James L. Rubart


Won via Blogs/Goodreads/Shelf Awareness

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The Steady Running of The Hour by Justin Go

Find Me by Romily Bernard

White Gold by Rachel Amphlett

Soul Fire by Aprille Legacy

Red Devil 4 by Eric Leuthardt

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The YA Readers Little Black Book by Various Authors

Devour by Shelly Crane


From Author

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Uncovering Cobbogoth by Hannah L. Clark

Dark Days by Kate Ormand


I didn’t go on my Amazon shopping spree as I had planned, I’ll save it for next week. I’m looking forward to reading all of these so that I can get my reviews up in time. What goodies did you get this week?

Waiting On Wednesday #6: Curses and Smoke (A Novel of Pompeii)

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Curses And Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii

Author: Vicky Alvear Shecter

Release Date: May 27, 2014

Genre: YA/Historical/Romance

Synopsis

When your world blows apart, what will you hold onto?

TAG is a medical slave, doomed to spend his life healing his master’s injured gladiators. But his warrior’s heart yearns to fight in the gladiator ring himself and earn enough money to win his freedom. 

LUCIA is the daughter of Tag’s owner, doomed by her father’s greed to marry a much older Roman man. But she loves studying the natural world around her home in Pompeii, and lately she’s been noticing some odd occurrences in the landscape: small lakes disappearing; a sulfurous smell in the air…

When the two childhood friends reconnect, each with their own longings, they fall passionately in love. But as they plot their escape from the city, a patrician fighter reveals his own plans for them– to Lucia’s father, who imprisons Tag as punishment. Then an earthquake shakes Pompeii, in the first sign of chaos to come. Will they be able to find each other again before the volcano destroys their whole world?


 

I’m excited about this, simply because I’ve become obsessed with Historical Fiction, and I love stories of Pompeii. I can’t wait to see how the author makes her story come to life. I can’t help but picture Kit_Harington_BAFTA_2012 Kit Harington now, every time I think about anything regarding Pompeii. He was absolutely perfect in the most recent adaptation of Pompeii the movie. I swooned so much throughout the whole movie, that my fiance’ got mad. Anyways, I can’t wait to read this book!! What book are you waiting on this week?

 

Stacking The Shelves #4

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, that showcases the books we’ve gotten. Whether they are checked out from the library, won, bought or ARCs, share what you have. Sharing is caring 🙂 I got a few this week for review, so I only purchased one. I know, shocking right? After I knock these ARCs out of the way, then i’m gonna go on a shopping spree on Amazon and get more of my TBR books. Most will be physical books, as i’m trying to fill my new bookshelf that my fiancee’ bought. I’ve turned one of my guest rooms into a mini library (as my 4 yr. old niece says). Okay, on to the goodies…..


From NetGalley

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Blur (Blur Trilogy #1) by Steven James Pre-Order From Amazon

By Any Means by Chris Culver Pre-Order From Amazon

Fury (The Cure #1) by Charlotte McConaghy –Read My Review Here –

Kindle Version- Fury: Book One of The Cure (Omnibus Edition)

We Are The Goldens by Dana Reinhardt Pre-Order From Amazon


From Booklook Bloggers

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The Queen’s Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley 

Available From Amazon: The Queen’s Handmaid


From Author

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Reflection Pond by Kacey Vanderkarr –

Available From Amazon:Reflection Pond


From Entangled Teen

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Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye Pre-Order:Fragile Line (Entangled Teen)

Creators by Tiffany Truitt Pre-Order:Creators (Entangled Teen)


Won

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Edge of Shadows by Cege Smith

Available On Amazon:Edge of Shadows (Shadows #1)

Cupcakes, Trinkets and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

Available On Amazon:Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (The Dowser Series)

Trinkets, Treasures and Other Bloody Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

Available On Amazon:Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic (The Dowser Series)


Purchased

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Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

Available On Amazon:Sea of Shadows: Age of Legends

I have a slew of freebies from Amazon that if I post them, i’ll be here all night trying to edit this. I really need to catch up on my TBR before I go crazy adding more books. It’s already going to be years before I even finish reading them all. It currently sits at 750+, and I haven’t even added the books from the past few weeks to the list yet. *sigh* Anyhoo, what books did you get this week? Sharing is caring people!!!

 

Free Amazon Kindle Books

I’m going to start posting free books once a week, that I find on Amazon. I will try to post them by genre so that it will be easier for you to choose the ones that interest you. I’m gonna try to stick with Thursdays. I only found a few that interest me, but next week i’ll try to post more. Fill free to check them out….







Note: All of these books are free at the time of posting. PLEASE check the price before downloading, as it may have changed!!!

Waiting On Wednesday #4: Tested (New World #3) by Janelle Stalder

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It showcases books that we are looking forward to reading. My book this week, it’s cover yet to be revealed, is Tested (New World #3) by Janelle Stalder. I’ve already devoured the first two books in the series, 17840598 Switch (New World #1), read my review HERE; and Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00005] Masked (New World #2), read my review HERE. This is a NA/Dystopia series, and is very addicting. I love the world that Janelle has created, and each book is centered around a particular person or persons as the case may be. 

A brief blurb from book 1: Two thirds of the world population has been wiped out, devastated by the worst war the earth has ever seen. Standing among the ruins is a mind reader who finds herself on the wrong side of the war. Everyone does what they must in order to survive. When the rebels bent on bringing down the New World leader start to rise up, it is her job to make sure they stay down where they belong. That is, until one rebel sneaks past her defenses and into her heart. Love will blossom from the ashes, but will it be enough to save them, or will it mean the end of them both?

*These books are for mature audiences due to sexual situations, violence and strong language.*

Tested will be released on June 24, 2014.

Check it out on GOODREADS 

  

 

 

 

Review: The Key by Jennifer Anne Davis

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 Title: The Key

Author: Jennifer Anne Davis

Release Date: November 16, 2013

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Source: ebook 

My Copy: FREE FROM AMAZON

Rating: 3 STARS

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BRIEF SYNOPSIS

Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the king’s son and commander of the King’s Army. He spends his days roving the island, doing his father’s bidding and trying to maintain control over the people. 

When a chance encounter throws Rema and Darmik together, they share an instantaneous connection, but any sort of relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Darmik’s brother, the Crown Prince, notices Darmik’s interest in Rema and, in a calculated, political move, blackmails her. Faced with an impossible choice, Rema is forced to sacrifice her heart in order to save her family.

REVIEW

 This book was okay for me. While I love Medieval/Historical Romances, this one just didn’t quite do it for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good book, and i’m sure others will enjoy it more than I did. There is a lot of deceit going on in this book. Gah! I was beginning to think that one  thing was this, and turn around and it’s another. I applaud Rema, the heroine, because she is so strong and fiercely protective of her family. Although I love a well narrated story, this felt like too much for me with the different POVs. Yes, it’s interesting to get a good impression on the characters, but sometimes it felt like I was in a maze and couldn’t get out. I don’t like when a book does that to me. The romance was good and I appreciated Darmik’s character. He is like a balm to Rema and he keeps her head above water.

Then there are the evil characters. Lennek, is just deceitful.  I think the book would have been flat out boring if it weren’t for the shadiness of these characters. All the secrets and lies are well placed and that helped me stick with this book. The cliffhanger at the end? Why? Seriously, give me something other than that. I’m not sure if I’ll jump right into the next book just yet. I have others that I need to chop off my TBR list first. But, all in all, I did enjoy it somewhat.

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Stacking The Shelves#3

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, that allows us bloggers and readers to show off all of the books we got this week. Whether they were purchased, free, won, or ARCs, let us know what goodies you got. This week I tried not to buy any, but me being the book lover that I am, I had to buy at least two. Lets face it, I can’t help myself and I am not ashamed. 🙂

PURCHASED

17162437 Shadows by Paula Weston (excited to read this one)

7137327 Enclave by Ann Aguirre

WON

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18281997 Night Owls by Lauren Roy (Thanks Anya @On Starships and Dragonwings)

NETGALLEY

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18513759 The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz

AMAZON FREEBIES

17673256 The Frog Prince by Jennie James

17701652 Obsession by Ivory Quinn

18306031 Cornerstone by Kelly Walker (doesn’t the cover model look like Daenerys *Khaleesi* from Game of Thrones?)

Excited to read these books. I’ve already started one of them, so I should be done by tomorrow if I don’t get too busy. What books did you get this week?

Review: The Elite (Unveiled) by Coey Cain

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Title: The Elite: Unveiled

Author: Coey Cain

Release Date: March 13, 2013

Publisher: Vamptasy Publishing

Genre: NA/Paranormal

Source: ebook 

My Copy: Complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest/unbiased review

My Rating: 5 STARS

BRIEF SYNOPSIS

Everyone assumes that Joelie Baudelaire lives a charmed life. She has a generous benefactor in Warren Jardine, and a glamorous lifestyle in the exciting city of Las Vegas. Everyone is wrong. When Warren is arrested, Joelie has the ability to escape the emotional jail he’s held  her captive in for two years. Her father’s house should be her refuge, but it’s another kind of prison altogether. All Joelie wants is a normal, peaceful life. Discovering that she is one of The World Elite, a genetically superior race, puts a whole new set of shackles on her life.

Read the full synopsis on GOODREADS

REVIEW

This book is absolutely amazing! Great plot, awesome characters, ideal setting; what more is there to ask for? Very well written also. Great character development. You get to know enough about the characters that it doesn’t take you away from the story. The plot itself is so beyond good, and the author just gives you the perfect setting and amazing characters to give you a great story. Which I might add, is far from over.

*SPOILERS GALORE*

I was hooked from the very first page. We have Joelie, who has just arrived in Washington from Las Vegas, to live with her father. Mind you, this is a twenty seven years old woman, who has problems that comes from breaking it off with a controlling ex. Her world is about to get a whole lot more stressful and downright depressing. Nevermind the fact that her father, a Sheriff no less, has assigned three of his best men on the job, to guard his daughter 24-7. Forget that they have to be with her at all times and have installed cameras around the premises, and insists upon her wearing a tracking device on her ankle. Don’t worry, it’s basically non existent.

Joelie is about to die from all of this when Sender, her childhood crush who mind you, is seven years older than her, walks into her father’s house for his weekly Man Fest (grill, men, alcohol). It’s instant, the impression. Sender, her father John, and Sender’s father Wes know what is going on around them. All Joelie knows is that there’s a feeling inside of her and it has something to do with Sender.

Diesel, one of her guards, watches the whole exchange. He’s immediately jealous. Catches attitude with Joelie, so she goes to her room. Days go by and Joelie has Cabin Fever. As she has to have a guard everyday, Diesel will just have to take her somewhere so she can unwind. As she’s making her plans, she gets a text from Sender asking to take her out. Her father really shouldn’t have given her number to him. Before she can stop herself she agrees for tomorrow. Off to the bar with Diesel she goes. She sits near older men who chat about the murders and kidnapping that has been going on in the area and other close counties. One of them goes on and on about some World Elite beings out there, which is pretty funny to her. All eyes are on her from men in the bar. Diesel is fuming and to top it off, in walks Sender. A man runs in covered in blood and screaming for help. Diesel tells her to stay put and goes with the man. Sender asks her to go with him to a safe location. As it is apparent, something is amiss and Sender knows more than he’s telling her.

This is where things turn from stressful to depressing. The life that she has lived has been filled with secrets. To top off the depressing news, she now is told she is betrothed to Sender and that she signed the contract when she was 18. Sender signed his contract at 18 also, which means she was 11 at the time. Joelie is going crazy with trying to find a way out of this madness.

This story is amazing and I would recommend reading it to see where it goes. I’m so ready for the next book. That’s my only problem I have with this book, waiting for the next to come. What a cliff hanger! This book is worth every penny and your time. You will not be disappointed. You will be engrossed from the very first page! Coey Cain has been added to my favorite authors list.

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