Stacking The Shelves #6

 

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews that highlights the books we’ve acquired to read. Bought, for review, checked out from library, etc.. it doesn’t matter; as long as you’re reading!


For Review

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Quintspinner: A Pirate’s Quest by Dianne Greenlay Net Galley

After The Parch by Sheldon Greene Author


Won

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Monster In My Closet (Monster Haven #1) by R.L. Naquin Thanks Larissa 

Thorn by Intisar Khanani Thanks Author Anna Silver

The Preacher’s Son by B.D. Anderson Thanks Book Nerd Tours

Ashes and Ice by Rochelle Maya Callen Thanks The Story Goes…


Purchased

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Transcendence by Shay Savage This is my favorite Twific so i’m excited to read the published version

Reached & Crossed by Ally Condie I read Matched last year and liked it, so I had to get the other 2 hardcovers

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa I will be reading the trilogy next week and review them as a whole. I purchased the first book and won a signed hardcover of book 2 last year, I’m just getting around to starting them so i’m excited!

I’m not requesting any books from Net Galley until I’ve read at least 10 more of the books that I purchased this year. I have to catch up on my TBR some way, and reading only review books that have a deadline just will not do. So, I’ve decided that for every 10 or so books that I clear off my list, I’ll request 2 from NG (and hopefully get approved) and go from there. I think that I have 4 more review books coming from authors/publishers next week, and that will be it for a while. I love reading books to help get the word out, but I have books all on my bookshelf and my kindles that need reading ASAP. I’ve put them aside for too long now. What books have you gotten to read?

Stacking The Shelves #5

 

stacking the shelves

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?

ARC Review: We Are The Goldens by Dana Reinhardt

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Title: We Are The Goldens

Author: Dana reinhardt

Release Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books

Genre: YA/Contemporary

Source: eARC via NetGalley

Rating: 3 STARS

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SYNOPSIS

Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart.

When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellaya. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They’re a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? But now, Nell’s a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she’s happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it’s wrong, and she must do something about it.

REVIEW

The story is told in Nell’s POV. She has always thought of her and Layla as two halves of the whole. They’ve always been close as sisters, friends. So when she learns about her sister’s secret, she doesn’t understand how everything went wrong. Nell is best friends with Felix, and he is always there for her as she is for him. there is no romance between them, just a strong boy/girl friendship. I particularly enjoyed that aspect of the book. It’s very realistic, and I think that it is a great message for young readers. I love how the the girls characteristics are very different from each other. Reading this, it felt like Nell is the older of the two.

This is a fast read. As far as realistic/contemporary goes, it was up to par. I think that this would be a good book for any teen, as it shows the bond between sisters and of the struggles of high school. Everyone has them, even the seemingly popular kids. Good book to give as a gift, as i’m going to give a copy to my cousin when it’s released. Overall, an okay read for me. I know that younger readers may get a better grasp of the story.

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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.*

 

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!!!

 

ARC Review: Snitch (Bea Catcher Chronicles #2)

 

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Title: Snitch (Bea Catcher Chronicles #2)

Author: Olivia Samms

Release Date: April 1, 2014

Publisher: Amazon Children’s Publishing/ Skyscape

Source: eARC  through NetGalley

Genre: YA/Mystery/Supernatural

Rating: 3 STARS


SYNOPSIS

As the days count down to her eighteenth birthday, Bea feels trapped. Trapped by her dark past, by her parents’ expectations, even by her own dreams for the future. The road ahead is unclear, blurred with secrets and lies. The only constant, sure thing in her life is Sergeant Dan Daniels. He’s faced  with a gang related murder case and asks Bea to use her “skill” to see and then draw the truth out of the suspect….. literally. But when she does, it leaves her with more unanswered questions. And then another teen is shot- clinging for his life. Time is running out. Can Bea find the killer before someone else gets hurt?


REVIEW

I requested this book because I was told that it can be read as a stand-alone, even though it’s the second book in the series. It tells of a seventeen, almost eighteen-year-old, girl named Bea who is a recovering addict. Some time during her stint in rehab, she developed the ability to “see” into people’s deepest thoughts, drawing out the truth on paper. I found this somewhat fascinating, and wanted to know more. Bea is sort of lost right now, and the only person that keeps her focused is a cop named Dan, whom she happens to like (and he in return, even if he won’t admit it out loud). She’s under-age, so there can be no…. you get the picture.

It starts off well enough. We get a glimpse into the typical day for Bea. Her complaints about school, the students, her dad, the house, her mom, etc… She meets Dan at their secret meeting spot, and he wants her to come look at a murder suspect, whom he thinks is lying to cover for someone, and “see” the truth in him and draw it out. In her effort to play the part, she asks one of the “hip” boys at school to show her how to act “gangster”. She gets her first “seeing” down on paper and it gives her a slight headache. She nor Dan knows what she draws down means so she wants to try again, by being put in a holding cell across from the suspect. There she decides that she will find the truth on her own, so that no one will know that he snitched.

Bea is quite a character. She’s artistic and quite witty at times, but other times she’s just whiny. I despise whiny characters. And my God, she’s seventeen, why has she been in rehab and had drunken sex? I get rebellious teens, they come a dime a dozen. But Bea, seems more like an adult to me than a teen. And then there’s the obvious longing between her and Sergeant Daniels, which is just kind of wrong- but right? I don’t know what to feel about that.

This was an okay read for me. I admit, I expected more but that just did not happen with this book. Maybe others will enjoy it more than me, so i’d recommend reading it. Especially if you like a little mystery.

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Stacking The Shelves#3

 stacking the shelves

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

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WON

18130928 Forget Me Not by Stacey Nash (Thanks Stacey!)

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

NETGALLEY

18519239 Snitch by Olivia Samms

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?