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[Stacking the Shelves] - #10

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your bookshelf, be it the physical one or your digital one!

      I know I am a bit behind on what I've been trying to get done this week, and I apologize. Getting things around, and having other things keeping me busy have kept me away from the book land for a while. I am sincerely sorry for that, and I hope you forgive me. However, I haven't forgotten I am working on releasing all the same things I should have been, within the next twenty-four hours. So here is the first...

Cracked Up to Be

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   Author: Susan Ee
   Format: Paperback
   Release Date: February 14th, 2012

     It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

     Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

     Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

     Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

      Angelfall has been recommended to me time and time again, has been on my wishlist for ages, and when I finally had some spare cash there wasn't a stop. There was something about this book, something that told me the typical idea of Angels saving everyone that went out the window with this book. Angelfall presents Angels as kidnappers, dark and sinister, and possibly far worse. Which for most angel books, is far far different.

      The story doesn't end there. Raffe is a fallen Angel who wants to be made whole again, and then there is Penryn a girl who wants more than anything to get her sister back. Penryn's sister was taken by Angels. My question is why did they take Penryn's sister? There was something there, and when the two Raffe and Penryn meet up, they both are on a mission but to what ends will they go to see it to the end?

   Author: Courtney Summers
   Format: Paperback
   Release Date: December 23rd, 2008

     When "Perfect" Parker Fadley starts drinking at school and failing her classes, all of St. Peter's High goes on alert. How has the cheerleading captain, girlfriend of the most popular guy in school, consummate teacher's pet, and future valedictorian fallen so far from grace?

     Parker doesn't want to talk about it. She'd just like to be left alone, to disappear, to be ignored. But her parents have placed her on suicide watch and her counselors are demanding the truth. Worse, there's a nice guy falling in love with her and he's making her feel things again when she'd really rather not be feeling anything at all.

     Nobody would have guessed she'd turn out like this. But nobody knows the truth.

     Something horrible has happened, and it just might be her fault.

     Cracked Up to Be has me interested and was part of a monthly read from the book club I am part of. I haven't gotten around to it and just recently picked it up. I am a huge fan of Courtney Summers and after the book This is not a Test there is every reason to. Cracked Up to Be has this high school dilemma, the perfect girl goes through something that changes her forever. Instead of facing it head on, she wants to be ignored wants to fade away into nothingness. However everyone around her seems to have other plans for her.

   Author: Jessica Khoury
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: September 4th, 2012

     Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home--and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.

     Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia's origin--a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

     Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost.

     Origin appeared on the shelf of a local Walmart and when I read the inside cover I couldn't help myself. I want to know more about Pia and Eio. Pia coming from a jungle where her hole in laboratory, Eio from a nearby village. My inquiry into this book comes to Eio, where I wonder if he's from like a wild native indian-like tribe, or is it something like a city whose moved to the wild and has a village nearby this laboratory. And Pia, why was she left alone, this will more than likely be answered when I get to read the book.

Title: Entice
   Author: Jessica Shirvington
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: September 4th, 2012

     Violet Eden is Grigori - part angel, part human. Her destiny is to protect humans from the vengence of exiled angels.

     Knowing who to trust is key but, when Grigori reinforcements arrive, it becomes clear everyone is hiding something. Even Lincoln. The only thing Violet does know: Phoenix's hold over her is more dangerous than ever.

     The race to find the one thing that could tilt the balance of power brings them all to the sacred mountains of Jordan, where Violet's power will be pushed to the extreme. And the ultimate betrayal exposed.

     Entice was a book, that came more or less out of a spur of the moment. I have the first book, Embrace of the series. I was looking for it and was hoping to get around to it. The pull to this book, is it reminds me so much of the Fallen series. I can hope this passes the Fallen series, it's not that I dislike the fallen series at all; it's more of I am always hoping the best for books. The Embrace series pulls in a girl Violet as a Grigori, an angel/human who wants to protect and save humans.

Title: Ten
   Author: Gretchen McNeil
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: September 18th, 2012

     And their doom comes swiftly.

     It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

     But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

     Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

     Ten has an appeal like any other, a story about a weekend in which Meg and Minnie are on vacation in hopes of more than just a good time. However, things drastically change. A mystery unravels around the whole boat as Vengeance wrecks havoc everyone. People dying all over the place with the two teens trying to figure out who is killing people, and why. My best inclination is that the book being told from Meg's perspective, there for me is only one possible solution to who the killer is. So here is my guess before opening the book, Minnie.
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