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[Stacking the Shelves] - #12

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      Well the book scene hasn't really grown, but what has grown, in the weeks that I was off I picked up a few sets of books. I even went to Chicago and headed into Anderson's Bookshop and picked up a few new autographed books they had. I love that shop and I'd recommend anyone in the Naperville area to stop in and take a look around. Anyways, I am going to make a dent here breifly and try to catch up on the books I have gotten. I won't be buying anything New for a while 

The Edge of Nowhere
Seconds Away
Mystic City
What’s Left of Me

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   Author: Elizabeth George
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: September 4th, 2012

     Whidbey Island may be only a ferry ride from Seattle, but it's a world apart. When Becca King arrives there, she doesn't suspect the island will become her home for the next four years. Put at risk by her ability to hear "whispers"--the thoughts of others--Becca is on the run from her stepfather, whose criminal activities she has discovered. Stranded and alone, Becca is soon befriended by Derric, a Ugandon orphan adopted by a local family; Seth, a kindhearted musician and high school dropout; Debbie, a recovering alcoholic who takes her in; and Diana, with whom Becca shares a mysterious psychic connection.

     This compelling coming-of-age story, the first of an ongoing sequence of books set on Whidbey Island, has elements of mystery, the paranormal, and romance. Elizabeth George, bestselling author of the Inspector Lynley crime novels, brings her elegant style, intricate plotting, incisive characterization, and top-notch storytelling to her first book for teens.

      I love good coming of age tales, and The Edge of Nowhere sounds a bit like one. Widbey Island just sounds like an island filled with children all with some sort of paranormal powers. I think of the British TV show Misfits for those of you who have seen it. All these children seem to have powers or abilities to do certain things, but the motives and what they do with those powers is what I'm curious on. Becca's ability to hear thoughts is pretty generic and frankly I'm more interested in seeing if I am right about the others having similar abilities.

      Becca's story sounds rather intriguing. She comes form a father who apparently is into some crime, however I just wish we knew what sort of crime he was involved in; robbery, heists, murder? I am curious to see his thoughts from her perspective, like does she translate them for us, or will they be his actual thoughts translated? There is so much more to the family and the story she has with her father, than what is being told here. As well, the story with the friends. I am curious to see all of her, and the sides of her.

Title: Shelter
   Author: Harlan Coben
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: September 6th, 2011

     Mickey Bolitar's year can't get much worse. After witnessing his father's death and sending his mom to rehab, he's forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools.

     A new school comes with new friends and new enemies, and lucky for Mickey, it also comes with a great new girlfriend, Ashley. For a while, it seems like Mickey's train-wreck of a life is finally improving - until Ashley vanishes without a trace. Unwilling to let another person walk out of his life, Mickey follows Ashley's trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that this seemingly sweet, shy girl isn't who she claimed to be. And neither was Mickey's father. Soon, Mickey learns about a conspiracy so shocking that it makes high school drama seem like a luxury - and leaves him questioning everything about the life he thought he knew.

     First introduced to readers in Harlan Coben's latest adult novel, Live Wire, Mickey Bolitar is as quick-witted and clever as his uncle Myron, and eager to go to any length to save the people he cares about. With this new series, Coben introduces an entirely new generation of fans to the masterful plotting and wry humor that have made him an award-winning, internationally bestselling, and beloved author.

     Shelter surrounds a good bit of mystery and investigation bit that Harlan Coben is known for. I was first shown Seconds Away (which is following this book), I sought out Shelter to start the series. Mickey sounds like a character and I wish I would have read Live Wire now, just to be introduced to the character.

      In Shelter Mickey is supposedly calming down after a series of horrendous events, which took place in the adult book Live Wire I am assuming. However the new life with Myron seems to take a turn, and the girlfriend he thought he knew, leads him on a chase of his life. Not only will Mickey learn who his girlfriend really is in an underground world, but what secrets his father had as well. It's this type of genre that leads me into plot twists, a mystery of the world around the corner, and character deceptions. I cannot wait to get into this book and read it thoroughly.

   Author: Harlan Coben
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: September 18th, 2012

     This action-packed second book in international bestseller Harlan Coben’s Mickey Bolitar young adult series follows Mickey as he continues to hunt for clues about the Abeona Shelter and the mysterious death of his father—all while trying to navigate the challenges of a new high school.

     When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey and his loyal new friends—sharp-witted Ema and the adorkably charming Spoon—find themselves at the center of a terrifying mystery involving the shooting of their classmate Rachel. Now, not only does Mickey need to keep himself and his friends safe from the Butcher of Lodz, but he needs to figure out who shot Rachel—no matter what it takes.

     Mickey Bolitar is as quick-witted and clever as his uncle Myron, but with danger just seconds away, it is going to take all of his determination and help from his friends to protect the people he loves, even if he does not know who—or what—he is protecting them from.

     Harlan Coben comes back again with Seconds Away. I haven't read the first one, and while I was turned to this book first. I am wondering if he finds his girlfriend or what happens to her in the first book. However, at the same time I guess that would be a good reason to read the first book. Harlan Coben is a great author of mystery, and I just hope Mickey Bolitar can keep my interests!

Title: Mystic City
   Author: Theo Lawrence
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: October 9th, 2009

     For fans of Matched, The Hunger Games, X-Men, and Blade Runner comes a tale of a magical city divided, a political rebellion ignited, and a love that was meant to last forever. Book One of the Mystic City Novels.

     Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself.

     Mystic City is one of those books that when I read the synopsis, I thought of the same thing that the first  paragraph said. It reminds of Matched and The Hunger Games a lot. How the city is setup and the complete dystopia of how the world is working. Two worlds, the Depths and Aeries, separate the world into two different types of financial classes.

     Aria is a Mystic that lives in the Depths and her family has betrothed her to Thomas Foster who lives in Aeries. This part reminds me of Matched a lot. The lack of choice int he matter, and to make it worst, Aria wakes up with gaps in her memory and can't remember why her parents would do anything of the sort. I have a feeling when she meets Hunter she'll realize that the Aeries people are trying to fight for power, and her. Thus, she's going to have to "fight" a war with them. I am curious to see how this book pans out!

   Author: Kat Zhang
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: September 18th, 2012

     I should not exist. But I do.

     Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

     For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

     What's Left of Me has been talked about rather heavily and I have looked forward to this book for a long time. It plays along the same lines that my book that I'm writing does. Eva and Addie seem to be in the same body, and people are born as hybrids. However, as they grow one seems to fade away. My question is what happens to those who stay as hybrids? I guess that's what we'd find out if they are caught right.

     Anyways, I was curious to see how the interaction between the two Eva and Addie was done. Because they are the same body, same vocal cords; but there are two different distinguished people in there. The interaction and how the dialogue is conveyed will be a good indicator of how good this book will be, and if the book will confuse me on who is speaking and when.

     The other thing is why do they conduct hybrids this way? Wouldn't it be better to have clones? I mean at least this way if one wasn't supposed to live longer than the other, you could quarantine one, or kill one. However, I do see where the humane bit would play into this, and that will be my guess as to why hybrids exist.  I am very curious to get into the book and just view the dialogue.
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