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[Stacking the Shelves] - #28

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      Its a great Monday night, and I have a few books to add to the ever growing collection on my Mailbox Monday list. This week there's not a lot of themeing going on this week, for the segment. However, I bring one of my favorite authors, from a great book that I gave a 5.0 rating to earlier. I have been a bit lazy over the weekend, and there has been a few things on my mind.

      I will have an update sometime this week, and hope to keep up to date and maybe just maybe stay a bit ahead this week. As well, I hope to swap Wishful Wednesday and Future Friday around. I want to take part in on Waiting on Wednesday and maybe that'll help bring some of my numbers up. I haven't really thought of what I would name the new Friday feature yet, was thinking about Fantasy Friday, but I'm not sure on that yet. To the point now:

Out of the Easy
Ender’s Game
Unravel Me
The Shadow Society

Mailbox Pickup:

Title:Out of the Easy
   Author: Ruta Sepetys
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: February 12th, 2013

     It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer.

     She devises a plan to get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

     With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.

      This is one of my favorite authors, and from one of my favorite reads, Between Shades of Gray. I love how this book takes a girl who wants more than the life she's born into. I don't know what it would be like to be born into a brothel, but it wouldn't be the life I would choose to life, it if twas me. As well, if it be extremely awkward being a girl as well. So I understand why she aspires for more.

     I read and listened to an interview with Ruta about this book, and all the research she did for this book. I love the detail, the power, and the emotion that goes into every book she does. I love the raw power, the emotion she conveys through every character. So this book featuring Josie, is sure to be everything I anticipate from Ruta Sepetys.

Title: Ender's Game
   Author: Orson Scott Card
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: February 18th, 2002

     Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards

     In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

     Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

     Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

     The Ender's Game is a book that caught my eye when it came to my attention that this book was moving to the big screen. I don't understand where I have been, but a friend of mine adored this book. So when I got the chance to look at this book again, and figure out why my friend enjoyed this book so well, I couldn't help but pick up this book.

     When I was looking at this book, at the synopsis I understood just what the thought was and why there is such a following for this book. Its a sci-fi book that doesn't really partake on the whole alien aspect of this book, but merely on the politics and the management behind the war. It's much like The Maze Runner meets some alien war. I am curious on the world that Andrew (Ender) lives in, the relationships. I am curious on his brother and sister, who is the most loved, and what do they strive for. Just who they are.

Title:Unravel Me
   Author: Tahereh Mafi
   Format: Paperback
   Release Date: February 5th, 2013

     it's almost
     time for war.

     Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

     She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

     Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

     In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.

     Unravel Me, sequel to Shatter Me, brings Juliette to a world in which her decisions become harder and harder, and forces the world and the people she loves to the forefront. As well, a character I hate the most Warner. His whole egotistic and possessive persona drives me crazy and I hate how he doesn't take a hint. He's almost borderline worthy being called a womanizer. His pursuit of her is unrelenting and rather creepy, but at the end there is just one thing, Juliette's choice.

     Juliette is by far one of my favorite characters. She's powerful, and determined; as well, she knows what she wants. Adam is a great support, he pushes her to be everything, and more than what she was supposed to be. Adam is strong, and yet I feel he is compassionate. He wants everything for her, and still he is there supporting her. I love this story line and I love Mafi's work!

Title: The Shadow Society
   Author: Marie Rutkoski
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: February 12th, 2013

     Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere—but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.

     Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives at her high school, and he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn’t thought possible. But Conn’s interest in her is confusing. It doesn’t line up with the way he first looked at her.

     As if she were his enemy.

     When Conn betrays Darcy, she realizes that she can’t rely on anything—not herself, not the laws of nature, and certainly not him. Darcy decides to infiltrate the Shadow Society and uncover the Shades’ latest terrorist plot. What she finds out will change her world forever . . .

     In this smart, compulsively readable novel, master storyteller Marie Rutkoski has crafted an utterly original world, characters you won’t soon forget, and a tale full of intrigue and suspense.

     The Shadow Society, there is yet another book about a hidden world. But in this book, a world in which an alternate world exists, and Darcy is from one of those. What I don't understand about this book, is the whole Fringe aspect of it. I mean why? There doesn't seem to be a need for the shades or the monsters in the alternate world and it almost doesn't fit. It would be better if it was just humans, and some of them know about the other world. It would make for a better story.

     However, I am stuck with this story, and I will try to make it work and see how good it is in the end. The boy, Conn, strikes me as odd. So he views her as an enemy and then betrays her, I love the foreshadowing in this book... Okay I don't honestly know what I saw in this synopsis when I bought it; maybe I was looking for a different book that sparked my interest at the time. Right now, looking it over again, I don't see it.

Title: Pulse
   Author: Patrick Carman
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: February 19th, 2013

     From New York Times bestselling author Patrick Carman, a teen fantasy-adventure of epic proportions. In 2051, some teens have a “pulse," the power to move objects with their minds. Compulsively readable, with thrilling action scenes and a tender love story.

     The year is 2051, and the world is still recognizable. With the help of her mysterious classmate Dylan Gilmore, Faith Daniels discovers that she can move objects with her mind. This telekinetic ability is called a “pulse," and Dylan has the talent, too.

     In riveting action scenes, Faith demonstrates her ability to use her pulse against a group of telekinesis masters so powerful they will flatten their enemies by uprooting street lights, moving boulders, and changing the course of a hurtling hammer so that it becomes a deadly weapon. But even with great talent, the mind—and the heart—can be difficult to control. If Faith wants to join forces with Dylan and save the world, she’ll have to harness the power of both.

     Patrick Carman’s Pulse trilogy is a stunning, action-filled triumph about the power of the mind—and the power of love.

     A newer book that came to my shelf and I honestly can't wait to get into it. This is a better read and a better synopsis than The Shadow Society and I am sure the rest of you think the same. I will address the paranormal first in this book, Pulse. Being the telekinetic ability to move objects with your mind, push just makes sense if people did harness this ability in the future. There would be a massive force of this people in the military, gangs, or well anything. The motives would remain the same just as any other human, but in this story there seems to be the focus on the group that wants to flatten people.

     I love how this book tries to meld action and romance together, I just hope the book pulls through. Faith's ability to master her ability and go against masters, seems rather absurd. I am not sure if I agree with that bit, with her coming out ahead, but we'll see about that when the book gets underway. As well, I am looking to see into Dylan and if he stands united with a group and where his allegiance is, to the group seeking revolution or to Faith. That's the question any good romance will pose, and the answer will decide just how good this book is in the end.
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