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[Stacking the Shelves] - #29

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!

      Not sure exactly when this made the blog, I have had a rough weekend and start of the week trying to get things going and just completing them. There really isn't a whole lot going on at the moment, other than my normal job and work. I am making pretty good headway on Breaking Point and it is great so far. Far better than the first book Article 5, so look for that review in a few weeks.

     This week is a different week on Mailbox Monday. I am looking at the 5 books selected this week and I am not sure what the exact theme I was going for or generally what I was going for. I did pick up one book that was on my poll for the month, and it has been completed already (I hope to have the review out in a short while as well). However, there really isn't that many other topics to discuss about this list other than to just start in:

The Story Teller
17 & Gone
The Hunt

Mailbox Pickup:

   Author: Lauren Oliver
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: March 5th, 2013

     They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.

     But we are still here.

     And there are more of us every day.

     Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

     After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancĂ©e of the young mayor.

     Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.

     Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.

     But we have chosen a different road.

     And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.

     We are even free to choose the wrong thing.

     Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

      Requiem, I shouldn't have to do much talking about this book at all. Frankly if you didn't at least get involved and feel moved by the first two books at all, and frankly weren't interested in the books I doubt you made it this far or are as excited as I am about this book. Lauren Oliver is a great contemporary author that took on the dystopia genre, and turned it around.

     I am a guy, and I like this series so it has something going for it in that aspect. Its a love story, yes... But it's not just some love story either. There is war, and a rebellion around the corner, and Lena isn't safe anymore. The world she lives in is turned completely upside down with someone showed up at the end of the last book. I was taken back, and I loved the twist.

Title:The Story Teller
   Author: Jodi Picoult
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: February 6th, 2013

     Sage Singer befriends an old man who's particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone's favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. They strike up a friendship at the bakery where Sage works. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses…and then he confesses his darkest secret - he deserves to die, because he was a Nazi SS guard. Complicating the matter? Sage's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor.

     What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who's committed a truly heinous act ever atone for it with subsequent good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren't the party who was wronged? And most of all - if Sage even considers his request - is it murder, or justice?

     This book poses a lot of questions and is the main reason I picked it up. A story about a girl who befriends an older man, and when their relationship and friendship grows over time everything changes with a simple wish/favor. The questions at the end of the synopsis does a great job explaining and questioning the moral dilemma that will eat this book and the reader alive. I am not sure what I would do in this circumstance. 

Title:17 & Gone
   Author: Nova Ren Suma
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: March 21st, 2013

     Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these waking nightmares, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And… is she next? As Lauren searches for clues, everything begins to unravel, and when a brush with death lands her in the hospital, a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.

     With complexity and richness, Nova Ren Suma serves up a beautiful, visual, fresh interpretation of what it means to be lost.

     17 & Gone has been on my wishlist for a rather long time, and while the wait was worth it I am not sure exactly when I will get around to this book. I love the concept, mass abduction, and with the recent national case of three woman being found after over ten years of being missing, this book takes the subject home. However, the twist is the 17 year olds that go missing. Is there something about that age? That should have some role into why the girls are gong missing, its a rather large hole.

     What I don't understand that is the cliche and predictable brush of death that Lauren encounters. Its overdone and always spells trouble, so why do it? Find something more unique, a better twist that gets the reader more involved. I hope its more entertaining than how the synopsis describes it, because it's very lackluster to what I was hoping for.

Title: Shadowlands
   Author: Kate Brian
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: January 8th, 2013

     Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived… and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection with her father and sister, Darcy, leaving their friends and family without so much as a goodbye.

     Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children, but now they can barely stand each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing, partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. But just as they’re starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it a coincidence? Or is the nightmare beginning all over again?

     This book I laughed at first cause of the first name, Rory. I had a friend who hated the name, and I used to call him that all the time. And yet to my surprise this is a female, not a guy which makes the name even better. I am not sure about you but the name makes me smile and already makes this a personal involvement.

     So a survival book based on fear. A book in which you believe that the main character is free and safe from the first murderer, yet when the story goes it happens again. Her friend goes missing and the questions and fear surface all over again. I hope this book takes a turn and goes for a mystery style and tries to find out or solve the case of the missing friend. Ultimately this would be great if it took the same approach that Ten by Gretchen McNeil took and ran with it.

Title: The Hunt
   Author: Andrew Fukuda
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: February 19th, 2013

     Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.

     Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

     When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?

     This book gives off the vibe of something a lot better than Twilight, but still the typical Vampire genre. My hopes for this book is that the Vampires are viscous and the book is oozing with gore. The Farm is what came to mind when I first read this synopsis, yet The Hunt has been on my list a lot longer than The Farm (I just couldn't find a good enough copy to meet my standards).

     Gene is a human in a vampires world, and lives amongst them. So does that mean they can't smell him like the stereotypical thoughts and visions of the vile creatures are? That would be a good twist, molding their persona and lifestyle differently and than making them far more viscous and bloodthristy would be better. When Gene finds something ... or someone worth fighting for, that puts a whole new meaning to how he's been living and his world will crumble at his feet.
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