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[Stacking the Shelves] - #30

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!

      This is probably coming out close to mid-Tuesday rather than on a Monday like planned. I am falling behind, but I have had an odd week, and I'm trying to catch up, I am sorry. This week is a series of newer books that have made it on my list and some more recent purchases. I am going to cut this section down in the coming months because I had a long list of books before I started blogging and I was trying to show everything on my shelf. I loved this, cause it gives me a chance to connect to you and show you what my thoughts are and where I am looking, in terms of the books on my shelves and what I am interested in.

     So there really wasn't a specific theme for this week, just a series of books that caught my eye and I hope you give them all a chance and see what they offer.

The Summer
Strands of Bronze
and Gold

Mailbox Pickup:

   Author: Elsie Chapman
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: February 26th, 2013

     You or your Alt? Only one will survive.

     The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

     Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

     Elsie Chapman's suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better.

      Dualed has been on my list to pick up for a few months, or last year I am not sure anymore there's too many books to catch up on and watch. Either way, I have been watching this for ages, and I can't believe it's sitting on my shelf now. Dualed is a fantastic world, that I wouldn't want to live in at all.

     West is a character that turns around, and I believe begins to ask questions we all should. The questions on who you are, and which version of you is the better one to live by. The whole moral implications and reasons to justify killing someone, and not just anyone either. If you become the better version of yourself, or something weaker, what's the left over worth? What does that mean for you?

Title: Unremembered
   Author: Jessica Brody
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: March 5th, 2013

     When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

     Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.

     Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.

     Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

     From popular young adult author Jessica Brody comes a compelling and suspenseful new sci-fi series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.

     This reminds of how Superman came to be. The whole forgot where you came from ploy, and I don't for an instant believe this book is going to be playing on the amnesia. This book has more to do with where she came from rather than what she forgot. She seems to be more of a superhuman/alien than anything else, and that wouldn't bother me. It's how this book is wrapped up; in a cheesy plane crash. Which seems to cause her to forget her memory.

     I will get past that and look at the rest of the book though. I love how she is still determined and pursues her identity. It's almost as if this book is asking the question, "Who are you?" and "What is my purpose?" Its those questions that give this book a unique take on the whole identity crisis and trying to stand up for yourself. Turning this book into a great sci-fi coming of age tale.

Title:The Summer Prince
   Author: Alaya Dawn Johnson
   Format: Paperback
   Release Date: March 1st, 2013

     A heart-stopping story of love, death, technology, and art set amid the tropics of a futuristic Brazil.

     The lush city of Palmares Três shimmers with tech and tradition, with screaming gossip casters and practiced politicians. In the midst of this vibrant metropolis, June Costa creates art that’s sure to make her legendary. But her dreams of fame become something more when she meets Enki, the bold new Summer King. The whole city falls in love with him (including June’s best friend, Gil). But June sees more to Enki than amber eyes and a lethal samba. She sees a fellow artist.

     Together, June and Enki will stage explosive, dramatic projects that Palmares Três will never forget. They will add fuel to a growing rebellion against the government’s strict limits on new tech. And June will fall deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.

     Pulsing with the beat of futuristic Brazil, burning with the passions of its characters, and overflowing with ideas, this fiery novel will leave you eager for more from Alaya Dawn Johnson.

     This book came out of the woodwork, I wasn't sure if i liked what the synopsis held and overall, I took a gamble on this book. I love how this book focuses on art and aesthetics around the world, molding a broody romance with the prince, or new king. However what I don't understand and this is me being picky, what sort of art are we talking about Sculptures, Paintings, Poetry, etc? It won't make any matter to the story, other than the length of time that it would take to produce a given work in each medium.

     With the broody romance, there is a topic that I noticed right off the top. When June notices that Enki is an artist underneath his persona of being a prince/king. He is much more than what the surface gives off, and that's a great topic to tell as well. I am curious though, as what the rebellion and tech is about though, and if Enki is part of the rebellion, than why can't he just change the laws?

Title: Strands of Bronze and Gold
   Author: Jane Nickerson
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: February 12th, 2013

     The Bluebeard fairy tale retold. . . .

     When seventeen-year-old Sophia Petheram’s beloved father dies, she receives an unexpected letter. An invitation—on fine ivory paper, in bold black handwriting—from the mysterious Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, her godfather. With no money and fewer options, Sophie accepts, leaving her humble childhood home for the astonishingly lavish Wyndriven Abbey, in the heart of Mississippi.

     Sophie has always longed for a comfortable life, and she finds herself both attracted to and shocked by the charm and easy manners of her overgenerous guardian. But as she begins to piece together the mystery of his past, it’s as if, thread by thread, a silken net is tightening around her. And as she gathers stories and catches whispers of his former wives—all with hair as red as her own—in the forgotten corners of the abbey, Sophie knows she’s trapped in the passion and danger of de Cressac’s intoxicating world.

     Glowing strands of romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this breathtaking debut—a thrilling retelling of the “Bluebeard" fairy tale.

     More and more I have been hearing this Bluebeard fairy tale, and the more and more I hear about them I get interested about the stories that try to tackle that story. Now I will admit I haven't heard of the Bluebeard fairy tale at all prior to this book, and I need to do a bit of research and try to understand what its about. From what I gathered in this synopsis is that the tale has something to do the de Cressac fellow trying to captivate his mistresses and lure them into his world. Ultimately he would want to ensnare her.

     Sophie is one of those girls and when her father dies,  Monsieur Bernard de Cressac is right there to pick up the pieces and offers her a dream any girl would want to live in. Except that she's beginning to unravel just who she is living with and understand what he is capable of. I am sure most girls understand and start to realize who they are with. It's tragic when we finally understand that who we thought we were with, and the friend we thought we had, isn't at all who we thought. That in turn pursues us to find out more.

Title: Safekeeping
   Author: Karen Hesse
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: September 18th, 2012

     Radley just wants to get home to her parents in Vermont. While she was volunteering abroad, the American People's Party took power; the new president was assassinated; and the government cracked down on citizens. Travel restrictions are worse than ever, and when her plane finally lands in New Hampshire, Radley’s parents aren’t there.

     Exhausted; her phone dead; her credit cards worthless: Radley starts walking.

     This book I am not sure on. I am not sure what to make of it is the reason. The synopsis does not do a good job talking about the book and showing what it's completely about. So is a dystopian? Or what is going on with this book? I understand that some party or new government took over and that the president got assassinated. That I understand, but we have some new rules that restrict how people travel. Okay, so an Article 5 sort of take, but what does that mean if you break those rules?

     As well, Radley just wants to be with her family, and when you are in a world in which everything is collapsing, or just plain muddled, who wouldn't. So I understand that, and as a teenager, finding your way, and making your own path can be difficult, so I hope to see some contemporary self searching or trying to find a purpose in this book. I love how this book is presented and I can't wait for it.
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