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[Stacking the Shelves] - #32

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      This may be one of the few times I am actually going to be making a post on time. I am happy, while I am ahead this time, I hope to stay ahead. I normally have an up to date database of books that I have on my shelf, but I haven't updated it for a few weeks. I may be doing that come Monday on my time of to update the books I have to put on Mailbox Monday; my current list is getting slimmer.

      This week there really wasn't a working theme or something that really pushed me to buy this series of books. There were a few that I was rather surprised to find, one that I bought on a whim, and the others I wasn't really sure what I was expecting, just read something similar from the author. So without any further or due, this is this weeks books.

Wings of the Wicked

Mailbox Pickup:

   Author: Megan Miranda
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: February 5th, 2012

     Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian. She can't remember the details of that night but everyone knows it was self-defense, so she isn't charged. But Mallory still feels Brian's presence in her life. Is it all in her head? Or is it something more? In desperate need of a fresh start, Mallory is sent to Monroe, a fancy prep school where no one knows her . . . or anything about her past.But the feeling follows her, as do her secrets. Then, one of her new classmates turns up dead. As suspicion falls on Mallory, she must find a way to remember the details of both deadly nights so she can prove her innocence-to herself and others.

     In another riveting tale of life and death, Megan Miranda's masterful storytelling brings readers along for a ride to the edge of sanity and back again.

      Hysteria comes from the mind of Megan Miranda, author of Fractured. When I picked this book up, it was shortly after I finished Fractured, and while I wanted ore out of Fractured. I picked up this book, hoping it would be that filler and extension. However, as much as I was hoping to see a sequel, this wasn't a sequel at all, and I was a bit let down.

     This book stars Mallory killing her boyfriend. In the synopsis we know she feels Brian, her boyfriend, with her afterwards, and I don't understand if its a guilt or if there is something more that is is trying to be expressed. I am not exactly sure what I am looking for in this particular book, but in a tale of a girl who has to delve into her past, into the murder of her boyfriend, and a current one to clear her name and her reputation.

Title: Ender's Shadow
   Author: Orson Scott Card
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: January 31st, 2012

     Welcome to Battleschool.

     Growing up is never easy. But try living on the mean streets as a child begging for food and fighting like a dog with ruthless gangs of starving kids who wouldn't hesitate to pound your skull into pulp for a scrap of apple. If Bean has learned anything on the streets, it's how to survive. And not with fists. He is way too small for that. But with brains.

     Bean is a genius with a magician's ability to zero in on his enemy and exploit his weakness.

     What better quality for a future general to lead the Earth in a final climactic battle against a hostile alien race, known as Buggers. At Battleschool Bean meets and befriends another future commander - Ender Wiggins - perhaps his only true rival.

     Only one problem: for Bean and Ender, the future is now.

      Ender's Shadow I bought as a companion to Ender's Game, and rightfully that's what the book is. This book seams to focus on Bean as opposed to Ender. I enjoy it, it gives insight into the minds of those students, or children who are with and trying to save the world from the Buggers. I highly enjoy the sister books, and what insight they give into supporting characters. Bean is one that I think would be slightly different in comparison to Ender.

     Bean is one of the characters that I could more likely relate to. He comes from a rather neglected background, and knows how to use his brain to win and get to the end goal. However, I sense that he could be a bit arrogant, and while that could be the case, I just hope there isn't a clash or a huge rivalry (Hero vs Villian) that grows out of this book, I will find out though.

Title:Just One Day
   Author: Gayle Forman
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: January 8th, 2013

     A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay

     When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

     Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

     Just One Day is by one of my favorite authors, and I can't wait to get into this book. Its on the poll, of books that I am willing to try out and get involved in. Most of those books are chick-lit, and while this one possibly could be, I still find Gayle Forman, a great author. I would love to talk about Forman, and her works in the If I Stay duet, but that not why I bought this book.

     Just One Day's synopsis sounds like one of those stories, in which a girl seemingly falls in love with a famous actor in an instant. I always have believed in love at first sight, just never thought, or saw it happen. This isn't like that though, I am don't want to think that Willem used Lulu for his benefit than left without a trace. It would provide a great, emotional roller coaster of a story though. A girl whose reeling for some sort of control or understanding for why Willem did that to her. A girl whose whole world seems to be flipped upside down in a moments notice, with one guy.

Title: Magisterium
   Author: Jeff Hirsch
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: October 1st, 2012

     On one side of the Rift is a technological paradise without famine or want. On the other side is a mystery.

     Sixteen-year-old Glenn Morgan has lived next to the Rift her entire life and has no idea of what might be on the other side of it. Glenn's only friend, Kevin, insists the fence holds back a world of monsters and witchcraft, but magic isn't for Glenn. She has enough problems with reality: Glenn's mother disappeared when she was six, and soon after, she lost her scientist father to his all-consuming work on the mysterious Project. Glenn buries herself in her studies and dreams about the day she can escape. But when her father's work leads to his arrest, he gives Glenn a simple metal bracelet that will send Glenn and Kevin on the run---with only one place to go.
     With MAGISTERIUM, Jeff Hirsch brings us the story of a complex, captivating world that will leave readers breathless until the very last page.

     This book caught my eye when I was looking through Barnes and Nobel. I didn't read the bit of him being the author of Eleventh Plague till after I bought the book, and a small smile caught my lips. I look forward to opening the cover, and exploring the world that Glenn's so eager to get away from. In this book, I was looking for Magisterium and trying to figure out what it was and what the purpose of it was. However, when I read the synopsis I found I wasn't at all informed about what the Magisterium was. I thought it would be something, but apparently it really doesn't have much to do with the book in part.

     Glenn is a unique character that I really haven't seen around a lot. I haven't really seen a lot of books in which the character has a nearly perfect life, and wants to run away from it, but she has every right to. With a mother who abandoned her, and a father who is so self absorbed in work that he lands in jail, it wouldn't be a life I would want to be part of. But when her father gives her a bracelet that puts her on the run, it makes me wonder what that bracelet can do.

Title: Reboot
   Author: Amy Tintera
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: January 22nd, 2013

     Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

     Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

     The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

     Reboot has been on my watch list for a long while, probably since the cover reveal. Friend of mine showed it to me and I fell in love immediately. It reminds me of my high school days playing Halo and always respawning back to life to charge into battle without any question. That seems to be Wren, a lifeless inhuman, stronger, faster, and well everything that Superman would be. The question is, why do people come back, or why are they rebooted, what caused that to happen.

     The downside to being rebooted, is you lack emotions. Or do you? Wren feels alive, whens she's next to Callum, and once again, she's alive. However, what does this mean, and what will she have to do in order to stay alive? Wren's world sounds complex, and thought invoking, I just hope this book hasn't been too over hyped.
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