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[Stacking the Shelves] - #34

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      Well what I had planned to do last partially got done, I will be working on the Signed Books page tomorrow and get it arranged and around, it'll take longer than what I thought; I will make it work though. I have a few weeks before my parents go on vacation for a few weeks, and I'll have the house to myself. Guess what I'll be doing (aside work) during that time. I may take those weeks off and read, or do something small during that time so I am not on here all that much.

      This week on Mailbox Monday there wasn't as many finishing novels that I have been doing over the last few weeks. However, I picked up a few other books that have been on my list, or just straight an impulse buy. By impulse I mean, I read the synopsis and a few pages/paragraphs to see if it catches my attention, if it does than I'll buy it there. So would that make it an educated impulse buy?

Tiger Lily
A Touch Mortal
Mila 2.0
Siege and Storm

Mailbox Pickup:

Title:Tiger Lily
   Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: July 3rd, 2012

     Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

     Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

     Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

     With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

     From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up.

     Tiger Lily has been on my list for a long time and it was brought to me by a fellow blogger, Emily May over at TheBookGeek. There have been many many rave reviews on how great, unique, and original this book was and I have been dying to get into this book and see just what all the hype and talk was about. This book granted it's not as big as some of the others, but it has great potential to be much more than what it's giving credit for.

     What brought this to my eye was the fact the book really isn't about a love story growing. Well it is, but a good way through the book, Tiger Lily loses Peter to Wendy, so it has more to do with loss and moving on than anything else. At least that's what I would expect the book to be about.

Title: Nobody
   Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: January 22nd, 2013

     There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away.

     That’s why they make the perfect assassins.

     The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.

     Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else ever notices them.

     Nobody was a great impulse buy and while I thrummed through the pages, it looked great. What I don't understand thought, is no matter who you are or what you do, someone notices you. Your parents, friends, any relationships  if you have any, you would think someone would notice you or pay attention, but I guess if there's no one in your life and your completely abandoned there could be someone.

     However, this book contradicts itself; it notices the kids that go unnoticed. Well that makes them noticed, and they take them out? Well why don't you take that "Nobody" in and train them instead of killing them? It doesn't make any sense. So what happens when two nobodies run off and run from the institution that hires Nix and Claire who's sought to be killed. This book is full of holes and I am curious how they are addressed. My hopes have diminished slightly when rereading this, it's kinda sad.

Title:A Touch Mortal
   Author: Leah Clifford
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: February 22nd, 2011

     Eden didn't expect Az.

     Not his saunter down the beach toward her. Not his unbelievable pick up line. Not the instant, undeniable connection. And not his wings.


     So long happily-ever-after.

     Now trapped between life and death, cursed to spread chaos with her every touch, Eden could be the key in the eternal struggle between heaven and hell. All because she gave her heart to one of the Fallen, an angel cast out of heaven.

     She may lose everything she ever had. She may be betrayed by those she loves most. But Eden will not be a pawn in anyone else's game. Her heart is her own.

     And that's only the beginning of the end.

     A Touch Mortal was slightly and impulse buy, I got the series at a great price and when Epic Reads had it featured when the series was complete I couldn't pass it up. This is the first book, and I may list the other ones further down the road, not 100% sure on that, we'll see. Anyways, I really haven't heard a lot about this book and while I usually look at some ratings or have some inclination on what people have said about this book prior, but I just couldn't help the girl has a fantastic face and the red hair was just too great.

     When I look at this book I see the Fallen series but so much more, so much better and polished. Eden seems to know what she is after and isn't afraid to push everything else out the way. Her life is her own and she won't let anything stop her from living it how she chooses. I love this about Eden, just because some Angel falls and chooses her to fall in love with, she doesn't freak out and go completely dumb like Luce did in Fallen. She seems to be determined to do her own thing. I love this about Eden, and I can't wait to see how this confident girl pushes and molds her world to her will.


Title: Mila 2.0
   Author: Debra Driza
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: March 12th, 2013

     Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.

     Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

     Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

     Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity-style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel.

     Mila 2.0 was on my list when it hit Goodreads, and it gained a lot of merit quickly. There was a great deal of hype for this book and while it was just emerging I fell in love with the idea. The premise of the book just oozes with more emotion, more want to be human than what I thought when I first started looking at this book. What would you do if, you thought you were something else, something more than what you were created for?

     Mila 2.0 when I first thought about it, was a book about a cyborg, an android that could feel and had emotions. I know most of you won't get this reference, but like a ghost in the shell. I could be wrong with that, she could be human, or cyborg, the synopsis really doesn't identify who Mila really is, or what she was created for. I am interested in seeing just what this book is capable of, and comparing it to a great movie series, Bourne Identity, it leaves a lot to live up to.

Title: Siege and Storm
   Author: Leigh Bardugo
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: June 4th, 2013

     Darkness never dies.

     Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

     The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

     Leigh Bardugo comes back with the second book in her trilogy, Siege and Storm. I enjoyed Shadow and Bone, and while Alina's character plagued me with confusion at every turn, her character made me want more. The Darkling and Mal fought for different ideals on what to do with Alina, and in the end Mal was the one who came out on top, and with the Darkling reeling at the loss, the Siege and Storm begins.

     What I never understood about Shadow and Bone I hope Siege and Storm clears up. Alina's character needs to shine and flourish in this book and most of all she needs confidence and be more forceful, powerful. This book answers the one question and pursues the one path I thought would make Alina's character stand out better, a choice between the power of the Sun Summoner, or the love she always placed herself in, Mal. I am with utmost joy happy to see this book on my shelf, and will start it as soon as I can.
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