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[Stacking the Shelves] - #63

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!

     While the Fourth of July is coming, and I am sitting on the sidelines trying to book binge through the week. I don't foresee it working too well. I want it to. There are so many books I want to get to this month, and having just found BookOutlet I can't help myself. Further, I am debating switching from a Stacking the Shelves, to a Book Haul of sorts. I have toyed around the idea of doing a youtube channel for this, and maybe the reviews, but I'm not sure. I hate speeches and that sort of thing.

     So without further adieu:

Ruin and Rising
Graduation Day
Love Letters to the Dead
The Truth About Alice
The Distance Between Us
Between the Devil and
the Deep Blue Sea

Shelf Additions:

Title: Ruin and Rising
   Author: Leigh Bardugo
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: June 17th, 2014

     The capital has fallen.

     The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

     Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

     Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

     Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

Title:  Graduation Day
   Author: Joelle Charbonneau
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: June 17th, 2014

     In book three of the Testing series, the United Commonwealth wants to eliminate the rebel alliance fighting to destroy The Testing for good. Cia is ready to lead the charge, but will her lethal classmates follow her into battle?

     She wants to put an end to the Testing
     In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor, Cia Vale, vows to fight.

     But she can't do it alone.
     This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for - but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves--and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates.

     Who can Cia trust?
     The stakes are higher than ever-lives of promise cut short or fulfilled; a future ruled by fear or hope--in the electrifying conclusion to Joelle Charbonneau's epic Testing trilogy. Ready or not…it's Graduation Day.

     The Final Test is the Deadliest!

Title:Love Letters to the Dead
   Author: Ava Dellaira
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: April 1st, 2014

     It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply flawed; can she begin to discover her own path.

Title: The Truth About Alice
   Author: Jennifer Mathieu
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: June 3rd, 2014

     Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party. When Healy High star quarterback, Brandon Fitzsimmons, dies in a car crash, it was because he was sexting with Alice. Ask anybody. Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the "slut stall" in the girls' bathroom: "Alice had sex in exchange for math test answers" and "Alice got an abortion last semester." After Brandon dies, the rumors start to spiral out of control. In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they "know" about Alice--and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life. But in this novel from Jennifer Mathieu, exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there's only one person to ask: Alice herself.

Title: Stargazer
   Author: Claudia Gray
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: March 24th, 2009

     The vampire in me was closer to the surface...

     Evernight Academy: an exclusive boarding school for the most beautiful, dangerous students of all—vampires. Bianca, born to two vampires, has always been told her destiny is to become one of them.

     But Bianca fell in love with Lucas—a vampire hunter sworn to destroy her kind. They were torn apart when his true identity was revealed, forcing him to flee the school.

     Although they may be separated, Bianca and Lucas will not give each other up. She will risk anything for the chance to see him again, even if it means coming face-to-face with the vampire hunters of Black Cross—or deceiving the powerful vampires of Evernight. Bianca's secrets will force her to live a life of lies.

     Yet Bianca isn't the only one keeping secrets. When Evernight is attacked by an evil force that seems to target her, she discovers the truth she thought she knew is only the beginning...

Title: The Distance Between Us
   Author: Kasie West
   Format: Paperback
   Release Date: July 2nd, 2013

     Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

     So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

     She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

Title: Indelible
   Author: Dawn Metcalf
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: July 30th, 2013

     Some things are permanent.


     And they cannot be changed back.

     Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep, and a life that will never be the same.

     Now, Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future...and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.

     Somewhere between reality and myth lies…


Title: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
   Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: August 15th, 2013

     You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

     Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard.

     Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

     Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery... who makes you want to kiss back.

     Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

     Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.

[Flashback Friday] - #61

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Title: Hourglass
   Author: Myra McEntire
   Release Date: June 14th, 2011

     One hour to rewrite the past . . .

     For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn't there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents' death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She's tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.

     So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson's willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may also change her past.

     Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he's around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should've happened?

My Stance:

     Hourglass was brought to me by a vlogger that I found on Youtube. I went hunting for books and book hauls shortly after I found a new site, BookOutlet. I love the site and the prices of the books they have, if you have a chance I suggest checking it out. In doing so this series came up and at one point I wasn't sure about the novels or what to expect out of it, frankly I am still not but the first book sounds great.

     I love time travel sort of books, and this is all about that. However in a different sort of way, Emerson views the past or has "visions" of them on a daily basis. What I don't understand though, is that her family/brother seems to be understanding and trying to help her with it. Emerson just wants to be "normal" and frankly when you can see the past amidst your everyday normal life, would make that hard.

     However when Michael shows up to help, there is something about him. I believe he's like her, but at the same time, from reading this I picture him as an older gentleman. I don't dig the whole teen and middle aged man relationship thing. It just isn't right, and maybe I'm not seeing it correctly and he is younger/teen, but it just doesn't make sense why he would be part of some secretive organization and be the only one sent. I don't see it. But that's the main question I have and why I want to read this book.

[Book Review] - Bound by Erica O'Rourke

Title: Bound
   Series: Erica O'Rourke
   Series: #3 - Torn Trilogy
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: June 26th, 2012
   My Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0

     Mo Fitzgerald has made her choice: A life in Chicago. A future with Colin. To leave behind the enigmatic Luc and the world of the Arcs. But the more she struggles to keep her magic and mortal lives separate, the deadlier the consequences. In the end, Mo must risk everything--her life, her heart, her future--or lose it all.

My Review:

     So I did two differing reviews this week and the second one, which has no impairing on the standard or why the ratings is better/lower. At the same time though I foresaw the ending to a series that while I haven't rated high or even terrific, the ending to this series bought a lot of changes in how I view some of the choices that go on in everyday life.

     Mo changes drastically in this book. While we start with the solid relationship with her and Colin, everything is put into question. The question and main question arises, why does Colin stay with the mob when Mo nearly begs him to leave at times. When the answer finds its way to Mo, and Colin finds the deal she made with her uncle to keep him safe, their relationship is strained to its core. Which to me breaks and nearly kills Colin for me. I loved him in the first two books, however here we see when it comes to his real family, he's willing to sacrifice anything and the double standard arises.

     Luc on the other hand needs a saving grace, the magic and their issues arise as they as for Mo's help again. While Colin isn't so much around, Luc finally makes his advance on Mo. I read a review that stated, Mo gave up nearly everything in her life to fix and round out the book (so I don't have to spoil anything), Luc doesn't seem to give up anything. I find that rather incorrect, yea he finds that his duty is with the magic and saving it, but also to be on some council. However I believe as the story continues and Mo questions which is more important to him, her or the Magic, his answer is there but a little more indirect. I believe he would choose her over the magic.

     In Bound though, we come to the first crossroads of the mob and the magic world colliding. I am surprised it took so long for this to happen in the series. However, I am surprised that there wasn't more on the magic side. Luc was primarily the spokesperson, and Mo's uncle for the mob. While Mo's uncle was so hell bent on trying to figure a way out to get the magic world to help and anyway to twist Luc's hand, Luc nearly flat out ignored him on every account. It was rather funny.

     This was a great end to the trilogy and I can't wait to see what Erica O'Rourke does in the future, as I will buy everything she does. I know that this series won't be for some, but it's worth starting the first book and continuing from there if you enjoy it. The ending and the love triangle was done superb, I didn't really believe it was the entire way through; Mo is stubborn and chooses who she wants nearly the entire way through, it's the boys that make the choices difficult. I couldn't guess who she was going to pick, but I agree and it's for the best. I am sad to see the series end when I was just starting to understand the characters.

[TV Series] - #1: Delirium Pilot

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Title: Delirium
   Director: Rodrigo García
   Author: Lauren Oliver
   Release Date: June 20th, 2014

     In a not-so-distant future, love is a disease that the government eliminates by forcing all citizens to get the Cure when they’re eighteen. Shortly before Lena Holoway’s scheduled procedure she does something dangerous: she meets Alex and falls in love.

From the Book:
     Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.


      First I understand that only the pilot is out, but I have a few random thoughts on the series so far. I don't understand the direction of the series overall, and I would love to bring some attention to them as well. Let me say this first though, I think the issues and problems I have with the series isn't necessarily the actors fault, more so the screenwriters. The series on Hulu just doesn't seem to follow the book at all, but at the same time they take some liberties that I enjoy.

     While the pilot is out, what they did was take nearly the entire first book, Delirium, and pack it all into a 43min pilot episode. I would've much rather seen them do this as a section or season 1, start the build up and the romance, and end the season with her escaping. I thought that the whole gist of the first book was feeling the loss of Alex and the sacrifice that he made for Lena. I just didn't see it, I didn't see the romance between the two. It was too rushed, too fast, and almost heartbreaking to me to even watch it.

     However, what they did with Hana and Julian. They took some liberties explaining their defiance and how they interact with each other. I loved how they are both shown and not thrown in later like they were in the book series. Further it explains how Julian came to question his father, the governor or mayor of the town. Julian as a bit of a pansy, but he was that way at the start of the first book, I just don't see how he and Lena are going to fall for each other later on.

     Either way, the pilot was just too fast paced. I thought it was more of a highlight reel and that they were trying to show you what the first season could be like if given the time. I wanted the pilot to be slow, and if they continue to push it on and actually do a season, I wish that they would wipe the pilot and actually do it correctly. Make the romance something worth remembering and giving the season that heartbreaking ending. This does not do it's fans any justice had they actually enjoyed the book.

     Overall - I like what they did with some of the series, I just wish they would have taken the time and sat down and did it right. I don't think what they did was credible to the series, I enjoyed parts of it; mainly the parts with Hana and Julian. However, I wanted more of Alex and Lena and to feel their romance and trauma, it just went by too fast for me to really understand or grasp what happened. Redo it, and do it right.

[Waiting on Wednesday] - #59

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Title: The Vanishing Season
   Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: July 1st, 2014

     Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter's come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I've watched the danger swell.

     The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I'm the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. I'm tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town.

     I'm tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don't know why. I think it's because death is coming for one of them, or both.

     All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.I am looking for the things that are buried.

     From bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes a friendship story bound in snow and starlight, a haunting mystery of love, betrayal, redemption, and the moments that we leave behind.

My Stance:

     I have been a fan of Jodi Lynn Anderson since I read Tiger Lily. I have been trying to keep an eye on her novels, and I want to read more. She has a great way with working characters, and getting her readers to get completely into the characters and feeling all their emotion. In this case I think this book won't be any exception either. The Vanishing Season, I forsee as being a book that's going to haunt me one night when I finally pick it up.

     I believe this is a book told from a ghosts perspective, however I don't know if this is the case of Every Day by David Levithan in which the gender of the main character is more ambiguous. I don't know whether that would effect how the story would read (in terms of town or relationships), or if it would be needed at all. Either way, I am confused why the ghost or person is ties to the two girls, but than again that is why I would read the book. It's such a great sounding book, that I really just hope she nails the story. Did I mention the cover and how eerie it looks?

[Book Review] - Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Title: Wicked Lovely
   Series: Melissa Marr
   Series: #1 - Wicked Lovely
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: June 12th, 2007
   My Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0

     Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
     Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty - especially if they learn of her Sight - and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

     Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.
     Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

     Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.
     But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.

     Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

     Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning twenty-first-century faery tale.

My Review:

     Wicked Lovely was a book that kind of surprised me. I wanted more out of the book, and that's why the rating suffered a bit. As well as a few character decisions that I just didn't understand or agree with. However, the world of the faeries was great, and while I am confused on why normal people can't see them, I did enjoy that their "world" was rating alongside reality.

     Aislinn is your typical girl and while she lives with her grandmother in an old iron or metal enforced building she can see the one thing that no one else can, faeries. The faeries have two distinct factions or groups, I am used to calling them courts of sort, Summer and Winter. Aislinn views the faeries as nearly children. They run around doing pretty much anything they want, they run around unchecked.

     Keenan is the Summer King and while I don't completely understand, there is a curse that whenever he asks someone he is interested in or "in love with" if they want to join him in the court and they aren't the Summer Queen they become part of the winter court instead. It's confusing and I never really understood it, I believe that's close to how it works, and it makes Keenan's life hard. He wants to find the queen to save his people and have some power. As well since the Winter Queen has her king, she has full control and power over Keenan, who doesn't have his queen. Did I mention that the Winter Queen is his mother.

     Seth is the friend of Aislinn, and while the friendship starts slow, things progress as the world of the faeries starts to impose itself on Aislinn. He's strong, determined and a gothic of sorts. He's got a few piercings and those give Aislinn a sense of belonging and home. I loved him probably more than anything else. The strength and oddity of him, how he centered the book back into a common ground.

     What I never understood though was Keenan believes that Aislinn is his summer queen, and everyone he's cared about has been pulled away from him. However, Aislinn's heart is in a completely different place. She cares about Seth and while it grows Keenan never faults trying to plead and gain her as queen. What got me though was the complete about face, she avoids the faeries completely, than out of no where is in their world. At the same time, she loves Seth, but needs Keenan to save both herself, Seth, and Keenan. It's just so much going on and bouncing back and forth.

     What I found great though was the duality of the characters, how they all want and need to completely different people. That duality gives the book depth, however how the narrative was done just made the book hard to follow, and I found I had to reread paragraphs and sentences to grab and capture what I think was trying to be conveyed. As well, the middle of the book was just slow and almost had almost nothing going on, it was like the book could have been shorter, or the book could have been dense with something else or another twist to Seth and Aislinn.

     I wanted to know more, I almost expected it of sorts from Melissa Marr where she's thought of a building block of the Fae world. However, I don't feel let down at all, I enjoyed the book. I don't believe this was the book for me, I will still finish the series though since I have it all already and frankly I want to know more about the book and what happens to the characters, Seth and Aislinn mainly.

[Teaser Tuesday] - #17

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Title: Gravity
   Author: Melissa West
   Release Date: December 18th, 2012

     Quote: " 'Blast, Kenzie, where was the warning?' Jackson says. 'I thought you were a guard or something.' He pushes open the emergency exit door.

     'Time's up' Mackenzie says. 'Ari's parents are looking for her. She needs to get back.' Even though she says my name, she doesn't look at me."

--- Page 76

[Stacking the Shelves] - #62

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!

     I am working on updating and trying to switch my job back to days. I haven't had much time to write a whole lot, but the ideas bounce around my head constantly. I hope to get to writing soon, but until then here's the book haul for the week.

     So without further adieu:

The Inventor's Secret
Prisoner of Night and Fog

Shelf Additions:

Title: Hexed
   Author: Michelle Krys
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: June 10th, 2014

     If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?

     Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.

     Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.

Title:  Renegade
   Author: Debra Driza
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: May 13th, 2014

     There is no one left for Mila to trust. Except for a boy she barely knows.

     But Hunter has no idea who—and what—Mila really is. She can’t bear to reveal her secret, even though he’s unwittingly joined her search for Richard Grady, a man who may know more details of Mila’s complicated past.

     Yet the road to the truth is more dangerous than ever. With General Holland and the Vita Obscura scouring the earth for her whereabouts, Mila must rely on her newfound android abilities to protect herself and Hunter from imminent harm. Still, embracing her identity as a machine leads her to question the state of her humanity—as well as Hunter’s real motives.

     Perfect for fans of I Am Number Four and Divergent, this action-packed and heart-wrenching second installment of MILA 2.0 will leave readers breathlessly awaiting the series conclusion.

Title: The Inventor's Secret
   Author: Andrea Cremer
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: April 22nd, 2014

     New from Andrea Cremer, the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade novels, comes an action-packed alternate-history steampunk adventure.

     In this world, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth, they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks.

     The Inventor’s Secret is the first book of a YA steampunk series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery. Perfect for fans of Libba Bray's The Diviners, Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel, ScottWesterfeld's Leviathan and Phillip Reeve's Mortal Instruments.

Title:  Prisoner of Night and Fog
   Author: Anne Blankman
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: April 22nd, 2014

     In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her "uncle" Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

     Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command.

     Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can't stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can't help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she's been taught to believe about Jews.

     As Gretchen investigates the very people she's always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

     From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she's ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.

Title: Elegy
   Author: Amanda Hocking
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: April 1st, 2014

     Readers won't want to miss the explosive final book in the Watersong series by New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.

     Now that Gemma holds the key to breaking the siren curse, the stakes have never been higher. At last, a future with those she loves—and a romance with Alex—is close enough to touch...but not if Penn has anything to say about it. Penn is more determined than ever to have Daniel for her own and to destroy Gemma and Harper along the way, and Penn always gets what she wants. Now a final explosive battle is about to begin, and the winner will take everything Gemma holds dear.

Title: Ironside
   Author: Holly Black
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: April 24th, 2007

     A stalker ghost, misguided Seers, and spellbinding wraiths—Amelia Ashley has faced them all. Now her greatest hope is to spend the rest of her afterlife with her living boyfriend, Joshua. But the demonic forces return to give her an ultimatum: turn herself over to the darkness or watch them murder one living person per week until she does.

     Amelia fears she might really be doomed, until the forces of light give her another option. She can join them in their quest to gather souls, with a catch: Once she joins them, she can never see Joshua again.

     Faced with impossible choices, Amelia decides to take her afterlife into her own hands—and fight back.

Title: Evernight
   Author: Claudia Gray
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: February 10th, 2009

     Bianca wants to escape.

     She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

     Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him.

     "I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would."

     But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.

Title: Sapphique
   Author: Catherine Fisher
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: December 28th, 2010

     Finn has escaped Incarceron only to find that he must defend his right to the throne from another challenger. His life and Claudia's hang on Finn convincing the Court that he is the lost prince, even though he has his own doubts about being the true heir.

[Flashback Friday] - #60

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Title: Beauty Queens
   Author: Libba Bray
   Release Date: May 24th, 2011

     The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.

     What's a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

     Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.

My Stance:

     Beauty Queens came to me through a random visit to a bookstore. I loved the cover, well the idea of the cover. The girl is sorta hot, but clearly photoshopped. I mean look at the arm proportions and how the welbo looks in comparison to the torso and bust. Further, the chin/face is so almost manly that I'ts sad, but maybe that's what this book is about.

     I understand that the book is about these 50 contestants who upon flying to a beach but in a drastic turn of events leaves them all stranded on an island. I hate to say this, but you would think they'd have publicists, body guards, or frankly someone or anyone with those contestants, and they wouldn't be alone. Why do I get the feeling I am probably wrong. Ah well, I enjoy it because it takes those girls who are used to be pampered and paraded around, and put in an usual situation where they have to think and survive on their own.

     I would love to see the contest questions after they make it back on main land. I mean, "What did you do for food?" "Oh we ate each other." I literally just love this idea and how the potential can be amazing. I have heard a few good things, but in general I haven't heard much about this book overall. I am curious to get to it, and see if I can find a good copy to get my hands on.

[Book Review] - The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Title: The Madman's Daughter
   Series: Megan Shepherd
   Series: #1 - The Madman's Daughter
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: January 29th, 2013
   My Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0

     Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

     Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.

     Inspired by H. G. Wells's classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.

My Review:

     The Madman's Daughter was a book that not only surprised me, but left me with goosebumps on my arms. It's a retelling of The Island of Dr. Moreau, while I haven't actually read the classic, this retold it from Moreau's daughter's perspective. I wonder of the classic was as haunting as this one, may have to find a copy and read it just to find out.

     Juliet is the daughter of Dr. Moreau, whose unconventional experiments on animals caused a slight stirring. In the midst of the scandal he left, leaving Juliet and her mother with pretty much nothing. Juliet primarily a servant/maid as a laboratory or school of sorts in London, and we can tell that she's afraid of men and what they may do to her alone. That in itself and the number of passes on her that makes just the environment creepy.

     After a slight run in with some boys and their test subject, a Rat, she finds that her father's practices are still being conducted. However, she believes he is dead. Yet as she's trying to get away from the boys and make sense of what happened, she runs into an old friend, Montgomery. Just speaking with him, she finds out that her father is alive and continuing his experiments in the pacific.

     The rest of the story takes place on the island with her father, who is a complete jackass. He believes he's some full blown royal and Montgomery is still the same servant like before in London. I loved his character the most, mainly because he is hard to not hate. He's so demented and twisted, that I found that his idiocy and frankly the air of superiority around him. That was the one flaw I found with him; he was completely moronic or oblivious to his creations at times. His impending doom was building and he frankly just choose to ignore it over and over.

     Juliet and Montgomery's romance isn't all that entertaining. Montgomery is torn between being Dr. Moreau's servant and obeying him and how he feels for Juliet. I found it kind of hard to believe his relationship and his intentions with Juliet. If you loved someone, deeply or not, I tend to believe you would follow him/her more so than someone who is your "superior." Juliet seems to slowly fall for him over time, I don't think it's deeply, but in the end she's completely attached to him.

     The environment of the pacific is great. With the storms and the creations of Dr. Moreau, there is a sense that the world is moving and alive. The world is so dark and morbid, and how Megan Shepherd creates a world that will give you goosebumps over and over. The creatures were unique adaptations, and frankly I love how Shepherd gave enough detail to let you envision your own creation. There was enough detail you knew what pieces went were, but nothing over the top.

     Overall the ending to the book was what kept me going, I wanted to know more, I wanted to see what happened to the characters. Yea there were times, looking back, that may have been a bit slow, but you never feel that in the book. It's a great page turner, I just didn't see that pizzaz to bump it higher than what it got. Trust me, I want to, but when I am looking at other books that have gotten my higher ratings, it's just not there, sorry. However, that doesn't mean I think it's a solid book, it just lacked that wow factor. Either way, I suggest anyone who likes dark morbid stories, this would be for you.

[Waiting on Wednesday] - #58

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Title: In The End
   Author: Demitria Lunetta
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: June 24th, 2014

     The thrilling conclusion to In the After, the survival story of Amy and Baby, set in a near future where Earth has been overrun by vicious, predatory creatures.

     It’s been three months since Amy escaped New Hope, and she’s been surviving on her own, like she did in the After. Until one day, her former fellow Guardian’s voice rings out in her earpiece. And in a desperate tone, Kay utters the four words Amy had hoped she would never hear: Dr. Reynolds has Baby.

     Now it’s a race against time, for Baby is in imminent danger, her life threatened by the malevolent doctor who had helped start the end of the world. In order to save Baby, Amy must make her way to Fort Black, a prison-turned-survivor-colony, where she will need to find Ken, Kay’s brother. He alone holds the key to Baby’s survival.

     One small slip-up on this quest could spark a downward spiral that would not only cost Baby and Amy their lives, but threaten the very survival of the people in the After.

My Stance:

     So this book sparks a lot of interesting curiosity from me. I haven't read the first book, In The After, and I didn't really want to spoil much of the first books ending either. I didn't read much of the synopsis for this book, but who names a character Baby? At first I thought it was a actual baby, but no it may be a teenage girl. To be truthful I am not sure, I suggest using something different to convey the same meaning. It also makes the girl sound week and utterly helpless, which she might be but it's not what I like to see in a female character anymore.

     I have heard pretty much nothing but good things from In The After and the reviews are rather good (4,318 ratings at 3.98). After my binge I plan on diving into this or who knows it could be part of my binge, haven't decided on the books I am going to be reading. Either way, In The After just sounds like a great dystopian/sci-fi alien invasion of a novel. Oh and I was wrong, Baby is a toddler. So a teenage girl has to look after and take care of a baby during an alien invasion of sorts. It's just rather absurd sounding. I would probably do the same if it was my infant brother, so I can't say that it's unheard of. It's just that there seems to be too much pressure on her shoulders and she would crack under the pressure and go insane after a while. I'm still curious to read the book and get into that world.

[Teaser Tuesday] - #16

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Title: Everneath
   Author: Brodi Ashton
   Release Date: January 24th, 2012

     Quote: " 'Hey Nikki,' he said with a grin. 'I didn't mean to scare you. I called your name. What are you looking at?'

     I looked back at the cloud. It was gone. 'Nothing. The decorations.'

     Will scanned the room. 'Um, yeah. Lots of ... tinsel.' "

--- Page 184

[Stacking the Shelves] - #61

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     So the world is continuing and I finished Pathfinder just recently and started the June Requested Book, Everneath by Brodi Ashton. So with that I am going to turn on a new idea that I want to try. I want to see if I can book binge a series of books this summer. I have two books that I am going to finish before the binge, Everneath and Gravity. I want to see if I can get through 10-20 books in the month that I am going to do it. I am not sure how long I will keep it up, along with keeping the blog going. Especially since the girl I have been training at work still has me on call, so I'll have to drop what I'm doing and help her. So much fun. Either way I hope to see you all on the other side.

     So without further adieu:

We Were Liars
The Ring and The Crown
Vivian Divine is Dead
Sleep No More
The Dark Shore

Shelf Additions:

Title: We Were Liars
   Author: E. Lockhart
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: May 13th, 2014

     A beautiful and distinguished family.
     A private island.
     A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
     A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
     A revolution. An accident. A secret.
     Lies upon lies.
     True love.
     The truth.

     We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
     Read it.
     And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Title:  The Ring and The Crown
   Author: Melissa de la Cruz
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: April 1st, 2014

     Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve?

     Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second, Supreme Ruler of the Franco-British Empire. With the help of her Head Merlin, Emrys, Eleanor has maintained her stranglehold on the world's only source of magic. She rules the most powerful empire the world has ever seen.

     But even with the aid of Emrys' magic, Eleanor's extended lifespan is nearing its end. The princess must marry and produce an heir or the Empire will be vulnerable to its greatest enemy, Prussia. The two kingdoms must unite to end the war, and the only solution is a match between Marie and Prince Leopold VII, heir to the Prussian throne. But Marie has always loved Gill, her childhood friend and soldier of the Queen's Guard.

     Together, Marie and Aelwyn, a powerful magician in her own right, come up with a plan. Aelwyn will take on Marie's face, allowing the princess to escape with Gill and live the quiet life she's always wanted. And Aelwyn will get what she's always dreamed of--the chance to rule. But the court intrigue and hunger for power in Lenoran England run deeper than anyone could imagine. In the end, there is only rule that matters in Eleanor's court: trust no one.

Title: Vivian Divine is Dead
   Author: Lauren Sabel
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: June 3rd, 2014

     Filled with surprising twists and poignant moments, Lauren Sabel brings a fresh new voice to contemporary fiction with Vivian Divine Is Dead. Creepy, clever, funny, and romantic.

     When a death threat arrives with teen celebrity Vivian Divine's fan mail, Vivian has no choice but to go on the run to Mexico. She soon discovers, though, that her Oscar-nominated performance killing villains on-screen did nothing to prepare her for escaping a madman in real life. Some people say he's a hero, others tremble in his presence, but one thing is clear: he won't stop until Vivian is in his grasp. Why didn't she pay more attention during those judo lessons for her role in Zombie Killer?

     Vivian finds an ally in the mysterious and charming Nick. He is everything Hollywood boys are not-genuine, kind, and determined to see Vivian for who she really is. But even he seems like he can't be trusted-what could he be hiding?

     Beat up, hungry, and more confused than ever about who she's running from, Vivian is living in a real-life blockbuster horror flick. But there's no option to yell "cut" like there is on set....

     Lauren Sabel's Vivian Divine Is Dead is a creepy, witty, fast-paced adventure about family, fame, and having the courage to save yourself.

Title:  Sleep No More
   Author: Aprilynne Pike
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: April 29th, 2014

     The blockbuster film Inception meets Lisa McMann's Wake trilogy in this dark paranormal thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike. This novel is also perfect for fans of Kelley Armstrong, Alyson Noel, and Kimberly Derting.

     Charlotte Westing has a gift. She is an Oracle and has the ability to tell the future. But it doesn't do her much good. Instead of using their miraculous power, modern-day Oracles are told to fight their visions—to refrain from interfering. And Charlotte knows the price of breaking the rules. She sees it every day in her wheelchair-bound mother and the absence of her father. But when a premonition of a classmate's death is too strong for her to ignore, Charlotte is forced to make an impossible decision: continue following the rules or risk everything—even her sanity—to stop the serial killer who is stalking her town.

Title: The Dark Shore
   Author: Kevin Emerson
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: April 1st, 2014


     Owen and Lilly have escaped Camp Eden, but the next step on their journey to find Atlantis and protect it from Paul and Project Elysium involves crossing the perilous wastelands of a wrecked planet. And unlike in EdenWest, where bloody truths were kept hidden beneath the surface, out here the horrors live bright beneath the poisonous sun.

     With treachery at every turn, Owen has no choice but to bring his wounded clan to the dark shores of Desenna, a city built from the ashes of EdenSouth. Desenna's blood-soaked walls may hold the key to Owen's journey in the form of the third Atlantean as well as a deeper understanding of the true purpose of the Three, but there are also secrets lurking in the shadows, waiting to be unleashed, and once they rise, there may be no escape.

     Filled with action, mind-bending twists, and powerful scenes of emotional and physical sacrifice, THE DARK SHORE takes readers on a journey to a question so great, even the gods have trouble answering it: What would you be willing to do, to save humanity from itself?

Title: Elegy
   Author: Tara Hudson
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: June 4th, 2013

     A stalker ghost, misguided Seers, and spellbinding wraiths—Amelia Ashley has faced them all. Now her greatest hope is to spend the rest of her afterlife with her living boyfriend, Joshua. But the demonic forces return to give her an ultimatum: turn herself over to the darkness or watch them murder one living person per week until she does.

     Amelia fears she might really be doomed, until the forces of light give her another option. She can join them in their quest to gather souls, with a catch: Once she joins them, she can never see Joshua again.

     Faced with impossible choices, Amelia decides to take her afterlife into her own hands—and fight back.

Title: Asylum
   Author: Madeleine Roux
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: August 20th, 2013

     Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-novel perfect for fans of the New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

     For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it's a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

     As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it's no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

     Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux's teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.

Title: Talker 25
   Author: Joshua McCune
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: June 26th, 2010

     A thrilling, high-concept fantasy for fans of Garth Nix and Nancy Farmer.

Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible.

And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside- she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage. Finn is determined to escape the prison, and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don't realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know.

[Flashback Friday] - #59

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Title: Paper Towns
   Author: John Green
   Release Date: October 16th, 2008

     Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge— he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues— and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.

My Stance:

     Well with the conclusion of The Fault in Our Stars in theaters and how well it did, I am in the mood for more John Green books. The way he can create lasting characters (okay I only know from The Fault in Our Stars) just takes you on that reading binge until you finish the book at 1 a.m. I've heard a lot of great things about his books, and frankly I have been a little leery on his books; mainly because I didn't think his style was for me.

     So Paper Towns came about when I was looking through a few of his books and stumbled on an announcement that this book has been picked up for a movie as well, and is set to be released sometime in 2015. With how great The Fault in Our Stars turned out, I am hoping the second can do the same and if so, I hope more of his books get optioned as well.

     Further, the book just seems like something everyone goes through. A boy falls in love with someone and as time passes the person they fell in love with isn't who they really are. It's that perception that we see in a person that we sometimes become blind to. Maybe I am way off base, but what if we flip it the other way around. Maybe Margo is interested in Quentin, but likes the thrill or joy of leading him on, and he's getting the wrong idea of who she is. I don't know, but speculating isn't getting me any closer to this book.

[Movie Trailer] - #7 If I Stay

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Title: If I Stay
   Director: R.J. Cutler
   Author: Gayle Forman
   Release Date: August 22nd, 2014

      Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.

From the Book:
      Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.
      I open my eyes wide now.
      I sit up as much as I can.
      And I listen.

      Stay, he says.

      Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

      Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.
      If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.


      Now here is a book that I've been waiting for a while. Ever since I finished this book, I have always thought this would be a great movie. Rated a solid 4.5 when I finally got around to the review. As well, since the ecstatic The Fault in Our Stars, this is the next movie on my must watch list. I have high hopes for this book, it's solid and if the book is followed like TFIOS was, it'll do wonders.

      The problem I have in this is the cast. I am not sure just how well they will capture the emotion and the rawness of the book. Chloë Grace Moretz as Mia Hall and Jamie Blackley as Adam, neither of them strike me as impressive. The only one that I am remotely interested in is Chloë, but who wouldn't she's the focus of the movie and the book. I just hope she is able to pull it off.

     Further, the book uses a lot of flashbacks to tell the story of Mia and make an impact of the choices she needs to make in a short time. How she fights and the people there by her side as well. I want something more out of this movie, but frankly I am sceptical of this. I want it to do great, for YA and Gayle Forman. I'll see it either way, but I want to come out of that theatre with a lasting impression. It can be done.
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