31 December 2013

{Yearly Recap} Amber’s 2013 In Books

By: Me My Shelf And I | 31 December 2013 at 4:29 PM | | 1 Comment so far
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On the heels of my 3 year blogaversary (yesterday!) I wanted to do a more in depth yearly recap than I did last year, but seriously ran out of time to make it up myself. Luckily the folks over at Perpetual Page Turner had just that – I hope they don’t mind that I joined in on their awesome survey!

So I read far less this year that I intended to, but I loved nearly every single book so I’m really excited to participate in this survey! Plus, if you missed posts and reviews from MMSAI over 2013, this is a great way to see almost all of them at once!

 
1. Best Book You Read In 2013?

Nope, not going to happen. I can’t pick just one. I can’t. Don’t make me.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
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I am a little behind so I have to say that INSURGENT (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth. You can check out my review HERE and see why I was so disappointed and give it 2.5 of 5 *sad face*
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
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Sleepless in Las Vegas by Colleen Collins. It was my first Harlequin novel, and first romance novel really, as well. I was blown away by the amazing writing and world building! Check out the glowing review for it HERE and I hope you will try it too – it was so far out of my normal comfort zone, I’m still shocked I loved it so much!
4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

When asked lately I suggest The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, you’d be surprised how many people haven’t read it yet! (PS did you see the movie poster?)  Also, since I finished the EVERNEATH series by Brodi Ashton, I recommend that to people looking for amazing YA Paranormal. And of course I’m always suggesting Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Series to any one who will listen –and even some who won’t.  
5. Best series you discovered in 2013?


I have two, both are kind of post-apocolytic books but neither one is anything like ANY book in the dystopian genre you have EVER read!

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The ASHES series by Ilsa J. Bick. is complete, you can get them all now! MONSTERS the final book in the series which I am reading now came out in 2013. You might think zombies, but are they really…it’s SO cool!

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The other is IN THE AFTER by Demitria Lunetta, with the final book in the series IN THE END coming out in June 2014. This blew me away. What you think is happening, who you think is the “bad guys” is SO not, and you will be shocked when you get clued in near the end! See my review of IN THE AFTER HERE

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

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Okay. Let me see, I would have to say…..that while I didn’t “discover her” in 2013, I did read my first books by her in 2013 and I can say with out a shadow of a doubt that I adore her work, and will be devouring her other books in 2014!  It’s Aprilynne Pike! Not only did I get the amazing chance to chat with her at Dark Days tour stop in Minneapolis, I was lucky enough to so some tours and a cover reveal for her! She is such a genuinely wonderful and kind person! I’m lucky to be able to still chat with her from time to time!

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7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

Totally SLEEPLESS IN LAS VEGAS by Colleen Collins. As I mentioned before, I don’t read romance, and this one was perfect in every single way!
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
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Ohhhh. Let me see, I would have to say this honor belongs to A TOUCH MENACING by Leah Clifford. I read it in one sitting, and it was the ending to the first series I really loved as a blogger, the A Touch Trilogy.   You can see my review of it HERE. And, being super besties with the author has it benefits, when I was upset at the ending (as I am when all my favorite series end) I sent my copy to her and made her rewrite it for me! No, I’m not kidding, and she actually did this! Of course now there’s a Game of Thrones reference penned in the margins of my pages, but it’s hilarious and I love it.
9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

No book will get this honor I am afraid. It’s not because I didn’t read any I wouldn't love to read again, but simply because I never have time to revisit old book loves, sadly.  
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?

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No contest. The whole Everneath Series has beautiful covers!

11. Most memorable character in 2013?


Guss from The Fault In Our Stars and Teeth from Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

I would have to say, again SLEEPLESS IN LAS VEGAS, seriously you need to pick up this book by Colleen Collins.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?

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The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green of course, and IF YOU FIND ME by Emily Murdoch 

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?


There's so many of them I’m almost embarrassed!

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
And everything by Aprilynne Pike (even if the ones I read in 2013, came out in 2013)

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?


This is like asking me to pick my favorite book. I won’t be able to pick just one, so here’s a few, but certainly not all. I am quote collector!…..

“And when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever.”
Jamie McGuire, A Beautiful Wedding

“She gave him a small laugh, but it didn't sound genuine. "Sorry to burst your bubble, Prince Charming, but Eden and I are self-rescuing princesses. ”
Leah Clifford, A Touch Menacing

“You found her. Excellent. That'd be awkward if we handed out 'lost archangel' posters all over town. No one would take us seriously, for God's sake. They'd arrest us!"
"Ethan." Will mumbled disapprovingly.
"Well, they'd arrest you first," he continued, pointing at Will. "You're far more shady-looking than I. The tattoos. That's what it is.”
Courtney Allison Moulton, Shadows in the Silence

There is also a “I steal covers while asleep.” “Yea well I kick crotches in my sleep” line from Shadows In The Silence by Courtney Allison Moulton that I L.O.V.E!

“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

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Shortest— The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories Vol. 3 by Joseph Gordon Levitt. 128 Pages
Longest — Shadows (Ashes #2) Ilsa J. Bick. 528 Pages

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

Pretty much the whole of EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton. I got it very, very early and no one had read it yet or even had the chance to by that point. Pure torture. Still can’t talk to many people about it yet!
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
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The friendship (can you call it that?) between Ellie and Caden in Silence in the Shadows by Courtney Allison Moulton. Read my open letter to her and Joss Whedon in my review HERE 
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

I feel like this list is getting redundant since I didn’t read too much this year (bad Amber, BAD!) But I’m going to go with A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING by Jamie McGuire. It’s a novella for The Beautiful Series and a must read for all Maddox Fans!
20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

Have to go with The Fault In Our Stars, again.
21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?
I read more non-fiction this year than normal. A total of 2 I think. I know, slow down Amber you’re moving too fast here! Also I read a lot of contemporary which is weird because normally I’m a paranormal girl.  
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
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Travis Maddox will always have my heart, but since I fell for him in 2012 I’m going to go with James from THE PROGRAM by Suzanne Young
23. Best 2013 debut you read?

I'd say this goes to Demitria Lunetta’s IN THE AFTER
24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

And another one for IN THE AFTER by Demitria Lunetta, though she shares this one with 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil. Awesome worlds! Both (all 3? Read 3:59 and you’ll get this joke) of them.
25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?
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Anatomy of A Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky .
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?


I cry pretty easy, so there’s a few here.

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch (OMG! Seriously!)
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (Okay? Okay.)
A Touch Menacing (A Touch Trilogy #3) by Leah Clifford (Even though I know it’s how it had to end I can’t even talk about it with out almost crying to this day – or smacking Leah Clifford.)

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?
You know, for this one I just don’t have an answer….

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28 December 2013

{Book Review} The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

By: Me My Shelf And I | 28 December 2013 at 12:01 AM | | | | | | | | 5 Comments so far

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The Raven Cycle #1
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Pages: 409
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Rating: 4.5 Birds

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

This was my first Maggie Stiefvater novel, and boy did I get a bit obsessed with THE RAVEN BOYS while I read. I was completely and utterly captivated with the mix of characters, folk tales, and magic.

First and foremost, I loved all of the characters—even as I hated them. They are all so distinct to the point that I don’t think I could’ve mixed up their banter if I tried. There are very few books that keep that natural separation in my mind. Then there’s Blue and her supernatural family, who add grounding to all the magic weaving through the story. It was great to see the day-to-day effect of magic on the characters when it wasn’t all wrapped up in constant conflict and danger.

“But what about the romance and Blue’s dilemma of the ghost,” you ask? The romance is quite subdued in THE RAVEN BOYS, and for good reason—would you freely give your heart to someone who you’d never met and knew was going to die soon? Not likely. So Blue keeps her heart pretty close, but even so, there are some sparks the fly, tender moments, and most importantly, a strong bond formed with all of the characters.

There was only one part of THE RAVEN BOYS that truly bothered me and that was the last line. This was shaping up to be a fantastic start of a series: great characters, amazing development, a full story arc . . . that, wait, stands alone? Almost. The final line is a way to specifically set up the next novel. It wasn’t necessary to this story at all. I understand why authors or editors or publishers add these, “come solve this new riddle or cliffhanger next year!” But honestly, when it’s not needed it bothers me more than it should. And THE RAVEN BOYS had enough set up to leave it out.

Despite my pet peeve with the final line, I absolutely loved THE RAVEN BOYS and am very excited to start my copy of book two, THE DREAM THIEVES.

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27 December 2013

{Book Review} Faery Tales & Nightmares

By: Me My Shelf And I | 27 December 2013 at 9:05 AM | | | | | | | | | | Be the first to comment!

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Author: Melissar Marr
Pages: 418
Release Date: February 21, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: 4 Birds

Dangerous promises and beguiling threats swirl together in a dozen stories of enchantments dark and light by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr. Uncanny and unexpected creatures appear from behind bushes, rise from beneath the seas, or manifest from seasonal storms to pursue the objects of their attention—with amorous or sinister intent—relentlessly.
From the gentle tones of a storyteller’s cadences to the terror of a blood sacrifice, tales of favorite characters from Marr’s Wicked Lovely novels mix with accounts of new characters for readers to fall in love with...or to fear.
Lush, seductive, and chilling, Melissa Marr’s stories revel in the unseen magic that infuses the world as we know it.

WARNING: The short stories set in the WICKED LOVELY world contain spoilers. Proceed with caution if you haven’t read or finished the series.

That being said, as someone who hasn’t read the series in years, I felt pretty confused at times too. I was transported back to the world and characters without much of the recalibration that series usually employ. Why is this character from 2008’s INK EXCHANGE extremely sad again? How did he end up in this place, when I remember him elsewhere? Overall, it was a bit jarring to try to remember details that I read 5+ years ago.

On the flip side of that, I got to remember why I love Niall, Seth, and Irial so much. The three of them star in the lengthier of the short stories contained in FAERY TALES & NIGHTMARES. Their odd relationships with one another are expanded upon, often with humorous results.

Marr also treats us to new stories outside of the WICKED LOVELY world, including creepy twists on normal life and a fresh look at the macabre. These stories balance my reactions pretty well between *cringes* and *that’s too cute, my feels.*

Overall, I found this to be a great read. I just suggest having a decent memory of the entire series or being alright with filling in those holes while reading.

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{Book Blast} Trinkets, Treasures and Other Bloody Magic

 

Three months ago, I lost my foster sister, Sienna, to the darkness. As in blood magic and chaos and general mayhem. No one saw it until it was too late, but I should have. Now, I have a wounded heart and soul that I can’t even reveal to anyone around me, because I’m supposed to hate Sienna with the fiery passion of the justified. And I do. I just wish I didn’t feel so lost without her, so unsure of the path I thought I had carved for myself, and so outclassed by the powerful Adepts constantly by my side these days. I’m not even sure if they’re with me for my own protection or because my shiny new powers are rare and valuable. Assuming I ever figure out who or what I am, and how my magic actually works. Even chocolate can’t save the day every time … just most of the time. At least I’ve got that going for me.

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Meghan Ciana Doidge is an award-winning writer based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She has a penchant for bloody love stories, superheroes, and the supernatural. She also has a thing for chocolate, potatoes, and sock yarn. Novels - After The Virus, Spirit Binder, Time Walker, Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic - Dowser #1, Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic - Dowser #2 Novellas - Love Lies Bleeding

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22 December 2013

{Book Review} Blythewood by Carol Goodman

By: Me My Shelf And I | 22 December 2013 at 12:43 PM | | | | | | | | | 1 Comment so far

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Blythewood
Author: Carol Goodman
Pages: 496
Release Date: October 8th 2013
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Rating 4.5 Birds

Welcome to Blythewood.
At seventeen, Avaline Hall has already buried her mother, survived a horrific factory fire, and escaped from an insane asylum. Now she’s on her way to Blythewood Academy, the elite boarding school in New York’s mist-shrouded Hudson Valley that her mother attended—and was expelled from. Though she’s afraid her high society classmates won’t accept a factory girl in their midst, Ava is desperate to unravel her family’s murky past, discover the identity of the father she’s never known, and perhaps finally understand her mother’s abrupt suicide. She’s also on the hunt for the identity of the mysterious boy who rescued her from the fire. And she suspects the answers she seeks lie at Blythewood.   
But nothing could have prepared her for the dark secret of what Blythewood is, and what its students are being trained to do. Haunted by dreams of a winged boy and pursued by visions of a sinister man who breathes smoke, Ava isn’t sure if she’s losing her mind or getting closer to the truth. And the more rigorously Ava digs into the past, the more dangerous her present becomes.   
Vivid and atmospheric, full of mystery and magic, this romantic page-turner by bestselling author Carol Goodman tells the story of a world on the brink of change and the girl who is the catalyst for it all.

Where, oh where can I begin with this book?

Blythewood had me back and forth, and constantly debating with myself, about my opinion on this book. Before beginning I was bouncing of the walls with excitement, within the first few chapters I found myself to be a bit disappointed, then when things started to take off I couldn’t get enough, afterwards I was confused, and finally I fell in love with the ending.

Blythewood starts with a poor girl named Avaline Hall, Ava for short, who is working in a clothing factory. Her and many other poor girls, including her best friend Tillie, are locked into a room every day to work for a ridiculous amount of hours, and are paid very little. When they leave for the day, each girl is even searched, just to make sure she isn’t stealing any fabric or thread…

Ava hasn’t always worked in the Triangle factory, sewing sleeves. Before her mother committed suicide by drinking landrum, Ava worked for her; sewing and selling hats. But since her mother passed Ava has struggled to pay the bills and life is hard. When the Triangle factory catches fire one afternoon, there is no way out for the girls inside, Ava has no idea what to do. Some of the girls are running around wild, other girls are jumping to their death out the window. Ava’s best chance is to go to the roof with Tillie.

After slipping and falling, when Ava tries to climb across to the roof of the building next door, she’s saved by a pair of strong arms…who belong to a boy with dark eyes and hair…and wings. She can’t believe her eyes. She must be dreaming there’s no way he can have wings. The next thing she knows, she’s in a mental hospital, drugged up and accused of having mental issues. Six months pass, before Ava finally leaves this hell hole, and is greeted by a lady, who claims that she knows her grandmother, and that they’ve been looking for Ava.

Upon her arrival at her grandmother’s house, Ava learns a lot of herself and her mother. Ava has always known how much her mom loved Blythewood, and would speak about the school often, but still Ava didn’t know much about it. Her grandmother, a rather snarky thing, informed her that Ava’s mother got pregnant in her senior year at Blythewood, and ran away. Not even her grandmother knows who her father is.

Even though Ava just arrived, and hasn’t even settled in yet, she is told that her interview to Blythewood is in three days and they have a lot of work to do before then.

Upon being accepted, Ava is worried that people might judge her due to her mother’s history, but that is that last thing she worries about when final going to the Blythewood initiation in the forest and sees all the creatures that live within it. Fey. Blythewood isn’t just any school. Besides doing homework and studying for finals, Ava and her friends are learning to fight the creatures in the forest and search for Nathan’s twin sister Louisa who was lost in the forest weeks ago.

Ava also discovers who her dark angel is, and why his around her at the perfect moments; right when she needs him. Things aren’t as they seem, right when Ava thinks she knows, there’s always something else.

Overall Blythewood is a new and refreshing take on the fey world. The characters were enjoyable, and the mysterious boy Ava is always seeing is definitely a bad piece of man candy! Who doesn’t like one of those? I sure do.

The beginning was a bit slow for me, but the middle quickly sped up, and the ending shot it out of the park! I couldn’t believe the ending. I mean I did have my suspicions but I would have never guessed it!

If I had to point out a flaw, it would be the part left out. You don’t really know who or what Ava’s dad is, what happens to the librarian Ava contacts, or her moms past. The reader does get small glimpses, but not the full story. But this isn’t something I’m upset about, or something that I would mark the book down for in stars. Why? Because this is only the first book in the series, and I’m hoping these things will be revealed in later books.

So I’m rating this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. Only because I felt that the beginning of Blythewood was a bit slow, until it really got into the story and the action began!

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21 December 2013

{Book Review} Some Quiet Place

By: Me My Shelf And I | 21 December 2013 at 2:21 PM | | | | | Be the first to comment!

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Some Quiet Place
Some Quiet Place #1
Author: Kelsey Sutton
Pages: 331
Release Date: July 8th 2013
Publisher: Flux
Rating: 4.5 Birds

I can’t feel sadness, anger, or fear. I can’t feel anything. I’ve grown talented at pretending.
Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions . . . she sees them in human form. Longing hovers around the shy, adoring boy at school. Courage materializes beside her dying friend. Fury and Resentment visit her abusive home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, except beautiful Fear, who sometimes torments her and other times plays her compassionate savior. He’s obsessed with finding the answer to one question: What happened to Elizabeth to make her this way?
They both sense that the key to Elizabeth’s condition is somehow connected to the paintings of her dreams, which show visions of death and grief that raise more questions than answers. But as a shadowy menace begins to stalk her, Elizabeth’s very survival depends on discovering the truth about herself. When it matters most, she may not be able to rely on Fear to save her.

Some Quiet Place is like no other Paranormal YA book, definitely new and refreshing from the usual!

When I was offered to review this book I had no clue what it was about. The beautiful cover was all I saw, and decided to pick it. Man, oh man. And am I REALLY glad I did! If you purchase this book, I recommend pushing it to the top of your TBR list; I definitely regret not doing so!

Some Quiet Place revolves around a girl named Elizabeth who has the ability to see emotions and elements in human forms, but she can’t feel these emotions herself. She doesn’t feel anger, sadness, love or embarrassment…not matter how hard she tried or how hard she pretended to. She doesn’t even feel Fear, when he continues to send horrific scenes into her mind.

Elizabeth has no idea how or why this is happening to her, but she thinks that the nightmares she is having, have something to do with it. That maybe they’re clues. Her family knows nothing about this, but they noticed that after being hit by a car, over fifteen years ago, and walking away with only a few scrapes and bumps, Liz wasn’t herself. She wasn’t the little girl they knew.

Besides trying discover and regain her ability to feel emotions, Elizabeth is also dealing with her friend dying from cancer, her mother being scared of her, her alcoholic father beating her, and her relationship with Fear.

Fear, Fear, Fear.

I have so much to say about him. At first he seems a little mysterious and sinister, I wasn’t really sure why he was around Liz so much, and why he was interested in her. Other emotions would say hello or even hold a conversation with Elizabeth but nothing like what Fear would do. But as the story goes on, he starts to open up, and become extremely sweet. He even risks his job as an emotion, and almost dies (is that what emotions do? Die?) to save her! Awhh!

I’m not sure how a relationship works between a human and a emotion…but I LOVE it! They’re completely different, but perfect for one another.

Overall Kelsey Sutton’s Some Quiet Place had my full attention and I couldn’t seem to get enough of it! I’ve read a few books, where characters “weren’t” able to feel emotions, but none of those characters came close to Elizabeth! Sutton’s writing was so intricate and enticing I felt like I was under a spell that wasn’t going to let me put the book down. This was such a different story, filled with twists and turns. I promise you, that you won’t be able to guess or even believe how it ends...I still can’t!!

While I can admit that the story was a bit slow half way through, I felt that the ending makes up for it. Also about halfway through the book I was starting to fear a love triangle, but thank goodness Kelsey Sutton veered away from that path. I felt that there was already a lot going on, and other elements of the story I rather focus on, instead of a love triangle.

It’s not too often that I reread books, but this WILL be one of those!

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20 December 2013

{Bookish News} Special B&N Version of THE ONE by Kiera Cass

By: Me My Shelf And I | 20 December 2013 at 12:08 PM | | | | 1 Comment so far

The final installment in Kiera Cass’ The Selection series is due to hit shelves May 6th 2014 (HarperTeen) and B&N has found a way to make sure you pre-order through them!

IN it’s exclusive B&N version, not only will you get a bonus scene that can not be found anywhere else, you will also get a special poster! You heard me a bonus scene AND a poster!

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The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.
America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.
From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers' hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey... Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.

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{Cover Reveal} Where You’ll Find Me


Today Erin Fletcher and Entangled Teen are revealing the cover for WHERE YOU’LL FIND ME, releasing in early 2014! Check out the gorgeous cover, exclusive excerpt, and enter to win an eARC!
On to the reveal!
 
 

When Hanley Helton discovers a boy living in her garage, she knows she should kick him out. But Nate is too charming to be dangerous. He just needs a place to get away, which Hanley understands. Her own escape methods—vodka, black hair dye, and pretending the past didn't happen—are more traditional, but who is she to judge?

 

Nate doesn't tell her why he's in her garage, and she doesn't tell him what she's running from. Soon, Hanley¹s trading her late-night escapades for all-night conversations and stolen kisses. But when Nate¹s recognized as the missing teen from the news, Hanley isn't sure which is worse: that she's harboring a fugitive, or that she's in love with one.

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Nate looks me over, from my jacket to my favorite pair of jeans, to the shoes that are bonfire-worthy but still cute. My hair, with the help of a straightener, is so silky that my dark bangs fall into my eyes even more than usual. My eye makeup is amped up. Whether all of this is because of the bonfire or because of who I hoped I’d run into before leaving is open for debate. He reaches up and brushes my bangs away from my face. The split-second touch makes me crave more. “You look gorgeous.”
 
“Thank you.”
 
“Where are you headed?”
 
Though staying here in the garage might be a better option, I say, “A bonfire.”
 
Nate studies me again, but this time it feels like he’s looking for something deeper. “Don’t you ever get tired of sneaking out?”
 
“Not really,” I say with a shrug.
 
He tugs on the zipper of my fleece, lowering it slightly and pulling me closer. “What are you running from, Hanley?”
 
It feels like my secrets are written all over my face, but I say, “Nothing.”
 
When he smiles, it’s almost sad. “I don’t buy it.”
 
I lean in, putting both hands on the car behind him, one on either side, trapping him. “You tell me why you’re living in my garage and I’ll tell you what I’m running from.”
 
He gives a sly smile and doesn’t budge. “Secrets it is.”
 
“Secrets it is,” I echo. And even though the small space between us is electric and threatening to disappear, I push off the car and step away. “I’ll see you later,” I say as I open the door.
 
“Hanley,” he says before I can get too far. “Be careful out there, okay?”
 
I don’t make any promises.
About Erin
 

Erin Fletcher is a morning person who does most of her writing before sunrise while drinking excessive quantities of coffee, believes flip-flops qualify as year-round footwear, and would spend every day at the beach if she could. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics (which is almost never useful when writing books) and lives in North Carolina.

You can visit Erin on her website and on Twitter.
 
 
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19 December 2013

{25 Things} Carissa Andrews

By: Me My Shelf And I | 19 December 2013 at 10:05 AM | | 2 Comments so far

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Today on 25 Things is a personal friend of mine, Carissa Andrews. A few interesting facts that are not on this list, are about both her and I….check this out:

- Carissa and I both have 4 year old daughters named Ellie.
- Both our husbands are from England.
- We both met our husbands online (her on Twitter, me on MySpace…seriously)
- We both live in Minnesota, she resides in the same area as my family’s cabin.

Crazy, right?

Carissa is one to get to know my friends! Check her out debut novel PENDOMUS- and enjoy the list!


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Humanity has colonized on the tidally locked planet Pendomus.
Residing between extreme heat and frigid cold is the complex known as the Helix. Within lies a highly sophisticated society functioning solely on humans fulfilling their life’s purpose as determined by their natural aptitudes and daily brain scans.
Seventeen-year-old Runa Cophem has found her calling studying the ancient trees nearby and anxiously awaits a professional placement which will allow her to continue her work.
Runa’s life takes an unforeseen turn when she’s brutally attacked and left for dead in those woods. Rescued by a stranger with blue hair, she’s immersed into a surprising way humanity has survived without the Helix. Fueled by a yearning to understand and an attraction she didn’t even know was possible, Runa tries to make a new life for herself. Yet, there’s much she doesn’t know about herself, about the planet, and the forces controlling her from afar.
What she needs are some answers.

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