30 April 2014

{Waiting On Wednesday} 89

By: Me My Shelf And I | 30 April 2014 at 11:11 AM | | | | 1 Comment so far

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine,that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

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Beautiful Oblivion
Maddox Brothers #1
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: July 1st 2014

The Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster phenomenon continues in the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series.
Fiercely independent Camille "Cami" Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over. She has held down a job since before she could drive, and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college. Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn’t have time for much else besides work and classes, until a trip to see her boyfriend is cancelled, leaving her with a first weekend off in almost a year.
Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt.
Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red.
As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, Cami believes she’ll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic. But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever—even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart.
In the first installment of the Maddox Brothers books, readers can experience the rush of reading Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.

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28 April 2014

{Movie Monday} Review The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

By: Me My Shelf And I | 28 April 2014 at 10:05 AM | | | | | | 1 Comment so far

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Check out my review of Ben Stiller's latest flick – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty!

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Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wigg, Jon Daly and
DVD/BluRay Release Date: April 1st, 2014

A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

Who doesn't find themselves day dreaming about bigger, better or more interesting things? Walter Mitty is extraordinary in that we don't just see him day dream, we see his day dreams.

Stuck in the photo archives of TIME magazine, Walter has lived 16 years of his life through the  photos that pass over his desk, but when a very important piece of film (yes, some photographers actually still use film!) is missing, Walter has no choice but to track down the photographer half way across the world to figure out where the negative ended up.

This tale of stepping outside your comfort zone in the biggest way possible and living the dreams you once had is inspiring and beautiful. Complete with the humor you would expect from Stiller and Wigg, Walter Mitty is a must see and a must read!

From Wikipedia:

"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (1939) is a short story by James Thurber. The most famous of Thurber's stories,[1] it first appeared in The New Yorker on March 18, 1939, and was first collected in his book My World and Welcome to It (Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1942).[2] It has since been reprinted in James Thurber: Writings and Drawings (The Library of America, 1996, ISBN 1-883011-22-1), is available on-line on the New Yorkers's website,[3] and is one of the most frequently anthologized short stories in American literature.

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What's the most frequent day dream you have?

Walter Mitty gets a sold 4 Bird rating from me! If you've not yet seen it – you need to remedy that ASAP!

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Thank you to my friends at @FoxHomeEnt for the review copy!

{Book Review} After The End by Amy Plum

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AFTER THE END is a fast paced, thrilling and brand new Science Fiction tale creatively masked as a Dystopian novel.

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After The End
After The End #1
Author: Amy Plum
Release Date: May 6th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 4 Birds

She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.
World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.
At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.
When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.
Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.

I'm still sitting here looking at this AFTER THE END wondering how in the world Amy Plum pulled it off. She took a bunch of genres, blended them all together and I'll be damned if it didn't work great!

We've got dystopian, science fiction, action/adventure, a little bit of romance and magic. Toss all that in the book blender and Wall-ah – you have AFTER THE END. It wasn't confusing or disjointed like you might worry it would be – it's actually totally seamless and perfectly blended.

Told in a dual POV between Juneau and Miles, who's lived in the real world his whole life, as opposed to Juneau who thought it had been wiped out in WWIII – you get a prefect balance of both sides. Miles POV was often hilarious as he tires his best to figure Juneau out. From what he sees she comes off as an escaped mental patient who prefers to camp illegally and kill her own dinner in national parks, and also has conversations with birds and bon fires. Miles has several lines that caused me to laugh out loud, you're going to love him!

AFTER THE END is a great first book in this series, and it definitely leaves you wanting more in the best way. I can't wait to see what's next for Juneau and Miles and her tribe in the next book!

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27 April 2014

{Book Review} Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart. – From Goodreads synopsis

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Cruel Beauty
Cruel Beauty Universe #1
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Release Date: January 28th 2014
Pages: 342
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Rating: 5 Birds

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.
Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.
With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.
But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.
As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

I don’t think there are many people that can say they haven’t seen this book either on one of their favorite blogs, on youtube, or any other form of social media, Cruel Beauty is HOT right now in the reading universe!

For those of you, who don’t know what Cruel Beauty is about (and I don’t know why you wouldn’t!) it’s basically a retelling of The Beauty and the Beast….except with a demon lord, and a captured prince who will forever be a prisoner!

Before she was born, Nyx’s father made a deal with the demon lord, as many people did in their moment of desperation, asking him to allow his wife to bare a child. The demon lord decided to grant his wish, but instead he would have twins, and when they came of age, one of the two daughters would become the demon lord’s wife. As you might have assumed, the demon lord doesn’t just give out wishes, but instead asks for something far worse in return.

Since she was eight, when Nyx was told that she would be marrying the demon lord in a few years to come, she knew that her sister Astraia was her father’s favorite. The way he looked at her, treated her, almost as if she had no idea of ALL the evil things lurking around the corner. On the other hand Nyx has no one. She doesn’t have her father, because he shows her no affection at all. She doesn’t have her mother who passed away years ago. And she doesn’t have her aunt, who instead spends a few nights in bed with her father.

Nyx has been trained from the day she was informed about her fate, to defeat and kill the demon lord, and bring her community back to normal. She knows what she has to do, and she has prepared as much as she possibly could have, but all that doesn’t matter, when Nyx wakes up on her wedding day, knowing this might be the last day she’ll ever see her family, or ever breathe air outside of his mansion.

But as many of you Beauty and the Beast fans may know, the demon lord isn’t much like he is claimed to be. Yes, he grants these wishes, and causes people harm in their lives. But nobody knows that he, himself is forced to do it by a greater power. He, himself, is a prisoner as well.

After spending days, even weeks with him, Nyx sees a different side than the rumors and stories she’s been told about the demon lord. Instead of destroying him, Nyx almost…wants to help him.

Nyx is torn between her heart and her head. She doesn’t know what to do…can she really get herself to kill the only man that’s ever loved her, that’s ever showed her affection, that’s ever kissed her?

Cruel Beauty shows that love can be found in the most unexpected places, in the most unexpected ways!

Cruel Beauty was such a good read! When I was little I LOVED Beauty and the Beast, and Cruel Beauty gave me that same joy and so much more! It didn’t follow the original story exactly, which I liked as well. I felt that the author added their own spin and personality to it, which made it that much more interesting!

If you’ve read any of reviews of Cruel Beauty or have heard anyone talking about it, then you may know about the whole “name issue”. This wasn’t really an issue for me at all. I can see where people might have a hard time pronouncing some of the names, but I guess that just isn’t something that bothers me. One thing I do have to say about this topic though, is the similarity between Nyx’s sister’s name and the name of their city. Her sister is named, Astraia and her city is called Arcadia…throughout a good portion of the book was completely confused on which was which.

Throughout this entire read I was Team Ignifex, the demon lord, because not only am I a true Beauty and the Beast fan, but he was so gentle and caring for her; even when she was trying to find any way to destroy him. While I LOVED Ignifex, I really enjoyed a lot of the other characters; Astraia, her aunt, her dad and Shade.

Overall I found Cruel Beauty to be a fantastic and lovely retelling of a story that I loved in my childhood! The ending was a HUGE twist, that ripped apart my fragile heart, but quickly sewed it back again.

I hope you decide to give this one a shot, enjoy it as well!

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24 April 2014

{25 Things On Tour + Giveaway} with Amy Plum

By: Me My Shelf And I | 24 April 2014 at 12:10 AM | | | | | 19 Comments so far

Welcome to the AFTER THE END blog tour. I'm thrilled to be apart of the celebration for Amy Plum's upcoming release with a special 25 Things You Might Not Know About Me!
 

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By: Amy Plum
Published by: Harper Teen
Hitting Book Shelves on: May 6, 2014
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound
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World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness.
They′e survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.
At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.
When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact.
Everything was a lie.
Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she′s trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.

 

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continued from #17:  We had a good chat, and she apologized that her nieces were staying—otherwise she would have offered me a bedroom. Instead, she arranged for me to stay on her assistant’s couch for the night. (I hadn’t even asked. Told her I was fine in my campground in New Jersey. She insisted.) I’m still in shock at her generosity.

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Amy Plum is the author of DIE FOR ME, a YA series set in Paris. The first three books—DIE FOR ME, UNTIL I DIE, and IF I SHOULD DIE—are international bestsellers, and have been translated into eleven different languages. The fourth book is an eNovella, entitled DIE FOR HER. The first book of Amy’s new series, AFTER THE END, releases in May 2014.
Amy grew up in Birmingham, Alabama before venturing further afield to Chicago, Paris, London and New York. An art historian by training, she can be found on most days either daydreaming or writing (or both) in a Parisian café.
Visit her on:  Blog | Twitter | Facebook | GoodReads

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Each stop on the tour will be hosting a giveaway! We're giving away:
- 13 SIGNED After The End books
- 6 iPhone After the End shells.
*This is open Internationally*
To enter, please be sure to fill out the form featured on each stop along the tour.

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The first 300 people who pre-order AFTER THE END and show proof of their pre-order will receive one of these limited edition After The End water bottles. *see below*
*Water bottle offer is for US and Canada, and is being hosted by Harper Teen. This is NOT part of the blog tour, but something we wanted to let fans know about.


Please be sure to send your mailing address and receipt to katieloumercier@memyshelfandi.com.

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Be sure to follow the entire After The End blog tour! Trust me, you don't want to miss this Truth or Dare themed tour stops! Authors like Beth Revis, Kimberly Derting, Josephine Angelini & more will be on the tour. As Amy mentioned in her recent newsletter, the truth-or-dare theme is particularly relevant to AFTER THE END, since Juneau's oracle has said she has to tell the truth or she won't find her clan.


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23 April 2014

Get Your Name in the acknowledgements of GET EVEN by Gretchen McNeil!

By: Me My Shelf And I | 23 April 2014 at 11:05 AM | | 2 Comments so far

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Straight from Gretchen McNeil to you!!:

It's time!!!!  With just under five months left before GET EVEN hits shelves, I'm running the first giveaway.  But I'm not giving away ARC's.  Not yet.  This time you can win...

Your name in the Acknowledgements!

That's right, five (5) lucky winners will get their names in the Acknowledgements of GET EVEN, releasing on September 16th.  Ten (10) runners up with win signed Gretchen McNeil promo postcards, and ten (10) more semi-finalists will win signed GET EVEN bookmarks.*
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All purchases will count toward any future giveaway Gretchen McNeil holds during the pre-order campaign of GET EVEN leading up to it's release.
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The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder

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The Museum of Intangible Things is a book filled with love, true friendship, heartache, and so much more.

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The Museum of Intangible Things
Author:
Wendy Wunder
Release Date: April 10, 2014
Publisher: Razorbill
Rating: 5 Birds

Loyalty. Envy. Obligation. Dreams. Disappointment. Fear. Negligence. Coping. Elation. Lust. Nature. Freedom. Heartbreak. Insouciance. Audacity. Gluttony. Belief. God. Karma. Knowing what you want (there is probably a French word for it). Saying Yes. Destiny. Truth. Devotion. Forgiveness. Life. Happiness (ever after).
Hannah and Zoe haven’t had much in their lives, but they’ve always had each other. So when Zoe tells Hannah she needs to get out of their down-and-out New Jersey town, they pile into Hannah’s beat-up old Le Mans and head west, putting everything—their deadbeat parents, their disappointing love lives, their inevitable enrollment at community college—behind them.
As they chase storms and make new friends, Zoe tells Hannah she wants more for her. She wants her to live bigger, dream grander, aim higher. And so Zoe begins teaching Hannah all about life’s intangible things, concepts sadly missing from her existence—things like audacity,insouciance, karma, and even happiness.
An unforgettable read from the acclaimed author of The Probability of Miracles, The Museum of Intangible Things sparkles with the humor and heartbreak of true friendship and first love.

The Museum of Intangible Things is a book filled with love, true friendship, heartache, and so much more. Picking up this book, I thought it would be a light summer read, thanks to the amazing looking cover and the synopsis, but I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I didn’t know that I would laugh on one page, and cry my eyes out on the next. There was just so much emotion in this story, and I absolutely LOVED every single bit of it.

The Museum of Intangible Things follows the story of two best friends, Hannah and Zoe. They couldn’t be more opposite, but have been friends for what seems like ever! While neither of the two girls have much in their lives, they know they will always have each other.

Life is boring in the small town in New Jersey where they live. They attend a poor school, which offers almost nothing besides the basic required classes. Hannah spends her time out by the lake, or selling hot dogs from her hot dog cart (in the hopes to earn enough money to attend college) and Zoe spends her time with boys, thinking about boys or talking about boys (basically anything that revolves around boys). With almost nothing to do, the girls sneak into the private high school on the other side of town to sit and watch classes taking place from above. Hannah sneaks in to learn, and Zoe sneaks in to swoon over any cute guy that catches her attention.

After attending a party thrown by the newest cute guy Zoe can’t enough of, Hannah wakes up in the basement covered in cold hot dogs…just another prank making fun of her job. She gets up and looks for Zoe, finding her standing outside in the storm, with a look on her face, only Hannah knows what it means.

Zoe is seeing things again…

A week passes by, Zoe isn’t eating, isn’t getting out of bed, and Hannah can’t seem to get in contact with her, not matter how many text messages or voicemails she leaves her.

Even though her best friend isn’t leaving the house, things seem to look a little brighter for Hannah. She just kissed the boy she’s been crushing on since middle school, and the hot dog cart seems to be doing well. THAT IS until she goes on her computer to check how much she’s saved up, and realizes almost all of it is gone..She refreshes the page just to make sure her eyes aren’t fooling her, but still nothing. Hannah knows who took it, and she can’t believe he would do that.

As if on cue, Zoe walks in, asking Hannah to leave town with her. She doesn’t want to be gone too long, but she explains to Hannah over and over again that she needs a small break, a weekend road trip. Unsure of what to do, and kind of worried that she won’t have a perfect attendance anymore at school, she knows Zoe means everything to her, so Hannah agrees to come.

The two girls sneak into IKEA one night, flash cowboys on the highway, steal their horses, and want to see a buffalo and so much more! All that, with nothing but an old van and a box full of change!

This road trip will be the time of their lives, but also completely change their lives. While Zoe and Hannah seem to be doing a lot of fun and crazy things, Hannah knows something deeper is going on inside of Zoe’s head. The only thing Hannah can do is to be by her best friend’s side, protect her, and take care of her. Even if it means going off the edge…

The Museum of Intangible Things was one of those books that will stick with me forever. There were just so many FEELS in this book that I was crying and laughing at the same time. It was easy to connect with the characters, and I think that’s why I felt all the emotions that they were feeling as well.

Zoe and Hannah were both amazing characters. The main reason I decided to pick this one up, was simply because of the friendship. Yes, I do like romance (A LOT actually…) but I also do like books that focus on friendship. The Museum of Intangible Things did have a bit of romance, but it was definitely in the background. The cover and the synopsis failed to mentioned anything about Zoe’s problems, which added a whole different element into the story.

Besides the friendship with each other, Hannah and Zoe did have a lot of other things going on around them. Hannah’s dad is an alcoholic newsman, and her mom barely gets out of bed. Zoe has her younger brother, who is so close to Hannah, she considers him, hers as well. And Zoe’s mom, who is constantly paranoid about her daughter’s problem and what was going on in Zoe’s head.

I liked that these characters were down to earth, and REAL.

OH, the ending? YES, it broke my heart. It yanked it out of my chest, threw it on the ground, shattered it into a million pieces, swept it up and flushed it down the toilet. The story ended in a way I never saw coming, and that completely took me by surprise…But looking back at everything that happened before and during the trip, I saw the signs and the meaning behind the trip in the first place.

Overall I enjoyed Wendy Wunder’s Museum of Intangible Things! I would recommend this one to anyone looking for a good road trip story, something emotionally beautiful and filled with love.

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Review by the fantastic Lisa who has her own blog when not guest reviewing for us! Check out Turning Pages!

22 April 2014

{10's List + Giveaway} How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly In Love

By: Me My Shelf And I | 22 April 2014 at 6:00 AM | | | | | 2 Comments so far

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"Thick. Heavy. Big boned. Plump. Full figured. Chunky. Womanly. Large. Curvy. Plus-size. Hefty." To sixteen-year-old Emery Jackson, these are all just euphemisms for the big "F" word—"fat." Living on a Southern California beach with her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former model mother, it is impossible for Emery not to be aware of her weight. Emery is okay with how things are. That is, until her "momager" signs her up for Fifty Pounds to Freedom, a reality show in which Emery will have to lose fifty pounds in fifty days in order to win the million dollars that will solve her family's financial woes. Emery is skeptical of the process, but when the pounds start to come off and the ratings skyrocket, she finds it hard to resist the adoration of her new figure and the world of fame. Emery knows that things have changed. But is it for the better?

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Top Ten List - Things you would change about your high school years if you could go back in time.

I would lose my mullet.

I wouldn’t be so hard on myself.

I would read more and watch TV less.

I would not eat right before going to bed.

I would have told my dad I loved him more.

I would have gone to more dances and parties rather than been a hermit.

I would study harder.

I would take an SAT class.

I would have smiled more while playing hockey.

I would have started writing novels.

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Ken Baker is the E! News/E! Online Senior Correspondent and Breaking News Editor, an acclaimed author, producer, public speaker and former pro hockey player. Ken reports breaking news, conducts celebrity interviews, delivers investigative reports and hosts a range of news segments for E! News, E! Online, E! International, E! News specials and the network's live events. Baker has published six books. His newest work is a novel due out in April 2014 titled "How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love," a story about an obese teen who is pressured by her family to go on a reality show to lose weight and, in so doing, learns the real meaning of freedom. His debut novel, "Fangirl" (Running Press, 2012), told the story of a pop star who falls in love with a fan amid a sensational tabloid drama. Ken is adapting "Fangirl" into a movie in collaboration with Converge Media. Ken is currently at work on a series of Hollywood-themed thrillers set for release in 2015.

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