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25 February 2016

{Book Review} Harmony House by Nic Sheff

By: Me My Shelf And I | 25 February 2016 at 7:52 AM | | | | | | | | 3 Comments so far

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Harmony House
Author: Nic Sheff
Release Date: March 22, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 1 Bird

Jen Noonan’s father thinks a move to Harmony House is the key to salvation, but to everyone who has lived there before, it is a portal to pure horror.

After Jen’s alcoholic mother’s death, her father cracked. He dragged Jen to this dilapidated old manor on the shore of New Jersey to “start their new lives”—but Harmony House is more than just a creepy old estate. It’s got a chilling past—and the more Jen discovers its secrets, the more the house awakens. Strange visions follow Jen wherever she goes, and her father’s already-fragile sanity disintegrates before her eyes. As the forces in the house join together to terrorize Jen, she must find a way to escape the past she didn’t know was haunting her—and the mysterious and terrible power she didn’t realize she had.

A classic horror story finds a terrifying home in Harmony House, drawing on favorite tropes and edgy, modern characters to create a chilling tale of blame, guilt, and ghostly revenge.

I picked up HARMONY HOUSE because the synopsis seemed amazing and the cover had a very Madeleine Roux vibe to it. Since I really enjoyed her Asylum series and this promised to be a creepy ride as well, I eagerly downloaded it.

Things start off with hopes of a good read. You get a very Casper  (the movie) feel when they get to Harmony House and with the dad being half cracked in the head already there’s also this The Shining feeling that filters in. Sadly though, things very quickly start to fall apart all over the place.

The characters are seriously underdeveloped and all seem to have personality disorders that cause them to go from perfectly happy to murderous rage in .0002 seconds. This isn’t just something the dad does, as his cheater is supposed to be off his rocker, this is every single person we meet. From Jen to boys she meets on the road – everyone. I felt like I had whiplash trying to keep up with the mood swings.

12 February 2016

{Book Review} Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard

By: Me My Shelf And I | 12 February 2016 at 7:00 AM | | | | | | | 2 Comments so far

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Today I wrap up the GLASS SWORD blog tour for author Victoria Aveyard and HarperCollins. It has been a joy and an onor to not only participate in this, but to also be asked to organize and host it. RED QUEEN was one of my favorite books of last year, and if you haven’t yet started the series I highly suggest you do!

While you’re here, check out the other stops listed at the bottom of this post – and don’t forget to enter for the RED QUEEN prize pack as well!

About The Book

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GLASS SOWRD
Red Queen #2
Author: Victoria Aveyard Pages: 448
Release Date: February 9th, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 4.5 Birds

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

09 February 2016

{Book Birthday + Giveaway} Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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Happy, happy HAPPY Book Birthday to Victoria Aveyard and GLASS SWORD! While you’re here be sure to enter the giveaway for an amazing RED QUEEN prize pack from HarperTeen! 

About The Book

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GLASS SWORD
Red Queen #2
Author: Victoria Aveyard Pages: 448
Release Date: February 9th, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

08 February 2016

{Bok Review} Behold The Bones by Natalie C. Parker

By: Me My Shelf And I | 08 February 2016 at 11:07 AM | | | | | | | | | 1 Comment so far

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Behold The Bones
Beware The Wild #2
Author: Natalie C. Parker
Release Date: Februray 23, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 4 Birds

Candace “Candy” Pickens has been obsessed with the swamp lore of her tiny Louisiana town for . . . forever. Name any ghostly swamp figure and Candy will recite the entire tale in a way that will curl your toes and send chills up your spine.

That doesn’t mean Candy’s a believer, however. Even though she and her friends entered the swamp at the start of summer and left it changed, Candy’s the only one who can’t see or feel the magical swamp Shine. She’s also the only one who can’t see the ghosts that have been showing up and spooking everyone in town ever since. So Candy concentrates on other things—real things. Like fighting with her mother and plotting her escape from her crazy town.

But ghosts aren’t the only newcomers in Sticks, Louisiana. The King family arrives like a hurricane: in a blur and unwanted—at least by Candy. Mr. King is intent on filming the rumored ghostly activity for his hit TV show, Local Haunts. And while Candy can’t ignore how attracted she is to eighteen-year-old Gage King and how much his sister, Nova, wants to be friends, she’s still suspicious of the King family.

As Candy tries to figure out why the Kings are really in town and why the swamp that had previously cast her aside now seems to be invading every crack in her logical, cynical mind, she stumbles across the one piece of swamp lore she didn’t know. It’s a tale that’s more truth than myth, and may have all the answers . . . and its roots are in Candy’s own family tree.

An awful lot can happen in a small town like Sticks, and if you don’t believe me then you need to pick up the Beware The Wild  series by Natalie C. Parker. With it’s southern Gothic vibe and tales of magic and ghosts, I promise you there is nothing like it in Young Adult right now – and you need it in your life.

BEHOLD THE BONES starts off as every great book should, with a bunch of people standing in a privates cemetery bordering a swamp almost everyone is scared of, discussing the family curse. Add in some Clary Moonshine and a heat that would make the Devil grab a fan and you have the beginning of a beautifully twisted tale.

25 January 2016

{MMSAI Tours Presents} Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard Release Day Celebration

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Join us on the 9th of February for the release day celebration of this hotly anticipated second book in the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. 

About The Book

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GLASS SOWRD
Red Queen #2
Author: Victoria Aveyard Pages: 448
Release Date: February 9th, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

About The Author

7074943Victoria Aveyard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen. Victoria was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She currently splits her time between the East and West coasts. As an author and screenwriter, she uses her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies. She has sold several television pilots and feature-length screenplays. You can visit her online atwww.victoriaaveyard.comor on Twitter at @VictoriaAveyard

08 January 2016

{Book Review} What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

By: Me My Shelf And I | 08 January 2016 at 11:48 AM | | | | | | | 3 Comments so far

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What We Saw
Author: Aaron Hartzler
Release Date: Septemeber 22, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 336
Rating: 4.5 Birds

Kate Weston can piece together most of the bash at John Doone’s house: shots with Stacey Stallard, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early—the feeling that maybe he’s becoming more than just the guy she’s known since they were kids.

But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Aaron Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have all the details. When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same question: Where was Ben when a terrible crime was committed?

This story—inspired by real events—from debut novelist Aaron Hartzler takes an unflinching look at silence as a form of complicity. It’s a book about the high stakes of speaking up, and the razor thin line between guilt and innocence that so often gets blurred, one hundred and forty characters at a time.

A raw and honest reminder that a snapshot isn’t always the full picture.

I think the thing that resonates with me most about this book is that it’s inspired by true events. So often we read contemporary novels about broken hearts, accidents, even deaths and think “That could really happen”  but you have this barrier of protection yet, because it was after all just a story.

With WHAT WE SAW that barrier thins out, the protection fades and you your forced to realize that this really did happen in some way and in this day and age, it likely happens more often than we even care to admit. I’m really glad that books like this are out there, so people can learn from them, possibly avoid the same mistakes, but more importantly have something that they can relate to if they ever find them self in a situation like this.

WHAT WE SAW is a poignant look at how quickly the space between right and wrong can fade, and how what you see on the surface isn’t always the truth. Lessons that everyone should remember, but often forgets as they quickly point the finger of guilt at the most likely suspect. 

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04 January 2016

{MMSAI Tours Presents} Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard Official Blog Tour

By: Me My Shelf And I | 04 January 2016 at 4:06 PM | | | | | | Be the first to comment!

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GLASS SWORD is the highly anticipated sequel to RED QUEEN and MMSAI is beyond proud to be bringing you the blog tour for it. If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting on the edge of your seat for the next installment of this thrilling series and you’ll be happy to know the wait is almost over.

Be sure to mark your calendar and join us on this 10 day blog tour full of reviews, as well as a giveaway you won’t want to miss!

09 October 2015

{Review + Giveaway} A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern

By: Me My Shelf And I | 09 October 2015 at 12:49 AM | | | | | Be the first to comment!

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I am so excited to not only be hosting this tour, but to be on it. This book was more than I ever thought it would be and will live in my heart forever.  I hope you'll take time to enter the giveaway for 2 copies, below. One for you and one for the friend of your choosing!

About The Book

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A STEP TOWARD FALLING
Author: Cammie McGovern
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: October 6th, 2015

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