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Stacking the Shelves (6)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! My Pile!

Vivian Apple At The End of The World by Katie Coyle Dearest by Alethea Kontis *Thank You Houghton Mifflin*
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky *Thank you Disney and Harlequin Teen*
Zac and Mia by A J Betts Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane  *Thank you Houghton Mifflin and Macmillan*
How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly In Love by Ken Baker Summer of Yesterday by Gaby Triana *Thank you Simon and Schuster & RP Teens*
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica  The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon * Thank you Harlequin and Bloomsbury*
Tell me what you got in the comments below! Clearly I have my reading cut out for me :)

Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore | Review

Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore
Published by Point on January 28, 2014
Pages 320
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher
Goodreads• B&N

The year is 1911. And at The Manor, nothing is as it seems . . .

Lady Charlotte Edmonds: Beautiful, wealthy, and sheltered, Charlotte feels suffocated by the strictures of upper-crust society. She longs to see the world beyond The Manor, to seek out high adventure. And most of all, romance. 

Janie Seward: Fiery, hardworking, and clever, Janie knows she can be more than just a kitchen maid. But she isn't sure she possesses the courage -- or the means -- to break free and follow her passions.

Both Charlotte and Janie are ready for change. As their paths overlap in the gilded hallways and dark corridors of The Manor, rules are broken and secrets are revealed. Secrets that will alter the course of their lives. . . forever.

    Usually I am not such a fan of the old time historical fiction with girls all dressed up in the gorgeous dresses and f…

Waiting on Wednesday (2)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
Home is where the bodies are buried.

Darkly humorous and heart-wrenchingly beautiful, Jennifer Longo’s YA debut about a girl stuck living in a cemetery will change the way you look at life, death, and love.

Leigh sells graves for her family-owned cemetery because her father is too lazy to look farther than the dinner table when searching for employees. Working the literal graveyard shift, she meets two kinds of customers:

Pre-Need: They know what’s up. They bought their graves a long time ago, before they needed them.

At Need: They are in shock, mourning a loved one’s unexpected death. Leigh avoids sponging their agony by focusing on things like guessing the headstone choice (mostly granite).

Sarcastic and smart, Leigh should be able to stand up to her family and quit. But her w…

Top Ten Authors We Own The Most Books Of | Top Ten Tuesday (1)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
John Green The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines  J.K. Rowling All Harry Potter books!
Stephanie Meyer Twlight books, The Host
Ellen Hopkins Perfect, Crash, Burn, Fallout, Tricks, Impulse
Lauren Oliver Delirium series, Before I Fall
Lauren DeStefano Chemical Gardens trilogy, Perfect Ruin
Marisa Meyer Cinder, Scarlet, Cress
Tahereh Mafi Shatter Me trilogy
Veronica Roth Divergent series
Stephanie Perkins Anna and Lola!

Looking For Alaska by John Green | Review

Looking For Alaska by John Green
Published by Penguin on December 28, 2006
Genre: Realistic                                                                                            
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . . After. Nothing is ever the same.
MY THOUGHTS:       John Green can do no wrong. Every time I start one of his novels, …

To This Day by Shane Koyczan | Review

To This Day by Shane Koyczan
Series: none
Published by Annick Press Ltd on July 17, 2014
Pages 72
Format EBook
Source Netgalley
Goodreads• B&N

In February 2013, Shane Koyczan's passionate anti-bullying poem "To This Day" electrified the world. An animated video of the lyric narrative went viral, racking up over 12 million hits to date and inspiring an international movement against bullying in schools. Shane later performed the piece to sustained applause on the stage of the 2013 annual TED Conference.

Now this extraordinary work has been adapted into an equally moving and visually arresting book. Thirty international artists, as diverse as they are talented, have been inspired to create exceptional art to accompany "To This Day." Each page is a vibrant collage of images, colors and words that will resonate powerfully with anyone who has experienced bullying themselves, whether as a victim, observer, or participant.

Born of Shane's own experiences of being bulli…

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins | Review

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins
Series: Impulse
Published by Simon and Schuster on Sept 11, 2013
Pages 622
Format Paperback
Source Bought
Goodreads•  B&N

Everyone has something, someone, somewhere else that they’d rather be. For four high-school seniors, their goals of perfection are just as different as the paths they take to get there.
Cara’s parents’ unrealistic expectations have already sent her twin brother Conner spiraling toward suicide. For her, perfect means rejecting their ideals to take a chance on a new kind of love. Kendra covets the perfect face and body—no matter what surgeries and drugs she needs to get there. To score his perfect home run—on the field and off—Sean will sacrifice more than he can ever win back. And Andre realizes that to follow his heart and achieve his perfect performance, he’ll be living a life his ancestors would never understand.
Everyone wants to be perfect, but when perfection loses its meaning, how far will you go? What would you give up to be perfect?


Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke | Review

Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke
Series: Dissonance
Published by Simon and Schuster on July 22, 2014
Pages 496
Format ARC
Source: Publisher
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Delancy Sullivan has always known there’s more to reality than what people see. Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed ~ all of these choices create an alternate universe in which an echo self takes the road not travelled and makes the opposite decision. As a Walker, someone who can navigate between these worlds, Del’s job is to keep all of the dimensions in harmony.

Normally, Del can hear the dissonant frequency that each world emits as clear as a bell. But when a training session in an off-key world goes horribly wrong, she is forbidden from Walking by the Council. But Del’s not big on following the rules and she secretly starts to investigate these other worlds. Something s…

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.
I absolutely LOVED Anna and the French Kiss & Lola and the Boy Next Door, so I really cannot wait to dig into this one. What're you waiting on this Wednesday?

Eleanor by Johnny Worthen | Review

Eleanor by Johnny Worthen
Series: The Unseen
Published by: Jolly Fish Press on July 1, 2014                                      
Pages: 356
Format: ARC
Source: Author
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      It was a gamble for Eleanor to rejoin humanity, but she was driven to it. She’d been too successful forgetting. The last vestiges of her family hung by a thread in her transformed brain and drove her to be reckless. Ten years later, Eleanor hides in plain sight. She is an average girl getting average grades in a small Wyoming town: poor but happy, lonely but loved. Her mother, Tabitha, is there for her and that’s all she’s ever needed. But now her mother is sick and David has returned. The only friend she’d ever had, the only other person who knows her secret, is back. And Eleanor again becomes reckless. 

      Eleanor is a modest girl, unremarkable but extraordinary, young but old, malleable but fixed. She is scared and confused. She is a liar and a thief. Eleanor is not what she appears to be.


Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson | Review

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Published By: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 300
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Buy This Book: B&N

If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl?
As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom. From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling, impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains, both phys…

Stacking The Shelves (5)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
       Hey everyone! So this week I received some AWESOME books for review! I am officially on summer break now, thank god, so you will be seeing more from me. Unfortunately, summer comes with summer reading but I will make time for the other books as well. Now, let's get into it! 

Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson- Thank you Simon Pulse! Random by Tom Leveen- Thank you Simon Pulse!

Love is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson- Thank you Scholastic! The Walled City by Ryan Graudin- Thank you Little Brown!

If You're Reading This by Trent Reedy- Thank you Scholastic! Famous Last Words by Katie Alender- Thank you Scholastic!

The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien- Thank you Roaring Book Press!
That is all for …

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart | Review

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Published By: Random House
Genre: Contemporary
Pages: 240                                
Format: ARC
Source: Random House, Review.
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 New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.
A beautiful and distinguished family.

E. Lockhart has done it again. Made me fall in love with another beautiful story. We Were Liars is absolutely captivating.  It messes with your mind from the very start of the novel all the way until the last word on that final page. This book had actually made me tear up a bit and the only other book that had ever done that to me was The Fault In Our Star…

Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols | Review

Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols
Series: The Superlatives #1
Published by Simon Plus on May 20, 2014                                
Genre: Contemporary 
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Jennifer Echols, review.

Tia and Will’s lives get flipped upside down when they’re voted Yearbook’s Biggest Flirts in this sassy novel from the author of Endless Summer and The One That I Want.

Tia just wants to have fun. She’s worked hard to earn her reputation as the life of the party, and she’s ready for a carefree senior year of hanging out with friends and hooking up with cute boys. And her first order of business? New guy Will. She can’t get enough of his Midwestern accent and laidback swagger. 

       I don't think I had ever read a Jennifer Echols book before this one, but what a way to start it off. After reading the synopsis for this story, I was worried that it would be another one of those stories where the girl plays hard to get but somehow still ends up falling for…