Stacking the Shelves (#6): The Collective Edition

stacking the shelvesMeme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where I post all the bookish things I’ve recieved/purchased either physical or e-book.

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This is a collective book haul since my last StS post. My last post was November 2nd.

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I have a total of 24 physical books and 21 e-books. So, let’s get started shall we? :)

Physical Books: books are listed from bottom to top.

cf95035e4a8211e38e691281ffd27b69_8 The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black– Young Adult, Vampires, Paranormal, Fantasy

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith– Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand– Young Adult, Angels, Paranormal, Fantasy

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness– Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction

2b67405c4cd611e39e9b0e243cc3bbb4_8Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell– Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

d14d8d5a4f1011e38f7e12414a7d7418_8Sweet Peril (Sweet Evil #2) by Wendy Higgins– Paranormal, Angels, Young Adult

Opal (Lux #3), Onyx (Lux #2), and Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout– Paranormal, Science Fiction, Aliens, Young Adult

3256ee7a4fe811e3b39b1272fd2b80f2_8Phantom (The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters #1) by L.J. Smith– Young Adult, Vampires, Paranormal, Fantasy

Once in a Full Moon (Full Moon #1) by Ellen Schreiber– Young Adult, Werewolves, Paranormal, Romance

4a7f77ee516211e3ae0c0edde95f70c1_8Torn (Trylle #2) and Ascend (Trylle #3) by Amanda Hocking– Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) by Stephanie Perkins– Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit

World After (Penryn and the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee– Paranormal, Angels, Dystopian, Young Adult

98a5588652ce11e3a478123a40d9842e_8ARC copy of Season of the Witch by Mariah Fredericks– Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, Witches

2162bf88592311e39fda0ec904d91de7_8Killer (Pretty Little Liars #6) and Wanted (Pretty Little Liars #8) by Sara Shepard– Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Chick Lit

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys– Young Adult, Historical Fiction, World War II

If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman– Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

The Forbidden Game (The Forbidden Games #1-#3) by L.J. Smith– Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking #2) by Patrick Ness– Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction

Thirst No. 2: Phantom, Evil Thirst, and Creatures of Forever (Thirst #2) by Christopher Pike– Young Adult, Vampires, Paranormal, Fantasy

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis– Young Adult, Dytopia, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction

 

E-books: (ALL FREE ON AMAZON)I may or may not get to the adult books listed below, especially Taken. I didn’t realize what the book was about when I got it.

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1. Meeting Trouble by Emme Rollins– New Adult, Romance, Contemporary Romance

2. Taken by Selena Kitt– Adult, Erotica, M, F, F

3. Ivan (Her Russian Protector #1) by Roxie Rivera– Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Erotica

4. Stronger (Runaway Series #1) by Lexie Ray– New Adult, Romance, Abuse

5. Shore Lights (Paradise Point #1) by Barbara Bretton– Adult, Romance, Contemporary Romance, Holidays/Christmas

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6. Never Forget (Memories #1) by Emma Hart– New Adult, Romance, Contemporary

7. Freshwater Kisses: A Billionaire Love Story (The Kisses Series #4) by Krista Lakes and Mel Finefrock

8. Because of Lucy (Butterfly Days #1) by Lisa Swallow– New Adult, Romance, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary

9. Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (Rose Gardener Mysteries #1) by Denise Grover Swank– Adult, Mystery, Chick Lit, Romance

10. Just Breathe (Just Breathe Trilogy #1) by Heather Allen– Young Adult, Mermaids, Fantasy, Paranormal

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11. The Girl (Guardians #1) by Lola StVil– Young Adult, Angels, Paranormal, Fantasy

12. Blur (Night Roamers #1) by Kristen Middleton– Young Adult, Vampires, Paranormal

13. Invisible by Cecily Paterson– Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction

14. Gravity (Gravity #1) by Abigail Boyd– Young Adult, Paranormal, Ghosts

15. Enchantment (Channie #1) by Charlotte Abel– Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

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16. Branded (Fall of Angels #1) by Keary Taylor– Young Adult, Angels, Paranormal, Fantasy

17. Everblue (Mer Tales #1) by Brenda Pandos– Young Adult, Mermaids, Fantasy

18. Grimm Diaries Prequels #1-#6 (The Grimm Diaries Prequels #1-#6) by Cameron Jace– Young Adult, Fairy Tales, Fantasy

19. Hidden (Hidden #1) by M. Lathan– Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Witches

20. All My Life (First Things #1) by Rucy Ban– New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Erotica

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21. Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale #1) by Alexia Purdy– Young Adult, Paranormal, Fae/Faeries, Fantasy

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Review: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

never fadeNever Fade by Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds #2
Published by: Disney-Hyperion onOctober 15th 2013
Genre: Dystopia, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 512
Source: Bought- Hardcover
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My Rating: 5 stars2

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS FROM THE DARKEST MINDS. If you have not read The Darkest Minds, I’d consider not reading this.

Ruby has cleared Liam’s mind of her and has let him live a “normal” life. Ruby is now with Cate and the League.

We are introduced to two new characters– Vida and Jude. Vida is a blue and has blue hair… Coincidence? She’s very fierce and doesn’t take crap from anyone. She’s about Ruby’s age from how Ruby explains her. Jude is a yellow and is probably 12 or 13 years old. He wants everyone to befriend everyone and have everyone get along. He’s an absolute sweetheart.

Vida, Jude, and other kids in the Children’s League view Ruby as their “Leader”. Ruby doesn’t understand why they want her as the Leader when she views herself as a monster for what she has done.

Ruby has been given a mission– find Liam and get the flash drive. She has to travel across America to find him and faces many, MANY obstacles along the way.

My Thoughts:

Wow… Just wow… I was kind of worried in the beginning because it was “slow paced” and not much was going on. I had a hard time reading it for a while. I found myself at times wanting to skip ahead. About 150 pages in, it started to pick up. Then around 400 pages it REALLY picked up.

At times I just wanted to strangle some of these characters. Okay, just kidding. But, some did get kind of annoying at times.

There was SO MUCH MORE action in Never Fade compared to The Darkest Minds. Wow! If you have not picked up Never Fade yet, I highly suggest it.

My 2 favorite characters are Chubs and Vida. I’m surprised that I liked Vida honestly. In the beginning she was very rude, but as the story progressed she started to grow on me. Just like all the other characters in this series!!

Of course, hands down Liam is obviously my favorite.. There’s no question.

I really don’t want to wait a year to figure out what happens next…

Favorite Quotes:

“Ghosts don’t haunt people–their memories do.”

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“Sometimes you’re the one speeding along in a panic, doing too much, not paying attention, wrecking things you don’t mean to. And sometimes life just happens to you, and you can’t dodge it. It crashes into you because it wants to see what you’re made of.”

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“I feel like I’m losing my damn mind, like your face has been carved into my heart, and I don’t remember when, and I don’t understand why, but the scar is there, and I can’t get it to heal. It won’t go. I can’t make it fade. And you won’t even look at me.”

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“I think I’m losing it—I don’t know what’s happening, what happened, but I look at you, I look at you, and I love you so much. Not because of anything you’ve said, or done, or anything at all. I look at you, and I just love you, and it terrifies me. It terrifies me what I would do for you.”

Waiting on Wednesday (#10): These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

New WoWWaiting on Wednesday is a meme created by Breaking the Spine in which on Wednesdays you post a book that you are waiting to be released.

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these broken starsThese Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #1
Publishing by: Disney Hyperion on December 10th 2013
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 384
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It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

I’ve had my eye on this book for MONTHS now! I’m so excited to read this, it sounds like something I would really enjoy. I can’t wait to get my hands on it and read it. I may or may not pre-order it. I guess we will just have to see how much money I spend Black Friday!! :)

This book has been floating around blogs and Goodreads for several months now. Each time I see it I get even more excited about it!

Top Ten Tuesday: Things I Am Thankful For

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten Things I Am Thankful For’.

1. How much reading has impacted my life recently. I feel like whenever I read I just forget about what’s going on in the real world- work, my classes, everything. Every time I read I feel happier. Even if I’m in the worst of moods, I (usually) can pick up a book and I’ll be in a great mood.

2. THE AUTHORS!! I can not thank authors enough for these stories and characters they create!!!

3. BookTube/book blogging! If I wouldn’t have found both of these I might have gone insane containing all these feelings! I also wouldn’t know about over half of the books that I want to read/own. Everyone that I have come in contact with either from BookTube or book blogging has just been awesome! I love that I can talk to other book lovers and have them understand and go through similar emotions. I can’t get that talking to my boyfriend or a friend (my best friends don’t read)!!

4. My sister being a reader and loving the Young Adult genre. I love when she comes to me asking what book I should read next. I get super excited and start gushing about books I’ve read recently and basically throw 10 books at her telling her she needs to read them now.

5. Book Outlet and Amazon! I can not stress how much I love these sites! If it wasn’t for them as well as Half Price Books, I wouldn’t own the amount of books that I do now.

6. My parents! As a kid I always loved books. I’m really glad I had my parents there to help push me to read. I always had a hard time with reading comprehension which made reading difficult for me when I was younger, but the older I got and the more I read, I have no trouble “comprehending” a book. Well, sometimes I just can’t find the words to describe how I felt. :)

7. Goodreads! This site is just absolutely amazing! It’s basically a Facebook but for book lovers. I can’t stress how much I love having Goodreads!

Non-Book Related:

8. My boyfriend. Okay, okay, okay. He’s my boyfriend and it’s not like we are married or anything. But, I can’t stress how much he means to me and how much I do love him.

9. My smartphone, tablet, laptop, basically any electronic device. There isn’t a time when I’m not on one of these things.. I tend to take for granted how lucky I am to have these things in my life.

10. TV shows/movies. Basically my life! If I wasn’t reading books, all I would do is watch TV and movies. That’s kind of sad, but I hope I’m not the only one. :)

Review: Faery Tales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr

faery tales and nightmaresFaery Tales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr
Series: N/A
Published by: HarperCollins on February 21st 2012
Genre: Fantasy, Short Stories, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 418
Source: Bought- Hardcover
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My Rating: 3.5 stars

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.

Table of Contents:
“Where Nightmares Walk”
“Winter’s Kiss” (Fairy Tales)
“Transition” (Vampires)
“Love Struck” (Selchies)
“Old Habits” (WL World)
“Stopping Time” (WL World)
“The Art of Waiting”
“Flesh for Comfort”
“The Sleeping Girl and the Summer King” (WL World-ish, the short story that started the series)
“Cotton Candy Skies” (WL World)
“Unexpected Family” (WL World)
“Merely Mortal” (WL World)

Before I begin my review, this was intended to be my Halloween read and only take me about 3-4 days to read… It turned out to be a month long read and not completing 4 of these short stories. But, I do have an excuse as to why I skipped 4. “Old Habits” is a short story that follows up after Ink Exchange which is book 2 in the Wicked Lovely series. Well, I haven’t started the series yet and I wasn’t going to spoil something that would happen after the second book. “Stopping Time” follows after Fragile Eternity which is the third book in the Wicked Lovely series. Again, don’t want to spoil myself! I ended up just “giving up” and putting up the book because I had been reading it so long. I didn’t read “Unexpected Family” and “Merely Mortal” which are the last 2 short stories. They are however from the Wicked Lovely series, so I didn’t want to take the chance in spoiling the series. I didn’t realize how many of these short stories came from the series until now.

Since this book is a collection of short stories, mainly for the Wicked Lovely series, I’m not going to go into detail about each story, because we will be here a while and I’m sure you don’t want to sit there reading this review for 20-30 minutes. So, I’m just going to tell you why I gave it this rating and which stories I liked/didn’t like.

Why 3.5/5 Stars? Simply because it took me this long to read the book. I don’t know why it took me almost a month to “somewhat” complete the book honestly.. Maybe I got tired of the paranormal/fantasy world? Maybe a “hangover” from Unravel Me? Simply just not wanting to read lately? Not sure.. But, I didn’t hate the book. I really did enjoy Melissa Marr’s short stories.

I would probably have to say my favorite short story is “Transition” which is Melissa Marr’s take on vampires. Thinking to myself, I can’t help but laugh because of my vampire obsession that I had in the past (4 years ago when Twilight was around.. Wow, it was only 4 years ago..). Of course this would be my favorite! But, Melissa Marr’s take on vampires was so interesting!!! At first I was kind of off-put I guess you could say. It is so different from other vampire stories I’ve read in the past that I just didn’t know what to think of it. As the story progressed, I was really invested in it and I just couldn’t put it down. I was so frustrated when it came to an end because I wanted to know more about the characters and what happened!  So much had happened in such a short time– 37 pages– that I was surprised at how fast paced this was.

My least favorite of the short stories I did read would probably have to be “Cotton Candy Skies”. I was completely confused as to what was going on the entire time while reading this. I did however read this short story while going to my college classes while sitting in the halls waiting for classes to start, so maybe that could be a factor as to why I had a hard time understanding this story. I felt that it was a take on ‘Alice in Wonderland’? I could be completely wrong but that’s what I kept thinking of.

I would definitely recommend this to fans of the Wicked Lovely series! Although I haven’t read the Wicked Lovely series, a lot of these short stories are based off the series and may/may not help clear up confusion throughout the series.

I would also recommend this to people looking for something different from what is popular today. Melissa Marr’s short stories are very interesting and captivating that at times I had a hard time putting it down!

I would definitely recommend this as a Halloween read for next year for sure! … Just don’t be like me and be reading it for a month. :)

Favorite Quotes:

“A clear division between good and evil, right and wrong, would simplify everything, but life was rarely simple.”

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“She kissed him, just a quick touch of lips, and said it back. “I love you too.” “No Other-Skin, no enchantments,” he reminded her. “Just us.” she said. And that was the best sort of magic.”

Waiting on Wednesday (#9): Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi

New WoWWaiting on Wednesday is a meme created by Breaking the Spine in which on Wednesdays you post a book that you are waiting to be released.

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fracture meFracture Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #2.5
Publishing by: HarperCollins on December 17th 2013
Genre: Dystopia, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 68
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In this electrifying sixty-page companion novella to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, discover the fate of the Omega Point rebels as they go up against The Reestablishment. Set during and soon after the final moments of Unravel Me, Fracture Me is told from Adam’s perspective.

As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam’s focus couldn’t be further from the upcoming battle. He’s reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend’s life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James’s safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It’s time for war.

On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam’s newly discovered half brother, won’t be that easy. The Reestablishment can’t tolerate a rebellion, and they’ll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

Fracture Me sets the stage for Ignite Me, the explosive finale in Tahereh Mafi’s epic dystopian series. It’s a novella not to be missed by fans who crave action-packed stories with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu.

I’m so beyond excited for this novella! I think I’m going through a little depression right now after reading Unravel Me! I’m having trouble reading a lot lately. But, besides that I’m beyond excited to see Adam’s point of view! Also, this cover is gorgeous! I adore these covers. I’m obsessed with this series and I’m in love with Tahereh Mafi’s writing style.

Top Ten Tuesday: Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten Covers We Wish We Could Redesign’.

 

 

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1. Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld– I know this is a redesign, but I still don’t like them.

2. Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard– I like the colors and how they look on the shelf, but they are so boring!

3. Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver– Just don’t like these covers…

4. Bloodlines and Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead– Typical YA covers, but AMAZING series! Haven’t read Bloodlines yet, but Vampire Academy is amazing!

5. The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout– Absolute AMAZING book! Typical YA covers…

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6. House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast– The only thing I like is the little detailing on them…

7. The Devouring series by Simon Holt– Just don’t like the covers really…

8. Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris– Okay, I just hate these covers.. I LOVE this series, I’ve read about half and adore the show. Just hate these covers!

9. Evernight series by Claudia Gray– Too plain!

10. Gone series by Michael Grant– Typical YA covers!! :(