Stacking The Shelves (4)

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme created and hosted by Tynga @ Tynga’s Reviews. It gives bloggers the chance to show their readers books they’ve bought, borrowed or received during the week.

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LIBRARY

Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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AUTHOR

Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne – I was graciously asked by the author to review this novella.

What book(s) have you picked up this week?

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Review: Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet

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Author: Kelly Braffet
Publisher: Crown
Page Count: 310
Format: Uncorrected Proof
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Source: Read It Forward
Rating: Four-stars

Book Summary: Patrick Cusimano is in a bad way. His father is in jail, he works the midnight shift at a grubby convenience store, and his brother’s girlfriend, Caro, has taken their friendship to an uncomfortable new level. On top of all that, he can’t quite shake the attentions of Layla Elshere, a goth teenager who befriends Patrick for reasons he doesn’t understand and doesn’t fully trust. The temptations these two women offer are pushing him to his breaking point.

Meanwhile, Layla’s little sister, Verna, is suffering through her first year of high school. She’s become a prime target for her cruel classmates, not just because of her strange name and her fundamentalist parents: Layla’s bad-girl rep proves to be too huge a shadow for Verna, so she falls in with her sister’s circle of outcasts and misfits whose world is far darker than she ever imagined.

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Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor

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Title: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Page Count: 432
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Source: Library
Rating: Four-stars

Book Summary: Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

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Stacking The Shelves (3)

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme created and hosted by Tynga @ Tynga’s Reviews. It gives bloggers the chance to show their readers books they’ve bought, borrowed or received during the week.

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LIBRARY

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea  by April Genevieve Tucholke – I put this book on hold a couple of days before it came out and it arrived a lot sooner than I excepted! Still, I’m excited to dig into this.

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The Robinsons’ Dark Matter by Michael Raymond – I was graciously asked by the author to review this novel.

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NETGALLEY / EDELWEISS

4 to 16 Characters by Kelly Hourihan
Forbidden: Discover the Legend  by Tina Smith
Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather L. Reid
White Space by Ilsa J. Bick

What book(s) have you picked up this week?

Review: Black Chalk by Albert Alla

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Title: Black Chalk
Author: Albert Alla
Publisher: Garnet Publishing
Page Count: 318
Format: Paperback
Release Date: June 3, 2013
Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Rating: Three-stars

Book Summary: In the Oxfordshire countryside, a student walks into a classroom and starts shooting. Nate Dillingham, friends with shooter and victims alike, is the sole survivor and only witness. Easily led and eager to please, his recollections weave around others’ hopes until he loses track of what really happened that day. After eight evasive years on the road, he comes back to Oxford, meets Leona, and plunges into a world of candour and desire. But Nate’s defences are deteriorating and Leona shares too much of his past…

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Teaser Tuesday (4)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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When he worked nights, the way he usually did, the world was dark and quiet and calm outside and it made him feel dark and quiet and calm inside. When he worked days, all he felt was trapped.

– Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet

There was a dreamy quality to being out this late, starting out when everything else was shut down: like time had stopped and the rules no longer applied.

– Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet

If you take part in TT, feel free to share your thoughts as well as links in the comments below!

Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: Harper
Page Count: 470
Format: Paperback
Release Date: October 25, 2010
Source: Library
Rating: Four-stars

Book Summary: What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

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Teaser Tuesday (3)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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I once read that you get déjà vu when the two halves of your brain process things at different speeds: the right half a few seconds before the left, or vice versa. Science is probably my worst subject, so I didn’t understand the whole article, but that would explain the weird double feeling that it leaves you with, like the world is splitting in half — or you are.

– Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

I suppose that’s the secret, if you’re ever wishing for things to go back to the way they were. You just have to look up.

– Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Have you read Before I Fall? If so, what were your thoughts?

If you take part in TT, feel free to share your link in the comments below!

Stacking The Shelves (2)

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme created and hosted by Tynga @ Tynga’s Reviews. It gives bloggers the chance to show their readers books they’ve bought, borrowed or received during the week.

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BOUGHT

Divergent (Divergent, #1) – I’ve meant to read this book for a while now and finally bought it. I’m excited to jump into this series.

WON

Black Chalk – I have to admit I originally checked out this book because it was based in Oxfordshire. I’m happy to have won and can’t wait to read it.

Save Yourself – Another novel being compared to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.

What book(s) have you picked up this week?

Teaser Tuesday (2)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such. The dragon, you know, hunkered in the village devouring maidens, heard the townsfolk cry ‘Monster’! and looked behind him.

– Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Have you read Daughter of Smoke & Bone? If so, what were your thoughts?

If you take part in TT, feel free to share your link in the comments below!