Saturday, October 25, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (40) ~ Birthday Haul

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we share what books we have recently added to our physical or virtual shelves. I like to use the meme to also give a recap of the week's posts.
(Click on the covers to go to Goodreads.)

Got From Amazon

From Netgalley & Edelweiss

I'm so excited to read Sweet Damage! Rebecca James also wrote Beautiful Malice, which is probably my all time favorite YA thriller. I absolutely loved that book! Hopefully the author will wow me again.☺

Thank you to Patchwork Press, Entangled Teen, Curiosity Quills Press, Netgalley, Random House/Bantam, and Edelweiss for the review copies!

Library Book Sale
Yay for library book sales! It took place the day before my birthday, which was pretty awesome. Hardcovers were $1 each and paperbacks were only $0.25 each. My stack of 10 books cost a total of $4.75. It's made up of a variety of books by authors I've read before (Odd Thomas and Guilt), books I've been wanting to read (The Joy Luck ClubSnow Flower and the Secret FanThirteenth Tale), books that just caught my eye (The Poe Shadow and The Makioka Sisters), a sequel to a book I want to read (Ashen Winter), and duplicate copies of books I already own (The Kite Runner and The Night Circus).

My Secret Sister is amazing! I got this package the day after my birthday (perfect timing, right?) and it was so exciting to open. She gave me an ARC of The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney, a sampler of The Young Elites by Marie Lu, Legend by Marie Lu, The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, some chocolate, a couple buttons, a birthday card, and a card that I can write back to her with (pen pal style). Each of the books has a note on it that basically explains why she included it (most are diverse books because those are what I've been looking for lately). The whole package was super thoughtful and I love everything about it.☺

Thank you, Courtney Alameda for the amazing giveaway and to Hillary Monohan for signing MARY: A Summoning! With book came a USB camera necklace (which has an e-arc of Shutter on it) and some Cakebites. 

For Review!
Thank you so much to Bloomsbury and Lizzy Mason for The Start of Me and You! This is my very first physical ARC I've gotten from an email request and I'm so excited to read and review it! 


I started Cress by Marissa Meyer, Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater, and The 52nd by Dela. The only book I finished was Cress, which was really good. 

Despite the KH-related craziness in the blogosphere since the 18th (if you don't know what I'm talking about, Buzzfeed has a great post about it), my week was amazing. My birthday weekend was so much fun and the rest of the week went great too. A lot of good things happened (as you can tell from the pictures in this book haul).☺

That's it for me this week! How about you? How has your week been?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Q&A Discussion ~ What Are Your Reading Habits?

This is my new discussion feature-type post where I answer your questions! What do you want to know about me? What bookish things do you want to know my opinion on? What are some things outside of reading and blogging that you want my thoughts on? Ask me anything! (Questions may be submitted in comments on the latest Q&A Discussion post.)
What Are Your Reading Habits?
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There's one big reading habit that comes to mind and I feel like it's kind of an odd one (but I recently found out one of my best friends does the same thing, so I know I'm not alone in this). 

When I read, I usually don't just follow the words with my eyes. I usually use my hands too. With my Kindle, I run a finger down the side of the screen (but not on it--that can throw me off from my spot quite a bit if I did that) as I get further down the page. With print books, I take my bookmark or a piece of paper and line it up underneath the sentence I'm on and move it down as I go from line to line. I think I do this mostly when I'm reading quicker than usual (either because I want to get through the book faster or because the story is fast paced), but it could be more often than I realize. I may do it because I want something else to do while reading other than lie there and move my eyes along the sentences.

Not quite that quickly, but this is what I do when I read ebooks.

What else? Hmm...oh! I tend to stop reading in the midst of chapter or during a scene when I take breaks. Is that odd too? A lot of people seem to like to finish the chapter before taking a break from a book, but while I would prefer to do that, I usually end up stopping in the middle of a scene.

(In fact, I'm in the middle of a scene in Blue Lily, Lily Blue as I'm clicking publish on this post.) 

And that's it, I believe.

Your turn! What are your reading habits? Do you think mine are odd?

If you have any questions for me to write future Q&A Discussions on, please include them in with your comment! It can be about pretty much anything (even if it isn't book related)!

Cover Reveal ~ Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler


Today, I'm helping reveal the cover of Dahlia Adler's upcoming New Adult release! I'm super excited for this one, so this definitely won't be the only time I'll be featuring this book on my blog.☺

Here's the cover! 

Title: Last Will and Testament
Author: Dahlia Adler
Publication date: December 9th, 2014
Add to Goodreads

Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she's acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she'll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn't exactly Lizzie's biggest fan.

But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you're ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks... and that she'd like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he's not the kind of guy who'd ever reciprocate.

Until he does.

Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.

Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left.

Bio: Dahlia Adler is an Assistant Editor of Mathematics by day, a Copy Editor by night, and a YA/NA author and blogger at every spare moment in between. More often than not, you can find her on Twitter as @MissDahlELama, and if you tweet her pictures of macarons, she just might fall in love with you. She lives in New York City with her husband and their overstuffed bookshelves.

What do you think of the cover? I find it refreshing because it's an NA without an almost-kissing-couple. Those seem to dominate the covers in category.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (42) ~ The One Everyone Is Waiting On

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

What am I waiting on?

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
March 3rd, 2015 from Farrar Straus Giroux

Goodreads description (contains spoilers of The Winner's Curse):

Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.
Why am I waiting on it?
The excitement for this one is super contagious, isn't it? From what I can tell, it's living up to people high expectations. I'm really looking forward to seeing what happens next in the story!

That's my WoW this week! What's yours?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Review ~ Loop by Karen Akins

Series: Loop #1
Genre: YA science fiction
Pages: 336
Publication Date: October 21st, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Goodreads Description: 

At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.

After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her.

Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tagalong uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self.

But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future. 
Source: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Loop was such a fun read! There were twists and turns and loops everywhere. A lot was going on in this book and while it could've gotten a bit confusing or too much, the author made everything work. She did well with creating this time travel adventure.

Unlike a lot of people, I'm not much of a fan of time travel. I definitely loved it in this book, though! There were plenty of cool science-y/technical parts of Shifting, but what made me love this part was how twisted it made the story. For example, Finn and Bree. For the majority of the book, present Bree (the narrator) interacted with Finn (a guy from a couple centuries prior to her time) who--and this was only a small portion of he twistedness--had a relationship with Future Bree (the narrator's future self). There were present, future, and sometimes even past different versions of quite a few characters. There were certain things that present Bree or others had to do in order to make past events happen. Timelines were all mixed up, but in the best possible way.

The characters were so good! I connected with them and remained invested in them throughout the entire book. Bree was a really fumy heroine. Her voice was a big reason why Loop was so fun to read. Finn was cute. A bit silly, too. I loved how he had a relationship with Bree's future self because he was already mostly comfortable with her (the past version of the girl he knew) and had pre-existing feelings for her. She, however, barely knew him at all. They were pretty entertaining to read about as they got to know each other. I adored them!

As for the other characters, I loved how they added to the element of surprise (I would say how, but that would be spoilery). I also really liked how each had a personality easily distinguishable from the others as well as how the bad guys had some weak and/or good sides to them. 

The tone of this book was light for the most part, but it had many serious moments mixed in. It was light, but not fluffy.

Overall, Loop impressed me with its many twists and turns, great characters, adorable romance, and interesting plot. I highly recommend reading this one and joining me as I anxiously wait for the sequel!

Question time!

Are you a fan of time travel in books?

Top Ten Tuesday (14) ~ New Series I Want To Start

Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and a weekly meme where we simply make a top ten list for the week's topic.

Top New Series I Want To Start (New..let's say within the last year or two)

I'm including the first book in the series as well as the sequels (that have been published or have a cover) and novellas.

Midnight Thief series by Livia Blackburne

Sekret series by Lindsay Smith

Of Metal and Wishes series by Sarah Fine

The Internment Chronicles by Lauren DeStefano

Splintered series by A.G. Howard

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

The Archived series by Victoria Schwab

Chaos Theory series by Sarah Harian

Unremembered series by Jessica Brody

The Dark Elements series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Which of these series have you started?