Saturday, May 30, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #46


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Thank you to Miss Becky @ Stories & Sweets for sending this book to me! I'm loving the dust jacket and the photo inside is just beautiful~

Ripple with City Love
City Love by Susane Colasanti

When I saw a physical copy of this book, I couldn't resist not getting it! I have read and loved most of Sarah Dessen's books on my kindle. It feels extra special to own one in physical format and in hardcover too!

Ripple with Saint Anything
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

What did you guys add to your shelves this week?

Friday, May 29, 2015

Review: Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly


Seriously Wicked by Tina ConnollySeriously Wicked
by Tina Connolly
May 5, 2015
208 pages


Goodreads Summary:
The only thing worse than being a witch is living with one.

Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch.

Cam’s used to stopping the witch’s crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose—and into Devon, the cute new boy at school.

Now Cam’s suddenly got bigger problems than passing Algebra. Her friends are getting zombiefied. Their dragon is tired of hiding in the RV garage. For being a shy boy-band boy, Devon is sure kissing a bunch of girls. And a phoenix hidden in the school is going to explode on the night of the Halloween Dance.

To stop the demon before he destroys Devon’s soul, Cam might have to try a spell of her own. But if she’s willing to work spells like the witch...will that mean she’s wicked too?


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Release Blitz - Excerpt & Giveaway: Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry


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Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
Nowhere But Here
(Thunder Road #1)
by Katie McGarry
May 26, 2015
400 pages

 
Goodreads Summary:
An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible.

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.
 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WoW #47: Jesse's Girl (Hundred Oaks #6) by Miranda Kenneally


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Jesse's Girl by Miranda KenneallyJesse's Girl
(Hundred Oaks #6)
by Miranda Kenneally
July 7, 2015
304 pages


Goodreads Summary:

Practice Makes Perfect.

Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.

But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?
 
This is a really wonderful contemporary series that I think everyone should read :D

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, May 25, 2015

Review: Joyride by Anna Banks


Joyride by Anna Banks
Joyride
by Anna Banks
June 2, 2015
288 pages


Goodreads Summary:
A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber's mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #45


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If you follow me on Instagram, you'll already have seen this book. When I saw this gorgeous, I knew I had to get it~

Ripple with Fangirl
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I received an ARC of this one and I'm excited to start it! Thank you so much to Marissa @ HBG!

The Moment of Letting Go by J.A. Redmerski
The Moment of Letting Go by J.A. Redmerski

Nova @ Out of Time hosted an event called 3xAMA awhile back and I won this signed book! Thank you Nova and thank you to Mindy McGinnis for sending me the book (with beautiful bookmarks too)!

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Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

What did you guys add to your shelves this week?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge


Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Cruel Beauty
by Rosamund Hodge
January 28, 2014
342 pages


Goodreads Summary:
Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WoW #46: Hidden Huntress (The Malediction Trilogy #2) by Danielle L. Jensen


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Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. JensenHidden Huntress
(The Malediction Trilogy #2)
by Danielle L. Jensen
June 2, 2015
 pages


Goodreads Summary:
Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.

Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.

Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.

To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted…

The title's kickass and the cover's gorgeous for this one!!! I need more Cécile and Tristan <3 <3

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Entangled Blog Tour: Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman and Awakening by Shannon Duffy

Hi everyone! Today, I'm very excited to be able to participate in The Entangled Blog Tour! I had the opportunity to ask the two authors one question so here's my little Q&A with Danielle and Shannon!!

In Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance, Lola does some healing in a rehab facility and in Awakening, Desiree finds rest in the Dreamscape - Is there a place like that for you too? Where do you think, is a universal place for someone to find peace and quiet?

Danielle Younge-UllmanIf I can get to a quiet lake, that does it for me. My parents have a cottage on a small lake in Muskoka and just the sight of the lake soothes me. Even thinking about it soothes me! And when I’m there, I find I can get quiet inside—like the Quiet Place they’re always telling Lola about in rehab!

As much as I want to believe chocolate is the solution for everything, I think the real universal healer/calmer is nature. It could be a lake, the ocean, a forest…whatever helps you disconnect from our every day insanity. There are studies about how nature sounds like birds chirping can calm the nervous system, so it’s scientific as well as anecdotal.
 
I want to say, also, that you don’t have to be an official “nature person”—ie someone who camps and canoes and hikes, et cetera, to benefit from nature. I am a city girl and a homebody, and admittedly wimpy about bugs and not keen on seeing too much wildlife up close. (Not excited to see a bear, in other words.) Sometimes I have to push my self to get outside and just breathe the air, but once I do it’s so worth it.
 
Shannon DuffyThere’s definitely that place for me and it’s the beach. I spend a lot of time in Florida, and on most days, I walk the beach. I love the sounds of nature, the soft rolling waves, and the sandpipers and other wild life frolicking on the sand while the  sun warms my skin. It’s so peaceful and it’s really my happy place where I can just be.

I think for each person it can be different though. Everyone finds their own solitude or happy place in their own way and that’s cool. It’s what makes us unique. I will say that I definitely wish I had a Dreamscape machine. I have trouble falling asleep a lot, so it would be sooo awesome to be gently lulled to sleep with the promise of only pleasant dreams.

Those sound like perfect places to relax and just read! Thank you Danielle and Shannon for answering my question today~ Continue on to read my reviews :D
 

TTT #42: Books I Want to Make My Sisters Read


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So a while back, I succeeded in getting my sister to read The Fault in Our Stars~ *happy dance* She really enjoyed it and shed tears too. So for this week's freebie Top Ten, I thought it would be fun to make a list of books I'd push, force, coerce, recommend to my sisters who aren't really avid readers!

Liars, Inc. by Paula StokesThe Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver 
1. Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes - So I haven't really read this one yet buttttt I just know it's going to be awesome and I want my sisters to read it so we can all guess the killer together ;)
2. The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver - I want to see what my twin sister would think of this one!
 
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie WestFangirl by Rainbow RowellTo All the boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han 
3. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West - Cuteness needs to be shared!
4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - Another adorable one that they need in their life~
5. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han - I feel like we're really similar to the Song sisters so I want them to try this book.
 
Snow Like Ashes by Sara RaaschThe Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
6. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch - I guessed the twist about half way through the book. I need to see if they will too :D
7. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers - Assassin nuns are not to be missed!!
8. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson - I wonder if my sisters will guess correctly who's who~~~
 
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. SchwabThe Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
9. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab - They need to experience the awesomeness that is this book!
10. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon - I want them to feel my pain in waiting for each book to come out. Just kidding~ This series is epic and mindblowing and they need to see if for themselves!!
 
What books would you want your family or friends to read?

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #44


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I won a preorder giveaway from Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight and got this one in the mail late last week. I'm SO EXCITED!! Who isn't?!?!? Even Ripple's super curious ;) Thanks Shannon!!!!!!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
 
I also got these two late last week and Ripple called dibs lol. Thank you Raincoast Books for these beauties!
 
Velvet by Temple West and Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly
Velvet by Temple West
Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly

What did you guys add to your shelves this week?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Review: Magnolia by Kristi Cook

 
I read this one awhile back and really enjoyed it!
 
 
Magnolia by Kristi CookMagnolia
by Kristi Cook 
August 5, 2014
336 pages

Goodreads Summary:
In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.

Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.

But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WoW #45: Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood


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Inherit the Stars by Tessa ElwoodInherit the Stars
by Tessa Elwood
 December 8, 2015
304 pages

 
Goodreads Summary:
Three royal houses ruling three interplanetary systems are on the brink of collapse, and they must either ally together or tear each other apart in order for their people to survive.

Asa is the youngest daughter of the house of Fane, which has been fighting a devastating food and energy crisis for far too long. She thinks she can save her family’s livelihood by posing as her oldest sister in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the throne of the house of Westlet. The appearance of her mother, a traitor who defected to the house of Galton, adds fuel to the fire, while Asa also tries to save her sister Wren's life . . . possibly from the hands of their own father.

But as Asa and Eagle forge a genuine bond, will secrets from the past and the urgent needs of their people in the present keep them divided?

Author Tessa Elwood's debut series is an epic romance at heart, set against a mine field of political machinations, space adventure, and deep-seeded family loyalties.
  
Goodreads has this as a standalone right now but it sounds like this is going to be a series? Anyways, I first heard about this book from J @ The Reading Nook Reviews. It just sounds like something I'll love!! Psst it's on NG ;)

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

TTT #41: Authors I REALLY Want to Meet


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This is basically the same list as my top favourite authors! I really really would love to meet them some day :) Pictured below are their newest released book or soon-to-be released!!

 
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes
Kasie West                 Paula Stokes
 
Paradise City by CJ Duggan The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend by Alyssa Rose Ivy A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
                         CJ Duggan                Alyssa Rose Ivy          Sarah J. Maas
 
Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
                  Danielle L. Jensen      Cassandra Clare        Robin LaFevers
 
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
      V.E. Schwab        Samantha Shannon
                                  aka Victoria Schwab
 
Which authors do you really want to meet?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Review: Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee

 
With the final book in this series being released tomorrow, I thought I'd share my thoughts from when I read the first book (which was probably a year ago ha)!
 

Angelfall by Susan Ee
Angelfall
(Penryn & the End of Days #1)
by Susan Ee
May 23, 2013
326 pages

Goodreads Summary:
It's been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain.

Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back...


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #43


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I'm participating in a blog tour and received this book for review. Thank you Raincoast Books! I've started and so far it's pretty interesting :)

Awakening by Shannon Duffy
Awakening by Shannon Duffy

I got a box of goodies from a friend and this was in it~ Thanks so much <3 Ripple's sleepy evil eyes may be because I woke him up from his nap for this picture hee~ #sorrynotsorry
Anything Could Happen by Will Walton
Anything Could Happen by Will Walton

What did you guys add to your shelves this week?
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