Wednesday, August 31, 2016

WoW #112: By Your Side by Kasie West

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By Your Side by Kasie WestBy Your Side
by Kasie West
February 14, 2017
352 pages

Goodreads Summary:
In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

It's Kasie West, say no more.

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, August 29, 2016

Review: Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West
Kingdom of Ash and Briars
by Hannah West
August 30, 2016
352 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Bristal, an orphaned kitchen maid, lands in a gritty fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she is an elicromancer with a knack for shape-shifting. An ancient breed of immortal magic beings, elicromancers have been winnowed down to merely two - now three - after centuries of bloody conflict in the realm. Their gifts are fraught with responsibility, and sixteen-year-old Bristal is torn between two paths. Should she vow to seek the good of the world, to protect and serve mortals? Or should she follow the strength of her power, even if it leads to unknown terrors? She draws on her ability to disguise herself as a man to infiltrate a prince's band of soldiers, and masquerades as a fairy godmother to shield a cursed princess, but time is running out. As an army of dark creatures grows closer, Bristal faces a supernatural war. To save the kingdoms, Bristal must find the courage to show her true form.

Building on homages to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jane Austen’s Emma and the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, Hannah West makes a spectacular debut.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #110

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I haven't done a Kindle haul in some time so here are a few recent ones I got/won/received for review.

The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown RobertsBroken Prince by Erin Watt
Last Kiss by Laurelin PaigeNameless by Jennifer Jenkins
What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, August 26, 2016

Excerpt: How to Make Out by Brianna R. Shrum

How to Make Out by Brianna ShrumHow to Make Out
by Brianna R. Shrum
September 6, 2016
284 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Renley needs three thousand dollars for the math club’s trip to New York City, and she knows exactly how to get it: she’s going to start a how-to blog where people pay for answers to all of life’s questions from a “certified expert.” The only problems: 1) She doesn’t know how to do anything but long division and calculus. 2) She’s totally invisible to people at school. And not in a cool Gossip Girl kind of way.

So, she decides to learn to do . . . well . . . everything. When her anonymous blog shifts in a more scandalous direction and the questions (and money) start rolling in, she has to learn not just how to do waterfall braids and cat-eye makeup, but a few other things, like how to cure a hangover, how to flirt, and how to make out (something her very experienced, and very in-love-with-her neighbor, Drew, is more than willing to help with).

As her blog’s reputation skyrockets, so does “new and improved” Renley’s popularity. She’s not only nabbed the attention of the entire school, but also the eye of Seth Levine, the hot culinary wizard she’s admired from across the home-ec classroom all year.

Soon, caught up in the thrill of popularity both in and out of cyberspace, her secrets start to spiral, and she finds that she’s forgotten the most important how-to: how to be herself. When her online and real lives converge, Renley will have to make a choice: lose everything she loves in her new life, or everyone she loves in the life she left behind.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WoW #111: Frostblood (Frostblood Saga #1) by Elly Blake

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Frostblood by Elly BlakeFrostblood
(Frostblood Saga #1)
by Elly Blake
January 17, 2017
384 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby's powers are unpredictable, and she's not sure she's willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.

All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king's tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.

Fast-paced and compelling, Frostblood is the first in a page-turning new young adult three-book series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies—but together create a power that could change everything.


What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Review: Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
(The Nevernight Chronicle #1)
by Jay Kristoff
August 9, 2016
448 pages

Goodreads Summary:
The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #109

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I'm really excited to have received The Female of the Species for review. It sounds lethal! Thank you HarperCollins!
Ripple with The Female of Species
I also won a copy of Devil and the Bluebird from the Debut Author Bash hosted by Nichole @ Ya Reads. Thank you and thank you Jennifer for sending it to me!!

Pickles and Devil and the Bluebird

What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, August 19, 2016

Blog Tour - Character Facts & Review: Vicarious (Vicarious #1) by Paula Stokes

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Hi guys! Welcome to my stop on the Vicarious Blog Tour! Today, I'll be sharing five facts about Winter along with my review!
Vicarious by Paula StokesVicarious
(Vicarious #1)
by Paula Stokes
August 16, 2016
336 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, have always been inseparable. Together, the two of them survived growing up in a Korean orphanage and being trafficked into the United States.
Now they work as digital stunt girls for Rose’s ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. Whether it’s bungee jumping, shark diving, or grinding up against celebrities at the city’s hottest dance clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you, for a price.
When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter won’t rest until she finds her sister’s killer. But when the clues she uncovers conflict with the neural recordings her sister made, Winter isn’t sure what to believe. To find out what happened to Rose, she’ll have to untangle what’s real from what only seems real, risking her life in the process.
Paula Stokes weaves together a series of mysteries and the story of an unbreakable bond between sisters in this unforgettable high-tech thrill ride.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

WoW #110: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Caraval by Stephanie GarberCaraval
(Caraval #1)
by Stephanie Garber
January 10, 2017
416 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Who wouldn't want to enter this world after that synopsis? Caraval sounds like an exciting nail-biter! Take me please! 

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, August 15, 2016

Review: Nameless (Nameless #1) by Jennifer Jenkins

Nameless by Jennifer JenkinsNameless
(Nameless #1)
by Jennifer Jenkins
October 6, 2015
336 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Kodiak. Raven. Wolf. Ram.

Four clans. One destiny.

Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “Nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission thought to enable her to seek revenge for the death of her parents and an end to her own misery.

But after Zo’s younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive and keep her safe.

When Zo finds unexpected friendship in a young Ram whose life she saves, growing feelings for a Ram soldier, and an underground Nameless insurrection, she learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more
complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this electrifying two-book fantasy series.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #108

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I love The Rook and adore the UK cover so I got myself a copy. It's so shiny <3
Ripple and UK edition of The Rook 

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada for these goodies! We can't wait to dig in ;)

Pickles with some exciting Fall  2016 releases!

What did you add to your shelves this week?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Review: Amour Amour by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Amour Amour by Krista & Becca RitchieAmour Amour
by Krista and Becca Ritchie
December 12, 2014
347 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Love is a circus

"Every day,” he says lowly, “I hold a person’s life in my hands. The circus is based one-hundred percent off trust. I give it all to someone, and they give it all to me.”

The best aerial technique won’t land 21-year-old Thora James her dream role in Amour—a sexy new acrobatic show on the Vegas strip. Thora knows she’s out of her element the second she meets Amour’s leading performer. Confident, charming and devilishly captivating, 26-year-old Nikolai Kotova lives up to his nickname as the “God of Russia.”

When Thora unknowingly walks into the crosshairs of Nikolai’s after-show, her audition process begins way too soon. Unprofessional. That’s what Nik calls their “non-existent” relationship. It’s not like Thora can avoid him. For one, they may be partners in the future--acrobatic partners, that is. But getting closer to Nik means diving deeper into sin city and into his dizzying world.

Thora wants to perform with him, but when someone like Nikolai attracts the spotlight wherever he goes—Thora fears that she’s destined to be just background to his spellbinding show.

This sexy and exhilarating New Adult Romance can best be described as Cirque du Soleil meets the steamy, athletic romance of Center Stage.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

WoW #109: Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

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Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise GornallUnder Rose-Tainted Skies
by Louise Gornall
January 3, 2017
320 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.

Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up.

This one's already published in the UK but I'm very excited for the US release :D

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, August 8, 2016

Review: The Score (Off-Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy

The Score by Elle KennedyThe Score
(Off-Campus #3)
by Elle Kennedy
January 11, 2016
350 pages

Goodreads Summary:
He knows how to score, on and off the ice

Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she's going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.

It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over

Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition, girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to be friends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #107

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Yes Harry Potter!! Should Ripple and I read it now?
Ripple and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Ruth Lauren hosted a twitter giveaway for her 2017 debut Prisoner of Ice and Snow and I was lucky enough to have won a copy! Thank you so much :D
Ripple and Prisoner of Ice and Snow
Thank you to HBG Canada for this exciting stack!
Pickles with lots of books.

What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, August 5, 2016

An Amazon Books Experience~

I'm here at the Amazon bookstore~
Yes, that's me happily pointing to the sign at the Amazon bookstore in Seattle XP
A few weeks ago I went down to the States for Victoria Schwab's signing and I managed to make my way to the Amazon bookstore there. I was pretty excited since you know, it's the first physical store they have.

Amazon Books in Seattle!
The store is a single building inside a shopping center type of area with lots of other stores. Upon entering, I noticed how clean and neat the shelves all were. The inside was nice and chilly. They even had an area with soft cushions along the side window where you can sit down and just relax. I believe there were a few Kindle Fires lying around with games loaded but I didn't touch them.

It's a not a huge store so they didn't have as big of a selection as a Barnes & Noble would have but I took my time perusing the shelves and picking the books I wanted to purchase.

Amazon price check.

Since all the prices in store are the same as the online prices, there were no price tags attached to any of the books. You simply take out your phone, connect to the store's free wifi, access the Amazon app, click on the camera icon beside the search bar and scan the book cover. Ta da! There's the price and all the book information you might need. I was most impressed with this system and had a really fun time scanning the books~ It felt very high tech XP They do have scanners set up in the store if you don't have your phone with you. Or you could just ask since the staff were really friendly. Check out was super easy and they even put bookmarks into each of the books I bought!

Overall I definitely recommend visiting the Amazon bookstore if you're ever in the area~!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

WoW #108: Ever The Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1) by Erin Summerill

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Ever The Hunted by Erin SummerillEver the Hunted
(Clash of Kingdoms #1)
 by Erin Summerill
December 27, 2016
400 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!! Is that enough Yes-es? Probably not but I need this one!
What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, August 1, 2016

Review: A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet

A Promise of Fire by Amanda BouchetA Promise of Fire
(Kingmaker Chronicles #1)
by Amanda Bouchet
August 2, 2016
448 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he's ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.

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