On My Shelf

On My Shelf

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Hi Everyone! Lets talk books!!

I’ve managed to get my hands on some great books, and really what’s more fun than to share it with you?!

Currently Reading

Right now, as you can see in my sidebar… I’m reading Inhuman by Kat Falls. I’m halfway right now and so far so good. You can expect my review this weekend *hint!* so be sure to check it out! :D

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Bought

Together with Tiffini Hunt -the author of- we worked something out together for a signed version of Beast. I’ve been wanting to read it for a while and the past few days I’ve really gotten to know her better. Tiffini is such a sweet and wonderful person, she went through a lot of trouble to get a signed copy to me. Result: It is about to be shipped! *Crazy girl Squeal*

I’ve really enjoyed talking to Tiffini for the past few days, she really is the perfect example as to why I love reading and reviewing so much!

Aside from Beast I’ve purchased The Transfer by Veronica Roth, this one I’ve already finished and reviewed. You can check my review out by clicking here. Leave a reply! I love reading your comments!

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Fresh from the Mailbox!

This morning, yes this morning! I found my first actual physical ARC in my mailbox! *MILESTONE!* I opened the mailbox and noticed a package with my name on it… Internally I started freaking out, but when I opened and out came: Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell!

goodbyeI just started screaming and hugging it to my chest. Seriously! I can’t wait to start reading it, I just have some others I have to finish first but I’ll certainly start it soon! Big thanks to Amulet Books for sending it to me!

 

Expecting

Another book I am expecting to receive soon is Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone. I won this through a Twitter contest. We got a question and I answered it first (I stayed up till about 2 am, I couldn’t sleep so what better way to spend it to win an awesome signed copy! First I have none, and then I suddenly have two coming my way. Whoah! My Birthday is not until next week people! *Just Kidding, I’m not giving back*

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Also, I am expecting Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney! Rachel from Hello-Chelly kindly gave it to me. I’m really excited about reading that one as well! (I think I get excited by the aspect of reading itself, because this is a lot of excitement for just one blog post!) I really enjoy reading her blog, so make sure to check it out.

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August Holliday Month | Monthly Recap

August Holliday Month | Monthly Recap

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What happened this month

Things have been kind of crazy for me. At the beginning of this month I was still in America, I flew back to London on the 6th where my parents picked me up. The following two weeks where full of city viewing… with city viewing I mean major city viewing! I even got to visit the Jane Austen Museum, she has been my favourite author for forever so this was like a dream come true!

When I got back from all that Epicenes I slept in a few days and then decided my blog needed a bit of redecorating. Which happened, big time! I got some help from Livia, she wrote a blog post on the whole creative process, which you can read about here. It really is worth checking out, since she did an awesome job!

A week after I got back, we celebrated my grandparents’ 60th anniversary. It’s beautiful, how they’ve been together for so long and how they’re still in love! That weekend I also got to see my 8 weeks old nephew again! I can’t believe how fast they grow! So yeah, I basically kidnapped him and cuddled the entire time. That picture will be my picture of the month! Which you’ll be able to find bellow.

I slept in a few days, worked a few days, and mostly read and reviewed books. So yeah, this month has been kinda crazy, but in a good and fun way!

Picture of the Month

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Now lets get to the bookish part of this post!

Top 2 books I’ve read this month

  1. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
  2. More by T.M. Franklin

This months favourite Quote

This months pick is not really a quote, it’s more or less a favourite scene from this months Something Strange and Deadly. It’s about the relationship between Eleanor and Daniel, which I love! I did a discussion question on it as well, if you like you can check it out here.

“Don’t think I’ll look after you, though-the world would be better off with one less princess.”
“I’m not a princess,” I huffed, beating my brain for some worthy retort.
“A queen then?”
“No! That’s not what I meant-”
“Oh, an empress. I see. Pardon me, Your Majesty.” He swooped into a crouched bow, and when his torso sprang back up, a smile floated at the edge of his lips.
“N-no, not an empress either. I-I’m just…” The more I stuttered, the more pompous his smile became. “You’re exasperating,” I finally groaned.”

And this one (no I’m not cheating since it’s about the same book and its regarding the same first scene! *sticks out tongue*)

“Just before Jie and Daniel reached the street, Daniel stopped. He twirled around and gazed up at me, as if he had sensed my eyes on his back. He strode a few steps toward me, paused, and then strode two more.
He slung off his cap and pressed it to his chest. Then, with the casual grace that marked all of his movements, he dropped to one knee and bowed his head.
He was declaring fealty to his empress.
I laughed-I couldn’t help it. The absurdity of it all. The bittersweet sting. When he lifted back up, I saw he too wore a smile. He waved with his cap, and after flopping it back on his head, he swivelled and trotted to the street. Then, without another look back, the Spirit-Hunters left.”

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More by T.M. Franklin | Book Review

More by T.M. Franklin | Book Review

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

More by T.M. Franklin | Book ReviewMore by T.M Franklin
Series: More Trilogy #1
Published by The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House on October 4th 2012
Pages: 253
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
four-stars

Ava Michaels used to think she was special.

As a child, she fantasized about having magical powers . . . making things happen. But Ava grew up and eventually accepted the fact that her childish dreams were just that, and maybe a normal life wasn't so bad after all.

Now a young college student, Ava meets Caleb Foster, a brilliant and mysterious man who’s supposed to help her pass Physics, but in reality has another mission in mind. What he shows Ava challenges her view of the world, shaking it to its very core.

Because Caleb isn't quite what he seems. In fact, he's not entirely human, and he's not the only one.

Together, the duo faces a threat from an ancient race bound to protect humans, but only after protecting their own secrets—secrets they fear Ava may expose. Fighting to survive, Ava soon learns she's not actually normal . . . she's not even just special.

She's a little bit more.

What-I-Thought

I’m pretty sure it was the eyes on the cover of this book that made me want to read this book. That, and the synopsis that was just too good to pass on.

The book started off a little slow, and to be honest, my first impression was that it didn’t really stand out from other Paranormal YA. But the originality lies in the Paranormal aspect of this book.

The slow start does give you the advantage that you get the chance to get to know the main characters better. With main characters I mainly mean Ava, an average student, juggling a job, college life, her friends, and her homework. She appears to be like any other girl, but then you get to know that she has these reoccurring nightmares about a strange guy that would scare the living daylight out of anyone.  She keeps telling herself that a nightmare is just that, a nightmare, but when she gets attacked one night by the very same man of her dreams she begin to suspect something else is going on.

Of course, we already (kind of) knew that, because this book supports a third person point of view. Cue Caleb. Who we already know is not really human. He’s cute, though clearly hiding something. And that’s about when shit hits the fan (pardon my language). The Paranormal aspect kicked in full force and I fell in love with this book. Throughout the book you keep asking yourself who Caleb is, what he is. When you do find out, you find out what sets the story apart from other YA reads.

Really what’s not to like? When Ava found out what Caleb was, or rather what she is as well, that’s when I truly decided that I loved her as a main character. She didn’t immediately believe it (was rather bend on not believing it). She’s not a pushover and stands for what she believes in. The love story developing between them was cute, not too much.

The story is a good one, that I really enjoyed reading. Paranormal with some mystery. Oh! and before I forget to mention it, ‘More’ goes out with a bang. Or rather ‘Ava’ goes out with a bang! Nothing better than a heroine that knows how to kick some ass!

Chasing Hope by Kathryn Cushman | Book Review

Chasing Hope by Kathryn Cushman | Book Review

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Chasing Hope by Kathryn Cushman | Book ReviewChasing Hope by Kathryn Cushman
Published by Bethany House on September 15th 2013
Pages: 320
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
four-stars

A Personal Drama of Shattered Dreams and Second Chances
A talented runner fully committed to Olympic dreams, Sabrina Rice's future was shattered by a devastating diagnosis. One forfeited scholarship and several years later, she has new goals and dreams that have nothing to do with running--something that's become far too painful to think on.
Until the day she sees Brandy Philip running across the community college campus, easily outpacing security. Sabrina immediately recognizes world-class speed, and it's all the more painful that it belongs to a teenage graffiti artist. When a chance encounter brings the two young women together, Sabrina becomes Brandy's best hope for staying out of juvenile hall. Soon, Sabrina begins to feel an uncomfortable nudge that her new life is just about to be toppled...

What-I-Thought

I normally don’t really read Christian books, simply because I am not religious. However, when I read the synopsis I found that I was persuaded enough to read this book.

It already says so in the synopsis that this book is about Shattered Dreams and Second Chances. It’s what persuaded me to read Chasing Hope and it’s exactly what made me appreciate it so much. Sabrina Rice is a great character really, as is Brandy Philip whom you grow to love. I have so much respect for Sabrina’s mentality and personality after all she has lost. She just never gives up and keeps going, for her own and her families sake. The influence she has on Brandy is a process that is beautiful to read.

This book will speak to anyone who have struggled to get back on their feet after they find a dream crushed. It is a beautiful and inspiring tale about going on and finding love. A typical case of don’t judge a book by it’s cover for me personally!

Protected by Cindy M. Hogan | Book Review

Protected by Cindy M. Hogan | Book Review

Protected by Cindy M. Hogan | Book ReviewProtected by Cindy M. Hogan
Series: Watched #2
Published by O'neal Publishing on March 24th 2012
Pages: 350
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
two-stars

She has the guy. The terrorists have been taken care of. She has a shot at becoming popular.
Life is great!
Until they find her.
Now she must run and leave behind everything she knows, including herself.

What-I-Thought

I found myself in a slight disadvantage reading this book. Simply because I didn’t read the first book in this series. Because of this I didn’t know what happened in the first book I didn’t really know what it was about, however this book can in fact suffice as a standalone.

I didn’t really like this book. This in account of several reasons that I will explain in my review. First of all I didn’t really like the main character Christy. Now I won’t be too harsh, because yes, she was placed in witness protection and yes, I agree that must be hard on a person, but there are several things that I just don’t like. Christy, a self proclaimed nerd and an school outcast, during her time in witness protection gets transformed into the person she has always wanted to be. Sportive and confident. At times however she is that person and at other times she is whiny and acts like and immature child. At times she misses her family (understandable of course) but most of the time it appears as if she doesn’t even remembers them.

Second of all, I think Christy’s main attention is on boys. Isn’t her life in danger? Her family’s lives? and the only thing she seems to care about is that she is forbidden to see Alex! That kind of annoys me. A lot. If that isn’t enough, Alex isn’t the only guy. No, there is a second guy and she has no idea who she likes more. It seems to me that she should be more focused on saving herself and her family instead of which guy she likes more.

Aside from that, I found the action and suspense lacking. I didn’t really know what to think about those terrorists, mostly because it seemed to me as if the romance was more important.

I didn’t like writing this review, honestly, I hate to be so negative about a book, but I just didn’t really like it. I don’t think I would want to read the first book, or the third and last book of this series.

The Faceless One by Mark Onspaugh | Book Review

The Faceless One by Mark Onspaugh | Book Review

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Faceless One by Mark Onspaugh | Book ReviewThe Faceless One by Mark Onspaugh
Published by Hydra on October 28th 2013
Pages: 410
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
three-stars

In 1948, when he was just a boy, Jimmy Kalmaku trained with his uncle to be the shaman of his Tlingit village in Alaska. There he learned the old legends, the old myths, the old secrets. Chief among them was that of a mask locked in a prison of ice, and of the faceless god imprisoned within: a cruel and vengeful god called T'Nathluk, dedicated to the infliction of pain and suffering.

Now all but forgotten in a Seattle retirement home, Jimmy finds his life turned upside down. For when an unwitting archaeologist pries the mask free of its icy tomb, he frees T’Nathluk as well. Stuck in spirit form, the Faceless One seeks a human to serve as a portal through which he can enter our reality. The Faceless One can control—and mercilessly torture—anyone who touches the mask, which means there is no shortage of slaves to ferry it across the country to its chosen host.

Yet the Faceless One has foes as well: Stan Roberts, a tough New York cop whose pursuit of justice will lead him into a dark abyss of the soul; Steven, Liz, and Bobby, the family of the doomed archaeologist; and Jimmy Kalmaku, who must at last become the shaman of his boyhood dreams.

What-I-Thought

To tell you the truth I had some troubles with this book. I found it hard to get into the story, the multiple point of views confused me a bit and overall I found that the book started a bit slow.

I received this book from NetGalley in return for a honest review. I requested it because the plot attracted me and I found myself wanting to read it. So I was a bit disappointed with the start. The first hundred pages or so I found myself not able to make up my mind on what to think.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think this is a bad book! Not at all. Overall I liked the story. The characters were well thought out and the plot (and sub-plots) I really liked. You read the story from multiple point of views: The detectives investigating a series of horrendous crimes, the escape of the elderly Native American and his good friend from their retirement home to the point of view of the anthropologists younger brother and their family. They all have something in common and that is their involvement with those crimes. Whether they have lost somebody due to these crimes or they’re investigating them, all have something to do with it.

Piece by piece and bit by bit I started to connect tiny pieces of information that eventually formed a whole. Events slowly started making sense. This did resulted in the fact that I had sometimes trouble willing myself to continue reading.

I myself would have liked for the pace of the story to be a little faster. The confusion at the beginning of the book was a bit discouraging, but overall I found that The Faceless One is a good book. Slow, but good. For a debut novel, I think Mark Onspaugh did a very good job! I look forward to reading more of his work.