Stacking the Shelves(Halloween Edition :))

October 27, 2012






Hi there guys\gals,
I have been wondering and searching for a replacement for IMM and I finally decided to do Stacking The Shelves which is hosted by Tygna's Reviews.So I am back with a new edition :) Hope you enjoy it and feel free to leave comments to your StS.







Bought:



For Review:



Thanks so much guys\gals for coming see and read my blog! Have you read any of these books before? Any you want to read? Please share you thoughts on these books down below. Also, leave a like to your stacking the Shelves and I'll be sure to visit :)

Cover Reveal: Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins!

October 26, 2012

Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins
Release Date: April 30th,2012



*** OMG GUYS! IT'S FINALLY HERE! I've waited sooo long to  hear more news about Sweet Peril after I read the first one Sweet Evil. If you haven't read it you should read it!!! It is amazing and just go read it.! I beg you. This cover looks amazing and I can't wait for it to come out! Can it be april 30th already!?




Summary:




Anna Whitt, daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a claim. She’d been naive about a lot of things. Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?





About the Author:


Wendy Higgins was born in Alaska, grew up an Army brat, and lived all over the United States before settling in the Washington, DC area. She attended George Mason University for her undergrad degree in creative writing, and Radford University for her masters in curriculum and instruction. Wendy taught 9th and 12th grade English in a rural school before becoming a mother and author. She now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Sweet Peril is her second novel.
  Other places you can find Wendy and her books!
Wendy Higgins on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Wendy_Higgins
Character Kaidan Rowe on Twitter: https://twitter.com/KaidanRowe


The Assassin's Curse by Casandra Rose Clarke

October 23, 2012



The Assassin's Curse
Author: Casandra Rose Clarke
Series: The Assassin's curse
Pages: 320
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Release Date:  October 2nd,2012
 

Summary:

Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan: she wants to captain her own boat, not serve as second-in-command to her handsome yet clueless fiance. But her escape has dire consequences when she learns the scorned clan has sent an assassin after her.

And when the assassin, Naji, finally catches up with her, things get even worse. Ananna inadvertently triggers a nasty curse — with a life-altering result. Now Ananna and Naji are forced to become uneasy allies as they work together to break the curse and return their lives back to normal. Or at least as normal as the lives of a pirate and an assassin can be.(



Review:


I went into this book with honestly little thoughts of how the situations in the book would play out, but kept an open mind for the most parts.
When I you first started, you find out Ananna is a pirate and runs away from her arrange marriage. With the people who were supposed to be her future mother\father – in law, send an assassin after her.  With this being said she goes on a journey and tries to avoid the assassin and stay hidden as much as possible. Unfortunately, he does find her which is kind of expected in this book, but what you don’t expect is when Ananna saves his life and since he saved her he must protect her from all harm’s way.
This is really funny because they hate each other and they don’t bother hiding it. I was laughing sometimes because I honestly wanted them together after a while. Now both of them are trying to stay under the radar. They go on an adventure to try to rid him of this curse because let’s face it who wants to be with someone you dislike for so long.
This book had its ups and downs for the most part I really enjoyed watching Ananna & Naji’s chemistry grow and blossom. I thought it was really cute to watch two people who dislike each other go to being friends and working on the same team to reach their common goal – to get rid of each other. The one thing I disliked about this book was most things were really predictable for me. Nothing really surprised me into shock like some books do to me. However, I did like this book and I think you should read this book if you want to read a short, fun-filled, and adventurous read.


New Feature:Future Awesomeness

October 21, 2012

Hey guys,
I have been looking for a name to call my new feature-- this new feature will be posted on the blog every 2 weeks  or a every month if I'm busy. Pretty much this feature is going to be books that are being publish that I think I will absolutly love and will look at reading as soon as the come out :)! If anybody has a better title please let me know because I am fresh out of ideas lol.

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
February 5th,2013



Summary:

tick, tick, tick, tick, tick
it's almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.

Mind Games by Kiersten White
 Febuary 19th,2013


Summary:
Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways… or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost






If I Should Die by Amy Plum
        May 2013
Summary:

I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.

Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now our enemy is determined to rule over France’s immortals, and willing to wage a war to get what they want.

It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.

After what we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me?




The Program by Suzanne Young
April 30th,2013



Summary:
Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone.

With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in.

And The Program is coming for them.



Well, what do you think of these? Will you be reading these in 2013? Have you gotten an arc and read it already? What did you think about them if you did?

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

October 19, 2012


My Life Next Door
 Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Series:Standalone
Pages:395
Publisher: Dial
Release Date: June 14th,2012
                               Summary:

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase's family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over.


Review



Hmm.. Have I so been on a contempary kick lately and I honestly have no clue why. All I can say is that I have really been enjoying them though. I bought this book a couple of weeks ago. Wow! This book hmm…
Samantha is really smart and does everything her mom tells her, but she is really curious as to what life is like besides how her mom has raised her and one day Jase comes over from next door. Omg from that moment on I was laughing and giggling and flipping pages just to get to the parts that he was in. It was so hard to do work in school and still try to read in between.
Samantha is really good girl, exactly how I am. Do what your parents tell you, work hard in school and get good grades to go to college. I really related to that aspect of her life. Her mom’s a politician and in my opinion has OCD. I mean come on who vacuums their carpet every day! She doesn’t like the Garrets because their normal-ish.  (Jase’s family) I mean things like leaving toys in the yard, and not keeping a garden makes them crazy. So, she doesn’t want Sam to hang out with her kids. Oh and Sam’s mom doesn’t like that she has too many kids. Seriously the Garrets if I do say so I turn out to be the nicest people ever!
Moving away from the subject of her mom, Jase’s mom and dad were so nice to Sam. Like seriously all Jase’s mom ever tried to be was nice to sam’s mom. Also, all of Jase’s siblings were so cute and lovable especially George and Duffy. George was so smart for being a little kid and Duffy was just kind of funny with all her boy troubles in the end.
Jase was an animal lover and that was so super cool of him. Plus he was so considerate and a gentleman. *Fangirling much I know. I am so glad they found each other because they really understood each other and were just perfect! Jase and Sam = another perfect YA couple. Sigh, how much I loved them. Jase did things for her that was so sweet and I was smiling every time he did. They really survived the ultimate challenge.
Sam really had to make a tough decision and I’m glad she made the one she did because I was yelling in my head and flipping out at her mom. Like seriously? This book literally is interesting and then takes the weirdest, shocking turn ever! Like seriously did not see that coming! How does someone….I don’t want to say it because I don’t want to spoil it, but it really took a nice in a way, crazy turn. Then again, that crazy turn brought everyone close and I like how it did that. Jase and Same really get each other and that’s what I liked about them so much. I was routing for them every step of the way.
Honestly this book was filled with twist and turns every step of the way. It was just all around flipping amazing! Everything was put to the test to see if it can withstand and all the characters in the end had some kind of development even Sam’s mom took a turn and finally woke up and realized reality.
There was not one time where I wasn’t completely shocked, happy, sad or raged in class trying to do work, but was so full of emotion. I can’t even remember what I was working on while reading it.  I recommend this book HIGHLY and with the elections coming up it’ll be a great time to read it, so be sure to go and read this book soon!



52 Reasons To Hate My Father by Jessica Brody

October 16, 2012

52 Reasons To Hate My Father
Author: Jessica Brody
Series: Stand alone
Pages:352
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Release Date: July 3rd 2012
Summary:
Being America’s favorite heiress is a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.

Lexington Larrabee has never to work a day in her life. After all, she’s the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they’re not supposed to crash brand new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Blvd either.

Which is why, on Lexi’s eighteen birthday, her ever-absent, tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there’s anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it’s dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.

In a hilarious “comedy of heiress” about family, forgiveness, good intentions, and best of all, second chances, Lexi learns that love can be unconditional, money can be immaterial, and, regardless of age, everyone needs a little saving. And although she might have 52 reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him.




Review:


Where do I start off with this book? This book definitely caught my attention. I actually won this one from a fellow book blogger. When I got it I was so excited because I think it’s safe to say once I started reading I just couldn’t stop and you will never read another book like this.
Lexington is let’s face it, she was a bit of a stuck up brat who just happens to have a trust fund and loves getting in trouble. Who knew that underneath that interior she had a heart? Once I started reading I was attached and routing for Lexington. I wanted her to succeeded and show everybody, you know hey I can do it look at me. Then she started slipping a little at the end, but in the end she did what was right and it warms my heart to see her as a character develop. She really learns what it means to be an actual person is.
 My second impression was I was laughing sometimes at Lexington in this book. She tried to outsmart her dad and Luke. When she went to the grocery store I laughed when he caught her. Oh, speaking of Luke. Sigh. Another hot guy to add to my favorite guy in Ya huh? Seriously Luke and her made me laugh they would argue and I found it so freaking adorable for some reason and when they kissed I was just like NO WAY!! Seriously!? Then he pretends nothing happens and I was so disappointed. That’s okay though because I waited it out and let’s just say that ended all very happily if I do say so myself because her old boyfriend was a jerk.
He doesn’t even get a name because when she was concerned about just taking off with no money and if they ever broke up what she would do he just shrugged it off like I don’t care that’s why you better stay with me. Seriously what kind of decent guy does that? Then again, I guess that means he wasn’t a decent guy. He cared nothing, but about his self not Lexi! Selfish much and concede much?
Lexis dad, Hmm.. He is portrayed as a really horrible person in Lexi’s point of view, but then she actually gets to know him and why he was always the way he was like and it was really cool. I love how in the end he gets rid of that stupid women he was fixing to get married to! She was a gold digger sorry to say.. actually I’m not sorry to say because she married someone else right after. She was what was standing in-between them well besides a couple of other things, but getting rid of her took a step towards the right thing. Lexi’s dad also progresses and opens up.
What I like the most about this story is that every single character has character development – Lexi, Lexi’s Dad, Luke and even the boy she worked with (I forgot his name XD I loved him so much) This was just awesome heartfelt story about a girl coming to the concept of life and what it actually means to be a part of the world. Seriously I think I am attached! As soon as I read this I immediately went to look up Jessica Broody’s other books because I want to read them to.  BE SURE TO READ THIS ONE! It has got to be one of the best to come out this year so far in my opinion.

Giveaway\Guest Post --Samantha Sutton & The Labyrinth of Lies

October 14, 2012



Samantha Sutton &The Labyrinth of Lies
Author: Jordan Jacobs
Pages:352
Publisher: Source Books
Release Date:  October 1st,2012
Source: Sourcebooks
Summary:

What happens when Indiana Jones meets Nancy Drew? You get Samantha Sutton, twelve year-old archeology buff with sharp wit and an insatiably curious personality. SAMANTHA SUTTON AND THE LABYRINTH OF LIES is the incredible page-turner about a young girl from California who is given the chance to follow her archeologist uncle to the excavation of an ancient Peruvian temple.

What she doesn’t expect, though, is the legend haunting this ancient site. When important artifacts begin to disappear overnight, Samantha must navigate the disapproving eye of her uncle’s acerbic assistant, the bungling boyishness of her annoying big brother, and the ever-present stories swirling among the locals of the hysterical spirit that wanders through the town late at night. Using her keen sensibility and her knack for mapping the unknown passageways of Chavín de Huántar, 
Samantha uncovers a mystery far bigger than she could have ever imagined. This is a novel for children (and adults!) who love history, mystery, and heart-stopping plot-twists.


Guest post:


Scary Stories

There may be some truth to the saying that some things are best left buried.  But that’s a luxury we can't always afford.
I was one of a team of archaeologists brought in for a quick study near a big American city, where a major freeway overpass was to be expanded.  When the original road was built in the 1930’s, an ancient cemetery had been discovered and partly destroyed. Development rules had changed since then, thank goodness, and this time proper study would be done.  
Before the project began, we were shown the grainy old photos of construction workers, holding up the skulls they’d found.   A seasoned archaeologist can still feel uncomfortable disturbing the dead, even if only to save the remains from destruction.  But we had other concerns, as well.  
Some came from the sky.  According to the construction team, some 200,000 cars used the overpass each day, 70 feet above our heads. Several seemed to shed a piece or two as they raced across the skyway.  A few times a week, a hubcap would come spinning towards us through the air likely a deadly UFO, shooting up showers of sparks on its impact with the pavement.  Bottles and cans were more common, raining down several times a day.
There was also danger from below.  Between its use as an ancient cemetery and the present day, the land had served dangerous purposes.  We were warned to look out for electrical wires as we dug through the greasy black sand--a near impossible task, given the wires’ greasy black color and the speed at which we had to work.  Some of these wires were still live, they told us. and if weaccidentally severed them their contact with the damp soil could electrocute us all.  
Worse, the area had once been a major military installation--used as terrain for training exercises, a weapons factory, and a munitions dump.  A similar site had been excavated nearby just weeks before, and an unearthed vial of poison gas from the First World War had sent archaeologists to the hospital with burns and blistered lungs.  But it was the naval mines we were supposed to be especially cautious of--those cartoonish, spiked, and floating balls designed to blow up ships.  They were known to have been produced here in great number, and their many decades underground had likely made their detonating mechanisms weak and unpredictable.  One wrong move was all it would take, the foreman warned us.  A misplaced poke of a shovel or trowel would blow us up, sky high.
When we weren’t dodging and ducking and fearing electrocution with every poke at the sand, we were working hard, illuminating the lives of the people who had laid their loved ones to rest here, five hundred years before.  I remember one burial especially well. It was a young woman, whose badly broken leg may well have led to her painful, early death.  Her agony was almost palpable still.  But the fine necklace around her neck spoke to who she was.  It was made of hundreds of tiny panels, a work of precious beauty, and I used tweezers to collect each bead for her reburial by a present day, local tribe.
This is the nature of the job.  For all the danger and adventure that can accompany archaeology, there’s a great sense of responsibility, as well.   We owe a debt to the people who came before us, and to any living people who hold a stake in a specific part of the past.  Archaeologists take this dual responsibility very, very seriously, and happily take on the occasional associated risk. 
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