Saturday, August 31, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #1 (Birthday Edition!)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by  Tynga's Reviews! This meme showcases the books received, bought, or checked out from the library over the past week. 

I recently celebrated my birthday and since I know that my family is always very unlikely to buy me actual presents (in my family, money is always the way - not that I'm complaining), I went out and got my own presents via Books-A-Million and Amazon because they're amazing. My last haul was horrifically minuscule (ONLY THREE BOOKS!), so I'm making up for it in my August Haul.

Also, I'm writing all this whole post on my new, and lovely, and gorgeous, and splendiferous MACBOOK AIR. I had to practically tie down my hands every time I went to the bookstore so I wouldn't buy out the whole YA section when I was saving up for this vision of beauty that is MY NEW LAPTOP! And all that torturous self control was worth it in the end! Even though I'm still buying a whole lot of books!

Bought:

  • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
  • Midnight Frost by Jennifer Estep
  • Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Won:
  • The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan
Gift:
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky 
  • No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row by Susan Kuklin
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand




Movie Review: The Mortal Instruments


Rating: 7/10

I've been reading and rereading and rereading the Mortal Instruments for several years now. I have fallen in love with Jace repeatedly and I'll admit that I wrote my fair share of fan fiction for the Clary/Jace ship. Okay, maybe a little more than my fair share... Does that make my opinion slightly bias? Maybe, but you're just going to have to deal with it.

Sometimes when I watch book to movie adaptions, I just sit there and complain to my neighbors about how inaccurate everything is. I might very well be the worst movie buddy ever when it comes to things like this. ANYWAY, I spent the whole time in the theater giggling under my breath at either funny lines or really cheesy scenes. Regardless, I was having issues keeping myself quiet.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

"Waiting on" Wednesday: These Broken Stars

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which showcases books we can’t wait to get our hands on.
What I'm waiting on this week...

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)
Publication Date: December 10, 2013
These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. 

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help. 

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.


I'm a sucker for pretty covers and this one is pretty high up on that list. What can I say? It's hard not to judge a book by its cover. Especially when it's that gorgeous. I don't own many books set in space, but I imagine this'll be a good one. I'm hoping it'll be kind of like Across the Universe because I adored that read.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

"Waiting on" Wednesday: The Liberator

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which showcases books we can’t wait to get our hands on.
What I'm waiting on this week...
The Liberator (Dante Walker #2) by Victoria Scott

The Liberator (Dante Walker, #2)
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Bad boy, meet bad girl.

Dante has a shiny new cuff wrapped around his ankle, and he doesn't like that mess one bit. His new accessory comes straight from Big Guy himself and marks the former demon as a liberator. Despite his gritty past and bad boy ways, Dante Walker has been granted a second chance.

When Dante is given his first mission as a liberator to save the soul of seventeen-year-old Aspen, he knows he’s got this. But Aspen reminds him of the rebellious life he used to live and is making it difficult to resist sinful temptations. Though Dante is committed to living clean for his girlfriend Charlie, this dude’s been a playboy for far too long…and old demons die hard. 

With Charlie becoming the girl she was never able to be pre-makeover and Aspen showing him how delicious it feels to embrace his inner beast, Dante will have to go somewhere he never thought he’d return to in order to accomplish the impossible: save the girl he’s been assigned to, and keep the girl he loves.

I know I said in my review of the Collector that this book wasn't too high on my priorities list, but the closer the release date comes, the more I want it. And so badly at this point. I just want to know Dante and Charlie's next adventure together. Also, I was terrified that Dante might do something to threaten his relationship with Charlie with this Aspen chick, but thankfully, Victoria Scott said that they were more like brother and sister than anything else. THANK THE GODS.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

"Waiting on" Wednesday: The Shadowhunter's Codex

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which showcases books we can’t wait to get our hands on.
What I'm waiting on this week...

The Shadowhunter's Codex
Publication Date: October 29, 2013
The Shadowhunter's Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis

Delve into the details of all things Shadowhunter with this illustrated guide to the knowledge and lore of the Shadowhunter world.Since the thirteenth century, the Shadowhunter’s Codex has been the one and only manual for Shadowhunters looking to brush up on their demon languages, learn proper stele use, and discover just what exactly a pyxis is. Featured in both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, this guide is a necessity for any young Nephilim on their journey to becoming a Shadowhunter. Beautifully illustrated, the Codex contains images of the famous Shadowhunter homeland of Idris, as well as depictions of demons and other Downworlders.

But this isn’t just any copy of The Shadowhunter’s Codex. It’s Clary’s copy, and as an artist herself, she’s sketched pictures of her friends and family in the book, and scrawled helpful advice in the margins. Of course, she couldn’t exactly stop Jace or Simon from adding their thoughts either. Part encyclopedia, part history, part training manual—complete with commentary from Shadowhunters who have seen it all—this beautiful guide is a perfect supplement to the #1 New York Timesbestselling series.

I have a deep and ever-burgeoning love for the Mortal Instruments and have for several years. The Infernal Devices, I've followed from before the first one even came out. That being so, it's pretty obvious that I NEED TO BE A SHADOWHUNTER. The only way I'll achieve that is if I know the rules and stuff. If I had this, I could just open my side-table drawer and pull out my handy dandy Shadowhunter Codex! And then I'd blue-scadoo into the Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices knowing everything I need to.

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Carrier of the Mark (Carrier #1) by Leigh Fallon

Carrier of the Mark (Carrier Trilogy, #1)
Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
342 pages of well... meh
Rating: 2/5
Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she's surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRÍs.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Book Haul #2

Books-A-Million is my favorite bookstore. Barnes & Noble is alright, I guess, but do they have deals so beautiful that they practically bring tears to my eyes? I don't think so. And another thing - last time I went to B&N, they only had sequels to books in the YA section. How does this promote new readers? Hmmmm? By doing this, they're only drawing people who already enjoyed reading in the first place. Also, I think I might still be a little bitter about the whole Borders situation. I miss that place so much.

Anyway, BAM doesn't lie about having a million books. For seriously, the one I got to is tiny, but every nook and cranny is filled to the brim. I bought these with one of those beautiful deals I was talking about. Not many in the haul, but I'm saving for a MacBook. I can't constantly be using up all my money for books - not that I don't want to.


  1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephenie Perkins
  2. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

These books have been on my TBR list for so long, and I feel like I'm the only one in the whole blogging universe who's never read them before. I'm almost ashamed. It's okay. This situation shall be remedied very soon. You may even see a review, but no promises because I've been getting pretty lazy lately.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Hated by Mercy Amare: Cover Reveal + Giveaway!




Blurb
Everything in my life is perfect. I have a family. My music is now going my way. And I have Stephan. Forever. All my dreams are coming true. But the problem with perfection is that eventually everything falls apart. And my whole life is crumbling around me — piece by piece. 

I am just trying to get through the next few months with my sanity intact, but that seems like an impossible feat. I’m back in LA, and this time I’m not alone. Between finding time for my new husband, my mother-in-law that hates me, and putting up with Alec and Bridgett’s bickering, I’m not sure how much more I can take… And then Mona shows up. I am in over my head.

I thought I knew the truth about everything, but I was wrong. Secrets that weren’t supposed to come out are now being discovered. Secrets about my biological father… Even Bridgett is keeping a secret… Something big. I have to know what, even if it means running away again.

I tried for normal — now I know that there is nothing normal about being a rock star.

Author Bio
I write YA & NA fiction. I have a slight addiction to NOS. My guilty pleasure is Pretty Little Liars & Vampire Diaries!

Giveaway
5 ARCs of HATED
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