Stacking the Shelves (1): January 1-17

I’ve always been a big fan of book haul photos and posts shared by fellow bloggers, so I’m pretty excited to be taking part in my very first Stacking the Shelves post today featuring books I’ve received so far this month.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!

Many thanks to Book Outlet for their amazing Boxing Day sale! I managed to snag all of the books pictured for less than $35 and that included shipping!

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Anne of AvonleaThe Luxe Series / Through the Ever Night / Reboot / Sapphire Blue
Emerald Green / Of Beast and Beauty / The Well of Ascension / The Hero of Ages

Next, we have a whollllle bunch of ARCs!! Look at all of these beauties! Some are borrowed, some are gifted from generous friends and one is from a fabulous publicist and her team that I’ve gotten to know over the past few months! Many thanks to Bloomsbury for the AMAZING Lion Heart ARC, Heather for the HarperCollins ARCs,  and also to Kristina at Gone Pecan, Jaime at Fic Fare and Nikki at There Were Books Involved for your fabulous generosity!

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Lion Heart / A Wicked Thing / No Parking at the End Times / Twisted Fate
Emmy & Oliver / The Sin Eater’s Daughter / I’ll Meet You There
The Boy Next Door / The Darkest Part of the Forest

I put myself on a six month book buying ban a few days ago (more on that below), but thankfully I squeezed this purchase in at the last minute! I can’t wait to read these two and have my entire world shattered.

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Red Rising / Golden Son

So…about that book-buying ban! I know, six months may as well be SIX YEARS when it comes to not being able to buy books. Here’s the thing, I reallllllly wanted a new blog design so I struck a bargain with my husband and told him that I would put myself on a self-imposed buying ban in order to hire a designer for a custom blog.

In my mind the trade-off is totally worth it because I have the most gorgeously new blog to debut to all of you on Monday! Anna at Anna Marie Moore Web Designs, is not only a seriously talented designer, but she’s also super kind and provides amazing service. She gave me a little snippet of my new blog to share with you all! Take a look…

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Make sure you come back MONDAY to see my brand new
blog design in all of its glory!

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Waiting on…A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

By now you should know that I love me a good fairy tale re-telling, and A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas SPEAKS to me you guys! This is a debut novel for Thomas, and upon reading the summary below, I immediately ran right over Goodreads and added it to my TBR! You know what…you should totally do the same!

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I’m lucky enough to be getting my eager little fantasy fangirl hands on this book soon, so I can’t wait to read it and share my thoughts with you! Until then, let me know what some of your favorite fantasy re-tellings are in the comments below so I can add them to my ever-growing TBR! Cause you know, you can never have too many books!

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22535481A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
Publication: February 24th 2015 by HarperTeen
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Rhiannon Thomas’s dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of Sleeping Beauty and what happens after happily ever after.

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.

Her family is long dead. Her “true love” is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.

 

Top Ten…Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015

Happy New Year friends! Here we are at the beginning of a fresh new year with so many amazing things on the horizon. I, for one, am super excited for this year and all of the possibilities it has in store for me. So today I’m wishing all of you all the best in 2015 and that it’s filled with lots of wonderful bookish things!

Source: The Broke and The Bookish

Source: The Broke and The Bookish

Speaking of books and new possibilities, this is an exciting year for so many debut authors. There are a ton of books coming out this year that sound absolutely fantastic, and today I’m sharing some of them with you here.

So, for my first Top Ten Tuesday of the year, I give you my most anticipated debut novels of 2015!

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Anne and Henry / Becoming Jinn / An Ember in the Ashes
When Reason BreaksRed Queen / Tiny Pretty Things
The Night We Said YesMagonia / Dead To Me / The Witch Hunter

Book Feels: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to live in a parallel universe, or if there is another version of yourself floating around out there making different decisions and dramatically altering the course of their lives? A Thousand Pieces of You plays on that fascination and answers the question of “What if?” that we all end up asking ourselves at one point. Claudia Gray has written a thought-provoking and exciting story of one girl’s journey to avenge her father’s death that ends up being a lot more than she bargained for. In order to catch her father’s killer she must track them through parallel universes using a device he created, all while questioning every thing she has ever known.

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What I loved most about this book was the vivid worlds that Gray creates as backdrops for her character’s travels. Even though these worlds exist in alternate universes, they are still totally recognizable to me as the reader and I was easily transported to these different versions of the world we know. Even when we are introduced to a world that has been drastically altered due to climate change, I was still able to quickly change gears thanks to Gray’s amazing work-building and attention to detail. Gray does a masterful job of balancing our time in each world, and I was really intrigued with the subtle (and not so subtle) changes in each parallel universe. It really kept me on my toes. The science behind the story was also intensely intriguing, and even though I’m the furthest thing from a science-minded person, I couldn’t help but get sucked in to the technical details of travelling between worlds and all that fun science-y stuff. See…not a science person!

I found myself invested in each character and the fact that each of them had their flaws and secrets only made them more interesting to me as a reader. I love a good curve ball and there were a few times throughout this book where a character did something completely unexpected and it totally threw me for a loop. Each character was constantly evolving and just when you think you have them figured out they do something or you learn a little more about their past, and it causes you to see them in a completely new light.

As much as I loved Marguerite as a main character, my hope is that her character develops a bit more in the forthcoming books and she becomes more confident in her abilities and more calculated in her choices and decisions. There were times throughout the story where I felt like she wasn’t giving herself enough credit and relied too much on the people around her, even when she isn’t entirely sure they can be trusted.  But, this quirk definitely made Marguerite more human and interesting, and I  don’t mind being a little frustrated with characters every once in a while. Keeps me on my toes!

The romance aspect of the book does venture into love triangle territory and I’m still not quite sure what “team” I’m on…I’m not entirely convinced that Marguerite knows the answer to that either. The triangle worked for me though, in the sense that there is soooo much going on that she is still trying to figure out, so the shifting dynamics between her and Paul and Theo make sense to me. I will say that I sensed more chemistry with one over the other, but I’ll leave it up to you to decide which team you’re on. Either way, I enjoyed the swoonier moments of this book…and we all know how much I love swoony moments.

A Thousand Pieces of You was a nearly perfect book in my opinion, but I found the portion set in Russia to be a little slow and I wasn’t quite sure what purpose it served to the rest of the story except to add more drama to the romance aspect of the plot. I just feel like when I got to this part of the book it started to drag and I found myself not as invested as I was with other portions of the book. Otherwise, the pacing and plot were exciting, fast-paced and intriguing!

This book is perfect for people who enjoy science-fiction stories that have shifting dynamics, as well as a good dose of romance. A Thousand Pieces of You managed to hit on all of my bookish faves and I’m so excited to see where book two takes us. Especially the cover…can you even imagine how gorgeous that cover is going to be?

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source: goodreads

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A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Published: 11/4/14 by Harper Teen
Pages: 368 | Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
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Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

 

 

Waiting on…99 Days by Katie Cotungo

99 Days by Katie Contungo caught my attention about a month or so ago, and since then I’ve been oohhing and ahhhing over the cover, and also obsessing over the book description. It sounds like the perfect mix of romance, heart ache and drama. Which is riiiigght up my alley!  After reading some of the comments on Goodreads, I have a feeling that I’m going to be doing a lot of this while reading… giphy

and I have a strong suspicion I’ll be doing plenty of this…

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but ultimately, I’m hoping I’ll close the book after reading that final page and do this…

giphy I mean, isn’t that what all of the best books are supposed to do? Make your feels go into overdrive and have you wanting to say all of the things!! TMYK 2283657599 Days by Katie Cotungo Publication: 4/21/15 by Balzer + Bray Pre-order this book Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done. Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.” Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

Book Feels: All Broke Down by Cora Carmack

Cora Carmack has done it again, and I think I may have loved this one even more than All Lined Up…which is saying something! All Lined Up and All Broke Down are books one and two of the Rusk University series, and both books are exactly what you want in a fresh and swoony New Adult story. All Broke Down is the perfect companion to its predecessor but offers the reader a completely different experience. It’s grittier, more emotional and, honestly, a lot more heart-wrenching than All Lined Up. Silas broke my heart and all I wanted to do was give him a big hug. Thankfully he meets someone who could quite possibly turn it all around for him…but only if he let’s her.

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Silas Moore was briefly featured throughout All Lined Up, and I’m not gonna lie, I HAAAATED him! He was a cocky jerk-face (yup…jerk-face) and I totally thought I had him figured out from the moment I “met” him. But, Cora Carmack being the genius story-teller that she is, found a way to make Silas one of the most heart-wrenching and sympathetic characters I’ve come across is a long time. Listen, the dude is suuuuper raunchy and he would win first place in a dirty talk contest (I ain’t complaining), but behind the tough talk and bad attitude lies the heart of a young man who has lived an extremely challenging life. Carmack did an amazing job of balancing Silas’ hard exterior with his wounded interior, and less than halfway through the book I started to understand where he was coming from and wanted nothing but good things to start coming his way.

That’s where Dylan comes in. They meet under the most bizarre of circumstances, but it’s actually quite perfect and I love how humorous it all is. Things go from zero to sixty with these two, and normally that would completely turn me off. But it actually works for them because they are both so desperately trying to forget what it is that haunts them. Two wounded souls looking for some escape in each other. I absolutely adored Dylan’s character and appreciated the layers that Carmack used when creating her. Silas and Dylan seem like complete opposites, and in many ways they are, but there’s some pain and heartache lurking beneath the surface of Dylan as well. The complexity of Silas and Dylan as individuals, only makes the complexity of their relationship that much more compelling and I couldn’t put the book down.

Oh, before I wrap this up, let’s just talk for a quick second about the more, ummm, intimate scenes of this book! Actually…I’m not sure words could properly describe how much chemistry and heat there is between Silas and Dylan, but this pretty much sums it up!

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Not sure what else you need to know beyond that! Trust me…this book is steamy!!

After reading the first two books in Carmack’s Rusk University series, I’m positively giddy for book number three, All Played Out, releasing this May! If it’s anything like All Lined Up and All Broke Down, which I have a feeling it will be since I’ve loved every Cora Carmack book I’ve read, then I know it’s going to become an instant favorite as well! Trust me, you need these books in your life!

Five Stars

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Published: 10/28/14 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 368 | Format: eBook | Source: Purchased
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In this second book in New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author Cora Carmack s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in… sometimes you have to fight for what you love.

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about: his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.