Sunday, March 1, 2015

Stacking the Shelves # 56

Sunday, March 1, 2015 with 3 comments
Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and is a way to share with everyone all the goodies you've received through out the week. 

Just click the covers to be taken to their goodreads pages. 


Woo Hoo!!!! I love me a kindle deal. I own all of these in Audio, but now
I have the kindle editions too! :) 

That's it if you don't count this gem.. it was a freebie though. lol 


Oh Amazon, you make me laugh with the ridiculous titles you have. I can't wait to read this garbage. lol. That cover is classic. 

 This was a busy busy week at work. Semi stressful, I have so much to do and so little time. It's pretty much none stop.. but my day goes fast at least! :) 

This is how I power through it. 

Hope you all have a great week!! :) 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Weekend Update - 2.28.15

Saturday, February 28, 2015 with 6 comments
So, since my end-of-the-week post isn't just about what I got in my mailbox or on my Kindle each week -- though that is a big part of it, I won't lie -- I decided to change up the title and intro a bit.  I might tweak the format a bit over the next few weeks, but for the most part, it'll contain the same stuff: stuff I got, stuff I did, and stuff that's coming up on the blog.  Plus, I get to use the awesome GIF you see here and blow kisses to all the people who sent me lovely books and bookish things.  Oh, and I've started linking up to Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews since I'm not using a specific meme title anymore.  April's also doing her own Stacking the Shelves posts on Sundays.  Stop by and say hi!  =)

So, technically I had a very short week, thanks to ice, more ice, snow, and Katie coming down with strep. Not a fun week, especially since ice isn't very fun to play in. :( But now we only have one week left until we head out on vacation, and no one's more ready than I am. *jumps up and down excitedly*

I'm slowly getting back to normal stuff like reading again, though it's slow-going because I'm still kind of out of it. I just haven't felt like myself lately, but I'm working through it. Time away from everything is just what I need. I can't wait to park my butt on the beach and read and enjoy my family and just stop stressing about everything for a little while.

Anyway, here's what I scored this week:

For Review:

Tangled Webs (Tangled Webs, #1)

Tangled Webs by Lee Bross - thx to Disney-Hyperion & Netgalley

Things We Know by Heart

Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby - thx to HarperCollins for the ARC


Seeker (Seeker, #1)

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton - finished copy, thanks to the publisher (review)

Monstrous Beauty

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama (actual copy received pictured above) - Finally, I think I have ALL the versions of this gorgeous book. Now, if I could only locate an ARC of Plus One to round out my collection of Elizabeth Fama's awesome titles...


City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare - audiobook - I'm finally giving in and listening to this, just so I can take it off my unfinished series list. =)

So, that's my haul. :) How about you? What did you get this week?

The Week in Review:

Current Giveaways:

Check back soon!!!

Promotional/Discussion Posts:  
  • Our #TopTen favorite heroines
  • #WoW - this week, we're waiting on Until the Beginning & Dumplin'
  • Judging a Book By Its Cover - this week, the girls recreate The Summer After You + Me, the third novel by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Jen's Currently Reading/Listening To:

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)Finding Mr. BrightsideCute and quirky and kind of just what I needed right now. I kept hoping to start Lion Heart, but I'm not in the right place or frame of mind to read what is sure to be a heart-breaking story just yet. Maybe after vacation. ;0)

I think I just re-listened to this one, but I've really been anxious to dive in to the sequel. So, I decided to listen to this again and maybe do just that this weekend. =)

Upcoming Reviews:

Last Year's MistakeDead of Winter (The Arcana Chronicles, #3)

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Friday, February 27, 2015

We so borrowed this idea from Sara at Forever 17 Books, who got the idea from an article on Babble called Judging a Book by Its Cover: A 6-year-old Guesses What Classic Novels Are All About. Basically, it's about getting a child's perspective on the story inside the book based on just the cover art. It can be hilarious, but it can also be enlightening.

This week, the girls are working on the following book:

Title: The Summer After You + Me
Author: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Series: stand-alone
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Sunbathing, surfing, eating funnel cake on the boardwalk—Lucy loves living on the Jersey Shore. For her, it's not just the perfect summer escape, it is home. And as a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in over Memorial Day weekend, crowding the shore and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Lucy wants more from love than a fleeting romance, even if that means keeping her distance from her summertime neighbor and crush, Connor.

Then Superstorm Sandy tears apart her barrier island, briefly bringing together a local girl like herself and a vacationer like Connor. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm. And day after day, week after week, Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and broken home. Now with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances?

Behold, the girls' attempts at recreating The Summer After You + Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski...

Aubrey's masterpiece & guess:

Aubrey says:
"I think it's about a girl who goes to the beach, but she is sad and doesn't want to swim because the birds pooped on her."
Yup, she's my child... through and through. lol  We then had a long discussion about how before she was born, I went to the Jersey shore and got pooped on by a seagull. Since this book actually takes place there, I thought her description was perfect. lol.

I have not read this one yet, but I hope to get to it soon. We haven't been to the shore since Sandy hit, but we plan to head over there this Summer for at least a weekend. Seaside will never be quite the same though. :(

Katie's artwork & thoughts:

Katie says:
"I think it's about a girl going to the beach. There was another person with the girl, and I think they went to the beach in summer."
I love that Katie decided to empty her entire marker box on the paper for her interpretation of that sunset on the beach. =) She was so proud of her ability to write the title in cursive, too. (Why is that still taught in school?!?)

I like that this third novel from Doktorski doesn't sound like your typical summer romance but more a story of loss. Having read How My Summer Went Up in Flames and also having an ARC of the second book on my shelves to read, I had to add this book to my TBR. I can't wait to read it.

Have you read this book or do you plan to? What do you think of the girls' artwork and their thoughts on the story's premise?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Title: Things We Know by Heart
Author: Jessi Kirby
Series: n/a
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 21st, 2015
Source: received from publisher via Edelweiss
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn't want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they're connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.
I've only read one other book by Jessi Kirby, and that was Moonglass. I really enjoyed it.. and I'm not sure why I haven't read anything else since. :/ I'm kind of kicking myself in the butt now because I really love her writing. 

Things We Know By Heart is my favorite by Kirby thus far. I loved Moonglass, but not nearly as much as I loved this one. It was just.. *sigh*.. I started it Valentines weekend because it's about a heart! Perfect right? 

I thought so. It follows a girl named Quinn, and she lost her boyfriend in an accident. His organs are donated, and a year later she seeks out the recipient of his heart. She's looking for some sort of closure.. because she's having a very hard time moving on. What she doesn't expect is to actually meet and find a connection with this guy. 

One of my favorite parts of this book, are the quotes ahead of every chapter. I wont elaborate, but they really do go so well with the story. Also, there is hot weather, sand, and ocean. I need that in my life right now. 

There are some sad parts of Thing We Know By Heart, but it's not a tear jerker. I went into this thinking that it might be, since she lost her first love, but it's really a story about finding new love in the light of tragedy. It was plain out sweet and adorable at times. 

I really enjoyed this one. I'll be buying her other two books I haven't read yet soon. I think it's time I add the rest of her works to my kindle library. Highly recommend this one, especially if you've like her other stuff. :) 

Jessi KirbyAbout the author:

Jessi Kirby is a former English teacher and librarian. She lives in Orange County, CA
with her husband and two kids, where she writes stories and runs the beach every day. Well, almost every day.

Find Jessi:

WebsiteGoodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's WoW selections are...

's Pick:

Title: Until the Beginning
Author: Amy Plum
Series: After the End # 2
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015

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When Juneau's clan disappeared, she lost so much more than her friends and family. She soon discovered everything she thought she knew about her life was a lie. Her people's gifts were actually secret abilities that others wanted, desperately enough to kidnap an entire village.

Juneau and her new companion Miles's cross-country journey to find her clan has led them to a game preserve in New Mexico. Now Juneau's people are finally within reach, and she will stop at nothing to save them. But she has a target on her back too, because unbeknownst to her she is the key to unlocking everything. To rescue her people - and herself - Juneau must discover what she, and her abilities, are truly capable of.
I wasn't hugely blown away with After the End. It was good... but not what I was expecting. That being said.. I am very curious to see what happens next. :)

's Pick:

Title: Dumplin'
Author: Julie Murphy
Series: n/a
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: September 15, 2015

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Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine— Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.
I absolutely loved Julie's debut last year, even though I knew some people took issue with the "unlikable" main character. I found her refreshing, though, and I think Julie's newest MC is going to be even more so. Doesn't Dumplin' just sound like a girl you'd love to be besties with? I can't wait to meet her! And that tag line -- Go big or go home. -- it's too perfect! Also, I can't help but add books to my TBR from Texas authors, set in my home state and featuring the iconic Dolly Parton. =)

What are you desperately waiting for this Wednesday? Let us know in the comments or share a link to your own WoW post!

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