Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Weekend Update - 11.29.14

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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!  =)


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday if you celebrate it or a just a great week otherwise! :) I'm stuffed and happy and being lazy...thank goodness I have all these new reads to keep me cozy on the couch! :D

Here's what I scored this week:

For Review:

via Edelweiss
IllusionariumA Sense of the InfiniteExtraordinary MeansCrimson BoundThe Secrets of AttractionThe Improbable Theory of Ana and ZakMade You UpThings We Know by HeartMaking PrettyProof of Forever

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon
A Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T. Smith
Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine
The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby
Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu
Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer

Yay for Harper day on EW!!! :D I may have gone a little overboard, but that's nothing new. ;0)

And then I also got these lovelies:

The CreepingHear Me

The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy - sounds super creepy and thrilling
Hear Me by Viv Daniels - love her works as Diana Peterfreund and her other NA title under this pseudonym...hoping for an unusual holiday tale from her with this one!

Library:

Juliet Immortal (Juliet Immortal, #1)Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1)

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay -- review ()
Sabriel by Garth Nix -- in progress :)

Gifted:


Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt - for the 40th Anniversary Blog Tour...one of my favorite stories, I can't wait to re-read it!

Purchased:

Nothing, yay!

Won:

Nada.


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




The Week in Review:

Reviews:
Current Giveaways:

Check back soon!!!

Promotional/Discussion Posts:  

Jen's Currently Reading/Listening To:

Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1)Crimson BoundI know this doesn't release for awhile, but I can't help myself. I just loved Hodge's debut, and a Little Red Riding Hood retelling sounds PERFECT!







I didn't really know much about this book until Sarah J. Maas got all fangirly over it at #TTBF last month. The author was also there and I got a signed copy, but Tim Curry narrates this, so I'm going the audio route.



Upcoming Reviews:


This Shattered World (Starbound, #2)My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday StoriesRed Queen (Red Queen, #1)





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Friday, November 28, 2014

What We Read in November: Our Fall TBRs

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Now that Thanksgiving has come and passed, it's time to revisit what we read in November. Our Fall TBR piles were full of great reads, but how many did we manage to get to?


April's Fall TBR:




6 / 10

Trial By Fire by Josephine Andgelini (review)
Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black (review)
The Fall by Bethany Griffin (review)
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (review)
I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead (review)
Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
The Edge of You by Theresa DaLayne (review)
Stray by Elissa Sussman

Whoa, I did way better with this than I thought! woo hoo! Technically I did listen to some of I'll Give You The Sun but I just wasn't feeling it. I'm sure that I will love it.. but I wasn't in the mood at the time. Kinda said I never got to Girl of Nightmares around Halloween time. Ahh, well, there is always next year. :)


Jen's Fall TBR:


8 / 10

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (review)
Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan (review)
In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken (no review)
Compulsion by Martina Boone (review)
Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little
Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers (review)
The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (no review)
Chaos by Sarah Fine (review)
Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas
Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan (review)

I've become such a mood reader lately. Not that I wasn't before, but it only seems to have gotten worse. I don't even know why I keep a schedule anymore, except that I still like to see how badly I'm doing when it comes to review copies. I like to torture myself I guess. Even so, I did surprisingly well with my Fall TBR. Only two picks didn't get read, but I fully intend to get to them soon. I put them on the list for a reason and I still want to read them.


How did you do with your Fall TBR? Did you read what you expected to or did you stray from your list? =) We just listed our Winter TBR picks on Tuesday, but check back on Monday for our Christmas TBR piles! :D (In case you haven't noticed, we like tasking ourselves with piles of books to read and then lamenting the fact that we didn't get to them all, lol.)

Happy reading!



Thursday, November 27, 2014

What We're Thankful For

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! In light of the festivities and spending time with loved ones, we thought we'd share what we're grateful for this year real quick and get back to the food before it's all gone. =)


Obviously, we're thankful for the food in our bellies.


And friends and family to share it with.


Also, those friends who keep us humble.


And, of course, having jobs to make it all possible.

But we thought we'd each share a few of the bookish things we're thankful for, too:





Of course, we're also thankful to all of you who keep stopping by to read our posts! We appreciate each and every one of you! Mwah! What are you thankful for this holiday season?

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday, even if you're not celebrating Turkey Day today! :D



Wednesday, November 26, 2014





"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: The Fill-In Boyfriend
Author: Kasie West
Series: n/a
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015

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When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

I know Jen featured this one back in November sometime, but it's Kasie West! And I kind of adore her writing. WOW is hard for me, because Jen is on it.. and she grabs up those titles way before I even see the covers. lol. I figure no one cares if we both want the same books right? It get's double the sharing.

Everything about this one screams I will love it. I can't wait! :)





's Pick:



Title: The Sin Eater's Daughter
Author: Melinda Salisbury
Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter, book #1
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: February 24, 2015

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Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.

She’s the executioner.

As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.

However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

Oh my gawd! Is that cover not the most beautiful thing you've ever seen? And the book itself sounds just as amazing. I mean, the girl has the power to kill with her touch! Also, I love stories where the girl falls for the guard. I really shouldn't start any new series until I finish some others, but I can't help myself where this novel is concerned. =)


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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