Sunday, January 25, 2015

Stacking The Shelves 131

Week In Review
Review: Mr. Kiss & Tell by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham
Waiting on Wednesday: The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
Cover Reveal: Never, Never by Brianna Shrum
Review: Vivian Divine is Dead by Lauren Sabel
New on the Shelf
Half Bad by Sally Green,"witches brew" cocoa and a travel mug! (Thanks Penguin and Big Honcho Media!)

Sweet by Emmy Laybourne
Velvet by Temple West
Joyride by Anna Banks
Novice by Taran Matharu
(Thanks Macmillian for these awesome titles!)
Netgalley
Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

Friday, January 23, 2015

Vivian Divine is Dead by Lauren Sabel

Vivian Divine is Dead
Author: Lauren Sabel
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: June 3, 2014
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Review:
Vivian’s mother was murdered and after receiving a cryptic letter it looks like Vivian is next. To avoid her impending demise Vivian takes the advice of her bodyguard and heads to a safe house in Mexico but the trip isn’t without its bumps.

I really enjoyed the setting in Mexico and the inclusion of the famous Day of the Dead. It made for a very atmospheric novel that felt like bright colors and dark shadows.

I thought Vivian was a very intriguing character. She’s a teen movie star with a movie star mother and a famous director for a father. Vivian has led a charmed life so to see her on the run in Mexico was a complete about-face and I liked watching her come in to her own.

One of my favorite things about Vivian Divine is Dead was the all the twists and turns the story took. I thought everything was going one way and then things went another. Although, I was quick to catch on to what was happening it was still an enjoyable and quick paced read.

Overall, Vivian Divine is Dead was fun and atmospheric. I enjoyed that although this was a contemporary everything felt a little bit fantastical and fictional. Sometimes, you just want to lose yourself in a quirky mystery and Vivian Divine was that kind of book!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cover Reveal: Never, Never by Brianna Shrum

Never, Never
Author: Brianna Shrum
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: September 2015

Synopsis
James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.
When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.
But grow up he does.
And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate.
This story isn’t about Peter Pan; it’s about the boy whose life he stole. It’s about a man in a world that hates men. It’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.
Except one
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About The Author
Brianna Shrum lives in Colorado with her high-school-sweetheart-turned-husband, two boys, and two big, floppy hound dogs. She thinks chai tea is proof of magic in the world, and loves all things kissy, magical, and strange. She'd totally love to connect with you. You can find her saying ridiculous things on Twitter @briannashrum 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday: The Devil You Know


The Devil You Know
Author: Trish Doller
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: June 2, 2015
Gooreads 

Synopsis:
Eighteen-year-old Arcadia wants adventure. Living in a tiny Florida town with her dad and four-year-old brother, Cadie spends most of her time working, going to school, and taking care of her family. So when she meets two handsome cousins at a campfire party, she finally has a chance for fun. They invite her and friend to join them on a road trip, and it's just the risk she's been craving-the opportunity to escape. But what starts out as a fun, sexy journey quickly becomes dangerous when she discovers that one of them is not at all who he claims to be. One of them has deadly intentions.

A road trip fling turns terrifying in this contemporary story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
My Thoughts: I haven't done a waiting on Wednesday post in ages but I had to share my excitement about this novel by Trish Doller. It sounds creepy and oh so perfect. Add this to your TBR piles now, I have a feeling it's going to be a summer hit!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham

Mr. Kiss and Tell 
Series: Veronica Mars #2
Author: Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date:
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Review: 
The Thousand Dollar Tan Line, the last Veronica Mars book, fell flat. The plot didn’t feel as well thought out as the show and the characters felt like caricatures of themselves. Luckily, in this novel Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham examined what was working and what wasn’t and made a great novel with Mr. Kiss and Tell.

This story follows a very traditional Veronica Mars path. Veronica becomes involved in a rape investigation that happens at the Neptune Grand. It should be a fairly easy solve but the victims memory is fuzzy, the attack happened months ago, and the hotel is being shady. All of these convoluted facts made the mystery all the more interesting and hard to solve.


In this novel the characters really come in to their own. Their voices felt natural and the storyline was something Veronica would champion and get involved in. I also appreciated that the writers wove in plotlines and characters from the TV show. It made it feel like I was watching an episode rather then reading a novel.

In this story we got to see more of Veronica and Logan together. These two have had to work for everything between them and while I wished it were easy for them it wouldn’t be Veronica and Logan if it was.

Overall, Mr. Kiss and Tell totally redeemed the Veronica Mars books for me. I loved the mystery and the classic Veronica Mars detective work involved in solving it. I look forward to hopefully reading more of them!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

Silver Shadows
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: July 29, 2014
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Review:
The Bloodlines series, much like Vampire Academy, is my guilty pleasure. I love reading about Adrian, Sydney and the whole gang. Returning to the world that Mead has created never fails to drawn me in and put a smile on my face.

This installment though left me wanting more. This is the 5th book in a 6 book series and this story was a lot of set up for what’s going to happen in the grand finale. I thought Silver Shadows moved rather slowly and then in the last 70 pages everything started happening which left the ending feeling rushed.

I did like watching Adrian grow in this novel though. Because Adrian has to deal with being separated from Sydney and the effects of spirit we get to see just how far he has come since his Vampire Academy days. Adrian is a completely different person and I love seeing this more grown up version of him.

My one big issue with Silver Shadows is that all of the secondary characters I loved in the previous novels (Jill, Eddie, Sonya, etc.) were nearly completely absent in this novel. The entire plot revolved around Adrian trying to find Sydney and while that was important it felt like everything else that had been so pivotal in the other novels no longer mattered.

Overall, this was a good installment but not my favorite. I think the next novel will be amazing but this one felt a lot like filler albeit a filler I enjoyed. I can’t wait to see what will happen in The Ruby Circle I have some high hopes!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson

The Tyrant's Daughter
Author: J.C. Carleson
Publisher: Knopf Books
Publication Date: February 11, 2014
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Review: 
Laila’s father was the king of her Middle Eastern country. After his assignation in a coup by her Uncle, Laila, her mother, and younger brother are flown to America. Exiled from her home Laila has to navigate American high school, shifting loyalties, and must decide if she wants to return home.

Throughout the novel I was impressed with Laila’s character development. She goes from being a princess to living in an apartment. She handles all of theses changes with little whining or feeling sorry for herself. I admired her ingenuity and determination to do the right thing even after finding out the atrocities her father committed.

The Tyrant’s Daughter is ripe with difficult subject matter including civil war, bombings, and death. I really appreciated how Carleson handled it. She didn’t lay blame or choose sides Carleson merely presented facts.

One of the things I didn’t like about this novel was that Laila’s country of origin is never mentioned by name and is left to be vague. In the authors note Carleson says this is because she didn’t want to be leashed to a particular setting or events but I felt like the story lost something in all the vagueness.

Overall, I enjoyed The Tyrant’s Daughter it is very well written and incredibly interesting. I don’t think it has gotten nearly enough attention and if you’re looking for a political novel I wouldn’t hesitate to pick this one up.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Invisible by Dawn Metcalf

Invisible
Author: Dawn Metcalf
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
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Review:

After I finished Indelible I couldn’t wait to return to the world of the Twixt. It reminded me of a combination between Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki and a faerie world. Invisible made all that waiting worthwhile!

Invisible begins with a bang, after the events in Indelible Joy is protected by an edict from the council and the council wants to talk. The problem is Joy is being attacked irregardless of the edict by a knight bent on killing her. It is only with the help of Ink, Inq, and the Balliwick that Joy is able to keep him at bay. And even that might not be enough.

In Invisible Metcalf took the plot of Indelible and deepened it. The world building became broader, secondary characters got more backstory, and the stakes were raised. Joy has to choose between leaving the twixt, being marked, or forging her own path. Each of these paths is fraught with its own unique kind of danger.

I really loved that in Invisible we get to see more of Ink and Joy as a couple. In the last book they had to fight so hard to be together that it was nice to see them get a little slice of peace. Even if that peace was fragile and constantly being threatened.

Overall, Invisible was a lot of fun. It was great to see Ink, Inq, and Joy again and to learn more about the world of the Twixt. I am really looking forward to the next edition in this series. I can't wait to see where Metcalf takes the story next!