Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Top 10 Books on my Winter TBR List

These are all the books I hope to get to this winter better known as the TBR short list! It's a combination of review books and books I've been wanting to get to for a while. Hopefully I can stick to it and get all of these read!

1 Winterspell by Claire Legrand
2 The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
3 I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

4 Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
5 For Real by Alison Cherry 

6 Robin in the Hood by Diane Reed
7 Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
8 The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

9 The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
10 Sublime by Christina Lauren

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Stacking The Shelves 125

Week In Review
Review: My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins
10 Sequels I Can't Wait to Read
Bookish Discussion: In Which I Reconsider Book Ratings 2.0
Exquisite Captive Blogger Caravan + Relay Giveaways
New on the Shelf
Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark (Thanks Macmillian!)
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
Marie Antionette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser (Thanks Nana!)
Robin In The Hood by Diane J. Reed (Thanks Diane!)
100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith (Thanks Simon & Schuster!)
Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper (Thanks Little Brown!)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Exquisite Captive Blogger Relay + Giveaway

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Blogger Caravan! Each day a different blogger is giving away a hardback copy of Exquisite Captive courtesy of Balzer + Bray. All of you will have 24 hours to enter today's giveaway. For a full list of bloggers and upcoming events check here the caravan will be running through December 4th so if this is your first stop there are still many chances to win!

The winner of yesterdays giveaway from Great-Imaginations is Tiffany Webb! 

 Exquisite Captive
Author: Heather Demetrios
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: October 7, 2014

Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself.

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.
Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?
Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

In Which I Reconsider Book Ratings 2.0

Last year I did a post about reconsidering book ratings. I often have to get reviews up so quickly that I don't know if I will remember a book after a couple months. I may have rated a novel 4 stars when it was really a 5. Or a book I read during a blog tour and thought was a 3 was really more of a 2. So once a year I've decided to reconsider books ratings and today is that day!
Moving up to 5 Stars Status
I've recommended this book to so many people. It is witty, smartly written, and felt so real. I'm not even sure why I originally gave it 4 stars, it is definitely a 5! If it's not on your TBR list add it now!

The only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 was because of length. It was short and I wanted more. But isn't that what books are supposed to do, leave you wanting more? I could have just curled up in this world White created and stayed a while. I think that is reason enough to give it 5 stars!
Moving up from 3 to 4 Stars
I rated this 3 stars because I actually wish it had been told chronological order. Now, with some distance, I can safely say the writing alone demands 4 stars.
Moving Down from 4 to 3 Stars
At the beginning of my review I said there are a lot of reasons Avalon and I shouldn't have clicked (space stuff, undefined characters, too much action etc.) and now I'm remembering all those reasons. I think I was being a little heavy handed giving this 4 stars, it was more of a 3, especially since I don't have any desire to read the sequel.
Moving Down from 3 to 2 Stars
This book was entirely set up for the next book in this dulogoy and now that Strange Chemistry is defunct I'm not sure it will ever be finished *Sigh*. I do so love The Assassin's Curse series by the same author though!
In Summary
This has become one of my favorite posts of the year. I have truly been looking forward to it! This frees me up to change ratings, which I find really helpful on blogs and goodreads, but have trouble sticking to.

Let me know in the comments

  • Do you ever go back and change ratings?
  • Do you find ratings helpful on blogs/goodreads?

Monday, November 17, 2014

My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories Edited By Stephanie Perkins

My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
Edited By: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: October 14, 2014
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I am not usually one for anthologies but My True Love Gave to Me might just have changed my mind. I thoroughly enjoyed this short story collection!

My favorite thing about this collection was that they all had to do with the holiday season. It was fun to see how each author interpreted the holidays.

The short stories contained in this anthology are:
1 Midnights by Rainbow Rowell
2 The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link
3 Angels in the Snow by Matt De La Pena
4 Polaris is Where You’ll Find Me by Jenny Han
5 It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins
7 Krampuslauf by Holly Black
8 What the Hell Have You Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman
9 Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire
10 Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White
11 Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter
12 The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 

While I enjoyed each of these stories I thought Midnights by Rainbow Rowell, The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link, It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins, and Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White to be standouts. 

Midnights is about two best friends and how they celebrate New Years and what happens when they both go to college and reunite again on New Years. It was painfully cute and poignant in the way Rainbow Rowell always is. 

The Lady and the Fox was my first introduction to Kelly Link and it was definitely a good one. The story reminded me of The Nutcracker, it had that magical Christmas feeling.

It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown was also painfully cute while dealing with tough issues like hoarding and familial abandonment. I love Stephanie Perkins style of writing; she immediately draws me in and makes me love her characters and this story was no exception!

Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White was the only story in the anthology to make me cry. It wasn’t big tears it was the happy kind of tears but I never cry so it really surprised me. The story was about wanting to move far away and realizing the place you’re trying so desperately to leave is home.

Overall, I enjoyed this collection of short stories. If you’re looking for the perfect holiday read look no further!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Stacking The Shelves 124

Week In Review
Review: Almost Demon by AJ Salem
Blogger Book Fair: Kimberly Gould
Blogger Book Fair: Patricia Lynne
Blogger Book Fair: K. Ferrin
Sing Sweet Nightingale by Erica Cameron Deleted Scenes Blog Tour + Giveaway
Blogger Book Fair: Emma Adams
Blogger Book Fair: Diantha Jones 
Captive by Aimee Carter Blog Tour + Giveaway
Zeroboxed by Fonda Lee
Dancing With Molly by Lena Horowtiz
Out Of Control by Sarah Alderson 
A Work Of Art by Melody Maysonet

Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas
99 Days by Katie Cotugno

Finding Paris by Joy Preble
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Friday, November 14, 2014

Captive by Aimee Carter Blog Tour

Captive (Blackcoat Rebellion #2)
Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: November 25, 2014

For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever.
But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.
As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?

Pawn (Blackcoat Rebellion #1)
Author: Aimee Carter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: November 26, 2013


For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.

Author Interview
How did writing Captive differ from writing Pawn?
I wrote PAWN and CAPTIVE five years apart, so a lot of my style and method changed in those years. It’s impossible to compare, but CAPTIVE was ultimately the most difficult book I’ve ever written, thanks to those years in between and having to get back into that mindset.

Who was your favorite character to write in Captive?
Scotia! Hands down my favorite character in CAPTIVE and possibly my favorite in the entire Blackcoat Rebellion series.

If Captive had a theme song what would it be?
Cheating and naming two: Lorde’s Glory and Gore, and Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood. They cover the two main plotlines in the book.

What was the last book you read and loved?
I read a story written by a friend of mine – Carli Segal – who is an aspiring YA author, and I loved it. I’ve also recently read Amy Finngean’s NOT IN THE SCRIPT and really enjoyed it. I’m currently reading A BOLLYWOOD AFFAIR, by Sonali Dev.

About The Author
Aimée Carter was born and raised in Michigan, where she currently resides. She started writing at age eleven and later attended the University of Michigan, graduating with a degree in screen arts and cultures. Currently she spends her time working on her new dystopian series, the first of which is PAWN. Catch updates on her website, www.AimeeCarter.com or Tweet her at @Aimee_Carter.

Each tour stop is offering up a copy of either CAPTIVE or PAWN, and one winner will receive a fantastic grand prize package including a boxed set of the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa as well as copies of both CAPTIVE and PAWN. Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway is open to US/Canada. a Rafflecopter giveaway