Monday, October 31, 2016

New Releases|November 1st, 2016


Here are a few books that I am most looking forward to buying that are being released this week!



"Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?"


"Red Queen meets The Hunger Games in this epic novel about what happens when the galaxy’s most deadly weapon masquerades as a senator’s daughter and a hostage of the galactic court.

A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for. 

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.

As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire."


"Jump dimensions. Find the bad guy. Don’t fall in love.

Nobody said being the daughter of an army general was easy. But when her dad sends a teenage subordinate to babysit her while he’s away? That's taking it a step too far.

Cade, as beautiful as he is deadly, watches Kori with more than just interest. He looks at her like he knows her very soul. And when he saves her from a seemingly random attack, well, that's when things get weird.

Turns out, Kori's dad isn’t just an army general—he’s the head of a secret government project that has invented a way to travel between parallel dimensions. Dimensions where there are infinite Koris, infinite Cades…and apparently, on every other Earth, they’re madly in love.

Falling for a soldier is the last thing on Kori’s mind. Especially when she finds herself in a deadly crossfire, and someone from another Earth is hell-bent on revenge…"



"Charlotte survived four long years as a prisoner in the attic of her kidnapper, sustained only by dreams of her loving family. The chance to escape suddenly arrives, and Charlotte fights her way to freedom. But an answered prayer turns into heartbreak. Losing her has torn her family apart. Her parents have divorced: Dad's a glutton for fame, Mom drinks too much, and Charlotte's twin is a zoned-out druggie. Her father wants Charlotte write a book and go on a lecture tour, and her mom wants to keep her safe, a virtual prisoner in her own home. But Charlotte is obsessed with the other girl who was kidnapped, who never got a second chance at life--the girl who nobody but Charlotte believes really existed. Until she can get justice for that girl, even if she has to do it on her own, whatever the danger, Charlotte will never be free."



"As soon as Seneca Frazier sees the post on the Case Not Closed website about Helena Kelly, she’s hooked. Helena’s high-profile disappearance five years earlier is the one that originally got Seneca addicted to true crime. It’s the reason she’s a member of the site in the first place.

So when Maddy Wright, her best friend from the CNC site, invites Seneca to spend spring break in Connecticut looking into the cold case, she immediately packs her bag. But the moment she steps off the train in trendy, glamorous Dexby, things begin to go wrong. Maddy is nothing like she expected, and Helena’s sister, Aerin Kelly, seems completely hostile and totally uninterested in helping with their murder investigation.

But when Brett, another super user from the site, joins Seneca and Maddy in Dexby, Aerin starts to come around. The police must have missed something, and someone in Dexby definitely has information they’ve been keeping quiet.

As Seneca, Brett, Maddy, and Aerin begin to unravel dark secrets and shocking betrayals about the people closest to them, they seem to be on the murderer’s trail at last. But somewhere nearby the killer is watching . . . ready to do whatever it takes to make sure the truth stays buried."

What books are you most looking forward to reading this week? 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Stacking the Shelves|October 2016 Book Haul

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly or monthly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where you can share your recent book purchases, giveaway wins, and books received from publishers.


Book Store Finds:

Purchased:






NetGalley Reviews:



Won:





Given:







What books did you get this month?

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Other Side Of Gravity By Shelly Crane|Review


The Other Side Of Gravity (Oxygen #1)
Published by Kiss Me Publications, LLC on March 15th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 262
Format: eGalley
Rating:

My name is Maxton and I’m a trader. I live on a soulless planet where gravity, oxygen, and everything else are sold to the highest bidder on the black market. People are sold on the black market, too. You have to work really hard not to become one of those people. Pay your taxes, keep your friends and family close, and more than anything else—don’t get caught by the Militia. But all the rules changed for me the day I found her. My name is Sophelia and I’m a stowaway. I’ve been a slave for almost as long as I can remember. Waiting for the one day, one second, for my proprietor to turn his head so I could run and never look back. Now I'm on the run. And on a planet where no one is on your side and people would turn you in for a good meal or a piece of a silver, being on the run on Landu is the last place you want to be. Until he found me. I won't survive without him. I can't breathe without her.

My Thoughts

NetGalley Review
The cover is beautiful! It alone deserves a star. 
I'm not really sure how I should begin this review. The story first begins with Maxton and Sophelia discussing their desperate and tense situation. Immediately, I got the impression that Sophelia's character will always take the blame, no matter if the conflict wasn't her fault, she'll find a way to pin it on herself. I understand having Sophelia slowly grow out of it and realize that she isn't the only person who makes mistakes; however, by the tenth time she offered to go her own way, I was rather annoyed. Plus, Maxton continuously hides the real reason for his helpfulness and kindness towards a girl he just met. Another love at first sight story to add to the overflowing collection.
Though there was lots of action in the beginning, I thought the middle fell a little bit flat. There were lots of long, drawn out, fluff paragraphs that described the world, character's thoughts, feelings, and moods. Shelly's writing and phenomenal; however, there were just too many pauses in the action. I felt like I was begin dragged through the second half of book. The world building was great! Crane's descriptions and details not only helped picture the world she had created but brought it all to life. The cliffhanger was a little cruel, but it just might be what the story needed to latch onto readers who aren't quite about the sequel.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Heartless|Waiting on Wednesday

A HUGE thanks to Jill at Breaking the Spine for hosting an incredible meme. It is fantastic that everyone can communicate and enjoy these posts by creating their own and sharing others.



Heartless hits the shelves November 8th, 2016.

"Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans."

What are you waiting on? 


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Scary Books|Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish! I love their amazing ideas and seeing how many people participate each week!

Today's Top Ten Five is:


Honestly, I don't read too many horror novels considering what I watch on Netflix. My list is composed of strong situations and graphic content.







What books do you read to get into the Halloween spirit?


Monday, October 24, 2016

New Releases|October 25th, 2016


Here are a few books that I am most looking forward to buying that are being released this week!



"Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take."

What books are you most looking forward to reading this week? 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Never Missing, Never Found By Amanda Panitch|Review


Never Missing, Never Found
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on June 28th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Pages: 306
Format: Hardback
Rating:

A juicy thriller about a girl who returned from the missing. . . . Hand to fans of We Were Liars, Bone Gap, and Vanishing Girls. Some choices change everything. Scarlett chose to run. And the consequences will be deadly. Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she's starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life. Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocked to discover that a girl from the park has gone missing. Old memories come rushing back. And now as she meets her new coworkers, one of the girls seems strangely familiar. When Scarlett chose to run all those years ago, what did she set into motion? And when push comes to shove, how far will she go to uncover the truth . . . before it's too late?

My Thoughts

'Secrets are stronger than blood.'
After reading Amanda Panitch's Damage Done, I knew this book would be anything but predictable. The power of phenomenal storytelling. 
Honestly, I don't even know where to start this review. I thought about taking a day to collect my thoughts and process what I'd just read. However, I don't think I would be as excited later. So bear with me.
First of all, I love Panitch's ability of empathy in both of her books. After spending so much time learning and experiencing the character's thoughts, it's difficult to go against what we know. I specifically like that the story flashes back to Scarlett's time with Stepmother and Pixie. I was a little leery towards what Scarlett experienced and worried that some scenes might be graphic. Fortunately, yet unfortunately, Scarlett's capture goes in a completely different way. 
I found this book on a new level of freaky due to a local tragedy. With everything going on within and outside the book, I realized that people may not appear as they seem. Plus, the fact that we are all battling our own monsters. 
The characters were relatable and realistic. Not so much about the fact that they worked at an amusement park, but how they each embodied their own unique personalities. I knew to be wary of one specific character early on because no one is who they seem in Panitch's novels. 
The. Plot. Twist. It took a few rereads of one specific chapter for my mind to finally grasp who exactly was who. It takes a little bit of reworking and rethinking, but you'll get there. (view spoiler)
I highly recommend reading this book if you're a fan of physiological thrillers and suspense.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Amateurs|Waiting on Wednesday

A HUGE thanks to Jill at Breaking the Spine for hosting an incredible meme. It is fantastic that everyone can communicate and enjoy these posts by creating their own and sharing others.



The Amateurs hits the shelves November 1st, 2016.

"As soon as Seneca Frazier sees the post on the Case Not Closed website about Helena Kelly, she’s hooked. Helena’s high-profile disappearance five years earlier is the one that originally got Seneca addicted to true crime. It’s the reason she’s a member of the site in the first place.

So when Maddy Wright, her best friend from the CNC site, invites Seneca to spend spring break in Connecticut looking into the cold case, she immediately packs her bag. But the moment she steps off the train in trendy, glamorous Dexby, things begin to go wrong. Maddy is nothing like she expected, and Helena’s sister, Aerin Kelly, seems completely hostile and totally uninterested in helping with their murder investigation.

But when Brett, another super user from the site, joins Seneca and Maddy in Dexby, Aerin starts to come around. The police must have missed something, and someone in Dexby definitely has information they’ve been keeping quiet.

As Seneca, Brett, Maddy, and Aerin begin to unravel dark secrets and shocking betrayals about the people closest to them, they seem to be on the murderer’s trail at last. But somewhere nearby the killer is watching . . . ready to do whatever it takes to make sure the truth stays buried."

What are you waiting on? 


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Characters I'd Name A Child|Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish! I love their amazing ideas and seeing how many people participate each week!

Today's Top Ten is:



Boys:

Kettle

Khalid

Will

Olly

Ronan

Girls:

Abigail

Emma

Sydelle

Farley

Tori

What will your future children's names be?