Saturday, November 10, 2012

Stacking The Shelves #14


Stacking The Shelves is a hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Come join the fun and share all the book you received this week. 

This week I received....


For Review:


What Happens Next
   What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton   


                                     


Before the ski trip, sixteen-year-old Cassidy “Sid” Murphy was a cheerleader (at the bottom of the pyramid, but still...), a straight-A student, and a member of a solid trio of best friends. When she ends up on a ski lift next to handsome local college boy, Dax Windsor, she’s thrilled; but Dax takes everything from Sid—including a lock of her perfect red curls—and she can’t remember any of it.

Back home and unable to relate to her old friends, Sid drops her college prep classes and takes up residence in the A/V room with only Corey “The Living Stoner” Livingston for company. But as she gets to know Corey (slacker, baker, total dreamboat), Sid finds someone who truly makes her happy. Now, if she can just shake the nightmares and those few extra pounds, everything will be perfect... or so she thinks.

Witty and poignant, Colleen Clayton’s stunning debut is a story about moving on after the unthinkable happens.


 Beholding BeeBeholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco

   



Bee is an orphan who lives with a carnival and sleeps in the back of a tractor trailer. Every day she endures taunts for the birthmark on her face—though her beloved Pauline, the only person who has ever cared for her, tells her it is a precious diamond. When Pauline is sent to work for another carnival, Bee is lost.

Then a scruffy dog shows up, as unwanted as she, and Bee realizes that she must find a home for them both. She runs off to a house with gingerbread trim that reminds her of frosting. There two mysterious women, Mrs. Swift and Mrs. Potter, take her in. They clothe her, though their clothes are strangely out of date. They feed her, though there is nothing in their house to eat. They help her go to school, though they won't enter the building themselves. And, strangely, only Bee seems able to see them.

Whoever these women are, they matter. They matter to Bee. And they are helping Bee realize that she, too, matters to the world--if only she will let herself be a part of it.

This tender novel beautifully captures the pain of isolation, the healing power of community, and the strength of the human spirit.




Louder Than WordsLouder Than Words by Laurie Plissner





Since the snowy night when her family's car slammed into a tree, killing her parents and little sister, Sasha has been unable to speak except through a computer with a robotic voice. Nothing is wrong with her body; that's healed. But, after four years, Sasha's memory, and her spirit, are still broken. Then one day, she's silently cussing out the heavy book she dropped at the library when a gorgeous, dark-haired boy, the kind of boy who considers Sasha a freak or at least invisible, "answers" Sasha's hidden thoughts -- out loud. Yes, Ben can read minds; it's no big deal. He's part of a family with a host of unusual, almost-but-not-quite-supernatural talents. Through Ben's love, Sasha makes greater progress than she has with a host of therapists and a prominent psychiatrist. With him to defend her, bullies keep the world from ever understanding Sasha, he pulls away. Determined to win him and prove her courage by facing her past, Sasha confronts her past -- only to learn that her family's death was no accident and that a similar fate may wait for her, in the unlikeliest of disguises.


What We Saw at Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard



Like the yearning, doomed young clones in Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, three teenagers with XP (a life-threatening allergy to sunlight) are a species unto themselves. As seen through the eyes of 16-year-old Allie Kim, they roam the silent streets, looking for adventure, while others sleep. When Allie's best friend introduces the trio to Parkour, the stunt-sport of running and climbing off forest cliffs and tall buildings (risky in daylight and potentially deadly by darkness), they feel truly alive, equal to the "daytimers."

On a random summer night, while scaling a building like any other, the three happen to peer into an empty apartment and glimpse an older man with what looks like a dead girl. A game of cat-and-mouse ensues that escalates through the underground world of hospital confinement, off-the-grid sports, and forbidden love. Allie, who can never see the light of day, discovers she's the lone key to stopping a human monster.




Wicked RoseWicked Rose by Madalynn Davis  




Still reeling from her father's murder, sixteen-year-old Noelle Hart returns to Whisper Preparatory Academy, an exclusive private boarding school in the sleepy town of Whisper, Connecticut. She tries to move on with her life, but things get off to a rocky start. Arguing with friends, dodging the overbearing Headmaster, and staying out of her nemesis' line of fire are almost her undoing.

Until she meets Gabriel Merriweather.

Over night, Noelle's luck takes a turn for the better. For the first time in her life, Noelle is the girl that every other girl at school wants to be. Once and for all, Noelle is able to step out of her older, perfect sister's shadow and be the center of attention. At last, her world is perfect.

But, all good things must come to an end.

When one of her friends is brutally murdered, Noelle becomes the prime suspect. Noelle's world is turned upside down when she learns that a secret sisterhood known as the Hive may be responsible for her friend's death and others. If Noelle and Gabriel cannot fight their way through the labyrinth of lies and secrets surrounding the Hive, then she may be next.





Normalish                     Normalish by Margaret Lesh

                                       



Fifteen-year-old Stacy questions the strange world of high school, love, her role in a harsh universe, and life, in Normalish.

People tell you high school's so great and wonderful, but they're lying. It's mostly horrible and full of disappointment. It sucks. Your best friend abandons you. The jerk you're in love with pretends to be into you, and then the big dump. The boy you've really clicked with as a friend decides to go all crushy over you, so you break his heart just like yours was -- smashed into little pieces. Your sister goes mental, and you get involved with a guy who’s even crazier than she is (who you know is a very bad idea, but you do it anyway). Math only adds another stink of failure to the whole thing.

High school blows. Just ask freshman Stacy. She’d want you to know.

12 comments:

  1. Ooh nice! These are new to me, but I hope you enjoy them all!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, be sure to stop by!

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

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  2. Ohh I'm so jeaous that you got What Happens Next! I think that book sounds great. I'm dying to read it! Normalish also sounds cool. It reminds me a bit of Confessions of an Angry Girl. Enjoy all your new books! And thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

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  3. What Happens Next looks awesome! I've seen it around but don't know whether to pick it up or not.

    Enjoy all your books,
    Sam @ Falling Books

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  4. I haven't heard of any of these, but Wicked Rose looks good. :D

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  5. Interesting weekend. Some of these are brand new to me.

    Grace

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  6. Great books this week. I've added a few to my TBR.
    <3 Doodle

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  7. Beholding Bee sounds like a good read! Never heard of it before but I will have to look into it!!! Great haul you got this week :D Hope you enjoy all of them :D
    Thanks for stopping by my Weekly Report!

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  8. Oo, these are all new to me, and I hope you enjoy them!

    I'm a new follower, awesome blog :D Here is my book haul

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  9. I just added What We Saw at Night to my TBR the other day...sounds awesome. LOVED What Happens Next, but you already knew that. :P Hope you enjoy all your new reads!

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  10. I can't wait to hear what you think of What Happens Next! I'm also curious about What We Saw At Night! Enjoy all that you got this week! Thanks for sharing and happy reading.

    MaryAnn
    Chapter by Chapter

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  11. What Happens Next and Normalish book sound really good! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on all of these books. (:

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  12. Oooo, I can't wait to read Normalish! Looks like you got some great books this week! Enjoy!

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