Saturday, August 29, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #104

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

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Shallow Graves
Shallow Graves by Kalie Wallace

Breezy remembers leaving the party, the warm, wet grass under her feet, her cheek still stinging from a slap to the face. But when she wakes up, scared and pulling dirt from her mouth, a year has passed and she can’t explain the necklace of bruises around her neck. She also can’t explain the man lying at her grave, dead from her touch.

Returning home seems impossible. Her parents and sisters have clearly grieved and struggled to move on, and Breezy can’t begin to answer their inevitable questions. Her heartbeat comes and goes, she doesn’t need to eat or drink, she can see the inky memories of murderers, and she can somehow pull on this dark guilt to kill them. Haunted by the happy memories from her life and disgusted by the half-dead creature she’s become, Breezy embarks on a reckless quest to find answers and a dangerous healing magic…but the cure is as dark and terrible as the disease.

Set in a gorgeous, terrifying world, Shallow Graves is a stunning novel about the heartbreaking trauma of a girl’s life cut short and her struggle to reconcile her humanity with the creature she’s become.

Never NeverUntil BethTell the Story to Its EndThe Lifeboat CliqueDreamologyThe Girl from EverywhereSword and VerseA Drop of NightA Study in CharlotteBurning GlassReign of ShadowsAssassin's HeartInto the DimThe Great HuntIf You're LuckyThe May Queen MurdersThe Mystery of Hollow PlacesAn Inheritance of AshesWe'll Never Be ApartTen Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2)The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)Harmony House


Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1)The Accident SeasonThe Walls Around Us

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Tuesdays with Morrie

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Delightful Discoveries #107

Delightful Discoveries are books that I have discovered recently... old, new, just released... from blogs, Goodreads, libraries, friends, or bookstores. 

The Year We Fell Apart
The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin

In the tradition of Sarah Dessen, this powerful debut novel is a compelling portrait of a young girl coping with her mother’s cancer as she figures out how to learn from—and fix—her past.

Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially become the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.

Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis.

While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, and the only person she wants to talk to about what’s really going on. But he’s also the one person she’s lost the right to seek comfort from.

As their mutual friends and shared histories draw them together again, Harper and Declan must decide which parts of their past are still salvageable, and which parts they’ll have to let go of once and for all.

In this honest and affecting tale of friendship and first love, Emily Martin brings to vivid life the trials and struggles of high school and the ability to learn from past mistakes over the course of one steamy North Carolina summer.

A Study in Charlotte
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Caballaro

The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson–wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.

Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the prime suspects. Convinced they’re being framed, they must race against the police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.

Equal parts tender, thrilling, and hilarious, A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy brimming with wit and edge-of-the-seat suspense.

Take The Fall
Take The all by Emily Hainsworth 


Fear grips the residents of Hidden Falls the night Sonia Feldman and her best friend, Gretchen Meyer, are attacked in the woods. Sonia was lucky to escape with her life, but Gretchen’s body is discovered at the bottom of a waterfall. Beautiful, popular, and seemingly untouchable, Gretchen can’t be gone. Even as Sonia struggles with guilt and confusion over having survived, the whole town is looking to her for information…could she have seen something that will lead the police to the killer?

At the top of the list of suspects is Gretchen’s ex-boyfriend—and Sonia’s longtime enemy—Marcus Perez. So when Marcus comes to Sonia for help clearing his name, she agrees, hoping to find evidence the police need to prove he’s the killer. But as Gretchen’s many secrets emerge and the suspects add up, Sonia feels less sure of Marcus’s involvement, and more afraid for herself. Could Marcus, the artist, the screwup, the boy she might be falling for have attacked her? Killed her best friend? And if it wasn’t him in the woods that night…who could it have been?

Bluescreen (Mirador, #1)
Bluescreen by Dan Wells 

Los Angeles in 2050 is a city of open doors, as long as you have the right connections. That connection is a djinni—a smart device implanted right in a person’s head. In a world where virtually everyone is online twenty-four hours a day, this connection is like oxygen—and a world like that presents plenty of opportunities for someone who knows how to manipulate it.

Marisa Carneseca is one of those people. She might spend her days in Mirador, the small, vibrant LA neighborhood where her family owns a restaurant, but she lives on the net—going to school, playing games, hanging out, or doing things of more questionable legality with her friends Sahara and Anja. And it’s Anja who first gets her hands on Bluescreen—a virtual drug that plugs right into a person’s djinni and delivers a massive, non-chemical, completely safe high. But in this city, when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, and Mari and her friends soon find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy that is much bigger than they ever suspected.

Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence, returns with a stunning new vision of the near future—a breathless cyber-thriller where privacy is the world’s most rare resource and nothing, not even the thoughts in our heads, is safe.

Down With the Shine
Down With the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

There's a reason they say "be careful what you wish for." Just ask the girl who wished to be thinner and ended up smaller than Thumbelina, or the boy who asked for "balls of steel" and got them-literally. And never wish for your party to go on forever. Not unless you want your guests to be struck down by debilitating pain if they try to leave.

These are things Lennie only learns when it's too late-after she brings some of her uncles' moonshine to a party and toasts to dozens of wishes, including a big wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was abducted and murdered six months ago.

Lennie didn't mean to cause so much chaos. She always thought her uncles' moonshine toast was just a tradition. And when they talked about carrying on their "important family legacy," she thought they meant good old-fashioned bootlegging.

As it turns out, they meant granting wishes. And Lennie has just granted more in one night than her uncles would grant in a year.

Now she has to find a way to undo the damage. But once granted, a wish can't be unmade.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review: Shackled by Tom Leveen

ShackledTitle: Shackled 
Author:  Tom Leveen 
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publishing Date: August 18th 2015
Pages: 224
Genre: YA Suspense/ Psychological Thriller
Series: Stand Alone
Source: ARC 
From author Tom Leveen comes a taut, suspenseful novel about a girl’s abduction that leaves her best friend emotionally paralyzed, until a chance encounter points her toward the truth…and a terrifying new danger.

Sixteen-year-old Pelly has a master plan. After years of therapy, medication, and even a stint in a mental hospital, she’s finally ready to re-enter the world of the living. Pelly has been suffering from severe panic attacks ever since her best friend, Tara, disappeared from a mall six years ago.

And her plan seems to be working, until an unkempt girl accompanied by an older man walks into the coffee shop where she works. Pelly thinks she’s seen a ghost, until the girl mouths “help me” on the way out, and Pelly knows she’s just seen Tara.

Too shocked to do anything, Pelly helplessly watches Tara slip away again as she steels herself against a renewed spiral of crippling anxiety. But rather than being overcome by anxiety, Pelly feels more energized than she has in years. Determined to track down enough evidence to force the police to reopen Tara’s file, Pelly’s master plan takes a turn for the dangerous.

Pelly decides she cannot be shackled by her past—and the anxiety, fear, and grief that comes with it—any longer if she wants to save Tara. But in seeking answers through whatever means necessary, she’ll come face-to-face with true evil. And not all the shackles are in her head...

I ended up with the ARC of this book without ever hearing about the book. Which was amazing. So when I found this book in my hands I found it to be a little treasure. I was excited to read it. It sounded pretty good. I read it, I liked it. It fell just a TAD short of my expectations but it was a good read. I liked the story and the very very flawed characters. It was a very quick read and it was enjoyble. 
Pelly has issues. They all started when she was a young girl and her best friend was kidnapped from the mall on her watch. Well they were together. They were young and Pelly, despite her age at the time, feels like it was her fault that Tara went missing. She has blamed herself for years. She has issues that stem from this, once is she is afraid of EVERYTHING. Major anxiety and panic attacks. But she has managed to keep a job at a coffee house. One day a girl comes in. Ragged, dirty, and Tara's age. She comes in with and old man and mouths HELP ME. Pelly believes she is her long lost friend Tara. She goes to police, nothing, she goes to Tara's mom, nothing, so she decides to get TARA back herself with the help of a very nice co worker, David. And so the story takes off for Pelly and David. 

It was good story.,It didn't hit all my marks for a suspense thriller but it was good. I actually felt more suspense then thrills in this book. Pelly was an unreliable narrator and it made the suspense even more because she was a bit crazy. yes CRAZY. I will for warn anyone who reads this book. Its not realistic. The kidnapping, real, the self saving not so much. So back to Pelly.She is nuts and she decides to do some pretty nutty things for someone who is scared all the time. She decides to save Tara which means, finding her, getting to her, and of course bringing her home. This is all stuff Pelly would never never do but she does. She breaks out of her fear, with the help of David her co worker, because the guilt over losing Tara is so huge. The guilt overcomes the fear. So watching Pelly take steps to get better was great. It was quick and a bit unrealistic but I enjoyed the growth.  It was nice not knowing how much was in Pelly's head and what was real. This kept me reading for sure. 

Pelly was not a nice person and yet David stuck around. I didn't understand this but it was sweet. There was a bit of romance. Not a lot but the beginning of something was there. Pelly was mean mos of the time and ungrateful but she did have her good moments and David fell for her. Despite her flaws. So sweet romance. 

The ending was very unrealistic, but it was good. It had great closure and some happiness. So yes unrealistic but good. This was my main complaint. I wish it had been just a bit more realistic. 

The story was good, the suspense was good, the pacing was good. I enjoyed the read and wanted to know what would happen.  I needed to finish the book, it kept me hooked. It was a one setting read and I would recommend it to those who like unreliable narrators, quick reads, and a suspenseful read.  

I liked it, it kept me interested and happy in the end. 

Tom Leveen has 22 years of theatre experience as an actor and director. He was the Artistic Director and a co-founder of two companies: Chyro Arts Venue, an all-ages nonprofit visual and performing venue; and Is What It Is Theatre, a community theatre that operated for 13 seasons. Tom lives with is wife and son in the Phoenix area. PARTY was his first novel, followed by ZERO (a 2013 YALSA Best Book) and MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRL, all with Random House. His fourth novel, SICK, a YA horror, will be released in Fall 2013 from Abrams/Amulet.

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