Stacking the Shelves

This weekly meme is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Stacking The Shelves is all about the books we are adding to our shelves each week, sharing with you our excitement for our newest titles and maybe have you discover a new book in the process!



Sadly I didn't get to the bookstore yesterday, but I plan on going today! So next week's haul might be even better!!

But I did pretty good this week! Got two more books from Netgalley, which I had impulsed requested them and naturally I got them just as I was getting my queue all wrapped up! My ratio is going to be in trouble again for awhile!

From the publishers via Netgalley I received:

Rogue by Julie Kagawa (ARC)--this is my next next read! So can't wait!
Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast (ARC)--I was intrigued by this one and kept waiting for it to be opened up to requests and was surprised when I got a response! But yay!


THANK YOU Harlequin Teen, Diversion Publishing, & Netgalley!


Then for being an INTO THE DARK Ambassador I received a SIGNED copy of The Shadow Prince for myself! Very happy to have this to go with my hardcover which is signed and my ARC, which has yet to be signed! ONE DAY....!!!

The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain--SIGNED!

SWAG: Bookmarks
Stickers
a special charm with ribbon


THANK YOU Bree!!

Then a HPB find that I went gaga over:

Dreamless by Josephine Angelini--UK Edition! I already found my the UK edition of Starcrossed, so I am just one more find away from having a set!! :D Really hope I can stumble upon Trial by Fire in the UK version, because I LOVE that cover!!


And that was my haul this week! Not too shabby if I do say so myself! What did you get?





Top 5 Sundays

Top 5 Sundays is a weekly blog meme created by Larissa at Larissa and Friends' Bookish Life.

Every Sunday I will post a TOP 5 list on the blog. It can be about anything and every week I'll have a new theme {You can vote on next week’s theme on my left sidebar!} and I will ad the Mr.Linky bellow the post so you can do a list with the theme and add you link to it.

Rules:
1 - Write a post listing your TOP 5 choices within the theme I chose (or was chosen on a poll) for the week.
2 - Mention this Blog on the post and link back to it.
3 - Feel free to use the Feature's image (there is a smaller size version of it bellow)
4 - After you've finished your post, add you link (of the post, not your blog's main page) to the Mr.Linky at the end of that week's post.
5 – If you don’t have a blog to post, just leave your list in the comments =)



This week's topic is: Favorite Urban Fantasy Book Series



*in no particular order
**Going to stick with current series, so no complete ones here for me!



GUILD HUNTER SERIES
by Nalini Singh

Still need to read the last one, but I do really like this series! I like exploring the different characters, but I do find it hard to remember what's going on in the big picture! I read them too far apart apparently!



CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRE SERIES
by Chloe Neill

A fast fave that is all too soon coming to an end! I think we have just two more novels and then it's the end! Sob!! Merit has been such a delight to read! All the adventures she's had in just under a year! It's amazing!



CAINSVILLE SERIES
by Kelley Armstrong

No surprise here! Pretty much love everything Kelley writes!! This one is SO mysterious! It drives me bonkers, yet in a good way!


NIGHT PRINCE SERIES
by Jeaniene Frost

There's ONE more Vlad book! THERE'S ONE MORE VLAD BOOK!! Soooo excited that we're not done with Vlad yet!!


CHARLEY DAVIDSON SERIES
by Darynda Jones

LOVE this series! And yet, still behind by 1 book! I must read 7th Grave SOON!!!








SPECIAL TREAT--A Contest with Bree Despain!!!

Hey all!! Okay, so I am still on a job hunt, but I signed up to be one of Bree Despain's Into the Dark Ambassadors and I am taking my role VERY seriously.

So you see, I have TWO copies of The Shadow Prince, that I simply must giveaway! Now I thought of finding my real life reader friends, but I thought, they're not bloggers. I NEED bloggers! Because bloggers help to PROMOTE books we love and enjoy! 

And The Shadow Prince NEEDS all the promo it can get, because soon The Eternity Key will be out and we NEED to promote that too! Why? Because we MUST HAVE a book 3. I refuse to live in a world where I don't get to read a conclusion to this series and trust me once you read The Eternity Key, you will be screaming with me that a third book MUST HAPPEN! Bree's new publisher has to "buy" a third book from her. I REFUSE to live in a world with yet another unfinished series. My heart cannot take it. My soul cannot take it. I. CANNOT. TAKE. IT!

So the dealio here is, I am giving away 2 SIGNED copies of The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain! And since we're all bloggers and book lovers, you must promise to help promote the book with writing a review and posting it to your blog, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads, wherever you post basically! The more eyes on the review, the better chance the sales will be spectacular and the publisher will say, hey, we need the conclusion out there!


I'm rambling naturally. I recently learned another beloved series that was "on hold" really is truly canceled and it about shattered my soul. I cannot have that happen again. So I need a third book to this series.

So onto the giveaway. And I truly must apologize that this has to be a US only giveaway. Still jobless, but I am going do the expenses on sending these books out. But I swear, once I land a job and income again, there's going to be a great giveaway! I promise!

There will be two winners to receive The Shadow Prince plus SWAG!!! Here's the Rafflecopter, you know what to do! ;)

a Rafflecopter giveaway







Follow Friday

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:

1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts and any one else you want to follow on the list  
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
8. If your new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!


This week's question is: Here is €/£/$100,000. Buy something. Anything at all! What would be the first thing you choose, and why? - Suggested by Journey Through Fiction


MY ANSWER: Okay, so according to my Google calculator thingy, that's about 105,860 US dollars. Well I'm going to go the safe and boring route and pay off my car and student loans. And if I did my math right, that leaves me with just under 76,000!

So that definitely means VACATIONS!!! Florida here I come! And then I will come back next year for when the Frozen ride opens up! Disney World, Harry Potter World--as I call it! Yup yup!

Then depending on costs and such I might try going to California to see Disneyland! Naturally! But I've also been dying to see the Winchester Mansion ever since learning about it on Haunted History so many years ago! 

Oh and another important trip will be to the Romantic Times Booklover's Convention! I can definitely afford it NOW!! 




 

Review--Earth & Sky by Megan Crewe

Seventeen-year-old Skylar has been haunted for as long as she can remember by fleeting yet powerful sensations that something is horribly wrong. But despite the panic attacks tormenting her, nothing ever happens, and Sky’s beginning to think she’s crazy. Then she meets a mysterious, otherworldly boy named Win and discovers the shocking truth her premonitions have tapped into: our world no longer belongs to us. For thousands of years, Earth has been at the mercy of alien scientists who care nothing for its inhabitants and are using us as the unwitting subjects of their time-manipulating experiments. Win belongs to a rebel faction seeking to put a stop to it, and he needs Skylar’s help--but with each shift in the past, the very fabric of reality is unraveling, and soon there may be no Earth left to save.




I received this egalley from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.


I was intrigued by Megan Crewe's Earth & Sky from the getgo! I mean look at that cover! It's simple, yet the colors are so stunning! I love it! Especially with the moon so close to the cityscape, as you might know, I'm a sucker for a moon on the cover--have yet to figure out why either, lol!

This read was an interesting one, I won't lie, there were times when I was pretty confused over things. Mainly when it got into the time-traveling and scientific talk. It just got a little over my head, because it just got explained so fast and I'm struggling to figure out what the heck was just said! Luckily, this only happens a small handful of times. The information we got though, was necessary to the story because it helped to understand the reasons behind their mission and what not.

Skylar has the occasional weird feeling; a sense of wrongness. It's never easily explained, not even to herself. But then one day when she has one of these feelings, she also sees this strange guy she's never met before. He appears to be a student like herself, maybe a year or two older. Something about him strikes a different chord with her. And all too quickly she learns, he's not from around here. Or when. Try being from the future from another world! Yes, we have aliens and time-traveling!!

Turns out aliens have been watching the Earth and playing a role in certain things for all too long. Win is apart of a rebel group who thinks humans and the Earth should be left alone and they work on finding themselves a home of their own. For the meantime they all live on a space station of sorts. Win has come to Earth to begin looking for clues to the pieces of a device meant to put a stop to the aliens' monitoring device. And he needs Skylar's help, for she has the ability to sense the "wrongness" of time. Such as changes made in the past that had an effect on the future. This is what Skylar's feelings have been leading up to.

Skylar and Win now begin the torrential task of traveling through time trying to find the clues their leader has left behind. But the enemy is hot on their trail. The journey is filled with danger at every turn.

I have to say, that despite a few moments of confusion when it came to time-traveling lingo, this read was quite enjoyable! It was exciting and kept you to the edge of your seat! Even when I thought of questions, like Skylar when it came to her being missing in her time to go time-traveling, Win has an answer. So I liked that Megan did provide answers to the simple things that you would think of.

The action to this one was well paced. There were a few downtime moments in the beginning and throughout the time-traveling experience, but once the action got started, it was pretty much an incredible feat! 
  
As far as romance goes, you'd expect Skylar and Win to have a connection of sorts, and while one begins to form it hits a few bumps in the road. I'd say it's a safe bet that somewhere down the line these two will wind up together completely, in spite of the whole human and alien thing. Of course, Megan could surprise us all and throw in another dude to make it a love triangle situation. And that will definitely put a damper on my feels for this one. But who knows, Megan could surprise me in that area should things change!

The ending to this, while not unexpected, was still not predictable either. It definitely sets the precursor for the next book, and that one will likely set us up for the finale as well. There's still quite a few questions I have running through my head after reading this, but I don't begrudge Megan that. It's only the first book after all! There's still more to come and I am so diving into the next book right away!

Earth & Sky was an intriguing read combing time-traveling and aliens. I can't say I ever read a book like that before, but I am glad I can say that now! Earth & Sky is fresh new read that will make its mark into the YA book world yet!


Overall Rating 4/5 stars





Random Thursday

So it turns out I miscounted my Disney factoids! I have this new one here that I'm about to share before I begin a series of other facts! After those though, I've run dry! Unless something else pops up in the coming weeks!

So I cut off the words, but that's okay, cause I'm telling you about this one anyway! That "handsome fellow" in the middle there with the peanuts, his name is Dippy Dawg. This is actually the very first appearance of who is to become Goofy!

The animated short was called Mickey's Revue premiering in 1932. Yet another fun fact from the Disney Days desk calendar 2015!







Waiting on Wednesday

I hate waiting...
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.


From #1 New York Times bestselling authors Jodi Picoult and her daughter and co-writer, Samantha van Leer, comes OFF THE PAGE, a tender and appealing romantic YA novel filled with humor, adventure, and magical relationships.

Sixteen-year-old Delilah is finally united with Oliver—a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale. There are, however, complications now that Oliver has been able to enter the real world. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to take Oliver’s role in Delilah’s favorite book. In this multilayered universe, the line between what is on the page and what is possible is blurred, but all must be resolved for the characters to live happily ever after. Includes twelve full-color illustrations, and black-and-white decorations throughout.

Full of humor and witty commentary about life, OFF THE PAGE is a stand-alone novel as well as a companion to the authors’ bestseller Between the Lines, and is perfect for readers looking for a fairytale ending. Fans of Sarah Dessen and Meg Cabot are sure to appreciate this novel about love, romance, and relationships.  

Ohhh I was seeing everyone get an ARC of this last week and let me tell you, my eyes were getting a little green with envy! LOL! I still need to read the first book, which I plan to do soon, but there's still something to be envious of the presentation of some of these ARCs! They are SO beautiful! I mean I am grateful for whatever ARC I receive, but they usually just come in an envelope. Then you see ARCs like this! And just...WOW!

TITLE: Off the Page
AUTHOR: Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer
ILLUSTRATOR: Yvonne Gilbert
PUBLISHER: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
GENRE: Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: May 19, 2015



Jared is Vera's perfect man—until he opens his mouth. An incredible body and set of wings can only go so far when everything he says seems designed to make her mad. Still, she can't deny her intense attraction or the fact that he is the closest thing she has to a friend.
 
Jared doesn't go for bear shifters, especially ones that are related to his ex, but he can't resist Vera's charm or the way she understands him better than anyone else.

As suspicions build and loyalties are tested, Vera and Jared realize that they may not be able to trust anyone but each other.






Really like this series! It's the first spinoff of Alyssa's Crescent Chronicles and I loved that series! This one basically showed some of our favorite characters, plus new ones! I was surprised this was a 4th book in The Empire Chronicles, I first thought Jared was getting his own series, but it's still a continuation of this one. Whatever way, it works for me!

TITLE: Savor
AUTHOR: Alyssa Rose Ivy
PUBLISHER: Self (unknown of the platform)
GENRE: Paranormal New Adult

RELEASE DATE: April 30, 2015




The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race. From Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of The Madman's Daughter trilogy.

When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn't know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn't alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora's past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren't from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?

This one sounds SO. GOOD! I did buy myself Megan's first book two weeks ago and hope to read it sometime before this one, but with my luck it won't turn out that way! LOL! I've entered contests and put in a request via a different route after getting 3 rejections from Edelweiss! So I'm hoping one of these will pan out!

TITLE: The Cage
AUTHOR: Megan Sheperd
PUBLISHER: Balzer & Bray/HarperTeen
GENRE: Sci-Fi YA

RELEASE DATE: May 26, 2015






THE SHADOW PRINCE--Character Profiles

So Bree has created some character profiles for a few of the main characters in her new series Into the Dark! By clicking the individual links you'll be taken to Bree's website for a blog post about said character! 

Trust me, you'll want to read these! And read The Shadow Prince which releases in paperback TODAY!!


Tobin--http://www.breebiesingerdespain.blogspot.com/2015/04/into-dark-series-character-profile_13.html

Daphne--http://www.breebiesingerdespain.blogspot.com/2015/04/into-dark-series-character-profile.html

Haden--http://www.breebiesingerdespain.blogspot.com/2015/04/into-dark-series-character-profile_68.html








 

Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

http://adailyrhythm.com/
Here are the rules:
 
1. Grab your current read      
2. Open to a page
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc



"Then I took a deep breath, and slowly eased my hand into the narrow gap. My pulse throbbed loud in my ears, my breath coming faster and faster as I eased my arm deeper into the tomb." Kindle loc. 36%*


*Quote comes from eARC, therefore it and its page location are not final.










TITLE: Hidden Huntress
AUTHOR: Danielle L. Jensen
PUBLISHER: Angry Robot
GENRE: Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: June 2, 2015





Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.



This week's topic is: Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books


*in no particular order
**okay, so not all of these will be "inspiring". I don't always note quotes when I read. I've been trying to snap pictures of them, to better remember the ones I liked. Here are the 7 from my cell's photo album. Really I'd say most are inspiring, one is funny, and the last two are bookish, so those are totally inspiring in some light! Or just totally fun!

1. "Fear is a seed that, once planted, never stops growing."
2. "Someday we will be more than words in the dark."
3. "'Even the strongest blizzard starts with a single snowflake.'"


4. "The Unseelie King's library! 'Holy borrowing bibliophile, let's book!'"


5. "'There is always light,' Morgan said quietly. 'The stars are always shining, even if we can't see them.'"


6. "She was fond of books. They were an escape from responsibilities,"
7. "Echo looked around at her sea of tomes, and a single word came to mind: Tsundoku. It was the Japanese word for letting books pile up without reading them all."


Because I didn't have any more on my phone, I looked to Goodreads for help! And oh boy! There were a LOT!!!

8. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” 


9. “We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.” 
10. “Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”







It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.



Last Week I Read:

Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong (ARC) (5 stars)
Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs & Tracy Deebs (ARC)--Review to come at a later date
Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen (4 stars)


Review That Was Posted:

The Wondrous and the Wicked by Page Morgan (ARC) (5 stars)


 

MOVIE REVIEW:

Insurgent (4.5 stars)

 
Currently Reading:

Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen (ARC)


What I Hope to Read this Week:

Earth & Sky by Megan Crewe


Other Posts of Interest: