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!



I had way too good of a week! LOL! My Book Outlet order came in, then I hit up HPB for their Memorial Day Sale and then B&N...so yeah...I spent too much! Though my Book Outlet was the biggest steal, 8 books for under $35 which included shipping!! And 5 of these books are hardcovers too!


My Book Outlet Order was this:


Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Token of Darkness by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes--SIGNED COPY!
All Just Glass by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Poison Tree by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Promises to Keep by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Unleashed by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie--UK COPY!
The Farm by Emily McKay
The Lair by Emily McKay


Then my trip to Half Price Books resulted in 3 books I already own...but in different formats:

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand--hardcover; I have the paperback of this one, the whole trilogy really. But the hardcover was just so gorgeous and it was clearanced at $3 plus another 20% off, so it was a done deal!
Old Magic by Marianne Curley--I never bought the "new" US cover and when I saw this in the clearance section for $2 I thought why not! I LOVE my original paperback naturally, but there is a beauty in this one too! Namely that ring that played a small role in the story!
Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison--UK copy!! I found books 1, 3, & 4 at my HPB and while I would've loved to have a few UK copies of the books, OCD was not happy about the missing book 2, so I just went with book 1! OCD was happy about that! ;)


Then the rest of my bookstore buyings included:

Off the Page by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer--SIGNED by the authors from Anderson's Bookshop!
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie--impulse buy and with coupons I got a great deal on it!
Sleeping Beauty Bookmark--a surprising find at B&N! I have this in the smaller size, but I couldn't pass up on the larger size! LOL!


Then for review from the publishers I received:

Pure Blooded by Amanda Carlson (ARC)
The Veil by Chloe Neill (ARC)


THANK YOU Orbit, Netgalley, & NAL Trade!


And that was my pretty amazing week! What did you get?







COVER DESCRIPTION REVEAL--Titans by Victoria Scott + CONTEST

I have to share with you today the cover description to Victoria Scott's next release Titans!


In a heart-stopping new novel from Fire & Flood author Victoria Scott, one girl bets her entire future on a race that she has no hope of winning.

How much can you rely on the family you're born into? What can't you accomplish with the family you make?


Astrid Sullivan's family can't catch a break. Her grandfather played cards and her dad bet on the Titans--half-horse, half-car that race around impossible tracks. They've lost their home, their savings, and each other. 

So when Astrid makes some new friends who give her the chance to participate in this year's Titan races, she wonders if it's worth risking everything. She never thought she'd even touch a Titan, and this one is first gen when the models racing now are Titan 3.0s. There's no way for her to win...but with her family slipping away and her dad without work, Astrid can't help but feel like the only person she can bet on is herself. 

Titans delivers Victoria Scott's signature blend of incredible action and impossible odds, and will leave readers' hearts racing. 


Titans will release on February 23, 2016 


And now for the contest provided by Victoria! 
 

Review--Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

Keeping secrets is second nature to Nearly Boswell. Living in a trailer park outside Washington, DC, with a mom who works as an exotic dancer, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Only her best friends know about her obsession with the personal ads, and Nearly hasn't told anyone about the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone's skin.

Then a serial killer goes on a murder spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper. Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn't figure it out soon--she'll be next.






I finally picked up Elle Cosimano's Nearly Gone and I can't believe I waited so long! It was so amazing! As you know, I am a paranormal and fantasy reader for the most part, but I do enjoy the occasional thriller. Because as I might have said, here the monsters wear human faces! Nearly Gone has what I enjoyed from Kimberly Derting's Body Finder series, in that Nearly has a special talent of her own. It doesn't get explained in details, she's not even sure how or why she has it, she just knows when she touches someone she can "taste" or see/sense/feel their feelings. So she avoids touching people at every turn!

What I liked about this from the getgo is that Nearly isn't like your normal YA heroine. She lives in a trailer park, her mother is an exotic dancer, her father walked out on her family years ago. She's damaged before we even get to know her. But the one thing she longs to do is leave Sunny Trails--her trailer park home--behind. Her mother wants it for her too, so she's devoted her life to studying and trying to get a scholarship that would get her to a good college far away from here. The problem is that her best friend, Anh, is going for the same scholarship. Their friendship seems almost hesitant since they are both after the same thing, and only one student will receive said scholarship. So there's always that tension and pressure surrounding them both, yet there are times when you can see the depths of their friendship, even if it's a bit stilted.

Every Friday, Nearly reads the Missed Connections section of the newspaper. It's sort of like a personals section. One day years ago, she read a message that she was just sure was from her father. And its caused her to read the ads every Friday from then on. And that's when she sees the first clue. She doesn't know it's a clue at the time, just an odd little message with no rhyme or reason. Then the first student is attacked and a number is left on her arm. And so begins the onslaught of bodies connected to Nearly. The killer chooses its victims by going after the people who Nearly have tutored.

In this mess is also Reece, a juvie who ends up being her next tutor assignment, but he has a secret and Nearly already knows it. He's a narc for the police; Nearly had gone to the police for help but with no evidence or clear cut answers, they thought she was joking or lying, but still there was a need to put an eye on her and that eye was Reece. Reece was an enjoyable character. He was dark and dangerous like all good YA heroes are. I mean it's not heard to be swooning and I'm past the age limit for these reads! LOL! While it was easy to see a love connection in the works, I was glad that it was so far from insta-love though. Sure, you see these "moments" of looks or curiosity, but nothing romantic happens right away.

I loved how complex this mystery was! I was so certain I had it all figured out, but I was so off base! And that never seems to bother me for some reason! LOL! I love building my own theories and reasons and while it is perfectly logical, I still love being taken by surprise! Even a few other theories I started to devise as "backups" were wrong! Granted I only had about 1 and half of those! The last one didn't mesh well with me so I dismissed it!

The pacing to this one was exceedingly good! It was just the right amount of drawing out. And I loved how the twist in solving the puzzle came about too! I never would have thought of that until Nearly put the pieces together!

Another silly thing that I liked and have to add here is that I loved how Nearly wore glasses! Yes, it's a small, almost nonsensical thing, but seriously how many YA heroines wear glasses all the time? Granted there were times I almost forgot Nearly wore them or wondered if she just needed them for reading or something. I wear mine all the time, and it seemed Nearly did too by the story's end! It was such a little thing, but yet I loved it! I seriously think she was the first heroine I've read to ever wear glasses all the time. The first, naturally was Harry Potter!

Nearly Gone was a sensational read and I am so looking forward to diving into Nearly Found soon!



Overall Rating 5/5 stars





Follow Friday

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 This week's question is: How do you write your reviews?- Suggested by Blue Books and Butterflies



MY ANSWER: Yeah...there's never much organization to it! LOL! I like to talk some about plot, a few things that might not make it to the description. I touch on characters, pacing, romance, action, humor...little things like that that I either liked or didn't like. Generally it's some odd paragraphs of me gushing over such things that I just mentioned or bemoaning what I didn't like about such things. I basically write the reviews like I would have in a conversation. So each review is a conversation with me gushing over said book!




 


 

Random Thursday

Today is the last round of Disney related facts! So next week I will have to bring you something new!


  • There have only ever been three unscheduled days the park had to close. The days were the national day of mourning after John F. Kennedy was killed, after the Northridge earthquake in 1994, and on 9/11. 
  • Eleven-year-old George Lucas was at the park on opening day. 
  • When you wait in line for Star Tours, an overhead speaker will page Egroeg Sacul, which is George Lucas spelled backward. 
  • The props in Indiana Jones's office when you're waiting in line for the ride are real props from the movie franchise. 
  • Three babies have been born in Disneyland.free pass for life? I wish! Lol! 
  • Disneyland does not sell gum on purpose to keep the grounds clean. They also don't sell shelled peanuts. 
  • When a guest vomits in Disneyland, employees use the term "Code V."good to know for future references! 
  • On Disneyland's opening day, the asphalt did not set in time. 
  • Women's heels kept sinking into the ground. 
  • You can own a piece of Disneyland by buying a brick for $150. It will line the path right outside the ticket entrance. 




COVER COPY REVEALS--Metcalf & Vincent

True evil is rarely obvious. It is quiet, patient.

Insidious.

Awaiting the perfect moment to strike.


Joy Malone finally knows who she is, where she comes from and how to live in two worlds at once. And now she can introduce her family and friends to her mysterious boyfriend, Indelible Ink. But when Ink's twin sister, Invisible Inq, calls in a favor, Joy must accept a dangerous mission to find a forgotten door between worlds—a door hiding a secret that some will kill to keep.

Unseen enemies, treasonous magic and an unthinkable betrayal threaten both the Twixt and human worlds as Joy races to expose an ancient conspiracy and unleash the unalterable truth—some secrets cannot remain secret forever.


WOW! This cover is gorgeous! It's simple, yes, but beautiful! And those colors!! I thought the first book's cover was gorgeous but this one tops them all! I so cannot wait to own this beauty!

Insidious by Dawn Metcalf releases August 25, 2015 



From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent comes a richly imagined, provocative new series set in the dark mythology of the Menagerie…

When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger's Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus black-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah in her black swan burlesque costume is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she's forced to "perform" in town after town.

But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival. Gallagher, her handler, is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other "attractions"—mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons and kelpies—are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. And as Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she'll discover a strength and a purpose she never knew existed.

Renowned author Rachel Vincent weaves an intoxicating blend of carnival magic and startling humanity in this intricately woven and powerful tale.


I have been a fan of Rachel's ever since I first picked up Stray when it first came out. I clearly remember my hesitation of starting what I thought was a "romance" series because that's where Borders shelved it, and I think it was based on the publisher. But what with the praise from 3 of my other fave authors I took the chance on her. Pretty much have been a fangirl since! To date I have all her books, I bought the Soul Screamers in the original format as single books and only bought the 3rd compilation for the bonus story that was never before seen elsewhere! LOL!

While the cover is a bit plain, it does have a bit of mystery to it too because of the plainness. Regardless I will be buying this one because it's Rachel Vincent and pretty much after Stray, she's become an autobuy author!


Menagerie by Rachel Vincent releases September 29, 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.


In New York Times bestselling author Victoria Laurie’s newest Psychic Eye Mystery, Abby Cooper senses a convicted killer is innocent, but she’ll need hard evidence to save the woman before it’s too late…

A ticked-off judge has tossed Abby in the slammer for contempt of court, and during her brief but unpleasant stay she learns the story of a condemned woman who is facing a far more serious sentence. Skylar Miller has been found guilty of murder and faces the death penalty. Everyone believes she’s guilty, including her own family and her ex-husband—everyone, that is, except Abby, whose finely honed intuition tells her this woman doesn’t belong behind bars.

With the help of her husband Dutch and her friend Candice, Abby launches into her own investigation to clear Skylar and find the real killer. But after a final appeal is denied and Skylar’s attorney scrambles for a stay of execution, time is running short—and the list of suspects keeps growing. There’s no margin for error as the life of an innocent woman hangs in the balance…


Loooove this series! And like with nearly everything, I'm about 1 book behind but looking forward to yet another new Abby Cooper story!

TITLE: Sense of Deception
AUTHOR: Victoria Laurie
PUBLISHER: NAL
GENRE: Paranormal Mystery

RELEASE DATE: July 7, 2015



From the New York Times bestselling author of A Vision in Velvet comes more spooky sleuthing with Lily Ivory, vintage boutique owner and gifted witch…

Lily would like nothing better than to relax, enjoy her friends, and take care of business at her store, which is booming thanks to San Francisco's upcoming Summer of Love Festival.  But as the unofficial witchy consultant to the SFPD, she is pulled into yet another case.

A woman has jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, and her apparent suicide may be connected to a suspicious botanica in the Mission District. When the police investigate the shop, they ask Lily to look into its mysterious owner, whose granddaughter also appears to be missing. As Lily searches for the truth, she finds herself confronted with a confounding mystery and some very powerful magic…


Another beloved mystery series and yup, 1 book behind here too! Love this series! It's just the right blend of paranormal and mystery!


TITLE: Spellcasting in Silk
AUTHOR: Juliet Blackwell
PUBLISHER: NAL
GENRE: Paranormal Mystery

RELEASE DATE: July 7, 2015






ARC Review--The Vampire's Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town where Halloween is celebrated 365 days a year. The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better. Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs and all.


After seeing her maybe-mobster boss murder a guy, Delaney James assumes a new identity and pretends to be a mail order bride. What she doesn't know is her groom to be is a 400-year-old vampire.

Hugh Ellingham has only agreed to the set up to make his overbearing grandmother happy. His past means love is no longer an option. Except he never counted on Delaney and falling in love for real.
Too bad both of them are keeping some might big secrets...
 



I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review, I was in no way compensated for this review.


Kristen Painter brings us a new series set in Nocturne Falls where it's Halloween all year around. And that's not to say that the townspeople love the holiday, it's moreso that they are in fact real vampires, witches, werewolves, gargoyles, etc. Tourists flock to the town in droves thinking it's just a quaint and eccentric town, not knowing the creatures here are very real!

The Vampire's Mail Order Bride sounds like it might be a cheesy read, but don't let the title fool you! This read was actually quite fun! It had humor, but still lots of danger and entertainment! Delaney is a waitress with dreams of owning her own sweet shop, making delicious desserts for her customers. It's a dream of her, but in the meantime, she works in an Italian restaurant in Brooklyn. Then one night, she witnesses something she shouldn't have. Her manager shot a man in cold blood. It was all very shady business that she managed to catch on film with her phone. Then she's running and somehow finds herself taking the place of a mail order bride for a man living in Nocturne Falls.

What Delaney doesn't know is that Nocturne Falls is home to real supernaturals. When she meets Hugh, she proclaims she's the girl her grandmother had "sent" for. Hugh isn't up for being the vampire of her teen girl's fantasy world, so he acts human. It's all very secretive for awhile. Delaney not knowing Hugh is a vampire and Hugh not knowing Delaney isn't quite the girl his grandmother arranged for. But it was sooner rather than later this is revealed. Delaney is still hiding from her mobster boss who has been trying to get a hold of her. And Hugh has taken it upon himself to protect her until this shady business is over.

What neither of them plan on is falling in love for real. This is definitely more Paranormal Romance than Urban Fantasy, but still a fun read that I think any paranormal fan would enjoy! Delaney is sassy and spunky. She says what she's thinking and doesn't fit well with conformity. Hugh is definitely the swoony, vampire hunk of any reader's dreams as well. They fit one another, even if they don't want to admit it.

The whole vampire and human thing does become an issue for their future and the matters of turning pop up. All things that I think need addressing when it comes to vampire romances and I like that it pops up here even in a standalone. Though this is a series, it will just be ones with new characters each go around, from my surmising! Hugh does have two brothers after all. Single ones at that! I will be particularly intrigue to see if Julian gets a story since he's the resident playboy. In a way, he reminded me of Jeaniene Frost's Ian, so you can see why I might like that guy! LOL!

Another little nonsense thing I enjoyed was during the parade in Nocturne Falls. There were floats that focused on people's fears and one was based on sharks, so naturally, it was JAWS themed! Why that had me grinning from ear to ear is just my own morbidity I guess! 

This book still had me laughing out loud! Delaney has her moments of hilarity and her attitude is one I never tire of in my heroines! Plus, despite the romance coming off as insta-love, because the book takes place within just a few days, I still like how in those few days, it still took time for Delaney and Hugh to come to love one another. I must commend Kristen on that little factoid itself! It's a challenge to make insta-love enjoyable, but with a standalone it kinda has to happen that way, but Kristen does it in a way that still took page time versus book time! So yeah, truly avid readers will understand that time bit there! LOL! 

The Vampire's Mail Order Bride was a delightful read and I so cannot wait to return to Nocturne Falls again! There are so many colorful townspeople here I am eager to see who we get to meet next!


Overall Rating 5/5 stars


The Vampire's Mail Order Bride releases May 26, 2015


*Also note, I will try to come back and update with a cover once one is released. At the time of reading and reviewing, there was not one to show. My apologies.




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



"'I did not freak out.' Three-hundred-and-seventy-seven-year-old vampires did not freak out. 'I just felt like I was feeling something and I wanted to be sure.'" Kindle loc. 22%*


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






TITLE: The Vampire's Mail Order Bride
AUTHOR: Kristen Painter
PUBLISHER: Unknown
GENRE: Urban Fantasy

RELEASE DATE: Unknown at this time



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 Tuesday Freebie--Top Ten Favorite Covers for the Moment! (LOL! Will include old and new!)


*in no particular order


1. 13 to Life by Shannon Delany--as many of my older followers know, I was obsessed with this cover! LOL! So gorgeous!
2. Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder--the original hardcover one! This is the cover that I saw that pretty much got me hooked on her books!
3. Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout--this needs no explanation! ;)


4. Half Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout--looooved this cover that starts Jennifer's Covenant series! The purple is gorgeous and the flower is so pretty!
5. Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost--how awesome is this cover?! It screams Urban Fantasy and kick-assery!
6. Darkness Splintered by Keri Arthur--this is probably my fave cover in the series because Risa looks sooo cool with her wings! Angel covered books are usually hit or miss it seems!


7. The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent--love the butterfly and the simplicity of the cover!
8. With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent--my fave cover from the original set of Soul Screamers covers!!
9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling--already digging this new cover for the illustrated version!!


10. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes--loved this cover from the getgo! Just screams fantasy awesome!