Friday, February 22, 2013

Stacking the Shelves [19]

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Hello! This week was really good, personally and book-wise. I got a few books from the library and I received a book in the mail! 

From the Library:
What I Got in the Mail!
I got this from Ann Aguirre who was giving away a few author copies on her twitter. Look it's personalized and signed! I can't wait to read this, it sounds like and awesome anthology! 

Thanks for checking out my StS this week! A review of Crash by Nicole Williams should be coming soon. Leave a link to your Stacking the Shelves post and I'll check it out!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday [8]

This is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine! It features a upcoming releases
Hello! It's been awhile since I've done a WOW! Check out what I'm looking forward to.

Taken by Erin Bowman
Release Date: April 16th 2013
Summary from Goodreads:

There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys–but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends...and he's gone.

They call it the Heist. 

Gray Weathersby's eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he's prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he's been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive. 

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Altered by Jennifer Rush

 by Jennifer Rush

Everything about Anna's life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There's Nick, Cas, Trev...and Sam, who's stolen Anna's heart. When the Branch decides it's time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There's just one problem. Sam and the boys don't remember anything before living in the lab–not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. and if they're both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.

My Review:
♫♫♫♫♫- Presto!
I absolutely loved this book. This was an excellent debut on Jennifer Rush's part!

I loved all the characters in this book, yes, including Nick. Nick can be very hateful towards Anna at times, but he has good reasons for it. And I'm sure you'll find out more of those reasons later on in the series. Trev is considered Anna's best friend. He the brains of the group, and Anna always looks to Trev when in need of a quote to boost her mood. But, the character I loved most was Cas. Cas is the joker of the group, always having fun or trying to lighten things up when things are down in the dumps. One of my favorite conversations with Cas:
"    He hooked an arm around my neck and messed up my hair. 'You're so cute when you're upset.' He let me go after I shrieked.
       'God. You're so annoying!' I said between bursts of laughter.
       'But charming.' He fell into step with me. 'Let it be known that if you're ever in need of a good make-out session, I happen to be available Tuesday nights.'
       'Only Tuesdays?'
       'Maybe Thursdays, too.'  "

But, sorry, Cas is not the love interest. Sam is. Sam's the leader of the group. He doesn't show his feelings easily, but somehow made Anna notice him. Sam's very guarded, but on good days, he'll show that he does in fact care about Anna and the others. 

Anna is the main protagonist of the story. Altered is told in Anna's point of view. At times she acted weak and naive. There are instances within the book where her actions caused the others to sacrifice things for her. Though, Anna is otherwise a very likable character. I enjoyed reading it in her point of view. 

This book is a series of twists and turns everywhere. And I loved every single one of them. Some of them you can say you might have saw them coming (although, that's doubtful), but others made your jaw drop and think "NO WAY." 

All in all, this book is an action filled, has an original plot, and an amazing potential to be a great series. If you haven't picked it up yet, I'd recommend doing it soon. Two thumbs up to Jennifer Rush's debut novel!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Stacking The Shelves [18]

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Hey all! I completely forgot to make my StS last week, so there's going to be about 2x as many books today! Let me just say, I absolutely love my library. 

From the Library:
YAY! I can't wait to read all of these. I've heard such great things about them all! 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Stacking the Shelves [17]

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I didn't get many books this week, but I did get a surprise in the mail! Check it out!

From the Library:
  • Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris —I've been wanting to read this for awhile, but never picked it up from the library. I finally have and I'm excited to read this. But I have to wait a little because I have other books I need to read first...
  • Prodigy by Marie Lu —Legend was AMAZING. I needed the sequel immediately! I'm so happy to have gotten this book from the library!
  • Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick —I got this from Egmont Publishing. It was a complete surprise! I was so excited :) This book sounds great, and I can't wait to read it! The sequel of this book had come out a few months back in September. I've heard the series is really good!