Saturday, November 28, 2015

Me and My Bookshelf (37)

This is where I feature the books I received, bought, gifted or won that are recently added to my physical shelf, which means no e-books and the like, and recount epic book hauling stories. It is usually posted on Saturdays.

Hurrah to another month of moderate book hauling!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Review: Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz

Shattered Blue
(The Light Trilogy #1)
by Lauren Bird Horowitz

For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?

Saturday, November 21, 2015

November 2015 New Releases: Part 2

New Book Releases this November 2015
*cover image links to Goodreads*

For the Record
by Charlotte Huang
Published: November 10, 2015
The Book Depository

If Almost Famous were a YA novel... a raw, honest debut celebrating music, friendship, romance, and life on the road.

Chelsea thought she knew what being a rock star was like... until she became one. After losing a TV talent show, she slid back into small-town anonymity. But one phone call changed everything

Now she’s the lead singer of the band Melbourne, performing in sold-out clubs every night and living on a bus with three gorgeous and talented guys. The bummer is that the band barely tolerates her. And when teen heartthrob Lucas Rivers take an interest in her, Chelsea is suddenly famous, bringing Melbourne to the next level—not that they’re happy about that. Her feelings for Beckett, Melbourne’s bassist, are making life even more complicated.

Chelsea only has the summer tour to make the band—and their fans—love her. If she doesn’t, she’ll be back in Michigan for senior year, dying a slow death. The paparazzi, the haters, the grueling schedule... Chelsea believed she could handle it. But what if she can’t?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Book Cover Battle: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

Today's book cover battle features one of my favorite covers this year: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston. But before we go there let us talk about the book first.

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

So far I've heard mixed things about this. It's a One Thousand and One Nights retelling that I have yet to read but certainly will. I read The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, which is another One Thousand and One Nights retelling that was released earlier this year and I loved it. But I've heard not to compare it to A Thousand Nights because while they have the same premise, they are complete opposites.

Now to the covers...

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Currently Reading

So it seems I've fallen into another slump. Well, not really. I've started and finished 5 books this month already but I also have a number of them on my "currently reading" pile. It's been a while since that happened and this is usually when I'm in a reading slump. Or maybe the book I've picked up just isn't doing it. But anyway, I'm determined to finish all of them before the month is over.

These two are books I started last month:


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Review: Lumière by Jacqueline Garlick

(The Illumination Paradox #1)
by Jacqueline Garlick
Published: December 12, 2013

One determined girl. One resourceful boy. One miracle machine that could destroy everything.

After an unexplained flash shatters her world, seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth sets out to find the Illuminator, her father’s prized invention. With it, she hopes to cure herself of her debilitating seizures before Professor Smrt—her father’s arch nemesis—discovers her secret and locks her away in an asylum.

Pursued by Smrt, Eyelet locates the Illuminator only to see it whisked away. She follows the thief into the world of the unknown, compelled not only by her quest but by the allure of the stranger—Urlick Babbit—who harbors secrets of his own.

Together, they endure deadly Vapours and criminal-infested woods in pursuit of the same prize, only to discover the miracle machine they hoped would solve their problems may in fact be their biggest problem of all.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

November 2015 New Releases: Part 1

New Book Releases this November 2015
*cover image links to Goodreads*

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
by Jenn Bennett
Published: November 3, 2015
The Book Depository

Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she's ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?

Friday, November 6, 2015

Covers Revealed: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater and The Crown by Kiera Cass

A few days ago the cover of one of my - and probably everyone's - most anticipated book was revealed. It's highly likely you've already seen it but I can't not share because, goodness, IT IS GORGEOUS! 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

November TBR

Today is a holiday. Woo-hoo! We are on the 5th day of November already but I am just now making my TBR post. That is because I haven’t picked up any book since this month started (well, I have, but they were rereads) to even contemplate about a TBR pile. I went back to my hometown for the Halloween weekend and I knew I wouldn’t be able to get any reading done because most of those time would be spent talking to people. I rarely visit anymore (and only for a night at most) because of school, and now work, so I didn’t want to start anything when I can’t sit and focus on it anyway. Then I had to catch up with some work when I got back in the city and – ahhhhh – this month is already so exhausting. I can’t bear to think that I won’t be having any Christmas break *cries*

So earlier I decided to start reading Saga by Brian K. Vaughn. I'm only about to start chapter two but I am already really liking it so I am probably reading this series for the rest of the week.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Mara Dyer Spin-Off Series

What is this MADNESS?

Ha! Get it? Cause Mara Amitra Dyer + Noah Elliot Simon Shaw = MADNESS.

Okay, don't mind me. My mind is a bit fried by this news. I had no freaking idea this was happening. But it must be for real, 'cause I found it on Entertainment Weekly.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

October 2015 Reads + Monthly Recap

Another month over! We are so close to this year's end and I am kind of freaking out about a lot of things that needs to be done before I welcome 2016. I am focusing most of my energy on that but I make sure to allot some of my time on books and my blog as well, even if it is not much at the moment.

This October I read:

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