Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sunday Post - 77 & Stacking the Shelves - 48

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~ It's a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

This has been a busy week as I'm sure it has been for most of you. Monday, Husband and I had to work. Went to Georgia on Tuesday to celebrate Christmas with Husband's family. Came home the same day. Wednesday, Husband and I opened presents and then went to my parents' to celebrate with them. Thursday and Friday were back at work. And then Saturday I spent the day cleaning out my kitchen cabinets, doing laundry, and cleaning up Christmas messes.

THIS PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, # 1) by Michelle Hodkin
Tuesday: Top Ten Books I'd Santa to Bring Me
Wednesday: Merry Christmas!
Thursday: Review of Pandemonium (Delirium, # 2) by Lauren Oliver
Friday: Review of Where She Went (If I Stay, # 2) by Gayle Forman

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Tuesday: Top Ten Books I've Read in 2013 & 2013 EOY Book Survey
Wednesday: December EOM Wrap Up
Thursday: Review of Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul by John & Stasi Eldredge
Friday: Review of Frigid (Frigid, # 1) by J Lynn

Don't forget to sign up for the 2014 Series Enders Reading Challenge! Each month there will be a giveaway for those participating with a BIG giveaway at the end of the year! Click on the picture below or the link above to find out more!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, # 1)

By: Tahereh Mafi

Published: November 15th 2011 by Harper (first published January 1st 2011)

338 pages

Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Source: Personal Kindle Library (Christmas present, thank you Kay!)

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Goodreads description--Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, # 2)

By: Robin LaFevers

Published: April 2nd 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

385 pages

Genre: YA, Historical Fiction

Source: Personal Kindle Library (Christmas present, thank you Melissa!)

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Goodreads description--When Sybella arrived at the doorstep of St Mortain half mad with grief and despair the convent were only too happy to offer her refuge - but at a price. The sisters of this convent serve Death, and with Sybella naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, she could become one of their most dangerous weapons.

But her assassin's skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to the life that nearly drove her mad. Her father's rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother's love is equally monstrous. But when Sybella discovers an unexpected ally she discovers that a daughter of Death may find something other than vengeance to live for...

Requiem (Delirium, # 3)

By: Lauren Oliver

Published: March 5th 2013 by HarperCollins Children's Books

391 pages

Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Source: Personal Kindle Library (Christmas present, thank you Mom!)

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Goodreads description--They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.

But we are still here.

And there are more of us every day.

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor.

Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.

Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.

But we have chosen a different road.

And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.

We are even free to choose the wrong thing.

Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, # 2)

By: Michelle Hodkin

Published: October 23rd 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published March 1st 2012)

544 pages

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal

Source: Personal Library (Christmas present, thank you Mom!)

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Goodreads description--Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.
They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.
She’s wrong. In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

Song of the Fireflies

By: JA Redmerski

Expected Publication: February 4th 2014 by Forever

464 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--New York Times bestselling author J.A. Redmerski brings us a stunning and heart-wrenching new novel about a couple who find each other in their darkest moment.

Since they were kids, Elias Kline and Brayelle Bates have been inseparable. When Bray moves to South Carolina, separating the two for the first time, they both at last realize that their innocent childhood friendship has developed into something much more. So when Bray finally returns to Georgia—and to Elias—things between them couldn’t be more perfect…until one fateful night changes everything.

Desperate not to go to prison for a terrible accident, Elias and Bray decide to run. As they try to make the most of their freedom, the two find themselves relying on a rebellious group of people who tempt the duo into a wild and daring new life. But they can’t run from their troubles forever.

As the consequences of their past catch up to them, the couple must finally face reality. Even if they can make it through the unimaginable, Elias knows the truth about Bray’s painful history, and in the end he may not be able to save Bray from herself…

Breathe (Sea Breeze, # 1)

By: Abbi Glines

Published: May 16th 2011 by Wild Child Publishing

164 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

Source: Borrowed from my SNL, Holly @ Words Fueled by Love

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Goodreads descriptions--Sadie White's summer job isn't going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother's increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother's job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.

When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie hadn't spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house she might have been normal enough to be excited about working for a rock star.

Even though Sadie isn't impressed by Jax's fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax but he fights his attraction. Relationships never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. By the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can't breathe without Sadie.

That's it for my shelves and recaps of my past and upcoming week. What did you add to your shelves this week? Any bookish news you want to talk about? Let me know!

40 comments:

  1. Holly @ Words Fueled by LoveDecember 29, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Your weekend sounds similar to my Thursday. I had a "Take Back the Living Room" day as I cleaned up and took down most Christmas decorations. There's still a few things up inside and the outside stuff but overall I needed the clutter GONE!

    Great book haul too this week!

    Holly @ Words Fueled by Love

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  2. Shatter Me, Dark Triumph and Requiem are all on my wishlist :) Song of The Fireflies is really good! Enjoy your books :D

    My StS

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  3. You had an amazingly busy week. You also got some awesome books for Christmas. Come see what I got at Ms. Martin Teaches Media and Inside of a Dog. Happy reading and happy new year!

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  4. Good haul! Shatter Me disappointed me a little. I loved Requiem though, and Mara Dyer isn't bad either. I look forward to LaFevers' books myself. :)
    Happy reading and a happy new year!

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  5. Well I really haven't even gotten started taking down decorations. I was just cleaning up boxes from presents, and I put all of my wrapping supplies back where they go as well. But the decorations...yeah, I've barely started on that. :(

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  6. Oh yes! They're all ones I'm really excited about. Saving Requiem for the 2014 Series Enders Challenge though. Glad to hear Song of the Fireflies is good. I expected it would be since I enjoyed her The Edge of Never series. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I've heard great things about the Shatter Me series so I'm excited about starting that one. I've heard mixed things about Requiem so I'm a little nervous about that one. But I'm saving it for the 2014 Series Enders Challenge. And then I didn't LOVE the way The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer ended, so I hope The Evolution...doesn't get sucked into the typical book 2 trap. But we'll see. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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  8. Oh, i do not miss the "Traveling Christmas" I loved seeing everyone but those days were ALWAYS so stressful!


    I love your books this week! Have a safe and happy new year :)

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  9. Fireflies is out!!! UGH!!! I'm on hiatus from NetGalley.... dang, dang, dang!!!! I thought Bray and Elias were cool in The Edge of Always (but ugh that scene!) so I really want to know their story. I'll just have to wait for the book... grrrrrr...


    These are all great books this week!!! Have a wonder New Years!!!!!

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  10. Song of the Fireflies caught my eye. Thanks for sharing...and enjoy!

    Here's

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  11. Really nice haul. Hope you enjoy everything :)


    Happy New Year!

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  12. OMG your haul is amazing and I cannot wait to see if you loved these books as much as me! What a busy week you had. I hope that today you are relaxing :) Happy New Year Sandy!

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  13. Wow that sounds like a busy Christmas! Hope it was a good one and that you enjoyed the day. :-) Love the look of your new books! Enjoy them and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR! :-D

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  14. I'm jealous not of your busy schedule but of your book haul. :) Those are some terrific books you got there. Happy reading and Happy New Year Sandy! My Sunday Post...

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  15. Great haul this week! I've only read Shatter Me and liked it so I hope you'll like it too. And I didn't know Redmerski had a new book. Happy reading and Happy New Year!

    El @ So Bookalicious

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  16. Michelle Albanese ParsonsDecember 29, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Very busy week for me too! Glad you had a great christmas! You got some awesome books!!! I hope you have a fantastic New Year and Happy Reading!!!!

    Michelle
    <a href="http://love2readalways.blogspot.com/2013/12/week-in-read-view-and-sunday-post-1229.html'>Because reading is better than real life</a>

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  17. Wow, that was a busy week! You got so many amazing books. Enjoy.

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  18. Shatter me has an amazing cover... now off to check out your challenge ;)

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  19. Sounds as if you had a great Christmas week and have a good upcoming week.

    ENJOY and Happy New Year!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog

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  20. Wish I could get a hardcover of Shatter Me with that cover.


    Ashley

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  21. Aaah, Shatter Me and The Evolution of Mara Dyer are two of my favourite books! Happy reading and thanks for stopping by :)

    Zareena @ Books and Books

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  22. Yes, I love seeing everyone, but it definitely isn't as relaxing as one would hope. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Hope you have a happy New Year as well!

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  23. Yes, I'm on a semi-ban from NetGalley. I don't remember Bray and Elias being in The Edge of Always. :( I have to say that I'm not 100% thrilled so far. I'm only about 30% in at this point though. Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great New Years too!

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  24. I was pretty excited about this haul too! :) Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year to you too!

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  25. It was. But we're so blessed. I can't complain a bit. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Happy New Year to you too!

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  26. Haha...thanks Ginny! Hope you have a happy New Year too!

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  27. Thanks! Glad to hear good things about Shatter Me! I'm can't say I'm in love with Song of the Fireflies so far, but I'm only about 30% into it. So maybe it will get better! Thanks for stopping by and happy New Year to you too!

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  28. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Hope you have a happy New Year too!

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  29. Thanks Sheila! I'm looking forward to seeing if the content is just as good as the cover! Hope you can participate in the challenge!

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  30. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Elizabeth! Hope you have a happy New Year too!

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  31. Oh yeah, that's right. It had a completely different cover with the original release. Thanks for stopping by!

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  32. Oh good! I'm glad to hear good things about them both! Thanks for stopping by!

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  33. Yeah....I don't know how I forgot that scene, but I remember it now.

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  34. Reviews from a BookwormJanuary 1, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Great haul! I just got Shatter Me for Christmas and I can't wait to read it! I hope you enjoy all of your books! :) My STS.

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