Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Post - 89 & Stacking the Shelves - 56

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 was a really good week. I was so stoked about receiving and reading Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover that it consumed most of my thoughts for the week. My movie crew went out to eat and went to see Divergent Friday night. Cliffnotes...it was AWESOME! I also broke my three-week no-book streak. Other than that, my grandfather was in and out of the hospital. He has pneumonia right now. I hate that they live about 3 hours away at times like this.

THIS PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, # 4) by George R R Martin (3.5 Stars)
Tuesday: Top Ten Spring 2014 TBR List
Wednesday: Waiting on Nova and Quinton: No Reqrets (Nova, # 3) by Jessica Sorensen
Thursday: Review of He Belongs With Me by Sarah Darlington (3.5 Stars)
Friday: Upon Further Review: The Power of a Praying Woman by Stormie Omartian (5 Stars)
Saturday: Movie Review of Divergent (Divergent, # 1) by Veronica Roth (4.5 Stars)

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Tuesday: All-Time Favorite Book Boyfriends
Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday
Thursday: Review of Almost by Anne Eliot
Friday: Review of Wait for You 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!

Take Control of Your TBR Pile 2014

I'm also participating in Kimba's March 2014 Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge.

My Goals:

    1) The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Millennium, # 3) by Stieg Larsson
    2) Inhuman (Fetch, # 1) by Kat Falls
    3) Kiss of Fire (Imdalind, # 1) by Rebecca Ethington
    4) The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, # 2) by Michelle Hodkin
    5) Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, # 1) by Susan Dennard
    6) Article 5 (Article 5, # 1) by Kristen Simmons
    7) Pivot Point (Pivot Point, # 1) by Kasie West
    8) Shatter Me (Shatter Me, # 1) by Tahereh Mafi
    9) Touch of Frost (Mythos Academy, # 1) by Jennifer Estep
    10) A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, # 5) by George R R Martin (I doubt I’ll finish this one, but a girl can hope, right?)
    11) Passion (Fallen, # 3) by Lauren Kate

I would have tried to knock out at least another one of these this week, but I had to put everything on hold so I could read Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, and then I promised Husband a reading break over the weekend.

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Maybe Someday

By: Colleen Hoover

Published: March 18th 2014 by Atria Books

367 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

Source: Own/Personal Library

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Goodreads description--From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.

At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, This Girl, and Losing Hope, Maybe Someday is destined to another bestseller and long-lasting fan favorite.

Undertow (Undertow, # 1)

By: K R Conway

Published: October 11th 2013 by Conway

398 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Luckless Eila is unknowingly the last of her kind: Rare. Gifted. Breakable. Stunning Raef is her kind's historic enemy: Soulless. Lethal. Lost. A legendary death 160 years before would set their lives to collide, forcing a beautiful killer to become a savior, a simple wallflower to become a warrior, and ruthless destiny to become a death sentence.

SUMMARY:

Seventeen-year-old Eila Walker’s new home has defied the brutal Atlantic for over 160 years. Abandoned since her 4th great grandmother Elizabeth vanished, the town legend declares that she drowned . . . or was struck by lightning.

Unbeknownst to the town and Eila, however, is that someone does know what really happened to Elizabeth, and he has returned, determined to protect the last surviving Walker from a history of violence.

But what starts out as a quest for redemption, evolves into something more and soon young guardian, Raef, is forced to reveal the truth to Eila. As hidden secrets about their warring families come to light, Eila begins to realize that she may be their best shot at survival, even if it means following in her grandmother’s fearless footsteps to save her killer bodyguard.

The Word Exchange

By: Alena Graedon

Expected Publication: April 8th 2014 by Bond Street Books

384 pages

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--A fiendishly clever dystopian novel for the digital age, The Word Exchange is a fresh, stylized and decidedly original debut about the dangers of technology and the power of the printed word.

In the not so distant future, the forecasted "death of print" has become a reality. Bookstores, libraries, newspapers and magazines are a thing of the past, as we spend our time glued to handheld devices called Memes that not only keep us in constant communication, but have become so intuitive as to hail us cabs before we leave our offices, order take out at the first growl of a hungry stomach, and even create and sell language itself in a marketplace called The Word Exchange.

Anana Johnson works with her father Doug at the North American Dictionary of the English Language (NADEL), where Doug is hard at work on the final edition that will ever be printed. Doug is a staunchly anti-Meme, anti-tech intellectual who fondly remembers the days when people used email (everything now is text or video-conference) to communicate--or even actually spoke to one another for that matter. One evening, Doug disappears from the NADEL offices leaving a single written clue: ALICE. It's a code word he and Anana devised to signal if one of them ever fell into harm's way. And thus begins Anana's journey down the proverbial rabbit hole. . .

Joined by Bart, her bookish NADEL colleague (who is secretly in love with her), Anana's search for Doug will take her into dark basement incinerator rooms, underground passages of the Mercantile Library, secret meetings of the anonymous "Diachronic Society," the boardrooms of the evil online retailing site Synchronic, and ultimately to the hallowed halls of the Oxford English Dictionary--the spiritual home of the written word. As Ana pieces together what is going on, and Bart gets sicker and sicker with the strange "Word flu" that has spread worldwide causing people to speak in gibberish, Alena Graedon crafts a fresh, cautionary tale that is at once a technological thriller, and a thoughtful meditation on the price of technology and the unforeseen, though very real, dangers of the digital age.

Jane's Melody (Jane's Melody, # 1)

By: Ryan Winfield

Published: June 16th 2013 by Birch Paper Press

336 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description----New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller--

What boundaries would you cross for true love?

That's the question a grieving mother must answer when she takes in a young street musician she believes can shed light on her daughter's death—only to find herself falling for him. A sexy but touching love story that will leave you both tantalized and in tears, Jane's Melody follows a forty-year-old woman on a romantic journey of rediscovery after years of struggling alone.

Sometimes our greatest gifts come from our greatest pain. And now Jane must decide if it's too late for her to start over, or if true love really knows no limits.

Pretty When She Dies (Pretty When She Dies, # 1)

By: Rhiannon Frater

Published: November 24th 2008 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

238 pages

Genre: Paranormal, Vampires, Horror, Urban Fantasy

Source: Kindle Freebie Deal

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Goodreads description--Amaliya wakes under the forest floor, disoriented, famished and confused. She digs out of the shallow grave and realizes she is hungry...

... in a new, horrific, unimaginable way...

Sating her great hunger, she discovers that she is now a vampire, the bloodthirsty creature of legend. She has no choice but to flee from her old life and travels across Texas. Her new hunger spurs her to leave a wake of death and blood behind her as she struggles with her new nature.

All the while, her creator is watching. He is ancient, he is powerful, and what's worse is that he's a necromancer. He has the power to force the dead to do his bidding. Amaliya realizes she is but a pawn in a twisted game, and her only hope for survival is to seek out one of her own kind.

But if Amaliya finds another vampire, will it mean her salvation... or her death?

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, # 1)

By: Mary E Pearson

Expected Publication: July 15th 2014 by Henry Holt

492 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assasin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

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!

41 comments:

  1. Sarah @ Girl!ReporterMarch 23, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    I've still not read Divergent, but it's good to hear a positive comment for the films. Reviews that I've read have been very mixed.


    Enjoy your week.

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  2. Awesome to hear about Divergent! :D I need to pull that book out...yes, I have it on the shelves. *sigh* Hope you have a great week and enjoy all your reads. :)

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  3. Jenea WhittingtonMarch 23, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Nice haul. So many good books. I would like to read Undertow for sure. Happy reading.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever's Sunday Post

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  4. I am looking forward to your review of Maybe Someday! I heard so many good things about it and am looking forward to reading it. That cover of Kiss of Deception is beautifull! I hope you enjoy your new books and have a great weekend!

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  5. You got a great assortment of books. I have seen The Word Exchange on a few blogs today and will be eager to hear what you think about it. I also have The Kiss of Deception on my review stack. Come see what I got at Ms. Martin Teaches Media and Inside of a Dog. Happy reading!

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  6. I'm going to watch Divergent too! My Mom is so interested in that movie for some reason but I have yet to read the book. Good to hear it's good! Thanks for stopping by my Sunday Post. :)

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  7. Wow, enjoy your haul! I like the look of Word Exchange...

    Glad you enjoyed Divergent...I haven't read the book, but I'm tempted to see it anyway. Probably with my granddaughter.

    Have a great week! Here's

    MY WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES

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  8. I haven't read a Colleen Hoover book yet and I keep hearing such great things about this one. I have to go back to Netgalley to request the Kiss of Deception. I saw it but didn't read the synopsis now that I read it I want it lol

    Hope you have a great week and Happy Reading
    Michelle

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  9. So sorry to hear about your grandfather, Sandy. I hope he is getting better? It is hard to be far away when someone you love is sick.

    The Word Exchange sounds fascinating! And I'm glad you enjoyed Divergent. I haven't read the book yet, so I'll probably wait until the movie is on DVD.

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  10. I am not into Game of Thrones, but I understand there are those who are enthralled by it. Glad you finally finished your book; must be a sense of satisfaction to finish a long, hard to read book. Word Exchange looks really good, and also the fantasy one, Kiss of Deception. Thanks for sharing all these!

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  11. so glad you are reading Pretty When She Dies..i love Frater. Ooo I need Maybe Someday and delighted you thought Divergent was awesome. My daughter and I are watching Frozen today..i am so behind..LOL Awe and I am sorry to hear about your grandfather. My Mom is in Florida and the miles got to me. *hugs* I am going to get the audio to the Evolution of Mara Dyer..i hope it was good. Keep rocking the TBR pile :)

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  12. Undertow sounds good, hope you enjoy.

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  13. Glad to hear Divergent was good, I have not read the books but for some reason I really want to see the movie. Just looks good. I'll check out your Feast for crows review too... have a great week and hope your grandfather gets better and soon.

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  14. Great book haul this week. I can't wait to get time to read Maybe Someday.

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  15. You've featured some great books this week, Sandy. Based on the synopsis, I can see why you dropped everything to read Maybe Someday. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  16. Jessica MangicaroMarch 23, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Yay for Maybe Someday! I really loved that one! I also got The Kiss of Deception! I hope it's good! Happy reading Sandy!

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  17. Lots of people got that Colleen Hoover book this weekend. I haven't read anything by her but have heard great things. And I can't wait to read Kiss of Deception! I got a copy at ALA! Enjoy your books! My

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  18. The Word Exchange sounds like a must for me, I do love dystopian! Hope your granddad is better, sending hugs
    Have a great week and Happy Reading.
    My Sunday Post is here

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  19. What a great book haul ! I hope your grandpa is feeling better. Have a great week ;)

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  20. Maybe Someday and The Kiss of Deception! I love those two covers and they both sound SO good!
    Enjoy all your lovely books! :D

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  21. SAY WHAT? It's a really great book. And since I've seen the movie twice, I still stand by my positive review of it! Sorry I'm so late responding, but thanks for stopping by Sarah!

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  22. You definitely need to read Divergent. It's really good!!! Sorry I'm so late responding, but thanks for stopping by Melissa!

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  23. Thanks for stopping by Jenea! Sorry I'm so late responding. I still haven't started Undertow, but I'm hoping it'll be a good read.

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  24. Review of Maybe Someday posted on March 24th, but considering I'm so late responding to comments, you probably already know that. Thanks for stopping by as always Lola! Have a great week!

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  25. Yes, The Word Exchange has piqued my interest. Sorry I'm so late responding. But thanks for stopping by and commenting Kathy!

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  26. Oh what did you think of it? I'm assuming you've seen it by now since I'm so late responding! Thanks for stopping by Michelle!

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  27. I think you'll enjoy the movie whether you've read the book or not. Sorry I'm so late responding! Thanks for stopping by as always Laurel!

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  28. Oh....you must remedy that! Colleen Hoover is THE BEST! Sorry I'm so late responding, but thanks for stopping by Michelle!

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  29. Thanks Lark! He's doing much better now. It's definitely hard to be away during times like this. I definitely need to get "down" there to see them again soon. I hope you get to read Divergent. And thanks for stopping by as always Lark! (Sorry I'm so late responding!)

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  30. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! GOT can't be everyone's cup of tea. I get that! Hope you have a great week!

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  31. I figured you did what with Fraterfest and all. Actually you're where I even heard of her. So...yeah! Thanks! I still haven't seen Frozen yet. Since we don't have kids yet the Disney movies take a back burner. Thanks for stopping by as always--sorry I'm so late responding!

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  32. I think you'd still be able to enjoy the movie even without reading the book. And thanks so much about my grandfather. He's doing much better! Sorry I'm so late responding, but thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  33. Thanks Ellen! Hope you've had time to read Maybe Someday by now! Have a great week!

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  34. Haha! Thanks Catherine! Sorry I'm so late responding, but thanks for stopping by!

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  35. I enjoyed it too. Though I have to say that it wasn't my favorite by Colleen Hoover. Sorry I'm so late replying, but thanks for stopping by Jessica!

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  36. Oh you must read Colleen Hoover soon. I've loved all of her stuff. I think 4 stars is literally the lowest I've rating anything by her. Thanks for stopping by--sorry I'm so late responding!

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  37. Yes, The Word Exchange sounded really interesting to me. My grandfather is doing much better! Thank you so much Peggy! And thanks for stopping by! Sorry I'm so late responding!

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  38. Thanks! He is doing much better! And thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  39. I enjoyed Maybe Someday. Haven't started The Kiss of Deception yet. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Kelly!

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  40. No worries, Sandy. I'm pretty behind on answering comments, myself, so I totally sympathize. I hope you get to see your Grandpa soon.

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