Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunday Post - 98 & Stacking the Shelves - 64

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 good week. Saturday, we went to Mobile (Alabama) for a family reunion. It was my paternal grandmother's side of the family. She was one of 13 siblings and apparently 50 years ago was the last time all 13 siblings were alive and together. Only 5 of the siblings remain, but their children, grandchildren, etc made the trip. It was probably the best family reunion I've ever been to. Also, tomorrow is Memorial Day for the US. I'm stoked to have an extra day off work. Oh and Armchair BEA 2014 starts tomorrow.


Monday: Review of The Perfect Game (The Perfect Game, # 1) by J Sterling (3 Stars)
Tuesday: Top Ten Books About Friendship
Wednesday: Waiting on Wreck Me (Nova, # 4) by Jessica Sorensen
Thursday: Review of Nova and Quinton: No Regrets (Nova, # 3) by Jessica Sorensen
Friday: Review of Matched (Matched, # 1) by Ally Condie (4 Stars)
Today: May 2014 Series Enders Reading Challenge Wrap Up


Monday: Armchair BEA Day 1: Introductions & Literature
Tuesday: Armchair BEA Day 2: Author Interactions & More Than Just Words
Wednesday: Armchair BEA Day 3: Expanding Blogging Horizons & Novellas/Short Stories
Thursday: Armchair BEA Day 4: Giveaway & Beyond Borders
Friday: Armchair BEA Day 5: Topic of Choice & MG/YA
Saturday: May 2014 EOM Wrap Up

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.

Lick (Stage Dive, # 1)

By: Kylie Scott

Published: October 11th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published July 1st 2013)

286 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

Source: Borrowed from my Holly @ Words Fueled by Love

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Goodreads description--Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas's plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride.

Cruel Beauty

By: Rosamund Hodge

Published: January 28th 2014 by Balzer + Bray

342 pages

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retellings, Mythology, Fairy Tales

Source: Free Audiobook Sync Download

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Goodreads description--Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

One Plus One

By: Jojo Moyes

Expected Publication: July 1st 2014 by Pamela Dorman Books

384 pages

Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Chick Lit, Realistic Fiction

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

American audiences have fallen in love with Jojo Moyes. Ever since she debuted stateside, she has captivated readers and reviewers alike, and hit the New York Times bestseller list with the word-of-mouth sensation, Me Before You. Now, with One Plus One, she’s written another contemporary opposites-attract love story that reads like a modern-day Two for the Road.

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages . . . maybe ever.

One Plus One is Jojo Moyes at her astounding best. You’ll laugh, you’ll weep, and when you flip the last page, you’ll want to start all over again.

Losing Control (Kerr Chronicles, # 1)

By: Jen Frederick

Expected Publication: June 16th 2014 by Pear Tree LLC

280 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

Source: Author via Publicist (Thank you, Morgan!!)

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Goodreads description--I’d do anything to keep my mother alive.

Anything, including ask Ian Kerr for help. I don’t know much about him, except that he has more money than some small countries. And he’s willing to spend it on me. Just one catch: there’s a string attached, and not just the one I feel pulling me into his arms and his bed. There’s also the plan for revenge he wants my help with.

Every time he says my name, it makes my body shiver and my heart stutter. I know he’s going to wreck me, know there won’t be anything left of me but lust and sensation by the time he’s done with me, but even though I can see the heartbreak coming towards me like a train, ready to crash into me, I can’t get out of the way. I want what he makes me feel. Want what he’s offering.

This may have started out as something to save my mother, but now…now it’s about what he makes me feel. I’m in danger of losing everything that’s important. Worse? Ian's whispered words and hot caresses are making me believe that's okay.

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!


  1. Yay for Cruel Beauty! I know the reviews are all of the board for that one, but I'm hoping the audio is great. :) I've never heard of Losing Control before, but man, that sounds really good!! I hope you enjoy your goodies this week!! :)

  2. Kristin@Blood, Sweat and BooksMay 25, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Hah I thought the cover above said Ick not Lick. Yay for Cruel Beauty! I really hope the Audiobook is good as well. Happy reading and thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  3. Nice assortment! I got Cruel Beauty too. Come see what I got at Ms. Martin Teaches Media and Inside of a Dog. Happy reading!

  4. I am also participating in Armchair BEA this year, it's the first time I am participating, so I am really excited :). I only won't be posting on theusday, but I have my post for all the other days scheduled already!
    Cruel Beauty sounds good and I really like the cover! Losing Control sounds intriguing, never heard of that book before. I hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new books!

  5. I've done Armchair BEA the past few years and have really enjoyed it. I'm not doing it this year b/c I'm finally heading to the real BEA!!! I do love reading everyone's posts, though, so I'll be back to visit when I get back.

    I'm jealous that you got Jojo Moyes' newest book. I love her books and will be requesting that one soon!

  6. Cruel Beauty is near the top of my TBR, hope you love it. The cover is so beautiful too! Nice books, thanks for stopping by my post, have a great week!

  7. Nice haul this week. I have read some great things about Cruel Beauty, and I have a copy too. Should really get reading it sometime soon. :)

  8. I really enjoyed The One Plus One, hope you do too!

    And thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  9. The family reunion is a nice story, all together again after so long :) I read Lick recently, this a great book ! Almost as good as the cover, hope you'll love it ! Have a great week !

  10. OOH Plus One! I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for visiting!

    Leydy from OUAT & RCE

  11. Lick and Losing Control sounds good, and hope that you enjoy!

  12. For some reason SYNC isn't allowing me to download the Cruel Beauty book so I have it reserved at my library happy reading & listening

  13. Wow, that sounds like a big family , great you are having a big reunion. My family is rather small. My husbands family is big (his parents have 12 and 6 siblings each), but they don't live anywhere near us (7 hours on the plane!).
    I have seen Cruel Beauty on many blogs recently, but I haven't got it yet.
    Enjoy all your books.
    Have a great week and Happy Reading.

    My Sunday Post is here

  14. I've got to read Jojo Moyes one of these days! Great book haul!

  15. nice haul..enjoy reading

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  16. Yay, Cruel Beauty!! I'm so curious about the audiobook, too!

    Aww, family reunion! I've never been to one, but they sound so fun! And in Mobile! That's only an hour from where I live! (Though now I'm at school, so Tuscaloosa is farther away.) :)

  17. My friend Paula has already started Cruel Beauty and she seems to be hooked. And I've already read Losing Control and really enjoyed it. I'll be reviewing it Monday. Sorry I'm so late in responding, but thanks for stopping by last week!

  18. Haha...Ick would make for an interesting book title! My friend Paula's already listened to Cruel Beauty and I think she really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to starting it soon. Sorry it's taken me so long to respond. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  19. Great! Thanks for stopping by Kathy! Sorry I'm so late responding!

  20. I hope you're first ABEA experience went well! I'm looking forward to starting Cruel Beauty and I did really enjoy Losing Control. Jen Frederick is actually giving it away for free. She's doing a chapter a day on her website until it releases. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Lola! I'm sure I'll stop by tomorrow sometime. :)

  21. Congrats on going to the real BEA! I hope you had a blast. I hope to get one year. One Plus One will be the first Jojo Moyes I've read and I'm looking forward to it with all the hype surrounding her work. Thanks for stopping by Kristin!

  22. I need to move it further to the top. I've just been feeling a bit overwhelmed lately. I'm getting too many books and not getting enough read. It does have a beautiful cover though. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting Alma! Sorry I'm so late responding.

  23. Thanks Jenea! I'm looking forward to Cruel Beauty. Not sure when I'll start it though. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  24. Oh good. I'm glad to hear good things about it. I mean I've heard good things about all the books by Jojo Moyes. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Zarina!

  25. Haha...yes. It was one of the best family reunions I've ever been to. I didn't know most of the people there. My grandmother was one of thirteen siblings so that makes for an extremely big extended family. I did enjoy Lick better than I expected. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  26. I enjoyed them both! I'll be reviewing Losing Control on Monday. Thanks for commenting Brandlileigh!

  27. I've heard great things about Jojo Moyes and I'm looking forward to starting it! Thanks for stopping by Bea!

  28. Oh no! That's the pits. I missed one of the books from the first week because I did something wrong, but it wasn't one I was dying to have anyway. Hopefully you can download all of the others. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Cindy!

  29. It was a huge reunion. Sounds like you guys have a big extended family too, but it stinks that they live so far away. Cruel Beauty was a free audio download from last week so that's probably why it was all over the place. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Peggy. Sorry I'm so late responding!

  30. Haha...that's exactly what I said. When I saw this one available for review I had to snag it! Thanks for stopping by and commenting Melissa!

  31. My friend Paula is almost finished with it and she's been hooked so far. The reunion was good because it was at my aunt and uncle's house, but 90% of the people there I don't know. Oh wow...yeah both of my parents grew up in Mobile. My dad in Saraland and my mom in Citronelle. So that's really cool! Is school out for the summer for you or are you taking classes this summer?

  32. Bea @ Bea's Book NookNovember 28, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    The Jojo Moyes one sounds interesting. That must have been quite a reunion for your grandmother, it's good she could go.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend.