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Stacking the Shelves [2]

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews featuring books added to our shelves and sharing our excitement for them. I haven’t done one of these in months, so here’s a two week haul. Actual mailbox : Hot Summer Nights [Goodreads win] New Money by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal Coming Clean by Sue Margolis Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano Who Asked You by Terry McMillan Insurgent by Veronica Roth [bought] For Review via Edelweiss Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan Expected Publication: November 5, 2013 Ecco Books The Last Forever by Deb Caletti Expected Publication: April 1, 2014 Simon Pulse For Review via NetGalley [Never] Again by Theresa Paolo Expected Publication: October 14, 2013 Berkley Penguin Thanks to the following fab people… St. Martin’s Press, Simon & Schuster BYR, NAL trade, Viking, Ecco and Berkley Penguin! That’s my haul. Link me to yours.

Review: The Truth about You and Me by Amanda Grace

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The Truth about You and Me by Amanda Grace Expected Publication: September 8, 2013 Format: E-Arc via NetGalley Publisher: Flux Rating: 4/5 Summary via Goodreads Smart girls aren't supposed to do stupid things. Madelyn Hawkins is super smart. At sixteen, she's so gifted that she can attend college through a special program at her high school. On her first day, she meets Bennett. He's cute, funny, and kind. He understands Madelyn and what she's endured - and missed out on - in order to excel academically and please her parents. Now, for the first time in her life, she's falling in love. There's only one problem. Bennett is Madelyn's college professor, and he thinks she's eighteen - because she hasn't told him the truth. The story of their forbidden romance is told in letters that Madelyn writes to Bennett - both a heart-searing ode to their ill-fated love and an apology. My Thoughts I’ll be honest I didn’t know how I was going to

A to Z Blogger Survey

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I’ve seen this survey floating around originally done by the fab Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner . It looked like fun so I thought I’d take a crack at it. Here’s me from A-Z! A uthor You've Read The Most Books From   John Grisham & E. Lynn Harris B est Sequel Ever   Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Does that count? I mean I liked it better than Catching Fire…more action! C urrently Reading   Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell D rink of Choice While Reading   Either green tea or water E -reader or physical book?   Ummm… both. I actually always read one Kindle read and physical book at the same time. F ictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated in High School   Finn from If He Had Been with Me by Laura Nowlin. I just love him to pieces! G lad You Gave This Book a Chance   Divergent by Veronica Roth. I didn’t think I wanted to read another dystopian type series. Boy I  was wrong! I was hooked from the get go! H idden Gem Book   A Hund

WoW [43]

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Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week’s WoW feature is: Sycamore Row by John Grisham Expected Publication: October 22, 2013 Publisher: Doubleday Summary via Goodreads... John Grisham takes you back to where it all began . . . John Grisham's A Time to Kill is one of the most popular novels of our time. Now we return to that famous courthouse in Clanton as Jake Brigance once again finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial-a trial that will expose old racial tensions and force Ford County to confront its tortured history. Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of F

Top Ten Tuesday: Fave Secondary Characters

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week topic… Favorite Secondary Characters Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: Levi… Is it just me or am I the only one who smiles when you read he’s smiling?? If He Had Been with Me by Laura Nowlin: Finn…OMG! My instant book crush. He made my heart ache. Too Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee: Boo Radley…one of the greatest characters…ever! The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Augustus…Just love the banter between him and Hazel. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins: Finnick… He had me at sugar cube! The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Cinna… I just love this man! Divergent by Veronica Roth: Four… I have a thing for the strong silent types. A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams: Budgie...Though she’s a bitch...she’s the one you love to hate. The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Patrick… a wonderfully written character who you cant help but feel for. That’s my Top Ten [ok...9]…what’s yours? Link me below

Review: Justice for Sara by Erica Spindler

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Justice for Sara by Erica Spindler Published: August 6, 2013 Format: Finished copy via publisher Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Rating: 5/5 Summary via Goodreads When seventeen-year-old Katherine McCall awakened one morning to find her beloved sister, Sara, brutally murdered, her whole life changed in the blink of an eye. Kat was named the prime suspect and, on a string of circumstantial evidence, charged and tried. While the jury found her innocent, not everyone else agreed, and her only choice was to go into hiding. But she carried a dark secret with her, one that made her worry she might actually have had something to do with Sara’s death. Now, years later, Kat is still haunted by her sister’s unsolved murder and continues to receive chilling anonymous letters, but she has tried to move on with her life. Until, on the tenth anniversary of Sara’s death, she receives a letter that makes the past impossible to ignore: "What about justice for Sara?" What about justi

Feature and Follow Friday

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Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Gain new followers and make new friends! Or just check out the weekly questions and see what others respond. Q: Book Selfie! Take a pic with your current read. A: Super duper happy!! Just got the finished copy in today. Great way to start off a new weekend!  I Love and Adore Rainbow Rowell!! Please feel free to share. You can follow via GFC, email, or bloglovin’. Also feel free to friend me on Goodreads. Thanks!

Cover Reveal+Giveaway! That One Summer by C.J. Duggan

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That One Summer [The Summer Series #3] by C.J. Duggan [ Add to Goodreads ] Synopsis: Loving Chris Henderson would be wrong. Diabolically disastrous. I mean, what is there about him to love? He’s moody, bossy, brooding, a control freak, and that’s on a good day … but there was one achingly obvious fact that haunted my every thought, every minute of every day … He sure could kiss. As the countdown to the new millennium begins, there is one thing everyone agrees on: no one wants to be in Onslow for New Year’s Eve. So that can only mean one thing: road trip! No longer the mousey, invisible, shy girl from years ago, Tammy Maskala is finally making up for all those lost summers. A new year with new friends, which astoundingly includes the bossy boy behind the bar, Chris Henderson. She likes her new friends (at least most of them), so why does she secretly feel so out of place? After chickening out on the trip, a last-minute change of heart sees Tammy racing to the On

WoW [42]

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Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week’s WoW feature is: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy Expected Publication: March 18, 2014 Publisher: Balzer+Bray Summary via Goodreads... What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you? When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes

Review: On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

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On the Island by Tracey Gravis-Graves [ GR / FB / WS ] Published: July 10, 2012 Format: Copy via NetGalley Publisher: Penguin Rating: 5/5 Buy: GR / AMAZON / BN Summary via Goodreads When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He's almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn't bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family - and a stack of overdue assignments - instead of his friends. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited islan

WoW [41]

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Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week’s WoW feature is: The F-It List by Julie Halpen Expected Publication: November 12, 2013 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends Summary via Goodreads... With her signature heart and humor, Julie Halpern explores a strained friendship strengthened by one girl’s battle with cancer. Alex’s father recently died in a car accident. And on the night of his funeral, her best friend Becca slept with Alex’s boyfriend. So things aren’t great. Alex steps away from her friendship with Becca and focuses on her family. But when Alex finally decides to forgive Becca, she finds out something that will change her world again--Becca has cancer. So what do you do when your best friend has cancer? You help her shave her head. And then you take her bucket list and try to fulfill it on her behalf. Because if that’s all you can do to help y

Book Blitz+ Giveaway!!: Camp Boyfriend by J.K. Rock

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Camp Boyfriend  (Camp Boyfriend #1) by  J.K. Rock Release Date: 07/02/13 From Spencer Hill Press Goodreads / Amazon / BN / Kobo / BD Summary from Goodreads The summer of her dreams is about to get a reality check. They said it couldn't be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the country. Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do. Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren's nerves and she can't wait to return to summer camp where she's valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she's broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn't even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.

Review: This Fragile Life by Kate Hewitt

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This Fragile Life by Kate Hewitt Source: via NetGalley Published: August 20, 2013 Publisher: Carina UK Rating 5/5 Amazon / Goodreads / NetGalley Synopsis You love your best friend. You trust her with your life. But could you give her the most precious gift of all? Alex’s life is a mess. She’s barely holding down a job, only just affording her apartment, and can’t remember when she was last in a relationship. An unexpected pregnancy is the last thing she needs. Martha’s life is on track. She’s got the high-flying career, the gorgeous home and the loving husband. But one big thing is missing. Five rounds of IVF and still no baby. The solution seems simple. Alex knows that Martha can give her child everything that she can’t provide. But Martha’s world may not be as perfect as it seems, and letting go isn’t as easy as Alex expected it to be. Now they face a decision that could shatter their friendship forever. Provocative. Emotional. Affecting. My Thoughts Talk about heart-wre