Stacking the Shelves #17

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Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. You basically just show your books that you bought, received, or borrowed whether they are physical books, ebooks, ARCs, etc. You can create a blog post or upload a video showcasing the books you received this week.

I think this is going to be the biggest haul ever just because I haven’t done one of these for a long time!

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ARCs

Catacomb by Madeleine Roux
Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown
Light of Day by Allison van Diepen
The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens
Hollowgirl by Sean Williams
Reckless Hearts by Sean Olin
Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott
Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix
Underneath Everything by Marcy Beller Paul
Very in Pieces by Megan Frazer Blakemore
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
Future Perfect by Jen Larsen
A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
The White Rose by Amy Ewing
The Tattooed Heart by Michael Grant
The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas
Mirrored by Alex Flinn
Juba!: A Novel by Walter Dean Myers
One by Sarah Crossan
Adrift by Paul Griffin
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
The Assassin’s Masque by Sarah Zettel
This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
The Word for Yes by Claire Needell
Front Lines by Michael Grant
Thicker Than Water by Kelly Flore
Shade Me by Jennifer Brown
Take the Fall by Emily Hainsworth
The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan
Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto
Bluescreen by Dan Wells
The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
Mr. Fahrenheit by T. Michael Martin
Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr
Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie
The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Dreamology by Lucy Keating
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
Harmony House by Nic Sheff
Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan
A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann
What’s Broken Between Us by Alexis Bass

Thank you to Harper Collins, Scholastic, HMH Books for Young Readers for these awesome books!

Review: Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, Lauren Myracle

16081588Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: 2012 by Speak
Length: 352 pages
Source: gift

“An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.”

review

Let It Snow was such a fantastic read! If you’re looking for a fun contemporary read during Christmas, this is the one! It has 3 different stories that takes place in the same town and I really enjoyed all of them. The characters felt so real and I really liked how we get to see them all together during the last story. Although I connected with the characters, some of the stuff that happens weren’t really realistic. I think this might bother other readers, but I was perfectly fine with it. Before I was going into this book, I was just expecting a nice & funny contemporary read that took place during Christmas and that is exactly what I got. This is one of those books that you’ll read in one sitting with your PJ’s on & drinking hot chocolate.

There were definitely a lot of crazy stuff that happens in this book especially the third story and I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. The stories just revolve around high school romances, busting out missions while parents weren’t at home/arrested, etc. It was just hilarious. I could also see myself and my friends in some of the characters in this book. Overall this is the perfect read during the winter season. I highly recommend you to read it if you’re in the mood for a light and fun read.

Review: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

24529123Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: January 5, 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
Length: 292 pages
Source: Sourcebooks Fire (ARC)

“10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.”

review

This one is a pretty quick read but I’m a bit disappointed that the pacing is slower. I was expecting a crap ton of action scenes, but the story is more like how the 4 different people narrating the story was affected by the killer. For a YA thriller read, this one is pretty mediocre. It didn’t make my heart race, or make my palms sweat. The intense scenes does not happen till the ending which is a shame because I thought the book would be action packed from start to finish.

I usually don’t have trouble with books that switches point of views, but the 4 different POV’s was very confusing during the first four chapters. It was hard to remember who was who, and which characters were related to which other narrators. I think if you’re going to read this book, you should try to read it within a day or two so that you won’t forget which character is which.

Moving on to the things I liked…THE CHARACTERS! Although they were hard to remember at first, I began to relate to them. Autumn, Sylv, Claire and Tomas were awesome protagonists and they were so DIVERSE guys! We have Autumn who is very passionate about dance and wants to get out of Opportunity High School, Sylv who loves her family and girlfriend Autumn, Claire who is part of the track & field team, and Tomas, a smart and caring Hispanic high schooler who is Sylv’s brother.

There wasn’t much romance in this book besides Autumn & Sylv but that’s okay. The story really focused more on the characters thinking about their future while being held in the auditorium by the killer. Overall if you’re looking for a book with suspense, diverse characters, and action scenes, this is for you! It is a very quick read (I read it in 2 days) so if you’re not really in the mood for those long, hefty books, you should pick this one up.

3.5 of 5


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