Stacking The Shelves #32

stackingStacking the Shelves is a new meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, which is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Paperbacks bought from the last two weeks:

Black City by Elizabeth Richards (Fullybooked)

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (Fullybooked)

That’s all! 🙂

(I’ve been in a book buying ban but I can’t help myself sometimes. LOL!)

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Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2013

toptentuesday2Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This is my first time to participate so I’m excited to share this list! I’ve read 67 books so far so it was hard for me to pick only ten books. LOL! Anyway, here’s my list:

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  1. Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer – I love Wolf and Scarlet! They are awesome characters!  I admire how the author created a perfect twist to the series and combined some of the fairy tale characters. This is my best book of the year so far! 🙂
  2. The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa  – Julie Kagawa is one of the exceptional writers and she really did a good job with this one, a fast-paced and action-packed sequel of the Blood of Eden, a dystopian-paranormal series! I love Zeke!
  3. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare – This is my most anticipated book this year and it didn’t fail me. As you already know, I’m hopelessly in love with Jem, so my heart was breaking while reading it, but I’ve enjoyed every part of it. A perfect ending to the series!
  4.  The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey #3) by Julie Kagawa – I know I’m a bit late reading this series because I was hesitant after reading the first one, but this series grew on me and I’ve learned to love it. This third book is my most favorite so far.
  5. Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder – This is the very book I’ve read in verse and I loved it! It was very emotional, I cried a lot and I love how it was able to capture my heart.
  6. Faking It (Losing It #2) by Cora Carmack – I don’t have to explain much, but Cade is the perfect boyfriend!!! I promise that his own happy ever after is way so much better than the first book. 🙂
  7. Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) by R.L. LaFevers – Beautifully written and superb plot, this one is definitely darker and bolder than Grave Mercy.
  8. Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley – This book has a special spot in my heart. I love it because of it’s complete package – funny characters, cool arts and inspiring poems. 🙂
  9. Spark (Elemental #2) by Brigid Kemmerer – I’ve been addicted to the Elemental series, it involves the power of elements and Gabriel’s story is my most favorite He controls fire and he’s literally hot! LOL!
  10. Because of Low (Sea Breeze #2) by Abbi Glines – I think this is the only book from the Sea Breeze series that I really like and that’s because of Marcus! I love him, maybe because he’s a true gentleman and definitely a good boy, and his story is the most wholesome. LOL! 🙂

 

That’s all!

How about you? What are your top reads so far this year?

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Mind Games (Mind Games #1) by Kiersten White: Book Review

mind gamesTitle: Mind Games (Mind Games #1)

Author: Kiersten White

Started Date:  June 11, 2013

Finished Date:  June 13, 2013

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future. 

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.”

MY THOUGHTS.

An engaging and unputdownable read. Darker and bolder. I think the author really did a great job with this one. It is way much better than the Paranormalcy series since this is darker and with a serious tone.

Mind Games, which is also known as Sisters Assassin in the UK version, is about two sisters – Fia, the one with good instincts and Annie, one with blind eyes but can see the future. I’ve expected that they are both assassins but it turned out that Fia is the only one who was trained to kill and have been to different assignments. I like how the book shifts the timeline and the two point of views. The book tells their story within the five years timeline and their present. I was surprised by how the book started, action-packed and a thrilling chapter. Adam, the one she was supposed to kill, entered at the very beginning and has changed everything. I don’t know what to feel about him, but I do want to know more. He looks kind enough but I hope there’s more from him. On the other hand, James, the manager of Keane Foundation, is a mysterious guy in Fia’s life and it seems that he has a special place on her life. He’s scary at first but I’ve learned to like him along the way. But at the end, I changed my mind, he’s not really a likable guy.

The book revolves around the relationship of Fia and Annie. Their love for each other is exceptional. I like Fia more because of how strong and determined she is. She’s a great character, and a likable one. She knows what she wants and she fights for it, though I really feel sorry for her unfortunate life. Annie is a good person, however, she seems selfish and I believe she knows it.

Anyway, I really liked the book even though I have to admit that there are so many things about it that need improvements. I think it is a promising series, it has a potential to be a great one, especially if the second book will be more thrilling and fast-paced. 😉

 

xoxo,

Waiting On Wednesday #26

New WoWWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

It features each blogger’s most anticipated books.

This week, I decided to pick three books since it has been a long time from my last post. I’m allowed to do that, right? LOL!

My picks are:

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1. Here Without You (Between the Lines #4) by Tammara Webber

Summary from Goodreads:

“Everyone has secrets.
Some are buried so deep, their existence is forgotten.
But a secret never told can turn into a lie.
And in love, a lie is one thing:
Poison.

Reid’s in love with Dori, though she hasn’t told her parents that she’s fallen hard for the guy they’d forbidden her to see. Now she’s leaving for college, and Reid’s promise not to push her to go public is wearing thin, especially when she can’t – or won’t – return those three important words he wants to hear.

Five years ago, Brooke and Reid were a Thing. That relationship is long gone, detonated amid allegations of cheating – but they still share a secret that would stun everyone they know and alter public perception of them both if it ever comes out. And it’s about to do just that.

Here Without You is the fourth, final installment in the Between the Lines series, which includes: Between the Lines, Where You Are, and Good For You.”

Why I Can’t Wait:

OMG, I can’t wait! I can’t wait! I can’t wait! This is one of my favorite new adult series and I literally can’t wait for this final installment. I know it would be awesome! I’ve learned to love Reid and I’m a bit scared because Brooke will enter again in his life. I want Reid and Dori to be together!!!

Expected Publication:

August 6th 2013, Kindle edition

 

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2. Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

Summary from Goodreads:

“In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret…

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.

Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.”

 

Why I Can’t Wait:

This looks like a good retelling of The Beauty and the Beast! It’s my favorite fairy tale of all time, I will read any retelling of it! And I’ve been a huge fan of Stacey Jay because of her work, Juliet Immortal, a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, which I absolutely loved!

Expected Publication:

July 23rd 2013 by Delacorte Press

 

the house of hades 3. The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan

Summary from Goodreads:

“At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.”

 

Why I Can’t Wait:

No explanation needed. If you really know me, you’d know that I’m a fan f Rick Riordan and all his books! Of course, I’ve been waiting for this one, it has been a year from the third!

Expected Publication:

October 8th 2013 by Hyperion Books

 

That’s all!

How about you?

What are the books that you’re waiting for?

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xoxo,

 

 

 

Far from You by Lisa Schroeder: Book Review

far from youTitle: Far from You

Author: Lisa Schroeder

Started Date:  June 07, 2013

Finished Date:  June 08, 2013

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Lost and alone…down the rabbit hole.

Years have passed since Alice lost her mother to cancer, but time hasn’t quite healed the wound. Alice copes the best she can by writing her music, losing herself in her love for her boyfriend, and distancing herself from her father and his new wife.

But when a deadly snowstorm traps Alice with her stepmother and newborn half sister, she’ll face issues she’s been avoiding for too long. As Alice looks to the heavens for guidance, she discovers something wonderful.

Perhaps she’s not so alone after all….”

MY THOUGHTS.

 

Absolutely beautiful..

Lisa Schroeder is such an amazing author. All of her works are amazing and beautiful. This is the third book I’ve read from her and nothing has disappointed me so far. I love her and all her books. Her writing style captures the raw emotions and hearts of everyone.

This book deals with family, forgiveness, survival and acceptance. Alice copes up with her life at home, with his father, stepmother and their newborn baby, Ivy. So I guess, you know what this is all about. Because of an unexpected accident, their lives have changed.

I love how the book showed the relationship of mother and daughter in different ways.

“Honey, no matter where you are, I’m with you.
When the breeze brushes your cheek, that’s me.
When the stars sparkle and shine, that’s me.
When the tulips bloom in the spring, that’s me.”

The little things.

She’s there,
in the little things.”

I love how the book demonstrated young love, respect and inspiration.

“He is
better than warm fall colors
better than beautiful music
better than doughnuts and coffee.”

I love how the book made me appreciate more everyone that I love and who loves me too.

“Friends will keep us happy.
Our family keeps us warm.
We’ll party through the good times
and hold tight through the storms.”

5 BEAUTIFUL STARS!

 

xoxo,

Faking It (Losing It #2) by Cora Carmack: Book Review

losing itTitle: Faking It (Losing It #2)

Author: Cora Carmack

Started Date:  June 05, 2013

Finished Date:  June 06, 2013

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

OMG! Cade Winston, “My twenty-four-hour, pretend-we-met-in-a-library, mom-hugging, golden-boy-boyfriend!”
I love you so much and I want to take you home!!! Can I? Please?!

The book started with Cade’s POV and just like that, I was hooked, addicted, and I couldn’t put it down. For almost 3 hours, I glued myself reading it. This is way so much better than Losing It, this one blew me away. I remember I already fell in love with Cade from the first book, I even wrote it down in my review. But knowing him more in his own story had made me head over heels in love with him. He made me forget all my other book boyfriends. And for that, I can really say that he’s exceptional, he topped my list. I know, I know, I’m still drooling and I can’t stop myself from talking about him, I can’t help it. I’m sure that anyone can understand what I’m feeling right now once they’ve read the book. I promise, I’m not exaggerating. Forgive me, I just fell in love. LOL! 😉

Anyway, I also like the heroine, Mackenzie or Max, even though I’m so jealous right now. She’s different from other heroines, she’s bad ass, a rocker, a musician, a happy-go-lucky girl. She smokes, she dances, she sings, she dates a lot, she has baggages and tattoos. I admit I don’t like her for Cade because he’s too good for her. He’s a good guy, a gentleman, an excellent student. He’s funny, hot, gorgeous and way too perfect! But I learned to understand Max along the way, she has a story to tell, a family-related matter. And I love how the book emphasized about letting go and when not to let go, to learn how to be brave, to fight, and to move forward..

My favorite lines from Cade:
“Trust me. This was much better than the alternative. I’m exactly where I want to be.” He glanced down at me and gave me a half-smile.”

“You don’t know how much I’ve thought about this tattoo. I want to memorize it so that every time I close my eyes I can see the way it accentuates your body.”

“I know that you make me laugh, and that I love hearing your voice, especially when you sing. I know that I haven’t stopped thinking about you since the day you sat down beside me at that coffee shop.”

I love you Cade Winston!

And I love the author for creating him!

I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves romance… Heck, I just recommend it to all!

5 golden stars!!!

 

xoxo,

Stacking The Shelves #31

stackingStacking the Shelves is a new meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, which is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

 

Paperbacks bought from the last two weeks:

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Towering by Alex Flinn (Fullybooked)

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (Fullybooked)

The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder Fullybooked)

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (The Book Depository)

That’s all! How about you? What did you get this week?

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