Saturday, March 29, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (#3)


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The Elite (Selection #2) by Kiera Cass (Published in April 23rd 2013 by HarperTeen)
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.
America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.
Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.
Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog #1) by Anne Blankman (Expected Publication April 22nd 2014 by Balzer + Bray/Headline) (Review copy from Net Galley)
In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her "uncle" Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.
Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.
And Gretchen follows his every command.
Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can't stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can't help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she's been taught to believe about Jews.
As Gretchen investigates the very people she's always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?
From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she's ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.
(I already read this one, and I mean, SO GOOD! Loved the historical accuracy and details, and it was so fast paced and exciting. The review will be posted in a couple of weeks.)
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy (Published March 18th 2014 by HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray)
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 into remission.
Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?
Julie Murphy’s SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton (Published March 25th 2014 by Candlewick Press)

Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.
Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration. That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo. First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle #1) by Libba Bray (Published December 9th 2003 by Simon and Schuster)
A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy--jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel.
Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother's death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls' academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions "for a bit of fun" and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the "others" and rebuild the Order. A Great and Terrible Beauty is an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy.
Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle #2) by Libba Bray (Published January 1st 2005 by Delacorte Press)
Ah, Christmas! Gemma Doyle is looking forward to a holiday from Spence Academy, spending time with her friends in the city, attending ritzy balls, and on a somber note, tending to her ailing father. As she prepares to ring in the New Year, 1896, a handsome young man, Lord Denby, has set his sights on Gemma, or so it seems. Yet amidst the distractions of London, Gemma’s visions intensify–visions of three girls dressed in white, to whom something horrific has happened, something only the realms can explain...
The lure is strong, and before long, Gemma, Felicity, and Ann are turning flowers into butterflies in the enchanted world of the realms that Gemma alone can bring them to. To the girls’ great joy, their beloved Pippa is there as well, eager to complete their circle of friendship.
But all is not well in the realms–or out. The mysterious Kartik has reappeared, telling Gemma she must find the Temple and bind the magic, else great disaster will befall her. Gemma’s willing to do his intrusive bidding, despite the dangers it brings, for it means she will meet up with her mother’s greatest friend–and now her foe, Circe. Until Circe is destroyed, Gemma cannot live out her destiny. But finding Circe proves a most perilous task.
The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle #3) by Libba Bray (Published January 1st 2007 by Delacorte Press)
IT HAS BEEN A YEAR OF CHANGE since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father a
laudanum addict, Gemma has relied on an unsuspected strength and has discovered an ability to travel to an enchanted world called the realms, where dark magic runs wild. Despite certain peril, Gemma has bound the magic to herself and forged unlikely new alliances. Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test these bonds.
The Order - the mysterious group her mother was once part of - is grappling for control of the realms, as is the Rakshana. Spence's burned East Wing is being rebuilt, but why now? Gemma and her friends see Pippa, but she is not the same. And their friendship faces its gravest trial as Gemma must decide once and for all what role she is meant for.
Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts (Published July 27th 2013 by Text Publishing)
The last person Zac expects in the room next door is a girl like Mia, angry and feisty with questionable taste in music. In the real world, he wouldn’t—couldn’t—be friends with her. In hospital different rules apply, and what begins as a knock on the wall leads to a note—then a friendship neither of them sees coming.
You need courage to be in hospital; different courage to be back in the real world. In one of these worlds Zac needs Mia. And in the other Mia needs Zac. Or maybe they both need each other, always.
What did you add to your shelves this week? Please let me know in the comments, and if you have read any of these, let me know your thoughts about them!

28 comments:

  1. Oh wow! You've got some amazing reads coming up! I hope you enjoy them.

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  2. I love magical realism and that's why I'm really looking forward to reading The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. It appears to be a stand alone as well so that's always a plus! Happy reading and have a great weekend!

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    1. Yeah, definitely a plus since there are so many series out there and it's so difficult to keep up with them all.
      Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  3. I haven't read any of these but happy reading!

    Tsuki’s STS

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  4. I'm so happy you enjoyed Prisoner of Night and Fog! It's at the top of my 2014 wishlist. I can't wait to get a copy.

    ★ Under The Mountain is Un-Stacking Her Shelves ★

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    1. It's so good! I hope you get it soon :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Great books for you this week!! I hope you enjoy your new books!!
    Brittany @ Spare Time Book blog
    My STS: http://sparetimebookblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/stacking-shelves_29.html

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  6. Lots of great books! I haven't read The Selection yet, but the covers for the books are so pretty, so I'm sure I'll grab a copy eventually. Prisoner of Night and Fog is on my TBR list, too. Enjoy your books!

    My StS

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    1. It took me ages to pick up The Selection as well, which I only did earlier this week. Should have probably picked it up earlier since I really loved it :)

      Prisoner of Night and Fog was really good, so I hope you get to read it soon!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I want to read Zac and Mia! OH and The Elite. I thought The Selection was all sorts of cute fun...although I didn't really understand the world building (I guess they'll go into that in the next books, eh?!) I didn't have a good time with Side Effects or Ava Lavender... :(( But hopefully you'll like them!!

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    1. Yeah, the world building was kind of limited, but I actually kind of liked that and how it focused more on the relationships - there are so many dystopian type of books already with intriguing world building that i did not mind reading something where the society is kind of less important than what happens with the relationships. But like you said, more world building will probably be done in the sequel.

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  8. Prisoner of Night and Fog & A Great and Terrible Beauty are both on my TBR pile. I hope they're as good as they sound! :) My STS

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    1. Prisoner of Night and Fog was brilliant! A Great and Terribly Beauty I haven't read it, but it does sound amazing! :)
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  9. I have the Elite to but have yet to read it. Heard great things.

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    1. I've heard kind of mixed things about it, but I am looking forward to reading it in order to see how I like it. The Selection as least was a lot better than I expected, so I have high hopes for The Elite as well :)

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  10. Wow, great haul of books! I have Side Effects May Vary to read but I keep putting it off as I know I'm going to cry, have also heard mixed things about it too. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Ava Lavender, it's been on my wishlist for quite a while so will have to buy a copy now it's out.

    Enjoy your new books and happy reading :)

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    1. Yeah, I've seen quite mixed reviews about it as well, but I'm looking forward to seeing how I feel about it. It at least sounds like one of those books that's probably going to make me cry. Ava Lavendar sounds extremely interesting as well!

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  11. Great haul! You've got a lot of good books this week, some that I am dying to read myself. I recently read Side Effects May Vary and didn't enjoy it all that much, I thought the main character was far too mean. I hope you enjoy all of your books and thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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    1. I've heard some mixed things about it, but that's the first time I heard that the main character is mean. I guess I'll see what I think when I finally get to reading it :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Side Effects May Vary! I loved it, while others had a few choice words to say about it, but I did enjoy it. Happy reading! :)

    Here's mine

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

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    1. It's good to hear that there are people out there who also liked it - makes me more enthusiastic to pick it up to see how I think! :)
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  13. I am SO looking forward to Prisoner of Night and Fog, and I'm so happy to hear that you loved it. I hope to read Side Effects May Vary soon, too.

    Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia

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    1. It was so good - I hope you get to read it soon and end up enjoying it as much as I did! :)
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