Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews,  check it out and sign up  here
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged. Link up with me here.

In my mailbox from publisher:


What I read:
The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)
source: bought

Finding Mr. Brightside
source: Henry Holt and Co/ macmillan via netgalley

Last Week on the blog:
Salt & Stone (Fire & Flood, #2)
Source: scholastic vis edelweiss
Remember
Source: simon pulse via edelweiss
New giveaways exclusive to my blog:

My week:
Snow/ice strikes again and they only went to school 1 day. But I have read a little bit and been playing through kingdom hearts and dragon age with the hubs. 

What are you reading? Any of my books new to you or have you read any of my books? If so, what did you think?
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Review: Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott


Salt & Stone (Fire and Flood #2) by Victoria Scott
What would you do to save someone you love?
In Fire & Flood, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can't quit--she has to win the race, save Cody, and then fight to make sure the race stops before it can claim any more lives. In the next legs of the race, across the ocean and over mountains, Tella will face frostbite, sharks, avalanche, and twisted new rules in the race.
But what if the danger is deeper than that? How do you know who to trust when everyone's keeping secrets? What do you do when the person you'd relied on most suddenly isn't there for support? How do you weigh one life against another?
The race is coming to an end, and Tella is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the start of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the final part of the race, just forty-one are left--and only one can win.

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Publishes in US: February 24th 2015 by Scholastic Press
Genre: YA dystopia
Source: scholastic vis edelweiss
Series? Fire & Flood #2
My review of 1st Fire and Flood

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      I wanted to read Salt and Stone because it has been near the top of anticipated releases, and I have been itching to have it in my hands. I somehow missed it on Edelweiss, and figured that I would be waiting for the release day, but got approved at the last moments and was doing a dance. I was almost afraid that it wouldn't be as good as the characters and fast paced plot that I had built up in my mind, but I wasn't disappointed.
   
    I was so glad to be back in this world. I have missed Tella and Madox, her animal companion assigned to help her in the competition. Tella is fighting along with others for a cure. All of their loved ones are sick and the founders of the Brimstone Bleed are offering the winners cures for whatever ails their family. The first book took them through the jungle and desert, and she couldn't imagine what would happen in the next two legs of the race that would be any worse than what she has faced.

    Guy, the romantic interest on this series really won my heart but he has put space between them. Worse, their interactions has left Tella questioning her own strength. I hate that and though I want to believe the best in Guy, he certainly wasn't making it easy. I saw his struggle, because he is fighting for someone as well, and he also has a bigger plan to take down the Bleed from the inside, so he is determined to win. His protectiveness and attachment to Tella is something he couldn't have foreseen, and I can tell he is struggling with perspective.

   Salt and Stone leaves Tella facing the sea, and the mountains covered in ice. She faces things that she never imagined. Beside her she has also collected pandoras. Monster is by her side--he is a huge bear. She also sees a lizard being marked before the start of 3rd and she begs for him to become hers as well. She continues to show great compassion to the animals, the most to hers of course, but she can't stand to see the animals in pain or being mistreated. Tella has an enormous heart for the group of allies that have gathered around her as well. She has to try to remind herself that only one will win the cure, and balance that with the bonds that inevitably form when struggling through such hard climates, challenges and life or death.

    Tella has to make some impossible choices in this one. Does she prioritize the cure for Cody? Her new friends who have banded together? Her pandoras especially Maddox who has risked his life, and provided so much comfort to her. All while exhausted, dehydrated, faced with the extremes of the earth. I savored every second, and don't know what that says about me that this is ultimate entertainment except that I am attached to her as well.

    The end came at a good time in the book, and now I will be craving the next book for the next year like I have for Salt and Stone. This is a series that has made an impression on me, and even with my evolving reading styles and preferences, this has stood the 5 star rating. 


Bottom Line: Exciting second book as good as the first with characters I adore.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Where would you rather battle for a cure for a loved one? Jungle, desert, ocean or mountains?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday, WoW


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. I also feature books that may have already released, but I am anxiously waiting to read.

This week, I'm featuring:
Every Last Word
f you could read my mind, you wouldn't be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off. 

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to the Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

Releases: June 16th 2015 by Disney-Hyperion

note for brandi- this is 100 on tbr

What are you waiting on?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Review: Remember by Eileen Cook

Remember by Eileen Cook

A thrilling tale about what a girl will do to get back a memory she lost…or remove what she wants to forget.
Harper is used to her family being hounded by protesters. Her father runs the company that trademarked the "Memtex" procedure to wipe away sad memories, and plenty of people think it shouldn't be legal. Then a new demonstrator crosses her path, Neil, who’s as persistent as he is hot. Not that Harper’s noticing, since she already has a boyfriend.
When Harper suffers a loss, she’s shocked her father won’t allow her to get the treatment, so she finds a way to get it without his approval. Soon afterward, she’s plagued with strange symptoms, including hallucinations of a woman who is somehow both a stranger, yet incredibly familiar. Harper begins to wonder if she is delusional, or if these are somehow memories.
Together with Neil, who insists he has his own reasons for needing answers about the real dangers of Memtex, Harper begins her search for the truth. What she finds could uproot all she’s ever believed about her life…

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Publishes in US: February 24th 2015 by Simon Pulse
Genre: ya sci-fi
Source: simon pulse via edelweiss
Series? no

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    Remember appealed to me since I am drawn to stories about memory loss, and the idea of selecting memories to be less emotional or even the chance to remove them has so many possibilities. At the beginning Harper seems to have things going pretty well, she's smart, especially in sciences, she has a long term boyfriend and a loyal if opposite best friend. 

   However it was a waiting game, because I know from the synopsis that things will go wrong and she will have memories that she'd rather not have, and pays a price for them to not plague her. 

   Her procedure prompted frightening side effects and she meets Neil, who seems to have answers to the questions she has, where no one in her life is offering up suggestion. 

   I liked the friendship in this one. How she was so supportive for Harper and gave an ear. But I think it brings up an important issue where when Harper has a problem she gets so focused on herself and issues that she didn't give her time to talk about her own issues. 

   It got pretty suspenseful, and I have to admit that I didn't see a lot of the twists coming. I had ideas, but none of them were right. 

   The love triangle aspect wasn't too annoying, and I can understand how she ended up with the sticky situation. 

    Everything wrapped up well, and I enjoyed this standalone mystery.


Bottom Line: Good main character and unique twist to the memory theme.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Any memories that you would chose to erase or soften?

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Bought Borrowed and Bagged


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews,  check it out and sign up  here
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged. Link up with me here.

currently reading:
The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise
source: Simon Pulse
(just realized how similar these covers are... but both beautiful)
What I read:
Positively Beautiful
source: Bloomsbury
Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1)
source: library
Salt & Stone (Fire & Flood, #2)
source: scholastic via edelweiss 
99 Days
source: Balzer + Bray via edelweiss
Last Week on the blog:
The Distance Between Lost and Found
Source: Harper Teen via Edelweiss
The Last Time We Say Goodbye
source: Harper Teen
Ghost Town (The Morganville Vampires, #9)
source: library
In Her Wake (Ten Tiny Breaths, #0.5)
Source: atria via netgalley


My few weeks:
Hey! I am back! I had a great trip to disney with my family. My older daughter is trying all sorts of new stuff, and loves thunder mountain to no end. My youngest was sad that her favorite, the Ariel Under the Sea was closed for refurb but she settled for dumbo and the goofy coaster. I was a little sad that I thought my favorite cupcake in the world was gone from Contempo, but the strawberry one had the same icing and cake, I just had to scoop out the strawberry filling. We focused a little more on pin trading and the sorcerers of magic kingdom than before but still did lots of rides, caught the parade, ate some wonderful food. I am on my cane this week from my fibro, and it has been crazy because we got an ice storm and oldest daughter was home from school all week.





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