Next In Line: ARC Edition #3

So I wanted to do another edition of this because I am truly at a loss as to which ARC to read next. I haven’t done one of these in about a year, so it’s about time to do another one. So I am going to list 5 ARCs and then you all tell me which one I should read next.

When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

Synopsis from Goodreads
Is there anything that electric chemistry can’t overcome? The past may be gone, but love has a way of holding on in this romantic debut novel told in alternating Before and After chapters.

The summer before freshman year, Kelsey and David became inseparable best friends—until the night a misunderstanding turned Kelsey into the school joke and everything around her crumbled, including her friendship with David. So when Kelsey’s parents decide to move away, she can’t wait to start over and leave the past behind. But David’s not quite ready to be left.

Now it’s senior year and Kelsey has a new group of friends, genuine popularity, and a hot boyfriend. Her life is perfect. That is, until David’s family moves to town. Old feelings bubble to the surface and threaten to destroy Kelsey’s second chance at happiness. The more time she spends with David, the more she realizes she never let him go. And maybe she never wants to…

Synopsis from Goodreads
From the Morris-Award winning author of Charm & Strange, comes a twisted and haunting tale about three teens uncovering dark secrets and even darker truths about themselves.

When nearly killing a classmate gets seventeen-year-old Sadie Su kicked out of her third boarding school in four years, she returns to her family’s California vineyard estate. Here, she’s meant to stay out of trouble. Here, she’s meant to do a lot of things. But it’s hard. She’s bored. And when Sadie’s bored, the only thing she likes is trouble.

Emerson Tate’s a poor boy living in a rich town, with his widowed mother and strange, haunted little brother. All he wants his senior year is to play basketball and make something happen with the girl of his dreams. That’s why Emerson’s not happy Sadie’s back. An old childhood friend, she knows his worst secrets. The things he longs to forget. The things she won’t ever let him.

Haunted is a good word for fifteen-year-old Miles Tate. Miles can see the future, after all. And he knows his vision of tragic violence at his school will come true, because his visions always do. That’s what he tells the new girl in town. The one who listens to him. The one who recognizes the darkness in his past.

But can Miles stop the violence? Or has the future already been written? Maybe tragedy is his destiny. Maybe it’s all of theirs.

In the small town of Lewis Creek, baseball is everything.

Especially for all-star pitcher Austin Braxton, who has a one-way ticket out of town with his scholarship to a top university. All that stands between him and a new start is one final season. But when Austin starts flunking Chemistry, his picture-perfect future is in jeopardy. A failing grade means zero playing time, and zero playing time means no scholarship.

Enter Marisa Marlowe, the new girl in town who gets a job at his momma’s flower shop. Not only is Marisa some home-schooled super-genius, she’s also a baseball fanatic and more than willing to help Austin study. As the two grow closer, there’s something about Marisa that makes Austin want more than just baseball and out of Lewis Creek—he wants a future with her. But Marisa has a past that still haunts her, one that she ran all the way to South Carolina to escape.

As Austin starts to peel back the layers of Marisa’s pain, it forces him to look beyond the facade of himself and everyone he thought he knew in his town. What he sees instead is that in a small town like Lewis Creek, maybe baseball isn’t everything—maybe it is just the thing that ties them all together.

Synopsis from Goodreads
A fun, romantic read, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti!

Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life.

But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan.

And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.

Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future.

In alternating then and now chapters, debut author Lauren Gibaldi crafts a charming, romantic story of first loves, lifelong friendships, uncovered secrets, and, ultimately, finding out how to be brave.

 Looking forward to seeing what book you all voted on!

TTT: Top Ten Books On My Summer 2015 TBR List

This feature is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Happy Tuesday book lovers!
I made two separate lists. One for ARCs and one for books I want to read for fun. 
Basically all of the books I want to read for fun are from different book series. I really need to catch up on my series.

A Step Towards Falling by Cammie McGovern
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Future Perfect by Jen Larsen
Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young
The Fixer (The Fixer #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler
The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
Jesse’s Girl (Hundred Oaks) by Miranda Kenneally

The Heart of Betrayal (The Kiss of Deception  #2) by Mary E. Pearson
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor
Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor
Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3) by Laini Taylor
Ensnared (Splintered #3) by A. G. Howard
The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5) by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Let me know if you agree with any of my picks. Don’t forget to leave links to your TTT posts so I can check them out.

Review Requests and How to Handle Them

This post was sort of inspired by my friend Ashley’s post here. Hers was strictly about turning down review requests, mine will be a little of that and a little of what happens when I do accept a review requests.

I recently had to adjust my policy so now my blog states that if I am not interested in your book, I will not respond to your request. This was probably rude as well as a bit too passive aggressive and I am not like that at all. However, I didn’t have much choice as I am getting requests daily that do not fit with the parameters of what I read.Honestly, if you cannot take five minutes to look over my review policy and what I do and do not like to read, then don’t bother emailing me.

It’s been awhile since I actually said yes to a review request and there are reasons for that. The last few times I have accepted a request, two of the books were DNF’s despite having really promising synopses and I accepted a third request and never received the book.It was a book I was looking forward to and the author had approached me about it. The final reason is because of my e-ARC’s. I talked about this last week and I still feel as though I am drowning in e-ARC’s. So I really want to catch up on those before I start accepting emailed requests. I mean if an author has a good pitch & the synopsis intrigued me I could probably make an exception, but it’s on a case-by-case basis.

And of course I want to be able to read my own books. Books that have nothing to do with blogging. Books that I received as gifts or books that I bought for myself. I started blogging for fun and I never want it to feel like a job that I hate.I am a bit afraid that it will so I am going to do everything possible to ensure that it doesn’t happen. Even taking a week off of reading review books to focus on my “me” books every once in awhile.

So how do you handle review requests?

ARC’s, e-ARC’s and Me

I struggled a lot with a topic for this week’s discussion. I had covered a lot of topics in recent weeks but, after I made another review log last night (because I had accidentally deleted the first one) I realized that I wanted to do one on ARC’s, e-ARC’s and how I deal with them. I am a big fan of lists. I make lists of books I want to read, lists of books I have to read and lists of books that I’ve read.

Yet the only formal lists I make have to do with ARC’s & e-ARC’s. When I initially started blogging, I focused only on the books I already owned. I had no idea what ARC’s were and more to the point, I didn’t want to have ARC’s. I’m not a greedy person and it’s not in my nature to be grabby with things, even things I love, like books.

Acquisitions of ARC’s & e-ARC’s started off slowly. Since I have such an eclectic taste in books, I was getting a variety of review requests from indie authors and publishers. Many of them, I accepted because I was running out of books to read. The whole concept of “running out of books” suddenly became foreign to me. Things only got unmanageable when I discovered first Netgalley and then Edelweiss.

As a newbie blogger, the ratio of approvals to denials for both of these systems were pretty lopsided for awhile. I was still keeping up with my books for the most part until I was six months in and Edelweiss decided to auto-approve me for multiple publishers. Then, I’m mortified to say, I got overwhelmed and yes a bit greedy. Of course I’m embarrassed about that.No one wants to be called greedy. It’s a terrible thing to be called.

I tried to use Excel spreadsheets to organize things, but it just didn’t work for me. I ended up using just a straight up Word Document. I wrote the title of the book and the date it was scheduled to be reviewed on my blog. Whenever I finish reading the book, writing the review and scheduling it, I cross it off of the list.

So how do you keep your review pile organized?

Stacking the Shelves #12

Hello again everyone. This weekly feature comes from Tynga’s Reviews. Don’t forget to stop by and link up your STS posts or vlogs.All bookish goodies count. 
This week was a big week. I had won a mystery box of books from Skye @ Skye’s Scribblings a few weeks ago and the box finally arrived this week, I was really happy to see that I hadn’t read any of these books.Not only that but I hadn’t even HEARD of any of them. So yay for me.
I swiped up a few things from Netgalley this week. I had finished several review books this week so this was my treat to myself since I didn’t purchase anything for myself this week.
As always, be sure to let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought of them. Also leave me a link to your STS post or vlog so I can stop by and see what you got this week.

Received for Review
Sidelined by Kendra C. Highley (e-galley from Netgalley)

How Sweet It Is by Melissa Brayden (e-galley from Netgalley)

Torn (Torn #1) by K.A. Robinson (e-galley from Netgalley)


You Are So Undead To Me (Megan Berry #1) by Stacey Jay

Betrayal (Empty Coffin) by Gregg Olsen

Family by Micol Ostow

I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg-Sloan

Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices by Mitali Perkins

The Persistence of Memory by Anita Atwater-Rhodes

Tiger’s Quest (The Tiger Saga #2) by Colleen Houck


Stacking the Shelves #3

Just as I predicted,this week started off with an onslaught of books. I actually felt terrible for the mailman on Monday as he handed me 3 packages.Things did not improve for the poor guy as the week went on. I got at least 1 package through Friday.

Received for Review
The Witches of Blackmere High
Burn (Book 3 of the Breathless Trilogy) (Twitter giveaway)
All I Need (from Cuddlebuggery)
The Silver Star (from ARCycling)
Playing Nice

This was how I was feeling by Saturday afternoon as I feverishly updated this post.

I never thought I’d say this but I hope next week isn’t so book crazy.