Stacking the Shelves #31

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So this week was a quiet week bringing me only one review book. Probably a good thing as I have been having yet another reading slump. It seems to be relegated to review books as I have really enjoyed Unhinged by A.G. Howard this week. I know I need to be reading review books but none of them are really holding my interest right now. It’s frustrating and annoying as I am really type A and the idea of not following my review schedule is really upsetting me.

I received a belated birthday gift from Angie. Thank you SO much Angie. Love you! I had also won a Twitter Giveaway that Angie did. Both of those packages arrived on Monday, making it one of the best Monday’s I’ve had in awhile.

I got my Valentine’s Day present from my mom and it was a highly anticipated book. A series ender. A book that everyone has been going nuts over. So thank you Mom!

Bought
Received for Review
-NetGalley-

 

The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams

Gifted
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Won
The Archived (The Archived #1) by Victoria Schwab
Blog Wrap-Up
Monday- Cover Reveal for After The Storm by Marie Landry
Tuesday- Review of Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
Wednesday- No Post
Thursday- No Post
Saturday- Book Blogger Love-A-Thon Interview With Liz
                Review of Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
Bloggers Mentioned
Angie @ Disquietus Reads

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Review: Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

Book Title: Charm & Strange
Author: Stephanie Kuehn
Release Date: June 11th, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: YA/Contemporary
Standalone
Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
When you’ve been kept caged in the dark, it’s impossible to see the forest for the trees. It’s impossible to see anything, really. Not without bars . . . 

Andrew Winston Winters is at war with himself. 

He’s part Win, the lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy. The guy who shuts all his classmates out, no matter the cost.

He’s part Drew, the angry young boy with violent impulses that control him. The boy who spent a fateful, long-ago summer with his brother and teenage cousins, only to endure a secret so monstrous it led three children to do the unthinkable. 

Over the course of one night, while stuck at a party deep in the New England woods, Andrew battles both the pain of his past and the isolation of his present. 

Before the sun rises, he’ll either surrender his sanity to the wild darkness inside his mind or make peace with the most elemental of truths—that choosing to live can mean so much more than not dying.

Disclaimer: I received this book for my birthday from a fellow blogger.

Review:
This book is going to be so difficult to review for multiple reasons. It took me on a wild ride that had so many twists and turns and no real answers until the very end. Throughout most of it I was confused, not sure exactly what was going on and sometimes it read much like E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars Not the writing itself but the tone and the location.

This book is written in alternate time periods. Flashing back to that fateful summer and then flashing ahead to current time. Unlike other books, this time period switching was easier to keep track of. It didn’t confuse me. Maybe because the setting was different and the people were different, I’m not quite sure.

I had questions throughout the entire book. I was sure that the secret that Andrew held was something and by the end of the book I had been taken in a completely different and unexpected direction. As I thought about the book and how little clues had been dropped throughout, I realized that the clues were all there, I just was focused on some other reason for Andrew’s behavior. This book requires you to be completely open minded and aware that things aren’t always how they seem.

I thought the character development was well done and that we got to see each of the characters have their own voice and personality.I do wish we had seen more of Siobhan, as she ended up being more important than I ever thought she was.

It was a good book and overall I really did like it,but I think making it longer would have helped. As much as I liked the ending, it sort of seemed rushed to me.I understand not wanting to make it too long and bore the reader, but making it too short can leave some things lacking.

I also didn’t have the feels in this book. Normally I would have expected some sort of feels but nothing this time around. Which is weird as I normally cry during pretty much any book. Not this time. This time I spent most of the book completely confused which makes sense given the way this book was laid out. So I’ll be giving this book 4 stars. Was it great? Yes. Was I pretty damn confused through most of the book? Yes. Would I recommend it? Yes I would. It was an enjoyable book that forces you to keep your mind open.

Stacking the Shelves #28

This feature is hosted by Tynga of Tynga’s Reviews

Hey everyone, gosh this week has been crazy, upsetting and awesome all at once. Have you ever had a week like that? I hadn’t in a really long time until this week.

Despite my plan to limit the e-ARC’s that I request, I couldn’t help but raid NetGalley this week. I didn’t expect to get approved for the ones that I really wanted but it was worth a shot.However I finished the week with 5 NetGalley grabs including much hyped about, The Winner’s Curse.I got an email Friday morning that NetGalley was allowing access to the first 100 people to click Read Now on The Winner’s Curse. I can still hardly believe that I was able to grab an e-ARC of it. So YAY!

I also grabbed two off of Edelweiss. They both don’t release until June so I’ve got some time on those. I am excited to read them but also relieved that they don’t need to be read this month.

One of my favorite people Meredith of Pandora’s Books insisted on sending me a belated birthday gift. I tried to tell her that she didn’t have to, but she didn’t listen to me. Well when I got the package on Tuesday night, there was a hole in it. I opened it and discovered Charm & Strange which was on my wishlist. I had to DM her on Twitter and ask if there was anything else in the package because of the hole. Of course I didn’t want to sound greedy but I suspected something wasn’t right.

Well turns out a second book escaped somewhere between NY & CA. Yeah that’s a big distance. I was angry on Meredith’s behalf because this girl has a friggin’ heart of gold. Unfortunately crap happens and it sucks but there’s not much you can do about it. I hope whoever has the missing book, is enjoying it.

Enough of my incessant rambling. Here are the books I got this week,

Bought
Received for Review

-Netgalley-
Blur (Blur Trilogy #1) by Stephen James
The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski

-Edelweiss-

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
The Things You Kiss Goodbye Leslie Connor


Gifted 

Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

Won

Weekly Blog Wrap-Up
Monday- Review of The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Tuesday- Blog Tour Review of Savor by Kate Evangelista
Wednesday- Review of Where The Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
Thursday- Review of The Moment Before by Suzy Vitello
Saturday- Review of Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

Bloggers mentioned
Meredith of Pandora’s Books.

As always, let me know if you’ve read any of these books or if you are wanting to. Also,leave me links to your Stacking the Shelves posts/vlogs etc.