Stacking the Shelves #30

This weekly feature is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

This week was just full of awesome book things. I ended the week with 10 new books. 7 are review books. I won 2 books and I bought a book at Costco on Friday. 3 review books were from Edelweiss and they were all highly anticipated books so I am super excited to get started. 4 of the review books were from NetGalley,and I have already read one of them (if you follow me on Twitter, you probably know which one)

I was going through a bit of a reading slump this past week. Nothing was interesting me so I had a rough reading week.Near the end of the week, it definitely picked up.

So anyway, on to the books…

Bought

Unhinged (Splintered #2) by A.G.Howard

Received for Review

-NetGalley-
Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn
Insanity by Susan Vaught
My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal

The Disappeared Girl by Martin J. Smith

-Edelweiss-
On The Fence by Kasie West
In The End by Demitria Lunetta
Gifted
Won

Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy #1) by Anna Banks
Of Triton (The Syrena Legacy #2) by Anna Banks

Let me know if you’ve read any of these or if you want to. Don’t forget to leave your Stacking The Shelves post/vlog links in the comments so I can make sure I stop by.

Weekly Blog Wrap-Up
Monday- Review of The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry
Tuesday- Review of Above by Isla Morley
Wednesday- Review of No Such Thing by A.M. Arthur
Thursday- No Post
Saturday- No Post

Review: The Moment Before by Suzy Vitello

Title: The Moment Before
Author: Suzy Vitello
Release Date: January 14th, 2014
Publisher: Diversion Books
Genre: YA Contemporary
Standalone
Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
“Don’t get me wrong. I loved my sister. I never, not once, wished her dead.”

Brady and Sabine Wilson are sisters born eleven months apart, but they couldn’t be more different. Popular Sabine, the head cheerleader dating the high school hunk, seems to have all the luck, while her younger, artsy sister “Brady Brooder” is a loner who prefers the sidelines to the limelight.

After Sabine dies in a horrific cheerleading accident, grief unravels Brady and her family. Once recognized for her artistic talent, 17-year-old Brady finds herself questioning the value of everything she once held dear. Her best friend betrays her. Her parents’ marriage is crumbling. And the boy everyone blames for the accident seems to be her only ally in the search for answers in the wake of her sister’s death. As an unlikely friendship emerges, Brady learns more about Sabine – and love – than she bargained for.

Disclaimer: I received this e-ARC from Diversion Books via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Review:
Recently, I told a fellow book blogger friend that there are a lot of criteria that goes into rating a book for me. Character development is a big one for me. It’s probably number 2 on my list of criteria. Unfortunately this book failed on this criteria. The characters all bored me and I found myself not caring about anything. The only character I seemed to like was Sabine and she was dead. Readers can forget about character development in this book as it was sorely lacking.

The pacing was so slow. Reading this book felt like pulling teeth because it seemed like nothing really happened. At least until the end when it got just a bit more exciting. I think if the events in the book were a bit more spaced out, it would have been much better. The writing, oh geez, I really hated the writing. It could have been something amazing but I didn’t feel like the author committed to writing this book.

Brady and Connor bored me. I mean really I didn’t see the attraction at all. It felt like she was just with him to get her parents to notice her. Which of course was akin to playing games which was something that was alluded to. It was like out of nowhere she was kissing this guy.Who she didn’t even really know. So the romance definitely felt forced.

Martha was a terrible, horrible friend. I couldn’t understand that dynamic at all. The only thing I could think of was that she had lost some brain cells recently. She seemed more interested in taking over Sabine’s reign as Queen Bee, than being there for Brady and Brady’s family who she claimed to love.

Up until about 80% in I was going to give this book one star, but the last 20% brought a bit more feeling into it. Unfortunately despite the effort to greatly improve this book in the end, it was too little, too late. So I have to give this book 2 stars.