Waiting On Wednesday #25

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This feature is hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. It’s a way to showcase upcoming titles that we’re excited about.

My Pick
UNDERWATER
Book Link: 
Goodreads

Synopsis from Goodreads
Morgan didn’t mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something right. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive—first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then, herself.

But Morgan can’t move on. She can’t even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school.

When it seems Morgan can’t hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside.

Underwater is a powerful, hopeful debut novel about redemption, recovery, and finding the strength it takes to face your past and move on.

My Thoughts
This book wasn’t even on my radar until recently. I happened to see it on someone else’s social media (Instagram, I think?) and I went to look it up. After reading the synopsis, I knew I had to read this book. It looks right up my alley. It looks like a hard read, emotionally, but I love those kinds of books.

What book are you looking forward to the most?

Stacking the Shelves #65

This feature comes from Tynga’s Reviews.
Hi guys, I know I haven’t done a haul post in awhile. In the past few weeks, I received several e-ARCs, from both Edelweiss & NetGalley. I also received a physical ARC from Bloomsbury.

I also got my Book Outlet order finally. I made the order on the day after Black Friday, and they were very backed up. 

I received my TBTBSanta package as well this month and it had so many awesome goodies. I received The Assassin’s Blade, Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight & Heir of Fire, all of them in glorious hard-back, so thank you bunches, Emily!

 I also received my OTSPSecretSister package and in it was a signed copy of The Young Elites. This surprise came a few days after making the arrangements with another blogger, Alexa, to get yet another copy of The Young Elites. So now I have TWO copies of The Young Elites. Since I loved this book so much, I’m thrilled to have 2 copies of it. 

Let’s see what landed on my shelves recently.
Bought

All These Lives by Sarah Wylie
You Look Different In Real Life by Jennifer Castle

 

How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer
Anomaly (Anomaly #1) by Krista McGee

 
Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

Everneath (Everneath #1) by Brodi Ashton

Everbound (Everneath #2) by Brodi Ashton
Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton

The Brokenhearted (The Brokenhearted #1) by Amelia Kahaney
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Ashes to Ashes (Ashes to Ashes #1) by Melissa Walker
Olivia Twisted by Vivi Barnes

The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson
The Fox Inheritance (Jenna Fox Chronicles #2) by Mary E. Pearson

 

Fox Forever (Jenna Fox Chronicles #3) by Mary E. Pearson
Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

Received for Review

-Edelweiss-

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
The Cage (The Cage #1) by Megan Shepherd

Paperweight by Meg Haston
Tiny Pretty Things by Sonia Charaiportra & Dhonielle Clayton

The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen
The Replaced (The Taking #2) by Kimberly Derting

-From the Publisher-

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses1 #1) by Sarah J. Maas

-Netgalley-

One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin

Gifted

The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu

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

1Let me know if you’ve read any of these or if you are planning to. Don’t forget to leave the links to your posts, in the comments section.

Stacking the Shelves #64

This feature is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

So this haul is from the last few weeks, I didn’t do a post last week because I totally forgot to. This week, I just added to it every time I got something so I didn’t have to put it all together Saturday night.

I got a fair amount of review books in the past few weeks. I got five books from Edelweiss & three books from NetGalley. I am definitely going to be busy reading over the next few weeks.

Received for Review
-Edelweiss-
Rebound (Boomerang #2) by Noelle August
The Remedy (The Program #0.5) by Suzanne Young

The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz

-NetGalley-

Lola Caryle’s 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman
The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguire

The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

Be sure to let me know if you’ve read any of these or if you are planning to read any of them. Also, leave the links to your posts & vlogs.

Review: One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva

Book Title: One Man Guy
Author: Michael Barakiva
Publish Date: May 27th, 2014
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Genre: LGBT YA
Standalone
Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
A heartfelt, laugh-out-loud-funny story of romance, family, and self-discovery.

Alek Khederian should have guessed something was wrong when his parents took him to a restaurant. Everyone knows that Armenians never eat out. Between bouts of interrogating the waitress and criticizing the menu, Alek’s parents announce that he’ll be attending summer school in order to bring up his grades. Alek is sure this experience will be the perfect hellish end to his hellish freshman year of high school. He never could’ve predicted that he’d meet someone like Ethan.

Ethan is everything Alek wishes he were: confident, free-spirited, and irreverent. He can’t believe a guy this cool wants to be his friend. And before long, it seems like Ethan wants to be more than friends. Alek has never thought about having a boyfriend—he’s barely ever had a girlfriend—but maybe it’s time to think again.

Disclaimer: This is a library book.

Review:
This book was PERFECT!

I am so, SO glad Blythe & Lili pushed this one on me. I tend to have very similar tastes in books with these two ladies so I had a feeling I’d love this book. And I was right. I loved the insight into the Armenian culture as I didn’t know anything about it. It sounds depressing and sad, but the only knowledge of the Armenian culture was through the Kardashians. 

However, I loved learning about the family and food aspect of the culture. I was drooling over the foods Alek and his family made throughout the book, which is funny, because I don’t generally go for the types of foods depicted in the book. Yes, Alek’s parents were strict, but I got the feeling that was par for the course in Armenian families. I thought the whole thing about his parents packing his lunch & laying out his clothes to wear was a little much. I mean he IS fourteen. But again, that was part of the culture.

It is Ethan who teaches him the difference between “have to” and “want to” Ethan encourages him to break the rules and do something that he wants to do instead of what his parents say he has to. Ethan is the one who helps Alek realize he’s gay. It was nothing Alek had ever considered before. He had had girlfriends before, but it had been awhile.

It was Alek’s best friend Becky, who encouraged him to go after Ethan, to tell Ethan how he felt. I loved that Alek had a female best friend. I really think opposite sex friendships are very underrepresented in YA, so I was excited to see Becky & Alek’s friendship continue throughout the book. I really loved that Becky didn’t abandon Alek when it was revealed that Alek was falling for Ethan. So many teenagers lose friends when they come out, thankfully Alek did not.

Their first kiss was so adorable, sweet and just so PERFECT. I totally thought that Ethan would kiss him first, but I actually liked that Alek initiated the first kiss. I felt that it actually made so much more sense than it would have if Ethan had initiated the kiss. 

This book was about family, friendship, and realizing who you really are. I cannot say enough amazing things about this book. It was funny, cute, romantic. It really was an absolutely perfect book and I’m so excited and happy that I read it. 5 stars to this book that stole my heart.

Stacking the Shelves #46

This feature is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews
Holy moly, this week brought me a lot of books. I got for from NetGalley and one from Edelweiss. I also got a book in a trade with another blogger, so thanks Lili! I also got 10 books from the library. I REALLY need to stop getting books from the library. My TBR is getting even crazier. Yet, my willpower continues to be zero.

Let’s see what landed on my shelf and in my Kindle this week.

Bought
Received for Review

-Edelweiss-
Random by Tom Leveen

-NetGalley-

Lailah (The Styclar Saga #1) by Nikki Kelly
Wickedpedia by Chris Van Etten

Followers by Anna Davies
Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner

Gifted

Trade

Positive: A Memoir by Paige Rawl & Ali Benjamin

Won

Library Books

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor
Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) by Laini Taylor
 

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor
Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

 One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Truth or Dare (Truth Or Dare #1) by Jacqueline Green

So let me know if you’ve read any of these or if you are planning to read them at some point.

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Review: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria

Book Title: Love Letters to the Dead
Author: Ava Dellaria
Publish Date: April 1st, 2014
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux
Genre: YA Contemporary
Standalone
Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply flawed; can she begin to discover her own path.

Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from a fellow blogger. 

Review:
This book is going to be a very hard book to review. First of all, you need to put away any preconceived notions you have about this book. I know I had to. Secondly, if you aren’t kicked in the feels by the time you finish reading it, then you are dead inside. Okay, maybe not dead inside, but at least for me, it was a book full of feels. It’s a book that I had a hard time getting into. It was slow at first and I was getting sad and disappointed by the fact that I wasn’t loving it.But it grows on you and before you know it, you don’t want to put it down.

Laurel has gone through her parents divorce but nothing hurt as bad as it hurt when her big sister died. She blames herself for it and she’s convinced that her mom does also. Why else would her mom have moved so far away from her, leaving Laurel to split her time between her Aunt Amy & her dad.

Laurel starts off writing a letter to a dead person as part of a school assignment, but it gets bigger than that and soon she is writing many letters to many dead people. She talks about her friendships with Kristen, Tristan, Hannah & Natalie. She talks about maybe, possibly, falling in love with Sky. Most importantly she uses these letters as a way to grieve for May.

Through these letters, we grow to learn what exactly happened to May and what happened to Laurel as well. Laurel also learns that May wasn’t as perfect as she thought she was and that she was flawed but did her best to hide that from Laurel, most likely, because she wanted to protect her little sister.

I ended up loving this book, but it wasn’t an easy road and it wasn’t until about page 150 that I really began to fall in love with this book. From that point on, I spent most of the book in tears, even sobbing by the time I had finished the book. Dellaria broke me in the feels but in one of the most honest, and beautiful ways possible. I would love, love to give this book a full 5 stars but knowing how long it took me to even get into the book, I have to give it 4 stars. I would absolutely highly recommend it to anyone. 

Stacking the Shelves #34

This feature is hosted byTynga’s Reviews.

This week was a great one. I ended up getting more books than I thought I would but I did get access to one e-ARC that I am so super excited about. It was one that I didn’t think I would get but NetGalley opened it up for a limited time last Sunday so I jumped on it. Then a few days later, I got an email that another highly sought after book was available to “read now” so you better believe I jumped on that one. A third NetGalley book that I got doesn’t even release until October so I have LOADS of time to read that one.

A book that I had won from EpicReads a few weeks ago also came in. It was a surprise book as I had won one of the Dark Days Tour books, but I didn’t know which one until I got it. Of course now I have to read Veronica Rossi’s series (I was going to anyway) cannot wait to read that series.


Bought

Received for Review

-NetGalley-
Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
A Hole In My Heart by Rie Charles
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Gifted
Won

Into The Still Blue (Under The Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi

Be sure to let me know if you’ve read any of these or if you are planning to. Also make sure you leave me the links to your Stacking the Shelves vlogs/posts.


Weekly Blog Wrap-Up
Wednesday- Review of The Summer I Wasn’t Me
Thursday- Review of The Distance Between Us
Friday- My Music
            Cover reveal for I Wish
Saturday- Review of The Edge Of Falling

Stacking the Shelves #33

This feature is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Oh man, thank goodness for the slow week. The last few weeks have been certifiably crazy in both my bookish life and my personal life. This week was another crazy week in my personal life so thankfully I wasn’t inundated with books.I got one NetGalley book and then Emma, who is a blogger friend of mine, sent me a 2nd book. I also received some swag that I won from a Twitter giveaway.


Bought

Received for Review

-NetGalley-
The Here And Now by Ann Brashares

Gifted
Love Letters To The Dead byAva Dellaira

Won
Nil swag

Let me know if you have read either of these books or if you are planning on it.
Weekly Blog Wrap-Up
Monday- No Post
Tuesday- Review of My Life Next Door (My Life Next Door #1) by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Wednesday- No Post
Thursday- No Post
Saturday- Review of The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass
I know the blog content has significantly decreased in the last month or so. Most of that is related to my reading & blogging slump. Throw in some minor family crises and you’ve got a recipe for decreased blog content. Hoping to be back in full swing in the next few weeks.
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