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!

Received for Review


The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams

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

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: The Testing (The Testing #1) by Joelle Charbonneau

Book Title: The Testing (The Testing #1)
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Published Date: June 4th, 2013
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Genre: YA/Dystopian
Series: Book 1 in The Testing series
Book Link: Goodreads
Purchase Link: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same? 

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career. 

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies–trust no one. 

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.

Disclaimer: I won this book from Popcorn Reads.

This book was very similar to The Hunger Games, which I loved. I had no idea how similar they would be until I started reading this book.Nowadays it’s very hard to have a dystopian book not be similar to another dystopian book.However The Testing ended up being much more sinister than I would have ever realized. No the Commonwealth was not was creepy as Panem nor was the world building as good as it was in The Hunger Games.

However I loved Malencia “Cia” Vale. Absolutely loved her. She was a dream heroine. She had empathy and sympathy but she also was a fighter.She was prepared to protect her family at all costs. She didn’t get all moony over a guy either. Yes Tomas clearly was into her from the beginning and yes she was attracted to him too, but she never let that interfere with what she was trying to do.

Like the Hunger Games there was a love triangle hinted at. Yes people may disagree with me on that,but it was clear to me that Will is supposed to be the “Peeta” in this series. And much like The Hunger Games trilogy, I am rooting for Will and Cia to get together. I didn’t feel anything between Cia and Tomas except friendship. I don’t really trust Tomas either. Not after what Cia discovers near the end of this book. Cia may have spilled all of her secrets to Tomas, but Tomas did not afford her the same courtesy. Not by a longshot.

Like I said previously, the world building was not as good in this one as it was in The Hunger Games,but it definitely wasn’t terrible either.Add that to my dislike of Tomas and not buying him and Cia together, this book gets 4 stars.I am so excited to see what happens in the next book.

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