2016 ARCs I’m most excited about

Hi guys!

I know there hasn’t been much in the way of book reviews lately. I’ve been in a massive reading slump & with NaNoWriMo going on, I haven’t had much time to actually read. I’ve been in a bit of a reading funk, I guess.

So I wanted to talk about some upcoming 2016 books that I have ARCs for and that I’m excited about.

Passenger has been one of my most anticipated reads since last May. I would say this is very high on my priority list.
Shade Me has also been a book I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. Synesthesia has always fascinated me and I’m curious to see how that will be handled in the book.
Firsts sounds really good. Very girl power-ish, which excites me. Very sex positive as well, which also excites me.
This is Where the World Ends has been high on my list since I first found out that Amy was writing a new book. This sounds like something I am going to LOVE. Considering how much I loved her first book, I cannot wait for this one.
This is Where it Ends sounds like a very emotional read, so I am going to have to be in a specific mood for it. It sounds amazing though.
The Mirror King is my most anticipated sequel. Considering where The Orphan Queen left off, I need to get to it soon. Good thing I’m buddy reading it with Mary & Jessica right now.
The May Queen Murders just sounds awesome. I’m head over heels in love with that cover. So even if I didn’t get an e-ARC of it, I’d probably buy it when it was released.
The Girl From Everywhere has been all over the book blogging community for months. I am super excited to get to it. I can only hope I’m as enamored with it as everyone else is.
Thicker Than Water looks really captivating. I love the cover in all it’s simplicity. Plus it sounds like there’s a lot of secrets between the characters.
Other Broken Things is Christa’s third book, and I just adore her books. Yes they are dark. Yes the characters aren’t always likable. She has this insane talent that makes me fall in love with her stories no matter how dark they are.

Have you read any of these ARCs yet? If not, are there any that you’re looking forward to the most? If you have read any of these, did you enjoy them?

Stacking The Shelves #83

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Well, this is what happens when I move this feature to once a month and in that month Harper does multiple e-galley drops onto Edelweiss.

I end up with just about 50 books.

Granted, not all of them were review books, but 27 of them were. 23 from Edelweiss, 4 from NetGalley, I got an e-galley of a book for a blog tour, I got an e-galley of a book for an upcoming Sunday Street Team event. 12 were library books. I bought 5 books. One was a trade & three were from my Secret Sister.

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen
Nearly Gone (Nearly Gone #1) by Elle Cosimano
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

Received for Review

Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird #2) by Claudia Gray
Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson
Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor
The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude
Flamecaster (The Shattered Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Dreamology by Lucy Keating
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers
The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) by C. J. Redwine
Harmony House by Nic Sheff
Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace
The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
The Mirror King (The Orphan Queen #2) by Jodi Meadows
Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto
Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr (No cover yet)
The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan
Other Broken Things by Christa Desir
Consent by Nancy Ohlin
Shade Me (Nikki Kill #1) by Jennifer Brown
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang
Thicker Than Water by Kelly Fiore

Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Menagerie (Menagerie #1) by Rachel Vincent
These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
Placebo Junkies by J. C. Carleson

Blog Tour

The Body Institute by Carol Riggs

Sunday Street Team
Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
When We Wake (When We Wake #1) by Karen Healey
When We Run (When We Wake #2) by Karen Healey
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Joyride by Anna Banks
Return to the Dark House (Welcome to the Dark House #2) by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Our Brothers at the Bottom of the Bottom of the Sea by Johnathan David Kranz
The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
The Accident Season by Maria Fowley Doyle
Rebel Mechanics (Rebel Mechanics #1) by Shanna Swendson
Time After Time (Time Between Us #2) by Tamara Ireland Stone

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Biggest Flirts (Superlatives #1) by Jennifer Echols
Eve (Eve #1) by Anna Carey

Received via trade
The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters #1)

Thank you to everyone who helped make this haul so big. If you’ve read any of these books or if you plan to, please let me know.

Review: One by Sarah Crossan

Book Title: One
Author: Sarah Crossan
Published Date: September 15th, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Genre: YA Contemporary
Book Link: Goodreads

Pre-Order Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleThe Book Depository

Synopsis from Goodreads
Tippi and Grace share everything—clothes, friends . . . even their body. Writing in free verse, Sarah Crossan tells the sensitive and moving story of conjoined twin sisters, which will find fans in readers of Gayle Forman, Jodi Picoult, and Jandy Nelson.

Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it’s normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. The two sixteen-year-old girls have two heads, two hearts, and each has two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery.

But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And soon they will have to face the impossible choice they have avoided for their entire lives.

Disclaimer: I received an e-ARC of this book from Greenwillow Books via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.
I had been wanting a YA book about conjoined twins for well over a year, so when I saw this one, I pounced on it. I was a little nervous about it though because of the writing style. I’m normally not a fan of novels that are in verse, but considering the subject matter, I decided to give it a shot.
I am so glad I did, because it was really good, and even though it was written in verse it didn’t read like it was. It read like it was written in typical novel fashion. I think it was probably because it was written as a free verse novel. 
Another problem I normally have with novels written in verse is that I can’t connect to the characters very well. That was not a problem this time around. I loved Tippi & Grace and their personalities were different, and interesting. They were captivating and so very fascinating. 
They shared friends. 
I really loved Yasmeen. She was so good for them and she accepted them without question. She was a wonderful friend throughout the entire book. And Jon was another friend of theirs. He treated them normally and like Yasmeen he didn’t even seem to see that they were conjoined. That wasn’t an issue for him.
I was really glad that there wasn’t a whole lot of romance in this book. There were hints of it here and there, but this book was mostly about two sisters who had been joined together since before birth. You know me, I’m a sucker for sister stories.
I do wish we could have seen more of their younger sister, who they had nicknamed Dragon. I felt crappy for their mom as she was desperately trying to hold down the fort. Their dad was no help as he was unemployed and spent most of the book drunk, leaving his wife to deal with the mounting hospital bills and her constant worries about Tippi and Grace.
Oh, and make sure you have kleenex. I needed it several times while reading the book. There are definitely feelsy moments throughout the book.
I ended up really enjoying this book more than I thought I would, and I definitely think there needs to be more books about conjoined twins. I find the whole concept fascinating and am so thrilled that I got to read this book. I am giving it 4 stars and I definitely recommend it to fellow YA Contemporary lovers like myself.

Stacking the Shelves #73

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Hi everyone!

This week was a good week for me and a really good week for the blog.

The haul this week is very small with only three books. One was a pre-order that came in this week and two others were received via trades with bloggers. Thank you Stacie & Christy!

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu
Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn #1) by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Bloggers Mentioned

Hope you all have a great week!

Review: Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Book Title: Made You Up
Author: Francesca Zappia
Published Date: May 19th, 2015
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Genre: YA Contemporary
Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion. This is a compelling and provoking literary debut that will appeal to fans of Wes Anderson, Silver Linings Playbook, and Liar.

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal. 

Funny, provoking, and ultimately moving, this debut novel featuring the quintessential unreliable narrator will have readers turning the pages and trying to figure out what is real and what is made up.
Disclaimer: I received this e-ARC from Greenwillow Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
I knew instantly this book was right up my alley. There is such a shortage of YA books dealing with mental illness, and that disappoints me. Mental illness is such a taboo subject, but by writing this book, Zappia shows us the realities of schizophrenia, and we see clearly that these teenagers are just trying to be as normal as possible.

At first, the book is kind of slow, but as the book continues, and we’re introduced to the rest of the group that Alex will be doing community service with, I could tell that I was going to fall in love with this book, and boy did I ever. I fell in love with this book more and more every single chapter. That’s how special this book was.

Alex is a paranoid schizophrenic, and she copes with that by doing perimeter checks, taking pictures and taking medication. She’s starting over in a new school after being kicked out of her previous school for spray painting the word communists on the gym floor, with bold red paint. Over the summer she’s been working at Finnegan’s, a restaurant and she met Tucker there. Tucker was an absolute sweetheart. He was by her side throughout this book. Even when she begins spending more time with Miles. Many years ago, Miles and Tucker had a serious falling out which resulted in their friendship ending. Tucker doesn’t trust Miles, but he worries about Alex, even as Alex tries to assure Tucker that Miles is not a bad person.

She’s sure she remembers Miles from ten years ago when she freed the lobsters at the supermarket. He helped her, of that, Alex is certain. Even though her own mother is insistent that wasn’t what happened. I wasn’t sure if I liked Miles, and for awhile there I wondered if Miles was even real or was he just another delusion.

Miles has his own demons and while it takes him awhile to open up to Alex, he finally lets her in and that moment is beautiful and heartwarming. He’s not afraid of her. Even when she lets him in on what’s going on with her, he doesn’t run away. Neither do any of the kids in the after school community service group. Even when the cat is out of the bed metaphorically, they stand by her side. I looooved that part. So many kids who have mental illness don’t have any friends because the mental illness scares them. Plus the very negative stigma that having mental illness brings with it. Teens that deal with mental illness also deal with the isolation that often accompanies it.

I loved Alex’s family, they were so supportive, though to be honest I was peeved at her father a lot of times. He should have been there physically more than he actually was. A lot of the stress fell squarely on her mom’s shoulders and I worried about her mom too. She was trying to keep everything afloat, but it was clear to me that she struggled.

I didn’t realize how much I had fallen in love with this book and it’s characters until I reached the end of it. I hugged my Kindle and bawled my eyes out as I finished this book. This book was so important, and I would even make the argument that it needs to be considered required reading. I know it changed me in ways I was never expecting. 5 stars to this book that combines and important topic with a likable protagonist and an endearing boy.

Stacking the Shelves #67

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Hi guys!

Finally, I’m getting back in the swing of blogging. I managed to keep things going this week by some miracle.

I wasn’t going to add anything to my review pile, but then Harper decided to do a e-galley drop on Edelweiss. So of course all of my willpower went out the door. I probably could have resisted temptation, but I needed this. I needed more books.

I went to the library yesterday and grabbed more books. Again, not that I needed them, but I wanted them. Hoping one of them will end my reading slump.

Received for Review

Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Walk On Earth A Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy #1) by Rae Carson
What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

In Honor by Jessi Kirby
Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Saving June by Hannah Harrington
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
White Lines by Jennifer Banash
Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts

Hope you all have a great week! 

Stacking the Shelves #63

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Yeah, this week was also not quite as quiet as I was hoping. Most of the reason for this was the massive e-ARC drop by Harper on Edelweiss. I tried to rein myself in, but it just wasn’t possible.
Then I picked up more books at the library, including two that I could just never get into when they were e-ARCs on my Kindle. Hoping to have better luck with them as physical books. I also got a book from a blogger friend that I am very excited about, so thank you Alyssa.

Let’s see what landed on my shelves.

Received for Review


Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia


Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher

Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby
Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu


Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer
The Fog Diver Joel Ross

Vanished by E. E. Cooper


Dead to Me by Mary McCoy

The Stepsister’s Tale by Tracy Barrett
My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

Loop (Loop #1) by Karen Akins
Lailah (The Styclar Saga #1) by Nikki Kelly

Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle #1) by Heather Demetrios
Talon (Talon #1) by Julie Kagawa


Zodiac (Zodiac #1) by Romina Rusell

Be sure to let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought of them. Also, leave me the links to your book haul posts & vlogs so I can see what you got this week.
Bloggers Mentioned

Stacking the Shelves #58

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I didn’t have anything to show you guys last week, which worked out because my computer unexpectedly died on me last week as well. This week, I got some good books and I’m super excited to show them off to you guys. I got two books from NetGalley, picked up 3 books from the library & I had won a book from the ladies of Epic Reads.
Received for Review

For Real by Alison Cherry
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Astray (Gated #2) by Amy Christine Parker
The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu
The Girl of Fire and Thorns (The Girl of Fire and Thorns #1) by Rae Carson

The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

Guys, let me know if you’ve read any of these or if it’s on your TBR. If you did a book haul post this week, leave the link in the comments so I can stop by. Have a great week, everyone!

Review: The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex #1) by Lindsay Cummings

Book Title: The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex #1)
Author: Lindsay Cummings
Published Date: June 10th, 2014
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Series: Book One in The Murder Complex Trilogy
Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings

Disclaimer: I received this book from Greenwillow Books via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

I was so excited about this book when I first downloaded it from Edelweiss. It seemed right up my alley. But when I finally got a chance to sit down and read it, I was only mildly interested in it. I was liking the characters names. I’m obsessed with the name Zephyr now. I want to name everything Zephyr.

But the character development was totally lacking. I wanted more character development for Zephyr & Meadow. I also didn’t really feel the chemistry between them which really bummed me out. I felt like they were only good friends and that was it. There was no sizzling chemistry, I didn’t root for them to kiss. Actually, I think the book would have been much stronger without the romance. Usually I don’t say that. In fact I think I’ve only said it once before. Some books are much stronger without the romance.

I had a lot of hope for the world building and I hate to admit that I was disappointed. I felt like more care & attention should be paid to the world building. Especially when it’s a science fiction or a dystopian world. It’s the author’s job to make the reader feel like they’re in the world they are reading about. Unfortunately Cummings’ attempts at world building were not as good as I was hoping they would be.

I hate being disappointed by books, but I didn’t enjoy The Murder Complex like I thought I would. Giving it 2 stars is very difficult for me, but this book just wasn’t for me and I won’t be continuing the series. 

Stacking the Shelves #52

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Hello, awesome week! I thought for sure I was going to have a small haul to show you guys, but that changed when Harper did a monster Edelweiss download. I wish I could say that I was sorry for downloading 10 books, but I’m not sorry. I’ve given up the idea of catching up on my TBR. I also got approved for another Edelweiss title, I got two sneak peeks of upcoming books as well as another approval from NetGalley. I am on the ARC tour for another book and that one arrived this week. I went to the library this week.
Let’s see what goodies landed in my Kindle and on my shelf.
Received for Review

Remember by Eileen Cook
The Prey (The Hatchery #1) by Tom Isbell
Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass
Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor
The Memory Key by Liana Liu
Playlist for the Dead by Michael Falkoff
The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer
Solitare by Alice Oseman
How to Win at High School by Owen Matthews
Twisted Fate by Norah Olson
The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1) by Jodi Meadows (Sneak Peek)

Atlantia by Ally Condie (Sneak Peek)
Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

-ARC Tour-

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Otherbound by Corine Duyvis
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

I’m so excited to devour all of these. Let me know if you’ve read any of these or if you are planning to. Also leave me the links to your Stacking the Shelves posts & vlogs.