Waiting on Wednesday #32

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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
PDT
Book Link: Goodreads

Synopsis from Goodreads
Joy killed Adam Gordon—at least, that’s what she thinks. The night of the party is hazy at best. But she knows what Adam did to her twin sister, Grace, and she knows he had to pay for it.

What Joy doesn’t expect is that someone else saw what happened. And one night a note is shoved through her open window, threatening Joy that all will be revealed. Now the anonymous blackmailer starts using Joy to expose the secrets of their placid hometown. And as the demands escalate, Joy must somehow uncover the blackmailer’s identity before Joy is forced to make a terrible choice.

In this darkly compelling narrative, debut author Laura Tims explores the complicated relationship between two sisters, and what one will do for the other. It’s a story that will keep readers turning pages and questioning their own sense of right and wrong.

My Thoughts
First of all, this cover is gorgeous. It hooks me in right away, which is what a cover is supposed to do. The synopsis pulls me in further. Sister stories are my jam. I am hoping this book is an improvement on the sister stories I’ve read in 2015. Throw in the blackmail aspects of this book and it all adds up to something I’m super stoked about.

What book are you waiting for?

Waiting on Wednesday #29

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

My Pick
F&T

Book Link: Goodreads

 

Synopsis from Goodreads
When Frannie Little eavesdrops on her parents fighting she discovers that her cousin Truman is gay, and his parents are so upset they are sending him to live with her family for the summer. At least, that’s what she thinks the story is. . . When he arrives, shy Frannie befriends this older boy, who is everything that she’s not–rich, confident, cynical, sophisticated. Together, they embark on a magical summer marked by slowly unraveling secrets.

My Thoughts
I must have this book. It sounds intriguing, fascinating and awesome all at the same time. I don’t even know what to expect with this book, but I do know I have to have it. I love the concept of slowly unraveling secrets. It also sounds like things may not be as they seem, so YAY!

What books are you excited for?

Review: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Book Title: Vanishing Girls
Author: Lauren Oliver
Published Date: March 10th, 2015
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: YA Mystery
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Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

“Alarming and uplifting, a rare psychological thriller that has a kind heart at its center. Read it with all the lights on.” — E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars.

Disclaimer: I received this eARC from Harper Collins via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

Review:
I think this is where Lauren Oliver and I will have to break up. As a whole, her books just don’t work for me. That makes me sad because so many other people love all of her books and I wonder why I can’t love her books. 

I actually really enjoyed Panic, so I was hopeful that Vanishing Girls would be another fabulous read. Unfortunately I was let down in a big way. At first it starts off interestingly enough. I wasn’t totally invested by it, but I wasn’t totally bored by it either.

The problems start to rise to the surface when I realize that this book is written in dual POVs and it goes from past to present. Now I don’t have an issue with either of these things separately, but when they all come together in one book, I get a little twitchy. I worry that it’s going to be hard to follow or that the voices will sound the same. 

Sometimes this format works, but in Vanishing Girls it did not. I kept getting confused when it would switch to past or present and then, since the girls’ voices sounded too similar, I’d be confused as to who’s POV I was reading.

That damn twist was obvious for me very early on and the only reason I kept reading was that I was hoping I’d be wrong. It seemed like it was too easy to figure out the twist, and I was massively disappointed by it. It seemed like Oliver just went for the easiest twist to do and she didn’t even try to make it less obvious.

Both sisters were very flat and it seemed like there was very little in the way of character development. It was often hard for me to distinguish who was who. The secondary characters were equally flat and underdeveloped. I was woefully unimpressed by this book and by the characters in this book. I’ll be giving this book 2 stars and unless you want your twist to be really obvious, I’d skip this book.

Stacking the Shelves #61

This feature is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

Hi guys! Finally getting things back together on the blog. It’s been a rough month or so but I think I’m finally on my way back up.
This week was hopefully going to be the week of small hauls. But it wasn’t. I got 6 books for review, and then I picked up six at the library. Now some of these I had checked out from the library previously, but didn’t get to them in time before they had to go back. Hopefully I have better luck this time around.
Let’s see what landed on my shelves this week.
Received for Review

-Edelweiss-

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio

Finding Paris by Joy Preble

-From Publisher-
When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez

-NetGalley-
Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion #2) by Aimee Carter
Library
The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters #1) by Michelle Madow
I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
Rooms by Lauren Oliver
Something Real by Heather Demetrios
The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu
As always be sure to let me know if you’ve read any of these or if you are planning to. Also, leave me the links to your book haul posts or vlogs.

Stacking the Shelves #49

This feature is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

I only got one book for review this week but I picked up four books from the library. Three contemporaries and one fantasy/science fiction. Keep reading to see what books I added to my shelves.

Bought
Received For Review

-NetGalley-
Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne

Won
Gifted
Library Books
The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1) by Erika Johansen 
Ink (Paper Gods #1) by Amanda Sun
Jellicoe Road by Melinda Marchetta
As always, be sure to leave me the links to your Stacking the Shelves post or vlogs so I can stop by and check out what you got this week. Be sure to tell me what books you’ve read already or anything you are looking forward to reading. Have an amazing week!

Review: Positive: A Memoir by Paige Rawl & Ali Benjamin

Book Title: Positive: A Memoir
Authors: Paige Rawl & Ali Benjamin
Publish Date: August 26th, 2014
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: Memoir
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Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
An astonishing memoir for the untold number of children whose lives have been touched by bullying. Positive is a must-read for teens, their parents, educators, and administrators—a brave, visceral work that will save lives and resonate deeply.

Paige Rawl has been HIV positive since birth, but growing up, she never felt like her illness defined her. On an unremarkable day in middle school, she disclosed to a friend her HIV-positive status—and within hours the bullying began. From that moment forward, every day was like walking through a minefield. Paige was never sure when or from where the next text, taunt, or hateful message would come. Then one night, desperate for escape, fifteen-year-old Paige found herself in her bathroom staring at a bottle of sleeping pills.

That could have been the end of her story. Instead, it was only the beginning. Paige’s memoir calls for readers to choose action over complacency, compassion over cruelty—and above all, to be Positive.

Disclaimer: I got this ARC in an exchange with another blogger. Thanks again Lili.

Review:
Words cannot express how much I loved this book. I am going to try and do it justice but I doubt I will. Paige Rawl’s experience was so much like my own in middle school that sometimes I had to put the book away and just concentrate on breathing before I broke down in sobs. And sometimes I sobbed anyway. 

Having a life-threatening illness myself, I have often felt isolated and kids in school (middle school and especially high school) treated me like garbage. And no one ever did anything to help me. In middle school, I was told “boys will be boys” as they called me awful names, pulled chairs out from under me, used their height and size to overpower me as I tried to leave the room. No punishment was ever doled out to them.

And in high school, especially my sophomore & junior years, it was even worse. Boys would hide my wheelchair so I couldn’t walk very far, they would call me names and tell me my mom should have killed me. They sprayed their disgusting cologne into my backpack so no one would come near me. 

They even started harassing my mom. 

But the worst incident came on February 13th, 2003. I was heading to class when one of them shoved his shoe into the spokes of my wheelchair. Of course I couldn’t move so I tried to pull the shoe out of the spokes. He kept a hold of the shoe so it wouldn’t come out. I grabbed his wrist and he pulled away, and when that happened, the wheelchair tipped over with me still inside of it. 

There was also an incident with pudding being hurled at me from across the room. I remember that because that was the first time I had people helping me. One person ran to get a teacher and 3 girls followed me into the bathroom to help me clean up. 

At this time I was in a private school with a supposed “zero tolerance for bullying” statement. However, the boys who taunted me were from families with a lot of money. The high school was small so of course nothing was ever done to them. Senior year was much better as we had a new principal who was on my side 100% and he finally came through for me.
Reading all about what Paige went through took me straight back to middle school and high school. I remembered all too well the desperation I felt when no one would stick up for me. I remember feeling so angry and so sad that people were too afraid of the bullies, too afraid of losing money to stand up and do what was right.
I had teachers like Miss Ward who wouldn’t defend me and who would actually blame me even though I was simply trying to defend myself. So I definitely understood Paige’s frustration there. I really think Paige must have been in my head because so much of what she wrote about were things I experienced.We have different health problems but we still faced bullying every single day. Except for the different health problems, I feel like I could have written this exact book with so many of the same things happening to me.
I spent the majority of the book in tears and wanting to give Paige a big hug. This book needs to be in every school library. This book needs to be required reading for students and educators alike. Bullying is still such a widespread issue and I don’t think enough is being done to protect the students. I absolutely adored this book and it’s getting 5 stars. It was raw, honest and emotional, exactly the way I was hoping it would be.  

Stacking the Shelves #46

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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.

Bloggers Mentioned

Stacking the Shelves #35

This feature is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

I’m back, everyone! You may have noticed that there was no Stacking the Shelves last Sunday. That was due to only having one book and I really didn’t think it was necessary to have a post for only one book.
Thankfully, this week brought more books. I got a freebie off of Amazon (I probably should not have bought another book but oh well) A blogger friend by the name of Andi sent me two books. Thank you Andi. I also “won” a book from ARCycling, but it’s not really winning in the typical sense, either way, I got it. Funny thing was, it was donated by my friend Stormy. I got a book from Edelweiss as well. Excited about this one, hoping it’s as good as the cover makes it look. I also got a book from NetGalley this week.


Bought

Counting to D by Kate Scott


Received for Review

-Edelweiss-
Sublime by Christina Lauren

-NetGalley-

The Kiss of Deception (The Remmant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson


Gifted

Once (Eve #2) by Anna Carey
Rise (Eve #3) by Anna Carey


Won

Independent Study (The Testing #2) by Joelle Charbonneau

As always, leave me links to your Stacking the Shelves posts and vlogs.

Weekly Blog Wrap-Up
Monday- Book Blitz for The Right Moves (The Game #4) by Emma Hart
Wednesday- Review of Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog #1) by Anne Blankman
Thursday- Review of She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
Friday- Did Not Finish (DNF)
Saturday- No Post
Bloggers Mentioned
Stormy of Book.Blog.Bake
The ladies of ARCycling