Waiting on Wednesday #31

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

My Pick
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Book Link: Goodreads

Synopsis from Goodreads
I was brave
She was reckless
We were trouble

Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.

My Thoughts
I am so excited for this book. I feel like YA has a significant lack of books with female friendships as the focus. I think this one will be an awesome read. Friendships are so important in YA and I feel like they aren’t given enough attention in books. Romance plotlines seems to override friendship plotlines. It also sounds like it’s going to feature a toxic friendship, which I also think is important.

What book are you looking forward to?

Review: Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern

dbff7-rf5050cBook Title: Rules for 50/50 Chances
Author: Kate McGovern
Published Date: November 24th, 2015
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
Genre: YA Contemporary
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Book Link: Goodreads
Pre-Order Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleThe Book Depository

Synopsis from Goodreads
A heartrending but ultimately uplifting debut novel about learning to accept life’s uncertainties; a perfect fit for the current trend in contemporary realistic novels that confront issues about life, death, and love.

Seventeen-year-old Rose Levenson has a decision to make: Does she want to know how she’s going to die? Because when Rose turns eighteen, she can take the test that will tell her if she carries the genetic mutation for Huntington’s disease, the degenerative condition that is slowly killing her mother. With a fifty-fifty shot at inheriting her family’s genetic curse, Rose is skeptical about pursuing anything that presumes she’ll live to be a healthy adult—including going to ballet school and the possibility of falling in love. But when she meets a boy from a similarly flawed genetic pool, and gets an audition for a dance scholarship in California, Rose begins to question her carefully-laid rules.

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

Review
This book was totally 100% up my alley. I love reading about and studying rare genetic diseases. Had my math abilities been good, I would have probably gone into genetics. That’s how fascinating I find this stuff. So when I first read the synopsis for this book I got really excited.

I don’t know if I’m more excited about the diversity of this book or about the strong family presence. Can I pick both? Because I want to. Caleb, Rose’s love interest is African American, her best friend Lena is Asian. I loved that about this book. Her parents were still together despite her mom’s illness. That, right there, was amazing to see So often spouses ditch their ill partners because they don’t want to deal with what’s ahead.

Not to mention Rose’s grandma was in the picture. She was helping Rose’s father (her son) care for his wife. I have a close relationship with my own grandma so I loved how present Rose’s grandma was in her life.

I think the one real negative thing I’d have to say about this book was that I didn’t love the romance. Caleb bugged the hell out of me. I know he was constantly stressed out since his mom and two sisters all had Sickle Cell Disease, but sometimes he treated Rose like crap. Yes, she didn’t always treat him well either, but I think this was a case of two teenagers who had a lot of stuff on their plates. Stressful stuff that would have made most adults short tempered. The romance usually felt really forced to me and I was definitely disappointed by that.

And the ending was really anti-climatic for me. I was disappointed by the ending. I was hoping for a different ending. I felt like I didn’t get a whole lot of closure to the story. I wish I could say more about it, but I’m trying to avoid talking about spoilers. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am glad I read it. I am giving it 4 stars.

Stacking The Shelves #83

581bc-stsThis feature is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

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.

Bought
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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
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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

-NetGalley-
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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
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The Body Institute by Carol Riggs

Sunday Street Team
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Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith


Library
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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

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

Received via trade
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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.

Stacking the Shelves #77

This weekly feature is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews
Hi readers!

This week was pretty blah overall. I contemplated taking a brief hiatus from blogging. I still may do this, but not right now.

I downloaded one book from EW thanks to Bekka talking me into it. I was granted access to two titles through NetGalley.

I went to the library and grabbed some books. Sometimes I need to read physical books because ebooks just aren’t doing it for me.

I did a trade with Erin from The Hardcover Lover. Thank you Erin!

Received for Review
-Edelweiss
The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

-NetGalley-

Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins
The Fall by James Preller


Library

P.S. I Still Love You (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
 
Vanished (Vanished #1) by E. E. Cooper
Salt & Stone (Fire & Flood #2) by Victoria Scott

Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian

Trade

Sweet (Sweet #1) by Emmy Laybourne

Bloggers Mentioned
Bekka
Erin

Hope you have an awesome week!

Stacking the Shelves #76

This feature is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It’s a way to share what books we added to our shelves recently.

This week was a good week for me and a slow week for my books. I only added two books to my review pile.

Received for Review
-Edelweiss-

The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens

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Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern

I hope you all have a great week!

Stacking the Shelves #59

This feature is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews
Hi guys! This week my brand new computer arrived. I am still learning how to use it as I had never used Windows 8 before so I’m struggling with mastering it. I hope I master it quickly so I’m no longer all thumbs with it.

I got 2 books from Edelweiss, 2 books from NetGalley and I was gifted a book from a friend as well. Thank you so much Bekka! I received a book for an ARC Tour. I also bought a book using a gift card I got. On Saturday, I was surprised with a package from Bloomsbury.

Here’s what I added to my shelves.

Bought
The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi

Received for Review

-NetGalley
Chaos Theory by M. Evonne Dobson
Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman

-Edelweiss-

All Broke Down (Rusk University #2) by Cora Cormack
On the Edge by Allison van Diepen

ARC Tour

Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Mackie


-From Publisher-

Positively Beautiful by Wendy Mills


Gifted
The Vault of Dreamers (Untitled #1) by Caragh M. O’Brien

Bloggers Mentioned
Bekka

So be sure to tell me if you’ve read any of these or if you are planning on it. I am hopeful this reading slump will end soon as I am frustrated with my lack of blogging lately. Don’t forget to leave me links to your book haul posts!

Stacking the Shelves #57

This feature comes from Tynga’s Reviews.

Hi everyone! This week was a rough week for personal reasons. It started off crappy, with me finding out that my fiance had been cheating on me. Needless to say the wedding is now off and I am going to allow myself to heal from this. It won’t get me down and I’ll absolutely still be around. 
Finding this out really showed me that people do care about me. As soon as I broke the news on Twitter, I had so many friends reaching out to me. Thank you, again for supporting me in this hard time. At the end of the week I got sick. I’m guessing it’s stress related as I have barely left the house all week.
Back in book-land, I got 2 books from Edelweiss & two books from NetGalley. I also picked up 5 library books. I am very excited to read all 9 of these books. Actually I’ve already read & LOVED one of my library books.
Let’s see what landed on my shelves & in my Kindle this week.

Received for Review

-Edelweiss-
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

-NetGalley-
I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Not in the Script (If Only #3) by Amy Finnegan
Library

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Ashes to Ashes (Burn for Burn #3) by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

The Vault of Dreamers (Untitled #1) by Caragh M. O’Brien
Made for You by Melissa Marr

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

As always, let me know if you’ve read any of these or if you are planning to at some point. Leave me the links to your Stacking the Shelves posts & vlogs. Happy reading, everyone!

Review: Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend (Broken Hearts & Revenge #1) by Katie Finn

Book Title:  Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend
Author: Katie Finn
Published Date: May 13th, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: YA Contemporary
Series: Book One in Broken Hearts & Revenge trilogy
Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Hot sun. Blue waves. New romances. Old secrets.

Gemma had her summer all planned out, but it takes a sharp turn when she gets dumped and finds herself back in the Hamptons after a five-year absence.

Being there puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friends (that is, before Gemma ruined her life). But people don’t hold grudges forever. Do they?

Gemma intends on making amends, but a small case of mistaken identity causes the people she knew years ago—including Hallie and her dreamy brother, Josh—to believe she’s someone else. As though the summer wasn’t complicated enough already.

Filled with summer sun, boys, and friendships gone sour, Katie Finn’s first novel in the Broken Hearts and Revenge series sizzles and delights.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Macmillan via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Review:
Okay, so I have a lot of feelings about this book. Mostly good feelings as I really did enjoy the book a lot. Gemma gets dumped by the school’s do-gooder right off the bat. I detested Teddy. I really could not understand how Gemma could have gotten so wrapped up in him that she had forgotten all of her own dreams, goals, interests et cetera.

Suddenly, newly single Gemma is heading out to the Hamptons to stay with her father for the summer. She’s scared she’s going to run into the girl whose life she made hell 5 years ago. She knows she has a lot to atone for and she knows that she was in the wrong, but she wants to make it right.

A lot of people had varying opinions on both Gemma and Hallie and I am no exception. I’m one of the people who actually liked Gemma more than Hallie. I thought Hallie had held onto a grudge for far too long. I mean come ON, it’s been 5 years for goodness sakes! Time to move on Hallie and stop punishing people for mistakes they made in their past. 

I know bullying is not cool, of course I do. I was bullied for many years as a teenager, but even I had to say enough was enough and it infuriated me that Hallie was still holding a grudge. Eleven year olds make mistakes. So I really didn’t have any sympathy for Hallie because I felt she needed to let it go and I was aggravated that she hadn’t yet. 

Gemma! Oh my goodness, sometimes I wanted to slap her, but usually, I just wanted to hug her. She was putting so much pressure on herself to fix things with Hallie. That pressure sometimes made her do stupid things, but she always had one goal in mind and that was, to fix things with Hallie. Should she have just apologized from the get go? Yeah probably, but she didn’t. I think Gemma still carried around a lot of guilt from what she did to Hallie 5 years ago and like with Hallie, I wanted Gemma to let it go. To forgive herself. I think the idea of forgiving herself was foreign and not something she was really familiar with.

I didn’t love the romance between Josh & Gemma. He was cute, sweet and an all around gentleman, but I didn’t feel the spark between him and Gemma which really bummed me out. Even their first kiss didn’t do anything for me. I am hoping for more character development for Josh in book 2.

Overall, this book was great and I really liked it a lot. I don’t know how I am going to be able to wait for the next book, but wait I must. I am giving this book 4 stars. It was the perfect summery, beachy read and it was very drama filled which was exactly what I was looking for.

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 #40

This feature is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

Hi guys, hope your week was awesome. This week brought a ton of e-ARC’s my way, most of which I could have avoided if I had stayed off of Edelweiss. But, as I’ve mentioned before, I seriously lack self control when it comes to books. I got a couple of books from NG, 1 of which I was surprised to get. I am excited to attack the books as my reading slump is a officially O-V-E-R.

So let’s check out what I received this week.

Bought

Received for Review

-Edelweiss-
Blackbird (Blackbird Duology #1) by Anna Carey
Get Even (Don’t Get Mad #1) by Gretchen McNeil
Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez
Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch
Even In Paradise by Chelsy Philpot
Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

-NetGalley-
Hold On Tight by Serena Bell
Stone of Destiny (The Daanan Trilogy #2) by Laura Howard
Broken Hearts, Fences And Other Things To Mend by Katie Finn

Breaking Free by Winter Page

Gifted
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Definitely let me know if you’ve read any of these or if you are planning to. Don’t forget to leave your links in the comments section.

Weekly Blog Wrap-Up
Monday- No Post
Tuesday- Blog Tour Review of A Life, Forward by Tracy Hewitt Meyer
Wednesday- Review of Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Thursday- Review of The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Matheiu
Friday- Role Reversal
Saturday- Review of Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern