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

-Edelweiss-
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
Library


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 #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.
Bought
Received for Review

-Edelweiss-
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)

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

-ARC Tour-

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Won
Gifted
Library 
 
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.

Stacking the Shelves #50

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Hello to all of my fellow booklovers. I hope everyone had a great week filled with bookish awesome-ness. My week was pretty quiet, but I do have 4 books to show you all. 2 of them are library books and two of them are review books.
Here are the books I’ve added to my shelves (temporarily) and to my Kindle.

Bought
Received for Review

-Edelweiss-
A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

-NetGalley-
The Edge of You by Theresa DaLayne
Won
Gifted
Library Books
Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick
So let me know if you have read any of these or if you are planning to at some point. I look forward to hearing about the books you got this week so be sure to leave me links to your posts & vlogs. Have an awesome week.

Review: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Book Title: The Truth About Forever
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Penguin Group
Published Date: May 11th, 2004
Genre: YA Contemporary
Standalone
Book Link: Goodreads
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Synopsis from Goodreads:
A long, hot summer…

That’s what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy’s father.

But sometimes, unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister’s project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories. Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl’s world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to wonder, Is it really better to be safe than sorry?

Disclaimer: This book is a library book.

Review:
What a huge disappointment this book turned out to be for me. I know I am definitely in the minority with this book, but I could not get into it at all. I struggled pretty much the whole way through. Macy is considered a “good girl” she is smart, spends her summer evenings prepping for the SAT’s and has a “perfect” boyfriend who expects her to be perfect as well. See, right there I would have had an issue. 

Macy’s boyfriend Jason was awful. When she tried to express her feelings for him, he called her clingy and didn’t want anything to do with her. Plus he was BORING. Holy moly, he acted like a 40 year old businessman instead of a kind teenager with a good heart. Macy hasn’t known any different and it takes her several weeks after Jason departs for Brain Camp, for her to realize that Jason never made her feel good about herself. 

In fact, he was constantly critical of her. In the letters he sent her in the beginning, he criticized her for not being devoted enough to a library job, the letters he wrote to her included reminders of things she needed to keep on top of at the library. He basically treated her like crap and Macy simply thought “I know how he feels about me.” She was brainwashed into thinking that this relationship and the way Jason was treating her, was okay.

The parts about the catering were at least mildly interesting, but the character development definitely lacked. No one really grew, there wasn’t any intriguing story arcs. Wes, was boring too, but at least he was a decent individual whose goals didn’t stop him from being a good person and a friend to those who needed him.

I think a lot more could have been done with Macy’s grief and how she dealt with it. I felt that storyline wasn’t as present as I was hoping it was. It could have made for a very emotional book, and that would have vastly improved the book. I don’t think the author went for it as well as she could have.

The book itself was very slow and I am really not a fan of books that are this slow. That coupled with the lackluster character development and the boring-ness of Macy & Wes’ relationship forces me to give the book 2 stars. I am really bummed about it, but this book just didn’t work for me. I definitely seem to be in the minority, so definitely give it a try.