SST: The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry

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Synopsis (GR):
Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start…until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

Review
Guys, if this book is ANY indication of how awesome 2016 releases are gonna be, it’s going to be a GREAT year for books. Not so much for my wallet though.

Now the synopsis hints at something being “off” but I had no idea that it was a time travel book until I started reading. Come to think of it, I don’t think I even really read the synopsis before I started reading. I was thrilled that it was a time travel book because time travel is one of the most fascinating things to me in the world.

Natalie was instantly likeable to me and that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes it takes me awhile to warm up to the main character. But not this time. I also really liked Grandmother, I found her to be fascinating and when Natalie would recount her stories, I found myself excited to keep reading. Normally having a character recount someone else’s stories would bore me, but not this time. Not with Natalie and Grandmother.

I loved that Natalie was adopted and that she was Native American. We don’t get a lot of Native American representation in YA, so this was really awesome to see. YAY for diversity! We definitely need more Native American representation in YA.

I was also worried that this book would focus “too much” on the romance aspect and that would ruin the book for me. I’m not one for the fluffy stuff. Yes this book had a lot of romance in it, but the time travel aspect of it made it much better. It was more compelling and I found myself excited to read and that’s a feeling I haven’t had lately.

I did like the romance between Natalie & Beau, but I didn’t love it. I know several people who mentioned the romance seemed a little insta-lovey. I didn’t see that, but I also felt like Beau’s development wasn’t as strong as it could have been. There were times that he seemed a bit bland to me. He was infinitely better than Natalie’s ex, Matt.

Matt was a piece of crap. Not only did he get physically rough with Natalie, but he also attempted to rape her. We later find out that he has issues, but that’s no excuse for the abhorrent way he treated Natalie.

Alice Chan was one of the side characters who was attempting to help Natalie figure everything out. I loved Alice. She was very fascinating and I found myself hanging on to her every word as she worked to uncover the reason behind Grandmother’s appearances and the reason behind Natalie slipping through time.

The writing was utterly gorgeous and I think that was one of the reasons I fell head over heels for this book.The writing helped pull me into the world that Henry created. The writing  actually made me want to STAY in this world. Well that and the cover. The cover is unique, eye catching and all around perfection. Whoever designed this cover is a freaking GENIUS.

Highly recommend this book. Pre-order it now.

About the Author:
Emily Henry is full-time writer, proofreader, and donut connoisseur. She studied creative writing at Hope College and the New York Center for Art & Media Studies, and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it. She tweets @EmilyHenryWrite.

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Stacking the Shelves #70

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Hi you guys!

This week, two of my pre-orders arrived in my mailbox. I haven’t read either of these, but I’ve heard amazing things about them. I’m super excited to read them.

This week was full of review books. It was Christmas in May on Edelweiss. I also received two books from NetGalley.

Bought
Black Iris by Leah Raeder
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Received for Review
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A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
A Step Towards Falling by Cammie McGovern
Future Perfect by Jen Larsen
Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2) by Sara Raasch
The White Rose (The Lone City #2) by Amy Ewing
Believarexic by J. J. Johnson

-NetGalley-

 

Under the Lights (Daylight Falls #2) by Dahlia Adler
A Whole New World (Twisted Tales #1) by Liz Braswell

Hope you guys have an amazing 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

-Edelweiss-

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

-NetGalley-

Dead to Me by Mary McCoy
Library

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

Gifted

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
Alyssa

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.

Stacking the Shelves #47

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This feature is from Tynga’s Reviews.

Have I mentioned how much I love my library? Oh man, they have some amazing YA books, which is awesome since I don’t have enough money to buy books at the moment. I picked up 5 books at the library, including two books I was VERY excited about. I think I am going to stop putting holds on books so I can catch up on my reading.

Do you guys REALLY think I can keep that vow? Yeah, probably not.

Let’s see what I added to my shelves this week.

Bought
Received for Review

-Edelweiss-
The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

Won
Gifted

Signed bookmarks from author Christa Desir.

Borrowed From Library
Graduation Day (The Testing #3) by Joelle Charbonneau
Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige
That Summer by Sarah Dessen
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han
Vitro by Jessica Khoury

So definitely let me know if you are excited about any of these books or if you have already read them. You can even let me know which library book to start with if you want.

Stacking the Shelves #32

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It was a very slow week on the blog this week as I spent a lot of time playing with my new kitten Latte. So I didn’t get a whole lot of reading done unfortunately. Hoping that the reading slump will end soon. Maybe this week’s large stack of books will help with that. We can only hope. I am definitely behind schedule which really upsets me as it is not in my Type A personality to be behind on anything.
So I decided to do something new this week. I filmed my first vlog in which I talked about all the books that I bought myself this week. It was part of my February book buy. So this video talks about 8 of the books that I bought this week. A couple of hours after I filmed this, the last two books arrived in my mailbox. I really didn’t feel like re-filming the video so the books that aren’t in the video will have a pic of the cover next to it. 
The Impossible Knife Of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Split Second (Pivot Point #2) by Kasie West
A Mad Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
In The After (In The After #1) by Demitria Lunetta
The Selection ( The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass
Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
-Books not in the video-
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

-Received for Review-
-NetGalley-

Jex Malone by C.L. Gaber & V.C. Stanley
Silver by Chris Wooding

-Edelweiss-

The Summer Of Letting Go by Gae Polisner
Dissonance (Dissonance #1) by Erica O’Rourke

-Received for ARC Tour from Lit Lushes

The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel

Gifted

Won

As always, let me know if you are excited about any of these or have actually read them. Link me to your Stacking the Shelves posts/vlogs

Blog Wrap-Up
Monday- Review of Unhinged (Splintered #2) by A.G.Howard
Tuesday- No Post
Wednesday- No Post
Thursday- No Post
Friday- Discussion Post about YA Books Made Into Movies
Saturday- Review of Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi