23 September 2014

{Release Day Blast + Giveaway} Stay With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout

By: Me My Shelf And I | 23 September 2014 at 10:02 AM | | | | | 2 Comments so far

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I am so excited about this Release Day Launch and Trailer Reveal! We are so thankful you are taking part in it. Thank you for helping to get the word out to readers about STAY WITHME. Please post the below information about STAY WITH ME, including the Trailer, Excerpt and Giveaway, and please encourage your readers to go grab the novel. Again, thank you for helping to share STAY WITH ME with the world and celebrating Jennifer’s newest addition to the With You Saga!


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As I lay there, trying to swallow a loud, obnoxious yawn, I remembered something he’d said when we first met, about life being too short. I imagined he had firsthand experience with shortened lives while he was serving. That mentality came from experience. I got that now. Could even understand it, but there was something I didn’t understand. 

“Why?” I asked.

There was a beat. “Why what?”

Jax sounded tired, and I should shut up or point out that I was now tired and could sleep, so he could leave. But I didn’t. “Why are you here? You don’t know me and . . .” I trailed off, because there really wasn’t anything left to say. 

A minute went by, and he hadn’t answered my question, and then I think another minute ticked on, and I was okay with him not answering because maybe he didn’t even know. Or maybe he was just bored and that was why he was here. 

But then he moved. 

Jax pressed against my back, and the next breath I took got stuck in my throat. My eyes shot open. The sheet and blanket were between us, but they felt like nothing. 

“What are you doing?” I asked. 

“Getting comfortable.” He dropped an arm over my waist, and my entire body jerked against his. “It’s time to sleep I think.”

“But—”

“You can’t sleep when you talk,” he remarked.

{Teaser Tuesday} Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan

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Since it's UNMADE's Book Birthday – what better way to celebrate than with a a teaser?

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Unmade
The Lynburn Legacy #3
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Release Date: TODAY!
Publisher: Random House BFYR

     Lucky for you I have another scheme. First I need a hundred ducks, but after that it will all be pretty simple.
   
What do you need ducks for?
I'm going to put a whole bunch of them in catapults and launch them over Aurimere
, Kami said.
This will create a distraction. My message will be: Look at all the ducks I give.
     Ash's amusement sang through her body as a laugh would have sung in her ears: appreciative but humoring her too.
    Jared would have said,
I'm in. What's our next move? p. 11


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Amber

22 September 2014

{Tour Kick Off} Mistress of Lies by Holly West

By: Me My Shelf And I | 22 September 2014 at 11:51 AM | | Be the first to comment!

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MMSAI tours is proud to be hosting the tour for MISTRESS OF LIES (Mistress of Fortune #2) by Holly West! We really hope you enjoy all the upcoming stops, reviews and author posts alike – and take the time to enter Holly's most generous giveaway of a brand new Kindle HD – and you even get to pick the color you want!!! Cool!

 

About The Book

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Mistress of Lies
Mistress of Fortune #2
Author: Holly West
Release Date: September 29th 2014
Publisher: Carina


London, 1679

Isabel, Lady Wilde, mistress of King Charles II, has made a good living disguised as fortune teller Mistress Ruby, counseling London's elite. But after the murder of one of her customers, business has taken a downturn, and Isabel is on the verge of accepting the king's offer to move into the palace.

Isabel's plans are interrupted when a beggar girl named Susanna shows up at her home, claiming to be her niece. Isabel always believed that her older brother, Adam, died alone during the plague. When Susanna reveals that Adam was actually murdered, Isabel is compelled to take up an impossible task: discover the truth about her brother's death, twelve years after it happened.

Isabel's investigation leads her through the gamut of London society, from bear-baiting matches and brothels to the realm of wealthy bankers. But as she uncovers her brother's dark secrets, Isabel begins to wonder whether the past is better left buried�especially when uncovering the truth could lead to her own funeral.

 

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About The Author

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Holly West is a crime fiction writer based in Los Angeles. Her short stories appear in several anthologies and her debut historical mystery, MISTRESS OF FORTUNE, will be published by Carina Press in 2014.

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20 September 2014

{Book Review} The Giver by Lois Lowry

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The Giver
The Giver #1
Author: Lois Lowry
Release Date: April 26th, 1993
Publisher: HMC Books For Young Readers
Rating: 5 Birds
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Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

I hate writing reviews for books like this. It's not that I didn't like it – I have lots of things to say about books that I don't like. It's that I loved this book, and it's been around for so long and won awards and at this point – is there anything else I can say about it that hasn't been said a hundred times before? 

Even with the fact that THE GIVER was written in 1993, and I've read so many dystopian books before reading this one, I was surprised to say that this was completely original. I mean, it is THE original dystopian book, really. But when I started on the newest and worked backward for the most part, I expected to find some things that were crossovers. I can easily see where THE GIVER might have been inspiration for newer dystopian novels, but still nothing seemed pulled right from it's pages, and let's be honest sometimes things like that happen for whatever reason.

I found THE GIVER captivating, I read it in just a few hours time. I connected with Jonas immediately, which is saying something for me because I normally have a hard time connecting with male protagonists.  He's inquisitive, and strong, smart and willing to do what it takes.

I was really upset to see that the next chapters in this story do not focus on Jonas or what becomes of him once THE GIVER ends, but rather on other people in the same town. I've always had a hard time with series that change protags every book. I can see the literary need for it, but to me it makes me feel like a little ripped off. I'm not sure if I will continue on with the series in fact because of this.

And as for the movie. I have not yet seen it, but I have to admit that I'm apprehensive about watching it at all. Between the differences I have seen in the trailer (hello spaceship sucking Jonas and the baby up?) and the mixed reviews I have heard from fans – I worry it might ruin the book for me. I know Lois Lowy was 100% behind the movie and it's changes – not everything in a book translates well to the big screen, I'm the first to understand this. Still..

Either way, I loved THE GIVER and if I never read another book in the series or see the movie, I will love this book forever. If you've not read it yet – you really have to!

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19 September 2014

{Flashback Friday} The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

By: Me My Shelf And I | 19 September 2014 at 12:09 AM | | Be the first to comment!

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FLASH BACK FRIDAY is hosted by Swoony Boys Podcast & Fiction Fare and we LOVE it here on MMSAI – because it's not just the new books that deserve all the love!

This week I'm featuring Victoria Schwabs debut novel, THE NEAR WITCH. It's equal parts captivating and thrilling!

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The Near Witch
Author: Victoria Schwab
Published: August 2nd, 2011
Publisher: Hyperion Books CH

The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.

And there are no strangers in the town of Near.
These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.
But when an actual stranger-a boy who seems to fade like smoke-appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.
The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.
As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi's need to know-about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.
Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab's debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won't soon forget.

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What's your flashback Friday this week?

Amber

18 September 2014

{Book Review} Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

By: Me My Shelf And I | 18 September 2014 at 12:09 AM | | | | | | | Be the first to comment!

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Author: Andrea Portes
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 4 birds
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This emotional, hilarious, devastating, and ultimately triumphant YA debut, based on actual events, recounts one girl’s rejection of her high school’s hierarchy—and her discovery of her true self in the face of tragedy.
Fall’s buzzed-about, in-house favorite.
Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? Who?
Anatomy of a Misfit is Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Anika’s hilariously deadpan delivery will appeal to readers for its honesty and depth. The so-sad-it’s-funny high school setting will pull readers in, but when the story’s dark foreboding gradually takes over, the devastating penultimate tragedy hits like a punch to the gut. Readers will ride the highs and lows alongside funny, flawed Anika — from laughter to tears, and everything in between.

Anatomy of a Misfit has a feel kind of like Dangerous Girls (which I loved and if you haven't read it you definitely need to). Now, remember I said kind of, not exactly! The book begins with the ending then works it way back. There's a love story, there's mystery, and you're never quite sure how things get to that end point. When I first started the book I felt like there were only a couple of ways it could end but as the book went on I came up with several other possibilities.

The thing I loved most about Anatomy of a Misfit is the way it was written. Anika is very straightforward narrator. She tells the story with wit and humor but also with unapologetic honesty. However, her honesty is a double edged sword. While on the one hand I loved it, on the other hand I took real issue with some of the things she said. I don't think I am someone that is easily offended BUT at times she offended me.  I get that the book was trying to hit on stereotypes but I felt some of things were unnecessary. My biggest issue was the way she talked about Shelli's mom that is a Christian. The things she said about her were offensive. She calls her racist, a nutjob and made various other negative comments about her thoughts and beliefs. Now, I wouldn't have been as offended had there been something to back up her claims but we never even meet the woman and Shelli never mentions her mom in a negative way either. Also, I felt like with the number of times that it was mentioned there had to be some reason for it later on. Maybe we discover that Anika wants to be a Christian or something and while that is hinted at, it's never stated in a way that makes all of the negative comments seem necessary. Honestly if this would have been taken out it would have been a homerun for me but as it stands it just didn't quite make it over the fence.

I was back and forth on the two guys in this book. I loved Logan and Jared at different points in the book and I also disliked them both at different points. I struggled with trusting both of them. They both had these qualities that made them instantly likeable but also had qualities that made me question their character. 

Bullying is another one of the major issues that Anatomy of a Misfit deals with. Becky is the most popular girl in school and also the school bully. She is mean and hateful. I couldn't believe that anyone liked her.

Despite the fact that I had ideas of how things would end and the fact it was one of my theories, I was still surprised by the ending. I had convinced myself that theory wasn't an option. Yet, it was and it was heartbreaking. 

I'm really torn on the rating to give this book. I want to give it 5 birds. I really, really do because I flew through this book and read it in a day but I just don't think I can. The unnecessary negative comments toward christianity is going to have to bump this one down for me. 

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