21 October 2014

{Release Day Celebration + Giveaway} Loop by Karen Akins

By: Me My Shelf And I | 21 October 2014 at 9:41 AM | | | | 1 Comment so far

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Happy Book Birthday LOOP!

About The Book

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Loop
Loop #1
Author: Karen Akins
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: Young Adult

At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.
After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her.
Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tagalong uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self.
But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future.

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Giveaway

One Winner will receive a signed, final copy of LOOP + A Swag Pack
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About The Author

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Karen Akins lives in the MidSouth where she writes humorous, light YA sci-fi. When not writing or reading, she loves taking care of her son and hanging out with her husband. And watching Downton Abbey. Karen has been many things in her life: an archery instructor, drummer for the shortest-lived garage band in history, and a shockingly bad tic-tac-toe player. LOOP is her first novel. @karen_akins Website: http://www.karenakins.com/

{Read-Along} The Perfectionists Week 3

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Can you believe it's already week 3 on the Sara Shepard THE PERFECTIONISTS read-along hosted here at Me, My Shelf and I!? You guys, this book – it's so…UGH! You need it in your life, let's just say that!

Don't forget to enter for the swag bag and surprise ARC from HarperTeen below. AND – the other blogs that are participating are listed at the bottom – so be sure to check in and see what they thought of this round of chapters!

My Thoughts: Chapter 19 – Chapter 27

The girls are bulldozing forward on their plan to take down the person they think is responsible for Nolan's death. But I'm still on the idea that maybe this person isn't guilty…I have a feeling that Sara Shepard has something up her sleeve for me by the end of the book.

One of our girls learns the harsh lesson that, bullies are everywhere. Even if you take revenge on one, it won't really get you any where because more will just pop up in your life.

We also (and I'm loving this plot twist!) have the addition of an authority figure becoming all creepy and stalker-ish. It was a total shock to me, and my mind is still reeling as to what, why, how and where will it go!

I am loving this book – the baseline plot is perfection (no pun intended) and the individual character plots that run with it are never confusing or too much, which can be a worry when you are dealing with 5 main characters.

I can't wait for the last set of chapters – I'm getting back to it, right now!!

Giveaway

One winner will get an awesome THE PERFECTIONISTS tote bag + bookmark bundle, as well as an ARC from upcoming releases from HarperTeen! (The publisher will choose the ARC)

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About The Book

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The Perfectionists
Author: Sara Shepard
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 336

In Beacon Heights, Washington, five girls—Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker—know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him—a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke...until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.
From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes another story of dark secrets, shocking twists, and what happens when five beautiful girls will do anything to hide the ugly truth.

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{Teaser Tuesday} A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

By: Me My Shelf And I | at 12:00 AM | | 1 Comment so far

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Teaser Tuesday is Hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

Here's how it works:

1. Grab Your Current Read
2. Pick 2 Teaser Sentences from it (be sure to avoid spoilers!)
3. Post it to your blog with title & author so other TT participants can add it to their TBR list!
4. Then, when you visit other TT, leave a link to your TT in their comments.

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A Thousand Pieces of You
Firebird #1
By: Claudia Gray
Release Date: November 4th, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen

Unlike any other Teaser Tuesday I've done, I'm giving you two because I couldn't pick.

As I lie here in a dimension not my own, on a stark white bed more forbidding than comforting,  I try to paint pictures of home in my mind. p. 34

I know the stereotypical images people have when they first hear the word homeschooled. The assume it's super religious, and not very difficult, like we sit around all day learning God made dinosaurs for the cavemen to ride. p. 68

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20 October 2014

{Book Review} The Missing Place by Sophie Littlefield

By: Me My Shelf And I | 20 October 2014 at 12:00 AM | 1 Comment so far

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Welcome to the first stop on THE MISSING PLACE blog tour for Sophie Littlefield.

About The Book + Review

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The Missing Place
Author: Sophie Littlefield
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 384
Genre: Fiction

Twenty-year-old Taylor Jarvis and Paul Carroll go missing in Weir, North Dakota, where they have been working on rigs owned by Oasis Energy. The boys stayed in Black Creek Lodge, a ?man camp? providing room and board. The mothers of the two boys come to Weir to find out what happened to their sons and form an uneasy alliance. Shay Jarvis, a 41-year-old single grandmother, has more grit than resources; for wealthy suburban housewife Colleen Carroll, the opposite is true. Overtaxed by worry, exhaustion, and fear, they question each other's methods and motivations - but there is no one else to help, and they must learn to work together if they are to have any chance of breaking through the barriers put up by their sons? employer, the indifference of an overtaxed police department, and a town of strangers with their own secrets against a backdrop of a modern day gold rush.

I was absolutely blown away by THE MISSING PLACE. From it’s beautiful writing, to the characters that perfectly balance each other out – it was amazing start to finish. 

I’ll be honest – at first I was a little worried that I wouldn't enjoy it as much as I did. I was, as I normally am when I read Fiction, a little worried that I won’t be able to identify with the characters enough to really dig my claws in, and latch on. The book takes place in North Dakota, which is basically the most boring state in the world. I know this because I live next to it. And it was centered around two young men who worked on an oil rig. Now I don’t have anything against oil rigs, or really North Dakota..it’s not really North Dakota’s that it’s boring after all…I was just a bit worried.

What made me grab this book, if I was a apprehensive? Well, firstly have you seen this cover? It almost looks like it’s upside down – but it’s not.  Also, I had heard phenomenal things about Sophie Littlefield (more on this later), and it was about 2 missing boys. Mystery + great author + killer cover = GIMMIE THAT BOOK!

I can’t tell you how totally the book pulled me in. When I set it down, all I thought about was the book. What was going to happen, when it would happen. Were the boys alive? That character seemed sketchy…right? The mystery unfolds slowly, almost as if it’s teasing you. Sophie Littlefield drops the hints to the mystery like bread crumbs leading you into the woods.

You need not like oil rigs, or North Dakota to love THE MISSING PLACE. You just need to love a good mystery and amazing writing. I am so happy that this book is apart of my library now and I will be picking up Sophie Littlefields others books, ASAP!

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Praise for The Missing Place

“Littlefield maximizes the emotional impact of her character-driven cautionary tale.”
Publishers Weekly

“Really good read. Readers will admire the tenacity of the lead characters…to find strength and answers together.”Fitness Magazine

“The excellent writing will keep readers engrossed and unwilling to put the book down.”
RT Book Reviews

About The Author

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Sophie Littlefield
is the Edgar-nominated author of more than two dozen novels, who grew up in rural Missouri. The mother of two grown children, she now makes her home in northern California. Visit her website at sophielittlefield.com.

 

 

 

Tour Schedule

October 20 Me, My Shelf and I: REVIEW
October 21 Once Upon A Twilight: MUSIC PLAYLIST
October 22 Bookish: REVIEW
October 23 Fire & Ice 10 RANDOM THINGS
October 24 Candace's Book Blog REVIEW
October 25 CBY Bookclub DREAM CAST
October 26 Deal Sharing Aunt REVIEW
October 27 Pubslush REVIEW
October 28 Booknerd REVIEW
October 29 Sleeps On Tables REVIEW

18 October 2014

{Spotlight} The Long Road Home by Megan Duncan

By: Me My Shelf And I | 18 October 2014 at 12:23 AM | | 1 Comment so far

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The Long Road Home
Author: Megan Duncan
Release Date: November 14th 2014

Jenna had heard the phrase, ‘Home Sweet Home’, but she never really knew what it meant. Growing up with a neglectful mother who moved her and her brother from town to town, and a father that had been absent all her life she’d never had a place to call home; but she vowed to have one someday. Jenna had a plan in place, an escape for her and her brother, but when her mother’s bad habits turn her world upside down she has to decide what she’s willing to sacrifice to save the life she’s always dreamed of.

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Soundtrack for the book can be found HERE

Praise for The Long Road Home

"It was a firing squad of mini-skirts, pony tails and excessive body glitter."

About the Author

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Megan Duncan is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer of Young Adult Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance, Dystopian, and Fantasy. She has two crazy cats that like to sleep on her keyboard. Her addictions include: chocolate, zombies, Pepsi, and her favorite TV shows. Want to know more? Just ask.

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Twitter: @MeganSDuncan

17 October 2014

{Flashback Friday} The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

By: Me My Shelf And I | 17 October 2014 at 12:01 AM | | 1 Comment so far

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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 my book isn't one I have read, but rather one that has been on my TBR for AGES!

I saw this movie a long time back, before I even knew it was a book and maybe before I was even really old enough to properly understand and appreciate it. Now I want to read the book and see it they way the author wrote it.

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The Virgin Suicides
Jeffrey Eugenides
Pub Date: 1993

The haunting, humorous and tender story of the brief lives of the five entrancing Lisbon sisters, The Virgin Suicides, now a major film, is Jeffrey Eugenides' classic debut novel.
The shocking thing about the girls was how nearly normal they seemed when their mother let them out for the one and only date of their lives. Twenty years on, their enigmatic personalities are embalmed in the memories of the boys who worshipped them and who now recall their shared adolescence: the brassiere draped over a crucifix belonging to the promiscuous Lux; the sisters' breathtaking appearance on the night of the dance; and the sultry, sleepy street across which they watched a family disintegrate and fragile lives disappear.

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