02 August 2014

{Stacking The Shelves} 34

By: Me My Shelf And I | 02 August 2014 at 12:01 AM | Be the first to comment!

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your bookshelf, be it the physical one or your digital one!

We don't do this meme every week – but we try to make sure everything we receive is mentioned during the month it arrives.

For Review

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THE DOLLS by KiKi Sullivan
KISS OF BROKEN GLASS by Madeline Kuderick
DON'T TOUCH by Rachel M. Wilson
RITES OF PASSAGE by Joy N. Hensley
ECHOES OF US by Kat Zhang
BLACKBIRD by Anna Carey
A NEW DARKNESS by Joseph Delaney
ILLUSIONS OF FATE by Kiersten White
Thank you HarperCollins for the above review opportunities!

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MY DRUNK KITCHEN: A GUIDE TO EATING, DRINKING & GOING WITH YOUR GUT by Hannah Hart (Forward by John Green) – Thank you IT! Books

WORDLESS by Adrianne Strickland Thank you Flux!

STICKY FINGERS: DIY DUCT TAPE PROJECTS by Sophie Maletsky Thank You Zest Books

eBook For Review

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GATES OF THREAD AND STONE by Lori M. Lee
Thank you Skyscape!

eBook Purchased

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THE GIRL WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO DIE by April Henry

What's Stacking Your Shelves this week?

Amber

01 August 2014

{Flashback Friday} The Forrest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

By: Me My Shelf And I | 01 August 2014 at 12:06 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!

Back before The Walking Dead was a TV and the whole world was zombie obsessed, Carrie Ryan gave us THE FORREST OF HANDS AND TEETH.

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth
The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1
Author: Carrie Ryan
Publication Date: February 9th 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers

In Mary's world there are simple truths.
   The Sisterhood always knows best.
   The Guardians will protect and serve.
   The Unconsecrated will never relent.
   And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.
   But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power. And, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.
   Now, she must choose between her village and her future, between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

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Today the cover looks like this (in paperback)

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And there's 2 other books in the series as well, so don't forget to grab those if you pick up THE FOREST OF HANDS ANDS TEETH!

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What's your flashback Friday?

Amber

{Book Review} If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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If I stay
If I Stay #1
Author: Gayle Forman
Pages: 262
Publication Date: April 2nd 2009
Publisher: Speak
Rating: 4 Birds

On a day that started like any other,
Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she'll ever make.
Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.

I know, I see your faces. How has it possibly taken me so long to read this book. Well, I won't lie, the upcoming release of the movie did push it up my list. I mean who sees the movie with out first reading the book? Uh, no one! In case you haven't read this, note that there will be some (potentially big) spoilers in the paragraphs to come – so if you're actually holding out for the movie, or have yet to pick up a copy to read…stop reading this review NOW!

For those of you who have read IF I STAY, it won't surprise you to know that I went cover to cover in only a few hours time. The lyrical writing and captivating story line made it like most everything we enjoy – over before we even know what happened. Mia's character was likable and so easy to be with, she was just comfortable. Which I guess says something about me, since she spends most of this book in a limbo like state between life and death.

The romance between Mia and Adam is adorable. Just plain, flat out 100% adorable and perfect and…did I say adorable yet? Their dreams and life goals are threatening to pull them to different sides of the country and Mia's moms words echo in my head over and over. She tells Mia how inconvenient it is to fall in love at 17.  I wanted to shout "Right on mom!" at that point, because no truer line has even been written, but as I was in a cabin full of extended family members who already think I'm the weird one for choosing inside with books over outside in the lake…I didn't want to push my luck.  

The only thing about the book that I didn't really care for was it's lack of suspense. I never once ever thought, for even a tiny second that Mia would choose to go. She's penned as such a fighter, one of those "against all odds" kids of girls with her cello talent, and her opposites attract relationship, among other things. I wanted to believe she would go, I wanted the idea to wreck me, tear me apart and leave me crying. I wanted to hurt for Adam, and cry for her family and I just had none of that.

Despite all that, this book was intriguing and something new for me. I enjoyed getting to know Mia and her friends and I am picking up WHERE I WENT as soon as possible. I'm also now very excited for the movie and enjoy seeing many scenes and lines play out in the trailers.  

Visit Gayle Forman on her website and Twitter

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Amber

31 July 2014

{Product Review} The Book Chair

By: Me My Shelf And I | 31 July 2014 at 1:12 PM | | 2 Comments so far

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Who doesn't love book goodies!?

Have you seen the amazing book goodies from GoneReading.com? I got some recently and loved them all so much I want to share them here! Today we will be looking at the Book Chair, and tomorrow, will will hit the paper goods I got, covering the Library Kit and Literary Band-Aids.

The Book Chair

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Book Chair: For Print Books, eReaders and Tablets – Medium

Read in style and comfort with this medium sized Book Chair.  The wooden frame easily unfolds to accommodate any eReader or Tablet, and all but the largest print books.

The canvas backing softly cradles your book or device while adding bold colors to the aesthetic design.

The Book Chair adjusts to three different angles, includes rubber feet to keep it from slipping, along with swiveling pegs to hold your printed book in place.

Highly commended by The Giftware Association in 2012!

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$25.99

My Thoughts

From the moment the Book Chair came out of the package, both my kids begged to use it. But since it was mine, I got first dibs. Hey, all is fair in love and book goodies in this house!

I have to admit I was a little apprehensive that it would hold open a hefty hardcover – particularly a cookbook which I was really looking forward to using it for. I was so wrong. I not only grabbed a hefty, hardcover cookbook – but a brand new one that was having trouble staying open even as I flipped through the pages. Let's ignore the fact that most my cookbooks are new, due to lack of use…that's not important. What is important, is that it kicked this books butt, and held it open with no trouble at all!!

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Another feature I loved is that it folds totally flat! I can actually stick it on the shelf with my  cookbooks and not worry about it taking up precious counterpace – which I am lacking.

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The fact that is folds flat also helps when I took it to the the cabin. This was when I finally let the kids have a turn. See, I'm not entirely selfish! They mostly used it to hold the iPad which made me happy as it wasn't being banged around, or dropped.

The Book Chair is on my Christmas shopping list for the book lovers in my family – and if the "beach chair" look isn't for you – they have many other styles to pick from! Simply check out their Book Holder section and choose from different colors, shapes – there's even one that looks like an octopus!


Visit GoneReading Right Now!

All About GoneReading.com

GoneReading markets a unique collection of gifts for readers and book lovers – what we call brilliant products for the reading lifestyle – many of which can only be found on this site at GoneReading.com.  If you love to read, you’re going to love GoneReading.

We don’t sell books.  Rather, we sell products that enhance your reading life.  From functional reading accessories to bookish home d├ęcor, GoneReading improves the quality of your reading experience and surrounds you with delightful bookish-ness you won’t find elsewhere.

Unlike other shopping sites, GoneReading was founded specifically to spread the magic of reading in the developing world.  That’s why we’ve pledged 100% of after-tax profits to fund reading related charities, especially the work of our good friends at READ Global and Ethiopia Reads.

Although we have a particular fondness for the printed book, GoneReading supports all types of reading formats, including e-readers, tablets, printed newspapers and magazines.  We believe that access to greatwriting – regardless of the format in which it is consumed - is what really matters most.

Founded in 2011 by marketing executive Brad Wirz and his wife Eileen, GoneReading leverages the power of commerce to create real change in the developing world.

Amber

{Book Review} A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka

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A Girl Called Fearless
Author: Catherine Linka
Pages: 368
Release Date: May 6th 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Rating: 4.5 Birds

Avie Reveare has the normal life of a privileged teen growing up in L.A., at least as normal as any girl’s life is these days. After a synthetic hormone in beef killed fifty million American women ten years ago, only young girls, old women, men, and boys are left to pick up the pieces. The death threat is past, but fathers still fear for their daughters’ safety, and the Paternalist Movement, begun to "protect" young women, is taking over the choices they make.Like all her friends, Avie still mourns the loss of her mother, but she’s also dreaming about college and love and what she’ll make of her life. When her dad "contracts" her to marry a rich, older man to raise money to save his struggling company, her life suddenly narrows to two choices: Be trapped in a marriage with a controlling politician, or run. Her lifelong friend, student revolutionary Yates, urges her to run to freedom across the border to Canada. As their friendship turns to passion, the decision to leave becomes harder and harder. Running away is incredibly dangerous, and it’s possible Avie will never see Yates again. But staying could mean death.From Catherine Linka comes this romantic, thought-provoking, and frighteningly real story, A Girl Called Fearless, about fighting for the most important things in life—freedom and love.

A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS first landed on my radar, when author Catherine Linka reached out for me to design some swag for it. The cover intrigued me, and was so much fun to work with. But it was the synopsis that really set my wheels spinning, wondering, and for the most part being 100% frustrated I couldn't get reading it the second the ARC arrived.

When I finally got to dig into it, I was transported to a terrifyingly possible world where young woman are having all their rights taken away in an effort to protect them, after an epidemic wiped out 50 million woman 10 years ago, including Avie's own mother. A whole generation of children, left motherless.

I spent a good portion of this book trying to put myself in Avie's position. In fact it was almost impossible not to. What would I do? Thing about it, what would you do if your right to marry for love was taken away? How about just the simple joy of privacy – to the point where even your computers or phones locked out things like news and current events, and nearly everything else? What if you coulnd't go to college for being a woman or what if you were suddenly not allowed in certain places with out body guards or just not allowed period as they are "not safe for woman". How would you like it if the government controlled everything about you, simply because you were a woman and they believed it's helping to protect you?

Would you run?  Could you leave behind the few bright spots in your dark and sheltered life? Would you be fearless? Could you be fearless? I have to admit I wavered back and forth with the decisions that Avie makes, wondering if  I would have the courage to say and do the things she does, or the conscious to not do things that could have been done. 

A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS will take you on an endless roller coaster ride of  ever changing emotions and full blown action. In it's 368 pages you will see so many fantastic places and meet so many incredibly interesting people, both friend and foe of Avie. You will want for nothing when this book ends, except maybe another book…but being that it's a stand alone you'll have to settle for starting back over at page 1 and reliving it again.

A GRIL CALLED FEARLESS is perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and the Chemical Garden Series!

Visit Catherine Linka on Twitter.

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Amber

30 July 2014

{Waiting on Wednesday} 100

By: Me My Shelf And I | 30 July 2014 at 12:03 AM | | | | 7 Comments so far

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

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Apolonia
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: October 1st, 2014
Genre: New Adult / SciFi

“They killed me, but I survived.”
Three years after Rory Riordan foiled her own murder, she still trusts no one. Not Dr. Z, the eccentric college professor who has taken her under his wing, not Benji, the endearing, attractive classmate who insists on following her around, and certainly not Cy, the beautifully dark and mysterious boy who sits on the first row in Dr. Z’s Astrobiology class and asks far too many questions.
When Rory witnesses Cy being abducted by soldiers in the middle of the night, she finds herself submersed in a world that holds even more secrets than she could imagine--even darker secrets than her own.
From #1 New York Times Bestseller Jamie McGuire, experience the perfect combination of her bestselling books Providence & Beautiful Disaster. This New Adult Sci-Fi Romance is an action-packed, whiplash-inducing roller coaster ride. Page after page, this unpredictable, dark and sexy nail biter will keep readers guessing until the very end!

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What are you waiting on this week?

Amber

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