Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Stacking the Shelves [1]

Woohoo! This is Chantelle here! I'm so happy to be kickstarting our first post of Stacking the Shelves! So how this works is I'll be showcasing some of the books I've bought, received or borrowed this month. I think I've got a pretty good haul if I do say so myself, although let's be honest, mine look seriously weak compared to Nara's! Her's are coming soon...

But back to mine!! 

Friday, February 22, 2013

ARC Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy

Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike
Review by Nara

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Review: Entangled By Nikki Jefford

Title: Entangled (Spellbound #1)
Author: Nikki Jefford
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Thriller
Source: Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) & NetGalley

Goodreads rating: 3.76 out of 5.00 (480+ ratings)
Goodreads link

Two months after dying, seventeen-year-old witch Graylee Perez wakes up in her twin sister Charlene’s body.

Until Gray finds a way back inside her own body, she’s stuck being Charlene every twenty-hour hours. Her sister has left precise instructions on how Gray should dress and behave. Looking like a prep isn’t half as bad as hanging out with Charlene’s snotty friends and gropey boyfriend.

The “normals” of McKinley High might be quick to write her behavior off as post-traumatic stress, but warlock Raj McKenna is the only person who suspects Gray has returned from the dead.

Now Gray has to solve the mystery of her death and resurrection and disentangle herself from Charlene’s body before she disappears for good.

Review by Chantelle

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Review: Pivot Point By Kasie West

Title: Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1)
Author: Kasie West
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Thriller

Goodreads rating: 4.32 out of 5.00 (300+ ratings)
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Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

Review by Chantelle

Friday, February 15, 2013

ARC Review: Hysteria by Megan Miranda

Title: Hysteria
Author: Megan Miranda
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery Thriller

Mallory's life is falling apart.

Her boyfriend was stabbed. He bled to death in her kitchen. Mallory was the one who stabbed him. But she can't remember what happened that night. She only remembers the fear...

When Mallory's parents send her away to a boarding school, she thinks she can escape the gossip and the threats. But someone, or something, has followed her. There's the hand that touches her shoulder when she's drifting off to sleep. A voice whispering her name. And everyone knows what happened. So when a pupil is found dead, Mallory's name is on their lips.

Her past can be forgotten but it's never gone. Can Mallory live with that?
Review by Nara

Friday, February 8, 2013

ARC Review: Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black

Title: Dance of Shadows (Dance of Shadows #1)
Author: Yelena Black
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery

Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you're close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner's heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly- and she must be very careful who she trusts...

Vanessa Adler attends an elite ballet school- the same one her older sister, Margaret, attended before she disappeared. Vanessa feels she can never live up to her sister's shining reputation. But Vanessa, with her glorious red hair and fair skin, breathes different air, and the world around her turns to flames...

Soon she attracts the attention of three men: gorgeous Zep, mysterious Justin, and the great, enigmatic choreographer Josef Zhalkovsky. When Josef asks Vanessa to dance the lead in the Firebird, she has little idea of the danger that lies ahead- and the burning forces about to be unleashed...
Review by Nara

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Chantelle's Review: Dirty Red By Tarryn Fisher

Title: Dirty Red (Love Me With Lies #2)
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Genre: Mature Young Adult

Goodreads rating: 4.43 out of 5.00 (1, 500+ ratings)
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Dear Opportunist,

You thought you could take him from me, but you lost. Now, that he's mine I'll do anything to keep him. Do you doubt me? I have everything that was supposed to be yours. In case you were wondering; he doesn't ever think about you anymore. I won't let him go....ever.

Dirty Red

Review by Chantelle

** Warning! Contains spoilers for The Opportunist. **

Saturday, February 2, 2013

ARC Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Title: Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2)
Author: Katie McGarry
Genre: Young Adult, Chick-lit

"I dare you..."

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock- with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams- and his life- for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....
Review by Nara

Friday, February 1, 2013

Review: Sins & Needles By Karina Halle

Title: Sins & Needles (The Artists Trilogy #1)
Author: Karina Halle
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense

Goodreads rating: 4.48 out of 5.00 (700+ ratings)
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Ellie Watt is used to starting over. The daughter of a grifting team, Ellie spent her childhood being used as a pawn in her parents' latest scam. Now she’s much older, wiser and ready to give her con artist life a rest. But returning to the dry desert town of Palm Valley, California means one more temptation than she bargained for – Camden McQueen. Once known as the high school weirdo, Camden is bigger and badder than the boy he used to be and a talented tattoo artist with his own thriving business. Ellie’s counting on Camden still being in love with her but what she’s not counting on is how easily unrequited love can turn into obsession over time. When Camden discovers Ellie’s plan to con him, he makes her a deal she doesn’t dare refuse, but her freedom comes with a price and it’s one that takes both Ellie and Camden down a dangerous road.

Review by Chantelle