Stacking the Shelves [31]

Stacking the Shelves

 

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

I bought some cheap hardcovers (plus one paperback) from Amazon, along with a couple pre-orders and some Kindle deals. I received a couple Netgalley approvals, and one Edelweiss approval (see my blog on the 17th for the review). I went the other day to pick up some holds from the library, which were mostly LGBTQIA+ books that I didn’t get around to during Pride Month. Finally, I won a pre-order giveaway, and chose United as my pick. I can’t wait to read the Alienated trilogy!

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received this past week:

 

Bought:

The Darkest Part of the Forest Challenger Deep The Shadow Hour The Upside of Unrequited Girl Against the Universe The Jewel The White Rose The Black Key Maybe Someday No Kissing Allowed Risking it All Up in Smoke Summer Rental Save the date

 

Netgalley:

The Graces The Movie Version

 

Edelweiss:

Signs of You

 

Borrowed:

Freakboy Not Otherwise Specified The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley One Man Guy RunFalling for You

 

Won:

United

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you can’t wait to read?

ARC April: Week Three Update Post

Well the third week of ARC April is done, which means the month is nearly over with. I read one ARC this past week (four ARCs total so far). The review for my latest ARC (Genius: The Game) will go live on my blog on May 1st i.e. Sunday. I’m not sure I’ll be reading anymore ARCs this week. I have books I pre-ordered coming in tomorrow, and I want to read them really bad. We’ll see. Regardless, four ARCs for ARC April is better than none!

 

READ AND REVIEWED:

In Real Life by Jessica Love

  In Real Life

Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider (Review to go live on 5/29 for Sunday Street Team)

 Summer of Sloane

The Girl Who Fell by S.M. Parker

The Girl Who Fell

Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout (Review to go live on 5/1 for Sunday Street Team)

 Genius

 

NEED TO READ:

 9780399175411_OutrunTheMoon_BOM.indd The Star-Touched Queen And I Darken The Art of Not Breathing Did I Mention I Need You You Were Here Beyond the Red Blackhearts Whisper to Me Summer of Supernovas

 

What ARCs can you recommend after two weeks of ARC April? And what ARCs are you looking forward to reading in the next two weeks?

ARC April: Week Two Update Post

Well the second week of ARC April is officially over with (by a few day, oops), which means the month, and this challenge, is over halfway done. I read one ARC this past week (three ARCs so far). The review for my latest ARC (The Girl Who Fell) is live on my blog. I added Summer of Supernovas towards the top of my TBR list for ARCs–someone gushed about it & made me want to read it ASAP.

 

READ AND REVIEWED:

In Real Life by Jessica Love

  In Real Life

Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider (Review to go live on 5/29 for Sunday Street Team)

 Summer of Sloane

The Girl Who Fell by S.M. Parker

The Girl Who Fell

 

NEED TO READ:

 9780399175411_OutrunTheMoon_BOM.indd The Star-Touched Queen And I Darken The Art of Not Breathing Did I Mention I Need You You Were Here Beyond the Red Blackhearts Whisper to Me Summer of Supernovas

 

What ARCs can you recommend after two weeks of ARC April? And what ARCs are you looking forward to reading in the next two weeks?

ARC April: Week One Update Post

Well the first week of ARC April is officially over with (by a couple days now). I read two ARCs so far, and the review for In Real Life (5 star read) is live on my blog. With all my other yearly reading challenges, I kind of slacked on reading ARCs. I’m hoping to kick things up a notch these coming weeks.

 

READ AND REVIEWED:

In Real Life by Jessica Love

  In Real Life

 

READ AND TO BE REVIEWED:

Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider (Review to go live on 5/29 for Sunday Street Team)

 Summer of Sloane

 

NEED TO READ:

 9780399175411_OutrunTheMoon_BOM.indd The Star-Touched Queen And I Darken The Girl Who Fell The Art of Not Breathing Did I Mention I Need You You Were Here Beyond the Red Blackhearts Whisper to Me

 

Now that the first week is over, what amazing ARCs can you recommend? And what ARCs are you looking forward to reading in the next few weeks?

ARC Review: The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

The Way I Used to Be

Title: The Way I Used to Be
Author: Amber Smith
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date: March 22, 2016
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss
Summary (via Goodreads): Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

 

What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

 

Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year.

 

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This was a really good book that focused on a very emotional topic i.e. rape. There were parts that my heart felt like it was breaking while I was reading. Based on other’s reactions, I expected to cry a bit more. Nevertheless, I highly recommend this book to everyone. Thank you Edelweiss for providing me a copy in exchange for a honest review. I gave this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

This book was my choice for last week’s Waiting on Wednesday. It’s been on my radar for a while, so I’m glad I finally got around to reading it. The book was close to being 5 stars, but there were a few things that I questioned/didn’t particularly love. One thing I kept wondering about was why Eden was only 14 in her sophomore year of high school, and only 17 when she was in her senior year. Did she skip a year? Another thing I didn’t particularly love was how far Eden had “fallen” in a sense. But I could still understand why she did to a certain extent.

 

The summary and amazing cover is what made me first want to read the book. I thought it was interesting to cram all four years of high school into one book. Some years felt a little light compared to others, but overall it seemed like Amber did a great job spreading Eden’s life out through the years. Throughout reading, I felt bad for Eden and what she went through.

 

Another thing that disappointed me a little was that I wanted to see the a-hole responsible for the bad things sentenced and punished; just a mention of it would have given me satisfaction. I’m just glad that Amber wasn’t afraid to go to some dark places with the book, since rape is such a terrible issue our society faces. Eden made a lot of bad choices because of what happened to her, because she buried the horrible truth inside.

 

There wasn’t really romance in the book, because of what Eden endured. But I did like Josh’s character; he was one of the high points in the book for me. I mean besides Eden finally getting a bit of closure, and when she stood up for herself. Overall, the ending was good. I mostly made observations on Goodreads, but I did write down this line: “All these maybes swimming around my head make me think that “maybe” could just be another word for hope.”

 

Final note: A great book, that I highly recommend, if you’re not afraid of a slightly darker theme. I’m so glad I had a chance to read this one.

 4.5 stars

Stacking the Shelves [14]

 Stacking the Shelves

 

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

It’s quite a while since I’ve posted for Stacking the Shelves, so without further ado, here we go. I bought some books from BookOutlet and Amazon (I’m cheating a bit here and showing off books I’ve purchased in the last month or so, since it’s been a while since I did a STS post). I’ve also been making good use of my library with audiobooks, and ebooks this past week. I’ve only requested a few Netgalley eARCs, but I haven’t heard back yet. However, I did get approved for a couple titles from Edelweiss.

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received this past week:

 

Bought:

Open Road Summer Since You've Been Gone Stand-Off The Love That Split the World Underwater To All the Boys I've Loved Before P.S. I Still Love You A Criminal Magic The Winner's Kiss Salt to the Sea Symptoms of Being Human This Savage Song The Star-Touched Queen Suffer Love Grave Mercy Water for Elephants Fans of the Impossible Life My Heart and Other Black Holes Not Okay Cupid The Secrets of Attraction Between Us and the Moon Entwined The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak Crimson Bound

 

Edelweiss:

The Way I Used to Be South of Sunshine

 

Borrowed:

Let's Get Lost Eclipse The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner Breaking Dawn Before I Fall Boy Meets Boy The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Kissing in America The Beginning of Everything

 

Won:

The Fault in Our Stars The Gaia Chronicles Birth of Hope Dead Ringer The Last Time We Were Us My Lady Jane

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you can’t wait to read?