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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 splurged on some cheap BookOutlet books (50% off 50 YA titles = less than $36 for 13 books), and bought some Kindle deals. I received a few Netgalley approvals. And I also won a Twitter giveaway.

 

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

 

Bought:

(Don't You) Forget About Me A Matter of Heart Dreamstrider Even When You Lie to Me Falls the Shadow Kiss Kill Vanish Mosquitoland Side Effects May Vary Swept Away The Museum of Intangible Things The Secrets We Keep The Tenderness of Thieves Visions You Were Here Howl's Moving Castle For Darkness Shows the Stars Code Name Verity Zenith Love and Other Unknown Variables Reawakened distancebetween_final cover_4_1.indd The Lover's Dictionary

 

Netgalley:

Because I Love You In the Present Tense The Romantics

 

Won:

After the Woods

 

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

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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?

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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 got two deals on hardcovers from Amazon (there’s a few others: The Winner’s Curse, The Rose & The Dagger, and The Crown’s Game that I already owned that are about $7-8 right now). And once again, I bought a lot of ebooks. I received a Netgalley approval. I went the other day to pick up some held books from the library. I swear my hold always come in around the same time, so I always end up getting a decent size pile of books. Finally, I won an ARC via a Twitter giveaway.

 

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

 

Bought:

My Heart and Other Black Holes The wrath & the dawn Forget Tomorrow The Lost Recipe for Happiness The Girl From Everywhere Addicted for Now Ricochet Addicted to You Kiss the Sky Hothouse Flower Thrive Addicted After All Fuel the Fire Long Way Down Some Kind of Perfect Arouse A Study in Charlotte The Sea of Tranquility

 

Netgalley:

A Shadow Bright and Burning

 

Borrowed:

After You Autofocus Gena Finn How It Ends How It Feels to Fly Just Visiting

 

Won:

Been Here All Along

 

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

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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 forgot to post last week, so here’s my two week Stacking the Shelves post. I bought a lot of cheaper ebooks, and pre-ordered some books from Amazon. I also bought some books from BookOutlet. Finally, I supported #buydiversebooks, where you could win gifts for purchasing diverse books. I ended up buying 8 diverse books total during the two day event. I received several Netgalley approvals. I borrowed some audiobooks and picked up some held books from the library. I also won an ebook and hardcover book via Twitter giveaways.

 

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

 

Bought:

A Shadow Bright and Burning Caraval Three Dark Crowns Windwitch Our Own Private Universe The Great American Whatever If I Was Your Girl If You Could Be Mine Far From You Under the Lights 9780373211753_BB Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe 37 Things I Love (in No Particular Order) A Darker Shade final for Irene Can't Look Away The Nightingale The Storyteller The Summer of Letting Go Titans Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between The Promise of Stardust Flicker Lies We Tell Ourselves Right of First Refusal Out On Good Behavior Style Never Never Never Never Part Two Never Never Part Three Slammed A Summer to Die The Marriage Bargain Unrivaled Evermore The Mystery of Hollow Places Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets The Illustrated Edition Consequences Exile The Art of Wishing The Fourth Wish The Girl at Midnight The Wrong Side of Right Under a Painted Sky Written in the Stars Zeroes

 

Netgalley:

 Last Seen Leaving The Assassin Game Shining Sea A Song to Take the World Apart

 

Borrowed:

Just One Year Emmy & Oliver Love & Gelato The Loose Ends List Summer Days & Summer Nights Twelve Love Stories Glass Sword Summerlost_BOM.indd

 

Won:

The Long Game Deeper

 

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

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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 a hardcover copy of The Archived, because I heard from the author that it was going to be taken out of print. I also bought a lot of Kindle ebooks that I featured on my second Deals & Steals post. I received a few Netgalley approvals. I borrowed quite a few books for the #ReadProud reading challenge this month, plus a few others that I just wanted to read/had on hold.

 

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

 

Bought:

The Archived Still Alice The Sky Is Everywhere Alice in Zombieland Clockwork Angel Did I Mention I Love You The Rule Book Untitled-4 The Maze Runner Stargirl Inside Out I Am the Messenger Unbreak My Heart This Ordinary LifeDie for Me Anything Could Happen Openly Straight Lying Out Loud Not a Drop to Drink Beautiful Creatures Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel Lizard Radio Personal Effects Sister Mischief More Than This Without Annette

 

Netgalley:

We Own the Night Roller Girl What She Wanted

 

Borrowed:

If I Was Your Girl George The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service The Summer I Wasn't Me Alex As Well None of the Above Everything Leads to You Shuffle, Repeat

 

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

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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.

 

So I kind of threw my book buying ban out the window. I couldn’t resist the lure of BookOutlet anymore, and bought a stack of 17 books. In my defense, it was less than $60 with shipping! That’s a steal! I also bought some Kindle ebooks that were on sale. I received one Netgalley approval this week. I borrowed an audiobook and a lot of my held books finally came in, so I’m picking those up today before I head to Florida on Sunday.

 

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

 

Bought:

Bleed Like Me Faking Normal Falling into Place Fault Line First There Was Forever For Real Girl Defective Joyride Love Is A Many Trousered Thing Lux Beginnings Opposition Origin Strange & Ever After The Summer I Turned Pretty The Vincent Boys We'll Always Have Summer While It Lasts  Eleanor & Park The List Before I FallCity of Bones 2 The Goddess Test The Pact

 

Netgalley:

Hard to Hold

 

Borrowed:

The 5th Wave The Square Root of Summer Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here My Kind of Crazy BreatheThe Boyfriend App

 

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

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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 was a light week this week. I bought some Kindle ebooks that were on sale, I got approved for a Netgalley eARC, and finally I borrowed some audiobooks and picked up a held book from my library.

 

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

 

Bought:

 The Raven Boys Shadowshaper Rook The Cage

 

Netgalley:

Paper Hearts, Volume 3 Some Marketing Advice

 

Borrowed:

What's Left of Me The Last Time We Say Goodbye Me and Earl and the Dying Girl A Study in Charlotte

 

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

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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 kind of threw my book buying ban out this past week. There were so many good Kindle deals (they’re all listed on my first Deals & Steals post), so I couldn’t refuse them. I also pre-ordered Summer of Supernovas, bought a highly recommended diverse novel, and picked up a copy of Tell Me Three Things because I loved it so much. I borrowed four audiobooks and picked up five held books from the library, some of which are for my #bookbuddyathon TBR. That readathon starts today, yay! Finally, I got approved for a Netgalley eARC.

 

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

 

Bought:

 V23 new typeface tagline.indd Summer of Supernovas Written in the Stars The Last Time We Say Goodbye Anatomy of a Misfit Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock The Art of Lainey Party Girl Sweet Girl Smart Girl Adorkable What I Didn't Say The Iron King Sword and Verse Unearthly I Wish Wishing for You The Prophecy of Shadows Wicked

 

Netgalley:

The Darkest Lie

 

Borrowed:

Pushing the Limits 2 The Wrong Side of Right Boys Of Summer The Glittering Court The Land of 10,000 Madonnas Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist The Boyfriend App Finding Audrey Just One Year

 

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

May SST: Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout Review + Giveaway

Sunday Street Team

 

Welcome to the Sunday Street Team! I received an eARC of this book in exchange for a honest review. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars. Before I get into the review, here’s my secret words of a quote:

 

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GeniusTitle: Genius: The Game
Author: Leopoldo Gout
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date:
May 3, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): Trust no one. Every camera is an eye. Every microphone an ear. Find me and we can stop him together.

 

The Game: Get ready for Zero Hour as 200 geniuses from around the world go head to head in a competition hand-devised by India’s youngest CEO and visionary.

 

The Players:
Rex-One of the best programmers/hackers in the world, this 16-year-old Mexican-American is determined to find his missing brother.
Tunde-This 14-year-old self-taught engineering genius has drawn the attention of a ruthless military warlord by single-handedly bringing electricity and internet to his small Nigerian village.
Painted Wolf-One of China’s most respected activist bloggers, this mysterious 16-year-old is being pulled into the spotlight by her father’s new deal with a corrupt Chinese official.

 

The Stakes: Are higher than you can imagine. Like life and death. Welcome to the revolution. And get ready to run.

 


 

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This was kind of interesting, but it didn’t meet my expectations. I received a copy from Netgalley to review, and ended up giving this book 3 out of 5 stars.

 

So here’s the thing…I didn’t hate this book, but I didn’t love it either. The ending kind of sucked and just left the story hanging. I really hate cliffhangers, especially if there’s no second book being published/talked about. I liked the characters for the most part, but I felt like I didn’t really get to know them that well, other than their skills that got them into the Game. And the little more besides their skills that I did get to know about Rex, Tunde, and Painted Wolf, I felt unsatisfied with the lack of closure.

 

The different cultures and POVs were overall interesting, and the Game concept was also cool. But the Game felt a little anti-climactic. There were only a couple challenges. I figured they’d be run through a lot of challenges, narrowing down the competitors slower than they did, especially with how much the company paid to get all these people to the Game. The Game seemed like a big waste of money.

 

The other problems that Rex, Tunde, and Painted Wolf faced were just left incomplete by the end of the book. The one thing that took up a lot of Tunde’s POV/time with the warlord was kind of resolved, but I wanted to see it play out more. I felt like you didn’t get closure with that situation. I wanted to see what happened with Painted Wolf next after the Game, especially with what team she ended up on and how they did. I wanted to see what happened with Rex after the end. There was a twist towards the end of the book that just had me staring. It felt so out of place, and weird. I just wanted…more. I did like the hint of romance that was weaved into the story a little bit.

 

Final note: It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either, in my opinion. I think there could have been a lot more of the Game. I really wanted more closure on what happened with Rex, Painted Wolf, and Tunde. Hardcore sci-fi fans might like this more than me.

 

3 stars

 


 

about the author

 

Leopoldo Gout is the producer behind many films including Days of Grace, which A.O. Scott of the New York Times called “a potent and vigorous film.” He is also a writer, artist, and filmmaker. Leopoldo is currently involved in various film and television projects including major adaptations of the Alex Cross series, with the author James Patterson and the upcoming film adaption of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.

 


 

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