Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #85: February Book Haul Part 3


Hello fellow bookgeeks :)

It's been another rough week with baby boy sick and boys readjusting to school schedules and other stuff... I'm worn out! I've barely had any energy for reading, amongst other things; which makes me so sad :(

But, it was still a good week in books!!!
Yay for more ARCs to add to my Oliver and Stiefvater collections :)



*What I received for review...
- I'LL HOLD YOU FOREVER (PB) by Dawn Marie Hooks (C) from the author.
THE TRUTH ABOUT US (ARC) by Janet Gurtler from Sourcebooks Fire
- PUBLIC ENEMIES (The Immortal Game #2) (ARC) by Ann Aguirre from Macmillan

*Book trades/swaps...
- THE SCULPTOR (ARC) by Scott McCloud (NA/A)
GEEK GIRL (ARC) by Holly Smale 

*Books I received in trades because of "HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?" meme :)
THE RAVEN BOYS (ARC) by Maggie Stiefvater
- SINNER (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #4) (ARC) by Maggie Stiefvater
- REQUIEM (Delirium #3) (ARC) by Lauren Oliver
- ROOMS (ARC) by Lauren Oliver 

*Won in giveaway...
- SPOT by David Wiesner - SPOT swag from HMHKids :)


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A few pics from this past week :)

Hubs and I selfie-ing :)

Baby boy and I are Oogaa brand partners!!!

Baby boy torturing Papa, lol! Help find the lost toy :)

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Thank you SO much for stopping by today!!!

Don't forget to leave a comment with your link so I can visit you too, please!!!
xoxo

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Release Day (Excerpt and Giveaway): THE HIDDEN LIBRARY by Heather Lyons (A)



by Heather Lyons
Release date: February 26th, 2015
Published by: Cerulean Books
Genre: Adult Romantic Fairytale (Fantasy and Adventure)
Format: eBook

SUMMARY

Sometimes, the rabbit hole is deeper than expected . . .

Alice Reeve and Finn Van Brunt have tumbled into a life of secrets. Some secrets they share, such as their employment by the clandestine organization known as The Collectors’ Society. Other secrets they carry within them, fighting to keep buried the things that could change everything they think they know.

On the hunt for an elusive villain who is hell-bent on destroying legacies, Alice, Finn, and the rest of the Society are desperate to unravel the mysteries surrounding them. But the farther they spiral down this rabbit hole, the deeper they fall into secrets that will test their loyalties and pit them against enemies both new and old.

Secrets, they come to find, can reveal the deadliest of truths.





 EXCERPT

We are about to open the conference room door and enter the hallway when he stops. He turns to me, his lovely eyes achingly sincere. “I want to take you on a date when all of this craziness is over. A real one. We’ve kind of gone about this all backwards, haven’t we?”
One corner of my mouth lifts up. “Are you saying you’d like to court me?”
There is no playfulness to his face, no quirk to his own lips. My heart flutters at his seriousness. “Yes.”
He wants to court me.
Too many emotions rush around in a caucus race throughout my body. I have no doubts of Huckleberry Finn Van Brunt’s feelings toward me. I understood them two minutes ago just as well as I did this morning when I woke up and from the night before and from the day in Wonderland where he said, in not so many words, that he was falling in love with me.
I told him he was my north star, and meant it. He countered we are binaries.
He and I . . . We’ve never said those words, though, not the ones that truly spell out fragile, deep secrets of a heart and soul. Words so easily and yet unfortunately uttered by many, be it to express their appreciation of fried bits of potatoes to sports teams on the television. Words offered so frivolously about a variety of subjects and yet can be the most difficult, most painful, most meaningful, most cherished syllables we gift another person.
I have said these words before, to another man. Another man I still love. One I know, in the deepest confines of my heart, that I will love until the last breath escapes my body. A man who courted me in secret and then publicly in the face of astonishment, disapproval, confusion, and, in the end, prophesies.
I have willingly given the man in front of me my heart, though, whether he knows it or not. He now holds it in his hands, and while I pray he is my future, there is still a part of me that bucks in conflicted confusion and delight by this declaration of his.
He wants to court me.
And yet, as sweet and romantic as such a gesture might be, I require no such formalities. My affections for Finn Van Brunt have already solidified into something real and wonderful and meaningful.


PURCHASE LINKS



Don’t miss the first book in this series, THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY!



GIVEAWAY

(Bumbles and Fairy-Tales will not be held responsible for any lost, damaged, unclaimed, etc. prizes.)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Heather Lyons


Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #121: INK AND BONE (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine (YA)


"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This is where we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released!!!
The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night!!!
And, quite possibly, to make our shelves look pretty too :) 


What I'm currently waiting for... 


The Great Library #1
by Rachel Caine
Expected release date: July 7th, 2015
Published by: NAL
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, eBook



SUMMARY

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.



Why I'm waiting on INK AND BONE...

First of all... do you know the story of the Library of Alexandria? 
If not, go here and read a bit about it on Wikipedia... I'll wait... 

Second... did you not just learn about the Library of Alexandria??? 

And lastly... seriously, it's about coveting BOOKS!!!
And people put their lives on the line for them!!!

Can you imagine not being able to personally own any books?!?!


SO, what are you waiting for this week???

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Blog Tour (Excerpt, Review and Giveaway): REBOUND (Boomerang #2) by Noelle August (NA)


A Boomerang Novel, #2
by Noelle August
Release date: February 10th, 2015
Published by: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
Format read: eARC (from the publisher) and eBook.


SUMMARY

Hooking up is only the beginning of the fun in this sexy and irresistible second installment of the thrilling New Adult series, Boomerang.
Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of the heap in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and knocks the tech wunderkind down, throwing his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.
Three years ago, Adam married his high school love — and then lost her in a tragic accident. Now, the heartbreak and guilt he’s tried to bury with work and women begins to take over his life.
Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon — and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan — has a problem of her own. She’s got one chance to prove to her father that she deserves a place in his empire by grabbing control of Boomerang and taking Adam down.
But as Alison moves in on him, armed with a cadre of lawyers and accountants, she discovers there’s much more to Adam and Boomerang than meets the eye. Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? It appears so, unless Adam can forgive her for wrecking his life and trying to steal his livelihood. But Alison hopes that old adage is right. Maybe love can conquer all.


EXCERPT

Excerpt #2 - Adam POV

Ali laughs. Her gaze feels like sunshine on my back, but I don’t turn around. I pull my wetsuit up to my waist, adjusting myself so I’m comfortable. The cool Neoprene layer feels familiar and my body responds, my heart thumping hard, anticipation rushing through my veins. The prospect of the ocean always does this to me. This has nothing to do with the girl behind me.

“Adam?”

Ali’s voice is close. Turning, I almost bump into her.

Her wetsuit is all the way on, which is good. And terrible.

“What’s up?” I ask.

She smells like suntan oil and peaches. This close, I see that her cheeks are turning slightly pink from the sun. With her hair pulled back, no makeup, and the wetsuit covering her completely, she looks better than she has all week at the office. Better than she did in the Catwoman costume. There’s something powerful about her now. The way her slender legs are planted firmly on the swaying boat, like she’s not trying at all. She’s at home on the water. This from an admitted equestrian. I can only imagine what she’s like with her horses.

“Sorry, but . . .” She smiles and points at her back. “My zipper’s jammed.” She turns around and pulls her ponytail up. “Can you help me out?”

“Sure. You want this on, right? Just want to be sure.”

I can’t see her face, but I know she’s smiling. “Yes. On please.”

I allow myself a moment to enjoy the way she looks right in front of me. Then I take the zipper leash, letting my knuckles drift over her back, just above the knot of her bikini.

If I weren’t completely focused on her, I’d have missed the way she curls slightly toward me.


Focus, Blackwood. Zip the wetsuit up.




PURCHASE LINKS





MY REVIEW


The authors have done it again! Another sweet, fun, sexy, yet meaningful relationship that blossoms into something that was hard to imagine...

In REBOUND, we get to see Adam's side of the world - the owner of Boomerang, a young millionaire who is very private about his personal life. The same person who has no problem probing in other peoples lives, and yet, manages to stay disconnected to the world. It's just work for him... or is it?... Adam has his reasons to be so guarded. Not only is it hard to trust people to like him for he truly is, or is it because he has money? Also, he hides a secret that no one can fully understand. One so sad and devastating - it is hard to imagine Adam ever letting go and possibly try to move on to a better and happier future.
So when Adam dressed as Zorro meets Catwoman during Mia's halloween costume party, he only has one thing on his mind - how to get Catwoman out of her skintight suit! Luckily for both of them, Catwoman was literally sewn into her costume which made it a bit hard to go to far... why were they lucky? Because Catwoman is Allison aka the daughter of the man that Adam is hoping to impress and will partner with to expand his multi-million dollar business. And to add some icing to the cake, Allison is also Ethan's ex-girlfriend.
Allison has baggage of her own. She is still reeling over her break-up with Ethan, almost failing out of school and disappointing her father. This is her chance to make things up to everyone. Even if it means sacrificing some of her own happiness.
But as things start to unfold between Adam and Allison, there is no denying that these two were meant to be together. But at what price are they willing to pay to get there?

I have to admit, I had a hard time seeing these two get together. I was excited that the book was going to be about Adam. But Allison was portrayed so poorly in book one, it was hard to give her the benefit of the doubt in order to let her redeem herself and tell me her story.
Halfway through the story, I was finally coming to terms with their relationship. But still felt a strain between the two. Their stories are deeper and a little darker, and I felt like the chemistry between the two got a little lost in the moment. Their connection didn't feel loving but more like trying to save each other. I would have liked to have had the story been more detail and longer to build up the foundation between them rather than the rush of forgiveness and understanding that occurs.

Overall, it was really interesting to see the level of their commitment to one another. Also, just like the first book, Adam and Allison's story centered around family as well. And I really love that the authors make it such a priority for the reader to get to know the characters from all the aspects in their lives.

And yes, this can be read as a standalone! But why would you want too!
Great series! I cannot wait to find out who the next couple will be... 


*An eARC was approved for me to review by the publisher for the blog tour and an honest review. I read half as an eARC, and then finished the rest in its finished formed by purchasing the eBook when it was released. All thoughts are my own.




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Noelle August

NOELLE AUGUST is an anagram for Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger. Just kidding, it's a pen name!

VERONICA ROSSI is the author of the New York Times Best-selling UNDER THE NEVER SKY trilogy for young adults. The books are available in more than thirty countries and the film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros.

Veronica completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons. She is fond of dresses with pockets, fluffy dogs, and cheese and chocolate - but not together.

LORIN OBERWEGER began her storytelling career by captivating her first-grade class with tales of her summers on a kibbutz in Israel.

Lorin had never been to Israel.

While teacher/parent night put an end to her first experiments in fiction, she’d already caught the bug and eventually made a career of all things story.

As a long-time independent editor and story development guru, Lorin's client successes range from small press publications to major bestselling novels. She's an award-winning author and has also worked behind the scenes as a ghostwriter on a variety of projects. Her work has received starred Kirkus reviews and glowing mentions in The New York Times.

Oh, she did get to see a kibbutz, eventually, and found out she had it pretty much right all along.

Veronica and Lorin met at a writing workshop and just knew they were destined to create awesome things together.




REBOUND Blog Tour Schedule

http://kimbelryfayereads.com                                       2/23/2015
http://www.lulofangirl.com                                            2/23/2015
http://www.fiktshun.com                                                2/23/2015
http://booksbymigs.com                                                   2/23/2015
http://bujoijoi22.com                                                         2/23/2015
www.thecovercontessa.com                                           2/23/2015
http://www.libraryofabookwitch.com                        2/24/2015
www.fictionfare.blogspot.com                                      2/24/2015
http://bumblesandfairytales.blogspot.com             2/24/2015
http://www.supernaturalsnark.blogspot.com         2/24/2015
http://www.booksandswoons.com                              2/24/2015
http://sheheartsbooks7.blogspot.com/                     2/24/2015
http://bookcrush.in/                                                           2/24/2015
https://fandomlybookish.blogspot.com                    2/24/2015
http://www.mereadalot.net                                           2/25/2015
http://www.bookwormbetties.com/                          2/25/2015
http://www.owlalwaysbereading.com                       2/25/2015
literaryetc.com                                                                      2/25/2015
http://lostineverafter.blogspot.ca                                2/25/2015

Blog Tour (Review): WITHERWOOD REFORM SCHOOL by Obert Skye (MG)


by Obert Skye
Illustrated by Keith Thompson
Expected release date: March 3rd, 2015
Published by: Henry Holt and Co. (Macmillan)
Genre: Middle Grade
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Format read: ARC from the publisher.

SUMMARY

After a slight misunderstanding involving a horrible governess, oatmeal, and a jar of tadpoles, siblings Tobias and Charlotte Eggars find themselves abandoned by their father at the gates of a creepy reform school. 

Evil mysteries are afoot at Witherwood, where the grounds are patrolled by vicious creatures after dark and kids are locked in their rooms. 

Charlotte and Tobias soon realize that they are in terrible danger — especially because the head of Witherwood has perfected the art of mind control. 

If only their amnesiac father would recover and remember that he has two missing children. 

If only Tobias and Charlotte could solve the dark mystery and free the kids at Witherwood — 
and ultimately save themselves.




MY REVIEW

There are very few authors that can pull off such a wickedly humorous story about two siblings that !

The narrator tells us the story about how Tobias and Charlotte Eggars ended up at Witherwood Reform School. And it is not a pretty nor easy story to tell.
Tobias is a normal boy that likes a little mischief. He's very smart and thinks better when he can write things down and loves to study and draw maps. Very protective and attuned to his younger sister.
Charlotte is also just a normal girl who always sees the bright things to every situation. She compliments her brother's darkers side too well. She always seems to be the voice of reason.
The school is dark, mysterious, strange and... perhaps even evil. Too many odd and unexplained things occur. A headmaster that is able to brainwash the students. Unknown guardians that could possibly kill any intruders, and/or, escapees.
And the narrator knows how to guide us with what is right, what is wrong, and what Tobias and Charlotte should have and shouldn't have done. The narrator is very smart, cautious and to the point. Anyone reading this book should take much care in what the narrator suggests.

There is no happy ending here. Tobias and Charlotte brought this bad luck onto themselves. And it will definitely take some time to figure out what they have done, what they are mixed up in... and if they will ever learn their lesson(s) and be able to make amends in order to get out of Witherwood... sane and whole.

Definitely for fans of Lemony Snicket's Unfortunate Events series, this book will have you laughing out loud, grossed out and on the edge of your seat! I anxiously await for the next book to be released! Will the Eggers siblings be able to behave enough to not get into anymore trouble? Will they figure out a way to leave the reformed school for good? So many questions, so little time... can't wait!!!


*An ARC was sent to me from the publisher for the blog tour and an honest review. All thoughts are my own.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Obert Skye


Obert Skye is the author and illustrator of the Creature from My Closet series: WonkensteinPotterwookieePinocula, and Katfish (forthcoming September 2014). He has also written the bestselling children’s fantasy adventure series Leven Thumps and Pillage. 

He currently lives indoors and near a thin, winding road with his family. 



Macmillan "Witherwood Reform School" Blog Tour Schedule

2/27: Mundie Kids

Release Day: VENDETTA by Catherine Doyle (YA)


It's here!!!
VENDETTA by Catherine Doyle is out TODAY
and we're thrilled to celebrate it's release!!!


Blood for Blood #1
by Catherine Doyle
Release date: February 24th, 2015
Published by: Scholastic
Genre: Young Adult Romance Thriller
Format: Paperback, eBook
Format read: eARC from the publisher.


SUMMARY

Think Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather. Oh yeah.

Blood Will Spill, Hearts Will Break: With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.

For Sophie, it starts as just another slow, hot summer in Cedar Hill. Then a new family moves into the long-abandoned mansion across the street: the Falcone family, with its five mysterious brothers. 

Unable to resist bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling for him - and into his world. But just as the dark secrets of the Falcones begin to come to light, the skeletons of her own family, the Gracewells, rise to the surface, too. And soon Sophie is torn between the desires of two warring dynasties: the one she was born into and the one she's now in love with. 

But she'll have to choose between passion and honor. And when she does, blood will spill and hearts will break. Because in this twisted underworld, loyalty can mean the difference between life and death.





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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Catherine Doyle


Catherine Doyle was born in the West of Ireland in 1990. 

She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in English. 

As a child she was an annoying smarty-pants with an overactive imagination. She feels lucky to have now found a healthy outlet for her tendency to make up stories. 

Her debut YA novel, VENDETTA, is the first in a trilogy. 
The novel takes place in modern-day Chicago, where Catherine’s mother grew up.