Monday, September 1, 2014

Alienated by Melissa Landers

Alienated
by Melissa Landers

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Currently on tour: schedule

Published: February 2014
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Aliens, Dystopia, YA
Hardback: 352 pages
Rating: 5

Alienated series:
Alienated
Invaded - release date: February 3, 2015

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.


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My two-bits:

The experience presented was like having a foreign exchange student living in your home with the added twist - he (or it) is from another planet.

I found this to be a fun read that comes with people learning about each other and from moments that spark from a budding sweet romance.

There are some serious nitty gritty issues that this book ends with. So, next book is definitely required.


Love this cover and just had to present the flip side which is equally appealing.

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* part of my Dystopia Reading Challenge

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Pattillo

Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart
by Beth Pattillo

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Published: 2010
Publisher: GuidepostsBooks
Genre: Jane Austen, Chick-lit
Paperback: 272 pages
Rating: 4

Jane Austen series:
Jane Austen Ruined My Life
Mr. Darcy Brock My Heart
The Dashwood Sisters Tell All

Claire Prescott is a sensible woman who believes in facts and figures, not fairy tales. But when she agrees to present a paper to a summer symposium at Oxford on her ailing sister's behalf, Claire finds herself thrown into an adventure with a gaggle of Jane Austen-loving women all on the lookout for their Mr. Darcy.

Claire isn't looking for Mr. Anyone.

She's been dating Neil -- a nice if a bit negligent -- sports fanatic. But when a tall, dark and dashing stranger crosses her path, will the staid Claire suddenly discover her inner romantic heroine? Her chance meeting with a mysterious woman who claims to have an early version of Austen's Pride and Prejudice -- in which Lizzie ends up with someone other than Fitzwilliam Darcy -- leads to an astounding discovery about the venerated author's own struggle to find the right hero for Lizzie Bennett. Neil's unexpected arrival in Oxford complicates Claire's journey to finding her own romantic lead. Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart is the story of a woman who finds that love isn't logical and that a true hero can appear in the most unexpected of places.


My two-bits:

Starts off with the right tension and Pride and Prejudice mode.

Got two entertaining stories in one. The main character, Claire, is introduced to what is supposedly an early draft of Pride and Prejudice. As she reads it and gets sucked into what could have been P&P, I too got sucked in.

Fun to see the parallel story lines of Claire and the pre-P&P flirtations.

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* i read this for The Book Rat's Austen in August read-along. head over there to catch up on the Austen in August festivities

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Stacking the Shelves - 8.30.14

Stacking the Shelves
hosted by Tynga's Reviews (details)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

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For Review:

Frostbitten
by Morgan Matson
by Heather Beck
-paranormal, romance, YA
courtesy of author
Thanks Heather!
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The Sharp Hook of Love
by Sherry Jones
-france, historical, romance
courtesy of upcoming blog tour
Thanks France Book Tours!
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fyi: you can WIN this at Goodreads -expires: Sep 4

Library:

Since You've Been Gone
by Morgan Matson
-romance, YA
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It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just...disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night?
Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn?
Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger?
Um...

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane's list. Who knows what she'll find?

Go skinny-dipping?
Wait...what?


-----> reeeeeeeally loving this one

Dreaming about getting soon:

-----> love the covers and sounds like a fun steampunk romance series

Gossamer Wing
Steam and Seduction #1
by Delphine Dryden
Amazon | Goodreads

Scarlet Devices
Steam and Seduction #2
by Delphine Dryden
Amazon | Goodreads

Gilded Lily
Steam and Seduction #3
by Delphine Dryden
Amazon | Goodreads

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* some of these may be offered as giveaways within the next two months

* comment and TELL me what you have acquired for your shelves recently

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Wild Within by Melissa Hart


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Wild Within
by Melissa Hart

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Just released: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Lyons Press
Genre: Memoir
Hardback: 336 pages
Rating: 5

Melissa Hart, a desperately lonely young divorcée and L.A. transplant, finds herself stranded in rainy Eugene, Oregon, working from home in the company of her two cats and two large mutts. At the local dog park, she meets a fellow dog owner named Jonathan: a tall, handsome man with a unibrow and hawk-like nose. When he invites her to accompany him on a drive to Portland to retrieve six hundred pounds of frozen rats and a fledgling barred owl, sparks fly!

Their courtship blossoms in a raptor rehabilitation center where wounded owls, eagles, falcons, and other iconic birds of prey take refuge and become ambassadors for their species. Initially, Melissa volunteers here in order to “sink her talons” into her new love interest, but soon she falls hopelessly in love with her fine feathered charges: Archimedes, a gorgeous snowy owl; Lorax, a serene great-horned owl; and Bodhi, a baby barred with a permanently injured wing. Even as human-habituated birds, they retain a wildness that hoodwinks even the most experienced handlers. Overcoming her fears, Melissa bravely suffers some puncture wounds to get closer to these magnificent creatures.

Melissa and Jonathan start out convinced they don’t want children, but caring for birds who have fallen from their nests triggers a deep longing in Melissa to mother an orphaned child. Thus they embark on a heart-wrenching journey to adoption. Every page sparkles with vivid imagery and wit in this beautifully written memoir of parallel pursuits. Wild Within is, above all, about the power of love—romantic, animal, and parental—to save lives and fulfill dreams.


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Zombie sighting:

I took in the woman's close-cropped orange hair, her faded sweatshirt and filthy sneakers, her blue jeans stained with spots of blood. She looked like an extra in a zombie film.
-chapter 5, page 60


My two-bits:

Wonderful way to learn about the experiences of volunteering at a raptor rehabilitation center as well as the adoption process. Very interesting to see the similarities that were presented.

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* review copy courtesy of Summer Reading Challenge 2014. @booksparks #SRC2014!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Fever by Megan Abbott


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The Fever
by Megan Abbott

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Just released: June 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, YA
Hardback: 320 pages
Rating: 5

The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community.

The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie's best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community.

As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town's fragile idea of security.

A chilling story about guilt, family secrets and the lethal power of desire, THE FEVER affirms Megan Abbott's reputation as "one of the most exciting and original voices of her generation."


My two-bits:

A lot of things at play with this one which provides enough for a creepy mystery that kept me guessing awhile.

Got me thinking of the status of our environment, immunization shots and heavily suggested preventative shots for our kids.

It was also interesting to think of how teen perspectives can cloud, complicate and exacerbate situations.

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* review copy courtesy of Summer Reading Challenge 2014. It's not too late, join the reading challenge here. @booksparks #SRC2014!