Saturday, January 24, 2015

Stacking the Shelves [36]

I am joining in on Stacking The Shelves, a weekly meme hosted over at Tynga's Reviews. It is an easy way to share what books you picked up that week, and to see what other people have picked up to read themselves.

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THIS WEEK:

So, I should really be trying to chill out with the amount of books I buy, but obviously that has not worked out for me very well so far. Oops! To be fair, I have already received some money from friends/relatives for my birthday, so I spent that money on books (naturally). I apparently have very little self control when I got into Barnes&Noble and Half Price Books. One of these books was also a birthday gift, and one is from a giveaway I won...Let's just get started!

*All book titles are linked to their Goodreads page.

PURCHASED:

Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
She has everything she's ever wanted. But not her memory...

When Chloe fell asleep in study hall, it was the middle of May. When she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can't remember the last six months of her life.

Before, she'd been a mediocre student. Now, she's on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he's her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won't speak to her.

What happened to her? Remembering the truth could be more dangerous than she knows...

  Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards
Keeping secrets ruined her life. But the truth might just kill her.

Piper Woods can't wait for the purgatory of senior year to end. She skirts the fringes of high school like a pro until the morning she finds a notebook with mutilated photographs and a list of student sins. She's sure the book is too gruesome to be true, until pretty, popular Stella dies after a sex-tape goes viral. Everyone's sure it's suicide, but Piper remembers Stella's name from the book and begins to suspect something much worse.

Drowning in secrets she doesn't want to keep, Piper's fears are confirmed when she receives an anonymous text message daring her to make things right. All she needs to do is choose a name, the name of someone who deserves to be punished...

 21 Proms by 21 Different Authors (too many to list!)
From many mega-bestselling authors, including John Green, Libba Bray, Holly Black, and David Levithan, 21 prom stories you'll never forget.

From an amazing array of authors including John Green, David Levithan, E. Lockhart, Libba Bray, Ned Vizzini, and Holly Black...  Prom. It's supposed to be one of the best nights of your life. Or, at least, you're supposed to have a good time. But what if you'd rather be going with your best friend's date than your own? What if a sinister underground society of students has spiked the punch? What if your date turns out to be more of a frog than a prince? Or what if he's (literally) an ape?

There are ways you can fight it. You can protest the silliness of the regular prom by hosting a backwards prom - also known as a morp. You can throw a prom for fat girls. You can stay at home to watch old teen movies and get your cute neighbor and his cuter brother to join you. You can dance to your own music.

 Get Even by Gretchen McNeil
(Don't Get Mad #1)
The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process.

Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.

 The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark
 Maddy Spier has been in love with the boy next door forever. As his figure skating partner she spends time in his arms every day. But she’s also seen his arms around other girls—lots of other girls.

Gabe can't imagine skating with anyone but Maddy, and together they have a real chance at winning some serious gold medals. So, he’s determined to keep thinking of her like a sister. After all, he’s never had a romantic relationship that lasted for more than two weeks.

But when their coach assigns a new romantic skating program, everything changes. Will this be the big break that Maddy’s been hoping for or the big breakup that Gabe has always feared?

 The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
 For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now... not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?

Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.

And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them...

 Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols
(Superlatives #2)
As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents' bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.

Brody doesn’t lack in female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they've found themselves drawn together--first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.

The trouble is, though they're very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?

 Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.

Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.

 All Fall Down by Ally Carter -  it's signed!
(Embassy Row #1)
This exciting new series from NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Ally Carter focuses on Grace, who can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world, and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.

Now, at age sixteen, she's come back to stay--in order to solve the mystery of her mother's death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.

 Atlantia by Ally Condie - It's signed!
For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

GIFTED: 

Gifted from my friend Megan!
Thug Kitchen started their wildly popular web site to inspire people to eat some Goddamn vegetables and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow (“This might be my favorite thing ever”) and named Saveur’s Best New Food blog of 2013—with half a million Facebook fans and counting—Thug Kitchen wants to show everyone how to take charge of their plates and cook up some real f*cking food.

Yeah, plenty of blogs and cookbooks preach about how to eat more kale, why ginger fights inflammation, and how to cook with microgreens and nettles. But they are dull or pretentious as hell—and most people can’t afford the hype.

Thug Kitchen lives in the real world. In their first cookbook, they’re throwing down more than 100 recipes for their best-loved meals, snacks, and sides for beginning cooks to home chefs. (Roasted Beer and Lime Cauliflower Tacos? Pumpkin Chili? Grilled Peach Salsa? Believe that sh*t.) Plus they’re going to arm you with all the info and techniques you need to shop on a budget and go and kick a bunch of ass on your own.

This book is an invitation to everyone who wants to do better to elevate their kitchen game. No more ketchup and pizza counting as vegetables. No more drive-thru lines. No more avoiding the produce corner of the supermarket. Sh*t is about to get real.

WON:

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
(Firebird #1)
I won this through a giveaway on my friend Sarah's blog!
Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

What did you add to your shelves this week?

15 comments:

  1. I picked up All Fall Down the day it came out. I can't wait till I can finally read it. I hope you enjoy your books!

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    1. I don't know a whole lot about it at this point, but it was signed so I really could not pass that up! Thank you!! :]

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  2. OOOoh very nice! I LOVED Get Even and A Thousand Pieces of You! All Fall Down was also very intriguing! I have yet to read Atlantia but I keep hearing so many bad things, then I read a review that says good things...I'm so conflicted! I have it and will read it eventually, I just don't know when! Hope you enjoy all your lovely new reads!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. I'm glad that you have already read and enjoyed some of these books, that definitely makes me more excited to read them soon! I have heard very mixed things about Atlantia, too. It was signed though, so that's mostly why I picked it up! Thanks girl! :]

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  3. AMAZING HAUL!!! I picked up All Fall Down this week as well. Perfect Couple, A Thousand Pieces of You, Get Even, 21 Proms and The Boy Next Door are all on my TBR list as well. I can't wait to see your reviews.

    Here is my STS: http://jacquesbooknook.blogspot.com/2015/01/stacking-shelves-all-fall-down-by-ally.html

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    1. Thank you! I hope that you're able to get to some of them soon since they're on your TBR as well! :]

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  4. Awesome haul! A Thousand Pieces of You sounds so amazing- I love books with parallel universes. The Infinite Moment of Us was really good, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I hope you enjoy your books. :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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    1. I am really excited to read A Thousand Pieces of You as well. I don't think I've ever read a parallel universe book, so I'm definitely looking forward to it! I have started hearing loads about The Infinite Moment of Us lately, so I'm really looking forward to it!

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  5. ALL FALL DOWN! *grabby hands* Isn't the cover of A Thousand Pieces of You gorgeous? SQUEEE. I've been eyeing Falling Into Places for a while now so I hope it's good :) I hope you enjoy your books!

    Abby @ Enthralling Reads

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    1. If you have Half Price Books near you, you should look for All Fall Down there. That's where I found the signed copy! I really love the cover of ATPOY as well, though I don't think it's quite as pretty in person since it's so shiny, if I'm being honest! Thank you! :]

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  6. Great haul! I really want to read All Fall Down and A Thousand Pieces of You! I really enjoyed Six Months Later :-)

    I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

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    1. Thanks girl! I'm really looking forward to reading them! :]

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  7. Woah, these books are all so new to me. I hope you enjoy them though. Stacking the Shelves #2

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  8. Great haul! I'd really like to read The Infinite Moment Of Us. Something about that title just grabs me. 21 Proms seems like it'll be a blast to read! Hope you enjoy all your books :) Here's ours: BiblioJunkies Happy Reading! ~ Bel

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