Saturday, April 4, 2015

Stacking the Shelves [45]

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 was so incredibly long! We had the first two days of standardized testing for my students, which meant that I got to spend the first four hours of each day staring at them and walking around the classroom while they tested (we're not allowed to read or anything, which is a real bummer!). And then we had school on Good Friday to make up for one of our snow days we had to take during the winter, so that was super disappointing! Overall, not the best week. I did receive an order from Book Outlet, though I was very disappointed when it arrived because I ordered a copy of Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, and it was completely destroyed when it got here. They were out of stock when I went online in hopes of replacing it too, so they just had to give me a coupon for a future purchase, boo! I also made my first trip to the library in quite some time!


Sway by Kat Spears
In Kat Spears’s hilarious and often poignant debut, high school senior Jesse Alderman, or "Sway," as he’s known, could sell hell to a bishop. He also specializes in getting things people want---term papers, a date with the prom queen, fake IDs. He has few close friends and he never EVER lets emotions get in the way. For Jesse, life is simply a series of business transactions.

But when Ken Foster, captain of the football team, leading candidate for homecoming king, and all-around jerk, hires Jesse to help him win the heart of the angelic Bridget Smalley, Jesse finds himself feeling all sorts of things. While following Bridget and learning the intimate details of her life, he falls helplessly in love for the very first time. He also finds himself in an accidental friendship with Bridget’s belligerent and self-pitying younger brother who has cerebral palsy. Suddenly, Jesse is visiting old folks at a nursing home in order to run into Bridget, and offering his time to help the less fortunate, all the while developing a bond with this young man who idolizes him. Could the tin man really have a heart after all?

A Cyrano de Bergerac story with a modern twist, Sway is told from Jesse’s point of view with unapologetic truth and biting humor, his observations about the world around him untempered by empathy or compassion---until Bridget’s presence in his life forces him to confront his quiet devastation over a life-changing event a year earlier and maybe, just maybe, feel something again.

 Death Sworn by Leah Cypess
When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances.

But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose… and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins… and possibly the entire world.

 Tandem by Anna Jarzab
Everything repeats.
You. Your best friend. Every person you know.
Many worlds. Many lives--infinite possibilities.
Welcome to the multiverse.

Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather's stories of parallel worlds inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real--until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will.

To prevent imminent war, Sasha must slip into the life of an alternate version of herself, a princess who has vanished on the eve of her arranged marriage. If Sasha succeeds in fooling everyone, she will be returned home; if she fails, she'll be trapped in another girl's life forever. As time runs out, Sasha finds herself torn between two worlds, two lives, and two young men vying for her love--one who knows her secret, and one who thinks she's someone she's not.

The first book in the Many-Worlds Trilogy, Tandem is a riveting saga of love and betrayal set in parallel universes in which nothing--and no one--is what it seems.

 Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Don't want to share the synopsis for this one because there would probably be quite a few spoilers for the series - this is the third and final book in the series!

The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien
The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success:  every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What's worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

 Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong.
Rule Two—Be careful.
Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest.
Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow should be the last, if at all possible.
Rule Five—The letters are the law.

Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously. The letters and cash that come to her via a secret mailbox are not a game; choosing who to kill is not an impulse decision. Every letter she receives begins with “Dear Killer,” and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. Her moral nihilism and thus her murders are a way of life—the only way of life she has ever known.

But when a letter appears in the mailbox that will have the power to topple Kit’s convictions as perfectly as she commits her murders, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there.

Katherine Ewell’s Dear Killer is a sinister psychological thriller that explores the thin line between good and evil, and the messiness of that inevitable moment when life contradicts everything you believe.

 Teardrop by Lauren Kate
Seventeen-year-old Eureka won't let anyone close enough to feel her pain. After her mother was killed in a freak accident, the things she used to love hold no meaning. She wants to escape, but one thing holds her back: Ander, the boy who is everywhere she goes, whose turquoise eyes are like the ocean. And then Eureka uncovers an ancient tale of romance and heartbreak, about a girl who cried an entire continent into the sea. Suddenly her mother's death and Ander's appearance seem connected, and her life takes on dark undercurrents that don't make sense. Can everything you love be washed away?

 We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in this contemporary novel.

They always say that high school is the best time of your life.

Peter, the star basketball player at his school, is worried “they” might actually be right. Meanwhile Eliza can’t wait to escape Seattle—and her reputation—and perfect-on-paper Anita wonders if admission to Princeton is worth the price of abandoning her real dreams. Andy, for his part, doesn’t understand all the fuss about college and career—the future can wait.

Or can it? Because it turns out the future is hurtling through space with the potential to wipe out life on Earth. As these four seniors—along with the rest of the planet—wait to see what damage an asteroid will cause, they must abandon all thoughts of the future and decide how they’re going to spend what remains of the present.

 We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist
A bright, poignant, and deeply funny autobiographical account of coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor, from Josh Sundquist: Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker.

Josh Sundquist only ever had one girlfriend.
For twenty-three hours.
In eighth grade.

Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date and asked them straight up: What went wrong?

The results of Josh's semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here. From a disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing), to a misguided "grand gesture" at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love--or at least a girlfriend--in all the wrong places.


  1. That stinks about Hopeless! I had a Book Outlet haul today too! :) Sway sounds fantastic, We Should Hang Out Sometime is GREAT, and I want to pick up the Grisha Trilogy super soon because everyone raves about it! Great haul!
    -Monica @ Tomes Project

  2. I loved We All Looked Up and We Should Hangout Sometime, both were great! Enjoy!
    -Jon from Bookish Antics!

  3. OOoooh very nice haul!!! I really enjoyed Vault of Dreamers and Ruin and Rising as well! Great reads! Hope you enjoy all these new ones!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  4. Poor Hopeless. :( That book is so good! I hope you'll be able to get a new copy soon. Death Sworn sounds pretty good. Dear Killer is a great read.

    Happy reading!

  5. This is an AMAZING haul! Sorry about Hopeless though, that is not good! I am so excited for We All Looked Up! And Ruin and Rising was SO good, and I enjoyed The Vault of Dreamers as well! And I do not like that you had to make up snow days on a holiday- boo :( Hope you have a great week, and enjoy all of these amazing new books!
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

  6. Great haul! The Vault of Dreamers is one that I have wanted to read so badly since it first came out. It sounds amazing and so does Tandem! We All Looked Up is one that I"ve heard good things about. Enjoy!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  7. Ugh I hate it when a book arrives damaged. Amazon make it really tough to return an item if you don't have a printer on your computer! So I see your 'boo' and raise you a 'bummer'!!! And not being allowed to read during the testing? Well that is just inhumane...

  8. A lot of these are new to me. I will have to check them out

    I hope you enjoy :) Happy Reading!

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    Michelle @ Book Briefs

  9. I am currently reading We Looked Up myself and I am really loving it! I love how so much philosophy is tied into the novel and the way an impending doom changes people. I am sure you will like it too :)


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