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Waiting on Wednesday: Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan's older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil. Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.

There are so many reasons why I'm excited about this I've created a list for everybody's convenience.

  •  Lauren DeStefano. The way she puts words and sentences together is simply breathtaking. I can't get enough of her writing. 
  • UH, the cover. Enough said.
  •  They live on a floating island guys! How's that for fantasy?! A unique idea and an experienced author to pull it off? I think we're in for quite a ride!
  •  I'm not sure this is completely true or not, but I read on Barnes and Noble that this book has an Illustrator. Guys. Stay calm and try not to panic...there could be pictures! (And we all know how I feel about pictures!)

Oh hello there! My name is Emily, though some of you may know me as the Bookie Monster. As the name would suggest, I devour books like the Cookie Monster devours cookies. In my spare time, I like to bake cookies (and devour those as well) and dream about taking over the world. As if my book obsession wasn't life consuming enough,

I work in the children's room at my local library and I am currently a sophomore in college majoring in English. It's safe to say I'm a bit of a book fanatic. I discreetly shed a few tears on my eleventh birthday when I did not receive my Hogwarts acceptance letter and I waited seven hours outside in the rain just to get a good seat at the Hunger Games midnight premiere. I'm terrified of blood and Disney movies make me cry (in a good way). My passions include hippos, hugs, and Hans Zimmer…and uh,long walks on the beach. I'm just a normal girl w
ith a slightly abnormal and frightfully expensive obsession. Nice to meet you!

Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe Book Review

When high school junior Sara wins a coveted scholarship to study ballet, she must sacrifice everything for her new life as a professional dancer-in-training. Living in a strange ci
ty with a host family, she's deeply lonely-until she falls into the arms of Remington, a choreographer in his early twenties. At first, she loves being Rem's muse, but as she discovers a surprising passion for writing, she begins to question whether she's chosen the right path. Is Rem using her, or is it the other way around? And is dancing still her dream, or does she need something more? 

ARC August Goals

ARC August Button

When I heard about this challenge, it sounded like the perfect way to catch up on my review copies. I'm so glad I heard about it! :) If you want to join in, the original post is here. Throughout August, these are the books I hope to read and write reviews for.

Confessions of a HaterThe Infinite Moment of UsJust Like FateHow My Summer Went Up in FlamesThe Queen of KentuckyOCD Love StoryAll Our YesterdaysTo Be Perfectly Honest: A Novel Based on an Untrue StoryLeap of FaithThe Chaos of StarsDeception (Defiance, #2)The Uprising (The Forsaken, #2)

Have you read any of those books? If so, how are they? :)

Final Update: 7/12 Books Read

The Paparazzi Project by Kristina Springer Book Review

The Paparazzi Project Livvie Peterson thought taking Interpersonal Communications her junior year would be an easy A. But when the first assignment is given, her world flips upside down. Here’s the deal: the class is assigned a six-week project and is split into three groups— Paparazzi, Tabloid, and Celebrities. The Paparazzi follow around the Celebrities taking picture
s and
 grabbing any kind of quotes they can. The Celebrities try to navigate being tailed on a daily basis. And the Tabloid receives all the information collected by the Paparazzi and decides what makes the weekly summary report. Sounds harmless…and it’s all just pretend anyway, right?
Livvie is assigned as Paparazzi and when she is matched up with the über-cute Chas Montgomery as her Tabloid boss she’s pretty sure things couldn’t get much better. Livvie’s uncanny ability to capture the Celebrities in compromising photos matched with Chas’s skill of exaggerating captions and editing the photos make them an unstoppable team. And the long hours working side by side with Chas aren’t a bad bonus.
Livvie simultaneously launches an anonymous blog, leaking the class’ photos and stories on the Internet. Her rising follower number quickly becomes addicting and she possibly spills too much information online. Once she finds her own celebrity will she be able to give it back? And will Chas be gone before she ever has the chance to find out?

Doll Bones by Holly Black Book Review

Doll Bones
Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice. But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity . . .

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne Book Review

Monument 14 (Monument 14, #1)Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong. 

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.

Summer Giveaway!

Hi! It's almost the halfway mark of summer break and I thought it'd be fun to do a giveaway. The winner can choose one of the August releases below. This giveaway is open to US/CA residents. Good luck :)

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Stacking The Shelves #32

Hi everyone! Here are all the books I got this week:

From Trade:
Frozen (Heart of Dread, #1)Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn, #2)

Still Star-CrossedPast PerfectAnna and the French Kiss

Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz- Thank you so much to Lili for this trade! Frozen sounds amazing :)

Fire With Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian- I really enjoyed Burn For Burn, so I'm especially excited for this one.
Thank you Ashley!

Still Star Crossed by Melinda Taub- This one was great, although it took a little while to get used to the writing style.

Past Perfect by Leila Sales- This Song Will Save Your Life was amazing, so I definitely want to read the author's other books.

Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins- I read this book when it first came out, but I love the new covers.

What did you get this week? :)

Ink by Amanda Sun Book Review

Ink (Paper Gods, #1)On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they'll both be targets.

Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.

Dear Cassie by Lisa Burstein Book Review

What if the last place you should fall in love
Dear Cassie is the first place that you do?
You’d think getting sent to Turning Pines Wilderness Camp for a month-long rehabilitation “retreat” and being forced to re-live it in this journal would be the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.
You’d be wrong.
There’s the reason I was sent to Turning Pines in the first place: I got arrested. On prom night. With my two best friends, who I haven’t talked to since and probably never will again. And then there’s the real reason I was sent here. The thing I can’t talk about with the guy I can’t even think about.
What if the moment you’ve closed yourself off is the moment you start to break open?
But there’s this guy here. Ben. And the more I swear he won’t—he can’t—the deeper under my skin he’s getting. After the thing that happened, I promised I’d never fall for another boy’s lies.
And yet I can’t help but wonder…what if?
Source: Publisher
Page Count: 352 pages

Stacking The Shelves #31

Hi everyone! Here are all the books I received this week:

Blurred (Kissed by Death, #2)So Close to You (So Close to You, #1)In the After (In the After #1)School Spirits

For Review Via Edelweiss:
The Promise of AmazingHer Dark Curiosity (The Madman's Daughter, #2)Cruel BeautyAll That GlowsElusionUninvited (Uninvited, #1)Ask Again LaterPerfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)Pretty Sly (Pretty Crooked, #2)Faking NormalHouse of Ivy & SorrowAvalonDear Killer
Blurred by Tara Fuller- I really liked Inbetween, so I'm looking forward to reading this one.

So Close To You by Rachel Carter- I've already read this one and although it started out slow, it ended up being really good! :)

In The After by Demitria Lunetta-I ordered this from her book launch, and it came personalized. I'm so excited to read it!

School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins- School Spirits was so much fun and I wanted a finished copy.

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine- This one was so cute! I read it in one sitting.

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd- I have a copy of The Madman's Daughter, and I'm planning to read these back to back.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge- Fairytale retellings are one of my favorite things to read about, and the cover is awesome!

All That Glows by Robin Graudin- I love books with fairies, and this sounds great.

Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam- I've been anticipating this ever since I first heard about it and it doesn't hurt that the cover is amazing ;)

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan- This has one of the coolest premises I've heard about in a while.

Ask Again Later by Liz Czucas- This looks a really fun contemporary and I'm curious what to see what will happen.

Perfect Lies by Kiersten White- Mind Games was one of my favorites for this year, and I'm excited to see how everything will conclude.

Pretty Sly by Elisa Ludwig- I liked the first one, and I'm hoping the second one will be even better.

Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens- The EpicReads Teatime really sold me on this one :) 

House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple- Transparent was awesome, so I'm looking forward to reading her sophomore novel.

Avalon by Mindee Arnett- I read The Nightie Affair, which was great, and this one sounds really cool.

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell- I don't know too much about this book, but the cover is definitely eye-catching.

What did you get this week? Leave me a link to your Stacking The Shelves, and I'll definitely check it out :)