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Contemporary Lovers Readalong Announcement

Hi everyone! The reason for this post is due to the fact that I just recently found out about an amazing feature, the Contemporary Lovers readalong which is hosted by a bunch of booktubers, one of whom is Juhina from Maji Bookshelf (who's also a blogger). The details are further explained in her video, and this sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun to take part! Although this isn't affiliated with the contemporary reading challenge, I'd highly recommend anyone that's part of it join in for this one. I'm personally really excited to take part :) This is their pick for May:

Love Letters to the Dead
Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira
It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply flawed; can she begin to discover her own path.

Stacking The Shelves #60

Hi everyone! First off, I want to apologize for my lack of posting recently. School's been pretty crazy for me, but I'm currently working on writing and scheduling a lot of posts :) Also, since it's been a very long time since I've done one of these, I'm just going to showcase some of the books I received in the past week or two.

Bought:
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)What I Thought Was TrueVain (The Seven Deadly, #1)

For Review (via Netgalley):
Wish You Were ItalianIgnited (Sense Thieves #3)

The Maze Runner by James Dashner: The movie trailer is so awesome, and I'm especially excited that Dylan O' Brian is in it ;) I'm hoping to get to the book before I see the movie.

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick: This is my most anticipated release of 2014, and although I've been wanting to start it, I'm planning to wait until summer, since it sounds like a great summer read. 

Vain by Fisher Amelie: I originally heard about this book in someone's book haul, and I was blown away by the number of good reviews it has on Goodreads. This seems like it's going to be fantastic! 


Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae: This sounds like such a fun, fluffy read! I love books set in foreign countries, too :)

Ignited by Corrine Jackson: I've already read this one, and it was an incredible end to the series. My review for it should be appearing on the blog either in May or early June.

What did you receive this week? I'd love to visit your Stacking The Shelves! :) 

Waiting On Wednesday: The Treatment by Suzanne Young


The Treatment (The Program, #2)Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called “chilling and suspenseful.”

How do you stop an epidemic?

Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.

Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.

Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, it was amazing and I loved it. I am definitely looking forward to this sequel and I'm hoping it lives up to the first book. To be fair, I'm a bit scared to read this because it sounds like some crazy stuff will be happening and I want everything to be perfect with Sloane and James...but all I can do is hope ;) This book will be releasing at the end of April!! So soon!


Sara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way.  A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.


Stacking The Shelves #59

Hey guys I'm doing the STS today. I'm reallllyyy sorry this is late my life is a little crazy right now (as in I didn't wake up until 3). I'm also really sorry that this is going to be an awful post. I haven't been reading as much lately and I'm not the kind that buys a lot book too. So this is super short :/
Library:


Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg: I have this book on my list for the Contemporary YA Challenge 2014 and it looks pretty good. I've only read one book by this author previously, but I really liked it!

Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Miller: I read Montana's review on this book and it looks interesting and it's also on my challenge list too.

Scrapped Princess Vol.1 by Ichiro Sakaki: I just saw this on the manga shelves and was a bit interested ;)

Panic by Lauren Oliver: Her Delirium series was great and I've also read Before I Die. So I'm very interested to see how Panic will turn out, my librarian said she had read/was reading it and was enjoying it. That spurred me to get it and start reading ;)


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The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa: This is one of my favorite author and I was super excited when this book was free on the itune store the other week. I obviously got it!! :)

Sara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way.  A slightly obsessed  girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading  books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who  is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.




What's Next? #6

What's Next? Hosted by IceyBooks

Hi everyone! I thought it'd be fun to take part in this week's What's Next? hosted by Icey Books, to help me decide the book I should read next for spring break. Which book should I read next? :)

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)Winning what you want may cost you everything you love 
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two c
hoices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. 
One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. 
But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. 
Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

After the End (After the End, #1)World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from wh
oever else might still be out there.At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.


April 2014 YA Contemporary Challenge Review Link-Up


Hi everyone! I hope you all are having a great month. This month's review link-up and giveaway are below and there's still time to sign up for the challenge if you'd like to here. Happy reading :) 



The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
ARC of The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik
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Rewind To You by Laura Johnston Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal, About the Author, a Sneak Peek of REWIND TO YOU and Rafflecopter Giveaway


Genre: Contemporary YA Romance
Release Date: September 15, 2014; Available for PREORDER now

One last summer before college on beautiful Tybee Island is supposed to help Sienna forget. But how can she? This is where her family spent every summer before everything changed, before the world as she knew it was ripped away.

But the past isn’t easily left behind. Especially when Sienna keeps having episodes that take her back to the night she wants to forget. Even when she meets the mysterious Austin Dobbs, the guy with the intense blue eyes, athlete’s body, and weakness for pralines who scooped her out of trouble when she blacked out on River Street.

When she’s with Austin, Sienna feels a whole new world opening up to her. Austin has secrets, and she has history. But caught between the past and the future, Sienna can still choose what happens now…

About the Author:

Laura Johnston lives in sunny Arizona with her husband and two children. Growing up in Orem, Utah with five siblings, a few horses, peach trees, beehives and gardens, she developed an active imagination and always loved a good story. Laura enjoys running, playing tennis, sewing, dancing (deduced to dancing around the kitchen while cooking dinner these days), traveling, writing, writing and more writing, and above all, spending time with her husband and kids. REWIND TO YOU, her debut novel, was inspired by the loss of her father as a teenager.

A Sneak Peek of REWIND TO YOU:





Giveaway: Signed Copy of REWIND TO YOU and $25 Amazon Gift Card


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Divergent Movie Review


This is my first movie review, since I don’t usually do them, but Divergent is something I’ve been dying to talk about! I personally found it to be an amazing book to movie adaption and I’m already excited for Insurgent. I’d love to hear your opinion about it and this post will probably be the first and the last time I use GIFS :p

First off, the setting for the movie was amazing. I loved how the dystopian Chicago looked and it was exactly how I pictured it to be while reading the book. The faction system was well explained, too, something I thought was helpful for people who hadn’t yet read the book. 


My favorite part of the movie has to be the characters, and the actors who played them. I liked Divergent (the novel), but due to me not liking Tris that much, it kept Divergent from being a favorite of mine. I just found Tris to be kind of cold and not relatable in the novels. However, Shailene Woodley really brought Tris to life and she was so much more likable to me in the movie. I was rooting for her the entire time and I admired her so much more, especially in that jumping off the edge scene. 

My favorite character was definitely Four, played by Theo James, my new favorite actor ;) He’s definitely insanely attractive, but not only that, it was so obvious how much he cared about Tris. The scene involving his fears was so heartbreaking to watch, but I loved how you watched his and Tris’ relationship grow over the course of the movie. 
The plot kept me on the edge of my seat and I feel like they did a great job fitting all the major events in the novel into a 2 1/2 hour movie. Granted, it’s been a while since I’ve read it, but I feel like they kept the movie pretty loyal to the book.

The friend I saw it with said she loved the romance, but found the movie to be very sad. While I was already expectant of certain things, I can definitely understand why people would feel that way. What did you think of the movie? I’d love to hear other opinions on it :) I’d highly recommend it and give it 4.5 out of 5 flowers.

Stacking the Shelves #58

Well hello everyone! Emily is back with a Stacking the Shelves today! Unfortunately, I gave up buying books and visiting bookstores for lent so I only have a couple books to show you that I bought before this season started! But no matter. Every book is worth showing, right? So let's get started!
 
Bought: 
 
The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)Death Sworn (Death Sworn, #1)
 
 
 The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkowski: As you guys know, I have already read and reviewed this book on the blog and I am so happy to have a copy of this on my shelf! It's really a fantastic book.
Death Sworn by Leah Cypess: I have also finished this book and couldn't resist buying it because it has such a beautiful cover, and it is a fantasy book after all!
 
 
New on my Nook:
 
Silver Phoenix (Kingdom of Xia, #1)Fury of the Phoenix (Kingdom of Xia, #2)
 
  
The Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon: I just realized that I have actually already read all the books I'm showing today! But that's ok. They were all good...including this one!
 
Fury of the Phoenix by Cindy Pon: I loved the first one so much that I bought the second one as soon as I finished the previous one and read it all in one sitting! I really enjoyed this series!
 
That's all I have to share with you guys right now! So I'll see you another time!
 
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!

Camp Forget-Me-Not by J.K. Rock Cover Reveal

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to reveal the cover for the 3rd book in the Camp Boyfriend series by J.K. Rock, Camp Forget-Me-Not. The first two books in this series sound like so much fun, and I loved the novella Camp Christmas. Here's the cover and summary for the newest book:
Playing it safe and fitting in may have rocketed Kayla West into the “In” crowd at Camp Juniper Point, but it’s left her lonely. The only person she’s ever been herself with was her former best friend, Nick, an outsider that pushed her to join the most popular girls cabin two years ago. Too bad being a Diva meant pressure to break up with Nick. Of course, Kayla had her reasons, but Nick can never know the real one.  

She always thought she'd forget him one day and move on. Until he returns to camp a super-hot Olympian snowboarder. Now, every girl wants him and Nick seems determined to show her what a mistake she made. Or at least, she thought that's what he wanted. But when Nick starts sending her private notes--just like he used to--she wonders what kind of game he's playing. Nick's attention is making it tougher to stay in the background and play in safe, forcing Kayla to make a decision--stay on the sidelines and get overlooked? Or take a chance on trusting Nick and, maybe... herself.
Find J.K. Rock online:
Goodreads / Author Website / Series Website / Karen's Twitter / Joanne's Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest / Amazon /Barnes & Noble

I love the cover so much and I'm definitely getting a sort of Persuasion feel from the summary, which makes me even more excited to read it :) This book comes out October 7, 2014.


The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkowski Book Review

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.  As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

Pages: 355
Source: Barnes and Noble


    I think you guys should know right from the start that I read this book in one session. There were no breaks. There were no distractions. I just sat down and read this book all the way through. Guys. I'm a college student. I have no time to be spending 6 hours devouring a book because there are so many other projects, papers, and assignments that are breathing down my neck and lately, I just don't have the time or energy to read anything that's not required. Nonetheless, I made time for this book. I read the first few pages and I was addicted.  I fell in love with this book as I'm sure you guys will as well and I'm calling it now! This book will be the next Divergent or Hunger Games. (So when it happens, make sure you tell everyone that is was me who saw this coming!)

     Have I mentioned before how much I love the fantasy genre? This book is exactly why I'm such a fan. The action all takes place in this land that has been conquered by a neighboring country and there's quite a bit of tension between the slaves and the masters and many other problems that plague the world of Marie Rutkoski. The setting was so imaginative, but so believable that I felt like this country could have actually existed. I kept checking to see if this was perhaps a futuristic book set in some country I know. I love when authors are able to transport me to a fantastical setting and yet provide me with enough information about the realities of the world that I really cannot make sense of what is real and what is fake. Those are the worlds I enjoy most. I think I have mentioned this before, but the best advantage a fantasy author possesses is the power to deal with difficult topics that are very relevant in today's society by creating characters who must experience and work through the same troubling subjects in make-believe settings. Readers are able to think about controversial topics within the safety of pages, but experiencing that subject in any form will also better prepare them to encounter and hopefully conquer examples of this problem in their own lives. I won't go into too much detail, but slavery and discrimination is a theme in this book that I think Marie Rutkowski deals brilliantly with. No matter how far you think our country has come, it's still a topic we should be facing head on and discussing instead of covering up every trace of it. 

     The romance, of course, is another characteristic of this book that really shines. I get excited when I can actually see the process of a character falling in love instead of it not being there one second and the next, they're head over heels. Being able to see the little moments they open up to each other and the slow progression of coming to understand each other and respect each other and eventually really care for each other is such a beautiful thing. And one of the best things about the romance, no matter how difficult it was for me to accept it, was that it wasn't by any means easy. Kestrel and Arin are two very realistic people who know their love for the other person is simply ridiculous and they never simply throw away everything they know to be with the one they love. They have to make sacrifices. They have to make really difficult decisions. Sometimes they have to hurt the other person or cause themselves pain because the world they live in is not at forgiving of their love. It's the kind of realistic, sacrificial love I can get behind and want more of. 

    There are still too many things to talk about and not nearly enough room! Even though Kestrel wasn't a brilliant fighter or a kick-ass lady with weapons like some of my favorite heroins, she was smart and clever and able to take care of herself. She never shied away from a challenge and though she was a very normal person, like myself, she did incredible things for those she loved. Neither of the main characters were perfect. There are many issues they still need to deal with before they will be able to truly come to know each other, but they were very human to me. If I can relate at all to characters that live in a make-believe world, than I feel like the author has accomplished something. 

     The writing is beautiful. The cover is beautiful. The world is beautiful. The characters are beautiful. I'm beautiful.....(just thought I would throw that one in to see if you were paying attention!) You should read it. Enough said.  


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!