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Stacking the Shelves #70

Hello everyone! Nice to see you all today. I had a fantastic week in books, so let me show you what I got!

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)DreamfireThe Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eater's Daughter, #1)
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: I am so excited for this one! I'm a fantasy fanatic so this one is right up my alley and it gets tons of glowing reviews. What's not to love? And the cover....

Dreamfire by Kit Alloway: Once again, another beautiful book that is sparking lots of attention in the blogging world. And I like the idea of being able to walk in dreams. It's a premise that doesn't get explored enough in YA.

The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury: I was so excited about this one, I already started it! Oops? This one completely took me by surprise because I haven't heard that much about it, but it sounds like a fantastic fantasy and it's so good already!

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

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!

Kalahari by Jessica Khoury Book Review

Deep in the Kalahari Desert, a Corpus lab protects a dangerous secret…
But what happens when that secret takes on a life of its own?

When an educational safari goes wrong, five teens find themselves stranded in the Kalahari Desert without a guide. It’s up to Sarah, the daughter of zoologists, to keep them alive and lead them to safety, calling on survival know-how from years of growing up in remote and exotic locales. Battling dehydration, starvation and the pangs of first love, she does her best to hold it together, even as their circumstances grow increasingly desperate.
But soon a terrifying encounter makes Sarah question everything she’s ever known about the natural world. A silver lion, as though made of mercury, makes a vicious, unprovoked attack on the group. After a narrow escape, they uncover the chilling truth behind the lion’s silver sheen: a highly contagious and deadly virus that threatens to ravage the entire area—and eliminate life as they know it.
In this breathtaking new novel by the acclaimed author of Origin and Vitro, Sarah and the others must not only outrun the virus, but its creators, who will stop at nothing to wipe every trace of it.

Shutter by Courtney Alameda Book Review

Horror has a new name: introducing Courtney Alameda.
Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She's aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera's technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.
When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before . . . or die trying.
Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.

February Contemporary Challenge Review Link-Up and Giveaway

Hi everyone! The following is the February link-up and giveaway, which will stay open through March 5. This giveaway is international and in order to be eligible to win, you must be signed up as a participant in the challenge. For the review to count, it has to be a contemporary novel in the young adult genre and have been read in 2015 and reviewed in February. Good luck and I hope you all have been having a great reading month! Did you read any amazing contemporaries? :) 

The Wrong Side of RightThe Start of Me and YouThe Conspiracy of Us (The Conspiracy of Us #1)
-1 SIGNED Hardcover of The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

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Captive by Aimée Carter Book Review

For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever. 

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape. 

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas Blog Tour Stop

A Wicked Thing
by Rhiannon Thomas
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 24th 2015

Rhiannon Thomas's dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of Sleeping Beauty and what happens after happily ever after.
One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.
Her family is long dead. Her "true love" is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept. 
As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.
Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.

I've always loved fairytales, and having never read any sort of retelling or continuation of Sleeping Beauty, I was very excited to read A Wicked Thing! While the plot was a bit slow, the perspective it brought to the story of Sleeping Beauty was fascinating.

As much I love Sleeping Beauty, I've never stopped to think about how Aurora might have felt after being woken up by a kiss from an absolute stranger. The uncertainty of Aurora in A Wicked Thing was depicted so well. With her family now gone, and her being expected to marry the guy who had woken her up, Prince Rodric, she was overwhelmed and at a loss for what to do. I think the story of the political moves surrounding her made while she slept and other alliances was very interesting, and definitely realistic to if that situation actually happened.

Plot-wise, there really wasn't too much action for most of the novel. With Aurora being kept with the court and venturing outside, there weren't many major events plot-wise. However, that does change at the end of the book, with a lot of action. The ending definitely made the book much better for me! It has me excited to read the sequel.

There are a few different guys in this novel, Finnegan, Tristan, and Rodric. I felt Rodric was a sweet guy, but his life was ultimately decided by his parents. The way he cared for his sister was so sweet. As for Finnegan and Tristan, I definitely preferred Finnegan and I'm curious to who Aurora will eventually end up with. 

I loved how the writing felt somewhat like that of the fairytale itself. Overall, A Wicked Thing is a great read. It is a bit slow plot-wise, but the overall concept and the ending more than make up for it! I'd give A Wicked Thing 3.5 out of 5 flowers.

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Follow the A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas Blog Tour and don't miss anything! Click on the banner to see the tour schedule.

Rhiannon Thomas is a recent graduate from Princeton University, where she studied English and Japanese, and smuggled bubble tea into the library on a regular basis. She now lives in York, England.
As well as reading and writing YA fiction, she runs the blog, where she discusses TV, books, and all kinds of fannish things from a feminist perspective.
I don't hang out on Goodreads much, so if you want to contact me, please swing by my personal website or message me on Twitter.

Open to all US, UK and Canada residents | Must be 13 or older to enter

FIRST PRIZE: Win (1) signed copy of A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas plus a spinning wheel charm bracelet.

SECOND PRIZE: Win (1) of (2) signed copy of A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas.

Love-a-Thon: High Fives

The High Five challenge involves answering the following five questions. Here are my answers:

Whatever Life Throws at YouBook? Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross is an amazing read! It mixes the new adult and young adult genres and I loved the romance :) Jason Brody is one of my favorite fictional guys ever. Even though I read this one months ago, I can't stop thinking about it.

Genre? My favorite genre has always been contemporary, and I've been reading lots of great ones lately! Some of my recent favorites include Breathe, Annie, Breathe, Never, Never, and Everything That Makes You. 

Author? I've read 14 books and 2 novellas from Jennifer Armentrout and her Dark Elements and Lux series are two of my favorites series ever. I'll read pretty much anything she writes and she's such a nice author! I met her a few years ago and she recognized me, which was such an incredible moment. 

Blogger? I have so many, but Rachel from A Perfection Called Books is one of them. She's such a sweet person and her blog is awesome! Her one year blogoversary is coming up and if you aren't currently following her, you definitely should be :)

Bookish merchandise? I love CraftedVan bookmarks and they're all so cute. I'm hoping to buy the Baymax bookmark and London bookmark set soon. 

Love-A-Thon: Snapshot Challenge

For this challenge, I ended making a book rainbow, as well as including a picture of one of my favorite series. 

Anne of Green Gables is one of my all time favorite books and I collect various editions of it and the rest of the series. This boxed set is the newest addition to my collection! :)

2015 Book Blogger Love-a-thon Intro Post

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be participating in the Love-a-thon this weekend :) It's my first time participating and I love the concept behind it. Here are the answers to the questionnaire: 
What’s your name?

Where in the world are you blogging from?
Southern California, United States

How did you get into blogging in the first place?
While searching for a review of Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, I stumbled across a review for it on The Book Barbies blog. I hadn't even known book blogs existed before that, and I thought it was so cool that there was a way to share your opinion of books with other book lovers! A few months later, I co-founded The Book Belles and have been blogging ever since.

How did you come up with your blog name?
The Book Belles was originally founded with one of my friends, Alex, who later had to leave due to school obligations. We met at Panera and spent forever trying to think of a name for the blog. She suggested The Book Belles, and we both loved the name.

What genre do you read and review the most on your blog? 
That would definitely have to be contemporary! :) I’m hosting the 2015 YA Contemporary Challenge this year.

What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews?
I do Which Cover? posts, author (and sometimes blogger) interviews, Stacking The Shelves, cover reveals, and the occasional Waiting on Wednesday, Top Ten Tuesday and discussion post.

Best blogging experience so far?

I’ve had so many amazing opportunities! I’ve loved attending ALA and meeting fellow bloggers and incredible authors. It was a lot of fun to co-host the Contemporary Scavenger Hunt last year, though. That’s definitely been one of my favorite experiences :) 

Favorite thing about the blogging community?
The blogging community was so welcoming to me when I started out and there are so many amazing people that I’ve had the chance to interact with and befriend. There’s always someone available to chat with about books, too :) 

An Ember in the AshesName the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2015!
This is so difficult! They are: Vendetta by Catherine Doyle, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, All Played Out by Cora Carmack, Confess by Colleen Hoover, and Every Last Breath by Jennifer Armentrout.

What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?
Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer: This is one of my all time favorite books! This book is so true to high school and the characters are some of the most relatable that I've ever read about. I hosted my first readalong for it.

Smart Girls Get What They WantWhich book boy or girl would be your book BFF?
Gigi from Smart Girls Get What They Want: The group of friends in this book reminds me so much of my own group of friends. If Gigi went to my high school, I'd definitely want to be friends with her. 

Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?
I love shopping, watching basketball, and scrapbooking (although I haven’t had too much time to do that recently).

Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?
I love buying CDs, especially One Direction and 5SOS ones. I also like buying nail polish, and postcards from places I visit.

At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing?
At the moment, Shake it Off by Taylor Swift. It’s so catchy and I love its message.

The Naturals (The Naturals, #1)Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book. 
The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes or the Hundred Oaks series by Miranda Kenneally: I think The Naturals could have a very Veronica Mars-esque vibe (which is one of my favorite shows), but is different enough to stand out. The Hundred Oaks series is one of my favorites and I think it’d translate great as a TV series.