Friday, May 22, 2015

Weekly Rewind 5.23.15

Friday, May 22, 2015 9:37 PM with No comments



Weekly Rewind
The new books on my shelves and my week in a nutshell.




Since I started this blog I've participated in Stacking the Shelves, which is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews, and I'm going to continue linking to that meme. Throughout my student teaching semester I was using my weekend post as a way to let people know what's going on in my life, so I've decided to rename my weekend post because this feature is more personal than just what books I've received. The Weekly Rewind will be about what's going on with me and my blog, as well as about the books I've added to my shelves.



My Life and Blog

Life: Just seven more teaching days! I have a four day week next week and a three day week after that. Well, it's a four day week, but only three of them are with students. It's pretty brutal right now. The weather is super hot and the students are soooooo restless. They are just days away from being freshmen in high school and just do not want to listen to me at all. What do you do? I would be restless, too. I AM restless, too. 

This weekend is going to be pretty awesome. My best friend of a billion years is going to be in town for the weekend. I'm looking forward to actually doing the things in FL I should be doing. Honestly, without anybody here I just never do a whole lot. I'll think about going to the beach (which is literally, like, 10 minutes from my house), but the idea of packing up stuff for the beach and finding parking and then just sitting there alone never sounds appealing. That's so silly, I know, but I've never really been one to sit outside...especially alone. Not that I'm not alright just hanging out by myself--I totally am--it's just really more that I'm pretty lazy. Lol. I'll stop rambling now.

New Books: I have so many pretty titles to share today. This week was the spring Scholastic Book Fair. I showed some restraint this time as I'm going to have to pack next weekend. Anyhoo, without further adieu, I hope you are all having splendid weekends. To my American friends, I hope you get a three-day break!

For Review

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My ears always perk up when I hear the word witch. That being said, I rarely actually like books about witches. Here's hoping I like this one because it sounds awesome. 
Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
Doesn't this cover just scream summer? About a talented singer who loses her voice after an accident. 
Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer
This is one of my most anticipated reads of the summer. Female friendship focused, summer camp, and time travel. 
Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu
I really like the author's last book The Truth About Alice about bullying and am looking forward to how she tackles a religious cult. 
Edge of Forever by Melissa E. Hurst
This sounds kind of like that JGL movie Looper...which was awesome. 
Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot
I'm on book 4 of my re-reading. I'm excited to see what's going on with Princess Mia. 
Charlie, Presumed Dead Anne Heltzer
This is also a book that I have been really excited to dive in to. Two girls meet at a funeral for their mutual boyfriend who may have been hiding even more secrets.
Look at that cover! 
Thank You, Goodnight by Adam Abramowitz
Per GR: Nick Hornby meets Almost Famous in this side-splittingly funny coming-of-middle-age debut novel about the lead singer of a one-hit wonder 90s band who tries for one more swing at the fences.
If You're Not the One by Jemma Forte
This is another: an accident causes a woman to go back in time to see what her life would have been like if she would have chosen the other guy...

What I Bought




Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
I've been meaning to read this book for forever. I'm fascinated by WWII.
What Waits in the Woods by Kieran Scott
I was immediately drawn in by this cover when I first saw it months ago. 
Heartbreak Messenger by Alexander Vance
A dude has a break-up service. Not a new idea, but it sounds fun and was $2. 

What I Snagged from the library

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I don't really know a whole lot about this. I know it has a dragon in it and that people seem to think it is pretty awesome. 
All the Rage by Courtney Summers
I haven't had a whole lot of luck with this author. I have friends that love her work, but I have a hard time connecting with her writing. That said, this sounds really interesting and I hope I dig it. 

Well that's it for me this week. Feel free to leave a link to whatever weekend post you do (Stacking the Shelves, In My Mailbox, etc). I love to see what books people have recently snagged and especially enjoy hearing about my fellow bloggers' weeks. I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (100) Riders

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 6:41 AM with 9 comments
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. Click the link to see the original post plus a whole slew of links to other blogs. After you read this one, of course.


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Author: Veronica Rossi
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: February 2, 2016



For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen—Conquest, Famine and Death—are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now—bound, bloodied, and drugged—Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for—not to mention all of humankind—he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.
But will anyone believe him?

Why I'm Excited:

100 WoW posts, y'all! 
I find the apocalypse fascinating, especially the four horsemen. I'm curious to see how this book plays out. It is either going to be very, very good, or very, very bad. Hopefully it will be very good. Definitely keeping my eyes open for this one. 

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Weekly Rewind 5.16.15

Friday, May 15, 2015 10:00 PM with 8 comments



Weekly Rewind
The new books on my shelves and my week in a nutshell.




Since I started this blog I've participated in Stacking the Shelves, which is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews, and I'm going to continue linking to that meme. Throughout my student teaching semester I was using my weekend post as a way to let people know what's going on in my life, so I've decided to rename my weekend post because this feature is more personal than just what books I've received. The Weekly Rewind will be about what's going on with me and my blog, as well as about the books I've added to my shelves.



Life and Blog

Life: This week flew by! I was worried that after my long weekend at home the last three and a half weeks of school were going to drag, but I seriously can't believe how quickly this week went. I'm down to 12 teaching days. My best friend is flying in from Wyoming next weekend, which I'm so excited for. I haven't seen her since Christmas 2013. We've been friends for, like, 25 years. Then, before I know it, my husband will be flying down so the two of us can drive back to PA together. I'm already trying to figure out how in the world we are going to cram all of my shit back in my car. I've, of course, accumulated way more than I brought down with me: for my classroom, my closet, and (obviously) my bookcases. 

Lately, I've been rereading The Princess Diaries series. I'm excited to read The Royal Wedding, but it has been so long since I've read the series, that I need a refresher. I've been listening to the audiobooks on my commute. The first few are read by Anne Hathaway, who does a good job. I'm also in the middle of An Ember in the Ashes and The Fill-in Boyfriend. 

New Books: I have some new books to share with you, a few that I'm very excited for. So without further adieu, I hope you are all having fabulous weekends!

For Review

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Tiny Pretty Things by Sonja Charaipotra
I love books about dancers--probably because it was what I wanted to be growing up (along with an author). This looks like soapy fun. 
The Cage by Megan Sheperd
Teens are being held captive in zoos by aliens?! 
Emancipated by M.G. Reyes
Six emancipated teens share a house in California. It sounds interesting, but I have to admit that the writing in the first chapter didn't really draw me in. 
Kissing Across America by Margo Rabb
Road trip! 
I Am Princess X by Cheri Priest
This book had me at: illustrated throughout with comics. 
The Eternal City by Paula Morris
While this book about the battle between gods in goddesses in modern down Rome sounds interesting, it's getting some pretty meh reviews. 

What I snagged from the library

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Books:
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
This new fantasy series sounds really interesting. I love this cover. It will not, however, probably happen in the three weeks I have left in this town, so...
Movies:
Horrible Bosses 2 starring Jason Bateman and Jason Sudeikis
I'm not expecting too much from this one, but I'm sure it will have a couple of laughs.
About Alex starring Aubrey Plaza
I don't have a clue what this is about, I just saw it had Aubrey Plaza which was enough to make me snag it from its shelf. 

Well that's it for me this week. Feel free to leave a link to whatever weekend post you do (Stacking the Shelves, In My Mailbox, etc). I love to see what books people have recently snagged and especially enjoy hearing about my fellow bloggers' weeks. I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (99) Pull

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 9:11 PM with 8 comments
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. Click the link to see the original post plus a whole slew of links to other blogs. After you read this one, of course.


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Pull

Author: Anne Riley
Publisher: Spencer Hill
Release Date: December 8, 2015



Rosie Clayton witnesses a mugging on her first night in London—and then the scene rewinds itself.

She finds herself standing in the same place again, with the mugging happening just like before, except this time a stranger steps in and stops it. There's no way the same incident can have two outcomes. Rosie thinks she’s losing her mind, until just a few days later, the stranger saves her.

The stranger, Albert, and his band of misfit crime-fighters, have the special ability to Pull, which allows them to rewind just enough time to undo a recent event. Someone is hunting Albert and his crew– and now that Rosie’s been seen with them, she’s a target too. Rosie is left with no choice but to trust Albert to keep her safe.

As Rosie learns more about this unbelievable ability and the people – if you can call them that – who want them dead, she discovers that the group’s desire for her blood might be more than mere coincidence. Each step into this magical side of London introduces Rosie to a family history that she never knew existed, and dangerous forces that could unravel her world in an instant.

Her family may be the reason they’re all being hunted—and she may be the only one who can figure out how to save them. Sure, between the lot of them, they have a few shots to get it right. The thing about Pulling, though, is you have to be alive to do it.
 

Why I'm Excited:

Being able to "rewind" the last few minutes isn't exactly a new concept, but I have to admit that it is one that peaks my interest every time. I'm curious about the "magical side of London" and want to know about her family's history. This cover is pretty, too. I'm not in love, but I do like London Bridge hanging out in the background. Definitely keeping my eye open for this one. 

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Weekly Rewind 5.9.15

Friday, May 8, 2015 11:33 PM with 13 comments



Weekly Rewind
The new books on my shelves and my week in a nutshell.




Since I started this blog I've participated in Stacking the Shelves, which is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews, and I'm going to continue linking to that meme. Throughout my student teaching semester I was using my weekend post as a way to let people know what's going on in my life, so I've decided to rename my weekend post because this feature is more personal than just what books I've received. The Weekly Rewind will be about what's going on with me and my blog, as well as about the books I've added to my shelves.


Life and Blog

Life: I'm home for a long weekend for the last time before I'm home for good (well, hopefully, at the very least I'll be home for the summer). When I get back I have three and a half weeks left to go. 17 teaching days total. I'm not going to lie, I am beyond ready for this year to be over...even if it was about as good of a first year of teaching that I could have asked for. I'm just ready to be home with my husband and cats. 

New books: May is full of pretty looking titles, and I have a few to show you. I also made a trip to B&N with the remainder of a gift card on Tuesday so I could snag Kasie West's latest (and bought a couple of other books, of course). So without further adieu, I hope you are all having fabulous weekends!

For Review

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Illusionarium by Heather Dixon
I'm not going to lie, I don't have a clue what this is about. I saw that cover and went: mine! Fantasy, I'm assuming, I think multiple worlds... 
This looks like a cute he said/she said love story. 
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Per GR: "Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college." This sounds really interesting. 
Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt
I'm obsessed with mob stories, so I'm excited to read this...but that is one of the worst titles ever. I seriously cringe every time I see it. 
Three Day Summer by Sarvenez Tash
Woodstock! That's all I need to know about this one. 
A girl who fingered a dude for the kidnapping of her friend's little sister starts to wonder if she was wrong. Sounds interesting. 

What I bought


Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
I've been meaning to read this one for ages. I love friendship-focused stories.
The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West
Yay! I started this yesterday. I'm not very far, but I'm enjoying it so far. 
Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
I've tried to get into this before, but I'm hoping I just wasn't in the mood for it at the time. It was before I read The Raven Boys which I loved.


What I snagged from library

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Books: 
I got the e-book from my library. I've heard nothing but praise for this one, so I'm pretty excited.
I Regret Nothing by Jen Lancaster
I love her memoirs. This is also an e-book through my library.
Movies:
The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley
This looks really good, and I love both of the stars.
Inherent Vice with Reece Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoneix and whole slew of other actors
I have no idea what this is about, but I'm intrigued.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (98) Wolf by Wolf

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 6:58 AM with 7 comments
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. Click the link to see the original post plus a whole slew of links to other blogs. After you read this one, of course.


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Author: Ryan Graudin
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Release Date: October 20, 2015



Code Name Verity meets Inglourious Basterds in this fast-paced novel from the author of The Walled City.

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor's ball.

Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year's only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin's brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael's every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

Why I'm Excited:
I'm fascinated by World War II and the Axis powers. I also happen to be teaching Anne Frank right now, so the time period is prominent in my head. I always think it is cool when authors re-imagine history. Yael sounds bad-ass. I'm definitely keeping my eyes open for this one. It sounds amazing. 

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Weekly Rewind 5.2.15

Friday, May 1, 2015 10:20 PM with 9 comments



Weekly Rewind
The new books on my shelves and my week in a nutshell.




Since I started this blog I've participated in Stacking the Shelves, which is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews, and I'm going to continue linking to that meme. Throughout my student teaching semester I was using my weekend post as a way to let people know what's going on in my life, so I've decided to rename my weekend post because this feature is more personal than just what books I've received. The Weekly Rewind will be about what's going on with me and my blog, as well as about the books I've added to my shelves.



My Life and Blog

Life: 20 teaching days left! And I'm going home on Wednesday night. This week went pretty quickly. The students finished their unit on figurative language and poetry. Next week we are starting The Diary of Anne Frank--the play. I plan on spending a good part of the weekend doing some job searching. That's honestly about all that is going on.

Blog: I was super busy this week getting interim grades posted and writing the unit test that I ignored the blog all week. I can't wait until the summer when I can actually read, write reviews, and blog hop. 5 more weeks. 

New books: I snagged an awesome haul from the library book sale last week, and have some pretty review books to share as well. So without further adieu, I hope you are all having fantastic weekends!

For Review

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Cost of All Things by Maggie Lehrman
Per GR: "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets We Were Liars in this thought-provoking and brilliantly written debut that is part love story, part mystery, part high-stakes drama." Sounds amazing.
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
I'm not exactly sure what this is about, but I know it is supposed to have "twists" which is my kryptonite. 
Vanished by E.E. Cooper
A psychological thriller about a missing girl. 
Heat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholdt 
This is an interesting premise: Each book in this paperback original series is told from the perspective of a different girl—Lyla, Aven, and Quinn—former best friends who wrote emails to their future selves back in freshman year about one thing they hope to accomplish before they graduate. When the emails get delivered on the first morning of their senior trip all three girls will spend the next three days trying to keep the promises they made to themselves four years ago. While each book follow’s one girl’s life-changing adventure, you have to read them all to get the whole story, including why they’re no longer friends and whether they can get their friendship back on track.
A Matter of Heart by Amy Fellner Dominy
An olympic hopeful finds out she has a heart condition that could ruin her dream. 
Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu
A story about sisters named Montana and Arizona...which is painful, but I love sister stories. 
This looks adorable. 

What I Bought



Paper Valentine by Breanna Yovanoff
The ghost of her best friend is pushing a girl to investigate a string of murders. 
Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson
Four lucky girls spending a summer in Italy.
Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
A teen girl computer hacker gets in over her head.
Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
I've heard nothing but good things about this. Loving the fact that it is set at a boarding school. 
Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
I've heard great things about this one, too. It's about a teen whose parents are out of town when things go awry. 
A group of friends decide to take down the reality show being filmed at their high school. Sounds fun. 
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
I love the movie based on this book, but have never read it. 
I was thrilled to find an ARC of this. I was planning on buying this in PB when it came out, but that cover change is the worst one I have ever seen. 
Unhinged  by A.G. Howard
I liked Splintered, but never got around to the sequels. I was pretty happy with this find, as well. 
Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella
I didn't read the last book, but I couldn't resist snagging this...even if the series has grown pretty stale. 
Funny Girl by Nick Hornby 
This book just came out a couple of months ago. I was surprised to find it at the sale. It's worth more than I spent on all of these (plus the two movies I forgot to include in the picture). Gotta love library sales!

What I snagged from the library

   

A Most Violent Year Jessica Chastain  and Oscar Isaac
I love a good gangster film
Big Eyes with Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz
I'm excited to see a Tim Burton film that isn't...a Tim Burton film. I love both of these actors, and the story sounds interesting. 
Cake with Jennifer Aniston
I'm ready to be outraged that Jen wasn't nominated for an Oscar. Love her. 

Well that's it for me this week. Feel free to leave a link to whatever weekend post you do (Stacking the Shelves, In My Mailbox, etc). I love to see what books people have recently snagged and especially enjoy hearing about my fellow bloggers' weeks. I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!