Bookshelf Bliss #18

Hi everyone! It is another Bookshelf Bliss Sunday!

I am in awe of some of the bookshelves that people or business from all over the world have! There are just so many that I would love to recreate for myself. Do you have any favourites? Or alternatively, if you have or know know of an amazing bookshelves that should be showcased, let me know!

 

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Stacking the Shelves #107

 

Hi everyone! I haven’t done an Stacking the Shelves post for a few weeks, so here are the books I have added to my shelves recently.

Stacking the Shelves is bought to you by Tynga from Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

 

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Feral Friday – Rating unread books on Goodreads

Hi everyone! It is time for another Feral Friday!

Feral Friday is more of an opinion piece… and I certainly have an opinion about this topic! It really does make me feral.

When people rate books on Goodreads when they haven’t read the book.

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W..W..W.. Wednesdays

Hi everyone! I haven’t posted a W..W..W.. Wednesdays for a couple of weeks, so here is what I have been up to over the last two weeks :)

It’s Wednesday which means it’s time to tell you what I have been up to for the past week.  W..W..W.. Wednesdays is a weekly meme bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.

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Review: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

Release Date: June 22nd 2015
Published By: Harper Collins Aus/Dial
Pages: 352
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Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis: The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, and her ability to trust.

And when Minnow rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

Now the Kevinian Prophet has been murdered and the camp set aflame and it’s clear Minnow knows something. But she’s not talking. As she adjusts to a life behind bars in juvenile detention, Minnow struggles to make sense of all she has been taught to believe, particularly as she dwells on the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of; if she is willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

Powerful and compelling. this remarkable and brave debut novel reveals the terrible dangers of blind faith. And the importance of having faith in yourself.

 

ReviewThe Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is an eerie, horrifying and dark story… and I loved it!

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Bookshelf Bliss #17

Hi everyone! I am back with more Bookshelf Bliss!

It is amazing how creative some people are with their bookshelves… and even though we may not have the creative flare, or the room, to do create some of the bookshelves for ourselves it is always nice to look at them :)

 

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18 Things About Me Blog Hop

18 Things About Me Blog Hop comes from Emily at Loony Literate.

Emily turned 18 this week!!! So firstly, HAPPY BIRTHDAY EMILY!!

(Wow, I feel old. But I will still have a cider with you Emily)

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Review: In The Beginning There Was Us by Ingrid Jonach

Release Date: April 28th 2015
Pages: 285
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Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis: What would you do if you were God? If you had the power to not only give life, but take it away in the blink of an eye? These are the questions that haunt fifteen-year-old Abbey Baxter after she resurrects a boy, long lost to the ages.

The achingly beautiful and eternally melancholy Cole not only serves as a welcome distraction from her long-time crush, Elwin, but also eases the heartache that persists since the sudden passing of her younger brother, Junior, four years earlier.

As the intrigue of her relationship with Cole deepens, so too does the mystery that surrounds a growing phenomenon sweeping through her small West Virginian town, transforming the lives of its residents. Around her, two bedroom cottages are transforming into mansions without explanation and residents are waking up to bank balances that have tripled overnight, all under the watchful gaze of the sinister American Laboratory for Particle Physics, located on the outskirts of town.

As Abbey searches for answers in a bid to solve the mystery in partnership with Elwin, she’s forced into a realization that that some things are better left buried, including her newfound love, Cole.

This cautionary tale of heartache and obsession explores the endless possibilities of the universe and its devastating impact on two young lovers from different worlds.

Review: I am going to start by saying this: I dislike science in general. I like that it exists, but I often switch off when people start talking about it (which happens often where I work). My understanding of science is from The Big Bang Theory, the stuff that I cannot ignore at work, and the understanding that I really hated my high school science teacher. So, for these reasons, I generally don’t love science fiction novels or stories that include science…. but Ingrid Jonach’s stories are definitely an exception to the rule!

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Bookshelf Bliss #16

Hi everyone! I am back with Bookshelf Bliss! We all love bookshelves, we love looking at them. being in awe of them, and sometimes being just downright jealous of bookshelves that other people have. So, here are some pictures that will hopefully make you feel at least one of those things :)

 

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W..W..W.. Wednesdays

Hi everyone! I haven’t posted a W..W..W.. Wednesdays for some time. Work is still a little crazy, but I did have a week off last week – but as I had a friend visiting, I didn’t get to spend the whole week reading :( So my reading and blogging has been pretty slow, but I am trying to get back to normal!

It’s Wednesday which means it’s time to tell you what I have been up to for the past week.  W..W..W.. Wednesdays is a weekly meme bought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.

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Review: Pieces of Sky by Trinity Doyle

Release Date: June 1st 2015
Published By: Allen & Unwin
Pages: 288
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Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis: Lucy’s life was going as smoothly as any teenager’s could. She was in the local swimming club, and loved it; she lived with her parents and her brother, Cam, in the small coastal town she’d known all her life. She had friends, she had goals – she had a life. Now Cam is dead, her parents might as well be – and Lucy can’t bear to get back in the pool. All she has to look forward to now is a big pile of going-nowhere.

Drawn to Steffi, her wild ex-best-friend who reminds Lucy of her mysterious, unpredictable brother, and music-obsessed Evan, the new boy in town, Lucy starts asking questions. Why did Cam die? Was it an accident or suicide? But as Lucy hunts for answers she discovers much more than she expects. About Cam. About her family. About herself.

Review: Pieces of Sky is an contemporary YA novel from Aussie debut author Trinity Doyle. And while I do not claim to be an expert on Aussie YA, I must say that I think it is books like this one that are really putting Aussie authors on the map.

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Stacking the Shelves #106

 

Hi everyone! I haven’t done an Stacking the Shelves post for a couple of weeks as I haven’t added many new books to my shelves recently. But I do have a few to tell you about, so here they are…

Stacking the Shelves is bought to you by Tynga from Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

 

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Review: Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

Release Date: March 24th 2015
Published By: HarperTeen
Pages: 368
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Rating: 3 out of 5

Synopsis: For fans of Gone Girl, I Hunt Killers, and TV’s How to Get Away with Murder.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called “Captivating to the very end,” Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.

 

Review: I am going to be a black sheep here and say that while I did enjoy Liars, Inc., I didn’t totally love it.

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Review: Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles #2) by Amanda Hocking

Release Date: May 7th 2015 Published By: TOR UK/St Martins Griffin Pages: 200 Goodreads: Add it to your reading list Purchase: Click here to purchase Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis: The second novel in the Kanin trilogy, from the international bestseller Amanda Hocking. In this series, we return to the world of Hocking’s million-copy bestselling Trylle trilogy… Bryn Aven is still struggling with her burgeoning relationship with Ridley. She’s also set on completing her mission to find the missing Skojare Queen. But when they do finally discover what happened, Bryn finds out that things are much more complicated than she’d originally thought. And as she gets closer to the truth, Bryn is framed for the murder of the Kanin King himself. She ends up on the run, as home holds too few answers and no solutions.

Review: This review contains spoilers for Frostfire. Review for Frostfire can be found here.

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Review: Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles #1) by Amanda Hocking

Release Date: January 15th 2015
Published By: TOR UK/St Martins Griffin
Pages: 300
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Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis: Will she give up her dream to follow her heart?

Bryn Aven is determined to gain status amongst the Kanin, the most powerful of the hidden tribes. But as a half-blood, winning respect is a huge challenge. Bryn’s almost-human community distrusts people, and those from other tribes are almost as suspect.
She has just one goal to get ahead: to join the elite guard protecting the Kanin royal family. And Bryn’s vowed that nothing will stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss, Ridley Dresden.
But her plans are put on hold when fallen hero Konstantin starts acting dangerously. Bryn loved him once, but now he’s kidnapping Kanin children – stealing them from hidden placements within human families. She’s sent to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?

 

Review: I picked up Frostfire because I loved Amanda Hocking’s Trylle Trilogy. I read the trilogy a few years, so while my memory on certain events are a little fuzzy, I still recall that I loved the world that she created, a world of trolls and changelings, realism and magic, horror and love. And while the Kanin Chronicles has different main characters, the world is just as magical, just as intriguing and just as enchanting.

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