In My Mailbox #12/ Stacking the Shelves #6

The Elite by Kiera Cass
The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Infernal Devices box set (from Mundie Moms)
I had a FANTASTIC week in books. Not only did I get this amazing box set of all the Infernal Devices books (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess) from Mundie Moms, but I also got some new releases (i.e. The Elite and Apollyon). I’m super excited to get to read all of them. I loved The Selection, and I am in love with JLA’s Covenant series. I’m also really excited to read Crown of Embers. The Bitter Kingdom, the third book in the series comes out really soon, so I need to catch up ASAP.

What kind of books did you get this week?


BLOG TOUR: Delta Project: Rescue by Jessica L. Jaster

D005 has been a part of a secret government program known as the Delta Project her entire life. She has been genetically modified to be stronger, faster, smarter and to heal faster. Trained in hand-to-hand combat, weaponry and battle tactics, she has been worked to physical and mental exhaustion every day of her life. Raised without love or care of any kind, she has no idea what it means to be happy – to be free. And now she has run away.

After leaving the Hartman Ranch in order to keep her new friends out of danger, Weston embarks on a mission to save her brother and the other Deltas with the help of someone from her past. While at it, she will learn more about the Delta Project itself and what it is about the Deltas that makes them special.

During her journey, she will be put in difficult situations. Will she be able to remain the caring, fun-loving Weston she became? Or will she revert to the cold, distant D005 of her past? 

And will she ever see Cormac or any of the others ever again?

About the Author:

Jessica Jaster lives in Iowa with her husband and her (currently) one year old and two year old, as well as their cat, Pandora.

Jessica graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Anthropology.  Yes, she realizes that there is a big difference between Anthropology and writing young adult novels.  She actually tried for an English major (well actually, it was Criminal Justice, then English, then Anthropology), but the classes she had to take just did not fly with her.  Although, since Anthropology is pretty much just the study of humans and human culture, it could tie in with her novels in some way.

She has always had an over-active imagination and has been making stories up in her head for herself for as long as she can remember and finally decided to start writing them down (when she is not busy chasing the two little ones around anyway) and sharing them with anyone interested. Most ideas she has so far for her novels are for young adults – some fantasy, some science fiction and some normal contemporary story-lines. 

Waiting on Wednesday: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Title: Siege and Storm
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: Hardcover, 448
Publication: June 4, 2013

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.


First of all, I absolutely LOVE this cover. It’s definitely one of my favorites of 2013. It just fits so perfectly with the mood and feel of the story. The first book, Shadow and Bone, was fantastic. It was so so so different and very well written. It had amazing characters (especially the Darkling ;)), and an even better plot. I love fantasy, so this book was absolutey perfect for me. I can’t wait to get back into this story and world.

If you haven’t started the Grisha series, start it now so that you can read Siege and Storm when it comes out in June!

Waiting on Wednesday: Icons by Margret Stohl!

Title: Icons
Author: Margaret Stohl 
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Mystery
Pages: Hardcover, 448
Publication Date: May 7th, 2013

Goodreads Synopsis:

Your heart beats only with their permission.

Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol’s family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn’t know it was fighting.

Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside — safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can’t avoid.

She’s different. She survived. Why?

When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador’s privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn’t a coincidence. It’s a conspiracy.

Within the Icon’s reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions — which they’ve always thought to be their greatest weaknesses — may actually be their greatest strengths.

Bestselling author Margaret Stohl delivers the first book in a heart-pounding series set in a haunting new world where four teens must piece together the mysteries of their pasts — in order to save the future.

I’m pretty sure that I have expressed my undying love for The Caster Chronicles or better known as Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos, and Beautiful Redemption, on this blog, but if not I will say it again, I LOVE THE CASTER CHRONICLES! So, naturally I am SO excited that Margret and Kami are publishing more book! But, even if I had never read Beautiful Creatures, after read the synopsis for this book I would definitely have to pick it up! I can’t wait to follow all these characters on what I’m sure will be a heart pounding adventure! 

Review: Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian

Title: Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys
Author: Kate Brian
Genre: YA; Contemporary
Pages: Paperback, 268
Publication: October 2006

When she was nine, Megan Meade met a group of terrible, mean, Popsicle-goo-covered boys, the sons of her father’s friend — the McGowan boys. Now, seven years later, Megan’s army doctor parents are shipping off to Korea and Megan is being sent to live with the little monsters, who are older now and quite different than she remembered them.

Living in a house with seven boys will give Megan, who has never even been kissed, the perfect opportunity to learn everything there is to know about boys. And she’ll send all her notes to her best friend, Tracy, in…
Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys

Observation #1: Being an army brat sucks. Except that this is definitely a better alternative to moving to Korea.

Observation #2: Forget evil, laughing, little monsters. These guys have been touched by the Abercrombie gods. They are a blur of toned, suntanned perfection.
Observation #3: I need a lock on my door. STAT.
Observation #4: Three words: six-pack abs.
Observation #5: Do not even get me started on the state of the bathroom. I’m thinking of calling in a hazmat team. Seriously.
Observation #6: These boys know how to make enemies. Big time.
Megan Meade will have to juggle a new school, a new family, a new crush — on the boy next door, as in next bedroom door — and a new life. Will she survive the McGowan boys?
I went into this book without any expectations. I hadn’t read any books like this in a while, and I had read a lot of mixed reviews about the book. The cover wasn’t anything special, but the synopsis caught my attention. It sounded like a really cute and fun story. 

But this book really surprised me. It was more than just a fun story about a girl in a boy’s world. I related to the main character, Megan. Her story was real, her problems, her situations, her thoughts. She was just a very real character. She was flawed, but in a good way. She made mistakes, but it was any kind of mistakes that all teenagers make in their lives.

I loved the romance in this book. It was sweet and cute and even angsty at times (especially with Evan). Both Evan and Finn had phenomenal chemistry with Megan, and that’s what made it so great. It may have been predictable, but it was still really good. I loved how the ending of this book was very open-ended. As a reader, you have the room what happens to the characters after we leave them. It made me think about this book more after I had read it after I had put it down.

The writing left something to be desired. It was very… simple. Although it was a young adult book, it read very much like a middle grade one. It was a very easy read, and the writing wasn’t exactly the best. However, the characters were completely opposite. They weren’t simple. They could be complex when they needed to be. And they were very good characters. I loved all the McGowan boys soooooooooo much (like seriously. Where can I get one?)

Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys is more than a cute romance. It’s a story that all teenagers and young adults can relate to, and that’s why I loved this story so much. It was fun, serious, sweet, romantic, and very very good. I would definitely recommend it.
4 out of 5 stars

In My Mailbox #11/ Stacking the Shelves #5

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight  by Jennifer E. Smith
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines
Splendor by Anna Godberson
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
The Prince, A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass
I had a FANTASTIC week in books. I finally got some books I’ve been meaning to buy for forever, and they look great on my shelf ;). As you’ve noticed, this week, I’ve got a classic book in my haul. I’m reading East of Eden in school right now, and it’s a really great book. Everybody definitely needs to check it out.
Also, if you’ve been a long time follower of this blog, you’ll have noticed that we have a new design! Thanks to Faye over at Day Dreamer’s Thoughts, we have an AMAZING new design. I’m absolutely in love with our new design, and I’m so grateful to Faye for helping us out. Head on over to her Graphics Shop and check out more of her stuff.

Waiting on Wednesday: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Title:  Isla and the Happily Ever After
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: Contemporary; Romance
Pages: Hardcover, 352
Publication: September 17, 2013

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

I’ve completely fallen in love with Stephanie Perkins books. She can capture my heart within the pages, and her writing stays with me long after I’ve finished the book. I loved Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, and I’m sure Isla and the Happily Ever After will be no exception. I can’t wait to see how all these stories finally intertwine and finish. And I can’t wait to see Etienne again. 😉

Reverse Author Interviews: Marissa Meyer

Reverse author interviews, an event hosted by Book Munchies, is where instead of the blogger interviewing the author, the author will be reviewing the blogger. Today’s questions come from Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles (Cinder and Scarlet).

1. It seems that when I tell most bloggers that there won’t be a love triangle in The Lunar Chronicles, they seem weirdly grateful for that. So what’s the un-official blogger status on love triangles in YA these days? If you’re not burned out on them entirely, then what do you feel makes a good love triangle?

  • Haylie and I both love love triangles. Personally, it’s one of my favorite things in fiction. I love finding a good love triangle and having my heart torn to pieces (it’s sadistic, but true). It’s a fun thing to be able to enjoy, but only if it’s good. Reading as many YA books as I read, I’ve come across far too many love triangles that 1) aren’t really love triangles, but claim to be 2) are sad attempts at a love triangle 3) or just really bad triangles. But there are some really great love triangles in YA literature. Take the love triangle in The Infernal Devices series for example. It’s epic, and has the ability to tear your heart into millions of little pieces.
2. What are your writing and/or author promoting pet peeves?
  • False advertisement. By that, I mean when an author tells me, book trailers, or the synopsis is something completely different than what the book actually is about.
3. Is there anything you feel is missing from the YA genre right now, or anything you’d like to see more of?
  • You can find almost anything in the YA genre. You have dystopians, contemporary, sci-fi, romance, fantasy, etc., but you hardly ever see any historical fiction. I love history, and I would love to see more of great stories placed in different time periods.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic: Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
3. I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter
4. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
5. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
7. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
8. Night By Elie Wiesel
9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Waiting on Wednesday: Taken By Erin Bowman

Title: Taken
Author: Erin Bowman
Genre: Dystopian, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 352, Hardcover
Publication: April 16,2013

Goodreads Synopsis:
There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?

Well first of all how cool is cover?! All of the colors and the really cool trees in the background! Its awesome! Another thing that is different about this book is that it seems to be written from a boys points of view! Which in my opinion is something that is lacking in YA literature, I NEED MORE ETHAN WATES, OKAY!? I will definitely be picking this book up when it comes out April 16th!