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End Of Summer Week: Day 5

Hi everyone! This is the last giveaway for End Of Summer Week :) I'll announce all the winners Saturday morning. However, I will be having an international giveaway Saturday!

Signed After Hello by Lisa Mangum ARC
Forever 21 Radio Earrings
Bath And Body Works Love, Love, Love Lotion



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*Check back tomorrow for another prize pack giveaway! :)
*It's U.S/Canada, but there will be an international giveaway Saturday

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer Book Review

Storm (Elemental, #1)
Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys - all the ones she doesn't want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They're powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.
And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.
Secrets are hard to keep when your life's at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who's hiding the most dangerous truth of all.
The storm is coming.

End Of Summer Week: Day 4

Hi! Here's the next giveaway :)


Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein
Forever 21 Flower Chain Pendant
Icing Pick Nail Polish


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*Check back tomorrow for another prize pack giveaway! :)
*It's U.S/Canada, but there will be an international giveaway Saturday

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral Mini Review


Chopsticks
After her mother died, Glory retreated into herself and her music. Her single father raised her as a piano prodigy, with a rigid schedule and the goal of playing sold-out shows across the globe. Now, as a teenager, Glory has disappeared. As we flash back to the events leading up to her disappearance, we see a girl on the precipice of disaster. Brilliant and lonely, Glory is drawn to an artistic new boy, Frank, who moves in next door. The farther she falls, the deeper she spirals into madness. Before long, Glory is unable to play anything but the song "Chopsticks."
But nothing is what it seems, and Glory's reality is not reality at all. In this stunningly moving novel told in photographs, pictures, and words, it's up to the reader to decide what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along....

The idea of a story told in pictures has always seemed really interesting to me. That’s why I was so excited to read Chopsticks :)
Chopsticks tells the story of a musical prodigy and a boy from Argentina that fall in love. I loved how beautifully shown the story was. The photographs were amazing and the book actually told a great story.
I loved this book and would highly recommend it, if you love art and like being shown a story! I’d give it five out of five flowers. 




End Of Summer Giveaway Week: Day 3

Hi everyone! I'm staring school today, and here's the next giveaway! :)

Prize Pack #3


A Fractured Light by Jocelyn Davies ARC
Bath and Body Works Dark Kiss Lotion
Silver Glitter Nail Polish




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*It's U.S/Canada, but there will be an international giveaway Saturday

Waiting On Wednesday: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

This Is What Happy Looks Like
If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

In This is What Happy Looks Like, Jennifer E. Smith's new YA novel, perfect strangers Graham Larkin and Ellie O'Neill meet—albeit virtually—when Graham accidentally sends Ellie an email about his pet pig, Wilbur. In the tradition of romantic movies like "You've Got Mail" and "Sleepless in Seattle," the two 17-year-olds strike up an email relationship, even though they live on opposite sides of the country and don't even know each other's first names.

Through a series of funny and poignant messages, Graham and Ellie make a true connection, sharing intimate details about their lives, hopes and fears. But they don't tell each other everything; Graham doesn't know the major secret hidden in Ellie's family tree, and Ellie is innocently unaware that Graham is actually a world-famous teen actor living in Los Angeles.

When the location for the shoot of Graham's new film falls through, he sees an opportunity to take their relationship from online to in-person, managing to get the production relocated to picturesque Henley, Maine, where Ellie lives. But can a star as famous as Graham have a real relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie's mom want her to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?

I really loved The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, so This Is What Happy Looks Like sounds amazing! I love the idea behind it. What are you waiting on? :) 


End Of Summer Giveaway Week: Day 2

Hi everyone! Here's the next giveaway:

Prize Pack #2:


Wake by Amanda Hocking ARC
Forever 21 Turquoise Flower Earrings
Crystal Turquoise Nail Polish


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*It's U.S/Canada, but there will be an international giveaway Saturday

Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien Review-Isabele

Birthmarked (Birthmarked, #1)
In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the walled Enclave and those, like sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone, who live outside. Following in her mother’s footsteps Gaia has become a midwife, delivering babies in the world outside the wall and handing a quota over to be "advanced" into the privileged society of the Enclave. Gaia has always believed this is her duty, until the night her mother and father are arrested by the very people they so loyally serve.

Now Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught, but her choice is simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.

End of Summer Giveaway Week: Day 1

Hi everyone! I go back to school this week, and summer is almost over, so I thought it would be fun to do an event on my blog. I never had a 500 follower giveaway, and I've already reached almost 850 followers, which is crazy :) Therefore, I'm going to give away a different book prize pack starting today, until Friday. I'll announce the winner for each prize pack on Saturday. Thank you so, so much to everyone who has ever commented on, followed, or even visited my blog! :) This giveaway is U.S/Canada, but I will have an international one soon!

Prize Pack #1:

Beneath The Glitter by Elle and Blair Fowler ARC
Forever 21 Green Glitter heart earrings
Bath and Body Works Malibu Heat body lotion


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Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett Book Review

Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions, #1)
Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has someconfessions to make…1. I'm livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I'm allowed to be irate,don't you?
2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is nowenraged and out for blood. Mine.
3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and "seeing red" means being angry—get it?)
Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.
(Don't know what they mean? Look them up yourself.)
(Sorry. That was rude.)

Stacking The Shelves #8


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Bought:
Inbetween by Tara Fuller
The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long

For Review:
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan 

For Blog Tour:
The White Forest by Adam McOmber 
Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett 

From Trade:
Fury by Elizabeth Miles
My Life In Black and White by Natasha Friend 
From Tiffany and Ashley @ Book-Marks The Spot
Wake by Amanda Hocking
From Nicole @ Paperback Princess

Extra News :
-Starting Monday, I'll be having End-Of-Summer event on my blog. I'll be giving away a different book prize pack every day Monday to Friday :)
-Also, if you're a blogger, librarian, teacher, or bookseller, there's a really cool program I heard about through Twitter, The ARCycling Program
 

New Guest Blogger Introduction

Hi! There's going to be a new guest blogger on The Book Belles. Isabele will be posting reviews every so often. She actually has her own blog and here's her introduction :)

Hi! I'm Isabele, and I like to think of myself as your average teen reader. Kind of. 
Okay, so I have a few quirks, who doesn't?  
Really though, I am an aspiring novelist who reads like there's no tomorrow.  I'm serious about writing and to be honest, I work a little slow...but it all turns out good in the end. Stuff I like to do include: Discovering new reads in my beloved library, emailing like I'm a character in one of Jane Austen's many novels, and documenting things in a notebook I keep titled: Next Great Idea.

Favorite books, you ask? I've got lots, and it would be pain (for you, and for me) to list them all, so I'll just give a top six.
1. Born to Rule - Kathryn Lasky
2. The Clique - Lisi Harrison (don't judge me based on this book... I can hear the groans now...yes,  I find reading about spoiled teens entertaining..:)
3. Blue Bloods - Melissa De Cruz
4. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
5. A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket
6. The Eternal Ones - Kristin Miller

Now I realize, that there are "better books out there" but everyone has a favorite book for a certain thing. Maybe good memories? Has a plot they envy? Excreta? Exactly.

If you would like to know more about me, then don't hesitate and send you inquires to www[dot]pullupacup[dot] com.
If you would like to read my independent reviews you can find them on Goodreads and Amazon, as well. I do, in fact, have my own reviewing site, but it is currently being renovated. "

Thanks,
Isabele


Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout Book Review

Onyx (Lux, #2)
Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…
Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.
Something worse than the Arum has come to town…
The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.
But then everything changes…
I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?
No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

Burn For Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian Book Review and Giveaway

Burn for Burn
BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY...THEY GET EVEN.
Lillia has never had any problems dealing with boys who like her. Not until this summer, when one went too far. No way will she let the same thing happen to her little sister.
Kat is tired of the rumours, the insults, the cruel jokes. It all goes back to one person– her ex-best friend– and she's ready to make her pay.
Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she's not the same girl anymore. And she's ready to prove it to him.
Three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet, sweet revenge. And they won't stop until they each had a taste.

My Super Sweet 16th Century by Rachel Harris Blog Tour




















On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore.

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

Review

I was so excited to be part of the blog tour for this book! I love historical fiction, and wish there was more of it in the YA genre. I also loved the idea of a modern-day girl traveling to Italy in the 16th century. My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century was an amazing debut novel that I’d highly recommend.



The book follows a girl, Cat Crawford, who’s movie producer dad is newly engaged to Cat's stepmom-to-be, Jenna. With her actress mom completely out of the picture, she isn’t exactly happy to have a new stepmom. It doesn’t help that Jenna wants to throw Cat a giant Sweet Sixteen, that would also be filmed by MTV. When Cat walks into a gypsy tent and is transported back to the 16th century, she soon has a whole new adventure in front of her.



I thought Cat was a great character! She was really relatable and I thought she was a really good person. Over time, she had pretty much closed herself off to believing in love and getting close to others. Her experience in the 16th century really helped her let others in. I also really loved a lot of the other characters. When Cat lands in Italy, she becomes a girl from London named Patience, the cousin of an Italian family. Alessandra was the daughter of the family Cat was staying with. She was such a sweet person and was an overall amazing person! Also, there’s a guy Cat likes, Lorenzo, an aspiring artist like Cat. He was so funny and confident. I've always really liked those two qualities in guys. Also, since he grew up with the manners of the 16th century, he was really courteous and sweet. 



The plot was fun and super interesting. The way Cat stumbles through 16th century life and all the proper customs was hilarious! A lot of the characters were like a lot of people you could meet now (in the 21st century ;) and I loved how that was interwoven with the century. The historical aspect of the novel was perfect, and wasn't ever overwhelming to the plot. I loved all the lessons throughout the story and how all the characters developed so much over time. It was such a fun book!




I really enjoyed the book and I would give it 5 out 5 flowers. If you’re looking for a fun read with awesome characters, I’d read My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century :)

                     

Author Spotlight



As a teen, Rachel Harris threw raging parties that shook her parents’ walls and created embarrassing fodder for future YA novels.
As an adult, she reads and writes obsessively, rehashes said embarrassing fodder, and dreams up characters who become her own grown up version of imaginary friends.
When she's not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, you can find her homeschooling her two beautiful princesses, hanging out with her amazing husband, or taking a hot bubble bath…next to a pile of chocolate.
MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY is her debut novel.  She did have her own fantabulous Sweet Sixteen in high school. Sadly, it wasn't televised.

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Stacking The Shelves #7

Hi everyone! Here is this week's Stacking The Shelves:

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Bought:
Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout

Won:
Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear
Thanks Emily @ Doodle's Book Blog!
Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry
Thank you Cass @ Books With Cass!

From Trade:
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready 
While He Was Away by Karen Schreck
From Eileen @ Singing And Reading In The Rain
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
From Lisseth @ Read-a-holiz
Possession by Elana Johnson
From Tayte @ Reading in Paradise
North Of Beautiful by Justina Chen
From Mandy @ The Romance Bookie

Thank you so much to everyone who I traded with! :)


Cover Reveal: Perception by Lee Strauss




Seventeen year old Zoe Vanderveen is a GAP—a genetically altered person. She lives in the security of a walled city on prime water-front property along side other equally beautiful people with extended life spans.
Her brother Liam is missing.
Noah Brody is a natural who lives on the outside. He leads protests against the GAPs and detests the widening chasm they’ve created between those who have and those who don’t. He doesn’t like girls like Zoe and he has good reason not to like her specifically.
Zoe’s carefree life takes a traumatic turn.  She’s in trouble and it turns out that Noah, the last guy on earth she should trust, is the only one who can help her.

The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse Book Review

The Forsaken (The Forsaken, #1)
As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna learned at an early age to blend in and be quiet—having your parents taken by the police will do that to a girl. But Alenna can’t help but stand out when she fails a test that all sixteen-year-olds have to take: The test says she has a high capacity for brutal violence, and so she is sent to The Wheel, an island where all would-be criminals end up.
The life expectancy of prisoners on The Wheel is just two years, but with dirty, violent, and chaotic conditions, the time seems a lot longer as Alenna is forced to deal with civil wars for land ownership and machines that snatch kids out of their makeshift homes. Desperate, she and the other prisoners concoct a potentially fatal plan to flee the island. Survival may seem impossible, but Alenna is determined to achieve it anyway.

What's Next #2

Hi everyone! I'm doing the What's Next meme again. Last week, Divergent was picked and I really enjoyed it! :) Here are this week's choices:

 Beautiful Lies
Rachel and Alice are an extremely rare kind of identical twins-so identical that even their aunt and uncle, whom they've lived with since their parents passed away, can't tell them apart. But the sisters are connected in a way that goes well beyond their surfaces: when one experiences pain, the other exhibits the exact same signs of distress. So when one twin mysteriously disappears, the other immediately knows something is wrong-especially when she starts experiencing serious physical traumas, despite the fact that nobody has touched her. As the search commences to find her sister, the twin left behind must rely on their intense bond to uncover the truth. But is there anyone around her she can trust, when everyone could be a suspect? And ultimately, can she even trust herself?



Insignia (Insignia, #1)More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom’s drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con artistry, and staying invisible.
Then one day, Tom stops being invisible. Someone’s been watching his virtual-reality prowess, and he’s offered the incredible—a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite military academy. There, Tom’s instincts for combat will be put to the test, and if he passes, he’ll become a member of the Intrasolar Forces, helping to lead his country to victory in World War Three. Finally, he’ll be someone important: a superhuman war machine with the tech skills that every virtual-reality warrior dreams of. Life at the Spire holds everything that Tom’s always wanted—friends, the possibility of a girlfriend, and a life where his every action matters—but what will it cost him?
Unbreak My Heart


Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life. 
Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now. 
Then she meets James at one of their first stops along the river. He and his dad are sailing for the summer and he’s just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem’s walls and heal her broken heart?

OriginPia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home—and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia’s origin—a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

What do you think I should read next? :)