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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day and eat lots of good food ;)


Cinder by Marissa Meyer Book Review

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. 
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her 
stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Waiting on Wednesday: Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau


Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau
Genre: YA Dystopia
Release Date: Jan 7 / 2014
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Reader
In the series debut The Testing, sixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies . . . a promising leader in the effort to revitalize postwar civilization. In Independent Study, Cia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the government has tried to erase her memory of the brutal horrors of The Testing, Cia remembers. Her attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government’s murderous programs put her—and her loved ones—in a world of danger. But the future of the Commonwealth depends on her.



I read the Testing this year and I really loved the book. I'm just really looking forward to the sequel! This series is definitely one of the better dystopian novels I've read.


My name's Ariella and I'm a 14 year old Canadian girl that loves to read. Everything began with a book called the Lightning Thief and from there I was hooked. I enjoy and read all kinds of genres but my favourites are paranormal and mythology. I love reading YA books but I love Middle Grade books as well. I also blog over at Secrets of Lost Words. You can usually find me crawling on twitter so feel free to contact me!

Stacking the Shelves #48

Hello everyone! Emily here. So I have been so busy this November getting ready for finals and the holidays and everything, that I have not had time to get anymore books! GASP! I know. It's very surprsing for me as well. It's probably a good thing, though, because I have so many books in my TBR pile that I need to get to soon. I did get a couple of ebooks, though. So here is my measly haul for the month of November.


NetGalley:



Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci- This book has gotten really mixed reviews on Goodreads so I'm a little nervous to start it. However, the premise is unique and I love everything alien, so I'm still really excited to see where this book takes me!

 
Sekret by Lindsay Smith- There are so many good things I can say about this book. First of all, it's a combination of history, espionage, dystopian, and a little telekinesis as well. How awesome is that? Just read the Goodreads description and you will understand!


What did you get this week? I'd love to check out 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!


 
 
 

12 Days of Christmas Swap



Hi! I'm so excited to be taking part in the 12 Days of Christmas Swap. I've wanted to join one of these swaps for a while, and it sounds like a lot of fun! :) If you want to join, sign-ups are ending today.


The Belles' Enchanted Book Exchange

Waiting on Wednesday: On The Fence by Kasie West

On The Fence
For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can out-run, out-score, and outwit every boy she knows--including her long-time neighbor, and honorary fourth brother, Braden.
But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chi-chi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and bedazzlers. Even stranger, she's spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pick-up game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can't solve Charlie's biggest problem: she's falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund Book Review


Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.

On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.

Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can’t risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he’s hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country’s revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she’s not only risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.

In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an exquisitely rendered world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine.
Source: Barnes and Noble!
Page Count: 465

Stacking The Shelves #47

Hi! It's been a while since I've done a Stacking The Shelves ;) I'm so excited to share all the stuff I've received this week.


Bought:
CountdownThe Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #2)

Edelweiss:
Life by CommitteePrisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)The Taking (The Taking, #1)

Library:
Copperhead (Ironskin, #2)Vicious

Gifted:
Arclight (Arclight, #1)Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1)

The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa- I loved The Lost Prince, so I'm really looking forward to this sequel! The cover is super shiny, too :)

Countdown by Michelle Rowen- This sounds awesome and I saw on another Stacking The Shelves it's actually by Morgan Rhodes (the author of Falling Kingdoms).

Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydu- I've heard some amazing things about OCD Love Story (especially in Krista's review), so I'm excited to see how Life by Committee will be.

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman- I love historical fiction and this sounds like a great one.

The Taking by Kimberly Derting- I've really enjoyed both The Pledge and The Body Finder, and I'm looking forward to seeing how her new series is :)

Copperhead by Tina Connolly- I'm planning to read this and Ironskin back to back.

Vicious by V.E Schwab- I've heard literally nothing but amazing things about Vicious!

Arclight by Josin L. McQuien- Thank you so much, Lili! This and Ten Tiny Breaths are way overdue in a Stacking The Shelves. She knew I wanted to read this and it sounds awesome :)

Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A Tucker- I've already read this, but I unfortunately didn't like it. 

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


Once We Were by Kat Zhang Book Review

"I'm lucky just to be alive"

Eva was never supposed to have survived this long. As the recessive soul, she should have faded away years ago. Instead, she lingers in the body she shares with her sister soul, Addie. When the government discovered the truth, they tried to “cure” the girls, but Eva and Addie escaped before the doctors could strip Eva’s soul away.

Now fugitives, Eva and Addie find shelter with a group of hybrids who run an underground resistance. Surrounded by others like them, the girls learn how to temporarily disappear to give each soul some much-needed privacy. Eva is thrilled at the chance to be alone with Ryan, the boy she’s falling for, but troubled by the growing chasm between her and Addie. Despite clashes over their shared body, both girls are eager to join the rebellion.

Yet as they are drawn deeper into the escalating violence, they start to wonder: How far are they willing to go to fight for hybrid freedom? Faced with uncertainty and incredible danger, their answers may tear them apart forever.
Source: ALA
Page Count: 352

Waiting on Wednesday: The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings



An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young's Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna. Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision. The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is-although he doesn't know it-one of the MC's programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family? Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.



I love that this book refers to Nikita in the synopsis. That is one of my favorite shows of all time and I will read any book that follows in that tradition. Even if it hadn't compared the book to one of my favorite shows ever though, I think this book will be unique and it has been on my TBR list ever since I first saw it on Goodreads. June seems so far away, but I'm sure it will fly by fast and then we can all read this book! 

 What are you waiting on this week?


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!

Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel Book Review

Palace of Spies (Palace of Spies #1)
A warning to all young ladies of delicate breeding who wish to embark upon lives of adventure: Don't.
Sixteen-year-old Peggy is a well-bred orphan who is coerced into posing as a lady in waiting at the palace of King George I. Life is grand, until Peggy starts to suspect that the girl she's impersonating might have been murdered. Unless Peggy can discover the truth, she might be doomed to the same terrible fate. But in a court of shadows and intrigue, anyone could be a spy—perhaps even the handsome young artist with whom Peggy is falling in love. . .
   History and mystery spark in this effervescent series debut.


Stacking The Shelves #46

Hello, Sara here today to bring your Stacking The Shelves :) My life has been hectic without a whole lot of time for reading lately. And with my ARCs getting a little backed up this is going to be a really boring post. So you'll just have to comment with links to more interesting ones! ;) So, sorry, but you'll have to bear with me.
Curtsies and Conspiracies
Library
Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger- I've been looking forward to this one since I read the first book earlier this year. It was spunky and unique with a steampunk setting, daring heroine and werewolves and vampires thrown in as well!  

The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan- I was supposed to have read this before starting House of Hades...oops. I figured better late than never! Plus extras are always fun :)

Girly For LifeSara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way.  A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.



















Waiting on Wednesday: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn


Two years ago, fifteen-year-old Jamie Henry breathed a sigh of relief when a judge sentenced his older sister to juvenile detention for burning down their neighbor's fancy horse barn. The whole town did. Because Crazy Cate Henry used to be a nice girl. Until she did a lot of bad things. Like drinking. And stealing. And lying. Like playing weird mind games in the woods with other children. Like making sure she always got her way. Or else.

But today Cate got out. And now she’s coming back for Jamie.

Because more than anything, Cate Henry needs her little brother to know this one simple truth: she’s not the crazy one and never has been.

He is.

I honestly have no idea what to expect based on the blurb, other than it sounds incredibly dark. But its atmosphere does seem like Kuehn's debut, CHARM AND STRANGE, which I loved! Hopefully this will be as creepy and engaging as Kuehn's first book was!


What are you waiting on?


Ever since Rachael ended up with Nancy Drew book in my hands, Rachael has been obsessed with the written word! Outside of reading and blogging, Rachael also spends time playing three instruments, giggling excessively, eating good food and watching good movies. Currently Rachael lives in Northern California with her family and two rabbits. Visit her own blog @ Moosubi Reviews!

Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get My Hands On

Hello everybody! Emily and Sara are teaming up today to give you an awesome Top Ten Tuesday! Today, we were asked to name ten sequels we can't wait to get our hands on. Of course, it would be impossible to name every single sequel we're excited for, (because we would be here awhile folks) but we've tried to narrow each of our lists to just five. So without further ado, here are our top picks!

Emily's Picks:
It was really difficult to pick just 5 because let's
be real, there are too many good books coming out in the upcoming year. But I did my best. Here are five sequels I'm dying to read:
The One (The Selection, #3)Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #3)The Treatment (The Program, #2)
1.) The One by Kierra Cass: Once again, explanations are useless. Look at that cover, read the Elite, and tell me you're not ready for this book. It's not possible

2.) Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins: I guess this isn't technically a sequel, but it is a companion novel to two of my favorite contemporary reads ever. It's already been pushed back so long, I can barely hold on a couple more months. I love her stories and I can tell this one is going to be amazing!

3.) Cress by Marissa Meyer: Even if I hadn't adored the two previous books in the series, Rapunzel on the moon? Yes please.

4.) The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: I don't even know why I have to explain the reason I want to get my hands on this book. If you've read the previous book, you know why I NEED this book.

5.) The Treatment by Suzanne Young: The Program was so much better than I expected...and it left me hanging. I need to know what happens next!

I just realized most of these books are the third books in series. Oh well! I still can't wait till they come out!

Sara's picks: 
Sequels are always a little tricky because you want them to live up to the book. So there's that issue of them not living up or being good just not as good...it can be a bit confusing at times. But when it get it right? Perfection. And it's always great to get the next  pierce of the story as well. So right now what are the sequels I'm dying to get my hands on?? 
Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, #3)The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #2)Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School, #2)Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms, #2)Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles, #2)
1.) Crash Into You by Katie McGarry: I was so excited to hear that Isiah would have his own story, I felt sad for him during Dare You To. This is, again, the third book in a series but I just felt like I had to use it.

2.) The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa: This is one of my favorite authors and I was a little disapointed by the first book. I'm really excited to see how this will lie with me.

3.) Endless Knight by Kresley Cole: I loved the first book and we got left with an awful cliffhanger. I'm SO excited to pick this one up. Plus, the cover? So beautiful.

4.) Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger: I really enjoyed the first book and it's an interesting, steampunk story with a spunky main character. So I'm pretty excited to get the next piece of the story :) 

5.) Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes: This book is the sequel to Falling Kingdoms and Falling Kingdoms was amazing. Great worldbuilding and plot. Plus the ending was pretty interesting if I'm re membering correctly :D


Can I also just put out there that I've been dying for The One, Isla and the Happily Ever After, Cress, and The Treatment? Great picks Emily! 



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 l
ocal 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 with a slightly abnormal and frightfully expensive obsession. Nice to meet you!

Girly For Life
Sara Bennett happens to be a slightly crazy girl. A slightly nerdy girl. A slightly strange girl who likes being that way.  A slightly obsessed girl when it comes to things she loves. A girl who cries when reading books. A girl who desperately wants her own personal library. A girl who is a total bookworm. A girl who would rather read than watch reality tv. A girl who wants to be an author someday. A girl who loves her Savior. And a girl who just loves to read.