Sunday, August 30, 2015

New Shelf Goodies & The Weekly Nutshell {139}

For New Shelf Goodies, I'll be showing you what lovely books I acquired this week, whether from publishers, or the library, or from whatever half-crazed book-buying binge I happened to go on. :D (Inspired by Tynga's Stacking the Shelves) The Weekly Nutshell will be just that...my week here at Stories & Sweeties, in a nutshell. (inspired by Ginger @ GReads and her recaps at the end of the TGIF posts)

New shelf candy:
From Trade:
I've always wanted to read this one! So glad to finally have a copy! 

From publisher:

Purchased: 
This story collection features some of my favorite authors so I was so excited that Powell's in Oregon was offering signed copies! I WISH I could have gone to this signing, such an incredible trio--Cat Winters, April Tucholke, and McCormick Templeman!! I'm hoping to someday fill out that blank front page with even more of these author's signatures! Wouldn't that be incredible to have a copy signed by all 14 of these amazing authors?! :D

Many thanks to Harper Collins and Random House for the review books, and to Anna for trading with me! :D


The Weekly Nutshell  
{Sunday} Sweetness on Sunday: Bailey's Ice Cream with Nutella Swirl
{Tuesday} Waiting on...Gateway to Fourline by Pam Brondos
{Friday} Review: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender
{Saturday} Review: The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

 Caught up with a few reviews this week! :D Loved both of these. This week I read The Uninvited. So so great. Cat Winters does in again! Right now I'm reading A Curious Tale of the In-Between, and so far I'm really enjoying Lauren DeStefano's first go at MG! Next up is either Ash & Bramble for a blog tour stop here in September, or Drift & Dagger, both of which I'm very excited for!

That's it for me this week! Happy reading, everyone!
 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle {review}

The Accident Season 
by Moira Fowley-Doyle
♦publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
♦release date: August 18th, 2015
♦hardcover, 304 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦stand alone
♦from publisher for honest review
Every October Cara and her family become inexplicably accident-prone. Some years it’s bad, like the season when her father died, and some years it’s just a lot of cuts and scrapes. They know what they need to do—stock up on bandages and painkillers, cover sharp table edges with padding, banish knives to locked drawers, switch off electrical items. They buckle up, they batten down.

But this accident season—when Cara; her ex-stepbrother, Sam; and her best friend, Bea, are seventeen—none of that will make a difference.

Because Cara is starting to ask questions. And the answers were never meant to be found.

A haunting, untethered, addictive read that perfectly captures that time in our lives when our hearts crack open and the raw secrets of our true selves burst forth—whether we are ready or not.

Review: I have a pretty good inkling that this book will not be for everyone.  It's a strange premise. It's a bizarre atmosphere that runs through it, it's a completely mixed bag of characters...and for me, it was absolutely perfect.

I heard this one compared to Alice Hoffman's work and I whole-heartedly agree. Her earlier stuff. The stuff that was family-centric and just had an all-around eerie vibe to it.  The Accident Season makes you go through most of the story, not even trying to explain itself; the accidents just happen here and there but what's really going on here is a family trying to work themselves out, and a girl trying to solve all of it's mysteries.   I loved all the different relationships---between Cara and Sam, and Cara and Bea, and Bea and Alice. And the mystery of who Elsie is and how exactly she could be entwined in Cara's life. You just get the feeling that everyone is trying to figure out what is suppose to be normal, and what feels normal.

So much incredibly ethereal and dreamy imagery.  Little strips of paper, full of secrets, dangling above the students heads as they walk the high school halls. A tree full of dreamcatchers. A glassy-eyed doll lying in the jaws of an animal trap. Cara seeing the eerie reflection of the group's other selves in a passing train. The writing just felt magical and intense, dizzying at times and sometimes very sad. There are two heart-pounding romances, both of which the characters will have to work through their own doubts and hesitations to get to.  There are secrets that blow everything wide open and haunting truths that none of them will be able to hide again.

Very rarely do I reread any book, but when I finished this one, and even now as I'm writing this review, I just want to flip it open and experience it again. A beautiful debut---this author is definitely one I'll be watching out for in the future.

Find Moira Fowley-Doyle online:  Twitter  •  Tumblr

Purchase the book:  Indiebound  •  BookDepository  •   Amazon

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender {review}


The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall 
by Katie Alender
♦publisher: Scholastic Point
♦release date: August 25th, 2015
♦hardcover, 336 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦stand-alone
♦source: from publisher for honest review
In this asylum, your mind plays tricks on you all the time…

Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females—an insane asylum nicknamed “Hysteria Hall.” However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself.

But the house still wants to keep “troubled” girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia gets trapped.

And that’s when she learns that the house is also haunted.

Ghost girls wander the halls in their old-fashioned nightgowns. A handsome ghost boy named Theo roams the grounds. Delia finds that all the spirits are unsettled and full of dark secrets. The house, as well, harbors shocking truths within its walls—truths that only Delia can uncover, and that may set her free.

But she’ll need to act quickly, before the house’s power overtakes everything she loves.

From master of suspense Katie Alender comes a riveting tale of twisted memories and betrayals, and the meaning of madness.
 

Review: Once again, Katie Alender gives her readers a perfect blend of great characters, horrific  moments, and emotional impact. I know I've said this before, but she is one of those authors that I can always pick up and know I'm going to get a spine-chilling great story. 

The story starts off with Delia's family moving into the "house" that her aunt left her. Upon arriving they find a daunting old mansion that they discover was once an asylum---one where many women were wrongful held and where several people died. I love the way the beginning is written. They are short chapters inserted called "Observations after the fact" so you know some huge twist is coming, but when it does it's still left me shocked and heart-wrenched. 

Delia's character grows so much throughout this story, from headstrong and a bit angsty to courageous and smart, a caring sister and good friend who only wants to see the people she cares about safe. The other characters were all well written, and I loved the different personalities from different eras all thrown together in this terrifying situation. Most seemed content to accept their captive eternity, but Delia sparks them to action.  I do wish there had been more of Theo, that he'd had a bit more involvement in the story and maybe a bit more romantic buildup, but the story was still great without it. 

It's definitely a creepy story, perfect for those moments when you just want to be spooked!  But it's also a great emotional story about family and sisterhood, friendship and finding strength, forgiveness and letting go. If you can't get to it any sooner, I highly recommend this one for a perfect Halloween read!


Find Katie Alender online:  Website  •  Twitter  •  Instagram

Purchase the book:  BookDepository  •  Indiebound   •   Amazon  

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Waiting on...

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It lets us all gush about what soon-to-be released books we are jumping-up-and-down excited for.

by Pam Brondos

hitting shelves December 1st,  2015
from Skyscape
Years before, a gateway opened between their world and ours. Sending one young woman through may be the key to survival for the kingdom of Fourline.

Strapped for cash, college student Natalie Barns agrees to take a job at a costume shop. Sure, Estos—her classmate who works in the shop—is a little odd, but Nat needs the money for her tuition.

Then she stumbles through the mysterious door behind the shop—and her entire universe transforms.

Discovering there’s far more to Estos than she ever imagined, Nat gets swept up in an adventure to save his homeland, an incredible world filled with decaying magic, deadly creatures, and a noble resistance of exiled warriors battling dark forces. As she struggles with her role in an epic conflict and wrestles with her growing affection for a young rebel, Soris, Nat quickly learns that nothing may go as planned…and her biggest challenge may be surviving long enough to make it home.

My thoughts: This sounds like such a fun fantasy!! I hadn't heard of this one until just today, and the protaganist is college age, which I guess makes this NA, not YA?  Regardless, this looks wildly entertaining and I'll definitely be checking this out!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sweetness on Sunday: Bailey's Ice Cream with Nutella Swirl

So as I mentioned last week, I got a new ice cream maker and I've been having so much fun with it.  One thing that always kept me from getting an ice cream maker was that most require rock salt and ice, but since we don't have an ice maker, that wasn't a simple thing. Well, a coworker of mine told me about the Donvier ice cream maker. This brand has been around forever so I have no idea how I'd never heard of this, but it requires no ice, no salt--you just freeze the inner bowl and away you go, making ice cream like crazy! :D Here's the one I purchased, if you want to check it out.  It's SUPER easy to use. You throw the ice cream mixture in the maker, turn the churn handle a few times every 3-4 minutes, for 20 minutes, and voila! Perfect homemade ice cream, a.k.a. HEAVEN. The recipe below, however, can be used with any ice cream maker that you happen to have.

Bailey's Ice Cream with Nutella Swirl
recipe adapted from UrbanBakes.com

Ingredients:
•5 egg yolks
•1/2 cup sugar
• 1 cup milk (most will tell you to use whole milk, but I used 2% and it came out perfect!)
• 1 cup heavy whipping cream
• 3/4 Bailey's Irish Cream
• 1 tsp vanilla
•1/2 Nutella hazelnut spread

Lightly beat eggs yolks and then stir together eggs, sugar, milk, cream, Bailey's, and vanilla is a medium saucepan. Heat mixture over medium heat, stirring often to keep the milk from scorching. When it just starts to boil, remove from heat.

Pour mixture into a shallow pan.  Allow to cool about 10 minutes, until there is no steam coming off of it.  Mixture will have thickened quite a bit already. Cover with plastic wrap, settling the wrap right onto the surface of the mixture to keep a film from forming.  Freeze this for 1 to 2 hours (can be frozen overnight).

Pour mixture into ice cream maker and follow manufacturer's instructions for your ice cream maker.  In the last few minutes of churning, when ice cream is almost done, drizzle in nutella a few spoonfuls at a time. Churn the ice cream a bit between each addition. This will evenly swirl the nutella into the ice cream.

Ice creams with liquor in them generally take a few hours after churning to freeze completely. Or you can serve this right away as soft serve. ;) Also, I wouldn't suggest adding more Bailey's than this recipe calls for--liquor doesn't freeze so if you add too much you'll end up with cold soup! :D

This is such a delectable combination---the two flavors compliment each other really nicely. I hope you try this and enjoy!




Until next time...



New Shelf Goodies & The Weekly Nutshell {138}

For New Shelf Goodies, I'll be showing you what lovely books I acquired this week, whether from publishers, or the library, or from whatever half-crazed book-buying binge I happened to go on. :D (Inspired by Tynga's Stacking the Shelves) The Weekly Nutshell will be just that...my week here at Stories & Sweeties, in a nutshell. (inspired by Ginger @ GReads and her recaps at the end of the TGIF posts)

newbies to the shelf this week:
 From trades:
The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
This looked very Downton-esque, so of course I'm excited to read it!
Drift & Dagger by Kendal Kulper
Lovely signed copy! Can't wait to read this one. 
The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
So glad to finally have a finished copy of this. Wish this author would write another book! Loved this story so much.   
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands 
Mysteries, apothecaries, and 1665 London--hubs and I will likely both enjoy this one! 

A huge thanks to those who traded with me this week! 

The Weekly Nutshell  
{Tuesday} Top Ten Tuesday: My auto-buy authors
{Wednesday}
Waiting on: Wink Poppy Midnight & Dark Days Club


So I didn't get around to writing the two reviews I meant to write this week, for Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall & The Accident Season, both of which I really enjoyed.  Well, Accident Season, I really loved, but more on that in my review lol. 
Not much else going on this past week. Which is kind of nice. Getting back into the swing of school schedule and having the nice quiet house to myself during the day.  :) More ice cream making adventures--this week it was Chocolate Cherry Amaretto. And come back later today for a Sweetness post featuring Bailey's Ice Cream with Nutella Swirl.  LOL, is it funny that I don't drink at all, but I love throwing in liquor into desserts? :D

Anyhow, have a great week, everyone! 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Waiting on...

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It lets us all gush about what soon-to-be released books we are jumping-up-and-down excited for.

Today I've got a Penguin two-fer! I just couldn't decide between them.  
by April Genevieve Tucholke

hitting shelves March 22nd,  2016 
from Dial Books
The intrigue of The Virgin Suicides and the "supernatural or not" question of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer coalesce in this young adult mystery, where nothing is quite as it seems, no one is quite who you think, and everything can change on a dime.

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.


For fans of Holly Black, We Were Liars, and The Raven Boys, this mysterious tale full of intrigue, dread, beauty, and a whiff of something strange will leave you utterly entranced.

My thoughts: Okay, so, aside from the Virgin Suicides comparison (we'll just ignore that, not a fan), this book looks absolutely amazing. Plus its April Tucholke and her writing is the most gorgeous, perfectly haunting thing ever. And this cover!! Will there be posters? Please let there be posters. 



by Alison Goodman

hitting shelves January 26th,  2016 
from Viking Books for Young Readers
New York Times bestseller Alison Goodman’s eagerly awaited new project: a Regency adventure starring a stylish and intrepid demon-hunter!

London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

My thoughts: I've heard awesome things about this author's work. Plus the moment a synopsis mentions a "stylish and intrepid demon hunter"  and the "shadows of Regency London", you've pretty much got my attention! Also, I was so glad to see this cover for the US release---no offense to anyone, but the other cover shown on goodreads is a bit of a pink nightmare! 




What are you excited for this week? 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday : My Auto-Buy Authors!

I don't know why I don't participate in this meme more often...I love making lists :D Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  To find out more and check out future topics, click on over there!!

This weeks topic is Auto-Buy Authors.  Those authors that I check monthly for new title announcements on Goodreads, and count down the days until I can pre-order it. I've got a few of those :D But here's ten of them, in no particular order:


1. Marissa Meyer - The Lunar Chronicles is one of my fave series of all times. PLUS her next series is about the teen Queen of Hearts. O_O  She's putting out the exact stories I want to read, and she's doing it with tons of AWESOME.
2. Cynthia Hand - I'm always a bit wary when my fave authors go from fantasy/paranormal to contemp, because I don't normally read much of the latter. But the divine Ms. Hand did this and I devoured both.  Gotta love that.
3. Mary Pearson - I read her Adoration of Jenna Fox waaay back when and loved it--and now her Kiss of Deception series lands her solidly on this list of auto-buy authors.
4. William Ritter - Okay, the man has only put out two books. But I loved both in the Jackaby series and if he keeps those coming, I'll keep buying them without a second thought. :)
5. April Lindner - her retellings of classics have been some of my favorites. To this day, with everything else I've read the past 5 years, I still consider Jane one of my fave books ever.
6. Amie Kaufman - Even though she's only written as half of two amazing writing duos, it seems everything she touches is something awesome that I need to read!
7. Susan Dennard - Loooooved her steampunk zombie debut series, and can't wait to start Truthwitch; I'm pretty sure I'll be buying anything Susan Dennard writes until the end of time. lol 
8. Bethany Griffin - Another of my faves that I know I can go to anytime I'm in the mood for something deliciously dark and gothic!
9. Rachel Hawkins - Her writing is so fun and funny and exciting and swoony and creepy..she is just all the best things wrapped up into one.
10. Cat Winters - There is nothing like the way this wonderful author brings the dark days of history to life, and with such great unforgettable characters, and so much creepiness! Absolutely brilliant every time.

SO who are YOUR Auto-Buy Authors?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

New Shelf Goodies & The Weekly Nutshell {137}

For New Shelf Goodies, I'll be showing you what lovely books I acquired this week, whether from publishers, or the library, or from whatever half-crazed book-buying binge I happened to go on. :D (Inspired by Tynga's Stacking the Shelves) The Weekly Nutshell will be just that...my week here at Stories & Sweeties, in a nutshell. (inspired by Ginger @ GReads and her recaps at the end of the TGIF posts)

Basically, I died and went to book heaven this week. 
For review: 
Eeee! Such an Alice fan and a Wicked fan---so excited to see Maguire's twist on my favorite classic story.
I'm a bit more than halfway through the first book and it's such a fun story, especially on audiobook with Jason Segel himself reading it! And, guys, have I told you how much I love bound manuscripts? I love them. So getting the second book in that format was a pretty awesome surprise. 

From Trades: 
Excited to read this, I've only read Ruined by this author WAY back when but I remember really liking it!
A certain book twin of mine is loving this series, so I need to give it a go, naturally.
Aaaa, hubs and I are both so excited for this one.  And this replaces the one that got stolen at ALA *sigh* 
Miss Durst--she never lets me down.  I haven't read her MG work before, but I love all her YA stuff. 
Yay for finally aquiring a finished copy of this! So gorgeous. One of my favorite series every, and I am SO ready for book three!
O.O This beauty is in my possession. I can barely breathe.  Because I can't stop happy dancing long enough to catch my breath. 

Gigantic thanks to Harper Collins and Random House. And especially GINORMOUS thanks to Aila, Nichol, and Kelly who traded books with me! 


The Weekly Nutshell 
{Monday} Blog Tour Giveaway: Damage Done by Amanda Panitch 
{Tuesday} Waiting on..The Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake 
{Thursday} Review: This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee 

What is everyone reading this week?  I am reading two that I am really loving (one at work and one at home lol). Accident Season and Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall. Both really good so far. I think next up will likely be Truthwitch, because I don't think I can resist.  LOL
Nothing much else going on this past week! Just school for kiddo, and work for me. Back to that daily grind. ;) OH and making ice cream with my new ice cream maker. Been doing lots of that.  Shall I share some ice cream recipes? Hm...  

Have a lovely week, everyone! :D

Thursday, August 13, 2015

This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee {review}

This Monstrous Thing
by Mackenzi Lee
♦publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
♦release date: September 22, 2015
♦hardcover, 384 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦stand-alone
♦source: ARC from publisher for honest review
In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits.

His brother, Oliver—dead.

His sweetheart, Mary—gone.

His chance to break free of Geneva—lost.

Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead.

But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship.

Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay…

Review:
This Monstrous Thing is not a retelling of Frankenstein, but a brilliant and haunting fantasy reimagining of how Mary Shelley’s masterpiece came to be! 


Alistair and Oliver are brothers, both close to each other and as opposite as two can be. Their relationship and Alistair’s memories drive the story with grinding conflict. Oliver hated being a shadow boy, while Alistair’s dreamed of someday studying under the best, Dr. Geisler.  After Oliver’s death, he comes back as an especially dark and troubled character, and Alistair is in constant turmoil over whether he did the right thing by bringing him back. The obligation he feels to take care of him keeps him from his dreams, but when he’s forced to leave the city, he’s caught between the happiness of finally getting a little freedom, a chance to do what he’s always wanted and a crushing guilt of leaving Oliver behind. 


When he realizes a new book called Frankenstein basically lays out his secrets for all to see,  Alistair struggles to figure out who betrayed him by writing the book. There's not much mystery for the reader---obviously the girl he loved, Mary is going to be the culprit there! It’s almost a little annoying to watch him so adamantly say ‘oh, no, it couldn’t be her’ over and over again, but there something compelling about watching him make his way to the truth.

While not a particularly fast-moving plot, the intensity and drama of the writing held me absolutely entranced. It's every bit as gruesome and dark as one would expect of a story surrounding the legendary work of Frankenstein. As I’m sure you can imagine, a story about clockwork parts being melded into flesh and bone can get pretty graphic. But strangely there is also beauty in it, as those with clockwork parts fight to be treated as humans and you see those who work on them, like Alistair and his father, show them such compassion. There are moments of stomach-churning horror, hope and wonder, and especially danger as a rebellion forms and then becomes explosive, all brought to life with absolutely gorgeous prose. 

This story is a haunting steampunk thriller about family, loyalty, dreams, and freedom that readers won’t find easy to forget after the last page.


Find Mackenzi Lee online:  Website  • Twitter  • Pinterest

Purchase the book:  Indiebound  •  BookDepository  •  Amazon

And check this out! A really cool illustrated synopsis done by the author! :)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Waiting on...

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It lets us all gush about what soon-to-be released books we are jumping-up-and-down excited for.
by Brenda Drake
hitting shelves January 5th,  2016
from Entangled Teen
Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.

My thoughts: Travel by magical books?? Yes PLEASE. Jumping into the world's most beautiful libraries??? YES PLEASE.  Knights and wizards and demons and flirting and  booooks. This books is pretty much made up of all the things I love.



What are you excited for this week?

Monday, August 10, 2015

Damage Done Blog Tour Giveaway

Today I'm hosting another awesome giveaway from Penguin Random House! 
Damage Done 
by Amanda Panitch


22 minutes separate Julia Vann’s before and after.

Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend.

After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and memories of those twenty-two minutes that refuse to come into focus. At least, that’s what she tells the police.

Now that she’s Lucy Black, she's able to begin again. She's even getting used to the empty bedroom where her brother should be. And her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the hottest guys in school, a boy who will do anything to protect her. But when someone much more dangerous also takes notice, Lucy's forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind.

  One thing is clear: The damage done can never be erased. It’s only just beginning. . . .

                    
     ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amanda Panitch grew up next to an amusement park in New Jersey and went to college next to the White House in Washington, DC. Amanda now resides in New York City where she works in book publishing by day, writes by night, and lives under constant threat of being crushed beneath giant stacks of books. 


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Sunday, August 9, 2015

New Shelf Goodies & The Weekly Nutshell {136}

For New Shelf Goodies, I'll be showing you what lovely books I acquired this week, whether from publishers, or the library, or from whatever half-crazed book-buying binge I happened to go on. :D (Inspired by Tynga's Stacking the Shelves) The Weekly Nutshell will be just that...my week here at Stories & Sweeties, in a nutshell. (inspired by Ginger @ GReads and her recaps at the end of the TGIF posts)

New goodies: 
For review:
A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano
Love this author. Even the ARC is gorgeous LOL
The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen by Katherine Howe
Old Hollywood, seances, and a girl that seems out of a different time. Yup, excited.
The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
Squeeeee--this looks amazing!! 
Reawakened by Colleen Houck
Gorgeous finished copy. Hearing this one is fantastic. 
Bounce by Noelle August
You know, I haven't had much interest in NA books, but this one actually looks pretty cute. Might give it a go ;)

Thanks to Bloomsbury, Penguin, Random House, & William Morrow for these!

 From trades/giveaways/purchase
I'm not gonna link all these up lol, too lazy.  I was super excited for find School for Good & Evil book 3 for $10 bucks at Costco! :D Score!  The rest of these are from trades and giveaway. I've been on a bit of a #booksfortrade binge lately, and I've been getting some super incredible books out of it! :D Excited for all of these, but my dream-trade this week was The Next Together (with signed bookmarks!). I've been dying to read that one! :D

Huge lovely thanks to all the people who've traded with me! :D


The Weekly Nutshell
 {Wednesday} Waiting on Wednesday: The Stars Turned Away 
{Thursday} Blog Tour: Stone Rider Giveaway

So, there went summer! My little guy is back to school this week! Already!! I swear it seems like summer vacation just started. Will that mean I have more time to read and blog? LOL, who knows.  Hope so though.  

This week I read This Monstrous Thing. Very dark, very gothic--exactly what I'd expect of a Frankenstein-inspired story. But much more steampunk than I expected, which I loved! Full review to come this week! I'm diving into Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall and then probably Trouble is a Friend of Mine. I've decided I need a dose of modern stories; I've been reading time-period stories one after the other and I need a break!  Oh, I'm also listening to Nightmares! on audiobook...my new car has bluetooth so I decided it might be time to try audiobooks again!  Enjoying it so far, and so far my mind is not wandering too badly lol (this is my biggest problem with audio).

Hope everyone has a fantastic week ahead of them! 
 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Blog Tour Giveaway: Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr

Today I am super excited to feature 
STONE RIDER 
by David Hofmeyr!




"Intense, original, compelling . . . bristles with attitude. So cool. Just read it."--Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Gone and BZRK

In the vein of The Outsiders and the early Western novels of Elmore Leonard, this inventive debut novel, a cross between the cult classic Mad Max movie series and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, blends adrenaline-fueled action with an improbable yet tender romance to offer a rich and vivid portrayal of misfits and loners forced together in their struggle for a better life.

Adam Stone wants freedom and peace. He wants a chance to escape Blackwater, the dust-bowl desert town he grew up in. Most of all, he wants the beautiful Sadie Blood. Alongside Sadie and the dangerous outsider Kane, Adam will ride the Blackwater Trail in a brutal race that will test them all, body and soul. Only the strongest will survive.

The prize? A one-way ticket to Sky-Base and unimaginable luxury.

And for a chance at this new life, Adam will risk everything.

                    
     ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Hofmeyr was born in South Africa and lives in London and Paris. In 2012, he was a finalist in the SCBWI Undiscovered Voices competition and in 2013 he graduated with distinction from Bath Spa University with an MA in Writing for Young People. He works as a planner for Ogilvy & Mather in the UK. Stone Rider is his first novel. 
(from ARC edition of Stone Rider) 



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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It lets us all gush about what soon-to-be released books we are jumping-up-and-down excited for.
by Lisa Maxwell
hitting shelves February 2nd,  2016
from Simon Pulse
For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer.

But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.

The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.

With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?

My thoughts: Peter Pan retelling ;) That's all I needed to know. 



What are you excited for this week? 
 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

New Shelf Goodies & The Weekly Nutshell {135}

For New Shelf Goodies, I'll be showing you what lovely books I acquired this week, whether from publishers, or the library, or from whatever half-crazed book-buying binge I happened to go on. :D (Inspired by Tynga's Stacking the Shelves) The Weekly Nutshell will be just that...my week here at Stories & Sweeties, in a nutshell. (inspired by Ginger @ GReads and her recaps at the end of the TGIF posts)

The haul this week:
 Purchased: 
Uprooted (UK edition) by Naomi Novik
Finally bought myself a copy of this. Can't wait to read it since so many readers I completely trust absolutely love it.  I sprung for the UK edition---it's got shiny gold accents, people. GORGEOUS and SHINY.

From publisher: 
The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough (signed)
I ♥♥♥ this book. So much.  Here's my review, if you're interested.  I met this author at TLA and the books for her signing went lost. Completely. Nowhere to be found. So the publicist was kind enough to take down everyone's info and send them a signed finished copy after. And now it's here! :D

From trade:
A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher
Eponine's story as a YA novel!! YES PLEASE. 
A big grateful shout-out to Bayram for trading with me! :D


The Weekly Nutshell 
 {Tuesday} Waiting on...Into The Dim by Janet B. Taylor

{Thursday} Old Books, New Looks
{Friday} Review+ Giveaway: The School for Unusual Girls
{Saturday}  What's New: August YA Releases & Giveaway

SO this week, not only did I get these lovely new books added to my collection. I got a new car. :D Which was a long time coming (seeing how my old car was broken into, fixed, and then broke down a few weeks later).  I absolutely love the new one, so hurray for that! :D And a got a new desk at work. Which might not seem like a big deal, but it made me incredibly happy.  I've been sitting at the same desk for 10 years and moving, cleaning out, reorganizing, and just getting a fresh new space felt amazing.  It was a great way to start the month. 
Right now I'm reading Damage Done--and it's pretty good so far but I didn't realize going in that it was going to involve a school shooting.  I usually steer clear of those, my heart just can't take that kind of thing.  But we'll see.  Next up is This Monstrous Thing, and I'm terribly excited to read that one! 

What books did you add to your shelves this week? And what book is on your bedside table right now?