Stacking the Shelves: Part Two

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

My mom came over yesterday while I was working on my Stacking the Shelves (part one) post and asked me if I wanted to go into the city with her and my cousin. So I didn’t get to finish adding all the books I got. The books I didn’t get to are random books my dad brought home from work. People sometimes bring in books they don’t want anymore and my dad brings them home so I can read them. Since I got books in the city, I think I’m just going to show those ones today. I’m not sure which ones I bought for myself and which ones my mom bought me, so I will just put them all together. 🙂

All the Light We Cannot See Anthony DoerrInto Thin Air A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster Jon KrakauerGardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen #1) Steven EriksonInfidel Ayaan Hirsi AliReading Lolita in Tehran Azar NafisiThe Last Wish (The Witcher #1) Andrzej SapkowskiThe Know-It-All One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World A.J. JacobsQueen Victoria Demon Hunter A.E. MooratThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark HaddonBlindness (Blindness #1) José SaramagoThirteen Reasons Why Jay AsherAtonement by Ian McEwanThe Hours Michael CunninghamGender Outlaw On Men, Women and the Rest of Us Kate BornsteinSay You're One of Them Uwem AkpanAn Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth Chris HadfieldRed Notice A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice Bill BrowderClass is Not Dismissed! (School of Fear #2) Gitty DaneshvariThe Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1) Jasper FfordeNeuromancer (Sprawl #1) William GibsonThe Vampire Companion Katherine Ramsland

Review: Rivals and Retribution by Shannon Delany

Rivals and Retribution (13 to Life #5) Shannon DelanyRivals and Retribution (13 to Life #5) by Shannon Delany

Publication Date: August 7th 2012
Details: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
ISBN: 9780312625184
Source: My mom bought it for me 🙂

Shannon Delany:
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Summary

In Rivals and Retribution, the fifth book in the 13 to Life series by Shannon Delany, Pietr and Jessie will find themselves caught in a pack war with a new breed of werewolves.

Jessie Gillmansen is in trouble again and she’s in for the fight of her life–and Pietr’s! With Marlaena’s dangerous wolf pack putting more pressure on the Rusakova family, change is inevitable and when it comes, it brings a heavy price that forces Alexi into action to save his youngest brother’s heart, head, and life. In the stunning conclusion of this celebrated paranormal series two werewolf families fight for control of the small town of Junction, control of each other and–most elusive of all–control of themselves.

Review

I don’t know what I can say about this book since it’s the last in the series. I really don’t want to spoil anything.

Rivals and Retributions was a pretty good book. I enjoyed it and was going to give it three stars but after finishing it I realized that I couldn’t do it. I didn’t like the ending of this book. It was rushed and too perfect.

I am really glad that I finally read this series because for the most part I enjoyed it. I just wasn’t really into the last two books. It’s a fun series that has a good amount of action and romance. It had it’s problems but it also made me laugh out loud a lot. The Princess Bride stuff was amazing.

If you really like YA paranormal, you might want to check out this series. If not, you might want to stay away from it. 🙂

2 out of 5 stars

Review: Destiny and Deception by Shannon Delany

Destiny and Deception (13 to Life #4) Shannon DelanyDestiny and Deception (13 to Life #4) by Shannon Delany

Publication Date: January 31st 2012
Details: Paperback, 289 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
ISBN: 9780312624460
Source: My mom bought it for me 🙂

Shannon Delany:
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Buy Destiny and Deception:
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Summary

The sensational fourth novel in the 13 to Life series sees Jessica and the Rusakovas fighting to overcome their biggest challenge yet.

With the threat of the mafia seemingly gone and the company’s headquarters in Junction destroyed, Pietr Rusakova is adjusting to being a normal teen and Jess is realizing normalcy may not be what she wanted after all. But both Jess and Cat know the truth–that normal can’t be taken for granted. Their precious cure isn’t permanent–and when a new danger stalks into their small town, Alexi decides he must overcome his issues with the mother who abandoned him to be raised by wolves and make a brand new deal to save his adopted family.

Review

I’m not sure how I feel about this one. It was definitely my least favorite of the series so far. I did get a bit bored while reading it. With the other three books, I read them each in a day. This one took me four or five days to get through. The ending was pretty good. I was really getting into it and for some reason thought I had ten pages left, so when I read the last page and turned to find the acknowledgments, I was so surprised. If I remember correctly, none of the other books left off on a cliffhanger, but this one did.

Even though this one wasn’t my favorite, I can’t wait to read the last book, Rivals and Retribution, and find out how everything ends.

2 out of 5 stars

Waiting on Wednesday: The Hidden Twin

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week I picked: 

The Hidden Twin Adi RuleThe Hidden Twin by Adi Rule

Details: Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: March 22nd 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Buy it: Book Depository

Summary: For eighteen years a girl with no name, a Redwing, has been hidden away in a small attic room within a city of hissing pipes and curving temples perched on the side of the great volcano, Mol, while her sister, Jey-identical except for her eyes-has lived her life in public as an only child. Their father had hoped the hidden girl would one day grow up to be a normal human girl and not the wicked creature mythology has promised, so he secretly spared her life as an infant.

But when she switches places with her sister, striking up a flirtation with the son of the Empress while working in the royal gardens and gets attacks by two suspicious priests on her journey home, she is forced to call forth fire to protect herself, unleashing her previously dormant powers and letting her secret out. She soon catches the attention of a cult with a thousand year old grudge as well as a group of underground rebels, both seeking her for their own gain. But when her sister goes missing and the Redwing uncovers a great plot to awaken Mol and bring fiery destruction upon them all, she is forced to embrace her powers.

In Adi Rule’s stunning new novel, The Hidden Twin, the girl with no name, must finally choose a name and a path for herself, drawing a line between myth and history to prove herself more than a monster if she is to save both her sister and her home.

Wishlist Wednesday: Furies of Calderon

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Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper.

Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) Jim ButcherFuries of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher

Details: Mass Market Paperback, 653 pages
Published: June 28th 2005 by Ace
Buy it: Book Depository

Synopsis: For a thousand years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive and threatening races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the furies – elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal. But now, Gaius Sextus, First Lord of Alera, grows old and lacks an heir. Ambitious High Lords plot and maneuver to place their Houses in positions of power, and a war of succession looms on the horizon.” “Far from city politics in the Calderon Valley, the boy Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. At fifteen, he has no wind fury to help him fly, no fire fury to light his lamps. Yet as the Alerans’ most savage enemy – the Marat – return to the Valley, he will discover that his destiny is much greater than he could ever imagine.” Caught in a storm of deadly wind furies, Tavi saves the life of a runaway slave named Amara. But she is actually a spy for Gaius Sextus, sent to the Valley to gather intelligence on traitors to the Crown, who may be in league with the barbaric Marat horde. And when the Valley erupts in chaos – when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies – Amara will find Tavi’s courage and resourcefulness to be a power greater than any fury – one that could turn the tides of war.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

Yet another slow week. I am still having trouble concentrating. Hopefully I can read more this week.

Read Last Week: 

Covenant with the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #1) Jeanne Kalogridis

Currently Reading:

Hidden Bodies (You #2) Caroline KepnesHidden Bodies (You #2) by Caroline Kepnes

Synopsis: Charmingly murderous anti-hero Joe Goldberg continues his twisted quest for the perfect love in this thrilling follow-up to the “deeply dark yet mesmerizing” You. When Joe follows the woman he wants to marry to the West Coast, he never imagines that his obsession will lead him to such tragedy.

Review: Bargains and Betrayals by Shannon Delany

Bargains and Betrayals (13 to Life #3) Shannon DelanyBargains and Betrayals (13 to Life #3) by Shannon Delany

Publication Date: August 16th 2011
Details: Paperback, 303 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
ISBN: 9780312609160
Source: My mom bought it for me 🙂

Shannon Delany:
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Buy Bargains and Betrayals:
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 Summary

Locked away at Pecan Place, Jessie finds her situation to be even more dangerous than she feared. While she struggles to maintain her sanity and discover answers about the group that seems less and less like any legitimate government agency, Pietr fights to keep their relationship alive. But very aware that his mother’s time is running out, Pietr makes a deal he doesn’t dare tell Jessie about. Because the deal Pietr’s made could mean the death of far more than his tenuous relationship with the girl he loves.

Review

Am I going to give every book in this series three stars? This was another good one. This series has been a lot of fun so far. Although with an abusive boyfriend in the last book and someone getting raped in this one, it’s getting pretty serious. Though I will admit that I think it was handled a bit better in this one.

It’s getting to the point where I just don’t know what to say in these reviews because I’m coming out of each book thinking the same thing. It was a good read and was really funny. Max is the best. I can’t wait to pick up the next one to see what happens. That is pretty much it. Sometimes three star books are the hardest to review. They are good books, but since they aren’t amazing I don’t really have anything to gush about. If they were two stars or less I would have more to complain about. However, they are three stars. They are good books. I guess I will just pick up the next book, Destiny and Deception, and see if this series continues to be good.

3 out of 5 stars

Review: Secrets and Shadows by Shannon Delany

Secrets and Shadows DelanySecrets and Shadows (13 to Life #2) by Shannon Delany

Publication Date: February 15th 2011
Details: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
ISBN: 9780312609153
Source: My mom bought it for me 🙂

Shannon Delany:
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 Summary

Nothing’s simple when you run with werewolves. Jess Gillmansen thinks she’s seen it all but her eyes are about to be opened to even more danger and a reality far more paranormal than she’s suspected. With Jess’s realization that the Rusakovas’ mother is still alive and imprisoned, the group’s choices become harder and trust more important. Lines are drawn and relationships change as the broken Rusakova family struggles to reunite long enough to free their mother and people who Jess always just took to be normal people show themselves to be much, much more.

Review

After re-reading the first book and enjoying it, I couldn’t wait to get into this one. Unfortunately I didn’t like it as much as the first one. I still enjoyed it, but there was something missing. I went into the first book expecting not to like it and I enjoyed it. I went into this one with higher expectations. So maybe it wasn’t missing something. Maybe my expectations were just too high for this one.

I don’t think I mentioned in my review of 13 to Life that Max is my favorite character, so I will just say it now. Even though I know when he’s around I will be rolling eyes at the stuff he says, I just can’t help myself. He is kind of a dork and I love him for it.  He just always makes me laugh. I laughed out loud a lot while reading this book.

I did have a problem with the fact that there is a character that keeps forcing himself on Jessie. Well, my problem is more with what happened after that. Not to mention a character that has an abusive boyfriend. It just didn’t seem like it was really handled well in this book. These things happen and then nothing. We basically hear nothing about the abusive boyfriend again. Hopefully there is more about it in the third book. It came out of nowhere, and then went nowhere. I’m rambling and probably not making much sense.

Other than those problems, I enjoyed it. Most likely because it made me laugh so much. If it wasn’t for the funny parts, I would probably have rated this book two stars.

3 out of 5 stars

Review: 13 to Life by Shannon Delany

13 to Life Delany13 to Life (13 to Life #1) by Shannon Delany

Publication Date: June 22nd 2010
Details: Paperback, 308 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
ISBN: 9780312609146
Source: My mom bought it for me 🙂

Shannon Delany:
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Buy 13 to Life:
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Summary

Everything about Jessie Gillmansen’s life changed when her mother died. Now even her hometown of Junction is changing.  Mysterious dark things are happening. All Jessie wants is to avoid more change. But showing a hot new guy around Junction High, she’s about to discover a whole new type of change. Pietr Rusakova is more than good looks and a fascinating accent—he’s a guy with a dangerous secret. And his very existence is sure to bring big trouble to Jessie’s small town.
It seems change is the one thing Jessie can’t avoid.

Review

This was a re-read for me. I read this book when it first came out. I couldn’t remember what happened in it, just that I really liked it. Now that I’ve read it again, I can say that I still enjoyed it, but I had to drop it down to three stars because I wanted to smack the main character pretty much the entire time I was reading.

My biggest problem with this book is the fact that Jessie and Pietr like each other, but Jessie says she can’t be with him because Sarah likes him and she can’t do that to her friend. Yet she doesn’t seem to have any problem kissing him behind her friends back every single chance she gets.

That is pretty much my only real complaint about this book. I enjoyed everything else and I’m looking forward to finally reading the next book in the series, Secrets and Shadows.

3 out of 5 stars