Jul 26, 2015

Building the Book PIle #146

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

Just another week. I have been working 4 long days so that I can have Fridays off at work and so on Fridays I have been cleaning the house, running errands, and reading. This Friday I only really ran errands and then took a really long nap :) I love naps. 
My reading has slowed down again, so I can't wait for ARC August and having more goals to read ALL THE THINGS!
I am getting excited for ARC August - If you haven't signed up yet you should!  Link Below.

arc august

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  Giveaways Going on NOW


None Sorry :/

Coming up on the Blog...

Recent Reads: Amulet #5 by Kazu Kibuishi (MG, GN)

Early Reader Review: Even Monsters Say Goodnight by Doreen Mulryan Marts (Youth)

Monthly Re-Cap: July 2015


      

Books Received this Week

Physical Books

   
I won a BEA giveaway from Words with Sarah and she sent me this awesome stuff!


Have you missed anything lately?  

                Comment and leave me a link to your Round-up/ STS/ Weekly...anything, post and I will happily stop by and say hello!

                 Happy Reading!

              Jul 22, 2015

              Recent Reads: Atlantis Glacial Tides by Allie Burton

              Atlantis Glacial Tides: Lost Daughters of Atlantis Book 5
              Atlantis Glacial Tides by Allie Burton
              Series: Lost Daughters of Atlantis #5 (but can be read as a stand-alone)
              Publisher: Indie Pub
              Publication Date:  December 4, 2014



               

              Format: ebook
              Source: From the Author in exchange for an honest review, this in no way altered my opinion or review of the book.


              Rating:
               


              Goodreads Synopsis: 
              Shocked by her family’s plans to wed her to a stranger, sixteen-year-old Princess Adria must decide whether to flee the underwater Kingdom of Merta or fight to keep her rightful place. When Kai, the criminal she’d rescued informs her of a plot to kidnap her future sister-in-law, Adria decides to take action to prove her loyalty.

              Sparks flew between her and Kai when they met during a hurricane misadventure, but she can’t trust her judgment about him. Especially when Kai won’t help her stop the kidnapping because he’s on his own secret mission. A mission that he refuses to divulge.

              In a case of mistaken identity, Adria is kidnapped and whisked away to a mysterious glacial underwater world of ice and evil where she learns that everything isn’t rainbow fish and roses, that there are Atlanteans who suffer and slave, and that being cold isn’t a state of body, but a state of mind.

              With Kai as her prison guard, the two teens grow closer, and Adria must choose between loyalty to her kingdom or her dreams. 

               Review: 
              This was a very fun read. Before reading the novella in this series about Adria and Kai, I wasn't really sure what I was going to get into with this book and I was pleasantly surprised by the novella and its influence in picking up this book almost immediately after reading it. So I recommend picking that up to see if this is going to be something for you.

              Atlantis Glacial Tides picks up a little while after Atlantis Twisting Tides and follows Adria again. This time she is home facing the repercussions of her actions on the island and learns that she will be wed off. Instead, she is accidentally kidnapped and forced into slave labor, all the while learning more and more about Kai and his background and why he is helping these vicious people.


              The story is very action packed - there is a kidnapping, multiple escape attempts, forced labor, an evil Emperor, and so many guards blocking Adria's way home. All things considered, Adria handles the madness pretty well considering she is in such a crappy situation. I enjoyed the action and the plot development but the ending seemed to happen all of a sudden, all that build up and then to have everything happen in what felt like 5 minutes was a little bit of a disappointment. Regardless, the build-up is very good.

              I would say that this book is probably more on the YA side of things than the New Adult side and it was a fun read.



               

              Jul 21, 2015

              Recent Reads: Amulet Volume 4 by Kazu Kibuishi


              Amulet, Vol. 4: The Last Council (Amulet, #4)Amulet: The Last Council
              Series: Amulet Volume 4
              Publisher: Scholastic
              Publication Date:  September 2011



               

              Format: Paperback
              Source: Library


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              Goodreads Synopsis: 
              Kazu Kibuishi's thrilling, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series continues!

              Emily and her friends think they'll find the help they need in Cielis, but something isn't right. Streets that were once busy are deserted, and the townspeople who are left live in crippling fear. Emily is escorted to the Academy where she's expected to compete for a spot on the Guardian Council, the most powerful Stonekeepers. But as the number of competitors gets smaller and smaller, a terrible secret is slowly uncovered--a secret that, if left buried, means certain destruction of everything Emily fights for.
               
               Review: 
              AH, all the twists! This volume of Amulet was intense and kinda scary. Emily is forced to make decisions about how she wants to use her power and who to trust now that she has it - this has been a recurring theme through the series so far, but in this installment allies and enemies are not as they seem.

              I really enjoyed this book ans read it all in one sitting. Emily is becoming a stronger character and learning her limitations, she is gaining a strong following of allies and she is really tries to do what she thinks is right. This book is super action packed and will keep your heart racing as you read and I think that makes for a wonderful story.


               

              Jul 20, 2015

              Recent Reads: Nightbird by Alice Hoffman


              NightbirdNightbird by Alice Hoffman
              Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
              Publication Date:  March 10, 2015



               

              Format: Hardback
              Source: The Library


              Rating:


               


              Goodreads Synopsis: 
              An enchanting novel from bestselling author Alice Hoffman: a charmed New England village, a family secret, and a friendship destined to defeat a witch.

              "Some things could only be found in Sidwell it seemed: pink apples, black owls, and my brother, James."

              Twelve-year-old Twig's town in the Berkshires is said to hide a winged beast, the Monster of Sidwell, and the rumors draw as many tourists as the town's famed pink apple orchards. Twig lives in the orchard with her mysterious brother James and her reclusive mother, a baker of irresistible apple pies. Because of a family secret, an ancient curse,Twig has had to isolate herself from other kids. Then a family with two girls, Julia and Agate, moves into the cottage next door. They are descendants of the witch who put the spell on Twig's family. But Julia turns out to be Twig's first true friend, and her ally in trying to undo the curse and smooth the path to true love for Agate and James.

               Review: 
              I don't think that I have read any of Alice Hoffman's adult books, but I was very interested in this middle grade one. Nightbird is about a magical town and a monster that lives there and one little girls attempt to save her family, the town and make friends all at the same time. As an adult reading this book I think that it was beautifully written - it is a fun plot with a bunch or twists and it is a little deeper than your average middle grade book. 

              Twig or Teresa is our main character and she seems to act a lot wiser than her 12 years - she has a secret to keep and doing that takes a lot of will-power and growing up and she has and does. I think that the author did a wonderful job showing her in that light but also showing her loneliness. 

              The overall plot of the book is engaging - there is a monster and a thief and everything sort of gets blown way out of proportion in the town, as it normally does. But the twists are a mystery until they appear and the ending is beautiful. 


               

              Jul 19, 2015

              Building the Book Pile #145

              Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

              Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

              Another week gone - it was hot this week again too :/ Thanks to everyone for feeling my pain of no AC last week :) I hope your home was much cooler that mine if it was hot where you are :P It has also been find of stormy too :/

              This week was just another week - work, home, read, sleep, repeat. Nothing exciting, but I did get some books :) and again I love my Library!

              OH and I signed up for ARC August - hoping to get through more of the TBR list. You should sign up! Link Below.

              arc august

              What's Happening?! 
              How was your week ? Let me know in the comments.



                Giveaways Going on NOW



              Coming up on the Blog...

              Recent Reads: Nightbird by Alice Hoffman (MG) 

              Recent Reads: Atlantis Glacial Tides (Lost Daughters of Atlantis #5) by Allie Burton

                Not Sure what else yet :)



                    

              Books Received this Week

              Physical Books

                 

              The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong - from Librarything Early Reviewers program- June

              Royal Wedding (Princess Diaries #11) by Meg Cabot from Librarything Early Reviewers Program -May, this is the first Adult Princess Diaries book in the series.

              The Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Coloring Book 

              Harley Quinn #18 by Amanda Conner 

              Library Books

              Let's Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

              Jul 17, 2015

              Early Reader Review: Survive the Night by Danielle Vega


              Survive the NightSurvive the Night by Danielle Vega
              Publisher: Razorbill
              Publication Date:  July 7, 2015



               

              Format: ebook
              Source: Penguin's First to Read Program in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review of the book.


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              Goodreads Synopsis: 
              We're all gonna die down here. . . .

              Julie lies dead and disemboweled in a dank, black subway tunnel, red-eyed rats nibbling at her fingers. Her friends think she’s just off with some guy—no one could hear her getting torn apart over the sound of pulsing music.

              In a tunnel nearby, Casey regrets coming to Survive the Night, the all-night underground rave in the New York City subway. Her best friend Shana talked her into it, even though Casey just got out of rehab. Alone and lost in the dark, creepy tunnels, Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse . . .
                            
              . . . until she comes across Julie’s body, and the party turns deadly.

              Desperate for help, Casey and her friends find themselves running through the putrid subway system, searching for a way out. But every manhole is sealed shut, and every noise echoes eerily in the dark, reminding them they’re not alone.

              They’re being hunted.
                            
              Trapped underground with someone—or something—out to get them, Casey can’t help but listen to her friend’s terrified refrain: “We’re all gonna die down here. . . .” in this bone-chilling sophmore novel by the acclaimed author of The Merciless.
               Review: 
              I read Vega's The Merciless as an early review book and when I was reading it I was blown away by the visuals she was able to present and the chills up my spine. So when I saw Survive the Night I knew I had to read it - hoping so much that like her first book this one would suck me in and cause those same chills.

              This book did not disappoint. Survive has a lot of the same elements as The Merciless -  a group of friends, a night of adventure gone completely wrong, and the craziest of twist endings ever. 

              Now these books are not for every reader - they are very violent and I mean VERY violent and descriptive with it (so be aware). Survive follows Casey after getting out of rehab and she is back with her friends to celebrate only to find that her friends are ending up dead. The book starts off a bit slow, Casey gets out, you learn about her friends and flashback a bunch to her time before rehab, then things start to get better as the group end up at a rave called Survive the Night - a lock-in rave in the abandoned subway. This happens at about the halfway point in the book, so if you can stick it out that long - keep reading.

              After they arrive at the rave all craziness ensues and people are dead and it is nasty and there is lots of running and chasing and it is very action packed. I read the book in 2 sittings, once to get to the halfway point and the 2nd I raced through to figure out what was happening.

              Vega has this way with her writing that draws you in slowly and then kind of makes you feel like you are going to vomit and then throws in a twist that makes things make more sense but really just has you questioning the whole story... and... I kind of like that about her books. If you like Horror and YA, and violence this is for you.



              Jul 16, 2015

              Recent Reads: Max's Wild Night by Meg Welch Dendler


              Max's Wild NightMax's Wild Night by Meg Welch Dendler
              Series: Companion to Cats in the Mirror series
              Publisher: Serenity Mountain Publishing
              Publication Date:  May 1, 2015



               

              Format: ebook
              Source: From the Author in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this book in no way alters my opinion or review.


              Rating:


              Goodreads Synopsis: 
              Max didn’t mean to run away, but when he found himself alone in the moonlit woods, he saw his chance for freedom. No humans to tell him what to do. No cats running the house. No one to call him Bad Dog. No fences and no rules. He could be wild and free and never have to answer to anyone again! But will that freedom turn out to be the fantastic journey he was expecting? What adventures and strange creatures will Max discover in the Ozark forest on a full-moon spring night?
               Review: 
              Max's Wild Night is the first companion to the Cats in the Mirror series featuring Max, or the Big Black Beast from Cats. On night Max decides that he is going to chase a smell and ends up running away from home. He loves his home and his people but tonight he just wants to explore and so he does. The story follows him as he meets strange creatures, other lost dogs, a few people and explores the forest. It is a fun-filled adventure from the point of view of Max and it is very fun to read. 

              Max is a funny, imaginative character who wants to live life to its fullest in this night. And given that Max is a dog, and I love dogs, this book kept me riveted as I read what happened next. There were even a few nods to the Cats series which were cute. 

              I really like these books and the series - they are based off of real pets and the books often include photos of them to help the reader visualize them. The books are fun and I think any animal lover will enjoy reading about Max and the cats.




               

              Jul 15, 2015

              Recent Reads: Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad Chapter 7 by Jeffery Burandt

              Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad by Jeffery Burandt
              Series:Odd Chapter 7
              Publisher: Oni Press
              Publication Date:  June 23, 2015



               

              Format: ebook
              Source: From Oni Press in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this book in no way alters my opinion or review.


              Rating:




               


              Synopsis: 
              Liz, Bodey, Maude, and Justine's band, Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad, are sure to win this year's Battle of the Bands. But when a talking chimp, who claims to be a scientist from the mysterious organization B.L.A.N.K., interrupts their practice session, the band's got a whole new set of problems. Now B.L.A.N.K. agents are closing in, determined to recapture the escaped chimp before he becomes a liability. Jeffrey Burandt (Americans UK) and Dennis Culver (Edison Rex) bring you this thrilling tale of cyborg animals and punk rock teenagers. 1, 2, 3, 4!

              Complete V1 OGN (Contains #1-6) available in-stores: 6/24/15
               Review: 
              Odd Schnozz Chapter 7 includes the aftermath of the attack at B.L.A.N.K.. Odd and her friends have tried to stay out of it but inevitably they kept getting pulled back in to the madness every step of the way.

              As in most reviews of comics, I can't say too much without spoiling the whole series for those who haven't read it yet, so this installment really is a wrap up of all that has gone down in chapters 1-6. There is a bit of resolution for Odd, there are still some threats, and there is a nicely done lead up to future books in the series. I am happy with how this all ended and can't wait to see what Odd and the gang are up to next.


               

              Jul 14, 2015

              Recent Reads: Relatiaton by Yasmin Shiraz


              RetaliationRetaliation by Yasmin Shiraz
              Series: Retaliation #1
              Publisher: Rolling Hills Press
              Publication Date:  February 15, 2007



               

              Format: ebook
              Source: From the Author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way altered my opinion or review of the book.


              Rating:




               



              Goodreads Synopsis: 
              Violence runs rampant on the streets of Washington, DC, and on one seemingly quiet day, the Odom family finds its world destroyed when seventeen-year-old Tashera is brutally attacked by a group of high school girls.
              Retaliation exposes the corrupting existence of violence in our communities and the retaliatory measures families go through to protect themselves and their children.
               
              Review: 
              I think that everyone should pick up this book - it is such a realistic account of inner city living, violence and teenage angst and will hit any reader hard. Shiraz does a wonderful job with this book - it is told from multiple perspectives, all focusing around retaliation for an incident - all the ways people become involved and take it upon themselves to make things 'right'. It was a very deep contemporary read.

              This author emailed me about Retaliation and from the very beginning I was interested. I went to college and grew up outside of DC in Northern Virginia and Towson, MD - but for explanation purposes when asked were I would live I would just say DC. However, my life and experiences were far from what those face in the inner cities as show by this very realistic account of city life and involvement. 

              In the book Tashera is brutally attacked by people that she doesn't even know and everyone in her family takes it upon themselves to provide her justice - only adding to the emotional agony in her life. The book was all about choices and how many can effect your life so deeply without you even knowing. 

              I really think everyone should grab this one and read it for themselves, it was violent, real, and overall a hard-hitting portrayal of life.



               

              Jul 13, 2015

              ARC August 2015 Sign Up and Plans!

              arc august
               I am so excited! Read. Sleep. Repeat. is hosting ARC August again for the 3rd year - what is it you may be asking? Well it is a month of reading through your Advance Reader Copies pile and there are prizes. The rules are below but to learn more and sign up visit them HERE!


              Rules: (Taken from R.S.R.)

              The rules are very simple
              • It may be a physical ARC or and eARC but it MUST be an ARC
              • Yes it can be an ARC that has released as long as it’s an ARC I’m not going to nit pick much
              • HAVE FUN WITH THIS! Feeling like you are being “forced” to read is the best way turn a fun event into a yucky obligation.
              • Update post! [Read.Sleep.Repeat] will do a post for each Saturday in August but that’s just me. You can update once a week, every other week or once for the whole darn event. This update can be in the form of a blog or tumblr post, vlog, link to your “ARC August 2015″ shelf or even an instagram pic! I want to make this as easy and low pressure as possible for you.


              I am a huge book hoarder/forgetter of the eARC variety. I request them and then they sit in cyberspace not taking up real space so I forget all about them... :( 
                
              My goal for ARC August is to read through all the 'old' ARCs I have sitting around, so most of the books are already out... here is my list of things I would like to get through (in no particular order) 


              Title Author Publisher Source Format
              Golden Melinda Michaels REUTS Publications, LLC Author eARC
              Sacrificed Emily Wibberley Paranoid Productions Author eARC
              The Rising Terra Harmony Patchwork Press Netgalley eARC
              Alliance Mark Frost Random House Netgalley eARC
              The Hit  Melvin Burgess Scholastic Netgalley eARC
              Shadow Scale Rachel Hartman Random House Netgalley eARC
               
              Then if I finish some those I will read some ARCs with September pub. dates :)

              I am going to try to post a weekly update on Saturdays but I may end up adding it to my Building the Book Pile Post. What do you think, seperate? Let me know in the comments and let me know if you are going to participate!