Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Read and Review: The Redemption of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorenson

Title: The Redemption of Callie and Kayden
Author: Jessica Sorenson
Series/Standalone: Book #2 in the Coincidence series
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Summary: The dark secret Kayden has kept hidden for years is out. Worse, he's facing charges for battery. The only way he stands a chance against the charges is if Callie speaks up, something he'll never ask her to do.

Callie knows Kayden is going back to his dark place and desperately wants to save him. But saving him means admitting her secrets aloud. Callie and Kayden are stronger than they think, especially when they're together. Together they move forward, face their demons, and finally start to heal from their traumatic pasts.
***Trigger Warnings*** Semi-Graphic depictions of suicide, self harm, abuse (emotional, physical, and sexual
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Review: I loved the first book in this series. When I bought The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden I literally devoured it in less than 75 minutes on my NOOK. It was an absolutely phenomenal book. It dealt with serious issues, traumatic stuff that people deal with every day, with a levity and finesse that very few managed. The characters were intriguing and interesting, I simply could not get enough. And waiting for this sequel to come out was absolutely torturous.

Which is why I was so upset when this book didn't meet my expectations. Building from the last book? There was so much that the author could have done. I understand some of her plot choices, some of them were eerily realistic. A lot of them I felt just added a lot of unneccesary drama.

Don't misunderstand me, abuse and self harm in any form is an extremely serious issue. The problem I had was that I felt that a lot wasn't dealt with by the characters, that it was used as a plot device to say 'hey so and so is screwed up.'

I felt like Kayden, more so than Callie, was constantly running. And I wanted more from him. I wanted him to be the amazing man he'd been in the first book. The thing is? I think he kind of expected someone to save him, as much as he protested that he didn't. It didn't matter what Callie or Luke did. Kayden had to want to save himself. He had to want out for himself. In the beginning of the book he wanted to wallow. He didn't want help. That being said, he did get his head out of his ass eventually. Though the build up left much to be desired, the end result of it all was very satisfactory.

However, the whole "I'm bad for you" schtick that Kayden kept spouting made me want to kick him. He sat there and left Callie, like he was beating her to the inevitable (which spoiler alert: she wasn't ever planning on leaving him), insisting it was for the best. Instead the only thing he achieved was being another person who took her choice to say yes or no from her. She deserved a lot better than that. Callie has her issues, but she's also got a pretty good head on her shoulders. He should have trusted her even if he couldn't find it in him to trust himself.

Callie was commendable in this book. She didn't expect anyone to hold her hand. She faced her demons, put everything out in the open, and didn't look back. I was so proud of her. Facing the person who assaulted you is hard enough, but to throw everything they did to you, the way they made you feel, letting them know that the fear they instilled in you will no longer keep you silenced? Especially when that person is 'practically family?' It's heart attack inducing, but she did it. I was so proud of her. Her family's reaction though....I would have liked to have seen more of that, seen it hashed out.

And lets not forget about Seth and Luke. They were amazing men in this book, just as they were before. They were willing to do anything for their friends and even faced their own problems. I'd kind of like a little more focus on both of them in the upcoming book.

There's one more book left, it comes out September 2014. I hope it reads more like the first one, but I'm going to devour it regardless.

Bottom Line: The book was good, but a few key points kept it from being as phenomenal as the first. I hope these problems are rectified in the next book.

About the Author
Jessica Sorensen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Waiting on Wednesday is a classic blog hop feature hosted by Breaking the Spine. As a book blogger myself, no matter how inconsistent I may be ;), I know a lot of the blogging community is plugged into, such as when a sequel they've been salivating over or their favorite author's new book or even a brand new author who's getting a lot of buzz, when books come out. WoW is a way to share our tastes and signal boost upcoming books, as well as a wonderful opportunity to socialize and hop on other blogs.  

 This week's pick is the second book in the Naturals series. I'm reading the first one right now and trying to make it last because....unfortunately this book doesn't come out until NOVEMBER. I'm pretty sure I'm going to die of curiosity before then

Title:Killer Instinct
Author:Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Cassie Hobbes has a gift for profiling people. Her talent has landed her a spot in an elite FBI program for teens with innate crime-solving abilities, and into some harrowing situations. After barely escaping a confrontation with an unbalanced killer obsessed with her mother’s murder, Cassie hopes she and the rest of the team can stick to solving cold cases from a distance.

But when victims of a brutal new serial killer start turning up, the Naturals are pulled into an active case that strikes too close to home: the killer is a perfect copycat of Dean’s incarcerated father—a man he’d do anything to forget. Forced deeper into a murderer’s psyche than ever before, will the Naturals be able to outsmart the enigmatic killer’s brutal mind games before this copycat twists them into his web for good?

With her trademark wit, brilliant plotting, and twists that no one will see coming, Jennifer Lynn Barnes will keep readers on the edge of their seats (and looking over their shoulders) as they race through the pages of this thrilling novel.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Read and Review: To Catch a Pirate by Jade Parker

Title: To Catch a Pirate
Author: Jade Parker
Series/Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Middle Grade, Historical Fiction
Summary: When Annalisa Townsend’s ship is set upon by pirates in search of her father’s treasure, one of the crew, James Sterling, discovers her in the hold. When he moves to take her necklace, she begs him not to, as it is all she has left of her mother. He accepts a kiss in exchange for the necklace. “A fair trade, m’lady,” he tells her afterward, before disappearing.

A year later, with a forged letter of marque, Annalisa is intent on hunting down the wretched James Sterling and reclaiming her father’s treasure from him. But now she’s in danger of him stealing something far more vulnerable this time: her heart.

Purchase at: Amazon / Barnes&Noble

Review: Written in a style similar to my favorite book, Ella Enchanted, I had astronomical expectations of this book. I loved the book, don't get me wrong. However, I found it lacking.

None of the characters were particularly fleshed out. Annalisa was the only one that came off more like a character than a caricature. She was a bamf though. You had to admire all she did just to clear her father's name. It was stuff that, during that time, could have meant her certain death. She was naive about a lot. I often felt like she inadvertently expected Sterling or Northrup to save her far too many times. I wish she had been more independent. However, in keeping with the times, Annalisa probably never really had to do that. She was very upper class and her family had status.

I found the whole 'I want Anna for myself' pissing match between Northrup and Sterling absolutely ridiculous. Neither relationship really developed and Sterling/Anna was so odd. Maybe if the book had been longer, I'd have been more satisfied. Perhaps the author was trying to convey that Anna loved both of them in a way I'd have been more convinced. Neither happened. Instead the writer had her going from one extreme to the other. If she wasn't hot all the time for Sterling, then she was absolutely mercurial in her affections with Northrup. It left me confused many times. I will give the men this, though in different ways, they both made sure their intentions were known.

I've been complaining a lot, but I did genuinely like this book. Annalisa was a brave woman and Sterling stayed true to himself. I like that there were some open ends in the book and the ending is definitely a favorite. Love isn't selfish and sometimes you have to sacrifice for it. I highly respect Jade Parker for showing that.

Bottom line is: If you're ever in the mood for a light, fluffy read with a pinch of girl power or you're a parent looking for something age appropriate for your 9-12 year old daughter? You should pick this up.

About the Author
Jade Parker, who also writes as Lorraine Heath and Rachel Hawthorne, is the daughter of a British beauty (her mother won second place in a beauty contest sponsored by Max Factor® during which she received a kiss from Caesar Romero-who played the Joker on the old Batman TV series) and a Texan who was stationed at Bovingdon while serving in the air force. Lorraine was born in Watford, Herts, England, but soon after moved to Texas. Her "dual" nationality has given her a love for all things British and Texan. She enjoys weaving both heritages through her stories.

When she received her BA degree in psychology from the University of Texas, she had no idea she had gained a foundation that would help her to create believable characters—characters that are often described as “real people.” She writes for both adult and young adult readers. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Americana historicals. Her novels have been recognized with a RITA, Romance Writers of America’s most prestigious award for excellence, a HOLT medallion award honoring outstanding literary fiction, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, five Texas Gold Awards, the Golden Quill Award, the Rising Star Award as well as other awards and recognitions. Her novels have been selections of the Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Club. Her novels have appeared on bestseller lists, including USA Today, Waldenbooks, and most recently, the New York Times.

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Characters Who Made Me Love Them

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature created at the iconic blog, The Broke and the Bookish. If you like making lists then I highly recommend that you participate in this. Check out about how to participate in the feature HERE.

THIS WEEK'S FEATURE: Top Ten Characters Who Made Me Love Them

1. Kishan from the Tiger Saga by Colleen Houck
I don't like love triangles and I didn't like this one much at all. However I adored the books and I doubt there's anything that could change that. Kishan...he grew so much as a character. He went from being a moody, arrogant jerk, to someone who wanted to do right by his brother and Kelsey. I just want to hug him. At his core, he was a good guy. And I found myself rooting for him so hard in the end.

2. Sandrilene fa Toren from The Circle (Of Magic, Opens, Reforged) by Tamora Pierce
Man, when I was young I wanted to be Sandry. I couldn't really relate the other character's personalities to my own. But Sandry? Yes. She was self sacrificing, she'd do anything for her friends, and she did not tolerate bullying. From the very moment she comes to school at the Winding Circle, she makes enemies for standing up against prejudice. Though she's tiny and people look down on her for being a stitch witch? She is not afraid of anyone...except the dark. Though she's a noble? She proves time and time again that she can take care of HERSELF. And she remains humble while doing it. And if she doesn't? Well her foster brothers and sisters keep her in line.

3. Penelope Featherington from Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
In the Bridgerton series this was my favorite book, because when we first meet Penelope in The Duke and I? Penelope is probably the most overlooked of age woman in the ton. Her mother dresses her horribly, treats her as if she is less than her sisters, and, due to this, she's got no self esteem. She's fairly close with the Bridgertons and it becomes clear in the books before this one she has a crush on Colin. Even better? Penelope has a secret. It's a really good one. She's smart and got a good head on her shoulders. She doesn't need a man to make her happy or take care of her. She can do that herself.

4. Emma Vaile from Haunting Emma Series by Lee Nichols
In a supernatural series about Ghosts/Spirits and the people who help them or vanquish them? Emma was refreshing in comparison to the other paranormal romance heroines out there. She had selfish moments, no clue on earth what she was doing, and was so very angry. I loved that she was an actual teenager and you saw her grow INTO her adulthood. It was really cool to watch her grow up and actually shoulder her responsibility. And, yeah, she got put through the frickin wringer. But she came out of it stronger. 

5. Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instrument Series by Cassandra Clare
One word: Badass. Isabelle was fierce from the get go. She didn't need a man to make her strong or happy. She could do that by herself. She knew what her duty was and she did it. She shouldered responsibility beautifully and always protected her family. She was absolutely phenomenal. And the way she handled a whip...just dang. This girl is strong, but she had her weak moments as all humans do. Plus she looked stunning while doing it. And trust, it's not easy to run in heels, let alone fight.

6. Cinna from The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
Cinna was one of my top three favorite characters from the minute I met him. Cinna was Katniss' first real friend. Until he came around she'd never really had one and she needed someone that she KNEW had her back while she was in the capitol. He never made her feel like she needed to fold in on herself to be likeable, he liked her just the way she was. He supported her and supported the cause even if it meant his death. He still reminds me of one of the most important people in my life. Also, he had fabulous fashion sense.

7. The Spellman Family from The Spellmans by Lisa Lutz
Okay if you ever need to laugh you should read these books. This whole family is insanely dysfunctional and loveable at the same time. I don't even know how I could begin to do them any kind of justice. Rae and Izzy are my favorites, both are highly intelligent and master manipulators. It's funny to see what they'll do or say. Since most of the books are written in Izzy's voice? You come to love her and know her in a way that you only know your very best friends. This family gives me a ton of joy just reading about them.

8. Nathan Walter in My Life With the Walter Boys by Ali Novak
He was such a sweetheart. If I could choose a character to be related to? It'd be Nathan in a heartbeat. When Jackie has been through an immense tragedy and completely uprooted from the only home she's ever known? Nathan is the first of the Walter boys to even try with Jackie. He's got such a  great heart and he's really kind to his family. I just wanted to hug him and tell him thank you for being such a sweetheart.

9. Jaden Sinclair in What a Boy Needs by Nyrae Dawn
Okay so in the first book in this series (What a Boy Wants) you don't really know what's going on with Jaden, you just suspect that he has a rough home life. Then the second book comes in and he...he breaks your heart. I did not expect to relate to him on such  a raw level. However, as you read the book? I don't see how anyone couldn't. Jaden is so insecure and he feels like he doesn't deserve anything good. I just wanted to hug him and tell him it gets better. I wanted him to know that he is always good enough.

10. Ella in Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
This is my favorite book and Ella is one of my all time favorite characters. She's fighting a curse and is determined to break it. She's no one's slave, she belongs to no one, and she knows she deserves bettter. She's noble and loyal. She doesn't expect anything from anyone and tried her damndest not to let the curse control her (and gets very creative in this sense). She has a maturity that develops beautifully in the book.

That's all for my list this week. What about you guys? Link me to yours and I always follow and comment back :)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Read and Review: Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian

Title: Not That Kind of Girl
Author: Siobhan Vivian
Standalone/Series Standalone
Genre(s: Young Adult
Summary: Natalie Sterling wants to be in control. She wants her friends to be loyal. She wants her classmates to elect her student council president. She wants to find the right guy, not the usual jerk her school has to offer. She wants a good reputation, because she believes that will lead to good things.

But life is messy, and it's very hard to be in control of it. Not when there are freshman girls running around in a pack, trying to get senior guys to sleep with them. Not when your friends have secrets they're no longer comfortable sharing. Not when the boy you once dismissed ends up being the boy you want to sleep with yourself - but only in secret, with nobody ever finding out.

Slut or saint? Winner or loser? Natalie is getting tired of these forced choices - and is now going to find a way to live life in the sometimes messy, sometimes wonderful in-between.

***Trigger Warnings***
This book has non graphic instances of slutshaming, dubious consent, and bullying.

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Review: I had to really think on this book for a minute. Usually I write reviews the minute I'm finished with a book so that everything is fresh in my mind, but this book resonated in a very deep place for me.

In the interest of full disclosure, up until page one hundred I really thought that this was going to be another book that poked fun at feminists etc etc. I almost put it down, but I felt like I should give it more of a chance...which is when I started to really read it. And I'm really glad I did.

Natalie is the 'perfect' student. She prides herself on her work ethic, her ability to be a good friend, setting a good example, and not losing her head over boys. She wants the girls in her school to value themselves and respect themselves.  She works hard for everything she gets and she's constantly pushing her best friend, Autumn, to be more active in school so that she too can get into a good college.

This kind of all falls apart during her senior year. First there's the group of girls that call themselves the "Rosstitutes," fights with her best friend, keeping something good a dirty little secret, and she kind of just bends under the pressure.

Natalie as a character reminded me a lot of myself in high school. Natalie was extremely judgemental and cared far too much what certain people thought of her. She spent so much time clamoring for her favorite teacher's approval and making sure she wasn't seen as a "slut," that she became someone that not only made her unhappy, but alienated everyone around her. She wanted so badly to be a powerful woman, but wanted it without any kind of sexuality attached, because in her mind? It brought nothing but trouble, it made you vulnerable. And Natalie was never okay with being vulnerable. Her pride was extremely daunting in some instances and her inability to see that she was wrong too was almost overwhelming at times.

Natalie was actually a pretty complex character. Seeing everything through her eyes, hearing her inner voice? You got to watch her grow. You saw her jealousy, pettiness, and anger turn into acceptance and compassion.

I loved the juxtaposition of Spencer to Natalie. Spencer was Natalie's complete and total polar opposite. Spencer is a very sexualized character. She's a beautiful, talented girl who thinks that her sexuality is power. In some ways she's right. In other ways her overconfidence turns into a cautionary tale. Spencer has a lot to learn and while Natalie does teach her some things? Spencer teaches Natalie a thing or two as well. She smacks some sense into her once or twice.

The way that they handled Autumn's situation and her friendship with Natalie was great. Natalie had a mindset that Autumn needed to be reminded of her mistakes so she didn't repeat them (which btw wanting her to 'share' her story as a warning to incoming Freshman was insensitive and rude) and that Autumn owed her something for sticking with her. Autumn was so ashamed of herself in the beginning, over something that wasn't true. It was a great look into how rumors can screw a person's reputation and the fact that it shouldn't. It showed the double standard of a boy being the equivalent of a teenage god for 'bagging' lots of girls, but girls being 'sluts' if they'd even slept with someone they'd dated in the past or had any hint of a random hookup, true or not. 

The romance with Conner was really interesting to me.  I liked the progression of the romance. Natalie wasn't chasing Conner or obsessed with him, nor did she think she needed him to be happy. Conner genuinely liked Natalie. He was willing to be her dirty secret, in the hopes that he'd eventually be able to be someone she allowed in her public life. I loved that he was actually a good guy. When Natalie said no? He didn't push. He let her set the pace. Unfortunately for both of them? Natalie judged him for not going to a 'good' school, playing football, and who his friends were. Natalie was so afraid of other people's judgement that she almost ruined something really good. Luckily Natalie realized the errors she'd made.

I admire Natalie for wanting to fight when Spencer was suspended for a photo that another student took. She wanted the male to be punished just as severely, if not more so. I admire that Natalie was willing to put something important to her on the line to try to get justice. Once again it shows the double standard. An eighteen year old boy took a topless photo of a fifteen year old girl and what happens? The girl gets vilified by the student body and the boy gets props for 'bagging' the girl. Then Spencer was suspended for misbehaving on school property. What happened to the boy? Not a thing. He had people backing him up.

I would like to point out something Conner said that made me think. Before this picture was forwarded to every person in school, Spencer had played around with Mike's emotions. Yes he only wanted to get her in bed, but she used that against him and humiliated him. She even started a joke that questioned his masculinity. Conner asked Natalie if Spencer was completely in the right because of this. And even I couldn't quite come up with an answer. I will say that what he did with the picture was absolutely abominable. No one should ever walk through school hallways with people knowing what they look like underneath their clothes unless that person explicitly showed you themselves and then it is between you and them.

But the best thing is? Through Autumn and Spencer, Natalie realizes just how much of a hypocrit she was. She realizes that what's right for one person isn't what works for another. She also learns that respect isn't given because you're a virgin or you dress like a nun. It's earned in how you act under times of pressure.

I like that this book uses such polar opposites to show that there is no black or white about sexuality. The only black and white thing about it is RESPECT. Otherwise, you own your sexuality. You do what makes YOU comfortable. You do not OWE ANYONE anything.

At the end of the day? Equality is equality. And everyone deserves that.

This was a great book. I highly recommend reading it.

About the Author
Siobhan Vivian is the author of THE LIST, NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL, SAME DIFFERENCE, and A LITTLE FRIENDLY ADVICE. She also co-wrote BURN FOR BURN, the first novel in a planned trilogy, with her best friend JENNY HAN. She currently lives in Pittsburgh.

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Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  Do it on whatever day that floats your boat and you're invited to put your link in the list on her page and blog hop comment for comment. Vicariously! participates in the blog hop on Mondays, showing my fellow bloggers my haul for the week. I don't always have something to show so this is interchanged with the occasional guest post.
This week I came upon a couple of amazing deals and my mom felt generous. I got four hardcover YA books I've been wanting for $13 at the grocery store.

1. The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham
Summary: Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.

Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case; the house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.

In Veronica Mars, Rob Thomas has created a groundbreaking female detective who’s part Phillip Marlowe, part Nancy Drew, and all snark. With its sharp plot and clever twists, The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line will keep you guessing until the very last page.
2.  The Naturals (The Naturals #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.
3. Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1) by Susan Dennard

Summary:  1876 Philadelphia. The dead are rising. A zombie delivers a letter from her missing brother to narrator Eleanor Fitt. Whoever controls the army has Elijah. With Spirit Hunters, inventors Daniel, Joseph, and martial arts expert girl Jie, Eleanor seeks to save both her family and her city.
4. Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
Summary:  Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are best friends and total overachievers. Even if they aren't the most popular girls in school, they aren't too worried. They know their real lives will begin once they get to their Ivy League colleges. There will be ivy, and there will be cute guys in the libraries (hopefully with English accents)! But when an unexpected event shows them they're missing out on the full high school experience, it's time to come out of the honors lounge and into the spotlight. They make a pact: They will each take on their greatest challenge—and they will totally rock it.

Gigi decides to run for student rep, but she'll have to get over her fear of public speaking—and go head-to-head with gorgeous California Will. Bea used to be one of the best skiers around, until she was derailed. It could be time for her to take the plunge again. And Neerja loves the drama club but has always stayed behind the scenes—until now.

These friends are determined to show the world that smart girls really can get what they want—but that could mean getting way more attention than they ever bargained for. . . .
5. Starcrossed (Starcrossed #1) by Josephine Angelini
Summary: How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.
6. Adaption (Adaption #1) by Malinda Lo
Summary: Reese can’t remember anything from the time between the accident and the day she woke up almost a month later. She only knows one thing: She’s different now.

Across North America, flocks of birds hurl themselves into airplanes, causing at least a dozen to crash. Thousands of people die. Fearing terrorism, the United States government grounds all flights, and millions of travelers are stranded.

Reese and her debate team partner and longtime crush David are in Arizona when it happens. Everyone knows the world will never be the same. On their drive home to San Francisco, along a stretch of empty highway at night in the middle of Nevada, a bird flies into their headlights. The car flips over. When they wake up in a military hospital, the doctor won’t tell them what happened, where they are—or how they’ve been miraculously healed.

Things become even stranger when Reese returns home. San Francisco feels like a different place with police enforcing curfew, hazmat teams collecting dead birds, and a strange presence that seems to be following her. When Reese unexpectedly collides with the beautiful Amber Gray, her search for the truth is forced in an entirely new direction—and threatens to expose a vast global conspiracy that the government has worked for decades to keep secret.
7. Erasing Time (Erasing Time #1) by Sierra St. James and C.J. Hill
Summary:  When twins Sheridan and Taylor wake up 400 years in the future, they find a changed world: domed cities, no animals, and a language that's so different, it barely sounds like English. And the worst news: They can't go back home.

The twenty-fifth-century government transported the girls to their city hoping to find a famous scientist to help perfect a devastating new weapon. The same government has implanted tracking devices in the citizens, limiting and examining everything they do. Taylor and Sheridan have to find a way out of the city before the government discovers their secrets. To complicate matters, the moblike Dakine has interest in getting hold of them too. The only way for the girls to elude their pursuers is to put their trust in Echo, a guy with secrets of his own. The trio must put their faith in the unknown to make a harrowing escape into the wilds beyond the city.

Full of adrenaline-injected chases and heartbreaking confessions, Erasing Time explores the strength of the bonds between twins, the risks and rewards of trust, and the hard road to finding the courage to fight for what you believe in.

So that's all for my Stacking the Shelves! Leave me a comment and link me back to yours. I always comment back and follow :)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Life of a Blogger: Handwriting

Life of a Book Blogger is a feature created by Jessi at Novel Heartbeat where we just get to know the bloggers behind our fave blogs with weekly questions unrelated to books. If you want to know more click the link above. I'll be doing this every Thursday.

Okay so this week's topic is about Handwriting. Excuse me while I have a freakout. I have always hated my handwriting. There has never been a time that I didn't that I can recall. When I write in stream of consciousness or I'm angry, I write like my dad. It's sloppy and hard to decipher, much like a doctor. But I love to journal. It's one of my favorite things in the world. It keeps me calm and helps me exhale. I have PTSD and anxiety disorder, among other things, so it helps with that because as much as I joke about needing a Xanax I don't like to use drugs to make me better. This is what my writing normally looks like:

My sometimes co-blogger Joel says he loves my writing and that it's pretty, but I think his is nicer....which seems to be the thing with us.

So this is me and my handwriting. Which, when I'm calm? I write just like my mom. I was able to forge her signature by the age of 8. I was a little deviant.