Sunday, December 30, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (35)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme, hosted by Tynga's Reviews, where bloggers share the books and goodies that they've received over the week.

Edwin Didn't Get Anything To Put On His Shelves This Week

Emily's Stack for the Shelves:

For Review:
Thank you to Thomas Nelson and YA Bound!

I received this after pre-ordering Weather Witch!
Thank you to Shannon and Giselle from Xpresso Reads!

I won an e-copy of this during the blog tour!
Thank you to Kismet Book Tours and AG Henley!

Thank you, Corrine!

My love for Rapunzel won me a signed copy of this! It looks super cute. I'm excited to read it! Thank you, Sarah!

Angelfire (Angelfire #1) by Courtney Allison Moulton - SIGNED
I won this in a giveaway on twitter. I never thought my knowledge of John Milton would benefit me so much! Thank you, Courtney!

Thank you, Sarvenaz!

What did you get for your shelves this week?

Cuddlebuggery's Top Cuddles of 2012 Giveaway Hop

Ed and I are happy to be a part of the Cuddlebuggery's Top Cuddles of 2012 Giveaway Hop! All blogs participating have joined in to celebrate the best books we read in 2012!
We are calling this giveaway the "Past, Present and Future" giveaway. Offering up three books that Emily's read this year one from 2011, one from 2012 and one from 2013.

The books:
- I just reread this with my friend, Jen from The Starry-Eyed Revue. We both adored it and are desperately wanting the final companion to this series, Isla and the Happily Ever After, which is due out in May of 2013.

- I read this earlier this year when it was first released and then again eariler this month when I received a copy of its sequel for review. It was even better the second time around!


- After reading and loving, Victoria's The Near Witch, I had to get my hands on a copy of this book. Luckily, I won an ARC and immediately gobbled it up. I absolutely loved it and I'm looking forward to continuing with the rest of the series.

Giveaway Details:
- One winner will receive the books listed above
- Open internationally (as long as The Book Depository ships to you)
- One entrant per household
- Cheating results in immediate disqualification
- Winners have 48 hours to respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen
- We are not responsible for lost/damaged packages
- Ends 01/05/2012

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Happy holidays!
We look forward to spending 2013 with you!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Follow Friday (46)

Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Q. What book do you think everyone should read? If you could gift the entire population with one book?

A. Ooh, that's a toughy. I think I'd say Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. It's a book that will never go out of style for me. If I could only read one book for the rest of my life, this would be it. I know a lot of people may not like it, but I think that everyone can at least appreciate it.

What book do you think everyone should read?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Best of 2012 Giveaway Hop

The Best of 2012 Giveaway Hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and runs from December 27th to December 31st.

We couldn't pick one favorite book, let alone a favorite genre for 2012. So we're letting you pick! There are five genre packs. Each genre pack has two books. Two winners will get to choose a genre pack of two of our favorite 2012 reads.

Genre Pack #1: Contemporary

Genre Pack #2: Fantasy

Genre Pack #3: Historical

Genre Pack #4: Paranormal

Genre Pack #5: Science-Fiction
The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

Giveaway Details:
- Two winners will receive a genre pack of their choosing
- Open internationally (as long as The Book Depository ships to you)
- One entrant per household
- Cheating results in immediate disqualification
- Winners have 48 hours to respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen
- We are not responsible for lost/damaged packages
- Ends 12/31/2012

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (42)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!
This week's theme is: 
Top Ten Debut Books (of 2012)

1. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
- This book has pretty much made all of my lists. I just love it so much!
2. The Assassin's Curse (The Assassin's Curse #1) by Cassandra Rose Clarke
- I'm reading Ms. Clarke's second novel now and I can't help but be reminded of how much I enjoyed her first novel.
3. Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi
- I loved it even more the second time around! Brilliant!
4. Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
- I only have praise for this book! I wish there was more!
5. Bonds of Earth by G N Chevalier
- This is an adult M/M novel. I was lucky enough to get a review copy from the author and it blew my mind. Lovely, love, book.
6. Slide (Slide #1) by Jill Hathaway
- Gah, I loved this book! Jill wrote a thrilling debut!
7. Swipe (Swipe #1) by Evan Angler
- I read this for a blog tour and was seriously impressed. I don't read many middle grade novels, but I think this was excellent!
8. Stormdancer (The Lotus War #1) by Jay Kristoff
- This book's cover is as beautiful as the writing within it. Magnificent!
9. Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions #1) by Louise Rozett
- I just adore this book. I love the humor and how relatable the life of the main character was.
10. Shadow and Bones (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo
- Oh hai there, beautiful world-building and gorgeous prose, let's be forever pals, 'kay?

What are your favorite 2012 debuts?

Teaser Tuesday: The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading!
To participate all you have to do is:

•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!) 

 Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"It was the only thought she had. I need to hear your voice."
Chapter 4, ARC Page 93
The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke


Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays from our homes to yours!
Emily's backyard - Look! Snow!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Book Review: What I Didn't Say by Keary Taylor

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: April 30, 2012
Publisher: Self-Published
336 Pages

Getting drunk homecoming night your senior year is never a good idea, but Jake Hayes never expected it all to end with a car crash and a t-post embedded in his throat. 

His biggest regret about it all? What he never said to Samantha Shay. He's been in love with her for years and never had the guts to tell her. Now it's too late. Because after that night, Jake will never be able to talk again.

When Jake returns to his small island home, population 5,000, he'll have to learn how to deal with being mute. He also finds that his family isn't limited to his six brothers and sisters, that sometimes an entire island is watching out for you. And when he gets the chance to spend more time with Samantha, she'll help him learn that not being able to talk isn’t the worst thing that could ever happen to you. Maybe, if she'll let him, Jake will finally tell her what he didn't say before, even if he can't actually say it.



What I Didn't Say was an okay novel. The plot was very different from most contemporary young adult romances, but it was also very unrealistic.  I had a lot of trouble getting through it because I found myself bored by the overwhelming number of events.

Our main character, Jake Hayes, was in a car accident with his two best friends after they had done some drinking. He was on his way to confess to the girl he was in love with, Samantha Shay, that he was, in fact, in love with her. Then they got into a car accident. (This is why we don't drink and drive, kids.) His friends came out with scraps and bruise and he came out with a pole in his neck. 

You can tell that this didn't give me that much of an effect on me because I had to look up the names of the characters to remember them. I feel awful about that, but that just makes it clear that in my opinion this book was nothing to write home about. It could've been. I'll say what I say all the time: This book had a lot of potential. It just wasn't executed well. (It also was in serious need of an editor.)

The plot was so weird. Everything just kept piling up! The fact that this boy had to learn sign language because he would never be able to talk wasn't enough? I thought the author could've written a better story if that, along with the romance, had been the main focus. Everything else just got ridiculous, not to mention completely unrealistic. And not only was the plot strange, but the time frame was unbelievable. If I remember correctly, Jake got out of the hospital in like two weeks… Uh… What? I really doubt that he would've had such a short stay after such a major injury. Plus he went back to school just a few days after he returned home. Like I said, unbelievable.

I liked Jake's family. They were sweet and I've always wanted a large family, so I was more than a bit envious. I did not, however, like Samantha, or Sam as she is often called. I just did not understand the attraction… She got annoying very quickly. None of the other characters really made a lasting impression. I can't remember anyone's name for the life of me. All I remember is that all of Jake's siblings had names that started with the letter "J."

While I'm really enjoying this male perspective kick that's going around the young adult novel community, What I Didn't Say was obviously written by a woman. The character's thoughts and ideas seemed very forced. It was very uncomfortable to read. Depending on the point-of-view, in which her other books are written, I'd like to give Ms. Taylor's work another chance. Hopefully, she can pull me into her writing with another story. Otherwise, I just don't think this author is for me.

I received and e-copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley for my honest opinion and review.

WinterHaven Sleigh Tour: The Magic of Christmas

Ed and I are happy to be a part of the WinterHaven Sleigh Tour hosted by WinterHaven Books!
For the first three weeks in December, bloggers across the blogosphere are participating in different themed "challanges."
This week bloggers are talking about their favorite winter story.

I have three favorite Christmas stories. One that everyone knows. One that many people know. And one that only my family knows about.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic. Everyone knows it, and its beloved to us and we know the story by heart. It's a story of realization and finding love within your heart during the holidays. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is about coming together with your friends and family to celebrate being together and alive and having the opportunity of life ahead.

Eloise at Christmastime by Kay Thompson, and illustrated by Hilary Knight is another one that I adore. My grandma and I used to read Eloise books together before she passed away, so they hold a very special place in my heart. Eloise is always getting into mischief. I never fail to smile when I read the Eloise books, and the movie versions aren't too shabby either. This is a great book that I will be passing on to my children.

The final book is called Santa's Story and it was a book that my aunt and uncle had made just for me. It's really just one of those "insert the receiver's name to fill in the gaps" books, but it really felt special to me when I was a child. Even now, I smile when I see my picture and name inside it. It's one of the best presents I've ever received. It makes me smile to think that my family knew, even then, that I would love reading above almost everything else.

As part of The Magic of Christmas, WinterHaven Books is hosting a give-away that will include two book bundles to be shipped to an elementary school or library of the winner's choosing. The winner will be offered a few options and they can choose what two bundles and location to ship to within the United States.  Good luck and happy holidays!

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What are some of your favorite holiday stories?

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (34)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme, hosted by Tynga's Reviews, where bloggers share the books and goodies that they've received over the week.

Edwin Didn't Get Anything To Put On His Shelves This Week

Emily's Stack for the Shelves:

From Netgalley:
Thank you to Riptide Publishing and Netgalley!

Thank you to Thomas Nelson, YA Bound and Netgalley

Thank you to Viking Adult/Penguin and Netgalley!

Thank you Random House! I've been so, so looking forward to this one!

From Edelweiss:

Huge, huge thanks and hugs to HarperTeen and Edelweiss!

I won this in a twitter giveaway from Lindsey Leavitt! 

Thank you to Pitch Dark Books, Kimberly and the Apocalypsies, and Liz from Macmillan!  

And Kim even signed my book! Insert huge grin here.

My cousin went to an Ally Condie signing and told me that she would get my book (I only have a hardcopy of Matched) signed.
She did one better! She got my book personalize and a poster from the signing signed for me!
Thanks, Lex!

What did you get for your shelves this week?
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