Jul 5, 2015

Building the Book Pile #143

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

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

What's Happening?! 
How was your week ? Let me know in the comments.
Another week (and month) come and gone and I finally remembered my BtBP post! :) - Sorry I forgot one last week :/ So much reading for my readathon and I was trying to write a bunch of reviews too - which I did and I am scheduled out for a few weeks now :D 

Hope everyone in the US had a nice 4th of July, we went to a friends and lit off fireworks but left at a decent hour which was good.


I hope you all had a wonderful week! Let me know in the comments!


  Giveaways Going on NOW



Coming up on the Blog...


Recent Reads: Flicker by Rob Hunt (MG)
Recent Reads: Atlantis Twisting Tides by Allie Burton (New Adult, Novella)
Recent Reads: Calico Joe by John Grisham (Adult)
Recent Reads: Rick and Morty #3 by Zac Gorman (Comic)
  Recent Reads: Amulet Series #1-3 Kazu Kibuishi (Graphic Novel, MG)
      

Books Received this Week

 Physical Books

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas WON from Loves Book Reviews

The Banished Craft by E.D.E. Bell from author and Candace's Book Tours for review


 Library Books

Nightbird  Amulet, Vol. 2: The Stonekeeper's Curse (Amulet, #2)  Amulet, Vol. 3: The Cloud Searchers (Amulet, #3)
 

Have you missed anything lately?  


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                     Happy Reading!

                  Jul 3, 2015

                  Recent Reads: From the Ashes by Shelby Morrison

                  From the Ashes (Legend of the Liberator #1)
                  From the Ashes by Shelby Morrison
                  Series: Legend of the Liberator #1
                  Publication Date:  May 3, 2015


                   

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



                  Rating:


                   


                   

                  Goodreads Synopsis: 
                  For eighteen years Aia Wynnald has lived a lie. Raised as a highborn in the Kingdom of Tharien, she’s filled her days with tutors and archery lessons. But simmering beneath her polite surface is a dangerous gift, one which she must keep a secret. Aia is a Bender. And in Tharien, Benders are feared and hunted.
                  When her unruly power breaks free with dire repercussions, Aia’s lifelong goal of independence shatters. As she scrambles to piece her life back together while evading capture, she disturbs a vengeful force intent on destroying the kingdom.
                  Now, with the help of an unlikely ally, Aia will decide the fate of Tharien. To rescue those she cares about will require accepting what she is. But can she risk becoming the monster she’s dreaded to save the very citizens baying for her blood?
                   Review: 
                  From the Ashes is a story about a teenage girl who has the gift of bending - she can manipulate the world around her, and where she comes from that means death. We follow Maia/ Aia through her journey to get away from the powers trying to kill her. 
                   
                  I love a good fantasy and this is just that - a good one. I was happy to have read it and the plot was very good but for some strange reason I found myself dragging through it. 

                  Side rant: Maia goes by the name Aia and for a long time I was reading I didn't notice the name changes then all of a sudden I did and though there were a lot of typos - then I realized that apparently the main character was going two names but for a whole 5 minutes I was very confused (too much reading maybe)

                  Anyways - Aia is on the run, she is a teen girl who has up until today been hidden and fro the beginning it was hard for me to grasp her age, sometimes it reads like she is 14 and other times 18, but the plot was a very good one. The readers gets to view the search for Aia from her perspective and from a Breaker - one of the guys in charge of finding her and I really enjoyed that. However what I enjoyed the most were all the twists in the plotline - there were quite a few of them. Some you can see coming both others were very out of nowhere and I loved it. The chase for Aia to hide and Cole to find her were riveting.

                  Like I mentioned though, I felt somewhat disconnected to the character, her age is stated but sometimes isn't too believable. So I found it hard to engage with her - thus the dragging of the book for me and the 4 and not 5 star rating. 

                  Overall, it was a very good read.



                   

                  Jul 2, 2015

                  Recent Reads: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest


                  A Shade of Vampire (A Shade of Vampire, #1)A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
                  Series: A Shade of Vampire #1
                  Publisher: CreateSpace
                  Publication Date:  December 17, 2012



                   

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


                  Rating:


                   


                   


                   Goodreads Synopsis: 
                  On the evening of Sofia Claremont's seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.

                  A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

                  She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
                  An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

                  Sofia's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.

                  Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

                  Will she succeed? ...or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?
                   Review: 
                  I received this book in my email a LONG time ago and as some ebooks do they get lost in the pile of physical books toppling off your shelf since they are sitting on ereaders in the abyss. Luckily I found this one before a readathon and was DETERMINED to get to read it. It took no time at all for me to be hooked. I love vampire books, I always have, even before... well you know the series... anywho this book was wonderful. 

                  Let's start with the plot - girl gets taken to an island of vampires where she is bound to serve the prince there - sound good so far? gets better - prince isn't as beastly as the rest and there is hope for her. (Swoon).
                  Now this doesn't mean that there aren't your fair share of 'oh crap did that just happen moments' because there were a good amount of them.

                  Here is where I would like to say that is book may be a trigger - there are scenes that do not depict rape but get pretty close and that can be hard for people to read - I know that - so there is your warning.

                  Sofia is the teen that is taken and she is taken as a gift for the prince, only to find that he isn't really all that bad. She is strong and confident but also does a good job playing the helpless - although I don't think enough at times. 

                  I really enjoyed this book, the plot had wonderful ups and downs, I liked and hated characters, and I wanted more, OH SO MUCH more! I hope to read the rest of this series as soon as time allows.


                   

                  Jul 1, 2015

                  Monthly Re-Cap: June 2015


                  Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

                  Hello Summer! Can you believe it is already July? This past month was crazy and wonderful.

                  June was a pretty slow reading month until the last week. I had a week off for my stay-cation and there was a readathon (yay). So in that last full week of June week I read about 9 books and a few comics. I love readathons they really get my butt into gear and I read a bunch of ebooks that have been sitting in my email forever. 

                  Sometimes ebooks are so easy to forget about since you don't see them in a pile somewhere, am I right? Does anyone else have that problem?

                  Since I didn't read all these until the last week, there aren't many review links :/ but the reviews will be coming very soon :)

                  What did you read or listen to in June? 

                  Link me up in the comments section! 

                   

                       ~~Books Read in June ~~   

                    
                    Beautiful You: A Novel  The Friday Society      October Faction Volume 1 (October Faction, #1)  Being Layla Hart  Vivian Apple at the End of the World (Vivian Apple, #1)  A Brave Day for Harold Brown  A Shade of Vampire (A Shade of Vampire, #1)  Harley Quinn (2013-) #17  Persephone (Daughters of Zeus #1)  From the Ashes (Legend of the Liberator #1)  Flicker  Atlantis Twisting Tides  Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper (Amulet, #1)  Calico Joe  Rick and Morty #3 by Zac Gorman    Retaliation


                  ~~Links to Reviews ~~
                  I have linked some reviews that won't be up until THIS week so please be patient, thanks!
                  These reviews coming very soon... 
                  • Flicker by Rob Hunt (MG) - 5 stars
                  • Atlantis Twisting Tides (Lost Daughters of Atlantis Novella) by Allie Burton (NA) - 4 stars 
                  • Amulet Volume 1: The Stonekeeper by Kabu Kibuishi (MG) - 4 stars
                  • Calico Joe by John Grisham (Adult) - 5 stars 
                  • Rick and Morty #3 by Zac Gorman - 4 stars
                  • Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad Chapter 6 by Jeffery Burandt (Comic) -4 stars
                  • Retaliation by Yasmin Shiraz (YA) - 5 stars 
                   

                  Cover Reveal: Darkness Brutal by Rachel Marks



                  DARKNESS BRUTAL by Rachel A. Marks
                  Release Day Celebration
                  July 1st, 2015



                  ABOUT THE BOOK


                  DARKNESS BRUTAL
                  The Dark Cycle, Book 1
                  Author: Rachel A. Marks

                  Release Date: July 1st, 2015
                  Publisher:  Skyscape

                  Aidan O’Linn’s childhood ended the night he saw a demon kill his mother and mark his sister, Ava, with Darkness. Since then, every three years the demons have returned to try to claim her. Living in the gritty, forgotten corners of Los Angeles, Aidan has managed to protect his sister, but he knows that even his powers to fight demons and speak dead languages won’t keep her safe for much longer.

                  In desperation, Aidan seeks out the help of Sid, the enigmatic leader of a group of teens who run LA Paranormal, an Internet reality show that fights demons and ghosts. In their company, Aidan believes he’s finally found a haven for Ava. But when he meets Kara, a broken girl who can spin a hypnotic web of passionate energy, he awakens powers he didn’t know he had―and unleashes a new era of war between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness.

                  With the fate of humanity in his hands, can Aidan keep the Darkness at bay and accept his brilliant, terrifying destiny?

                  BOOK LINKS
                  http://www.amazon.com/Darkness-Brutal-The-Dark-Cycle/dp/1477830790

                  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25010747-darkness-brutal?from_search=true&search_version=service



                  ABOUT THE AUTHOR

                  Rachel A. Marks is a writer and artist, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. Her four kids and amazing hubby put up with her nerdiness with tremendous grace, even when she makes them watch Buffy or Smallville re-runs for days on end. She was voted: Most Likely To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she'll never have to test the theory.

                  Check out www.RachelAnneMarks.com for a sample chapter!
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                  @RachelAnneMarks to chat with the author!







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                  Jun 30, 2015

                  Recent Reads: Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Kaite Coyle


                  Vivian Apple at the End of the World (Vivian Apple, #1)Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle
                  Series: Vivian Apple #1
                  Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
                  Publication Date:  January 5, 2015



                   

                  Format: Paperback ARC
                  Source: From the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review of the book.


                  Rating:

                   


                   

                  Goodreads Synopsis: 
                  Seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple never believed in the evangelical Church of America, unlike her recently devout parents. But when Vivian returns home the night after the supposed "Rapture," all that’s left of her parents are two holes in the roof. Suddenly, she doesn't know who or what to believe. With her best friend Harp and a mysterious ally, Peter, Vivian embarks on a desperate cross-country roadtrip through a paranoid and panic-stricken America to find answers. Because at the end of the world, Vivian Apple isn't looking for a savior. She's looking for the truth.
                   Review: 
                  When I read the synopsis for this book I was curious about how the author would portray this Rapture and the events afterward and so I wanted to read the book. I am not sure if I will continue this series though. Granted I found this first book enjoyable. Here is where I struggled - the parents are crazy! and even if they are in a cult wouldn't most parents make their children participate as well?... I mean if I was Vivian's age I think mine would have made me go with them - it is kind of like church, they go, you go but maybe I am just crazy too... who knows.

                  Anywho, on with the review - Vivian Apple suddenly finds herself without her parents in a post-rapture world. She doesn't know what to do, where they are, and she wants answers. After a few false steps, Vivian finds herself on a journey to the cult leaders secret compound to find out the true about her parents and the rapture and what she finds is SO not what she expects. 

                  Vivian, the main character, was a good one. She starts as this shy wallflower and emerges into this take-charge, taking names girl in the post-apocalypse. She was interesting and I enjoyed her tale but I was more excited about her diverse best friend Harp, who used to be the take charge and slowly disintegrated in the aftermath. I found her to be a stronger character - she had a lot of influence - and she wasn't white - so rare in YA. Loved it. Then there is Peter, he seemed good enough in this book but I wasn't swooning...

                  Overall I thought this was a cool take on this what-if scenario. I think these teens acted accordingly given the situation and I think the book was good - but like I said through it all I kept thinking 'my parents would have made me...'


                   

                  Jun 29, 2015

                  Recent Reads: Harley Quinn #17 by Amanda Conner


                  Harley Quinn (2013-) #17Harley Quinn: The Gang of Harleys! By Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
                  Series: The New 52, Harley Quinn #17
                  Publisher: DC Comics
                  Publication Date:  June 10, 2015



                   

                  Format: Paperback Comic
                  Source: Bought, Own


                  Rating:


                   



                  Goodreads Synopsis: 
                  They’re here—the Gang of Harleys has arrived! Because the world demanded more Harley Quinn, Harley has answered the call—will a dozen more Harleys do the trick? Meet Carli Quinn, Harley Queen, HanukQuinn, and many, many, MANY more in a story that will have your sides splitting!
                  Review: 
                  As if these comics could not get any more crazy. Harley has banded together a group of Harleys to fight crime around the city - I guess this is another stunt after she was Powergirl's sidekick in earlier issues. She wants some vigilante justice in her own homicidal kind of way.

                  I love Harley and I love these comics they can always throw me for a loop. Just when you think you know whats about to happen the writers throw in some crazy, off-the-wall, nonsense that is hilarious. I can't say much more without giving away this wonderful ending but lets just say - you are going to want to pick this one up.



                   

                  Jun 27, 2015

                  Crazy for Summer Readathon Day 7

                  I am on Vacation this week and was planning to read anyway and then I found this amazing Readathon! It runs from June 21st to June 27th and is hosted by Tessa and Max @ Crazy for YA. (Click that link to sign up!)

                  This week I plan to read ALL the things (or a least a big chunk of them) and participate in the Daily Challenges and Posts.


                  DAY 7 Challenge: Guess the Last Line
                  To make this a little easier but not too easy - I will be choosing last lines from the books I have read this week, so it is matching :)
                   
                  Here are your answer choices...


                  a. A Shade of Vampire (A Shade of Vampire, #1)    b. Persephone (Daughters of Zeus #1)     c. Atlantis Twisting Tides    d.Flicker  
                  e. From the Ashes (Legend of the Liberator #1)    f. A Brave Day for Harold Brown    g. Vivian Apple at the End of the World (Vivian Apple, #1)

                  Here are your clues...
                  1. __ "A woman with my own mind."
                  2. __ "The with a small pop the petals of the flower burst into the air"
                  3. __ "Someone was watching me."
                  4. __ "The cool, dark cavernous room returned to a state of calm." 
                  5. __ "She lead me up the hill, to where the car was parked, and we head out into the dying wold to find Peter." 
                  6. __ "Blood will be shed."
                  7. __"Oh, Harold." 

                  DAY 7 Progress:
                  # of books finished: 2 comics
                  # of pages read: 54

                  Readathon Re-Cap 
                  I read...  

                  All the books above for the Last Line Challenge and in addition, I read: 

                  Harley Quinn (2013-) #17  Calico Joe  Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper (Amulet, #1)  Rick and Morty #3  Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad

                  Here are the Achievements I completed:
                  On Friday I read Calico Joe - from my library, on Thursday I read over 400 pages, and read three books which pushed me over the 5 book TBR Tackler point :)


                    
                  Overall Progress:
                  # of books finished: 9 +3 comics
                  # of pages read: 1504