Aug 2, 2015

Building the Book Pile #147

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

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

WOOOO August is here and I am excited for ARC August (but also a little sad because this summer has been flying by)!

arc august
This week has been a strange one - my husband convinced me to let him by an old beat up pick-up truck (we have named her Penny). 

I have been working extended days to have my Fridays off and by working I mean sitting at my desk bored out of my mind b/c it is summer and there is NOTHING to do (First world problems, I know!), but it is making my days even longer

....hm what else... I started trying to exercise more... kinda...sorta...uggg.:/ (love the commitment there, right?!) I am signed up for a 5K a long time ago but it happens to be in a week and I am SO out of shape. (Note: I am a lazy bum)

Oh and it was humid and in the 90s again without AC... it is a slow and painful death. (Glad you are all here to read this, I know I am insane)

So... I think that is all the crazy from this week, hope you are well! Let me know how your week was!



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



  Giveaways Going on NOW


Still nothin', I'm workin on it though!

Coming up on the Blog...

Early Reader Review Reads: October Faction Volume 1 (Graphic Novel)
Early Reader Review: Terrible Typhoid Mary by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (MG, Nonfiction)
Early Reader Review: Con Academy by Joe Schreiber (YA)

Early Reader Review: Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell (YA)
Recent Reads: Rick and Morty #4 by Zac Gorman (Comic)
ARC August Weekend 2 Plans and Re-Cap


      

Books Received this Week

Books

    The Looney Experiment

The Looney Experiment by Luke Reynolds from BookLook Bloggers for Review.

Aug 1, 2015

ARC August Weekend #1 Re-Cap


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ARC August Weekend #1:
Saturday Preview and Re-cap

Happy August!

It is finally time for me to get things rolling with ARC August and I couldn't be more excited to do it. I have 6 books that were in my goals list and so many more from Publishers that I would love to get to!


This week I am planning on reading: 

  Sacrificed by Emily Wibberley and Golden by Melinda Michaels

Sacrificed (The Last Oracle, #1)Golden



None to report yet :P Good Luck Everyone! <3

Jul 31, 2015

Monthly Re-Cap: July 2015


Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

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

Hello All and Happy End of July - I am a little sad that we are already this far through the summer :/ This month has been pretty fun though. My hubby and I did a lot of fun outdoorsy things and we also have veggies in our garden (finally - yum!).

As far as reading goes, I had a bit of a slump after my Readathon madness that was June, but I read a bunch of books I got from the library - I am LOVING my library. :) and I am still getting through my ebooks sitting in my email, so if you are waiting on a review - no worries it should arrive soon.


How was your July? Do anything fun?

What did you read or listen to in July? 

Link me up in the comments section! 

 

     ~~Books Read in July ~~     



Amulet, Vol. 2: The Stonekeeper's Curse (Amulet, #2)  Amulet, Vol. 3: The Cloud Searchers (Amulet, #3)   Max's Wild Night  Powerpuff Girls: Super Smash-Up   Nightbird  Survive the Night  Atlantis Glacial Tides: Lost Daughters of Atlantis Book 5  Amulet, Vol. 4: The Last Council (Amulet, #4)  Exquisite Corpse Amulet, Vol. 5: Prince of the Elves (Amulet, #5)  Rick and Morty #4  Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
                   



~~Links to Reviews ~~
 

Jul 30, 2015

Cover Reveal: House of Grimm by Ashley Dawson

I love when titles are intriguing and I love it even more when the cover really pulls you in - and this one definitely does!

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House of Grimm by Ashley Dawson



  


Goodreads Synopsis: 
After her best friend is the victim of a grisly murder, Dora is dragged unwillingly into a frenzied hunt for answers in this riveting young-adult debut from Ashley Dawson.

The town of Grimsby is home to horrid secrets, including the true identity of the homicidal book writers in the old estate on the hill–the Brothers Grimm. And Dora is only the latest in a long line of their fairy tale characters destined for an untimely end. With the youngest brother taking a liking to her, she must figure out how to rewrite her story with his help, before the eldest brother writes her off for good.

 What do you think?!


 

Jul 29, 2015

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

25385290Even Monsters Say Goodnight by Doreen Mulryan Marts
Publisher: Capstone
Publication Date:  August 1, 2015



 

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


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Goodreads Synopsis: 
It's bedtime, and Avery hates bedtime. She is positive that there are monsters under her bed, especially on Halloween. Where else would all of those monsters sleep? After a thorough discussion with her mom about the monster situation, Avery finally goes to her room. Does she dare check under the bed? A mix of story text and speech bubbles blend seamlessly in this humorous bedtime tale that both parents and children will relate to.
 Review: 
I saw this cover and had to read this adorable book. As a fan of Halloween year round, much like Avery, the main character - I was so excited to get the chance to read it. 

Avery is a young girl who does not want to go to bed - there are monsters. So her mother explains that all the monsters are in bed too. The book is a cute question and answer session between Avery and her mother about all the monsters. 

This would be a wonderful book for kids that don't want to go to bed due to bumps in the night. I found the story adorable and think that it is relatable to kids and parents alike and is a fun book with bright and engaging images.



 

Jul 28, 2015

Recent Reads: Amulet #5 by Kazu Kibuishi


Amulet, Vol. 5: Prince of the Elves (Amulet, #5)Amulet: Prince of the Elves by Kabu Kibuishi
Series: Amulet #5
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date:  September 1, 2012



 

Format: Paperback
Source: Library


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Goodreads Synopsis: 
THE ENEMY GROWS STRONGER...

Emily survived the chaos of the Guardian Academy, but Max Griffin has stolen the Mother Stone. With it, the Elf King forges new Amulets that will give him the power to invade and destroy the nation of Windsor. Emily and her friends lead the soldiers of the Cielis Guard in a fight to stop him, but Max stands in their way. And when she seeks information from the Voice of her Amulet, she discovers that the Voice is much more sinister than she ever could have imagined.
 
 Review: 
I love this series, it is wonderful for a middle grade reader, and adult reader - it is just a lot of fun. Every page is beautifully drawn and the colors lend to the mood and ongoing theme. Emily is getting stronger and is learning more and more about the war she is about to be in and the people she needs to save. Her determination is the best part about this installment. She is strong and I love a strong female lead especially in a graphic novel. 

I can't wait to see where the next few books take me in the series - I am most excited to learn more about Emily's brother Max who seems like he will have a bigger part coming up...



 

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.

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



  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)

Cover Reveal: House of Grimm by Ashly Dawson (YA)

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.


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              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


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              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.