Saturday, April 25, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (57)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

This week was my library's annual book sale so I got a lot of good stuff!

Purchased:
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A UK Edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
LOOK HOW PRETTY IT IS. I love the UK editions, so I've been buying them whenever I see them anywhere. :)

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Random books in the House of Night series:
Awakened
Hidden
Untamed 
Tempted
Yes I know they're out of order... I've been collecting them all so I can marathon them this summer because I loved the first two books!

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Heist Society by Ally Carter
I loved All Fall Down so I really want to read more by her!

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Yolo by Lauren Myracle
This series is hilarious!

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On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers

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By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead

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Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

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A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 

What books did you get this week?!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Book Review: Just One Night by Gayle Forman

22021611Title: Just One Night
Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Viking Children's Books
Release Date: May 29, 2014
Source: Purchased
Edition: ebook (40 pages)
Series: Just One Day #2.5

After spending one life-changing day in Paris with laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter, sheltered American good girl Allyson “Lulu” Healey discovered her new lover had disappeared without a trace. Just One Day followed Allyson’s quest to reunite with Willem; Just One Year chronicled the pair’s year apart from Willem’s perspective. Now, back together at last, this delectable e-novella reveals the couple’s final chapter.

THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS IF YOU'VE NOT READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS.

First of all, let me start off by saying that I used to not be the biggest contemporary fan. I used to see a contemporary book and I'd scoff because ew, romance is cheesy.

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But then, in just one book, that all changed. I read Just One Day, and I breezed right through it in a day. I then read Just One Year the next day, and it was even better. This series made me love romance books!
Whenever I see a romance book now, I'm completely excited!

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Anyways, this book! Just One Night is the companion to this companion series that tells you how it all ends. Even though it's so short,  it had everything I needed to hear in it. Allyson and Willem are just the best couple ever, and when I found that they ended up together and finally found each other I couldn't have been happier. I still get super happy thinking about them! I JUST LOVE THEM SO MUCH.

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Anyways, if you've read the first two books in this series, then definitely pick up this one. If you've not read the first two, then what are you doing with your life!?!? GO READ THEM NOW. GO GO GO!

Notable Quotes:

Saying goodbye is less fraught this time. They have done it now once, like normal people: leave, come back. It builds confidence.

It was so new that day: the liberation of being honest, o being brave, maybe a little stupid.

But today it feels as though home has come to him.

When Allyson smiles, Willem is reminded of a sunrise. A bit of light, then more of it, then a burst of brightness. A sunrise is something you can see all the time and still marvel at. Maybe that is why her smile feels so familiar. He has seen many sunrises.

This isn't about her. It was catalyzed by her, and she's woven up in it, but this is ultimately about him and his life and what he needs to do to make himself whole. He's stopped drifting, he's stopped being tossed around by the wind.

The truth and its opposite are flip sides of the same coin.

There is so much to say. It is like shoving all the sand of the world into an hourglass. Or trying to get it out.

Rating:
 Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Book Blast: They Call Me Alexandra Gastone

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Today I have a super awesome book to share with you guys thanks to MMSAI tours!

About the Book

Title: They Call Me Alexandra Gastone
Author: T.A. MacLagan
Release Date: May 20, 2015
Publisher: Full Fathom Five Digital


Displaying 25218070.jpgWhen your life is a lie, how do you know what's real? Alexandra Gastone has a simple plan: graduate high school, get into Princeton, work for the CIA, and serve her great nation. She was told the plan back when her name was Milena Rokva, back before the real Alexandra and her family were killed in a car crash. Milena was trained to be a sleeper agent by Perun, a clandestine organization from her true homeland of Olissa. There, Milena learned everything she needed to infiltrate the life of CIA analyst Albert Gastone, Alexandra's grandfather, and the ranks of America's top intelligence agency. For seven years, "Alexandra" has been on standby and life's been good. Grandpa Alber loves her, and her strategically chosen boyfriend, Grant, is amazing. But things are about to change. Perun no longer needs her at the CIA in five years' time. They need her active now. Between her cover as a high school girl-juggling a homecoming dance, history reports, and increasingly suspicious boyfriend-and her mission in this high-stakes spy game, the boundaries of her two lives are beginning to blue. Will she stay true to the country she barely remembers, or has her loyalty shattered along with her identity? 

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About the Author:

T.A. Maclagan is a Kansas girl by birth but now lives in the bush-clad hills of Wellington, New Zealand with her Kiwi husband, son and four pampered cats. With a bachelor’s degree in biology and a Ph.D. in anthropology, she’s studied poison dart frogs in the rainforests of Costa Rica, howler monkeys in Panama and the very exotic and always elusive American farmer. It was as she was writing her ‘just the facts’ dissertation that T.A. felt the call to pursue something more imaginative and discovered a passion for creative writing. They Call Me Alexandra Gastone is her first novel.


You can find her online at:

Facebook: /tamaclagan
Twitter: @tamaclagan 
Pinterest: /tamaclagan 

Giveaway:

1 Winner will get a $20 gift card Amazon and a THEY CALL ME ALEXANDRA GASTONE swag pack including a key chain, magnet and bookmark.

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