Monday, February 29, 2016

Stacking the Shelves | 93

For Review:
Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin Random House!


What books did you get this week?

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Meet Sarah from Kerosene Lit!

Hey guys! Today I have an interview with the lovely Sarah from Kerosene Lit!

About Sarah:
Hi, I'm Sarah, a twenty-six year old, Canadian girl who has an unapologetic obsession with reading. Kerosene Lit was created as a hobby to share my love for books in hopes of finding others with a similar passion. I can't promise a consistent posting schedule, but I can promise that I am always available to discuss anything book related. It's been wonderful to meet so many fabulous people along this journey.

What got you into reading in the first place?

I guess you could say that I’ve always been a reader. I grew up with a mother who was always reading, and I think watching her over the years has left an impression. That being said, though, in the past two years, I have been reading more than ever. Once I discovered the book community, my love for reading has skyrocketed.

To this very day, what's your favorite book and why?
That’s a really hard question. The first book that comes to mind, though, is The Program by Suzanne Young. Back before I started blogging, I used to go to the bookstore and browse the shelves in hopes of finding something interesting. I came across The Program one day and decided to pick it up. I absolutely loved it, and I’d like to thank that book for getting me into reading again.

What new release are you most looking forward to reading in 2016?
There are so many I am looking forward to. SO MANY. I could probably leave you a huge list, but I’ll leave one, as much as it pains me to do so.
The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

What's one book that you feel didn't get enough love that you read last year?
The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett. This is a wonderfully disturbing story about parallel worlds featuring morally ambiguous characters. I still haven’t heard too many people talk about this one, but I highly recommend it.

What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?
I finally read The 100 last year, so I am happy I can actually say now that the TV show far surpasses the book. Although, unlike the majority of people, I actually enjoyed the book, too.

If there was a book written about you, what would it be called and why?
I’d Rather be Reading. 
I’m not a very social person, as a rule. Under any circumstance, my usual first thought is that I’d much rather be sitting at home in my pyjamas reading.

Who's your favorite author?
Honestly, I feel like I don’t quite have one yet that stands out among others. I do really enjoy Suzanne Young, though, and I always purchase her books.

What's your favorite couple that you ship?
Emma Swan and Killian Jones from Once Upon a Time. Their relationship development is one of my favourites, and has resulted in multiple crying sessions.

What's your favorite show to binge-watch or your favorite movie?
My favourite movie of all time is Grease. Dirty Dancing is also high on my list. I have watched both of those movies more times than I can count.

Besides reading, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I feel like I need to say something really unique and exciting. But, in reality, aside from reading, I usually spend the majority of my time browsing Goodreads, scrolling through Twitter, or watching Netflix.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer the questions, Sarah!

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Friday, February 26, 2016

The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston | Review

26595315Title: The Truth
Author: Jeffry W. Johnston
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Thriller
Edition: eARC

Lies, torture, kill-there's nothing Chris and Derek wouldn't do for their younger brothers.
When Chris wakes up tied to a chair in a dark basement, he knows that he's trapped-and why. He shot and killed Derek's little brother. He had his reasons, but no matter how far Derek goes to uncover the truth about that night, Chris's story won't change. It can't. There is far too much at stake.
Derek is desperate to prove his brother didn't deserve to die. And if kidnapping his brother's killer is the only way to the truth, than he'll go to extremes. But Chris's truth is far more dangerous than Derek could have imagined, and knowing could cost both their lives...

**Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I don't know about you guys, but I'm a sucker for thriller books. There's just something about them. I love reading a book and not knowing what's going to happen while some crazy person in the novel is doing insane things that he/she just shouldn't be doing. The Truth was exactly that.

The novel follows Chris who killed Derek's little brother because he found him breaking into his home. He didn't know it was a child, all he knew was that he was home and had to protect his own little brother. So Derek takes Chris and ties him up in his basement in order to get some answers.

I loved how fast-paced this novel was. I was constantly wondering what was going on and I loved all the flashbacks to the past. It was interesting getting tiny little tidbits about what actually happened and how Chris ended up in Derek's basement in the first place. The only complaint I'd have is that I kind of guessed where the book was going towards the end and I was completely right. I need to remind myself not to guess about where books are going anymore because for some reason I hate it when I'm right because it makes me feel like I've spoiled myself!

^Me when I spoil myself^

Nonetheless, The Truth is one book that you won't want to miss. It's fast-paced and a very short read that will leave you breathless. 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

A Study in Charlotte Blog Tour!

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1)
by Brittany Cavallaro
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: March 1st 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Retellings, Fiction, Romance, Thriller

The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson–wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.
Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the prime suspects. Convinced they’re being framed, they must race against the police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.
Equal parts tender, thrilling, and hilarious, A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy brimming with wit and edge-of-the-seat suspense.

As soon as I heard about A Study in Charlotte, I knew that it was a book that I'd really like, and boy was I right!

I've watched some of Sherlock on Netflix, though I've not seen all of it. However, I do know enough about Sherlock and Watson to understand he story! A Study in Charlotte follows Jamie, who is going to a boarding school in America. He's the descendant of John Watson, and Sherlock's descendant also happens to be going to the same exact boarding school. Jamie has been following the stories of Charlotte for the longest time, so he's pretty excited to finally get to know her. The two get pretty close after a murder happens at their school and they are seen as suspects! *suspense music*

I really liked Jamie. For some reason, I feel like I haven't read that many YA books with male narrators, which is weird, because looking back at my read shelves I actually have. Maybe it's just that I've been reading a lot of books with female narrators lately. ANYWAYS. I loved reading from Jamie's point of view! He was a pretty awesome character and I loved his voice.

I also really liked Charlotte. She was so much like Sherlock! She could look at something and come to a conclusion within seconds. I also loved her story and how she said that Sherlocks were trained from a  young age to become the way that they are. They spend so much time studying in order to be able to come to conclusions and solve mysteries in the manner that they do. 

I also really liked the story overall. I think it's so awesome that the characters were actually related to Sherlock and Watson... I mean, that's just the coolest idea! Also, in this world, the Sherlock stories were written as books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but the characters were real. I'm really hoping that is expanded on a bit more in the next book, because I feel like that would be very cool with more details! I'd highly suggest giving this one a read, even if you're not the biggest Sherlock fan, because it's such a fun boarding school murder mystery!

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Logan Lerman as Jamie Watson

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Hailee Steinfeld Charlotte Holmes

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Patrick Dempsey as Jamie's father

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Follow the A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro Blog Tour and don't miss anything! Click on the banner to see the tour schedule.

Brittany Cavallaro is a poet, fiction writer, and old school Sherlockian. She is the author of the poetry collection Girl-King (University of Akron) and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She earned her BA in literature from Middlebury College and her MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, she's a PhD candidate in English literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she teaches creative writing, detective fiction, and lots of other things. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, cat, and collection of deerstalker caps. Find her at her website,, or on Twitter @skippingstones.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


I know that we are all avid book readers here, but I'm sure that we aren't so one-dimensional that reading is all that we spend our time doing. So, I thought I'd start a discussion post where we can discuss our other hobbies!

Here are my hobbies!

1. YouTube.
I don't even know where to start with this one. I spend tons of time on the computer working on my book blog, so of course I spend a lot of time on YouTube too. I love watching Aspyn & Parker's vlogs; they are probably the only people I watch religiously. I also love watching booktubers, like Sasha Alsberg and Christine Riccio. I also spend a lot of time watching parodies because I think they're so funny! 

2. Sports.
When I say sports, I don't mean watching sports! I honestly can't stand watching sports. I do, however, mean playing sports. I play both field hockey and lacrosse, though I prefer field hockey because I started playing that a few years before I started lacrosse, so it's more of a part of me than lacrosse. However, they are both enjoyable! 

3. Netflix.
OF COURSE I HAD TO PUT NETFLIX ON THIS LIST. I recently have spent tons of time watching anime. I watched Death Note and Sword Art Online, so I'm currently watching SOA II now because the first one was so good. I also have watched and enjoyed How I Met Your Mother, Parks & Recreation, Doctor Who, Once Upon a Time, Gossip Girl, 90210, and New Girl. I'm sure there's others... I spend a lot of time on Netflix.

4. Music.
I am literally always listening to music. I mainly listen while reading, doing homework, doing chores... so basically always. I've been currently listening to (and LOVING) the Broadway Hamilton soundtrack. It's the bomb dot com, so if you haven't checked it out, I highly suggest that you do.

5. Social Media.
I really like scrolling through social media. I don't usually post things, but I love just scrolling through and seeing what all my friends are up to.

What are some of your hobbies besides reading?

Monday, February 22, 2016

Firstlife by Gena Showalter | Review

25785357Title: Firstlife (Everlife #1)
Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Science Fiction
Edition: eARC

Tenley "Ten" Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl... who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she'll live-after she dies.
There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.
In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she's drawn to isn't home to the boy she's falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision...

**Thanks so much to Harlequin Teen for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

 By now, I'm sure that almost everyone knows that I'm a sucker for a good science fiction/fantasy novel. That's what instantly drew me into Firstlife. That, and I'd heard pretty good things about Gena Showalter's past novels. I mean, how could I possibly pass this one up?
First life follows a girl named Tenley. She's been locked up because she won't choose with Everlife she wants to go to. You see, in Tenley's world, you have more than one life, because Firstlife is just like round one. After Firstlife, you enter Everlife, but only if you've signed with either Myriad or Troika, two opposing realms. Ten's family is signed with Myriad, but she's not sure that's the right place for her. I mean, how does one possibly choose? So she's locked up and is constantly abused because she hasn't chosen. To make matters worse, her parents are forcing Vans to pretty much make her choose Myriad, it seems. 

Ten was an okay character. I found it pretty cool that she was obsessed with numbers and I can understand why she didn't know who to sign with. However, it almost got annoying at times because she just wouldn't choose who she wanted. I understand that was the premise of the book, but still. I'd get really into the book at times and then it would be brought up again that she didn't know which side she wanted to be on. To make matters even better, she had an attractive guy from each realm fighting for her to hurry up and choose. 
Now that I briefly mentioned the two guys, I thought it's worth noting that I actually really liked them. At first, I liked Killian because he was very unique and I loved the way that he spoke. He always called people "lass". However, I ended up liking Archer more. I don't really know why. I just feel that he wasn't as forceful when it came to choosing realms. 

It was hard at times to really see the differences that these two realms had, so I hope that those differences are further developed in book two, which I am eagerly anticipating.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

How Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKay | Review

26529609Title: How Willa Got Her Groove Back
Author: Emily McKay
Publisher: Entangled Crush
Release Date: February 22, 2016
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Contemporary
Series: Creative HeArts #2
Edition: eARC

When your life feels like a bad movie, rewrite the script.
When Willa Schofer's father comes home from a business trip with an uber-famous new fiancee, Willa's senior year blows up in paparazzi-fueled flames. Overnight, she has a new house, a new car, and a new soon-to-be stepbrother-the unbelievably hot, unbelievably arrogant, Finn McCain. Thank god he's constantly pushing her buttons, or she might do something irresponsible. Like fall for the jerk.
Just when Willa's decided to avoid him for, oh, ever, Finn lands in the center of her senior project team. Seriously-how hard is it to shake a guy? At least her work on the project snagged the attention of the (second) hottest guy in school. He might only be into her because of her famous stepmom, and he's not quite as exciting as a certain annoying housemate, but at least she's allowed to crush on the guy.
Because crushing on your annoying stepbrother? So not cool.
This Entangled Crush book contains an unbelievably hot bad boy, an unbelievably famous actress, and all the drama that comes with adding both to your family. Oh, and a forbidden flirtation with a soon-to-be stepbrother. 

**Thanks so much to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I'm a big contemporary fan as of the last year, so I knew that I would definitely love How Willa Got Her Groove Back. The story follows a girl named Willa whose father works in the movie business. When he comes back from filming one movie in particular, he decides to bring Willa out to dinner only to drop a bomb on her: he's getting married to the starlet of the last movie that he helped with. Not only that, but the fiancee also has a son named Finn who will be living with them. Plus, they may all have to move into a new house that's much bigger and in a spot where the paparazzi can't easily get to them.

 I really felt for Willa. I don't know how I'd respond if I was in a situation like she was! I'd probably make a run for it, just like she did. She handled the situation a little better after that, though. Probably better than I would. At the same time, it was pretty cool that her father was marrying a celebrity, even if she was known for her many marriages in the past. 

Finn was a pretty cool character. I mean, the name Finn has always been one of my favorites, so how could I not like him? I felt a little upset with him though because he was trying to get Willa to be okay with the marriage just so he could get millions of dollars from his trust fund. That was kind of a dirty thing to do, in my opinion. But I guess it would get his mother off his back and out of his life, which he kind of wanted. 

I definitely can't wait to read more in this series! If you've not read the first book, you can still read this one because it's more of a companion, which is great! I suggest checking it out if you love contemporaries!

Meet Mariah from Vibin With Books!

Hey guys! Today I have an awesome interview with Mariah for all of you!

About Mariah:
Hi! My names Mariah, I'm a 19-year-old english major living in California. Vibin With Books is my little corner of the internet where I can post reviews on books (usually spoiler free, but sometimes I just need to let my fangirl fly free, ya know?), a shelfie here and there, some memes, a new book boyfriend or a book recommendation :)

Also, here's Mariah!

1. What got you into reading in the first place?
What got me into reading was my 5th grade reading class! Besides the book reports we had to do, we had a little library in the back of our classroom that our teacher pushed us all to check out and read as much as possible. I wasn't (and am still not) a great student, but I noticed that I was surprisingly good at reading. My friend and I made a bet to see who could finish Small Steps by Louis Sachar first, and I won by two days. After rubbing it in her face since I was a little brat, I immediately asked my mom for a library card and my obsession began!

2. To this very day, what's your favorite book and why?
That's a HUGE tie between Twilight by Stephanie Meyer and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. VA kicked started my obsession with badass female heroines while Twilight was the first book that, not only introduced me to the fantasy genre, but I became OBSESSED with. If I could have ingested that series I would have. I dressed and acted like Bella for a good portion of my awkward preteen years and I thank the Lord every day that no one took my picture. Just, agh. *shudders*

3. What new release are you most looking forward to reading in 2016?
I'm most looking forward to Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I'M SO FREAKING EXCITED! Not only because I can already tell Emma Carstairs is gonna rival Jace and Will in hilarious one-liners and being an all around badass, but we get to see the Mortal Instruments gang again AND MY HEART IS GONNA EXPLODE. I need more Clace and Sizzy in my life, and I also cannot wait to see how the relationship changes between Emma and Julian as the book progresses.

4. What's one book that you feel didn't get enough love that you read last year?
Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame! You actually brought this book to my attention through the book blitz you did a couple weeks ago and I thought it sounded like the perfect, fluffy contemporary. When I saw it at Target a couple days later I was hit with the biggest "I NEED THIS BOOK IN MY LIFE" moment ever and snagged it. I'm wholeheartedly in love with this trilogy and with Tyler and Eden. I dont even know what it is about those two, but they've sunk their claws into me and I'm hooked. Plus Estelle is a fellow booklover and 18-YEARS-OLD. Yep. Excuse me while I go cry about my life now.

5. If there was a book written about you, what would it be called and why?
Hmmm, this is a tough one. Can Maggie Stiefvater or Markus Zusak write it please? Or maybe Jandy Nelson. HOW 'BOUT A COLAB? I would ugly cry for days if this happened. I honestly can't even think of a name for it. I'm assuming it would be a contemporary? Or maybe something book-worthy will actually happen in my life, like I'll grow wings or a guard of some sort will whisk me away and tell me I'm the long lost heir to a magical land. But ugh, if we're talking about reality here, I'd name it "Finding her way" since that's what I'm doing right now; trying to find my way in the world. Hopefully it would involve a hot neighbor *crosses my fingers and toes because PLEASE*

6. Who's your favorite author?
My favorite author would have to be Sarah J. Maas, I'm absolute Throne of Glass trash. Even though certain things happened in Queen of Shadows that I'm not thrilled about, I'm so invested in the character's lives that this series, and the author, will never NOT be a favorite of mine. Her writing is absolutely enthralling and beautiful, and her stories know just how to beak my heart into a million pieces.

7. What's your favorite couple that you ship? (YES, they can be from different books, or even a TV character with a book character!)

8. What's your favorite show to binge-watch or your favorite movie?
My favorite movie is Tangled, with Mean Girls, Cheetah Girls 2, Captain America 2, and Princess Diaries 2 coming in at a close second. Clearly I love sequels, and clearly Captain America doesn't fit in with my leading ladies but I don't care. That movie was AMAZING!

9. Besides reading, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I love food, so I'm sure as hell eating chocolate or inhaling pasta at any point in the day. Does working count as something I love do in my spare time? Because I work with my best friends at a country club and some of the golfers... excuse me, *fans my face* HUBBA HUBBA. I also love driving and blasting my music, watching movies, watching food videos on buzzfeed, taking picture of my books and occasionally staring at my shelves for hours. 

Thanks for stopping by, Mariah! It was so much fun reading your answers and getting to know you better!

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