Stacking the Shelves · Tag/Meme

Stacking the Shelves – October 7

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Hello there! Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Usually a weekly meme, mine pop up on a monthly basis. These are the books I’ve acquired since the September edition. Titles link to Goodreads.

Bought

A Pizza My Heart (Pizzathology book 1) edited by Jolene Haley

SELIA’S Promise: A Short Story by Christina McMullen

Borrowed

Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (audiobook)

Won/Gifted/ARC

 

What did you add to your shelves recently?

❤ Julia

Book Review

Review – Free-Wrench by Joseph R. Lallo

In my early Kindle days, when I read at all hours of the night/day while nursing my son, I read The Book of Deacon. There were a lot of books read during that time, so the fact that I remember reading and enjoying it means…something. Something good, I think. I fully intend to read it again sometime and leave it with a proper review.

One day I was browsing the “just added” audiobooks on Hoopla when the familiar name Joseph R. Lallo caught my eye. So I favorited Free-Wrench for when I was ready for a new audiobook.

I was also excited to see the rest of the Deacon series is available, as well as most of Lallo’s sci-fi series Big Sigma. The wide selection of titles, often including indie-pubbed works, is one of the reasons I really enjoy Hoopla.

Continue reading “Review – Free-Wrench by Joseph R. Lallo”

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves – June 3

Stacking the Shelves

Hello there! Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Usually a weekly meme, mine pop up on a monthly basis. These are the books I’ve acquired since the May edition.

Bought

A Space Girl from Earth (The Kyroibi Trilogy Book 1) by Christina McMullen

The Extraction List by Renee N. Meland

The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

The Legacy Human (Singularity Series Book 1) by Susan Kaye Quinn

Borrowed

Managed by Kristen Callihan

Sweet Southern Trouble by Michele Summers

Craving by Helen Hardt

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia, audiobook [Review]

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, audiobook

Beastly Bones by Will Ritter

Free-Wrench by Joseph R. Lallo, audiobook

Starflight by Melissa Landers

Won/Gifted/ARC

Before the Rain Falls by Camille Di Maio [Review]

Breakfast in Texas by Terry Anderson [Review]

Blood Oath and Badlands by Melissa Lenhardt

Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer

 

Stacking the Shelves · Tag/Meme

Stacking the Shelves – April 2

Stacking the Shelves

Hello there! Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Usually a weekly meme, mine pop up on a monthly basis. These are the books I’ve acquired since the March edition. (Titles are links to Goodreads) Continue reading “Stacking the Shelves – April 2”

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Stacking the Shelves – March 5

Stacking the Shelves

Hello there! Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Usually a weekly meme, mine pop up on a monthly basis. These are the books I’ve acquired since the February edition. (Titles are links to Goodreads) Continue reading “Stacking the Shelves – March 5”

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Stacking the Shelves – August 7

Stacking the Shelves

Hello there! Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Usually a weekly meme, mine pop up on a monthly basis. These are the books I’ve acquired since the July edition.


Bought

Crown of Stones: Magic-Scars and Magic-Borne by C.L. Schneider

The Sea Glass Sisters by Lisa Wingate

Apogee and Solatium by G.S. Jennsen

Nascent Decay by Charles Hash

Call of Kythshire by Missy Sheldrake

Of Light and Darkness by Shayne Leighton

Bypass Gemini by Joseph Lallo

Grounded by Heather Young-Nichols

Lantern and Wrapped in the Past by Chess Desalls

Borrowed

 Nothing borrowed this month

Advance Copies

What Matters Most by Kellie Coates Gilbert [Review]

Deadly Encounters by DiAnn Mills

The Greenlee Project by Amanda M. Thrasher

What books have you acquired recently?

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This Week’s Five!!!

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Here are five good things from the past week:

  1. I’ve been trying to alter my eating/(non-existent)fitness habits for a healthier lifestyle. Maybe it’s all in my head, but I’m feeling better about myself than I have in a while.
  2. Received some good news that I may share more about in the next few days (or weeks).
  3. I made a homemade tomato sauce for the first time, and used it on a homemade pizza. It was good!
  4. I’m looking forward to spending time with family this weekend.
  5. I got to watch an impressive storm roll in a few nights ago.

So, how was your week?

Book Review

Review – Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I was on hold for Cinder by Marissa Meyer on my library’s Overdrive for what felt like forever. I was nervous though. The last few books I’ve read have failed to entertain me thoroughly, leaving me leery of YA and and worried this book would be the final strike before I found myself needing a break. But, with all the glowing reviews and recommendations by friends, I decided I needed to give it a try. Oh boy, am I glad I did!

12973964Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. (Goodreads)

I give Cinder by Marissa Meyer out of 5 stars!

Now, some logical part of me is over here saying, “shouldn’t that be 4?” My answer? “No, because I enjoyed the book on a level of 5 stars!

I also have a confession: once I put a book on my TBR/kindle, I don’t usually read the synopsis again before starting to read it. Maybe I should, so I know what I’m getting myself into, but usually I have at least some vague idea. The fact that the story started with Cinder removing her foot was quite a shock! And it hooked me.

I haven’t read many retellings, they aren’t something I seek out. But I enjoyed this one immensely! I also enjoyed how there were mentions of other stories in it, and one that I remember was a reference to Romeo & Juliet, and I thought it was funny that an oft-used premise was mentioned in a book that was, in fact, a retelling of another popular story. I enjoyed how, instead of having two evil stepsisters, only one was really evil, and the other was Cinder’s friend.

I also really enjoyed the setting. Having read Marie Lu’s Legend recently, one might think the similarities (screens everywhere, plague, the dirty/crowded markets) would have been a turn-off for me, especially given that I didn’t find Legend especially enjoyable. However, Meyer’s ability to weave the story made those elements feel natural and interesting in Cinder, making for a read that once I started, I didn’t put down until I finished it (at 2AM). The screens everywhere, for example, felt much more natural in a world partially inhabited by cyborgs and androids. The plague was a constant source of motivation for the characters, and the market felt timelessly real.

Oh and Cinder herself! I really liked her. I liked the conflict she had with being able to feel emotion but not to cry, with wanting her autonomy and the frustration that technically she was property. I liked that, although she liked Kaito, she didn’t turn into a pile of mush and lose her goals because he smiled at her.

I liked the other characters, too. I loved Iko. She had quite the “personality.” Even Adri, the evil stepmother, seemed to have more going on than Cinder ever really got to see. Sure, she was evil and all, but I didn’t feel like she was a flat evil, if you know what I mean.

OH! And I really enjoyed the added aspect of the Lunars. I liked how obviously there must be more than the public’s notions of the greedy, evil Lunars, and I’m curious to read more about them.

I enjoyed the history, the politics, and the secrets.

Overall this was just a fun, fun read for me that I enjoyed so much! I’m looking forward to reading Scarlet, but there are 4 people ahead of me on the list.

Like many others, I had this story figured out pretty close to the beginning. I understand this can be a major dislike for some readers, but it makes things fun for me. I like to see if I was right. I like to watch the pieces fall into place. I like to take the journey, I’m not solely concerned about the destination. It’s been a while since I’ve been excited about a book I read, and I’m glad my turn finally came for Cinder.

Tag/Meme · Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My Spring TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Ten Books On My Spring TBR

  1. Hello? by Liza Weimer
  2. The Maenad of Manhattan by Liz Meldon
  3. The Rise of the Discordant books 1, 2, and 3 by Christina McMullen
  4. Magic-Price by C.L. Schneider
  5. Second Position by Katherine Locke

And since I’m behind on the #RockMyTBR challenge, the last three go towards it.

  1. Relentless by Karen Lynch
  2. Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles
  3. The In-Betweener by Ann Christy
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This Week’s Five!!!

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Oops, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these! Here are five good things from the past week (or so):

  1. I am REALLY enjoying my gardening project. I’m blogging/vlogging the progress, I hope you’ll check it out!
  2. IT IS SPRING BREAK, BABY! As a teacher’s wife, this is very exciting!
  3. After several unsatisfying books, I’m happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed Cinder by Marissa Meyer, review to come this week.
  4. It has rained all week. I’m looking forward to some sunshine, due tomorrow.
  5. I loved The Island by S. Usher Evans. Request it on NetGalley or pre-order it now! I mean now! Oh, and I’ve seen a draft of The Chasm. You need to start preparing now. Stockpile the comfort foods and things you can throw across the room. (This has been my other exception to less-than-satisfactory books this year.)

So, how was your week?