Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Bounded Wrap-Up/Stacking the Shelves (1)- Sept.30/12

A Bounded Wrap-Up is a reminder of what posts and features I had last week, and a short preview of what is to come this week. Visit the Features page to see all of my past posts, and other memes I participate in!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (2): Carnival by Rawi Hage

Waiting on Wednesday is a book meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're all eagerly anticipating.
Please follow the link to visit her site!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

REVIEW: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Title: Lock & Key
Author: Sarah Dessen
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Speak (Penguin Imprint)
Release Date: April 22/2008
Acquired: Library Borrow
Goodreads: ADD

What happens when your past is not just past, but wiped clean entirely? How do you figure out where you’re going when you can’t even claim where you’ve been? These were the questions that inspired Lock and Key. It’s the story of a girl named Ruby who is abandoned by her mother and determined to make it on her own, even—and especially—when she is sent to live with her long-lost sister in a whole new world of privilege, family, and relationships. As Ruby learns, there’s a big difference between being given help and being able to accept it. And sometimes, it takes reaching out to someone else to save yourself.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (1): The Selector of Souls by Shauna Singh Baldwin

Waiting on Wednesday is a book meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're all eagerly anticipating.
Please follow the link to visit her site!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

REVIEW: Giving Up the Ghost by Eric Nuzum

Title: Giving Up the Ghost
Author: Eric Nuzum
Genre: Adult Memoir
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: August 7/2012
Acquired: Egalley request from NetGalley
Goodreads: ADD
Purchase: Amazon/Indigo/Book Depository

Eric Nuzum is afraid of the supernatural, and for good reason: As a high school oddball in Canton, Ohio, during the early 1980s, he became convinced that he was being haunted by the ghost of a little girl in a blue dress who lived in his parents’ attic. It began as a weird premonition during his dreams, something that his quickly diminishing circle of friends chalked up as a way to get attention. It ended with Eric in a mental ward, having apparently destroyed his life before it truly began. The only thing that kept him from the brink: his friendship with a girl named Laura, a classmate who was equal parts devoted friend and enigmatic crush. With the kind of strange connection you can only forge when you’re young, Laura walked Eric back to “normal”—only to become a ghost herself in a tragic twist of fate.

Years later, a fully functioning member of society with a great job and family, Eric still can’t stand to have any shut doors in his house for fear of what’s on the other side. In order to finally confront his phobia, he enlists some friends on a journey to America’s most haunted places. But deep down he knows it’s only when he digs up the ghosts of his past, especially Laura, that he’ll find the peace he’s looking for.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

REVIEW: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre: YA Paranormal Fiction
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: Oct 25/2011
Acquired: Library Borrow
Goodreads: ADD

What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life? Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

Monday, September 3, 2012

REVIEW: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Title: This is Not a Test (#1)
Author: Courtney Summers
Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic
Publisher: St. Martins Griffin
Release Date: June 19/2012
Acquired: Purchased
Goodreads: ADD

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?