This is a few days late, but I hadn’t forgotten you all!
It’s time to announce the winner for the “Pick Your Summer YA Novel” giveaway!
The winner picked :
The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson! (definitely a popular pick, with the previous book Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes!)
And thank you for everyone who entered the giveaway; stay tuned for the next one!
Filling the Shelf is basically Mailbox Monday or the more recent Stacking the Shelves, but with a title that suits my blog 😀 If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, I invite you to visit the current host!
Happy Saturday all!
First of all, I’m sorry I haven’t been posting and reviewing a lot in the past few weeks. I’m still reading lots (my review pile is bigger than ever!) but two things have been keeping me occupied : some long overdue chores around our home, and working on the new layout for the blog. It has been slow because I have been juggling options and trying different things, but it is getting somewhere!
This week, only two additions to the shelf, but I can’t wait to read them :
God Save the Queen by Katie Locke : Steampunk, vampire and werewolves, Britain, cool cover; this one had many aspects tempting me! If the inside is as fun as the outside is pretty, I’m in for a treat.
Team Human by Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan : A vampire novel written by two authors I have enjoyed in the past. Looking forward to this one!
What did you add to your shelves recently? Have you read one of these two books?
“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
I discovered these two books last week while going around some WoW posts, and was immediately drawned by the covers. Then, I read the summaries and I just new these books would have to land in my hands, one way or the other! I haven’t read Brenna Yovanoff yet, but the comments I read lead me to believe I would enjoy her work. As for The Nightmare Affair, it’s the first novel by the author, which is always exciting.
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The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
(March 5th, 2013)
16-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Dusty is a magical being who feeds on human dreams.
Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder. The setting is Arkwell.
And then it comes true.
Now the Dusty has to follow the clues–both within Eli’s dreams and out of them–to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.
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Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
(January 8th, 2013)
In which a girl haunted by the troubled ghost of her best friend finds herself sucked into a darkly mesmerizing string of murders, in which a serial killer who leaves a paper-heart ‘valentine’ on his victims’ bodies draws ever closer.
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What are you waiting on this week?
What it’s about :
Unpopular Annie Nutter can’t help but wonder; what if her mom had married her previous boyfriend? Lived in his gigantic house with an unlimited credit card?
When her father’s invention zaps her to an alternate reality where she lives the life of the rich an popular, Annie is sure she’s dreaming. This is the perfect life she has always dreamed of… or is it?
My Thoughts :
Don’t you Wish was exactly what I wanted it to be; a cute, fun and light novel that would make for a perfect summer read!
“What if” often makes for a great story, and Annie’s sotry is no exception. A lovable girl stuck into a less than perfect body (from her point of view, of course) and a miserable family (her mom is depressed, her dad is an inventor-hoarder who has yet to achieve success), Annie has many reasons to wish her life was different. And when it happens, it is easy to relate to her excitement.
That’s why I was actually surprised by Annie’s desire to stay so true to herself. I’ll admit, I expected her to fall completely into the “being popular rocks” trap; she would become a mean girl for most of the book, until she has a sudden realization and change her way around in the end. Fortunately it’s not exactly what happened, and it was pleasantly refreshing. Sure, Annie wants to keep her new popular status, but she also wants to be nice to people, and not treat others the way she used to be treated in her old invisible life. I’m not saying she does it perfectly, of course; but her desire to combine both rather than simply becoming a “mean girl” was a nice surprise. She stands her ground on many occasions, even if doing so she is risking everything this new life has given her.
For me though, a favorite part is her reaction to her new family. A different father, a different brother, the same yet different mother; of course, Annie can’t avoid comparisons between the old and the new. As the story goes, she gets a clearer view of both of her lives, to discover that nothing can be perfectly good or perfectly bad, and that her first life wasn’t as bad as she had thought. This is predictable, of course, but I thought the author did a great job of having Annie come to this conclusion slowly as the story progressed.
The cast of characters was also good. Different friends and students colored the story with amusing and heartfelt moments. I really liked Annie’s love interest, and even though it felt like too much of a coincidence that he was the one guy who could actually believe and help her, they worked well together. And having Annie meeting people from her old life, seeing how different they could be, was a very interesting twist.
Don’t you Wish was a charming novel that did not disappoint. Available on July 10th (only one week from now!), it should entertain readers who enjoy an adorable contemporary novel with just a touch of science-fiction/magic!