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Stacking the Shelves (#62)

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Stacking the Shelves
Hosted by:  Tynga’s Reviews
Description: Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Find their latest post here!

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(Taken 2? years ago
Bottom left to right:  Grandma and Mom
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(taken last year after her hip or knee surgery)

Hi, Penguins.

Last Saturday evening, I got a phone call from my mom.  She went to deliver some sort of bread… I don’t remember what kind now… to my grandma, and found the back door still locked.  This is unusual–my grandma kept herself very busy with cleaning, and going going going all the time.  Mom managed to work her way into the house using the screen and sliding glass door, which was never kept locked.  She found my grandma still in bed.  She’d apparently suffered some sort of massive coronary event–they’re thinking heart attack–and died in her sleep.

Needless to say, the world felt very unreal for me for a few days.  My grandma was one of the best women in my life; she stepped in, a LOT, as a mother figure when mine was unavailable growing up.  This was, for lack of a better way to explain, very unexpected and took us all by surprise.  While I’ve been expecting a phone call, I was preparing for it to be for grandma’s sister (who has a brain tumor) or brother (who has terminal cancer).  None of us expected that grandma would be the first to go in the end; she’s been preparing to be the last one left for the last year.  And I… I just don’t quite know what to do with myself yet.  I guess I might still be in a bit of shock.

This said, I wasn’t really given time to mourn.  The boss lady gave me Sunday off to get my head on straight, and then had to leave town for her own family emergency the next day.  Which means I had to be back at work and in top form Monday morning.  While this has helped to keep me occupied, it has also made believing reality that much harder–I still find myself realizing I can’t just call her later (often in the very middle of a different task) and having the world crash down all over again.

We are doing the best we can.  Kind thoughts and vibes for my mom, who I’m sure is struggling so much more than she’s letting on, are so appreciated though.

Grandma, we love and miss you.

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from publishers/authors/edelweiss/netgalley
(for blog tours/reviews)

Spliced
Elora of Stone (Legend of Rhyme, #1)
Into Coraira (Legend of Rhyme #2)
Teagan of Tomorrow (Legend of Rhyme, #3)
Second Twin (Legend of Rhyme, #4)
Blood and Stars
Mirror Me
from a friend

Eliza and Her Monsters

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What are some of the books YOU picked up/added to your shelves (either real or virtual?)  Let me know below, or link me to your own Stacking the Shelves!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

 

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Stacking the Shelves (#61)

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Stacking the Shelves
Hosted by:  Tynga’s Reviews
Description: Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Find their latest post here!

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I feel like it’s been ages upon ages upon FOREVER that I did a Stacking the Shelves post last.

LEGASP!  OH WAIT, that’s because it HAS been ages upon ages upon forever!  How silly of me.  What, did I think I suddenly inherited pocketfuls of free time?!  Who am I even kidding with that nonsense?!?!?!

So.  Life lately.  Uhm.  The man and I are doing okay.  We’re sort of on this “save bunch of money!” kick because we’re taking a week off in August to go on vacation (oh my penguins, what even IS that word anymore?!?!?!) and, yah know…bills don’t go on vacation with us.  So we’re not really buying a whole lot, and I sit around after work still AT WORK for like 2.5 hours waiting for him to pick me up, annnnnd… I basically have even less life now than I did before!?

One of my employees is currently missing.  She told her aunt she was headed to work Thursday evening (she was supposed to work that night) annnnd…she never showed up at work.  And she never went home.  The aunt has filed a missing persons report; we’re all hoping that the girl is found safe and sound.  This is so very stressful and scary–she’s a minor still, and it’s not like her to just up and disappear.

Apparently a water main broke in our apartment complex, so our water pressure has been going in and out since last night (Thursday–because, you know, I’m writing this a day ahead of posting)

I put up a discussion post asking for tips and tricks on how to DO ALL TEH THINGS for the Book Block world without, you know, losing my beak.  You can find that post right HERE, if you’re interested.  I’d also LOVE it if you Penguins could, once again, link me to stuff and things you think I should check out that I’ve probably missed in recent weeks past–I really AM trying to do better at this blog hopping thing, I promise!  I just…I think I need to get a set schedule, or something.  Like, such and such days I spend working on blog posts, such and such on reading, such and such on blog hopping.  A set schedule might help me get better organized at this point.

And now, FOR THE BOOKS!  because I know you all didn’t come here just to hear me yak.

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from publishers/authors/edelweiss/netgalley
(for blog tours/reviews)

One Broken Day
LEARNING MY WORDS A-Z: Children's Picture Book (Basic Word Learning Skills) Book 4 (Learning My...)
LEARNING MY ABCs: ANIMALS: Children's Picture Book (Learning the Alphabet) Book 2 (Learning My...)
LEARNING MY DRAWING: STEP-BY-STEP DRAWING TUTORIALS FOR CHILDREN (Learning My... Book 1)
LEARNING MY LETTERS: Children's Picture Book (Basic Writing Skills A-Z) Book 3 (Learning My...)
Sunshine Is Forever
Sparked
Dark Designs
Friend (With Benefits) Zone
Freak

from LitCube
(June theme —  Modern Day Cinderella)

LitCube June

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freebies from around the net

The Dystopia Spell (Multiverse Mashup Book 1)
I Wish I Weren't a Djinni (The Cotton Candy Quintet Book 0)
A Dude Reads Romance - Tempting Sydney
The Bejeweled Bottle (The Curious Collectibles Series #3)
Stealer (Stealer, #1)
Minor Gods (Summoners #1)
Lost Gods (Summoners #2)
Shield and the Shadow (The Horizon Cycle, #1)
The Jaguar King (The Wild Rites Saga - Book 1)
Taken by the Beast (The Conduit #1)
The Forever Girl (The Forever Girl #1)

recentpurchased

curse you, book deals! 
(no, no, I don’t really mean this)

Ivory and Bone (Ivory and Bone, #1)
Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

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What are some of the books YOU picked up/added to your shelves (either real or virtual?)  Let me know below, or link me to your own Stacking the Shelves!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

 

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To Fall For You: Overwhelmingly Disappointing

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To Fall For You

 

When Emma is shocked to the core by a surprise break-up, the sudden arrival of the ‘new girl at school’ sends her into a frenzy and pushes her down a journey of heartbreak and betrayal. Will Emma be able to overcome life’s hurdles and learn to love again?

After spending her life moving around and facing troubles of her own, Renée is glad to be in her last year of school. That is, until she meets Emma. Will Renée be able to find acceptance and friendship in her new town?

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YA / Romance / Contemporary
150 Pages
Publication Date: January 1st, 2017
Get a copy here!

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Quick Reasons: the blurb is a bit misleading; the plot moves WAY too quickly; SERIOUSLY WITH THAT ENDING?!; super confusing writing; Emma was just a BIT of a drama queen; I couldn’t connect with the characters or with this story, though I tried my hardest to

Huge thanks to R.J. Groves and BookTasters for sending me a free digital copy of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

When I read the blurb for this title, I thought FOR SURE Emma and Renée were bound to end up together in the end…not caught up in some weird girl-hate jealousy thing. So when the book began and I realized what this was actually about, I was, suffice to say, pretty severely disappointed. Having read back over the blurb now, after finishing the book, I realize where I went so wrong…BUT STILL! I had high hopes for you, book…and in the end, unfortunately, those hopes were popped like too-full balloons.

 

The characters were interesting. I didn’t feel much of an emotional investment in any of them, honestly; Emma was a drama queen, Renée was a bit 1-dimensional, and the rest of the characters seemed to be place-holders or plot-pushers. The fact that Renée and Emma find themselves stuck in this weird jealousy competition over Kane only served to disappoint me more–I mean, I WAS that girl in high school. I fell for a “friend’s” guy and ended up in a weird tug-of-war feud with her. Looking back on it now, I realize it was a bit petty…and I can’t help but roll my eyes whenever book characters find themselves doing the same. Girl-hate is such a cliched and horrible trope, I just can’t handle it in my books.

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There were a lot of really confusing moments throughout, as well–and I found myself, more than once, unable to suspend my disbelief long enough to actually get into and enjoy the story. Renée’s stint in the hospital, for instance, REALLY grated my nerves–mostly because I feel like some of the finer details in R.J. Groves’ writing were lacking research and medical “backup.” There were also some plot points I felt were “forced” or contrived merely to drive the story forward, instead of serving an actual purpose and/or making sense to the story itself.

 

Unfortunately, this was a swing and a miss read for me. I couldn’t connect with the characters, the story moved way too quickly plot-wise, and I spent a large part of my reading time feeling SUPER confused about what was going on. I was also pretty largely disappointed in how 1-dimensional the story turned out to be. Still…the cover is absolutely stunning, and there were some entertainingly snarky moments hidden in the murk! Also, just because this book didn’t work for me personally, doesn’t mean it won’t work for you–so keep that in mind!