Stacking the Shelves #85


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

This was a solid week, yep. A very happy-making week!


For Review From Macmillan (Thank you!)
I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman

For Review from Harper via Edelweiss (Thank you!)
Death Marked by Leah Cypress-- Book one was not my favorite, but it was a fast, interesting read and I am curious about book two!

Borrowed from Dana (Thank you!)
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Blog Related Things (Thanks Mom and Dad!)

The Fault In Our Stars on DVD
The Fault In Our Stars "Okay? Okay." T-Shirt

What did YOU add to your shelves? Link your posts below!

Introducing: Bookish Emojis (Part 1)

A new meme at Lili's Reflections!
Have you ever wondered exactly what those cute little faces that we call emojis would mean in the book world? Well, now you can find out! . If you have any ideas, please tweet or email me and if it is not already used, I can share your idea in a future post (with credit, of course).

Recently, I was going through my iPhone and deleting all of my text conversations and I noticed a trend...I tend to speak in emojis in regards to books, hence the creation of bookish emojis! This is just a fun little meme for me to enjoy myself and hopefully have a few laughs with all of my readers. I have several of these posts planned and drafted right now and hopefully I'll come up with more along the way. I'm posting 10-15 emojis per post and this is the first of an undetermined number. The future of this meme will depend on audience participation, so I hope you like it!

Disclaimer: I do not own any of the below emojis, they are owned specifically by Apple OSX.
 
























This is the first post of many. Currently, there are two more posts planned for this new meme, though I hope to do more if you guys enjoyed this. Comment below with your favorite bookish emoji example above! <3

The Twixt Guided Tour Stop #6: Glendale Oak with Inq


Well, hello there! Welcome to the final stop on The Twixt Guided Tour! We're here today to see the Glendale Oak, which has great significance not only for The Twixt but also for the town of Glendale. More about that in a minute, though! Right now we're waiting on our host, Inq, to join us. She must be around here somewhere - just look for a goth girl with all-black eyes and calligraphy slithering over her skin. Yeah, you heard me correctly. I never promised she would be human!

She really should be here by now, though. Perhaps if we look over by the Oak...



Psst. Psssssst! Yeah, you. Peek-a-boo! You looking for me? Or someone who looks like me? Ink told me that you’ve been sniffing around looking for bits of the Twixt so I thought I’d meet you halfway. Hmm? Oh. Call me “Inq,” “Invisible Inq,” “Mistress Inq” or “Hey there, Sexy!” Frankly, I prefer the last one best.

Okay, so, tour stop: that’s Joy’s school. It’s big and brick and boring. I mean seriously boring. I’ve been inside! I can’t believe you guys make it through four years of sitting still listening to constant droning and believe that somehow prepares you for life in the real world. The only thing droning prepares you for is being a drone. Life’s too short, for you humans especially. I say you should grab life by the throat and kiss it full on the lips.

But enough philosophy, let’s talk about…hm. How about the Glendale Oak? That’s this tree right here on the front lawn. This big, beautiful tree’s been mangled by idiots carving names and dates on its skin for a couple of hundred years, and what nobody remembers is that this living thing marks an important physical landmark; this is part of the Glen. The original Glen, where magic first took root on this piece of land mass and somebody way-back-when knew that, hence why this town’s called Glendale. There’s magic here—you can feel it. It’s no wonder that we found Joy around here, one of those rare humans born with the Sight. Truth be told, she’s not the only special snowflake in the neighborhood, but that’s something for me to know and you to find out! Aren’t surprises fun?

Hm. What else? Honestly, I can’t think of anything and already, I’m bored. How about a change of scenery? You up for it? C’mon! Take my hand, hold your breath and when I say go, you go. Watch the space between my fingers—when the world stops bubbling, just step on through and presto! We’re here!


Ah, that’s better! Kick off your shoes, dig your toes in the sand and I’ll grab us a couple of umbrellas. You want a Coke or something? I’m dying for some ice cubes. And there’s a handsome candidate to rub oil on my back. Stay here, I’ll be right back.

Relax, take a load off, grab a towel, have some fun—life doesn’t get any better than this!



...What a wonderful tour! Did you catch the final code word? Enter it below to win the grand prize! And be sure to check out the rest of the stops and collect all the code words because you don't want to miss out on the special digital prize! How to collect it will be announced next week. 

Well, I think we might as well take Inq up on her offer, don't you? Why don't you take that beach chair, and I'll take this one. Oh, can you pass me the suntan lotion?

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THE AUTHOR

Dawn Metcalf has always lived on the edge between reality and magic, which explains her current profession and love of fantasy books and games. Her passions include karate, fairy tales, Victoriana and dark chocolate, often combining one or more of them in unexpected ways. Currently, she lives with her husband and family in northern Connecticut. If they had a sign, it would be: Confounding the Neighbor Children Since 1999. Dawn’s current Young Adult series with HarlequinTeen, The Twixt, has four titles: Indelible (July 2013), Invisible (September 2014), Inviolate (June 2015)and Invincible (May 2016). She debuted with a Young Adult standalone, Luminous (June 2011, Dutton Juvenile).

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THE BOOKS

Indelible (The Twixt, #1)
Title: Indelible (The Twixt #1)
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Summary:

Some things are permanent.

Indelible.

And they cannot be changed back.

Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep, and a life that will never be the same.

Now, Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future...and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.

Somewhere between reality and myth lies…

THE TWIXT





Invisible  (The Twixt #2)
Title: Invisible (The Twixt #2)
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Summary:

Some things lie beneath the surface.

Joy Malone wants it all: power, freedom and the boyfriend who loves her. Yet when an unstoppable assassin is hired to kill her, Joy learns that being the girl with the Sight comes with a price that might be too high to pay. Love will be tested, lives will be threatened, and everyone Joy knows and cares about will be affected by her decision to stand by Ink or to leave the Twixt forever.

Her choice is balanced on a scalpel's edge and the consequences will be more shattering than anyone can know.





THE GIVEAWAY


Enter this Tour's code word (underlined in the text) into the form below and 
collect all 6 code words to win the Grand Prize Pack!

US & CAN only | Must be 13+ to enter | Contest runs 10/7-10/30
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Be sure to follow the rest of the Tour! 

Tues, 10/07: Libby Blog 
Thurs, 10/09: Feed Your Fiction Addiction 
Tues, 10/14: The Starry-Eyed Revue 
Thurs, 10/16: Danasquare 
Tues, 10/21: Skye’s Scribblings 
Thurs, 10/23: Lili’s Reflections 

I am so happy to be a part of this tour and to finish it off with a bang! We hope you enjoyed it. (:

Creepy Reads For Squeamish Readers


Not much of a confession but a reiteration that everyone who truly knows me can back up: I hate horror. I just can't handle it. I'm more of an atmospheric reader because of this. Instead of an outright horror novel, I look for the books with the dark atmosphere. I've noticed that two authors excel in this field for me and that is VICTORIA SCHWAB and SARAH FINE. And me being the book pusher than I am, I have to shove them on everyone I know.

It helps that I realized that there has to be people like me. I simply can't be the only person out there who can't read or watch blood and guts galore and avoids the television at all costs directly around Halloween because of all the horror movies playing that I could accidentally click to. Please, comment below if you're like me so I feel less alone... lol

Anyway, for those who are like me (and even for those who aren't), I have decided to do a quick recommendation post of my favorite creepy atmospheric reads to get everyone in the mood for Halloween. Really, my favorite five authors who can write those atmospheric reads for people like us.


~*~Victoria Schwab~*~


Hands down, Victoria Schwab is one of my favorite authors ever. It's because she not only is an amazing author, but she takes her books places that most authors aren't willing to go. Combine that with her talent to write naturally creepy atmospheres and you have the perfect author to make you question books.

The best example of her taking a book some place that nobody else is willing to go to is VICIOUS.
Like the author, this among my favorite books to ever exist. It is so deliciously dark and it makes you question everything. I also think it took the author to some dark places while writing it, which just shows the lengths she is willing to go to not only write an amazing novel, but to write for her devoted fans and readers as well.

And then there's her debut novel, THE NEAR WITCH. While not my favorite Schwab novel, it is still wonderfully atmospheric and well-written. You can tell throughout the course of her publications that she consistently becomes a better and better writer, but you can also tell that she is one of those people made to creep us out. Yeah, you know, write those stories that leave goosebumps on your skin and cause shivers to go down your spine. Just read all of her books. Seriously. She has yet to steer me wrong and I can't imagine that she ever will.

A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC, her next novel, seems like it won't disappoint too, which makes me super excited.


~*~Sarah Fine~*~


I have not read all of Sarah's works, but I have read a great deal of them, and it's very obvious to me that creepy, dark, and gritty topics also appeal to Sarah, which I am totally fine with since they appeal to me, too. ;)

Her debut series shown above, THE GUARDS OF THE SHADOWLANDS, is one of my favorite series. It's dark and it's twisted and it's about a special place in Hell where people who commit suicide go. Sure, our main character follows her best friend there to save her, but then we meet these creatures called the Mazikin who inhabit body's and steal their souls and you're like, yep, this is a creepy read for sure. Just read the synopsis and prepare to fall in love with this author's writing style.

Fine's creepiness is also exhibited in her duology published by Simon & Schuster, the first book of OF METAL AND WISHES. Not only does she deliver a kickass POC main character with a small side of blood, guts, and gore that can surprisingly be stomached by squeamish readers like myself, she also gives us an amazing love interest with a unique storyline that is a re-imagining of The Phantom of the Opera. Also, the atmosphere? It takes place in a slaughterhouse. Need I say more?


~*~Susan Ee~*~

I have not had the time to get around to the sequel to Susan Ee's amazing debut, ANGELFALL, because I know what book one did to me mentally. Having to wait for book two took a toll and knowing book three is still another year away is cringe-worthy. So, I am waiting to binge the last two back to back. Either way, I have to say that Ee's attention to detail and atmosphere are superb. Her series is pretty much about good angels and bad angels at war on Earth. On top of a yummy romance, there's lots of creepiness and darkness and ripping off angel's wings (which is the worse thing ever) and all around jaw-dropping moments that make you scream. A lot. So even with only one book read, Ee easily deserves a spot on this list.


~*~Abigail Haas~*~


All of my recommendations on this list are authors in every genre but contemporary, so I had to throw her in, right? Haas's works better fall under the psychological thriller and murder mystery characters, but I'm just loosely categorizing them as contemporary's based on the fact that there are no paranormal/fantastical/dystopian elements in either of these novels. They're both simply twisted. They are among the twistiest and most well-written murder mystery's I have ever read. And while both are disturbing, book two was significantly more disturbing because you are in the mind of a sociopath as said individual awakens their sociopath tendencies. It's scary and awesome all at once. Perfect for fans of twisted stories, though book two, DANGEROUS BOYS, is significantly darker than book one. I would recommend reading them in the order of publication because of this.

~*~Michelle Hodkin~*~


This series...THIS SERIES. It's so hard to describe. It is another psychological thriller, but there is paranormal elements to this one. However, because our main character is sort of insane (literally and in the best possible way), we don't know what is real and what is not, just that everything is absolutely nuts. And the ending for book two was super intense. The final book needs to be in my hands already! It's so hard to wait until November fourth. However, I would say this is a super strong atmospheric read. It's hard to tell what is going on and the confusion adds to the questionable and dark atmosphere that Hodkin has created. Plus, the romance is pretty damn awesome, so this is definitely a good read for those who are trying to ease their way into creepier atmospheric reads because they simply don't appeal to them. No judgment here, I was like this a few years ago.


Now that I have shared five authors who are great for atmospheric creepy reads for readers who are not fans of gore (first two are especially amazing!), I was wondering if anyone had similar suggestions? As a primarily dark and gritty reader, I am always looking for new books to read that won't make me lose sleep at night.

As always, any and all comments are greatly appreciated, lovelies! <3

Top Ten Series I Want To Start


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

I know it's supposed to be new series, but since it's established that I suck with finding a way to read an entire series, as evident by this post and this post, I think I'm just going to do ten eleven series in general that I want to start and hopefully one day complete.

In no particular order...


1. Abhorsen by Garth Nix- Fantasy is my favorite genre and I feel like this is a series that I missed out on because I wasn't a huge fantasy reader when I was younger. Must remedy that, yes?

2. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale- Because I intern at Bloomsbury, I am hoping to fix this one sooner rather than later. Again, I just wasn't that huge of a reader when I was younger.

3. Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi- I want to meet Roar and everyone else! I promise! I accidentally damaged my copy of book one at a pool, though, so I need to fix that...


4. The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger- I love her YA series, so I have a feeling I will love her adult series, too!

5. The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan- Now that all of the books are released, I can binge this series at one time!


6. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin- Everyone seems to love these. I want to love them, too! The waitlist at my library is disturbingly long, though.

7. The Dregs by Leigh Bardugo- I am a slave to anything Leigh Bardugo writes.

8. The Dark Elements by Jennifer L. Armentrout- I am always curious about what JLA writes!


9. Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris- Sorta cheating because it's a duology, but I have heard nothing but great things about this duology!

10. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson- Like Garth Nix, I feel as if this is a series I've missed out on as a fantasy lover and I have to remedy that.

11. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot- So, it was recently a big deal that I read my first ever Meg Cabot books in the form of her Mediator series. Now, I want to take on another one of her beloved set of books whose movies I adored when growing up. Bring it on!

Don't forget to link your TTT posts below! Comment and share any series you think I would enjoy!