Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post #14

 The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by  Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  Both are a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and talk about what is coming up for the week on our blog. Link up each week.  I will be doing Weekly Recap, What books I got that week, and a sneak peek of what to expect for the next week on my blog.



Dear Teen Me
I'm part of the blog tour for this book and I'm so excited.  It was the first time a publisher contacted me to do a tour.  I did a little happy dance!  My stop isn't until November so don't forget to check back!


I. CAN'T. WAIT!  This was one of the books I put on hold at the library before it came out so I'm the second person to get it.  Loving my library right now!  Has anyone read this yet?  How was it?

I already read and loved this.  Read my review by clicking the picture of the cover below.

Sweet Evil
I can't believe it took me forever to get this one out of the library, but I started it today and I'm loving it already.  Kaiden sounds hot and mysterious!


Last weekend I was at Irish Fest which was awesome!  So after staying out all weekend I was exhausted every day after work and didn't feel much like blogging.   I did manage to participate in the Opal cover reveal though!!! I was so excited about that.  And I finished Temptation in days!


Reviews to come:
*Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

*Amish vs. Abnegation
*Reading Buddy Vendiagram
*31 Days of Halloween event (I'm planning something.  
Look for details tomorrow!)

What goodies did you get this week? 
 Leave a link and I'll stop by.

{Review} Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins

Title: Temptation
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Number of Pgs. 383
Publication date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA
How I got the copy: Library

From Goodreads:

Your heart misleads you.
That's what my friends and family say.  

But I love Noah. 
And he loves me.  

We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other's arms. 

It should be  


forever, easy. 

But it won't be. 

Because he's Amish. 
And I'm not.

I've been using a new way of reviewing that I saw over at Making the Grade.  It breaks the book down and makes it easier to rate.  The way it works is each category gets a score out of ten points.  Then you add them all up + 50 (50% automatically for each book) and that's your score out of 100.

Plot 9/10: It is so original and dangerous to write about the Amish because most teens probably wouldn't be interested in reading about that culture.  I mean how could a YA novel about the Amish be romantic and hot?  Well Karen Hopkins found a way to make it sexy as hell, yet really classy and realistic.  The plot was a mix of Romeo and Juliet's forbidden romance and Rose and Jack's (Titanic) lifestyle difference.  In both classics the parents strongly disapprove of the love and this book was no different.  It added a depth because the characters had to choose their family or their true love.  The ending had me in tears and smiling and in tears and then smiling again.  I guess what I'm saying is have a box of tissues nearby.  But the ending pissed me off.  I don't want to wait until May to find out what happens next!

Characters 8/10: Rose is a typical 16 yr old.  She's not sure who she is yet and she's lost without her mom who just died.  I definitley understood her instant obsession with sexy Noah.  She's in a darkness and a new town and he's the perfect distraction and seems to really like her.  Plus the attraction between the two of them is so electrifying it's tangible.  Rose was immature and emotional at times which was annoying, but then I remembered that's how I was at 16 so I got over it.  I couldn't believe she considers leaving everything/one she loves to become Amish all for a guy she just met.  Noah is such a gentleman and really adorable.  Since he's brought up to believe women should be silent and men should be in command, I ignored his annoying judgements.  But as much as his controllingness annoyed me he really did care about Rose and his mother and sister so I know he's not bad deep down.  I loved the relationships between the siblings.  It was hilarious and so true!

Setting 9/10: I loved the Amish setting yet there was still Rose's house and some other places that brought contrast between the two worlds.  I also loved learning how the Amish live and what their homes/communities are like.  I wish Noah had been put into Rose's world for a little though.  That would have been entertaining.  

Pacing 9/10: The whole book was pretty fast paced.  The slower parts were intense and had such a strong romance that it kept it interesting.

Style 7/10: The author used a few words over and over again.  I rolled my eyes everytime I saw the words quaint or velvety voice.  I want to buy her a thesaurus.  But other than that I thought the writing was great, especially the romantic parts.  She perfectly described the first time someone sees, touches, and kisses their first love and she managed to make it not sound stupid or unrealistic.  

Final Thoughts: I love the cover, but I don't understand why there's nothing Amish in it.  This book pleasantly surprised me.  I'd recommend it to anyone looking for something original with a hint of classic themes like forbidden romance.  I can't wait for the second book!
Total: 92/100 
“I'd never reacted to a girl this way before. My body was on fire when I was around Rose, and when I wasn't with her, all I did was think about her. Today had been the longest day of my life, dragging on forever until it was finally time to go meet her in the field.” 
― Karen Ann HopkinsTemptation


Waiting on Wednesday #13

Bloggers feature books that they are eagerly anticipating to be published.

Sorry I've been MIA this weekend.  I was at Irish Fest in Wildwood partying it up.  The town blocks off about 10 blocks of streets and there are tents full of irish stuff.  There's a live band and the bars are all huge dance parties.  The only downside is now that I'm 23 a weekend of partying leaves me exhausted and achy.  I'm getting old (I was limping around work like an old lady yesterday)!  It was a blast though and I got to see some of my  best friends from college.  Anyways, here's my three WOW picks.  I couldn't decide on one so I put all three.  What are you waiting on?

Goodreads Summary 

1. Never trust anyone.

2. Remember they are always searching.

3. Don’t get involved.

4. Keep your head down.

5. Don’t fall in love.

Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane’s survival—and that of her adoptive father—depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans, to hide in plain sight from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”

But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening—and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules…

Release date:  April 23, 2013

Why I am excited:  
It sounds futuristic and borderline dystopian.  A girl is running and hiding.  And the one guy she can't have she is attracted to.  Sounds like things could get really messy!

Goodreads Summary 

My friends and I are spending prom weekend at a remote wooded cabin on the Dead. The Dead River.

I thought it was going to be just us.

I was wrong.

Release date:  April 9, 2013

Why I am excited:  
Not much to the summary, but it has a great cover, and you know how much I love covers.  And it sounds really creepy!

Goodreads Summary 
When Seventeen-year-old Deon Harbor saves a young boy from being hit by a car with her special ability, she flees her hometown and hides away for six long years. Upon her return, old wounds are reopened and Deon discovers that someone is after her. In a world where having an un-human ability means public execution, one girl will take a stand against it all and fight for her life and the lives of others like her.

Release date: 2013

Why I am excited:  
It reminds me a lot of Shatter Me.  The covers are so similar and the girl has a superpower and is on the run.  But I'm still excited.  It sounds like it has a strong main character.  

{Cover Reveal} Opal by Jennifer Armentrout

I am so excited to be part of the Opal cover reveal!  I read Obsidian and Onyx in two days and I'm sure I will devour Opal just as quickly.  Now if December 11 would just get here already!  So what do you guys think?  Isn't this cover amazing!  All her books should come with a fan. Daemon is so hot!

From Goodreads:

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love. 

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger... and they know it.

Announcement coming soon from J.L.A- 
You will want to bookmark this page!

USA TODAY Bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging ut with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.
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Also, Cursed was just released a few days ago.  Click the Pic for my review:

Waiting on Wednesday

Bloggers feature books that they are eagerly anticipating to be published.

Goodreads Summary 

Nikki’s life is far from perfect, but at least she has Dee. Her friends tell her that Dee is no good, but Nikki can’t imagine herself without him. He’s hot, he’s dangerous, he has her initials tattooed over his heart, and she loves him more than anything. There’s nothing Nikki wouldn’t do for Dee. Absolutely nothing.

So when Dee pulls Nikki into a crime – a crime that ends in murder – Nikki tells herself that it’s all for true love. Nothing can break them apart. Not the police. Not the arrest that lands Nikki in jail. Not even the investigators who want her to testify against him.

But what if Dee had motives that Nikki knew nothing about?

Nikki’s love for Dee is supposed to be unconditional . . . but even true love has a limit. And Nikki just might have reached hers.

Release date:  May 2013

Why I am excited:  
A hot dangerous guy with tattoos, murder, and mystery!  I can't wait!  This doesn't sound like anything I've ever read least not in YA.
Don't miss my review of 
The Truth About Faking

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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