Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Release Day Blitz - Giveaway: The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey

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Hey everyone! Today we're here to celebrate the release of the final book, The Last Star, in The 5th Wave trilogy. Here's a little bit about the book and keep going to learn more about the previous books and enter to win a set!

The Last Star by Rick YanceyThe Last Star
(The 5th Wave #3)
by Rick Yancey
May 23, 2017
368 pages

Goodreads Summary:
The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

*This review contains spoilers and spoilers from the previous books in the series.
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Wings and Ruin
(A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)
by Sarah J. Maas
May 2, 2017
705 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #145

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that lets us share what we've added to our shelves.

A huge thank you to Keymaster Press for this gorgeous copy of The Dragons of Nova. We <3 Elise Kova!

Ripple's dragon haul!
Thank you to Raincoast Books and Kids Can Press for these goodies!!

Pickles's unexpected haul!

What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, May 19, 2017

Review: Love and Vandalism by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Love and Vandalism by Laurie Boyle Crompton
Love and Vandalism
by Laurie Boyle Crompton
May 1, 2017
320 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Rory has a secret: she’s the vandal who paints graffiti lions all over her small town. If her policeman dad knew, he’d probably disown her. So when Hayes, a former screw-up on the path to recovery, catches her in the act, Rory’s sure she’s busted. Instead, he makes her a deal. If Rory shows him around town, he won’t turn her in. It might be coercion, but at least the boy is hot.

As they spend more time together, Rory worries she made the wrong choice. Hayes has a way of making her want things she shouldn't want and feel emotions she's tried to bury. Rory's going to have to distance herself from Hayes or confront a secret she can't bring herself to face...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

WoW #149: The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky by Summer Heacock

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted every week by Breaking the Spine which lets us showcase an upcoming release we are excited about! 

The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky by Summer HeacockThe Awkward Path to Getting Lucky
by Summer Heacock
July 25, 2017
336 pages

Goodreads Summary:
A humorous novel about a cupcake shop owner with a physical ailment that's kept her from having sex for two years, and the desperate antics that ensue as she tries to overcome it.

Having sex wasn't a big priority while Kat Carmichael's successful cupcake shop was taking off. But when she realizes that it's been nearly two years since she and her boyfriend, Ryan, have been intimate, she makes a pact to break her dry spell-and cure her vaginismus, a muscular condition that can make sex physically impossible.

Out of guilt, Kat calls for a break in her relationship with Ryan, so that he can see other people while she attempts to fix the issue on her own. She throws herself into physical therapy, but soon discovers her solo mission is more complicated than she anticipated. Fortunately, Ben Cleary, the shop's best (looking) customer, is also a physical therapist, and volunteers to help out.

As time goes on, however, the boundaries Ben and Kat have set between friendship and love quickly become blurred, leaving her more confused than ever about what to hang on to and what to let go.

This one's for a more adult audience. I'm super curious about it. And cupcakes!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Review: Cold Summer by Gwen Cole

Cold Summer by Gwen ColeCold Summer
by Gwen Cole
May 2, 2017
322 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Today, he’s a high school dropout with no future.
Tomorrow, he’s a soldier in World War II.

Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.

When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.

But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #144

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that lets us share what we've added to our shelves.

Three of these books are giveaway wins. Thank you Laurie, Brooke and Rhiannon :D I got Always and Forever, Lara Jean in preparation of meeting Jenny Han!!!!!

Pickles's mostly contemporary haul!
I loved These Vicious Masks last year so I absolutely had to get this sequel! I only wish it didn't take over a month for the book to get to me... TBD's shipping time is all over the place.
Ripple's slow haul.
 The Goodies I received from the TeensRead Preview event hosted by Raincoast Books!
Raincoast goodies <3
What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Event Recap: Raincoast Books present TeensRead Fall 2017 Preview

TeensRead Fall 2017 Preview

Hello everyone! Last week I attended the TeensRead Preview event hosted by Raincoast Books. I'm always super excited for this event! Big thank you goes out to the Raincoast ladies for the invite and the time they put into organizing the event <3

In my excitement, I got to the library super early lol. But while waiting, I met Hollie from Hollie Ohs Book Reviews and we talked about books for a bit. It was really nice to meet another local booklover :)
I also got to meet guest author Jennifer Honeybourn. Her upcoming debut  is called Wesley James Ruined My Life. I actually read the first few chapters of this book when it was still a manuscript on the Swoon Reads website. It had a different title back then but I remember really liking it and hoping it would get published so big congrats to Jennifer!
Author Jennifer Honeybourn talking about her publishing experience.  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31145064-wesley-james-ruined-my-life
I'm excited for these titles (click on each cover for more info):
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33275690-foolish-hearts  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33158557-the-midnight-dance  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33392114-the-hanging-girl
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33163378-moxie  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32768525-frankie

Here's a list of all the titles the ladies presented (click on the picture for a better view):
TeensRead Fall 2017 Preview titles

Are you excited for any of these titles??
I also received some exciting goodies :D I'm a big collector of bookish buttons and bookmarks and I love the sound of these two ARCs! The ladies also put up a photo booth wall with props. It was fun taking pictures but I belatedly realized I don't have any of them lol... Just as well, since my face was all flushed I probably don't look very good haha...
Raincoast Books spoils us!

Thank you so much again to the Raincoast team for hosting such a great event. I'm not a very talkative person but it was fun to meet other book lovers and listen to the discussions!


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Blog Tour - Interview & Giveaway: The Broken Ones (The Malediction Trilogy #0.6) by Danielle L. Jensen

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Hi everyone! I'm so thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for The Broken ones, a prequel to The Malediction Trilogy by Danielle L. Jensen. Today on the blog I have an interview with Danielle! I'm also hosting an Instagram giveaway for a copy of the book which I'll link below so don't forget to enter!

The Broken Ones by Danielle L. Jensen The Broken Ones
(The Malediction Trilogy #0.6)
by Danielle L. Jensen
June 6, 2017
250 pages

Goodreads Summary:
A prequel to the USA Today bestseller and Goodreads Choice finalist Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy).

Below Forsaken Mountain, a revolution stirs with the aim to overthrow the tyrant king of Trollus, and Marc is the right hand of its leader. It’s a secret more than one troll would kill to possess, which is why he must keep it from everyone, even the girl he loves.

Since a tragic accident revealed her affliction and ruined her sister’s chance at the throne, Pénélope is an anathema to her father, the Duke d’Angouleme. Deeming her life worthless, he gives her one chance to survive: find proof that the boy she loves is a leader in the sympathizer revolution.

Marc and Pénélope must navigate the complex politics of Trollus, where powers on all sides are intent on using them as pawns, forcing them to risk everything for a chance at a life together.

Except being together might be the greatest risk of all.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

WoW #148: Coming Up for Air (Hundred Oaks #8) by Miranda Kenneally

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Coming Up for Air by Miranda KenneallyComing Up for Air
(Hundred Oaks #8)
by Miranda Kenneally
July 1, 2017
320 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat.

All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to earn scholarships—she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic try out, so she feels even more pressure to succeed. And it’s not until Maggie’s away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the “typical” high school experience she’s missed by being in the pool.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to lose to win?

I love this series and am so excited there's more~

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, May 8, 2017

Review: I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions (Contract Killer #1) by Erin Lyon

I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions by Erin Lyon
I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions
(Contract Killer #1)
by Erin Lyon
January 10, 2017
331 pages

Goodreads Summary:
27 Dresses meets Bridget Jones’s Diary for the millennial set in Erin Lyon's I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions.

In a world where marriage doesn’t exist―only seven-year contracts―you don’t marry, you sign. You don’t divorce, you breach. And sometimes, you just expire.
Kate is struggling to find her footing. She gave up a career she hated to pursue the law, and now she’s buried in debt and unemployed. At least she’s signed to an amazing guy―hot, sweet, and committed.

Enter the contract killer, the man who pursues only signed women. No commitment, no hassle, all the fun. But Kate has enough fun on her plate… until her partner doesn’t re-up their contract.

After an epic but well-deserved meltdown, Kate gets practical. She accepts a job with her uncle’s law firm, practicing signing law―the one type of law she swore she’d never do. And the contract killer? Now that Kate is single, she’s no longer his type, but he still wants to be friends. Yeah, that’ll work. Kate may be heartbroken, but she’s not impervious to this sexy, smart, and complex man. But hey, it looks like he may not be impervious to her either―signed or not.

Hilariously relatable, with biting wit and charm, I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions is 27 Dresses meets Bridget Jones’s Diary for the millennial set.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #143

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that lets us share what we've added to our shelves.

I got some exciting bookmail from Bloomsbury! Thank you Shae for the Natasha Pulley books, can't wait to go on these adventures! Then I won the Samantha Young books from Rachel @ Waves of Fiction. Thank you for sending them to me!

Ripple's "More books!?" haul XD

I was also lucky enough to receive a review copy of The Girl Who Knew Too Much. Thank you Penguin Random House Canada! And then I received a copy of Blood Rose Rebellion from a giveaway win from Natalie @ Literary Rambles. Thank you Natalie and Rosalyn Eves for sending it to me :)

Pickles's "all mine" haul.

What did you add to your shelves this week?

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Cover Reveal - Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway: The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga #2) by Elise Kova

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Hi everyone! Today I have a gorgeous cover reveal for you along with a giveaway you don't want to miss! I'm so excited for The Dragons of Nova which is the next installment in Elise Kova's Loom Saga! If you haven't picked up the first book yet (you really should!), it's on sale right now:

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The Dragons of Nova
(The Loom Saga #2)
by Elise Kova
July 11, 2017
488 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust -- hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything -- and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.

While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills -- and quick-shooting accuracy -- makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons.

Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall.

Here's the cover you've been waiting for ;)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

WoW #147: The Hush by Skye Melki-Wegner

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted every week by Breaking the Spine which lets us showcase an upcoming release we are excited about! 

The Hush by Skye Melki-WegnerThe Hush
by Skye Melki-Wegner
June 6, 2017
448 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Chester has taken to the road, traveling from village to village desperately searching for his father, who has disappeared. One night while fiddling to earn a few coins, he accidentally connects to the Song—the music that fuels every aspect of the world, and that it’s illegal for him to interact with. He’s caught and sentenced to death for his crime. Only a licensed Songshaper can bend music to his will.

But someone in the crowd—a member of the infamous Nightfall Gang—stages a daring rescue and whisks Chester into the Hush, a shadowy nightmare mirror-world where Music can be deadly and Echoes can kill.

Susanna, the Captain of the Nightfall Gang has been watching Chester. She needs him to pull off an elaborate plan that will take down the governing body that keeps her an outlaw and made her the fragment she is. Susanna needs him to exact her revenge, even if he dies doing it.

Combining complex stakes, shifting loyalties, nods to fairy tales, and a Western feel, The Hush is a lush and exhilarating fantasy perfect for fans of Catherine Fisher’s Incarceron and Paolo Bacigalupi’s Ship Breaker.

I learned about this one fairly recently and I'm very interested!!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, May 1, 2017

Review: Textrovert by Lindsey Summers

Textrovert by Lindsey Summers
by Lindsey Summers
May 2, 2017
300 pages

Goodreads Summary:
It’s bad enough when high-school senior Keeley grabs the wrong phone while leaving her small town’s end-of-summer fair. It’s even worse when she discovers that the phone she now has belongs to the obnoxious, self-centered Talon and that he’s just left for football camp … with her phone. Reluctantly, the two agree to forward messages for a week. And as Keeley gets to know Talon, she starts to like him. Keeley learns there’s more to Talon than the egocentric jock most people see. There’s more to Keeley, too. Texting Talon, she can step out of the shadow of her popular twin brother. Texting Talon, she can be the person she’s always wanted to be.

Sparks fly when the two finally meet to exchange their phones. But while Keeley has been playing a part online, Talon has been keeping a secret. He has a different connection to Keeley — one that has nothing to do with phones, and one that will make their new relationship all but impossible. Knowing what she now knows, can Keeley trust him? And can love in the present erase mistakes of the past?

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #142

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that lets us share what we've added to our shelves.

Thank you Thomas Allen & Son for sending me a copy of Cold Summer! It's my next read! I also got super spoiled by Raincoast Books this week! They sent me a few 2017 titles I've been dying to read and some awesome MG books. Thank you so much!!
Pickles's awesome haul!
Thank you HBGCanada for a copy of this new contemporary romance!

Ripple's sniffly haul~

What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, April 28, 2017

Blog Tour - Guest Post & Excerpt: Me (and) Me by Alice Kuipers

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Hey everyone! Today on the blog I have author Alice Kuipers here to talk about her writing companion. Spoilers: she's adorable ;) There's also an excerpt to her newest YA release Me (and) Me that you definitely want to check out!
Me (and) Me by Alice Kuipers
Me and Me
by Alice Kuipers
April 11, 2017
288 pages

Goodreads Summary:
It’s Lark’s seventeenth birthday, and although she’s hated to be reminded of the day ever since her mom’s death three years ago, it’s off to a great start. Lark has written a killer song to perform with her band, the weather is stunning and she’s got a date with gorgeous Alec. The two take a canoe out on the lake, and everything is perfect—until Lark hears the screams. Annabelle, a little girl she used to babysit, is drowning in the nearby reeds while Annabelle’s mom tries desperately to reach her. Lark and Alec are closer, and they both dive in. But Alec hits his head on a rock in the water and begins to flail.

Alec and Annabelle are drowning. And Lark can save only one of them.

Lark chooses, and in that moment her world splits into two distinct lives. She must live with the consequences of both choices. As Lark finds herself going down more than one path, she has to decide: Which life is the right one?

Alice Kuipers, the award-winning author of 40 Things I Want to Tell You and Life on the Refrigerator Door, is an expert chronicler of the teenage heart, and she takes her work to new heights here. A riveting, high-concept novel with heart, Me and Me is about what it feels like to be torn in pieces, and about finally finding out who you really are.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WoW #146: Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

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Song of the Current by Sarah TolcserSong of the Current
by Sarah Tolcser
June 6, 2017
384 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Caroline Oresteia has always been destined for the river. Her father is a wherryman, as was her grandmother. All Caro needs is for the river god to whisper her name, and her fate is sealed. But at seventeen, Caro may be too late.

So when pirates burn ships and her father is arrested, Caro volunteers to transport a dangerous cargo in exchange for his release. Secretly, Caro hopes that by piloting her own wherry, the river god will finally speak her name.

But when the cargo becomes more than Caro expected, she finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies. With much more than her father’s life at stake, Caro must choose between the future she knows, and the one she never could have imagined.

This immersive fantasy debut set along the waterways of a magical world will entrance fans of Sabaa Tahir and Victoria Aveyard. Sarah Tolcser weaves an epic story of danger and destiny with enchanting world-building and captivating characters.

If you read that synopsis you know why I want to read it ;)

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Blog Tour - Q&A and Review: True North (True Born #2) by L.E. Sterling

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Hello everyone! I'm so happy today to share with you a little Q&A with author L.E. Sterling! She's the author of the True Born Trilogy which recently had its second book, True North, hit stores. Check out my review below and pick up a copy now! Thank you so much to Raincoast Books for the opportunity to be a part of this blog tour!

True North by L.E. SterlingTrue North
(True Born #2)
by L.E. Sterling
April 4, 2017
400 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Abandoned by her family in Plague-ridden Dominion City, eighteen-year-old Lucy Fox has no choice but to rely upon the kindness of the True Borns, a renegade group of genetically enhanced humans, to save her twin sister, Margot. But Nolan Storm, their mysterious leader, has his own agenda. When Storm backtracks on his promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off for Russia with her True Born bodyguard and maybe-something-more, the lethal yet beautiful Jared Price. In Russia, there's been whispered rumors of Plague Cure.

While Lucy fights her magnetic attraction to Jared, anxious that his loyalty to Storm will hurt her chances of finding her sister, they quickly discover that not all is as it appears…and discovering the secrets contained in the Fox sisters' blood before they wind up dead is just the beginning.??

As they say in Dominion, sometimes it’s not you…it’s your DNA.
Q: Your interest in biomedical engineering shows through in your True Born series. Did you fictionalize any of your research for the world building in your books in order to make the stories work?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Book Spotlight - Excerpt & Giveaway: The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence by Alyssa Palombo

Hi everyone! I'm here today to share with you a short excerpt of Alyssa Palombo's newest book, The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence, which will be released tomorrow! Go read the excerpt and enter for a chance to win a copy :)

The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence by Alyssa PalomboThe Most Beautiful Woman in Florence
by Alyssa Palombo
April 25, 2017
320 pages

Goodreads Summary:
A girl as beautiful as Simonetta Cattaneo never wants for marriage proposals in 15th Century Italy, but she jumps at the chance to marry Marco Vespucci. Marco is young, handsome and well-educated. Not to mention he is one of the powerful Medici family’s favored circle.

Even before her marriage with Marco is set, Simonetta is swept up into Lorenzo and Giuliano de’ Medici’s glittering circle of politicians, poets, artists, and philosophers. The men of Florence—most notably the rakish Giuliano de’ Medici—become enthralled with her beauty. That she is educated and an ardent reader of poetry makes her more desirable and fashionable still. But it is her acquaintance with a young painter, Sandro Botticelli, which strikes her heart most. Botticelli immediately invites Simonetta, newly proclaimed the most beautiful woman in Florence, to pose for him. As Simonetta learns to navigate her marriage, her place in Florentine society, and the politics of beauty and desire, she and Botticelli develop a passionate intimacy, one that leads to her immortalization in his masterpiece, The Birth of Venus.

Alyssa Palombo’s The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence vividly captures the dangerous allure of the artist and muse bond with candor and unforgettable passion.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #141

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that lets us share what we've added to our shelves.

So I had a super lucky week and won a bunch of books. First, thank you to Jess @ a GREAT read for Hunted! Thank you to author Katie Bayerl and Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl for A Psalm for Lost Girls. And last but not least a huge thank you to Tina @ IndigoTeen for the stack of pretties!

Ripple's lucky haul~  Pickles's jackpot haul!

What did you add to your shelves this week?
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