Saturday, 28 February 2015

Kalli's Stacking the Shelves #2

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we can share what books we've accumulated in the past week.

These are the books I've managed to get during the week of  2/21 through 2/27!



The Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eater's Daughter #1) by Melinda Salisbury
A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1) by V. E. Schwab
Sever (The Chemical Garden #3) by Lauren DeStefano
Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead (eBook)
Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead (eBook)
Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead (eBook)
Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) by Richelle Mead (eBook)
Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) by Richelle Mead (eBook)

Traded/ Gifted:

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Seeker (Seeker #1) by Arwen Elys Dayton
Stray (Four Sisters #1) by Elissa Sussman

(Thank you Emma!!)

Thunder (Stone Braid Chronicles #1) by Bonnie S. Calhoun
Invisible (The Twixt #2) by Dawn Metcalf
(Thank you ARCycling!) 
eARC(s) for Review

Sing for Me by Gracie Madison
(Thank you NetGalley and Xpresso Book Tours!!)

Soul Crossed (Of Demons and Angels #1) by Lisa Gail Green
(Thank you NetGalley and Full Fathom Five for the opportunity!)

What was your guys' book haul this week?

Friday, 27 February 2015

Book Review: Archetype by M.D. Waters

Archetype (Archetype #1) by M.D. Waters
Publication Date: June 24th, 2014
Format: Physical book (my own copy).

In a future where women are a rare commodity, Emma fights for freedom but is held captive by the love of two men—one her husband, the other her worst enemy. If only she could remember which is which . . .

In the stunning first volume of a two-book series, Emma wakes with her memory wiped clean. Her husband, Declan—a powerful and seductive man—narrates the story of her past, but Emma’s dreams contradict him. They show her war, a camp where girls are trained to be wives, and love for another man. Something inside warns her not to speak of these things, but the line between her dreams and reality is about to shatter forever. 

The first thing I feel like mentioning about this book is that it can be incredibly confusing. It does sort of come together around the end but there are still many questions left that need answering. I'm hoping that the second book, Prototype, will help close things off pretty nicely. But if you're not the kind of person who likes being kept in the dark about a lot of information (after all, you first see Emma as a clean slate with no memory of what she was beforehand), this may not be the book for you. If you like a bit of mystery, then this might be the book for you.

All we know about Emma, at the beginning, is that she dreams of nightmares that she doesn't quite understand. She is Declan's wife, but she doesn't know why. She just is. Despite the luxury that she receives where she currently lives, she wants to leave. No clear reason why, she just does. 
On top of that, she hears something in her head- thoughts that aren't hers. She speaks of things she doesn't quite understand but, somewhat, realizes that they're important and knows they must be followed.

See how confusing this can be?

Some of her dreams involve, what just might be, her past. Things that she recall but can't quite remember why they're so important. But she can't talk about them. There is something about them that she knows she must hide, especially since it could mean her 'freedom' could be compromised.

I've said this a lot, but confusion is the main theme of this book. There's so much to learn about this world but because of how limited Emma is to everything, so is the reader, and it can be quite frustrating. I found myself ramming my head against the wall wondering what was going on. 

It is not a world that I would want to live in, that's for sure. Women are rare in this world so, because of this, they are very sought out. So much so that, apparently, they must be branded as a way to say that they are already owned by a man. Being able to bear children is a plus. I won't say anymore on that topic. It's not spoilers but it's certainly one of the things you'll be learning throughout this book.

This book works out for setting up everything for the second book. I can't wait to read the sequel, Prototype. I want to know what was going on beyond the walls that Emma's so accustomed to. I want to know just how life is for everyone else and not just for the rich. I want to learn more. Give me more!

Still, I love this book. It's not a book for everyone although it's not because it's good or bad. Some people just might not like this sort of book and that's fine. If you read the synopsis and it caught your eye, I'd recommend it. As long as you understand that a good chunk of the stuff won't make sense. It's not you, I promise.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Oblivion by Kelly Creagh

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, my most anticipated release is:

Oblivion (Nevermore #3) by Kelly Creagh
Expected Publication: July 28, 2015

This electrifying conclusion to the Nevermore trilogy takes one last trip to the dream world of Edgar Allan Poe to reveal the intertwined fates of Isobel and Varen.

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins? —Edgar Allan Poe

The fine line between life and death blurred long ago for Isobel Lanley. After a deadly confrontation with Varen in the dreamworld, she’s terrified to return to that desolate and dangerous place. But when her nightmares resume, bleeding into reality, she is left with no choice. Varen’s darkness is catching up to her. To everything. Threatening to devour it all.

Isobel fears for her world. For her sanity and Varen’s—especially after a fresh and devastating loss. To make matters worse, the ghostly demon Lilith wants Varen for her own, and she will do anything to keep him in her grasp—anything.

Can Isobel ever find her happy ending? Worlds collide and fates are sealed in this breathtaking finale to the Nevermore trilogy.

 I cannot express how much I want this book properly. If anyone has been waiting impatiently for this book, like I have, you'll know that the publication date has been pushed forwards many time. If things actually happened the way they were supposed to be, this book would have been published last year! Just... just please give me the book now. More importantly, though, don't push the publication date any further. I want this book in my hands soon. ;v; Pleeeeeease!

As a child, Kelly would hold elaborate one-kid plays for patient relatives, complete with song, dance, and over-the-top melodramatics. Then, whenever Mom or Grandma called for a break, she would venture outside to slay dragons, run from make-believe ghosts and create magical feasts for fairies out of mud and pinecones.

In the third grade, Kelly wrote her first book titled Pink Lettuce, a story about a young girl who comes to the aid of her mad scientist neighbor, helping him to return his potion-pink lettuce patch to its original green and leafy luster.

Kelly holds an undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Today, she finds true joy in transcribing her dramatic daydreams onto the stage of the blank page. When not writing or curled up with a good book, Kelly can be found teaching, learning and performing the ancient art of Bellydance.

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Top Ten Tuesday! Favorite Heroines From Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they post a new topic that the participants come up with a top ten list for.

The week's topic is: Favourite heroines from books

My favorite heroines (in no particular order!):

1. Amy from the Across the Universe trilogy by Beth Revis.

2. Kyla from the Slated trilogy by Teri Terry.

3. Amber from the Adaptation duology by Malinda Lo.

4. Olivia Mead from The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

5. Isobel from the Nevermore trilogy by Kelly Creagh

6. Rune from Forest of Whispers and Castle of Sighs by Jennifer Murgia

7. Kai from The Gates of Thread and Stone duology/trilogy by Lori M. Lee

8. Maren Yearly from Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis.

9. Azra from Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

1. Katy Swartz from the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
That girl deserves a medal for what she went through. Everything from being a light-up target to being hunted by multiple parties. Super fun stuff.

2. Juliette Ferrars from the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi
The same as above... Well that first part anyways. Juliette started off a scared, on-the-brink-of-insanity girl with no idea of the emotions the human touch can provide. The character development over the series was incredible and Juliette kicks ass. (I'm just finishing up with Ignite Me. I don't want to say goodbye!)

3. Isabelle Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
From the get-go Isabelle was AWESOME and a fierce protector.

4. Ash Thompson from the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Another one from the Lux series and I actually wasn't going to include Ash because, let's face it, she was quite the bitch to Katy but... What she did for Beth, the selflessness in that act, made me really respect her. So I think she deserves a spot here!

5. Clarke Griffin from The 100 series by Kass Morgan
Yet another kick ass character. She carries on trying to assume the role of a leader even when the others come down to earth, as frustrating as that may be.

6. Cara Sweeney from the Alienated series by Melissa Landers
I'd love to see you try and be friends with an alien whilst everyone else seemingly wants him gone. Girls got balls.

7. Claire Danvers from the Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine
I mean... Vamps, right?

8. Octavia Blake from The 100 series by Kass Morgan
Yep, another from this series. Octavia is my favourite character simply because she has been the bravest person and the one who stood up entirely for what she thought was right without faltering. LOVE HER.

9. Layken Cohen from the Slammed series by Colleen Hoover
The others have been from books with dystopian or paranormal elements but Layken has a different kind of strength. I can't say much without spoiling it but she is one of the strongest characters I've ever come across, especially towards the end of Slammed.

10. Josie from The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I'm still waiting to see the bulk of heroism from Josie but I sure as hell know it's coming in the next book after how the first one ended. Also she starts off as just an ordinary girl in a normal world where mythology is just that, a myth. She takes all of the new information Seth drops on to her like a champ. I would be sitting in the corner wondering when my mind finally turned on me.

Side note: It is really bothering me that I can't remember her last name. It's going to bother me all day.

What about you guys? Who are your favourite heroines?

Monday, 23 February 2015

Release Day Launch! Her Fallen Protector by Nichole Severn

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Her Fallen Protector by Nichole Severn
Publication Date: February 23rd 2015
When a trio of demons kidnap Vdarra Jansen, her normal life is ripped away. Her abductors claim she is the “lost heiress” of the Underworld, and the commander of the mighty Army of Duemos. They don't seem to care that she knows nothing about the Underworld, or that she only remembers the last ten years of her life...   Former archangel Jacob will do anything to bring back his lost love’s memories.
But if he succeeds, it could mean the end of the world. Torn between love and duty, Jacob will do whatever it takes to save her.   Jacob and Vdarra must learn to trust each other, and push aside old hurts to find their way. They are in a race to find the one thing that will decide Vdarra’s, and the world’s, fate – the lost Seal of Solomon. It will mean choosing between innocent lives ...and their hearts.
It's release day for Her Fallen Protector by Nichole Severn!! I am so excited to share this new paranormal romance with you!! Nichole is sharing new teases with us and giveaways, so be sure to check out all of the info!



Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada where she spent most days at her grandmother’s house watching X-Men, Married with Children and The Simpsons, Nichole Severn migrated to the Salt Lake City valley to live life as scandalous romance author. She graduated with a degree in psychology from Utah Valley University and resides with her very supportive and patient husband, as well as her terrorist of a toddler, in Sandy, Utah. When she’s not writing, she’s constantly injuring herself running, rock climbing, practicing yoga, and snowboarding.
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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Kalli's Stacking The Shelves #1

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we can share what books we've accumulated in the past week.

This is my first 'Stacking the Shelves' posted here, I'm so excited!


Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead (signed!!)
Kindle Voyage
Kindle Voyage Owl Case

Traded/ Gifted

The Girl Who Never Was (Otherworld #1) by Skylar Dorset
Firebug (Firebug #1) by Lish McBride [ARC]
Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFevers [ARC]
All The Rage by Courtney Summers [ARC]

(Thank you SaraMStuart for these wonderful books!!)

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon (ebook)

(Thank you trippingbooks for the eBook!!)

eARCs for Review


Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn #1) by Lori Goldstein
Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu
The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

(Thank you, Macmillan Kid's Books!!)

The Queen's Gift by T.R. Allardice

(Thank you Xpresso Tours!)

The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1) by Melissa Grey
(Thank you Random House Children's!)

What books did you guys get this week? :D