Saturday, December 20, 2014

manda-rae's Haul

Stacking the Shelves consists of books we received in the last week, hosted by Tynga's reviews.

Only 5 days until Christmas!  And unfortunately, I think I'm coming down with a cold...  More reading for me I guess.

From the Library:

  • Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs
    • Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads
      • I'm hoping this is a good one.  Especially since I like the Mercedes Thompson series.  I just realized it short stories.  Meh, I hope I'll enjoy them.
  • Undivided by Neal Shusterman
    • Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads
      • Is it the ending to this series at last?  I've been so disappointed lately with 'last' books.  This one better be good...

Christmas Card:

  • Isabelle from Lecture toute une Aventure sent me a card all the way from Belgium!  And it came with smurf stickers!!!!!  I love how this book blogging community brings the world together, and we meet good book friends.  Thank you so much Isabelle!  You brightened my week...

manda-rae's Past Week


Unfortunately, I think I'm going to be lowering my Goodreads reading goal again...  Stupid reading rut.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sisters' Fate by Jessica Spotswood

Genre:  YA Historical Paranormal Romance
The Cahill Witch Chronicles Series, Book 3

Note:  This is the final book in a trilogy.  Reading anything below without having read the first two books could spoil earlier plot lines.

Description (taken from Jessica Spotswood's website):
A fever ravages New London, but with the Brotherhood sending suspected witches straight to the gallows, the Sisters are powerless against the disease. They can't help without revealing their powers—as Cate learns when a potent display of magic turns her into the most wanted witch in all of New England.

To make matters worse, Cate has been erased from the memory of her beloved Finn. While she's torn between protecting him from further attacks and encouraging him to fall for her all over again, she's certain she can never forgive Maura's betrayal. And now that Tess's visions have taken a deadly turn, the prophecy that one Cahill sister will murder another looms ever closer to its fulfillment.

This book picks up right where the last one left off: with Maura betraying Cate by erasing Finn's memory.  Cate has lost the very reason she has worked to destroy the brotherhood and free their hold of the community.  But Maura has joined a bigger movement.  She's going to help Inez, the one now in charge of the Sisterhood, who plans on taking over the city and destroying every last member of the brotherhood, regardless of guilt.  But Cate just can't let that happen.

Cate has joined the resistance, a group of misfits who want to rid the brotherhood's stranglehold on society.  But this ragtag of men wouldn't go so far as to give women the right to vote; that's another conversation for a later time.  But Cate gets a chance meeting here with Finn that will begin to rekindle a romance from the past.  Meanwhile, Tess, the prophesied most powerful witch of New London, is being plagued with visions and illusions.  She can't determine truth from fiction and is beginning to go mad.  But can Cate help her before it's too late?

So this book brings in an element that wasn't touched on much earlier: a fever plaguing the village.  And it felt a little off base from the previous books.  I remember having so much emotion at the end of the second one that I wanted to scream, and this one just didn't keep up the steam for me.  I felt like this huge Cahill prophecy about Tess was such a let down.  It's like witchcraft was just a tiny part to the whole story.  I don't know.  I guess I just lost interest in the characters once we turned it into a classical plague/witch hunt.

This is a historical fiction series that kind of goes through the witch trials from the past.  It's one that's sure to rile with emotions and keep the reader interested.  I think I'm just getting tired of young adult, and that's why it didn't sit well with me.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

manda-rae's Haul

Stacking the Shelves consists of books we received in the last week, hosted by Tynga's reviews.

It's Saturday!  A day for lots of workouts and parties!  And maybe a little bit of reading...

From the Library:

  • Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake
    • Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads
      • A little bit of mythology wrapped into a paranormal setting.  I thought the first one was intriguing enough to want to read the second.  I hope it doesn't disappoint.

manda-rae's Past Week


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Soulprint by Megan Miranda

Genre:  YA Science Fiction
Expected publication date:  February 3, 2015

Description (taken from Megan Miranda's website):
Seventeen-year-old Alina Chase has spent her entire life imprisoned on a secluded island—not for a crime she committed in this lifetime, but one done by her past self. Her very soul is like a fingerprint, carried from one life to the next—and Alina is sick of being guilty.

Aided by three teens with their own ulterior motives, Alina manages to escape. Although she’s not sure she can trust any of them, she soon finds herself drawn to Cameron, the most enigmatic and alluring of the trio. But when she uncovers clues from her past life, secrets begin to unravel and Alina must figure out whether she’s more than the soul she inherited, or if she’s fated to repeat history.

This stunning “new world” romance from acclaimed author Megan Miranda will leave readers wondering how far they would go to escape the past.

Imagine a future where our souls leave a distinct tag within the spinal fluid.  And scientific advances have been able to capture this data, study it, and link existing people's souls to souls of the past.  Alina Chase lives in this world.  It's a world where your soul's past can dictate who you will become in your current life.  But Alina's tired of being known for someone she isn't.  And she's ready for everyone to let the past go.

Three teenagers help Alina escape her childhood home/imprisonment.  She has been a ward of the government almost since they first discovered who she was in her past life: a dangerous criminal who exploited the soulprinting system.  But these teenagers all want something from Alina's past self, and they believe she's the key to her past.  So Alina must help them find what her past self did through a string of clues.  And this will help lead them to the truth, regardless of right or wrong.

This is a romance cat and mouse tale that stems from a sci-fi idea.  And I will tell you, I was captivated with the story and the characters.  There's mystery that weaves throughout the pages and leaves you guessing.  But as far as the science fiction piece: the whole soulprinting business?  It's not as developed as I would have liked which left me questioning the whole premise.  I wanted a more in-depth explanation about soulprinting and how much it was affecting this future society.  Instead, what I got was off-handed sentences explaining why without the evidence.  So, the gooey romance-side of my brain was satisfied, the thrilling mystery side of my brain was happy, but the scientifically detailed explanation side was not satisfied (it kind of got a little grumpy).

I feel like this novel is for the YA romance enthusiast who is looking for a good thriller.  However, it is not for the science fiction geeks looking for a new world to wrap their heads around.

Thanks goes to Around the World ARC Tours for providing me a review copy.

Saturday, December 6, 2014


Stacking the Shelves consists of books we received in the last week, hosted by Tynga's reviews.

Still going strong on my reading rut.  But I've got the weekend to catch up now.  Hope everyone has a happy Saturday and Sunday!

For Review:

  •   Soulprint by Megan Miranda
    • Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads
      • I must admit that I've already finished this book, and I feel like it was incomplete.  Yes, it has a really good story, but it missing the awesome sci-fi components that I was so looking forward to.  Thanks goes to Around the World ARC Tours!
  • The Burning Dark by Adam Christopher
    • Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads
      • This seems like a very different sci-fi read from my normal.  But it's about space, and I figure what could go wrong in space.  Well, lots of things; that's why I'm reading this one.  Thanks goes to Tor!

For Review (e-edition):

A Fistful of Evil by Rebecca Chastain
Amazon | Goodreads
So, when I read the bottom line: If Stephanie Plum fought evil with magic; it'd look a lot like this," I was sold.  Who doesn't love Stephanie Plum?  And this could be the new urban fantasy that hooks me back into reading.  I'm looking forward to this one.  Thanks goes to Rebecca Chastain!

manda-rae's Past Three Weeks


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