STACKING THE SHELVES: Feb. 23-28 (2)

Stacking the Shelves

It’s Saturday, which means it’s once again time for Stacking the Shelves! Stacking the Shelves is a weekly Haul meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, where bloggers can gush about the books they’ve picked up for the week. This is my second week participating.

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Definitely a smaller haul than last week, but still a good one! Pictured above:

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven
BREAKING SKY by Cori McCarthy
Food Wars! Vol. 4 by Yuto Tsukada (story), Shun Saeki (art)
THE NAME OF THE BLADE by Zoë Marriott
A HERO AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Erin Claiborne

I’m especially looking forward to reading ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven. Suicide is a tough subject to read about but I’ve heard a lot of good things about the book.

What did you guys stack your shelves with this week?

-Emi

STACKING THE SHELVES: Feb. 15-22 (1)

Stacking the Shelves

Back in the day when I was still active on my old blog, one of the posts I looked forward to writing every week was the Sunday meme, In My Mailbox, hosted by The Story Siren. Which is why I was a little sad to learn this morning that it’s no longer a Thing. Er, actually “sad” is the wrong word; I was mostly shocked and then glad, considering what happened. (Yes, yes, I know–I’ve been out of the YA blogging loop for a long time.)

Thankfully, there’s a new meme–well, not really new, it’s been around since 2012–called Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Usually they host on Saturdays, but since I just discovered them I’ll post this week’s Stack today and then post on Saturday next week. I’d wait until next week to post everything but this week’s haul was a good one, and one that I just can’t wait to show off!

Thanks for the help, Baymax and Colossal Titan. ❤

This week’s Stack is courtesy of my roomie, Amber. She attended ABA’s 2015 Winter Institute two weeks ago and brought back all sorts of upcoming ARCs. Pictured above:

ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan
BLACK DOVE, WHITE RAVEN by Elizabeth Wein
MAGONIA by  Maria Dahvana Headley
FERALS by  Jacob Grey
DENTON LITTLE’S DEATHDATE by Lance Rubin
SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli
THE WRATH & THE DAWN by Renee Ahdieh
UNDERTOW by Michael Buckley
THE CAGE by Megan Shepherd
THE WITCH HUNTER by Virginia Boecker

And not pictured above (because they’re finished copies, not ARCs):


RED QUEEN
by Victoria Aveyard (<–I just started reading this and it’s GREAT so far. A+ fantasy.)
AN EMBER IN THE ASHES  by Sabaa Tahir

Well, that’s it for me this week! What have you guys stacked your shelves with recently?

-Emi

REVIEW: FIREFIGHT by Brandon Sanderson

firefightHi everyone–long time no post! Once again I was asked to to be a guest writer on Girls in Capes–this time to write a review of FIREFIGHT by Brandon Sanderson, the sequel to STEELHEART.

For those of you unfamiliar with The Reckoners series, it’s a YA post-apocalyptic fantasy that takes place in a world similar to our own. Ten years ago a burst in the sky called Calamity gave people extraordinary powers. These people–called Epics–have the power to do anything from manipulating electricity to transforming into pigeons. You’d think that a world filled with people who have super powers would be great a place to live, right? Wrong! Apparently, with great power comes great desire to destroy and crush mankind’s will. Society as we know it crumbled under the might of the High Epics (those with top-tier powers) and now the remaining humans struggle to survive in a world where their “rulers” don’t really care if they live or die.

The series centers around David, a young man after revenge. When he was a boy, David watched the Epic called Steelheart murder his father and since that day has dedicated his life to studying Epics and their weaknesses. Thanks to his knowledge, he’s able to join a group of rebels called the Reckoners, trained citizens who have vowed to liberate humankind by killing every last Epic. But David quickly learns that things aren’t so black and white. There’s more to the Epics’ powers than he previously thought, and the closer he gets to the truth behind Calamity, the more he begins to question what really makes a super villain a villain…

*AHEM* Anyway, here’s a teaser from the review:

Even though FIREFIGHT takes place in the same universe as STEELHEART, Babylon is a completely different world, complete with half-submerged skyscrapers, luminescent fruit, glowing graffiti, and a water manipulating jet pack. The result leads you to believe you’re almost going through a post-apocalyptic wardrobe, landing in a city that borders on the fantasy line of speculative fiction. This setting made the perfect backdrop for David’s character as he begins investigate the truth behind Calamity — a truth that once revealed, will destroy everything you thought you learned in STEELHEART.

Is FIREFIGHT worth the read? Oh yes. Really want to know why? Go check out the full review on Girls in Capes! They’re also doing a giveaway. Contest ends on February 22, 2015.