Treat Yo Shelf: September Monthly Recap

Treat Yo Shelf

September Monthly Recap

Welcome to my monthly recap post, in which I fangirl over the books I read this month, bookish items I acquired, book events I attended, bookish news, and/or subscription boxes I received in the month of September.

What did I read this month?

What books did I buy? 

(This does not include Kindle purchases)

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What books did I receive from Publishers/Authors to review?

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Check out my review: HERE!

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Thank you, HarperTeen. I really enjoyed reading As I Descended. Check out my review HERE

What books/items did I receive from friends/fellow bloggers as trades, gifts, or to borrow?

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Daphne made my year by trading this book with me. 

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My brother found this totebag for me. EEEKKK!!!

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I received this beautiful artwork from the author of Stalking Jack the Ripper, Kerri Maniscalco, for participating in the #SJtR Street Team Blog Tour. Read my review here. #KnightsofWhitechapel

September’s Uppercase Box

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September’s Owlcrate

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FierceRead’s GiftLit Package

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September’s Favorites

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Halloween knickknacks and Peanuts Funkos! 

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Loving NovellyYours‘s new Fall inspired candles. “I’ve Put a Spell On You” goes perfect with my witchy collection!

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I’m getting ready for the Gilmore Girls Revival!!! 

 

How did you treat your shelves in September? What books did you buy? What books did you read and would highly recommend?

Cover Reveal: Shadows of the Forest by Emma Michaels

Title: Shadows of the Forest
Author: Emma Michaels
Publication date: November 5th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Everyone is dying to live in the Shadows of the Forest.

They gave me three rules to follow in exchange for my brother’s life:

1. Do not enter the West Wing;

2. Do not go outside after darkness falls; and

3. There is only one exit; The Gates.

This is what happened when I broke them…

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Author Bio:

Emma Michaels is the award winning author of the Society of Feathers series with over 15 publications under her belt. With a love for all things story-telling this bibliophile plans to take over the world one cup of coffee at a time. A rule breaker who isn’t afraid to have uncommon opinions she is an avid lover of mathematics and stand out fiction which transcends both its genre and format whether books, games, movies, or otherwise. A good story is a good story. When she isn’t online she is out dancing in the Washington rain or seeking new adventures.

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ARC Review: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

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Title: This Adventure Ends
By: Emma Mills
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co./Macmillan 
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary
Format: e-ARC
Source: Netgalley

About This Adventure Ends:

Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens.

Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera’s twin brother and the most serious person Sloane’s ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins’ late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins’ lives.

Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.

LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 


MY RANTS AND RAVES OF THIS ADVENTURE ENDS

You guys, this book is perfection. This Adventure Ends is about creating new friendships, mourning, adventure, and discovery. It is a book that carries the reader through life’s difficulties, and explores new paths of self-exploration and new perceptions. If I could spell my love for this book with peas, I don’t think there would be enough peas to go around.

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Sloane, the main character, is so snarky and sarcastic, and I loved every time her voice and wit shined on the page. More importantly, I enjoyed how Sloane’s quirky personality balances her new friend’s (Gabe’s) cautious and quiet persona. Their friendship is filled with respect, love, comradeship, and excellent, off-the-wall humor. 

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This Adventure Ends is full of sweet, compassionate, hilarious, and entertaining scenes. I loved how raw, off-the-page, and realistic each of the characters are portrayed. Every word, sentence, paragraph, page, character, and planking baby is worth savoring throughout this novel. I’m going to say it right now, This Adventure Ends is definitely one of my Top Favorite Books of 2016, so far.

Some of my favorite Quotes (from an e-ARC):

“I creep because I care,” he says, and then reaches for the cake.

“You know, everything is, like, fifteen times more dramatic when you say it.”

“You smell like a thousand babies planking for a thousand years.”

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My Rating: 5 out 5 Stars

NOTE: Thank you to Netgalley and Henry Holt/Macmillan for providing me an e-galley/e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All statements and opinions are my own.

Top Five Wednesday: Gateway Books to My Favorite Genre

Top 5 Wednesday

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY is a weekly meme created by Lainey @ GingerReadsLainey and is currently hosted by Samantha @ Thoughts on TomesEvery Wednesday a new topic is listed on the Goodreads group, and you list your top 5 books related to the particular topic.

This week’s topic is…

Gateway Books to Your Favorite Genre

My go-to genre is fantasy. I love the world-building, the variety of characters that can show up, and more importantly I love the magic that usually encompasses the story. So below, here are my Top 5 Books that I believe are perfect to introduce a new reader to the genre of Fantasy. 

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The Night Circus is 387 pages of mystery, kittens, the aroma of Kettlecorn, romance, and intense magic! If you are looking for a good fantasy read, this book will definitely win you over.

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The Storyspinner is an engaging, high fantasy read. It intertwines reality, magic, and a badass heroine. Definitely add this to your TBR list now! 

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This fantasy series needs no explanation. JUST READ IT! 

The Winner’s Trilogy contains no magic, but it definitely has elaborate world-building and a historical feel to it. The way the two main characters challenge other is intense, gut-wrenching, and beautifully executed throughout the whole series.

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In 2012, I was going through a reading slump. I had just finished my first year of graduate school for English Literature, and I was in the dire need of a good book. I could go on and on about how great this series is, but trust me, it’s amazing in every way.

Book Review: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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Title: Rebel of the Sands
By: Alwyn Hamilton
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Magic, Adventure
Format: Hardcover
Source: Uppercasebox Subscription

ABOUT REBEL OF THE SANDS:

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 


My Rants and Raves of Rebel of the Sands

First, Rebel of the Sands saved me from another reading slump. I am a mood reader, and lately I’ve been thinking that I need to read fluffy contemporaries or romantic NA books, but I was wrong, I needed this engaging fantasy! I needed Rebel of the Sands, because in the end, it had beautiful world-building, elaborate folklore and creatures, well-rounded characters, and an eager-to-finish storyline. 

I am sucker for badass female characters, and Alwyn Hamilton, the author, does not disappoint with creating a feisty, determined heroine named Amani. Amani is not a character that grew on me; instead I fell instantly in love with her.  Like Shakespeare’s Rosalind in “As You Like It,” Amani can crossdress with the best of them; she can shoot better than Annie Oakley; she upholds the compassion of J.K. Rowling’s Ms. Weasley; and she is as baddass as  Joss Whedon’s Buffy. Furthermore, I loved Amani’s ability to think before she acted, and a majority of the time her actions are cautious, selfless, and merciful. 

Along with Amani, I loved the character Jin. He has the roguish, “outlaw” persona, but under his mischievous personality he has a caring heart. Plus the chemistry between Amani and Jin is perfectly crafted. These two characters challenge each other in the most swoonworthy ways. They are definitely a dynamic duo that will give you the warm fuzzies. 

Rebel of the Sands is one of the most satisfying books I have read this year. I loved how unpredictable this book is, as well as how intricate it is, and how thought-provoking the main characters, secondary characters, and the fantastical characters, like the Nightmares, Skinwalkers, and Djinns, are depicted. More importantly, I loved how smoothly the plot unfolded; as I read each chapter, I honestly felt like I was delicately being carried away on a wistful breeze across the hot, desert sand. 

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

NOTE:  I received this book in an Uppercasebox Subscription, which I paid for with my own funds. I was not provided a copy of this book by the author or the publisher in an exchange for a review; I reviewed it at my own discretion.  All statements and opinions in this review are mine.

Top Five Wednesday: Characters I WOULDN’T Want to Trade Places With

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TOP 5 WEDNESDAY is a weekly meme created by Lainey @ GingerReadsLainey and is currently hosted by Samantha @ Thoughts on TomesEvery Wednesday a new topic is listed on the Goodreads group, and you list your top 5 books related to the particular topic.

This week’s topic is…

Characters I WOULDN’T Want to Trade Places With

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  5. Lynn from Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis 13112869

 

What are some characters that you would never trade places with?