Review: By Your Side by Kasie West

Jan 19, 2017

Title: By Your Side
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publishing Date: January 31, 2017
Pages/Format: 352, eARC
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In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?


Book in One Word: Disappointing

Waiting on Wednesday (181)

Jan 18, 2017

is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that 
showcases upcoming releases people are very much anticipating.

I am complete and utter trash for all things Peter Pan so I will most definitely be reading the shit out of this.

Top Ten Tuesday (181)

Jan 17, 2017

is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...


Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Jan 16, 2017

TitleCaraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publishing Date: January 31, 2017
Pages/Format: 416, ARC
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Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world . . . 

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.


Book in One Word: Lackluster

The Weekly Forecast (23)

Jan 15, 2017

Welcome to a weekly feature of sorts here on Beauty and the Bookshelf: The Weekly Forecast! I've been reworking the blog a bit, trying to post more and be consistent, but also to post more than reviews and the same two memes every week (assuming I even post anything during a week). Then I thought of The Weekly Forecast, a way to recap what I did on the blog the week before, and then to forecast what will be on the blog the coming week. The latter could be helpful because it keeps me in check, kind of: if I tell you I'm going to post a review this week then now I basically have to post a review this week. But first: let me tell you what happened on the blog last week.

I posted four times this week and that's good enough for me.

Review: Chimera by Mira Grant

Jan 12, 2017

TitleChimera
Author: Mira Grant
Publisher: Orbit
Publishing Date: November 24, 2015
Pages/Format: 496, Paperback
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The final book in Mira Grant's terrifying Parasitology trilogy.

The outbreak has spread, tearing apart the foundations of society, as implanted tapeworms have turned their human hosts into a seemingly mindless mob.

Sal and her family are trapped between bad and worse, and must find a way to compromise between the two sides of their nature before the battle becomes large enough to destroy humanity, and everything that humanity has built...including the chimera.

The broken doors are closing. Can Sal make it home?



Book in One Word: Stay

Review: Symbiont by Mira Grant

Jan 11, 2017

TitleSymbiont
Author: Mira Grant
Publisher: Orbit
Publishing Date: November 25, 2014
Pages/Format: 516, Paperback
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The enemy is inside us.

The SymboGen designed tapeworms were created to relieve humanity of disease and sickness. But the implants in the majority of the world's population began attacking their hosts turning them into a ravenous horde.

Now those who do not appear to be afflicted are being gathered for quarantine as panic spreads, but Sal and her companions must discover how the tapeworms are taking over their hosts, what their eventual goal is, and how they can be stopped.





Book in One Word: Wormderful?

Review: Parasite by Mira Grant

Jan 10, 2017

Title: Parasite
Author: Mira Grant
Publisher: Orbit
Publishing Date: October 29, 2013
Pages/Format: 504, Paperback
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A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives...and will do anything to get them.



Book in One Word: Successful

December Rewind

Jan 9, 2017

 
I've fallen a bit behind on blogging, unfortunately, but I'm hoping to get all that back in gear. I did read a good chunk of books this month though, which is good--and also my problem. I've spent less time blogging and scrolling through Instagram and watching TV (I'm behind on like every show) because I've chosen to spend more time reading instead. Which isn't a bad thing. I just need to work on balance (especially if I want to do all this once I find a damn job).

The Weekly Forecast (22)

Jan 8, 2017

Welcome to a weekly feature of sorts here on Beauty and the Bookshelf: The Weekly Forecast! I've been reworking the blog a bit, trying to post more and be consistent, but also to post more than reviews and the same two memes every week (assuming I even post anything during a week). Then I thought of The Weekly Forecast, a way to recap what I did on the blog the week before, and then to forecast what will be on the blog the coming week. The latter could be helpful because it keeps me in check, kind of: if I tell you I'm going to post a review this week then now I basically have to post a review this week. But first: let me tell you what happened on the blog last week.

Me: Does a post about my blogging secret, aka these Weekly Forecast posts.
Me: Falls behind on blogging.
Me. Every. Single. Week.
 
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