Week One: ReReadathon + Shelf Sweeper

Jun 30, 2014


July is practically hereee! And you know what that means: ReReadathon and Shelf Sweeper, which I'm hosting with Shae from Shae Has Left the Room, can begin! ALL THE READING, PEOPLE. ALL THE READING. And for all the info and details on RRSS, please go here!

Be Our Tattooed Guest: Kylie + Divergent + Tahereh Mafi

Jun 27, 2014


Welcome to Be Our Tattooed Guest, an original feature here on Beauty and the Bookshelf! This feature is all about tattoos of the literary, poetic, and bookish variety, and people showing them off! To learn more about Be Our Tattooed Guest, please go here.

This week's guest has not one but TWO bookish tattoos to share!

Review: Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

Jun 26, 2014

Title: Sinner
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publishing Date: July 1, 2014
Pages/Format: 368, ARC
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A standalone companion book to the internationally bestselling Shiver Trilogy. 

Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole's story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole's darkest secret -- his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel's life. Can this sinner be saved?


Book in One Word: SINFUL.*

Waiting on Wednesday (88)

Jun 25, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine
 that showcases upcoming releases 
that people are very much anticipating.

Creepy sounding book sounds creepy. (Also, do you SEE what it's pitched as?! This should probably be read with the lights on and when you're not home alone.)

Top Ten Tuesday (89)

Jun 23, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

Top Ten Book Cover Trends

Review: World After by Susan Ee

Title: World After
Author: Susan Ee
Publisher: Skyscape
Publishing Date: November 19, 2013
Pages/Format: 314, Paperback
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In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what's left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn's sister Paige, thinking she's a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels' secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can't rejoin the angels, can't take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?


Book in One Word: GOOD.

Blog Tour: Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman

Jun 21, 2014

Hello, book seekers! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Brynn Chapman's Boneseeker! If you're a fan of Sherlock Holmes (or Watson), historical fiction, and magnifying-glass required shenanigans, then you maaay want to check this out. And to make all this even cooler, I have an interview with Brynn and a giveaway. (But no bones, sorry!)

Be Our Tattooed Guest: Brittany + Shakespeare

Jun 20, 2014


Welcome to Be Our Tattooed Guest, an original feature here on Beauty and the Bookshelf! This feature is all about tattoos of the literary, poetic, and bookish variety, and people showing them off! To learn more about Be Our Tattooed Guest, please go here.

Today's guest has a tattoo that's originally from an old guy you've probably heard of, but was also used in a much more recent (and excellent) series!

Waiting on Wednesday (87)

Jun 18, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine
 that showcases upcoming releases 
that people are very much anticipating.

Once again, I am waiting on a PRETTY COVER.

Top Ten Tuesday (88)

Jun 17, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

Review: The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson

Jun 16, 2014

Title: The Prince of Venice Beach
Author: Black Nelson
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: June 3, 2014
Pages/Format: 240, ARC
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Robert "'Cali" Callahan is a teen runaway, living on the streets of Venice Beach, California. He's got a pretty sweet life: a treehouse to sleep in, a gang of surf bros, a regular basketball game...even a girl who's maybe-sorta interested in him.

What he doesn't have is a plan.

All that changes when a local cop recommends Cali to a private investigator who is looking for a missing teenager. After all, Cali knows everyone in Venice. But the streets are filled with people who don't want to be found, and when he's hired to find the beautiful Reese Abernathy, who would do anything to stay hidden, Cali must decide where his loyalties truly lie.


Book in One Word: Okay.

Review: The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

Jun 13, 2014

Title: The Murder Complex
Author: Lindsay Cummings
Publisher: Green-willow Books
Publishing Date: June 10, 2014
Pages/Format: 398, ARC
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An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.


Book in One Word: Huh.

Be Our Tattooed Guest: Jessica + Lord of the Rings


Welcome to Be Our Tattooed Guest, an original feature here on Beauty and the Bookshelf! This feature is all about tattoos of the literary, poetic, and bookish variety, and people showing them off! To learn more about Be Our Tattooed Guest, please go here.

And now, please welcome today's guest, who has a tattoo from something that you may have heard of...

Blog Tour: Paranoia by J.R. Johansson

Jun 12, 2014

Hello, bookish creatures! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Paranoia by J.R. Johansson, the sequel to Insomnia! Jenn and I put together a very, er, interesting post for you today, plus there's all the info on the books, where you can stalk find Jenn, and there's a giveaway. Really, if you miss out on the all awesome in this post, then you're going to feel at least a little bit paranoid. So give yourself some insomnia and check all this out!

Introduction: ReReadathon + Shelf Sweeper

Jun 11, 2014


Do you hear that noise? It's your bookshelves screaming, crying, and yelling at you. They're saying, "Hey, hey you! Why don't you read us anymore? You loved this book, why don't you ever reread it? And what about this one that you just had to have? You've never even read it." May you and your bookshelves never fear, for ReReadathon and Shelf Sweeper has come to the rescue.

Waiting on Wednesday (86)

Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine
 that showcases upcoming releases 
that people are very much anticipating.

The following book comes from an author who has no boundaries. His books (at least, the series I read) are complete f-ery and totally messed up, but also very, very good. I can only imagine what he'll deliver in his latest novel.

Top Ten Tuesday (87)

Jun 10, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

Top Ten Books I've Read 
This Year (So Far)

Review: How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied by Jess Keating

Jun 9, 2014

Title: How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied
Author: Jess Keating
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publishing Date: June 3, 2014
Pages/Format: 288, eARC
Add on Goodreads!

What would middle school be like if you lived in a zoo?

Ana didn't ask to be named after an anaconda. She didn't ask for zoologist parents who look like safari guides. And she definitely didn't ask for a twin brother whose life goal seems to be terrorizing her with his pet reptiles. Now, to make matters worse, her parents have decided to move the whole family INTO the zoo! All of which gives the Sneerers (the clan of carnivorous female predators in her class) more ammunition to make her life miserable-and squash any hope of class tennis stud, Zack, falling in love with her. Ana tries to channel her inner chameleon and fade into the background, but things are changing too quickly for her to keep up.


Book in One Word: ADORKABLE!

Sunday Spinetry (13)

Jun 8, 2014

Sunday Spinetry is a weekly meme hosted by, well, me! 
For all the details on Sunday Spinetry, just go here!

Blog Tour: Essence by Lisa Ann O'Kane

Jun 6, 2014

Once upon a time, I was doing a college research paper on what it's like to be a zookeeper. In my research, I stumbled across the blog of a zookeeper...who was also a writer. I wanted to be an author and zookeeper, so I thought this was really cool. Today, I have that person on my blog, and that's really, really cool, because now she's a published author. So here is Lisa Ann O'Kane, discussing her debut novel Essence!

Be Our Tattooed Guest: Joy + Books


Hello, lovely people! Welcome to a new feature on the blog, Be Our Tattooed Guest! If you're like me, then you find something fascinating about tattoos. (And you maybe don't have any of your own. And maybe that sentence should have "yet" at the end of it.) You like to look at tattoos, dream about what tattoos you would get, and all that ink-filled jazz. But what could tattoos possibly have to do with this blog? [Insert coy smile here.] Darlings, that's where tattoos of the bookish and literary variety come along.

Enter the creation of Be Our Tattooed Guest. I'm hoping that every week (and on Fridays!) I will have a guest on the blog who has some kind of bookish/literary tattoo. I'm super excited about this, and I hope you all really like it, too! And I'm crossing my fingers that this feature doesn't make me even more tempted to get a tattoo. (Who am I kidding, it's so going to!)

Review: Hostage Three by Nick Lake

Jun 5, 2014

Title: Hostage Three
Author: Nick Lake
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publishing Date: November 12, 2013
Pages/Format: 369, Hardcover
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From the author of the Michael L. Printz award–winning novel In Darkness comes a critically-acclaimed, fast-paced thriller that’s as dangerous as the seas on which it’s set.

The last thing Amy planned to do this summer was sail around the world trapped on a yacht with her father and her stepmother. Really, all she wanted was to fast-forward to October when she’ll turn eighteen and take control of her own life.

Aboard the Daisy May, Amy spends time sunbathing, dolphin watching and forgetting the past as everything floats by . . . until one day in the Gulf of Aden another boat appears. A boat with guns and pirates – the kind that kill.

Immediately, the pirates seize the boat and its human cargo. Hostage One is Amy’s father – the most valuable. Hostage Two: her stepmother. And Hostage Three is Amy, who can’t believe what’s happening. As the ransom brokering plays out, Amy finds herself becoming less afraid, and even
stranger still, drawn to one of her captors, a teenage boy who wants desperately to be more than who he has become. Suddenly it becomes brutally clear that the price of life and its value are two very different things . . .


Book in One Word: ARGHH.*

Waiting on Wednesday (85)

Jun 4, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine
 that showcases upcoming releases 
that people are very much anticipating.

Romantic thrillers sound interesting to me. So do hostage situations and all that because I'm, you know, crazy. And I just want more books that sound like the following one, so YES, I want to read it (and may it please be good)!

Top Ten Tuesday (86)

Jun 3, 2014


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

Top Ten Books That Should
Be In Your Beach Bag

Move Over May, It's June

Jun 1, 2014


Summer is so close I can practically smell it! (Okay, so not really, but you get what I mean.) It's almost time for pigging out on Otter Pops (which I've already been doing), endless reading time, and fun in the sun! But first, let's talk about what happened in May, shall we? AND THEN IT'S JUNE!
 
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