Stacking the Shelves #30

I’ve been really busy for months that I often forget to post my book hauls here. The last one I did was back in February so this is going to be a massive one.

LOCAL BOOKS HAULED:

Dare To Love by C.P. Santi
Keep The Faith by Ana Tejano
Playing Autumn by Mina V. Esguerra
Sounds Like Summer by Six Delos Reyes
If The Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman
Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan
Summer Crush by Six Delos Reyes, Tara Frejas, and Jay E. Tria

ARCS HAULED:

The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby
This Is How It Happened by Paula Stokes
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Like Water by Rebecca Podos
Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen
Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
The One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus
Antisocial by Jillian Blake
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Welcome Home by Eric Smith
What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

FROM GIVEAWAYS:

Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman
The Inconceivable Life of Quinn by Marianna Baer
The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl

BOOKS BOUGHT:

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
I Was Here by Gayle Forman
Pivot Point by Kasie West
Split Second by Kasie West

I have also received some signed bookmarks from Kara Thomas and Jay Kristoff (Thanks Kate! <3)

Now that I’m finally finishing college (just waiting for graduation this month!!) I can finally have more time to read so I do hope I could squeeze these in before I go on a job hunt haha!

As usual, big thanks to HarperCollins International, Abrams Books, Penguin Random House International, Simon Pulse, Bloomsbury, #romanceclass authors, Katie and Marianna, JM of Book Freak Revelations, Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs and Jay Kristoff, Kara Thomas, Nicole Castroman, and Rebecca Podos!

Which books did you get this week? Have you read any of these books? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday || New-To-Me Authors for 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

It has been forever since I last participated in Top Ten Tuesday!!!! I’m really excited for this topic because I always enjoy sharing author love! So here goes my list!

Emily Martin. Emily’s debut novel, The Year We Fell Apart, was my first read for 2016 and I gave it 5-stars! What a way to start the year right? I got hooked from the first chapter. It was just absolutely filled with emotions and I really love Emily’s writing style! I’m really looking forward to more of her works.

emery-lordEmery Lord. Okay, okay. I know! Most of you have read her books, especially if you love contemporaries. I don’t know why I never picked up her books until this year. I had both Open Road Summer and The Start of Me and You in my Kindle app, plus everyone was saying great things about her books so I caved in and binge-read the books. AND NO REGRETS MY FRIEND. Matt Finch? SWOON! Sadly, I haven’t read her recent release but I’m planning to remedy that soon! <3

rosh-chokshiRoshani Chokshi. Okay so let me tell you a quick story about how Jem and I almost met Rosh one time. So Jem and I went out around Christmas time last year to hang out and visit bookstores. Apparently, Rosh was in the country to visit relatives and she went to the same book store Jem and I were in. We only found out after we left the place when she posted a pic of the bookstore on Instagram. We were there! Same time, same place, missed opportunity! Aaaaaaaanyway, I really enjoyed The Star-Touched Queen! It’s one of the best books I’ve read this year and I loved being immersed in Indian culture, one that I’m not really familiar with. I’m really excited for A Crown of Wishes!!

julie-buxbaumJulie Buxbaum. Ethan is Ethan is Ethan. Oh my goodness I really enjoyed Tell Me Three Things so much that I read it after listening to the audiobook. The last chapter was so intense that my heart was beating so fast! I’m really in love with Julie’s writing style and I cannot wait to read more from her!

leah-konenLeah Konen. The Romantics might just be one of my most favorite books ever. It’s so witty, funny, and well, cynical and romantic all at the same time! I really enjoyed Leah’s on-point writing style! I’m sure I’ll be on the lookout for more of her works!

olivia-riversOlivia Rivers. If you haven’t read Tone Deaf yet, I suggest that you do!!! It’s a really good book with A+ representation about disabled characters. It’s okay if you stop reading at this point and just go and check out her book. I even linked it. Nike the hell out! JUST DO IT! (Okay, but maybe come back because I got more authors to share haha)

heidi-heiligHeidi Heilig. I’m sure you’ve heard of Heidi’s debut novel, The Girl From Everywhere a.k.a. the book with the time traveling pirates! It’s so good and the diverse rep is awesomesauce! I can’t wait to read the sequel!!! Heidi’s also one of my favorite people ever because she always stands up for the book community!

caleb-roehrigCaleb Roehrig. Caleb is one of the sweetest and most approachable authors in the book community. He’s also the author of Last Seen Leaving, a thriller I enjoyed reading because not only am I a thriller junkie, I also enjoy books with diverse rep! Plus, his book left me speechless so I’m totally looking forward to reading more from him!

sarah-everettSarah Everett.  I don’t know if you’ve heard about her debut Everyone We’ve Been, but if you have read it then yay! Because honestly, I need more people to read this book! My love for this book is endless, I even hosted a local blog tour for the book! I really recommend this book especially if you’re looking for a diverse read!

kara-thomasKara Thomas. H-O-L-Y-C-H-E-E-S-E-B-A-L-L-S.  I was fortunately offered to be a part of Penguin Random House’s Thriller Thursday so I was able to read The Darkest Corners earlier this year. AND GOD DAMN I LOVE THAT BOOK SO MUCH. It left me speechless and so I did sort of sold my soul to Kara Thomas and her thrillers. And since I did, I got lucky again and read her upcoming book Little Monsters. If you have read The Darkest Corners, you’re in for a great ride with Little Monsters! Kara knows how to craft amazing thrillers! Honestly, they’re soooooooooooooo good! I’ve yet to read her Prep School Confidential series but I’m sure as hell that I’m going to enjoy it.

So there goes ten authors from my list! Did any from my list make it to yours? Have you read books from these authors?

inah

#ThrillerThursday: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

the darkest cornersThe Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
Publication Date: April 19th 2016 by Delacorte Press
Source: Finished copy from Publisher
Rating: ★★★
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Synopsis

The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become.

There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.

Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.

Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.

But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.

Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.

I received a finished copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of a review, as part of the #ThrillerThursday campaign. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

Ever read one of those books where you feel like you’re watching a cool movie as everything plays out in your head? The Darkest Corners is exactly that book. It’s gripping from the start and definitely a page-turner.

The story starts with Tessa boarding a flight to Pennsylvania to visit his father, which brought back memories of everything that happened surrounding the death of her friend’s cousin Lori.

This is pretty much one of the best and solid YA thrillers I’ve read in a while. It actually left my heart pounding as I finished reading it. I’m not the best fan of suspense/thrillers but I know one when I see one. The book is so enjoyable and creepy at the same time, especially when everything starts to unfold. I had a bit of a problem with the pacing because it seems a bit slow at first.

“I figure there’s only so much we can beat ourselves up about, things we wish we’d done differently, before we’re broken beyond repair.”

I love how the book remained unpredictable until the end. Kara Thomas’s writing style is on point, I think she’s written for TV before and I’m glad she translated that skill into the novel. It’s like the book is build to be seen on screen. I’d definitely watch the hell out of this book if they make a movie from it.

The emotional growth of the characters is also one of the best things about this one. Tessa and her best friend Callie, were distant when the story started. However, as the story progressed, they eventually made up. The two were linked as primary witnesses in Lori’s death, which sent Wyatt Stokes to prison. But there’s more to the story, which of course I’m not going to discuss, but I loved how the whole thing panned out. Each crazy twist and turn added the fear factor in the book, especially towards the end. Events were too climactic, it left me speechless and out of breath.

“The smallest things could mean the difference between a man’s life and death.”

Romance isn’t a big thing in the book but I adored Decker, Tessa’s friend. There’s a big potential between the two and the chemistry is great but I’m actually glad with the way how they remained just friends. The book focuses more on friendships and family relationships which I really appreciate.

The book has a dark tone overall, it seems like I was watching an episode of Twin Peaks, or those kinds of crime investigation shows, or even listening to an episode of Serial. It’s just too gripping and haunting, I bet it’ll bug your head for a long while. The ending is pretty solid too. Plus the epilogue is fantastic, it feels like it’s a post-credit scene in a movie. I definitely recommend this book if you’re out looking for a good thriller.

inah