December Love Stacks

December Love Stacks

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Its finally December and with the holidays coming up, the spirit of giving is in the air and so there is no better time to post another great giveaway. Good luck to you all!

If you’re new to my Love Stacks giveaways, here is a little bit about them: Love Stacks giveaways are monthly giveaways hosted by me, using gently loved ARC copies that are courtesy of Liberty Bay Books. The giveaways are open to entries for the entire duration of the month, and it is possible for an individual to win multiple different month’s prizes. All winners are chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. Winners MUST BE U.S. RESIDENTS.

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DON’T FORGET: There are still a few days left to enter in the November giveaway too!

All The Major Constellations

All The Major Constellations

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All The Major Constellations

by Pratima Cranse

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Format: Paperback

Source: Liberty Bay Books

Expected Date of Publication: November 10th 2015

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Laura Lettel is the most beautiful girl in the world. . . and Andrew’s not-so-secret infatuation.

Now he’s leaving high school behind and looking ahead to a fresh start at college and distance from his obsessive crush. But when a terrible accident leaves him without the companionship of his two best friends, Andrew is cast adrift and alone—until Laura unexpectedly offers him comfort, friendship, and the support of a youth group of true believers, fundamentalist Christians with problems and secrets of their own. Andrew is curiously drawn to their consuming beliefs, but why? Is it only to get closer to Laura? And is Laura genuinely interested in Andrew, or is she just trying to convert him?

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I have been dying to get this review out to you guys. I read All the Major Constellations all the way back in July and finally get to share my thoughts.

Andrew was a wonderfully lost and snarky soul. In some ways he, as well as some of the other characters, and some events of the book, gave off a little bit of a Perks of Being a Wallflower vibeHe, much like this book, is one of those that you either love or you hate, and I grew to love him. He was a wonderfully flawed character and an extremely interesting narrator because of his occasional tendency to drift towards becoming an unreliable narrator in a sense.

The plot had the perfect amount of complexity and wasn’t as predictable as I’d worried it may end up being. It was a wild ride that was as dramatic as it was entertaining. While it may have been more intense than everyday life is for most people, it didn’t bother me too much because I felt that it addressed some extremely important social and emotional issues.

The book was written with this sort of dry sense of humor woven in. It was very interesting to read and very well done. Some of the issues and the stances on them combined with the dry and sarcastic writing gave it the potential to offend people, if they don’t go into the book with a particular mindset. Personally, I loved that about it and wasn’t offended in the least. I thought it was fantastic how fearlessly and genuinely Cranse wrote and genuinely admire her as an author.

Last Thoughts: I would definitely recommend reading it and if you decide to, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. It is a very unique book and left an impression on me; isn’t a book I’ll be forgetting about anytime soon. Four out of five stars.

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Daughters Unto Devils

Daughters Unto Devils

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Daughters Unto Devils

by Amy Lukavics

When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner’s family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly Ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries.

When the Verners arrive at their new home, a large cabin abandoned by its previous owners, they discover the inside covered in blood. And as the days pass, it is obvious to Amanda that something isn’t right on the prairie. She’s heard stories of lands being tainted by evil, of men losing their minds and killing their families, and there is something strange about the doctor and his son who live in the woods on the edge of the prairie. But with the guilt and shame of her sins weighing on her, Amanda can’t be sure if the true evil lies in the land, or deep within her soul.

While I love reading horror, it isn’t often that the written word gets under my skin enough to really freak me out. Daughters Unto Devils however managed to do just that. When I first finished reading it I bluffed until I had myself believing I wasn’t freaked out in the least but as soon as the lights went out I was cowering beneath the sheets.

The character development left a tiny bit to be desired but then again I am a picky little book monger, so I doubt it would be a problem for most. Amanda did grow some especially in her relationship with her sisters, I just expected there to be a bit more, or just for it to be more obvious, because of the dramatic circumstances around her.

I was most impressed with how masterfully Lukavics spun the plot. Just because it is a short book doesn’t mean it has to have a simple plot. Lukavics filled it with the perfect amount of twists and turns, but what impressed me the most was how perfectly she connected all the dots and tied up the loose ends. I’ll admit, there was a moment when I was worried that some parts of the plot were going to be forgotten, but by the final words my mind was completely blown by how it all came full circle. It made my bookworm heart infinitely happy.

Last Thoughts: Daughters Unto Devils is fantastic for a quick, yet horrifying read. Lukavics unflinchingly and expertly tackles profound and relevant social issues then flawlessly combines them with deliciously appaling lore. I would absolutely recommend it and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Don’t forget that you can enter to win this book and two others in the November Love Stacks giveaway!

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November Love Stacks

November Love Stacks

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If you’re new to my Love Stacks giveaways, here is a little bit about them: Love Stacks giveaways are monthly giveaways hosted by me, using gently loved ARC copies that are courtesy of Liberty Bay Books. The giveaways are open to entries for the entire duration of the month, and it is possible for an individual to win multiple different month’s prizes. All winners are chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. Winners MUST BE U.S. RESIDENTS.

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November’s stack includes:

-One ARC copy of Untwine by Edwidge Danticat

-One ARC copy of Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

-One ARC copy of The Girl With The Wrong Name by Barnabas Miller

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October Love Stacks

October Love Stacks

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You can still enter to win the September Love Stacks Giveaway, all the way through October 20th, so don’t forget to enter to win those creeptastic prizes. Meanwhile, you can also enter to win this month’s stack!

If you’re new to my Love Stacks giveaways, here is a little bit about them: Love Stacks giveaways are monthly giveaways hosted by me, using gently loved ARC copies that are courtesy of Liberty Bay Books. The giveaways are open to entries for the entire duration of the month, and it is possible for an individual to win multiple different month’s prizes. All winners are chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. Winners MUST BE U.S. RESIDENTS.

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One of a Kind Reads 

-One ARC copy of The Letter for The King by Tonke Dragt, Laura Watkinson (Translator)

-One ARC copy of The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

-One ARC copy of Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

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Late September Giveaway

Late September Giveaway

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Life has been crazy, as usual, these past few weeks and it seems I’ve fallen behind on everything. Among said things, is the September Love Stacks giveaway, but I’m getting it up now, while it’s still September. I will make sure it runs until October 20th so that everyone still gets a month to enter.

If you’re new to my Love Stacks giveaways, here is a little bit about them: Love Stacks giveaways are monthly giveaways hosted by me, using gently loved ARC copies that are courtesy of Liberty Bay Books. The giveaways are open to entries for the entire duration of the month, and it is possible for an individual to win multiple different month’s prizes. All winners are chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. Winners MUST BE US RESIDENTS.

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Creeptastic Prize Pack

-One ARC copy of The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

-One ARC copy of Edgewater by Courtney Sheinmel

-One ARC copy of Dark Shimmer by Donna Jo Napoli

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Love Hurts, Accidents Happen, and Dolls are Creepy

Love Hurts, Accidents Happen, and Dolls are Creepy

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by Moira Fowley-Doyle

It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

I still can’t quite figure out how I feel about this book. It is unique for sure and sent shivers up my spine, but for some inexplicable reason, I didn’t quite connect with it as deeply as one would hope.

The storyline was truly one of a kind, I haven’t even heard of any other book like this. It is a wonderfully fantastical concept, and I’d love to know what inspired it. This book turned out to have so many more dimensions to it than I thought it would after reading the synopsis. It was so eerie. I had no idea it was going to go so far in that direction, but I was very happy it took that turn for the better.

The creep factor was very well done. The Accident Season was full of magic and mystery and intrigue, all of my favorite things. The entire book was spine tingling and filled with beautiful yet haunting scenes that had me checking over my shoulder everywhere I went.

The characters were kind of impossible not to love as a group. They were all really well written for each other and their closeness was really sweet and refreshing to read about. You have the sisters Cara and Alice and their “ex-step brother” Sam, and then their best friend Bea. I loved how this book and this set of characters really showed some amazing messages about family not always being by blood.

The romance was sweet, but not really a favorite of mine. It was done realistically and was well founded and such, but there were moments of it that kind of annoyed me for some reason. Maybe because of the predictability and all the moments where you figure something out before the characters do and are left sitting there rolling your eyes. There wasn’t enough of these incidents to ruin the book for me or anything, but the romance plot held quite a few of them, enough to get on my nerves and keep me from totally and completely loving it.

Unfortunately, the plot occasionally fell pray to the same predictability problems. Thankfully, it was never in too big of a way. It never ruined any big moments, so I guess I’ll have to forgive and forget.

The writing was sweepingly beautiful, and did a great job of weaving together deep emotions and messages with fin, magic, and mystery. Like the book, the writing was both stunning and one of a kind. It was full of absolutely amazing imagery and passion that tugs at your heartstrings.

Last Words: This book is brimming with magic, mystery, and thrill. It is a truly fantastical tale written with deeply impassioned writing that will whisk you away into a unique and eldritch world, that unfortunately I still don’t completely understand. Maybe that is why I didn’t quite connect with it as solidly as I would have liked to, there were still a few holes for me and I prefer a complete pictured. Other than that and the predictability I found this book to be absolutely stunning and a veritable powerhouse. I’d definitely recommend it because it is so one of a kind and pretty much indescribable, it is definitely one have to read for yourself, and with an open mind. I gave it a solid four out of five stars.

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