Sunday, June 28, 2015

Stacking the Shelves {124}


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we get to share the books we've bought, been gifted, or received for review!

How was everybody's week? Mine's been very good! :) Long time no see, eh? As y'all might have seen last week, I'm the cafe lead at my Barnes & Noble now and this week was the first at that position--with the increased hours--so I decided just to relax and see how I handled them for a week, without adding blogging into the mix. It was fine, though, so we'll be back to regular activity! In other exciting news, I won a $150 BARNES & NOBLE GIFT CARD from work. Yep, I died a little bit when I heard, so the purchased books will be plentiful in the coming weeks!

For review:


Young Widows Club by Alexandra Coutts
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith
Firewalker (The Worldwalker Trilogy #2) by Josephine Angelini
Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales
The August 5 by Jenna Helland
The Detour by S.A. Bodeen
Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall
Sondheim: The Man Who Changed Musical Theater by Susan Goldman Rubin


Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

A recap of the week here on Paper Cuts:
Not a thing! :D

Books I read this week:
Chantress Alchemy (Chantress Trilogy #2) by Amy Butler Greenfield
Make It Count by Megan Erickson

I'm currently reading:
A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab

So that's been my week! Just a little bit of mail, eh? There is nothing like coming home from a long day at work to find a massive package with 9 books in it. :) Have a lovely Sunday and a fabulous week!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Stacking the Shelves {123}


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we get to share the books we've bought, been gifted, or received for review!

How was everybody's week? Mine's been good! That news I've been teasing is official official. It's not, like, big news, but I'm excited. I'm the new cafe lead at my Barnes & Noble! Mostly, it's that I'm pretty much full time, at least 32 hours a week, but more responsibility too. It's not my permanent job, but it's a step up from just working part time, eh? :)

For review:


The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

Gifted:


Court of Fives by Kate Elliott
Montana is too nice, and included this with my trade books!

Traded:


Arclight by Josin L. McQuein
Lark Rising by Sandra Waugh
Make It Count by Megan Erickson

Purchased:



A recap of the week here on Paper Cuts:
Tuesday - Teaser Tuesday: Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Wednesday - Waiting on Wednesday: When We Collided by Emery Lord
Friday - Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Books I read this week:
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Joyride by Anna Banks
Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield

I'm currently reading:
Chantress Alchemy (Chantress Trilogy #2) by Amy Butler Greenfield

So that's been my week! I'm behind on comments again, but this week I have an excuse! Last night, we had a big party for my brother's birthday, so there's been a lot of prep all week for that. So, sometime this week I'll get all caught up. :) Have a lovely Sunday and a fabulous week!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Release date: May 19, 2015
Author info: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Publisher: Del Rey
Pages: 438
Format: Egalley
Source: Publisher provided for review through Netgalley
Buy the book: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | The Book Depository
Naomi Novik, author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Temeraire novels, introduces a bold new world rooted in folk stories and legends, as elemental as a Grimm fairy tale.

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.
Just as I was so SO (so) hoping, Uprooted is awesome. Simply awesome. In so many ways, it reminded me of the books that made me fall in love with fantasy growing up. (Not kid's fantasy, at all. I wasn't reading for my age, just what caught my fancy.) Now, going into this, I really had no idea what would happen. I had kept away from reviews and only read the synopsis, so in the hopes that whoever is reading this won't be spoiled, I'm not going into details. It's more fun that way--and though I suspected most of what happened, it's still better if I don't just hand it to you.

Agnieska is the kind of protagonist you can't help but like, She's always dirty, always finding her way into a mess, even when she tries her hardest to stay out. And in everyone's eyes, she's unexceptional, especially compared to Kasia, her best friend, the girl who has always been slated to be taken by the Dragon when the time comes. But when Agnieska is instead chosen by the Dragon, her entire life takes a turn for the fantastic. And yet, even as she's brought into the larger and larger world outside of her village and she learns all that she does, she never loses her sense of where she comes from and her ability to look a mess.

As I said, this is the kind of fantasy I devoured when I was younger, It's intricate; layer after layer of complication and story is revealed as you read further. And it's the kind of book that once you finish, you feel like you've read a series. There are so many big moments, but they just keep getting bigger and bigger until you finally understand the breadth of the story and the Wood itself. And I loved it.

I could go into so many bits and pieces--Nieska and Kasia's friendship, political intrigue, THE WOOD, the romance, the writing--that were stand-outs, but it'd be the never-ending review. Nonetheless, this is the kind of book I want to sit on my shelf to revisit again and again, to pass on to friends, and to remind myself of what makes me love reading so much.


About the author:

An avid reader of fantasy literature since age six, when she first made her way through The Lord of the Rings, Naomi Novik is also a history buff with a particular interest in the Napoleonic era and a fondness for the work of Patrick O’Brian and Jane Austen. She studied English literature at Brown University, and did graduate work in computer science at Columbia University before leaving to participate in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights: Shadow of Undrentide. Over the course of a brief winter sojourn spent working on the game in Edmonton, Canada (accompanied by a truly alarming coat that now lives brooding in the depths of her closet), she realized she preferred writing to programming, and on returning to New York, decided to try her hand at novels.

Naomi lives in New York City with her husband and six computers. Her website is at naominovik.com.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: When We Collided by Emery Lord {97}

Title: When We Collided
Author: Emery Lord
Release date: April 5, 2016
Meet Vivi and Jonah: A girl and a boy whose love has the power save or destroy them.

Vivi and Jonah couldn't be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi's zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there's something important Vivi hasn't told him.

Perfect for fans of E. Lockhart and Jandy Nelson, When We Collided is a powerful story of two teens whose love is put to the test by forces beyond their control.

Na na na, all the Emery Lord for all of eternity! I'm kind of sad this cover doesn't really match her other books', though.

 So what are you guys waiting on this week? :)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: Uprooted by Naomi Novik {121}

Title: Uprooted
Author: Naomi Novik
Release date: May 19, 2015
Naomi Novik, author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Temeraire novels, introduces a bold new world rooted in folk stories and legends, as elemental as a Grimm fairy tale.

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

My teaser, from 43% in the egalley:
On the wall between the chains, above Jerzy's head, the Falcon's spell opened a window, and we all saw for one moment a tall old heart-tree, twice the size of the one Kasia had been inside. Its limbs were thrashing wildly in a crackling blaze of fire.

I actually finished this last night, and while it's looong (reads a lot longer than it is, in my opinion), it was also pretty dang good. :)

I'll be visiting around and visiting back, so leave me links to your teasers! :) Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Stacking the Shelves {122}


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we get to share the books we've bought, been gifted, or received for review!

How was everybody's week? Mine's been really good! I went to Page & Palette and got some pretty awesome ARCs from them, so you'll see. :) I also managed to have a life this week, and because of that, I didn't get a post up on Friday and this one is going up a couple of hours late. Oops! :)

For review:


A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery


First & Then by Emma Mills
Da Vinci's Tiger by Laura Malone Elliot

Thank you to Little, Brown, Macmillan, and HarperCollins! :D

Gifted:


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

A recap of the week here on Paper Cuts:
Monday - Review: Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry
Tuesday - Teaser Tuesday: Tangled Webs by Lee Bross
Wednesday - Waiting on Wednesday: Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
Thursday - Movie Musical Challenge: Beauty and the Beast

Books I read this week:
Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry
Tangled Webs by Lee Bross

I'm currently reading:
Uprooted by Naomi Novik

So that's been my week! SEE? Happy happy happy happy book week!:) Have a lovely Sunday and a fabulous week!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Movie Musical Challenge: Beauty and the Beast

Hoorah! It's Beauty and the Beast time! Don't expect anything but positivity, because I love this movie. It's my favorite Disney movie and, if y'all don't know, I'm a Disney freak--so to be my favorite Disney movie means I love it a lot.

To me, Beauty and the Beast is kind of the epitome of animated movies and movie musicals. It's got beautiful animation (some of my favorite of Disney movies--I mean, that whole opening sequence!) and I've always found the story to be kind of perfectly paced. At the same time, it's essentially a Broadway musical that was drawn. It's got all the same dramatic elements and songs. The "Belle" sequence feels just like the opening of a musical onstage, doesn't it?

I've seen the musical onstage, too, and I actually find the movie much better. While the movie lends itself so easily to being adapted for the stage and a couple of the added songs are wonderful ("If I Can't Love Her"--just go listen!), something about the story comes alive better in the movie.

Ohh, the music, too! What's interesting about Beauty and the Beast to me personally is that it doesn't really have what I would consider one of my favorite Disney songs in it. There's no "I'll Make a Man Out of You" like Mulan or "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" from The Lion King (two of my all-time favorites, probably because they're so ridiculously fun to sing), and yet it's the movie I love the most. Maybe it's because I love the story so much or relate to Belle so much better than the other princesses (don't we all?). But, if I have to pick a favorite, it's "Something There". It's such a turning point in the story and Belle and the Beast's relationship, where dislike turns to loooove, and I love it.


Well, I can't say this is the most productive or classically critical kind of post, but I've never got anything negative to say about Beauty and the Beast and that's that. I'm not sure how much I'd move it on my list because I'm obviously still way behind and I can objectively rate, but we'll see!

Next up, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, another I know NOTHING about! :D