Stacking the Shelves

I hope everyone had a great week! Mine was productive. I got the urge to paint my bathroom vanity so I did that which led to me painting base boards throughout my house and doing other random home stuff. House seems nice and clean so I’m happy for that.

May has such an amazing line up of releases including A Court of Thorns and Roses which I had to preorder. It is lovely in person. Has anyone gotten the UK version? I’d love to see how it looks in comparison.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

Books

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Thank you Abrams, St Martins and McDuffie Communications! Also, thank you Kelly and Macmillan for Dream a Little Dream. It’s oh so pretty.

Last Week’s Posts

  • My May TBR Pile– I’ve also added a link up so you can link to your TBR post!
  • Interview with Renee Ahdieh author of The Wrath & the Dawn + Giveaway
  • Blog TourA Matter of Heart– Giveaway
  • Review of End of Days by Susan Ee

Next Week’s Posts

  • Review of Rook by Sharon Cameron
  • Discussion Post
  • Review of The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
  • Blog Tour- 5 to 1– Guest Post
  • Blog Tour- The Girl at Midnight– Interview

Current Giveaways

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To all the Moms out there Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you all have a great week.

Review of Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

DreamaLittleDreamCoverDream a Little Dream
By: Kerstin Gier
Release Date: April 14th 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yep, Liv’s dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially this one where she’s in a graveyard at night, watching four boys perform dark magic rituals.

The really weird thing is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They’re classmates from her new school in London, the school where’s she’s starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But they seem to know things about her in real life that they couldn’t possibly know, which is mystifying. Then again, Liv could never resist a good mystery. . .

My Thoughts:
I’ve not ever read anything by Kerstin Gier and I was a tad nervous once I heard some early opinions only because of the translation. I heard some of it read a bit awkwardly so I went in expecting that. I was actually surprised that though there were a few words that stood out it really flowed better than expected.

This story was a fun, easy read that kept me interested though it did allow for me to put it aside and read another book here and there. When I came back to it though I was easily able to get right back into the story.

I enjoyed the sibling relationship between  Liv and her sister and felt that their lives were easy to relate to. I will say that there was a lot of detail given about their day to day lives and their history of moving around. This got a tad monotonous for me and I wished for some action to happen. Where things really picked up and got interesting was with the dream sequences. I loved the detail of the dreams and that many times the reader gets dumped into one without knowing it. I actually reread a section thinking I’d read something wrong. These great scenes are from about midway to the end of the novel and are worth the read.

Liv became mixed up with 4 boys from her school because of her dreams. Each of these boys had an interesting story though we really don’t learn enough about them each. I think the next book will go deeper into their pasts and relationships. We learn about them as Liv does so the reader questions their motivations which I really loved. Though there are 4 boys surrounding Liv she only has romantic feelings for one, so no love triangle. I did ship her with the wrong guy for a bit which was a tiny bit sad for me. But as things progressed I jumped on board for the other relationship.

There was a mystery surrounding Liv’s dreams and the boys and though I didn’t predict the outcome completely I was able to guess where things were headed. I felt that the resolution gave me enough closure though the door was left wide open for the next book in the series.

Final Thoughts:
I’m a fan of most things dream related so the highlight of Dream a Little Dream were the dream sequences. I felt that Gier’s imagination and creativity shown in these sections as well as her character interactions. Outside of the dreams though the story was fun but a tad bit slow for me.

This book got a cover revamp so the old cover (the one on my ARC) is this…

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I’m curious- which cover do you prefer?

Me- I like the new cover much more. The ARC cover was fun but it didn’t really have the feel of the dreams in my opinion. I would more likely pick up the new cover at the bookstore too since it has a darker tone. I’ll most likely be getting the finished copy and keeping my ARC for my collection.

Stacking the Shelves

It’s OCTOBER!! I love the fall season…all the warm colors, cooler weather and pumpkin everything. I decorated some and generally started to try to get into the festive mood. The temperatures around here have lowered a bit but I’m eager for some chillier temps.


Since I took off a week from blogging this will be for what I’ve gotten in the last two weeks so it’s a bit more than normal. I’m very excited about them all. And look at that The Kiss of Deception map.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

For Review:

 DreamALittleDream

GhostsofHeaven

 BlackIceTheFall

 TheLodger

Yay to getting Macmillan ARCs. Now if The Winner’s Crime could show up… I love these Harper hardcovers and can’t wait to read The Fall. I started it and I can already tell it’s going to creep me out. I’ve heard mixed things about Black Ice but I’m eager to see for myself. I was asked if I’d like to review The Lodger and couldn’t turn it down. It’s an adult historical fiction and it looks wonderful. And that cover is lovely.

Gift (for being on the blog tour):

 TKoD

Once Mary Pearson shared pictures of this map I was wanting it oh so badly. I was THRILLED when I got one in the mail for being on the tour. Such a beauty!

 TheWhisperingSkull

I’m on the Thrills and Chills tour that The Midnight Garden is hosting so I was gifted this beautiful book. I had The Screaming Staircase already but hadn’t read it yet. This gave me the push I needed and I ended up loving it. One of my faves of the year for sure. I can’t wait to read TWS.

Purchased:

 Sanctum

I won Chaos on Goodreads so I had to catch up on the series. I’ve heard nothing but praise and already read Sanctum and really enjoyed it. I feel so lucky that I’m getting to read them all one after another. I don’t think I would have enjoyed the wait between novels.

Last Week’s Posts:

I didn’t post all that much last week since my blogging break went until October 1st. I’ve got to say, taking the little break was amazing for me. I feel a lot more motivated and I had time to read, catch up (some) on comments and draft a few posts.

What you might have missed prior to my blogging break:

How have you been these last two weeks? What new books have you added to your collection?