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The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel Cover Reveal

The Book of Ivy is one of my all time favorite reads, so I'm really excited to help reveal the cover for the sequel, The Revolution of Ivy. This one sounds like it'll be just as amazing, if not even better, than the first book! :) Here's the cover:


**Spoilers if you haven't read book one**

The Revolution of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #2)
by Amy Engel 
Release Date: 11/03/15
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone. Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty--forced marriages and murder plots--for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall's borders.

But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy's life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she's fought for.



The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1)
by Amy Engel 
Release Date: 11/04/14
Entangled Teen

After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.
This year, it is my turn.
My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.
But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…


About the Author Amy Engel was born in Kansas and after a childhood spent bouncing between countries (Iran, Taiwan) and states (Kansas; California; Missouri; Washington, D.C.), she settled in Kansas City, Missouri, where she lives with her husband and two kids.  Before devoting herself full-time to motherhood and writing, she was a criminal defense attorney, which is not quite as exciting as it looks on TV.  When she has a free moment, she can usually be found reading, running, or shoe shopping. The Book of Ivy is her debut YA novel. Find her online at http://amyengel.net/ or @aengelwrites.





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Stacking the Shelves #70

Hello everyone! Nice to see you all today. I had a fantastic week in books, so let me show you what I got!

Bought:
Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)DreamfireThe Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eater's Daughter, #1)
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: I am so excited for this one! I'm a fantasy fanatic so this one is right up my alley and it gets tons of glowing reviews. What's not to love? And the cover....

Dreamfire by Kit Alloway: Once again, another beautiful book that is sparking lots of attention in the blogging world. And I like the idea of being able to walk in dreams. It's a premise that doesn't get explored enough in YA.

The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury: I was so excited about this one, I already started it! Oops? This one completely took me by surprise because I haven't heard that much about it, but it sounds like a fantastic fantasy and it's so good already!



What did you get this week? I'd love to visit your Stacking The Shelves! :)

Oh hello there! My name is Emily, though some of you may know me as the Bookie Monster. As the name would suggest, I devour books like the Cookie Monster devours cookies. In my spare time, I like to bake cookies (and devour those as well) and dream about taking over the world. As if my book obsession wasn't life consuming enough,

 I work in the children's room at my local library and I am currently a sophomore in college majoring in English. It's safe to say I'm a bit of a book fanatic. I discreetly shed a few tears on my eleventh birthday when I did not receive my Hogwarts acceptance letter and I waited seven hours outside in the rain just to get a good seat at the Hunger Games midnight premiere. I'm terrified of blood and Disney movies make me cry (in a good way). My passions include hippos, hugs, and Hans Zimmer…and uh,long walks on the beach. I'm just a normal girl w
ith a slightly abnormal and frightfully expensive obsession. Nice to meet you!


Kalahari by Jessica Khoury Book Review


Deep in the Kalahari Desert, a Corpus lab protects a dangerous secret…
But what happens when that secret takes on a life of its own?

When an educational safari goes wrong, five teens find themselves stranded in the Kalahari Desert without a guide. It’s up to Sarah, the daughter of zoologists, to keep them alive and lead them to safety, calling on survival know-how from years of growing up in remote and exotic locales. Battling dehydration, starvation and the pangs of first love, she does her best to hold it together, even as their circumstances grow increasingly desperate.
But soon a terrifying encounter makes Sarah question everything she’s ever known about the natural world. A silver lion, as though made of mercury, makes a vicious, unprovoked attack on the group. After a narrow escape, they uncover the chilling truth behind the lion’s silver sheen: a highly contagious and deadly virus that threatens to ravage the entire area—and eliminate life as they know it.
In this breathtaking new novel by the acclaimed author of Origin and Vitro, Sarah and the others must not only outrun the virus, but its creators, who will stop at nothing to wipe every trace of it.


I've read the previous two books in this series (although they're not connected by much more than the Corpus labs and could probably be read out of order) and enjoyed both of them. Now we're on the third book and I'm beginning to get a sense of a pattern, each of these books involve interesting science experiments (usually gone a bit awry) and very cool and often wild settings. I really loved Origin and although I didn't enjoy Vitro quite as much, Kalahari really made up for it. Not only is it a book that I read over the course of one night, but the setting is beautiful and filled with a wonderful variety of African animals. I'm pretty sure that the author visited Africa and I know she did a great deal of research for this book, because it truly felt real as she was describing it. I loved the setting and honestly want to visit Africa now.

You should also know that this book gets right into the adventure. Within the first three chapters things are already happening and you're jumping into the plot. The plot, I thought, was very well laid out. You learn with the characters and for the most part, would realize things at the same time as them. I enjoy that, when you have a lot of pieces and they gradually get explained and when you find out why such and such happened then this other piece of information makes sense. Although I did guess a rather big part of the plot, it was because I found things just too coincidental, I think the plot was done well and moved a good pace. Even if there wasn't much happening with the creators, some wild animal will stir up some excitement. I mean, they are in the Kalahari! 

We're giving a small cast of characters to work with, Sarah and the five teens staying with her are the main ones with a few others on the side like those chasing them and Sarah's family. I like this because you can really get to know the characters and see them grow. Although there were a few times that one of the five annoyed me, it was mainly interesting to see how they reacted to different mishaps that occurred throughout their adventure. I really liked Sarah and Sam's characters, they were both strong and calm when the time called for it and I think that the slight romance done between them was done well and was very sweet.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It very well might be my favorite of the series! I loved the setting and I got sucked into the plot and didn't come out until about 1am ;) The virus that Sarah and her friends were running from was equally cool and terrifying. This book is filled with dangers from the creators of the virus and those found in the Kalahari, it's very exciting. So if you're up for some slightly science fiction like thrills, definitely pick up this book.  I'm giving Kalahari 5 out of 5 flowers.
Sara Bennett, someone more likely to be found in bed, curled up with a good book, than out at a sports game or a gig (although she's pretty addicted to music too). Hoping for a better world, believing in her Savior, daydreaming of One Direction, hanging out with friends, or wherever she may be or might be doing....there's always a little voice inside wondering if it's almost time to return to the books sitting on her shelf. In short, an average young woman with a book in hand and a dream to write one day.
 

Shutter by Courtney Alameda Book Review

Horror has a new name: introducing Courtney Alameda.
Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She's aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera's technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.
When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before . . . or die trying.
Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.

February Contemporary Challenge Review Link-Up and Giveaway


Hi everyone! The following is the February link-up and giveaway, which will stay open through March 5. This giveaway is international and in order to be eligible to win, you must be signed up as a participant in the challenge. For the review to count, it has to be a contemporary novel in the young adult genre and have been read in 2015 and reviewed in February. Good luck and I hope you all have been having a great reading month! Did you read any amazing contemporaries? :) 

The Wrong Side of RightThe Start of Me and YouThe Conspiracy of Us (The Conspiracy of Us #1)
-1 SIGNED Hardcover of The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

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