Dec 3, 2016

Building the Book Pile #124

Welcome to Building the Book Pile!  A Weekly meme inspired by Stacking the Shelves

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 

Wow such a long week and I haven't really gotten a break. This week I worked all week, plus worked my other job, I finished a few books, and I decorated my office for Christmas :) So there was some fun stuff but I would love a nap ... a nice long nap... but there are more books to read!
 
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  Giveaways  on Cover2CoverBlog!

http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/2016/11/holiday-giveaway.html

http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/2016/12/blog-tour-review-and-giveaway-poppies.html

Coming up on the Blog...

Interview with QL Pearce author of Spine Chillers (YA)
Blog Tour: Guide to the Other Side by Robert Imfeld (MG)
Review: Ready Set Find Christmas (Youth)
Discussion Day: TV 
Happy Holidays from Cover2Coverblog

   

No Books Received this Week    

 

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Week of November 27 - December 2



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Dec 2, 2016

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway!- Poppies for Christmas by Stacy Renee Keywell

About the Book

Poppies For Christmas
Stacy Keywell
Publication date: November 15th 2016

Genres: Romance, Young Adult
A celebration of love without labels. It’s easy to be brave with you by my side!
Popular DJ Dexx finds himself positively smitten by the precociously pristine Poppy Paris. Too bad she’s already taken by an older boy, Declan Davies, a beautiful model with a thriving career, and a perfect family. By a dreamful stroke of chance, Dexx finds himself invited to spend Christmas at the Davies home by a gorgeous girl, granting him the opportunity to pursue the precious Poppy. But in his quest to win her over, he unlocks a world of imperfection and insecurity, where people are picked on for their disabilities, speech, appearance, and eccentricities. For Poppy and her friends, love trumps labels, and everyone deserves a brave friend to stand by their side. What gifts will Dexx discover this Christmas? Will he ultimately find true love, or will he discover something even greater?
You are invited to read a powerful story about living with autism, but not letting it define you, about being bullied, but carrying on with determination and grit, and about having dreams, but not giving up in the face of adversity. Come celebrate something beautiful with Poppies for Christmas.

Rating: 
Review:
This was a very sweet holiday read and I enjoyed it. It was fully of twists and turns, romance, and warm and fuzzy feelings that made me happy... Although before the warm and fuzzies there was a good amount of drama and anxiety. 

This book is about a love triangle of sorts. Dexx wants to be with Poppy but Poppy is dating Declan who is the brother to Denver who wants to be with Dexx... it was a very interesting set up. All four spend the holiday break together at a lavish, outrageous party that Declan and Denver's parents throw every year, there they come to learn more about one another and celebrate the holidays.

While I did enjoy the book, it threw me off a bit in the beginning because the first perspectives that you read are those of Lenn - friend of Kit and Poppy and admirer of Dexx, then the POVs alternated between Dexx, Poppy, Declan, and Denver and we never really get back to Lenn at all. I found that a bit odd and misleading. I think that there could be easier ways to introduce the reader to Poppy and Dexx. 

That being said, I did really enjoy the romance. The book was very PG and I think that was great, it allowed you to focus on the overall drama. The holiday party that was thrown was everything that I want every holiday party to be - whimsical and charming, and I really liked Declan and Poppy they were amazing characters. But I can't say much more or I will ruin some of the twists. This was a wonderful holiday read!
 
About the Author
Stacy Renée Keywell enjoys spending time misusing, mispronouncing, and misspelling languages, especially in her native tongue, English. When she is not stargazing or daydreaming she creates adventures for her family to conquer. Besides following her whimsical dreams, Stacy likes to sing to the music in her head, dance poorly, and compose non-sensical words. She is also the author of Forbidden Sky- Book One of the Dark Wing Series. Stacy resides in Michigan in a little house in the woods with her husband, and two daughters.
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Dec 1, 2016

December 2016 TBR Pile


So in 2015 I wanted to hold myself more accountable for my ridiculous TBR pile and I started doing a Monthly TBR post .... only it didn't last very long, I think I only posted for the first 2 months of the year :/

Now that we are in 2016, I really want to try again, so here is my Monthly TBR...

 
WOOOOOO I made it through December with my TBR Piles! Are you excited? I know I am excited! I have been holding myself to forming these lists and mostly to reading the books on them. I think I have been doing pretty good getting through my super gigantic TBR pile this year :) Yay for progress. Last month I did horribly so I have added a few titles back into the DEC TBR with a few new ones.

What are you reading in December?   


THE BOOKS
    
A Guide to the Other Side (Beyond Baylor, #1)   A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1)     Dead Girls Society

Nov 30, 2016

Recent Reads: Cheating Lessons by Nan Willard Cappo

Source: From the Author in the exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
 
Cheating Lessons
Cheating Lesson: A Novel by Nan Willard Cappo
Publisher:  Tadmar Press
Publication Date:  May 2016



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27405327-pop-manga-coloring-book?from_search=true  https://www.amazon.com/Pop-Manga-Coloring-Book-Beautiful/dp/0399578471?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0399578471&linkCode=as2&redirect=true&ref_=x_gr_w_bb&tag=x_gr_w_bb-20

Format: Paperback

Rating:
 


 


Goodreads Synopsis: 
Can honesty be the worst policy?

Bernadette Terrell has always known the right thing to do. Not the most popular girl in school, her focus has always been on academic, not social, success. When her favorite teacher names her to Wickham High School's state championship quiz bowl team, she believes that she has reached the pinnacle of her high school academic career. However, her elation quickly fades as she begins to suspect that perhaps someone cheated to get Wickham into the contest and is cheating still. 

In her search for answers, Bernadette must contend with a situation that isn't black and white, where a community's hope, hard work, and pride are on the line. Is a team -- and a school -- implicated by one person's behavior?

Cappo's blend of suspense and humor makes Cheating Lessons a riveting story about right and wrong -- and the downside of trust.

Review: 
Bernadette is a high school student who loves the thrill of winning with her debate team and she is a very smart girl. When she and her classmates score higher than other schools on a quiz bowl exam they are entered into a competition with loads of prizes and the chance to beat a rival school, one that has beaten her before. Bernadette and the quiz bowl team are very excited to get started learning all the info that they need to compete but Bernadette has a nagging feeling that maybe something was not tallied correctly.

This was a very interesting book about pressure and cheating and honesty. Bernadette was not really a very likable character at first, she is intense and overly critical and  pretty rude because of these traits so I was not really drawn into the story in the beginning. Eventually I did feel for her but more-so because the story felt like a mystery unraveling itself than because she was in distress.

I found this to be an interesting story about the subject matter and the characters grew but it was a slower read for me. Luckily in the end, I ended up enjoying the book overall. Bernadette becomes almost a new character and the anxiety of it all fades away... a very truthful tale that is bound to make you cringe but overall a good read. 



 

Nov 29, 2016

Monthly Re-Cap: November 2016

Hello Readers, Bloggers, and Awesome people! 


How did we already get to the end of November?!
How was your month?!

Link me up in the comments section! 

 

     ~~Books Read in November~~     

Awkward Monstress #7 Disney Manga Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas A Boy Called Christmas  Ready, Set, Find Christmas  Harley Quinn (2016-) #6  Cheating Lessons  Harley Quinn (2016-) #7  Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems
         
                    

How did I do on my November TBR?
I read 1 out of the 4 books I wanted to read - I am almost done with another one but I DID read a few others for the RAT :)



~~Links to Some Reviews~~
~~ Reviews Coming in December ~~   

  • Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems by Carey Sookocheff (Youth)
  • Ready, Set, Find Christmas (Youth) 
  •   Rebirth Harley Quinn #7 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner (Comic)