Month: May 2015

Stacking The Shelves [8]

Stacking the Shelves is a meme created and hosted by Tynga’s Reviews highlighting the books that you have acquired or added to your shelves. These include books borrowed from the library, bought, gifted, e-books etc.

*Coughs* I’m breaking the hiatus again but this is a long overdue post. This will cover books from the last two weeks month. I’ll probably end up leaving a few books out but I’ll try my best to remember what I got.

Update: I meant to post this like two weeks ago. I never got around to taking a picture of all of the books but since then, I’ve obtained so many more books. I’ve already finished a lot of these but I didn’t get around to writing reviews for them.

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School Library

Charm & Strange – Stephanie Kuehn

Cabinet of Curiosities – Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Let’s Get Lost – Adi Alsaid

The Walls Around Us – Nova Ren Suma

The Start of Me and You – Emery Lord (They answered my prayers!!!)

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Public Library

Grasshopper Jungle – Andrew Smith

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – Leslyne J. Walton

The Distance Between Lost and Found – Kathryn Holmes (Actually really excited for this one)

Beloved – Toni Morrison (Because of my friend who wants me to read more classics)

Cracking the World History Exam – Monty Armstrong; The Princeton Review (Because obvious reasons. However, I also got a copy off of Amazon so I will be lending this to a friend.)

Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods – Rick Riordan

The Evolution of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkins (So apparently I got the 2nd book goshdarnit)

The Last Time We Say GoodbyeCynthia Hand

Born Confused – Tanuja Desai Hidier

Various books related to trees, birds, and mammals for Envirothon. They’ve been returned by now because the competition was two weeks ago.

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Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marque (Cheap, a classic, and heard lotsa good stuff about it)

Look for Me By Moonlight – Mary Downing Hahn (Extreme intrigue)


AP prep books (Computer Science, World History, and Human Geography if you were curious)


Those Girls – Lauren Saft (Thanks NOVL!)

A Million Miles Away – Lara Avery (Thanks NOVL!)

Netgalley (Thanks to all the publishers!)

Denton’s Little Deathdate – Lance Rubin (Review has already been posted if that indicates how bad I am with posting these)

Cold Burn of Magic – Jennifer Estep (Same situation as the book above)

Angelfall – Susan Ee

World After – Susan Ee

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl – Paige McKenzie

Shinigami Eyes – Cheree Smith & Adam Smith

 Barnes & Noble (Ellora, thanks for the giftcard!)

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

Stolen – Lucy Christopher

Final Thoughts: The Scorpio Races

So obviously this time my posts were much less…. varied I would say. I was especially proud of my posts for Gone Girl because I felt like I wrote some good posts. This time around… I don’t know. It went kind of quickly. I just blinked and five posts were finished. But I’d say that these are all way way better than the very first one I did on The Monstromologist. That one was a monstrosity (pun not intended). (more…)

The Scorpio Races: Character Appreciation

While I know that I talked about the somewhat off characterization of Puck and Sean (and how almost every other minor character was difficult to remember), I still have to say that I really liked their personalities. So this is a post to commemorate my appreciation for the great qualities of some of my favorite characters. (more…)

The Scorpio Races: Romance Fangirling

I admit that I didn’t really ship this. I didn’t. I mentioned earlier in my review that I didn’t really believe all of their romantic interactions. Their chemistry wasn’t as fierce as a lot of couples at all (I actually thought they lacked it). I thought they were a little awkward.

But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t think they were cute. I fangirled so much over some of the sentences in the book that it’s embarrassing. (more…)

The Scorpio Races: The End – Cliche or Not?

When I was reading this book, I was hoping and praying that it wouldn’t end with Puck and Sean both winning in some twist of luck. That’s not realistic because there really isn’t any fathomable way that both would be able to win. There aren’t two first place prizes in a race.

*This will have spoilers! (more…)

The Scorpio Races: Character Foils

There are a lot of contrasting characters in this book. Off the top of my head I can already think of two. There’s Gabe and Finn as one pair and Mutt Malvern and Sean as the other. I’m pretty sure it was done on purpose because their personalities were the complete opposites of each other. (more…)

The Scorpio Races: Girl Power

Peg Gratton (Stiefvater 252)

Although the book flap makes it sound like Puck got into the Scorpio Races really easily, it actually wasn’t the case. She had so many obstacles facing her throughout the book. Not only did she struggle economically to pay for high-quality feed for her horse and for the mortgage on her house, but she also had to deal with how her brother was leaving. She doesn’t exactly deal with her problems in the smartest ways though. I mean, she decided on a whim to enter the Scorpio Races! She didn’t really think through it at all! She’s kinda reckless but she’s also stubborn. In a good way though. She didn’t let any of the sexist men on the island get to her, and for that, I am definitely proud of her. (more…)

The Scorpio Races: It’s a Standalone Novel?

When I finished this, I seriously wasn’t ready to let go. I liked it a lot even with all of it’s issues and the only thing I could think of when I finished it was that I could not wait to read the sequel.

(Come to me nooooow)

So the next afternoon when I got back from school, I went on Goodreads to mark this book as read and hopefully find the sequel. It was all dandy before I learned that there was no sequel.

Hold up

Um what?

When I had started this book, I had already knew that it was loved by a lot of people. And of course, since I kind of grouped Stiefvater into the same group as Armentrout (which is one where they simultaneously write the books for like five different series) I was under the assumption that The Scorpio Races was a series. I’d rarely even found a standalone fantasy novel in YA so it was kind of mind-boggling when I learned that there wasn’t a sequel.

At this point, I wasn’t willing to give up. Nope. I was going on a journey to figure out the truth.

And this journey ended pretty quickly once I went on her site.

No. That’s the short answer. The long answer is maybe when I’m 60 and feeling very nostalgic, I will write something called RETURN TO THISBY that won’t be as good as the original, but will please both me and lovers of Scorpio. But like I said. It’ll be in 30 years. I wouldn’t hold my breath. I’d very much like to return to the world, but wouldn’t unless I had a very definite story to tell.

Which then triggered my disappointed tears.

I respect her decision though. Nobody should be forced to write another novel if they don’t think it’s write. I know that a lot of authors have been to pushed to make their series longer just so publishers can profit more. So the fact that Stiefvater gets the right to make this decision is really good.

So after this, I began to think about it. In retrospect, The Scorpio Races had much better closure than a lot of other standalone novels. There’s a sense of finality at the end that doesn’t exactly make me cry for a sequel as much as other novels. Of course that doesn’t mean I don’t want one (that would totally defeat the purpose of this post) but if Stiefvater never writes one, I think I’d react much better than I would if, for example, the final Harry Potter book never got published.

But that made me want to wonder. A lot of times people will lament over the lack of sequel. Finishing the book doesn’t completely tie up all the loose ends. So what makes a book a good standalone? Is there any point in a series where it becomes unnecessary to continue writing more?

Obviously the short answer would be whenever the story ceases to need it. When a story is done and there is no more to it. Of course that threshold is a hold other discussion for a different day.

But what would you define as the perfect standalone novel?

[Review] The Scorpio Races – Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Series: None

Publication Date: October 18th, 2011

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Number of Pages: 409

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA, Romance

Source: Public Library

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository


It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen. (more…)