The Book Outlet (2)

In May I did a post highlighting some books I took notice of when browsing the Book Outlet’s website. I polled my Twitter followers and according the the results people wanted another one. So here I am, back with more books I found currently at the Book Outlet. Please keep in mind prices and available stock are subject to change.

Books I’ve Loved

1) Scarlet – A. C. Gaughen ($3.19)
2) When We Collided – Emery Lord ($3.19)
3) The Lies About Truth – Courtney Stevens ($3.19)
4) Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls – Lynn Weingarten ($2.19 Scratched/Dented)
5) Emmy & Oliver – Robin Benway ($3.19)
6) Vanishing Girls – Lauren Oliver  ($3.19)

Series I Need to Finish

1) The Taking – Kimberly Derting ($4.29)
2) Snow Like Ashes – Sara Raach ($3.19)

Books I Need to Read

1) This Adventure Ends – Emma Mills ($3.19)
2) Girl Against the Universe – Paula Stokes ($3.19)
3) Foolish Hearts – Emma Mils ($5.89)

And there you have it, some of my recent finds on the Book Outlet.

Have you read any of these? Are any of these in your cart? Do you like these posts? Tell me in the comments!

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Review: Replica – Lauren Oliver

Review: Replica – Lauren OliverReplica by Lauren Oliver
Series: Replica #1
Published by HarperCollins
Published: October 4th 2016
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three-half-stars

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. 'A sickly child', her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father's connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she's always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father's name seems inextricably linked to it.

Amidst the frenzy outside the institute's walls, Lyra - or number 24 as she is known as at Haven - and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven's purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever...

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

As a massive Lauren Oliver fan I was really excited to see she had a new book coming out. Delirium will forever be one of my favorite books and Vanishing Girls still blows me away. So when I heard about Replica and its unique concept I was immediately sold. Two books in one with different ways of reading an option? Yes please! And in the end…I really enjoyed the story. I didn’t love it as much as I did past Oliver books but I was enthralled and captivated by Lyra and Gemma’s stories.

When started Replica I had two options reading; I could read alternate chapters of each girl’s story or I could read one girl and then the other. I started reading alt chapters but made it 3 before changing my mind. Instead I read Lyra and then Gemma. I can’t really say how you decide to read it will change your reading experience but I can tell you that the way I read it I liked Gemma more than Lyra.

Lyra – 3.5 stars
Lyra was an interesting character to get into. Truthfully I had some trouble with her story. I felt like there were parts missing and I couldn’t really get to know her. I mean I liked her enough, but she was hard to get into and to really sympathize with. I don’t know if this was because of her not having much human interaction or what, but she was a big struggle for me, especially her bluntness. I also wanted more background. Instead the book just jumped into it. In the end though I did find her interesting and I want to know exactly where her story will lead and how everything that happened to her will affect her in the future.

Gemma – 4 stars
Gemma on the other hand I immediately liked. I liked her story and the sort of mystery that she found herself involved in. Basically I found Gemma to be more likable and her story more interesting. There was something just so basically real about her and I couldn’t help but root for her to be the brave, beautiful girl she was. Her story unfolding really was interesting and 100% kept me invested.

Together I loved how these two girls’ stories intersected and how they entwined. They made for an interesting story when combined and all the pieces were put together. I may not have loved it as much as Delirium and other Oliver books, but I am interested in knowing more and maybe rereading it with alternating chapters instead of reading one girl and then the other.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Authors

Picking a favorite author is hard work. And narrowing it down to 10 is even harder. I mean no matter what I did some of my fave were going to be left off or my list would be ginormous. But I did it. I picked 10 and there are in on particular order even though they are numbered. So who are your favorite authors?

 

sperkins     sockler

 tdoller     loliver

mkenneally      mmatson

elord      lmiller

smaas     kakins

Stephanie Perkins Sarah OcklerTrish DollerLauren OliverMiranda KenneallyMorgan MatsonEmery LordLauren MillerSarah J. MaasKaren Akins

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Review: Vanishing Girls – Lauren Oliver

Review: Vanishing Girls – Lauren OliverVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Published by HarperCollins
Published: March 10th 2015
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five-stars

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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I first fell in love with Lauren Oliver’s writing when I read Delirium years back. There was something special about the way she wrote the world and the characters. She pulled me right in and I have never looked back. So when I went to one of her signings in early 2014 and she told us about Vanishing Girls it was a no brainer. I mean as soon as it was available I pre-ordered it. One of the best decisions I have ever made. Vanishing Girls was absolutely fantastic. And right up there with my Delirium love if not a tiny bit above it. Oliver outdid herself with this one.

Vanishing Girls is about sisters Nicole and Dara. Although nothing alike, Dara is super popular with a ton of friends while Nick likes to keep to herself with her best friend Parker, the two girls have always been pretty much joined at the hip. Then there is an accident and their relationship is shattered. Nick wants things to go back to the way they were before but she can’t get Dara to talk to her. And when Dara goes missing along with a 9 year old little girl Nick is determined to figure out what happened and get her sister back no matter the cost.

It’s hard to say what I loved about Vanishing Girls so much. I honestly found the book to be pure genius. It took me by surprise but at the same time it was filled with everything I expect from a Lauren Oliver book. It was fantastic. Oliver 100% nailed it. The plot was there, the characters were there, and the writing was there. Everything just worked for me and gave me a story that stuck and hit me in just the right places. My heart ached for these sisters, this family, all of the people involved. Everything just hurt for them and much like Nick I wasn’t sure how to fix the hurt.

The other thing I really enjoyed was the way the story was told. Chapters were told from either Nick or Dara’s POV from the past or from the now. Some were told in diary format from Dara’s point of view and I think that really added to the story. It gave us some light into Dara’s head space before the accident and what kind of things she was keeping from people and what she was feeling. I think that added a lot to the story in the end. It gave an excellent point of reference for when everything is said and done and adds a small mystery to the story which I love in a good book.

I can’t say enough how much I loved Vanishing Girls and think everyone should read it. It kept me interested from the beginning to the end and I loved how everything unfolded and connected. Oliver outdid herself with this one. The plot was pretty epic and the whole story just worked for me. Pick this one up. I’m so happy I have.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Authors I Own the Most Books From

   This week was harder than I thought I would be. I feel like I have so many books but not a ton by just one author, well unless you count Stephanie Perkins. So when I did my ten seven, I stop at 5 or more. If I went any lower there would have been a massive list because after 5 it seems 3 is a popular number. What authors are on your list?

perkins roth

kenneally ockler

rowell oliver

 echols

Stephanie Perkins/Veronica Roth/Miranda Kenneally/Sarah Ockler/Rainbow Rowell/Lauren Oliver/Jennifer Echols

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