Stacking the Shelves (80)

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme, hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews, where bloggers can share the books and bookish items that we've bought, borrowed, or received each week.

This StS is for the past two weeks.


From the Library
Attack on Titan Vol. 1 by Hajime Isayama
Knights of Sidonia 1 by Tsutomu Nihei
Black Butler Vol. 1 by Yana Toboso
Pumpkin Scissors 1 by Ryotaro Iwanaga

Purchased
I got some birthday money from my Mom and Dad and with it I bought:
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Grasshoper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Hunter by Mercedes Lackey
Violent Ends edited by Shaun David Hutchinson
(Thanks, Mom & Dad!)

I decided I wanted to try out some manga so I got those 4 from the library, and I've already read them and can't wait to read more! And I can't wait to read all those other books!

What did you guys get this week?  Let me know, or leave a link to your StS post (or IMM or any other alternative) in the comments and I'll try to stop by your blog!

Review: We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Title: We Are the Ants
Author: Shaun David Hutchinson
Series: None
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: January 2016
Pages: 451
Format/Source: ARC/From Publisher
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary, Science Fiction, LGBTQIA

There are a few things Henry Denton knows, and a few things he doesn’t.

Henry knows that his mom is struggling to keep the family together, and coping by chain-smoking cigarettes. He knows that his older brother is a college dropout with a pregnant girlfriend. He knows that he is slowly losing his grandmother to Alzheimer’s. And he knows that his boyfriend committed suicide last year.

What Henry doesn’t know is why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button.

But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.

The question is whether Henry thinks the world is worth saving. That is, until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. But before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

CONFESSION: I really wish I had a finished copy of this book on hand because I would like to include so many beautiful quotes from We Are the Ants in my review, but I read an ARC and you're not supposed to quote from that. :(  But just take it from me--there are some really, really beautiful lines in this book. Some really fantastic writing.

And that's not all I enjoyed about We Are the Ants. I just really loved the characters, and the whole idea that not only is Henry abducted by aliens, but his whole town knows about it. Most of them don't believe him, but they know about it. It's not something he's hiding, although it's not something he would have really wanted everyone to know. I also loved the humor that is sprinkled throughout this book. There's definitely a more serious, dark tone to the book, but there are these great humorous moments that I loved.

But be forewarned, this is, like I said, a book with a dark tone to it. There are several things in it that would be triggering to some people. I don't want to go into all the triggers here, because that would spoil the book, but if you're thinking about reading it, and you'd like to know if it contains a certain kind of trigger, please feel free to contact me via Twitter or email and I can let you know if that trigger is included in this book.

And I also had one kind of issue with it: there's a character that isn't quite straight, but another character just assumes, because he's had a relationship with a girl before, that he must be straight (which, in itself, is annoying). And then when it turns out the character isn't straight, the character himself says something about just liking who he likes, which, to me, is better than the whole "I don't like labels" thing but it's almost the same. And before you go on a rant about how you don't like labels, let me tell you why I don't like it when people say "I don't like labels" when it comes to sexuality. It's because most of the time, the people who use this term, are, in essence, bisexual or pansexual. And because they say "I don't like labels" they're furthering the erasure of bisexuality and pansexuality. I understand not wanting to label yourself, especially if you're still figuring out your sexuality, but when your sexuality is basically the same as a bisexual person and you say that you're "not into labels" it really just perpetuates the false idea that bisexuality doesn't exist. /end rant.

Anyway, regardless of all of that, I really, really enjoyed We Are the Ants. The writing was beautiful and the story was really compelling and, at times, heartbreaking. And I loved how there were little sections where different possible doomsday scenarios were played out. And have I mentioned the beautiful writing?

Bonus Points...

Shaun David Hutchinson got TONS of my Bonus Points for the following reasons:

  • A Veronica Mars reference (I think this was the first book where I've ever seen a VMars ref!) = 50,000 points
  • A Firefly reference = 50,000 points
  • A Harry Potter reference = 50,000 points
  • A reference to Whose Line Is It Anyway, especially because he mentioned the line "Everything's made up and the points don't matter" because I used to say that about these Bonus Points of mine = 1,000,000,000 points
  • For dissing Creed and Nickelback = 50,000,000 points 
  • A Doctor Who reference = 50,000 points

My rating for We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson:
4 stars. I had a couple of issues, but overall I really enjoyed it.
Find it:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ Simon & Schuster

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other way for this review.

What's Raising Our Pulse Book Club: We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Hi everyone! I've been invited to be a part of Simon Pulse's What's Raising Our Pulse Book Club, where we read a book and answer a question about it. Today we're talking about We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson. Here's a bit more about the book itself:

by Shaun David Hutchinson
Published by Simon Pulse
Publication Date: January 2016
There are a few things Henry Denton knows, and a few things he doesn’t.

Henry knows that his mom is struggling to keep the family together, and coping by chain-smoking cigarettes. He knows that his older brother is a college dropout with a pregnant girlfriend. He knows that he is slowly losing his grandmother to Alzheimer’s. And he knows that his boyfriend committed suicide last year.

What Henry doesn’t know is why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button.

But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.

The question is whether Henry thinks the world is worth saving. That is, until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. But before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that. 
(Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

I read We Are the Ants last month and I really enjoyed it! My review will be going up tomorrow. Now here's the question for the What's Raising Our Pulse Book Club:

If you were presented with the button, what would YOU consider?

If I was abducted by aliens and told that if I pushed a button, the world would be saved, I'm pretty sure I would automatically push the button. I mean, I'm 99.99% sure I'd push that button. No need to think on it--I want the world to go on.

It may be an easy answer for me, because I'm married and have two kids and I have played apocalyptic scenarios in my head before, and the thing that really scares me is what if my kids and husband and I weren't together when it happened? What if my older son was at school and my baby and I were at home but my husband was gone somewhere? What if for some reason we were really far apart and we couldn't get to each other because cars stopped working or there were zombies in between us or something like that? I know that's not really what happens in We Are the Ants but the idea of the end of the world makes me, as a parent, think of these things. Anyway, I'm just pretty sure that I'd push the button right away.

So what about you guys? Are you like me, and not hesitate to push the button? Or would you feel like Henry, and have to think about it for a while? Or would you just let the world end?

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite OTP's

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic. I'm a huge fan of lists, so this meme is right up my alley! 

This week's topic is Valentine's Day themed freebie, so I'm choosing the suggested topic of Favorite OTP's!

This list includes OTP's from TV shows and books. And, for once, I'm actually going to be ranking them in order from 10 (least fave, but still totally ship it) to 1 (THE ONE OTP TO RULE THEM ALL). AND IT WAS SO HARD TO RANK THEM, YOU GUYS. Just know that this ranking could change at any time because I LOVE THEM ALL.

So here they are, my Top Ten Favorite OTP's! (Note: I used gifs from TV shows/movies for those that are from TV shows or movies, and for the ships from books, I googled each ship and picked my favorite gif that came up.)



Soooo....I haven't read all of the Throne of Glass books yet. In fact, I've only read the first two. And I do like Chaol, and I have yet to really meet Rowan, but I am totally Team Dorian at this point. I just love him. I know things may change this once I read the rest of the books, but for now, I will go down with this ship.



Simon is my book best friend, and I just love his story with Blue! If you haven't picked this one up yet, I highly recommend it!


Rose is my favorite companion, and David Tennant (10) was my favorite Doctor. That gif gives me all the feels! Now I want to rewatch the whole show again. (Thanks for nothing, Netflix!)



Thorne is one of my absolute favorite characters ever, and I just LOVE LOVE LOVE to ship Thorne and Cress. They are so great together!



Zuzana is my FAVORITE FEMALE CHARACTER OF ALL TIME. (In case you're wondering, my favorite male character of all time is Sirius Black.) And I feel so horrible because I still haven't read Night of Cake & Puppets or Dreams of Gods & Monsters, even though I own both. Luckily, I'm doing the A Series A Month Challenge this year, so maybe i'll reread the first two and then finish the series up one of these months this year.



Clexa is my main OTP right now. There are tons of Bellarke shippers, and while I do love Bellamy, I still ship Clexa. I know they've had their issues and Lexa has made some major mistakes, but I think they can get past them. Because EVERYONE on this show has made major mistakes, and Lexa should get a second chance, just like everyone else.



Ron and Hermione are two of my most favorite characters, too, and I LOVE them together. I know there are some people out there who think they're not good together, but I will always ship them together!



I liked Dean and Logan, but I LOVED Jess. I know he had his issues, and he was also a Class-A jerk a lot of the time, but in my head, Rory and Jess came back together when they both were in a better place in their lives and things worked out. AND NETFLIX, I NEED THIS TO HAPPEN IN YOUR REVIVAL, MMMKAY???



NETFLIX, I'M SPEAKING TO YOU AGAIN. LUKE AND LORELAI BETTER HAVE THEIR HAPPILY EVER AFTER, OKAY???? BECAUSE IF NOT, WE WILL HAVE WORDS. WOOOOORRRRDDDDSSSS.



I wasn't a huge fan of the Veronica Mars movie (it just felt like they were trying to throw in all these things to please the fans instead of having a really good plot), but I will ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS ship LoVe. I also prefer Logan skinny like he is in the show, with a bit of muscle, not the way-too-ripped version in the movie. I'm just not into THAT much muscle. BUT I STILL LOVE THEM TOGETHER.

So what are your favorite OTP's? Let me know, or leave a link to your Valentine's Day-themed TTT in the comments, and I'll try to stop by your blog!

Sundays in Bed With...Alanna: The First Adventure

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sundays in Bed With... is a meme/feature started by my friend Kate at Midnight Book Girl, where we can highlight the book that we're spending the day in bed reading (or the one we wish we could be reading all day in bed!).

I'm hoping to spend the day in bed with...


Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

I'm not a football fan, so today I'll be blogging and reading instead of watching the big game. And that is totally okay with me! :)

I started a book club in my area for adults who like to read YA and after TONS of deliberation, I settled on Alanna being our first book selection. I read it a few years ago with my old book club and I totally forgot that it is actually more of a Middle Grade book, or a very young YA. But oh, well. So far I've had only a few people join the group and none of them have RSVP'd to go to the first meeting (which is in less than 2 weeks) so it may just be me having some dinner and wine by myself. Who knows...

What are you spending this Sunday in bed with?  Let me know in the comments, or leave a link to your post if you're participating in this meme and I'll try to stop by your blog!
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