Stacking the Shelves (3) & Blogspiration (8)

Posted on 05/12/2012 in Book Review / 23 Comments

Stacking the Shelves is a new weekly book blogger meme hosted by Tynga of Tynga’s Reviews. Make sure you stop by her blog to check it out and add your name to the linky!



This Week

This week was full of surprises!  (And I may have purchased a few things, too…).




For Review

Thursday was, as my roommate put it, like my birthday: I came home to a box of chocolate-covered strawberries from my father and stepmom, and a package from Harperteen. For the record, my birthday is in January, the strawberries are from Easter (UPS never notified me that they dropped off a box of perishable goods at the front office of my complex and the front office just let the box of strawberries sit there for a month….ewwww! Anyway, Dad fixed it. Like Dads are supposed to. But I digress.). The berries are delicious and this book looks like it’s going to be great!


This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.

Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters….



This was an awesome gift from author Linda Poitevin! Rachel at Parajunkee’s View asked if I’d help her out with a twitter party for Linda a couple of weeks ago, and of course I said yes! It was a lot of fun, I made some new friends, added two more books to my TBR pile *chuckles* and earlier this week, an envelope shows up from Linda with my name on it. That was so thoughtful, so thank you!

Last weekend was Embassy Weekend here in Washington, DC, and my friend and colleague, Lisa, went down to Embassy Row with another coworker of ours to tour the embassies, and mainly to visit the Turkish Embassy, because she will be traveling to Turkey, JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT, this fall. There was someone making handmade – for lack of a better word – paintings, using gel and ink, and then laying the paper on the gel to pull the ink out of it. Anyway, she had bookmarks she had created, and Lisa knows how much I love to read, so she grabbed one for me. 😀


Clicky the linkies to read the synopses and purchase

Deadly Cool – Kindle | Nook | Goodreads Shatter Me – Kindle | Nook | Goodreads Sins of the Angels – Kindle | Nook | Goodreads Sins of the Son – Kindle | Nook | Goodreads Darkness Before Dawn – Kindle | Nook | Goodreads  




Blogspiration is a weekly meme hosted by GrowingUp YA & Saz101. The meme was created to help spark inspiration among bloggers, readers & writers alike. An inspirational quote/picture/video is posted weekly, on the day of the author’s choosing, so that it may inspire creativity, conversation & just a little SOMETHING.



This week’s blogspiration comes not from somewhere, but from someone… near and dear to my heart.  I’ve known him since I was 10 and he was 7; he was my next-door neighbor growing up and his family is like my family.  Even though I moved away 9 years ago, we’ve never lost touch and he’s one of the most in touch, profound and talented people I know.  So when he posted this on Facebook earlier in the week, I told him I had to steal it for this week’s post:

Right now we are on a giant rock blazing through space on a perfect axis while orbiting the sun..which happens to be the perfect distance away from us to allow our existence to be a possibility. If this doesn’t blow your mind you should check your pulse.

And if that doesn’t blow you mind, you know how I said he’s talented? Check out his photography and click the picture to go to his Facebook Fan Page. Give him some love! He rocks!


What’s your blogspiration this week?

*Disclaimer: All photosources are via unless otherwise noted or it’s obvious I took them.
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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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23 responses to “Stacking the Shelves (3) & Blogspiration (8)

  1. 🙂 I never knew you lived near DC too! that picture is beautiful and magnificent! I can’t believe your friend actually saw that beauty! I hope you enjoy all your new books and that the strawberries tasted good! candy apples arrived at my house on wednesday for my birthday, which was in april, but the apples were still delicious! I hope you enjoy Darkness Before Dawn! (the synopsis is fantastic!) and the rest of your new books! (deadly cool is hilarious!) Have a great day!

    • I do! Where are you?! Ross will be happy to know you like his photo; he lives near where it was taken (our hometown!). And candy apples are SO NOM. I can’t wait to read Deadly Cool. I have the follow up, Social Suicide, on my shelf so I had to get that too.

  2. YOU will LOVE the Grigori Legacy!!! I just reviewed them on the blog yesterday! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!!! Happy Reading! Visit my STS HERE!

  3. Alexandra

    OH WOAH! I adore this photo – your friend is crazy talented! It’s like the sky is on fire. *gazes at picture for a while* And I love the quote too – totally agree, when you really stop and think about space and time and everything that had to be perfectly right for us to be standing here today, it’s mind-blowing. I love it Jennifer, thanks for posting this!
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  4. That picture is amazing! Certainly puts mine to shame! And just the other day, I was walking through campus and it suddenly occurred to me that gravity isn’t necessarily a guarantee. What if it just stopped working? What then? Yeah… I went off on a tangent that day…
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  5. Katie @ Blook Girl

    Nice haul this week! I have an ARC of Shatter Me that is begging to be read, but I just haven’t had the time to get to it yet. I hope it’s as good as it sounds. I adore Tahereh Mafi 🙂 Darkness Before Dawn sounds amazing, so I just added that to my Wish List. Thanks for the heads-up! I hope you enjoy all your lovelies 🙂 That bookmark is gorgeous! My book haul:

  6. Oh my GOODNESS! What a mailbox! I absolutely ADORE Shatter Me, and I hear such good things about Deadly Cool! Also, I think I went to buy Sins of the Angels after reading Bex’ review a few months ago, but couldn’t find it on Amazon (as in, it was available to AU), and I was SAD 🙁 ALSO: DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN!!!!!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEE! Enjoy 🙂 And, uh… WOW. Your Blogspiration… I’m wrapped up in a shirt, a cardigan, my THICKEST scarf, and a padded/quilted jacket and it sitll gave me chills. WOW is your friend talented, and his quote :O
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