Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: If I Stay

Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Speak
Format: Paperback
Pages: 259 pages
Date Published:  April 2nd 2009 (first published)
ISBN#:  0147514533

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The critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author of Where She Went, Just One Day, and Just One Year. In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family. ' Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.

There is so much I could say about this book, but at the same time I have no idea where to start.  I will say that I read the book after I had seen the movie, which is something I usually don't do.  Not that it's a bad thing, but I knew after seeing the movie that I had to read the book. With that being said it's also a book that's been on my TBR shelf for a few years, actually since about 2009. After seeing the movie and finally reading the book, I wanted to kick myself for not reading it sooner. Don't you just hate when that happens? I know it drives me nuts!

Anyway, let's discuss the actual book shall we. If I Stay had me mesmerized from the first few lines.  I knew I was going to love this book, but honestly I wasn't sure how much was in the movie and how much had been changed. I enjoyed the movie, but honestly I loved the book so much more. The characters and how they dealt with everything is better described throughout the book and it made them more real to me then they were in the movie. 

The plot, oh my God this plot. I was in tears one minute, laughing the next, then crying all over again. If you haven't read this book, make sure you have about two boxes of tissues with you when you do, fair warning. I loved the way author Gayle Forman's writing style just made me love everything about Mia and every other characters relationships. I really enjoyed how it goes back and forth between the memories and the present. At first, I'll be honest, if I hadn't watched the movie first that would have drove me nuts about the book. In the end though I loved it.

All in all, If I Stay is one of my favorite reads and I need to read more books from this fantastic author.

 I'm pretty sure you can guess what rating I'm about to say for If I Stay, but I'm going to tell you anyway! 

Here at Ali's Bookshelf we accept books in exchange for a honest review. The book above though I bought for myself . I also use Amazon Affiliate links at times.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Book Blitz Spotlight: Blood Laws by Lexi C. Foss

Blood Laws
By Lexi C. Foss
The lines between illusion and reality blur as a dark romance brews between two unlikely soulmates…
Stas isn’t your average human. She can bend others to her will, a psychic talent she’s kept hidden since the brutal murder of her parents.
Issac isn’t human at all. He’s an immortal masquerading as one of New York City’s most eligible bachelors while secretly seeking revenge against a former ally.
A fateful meeting ends in a seductive proposition. As their lives intertwine, secrets are exposed and passion ignites. It’s a bond built to last a lifetime, if they’re willing to risk everything to protect it.

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“I’m curious. How old were you when you realized you could bend others to your will?”
She forced herself to reply. “What?”
“Oh come now, Astasiya, feigning ignorance doesn’t suit you. Order me to do something instead. I dare you.”
A violent tremor shook her, rendering her speechless. For years she had kept a lid on her abilities, playing it off whenever the occasional demand slipped. It was easy to laugh off coincidences with normal people, but there was nothing normal about this man. He would see right through any charade she threw up as was evident by his blatant dare.
“I thought it might be coincidence with the hysterical woman.” He pushed off the wall, his steps casual as he sauntered towards her. “Persuasion is a very rare gift, after all.” He stopped just in front of her to tuck a stray blonde strand behind her ear. “But that reporter was all you.”
She forced herself to swallow, mouth dry. “How long have you been watching me?”
“Long enough.” His intimate gaze stroked over her, touching on all the places that could make a woman squirm. “It’s customary for one in my position to kill you on sight. Fortunately for you, darling, I’m not an admirer of our archaic laws.”
His little complication was playing with fire. He welcomed the challenge and the change in air between them. It was starting to feel a little melancholy during their walk down memory lane. Now they were back on track. “Are you trying to deal with me, Miss Davenport?”
Fierce green eyes met his, provoking all manner of inappropriate thoughts. Like what they would look like in the throes of passion. “No, I’m giving you my terms.”
He nearly laughed. No woman ever gave him terms for a date. 
“I will give you two answers.” He tucked a soft strand behind her ear and let his fingers drift down her neck. “And I will consider defining Ichorian more clearly for you.” By showing, not telling.
She licked her lips and shook her head. “Three answers and you define Ichorian now.”
He moved into her personal space, gripping her hip with one hand to hold her in place when she tried to move away. Their foolish conversation had already gone on longer than he intended. “We leave at seven.” He bent so their mouths were a hairsbreadth apart. “And I will only answer your three questions after the gala, not before or during.”

Lexi C. Foss is a writer lost in the IT world. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and their furry children. When not writing, she’s busy crossing items off her travel bucket list. Many of the places she’s visited can be seen in her writing, including the mythical world of Hydria which is based on Hydra in the Greek islands. She’s quirky, consumes way too much coffee, and loves to swim. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit her website at

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Review: Hush Hush

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Published Date:  October 13th 2009
Format: Hardback
Pages: 391 pages
Date Read: December 2016
Reading Challenges: None
ISBN #: 1416989412

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Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.

First off I want to start off this review by saying that this is a re-read for me. One that I was super excited about. The first time I read this book was two days after it was published. I was super excited to dive into author Becca Fitzpatricks world of Angels and forbidden romance and I wasn't dissapointed one bit. I rememeber telling everyone that I knew about this book. 

Then of course time went on and the next couple books in the series came out and I was reviewing other books at the time so I didn't get to read more of the series. They were just sitting there on my shelf. Well that changes now! So, I picked up Hush Hush once again and dove into the world once more and just like the first time, this book didn't dissapoint. I couldn't get enough of it and finished it in one day. Of course there are some things that happens when you re-read a book, it's never like the first time reading it, but it was still fantastic. 

I love the characters in this series, angels have always facinated me and the way the author brings about their back stories make me want to read more. I need to know more about each of them and that's the reason I dove right into the second story in the series right away as well (Review coming soon!) The best part about this book really is the way the author interwove the whole plot into our world and made angels come to life. Patch is my all time favorite bad angel who I loved right away.  At times reading the story I just want to grab him and say get it together, but at times I caught myself swooning over him. I love a book that can make you want to scream at a character and at the same time swoon. 

The plot of this book is one that when I first read the book I had never read anything like it before. Now of course, there are a few other angel books that I've read and still to this day this is one of my favorites. The plan is to finish this whole series this year and I fully intend to do so. 

I have so much love for this book and I can't wait to read more of this series. If you enjoy good vs. evil plot lines then Hush Hush is perfect for you! 

I'm pretty sure by my review that you know what kind of rating I'm about to give Hush Hush, but humor me! 

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Teaser Tuesday #108

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.

 How the hell had he gotten so old? Thirty. The big three-oh. He didn't feel thirty, yet.

I love all the Buckhorn books so much and I'm loving this one just as much. Actually, everything Lori Foster writes I end up loving. Hope you all have a great Tuesday and if you would like to leave me a little teaser from what you're reading below in the comments I would love that or you can leave me a link to your post.


Monday, June 19, 2017

It's Monday...What Are You Reading?

This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.  It's a meme where you share what you read last week, what you're currently reading and what you plan on reading that week.

It's been great getting back into the routine of reading and blogging. I've missed it so much, though I am trying not to put myself on any schedule so this post will be more of a plan, but not a definite of what I'll be reading.  In the past I had tried to really stick by these posts and it's one of the factors of being burnt out. So, below is my plan for this week. 

What I Read Last Week: 

From the Review Shelf: 

No One But You by Brenda Novak

Audiobook Finished: 

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover  

What I'm Reading at the Present:

A Buckhorn Bachelor by Lori Foster 

 Adam Sommerville always thought he had it all—great family in a close-knit community, worthwhile job as a high school gym teacher, and no shortage of women eager to be on his arm. But it seems his luck has suddenly run out. Because Buckhorn’s most renowned bachelor has decided it’s time to settle down—and the one woman he wants just put him firmly in the friend zone.

Hiding her true feelings from Adam has been a full-time job for the past five years, but librarian Isabella Presley is determined not to be the latest heart he breaks. The best way to get over her attraction is to find someone else to date—even if it means asking Adam for flirting tips to help her land the perfect guy. But when Adam sets out to convince her the perfect guy is him, will she face her fears for a chance at forever?

Audiobook I'm Listening to: 


Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen's thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

Up Next:  

A Buckhorn Baby by Lori Foster 

 A sizzling new Buckhorn Brothers novella from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster

If there's one thing headstrong bookstore owner Amber Hudson knows, it's how to get what she wants. And what she wants most is for Noel Poet, the hottest firefighter in Buckhorn, Kentucky, to finally admit they have a future together. But when life throws her an unexpected curveball, Amber must face the fact that she's set her sights on something that could be out of reach forever.

Noel might be head over heels for Amber, but he has no intention of letting her call all the shots. He's determined to play Amber's game his own way—and remind her that some things are worth fighting for. Yet when Amber gets the shock of her life, games are the last thing on his mind. Because now it's time to prove that old demons are no match for the happy-ever-after that could be theirs…

Don't miss the other titles in the Buckhorn Brothers series, including Buckhorn Beginnings, Forever Buckhorn, The Buckhorn Legacy, Buckhorn Ever After in the All For You anthology, Back to Buckhorn, A Buckhorn Summer and A Buckhorn Bachelor.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Book Blogger Hop #17


I haven't posted one of these posts in awhile but I love the converstations they start, so I wanted to get back into posting these again. Book Blogger Hop is another post I'm going to be trying out and this one has a topic each week, which is something I've been trying to bring to the blog.  I'm really excited about this one because I have a hard time coming up with something fresh to talk about and I'm hoping this helps.
If you would be interested in doing your own post, please CLICK HERE to learn more about this great hop! 

This Weeks Topic:  

How do you organize your blog in terms of what is in your side bar? Do you have categories and defined sections in your side bar? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)
Well when it comes to Ali's Bookshelf, I do use tags, each of my posts are tagged. As far as my sidebars, I add what I feel will catch my readers attention. I have a few reviews at the top that are some of my favorites. I have a few of my topic posts on my sidebar that you can click on the image and it's linked to take you directly to that post. My sidebars are a bit ecclectic, a mixture of everything. Each section is defined and titled so you can see what each part is.  

Is there anything you would like to see on my sidebars? If so, please comment below and let me know. Hope you all have a great Friday!!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

June Mini Blog Ahead Challenge

I am super excited to take part in this mini blog ahead challenge. This challenge is hosted by Hearding Cats & Burning Soup if you would like to know more, you can do so by CLICKING HERE!

There wasn't even a second thought when it came to joining this challenge, seeing as I haven't been back very long and I don't have my scheduled posts, but hopefully that's about to change. 

My Goal: 

So my goal for this challenge is to have at least 15 posts scheduled, I'm going to shoot for more but I want at least that many. I only have one scheduled post as of right now, so cross your fingers for me. My main goal for this is to make half of these posts reviews, I'm really behind on those and would love to have as many scheduled as I can.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Teaser Tuesday #107

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.

There are lies in life we accept. Whether it's for the sake of ignorance, bliss or, in my case, survival, we all make our choices.

I am super excited to dive into this book! I love author Katie McGarry's writing style and her characters so much. I also bought the third book in the series as well, so as soon as I finish this one I can jump right into the next. Hope you all have a great Tuesday and if you would like to leave me a little teaser from what you're reading below in the comments I would love that or you can leave me a link to your post.


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