Stacking the Shelves (2)

Hi everyone! Back again to show you what I received via my mailbox. This week I only received two books, and they were…

Run by Kody Keplinger – Thank you Scholastic!

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz – Thank you Simon and Schuster!

Frannie and Tru – Thank you Karen and HarperTeen!

I’m so excited about all of these ARCs! They all look awesome. Comment below and tell me what you got this week! Happy Reading 🙂

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Review: My Story by Elizabeth Smart

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Published by St. Martin’s Press on September 30, 2014

Pages: 336

Buy This Book: Barnes and Noble

For the first time, ten years after her abduction from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime

On June 5, 2002, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

Now for the first time, in her memoir, MY STORY, she tells of the constant fear she endured every hour, her courageous determination to maintain hope, and how she devised a plan to manipulate her captors and convinced them to return to Utah, where she was rescued minutes after arriving. Smart explains how her faith helped her stay sane in the midst of a nightmare and how she found the strength to confront her captors at their trial and see that justice was served.

My Thoughts

        When first learning about Elizabeth Smart in a psychology class, I immediately knew that I needed to know the entirety of her story. After picking up this novel, I was not able to put it down. Though tough to read at some points, Smart perfectly captured her emotions during her abduction and time away from home. It follows her long, nine month period of time away from home under the control of her captor, Brian David Mitchell.

        Picturing my fourteen year old self, I can not imagine how Smart was able to empower herself to battle through what she was experiencing in order to survive. Describing herself as the most innocent and awkward teenage girl around, it sickens me that this horrible man was able to take away her young and innocent mindset. Smart did a lot of growing up within that amount of time, and it amazes me what she was able to endure.

        The best part of this novel was when she was finally reunited with her parents. When first seeing her, she described her dad as though he was looking at a ghost. And for her captor, he tried every thing in the book in order to get out of sentencing. However, justice was finally served for Brian David Mitchell and his disgusting accomplice, Wanda Barzee. Mitchell will be serving life in prison, while Barzee will be serving two separate fifteen year sentences. No time imprisoned could repay Smart for the terrible acts that she described in this book that were done to her by these people, but her success is the best revenge she could possibly get.

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

The Land of 10,000 Madonnas 
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Publication Date: April 19, 2016

Five teens backpack through Europe to fulfill the mysterious dying wish of their friend in this heartwarming novel from the author of The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy.

Jesse lives with his history professor dad in a house covered with postcards of images of the Madonna from all over the world. They’re gotten used to this life: two motherless dudes living among thousands of Madonnas. But Jesse has a heart condition that will ultimately cut his life tragically short. Before he dies, he arranges a mysterious trip to Europe for his three cousins, his best friend, and his girlfriend to take after he passes away. It’s a trip that will forever change the lives of these young teens and one that will help them come to terms with Jesse’s death.

With vivid writing, poignant themes, and abundant doses of humor throughout, Kate Hattemer’s second novel is a satisfying journey about looking for someone else’s answers only to find yourself.

What are you waiting on this week? Leave a comment and let me know!

I Have Returned!

Hi everyone! I’m back and will be posting once again (as much as humanly possible with the busy teenage girl schedule that I have). I also have changed web addresses, as you can tell. With the new year, I went to a new blogging site just for a little change. Bundlesofbooks101.blogspot.com has now become a WordPress based website!

Since it is Sunday, and you all do not want to listen to my life story and excuses, I decided to do a stacking the shelves post just to show you what I have gotten over the past couple of weeks. First, what I am currently reading is My Story by Elizabeth Smart. I am almost finished with it and a review will be soon to follow. I’ll attach pictures of everything else I have gotten below!

It is good to be back, and look for more posts to come! Let me know what you all are reading in the comments below. Happy reading!