Lots of things going on this month, friends! Which, as you will all know, is almost over now. I’ve been on a road trip to Canada and I’ve been working and it’s just been hectic. Of course, this doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping an eye on my books, though. In fact, I managed to snag quite a few this last couple of weeks. I even came home from my road trip with books, so let’s get down to business!
WHAAAAAT??!? How is it JUNE right now?! I can’t even believe it! It’s been hot as BLAZES in my neck of the woods the past few days, so there’s no better way to cool off inside with all these sweet books! I’ve included some pics of the books I was lucky enough to pick up at BEA on Friday! GET EXCITED FOR FALL, book lovers. There’s some great ones on the way!
Wild Cards: Wild Cards #1 by Simone Elkeles
Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney
Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
Crown of Midnight: Throne of Glass #2 by Sarah J. Maas
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Dream Thieves: The Raven Cycle #2 by Maggie Steifvater
Rose Under Fire: Code Name Verity #2 by Elizabeth Wein
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
Hero: Woodcutter Sisters #2 by Alethea Kontis
The Witch of Little Italy by Suzanne Palmieri
The School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
The 5th Wave: The 5th Wave #1 by Rick Yancey
Under the Empyrean Sky: The Heartland Trilogy #1 by Chuck Wendig
Parasite: Parasitology #1 by Mira Grant
The Bone Season: Scion #1 by Samantha Shannon
Vicious by V. E. Schwab
The Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
Son of the Shadows: Sevenwaters #3 by Juliet Marillier
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So, it’s been a month since my last Stacking the Shelves post, but friends, my life has been CRAY lately. I was in my cousin’s wedding–YAY!!–but it took up essentially all of my already short supply of free time for things like running errands, reading, blogging, and doing laundry–BOO!! The good news is that I’ve managed to collect quite a stash of books from all over the place in the past month, so without further ado, to the loot!
Rose Under Fire: Code Name Verity #2 by Elizabeth Wein (Amazon | Goodreads). Because, while I didn’t adore CODE NAME VERITY, the fact that Elizabeth Wein is awesome was obvious, and because I’m always down for reading more about women in World War II.
The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal (Amazon | Goodreads). Because, forgive my vulgarity friends, HOLY BALLS IT SOUNDS AWESOME. Scandinavian fantasy with treachery, death, madness, and a seamstress and her mistress getting caught in a web of deceit? Honestly.
Black Spring by Alison Croggon (Amazon | Goodreads). Because it’s a vaguely fantasy-ish sounding retelling of Wuthering Heights, a classic that I have unfortunately never read. And because WITCHES. Sounds creepy.
North of Nowhere by Liz Kessler (Amazon | Goodreads). Because, even though I’ve never read Liz Kessler’s popular Emily Windsnap series, the sound of this book–a MG in a mysterious town where someone has gone missing, plus secrets, WEATHER, family–gets me excited.
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill (Amazon | Goodreads). Because TIME TRAVEL. And because two teens are trapped in a prison, one with a list that she wrote (presumably in the FUTURE) telling her she has to kill her friend and the guy she loves.
The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle: Hero’s Guide #2 by Christopher Healy
Golden by Jessi Kirby
The Winter Prince by Elizabeth Wein
The Winter of Magic’s Return by Pamela F. Service
Fables, Vols. 1-3 by Bill Willingham
A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire #4 by George R.R. Martin
ARCs for Review
The Wig in the Window by Kristin Kittscher
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
Kindle & Audiobooks
The Son of the Shadows: Sevenwaters #2 by Juliet Marillier
The Sisterhood by Helen Bryan
Leviathan: Leviathan #1 by Scott Westerfeld
Behemoth: Leviathan #2 by Scott Westerfeld, narrated by Alan Cumming
Friends, I’m feeling this bi-weekly thing. For now, at least. Once I stop running around like a chicken without a head in a month or so, I’ll probably do the weekly thing again, so bear with me while I post these slightly behemoth Stacking the Shelves posts. You know, kind of like this one. EEP!
Week of April 12, 2013
I can’t even begin to tell you about the book binges I went on just in the last two days. SO many books out there! The good news is that, even though this week was crazy, last week–when I passed on Stacking the Shelves–was really light. I compensated!
So without further ado, here’s the awesome stuff I’ve picked up so far this month!
(P.S. I’m super busy AGAIN this weekend, and am on my way out the door kind of now-ish, so I apologize for the lack of linkage. I’ll update my post with the links later tomorrow when I get back home. WAH!! WHERE IS MY FREE TIME?!?)
It’s been two weeks since my last Stacking the Shelves post! My weekends have been cray lately, friends, and there’s no sign of a let-up in sight until, like, June. But never fear! (If you were even afraid in the first place.) I’ll never be too far from this place! Especially when I have weeks like the last few: I bought some things, I got some things. It’s been pretty legit around here.
The Eternity Cure: Blood of Eden #2 by Julie Kagawa (April 30, 2013 from Harlequin Teen). Confession: This is one of those times when I requested the second book in a series I haven’t started yet mostly to motivate myself to GET STARTED ALREADY. I’ve loved Julie’s books so far, and I’ve heard great things about THE IMMORTAL RULES, and I’m hearing great things from the people who’ve read the sequel already. SOON.
Dear Cassie by Lisa Burstein (March 5, 2013 from Entangled Teen). This is a companion/follow up to PRETTY AMY, which I haven’t read. Cassie sounds like…a handful. She gets sent to this rehab camp after getting arrested and meets a guy there.
The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna (July 11, 2013 from Philomel). This cover is furry-licious. Also, science-fictiony/magical realism-ish. The main character has a shaman panda, a physicist dad who goes missing, and she starts seeing weird things (shaman pandas included). This book sounds so delightfully weird that I’m having a hard time describing it.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. So, this is the paperback, as you can see. It’s basically gorgeous. I just realized that I bought two copies of this book in the past two weeks: this one, with it’s beautiful cover art and fancy shmancy Printz Honor Medal; and the audiobook (you’ll see it in a sec) (Amazon | Goodreads)
House of Secrets: House of Secrets #1 by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini (April 23, 2013 from Balzer + Bray). MG fantasy blurbed by JK Rowling? PSH. Glad I’m doing a blog tour for this one. (Amazon | Goodreads)
Unravel Me: Shatter Me #2 by Tahereh Mafi. SIGH. Guys, I usually refuse on principle to buy full-price kindle books. $10 for a pdf? I can’t. But I just bought SHATTER ME real cheap for my kindle, so that triggered one of my bookish OCD practices of needing to buy series in the same format. So I did it. It better be worth it. (Although from the sounds of things, chapter 62 will pay for this books a few times over.) (Amazon | Goodreads)
Poison by Bridget Zinn. Friends, this book is pretty freaking great. I have a e-galley, but when I saw that it was $7 for my kindle, I had to snap it up. I so wish that there could be more about Kyra. (Amazon | Goodreads)
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, narrated by Steve West and Fiona Hardingham. Asheley @ Into the Hall of Books and Hannah @ So Obsessed With told me that I HAD to buy this audio book. So I listened, because we all know how much I love THE SCORPIO RACES (I have plans to buy the UK edition from Fishpond, too). I can’t WAIT to listen to this one. (Audible | Goodreads)
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Breathless: Elemental #2.5 by Brigid Kemmerer (April 30, 2013 from Kensington). Friends, I know I have gushed about the Elemental series and the Merrick brothers before. So far, there have been books about Chris (STORM) and Gabriel (SPARK), and a novella about the oldest and my favorite, Michael (who is getting his own book soon!). This novella is about Nick, Gabriel’s twin brother, and is coming out in advance of book 3, SPIRIT (which is about Hunter, a friend of the Merrick’s). I will read all of these books, always. I love them. Thanks, Kensington!!!
Legacy of the Clockwork Key: The Secret Order #1 by Kristin Bailey. Steampunkish secret order? A dangerous invention that can ruin the world? A young girl who maybe falls for a stable boy? I’ll take a flyer on all of those things, please. Oh, AND? DEBUT. Word. (Amazon | Goodreads)
Let the Sky Fall: Let the Sky Fall #1 by Shannon Messenger. Don’t tease me with a book that is in any way about anything weather related. I will read it. This one–about a guy named, perhaps ironically, Vane (like, WEATHERVANE?) and an air elemental named Aura sounds just basically perfect. Hearing good things, too. (Amazon | Goodreads)
Finnikin of the Rock and Quintana of Charyn: The Lumatere Chronicles #1 & #3 by Melina Marchetta. These two–the Australian versions–finally arrived from Fishpond yesterday! Huzzah! I’m well and truly in deep with this series–reading FROI OF THE EXILES right now–and I’m stoked that I have a copy of QUINTANA to read next, even though it doesn’t come out in the US until April. (Series on Amazon | Series on Goodreads)
Shatter Me: Shatter Me #1 by Tahereh Mafi. This one is on sale for my kindle, and I’ve been wanting to reread before I snag a copy of UNRAVEL ME, which I’m now going to have to buy for my kindle as well, for which I am notoriously cheap when it comes to purchasing books. Let’s hope that it goes on sale soon, too #delusional (Amazon | Goodreads)
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Every Day by David Levithan (narrated by Alex McKenna). The audiobook collection at my library isn’t huge, but it does get used pretty heavily, so I was excited to find that this one was still on the shelves there! I’ve been meaning to read it (I got an ARC at last year’s BEA), but audiobooks are slowly becoming more prevalent in my reading, and I can’t wait to check out this story about a spirit, I guess, called A who wakes up every day in a new body. It sounds FANTASTIC.
Daughter of the Forest: Sevenwaters Trilogy #1 by Juliet Marillier. So many people have been urging me to read this book for ages. To date, I’ve only ever read one book by Juliet Marillier–WILDWOOD DANCING–and it was captivating. April and Alyssa almost stopped being friends with me because I hadn’t read this one yet, though, so I jumped on it at the library yesterday (which was, I’m happy to report, PACKED).
Froi of the Exiles: The Lumatere Chronicles #2 by Melina Marchetta. I’m participating in the Lumatere Chronicles readalong, and it’s going swimmingly. We just finished FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK, and so this book–the Australian paperback I ordered from Fishpond–came just in time! I ordered all three books, but for some reason Fishpond shipped each one separately. Who knows, friends.
The Madness Underneath: Shades of London #2 by Maureen Johnson. I was a big fan of NAME OF THE STAR, so I knew that I would have to order this book to see what happens next with Rory and the rest of the Shades, particularly Stephen.
Star Crossed: Stargazer #1 by Jennifer Echols. Ummm DUH Jennifer Echols wrote a book. Therefore, I will buy it. She’s taking her swooniness to the grown-ups now! I like the possibilities, friends.
Scarlet: Scarlet #1 by A.C. Gaughen. This one was le cheap for le kindle yesterday, so I snagged it. I liked this one very much, even though I sometimes found Scarlet herself too prickly for my taste. Still. ROBIN HOOD. Yes, please.
SPEAKING OF LE KINDLE….
…I got a new one!!!
I had a kindle keyboard for about two years. It froze permanently on me twice: the first time it was under warrantee so I replaced it for free, but this last time, I had to buy a new kindle. I’ve been eyeing that Paperwhite for awhile, but didn’t want to replace a kindle that, until just recently, was working fine. But when my kindle broke for good two weeks ago, I hopped on the Paperwhite bandwagon and am not likely to fall off anytime soon. I want to be reading on it ALL THE TIME.
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That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard (April 1, 2013 from Scholastic Point). I have been totally intrigued by the sound of this one ever since I first heard of it. A young girl from NYC goes to a Florida traveling circus to look for her mom and winds up working as the circus’ fortune teller. Sounds different and awesome. Also, a debut!
Burning by Elana K. Arnold (June 11, 2013 from Delacorte Press). The word “gypsy” is in the tagline on the cover of this book, so my interest is piqued right away. The girl, Lala, is a gypsy–you know, not in the vernacular use of the word, but an actual ethnic gypsy–who tells fortunes at Burning Man festival and is on the verge of marrying someone her parent’s have arranged to be her husband. Until she read’s Ben’s tarot cards. Love the sound of this.
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (March 1, 2013 from Arthur A. Levine). I’ve been hearing meh things about this book, but it’s a dystopian set in Brazil, which is a country and a culture that I’ve read almost nothing about, so I’m looking forward to the different vibe. Also, I love that the girl on the cover looks like she could actually be a Brazilian native. That’s happy-making.
Freaks by Kieran Larwood (March 1, 2013 from Chicken House). So THIS book sounds super fun. It’s a MG about a bunch of kids with weird abilities who are in a Victorian sideshow by night, turned crime-fighters by day. Really hoping that this one is as cool as it sounds.
Thanks Scholastic and Delacorte for these gems!
BOUGHT & GIFTED
Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff. I read this from NetGalley and, friends, it was pretty awesome. I’ll be reviewing it soon. But it was a creepy, well-written book, so I had to show love by forking over some cash for a real copy. Big fan.
Revel by Maurissa Guibord. I can’t stop thinking about how totally fascinating this book sounds: a hidden island off the coast of Maine, secret societies, Greek mythology overtones, a lobster fisherman, and a girl trying to find out the truth about her mother. I can’t even. HAD to buy this one. Hopefully I’ll get to it soonish!
Siege and Storm: The Grisha Trilogy #2 by Leigh Bardugo (June 4, 2013 from Henry Holt). THANK YOU TARA, for sharing this one with me. I LOVED SHADOW AND BONE, and I’ve been hearing great things about book 2. I can’t wait to see what happens to Alina, Mal and the Darkling! (PS. Still loving the map in this book. It’s GORGEOUS, even in the ARC.)
If I Stay: If I Stay/Where She Went #1 by Gayle Forman. So ok. OMG. So last fall, Tara from Hobbitsies went to YAllfest. So did Gayle Forman. THIS–a signed, personalized hardcover of IF I STAY–was the result. XOXOXO, Tara.
Guys, I’m SUPER excited about all of these books! Like, INSANELY stoked about them. I can’t even deal.
A Touch of Scarlet: Unbound #2 by Eve Marie Mont (March 26, 2013 from K-Teen). I have to confess to not having read the first book in this series, A BREATH OF EYRE, yet, but I’m very much invested in reading it. I’m loving all these classic retellings going on right now, and I’m VERY intrigued about this Scarlet Letter reworking.
The Flame in the Mist by Kit Grindstaff (April 9, 2013 from Delacorte Press). I don’t know how I could NOT be excited about this debut MG fantasy. There’s prophecies and ghosts and a young girl named Jemma who has lots of interesting things to figure out about herself. Of course, all in the name of saving her kindgom with the help of her friend, Digby, and her two golden rats. WOOT!
Thanks K-Teen and Delacorte for these gems!
ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH THESE BOOKS.
The Unearthly Series by Cynthia Hand. I read UNEARTHLY, loved it, and am totally invested. I can’t wait to read more about Clara, Christian, and TUCKER. (Ahem. Since we do the team thing with these books, I’m just going to say FOLLOW THE CAPSLOCK.) I am going to be making time to read the rest of this series ASAP.
Scarlet: The Lunar Chronicles #2 by Marissa Meyer. WAHHH THIS BOOK! I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this, thanks to my girl, Tara, and friends? CINDER is hands-down one of my favorite books from last year, also ever. SCARLET is better. It’s BETTER. My review is going up next week. Prepare for CAPSLOCK overload. If you aren’t reading this series, you are missing out. It’s almost not even a matter of my opinion. It’s like a fact.