Stacking the Shelves #50

Hello hello! :) Hope you’re all doing well? I had a pretty big week with ARC’s and have been feeling very spoiled! Kristy has some purchases to share this week too. :D

Stacking the Shelves is bought to you by Tynga from Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


In Mel’s Mailbox this week:

The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2) - Julie Kagawa

I received this book for review as an ARC from Harlequin Teen Australia, thank you very much! I received this last Saturday but not long after I posted the last STS post. I’ve really loved this series so far, so I am hoping that this one is just as good as the others have been!

After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as “normal” as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he’s forbidden to see her again.

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, “normal” simply isn’t to be. For Ethan’s nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan’s and Keirran’s fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan’s next choice may decide the fate of them all.


Witchstruck (The Tudor Witch Trilogy #1) - Victoria Lamb

Thanks once again to Harlequin Teen Australia for this ARC copy. I actually really love YA stories about witches, so I am pretty excited to read this one! This is out on September 24th.

If she sink, she be no witch and shall be drowned. If she float, she be a witch and must be hanged.

Meg Lytton has always known she is different—that she bears a dark and powerful gift. But in 1554 England, in service at Woodstock Palace to the banished Tudor princess Elizabeth, it has never been more dangerous to practise witchcraft. Meg knows she must guard her secret carefully from the many suspicious eyes watching over the princess and her companions. One wrong move could mean her life, and the life of Elizabeth, rightful heir to the English throne.

With witchfinder Marcus Dent determined to have Meg’s hand in marriage, and Meg’s own family conspiring against the English queen, there isn’t a single person Meg can trust. Certainly not the enigmatic young Spanish priest Alejandro de Castillo, despite her undeniable feelings. But when all the world turns against her, Meg must open her heart to a dangerous choice.


Hate Is Such A Strong Word - Sarah Ayoub

Thanks Harper Collins Australia for this ARC due out for release on September 1st. I’m almost half way through this one already, and it’s pretty good. Aussie YA fiction with very real themes of racism. I remember the Cronulla riots in Sydney in 2005, and this book basically picks up on this and rolls with it. Based on the perspective of a Lebanese Australian teenage girl. I am really enjoying this!

Sophie Kazzi is in Year 12 at an all-Lebanese, all-Catholic school where she is invisible, uncool and bored out of her brain. While she′s grown up surrounded by Lebanese friends, Lebanese neighbours and Lebanese shops, she knows there′s more to life than Samboosik and Baklawa, and she desperately wants to find it.

Unfortunately, her father has antiquated ideas about women, curfews and the Lebanese ′way′. Bad news for Sophie, who was hoping to spend Year 12 fitting in and having fun - not babysitting her four younger siblings, or studying for final exams that will land her in an Accounting course she has no interest in.

Just when it looks like Sophie′s year couldn′t get any more complicated, Shehadie Goldsmith arrives at school. With an Australian father and a Lebanese mother, he′s even more of a misfit than Sophie. And with his arrogant, questioning attitude, he also has a way of getting under her skin…

But when simmering cultural tensions erupt in violence, Sophie must make a choice that will threaten her family, friends and the cultural ties that have protected her all her life.


Briar Rose - Jana Oliver

I received this book from Pan Macmillan Australia - thank you for this copy. This book is scheduled for release on September 12th.

For Briar Rose, life is anything but a fairy tale. She’s stuck in a small town in deepest Georgia with parents who won’t let her out of their sight, a bunch of small-minded, gossiping neighbours and an evil ex who’s spreading nasty rumours about what she may or may not have done in the back of his car. She’s tired of it all, so when, on her sixteenth birthday, her parents tell her that she is cursed and will go to sleep for a hundred years when the clock strikes midnight, she’s actually kind of glad to leave it all behind. She says her goodbyes, lies down, and closes her eyes . . . And then she wakes up. Cold, alone and in the middle of the darkest, most twisted fairy tale she could ever have dreamed of. Now Briar must fight her way out of the story that has been created for her, but she can’t do it alone. She never believed in handsome princes, but now she’s met one her only chance is to put her life in his hands, or there will be no happy ever after and no waking up.


The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) - Samantha Shannon

I also received this book from Bloomsbury - thank you for this copy! This book is out on August 20th so just in a few days and I am hearing amazing things about it.

It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.

Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.


In Kristy’s Mailbox this week:

Drowning Instinct - Ilsa J. Bick

I finally purchased this book to have on my bookshelf. I previously had (and read) on ebook.

There are stories where the girl gets her prince, and they live happily ever after. (This is not one of those stories.)

Jenna Lord’s first sixteen years were not exactly a fairytale. Her father is a controlling psycho and her mother is a drunk. She used to count on her older brother—until he shipped off to Afghanistan. And then, of course, there was the time she almost died in a fire.

There are stories where the monster gets the girl, and we all shed tears for his innocent victim. (This is not one of those stories either.)

Mitch Anderson is many things: A dedicated teacher and coach. A caring husband. A man with a certain… magnetism.

And there are stories where it’s hard to be sure who’s a prince and who’s a monster, who is a victim and who should live happily ever after. (These are the most interesting stories of all.)


Throne Of Glass (Throne Of Glass #1) - Sarah J. Maas

I purchased this as well (once again, I had the ebook) so that it can look pretty on my bookshelf next to the ARC of the sequel Crown of Midnight - and to support the local book store on National Bookshop Day :) I am currently reading this one, and I am loving it!

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

That is all from us this week, what did you receive in your mailboxes? Let me know - leave your links in the comments section below!


What do you think?

  • Hate Is Such a Strong Word sounds like my cup of tea! It sounds like a book where there’s a lesson based on the story or the characters’ actions. I need to read Throne of Glass soon because I have the ARC of the sequel. Hope you enjoy them all :)
    Here’s my STS:

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  • Throne of Glass was awesome! Waiting on Crown of Midnight now. Still looking at my mail box wondering when The Iron Traitor will be approved! ENJOY!

    • Kristy says:

      I have just finished Throne of Glass and I am reading the novellas before moving onto Crown of Midnight (my reviews will be coming soon).
      I haven’t started the Iron Fey series (I have the first on ebook) but I know Melissa is looking foward to The Iron Traitor. I hope you get approved!

  • Shaunesay says:

    These all look great! I need to read the Julie Kagawa books, I think I’ve got the first one on Mount TBR, the covers are always nice! the Bone Season sounds interesting. I’ve seen Throne of Glass show up a lot lately so put it on my wishlist a couple weeks ago!

    Here is my STS if you’d like to stop by, I’d love to have you!

    Have a great week!

  • Melliane says:

    Oh I need to read the kagawa book too! really curious about it. Happy reading!

    here is mine

  • Amber says:

    I got Witchstruck this week, too, and I requested the Iron Traitor, but haven’t heard back yet. Throne of Glass is AMAZING. I hope you love all your books!

    Check out my Stacking the Shelves post over at Fall Into Books

    • Kristy says:

      I hope you get your approval soon Amber :)
      I have just finished Throne of Glass - review coming soon.
      Enjoy your haul! (and yay for your swag and signed books)

  • Wow those books! I’m adding them all to my TBR! Great hauls! :)

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  • Oh my goodness! The Iron Traitor!! That one sounds incredible, and then so does Hate Is Such a Strong Word! It sounds like a book that deals with an important topic!

    Hope you guys enjoy all of your books.

  • Some great looking books here. A couple of them are on my TBR! Happy Reading!
    Here are my newest additions.

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