Stacking the Shelves #51

Afternoon readers! Did you all receive some good books this week? Kristy and I had a really good week in books! I received a bunch of ARC’s, as did Kristy, and Kristy also got some bargains this week too. Score!

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:

These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) - Amie Kaufman

I received this book for review as an ARC from Disney Hyperion via Netgalley, thank you very much! I won’t lie, I am a sucker for a pretty cover, and this one is just gorgeous. It also has received incredible reviews so I am keen to see what it’s all about.

It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.


Passionaries (The Blessed #2) - Tonya Hurley

Thanks to Simon & Schuster for this ARC copy. I have The Blessed sitting on my shelves to read, and so I think I am going to get to that as well as Passionaries before this comes out next January. I love this cover although it doesn’t really match the cover of The Blessed… so I am wondering if there is going to be a cover change for the first book as well when this book comes out? *pet peeve* However. I am looking forward to this series very much.

Agnes, Cecelia, and Lucy watched as Sebastian sacrificed himself for what he believed in. Will the girls trust that their destiny as saints and martyrs and perform the miracles as Sebastian instructed? Or lose faith in themselves and each other in his absence? Time is running out for them to make a decision, and the fate of the world lies in the balance.


DC Comics - Injustice: Gods Among Us Vol 1 - Tom Taylor

Yay my first ever ARC approval from DC Comics! *fangirls* I love my comics (DC Comics in particular are my favourite… anything that has Batman in it basically), and so I am pumped to get approved for this copy before it comes out in November. I am part way through this at the moment too… not bad so far. This is a graphic novel containing issues 1-5 of the series. I’ve also requested some other titles… whilst Book Nerd Reviews will never be a comic review website, I do plan on featuring more of them in the future here and there since it’s the other love in my life apart from YA books.

Things in the DC Universe have changed after Superman is tricked into destroying the one thing he loves the most. Now unwilling to let crime go unpunished, the heroes of our world must choose if they are with Superman or against him. But not every country will submit to his new world order and neither will Superman’s greatest threat—Batman!


Waterfell (The Aquarathi #1) - Amalie Howard

I received this ARC from Harlequin Teen Australia - thank you very much! This is due out on October 29th.


Nerissa Marin hides among teens in her human form, waiting for the day she can claim her birthright—the undersea kingdom stolen from her the day her father was murdered. Blending in is her best weapon—until her father’s betrayer confronts Nerissa and challenges her to a battle to the death on Nerissa’s upcoming birthday—the day she comes of age.

Amid danger and the heartbreak of her missing mother, falling for a human boy is the last thing Nerissa should do. But Lo Seavon breaches her defenses and somehow becomes the only person she can count on to help her desperate search for her mother, a prisoner of Nerissa’s mortal enemy. Is Lo the linchpin that might win Nerissa back her crown? Or will this mortal boy become the weakness that destroys her?


Picture Me Gone - Meg Rosoff

I also received this book from Puffin Books via Netgalley - thank you very much. Due out on October 3rd this year. I love road trip books!

Mila has an exceptional talent for reading a room—sensing hidden facts and unspoken emotions from clues that others overlook. So when her father’s best friend, Matthew, goes missing from his upstate New York home, Mila and her beloved father travel from London to find him. She collects information about Matthew from his belongings, from his wife and baby, from the dog he left behind and from the ghosts of his past—slowly piecing together the story everyone else has missed. But just when she’s closest to solving the mystery, a shocking betrayal calls into question her trust in the one person she thought she could read best.


In Kristy’s Mailbox this week:

Briar Rose - Jana Oliver

I received this from Pan Macmillan Australia - thank you! As a long time fan of Jana Oliver I am really looking forward to this book. This is scheduled for release on 12 September.

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.


All The Truth That’s In Me - Julie Berry

I received this ARC from Harper Collins Australia - a massive thank you for this advance copy. I have heard a lot about this book, and it has jumped to the top of my TBR pile! This is scheduled for release on I October.

Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years later, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by her friends and family.

Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to her childhood friend, Lucas. He is the boy who has owned her heart for as long as she can remember - even if he doesn′t know it.

But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose - to continue living in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.


This Girl (Slammed #3) - Colleen Hoover

My pre-order for This Girl arrived this week, and it is so good to have a finally have a physical copy of this book.

There are two sides to every love story. Now hear Will’s.

Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met.


Where She Went (If I Stay #2) - Gayle Forman

I finally found the edition of this book that I needed (I had to have the matching set!). A what was even better than finally finding it? Finding it at the bargain price of $2.95.

It’s been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future-and each other.

Told from Adam’s point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.


Mystic City (Mystic City #1) - Theo Lawrence

I also picked this one up at the bargain price of $2.95. I will admit I had not heard of the book prior to seeing it on my bargain shop, but I looked it up, and Melissa had given it a decent rating, so I took the plunge into the unknown :)

Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City’s two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents’ sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn’t remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can’t conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself.


The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Souls - Cassandra Clare

I finally got the physical copies of these books (after reading the first 3 on ebook). I needed to get the hardcovers (to match my The Infernal Devices), so I purchased the box-set.

The first five books in the #1 New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series, now available in a collectible hardcover boxed set.

Enter the secret world of the Shadowhunters with this handsomely packaged boxed set that includes City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, and City of Lost Souls. The Mortal Instruments books have more than five million copies in print, and this collectible set of five hardcover volumes is a perfect gift for newcomers to the series and for loyal fans alike.


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?

  • Carmen B. says:

    Wow, you had an amazing week!! Where She Went is amazing :) I cried almost as much as I did with If I Stay ^^”
    I love the sound of Briar Rose! I’ve only read the first of Jana Oliver’s demon trappers series but I loved it, and her writing!
    These Broken Stars sound sreally great, too :)
    I hope you enjoy all your new pretties!

    My StS

    • Kristy says:

      I actually preferred Where She Went - I was able to connect to that one a little better for some reason (I read this on ebook earlier this year). And I cannot wait to read Briar Rose, I like Jana Oliver’s writing.
      Happy reading for your STS!

  • I really enjoyed All The Truth That’s In Me, it’s very different and I received These Broken Stars for review. It sounds impressive. Happy reading.

    • Kristy says:

      I am glad you enjoyed All The Truth That’s In Me - it seems to have a lot of positive feedback, and I cannot wait to start reading it :)
      I hope you enjoy These Broken Stars - it is another one that sounds great

  • I really want to read These Broken Stars, hope it’s as good as it sounds! And I loved Mystic City, hope you do too! Have fun reading!

  • Great haul! I have a couple of these too and can’t wait to read them! Here’s my STS.
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  • So many wonderful books, I have read a few of them & really enjoyed them, especially This Girl, Briar Rose and Mystic City.

    Happy reading. :-)

    Sharon - Obsession with Books

    • Kristy says:

      I admit that I really enjoyed This Girl (on ebook), and I have been looking forward to Briar Rose for some time. Mystic City was a spur of the moment buy, but I don’t think I will regret it :)

  • Krystianna says:

    Great haul! These Broken Stars sounds so amazing. I have a copy too and I can’t wait to read it. Waterfell sounds really good as well. I hope you enjoy all of your books!

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  • Jillyn says:

    Whoa, great stack this week. I need to read the rest of the MI series.
    My STS.

    • Kristy says:

      I must admit, Melissa and I have both had great weeks for books :) I must admit, I stopped after book 3 of TMI, and I will read the other 2 closer to the release of the last book.
      Happy reading for your haul!

  • Cee says:

    Great haul. I need to get my hands on These Broken Stars. I looove the cover and the synopsis is intriguing.

  • Kaitlin says:

    Those are some awesome covers!

    Mel: I hope you like These Broken Stars. A lot of people seemed to have liked that book.

    Kristy: I have yet to read any of the books in the If I Stay series or the Slammed series. I know, I’m seriously missing out. I hope you like those books you got recently!

    My STS:

    • Kristy says:

      Ssshh, don’t let Melissa know you haven’t read the If I Stay series - it might make her cry lol. Gayle Foreman is very good!
      And I might cry about the Slammed series - I love Colleen Hoover (although I did prefer the Hopeless series)
      You also have a great haul! Happy reading!

  • So many great books this week! This Girl is one that I’ve been waiting to buy. I don’t even know why i haven’t gotten a copy yet, but I really need to! Will Cooper is kind of incredible. And then Where She Went! AH. Adam Wilde.

    Looking forward to hearing what you think of it!

    - Tabitha - My StS

    • Kristy says:

      :) I pre-ordered This Girl immediately after reading it as an ebook (I like physical copies).
      And I read Where She Went earlier this year on ebook: but I actually liked this one more than If I Stay - which is rare for me to prefer the sequel.

  • Charlotte says:

    Huhuhu. I can remember all the pains I’ve went through after rejected on These Broken Dreams and Waterfell. Please read it for the both of us.

    Happy reading.

    Thoughts and Pens Stacking the Shelves

  • Love your choices! And I’m a sucker for good covers too! It’s a weakness!

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