Stacking the Shelves #53

Morning! Have you had a good week? I’ve had a huge week - I started my new role at work and I can say I’m learning so much, but it’s exhausting learning so much! haha I definitely made the right decision going for the job.. it’s going to be awesome!

I actually had a huge week in books this week. Kristy had a quiet week but still received 1 ARC (I have a feeling next week Kristy is going to have a huge week and I’ll have a quiet week after this one. Usually that’s how it goes!)

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In Mel’s Mailbox this week:

Into The Still Blue (Under The Never Skye #3) - Veronica Rossi

I completely fan girled when I received this ARC from Harper Collins this week. I love this series, and I am looking forward to what I hope is an epic conclusion. This one is out on January 28th, so keep you eyes peeled for a review closer to this date.

Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it’s time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.

Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won’t even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

In this final book in her stunning Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.


Through The Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles #2) - Gena Showalter

I received this ARC from Harlequin Teen and I am so excited about this book. I absolutely loved Alice in Zombieland and I’ve been anticipating this second book ever since I read the first. So big thank you to the lovely folks at Harlequin Teen Australia. This one comes out on October 1st, so I’ll be reading it SOON!

Inspired by the childhood classic Alice in Wonderland, this harrowing and romantic story features teen zombie slayer Alice Bell who has lost so much—family, friends, her home. After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things. The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more—including her boyfriend, Cole—than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all.


The Last Girl - Michael Adams

Thank you to Allen & Unwin Australia for this ARC not out until October 1st. Keep your eyes peeled because Book Nerd Reviews will be interviewing Michael Adams in the near future and we will talk about The Last Girl!

The end of the world happened quickly. The sun still shone, there was no explosion - just a tsunami-sized wave of human thought drowning the world in telepathic noise as everyone’s inner-most secrets became audible. Everyone’s thoughts, that is, except sixteen-year-old Danby.

The end of the world happens in the blink of an eye.

When The Snap sweeps the globe, everyone can instantly hear everything that everyone else is thinking. As secrets and lies are laid bare, suburbs and cities explode into insanity and violence. What might have been an evolutionary leap instead initiates the apocalypse.

Sixteen-year-old Danby Armstrong’s telepathy works very differently. She can tune into other people but they can’t tune into her. With only this slender defence, Danby must protect her little brother and reach the safety of her mother’s mountain retreat. But it’s 100 kilometres away and the highways are blocked by thousands of cars and surrounded by millions of people coming apart at the psychic seams.

Danby’s escape is made even more dangerous by another cataclysm that threatens humanity’s extinction. And her ability to survive this new world will be tested by a charismatic young man whose power to save lives may be worse than death itself.


Death Sworn (Death Sworn #1) - Leah Cypress

I received this ARC from Greenwillow Books, thank you very much for this copy - this book is due out for release on March 4th. I absolutely love the synopsis of this book!

When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances.

But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose… and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins… and possibly the entire world.


Salvage - Alexandra Duncan

I received this book from Greenwillow Books, thank you again. Salvage is due out for release on April 1st and I’ve heard some really good things about it so far.

Ava is the captain’s daughter. This allows her limited freedoms and a certain status in the Parastrata’s rigid society-but it doesn’t mean she can read or write or even withstand the forces of gravity.

When Ava learns she is to be traded in marriage to another merchant ship, she hopes for the best. After all, she is the captain’s daughter. Betrayal, banishment, and a brush with love and death are her destiny instead, and Ava stows away on a mail sloop bound for Earth in order to escape both her past and her future. The gravity almost kills her. Gradually recuperating in a stranger’s floating cabin on the Gyre, a huge mass of scrap and garbage in the Pacific Ocean, Ava begins to learn the true meaning of family and home and trust-and she begins to nourish her own strength and soul.

This sweeping and harrowing novel explores themes of choice, agency, rebellion, and family and, after a tidal wave destroys the Gyre and all those who live there, ultimately sends its main character on a thrilling journey to Mumbai, the beating heart of Alexandra Duncan’s post-climate change Earth.


Brooklyn Girls - Gemma Burgess

Thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me this copy for review.

Pia is living the dream: fresh out of college and sharing a house in Brooklyn with her best friends. So why is everything so complicated?

A drunken indiscretion has led to the loss of her boring office job, while her love life is a dizzy mess of accidental hook-ups and heartbreak…

Her parents don’t trust her and, if she doesn’t sort her life out soon, they’re going to make her move back in with them…

But all that’s nothing compared to the kind of trouble she’s about to face.

At least she can rely on her friends - Coco, Angie, Julia and Madeleine. But how much can she really expect them to put up with?


Wanderers (Wasteland #2) - Susan Kim

I received this book from Harper Teen, thank you very much for this copy. This one is not out until March 25th, and since I haven’t yet read Wasteland (but I want too) that gives me a little bit of time to go out and buy a copy and then I’ll review both of them closer to March. It looks great!

The former citizens of Prin are running out of time. The Source has been destroyed, so food is scarcer than ever. Tensions are rising…and then an earthquake hits.

So Esther and Caleb hit the road, leading a ragtag caravan. Their destination? A mythical city where they hope to find food and shelter-not to mention a way to make it past age nineteen.

On the way, alliances and romances blossom and fracture. Esther must rally to take charge with the help of a blind guide, Aras. He seems unbelievably cruel, but not everything is as it seems in the Wasteland.…

In this sequel to Wasteland, the stakes are even higher for Esther, Caleb, and the rest of their clan. They’re pinning all their hopes on the road…but what if it’s the most dangerous place of all?


Battle Magic (Circle Reforged #3) - Tamora Piece

Thank you to Scholastic Australia for this copy. This looks like a GREAT book. It seems like it’s a part of a bigger series that Tamora Piece has written. I haven’t read any of her other books, but I am thinking I should after looking at how enthusiastic and hardcore her fans are. That being said, does anyone know if this can be read stand alone? Hmm.

On their way to the first Circle temple in Gyongxi, mages Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy pay a visit to the emperor’s summer palace. Although treated like royalty when they first arrive, the mages soon discover that the emperor plans to invade Gyongxi, posing a fatal threat to the home temple of the Living Circle religion. Accompanied by one of the emperor’s prize captives, the three mages rush to Gyongxi to warn its citizens of the impending attack. With the imperials hot on their trail, Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy must quickly help the country prepare for battle. But even with the help of new allies, will their combined forces be enough to fight the imperial army and win the war?


In Kristy’s Mailbox this week:

Made of Stars - Kelley York

Kristy received this book from Netgalley - it’s due out for release on October 1st! Looks like a great read.

When eighteen-year-old Hunter Jackson and his half sister, Ashlin, return to their dad’s for the first winter in years, they expect everything to be just like the warmer months they’d spent there as kids. And it is—at first. But Chance, the charismatic and adventurous boy who made their summers epic, is harboring deep secrets. Secrets that are quickly spiraling into something else entirely.

The reason they’ve never met Chance’s parents or seen his home is becoming clearer. And what the siblings used to think of as Chance’s quirks—the outrageous stories, his clinginess, his dangerous impulsiveness—are now warning signs that something is seriously off.

Then Chance’s mom turns up with a bullet to the head, and all eyes shift to Chance and his dad. Hunter and Ashlin know Chance is innocent…they just have to prove it. But how can they protect the boy they both love when they can’t trust a word Chance says?

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?

  • Karla says:

    Some of these covers are absolutely gorgeous! I hope you enjoy Into the Still Blue (so jealous right now) and all of your other books as well. Happy reading!

    My STS is here.

  • OMG OMG OMG! Have fun reading Into the Still Blue, I’m sooo jealous of you, Melissa, I hope you’ll like the book. Brooklyn Girls seems like a fun one too <3

  • Looks like you’ve got a great selection of books this week. Book envy!! Happy Reading :-)

  • Sophie Hedley says:

    The Last Girl sounds so good and I love the cover of Death Sworn! Here’s my STS

  • Deathsworn looks really, really good! :) Happy reading.


  • Awesome selection of books, especially Still Blue and Zombie Glass. Looking forward to reading your thoughts! Enjoy!

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