Stacking the Shelves #54

Hi hi, how’s everyone doing this week? Kristy and I had a pretty decent week with books! We both received a surprise package from Simon & Schuster this week with 5 books in a package each, so we were pretty spoiled! As I predicted last week, apart from this I had a quiet week - and Kristy picked up a couple of new books!

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In both of our mailboxes this week:

Thank you very much to Simon & Schuster Australia for this package of books this week!

Unbreakable (Legion #1) - Kami Garcia

Kennedy Waters didn’t believe in ghosts, until one tried to kill her.

When Kennedy finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that evil forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into her house and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon - a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon - battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.


Severed Heads, Broken Hearts - Robyn Schneider

Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: In one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his career as a jock, and his social life.

No longer a front-runner for homecoming king, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met— achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent, and determined to bring Ezra along on her endless adventures.

Together, Ezra and Cassidy discover flash mobs, buried treasure, secret movie screenings, and a poodle that might just be the reincarnation of Jay Gatsby. But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: If one’s singular tragedy has already hit and everything after it has mattered quite a bit, what happens when more misfortune strikes?


The Lord Of Opium (Matteo Alacran #2) - Nancy Farmer

As the teenage ruler of his own country, Matt must cope with clones and cartels in this riveting sequel to the modern classic House of the Scorpion. Matt has always been nothing but a clone—grown from a strip of old El Patron’s skin. Now, at age fourteen, he finds himself suddenly thrust into the position of ruling over his own country. The Land of Opium is the largest territory of the Dope Confederacy, which ranges on the map like an intestine from the ruins of San Diego to the ruins of Matamoros. But while Opium thrives, the rest of the world has been devastated by ecological disaster—and hidden in Opium is the cure.

And that isn’t all that awaits within the depths of Opium. Matt is haunted by the ubiquitous army of eejits, zombielike workers harnessed to the old El Patron’s sinister system of drug growing—people stripped of the very qualities that once made them human.

Matt wants to use his newfound power to help, to stop the suffering, but he can’t even find a way to smuggle his childhood love, Maria, across the border and into Opium. Instead, his every move hits a roadblock, some from the enemies that surround him…and some from a voice within himself. For who is Matt really, but the clone of an evil, murderous dictator?


Torn (Torn #1) - K.A. Robinson

Chloe hasn’t had the best life. With a mother who is gone more often than not, she has had to raise herself. After graduating high school, she leaves to start a new life away at West Virginia University with her best friends Amber and Logan, determined to leave her demons in the past.

On her first day, she meets a stranger who takes her breath away at first sight. Until she met Drake, no one had ever sparked her interest. Now this tattooed and pierced bad boy is all she can think about, no matter how hard she fights it.

Falling for Drake was never part of her plans, but when it happens, things seem to do anything but fall into place.

Dealing with a tragic past, Drake has never cared about anyone else but himself and his band. But when Chloe takes the empty seat next to him in class, things start to change. Instantly drawn to her, he begins to wonder if one girl can take a cold hearted womanizer and change every part of him?

Long hidden feelings are revealed and friendships tested to the brink.


Real - Katy Evans (Mature Readers only - not YA.)

A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
A competition…

He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting…

Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met in my life.

He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong–but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents . . .

But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me. I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations. If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?


In Kristy’s Mailbox this week:

The Chaos of Stars - Kiersten White

I was fortunate enough to read an e-arc of this book a while ago (my review is here), but naturally I had to get a copy of this for my bookshelf. This arrived today, and it is so pretty!

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.

Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.


The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) - Maggie Stiefvater

This book has arrived with perfect timing, as I am going to start The Raven Boys this weekend, and that means I can go onto the second straight away :) And this book is so pretty too! Maggie Stiefvater books always have beautiful covers, and this one is no exception.

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…


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?

  • That cover for Unbreakable is awesome! The Chaos of Stars also sounds really good. Enjoy all your books :)

  • Amazing haul. Severed Heads, Broken Hearts looks so good. I hope you both enjoy your books this week :-)

  • Awesome list of books. The Dream Theives looks amazing. Come visit me as well.

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  • Sheri says:

    The Chaos of Stars sounds fabulous. Thanks for sharing!~Sheri

  • I really want to read Unbreakable and The Chaos of Stars, they both sound so good. And I got The Dream Thieves this week too! Have fun reading!

  • Siiri says:

    I hear that Real is a pretty good NA novel, but I just dislike the cover so much that I won’t read it. Yes, I’m that shallow *rolls eyes* that’s the first occasion that it’s happened though. I don’t know.. something about that cover is just disturbing for me. *shudders* I hope you guys like all of your books though and yay for The Driem Thieves! My copy should arrive sometime next week and I can’t wait to dig in. Happy reading, girls and have a wonderful weekend!

  • Kaitlin says:

    I also got The Chaos of Stars! I haven’t heard a lot of great things about it, but it does seem like it would be one I would like. I’m looking forward to reading The Dream Thieves and Torn. :)

    Enjoy the books!

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  • Cee says:

    It’s so strange to me that the US version of Robyn Schneider’s “Severed Heads, Broken Hearts has a different title. Nonetheless, I do enjoy it despite not really understanding how it relates to the story. :P I’m going to start The Raven Boys too! I wait anxiously for my copy to arrive. ;D

  • I haven’t read any of the books you got yet, but I’ve been hearing about Torn lately. I hope you enjoy all your books :)
    Stacking the Shelves
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  • Jenna says:

    I read Severed Heads Broken Hearts last week and it was SO good! The ending is a bit bittersweet but definitely a great read!

    Also I keep seeing The Lord of Opium everywhere! I’m gonna have to check that one out!

    Great Haul!

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