Stacking the Shelves #67

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. My holidays seem to have gone so fast - I am back at work tomorrow… boo! :( No new books for me this week - Kristy sent me a Christmas present and I was really naughty and opened it before Christmas. haha Kristy actually waited to open hers, and she has a lot in her mailbox this week!

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 Kristy’s mailbox this week:

Teen Spirit - Francesca Lia Block

Thank you to Harper Collins Australia for the advance readers copy of this book! (Due out in February 2014).

After Julie’s grandmother passes away, she is forced to move across town to the not-so-fancy end of Beverly Hills and start over at a new school. The only silver lining to the perpetual dark cloud that seems to be following her? Clark—a die-hard fan of Buffy and all things Joss Whedon, who is just as awkward and damaged as she is. Her kindred spirit.

When the two try to contact Julie’s grandmother with a Ouija board, they make contact with a different spirit altogether. The real kind. And this ghost will do whatever it takes to come back to the world of the living.

Francesca Lia Block’s latest young adult novel is a haunting work about family, loss, love, and redemption.


Shadow Kiss: The Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel #3) - Richelle Mead (Author), Emma Vieceli (Illustrator)

Thank you to Penguin Australia for the copy of this graphic novel.

What if following her heart means Rose could lose her best friend forever?

Rose Hathaway knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa – the last Dragomir princess – must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken…

But since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn’t been feeling right. Something dark has begun to grow in her mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy’s iron gates. And now that Lissa and Rose’s sworn enemy, Victor Dashkov, is on trial for his freedom, tensions in the Moroi world are higher than ever.

Lying to Lissa about Dimitri is one thing, but suddenly there’s way more than friendship at stake. The immortal undead are on the prowl, and they want vengeance for the lives that Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most… but will her choice mean that only one can survive?


Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1) - Susan Dennard

I got this from one of my lovely friends for Christmas :)

The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.


A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly #2) - Susan Dennard

I also got this from the same lovely friend who got me Something Strange and Deadly.

Following an all-out battle with the walking Dead, the Spirit Hunters have fled Philadelphia, leaving Eleanor alone to cope with the devastating aftermath. But there’s more trouble ahead—the evil necromancer Marcus has returned, and his diabolical advances have Eleanor escaping to Paris to seek the help of Joseph, Jie, and the infuriatingly handsome Daniel once again. When she arrives, however, she finds a whole new darkness lurking in this City of Light. As harrowing events unfold, Eleanor is forced to make a deadly decision that will mean life or death for everyone.


Destined (Wings #4) - Aprilynne Pike

I also got this one for Christmas (I already have #2 and #3 of this series, now I just have to get #1 lol).

Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to tuck her hair behind her ear.

He hesitated for an instant, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn’t kiss her, just held her face close to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching.

She hated how much it felt like good-bye.

Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful and deadly of all, and Klea plans to use her to help conquer and destroy Avalon. But Klea’s reach extends far beyond one wild Winter faerie. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares to face what may be Avalon’s final days, in the stunning conclusion to the Wings series.


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine #1) - Ransom Riggs

My wonderful co-blogger Melissa got this for me for Christmas. Although I heard the title before, I didn’t know anything about it… but wow, this one has really got me interested! I cannot wait to read it!

A horrific family tragedy sends Jacob 16 to a remote island off Wales, to the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, where he finds unusual old photographs. The children, one his grandfather, were more than peculiar, perhaps dangerous, quarantined for good reason - and maybe still alive.


Wither (The Chemical Gardens #1) - Lauren De Stefano

Melissa also got me this one for Christmas - I know, I am super spoiled! I think she thought it was about time I read it (and she is probably right - she normally is!)

By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.

When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape-before her time runs out?

Together with one of Linden’s servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?


Losing Hope (Hopeless #2) - Colleen Hoover

This was another Christmas present (I know, I have the most awesome friends). As you may know, I do already own this, but this one is the signed hardback edition! Signed! I love it!

In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.

Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…

Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.


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?

  • Kaitlin says:

    I’ve decided that Hopeless was my favorite book from all the books I read this year. I haven’t read Losing Hope yet, but it’s definitely high up on my wishlist! It must be amazing. :) Enjoy your books and have a happy new year!

    Kaitlin @ Reading is My Treasure

    • Kristy says:

      Hi Kaitlin. Hopeless was also my favourite of 2013, but I really enjoyed Losing Hope as well! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did/
      Happy reading for your haul as well - and happy new year!!

  • Olgia says:

    I really want to know what you think about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I loved that one. :) come see the books I got at:
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  • Something Strange and Deadly and A Darkness Strange and Lovely are both on my TBR list! I have heard good things about them and the covers are gorgeous. :)

    Wither is an awesome book. I’ve read the trilogy and really enjoyed it, as well as Lauren DeStefano’s new book Perfect Ruin (which was even better, I might add).

    Happy reading!

    • Kristy says:

      I agree, the covers for the Something Strange and Deadly series are beautiful! I hope you enjoy them when they reach the top of your TBR list :) I am really looking forward to reading Wither, I have heard such good things abut Lauren DeStefano :)

  • Nice haul.

    The only book from that list that I’ve read is “Miss Peregrine” and I enjoyed it so much that I’ve got the sequel on my Wish List. Nice present choice, Melissa.

    Please feel free to check out my Christmas Haul at

    Enjoy your reads.

    • Kristy says:

      I agree, great choice Melissa! I have just finished reading Miss Peregrine, and I really enjoyed it :)
      Happy reading for your Christmas Haul (Christmas is a great excuse for books and reading isn’t it)

  • Cool haul. I love the something strange and deadly series. Hope you enjoy it too :)

    Happy New Year!

    My Book Haul

    • Kristy says:

      Happy New Year Shane! I am looking forward to reading the Something Strange & Deadly series, I have heard nothing but good things about it. Happy reading for your haul!

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is absolutely amazing and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. :) The Something Strange & Deadly series is very high up on my TBR list, I’ll be waiting for your thoughts on it.

    • Kristy says:

      Hi Antara. I have just finished Miss Peregrine, and I really enjoyed it! (review to come soon). I am also looking forward to reading the Something Strange & Deadly series, I will post my review for those when I do read them - but you may get to read them first :) Either way, I hope you enjoy them!

  • Kathy Martin says:

    Such a nice assortment of books. Miss Peregrine has been sitting on my TBR mountain since publication. I just haven’t had a chance to grab it yet. Come see what I got at Ms. Martin Teaches Media and Inside of a Dog. Happy reading and happy new year!

    • Kristy says:

      Hi Kathy! I am very lucky to have such an amazing haul :) I have just finished Miss Peregrine (review to come soon). Happy reading to you as well! And happy new year! :)

  • I’ve been thinking a lot about buying Something Strange and Deadly. The only thing that’s keeping me from buying it is that it’s a ya historical book. I’m not a fan of those, but then I found out there are zombies involved? I just really hope I end up liking it if I DO buy it. Great haul!

    • Kristy says:

      Hi Leigh. Funnily enough, for me, it would have the zombie part that would make me reconsider and the historical part that would make me buy it :) I like historical books, if they are done correctly (so many are not). But all in all, I am excited to read this series - I hope you enjoy it if/when you do get them :)

  • Thao Nguyen says:

    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was an eery book, but this is comming from someone who had a hard time watching harry potter because of voldemort. :|

    Wither (The Chemical Gardens #1) – Lauren De Stefano Is now on my to read list :) Thanks!

    • Kristy says:

      I have just finished Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and I agree, it was eery - but I loved that. And your Voldemort aversion is understandable :)
      I hope you enjoy Wither - it one I am certainly looking forward to reading!

  • I’ve heard amazing things about Miss Peregrine’s, am thinking of picking that one up myself. I loved Colleen Hoovers Slammed series and I’m excited to read the Hopeless series. The covers for the Something Strange and Deadly series are gorgeous. I hope you enjoy all of your books! :) My STS.

    • Kristy says:

      I have just finished Miss Peregrines (my review to come soon) and I recommend picking it up! I also highly recommend the Hopeless series to those who like emotionally charged books. And I agree, the covers for the Something Strange and Deadly series are beautiful! All in all, I am very lucky to have such amazing friends who got me all these wonderful books :) I hope you enjoy them when you get to read them!

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