Stacking the Shelves #69

Good evening! I hope you’ve all had a great week! Kristy and I were really spoiled with ARC’s this week, and I received a pre-order as well! :)

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:

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine #2) - Ransom Riggs

I pre-ordered this from The Book Depository.

The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London the peculiar capital of the world. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reacting experience.



Doomed - Tracy Deebs

Thank you Bloomsbury Australia for this copy!

Beat the game. Save the world.

Pandora’s an average teen, glued to her cell phone and laptop, until the day her long-lost father sends her a link to a mysterious site featuring photos of her as a child. Curious, Pandora enters the site, unwittingly unleashing a global computer virus that plunges the whole world into panic: suddenly, there’s no Internet. No cell phones. No traffic lights, hospitals or law enforcement. Only Pandora’s Box, a virtual-reality game created by Pandora’s father, remains up and running. Together with her neighbors, gorgeous stepbrothers Eli and Theo, Pandora must follow the photographs from her childhood in an attempt to beat the game and track down her father—and rescue the world. Part The Matrix, part retelling of the Pandora myth, Doomed has something for gaming fans, dystopian fans, and romance fans alike.


In both Mel and Kristy’s mailbox this week:

When Mr Dog Bites - Brian Conaghan

Thank you Bloomsbury for this copy!

Dylan Mint has Tourette’s. His life is a constant battle to keep the bad stuff in - the swearing, the tics, the howling dog that seems to escape whenever he gets stressed … But a routine visit to the hospital changes everything. Overhearing a hushed conversation between the doctor and his mother, Dylan discovers that he’s going to die next March.

So he decides to grant himself three parting wishes, or ‘Cool Things To Do Before I Cack It’. Number one on the list is to have ‘real’ intercourse with his stunning and aloof classmate Michelle Malloy. Secondly, Dylan pledges to ‘fight heaven and earth, tooth and nail, dungeons and dragons’ so that his best friend Amir can find a new ‘best bud’. And finally he has to get his dad back from the war so that mum can stop crying so much.

It’s not a long list, but it’s ambitious, and he doesn’t have much time. But as Dylan sets out to make his wishes come true, he discovers that nothing - and no-one - is quite as he had previously supposed.

Afterworld - Lynnette Lounsbury

We received this book from Allen & Unwin - thank you for this copy.

Dom is the youngest person ever to arrive in the Necropolis, the ‘waiting place’ between death and what comes after. And it isn’t long before he catches the attention of Satarial, a cruel Nephilim from the beginning of time, who has grim plans to use Dom as entertainment in his vicious gladiatorial games. When Dom’s still-living sister, Kaide, appears in the Necropolis too, Satarial has the leverage he needs, and the stage is set for the biggest shake-up the afterlife has seen in centuries.

Dom’s only option is to compete in the Trials and attempt to win the chance to enter the Maze. In his favour he has an enigmatic young Guide, Eva, and a Guardian, Eduardo, who may not be what he seems. But will they be enough?


Death of a Saint (Mall Rats #2) - Lily Herne

Thanks to Allen & Unwin for a copy this as well.

Secrets. Everyone has them. But what if your secret is something so unthinkable that you can’t even admit it to yourself? Lily Herne returns with Death of a Saint , the next instalment in the Mall Rats series.

Exiled from the city enclave for crimes against the Resurrectionist State, teen rebels Lele, Ginger, Ash and Saint — aka the Mall Rats — are hiding out in the Deadlands, a once-prosperous area now swarming with the living dead. With the sinister Guardians breathing down their necks, the Mall Rats face a stark choice: return to the enclave and try to evade capture or leave Cape Town in search of other survivors. But what if the rest of South Africa is nothing but a zombie-infested wasteland? Will they be able to survive on the road if all they have is each other, or will their secrets tear them apart?

After all, only Lele knows the shocking truth as to why the dead leave the Mall Rats unscathed — knowledge that she can’t bring herself to share. And she’s not the only Mall Rat harbouring a dangerous secret…


In Kristy’s mailbox this week:

Side Effects May Vary - Julie Murphy

I received the eARC of this book from HarperCollins via Edelweiss. This is another title I am very excited to read!

What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.

Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?


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?

  • Afterworld LOOKS SUPER AWESOME! *adds to Goodreads*. I also have Side Effects May Vary and I can’t wait to read it. :D I still need to read Miss Peregrine’s. Heard so many awesome things about that book (especially from JesseTheReader).

    • Kristy says:

      I agree, Afterworld does look great! Side Effects May Vary also looks amazing - I hope you enjoy them both! I have just read Miss Peregrine (but I have yet to order the sequel) and I really enjoyed it (review coming soon), it was very unique!

    • Kristy says:

      I agree, Afterworld does look great! Side Effects May Vary also looks amazing - I hope you enjoy them both! I have just read Miss Peregrine (but I have yet to order the sequel) and I really enjoyed it (review coming soon), it was very unique!

  • I got Doomed this week, too! I am currently 50% through it, and really liking it. As soon as I opened my package from Bloomsbury, I was uber excited because I thought it looked so unique! And so far, it has been. :D

  • Oooh I’m really excited about Side Effects May Vary, it looks really good but I’m trying to stay off the e-ARCs for now! I got Doomed as well, wonder what it will be like. Enjoy all of your reads girls!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    • Kristy says:

      Hi Jeann. I am also trying to stay away from e-ARCs at the moment (I have a lot of books to get through before March/April when a lot more come out I really want to read), but I requested Side Effects May Vary a long time ago, and I had assumed that I wasn’t going to be approved (but it does look great).
      Thanks for stopping by, and happy reading to you too!

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