Stacking the Shelves #75

Good afternoon! How was your week out there? I hope you all had a great one - Kristy and I are here to share this week’s books that we received and bought!

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:

Dangeous - Shannon Hale

Thank you so much to Bloomsbury Australia for this copy!

Maisie ‘Danger’ Brown needs excitement. When she wins a harmless-sounding competition to go to astronaut boot camp, that’s exactly what she gets . . . But she never imagined it would feature stumbling into a terrifying plot that kills her friends and might just kill her too. Now there’s no going back. Maisie has to live by her middle name if she wants to survive – and she’ll need to be equally courageous to untangle the romance in her life too. A clever, suspenseful thriller-adventure by New York Times bestselling author and master storyteller Shannon Hale.


In Kristy’s mailbox:

Side Effects May Vary - Julie Murphy

Thank you Penguin Australia for a copy of this book! I am really looking forward to reading this!

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?


A Corner Of White (The Colours of Madeleine #1) - Jaclyn Moriarty

Thanks Pan Macmillan Australia for this book!

The first in a rousing, funny, genre-busting trilogy from bestseller Jaclyn Moriarty!

This is a tale of missing persons. Madeleine and her mother have run away from their former life, under mysterious circumstances, and settled in a rainy corner of Cambridge (in our world).

Elliot, on the other hand, is in search of his father, who disappeared on the night his uncle was found dead. The talk in the town of Bonfire (in the Kingdom of Cello) is that Elliot’s dad may have killed his brother and run away with the Physics teacher. But Elliot refuses to believe it. And he is determined to find both his dad and the truth.

As Madeleine and Elliot move closer to unraveling their mysteries, they begin to exchange messages across worlds — through an accidental gap that hasn’t appeared in centuries. But even greater mysteries are unfolding on both sides of the gap: dangerous weather phenomena called “color storms;” a strange fascination with Isaac Newton; the myth of the “Butterfly Child,” whose appearance could end the droughts of Cello; and some unexpected kisses..


Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) - Kristin Cashore

I received this from a friend for my birthday. I am so lucky!

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight - she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po’s friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace - or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away…


Fire (Graceling Realm #2) - Kristin Cashore

And my birthday luck continues!

It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men.

This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she had the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.

Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City, The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there’s more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom.

If only she weren’t afraid of becoming the monster her father was.


Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3) - Kristin Cashore

I am SO spoilt! I got the whole trilogy :)

Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea, still under the influence of her father Leck, a violent psychopath who altered minds. Her advisers want to pardon evildoers and forget everything, but she sees the past holds fast. Two thieves, who only steal what has been stolen, hold the truth and change her life. One, his Grace skill unidentified, has a key to her heart.



Black Orchid (Black Orchid Prestige) - Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean

Another birthday present from another friend! I think she is trying to expand my graphic novel experience beyond Jim Di Bartolo

Collects Black Orchid (1988 1st Series) #1-3. Written by Neil Gaiman. Art and Cover by Dave McKean. After being viciously murdered, Susan Linden is reborn as the Black Orchid, a hybrid of plant and human, destined to avenge her own death. Now, as this demigoddess attempts to reconcile human memory and botanical origins, she must untangle the webs of deception and secrets that led to her death!



That is all from us this week, what did you receive in your mailboxes? Let us know - leave your links in the comments section below!

What do you think?

  • Asti says:

    Eek so many great books! I’ve seen Dangerous a lot lately (that may partially due to my placement at Bloomsbury I just ended) but haven’t read it yet. Hope you enjoy Melissa!

    And Kristy, you have so much amazing goodness there! Out of all of them I’ve only read Graceling, but I do own A Corner of White as well (I think it’s still in the US though, so I won’t be reading it any time soon >.>). You definitely need to read Graceling because Katsa is my pick for today’s Bookish Wars post and you can back me up on how amazing she is! :P And oh yes, any expansion of your graphic novel experience is a good thing. I’m always looking for more :D

    • Kristy says:

      I know, so much amazingness! And I have heard great things about Graceling, but really Asti, asking me to support you in Bookish Wars when you put someone up against a DoSaB character? How could you ask me to against my biggest bookish love? :)

  • I really hope you end up loving all the books that you got this week. I read Side Effects May Vary, but unfortunately it was not my cup of tea. That’s just me though! I’ve been thinking about purchasing Graceling, but I have so many books still untouched on my shelf, so maybe when my tbr goes down I’ll probably buy it.

    • Kristy says:

      Hi Leigh. Once I finish Side Effects May Vary I will have to look at your review (I won’t look at reviews until after I have finished and written my review). I say buy Graceling - lets face it, our TBR piles will never go away, so we may as well fill them up with great books :)

  • Francoise says:

    I really really really want to read Graceling. So many people have told me how great it is and I just love the concept of it!

    • Kristy says:

      I have to admit, so many people have told me to read Graceling, but it was just one of those books that I never purchased. But now I have it, I am excited to read it. I hope you enjoy it when you get to read it!

  • I really want to read Side Effects May Vary. I’ve heard mixed reviews of it but the concept sounds really exciting! Happy reading with your birthday books :)

    • Kristy says:

      Thank you Emily :) Mixed reviews always make for interesting books, I look forward to seeing what everyone else thought of this one (after I have finished it).

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