Stacking the Shelves #104


Hi everyone! It has been a another crazy week for me, and sadly I haven’t been able to do many posts. I hope to be back on track soon. I have received a bit of bookish mail this week, so I get to tell you which books I have added to my shelves recently.

Stacking the Shelves is what we have added to our bookshelves in couple of weeks. 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:

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir

I won a copy of this book thanks to the Shaheen at Speculating on SpecFic and the amazing HarperVoyager Australia!

Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told. LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution. ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier- and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor. When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself. Vow your blood and body to the empire. Keep your heart for yourself.


Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy

Thank you to the wonderful Simon & Schuster team for sending me a copy of this book! A story told in lists? How intriguing!!!

A heartfelt, humorous story of a teen boy’s impulsive road trip after the shock of his lifetime—told entirely in lists!

Darren hasn’t had an easy year.

There was his parents’ divorce, which just so happened to come at the same time his older brother Nate left for college and his longtime best friend moved away. And of course there’s the whole not having a girlfriend thing.

Then one Thursday morning Darren’s dad shows up at his house at 6 a.m. with a glazed chocolate doughnut and a revelation that turns Darren’s world inside out. In full freakout mode, Darren, in a totally un-Darren move, ditches school to go visit Nate. Barely twenty-four hours at Nate’s school makes everything much better or much worse—Darren has no idea. It might somehow be both. All he knows for sure is that in addition to trying to figure out why none of his family members are who they used to be, he’s now obsessed with a strangely amazing girl who showed up out of nowhere but then totally disappeared.

Told entirely in lists, Todd Hasak-Lowy’s debut YA novel perfectly captures why having anything to do with anyone, including yourself, is:

1. painful
2. unavoidable
3. ridiculously complicated
4. possibly, hopefully the right thing after all.


The Potion Diaries (Potion, #1) by Amy Alward

I also received this book from Simon & Schuster. Thank you :)

When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in love with her own reflection. Oops. A nationwide hunt is called to find the cure, with competitors travelling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn.

Enter Samantha Kemi - an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Sam’s family were once the most respected alchemists in the kingdom, but they’ve fallen on hard times, and winning the hunt would save their reputation. But can Sam really compete with the dazzling powers of the ZoroAster megapharma company? Just how close is Sam willing to get to Zain Aster, her dashing former classmate and enemy, in the meantime?

And just to add to the pressure, this quest is ALL OVER social media. And the world news.

No big deal, then.


This week was exceptionally good for swag too! I got two lots of books marks that are worth talking about!!
Firstly my A Court of Thorns and Roses preorder goodies arrived! This was a promotion from Bloomsbury (in the US, UK and Australia), and a preorder meant that you received a temporary tattoo and bookmark. Now, let me tell you, this bookmark is beautiful! It is metal, and shimmery, and absolutely awesome!

My preorder goodies arrived!! I am in love! Thank you @bloomsburypublishing!! #acotar

A photo posted by Kristy (Book Nerd Reviews) (@kristy_book_nerd) on

And I also received some signed bookmarks, and a lovely note, from the ever so wonderful Gabrielle Tozer!!!!

That is all from me this week. What did you receive in your mailboxes? Let me know - leave your links in the comments section below!

What do you think?

  • Ooh congratson winning An Ember in the Ashes! I CAN’T WAIT TO TRY THAT BOOK. Although I think I’m going to be unpatriotic and buy the US cover because it’s just so epic. xD heeh. I got The Poison Diaries too, but I wasn’t so much of a fan. >.> Me Being Me is quite interesting though! Hope you like it! ^-^
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    • Kristy says:

      Don’t tell anyone, but I have been known to get a hardcover from time to time. Some of them are just too pretty to resist (especially when they are shimmery and shiny and stuff lol)

  • Congrats on winning An Ember in the Ashes Kristy! Those are some really pretty pre-order bonuses. It seems like most of us got sent a lucky package from Simon and Schuster this week.
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    • Kristy says:

      I love pre-order swag! Well any swag really :) Do you think we should start begging for more swag? lol.
      I was excited when they released they were also having a pre-order promo for Queen of Shadows

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