Stacking the Shelves #3 and Thoughts on Recent Drama

Posted June 2, 2012 by Kara in Stacking the Shelves / 37 Comments

This is Stacking the Shelves #3. This meme is hosted by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. There will be no vlog or photo this week because every book I have to talk about is either an e-book I purchased, or an e-ARC I got for review.
 I’m also not in a really chatty mood because I’m pissed off about what happened to a blogger friend of mine and since it happened on Wednesday, I have been ready to punch a wall. I have not yet decided whether or not this will affect my reviewing/blogging process, but I have already kind of decided to be much pickier about what books I accept for review. I now only work with authors that I have worked with before and/or know are stable and cool about book reviews. That is unless it is a traditionally published book. 
I hate to do this because I love indie and self-published authors, but I have seen too much drama lately and it is a decision I did not make lightly. I’m not saying I am doing this forever, but until things calm down, I need to be careful and keep my stress level down. I’m not going to take a risk and review a book I don’t like, only to have the author lose their shit and post my personal info or troll my blog. It’s just not worth it.
 I’ve already reduced the books I accept for review by A LOT and this also includes traditionally published books. I am TOTALLY aware that some traditionally published authors started drama as well, but most of it comes from self-published authors trolling negative reviews. It just does. And no reviewer deserves to be criticized or harassed for giving their honest opinion on a book. Wendy is my friend. And so were many other of the reviewers that were attacked on Goodreads and on their blogs. What happened is not okay. It will never be okay. And if it EVER happens to me, you can be assured that I will call that author out and not be intimidated. They will rue the day they ever screwed with me. Until then, I will continue to support my fellow reviewers. 

I also love authors. I work with authors on a daily basis. I run a successful editing business. The authors I work with would NEVER think of pulling the crap that has gone on lately. Most of them are just as disgusted as I am. So before you say I am an author hater, think about that. I’m just against bullying. Period.

I’ve said what I needed to say, so onto the books.


I was gifted a copy of On the Island by Tracy Garvis-Graves by Andrea at The Bookish Babe. She loves this book so much and she offered to gift me a copy, so I took it! DUH. Thanks, Andrea! <3


There were a couple of awesome Kindle deals that went on over the last few weeks and I took advantage of that. I bought books 1 and 2 of the Experiment in Terror series by Karina Halle. They are still free on Amazon if you want to add them to your collection. I’ve heard great things about this series and am looking forward to reading it. Plus, the author is someone I am glad to call a friend. 
I also bought Soulless (Book #1 of the Parasol Protectorate Series) by Gail Carriger, Pure (Book #2 of the Covenant Series) by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Ship Breaker (Book #1 of the Ship Breaker Series) by Paolo Bacigalupi. They were all at great prices on Amazon, so I went for it. 
For Review:

For review I only got two books this week. I got an E-ARC of Dearly, Beloved (Book #2 of the Gone With the Respiration Series) by Lia Habel from NetGalley. I owe thanks for that to the publisher, Del Rey Books. I also got an E-ARC of Exhale (Book #2 of the Just Breathe Trilogy) by Kendall Grey. Thanks, Kendall!
That’s it for me this week. Leave me a comment and I will come visit your posts! Until next week, happy reading! 

37 responses to “Stacking the Shelves #3 and Thoughts on Recent Drama

  1. I have no idea what went down with the reviewer and/or author in question, but it makes me sad to hear that ANY author (especially a self-pubbed one) would be rude to a reviewer. No, we authors don’t always like what reviewers have to say, but everyone is entitled to her opinion. If an author asks a reviewer to take hours of their time to read and review a book, they shouldn’t cause a public ruckus when they get a rating they don’t like. Bitch about it *in private* to your husband, and move on. There’s no point getting upset when there’s NOTHING you can do about it. You’re not going to change a reader’s mind, and attempting to do so will only aggravate the situation further. Reviewing is a delicate process. Once you let your book out into the world, it’s no longer yours. *Expect* people to beat it down, no matter how good it is. There will ALWAYS be someone who doesn’t like it. Suck it up, deal, move on!

    PS – thanks for including EXHALE on your blog this week! YAY! šŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Kendall! I’m currently reading Exhale, and it’s GREAT so far! I agree with everything you said. I get why authors get upset when it comes to reviews of their book. This woman just went above and beyond what was appropriate. I sent you a link earlier today, and I think that covered what went down pretty well. <3

  2. That was a wonderfully said introduction! I read Wendy’s post, and I thought it was awful how so many people went and started egging HER instead of the agent because she just wrote a review and then responded extremely well to it.

    Soulless is on my TBR, and great books from NetGalley! I still have to read the first in both those series but they sound so good and I hope you enjoy! šŸ™‚

    Check out my Stacking the Shelves!

    • Thanks, Eileen. It sucks that this is going on, but regardless, I stick by my friends.

      Dearly, Departed is one of my favorite YA reads of all time. I hope you enjoy it when you get around to it.

  3. Not sure about the situation, sorry to hear about that. I’ve been blessed with making special friendships with many friendly Indie authors.

    Hope you enjoy the books- I REALLY need to read Jennifer Armentrout’s other series. I have already swooned over the Lux series.

    • Well so have I, Loony. But there are rotten apples in every bunch, and this particular author is ruining it for everyone.

      Definitely read all of Jennifer’s books. I haven’t started the Lux series yet, but I will when I get a chance.

  4. Ag, I know. All this drama lately, it’s getting way out of control, people need to stop and THINK before they act, especially on the internet where people will call them out on this crap.

    Anyhoo! I have heard so so much about The Island, I bought the Kindle version months ago but haven’t read it, thanks for reminding me about it šŸ˜‰

    • Me too. I’m just so sick of the drama and having to defend bloggers. I will never STOP defending my friends, I just wish I didn’t have to in the first place.

      If you get to The Island before me, let me know if you like it! Can’t wait to find out!

  5. Amen re: your commentary on drama. I think I’ll be making a post on it pretty soon, too. And tbh I liked the Soulless manga more than the first book. /facepalm I need to read the rest of the books, but yeah. Enjoy your books this week because they are awesome (and you are too)!

    My StS this week!

  6. I agree with what you said. It’s extremely unprofessional (to say the least) for an author to bully his or her readers. If someone takes the time to read your work, you should be grateful, regardless of whether or not they liked it. That’s what happens when you put a work of art out there, people analyze it and sometimes tear it apart. If you can’t handle that, then don’t get in the business. It’s appalling to me what these authors (and their agents) do. What is even more shocking is that people still buy their books after this horrible behavior. If everyone would stop patronizing entitled brats, then maybe the behavior would stop.

    ANYWAY, I love Pure! Great shelf this week!

    My StS

    • I agree with everything you said. Good point about the purchasing of their books though. The second an author picks on one of my friends, I refuse to read their work. I know a lot of people are able to dissociate the work from its author, but I can’t do that. I don’t know HOW they do that. Thank you for stopping by!

  7. I’m not even gonna start on what happened to Wendy because it just pisses me off and I’m in a happy mood! šŸ™‚ So great haul, chicky! I also hope Dearly, Beloved doesn’t disappoint. I have Dark House to read as well I’ve heard really good things! And Ship Breaker has been on my wishlist for always!!! Lemme know how you like it!

  8. Nice book haul! I’m laughing b/c I just shoved On the Island in my mom’s face tonight and told her to read it! I can’t wait to see what you think of Karina’s books. I am dying to start Exhale. Soon!

    Enjoy, doll!

  9. Amy

    Ohhh On The Island is so good!! I loved it too!! I actually joined the blog tour because Andrea mentioned it to me and I am so glad that I did. It’s not a book I would have picked up on my own and it is now one of my favorites. I won the whole Experiment in terror series a few weeks back and I really need to make time to start the first book at least. I am hoping I get approved for Dearly, Beloved on NetGalley. SQUEE!! Exhale was fantastic!! I wanted to throw my nook at a certain part, but I still loved it. Kendall is an evil genious. Now I am totally pining for Just Breathe.

  10. Hey i’m a new follower :).

    That’s a great haul ! You got a lot of good books this week :). I bought Soulless last year I really need to start this series I heard amazing things about it !

    I hope you’ll like all these books and Happy reading šŸ™‚ bonne lecture (i’m french ^^).

  11. Kara, I completely understand where you’re coming from, in regard to being more picky about what authors you work with and what books you accept. I’ve started becoming more picky, too, and I know it will be a good thing (for me) in the long run.

    Your book haul this week is pretty impressive šŸ™‚ Soulless looks great, and Exhale reminded me that I really need to read Inhale. I just love the covers for these books!

    Hope you enjoy all your lovelies! <3

  12. Kara, I totally understand why you would be hesitant in accepting review copies.
    I was honestly disgusted by what the author did. I was even more disgusted to see people actually supporting her. -_-
    Well, the author probably didn’t help her career as a writer after what she did.
    Anyways, I love the sound of On The Island ! Oh and you’re so lucky you got a copy of Exhale ! šŸ™‚
    I can’t wait to read it soon šŸ™‚

  13. Honestly, that was one of the most grotty things I’ve ever seen. If someone did something like that in their workplace because they didn’t agree with someones opinion they would be fired so fast the door wouldn’t hit their arse on the way out. GRRRRRR!!

    But onto nicer things – great books this week! I want to read Soulless asap, but I keep getting distracted! Off to stalk NetGalley now!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Kat. You are completely right. Behavior like this would not be accepted if it was committed in the workplace. So why is it okay on the internet?

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