Stacking the Shelves #16

Posted November 10, 2012 by Kara in Stacking the Shelves / 44 Comments

Welcome to Stacking the Shelves. Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. This is where we showcase books we have received or bought during the week.

This week I got some books for review and screwed up on requesting one so I had to make a purchase even though I had no intention of buying any books this week. Just teaches you to do your research before you hit that button. I accidentally requested book two of a series and didn’t know it and now I need to read book one so I can review book two. I was hoping I would be declined, but alas, no.

Anyway, so this is what I got this week and a couple of them I am really excited about.



Why: Because I am an idiot and requested the book’s sequel, The Water Witch, without checking to see if it was a sequel. It’s my own fault. I got approved so now I have to read this one before I read book two. That will teach me to double check in the future before I hit that button. It’s got some pretty decent reviews though so I am okay with this!
For Review: 


Why: Now this is the book I requested. The blurb is awesome. I only hope I like book two enough to get to this one. Also, the cover. That cover is gorgeous.
Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield
Why: Is this a standalone? Because if it is? WOOOOOOT. How often does that happen? This book sounds awesome. I was so lucky to have my request approved. Also, since everyone is guessing about what she is holding in her hand, here’s mine: it’s a freaking rock. The end.
The Paradise Guest House by Ellen Sussman
Why: Another book to Bali? I am there. What did I tell you about books set anywhere in Asian countries? Also, I have read this author before. And I loved the book I read. This was a must request for me. 
Also Known As by Robin Benway
Why: I loved Audrey, Wait. So I know I like this author’s writing style. I was a little iffy about the blurb but the author was enough to make me request it. I am always on the lookout for a contemporary novel I will enjoy. 
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Why: I think this one is a contemporary, but I am not sure. Either way, the blurb is mysterious and I feel like there is going to be a lot of creep factor with this one. I wanted to read it as soon as I saw it on someone’s blog. Good news? It’s fairly short. Everything seems to be over 300 pages lately. Not this one!
So that’s it for me this week. I got some really good ones. I also think I have filled my review request quota for the month. I requested a lot of books in the last couple of weeks and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that anymore. I don’t want it to get out of hand and I want to be able to read my own books, so I am going to try and curb it now before it gets crazy again. I still don’t know how I read all those books and got my reviews in on time. IT. WAS. STRESSFUL. What did you add to your shelves this week?

44 responses to “Stacking the Shelves #16

  1. Sam

    I’m trying really hard (at pretty much failing at it) to limit the number of books I request/accept for review. And when they have premises as intriguing as Chantress? It’s a tough job. 😉 I can’t wait to see what you think of that book, and If You Find Me too. I haven’t heard much about either but both sound like interesting reads. Enjoy!

  2. Great selection, Kara! A rock? I thought it was a heart? lol If You Find me looks creepy, I read the blurb and I’m not too sure I would enjoy it. Maybe after your review I’ll pick it up. I too, have done the trigger finger thing on NG, and only after realized the book I requested was like book 5 -facepalm- I always check now!

    Have a great week!!

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  3. Amy

    You got some really awesome books this week. I got If You Find Me and can’t wait to read it. Ugh! I had been doing good about not requesting on NG since I still have a few books from Sept. and Oct. to read, but I just got requested a ton of them. They all come out next year though so that’s my way of excusing myself for doing it. I keep saying I need to stop requesting so much too and then I do it again.

    • I cannot wait to read If You Find Me. It sounds awesome. I know. I went overboard on NG too and I have all those Penguin and Scholastic requests still pending. Le ugh.

  4. Gosh, I love the covers for both of the Fairwick Chronicles books!! Especially The Water Witch.. I hadn’t seen that one before! I considered requesting The Demon Lover, but a few of my close blogger friends didn’t enjoy it.. so I’m really hesitant! I hope you really like both of them though!

    Also, I’m jealous you got If You Find Me! I put in a request but I haven’t heard back yet. It sounds like an insane emotional whirlwind of a book! I love those!

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    • The cover for The Water Witch is what really caught my eye, but then I read the blurb and that pulled me in further.

      I think I put in my request for If You Find Me right at the end of the week, so maybe they have only had time to approve the ones at the top. They’ll get to you!

      Thanks for stopping by, Ashley!

  5. Chantress! I’m so excited for that one, so I can’t wait to see what you think of it! I hope it’s good! *fingers crossed* Amazing haul as usual, dear! 🙂

  6. I have requested a sequel before but luckily I ended up liking book one and the sequel – so I hope it’s the same for you! I like both covers of that series, hope the story matches up!

    Also, nice new blog design!!

  7. I love the Chantress cover. So pretty! And If You Find Me sounds really cool. I didn’t get many books this week, but I did get QUICKSILVER (AHHHHHH!!!). So excited! 😀 Enjoy your books!

    • Ooooh, okay. So I didn’t like Ultraviolet very much but I know how much you did so I am very excited for you and hope it lives up to your expectations! I can’t wait to read Chantress. Thanks for stopping by, Steph.

  8. Haha, I feel guilty now, Kara! 🙂 I should have mentioned that Water Witch was a sequel. I had similar problem with the first book. You see in UK it comes out half a year earlier under the author real name and a diffeerent book name as Incubus by Carol Goodman, so I bought it and then requested The Dark Lover… ending up reading both simultaneously and fuming that nobody mentioned that it’s the same author to me 😉 Anyway, it’s got a fairy-talish, rich and Gothic, almost old fashioned feel which I really liked. I think a lot of meh reviews because you’d feel that this is paranormal romance YA looking on the cover, but it’s an adult slightly erotic dark fantasy. I hope you like it! 🙂 Water Witch has horrendous UK cover, and I really adore this one.

    I can’t wait to request Also Known As but have a feeling they won’t accept me when I do. Enjoy all your reads! Love your new blog design! 🙂

    • Why should you feel guilty? I saw it on Edelweiss all on my own. LOL. You didn’t know I sent in a request. 🙂 It still sounds like I might like it though. I don’t mind erotic dark fantasy. So I hope this goes well.

      They might approve you. You never know! I got declined for Pantomime and I was kinda pissed about that.

      Thanks for the design love!

  9. Kara I’m always trying to control my requesting on Netgalley and Edelweiss, but then a gorgeous book will pop up and I’m requesting all over again! Some fab books this week Kara, I think Also Known As sounds fab so I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it! Hope you enjoy the rest of your books too! Btw I love the new design! 🙂

    • Me too, Jasprit and I continue to fail miserably. At least most of these I REALLY want to read. I hope Also Known As is good. Normally not a topic I Would enjoy, but since I am familiar with the author writing, I went for it.

      Thank you for the design compliments.

  10. I’ve never seen a pink rock before. 😉 But I’ll back up your guess because like many readers, I’m still wondering what the hell that girl is holding in her hands.
    But maybe it’s pink simply to match the overall colour scheme… ?

    And also, If You Find Me sounds really, really good. I’m completely in the mood for a raw thriller and gritty contemporary novel at the moment. 🙂 Happy reading, Kara!

    • Actually, Google image search uncut rubies. I think they look REALLY similar. So that’s what I am leaning towards. Or a pink quartz but those aren’t usually that seep of a pink. So I am going with an uncut ruby.

      I hope If You Find Me is exactly as you described it.

      Thanks, Leanne!

  11. Yay for If You Find Me! I got that one too and think it sounds deliciously creepy. I can’t wait to read it, too bad it doesn’t come out for FOREVER! I really like the way the title pops on Chantress and those veiney ventricle thingies are fun. Anywho, hope you enjoy all the new goods chickie!

  12. Besides sounding good, all these books have gorgeous covers. Especially the Water Witch–so pretty. I got If You Find Me too. I’m going to attempt to wait until it gets closer to the release date to start it, but I don’t know if I will be able to. It sounds so good! Haha. Happy reading! 🙂

  13. Bahaha, I requested sequels or later in a series without researching so many times on NG. They don’t mention that in blurbs a lot of times. That info should be on NG and prominent! Oooh, I can see why you requested The Water Witch. PRETTY. I requested The Demon Lover and DNFed, but maybe I wasn’t in the mood. Good luck!

    I’m super curious about Chantress.

    Also Known As! Want!

    Also curious about If You Find Me. And if you want short books, All You Never Wanted was only 240. I breezed right through.

  14. I’m so buried in reading for work right now that I haven’t read an arc in months. Sigh. I’m intrigued by IF YOU FIND ME, too, and will definitely add to my tbr list. I bounced over here from your guest post at Fiktshun because I really liked your blogging advice. I have anxiety, too, and totally get the whole issue of pressure-to-blog. Glad to have discovered yours! – Stasia

    • Thanks for visiting me from Fiktshun, Stasia! Pressure-to-blog is terrible and sometimes I have to remind myself that the only one putting pressure on me is ME. That usually helps.

      I wish I knew what your blog was but I clicked on your profile and it said it was private, so if you happen to see this comment, let me know. I would love to visit you!

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