Stacking the Shelves #17

Posted November 17, 2012 by Kara in Stacking the Shelves / 35 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 is going to be a really quick one because I only got four books this week. Also, I am in a bit of a time crunch and I have to fit blogging in when I can right now, and I only have a little time to get this scheduled.

For Review:

A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesl Schwarz

Why: It sounded awesome. I don’t love the cover but that’s okay. The blurb was enough to draw me in, and draw me in it did! Thank you to Random House for this one.

Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black

Why: One of my good friends already reviewed this and kinda hated it, so I’m worried. But I am still hoping that I feel differently about it. That cover is what drew me in, but I will never request a book based on the cover alone. The blurb really did too. Thank you to Bloomsbury for this one.


Perdido Street Station by China MiΓ¨ville

Why: I always wanted to read this one. I’ve heard great things about this book and I am hoping it is my next great read. The lovely Nataliya at Goodreads wrote a review I loved and she offered me a copy of this book. So I have her to thank for that.


Ashes of Twilight by Kassi Tayler

Why: I know I said I wouldn’t buy any books, but the one I wanted more than anything since I saw its cover came out this week. And I couldn’t wait. So I bought it. For my Kindle. Which makes no sense because it was the cover I loved. But I didn’t want to wait. Oh well.

So there you have it from me this week. Leave me a comment and I will try to come check out your Stacking the Shelves post, but I can’t make any promises this week. I may not be here this weekend. At any rate, Happy reading and have a great week!

35 responses to “Stacking the Shelves #17

  1. Amy

    I am really excited to read Dance of Shadows too. That cover is to die for!! It does sound really good too though. A Conspiracy of Alchemists sounds awesome. Love the cover and sounds of Ashes of Twilight. Can’t wait to hear what you think!

  2. An implied cameo! I feel famous.

    I hope you’re more into Dance of Shadows than I was. The funny thing is how much it reminds me of Fallen in a way: it sounds awesome when the plot/worldbuilding is described to you, but in execution, it’s such a train wreck that it gets derailed, becomes a mangled mess of metal, ends up back on the tracks, and continues on like a zombie train.

    I haven’t heard of Ashes of Twilight before now. I might try it out if you like it, but I’m wary of St. Martin’s Press. There are a few books I like from them, but they publish an abnormal number of books I dislike.

    • Haha, I totally would have said your name but I didn’t know if you would want me to!

      Oh boy. You comparing it to Fallen has me terrified. I’m kind of wishing I had not requested it now. What’s done is done so I’ll stick it out and keep an open mind.

      I usually either love or hate the books that come out of St. Martin’s. I am hoping this one is a love. πŸ™‚ They do a lot of the crappy celebrity books too.

  3. I can’t wait to see what you think of Ashes of Twilight and Perdido Street Station – they’ve both been on my TBR and I hope they’re good! πŸ™‚ Awesome haul this week, Kara! πŸ˜€

  4. I’m really iffy about Dance of Shadows. I think the cover is GORGEOUS and I thought the plot sounded cool too, but then I read a lot of not-so-great reviews on Goodreads, which is why I haven’t requested it. πŸ™ I really hope you like it though! I can’t wait to see what you think.

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  5. I’m not surprised about the Dance of Shadows books – I’ve heard it’s another one of those packaged books, like a publisher came ujp with the idea and then just hired someone to write it for them… I know there is another series like that but I can’t think of which one!

    Enjoy your books, K!

  6. Sam

    I haven’t heard the best things about Dance of Shadows (not from people whose opinions I trust, anyway) so my enthusiasm for it has dropped dramatically. I’ll probably get around to it in a few weeks so I look forward to comparing thoughts. πŸ™‚ Lovely haul, Kara!

  7. Haha, you sound like me buying books you’re attracted to by the cover for Kindle. I really want to hear about Ashes of Twilight though! Also I love Nataliya, it’s so sweet of her to get you a copy of Perdido Street Station. I tried reading two of his books this year, one I loved (Railsea), and one I gave up on (Un Lun Dun). Hopefully you love this one as much as Nataliya!

  8. Dance of Shadows is so pretty, but I have read some negative things about it too so I didn’t request that one. I hope you fare better with it, or at least have an entertaining review because of it! Anyway, hope you enjoy all the new lovelies!

  9. Oh, I quite like the cover of of Dance Of Shadows!

    Happy reading Kara! πŸ™‚ Sorry this isn’t a longer, more involved comment but I don’t really have a whole ton of things to say hahahaha.

  10. Oooh, I am curious about all of these, except Dance of Shadows, though I suspect your review will likely be highly entertaining, so that’s something fun to look forward to…

  11. I love ballet and the cover of Dance of Shadows is amazing, but I’m wary after the negative reviews that I’ve seen. I think we have a similar taste in books, so I’m looking forward to reading your review πŸ™‚

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