Stacking the Shelves #47–The BEA Edition Part Two

Posted June 15, 2013 by Kara in Kara, Lyn, Stacking the Shelves / 26 Comments

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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.

So my box came, and though it was a little dented and two of the books were water damaged, they all made it and I was thrilled. That being said, two of the people I went to BEA with had missing books–in one case an entire BOX was destoryed/stolen, we don’t know which. The worst part is that the United States Postal Service doesn’t give a shit about any of it. And they wonder why they are bankrupt. I will not be using them at BEA next year. In fact, I will happily pay double to ensure all my books make it to me in one piece.
This week, I do have another vlog for you, and though I tried to keep it short, it is even longer than last week’s. It’s best if you leave it playing in the background while you do something else and click back when I mention a book title that interests you. I also have a few e-books, and though I did mention those in the video, you don’t get to see a cover, so I’ll start with those first.
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E-books for Review:
Red by Alison Cherry
Tandem by Anna Jarzab
The Cutting Room Floor by Dawn Klehr
Thank you to Random House Children’s Books and Flux.

Physical books NOT from BEA:

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
The Explanation for Everything by Lauren Grodstein
Altered by Gennifer Albin

Thank you to Tor Teen, Algonquin Books, and Macmillan Children’s for these lovely additions.

BEA books (in the order they are featured in the vlog):

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter
Speechless by Hannah Harrington
The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Dare You To by Katie McGarry
The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston
Cain’s Blood by Geoffrey Girard
Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
Inhuman by Kat Falls 
Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney
Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow
Dark Lord: A Fiend in Need by Jamie Thomson
The Twins by Saskia Sarginson
The Creature Department by Robert Paul Weston
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
The Fantastic Family Whipple by Matthew Ward
The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell
Storm Watcher by Maria V. Snyder
Wake Up Missing by Kate Messner
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Ink  by Amanda Sun
A Well-Tempered Heart by Jan-Philipp Sendker
Relic by Heather Terrell
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
Entangled by Amy Rose Capetta
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Many thanks to Harlequin Teen, Penquin Young Readers, Simon and Schuster, Little, Brown Young Readers, Disney Hyperion, Random House Children’s Books, Algonquin Young Readers, Scholastic, Bloomsbury, Hachette Book Group, Razorbill, Leap Books, Other Press, Soho Teen, St. Martin’s Press, Houghton Mifflin Books for Young Readers, Macmillan Children’s.

Yeah, that’s a lot of books! Wish me luck! But I am so lucky and thankful to read and review these. Hopefully I can get them done by BEA next year!!
Lyn here – I am back in the saddle after my lovely trip down to the southern Texas coastline for my 32nd birthday (I am so old).  I have some great book finds this week, thanks to the celebration of my birth and all.  
 photo cheesecake_zps96cec59b.jpgFirst, I’ll share some of my beach trip.  It was all driving on Thursday, with a quick stop at my favorite restaurant, Cheesecake Factory. No free goodies, but I did get a small gift from my sister (a book, which I will mention below) and a nicely decorated lemon and raspberry cheesecake (the Godiva is still the best, IMO).    

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When we finally arrived at the coast, it was hard to get out of the water.  Even when the moon jellyfish stung me, it was all water time at that point.  I always thought that a jellyfish sting would land a person in the hospital, but we are lucky to have just the annoying type of jellies.  I had never been stung, so this was a coastal first for me.  I still have a mark on my arm, and the sting felt like a couple of antbites in one area.  It was more annoying than painful.  I’ll also answer this question right now – no one peed on me.  Although my sister was very quick to volunteer for that duty.  As I quoted to Kara, I feel that her intentions were less than honorable.  Instead, we used meat tenderizer.  It worked like a charm. 

On Saturday, we were back in the water, sporting brand new sunburns.  My legs were nice and painful, but I haven’t worn shorts in years.  I slathered the sunblock on thick and climbed back in.  I took my crew out for dinner at a nice place, and was rewarded with horrible service and mediocre food.  But it was the thought that counted. 

On the trip back on Sunday, we stopped at Half Price Books in San Marcos, and I used birthday money to pick up some new finds. 

I love the coastline, even our inferior gulf beaches.  I love the smell and the feeling of the salt water and watching the animals play on the horizon.  My small crew of family really got a good show when we watched the wild dolphins playing on the other side of the sea wall. I wish I could live there, but jobs are hard to come by if you do not want to work in the oil field.  One day, hopefully I can enjoy the beaches year around.

Onto the books!

Books! Batman!

Forgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller’s Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages by Michael Popek (a gift from my sister)  
The Palace of Laughter by Jon Berkeley
The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan

Kindle Books!

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Arrow of the Mist by Christina Mercer – Gifted from Jessie at Ageless Pages Reviews
Speechless by Hannah Harrington – Gifted from Jessie at Ageless Pages Reviews
Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore – Gifted from Kara

Thank you, both of you, for these awesome books!!


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Ruby’s Fire by Catherine Stein, from NetGalley  

That is it for the week!  I wanted to thank all of your who sent me birthday wishes on Twitter and Goodreads.  I was so touched by the constant messages on my phone. It was truly one of the best birthdays I have ever experienced. I wanted to respond when I returned home, but I was called into a job interview (keep your fingers crossed), and time slipped away from me this week.  It was very sweet, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you, all of you, my wonderful book blogging friends!

On the blog this past week:

On Monday, Kara reviewed The Girl Who Disappeared and loved it. 4 stars!

Tuesday came around, and Lyn told us about her Viking Reading Challenge, talked to us about her love of everything Norse, and invited readers to join.

For Waiting on Wednesday this week, Kara presented two contemporary titles–one YA and one NA.

On Thursday, Kara reviewed When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney and loved everything about it but the love interest. 4 stars for that one!

On Friday, it was better late than never with Lyn’s review of Gated by Amy Christine Parker.  She gave it a high mark of 4 stars.

Links we love:

At a little old get together called E3, it was announced that Kingdom Hearts III is now in production.  This is the one thing Kara and I can agree upon, and we proceeded to geek the fuck out.

Rejoice, Viking lovers!  The mythical Sunstone has been found!  For those of you non-Norse nerds, the people we now call “Vikings” used this stone to navigate the seas.  It was widely rumored to be magic.

Jay Kristoff bribes the blogging world by offering a chance to win the second book in his The Lotus Wars series.  Many of us, in return, offer bribes of live sacrifices.   

Need some summer reading? The gang at The Midnight Garden is currently hosting six giveaways.  

Finally, stop by and welcome Blythe and her new minions co-bloggers down at Finding Bliss in Books!

Until next week!

26 responses to “Stacking the Shelves #47–The BEA Edition Part Two

  1. Amy

    Okay, so commenting on Lynn’s first then going back to watch Kara’s lol! Sounds like your trip was great with the exception of the jellyfish! Also, great books. The Beautiful and the Cursed sounds awesome!

    Ohh I got approved for The Cutting Room Floor too! I requested Red, so I hope I get approved. Random usually approves me.
    Ahhh your vlog just stopped! It’s not wanting to load for me. Okay, there it goes.
    I need Antigoddess!! I am dying for that book! I suppose I could request it lol! I just have so many review books that I really need to not request more.
    Woohoo! Altered!! I got that this week too!!!
    I liked The Goddess Test, but The Goddess Inheritance was just okay. I started the last one and didn’t finish it.
    I have a copy of Speechless I won that I still need to read. The cover is really pretty!
    Ahhh! You just reminded me that I still have to write my review for The Eternity Cure.
    How fun that we get to watch you fill your bookshelf!
    I really want to read Cain’s Blood. I requested it on EW and they never responded to my request. They declined me for Project Cain which I am glad for now, but I want to read the adult one!
    I am so jealous of everyone who has The Coldest Girl In Coldtown. I think I requested that one, but don’t think I’m getting it since it was a little while ago and I haven’t heard anything or gotten it yet.
    I have These Broken Stars and Steelheart and am looking forward to those!! I’ve never read Brandon Sanderson either.
    If You Could Be Mine sounds good.
    Inhuman does have a really cool cover.
    Starry Nights sounds like an interesting book.
    All the MG books sound great!! I really enjoy MG. The Twistrose Key has such a pretty cover.
    Wake Up Missing sounds interesting too.
    Ohh and Fangirl!! I have that from NG and can’t wait to read it.
    Super fabulous haul!!

  2. It’s so crazy how USPS are so careless with packages! So upsetting, I’ve been super lucky that when things have been sent from the US with them that they’ve arrived safely so it’s irritating that in country they don’t care. I’m glad all your books arrived (semi) safely!! Amazing haul, too much goodness, I think i’d leap into them and roll around but that would probably end up being a bad idea and involve a trip to the ER and now I’m rambling like a crazy person…ahem Enjoy!! x

    • I know. Never using them for big and valuable packages again. FedEx or UPS all the way. I am glad all of my books arrived safely but my friends didn’t and I am not taking any chances next year. I think I considered rolling around in them as well. 😉

  3. Holy cow that’s crazy. So many good books that I’d happily steal! So just enjoy all those books for me, okay girlies? There’s too many to list that I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about. O_O

    Have a nice week, Kara and Lyn! <33

  4. I’m really happy that your books finally arrived Kara! That was an extremely long and painful wait for them to arrive. There are so many books that you’ve mentioned, that I want to drive down to Lakeland and mug you for them 🙂 Maybe I’ll wait of Book Bash and do it then! Anyway, have a great week Kara & Lyn and thanks for visiting me!

  5. Oh good, I was wondering if your books ever made it to you. Tamdem and Red! So jealous. I’m reading Spirit and Dust right now. I’m liking it so far. Happy reading! Thanks for stopping by! And Happy (belated) Birthday!!!

  6. All you people that got ARCs of Holly Black’s new book are making me so insanely jealous. You don’t even know. LOL! I’m just waiting for reviews to come in, because I want to know if it’s as good as I need it to be. haha

  7. Ok so Kara first: SO happy your box made it and with minimal damage…though any damage sucks the big one. I loved seeing part 2 of your haul! I’m really excited for the Twistrose Key too- looks & sounds incredible! I missed out on Goddess Test at the breakfast though (womp womp!) AND I’m especially glad you tagged along to meet Sanderson with us because I’m dying for you to experience him for the first time hehe!

    Lyn: looks like you had a really brilliant trip and judging from the photos, lots of yummy-ness and fun (except for the freaking jellyfish incident) I’ll admit that I fangirled over that Batman ornament/bookend!! LOVE it! Awesome haul too: Beautiful and the Cursed & Spirit and Dust are must reads for me but Arrow of the Mist looks pretty sweet too!

    Congrats on all the goodies girls & enjoy 😀


    Just kidding! But SRSLY, why Random House no approve meeeeee?

    ANTIGODDESS TOO? What are you doing to me, Kara? WHAT?

    HEH HEH, nvm, my vengeance has arrived in the form of the hilarity that will be you reading the Aimee Carter books and probably the Iron Fey series. BWAHAHA. OMG, and Frozen. And the Geoffrey Girard book. Please do not DNF those, because I need my lols girl. You will probably hate Ink too, ngl.

    Happy late birthday, Lyn! For a moment, I thought someone had given you just a plate of whipped cream and chocolate sauce for your birthday. Then I saw the cake. LOL.

    That Forgotten Bookmarks book sounds so interesting!

    Also, can you tell I’m behind on my commenting?

    • I am on AA for Random House so that is how I got away with that! They auto approved me a LONG time ago and I don’t know if they are still doing it or not.

      I requested Antigoddess from the pub. That’s why I wasn’t TOO upset about missing Kendare at BEA as I was pretty sure I had a copy coming.

      Ugh. Okay, I liked book one of the Iron Fey series but I am worried about the Aimee Carter books. I will try though! I’ve heard awful things about Frozen so far, but again, I didn’t hate book one of the Blue Bloods. Totally reading Geoffrey Girard and not DNFing.

      I didn’t hate Ink!

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