Stacking the Shelves #65

Posted November 9, 2013 by Kara in Kara, Stacking the Shelves / 31 Comments

stacking the shelves

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.

I didn’t do a haul post last weekend, so this weekend is going to be pretty big. I’ve been swamped with editing, but I finally finished the job I was working on, so now I have time to catch up with blogging and commenting. This is where having a co-blogger comes in handy, because I bet you didn’t even notice my lack of posting, did you? Lyn is a bad-ass and she has saved my behind more than once lately. 

Also in news, Lyn and I are both going to BEA this year. I get to meet my co-blogger and I am so freaking excited. We are going to tear New York City and the publisher’s parties up together. The end of May cannot come soon enough. 

I’m going to be writing a post about co-blogging soon, maybe this week. I have been wanting to write this post for a while and I think it’s time.

But back to the point of this post: BOOKS!


For Review:
No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

This is my first physical ARC from Harper. I’ve peeked inside and I really think I’m going to like this one!

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

My first Sedgwick. I have heard so much about him so I cannot wait to read this.

Grandmaster by David Klass

The concept of this one was so unique that I just could not stay away.

Drama Queens in the House by Julie Williams

I had no idea the protagonist was a POC but now I am even more excited! As a theatre geek and one who loved her Drama Club, I cannot wait to read this.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I finally got the copy I won from LibraryThing after emailing the publisher and asking what was up. I am so excited because I have seen TREMENDOUS love for this book already out there.

Burning Paradise by Robert Charles Wilson

I don’t know much about this author but I do know he’s won a Hugo Award. Also, the blurb of this book is really what made me request it. It sounds awesome and I am REALLY getting into Sci-Fi these days.

The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley

I don’t usually read thrillers (though I used to read them A LOT) because they just feel so repetitive to me. But this one has an unusual concept and really sounds exciting to me. I won this one from LibraryThing.


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Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
Tease by Amanda Maciel
The Taking by Kimberly Derting
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
The Thickety: A Path Begins by J.A. White
I went a little crazy with the e-books this week but I couldn’t help myself. 2014 looks to be an EPIC year of books. And yes, my dear husband, I fully intend to read them all.

On the blog this past week: 

On Monday, I reviewed The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan. I was disappointed. I was really looking forward to this book but it was long and was a slog to get through. I can say that the characters are brilliantly rendered, however. 

Tuesday, we covered our top ten sequels we can’t wait to get our hands on. 

Wednesday, Lyn had a discussion post on losing your pet and how to cope.

I posted a double review of Alice in Tumblr-land and Not a Drop to Drink on Thursday.

And finally, on Friday Lyn has a review for All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin.

Links We Love:

Jamie goes Catalog Creepin’ in Simon and Schuster’s Spring/Summer 2014 children’s catalog.

It’s Cover Snark time over at Christina’s blog, A Reader of Fictions.

There is a BRILLIANT post from Gillian at Writer of Wrongs on How to Convert a YA Doubter to a YA Believer.

See the blog tour of Blythewood by Carol Goodman over at The Irish Banana Review and enter to win a copy!

Kayla at Bibliophilia, Please is looking for an assistant reviewer


31 responses to “Stacking the Shelves #65

  1. AW, THANKS FOR THE LINK LOVE! I adore BOTH of you and can’t wait to see your pretty faces at BEA. Seriously, May, get here already!

    Congrats on your frist print Harper ARC! I’m so curious about that book. I’ve heard SUCH mixed things, so I can’t wait to hear what you have to say (and whether I should download it or not). Segdwick! You haven’t read him either? I feel better now, because neither have I. Wow, so many good print books up there I didn’t know about. Your haul is epppppic.

    AND EBOOKS. I don’t even judge you for downloading all those! My kindle actually SIGHED at me yesterday. I heard it. I hope you love your books! 2014 will be epic indeed! It seems like EVERY GOOD THING EVER is coming out then!

    *stares at The Taking* *downloads it* CRAP.

    • I know, right? I AM SO EXCITED. I saw you last year but I didn’t really know you then so I wasn’t sure if I should say anything. This year though…LOOK OUT!

      Your Kindle sighed at you? LOL. Mine has been groaning for a year now. I just want to read all of them NOWWWWW.

      Hahaha The Taking was so tempting. I actually really like Derting’s writing, so…

  2. I have an eARC of Red Rising, but I haven’t read it yet. I do look forward to it, though. You have a pretty nice haul this week, Kara, I hope you’ll enjoy all these books 🙂
    And I’m a little jealous about your BEA trip. I really wanted to go next year, too, but I have a trip to London and Stratford-upon-Avon with one of my Uni courses, and I truly look forward to that as well. We’re going to see several Shakespeare plays live, and our term paper can be an interview with one of the actors.
    I hope you’re having a great weekend!
    Here’s my STS post

  3. Ooh No One Else Can Have You looks really good! I also just finished Racing Savannah and it’s super cute! And yay for BEA I can’t wait either! I’m excited to see you again Kara and to meet Lyn! 🙂

    • I am so glad that Racing Savannah was cute. I haven’t read every book in this series but I love the topic of this one so I just had to.

      I’m excited too. I keep having dreams about it. I am determined to push through every day this year no matter what!

  4. I’ve heard REALLY good things about Red Rising! I can’t wait to see what you think, not to mention Prisoner of Night and Fog sounds spectacular – I have high expectations for that one! 🙂

  5. No One Else Can Have You sounds good but I am not really diggin’ that cover. ah, I so wish I could go to the BEA! Alas, not happening 😐

    Happy reading, Kara! <33

  6. I’m really curious what you’ll think of No One Else Can Have You! I have it for review as well and it sounds really interesting, but that cover isn’t exactly my favorite.

    It’s awesome that both of you are going to BEA! I’m a bit jealous, I have to say, because I don’t think I’ll ever go… Anyway, have fun!! It’s great that you two get to meet and the setting couldn’t be better 🙂

  7. Amy

    Fantastic haul!!! I got She Is Not Invisible last week and I am really excited for it! No One Else can have you sounds great too. I have the ebook of that one. I so want to go to BEA, but I’m not sure if I will be able to. New job and all that so I am not sure if I can get time off and if I can find care for my daughter for me to be away for a few days. Hubs can’t really take time off of work to watch her full time for a few days. It’s great that both of you are going to BEA though and get to meet each other!! So fun!!

  8. Gah, I’ve only read one book by David Klass but it was so bloody amazing. I hope this one is as well. Also, Marcus Sedgwick, again, just one book but I do have Midwinter Blood. Have you read that one? Wendy raved about it so I’m interested.

    • I have read nothing by him but if you say he’s amazing, I so believe you! I haven’t read any Sedgwick but I do own Midwinterblood. Just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.

  9. Sometimes I think you’re reading my mind Kara! LOL!! I also supposedly “won” a copy of RED RISING from Library Thing, and never got it. (I actually don’t care because I got a copy at Comic Con). And I just sent a request for the Marcus Sedgwick book, and I really hope I get it. I haven’t read anything by him either (it’s like we’re twins!) but I do have a copy of MIDWINTER BLOOD just waiting for me. Thanks for stopping by!

    • I’m so glad you got a copy at Comic Con. I had to bug RH to get my copy. From now on I am doing that when I don’t receive my book from LibraryThing because you never know. I also have a copy of Midwinter Blood but I have not had time to read it yet!

  10. I cannot wait to read No One Else Can Have You. I love a good YA mystery and that cover may be one of my favorites ever. I’m curious about The Taking. I loved the first couple of the Body Finder books, but couldn’t get into her dystopian series. Great haul this week!

    • I like Derting’s writing so I am hopeful that I will enjoy it. I did like her dystopian series but I never got around to finishing it. I only read the first book. I’m pretty much only confined to review books these days and when I do get to read my own books, I am VERY choosy.

  11. I am so ridiculously excited about She is Not Invisible. I hope you love love love it!

    And man, is the buzz ever terrible about No One Else. Blythe has been ranting about it all day! Such a shame; it seems like such a promising title. Fingers crossed that you feel differently from my other GR friends!

    • Me toooo! I do hope I like No One Else Can Have You. I am concerned but still hoping that maybe this will be like September Girls with really polarizing views. Either way, I am determined to keep an open mind.

  12. Ummm, yeah, so Kara….apparently No One Else Can Have You is like the most frustrating book ever. Slut-shaming and abuse and things like that. But good luck! I’m glad I didn’t end up on the mailing list for that one.

    She Is Not Invisible: same!

    Oooh, if Drama Queens is good, I may have to write back and request that from MacKids. I was trying to be really careful with my requests.

    I want Red Rising like whoa. It looks hot. 😉

    • Yeah, but a lot of people felt that way about September Girls and then there were some who thought it was awesome. I think it’s super important to keep an open mind and form my own opinion. I don’t always agree with other reviewers. That said, I have seen the feedback coming in. So I am concerned.

      LOL at your comments about Red Rising. SO HOT. 😉

  13. RED RISING. Ooh, I should get a move on that. The best thing is that Brown really wants to be there for his readers. He REALLY wants to support them and help them through the emotional thunderstorm that is this book 😉 I’m also curious about Tease and Prisoner of Night and Fog (read: jealous). No One Else Can Have You… I’d heard worrying things before but after Blythe’s latest updates, I’m just going to stay as far away as possible, I think. Happy reading!

    • LOL at your comments about Red Rising. I believe this preceded the interesting developments on Twitter. We are such dorks.

      I hear you about No One Else Can Have You. But since I already have a copy, I am determined to keep an open mind.

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