In The Stacks (21)

What I added to my stacks (and stacks and stacks) this week. I am linking up with Stacking The Shelves by Tynga’s Reviews and The Sunday Post by Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Review.


This Week On All The Stacks


Next Week On All The Stacks

    • A review of The Thinking Woman’s Guide To Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker
    • August new release books and my top picks
    • Updates for the Beat The Heat Readathon


For Review

Mister Max The Book Of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt

The Book Of Lost Things (Mister Max #1) by Cynthia Voigt

Max Starling’s theatrical father likes to say that at twelve a boy is independent. He also likes to boast (about his acting skills, his wife’s acting skills, a fortune only his family knows is metaphorical), but more than anything he likes to have adventures. Max Starling’s equally theatrical mother is not a boaster but she enjoys a good adventure as much as her husband. When these two disappear, what can sort-of-theatrical Max and his not-at-all theatrical grandmother do? They have to wait to find out something, anything, and to worry, and, in Max’s case, to figure out how to earn a living at the same time as he maintains his independence. This is the first of three books, all featuring the mysterious Mister Max.

I am such a sucker for anything Middle Grade and just love the look of The Book Of Lost Things. I just love the illustrated cover, very cool.



The House Of The Scorpion by Nancy Famer

The House Of The Scorpion by Nancy Farmer


His DNA came from El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium — a strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once called Mexico. Matt’s first cell split and divided inside a petri dish. Then he was placed in the womb of a cow, where he continued the miraculous journey from embryo to fetus to baby. He is a boy now, but most consider him a monster — except for El Patrón. El Patrón loves Matt as he loves himself, because Matt is himself.

As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by a sinister cast of characters, including El Patrón’s power-hungry family, and he is surrounded by a dangerous army of bodyguards. Escape is the only chance Matt has to survive. But escape from the Alacrán Estate is no guarantee of freedom, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesn’t even suspect.

How could I not download a book that has that many awards and a reduced price tag? I somehow had never heard of this book before browsing on Amazon but it sounds amazing and the reviews are really positive.

The Crown Of Embers by Rae Carson

The Crown Of Embers (Fire And Thorns #2) by Rae Carson

In the sequel to the acclaimed The Girl of Fire and Thorns, a seventeen-year-old princess turned war queen faces sorcery, adventure, untold power, and romance as she fulfills her epic destiny.

Elisa is the hero of her country. She led her people to victory against a terrifying enemy, and now she is their queen. But she is only seventeen years old. Her rivals may have simply retreated, choosing stealth over battle. And no one within her court trusts her-except Hector, the commander of the royal guard, and her companions. As the country begins to crumble beneath her and her enemies emerge from the shadows, Elisa will take another journey. With a one-eyed warrior, a loyal friend, an enemy defector, and the man she is falling in love with, Elisa crosses the ocean in search of the perilous, uncharted, and mythical source of the Godstone’s power. That is not all she finds. A breathtaking, romantic, and dangerous second volume in the Fire and Thorns trilogy.

I read the The Girl Of Fire And Thorns a year ago and loved it. I kept meaning to pick-up book two but never quite got around to it. Hopefully I can read this one before book three comes out this month.

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that the only way to cope is to stop playing . . . and stop being friends with Poppy and Alice. But one night the girls pay Zach a visit, and tell him about a series of mysterious occurrences. Poppy swears that she is now being haunted by a china doll – who claims that it is made from the ground-up bones of a murdered girl. They must return the doll to where the girl lived, and bury it. Otherwise the three children will be cursed for eternity . . .

Again, my love of Middle Grade books really knows no bounds plus this will prepare me fore more Holly Black when the much anticipated The Coldest Girl In Coldtown comes out next month.

What did you add to your stacks?


All cover images and summaries from goodreads.



  1. The House of the Scorpion was a good read, even though I liked the first half better than the second half. Happy reading. 🙂
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  2. I know that Doll Bones is a kids book but that cover creeps me out – love Holly Black though. I loved Girl of Fire and Thorns but haven’t read the rest of the series yet, I know I should get to it soon though!

    Great haul, enjoy all of your new books 🙂

    My Haul
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    • Nothing like a book three coming out to get you to keep going with a series.

      I love how the cover is creepy. Now that you mention it, there are so many Middle Grade books that have are creepy.

  3. Awesome haul this week! I have a copy of The House of the Scorpion but I have yet to read it. I hope you enjoy everything!
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  4. I really want to read Doll Bones, it looks so good! Here’s my STS post:

  5. The House of the Scorpion is one of my favourite books! It’s so unique and interesting, and the narrative is extremely compelling. So glad you bought it, and I hope you enjoy!
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  6. I read “The House of the Scorpions” a few years ago and found it oddly interesting. It wasn’t something I would have picked up but I read it for high school. It’s certainly different. Happy reading!

    Tsuki’s STS

  7. Nice haul of books. Crown of Embers is suppose to be really good. Come visit me as well.

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  8. Oh, The House of the Scorpion sounds really good!

    Happy reading. 🙂

  9. I can’t wait to read Doll Bones. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but it’s gorgeous. Happy reading!

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    • Ha, I often judge a book by its cover. If a book has an ugly cover, the summary and reviews need to be amazing for me to pick it up.

  10. I’ve added Doll Bones to my TBR. Love Holly Black! Have a great week!
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    • I hope you like it! I haven’t read any Holly Black but am just so excited for The Coldest Girl In Coldtown.

  11. Nice haul. I read Doll Bones and it was pretty good. I hope you enjoy them all. 🙂

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  12. I love the covers of The Book of Lost Things and Doll Bones. Enjoy your new books and have a delightful week!
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  13. I just finished Doll Bones and really enjoyed it! I have to say House of the Scorpion looks really cool too :). Happy reading week!
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    • I’ve had my eye on Doll Bones for awhile. Love when those books end up being super cheap. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  14. LOVE the design on your blog! It’s so neat and clean. Also, the Chevron design is super cool!

    Excellent haul this week. Can’t wait to see what you think of The House of the Scorpion and Mister Max!

    Thank you for visiting the blog, and also following you back on bloglovin’! 🙂

    • I really appreciate that!

      I am so excited seeing how much everyone seems to love The House Of The Scorpion. So glad I bought it.

  15. Look like some amazing additions to the shelves. 🙂 Hope you have a great week and enjoy them when you read them. 🙂

    I too, have a Sunday Post up. 🙂
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  16. I got Mister Max this week too! Doll Bones is on my wishlist. I hope you enjoy them both! Happy Reading!
    Here are my newest additions.
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