In The Stacks (23)

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

  • I hope to post two reviews, Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3) by Maggie Stiefvater and The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon


  • Things are starting to get really busy for me. I love to run (you can read about it on my running blog DinaRuns). I just started training for Half Marathon number five and am running with a group that takes up a lot of my free time. Until I can get back into a groove, things will be on the slower side here (but hopefully the faster side with the running.)

Books For Review

The Troop by Nick Cutter

The Troop by Nick Cutter

Boy Scouts live by the motto “Be Prepared.” However, nothing can prepare this group of young boys and their scoutmaster for what they encounter on a small, deserted island, as they settle down for a weekend of campfires, merit badges, and survival lessons.

Everything changes when a haggard stranger in tattered clothing appears out of nowhere and collapses on the campers’ doorstep. Before the night is through, this stranger will end up infecting one of the troop’s own with a bioengineered horror that’s straight out of their worst nightmares. Now stranded on the island with no communication to the outside world, the troop learns to battle much more than the elements, as they are pitted against something nature never intended…and eventually each other.

Dead Girls Don't Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Rachel died at two a.m . . . Three hours after Skyler kissed me for the first time. Forty-five minutes after she sent me her last text.

Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before. . .before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel’s text is the first clue—starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel’s death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth.

Parasite by Mira Grant

Parasite by Mira Grant

A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite – a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system – even secretes designer drugs. It’s been successful beyond the scientists’ wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives…and will do anything to get them.

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.
What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own.

Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

The Promise Of Amazing by Robin Constantine

Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who’s always done what she’s supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.

One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.


The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

The Hallowed Ones (The Hallowed Ones #1) by Lara Bickle

Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community? The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning.

Flat Out Love by Jessica Park

Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love #1) by Jessica Park

He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy.

So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagle likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves.

Complicated? Awkward? Completely.

But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary. Julie wasn’t supposed to be important to the Watkins family, or to fall in love with one of the brothers. Especially the one she’s never quite met. But what does that really matter? Finn gets her, like no one ever has before. They have connection.

But here’s the thing about love, in all its twisty, bumpy permutations—it always throws you a few curves. And no one ever escapes unscathed.

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Patterson

Esau have I hated . . . Sara Louise Bradshaw is sick and tired of her beautiful twin Caroline. Ever since they were born, Caroline has been the pretty one, the talented one, the better sister. Even now, Caroline seems to take everything: Louise’s friends, their parents’ love, her dreams for the future.

For once in her life, Louise wants to be the special one. But in order to do that, she must first figure out who she is . . . and find a way to make a place for herself outside her sister’s shadow.

What did you add to your stacks this week?


All cover images and summaries from goodreads.


  1. you had some great books, I loved the Hallowed ones, it’s a really nice story. Happy reading!

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    • I really like the look of The Hallowed Ones plus a $1.99 deal from Amazon is usually impossible for me to resist.

  2. The Troop looks interesting and I want to read The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

    Good luck with your running!

    • Thanks!

      I don’t read scary books that often, even though I really do enjoy them. I have a feeling The Troop is going to be really excellent.

  3. Good luck with your running. great haul. Looks like you got a lot of amazing books. Flat Out Love is one of my top favorites. And I am really curious about The Naturals.

    Hope you have a great week. And enjoy then end of the Mercy Falls series. I’ve only read the first one.

    New follower.

    (Also, I am in love with this script font that you have for your comment box. I think it might change once I hit send. Sorry for that nerd moment.)
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    • Thank you so much! I am so into font’s also and have a typography board on Pinterest which I’m sure is super nerdy.

      I have heard so many wonderful things about Flat-Out Love and cannot wait to read it.

  4. I’m pretty sure I read Jacob Have I Loved growing up. Although now remember nothing about it, except the title. Maybe it’s one I should think about rereading someday!
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  5. Wow, great haul! I cannot wait to read The Naturals and The Promise and Dead Girls! Hope you love all your new lovelies. Happy reading!
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  6. Good luck with the running. I’m sure you’ll get faster every day. 🙂
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  7. An absolutely wonderful haul, I wanted Troops but was already booked around the release date, Boo 🙁 So excited you got Hallowed Ones..I loved it. Enjoy your new books and have a wonderful week!
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    • I am so excited about The Troop. I really don’t read enough horror books, even though I do enjoy them. Hope you have a nice week too!

  8. We got some books in common! I got the NAturals and The Hallowed Ones the other week and Just got the Troop a few days ago! Hope we both enjoy them!
    Happy Reading!
    Here are my newest additions.
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