In The Stacks (6)

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 In My Mailbox hosted by The Story Siren.

My house is still in transition while I wait for both offices and the guest bedroom to be painted. I probably should not be purchasing any books but I found a few great deals at Books-A-Million.


The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1) by Kelley Armstrong

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn’t know much about her background – the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip – but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.

Until now.

Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town – from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend’s hidden talent for “feeling” out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel . . . . different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya’s biological parents and it’s easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.

This is a series that has been on my to be read list for awhile. I love the cover and the mood it conveys, strong and haunting.

Leviathan (Leviathan #1) by Scott Westerfeld

 Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.

I loved The Uglies series so much and have meant to read more of Scott Westerfeld’s other books.

The Runaway King (The Ascendance Trilogy #2) by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen

A kingdom teetering on the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive? Find out in the highly anticipated sequel to Jennifer A. Nielsen’s blockbuster THE FALSE PRINCE!

Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls, and Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya. Soon, it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more he wonders if it is possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to save his kingdom?

I devoured The False Prince and loved every bit of it. Middle Grade High Fantasy with lots of action is right up my alley. I cannot wait to read this one.


The entire Maximum Ride series by James Patterson was on sale, so I purchased all of them.

The Angel Experiment James PattersonSchool's Out - Forever James PattersonSaving The World And Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson

The Final Warning by James PattersonMax by James Patterson

Fang by James PattersonAngel by James Patterson

Never More by James Patterson

The Peculiar (The Peculiar #1) by Stefan Bachmann

The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann

Don’t get yourself noticed and you won’t get yourself hanged.

In the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live by these words. Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings–Peculiars–and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them.

One day a mysterious lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley. Bartholomew watches her through his window. Who is she? What does she want? And when Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away, in a whirling ring of feathers, the boy who lives across the alley–Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticed.

First he’s noticed by the lady in plum herself, then by something darkly magical and mysterious, by Jack Box and the Raggedy Man, by the powerful Mr. Lickerish . . . and by Arthur Jelliby, a young man trying to slip through the world unnoticed, too, and who, against all odds, offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.

This one sounds so intriguing. I have such a soft spot for Middle Grade and this book has received lots of accolades.

The Book Of Story Beginnings by Kristin Kladstrup

The Book Of Story Beginnings by Kristin Kladstrup

Kristin Kladstrup’s wonderfully transporting fantasy – featuring a ship full of orphaned pirate children, a pair of warring royals, and plenty of magic potions – is sure to thrill all those who dare turn its pages.

Oscar Martin was fourteen when he mysteriously disappeared from his Iowa farmhouse home in June 1914. His sister claimed Oscar had rowed out to sea – but how was that possible? There is no ocean in Iowa. When, nearly a century later, Lucy Martin and her parents move from their city apartment to that same farmhouse in Iowa, it is not long before Lucy discovers the strange and dangerous BOOK OF STORY BEGININGS. And it’s not long before Oscar reappears in a bizarre turn of events that sends the two distant relatives on a perilous journey to save Lucy’s father.

Magic potions and pirate children? Those two things plus a discounted price are enough for me.


The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

I avoided this one for awhile because I find the name American Singer really annoying. It will be interesting to see if I like the book enough to get past the awful name.

What did you add to your stacks this week?


Cover images and summaries taken from goodreads.


  1. Leviathan sounds awesome! I keep meaning to start reading Kelley Armstrong too. Nice haul. Hope you like The Selection, I’m super excited for The Elite next week! btw totally agree on the name, all the names in that book, super cringey!
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    • Isn’t it funny how something so small can keep us away from a book? I think the amount of positive reviews has swayed me to give The Selection a shot but can you imagine being the editor of that book and not mentioning the horrible names?

  2. Awesome haul! I really enjoyed the selection, even though the protagonist did have a terrible name and an obvious one at that… can you believe she’s american and a singer?? haha. Anyway I hope you have a wonderful weekend and hope you enjoy all of your new books 🙂

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    • Thanks so much!

      It makes me wonder if the name was a place holder while writing and just never was changed.

  3. Wow, you got some amazing books this week. Happy reading.

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  4. Wow just added Leviathan to my TBR list! The summary sounds awesome and right up my ally. I too have been wanting to start The Gathering but I wasn’t a fan of Kelley Armstrong’s Darkest Powers Series so i’m hesitant but i’ve seen good things. And I really enjoyed the Selection! Such a fun, light read. Enjoy your books!

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    • I hope you like it! All the love for the Selection really has won me over. The power of peer pressure! 🙂

  5. Oooo, I love Kelley Armstrong. The Gathering is good as is the whole trilogy and they all have awesome covers. Enjoy!

    I’m not a big middle grade reader (though I’ll be reading Kelley Armstrong’s book, “Loki’s Wolves”) but The Peculiar looks really good. I might have to try it.
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    • Love the cover of The Gathering! I do like the look of all the books, very cold.

      I have heard such wonderful things about The Peculiar. Should be great even for one who isn’t a huge MG fan.

  6. I see a James Patterson fan in that you got all of the Maximum Ride books. I probably should attempt to read The Selection one of these days instead of ignoring it. Looking forward to reading the last book in the Darkest Rising series as well. Good haul! Totally enjoy your reading!
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    • I am a James Patterson fan and love to have a whole series (for cheap) if possible. I just cannot say no to a Kindle deal!

  7. awesome stacks, you have soo many!
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  8. What an amazing haul of books! I have Leviathan on my ‘read soon’ pile and The Book Of Story Beginnings sounds great! Enjoy your books and happy reading 🙂
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  9. I’ve been meaning to start The Gathering; I’ve heard pretty good things about Kelly Armstrong. I didn’t much care for The Selection – America was not the protagonist for me (and not just because of her name, lol). Nice haul! And I also love your font.
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    • Thanks!

      The mixed reviews about The Selection pretty much cemented my need to read it. I need to know which side I’ll end up on.

  10. OH my gosh, you got The Selection! You should go read that soon, it’s really good 🙂
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  11. Woooow awesome haul! So many books I want myself, like The Runaway King (still have to read book 1). And I already have Armstrong’s books but haven’t started them yet.

    Happy reading!
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  12. The Selection has its flaws but overall it’s a really fun read. I hope you enjoy it 🙂
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  13. You did get a nice assortment of books this week. I just got The Rising because I love anything Kelley Armstrong writes. I have the whole series by Scott Westerfeld and even have it autographed but haven’t had time to read it yet. Come see what I got at Ms. Martin Teaches Media and Inside of a Dog. Happy reading!

  14. Great batch of books for you this week! I LOVED The Darkest Powers books. The series that it spins off of is my all time favorite! I hope you enjoy your new books!
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  15. Tons of books and they all look great, especially The Gathering! Hope you enjoy them all. Here’s ours if you’d like to check it out: BiblioJunkies Happy reading!

  16. I want to read Leviathan and The Selection, I’ve heard great things about them.

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  17. I just finished The Darkness Rising series and it’s really fun. The Leviathan trilogy is awesome too. Alan Cumming did the audio versions, so they’re pretty much the best ever. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Nielsen’s books too.
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    • I might have to check out the audiobook if Alan Cumming is the narrator. Very cool!

      The False Prince is really excellent. It’s turning into a series that I am telling people about because I just found it so enjoyable.

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