In The Stacks (32)

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

What You May Have Missed

January 5 2014 New Releases


What I Read This Week

I finally read The Archived (The Archived #1) by Victoria Schwab. I wish I hadn’t waited so long but am glad that I got through it in time to read book two.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a book I kept meaning to pick-up and am so glad I did. It is truly touching and a must for pre-teen age reader.

I loved Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) by Jessica Spotswood and it was one of my favorite books of 2012. I really did not plan on sitting on Star Cursed as long as I did but I am so glad I finally read it. So freaking good!

What I Added To My Stacks This Week



Enders by Lissa Price

Enders (Starters #2) by Lissa Price

With the Prime Destinations body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn’t want to do. Like hurt someone she loves. Having the chip removed could save Callie’s life – but it could also silence the voice in her head that might belong to her father. Callie has flashes of her ex-renter Helena’s memories, too …and the Old Man is back, filling her with fear. Who is real and who is masquerading in a teen body? This is the thrilling sequel to “Starters”

I won this copy from Goodreads and cannot wait to read it.


Wonder by R.J. Palacio

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

Messenger by Lois Lowry

Messenger (The Giver Quartet) by Lois Lowry

Trouble is brewing in Village. Once a utopian community that welcomed strangers, Village will soon be cut off to all outsiders. As one of the few able to traverse the forbidding Forest, Matty must deliver the message of Village’s closing and try to convince Seer’s daughter Kira to return with him before it’s too late. But Forest is now hostile to Matty, too, and he must risk everything to fight his way through it. Messenger is the masterful third novel in Lois Lowry’s Giver Quartet, which includes The Giver, Gathering Blue, and Son—all newly designed!


In The After by Demitria Lunetta

In The After (In The After #1) by Demitria Lunetta

They hear the most silent of footsteps.
They are faster than anything you’ve ever seen.
And They won’t stop chasing you…until you are dead.

Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by Them. These vile creatures are rapidly devouring mankind. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to escape—and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler left behind in the chaos. Marooned in Amy’s house, the girls do everything they can to survive—and avoid Them at all costs.

After years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living in a former government research compound. While at first the colony seems like a dream with plenty of food, safety, and shelter, New Hope slowly reveals that it is far from ideal. And Amy soon realizes that unless things change, she’ll lose Baby—and much more.

Wool by Hugh Howey

Wool (Wool #1) by High Howey

They live beneath the earth in a prison of their own making. There is a view of the outside world, a spoiled and rotten world, their forefathers left behind. But this view fades over time, ruined by the toxic airs that kill any who brave them.

So they leave it to the criminals, those who break the rules, and who are sent to cleaning. Why do they do it, these people condemned to death? Sheriff Holston has always wondered. Now he is about to find out.

Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouln't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski

Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski

2 girls + 3 guys + 1 house – parents = 10 things April and her friends did that they (definitely, maybe, probably) shouldn’t have.

If given the opportunity, what sixteen-year-old wouldn’t jump at the chance to move in with a friend and live parent-free? Although maybe “opportunity” isn’t the right word, since April had to tell her dad a tiny little untruth to make it happen (see #1: “Lied to Our Parents”). But she and her housemate Vi are totally responsible and able to take care of themselves. How they ended up “Skipping School” (#3), “Throwing a Crazy Party” (#8), “Buying a Hot Tub” (#4), and, um, “Harboring a Fugitive” (#7) at all is kind of a mystery to them.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson

There are no heroes.

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics… nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

Tampa by Alissa Nutting

Tampa by Alissa Nutting

Celeste Price is an eighth-grade English teacher in suburban Tampa. She’s undeniably attractive. She drives a red Corvette with tinted windows. Her husband, Ford, is rich, square-jawed, and devoted to her.
But Celeste’s devotion lies elsewhere. She has a singular sexual obsession—fourteen-year-old boys. Celeste pursues her craving with sociopathic meticulousness and forethought; her sole purpose in becoming a teacher is to fulfill her passion and provide her access to her compulsion. As the novel opens, fall semester at Jefferson Jr. High is beginning.

In mere weeks, Celeste has chosen and lured the lusciously naive Jack Patrick into her web. Jack is enthralled and in awe of his teacher, and, most important, willing to accept Celeste’s terms for a secret relationship—car rides after school; rendezvous at Jack’s house while his single father works late; body-slamming encounters in Celeste’s empty classroom between periods.

Ever mindful of the danger—the perpetual risk of exposure, Jack’s father’s own attraction to her, and the ticking clock as Jack leaves innocent boyhood behind—the hyperbolically insatiable Celeste bypasses each hurdle with swift thinking and shameless determination, even when the solutions involve greater misdeeds than the affair itself. In slaking her sexual thirst, Celeste Price is remorseless and deviously free of hesitation, a monstress driven by pure motivation. She deceives everyone, and cares nothing for anyone or anything but her own pleasure.


The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter #1) by Megan Shepherd

In the darkest places, even love is deadly.

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairlyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making by Catherynne M Valente

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland #1) by Catherynne M. Valente

Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.

Defy by Sara B. Larson

Defy (Defy #1) by Sara B. Larson

A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?

All cover images and summaries from goodreads.


  1. Steelheart is amazing! I read it really recently and it was so good. I hope you enjoy it. I really liked Fairyland as well, it was a really sweet fairy-tale kind of book. Your other books look great too. Enjoy them!
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  2. I got Defy too for my STS post! I just recently got it (yay!) I like This Is What Happy Looks Like, but I still like Statistical more.

    Happy reading! 🙂
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  3. Steelheart is SO GOOD! And The Rosie Project looks like a fantastic read! I hope you enjoy all you got 🙂

    Here’s my STS!
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    • I cannot wait to read it! The Rosie Project has gotten a lot of great reviews plus I really need to read more lighthearted comedic books.

  4. Nice haul indeed. Defy has gotten some very mixed reviews about it. I hope that you like it. You got some books that I hadn’t seen before. Come check out my stacks as well.

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  5. Amazing haul! You’ve got a lot of amazing looking books. I’ve had an arc of Enders for a while but I still need to read Starters before I can even think of starting it. I am so behind on my reading, it’s terrible. I really want to read Altered by Jennifer Rush, I’ve heard lots of amazing things. I’m hoping to get to it soon. I hope you enjoy all of your books 🙂 My STS.

  6. Thanks for the head’s up, I got The Madman’s Daughter. Gotta love cheap books!
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    • In any of my book haul posts, the beginning of the month always has a ton of Kindle/Nook books because I always buy the cheap books. Nothing like a good deal!

  7. Wow, that’s quite a haul and a nice mix, enjoy!
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  8. I’ve read some of these, I hope you enjoy them!!

    Check our STS

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  9. Oh gosh, the awesome in this post is HUGE! I loooove Lois Lowry! I really want to finish the quartet, but I’m kind of waiting for my library to get the rest. *ahem* And Steelheart looks awesome, same as The Madman’s Daughter. I hope you love these oboks! They look just deliciosu! XD My StS!
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  10. Wow you have such a big haul, I don’t know what to comment on. The Enders cover catches my eye, but I haven’t read book 1 yet. I’ve been seeing Defy everywhere. I like the cover, but I don’t know about the book. I need to see some reviews I guess–or at least ratings. Can’t believe I’ve never read anything by Lois Lowry. Happy reading!

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  11. I have Wool and I want Steelheart. 🙂 Enjoy!
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  12. Oooh you got some great books. I loved In the After. I recently bought Steelheart because everyone said how good it is. I hope so! Enjoy your books!
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  13. The Madman’s Daughter looks really good, I’ve seen that one around but never picked it up. In The After sounds like a tense read too. Nice haul of books!
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    • Thanks!

      The Madmand’s Daughter is supposed to be really good. I believe there is book two coming out sometime soon.

  14. Lots of interesting sounding books! Happy Reading! If you’d like, you can stop by my STSI’m a new follower too and would love a follow back please 🙂
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  15. A blogger friend of mine gave me a copy of Ten Things We Did and I absolutely love it! I hope you love it as much as I do 🙂 I’m dying to read The Madman’s Daughter, Enders and This is What Happy Looks Like 😀
    Anyway, I hope you have a great week ahead 🙂
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