In The Stacks (33)

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 the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

What You May Have Missed

January 12 2014 New Releases

What I Read This Week

  • I finally finished a review book, Uninvited by Sophie Jordan. The review is actually written and set to publish later in the month.
  • The Runaway King by Jennifer Neilson. I love this series and am looking forward to book three.

What I Added To My Stacks This Week


Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him.

This is my story.

A letter from nowhere.

Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back?

The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don’t exist – almost.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune–and remarkable power–to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved–that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt–among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life–and love–in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell Trilogy #1) by Hilary Mantel

Tudor England. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce. Into this atmosphere of distrust comes Thomas Cromwell – a man as ruthlessly ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Monument 14 (Monument 14 #1) by Emmy Laybourne

Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.


Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher

Obsidian Mirror (Chronoptika #1) by Catherine Fisher

Jake’s father disappears while working on mysterious experiments with the obsessive, reclusive Oberon Venn. Jake is convinced Venn has murdered him. But the truth he finds at the snow-bound Wintercombe Abbey is far stranger … The experiments concerned a black mirror, which is a portal to both the past and the future. Venn is not alone in wanting to use its powers. Strangers begin gathering in and around Venn’s estate: Sarah – a runaway, who appears out of nowhere and is clearly not what she says, Maskelyne – who claims the mirror was stolen from him in some past century. There are others, a product of the mirror’s power to twist time. And a tribe of elemental beings surround this isolated estate, fey, cold, untrustworthy, and filled with hate for humans. But of them all, Jake is hell-bent on using the mirror to get to the truth. Whatever the cost, he must learn what really happened to his father.

Cover images and summaries from goodreads.


  1. I have had stolen on my shelf now for months!my sister read it a couple of years ago now I’d say and I still haven’t picked it up even though I find the Stockholm syndrome fascinating!!

    Here is my STS:
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    • I’m sure it is. I just cannot imagine being taken and held captive by some crazy person. How can a person even wrap their mind around that?

  2. I liked Monument 14, hope you do to.
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    • I am so glad I stumbled upon it randomly at the book store. That’s one of my favorite things about actual stores, you never know what you will find.

  3. Wow, looks like you got a ton of great reads this week! Stolen looks awesome! I hope you enjoy all you got 🙂

    Here’s my STS!
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  4. You’ve got some great books up there! I really enjoyed Stolen!

  5. I have Incarceron but never gotten round to reading it. I’m now reminded I have it after seeing her new book on your stack. Thanks, I will go revisit that book.
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    • This is my first Catherine Fisher book and I am impressed with how good the writing is. At more than halfway into the Obsidian Mirror, I would read her other books.

  6. Those are amazing, hope you enjoy them all!
    Have amazing weekend 🙂

  7. I got Stolen last week. I can’t wait to start it (I have to finish what I’m reading though…you know, to be a good little bookworm XD). This looks like an uber cool haul this week! Happy reading! My StS!
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  8. Enjoy all of your books! 🙂 I haven’t heard of Ready Player One, and I’m super intrigued now!
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    • I’m glad! I am hoping my husband, who loves video games, will be interested in reading it (after I’m done.) 🙂

  9. Oh, I’ve been meaning to read Stolen for awhile now. enjoy your new reads 🙂 My STS
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    • It seems like Stolen is a hard one to start. I think when reading a book with such sensitive subject matter, it can be hard to get into it.

  10. I’m not familiar with most of those but enjoy!
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  11. Great haul! I’ve had Monument 14 for so long now but still haven’t gotten to it, have heard lots of good things though. I hope you enjoy all of your books. My STS 🙂
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  12. Stolen, I want to read it, but kind of anxious about it at the same time, haha. Hope you enjoy it! 🙂
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  13. I am looking forward to Hollow City and I want to read Monument 14 as well. Have a wonderful week and enjoy all your new books!
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  14. Enjoy all your new books and I look forward to your reviews!

    Have a wonderful week! My Sunday Edition @ Paulette’s Papers

  15. Ooooh…Ready Player One is going on my TBR! Have a great week! 🙂
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  16. Oh!! Your post just reminded me that I need to read the 2nd book to Monument 14. I totally forgot that.
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  17. Seems like you got a pretty amazing haul this week. Happy reading! 😀

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