Stacking the Shelves (16): Code Monkey Saves World, Techno Thrillers, Peter Pan & Rule of 3

This weekly linkup is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Visit her site to see what everyone else has gotten their hands on recently. These are the books that have come my way over the last few weeks.

Second Star by Alyssa B Sheinmel

Semmant by Vadim Babenko

A Simple Soul by Vadim Babenko

The Rule of 3 by Eric Walters (finished copy) - I previously reviewed this one over here.

Thanks to Macmillan and Vadim Babenko for sending me these books for review!

Last summer I went a little mad with Kickstarters for comic books, and I'm starting to get the results from all those investments. I was pleasantly surprised to find one of those comics in my mail earlier this week.

Code Monkey Save World by Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa, based on songs by Jonathan Coulton


Those are the books that entered my home the last few weeks. What books have you recently acquired?

Stacking the Shelves (15): JJ Abrams, Winner's Curse & Penguin Goodies

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The last few weeks have seen numerous packages landing on my doorstep, but most of them contained books for other people, particularly my neice and nephew for Christmas. I did, however, get a few shiny new additions to my bookshelves over the last few weeks.

Thanks to Penguin and Destination Elsewhere, who held the contest where I won:



And thank you to my awesome sister-in-law and brother for S by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst.

Then I came home one day to find a package from my friends at Macmillan sitting on the porch. What was inside was a pretty awesomely packaged version of The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski.

I've very excited by all the new additions to my bookish family. What awesomeness have you added to your collection recently?

Stacking the Shelves (14): Balzer + Bray Care Package, Alien Invasion & Others

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The other day Fernando came home from work with a package that looked like a pillow. I was expecting anything, so I was incredibly surprised to find that the lovely people at Balzer + Bray had sent me a few of their upcoming February 2014 releases. Needless to say that package along with a few others that have come in over the past few weeks have my book card filled for quite some time.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Her Dark Curiosity by Meghan Shepherd

Avalon by Mindee Arnett

Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

We Will Destroy Your Planet by David McIntee

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake (won from the awesome Pabkins over at My Shelf Confessions)

Johnny Hiro: The Skills to Pay the Bills by Fred Chao

Not shown: The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski (e-ARC through Netgalley)

Thank you to Balzer + Bray, Tor, Random House and Macmillan for their generosity.

Stacking the Shelves (13): MacMillan Loves Me, Space Exploration & More

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The UPS man has become my friend the last two weeks and has brought me lots and lots of new shinies to sit on my shelves and mock me because I don't have the time to read all of them in any reasonable amount of time. These are the books I've collected since the last STS edition a few weeks back.

My friends at Macmillan have been incredibly generous lately and are mostly responsible for the presents on my doorstep. I'm very, very excited to read these upcoming winter 2014 releases.

Nil by Lynne Matson

Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

Unforgotten by Jessica Brody

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

The Riverman by Aaron Starmer

Sekret by Lindsay Smith

Avalon by Mindee Arnett

Desert Tales by Marissa Marr

The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney

The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard

Cracked by Eliza Crewe

The Rule of Three by Eric Walters

Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield

Starhawk by Jack McDevitt

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

Thank you to Macmillan and their various subsidiaries, HarperTeen, Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot, Mindee Arnett, Atria and Ace. Also, thanks to the local library for getting Perfect Ruin so quickly.

Stacking the Shelves (12): The One With All the Library Books

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You know that saying: "While the cat's away, the mice will go to the library and get more books than they possibly could read before the cat comes back."

That's how it goes, right?

I've been on a comic book kick, but made the mistake of wandering the library when I went by to pick up my comics. Here are the books that have recently landed in my house.

Borrowed from the library:

Batman Vol 1: Night of the Owls by Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo

Batman & Robin Vol 2: Batman vs Robin by Grant Morrison

Green Lantern Vol 2: The Revenge of Black Hand by Geoff Johns

Batwoman Vol 2: To Drown the World by JH Williams III

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

Batman & Robin Vol 1: Batman Reborn by Grant Morrison

Nightwing Vol 1: Traps & Trapezes by Kyle Higgins & Eddy Barrow

Wonder Woman Vol 1: Blood by Brian Azzarello & Cliff Chiang (My Review)

Wonder Woman Vol 2: Guts by Brian Azzarello & Cliff Chiang (My Review)

Justice League Vol 2: The Villian's Journey by Geoff Johns

Teen Titans Vol 1: It's Our Right to Fight by Scott Lobdell 

Batman & Robin Vol 3: Batman & Robin Must Die! by Grant Morrison

Batman & Robin Vol 4: Dark Knight, White Knight by Grant Morrison

Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison & Dave McKean

Sever by Lauren DeStefano

Everbound by Brodi Ashton

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

The Girl of Fire & Thorns by Rae Carson

The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

Asunder by Jodi Meadows


Didn't I say that I got a few too many books at the library?


From Publishers for Review:

The Circle of Thirteen by William Petrocelli

The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

The Grim Company by Luke Scull 

Thank you to HarperTeen, Turner Publishing, Greenwillo and Roc for sending me some great reads.



I was a supporter of the To Be or Not To Be Kickstarter a few months back and the giant Choose Your Own Adventure version of Hamlet landed on my doorstep a few weeks back. It came with a short story called Poor Yorrick and it was all adapted by Ryan North. It's pretty hilarious.


And those are the books that came my way the last few weeks. I have absolutely no idea how I am going to read all of my bounty, but I'm going to have fun trying!

Stacking the Shelves (11): Comic Con Edition Part 2 - Penguin, Macmillan, & Simon & Schuster

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Last week I shared the books I carried away from San Diego Comic Con provided by the generous people at Random House and Little, Brown. This week here are the books from the other awesome publishers I got to visit with during my time at the Con.

First up are the lovely people of Penguin:

Champion chapter sampler by Marie Lu

New Adult Reads, DAW Books, and Sci Fi and Fantasty reads from Ace and Roc samplers

Poptropica: Island Creator Kit by Mitch Krpata (a drawing book that will make its way to my nephew eventually)

Virals by Kathy Reichs (signed)

Department Nineteen by Will Hill

Earthbound by Aprilynne Brooks (signed)

Shadow by Robin McKinley

Not Pictured: Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead


And from my great friend Ed at Simon & Schuster:

The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King

Big Egos by SG Browne

The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

The Troop by Nick Cutter

The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper

Day by Day Armageddon: Shattered Hourglass by JL Bourne


Last year I had a hard time finding the Disney/Hyperion booth, but this year I stumbled upon it several times. They were giving out an interesting selection of children and YA titles:

Star Darlings: Sage's Story by Ahmet Zappa & Shana Maldoon Zappa

Tesla's Attic by Neal Shusterman & Eric Elfman

Beta by Rachel Cohn

False Sight by Dan Krokos


And finally the books that I picked up here and there around the convention floor:

Smart Pop Preview 2013 sampler

Cress by Marissa Meyer (thank you soooo much to Macmillan for providing me with my prize for the year!)

Twinmaker by Sean Williams (thanks to Harper Teen)

Barbarians: A Handbook for Aspiring Savages by Byron Clavicle & Grute Skullbasher (thanks to Insight Editions)

To the Heart of the Storm by Will Eisner (thanks to the Con itself and the Eisner Awards for handing out all sorts of Eisner goodies)


Macmillan also provided me with an opportunity to say hello to Marissa Meyer again and tell her she is awesome. In return she signed my ARC of Cress:

And that was the bookish part of my Con swag. What sort of awesome books have found their way into your home this week?

Stacking the Shelves (10): Comic Con Edition Part 1 - Random House & Little, Brown

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For some reason it didn't feel like I walked away from San Diego Comic Con this year with as many books as I did last year. Then we got back to the hotel and attempted to pack all our loot. That's when I discovered that my bags had been a bit fuller than I expected. So as with last year, I'm splitting this year's Comic Con treasures into two StS.

This year Random House and its subsidiaries were very kind to me and I walked away with tons of books from them. To the right you'll see the stack of science fiction and fantasy titles I brought home.

A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin (from the Game of Thrones television panel)

Wicked Bronze Ambition by Glen Cook

The Darwin Elevator by Jason M Hough

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner (signed)

Tandem by Anna Jarzab

Ghostman by Roger Hobbs

Task Force by Brian Falkner

Mortal Lock by Andrew Vachss

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi


And then there were the kind people at Little, Brown & Orbit, who gave me several books that I'm incredibly excited about.

The 100 by Kass Morgan (saw the pilot of this one as well, review forthcoming)

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger (the wonderful ladies at the booth took pity on me when my brain shut down after five days of little food and even less sleep and gave me a copy even though I couldn't finish their quiz, so thank you to them)

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Leviathan Wakes by James SA Corey (signed by the authors)


And that's about half the stash, though it doesn't include my absolute prize prossession. That will be for next week. What books are you most excited about reading? Which one should I start with next?