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 (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 (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?

Stacking the Shelves (8): The Haven't-Done-This-In-Awhile Edition

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I have absolutely no idea why I am so horrible at doing Stacking the Shelves on a more regular basis. The last time I did one of these? January. Do you know how many books I have gotten since January?

With Comic Con a few weeks away, I thought it might be a good idea to get in the habit of sharing all the incoming books that have found their way onto the piles in my homes. Here are just some of the books I've received in the last month.

First of all my friends at Angry Robot were moving their US offices, so they sent me presents a box of goodies that made it feel like Christmas.

Morlock Night by KW Jeter

Crown of the Blood, Crown of the Conqueror, and Crown of the Usurper by Gav Thorpe

Camera Obscura by Lavie Tidhar

Three by Jay Posey (for review, interview & giveaway)

Seven Wonders by Adam Christopher

vN by Madeline Ashby (for review & interview)

Not pictured: iD by Madeline Ashby (e-ARC for review & interview)


Then I made the mistake of going on Amazon and finding that instead of doing 4 for 3 paperback sales now, they just randomly put books up for a steep discount. I may have gone... a bit wild.

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black & Cecil Castellucci

The Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson

All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin

Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill

Grave Mercy by RL LaFevers


Then another book came out that I had to buy on release date and I need to put into something else for free shipping so, these arrived on my doorstep last week:

Die For Me by Amy Plum

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman


And finally some editors have been absolutely lovely, sending me things for review, and I won a contest or two.

Masque of the Red Death and Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin (Thank you to Jen at YA Romantics)

The Fury by Alexander Gordon Smith (Thank you to Macmillian)

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (Thank you Houghton Mifflin)

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson (Thank you HarperTeen/Greenwillow)

I Never Promoised You a Goodie Bag by Jennifer Gilbert (Thank you to HarperCollins)

The Wife, The Maid and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon (Thank you to Doubleday)

Parallel by Lauren Miller (Thank you again HarperTeen)


And finally the book that, upon arriving at my door on Wednesday night, caused me to squeal like a 14-year-old and seriously consider calling in sick to work the next day. Thank you to HarperTeen and Rockstar Book Tours for having me on the tour for this upcoming release that I am SO. EXCITED. ABOUT!

Now let's see if I can be a little more consistant with this Stacking the Shelves thing because books are quickly stacking up on my shelves. What book are you most excited about receiving recently?

Stacking the Shelves (5): Zombies, Magic and Memories

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I've been booked to the gills (mixed metaphors much?) with family things and sick besides, so I haven't had much reading time the last few weeks. This makes me incredibly sad and not just because I don't have a book to review for you today. I haven't been able to spend long spans of time with Zombie Bram, who deserves my undivided attention...

Anyway, instead of a review, here are the books that have wandered their way into my house over the last few weeks.

For Review


Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Thanks to Macmillian for sending me a copy!



Elemental by Antony John

Thanks to Destination Elsewhere for holding the contest on Facebook!


For Contests

Shadows by Ilsa J Bick

Thanks to EgmontUSA for providing a hard back of Shadows for a giveaway. Look for it in the next few weeks.