Saturday, March 15, 2014

Stacking the Shelves 37

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, every Weekend. This is to share books I have acquired from various sources. Physical books & ebooks both are welcome. If its something being sent to me by mail, I will not mention it until I actually receive it. 
 
 
 

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Library Nabs

The Hunt of the UnicornElayne thinks the old family story that one of her ancestors stepped through a tapestry into a world of mythical beasts makes a great fireside tale. But she lives in the real world. In New York City. And she's outgrown that kind of fantasy.

Until she finds herself in front of a unicorn tapestry at the Cloisters museum and sees her initials woven into the fabric. And hears a unicorn calling to her. And slips and falls—into that other world.

Suddenly the line between fantasy and reality isn't so clear. But the danger is real enough. Almost before she can think, Elayne is attacked by a ferocious beast, rescued by a unicorn, and taken prisoner by a tyrant king. Each of them seems to have an idea about her—that she's a hero, a villain, dinner!

But Elayne has a few ideas of her own. She wants to overthrow the king; she wants to tame the unicorn. She wants to go home! And she's willing to become both hero and villain to do it.

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Shards and Ashes 

Gripping original stories of dystopian worlds from nine New York Times bestselling authors, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong.

The world is gone, destroyed by human, ecological, or supernatural causes. Survivors dodge chemical warfare and cruel gods; they travel the reaches of space and inhabit underground caverns. Their enemies are disease, corrupt corporations, and one another; their resources are few, and their courage is tested.

Powerful original dystopian tales from nine bestselling authors offer bleak insight, prophetic visions, and precious glimmers of light among the shards and ashes of a ruined world.


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Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

 

 

 

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For Review

Fool and the Dragonox: A Prequel to A Tale of Light and Shadow 

 Enter Atolas, a world where swords and daggers both extend life and end it, where magic is feared by all but a few, and where feuds and friendships influence kingdoms and courtships. In The Fool and the Dragonox, a prequel to A Tale of Light and Shadow, we meet Henry Vestin, his best friend Ruther, his sister, Maggie, and the love of his young life, Isabelle Oslan, as they begin an adventure that will help define their ongoing friendship.

 

 

 

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Anime Explosion! The What? Why? and Wow! of Japanese Animation 

Suddenly anime is . . . exploding. But where did Japanese animation come from, and what does it all mean? Written for fans, culture watchers, and perplexed outsiders, this is an engaging tour of the anime megaverse, from older arts and manga traditions to the works of modern directors like Miyazaki and Otomo. Read about anime standbys like giant robots, samurai, furry beasts, high school heroines, and gay/girl/fanboy love—even war and reincarnation, plus all of anime’s major themes, styles, and conventions. At the end of the book are essays on 15 of fandom’s favorite anime, including Evangelion, Esca-flowne, Sailor Moon, and Patlabor.



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Falls the ShadowWhen Cate Benson was twelve, her sister died.

Two hours after the funeral, they picked up Violet’s replacement, and it was like nothing had ever happened. Because Cate’s parents are among those who decided to grant their children a sort of immortality—by cloning them at birth. So this new Violet has the same smile. The same laugh. That same perfect face. Thanks to advancements in mind-uploading technology, she even has all the same memories as the girl she replaced.

She also might have murdered the most popular girl in school.

Or at least, that’s what the paparazzi and crazy anti-cloning protesters want everyone to think: that clones are violent, unpredictable monsters. Cate is used to hearing all that, though. She’s used to standing up for her sister too, and she’s determined to prove her innocence now—at whatever the cost. But the deeper she digs for the truth, the further Cate's carefully-constructed life begins to unravel, unveiling a world filled with copies and lies, where nothing and no one—not even her sister— is completely what they seem.

In a pulse pounding debut, Stefanie Gaither takes readers on a nail-biting ride through a future that looks frighteningly similar to our own time and asks: how far are you willing to go to keep your family together?

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Second StarA twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward Pete's nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she's falling hard for Pete. A radical reinvention of a classic, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up--and the troubled beauty trapped between them.

 

 



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Amazon Ebooks 

Daughter of Mythos (Mythos #1) 

 

 Fifteen-year-old Nora Salvatore thinks wizards, fairies, dragons, and demons are the stuff of myth, but she is wrong. Nora is thrown head first into a life of magic and chaos after learning of a mysterious legend surrounding her birth and the magical powers she is supposed to possess. When an army of demons from a parallel world plans the eradication of mankind, only she can close the portals and keep the demons at bay. Can she learn to harness her new-found powers in time to stop them?

 

 

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If it Kills Me (The Starborn Saga, #2)

 Overconfidence has no place in a world where the dead rule. Nineteen-year-old Mora has learned this the hard way. After a conflict in the colony of Salem that left hundreds of people dead, Mora and her Starborn allies have been branded as fugitives by Jeremiah, the leader of Screven.

Now, Mora must prove to the world that she isn't the enemy, and that hope for the future lies with the Starborns, not Jeremiah. To do that, she must find out the truth behind the origins of the dreaded greyskins that roam the Earth, attacking villages relentlessly.

But more than that, she must protect her family. The Starborns attempt to set up a base at her home, Springhill, but it only brings more turmoil. With a mentor channeling her dreams of the past, and two rival brothers fighting for her love, Mora learns of a new enemy that threatens to bring them down before the revolution can even begin.

This horror story explores romance, betrayal, and death, 60 years into a zombie apocalypse.

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The Tube Riders (The Tube Riders, #1)Beneath the dark streets of London they played a dangerous game with trains. Now it is their only chance for survival...

Mega Britain in 2075 is a dangerous place. A man known only as the Governor rules the country with an iron hand, but within the towering perimeter walls of London Greater Urban Area anarchy spreads unchecked through the streets.

In the abandoned London Underground station of St. Cannerwells, a group of misfits calling themselves the Tube Riders seek to forget the chaos by playing a dangerous game with trains. Marta is their leader, a girl haunted by her brother's disappearance. Of the others, Paul lives only to protect his little brother Owen, while Simon is trying to hold on to his relationship with Jess, daughter of a government official. Guarding them all is Switch, a man with a flickering eye and a faster knife, who cares only about preserving the legacy of the Tube Riders. Together, they are family.

Everything changes the day they are attacked by a rival gang. While escaping, they witness an event that could bring war down on Mega Britain. Suddenly they are fleeing for their lives, pursued not only by their rivals, but by the brutal Department of Civil Affairs, government killing machines known as Huntsmen, and finally by the inhuman Governor himself.

 

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Swaps/Trades/Used purchases

Omnivore (Of Man and Manta, #1)

 

 

Three scientists came to the mysterious planet Nacre to discover, to explore, to record. Utterly defenseless, they trekked through the grotesque jungle of multiform mushrooms and dense spore-clouds, hoping to unlock the secret of this strange world. The stunning climax of their mission was just the beginning of a complex drama in which their survival--and return to earth-could spell the extinction of humanity. 

 

 

 

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Star Wars: Millennium FalconClimb aboard, buckle up, and prepare to jump to hyperspace for a dazzling adventure aboard the ship that launched a thousand fates.

Two years have passed since the death of the brutal Sith Lord Darth Caedus–once known as Jacen Solo. The galaxy is slowly healing from civil war, while Jacen’s family and friends are left to mourn his loss alone. For Han and Leia, still grieving for their son, the only bright spot is Jacen’s daughter, Allana, who has been given into their care. Now Allana introduces new adventure into her grandparents’ lives when she discovers a strange device hidden aboard the Millennium Falcon–a discovery that sparks a fact-finding expedition to retrace the people, places, and events in the checkered history of the famous spaceship. But the Solos are not alone in their quest: Crime lords, galactic pirates, rogue politicians, and fortune hunters alike will race to a final standoff for a prize some will risk everything to find–and pay any cost to possess.

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KissLet me tell you all I know for sure. "My name. Shauna."

I woke up in a hospital bed missing six months of my memory. In the room was my loving boyfriend--how could I have forgotten him?--my uncle and my abusive stepmother. Everyone blames me for the tragic car accident that left me near death and my dear brother brain damaged. But what they say can't be true--can it?

I believe the medicine is doing strange things to my memory. I'm unsure who I can trust and who I should run from. And I'm starting to remember things I've never known. Things not about me. I think I'm going crazy.

"And even worse, I think they want to kill me."

But who? And for what? Is dying for the truth really better than living with a lie?

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Love OverdueMeet Dorothy Jarrow: devotedly unsexy librarian 

Buttoned-up book lover DJ is all sensible shoes, drab skirts and studious glasses. After an ill-advised spring-break-fueled fling left her mortified, she's committed to her prim and proper look. When she's hired by a rural library in middle-of-nowhere Kansas, she finally has the lifestyle to match-and she can't wait to get her admin on.

But it's clear from day one that the small-town library is more interested in circulating rumors than books. DJ has to organize her unloved library, win over oddball employees and avoid her flamboyant landlady's attempts to set her up with the town pharmacist. Especially that last part-because it turns out handsome Scott Sanderson is her old vacation fling! She is not sure whether to be relieved or offended when he doesn't seem to recognize her. But with every meeting, DJ finds herself secretly wondering what it would be like to take off her glasses, unpin her bun and reveal the inner vixen she's been hiding from everyone-including herself.

 

 

 

 Have you read any of these or are any of them books you might want to read?  


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63 comments:

  1. OOh nice haul! These are all mostly new to me! Read Second Star and it was all right. You might like it more since it definitely has more of a contemporary vibe. But I did still like the sort of reimagining of the Peter Pan story!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. It is the Peter Pan aspect that has me excited. Not so sure the contemporary vibe is good though. but I guess I'll find out when I read it.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Interesting titles - Gowans, Drake, and Luceno all look great. Here are new additions

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    1. I am excited about James Luceno's latest here. I get to learn more about Allana!

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  3. Nice mixture of genres there! I wish I could borrow decent books from our library but there is no section for urban/dark fantasy and the horror section had the same 40 books it had ten years ago! The most up to date things are Twilight and book TWO of Sookie Stackhouse! That's my excuse for all my Amazon buys...can't try before I buy!

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    1. I wish my library sectioned off genres. Our is just by authors. Browsing can take quite awhile there. But we have a lot of books and we have an interlibrary system for borrowing from other libraries which comes in handy. I think if I was in your shoes Amazon would get more of my money that I can afford. :)

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  4. Interesting mix of books; haven't read these

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  5. I know a lot of people didn't like Fifty Shades of Grey but I looked past the writing and so forth and saw a fun, sexy story.

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    1. Yea, I think it's a hit or miss. I enjoyed the first one for the most part. Recently finished the second. Liked it even more.

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  6. I really want to read Second Star, it looks so good! Daughter of Mythos sounds interesting too, so I'll have to check it out. Enjoy your books, and thanks for stopping by.

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    1. When I saw Daughter of Mythos I couldn't resist the wonderful low price :) Thanks for the return stop.

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  7. I'd really like to read Second Star! I love retellings, and Peter Pan has to be one of my favourites of all time (that and Alice in Wonderland). XD Happy reading!

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    1. Beauty and the Beast still holds my number one but Alice on Wonderland is number 2! This will be my first Peter Pan retelling (book-wise that is)!

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  8. Wooow! Look at your book haul. It is awesome!
    I hope you enjoy reading all of your new books!

    Mariska

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    1. Thanks so much. I most assuredly have been.

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  9. Thanks for stopping by my STS! I received Falls the Shadow, it sounds really good! Great haul =)

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    1. Hope we both love Falls the Shadow!

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  10. Looks like a good haul, some really interesting ones there. I hope you enjoy them!

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  11. Great haul! Really like the sound of The Hunt of the Unicorn, as I love the idea of falling into a tapestry! Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your new reads!

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    1. So far it is pretty good. Reminds me of Bruce Coville's Unicorn Chronicles in a way, but a bit more mature. Thanks for the return stop.

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  12. I hadn't heard about these before, so I need to check them about. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your books! :)

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  13. Great haul! I love the look of Second Star, especially now that I realise it's a twist on the Peter Pan story. I hope you enjoy your books and thanks for stopping by my haul :)

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    1. Second Star will be my first Peter Pan Retelling. Thanks for the return stop!

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  14. Ooo a unicorn story! That looks awesome!! And I love that cover of Second Star, that lighting looks so pretty. Happy reading :)

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    1. I am a sucker for unicorns. Thanks for stopping by.

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  15. Love Overdue sounds good! I need to add that to my TBR. :)

    Thanks for stopping by at my blog!

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    1. I wanted that back on netgalley but was denied so I was very happy to swap for it. Thanks for the return stop.

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  16. Most of these are new to me but Second Star and Love Overdue both look good. Happy reading and thanks for stopping by mine!

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    1. Love Overdue I have wanted for awhile so I was excited to trade for it. And Second Star was debatable but I figure its time to give Peter Pan a shot in a new light.

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  17. What a great group of books. Thanks for visiting.

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  18. I got Falls the Shadow a few weeks ago. Hope you enjoy it, and all of your new books!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Hope we both enjoy it. Thanks for the return stop.

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  19. WOW, what a haul! I love it. I love the variety of genres here. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by my STS.

    Mary

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    1. A variety of genres...That is me in a nutshell :) Thanks for the return stop.

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  20. Great books! I see a bunch i will have to add to my TBR. Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Great! Out of curiosity, which one(s) sound most interesting? Always love to really get a good idea what others like/may like.

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  21. A lovely selection of books. I hope you enjoy them all :-)

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  22. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    You see to have a great haul there! The only book I've read was Love Overdue. I remember enjoying it, but I don't remember loving it. Same goes for Fifty Shades Darker. I remember I read that series because I was wondering what all the hype was about. I enjoyed it while I was reading it, but it's not a series I'd gush enough about to reread over and over.

    I'm excited to read Second Star. I got it a while back through NetGalley. Sounds like a fun read!

    Hope you enjoy your reads! :)

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    1. Fify Shades-yea I so far it seems like a read once series. Love Overdue an am excited about but most contemporaries are just a once over for me. Hope we both like Second Star. Thanks for the return stop and well thought comment. :)

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  23. I've thought about reading Second Star. Peter Pan is one of my favorite stories, so I'm always looking for retellings. I've also thought about reading 50 Shades, but..... I don't think I'm ready for that yet. lol. Thanks for stopping by my STS!!!

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    1. This will be my first Peter Pan retelling novel. Fifty shades is good. Fifty Shades Darker really is darker and more enjoyable than the first. Thanks for the return stop

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  24. Love Overdue looks really cute. The Hunt of the Unicorn sounds interesting, and I also got a copy of Second Star. I'm really looking forward to that one! You got a lot of fun books. Happy reading!

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    1. Love Overdue better BE cute, lol. The hunt of the Unicorn is pretty good so far. Thanks for stopping by!

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  25. Oohh, I've been wanting to read Shards & Ashes! Hope it's good :) Same as Second Star, I've heard a lot of mixed things about that one. Happy Reading!

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    1. I enjoyed Shards and Ashes. Review to come!

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  26. The only one I have from your goodies is Second Star. I can't wait to read Shards & Ashes, it looks awesome!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. I really enjoyed the stories in Shard and Ashes. Thanks for the return stop.

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  27. The Hunt of the Unicorn and Shards and Ashes look great! I also received Second Star for review. Happy reading!

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    1. Shard and Ashes was good. Still reading The Hunt of the Unicorn but so far so good.

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  28. Awesome book haul! Hope you like 50 Shades... I did!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    1. So far, yes. The second book more than the first which is rare.

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  29. Falls the Shadows sounds really neat as does Anime Explosion. I saw Second Star on your pile as well its a book I'm intrigued about but unsure if I'll actuall read. Great haul!

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    1. Anime Explosion is just to sate my geek side. Falls the Shadow I hop e to be really good.

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  30. I didn't know most of this books before, I only knew 50 shades. I hope you enjoy all your books.
    Thanks for stopping by earlier!

    El @ So Bookalicious

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  31. What a nice shelf of new reads! A couple I have had a chance to read. I specifically like the short stories in Shards and Ashes.

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    1. I really enjoyed them too. Just finished it the other day!

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  32. Second star sounds so good! I'm really loving all of the retellings that have been coming out. I love peter pan and the only retelling I have heard of is Tiger lily so this sounds really good!

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