Saturday, August 2, 2014

Stacking the Shelves 55 & Giveaway!


So this week involved a new experience for me.  Sometimes working at the library has unexpected consequences. Like coming in to learn it is Kid's day and Marie Callendars donated a bunch of cream pies for the kids to have fun with us on. All my life until this point I had easily managed to avoid such a thing as a pie in the face. No more! Although I must say, the banana cream pie is quite tasty! At least I didn't have to clean up the leftover mess in the conference room!

 Bookwise this week, I was a bad, bad girl....  I meant to be good.  But failed something grand with a round of applause from my hubby that followed.   Purchases, swaps, freebies, review titles, etc.  I got a bunch of unexpected arrivals and gifts.    Now this is not from my biggest haul but it is good sized.And LONG with adding summaries  And when I am trying to catch up, it does not help.  Luckily most are for fun reading... But for the next several weeks I must behave!  More reading and a lot less collecting!!

Normally with a haul this size I just post pics but I figured lets make this the longest post yet on this blog!  So here they are!
In no particular order....
If I Break (If I Break, #1)  This is not your typical happily ever after...

  Lauren Brooks wants to do three things: Escape the small town she grew up in, get accepted to her dream school in Chicago, and graduate without drowning in debt. Now she’s working her ass off to do just that.

  With a full course load and a waitressing job at one of the hottest night clubs in Chicago, she does not have time for distractions;namely ones who only want to get into her pants. She’s been burned before.  Only a fool goes for a second round.. With just two semesters left until graduation, everything’s on track.

  Until she meets Cal. Enter distraction.

  At six-foot-two, with ebony hair, deep grey eyes, and a smile that could only hide an agenda, she knows he’s trouble. And for the first time in her life, a little trouble might be just what she needs.

No what she wants.

It isn't like she’d ever marry the guy.  Until she does.

What she thinks will be her happily ever after, is only the beginning.  Cal has a secret. One that makes loving him come with a price, and being his wife cost more than she bargained for.

The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time, #12; A Memory of Light, #1)  Tarmon Gai'don, the Last Battle, looms. And mankind is not ready.

  The final volume of the Wheel of Time, A Memory of Light, was partially written by Robert Jordan before his untimely passing in 2007. Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn books, was chosen by Jordan's editor--his wife, Harriet McDougal--to complete the final book. The scope and size of the volume was such that it could not be contained in a single book, and so Tor proudly presents The Gathering Storm as the first of three novels that will cover the outline left by Robert Jordan, chronicling Tarmon Gai'don and Rand al'Thor's final confrontatino with the Dark One. This short sequence will complete the struggle against the Shadow, bringing to a close a journey begun almost twenty years ago and marking the conclusion of the Wheel of Time, the preeminent fantasy epic of our era.

  In this epic novel, Robert Jordan's international bestselling series begins its dramatic conclusion. Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward--wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders--his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

  Egwene al'Vere, the Amyrlin Seat of the rebel Aes Sedai, is a captive of the White Tower and subject to the whims of their tyrannical leader. As days tick toward the Seanchan attack she knows is imminent, Egwene works to hold together the disparate factions of Aes Sedai while providing leadership in the face of increasing uncertainty and despair. Her fight will prove the mettle of the Aes Sedai, and her conflict will decide the future of the White Tower--and possibly the world itself.

  The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower #4.5)In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World, the spectacular territory of the Dark Tower fantasy saga that stands as his most beguiling achievement.

Roland Deschain and his ka-tet—Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumbler—encounter a ferocious storm just after crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just one strange story but two . . . and in so doing, casts new light on his own troubled past.

In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death, Roland is sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a “skin-man” preying upon the population around Debaria. Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, the brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter. Only a teenager himself, Roland calms the boy and prepares him for the following day’s trials by reciting a story from the Magic Tales of the Eld that his mother often read to him at bedtime. “A person’s never too old for stories,” Roland says to Bill. “Man and boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them.” And indeed, the tale that Roland unfolds, the legend of Tim Stoutheart, is a timeless treasure for all ages, a story that lives for us.


Red Queen  Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.

  To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

  From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

When Violet Was BlueLittle Violet has a problem. She knows that she needs the help of others, but simply cannot figure out how her friends can help her solve this problem. With assistance from an unlikely source, Violet and her rainbow friends find a way to brighten the day for everyone.
Told in rhyme, When Violet Was Blue is a bouncy tale that children from 3 to 6-years-old will ask to hear over and over again. 


The Box and the Dragonfly (The Keepers, #1) Artifacts. Miseries. Mysteries . . .

From the moment Horace F. Andrews sees the sign from the bus--a sign with his own name on it--everything changes. The sighting leads him underground to the House of Answers, a hidden warehouse brimming with peculiar devices. But there he finds only questions. What is this curious place? Who are the strange, secretive people who entrust him with a rare and immensely powerful gift? And what is he to do with it?

As he works to master his newfound abilities, Horace quickly discovers that nothing is ordinary anymore. From the sinister thin man lurking around every corner to his encounters with Chloe--a girl who has an astonishing talent of her own--Horace follows a path that puts him in the middle of a centuries-old conflict between two mysterious factions.

Horace's journey leads him and Chloe deep into a place where every decision they make could have disastrous consequences. Most important, it links Horace to the Box of Promises and a future he never saw coming.

With an action-packed blend of fantasy and science fiction, Ted Sanders creates a world where everything is more than it seems and where friendship and loyalty have the greatest power of all.


Darth Plagueis (Star Wars)“Did you ever hear the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? It’s a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise that he could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create life. He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.”
—Supreme Chancellor Palpatine,
Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. And when the time is right, he destroys his Master--but vows never to suffer the same fate. For like no other disciple of the dark side, Darth Plagueis learns to command the ultimate power . . . over life and death.

Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious, Master and acolyte, target the galaxy for domination--and the Jedi Order for annihilation. But can they defy the merciless Sith tradition? Or will the desire of one to rule supreme, and the dream of the other to live forever, sow the seeds of their destruction?


Cradle of Secrets (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense #78) (Cradle of Secrets, #1)WHO WAS TAMMIE GARDNER, REALLY?She was never supposed to know she was adopted. Never supposed to uncover the secrets of her birth. But she had. And with God as her guide, Tammie Gardner headed cross-country to a sleepy New England town, determined to discover who she really was. Yet her arrival was met with odd double-takes and the dangerous attention of handsome stranger Dylan Montgomery. He insisted she was another woman entirely--and the key to his brother's mysterious disappearance. And now someone wanted to make Tammie disappear before either of them could ever learn the truth.

MonstrousThe city of Bryre suffers under the magic of an evil wizard. Because of his curse, girls sicken and disappear without a trace, and Bryre’s inhabitants live in fear. No one is allowed outside after dark.

Yet night is the only time that Kymera can enter this dangerous city, for she must not be seen by humans. Her father says they would not understand her wings, the bolts in her neck, or her spiky tail—they would kill her. They would not understand that she was created for a purpose: to rescue the girls of Bryre.

Despite her caution, a boy named Ren sees Kym and begins to leave a perfect red rose for her every evening. As they become friends, Kym learns that Ren knows about the missing girls, the wizard, and the evil magic that haunts Bryre.

And what he knows will change Kym’s life.

Reminiscent of Frankenstein and the tales of the Brothers Grimm, this debut novel by MarcyKate Connolly stands out as a compelling, original story that has the feel of a classic.
From bestselling author Gordon Korman comes a thrilling new middle grade trilogy about a group of kids living in a Pleasantville-type town who discover a dark secret that connects them to some of the greatest criminal masterminds of their time.

Eli Frieden lives in the most boring town in the world: Serenity, New Mexico. Only thirty kids live in the idyllic town, where every lawn is perfectly manicured and everyone has a pool and a basketball hoop. Honesty and kindness are the backbone of the community. There is no crime in this utopia.

Eli has never left town…. Why would he ever want to? But everything changes the day he and his friend Randy bike to the edge of the city limits. Eli is suddenly struck with a paralyzing headache and collapses. Almost instantly, a crew of security—or “Purple People Eaters,” as the kids call them—descend via helicopter. Eli awakens in the hospital, and the next day, Randy and his family are gone.

As Eli convinces his friends Tori and Malik to help him investigate Randy’s disappearance, it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems in Serenity. As the clues mount to reveal a shocking discovery, the kids realize they can trust no one—least of all their own parents. So they hatch a plan for what could be the greatest breakout in history—but will they survive? And if they do, where do they go from there?

This first book in a thrilling new series from the middle grade “mastermind” Gordon Korman is sure to be a hit with his myriad fans.
The TrenchIts appetite is ravenous. Its teeth scalpel-sharp. Its power unstoppable as it smashes the steel doors holding it in a Monterey Aquarium. For the first time, the captive twenty-ton Megalodon shark has tasted human blood, and it wants more. On the other side of the world, in the silent depths of the ocean, lies the Marianas Trench, where the Megalodon has spawned since the dawn of time. Paleo-biologist Jonas Taylor once dared to enter this perilous cavern. He alone faced a MEG and cut its heart out. He still wears the painful scars of that encounter. Now, as the body count rises and the horror of a monster's attack grips the California coast, Jonas must begin the hunt again. But to do that means returning to the dark terror of the trench...where the MEG is waiting. Using himself as bait, Jonas will enter the ultimate battle--a fight to he death between man and beast in the darkest recesses of the ocean, and a fight for sanity from the depths of this own tormented soul.

Initiate (The Unfinished Song, #1)The initiation ceremony is the gateway to ultimate power...or death. A DETERMINED GIRL Dindi can't do anything right, maybe because she spends more time dancing with pixies than doing her chores. Her clan hopes to marry her off and settle her down, but she dreams of becoming a Tavaedi, one of the powerful warrior-dancers whose secret magics are revealed only to those who pass a mysterious Test during the Initiation ceremony. The problem? No-one in Dindi's clan has ever passed the Test. Her grandmother died trying. But Dindi has a plan... AN EXILED WARRIOR Kavio is the most powerful warrior-dancer in Faearth, but when he is exiled from the tribehold for a crime he didn't commit, he decides to shed his old life. If roving cannibals and hexers don't kill him first, this is his chance to escape the shadow of his father's wars and his mother's curse. But when he rescues a young Initiate girl, he finds himself drawn into as deadly a plot as any he left behind. He must decide whether to walk away or fight for her... assuming she would even accept the help of an exile.


Obsidian (Lux #1) Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don't kill him first, that is.


The Winter People  An engrossing, complex, romantic fantasy perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore or Maggie Stiefvater, set in a wholly unique world.

Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn't forgotten their warning to "stay away." For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the "special gifts" that must be left at the back of the property.

Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, his interactions with Salome take her life in a new direction. A direction where she'll have to decide between her longtime crush Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop. An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.
Liars, Inc.It all starts with one little lie…

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell lies to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts a business providing forged permission slips and cover stories for the students of Vista Palisades High. Liars, Inc. they call it. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.


Bitten (Women of the Otherworld #1)   Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf. And she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, a life where her most important job is hunting down rogue werewolves. Tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her–her temper, her violence–but requires it. Worst of all, she realizes she’s growing content with that life, with being that person.

So she left the Pack and returned to Toronto where she’s trying to live as a human. When the Pack leader calls asking for her help fighting a sudden uprising, she only agrees because she owes him. Once this is over, she’ll be squared with the Pack and free to live life as a human. Which is what she wants. Really.


Snow White Blood Red, Ashes to Ashes & Cinder to Cinder, Beauty Never Dies, Ladle Rat Rotten Hut, Mary Mary Quite Contrary, Blood Apples (The Grimm Diaries Prequels #1- #6)What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?

Warning: these Grimm Prequels are like snap shots of a magical land you're about to visit soon. I like to think of them as poisoned apples. Once you taste them, you will never see fairy tales in the same light again.

This Grimm Diaries Prequels are a number of short books in the form of epistolary diary entries. The diaries are more of teasers for the upcoming series: The Grimm Diaries, allowing you to get a glimpse of what to expect of the series. The 6 diaries are told by The Evil Queen, Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood, the Devil, Prince Charming, and Alice Grimm
The first book in the Series will be out in February 2013, called SNOW WHITE SORROW.

Series Description:
The Grimm Diaries are pages written in a Book of Sand, where each fairy tale character confessed the true stories once altered by the Brothers Grimm two centuries ago. To keep the truth about fairy tales hidden, the Brothers Grimm buried the characters in their dreams to never wake up again. But the curse is broken now, and the characters are allowed to wake up every one hundred years. They intend to tell the truth about really happened, and about an untold cosmic conflict between fairy tale characters.
List of the available Grimm Diaries Prequels:

1 Snow White Blood Red
narrated by The Snow White Queen

2 Ashes to Ashes and Cinder to Cinder
narrated by Alice Grimm

3 Beauty Never Dies
narrated by Peter Pan

4 Ladle Rotten Rat Hut
narrated by Little Red Riding Hood

5 Mary Mary Quite Contrary

6 Blood Apples
narrated by Prince Charming

7 Jawigi
narrated by sandman Grimm

Kao=s"Kao=S (pronounced as "chaos"):

Kao=S is a traveling music group that has its own music style
that combines Japanese traditional music and rock music.

One of the group members is Jack, a Tsugaru-shamisen player who travels around the world to improve his shamisen skills and technique.

One day, he stays in an inn deep in the mountains. When he goes to bed,
for some reason, his body won't obey him!

According to the legend of Otodama (sound spirit), when a person hears the sound of Otodama, he will lose control over his own body, and then he will be attacked by "someone."
Will Jack be able to escape from Otodama successfully!?

This is a spin-off manga created by an actual band, Kao=S, which features its band members!

Sweet UnrestLucy Aimes has always been practical. But try as she might, she can’t come up with a logical explanation for the recurring dreams that have always haunted her. Dark dreams. Dreams of a long-ago place filled with people she shouldn’t know…but does.

When her family moves to a New Orleans plantation, Lucy’s dreams become more intense, and her search for answers draws her reluctantly into the old city’s world of Voodoo and mysticism. There, Lucy finds Alex, a mysterious boy who behaves as if they’ve known each other forever. Lucy knows Alex is hiding something, and her rational side doesn’t want to be drawn to him. But she is.

As she tries to uncover Alex’s secrets, a killer strikes close to home, and Lucy finds herself ensnared in a century-old vendetta. With the lives of everyone she loves in danger, Lucy will have to unravel the mystery of her dreams before it all comes to a deadly finish
A Bride in Store (Unexpected Brides #2)Mail-order bride Eliza Cantrell is on her way to meet her intended groom and help him grow his general store business when her train is held up by robbers and she loses her dowry. She's further thwarted upon arriving in Salt Flatts only to find Axel, her groom, away on business.
Hoping a wife would push Axel to become a better business partner, William Stanton had encouraged him to seek a mail-order bride. With Axel gone, Will feels responsible for Eliza, so he finds her a place to stay and lets her help in the store.
Working together isn't what they'd expected, and when Axel is further delayed, neither can ignore the sparks that fly. But Eliza is meant for Axel and is set on a future with the store, while Will is biding time until he can afford medical school.
Their troubles are far from over when Axel returns to town, however, and soon both Will and Eliza must decide what they're willing to sacrifice to chase their dreams--or if God has a new dream in store for them both.
Life After: Episode 1 (A Serial Novel) 

The ultimate fight against an American dictatorship is about to begin...

Following a civil war that left the United States in ruins, the remaining few who managed to escape the Imperialistic Army and the horrors of their death camps must unite and fight to reclaim their country.


Game (Jasper Dent #2) Billy grinned. “Oh, New York,” he whispered. “We’re gonna have so much fun.”

I Hunt Killers introduced the world to Jazz, the son of history’s most infamous serial killer, Billy Dent.

In an effort to prove murder didn’t run in the family, Jazz teamed with the police in the small town of Lobo’s Nod to solve a deadly case. And now, when a determined New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz’s door asking for help, he can’t say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple–and its police force–running scared. So Jazz and his girlfriend, Connie, hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer’s murderous game.

Blood Of My Blood (Jasper Dent #3) Jazz Dent has been shot and left to die in New York City. His girlfriend Connie is in the clutches of Jazz's serial killer father, Billy. And his best friend Howie is bleeding to death on the floor of Jazz's own home in tiny Lobo's Nod. Somehow, these three must rise above the horrors their lives have become and find a way to come together in pursuit of Billy. But then Jazz crosses a line he's never crossed before, and soon the entire country is wondering: "Like father, like son?" Who is the true monster?
The chase is on, and beyond Billy there lurks something much, much worse. Prepare to meet...the Crow King.


Demon Sacred, Volume 1There is a sickness, named the Return Syndrome, that causes people to physically regress toward infancy until they simply disappear. If someone you loved became afflicted with it, would you give up? No! You'd do anything humanly possible to help them. You'd find a way to get someone inside the leading corporation researching a cure-the same company that seems suspiciously unwilling to share any knowledge it possesses about the sickness, even with its own workers. You might even reach beyond human means to help them. And when the inhuman comes in such gorgeous packaging, it might be hard to resist! Join Mona, K2, Rina, Mika and Shinobu as they fight against the Return Syndrome, dark company secrets, and enemies (both human and inhuman). There may even be a dragonslayer in the mix!


Midnight Secretary, Vol. 7Kaya Satozuka prides herself on being an excellent secretary and a consummate professional, so she doesn’t even bat an eye when she’s reassigned to the office of her company’s difficult director, Kyohei Touma. He’s as prickly—and hot—as rumors paint him, but Kaya is unfazed…until she discovers that he’s a vampire!!

Kyohei has been banished from his clan because he refuses to renounce his love for Kaya. But a lone vampire is a dangerous thing to be, and Kyohei finds himself cut off from the vampires' power and protection. He doesn't even have access to blood substitutes anymore! Kaya wants to support him through this crisis, but arranging "dinner dates" for him again might be more than her heart can take!
Time Killers: Kazue Kato Short Story Collection 

Explore fantastic realms of imagination in this stunning collection of short stories by Kazue Kato, creator of the smash hit manga series, Blue Exorcist! With Kato's amazing and distinctive art leaping from the page, Time Killers includes her first work, Boku to Usagi (Rabbit and I) and features the stories and character designs that would become her breakthrough series, Blue Exorcist. Take off on a flight of fantasy with Time Killers!

Seraph of the End, Vol. 2After a catastrophic epidemic kills every adult on earth, vampires arise from the shadows to enslave the remaining human population. Yuichiro escapes from captivity and joins the Japanese Imperial Demon Army. But before he’s allowed to fight vampires, he has to complete his first, terrifying mission–make new friends with his fellow aspiring monster slayers!

Now that Yuichiro has earned his place in the Japanese Imperial Demon Army, he prepares to undergo a fiendish test to acquire the most powerful and deadly of humanity’s weapons against vampires—Black Demon Series Cursed Gear. Meanwhile, the vampire nobility welcome a new member—Mika, the best friend Yuichiro thinks died in their escape but who has his own bitter story of survival.
Skip Beat!, Vol. 33Kyoko Mogami followed her true love Sho to Tokyo to support him while he made it big as an idol. But he's casting her out now that he's famous! Kyoko won't suffer in silence--she's going to get her sweet revenge by beating Sho in show biz!

Kyoko’s twin tasks of keeping Ren from breaking under the strain of his characters and playing Setsuka are starting to take their toll on her. But the real danger is revealed when the desires of Setsuka and Kyoko merge. Can Kyoko stay in character and protect her heart with a half-naked Ren in her bed?!

Pokémon Adventures, Vol. 1Adventures based on the best-selling video games! All your favourite Pokémon game characters jump out of the screen into the pages of this action-packed manga!

Red doesn't just want to train Pokémon, he wants to be their friend too. Bulbasaur and Poliwhirl seem game. But independent Pikachu won't be so easy to win over!

And watch out for Team Rocket, Red... They only want to be your enemy!

The Seeing Stone (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #2)  
we said no still you looked
now instead
someone gets cooked

The Grace kids are just beginning to get used to Aunt Lucinda's strange old mansion when Simon suddenly disappears. Jared and his sister have to rely on the help of a mischievous house boggart, a nasty bridge troll, and a loud-mouthed hobgoblin to get him back. 

A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected NonfictionTerry Pratchett has earned a place in the hearts of readers the world over with his bestselling Discworld series - but in recent years he has become equally well-known and respected as an outspoken campaigner for causes including Alzheimer's research and animal rights. A Slip of the Keyboard brings together for the first time the finest examples of Pratchett's non fiction writing, both serious and surreal: from musings on mushrooms to what it means to be a writer (and why banana daiquiris are so important); from memories of Granny Pratchett to speculation about Gandalf's love life, and passionate defences of the causes dear to him.

With all the humour and humanity that have made his novels so enduringly popular, this collection brings Pratchett out from behind the scenes of the Discworld to speak for himself - man and boy, bibliophile and computer geek, champion of hats, orang-utans and Dignity in Dying.
In a Class By ItselfOne of romance's most beloved authors, Sandra Brown creates love stories of unsurpassed passion and emotion. Her "larger than life heroes and heroines make you believe all the warm, wonderful, wild things in life" (Rendezvous). Now, the author of more than thirty-five New York Times bestsellers delivers a powerful, erotic, and deeply moving tale of a woman reunited with her first and only love--a man who wants what she denied him ten years ago.

Dani Quinn walked into her high school reunion with dread and anticipation. She knew Logan Webster would be there, and she had no idea how she would react the first time she saw him. She had left both Logan and the small Texas town years before. Her departure had been abrupt, painful, and not of her choosing. She'd never had the chance to tell Logan the truth. After all these years, she wasn't even sure he was interested in hearing her side of the story. She had come to the reunion to prove to herself that she wasn't afraid to see him again. And to ask him for a favor.

Handsome, charming, and dangerously charismatic, Logan has grown into a man who exudes all the power and confidence of a self-made success. He listens as Dani describes her work for Friends in Need, a charitable organization that raises funds for mentally and physically challenged children. He is attentive as she explains the foundation's hope that he will donate one of his properties for a much-needed summer camp. Then he suggests a shocking proposal of his own. A coldhearted "business" deal that conceals a hurt that Logan has never gotten over.

Frightened by her own feelings for Logan, hoping to heal the pain she has caused him, Dani agrees to his unconventional terms. What she never expects is the chance that their love will be rekindled. But it is not that simple. Once again Dani is forced to leave Logan without so much as an explanation. For unbeknownst to Logan, Dani has passed through a heartwrenching tragedy that has changed her life forever, and where she must go not even he can follow.

Cure (Strandville Zombie Series, #1)Medicine meets horror in this thrilling escape tale about the evil men do in the name of progress.

Welcome to the Nixon Healing and Research Center, playground for the maniacal Dr. Howard Nixon whose medical research has him dabbling in the undead and has the women of Strandville disappearing.

Desperate to find a cure for the lethal virus which turns its victims into zombies, Nixon kidnaps Miranda Penton, a security recruit with a past that won't let her go. He doesn't count on anyone coming looking for her, least of all her ex-husband, Scott.

A warning call brings Scott to Strandville where he bands together with a team of locals determined to bring their own loved ones home. Together, they infiltrate Nixon's staff, hatching a plan that releases not only the surviving women, but the virus on those left in the hospital.

Nixon locks down the center to contain the spread, turning patients, visitors, and staff into a dangerous horde that is almost impossible to escape. Miranda and the others fight for their lives. The town of Strandville is ground zero for the zombie apocalypse and Miranda must get free because the fate of humanity lies with her unborn child.

Darlings of DecayChilling tales of zombie horror from thirty of your favorite female writers. Sit back as your favorite authors of zombie lit take you on a wild, horrifying ride that will leave you breathless! Come and meet the women who love to entertain you with their own unique versions of the zombie apocalypse.

Tamara Rose Blodgett, Vanessa Booke, Chantal Boudreau, Laura Bretz, Tonia Brown, Catt Dahman, Mia Darien, CM Doporto, Jacqueline Druga, 
Dana Fredsti, Belinda Frisch, April Grey,  Michelle Kilmer, Rebecca Hansen, Lori R. Lopez, Suzi M, Shannon Mayer, Tara Maya, Lyra McKen,
Cynthia Melton, Kristen Middleton, Chrissy Peebles, Jeannie Rae, 
Suzanne Robb, Julianne Snow, Rebecca Snow, Anna Taborska, Ally Thomas, Christine Verstraete, AR Von, Annie Walls, Jen Wilde

I also got a couple on Smashwords but apparently they are down as I am trying to make this and I have yet to convert them onto my kindle anyways.  So next week!

So I have a challenge for YOU.  
Leave a meaningful comment on this post regarding these books.  Telling me which look interesting, which you've read/what you think of them.  Any that you plan to get or add to your lists, etc.  With this many books there should be SOMETHING to get your attention.  
I am looking for well thought comments.  Not generic copy and pastes or a "Enjoy all your books," "Wow, that is a lot,"  "Never heard of any of these," etc.  I left summaries for that reason to make viewing easier.

A randomizer will be used to pick a comment and as long as that is meaningful and pertaining to THESE books you can win!!!
The Prize?  Any book you want from The Book Depository, up to $12!!
Challenge ends August 9th 11:59 pm PST
Please leave an email so I can contact you if you win!

Also, be sure to check out my other giveaways! 




  1. Red Queen has a such a pretty cover! I've seen it on so many lists for this week and I'm dying to get my hands on a copy!


    1. I was so happy to be able to get a copy of this! Hope you get your own soon!

  2. i'm always devasted when an author pass away before finishing a book it's something so personnal it must be hard ( and rarely a success) to be able to complete and finish it for the chosen author author... i guess that if they were friends and worked before together it's easier as they could have shared wants and ideas... i haven't read Brandon sanderson yet so i don't know his style of writing at all , not that i know Robert Jordan's either but from the covers of their books that i saw here and there they perhaps had similar tastes. i would not mind trying some of their series but i'm not sure which one ( perhaps not teh common one though)

    I've read bitten!!! i really love Kelley armstrong writing style and in this series elena is teh character i prefer so bitten was one of my favourite^^ i really hope you will enjoy it as much as i did. ( there are novella too if you enjoy the series ^^)à i' missing only the last 2 books i tyhink? but up to where i read i loved . Everey book ort so the main character change however you still have news or see of the past one so the link isn't cut off and that's what i prefered

    thank you for this new giveaway


    1. I have yet to read Brandon Sanderson either. I have heard good things about him so I hope he does the ending justice. It is a tearing fact. You want the ending to a story but the idea of someone else with a different style taking over can often be more frustrating than not. But I am hopeful!

      I have a few Kelley Armstrong books but haven't read any of them. Just a few of the anthology stories. I am so pathetic but hopefully I can remedy that soon!

  3. It's never a bad decision to buy books. Well, scratch that. If you're in debt, stop! :P

    I also went a little bit crazy this week with the Harper Teen ARCs on Edelweiss. I can't stay away from them. I have this fear they're going to disappear if I don't send them to my Kindle the moment I spot them.

    I started reading Red Queen(even though I told myself NOT to read 2015 titles). It's a bit weird-mix of fantasy and modern day with people watching 'gladiator' battles on screens. Kind of weird if you ask me.

    Have fun hanging out with Daemon and Katy. Hope you don't end up sexually frustrated because of their crazy, steamy scenes. ;)

    Oh, you also got a Brandon Sanderson book. One of my friends recently finished 2 of his book and has been nudging me to read them as well but I'm not sure I'm up for that challenge yet. I can barely finish a 400 page long book, let alone something over 1000.


    1. Debt? No. Lack of space and incredibly long TBR? Yes.

      While I am excited for Red Queen it is going to be a bit longer until I read it. I have enough older titles to avoid the 2015 releases a bit longer :)

      I get intimidated by books over 700 pages. Especially it it is a series.

  4. I am the most interested in Liars, INC. It has a really interesting cover which I think as someone pointed out to me is symbolic of the book itself. So definitely looking forward to that one. I hope you enjoy Obsidian as I had really liked it but i am yet to read Origin. I have read some really good reviews of Barry Lyga's books so hope you enjoy them!

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts
    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

    1. I was so happy to get Obsidian! And it was free! Hope we both enjoy Liars, Inc.

  5. Red Queen sounds good, hope you enjoy all your books!

  6. I keep seeing Red Queen, thanks for posting the summary! Now I am intrigued; I thought it might be a retelling or something, but it sounds different. I might gave to get that one!

    My StS.
    Email: bibliophibianbreathesbooks (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. Even if it is more twisted retelling, I like dark and twisted. And this premise catches my attention just enough :)

  7. WOW! Great haul! Yay for Obsidian and Bitten! I LOVE those two!! Obsidian as you may know is a fave among bloggers, since the heroine is a book blogger! Loved that about her! She's spunky too and oh Daemon is nice! Really wish I was a teen so I could fantasize about him more! At least I have Clay from Bitten! He's more age appropriate! Love the Otherworld series and hope you do too! The series (all 13 books) is incredible! Definitely one of my most faves! Although I haven't read all the novellas and the Subterrean press ones--those are hard to get to apparently!

    Lots of these are new to me but glad to see you got a variety! Curious about Red Queen! Would've requested that too, but EW rarely approves my requests anyway, so I don't go crazy with my requests there. But it did catch my eye, cause I like the creepy cover!!

    Hope you enjoy all your reads!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

    1. :P

      Forgot to leave my email! jessica(DOT)agreatread(AT)gmail(DOT)com

    2. Obsidian is one I was super excited to get my hands on! EW rarely approves mine either but these were downloads only. No approval needed! :)

  8. I absolutely love seeing manga in the Stacking the Shelves posts, makes me want to get back into reading them but I haven't the time. Especially Skip Beat. I started reading it after watching the anime, but I haven't found the time to get back into reading the story. Great haul this week!
    Check out my STS

    Email: shortskiee (at) aol (dot) com

    1. SKip beat is fantastic! I don't read manga as much as I used to but being they are such fast reads I still enjoy them. :)

  9. Wow, awesome haul! I wasn't overwhelmed by the final WOT book or the Dark Tower novella, but Darth Plagueis and The Trench look great.

    Here's how I've Stacked the Shelves this week.

    1. I was so excited to find Darth Plaqueis! I have been lloking for awhile to find one at a good price with no luck. I hope Brandon Sanderson does okay ending wheel of time but I know it went downhill after the sixth volume already.

  10. Oh, I'm so jealous you have Red Queen! It is seriously one of my high-priority books; I want it so badly! Gah, why does the publication date have to be March? I also have Sweet Unrest and I'm really excited to read it. And Liars, Inc. That one looks good too! Even though I haven't read The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes yet, I still want it. Looks like a great haul! I hope you enjoy all of these books. :)


    1. Thank you! I feel spoiled with some of the titles I got this week. I don't even know which one to start with!

  11. Oh my goodness! I have been wanting to read The Red Queen ever since I heard about it a while ago, it sounds amazing! Apparently everyone else thinks so too! :)

  12. Ooh I LOVE the cover or The Red Queen. I'm a sucker for royalty-based stories.And Monstrous looks so cute! The Winter people looks amazing. Really want that one! And Ooh The Spiderwick Chronicles! I LOVE Holly Black so I really need to read these.

    Happy Reading!

    My email is

    1. The cover caught my eye but the summary made it a must read! Winter People was a cover nab I must admit. The Spiderwick books are much shorter than I expected but still eager to read them. The movie was fun.

  13. Red Queen looks great. I love the cover and the plot sounds like something I'd love. I snagged Obsidian recently too. It's about time- I feel like I'm the only one who hasn't read anything by JLA! Happy reading. My STS.

    1. Haha, I am in the same boat with Obsidian. So you are not alone.

  14. I've been bad lately too! I bought a lot of books and downloaded quite a few review copies this week. Red Queen and Liars, Inc. were two that I got. They look amazing! I have to admit, Red Queen's cover is what makes me want to read it. That and the fact that it's fantasy makes it irresistible. I loved The Art of Lainey, so I'm very excited to read Paula Stokes' new one.

    I'm not that familiar with most of the books you got, but Obsidian is really good! Sweet Unrest looks pretty good, and so does Barry Lyga's series.

    Good luck with behaving with behaving for the next few weeks. I'm trying to do the same. :D Enjoy your new books!

    1. Nope no behaving has happened but I blame Bookmooch. I had to request over 75 books this week.....
      Glad a few books caught your eye!

  15. I used to read some Star Wars books, the Darth Plagueis looks like one i'd like - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

    1. I love most Star Wars novels. Some are flops but I collect them all regardless. Hopefully Darth Plagueis is one of the good ones.

  16. That is how I got Obsidian! Thanks for stopping by!

  17. I have watched and own the Skip Beat anime so woo hoo for a feature. Have never tried the manga because I am a little scared of having to buy so many volumes lol. I hope they'll continue the anime series though. It's a lot of fun. I love Ren loads!

    Thanks for sharing these!


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