Saturday, September 13, 2014

Stacking the Shelves 61



For Review


Zombies: More Recent Dead 

The living dead are more alive than ever! Zombies have become more than an iconic monster for the twenty-first century: they are now a phenomenon constantly revealing as much about ourselves - and our fascination with death, resurrection, and survival - as our love for the supernatural or post-apocalyptic speculation. Our most imaginative literary minds have been devoured by these incredible creatures and produced exciting, insightful, and unflinching new works of zombie fiction. We've again dug up the best stories published in the last few years and compiled them into an anthology to feed your insatiable hunger...




Spirit Animals Special Edition: Tales of the Great Beasts (Spirit Animals, #0.5) Dive, run, and soar through this exhilarating special edition in the New York Times bestselling series, with a story by Wild Born author, Brandon Mull.

In the world of Erdas, there's a story of four noble animals who sacrificed everything to protect their homes from the ambitions of a mad king.

Briggan the Wolf, Uraza the Leopard, Jhi the Panda, and Essix the Falcon. Long before they were spirit animals, the four were still legends--Great Beasts, the most powerful beings to roam the wilds of Erdas.

Aided by a brave resistance of humans and animals, they gave their lives to protect the world from a threat more dangerous than any it had seen before: their own kind. Wise and cunning, gentle and ruthless, these are tales of the true heroes and villains in the war that started it all.


Ennara and the Book of Shadows (Ennara, #2) 

 When strange accidents start happening around thirteen year-old necromancer Ennara and her friends, she must search for the mysterious stolen artifacts causing the attacks while learning the highest form of magic--the spells that could prevent the fruition of a terrible prophecy.





The Vines  The dark history of Spring House, a beautifully restored plantation mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans, has long been forgotten. But something sinister lurks beneath the soil of the old estate.

After heiress and current owner Caitlin Chaisson is witness to her husband’s stunning betrayal at her birthday party, she tries to take her own life in the mansion’s cherished gazebo. Instead, the blood she spills awakens dark forces in the ground below. Chaos ensues and by morning her husband has vanished without a trace and his mistress has gone mad.
Nova, daughter to Spring House’s groundskeeper, has always suspected that something malevolent haunts the old place, and in the aftermath of the birthday party she enlists Caitlin’s estranged best friend, Blake, to help her get to the bottom of it. The pair soon realizes that the vengeance enacted by this sinister and otherworldly force comes at a terrible price.




Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy, #1)Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen's not fully convinced that Emma's the one he's been  looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves  that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help--no matter what the risk.



Affairs of the Dead"Help ghosts, stop a thief, and try not to die..."

Necromancer Selene Vanream helps ghosts settle their affairs so they can move on. But when breaking the rules gets her in trouble, she's bumped down to tracking ghosts trying to avoid the afterlife. Ghosts like Ethan Lance, who claims he was kicked out of his body when someone else jumped in. Which might be plausible--if such a thing were possible. And if Micah, Selene's partner, didn't pull her into an investigation of brutal murders that lead directly back to Ethan.

But when the whole mess puts Selene's life in danger, she suddenly has very personal reasons to get Ethan's body back. Between her uncomfortable relationship with Micah, and problems with her boss, Selene learns just how much trouble it can be when you don't follow the rules...




Amazon Ebooks

Backward Compatible: A Geek Love Story  A YA Gamer Geek Comedy in the vein of Scott Pilgrim and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Ideal for fans of The Big Bang Theory, The Guild, and all things Joss Whedon.

WARNING: There is no sex in this book. Your Kindle or other device will remain at a pleasant room temperature. At no point will your panties drop. Your significant other will be allowed to snore in peace as you read. You may, however, laugh yourself out of commission.

Not too long ago, in a town that, depending on your current location, is either not super far or actually quite close... (insert Star Wars theme music here...)

It is a time of chaotic hormones.

Two nerdy gents home for winter break have discovered a female gamer at a midnight release.

During the break, the gamer trio manages to reveal the game's secret boss, a hidden enemy with enough power to destroy anything in its path.

Pursued by other gamers who want to be the first to beat this boss, George and Katie race to level up, and, in so doing, restore decency and sexual activity to their personal galaxy...


The Lost Heir (The Gryphon Chronicles, #1)

 NY Times & USA Today bestselling author E.G. Foley presents The Gryphon Chronicles, an exciting new series of historical fantasy adventures that's as much fun for grownups as it is for kids. Strange new talents... Jake is a scrappy orphaned pickpocket living by his wits on the streets of Victorian London. Lately he's started seeing ghosts, and discovers he can move solid objects with his mind! He has no idea why. Next thing he knows, a Sinister Gentleman and his minions come hunting him. On the run for his life, Jake is plunged headlong into a mysterious world full of magic and deadly peril. A world that holds the secret to who he really is: the long-lost heir of an aristocratic family - with magical powers! But with treacherous enemies closing in, it will take all of his wily street instincts and the help of his friends - both human and magical - to solve the mystery of what happened to his parents and defeat the foes who never wanted the Lost Heir of Griffon to be found.


The Witch Within  A gripping fantasy set in medieval Bohemia

After she has been charged with witchcraft, sixteen-year-old Talitha escapes to the abandoned Cursed Lands and seeks the ancient cave of her ancestors. In the deep woods, she starts to remember her ancestral lore of healing and magical symbolism and receives guidance on how to survive from the local spirits.
But soon she’s captured by two men, who were sent to take her to the local justice. One is a brute, but the other one is fatally attracted to her. After Talitha manages to escape them, she finds her ancestral cave, but also another one at the highest peak of the forest where a group of refugee women have established a camp. By facing both the dark and bright side of her kin, Talitha learns that what she thought was her curse, may yet become her gift.





Past. Present. Future. Fate. They’re all connected. Before Zac Ryger discovered TEMPUS, a secret project developed by his father, it never dawned on him that time travel could be a curse. After accidentally using it, he must face the fact that his actions might have caused small changes to the timeline, setting in motion a chain of events that affects everyone around him. His journey forces him to face the ultimate question: Is fate fixed, or can events in time be changed?





Sara's Game 

Two years ago, Sara's husband left for the gym one morning...and never came back. His car was found. He wasn't. Unbelievably, the police report said, "No foul play suspected." There were a few unreliable sightings over the following months, but little else.

Now, on the last day before summer break, her three children have gone missing from their schools, all at the same time.

And the note under her windshield wiper asks one simple question: Are you ready to play the game?








The In-BetweenWhen Elanor’s near-death experience opens a door to a world inhabited by bold, beautiful Madeline, she finds her life quickly spiraling out of control

Fourteen-year-old Elanor Moss has always been an outcast who fails at everything she tries—she's even got the fine, white scars to prove it. Moving was supposed to be a chance at a fresh start, a way to leave behind all the pain and ugliness of her old life. But, when a terrible car accident changes her life forever, her near-death experience opens a door to a world inhabited by Madeline Torus . . . Madeline is everything Elanor isn’t: beautiful, bold, brave. She is exactly what Elanor has always wanted in a best friend and more—their connection runs deeper than friendship. But Madeline is not like other girls, and Elanor has to keep her new friend a secret or risk being labeled “crazy.” Soon, though, even Elanor starts to doubt her own sanity. Madeline is her entire life, and that life is drastically spinning out of control. Elanor knows what happens when your best friend becomes your worst enemy. But what happens when your worst enemy is yourself?


Rumpled Gold for a poor girl,
Beauty for a twisted man,
A child for a powerful sorcerer . . .

Rumpelstiltskin can change anything he touches into gold, but he cannot change his own twisted body. The sorcerer Laurus can make Rumpelstiltskin tall, strong, and handsome-but he will only work his magic in exchange for a child in its first year of life.

When Emily's deluded father claims she can spin straw into gold, the King demands proof. Caught between a mad father and a mad king, Emily's life hangs in the balance. Rumpelstiltskin will help keep up her ruse for three nights-if she promises him her firstborn child.

When the King decides to marry Emily, the pretense must continue for much longer. And what Emily offers Rumpelstiltskin in return for his continued help has the power to change everything.




Somewhere beyond the northern mists lies a land where dreams live and dragons are real. This is the tale of the twilight of the dragons, of two nations plunged into war by a tragic misunderstanding, of a shy dreamer's incredible voyage of peace to a long-forgotten land where nightmares are born. A magnificient creation, a sweeping epic of high fantasy set in a richly imagined world, vividly brought to life with over eighty pages of stunning illustrations by Joseph Zucker.






Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.

I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I've been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.


The Program (The Program, #1)In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.


 So have you read any of these?  What did you think?  Did any of these catch your eye?



  1. Sarah's Game sounds really good! I will have to put that book on my TBR list, thanks for the recommendations!

  2. I bought Backwards Compatible forever ago because it sounded like something my geeky heart would adore. I've not yet read it though. I really, really enjoyed The Program though. The sequel is equally amazing.

    Enjoy all your new reads!

    My StS!

  3. OOh very nice!! Lots of new ones to me but I LOVED Dorothy Must Die!! Incredible read! Congrats on the win too! Loved Of Poseidon as well!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  4. Nice haul! I got offered the Christopher Rice one as well, but as tempted as I was, I just don't see myself fitting in another October read.

    Here's how I Stacked the shelves this week.

  5. Great haul! Most of these are new to me, but I recognize a couple! I hope you enjoy all your goodies!

    Check out my STS:

  6. Cool array of books! I've been curious about Christopher Rice for a while...

    Trix, vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

  7. Oh i really want to read Dorothy Must Die!

    Erin @ The Book Nut

  8. Eep! I LOVED the program. It was such a good and touching book for me with a great amount of mystery and action. I want to read Dorothy Must Die so that's also exciting! I haven't read anything by Anna Banks because mermaids aren't really my thing but I may love it!

    Please check out my haul (and leave a comment?), here!

    - Nova @ Out of Time

  9. Backward Compatible looks really fun! I like the cover design. Hope you enjoy it, and the others too.

    My StS.

  10. I am jealous of your stacks! I hope you enjoy you new books!

    Come and check out OUaT's STS and don't forget to ENTER our BOXES OF BOOKS giveaway!

  11. I heard great things about Of Poseidon and I have the Vines so I hope it's good. Happy reading!

  12. Congrats on the wins! I still haven't picked up Poseidon, though love the cover! :)

    Here's mine

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

  13. Great haul this week- I hope you enjoy reading them:)

    Aditi @ lMy Stacking The Shelves

  14. So many good ones, Dorothy Must Die, The Program! I really want to read Poseidon.
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  15. So many great looking books. Dorothy Must Die is a wonderful one! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks for your comment on Tynga's Reviews.

  16. Oohh I hope you enjoy THE PROGRAM, I think I wasn't in the right mood for it but it's good. DOROTHY MUST DIE was slow, but the ending was good. I think I had too high expectations for it. HAPPY Reading!

  17. There are so many books on here that I want to read. My eyes just got so wide at Sara's Game. I really want to read The Program, Dorothy Must Die, and Poseidon. I hope you have an amazing day. I'm following you on bloglovin&GFC and your blog is gorgeous!

    Here's my Stacking the Shelves if you'd like to check it out!

    Rebecca @ Vicariously!

  18. The Program was good but I still have to read the sequel. Enjoy your new books!

  19. So many good looking and interesting books you have here! :) Happy reading!

    My STS:

  20. Nice selection! Affairs of the dead looks pretty interesting so I might be adding that to my wishlist. And I can never resist some zombie fun! Enjoy your books and I'll be keen to see what you thought of them. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  21. I *must* get a copy of Dorothy Must Die. It's everywhere in the blogging world at the moment ad I'm desperate to read it.

    great haul and thanks for stopping by mine x

  22. I am definitely awed by your haul, Jamie. Spirit Animals has been on my TBR pile because Brandon Mull is a favorite author of mine. And Ennara looks very good. I just love unicorns. I might pick it up if I'm even in the mood of reading MG books.

    Thanks for stopping by Thoughts and Pens!


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