Stacking the Shelves 6

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Hello! Welcome to another edition of Stacking the Shelves! It’s been a crazy week for me and I think it’s caused my body to break down a bit:( Nonetheless I’m here and to start things off, here’s what happened on the blog this week…

And now for my book goodies for the week! I was actually able to grab a couple books off this week’s TTT list which I’m excited for…


The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna — Such an interesting concept and it’s set in India!
Buy it: Amazon (Kindle) | Book Depository

The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski — Honestly, I think the main reason I wanted this was because of the cover:/ But still I think it’ll be a decent read.
Buy it: Amazon (Kindle) | Book Depository

The Broken Lands by Kate Milford — Oh what fun- 19th century New York City:D
Buy it: Amazon (Kindle) | Book Depository

Yup okay that’s all for this week!

What lovelies did you get this week? Leave your link and I’ll find out:)


Waiting on Wednesday: Mind Games by Kiersten White

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I had a bit of trouble coming up with this week’s WoW pick. Sure there’s plenty of books I’m waiting for, but I try to feature ones that are close to being released and most of the ones I want don’t come out until spring! Thankfully, there was at least one book on my TBR list that comes out in a couple of months and from early reviews it looks promising…

mindgamesTitle: Mind Games
Author: Kiersten White
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Publication Date: February 19, 2013
Pre-Order: Amazon (Kindle) | Book Depository

From Goodreads:
Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways… or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me

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Oh I really should give this list out! Okay maybe not since I don’t get a whole lot of gifts and cash is just as good as books:P Though I could easily just use my list from last week for most anticipated 2013 releases (because pre-orders count, right?), I’m actually going to dip into my wish list pile and see what’s been gathering dust…

(list is in no particular order)

1. Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) by Lani Taylor — Oh how I want to know what happens with Karou and Akiva!

2. The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) by Michelle Hodkin — Noah Shaw. Yum. I swear it’s hard to concentrate when I go to an event where Michelle Hodkin is at and seeing the Noah from the trailers there! Haha

3. Seraphina (Seraphina #1) by Rachel Hartman

4. The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

5. Every Day by David Levithan — I’ve heard nothing but great things about this one!

6. Mystic City (Mystic City #1) by Theo Lawrence

7. The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski

8. Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl– Really want to read this before the movie comes out!

9. Tell the Wolves I’m Coming Home by Carol Rifka Brunt — I don’t read many contemporary Young Adult, but this seems worth it.

10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn — the only non-YA on the list!


What’s on your Top Ten? Leave your link and I’ll find out:)

Review: Black City by Elizabeth Richards


From Goodreads:

A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.
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Stacking the Shelves (5)


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Hello everyone and happy December!!!

Here’s a roundup of my week if you missed it…

And so on to my haul this week and as usual we’ll start with my Strand purchases…

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes — AH! How I love it when I find an unofficially released copy of book I want! Buy it: Amazon (Kindle) | Book Depository
publication date: December 11, 2012

The Forsaken (The Forsaken #1) by Lisa M. Stasse — This has been on my TBR pile for awhile and I completely forgot about it until the cover reveal for book 2, The Uprising, earlier this week.
Buy it: Amazon (Kindle) | Book Depository

Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles #1) by J.A. Souders — Woo! I’ve waited so long for this and I’m so happy I found it!
Buy it: Amazon (Kindle) | Book Depository

From NetGalley…


Pantomime by Laura Lam — I only just heard of this a couple of weeks ago as some people had this on their StS, but it seems like a fantastic stand alone read!


And one of my best friends went to the Philippines recently and brought back a souvenir for me and Just a Lil Lost!!

What did you get this week? Leave me your link and I’ll find out:)

In Memoriam: The Cadillacs’ Earl “Speedo” Carroll


While on Facebook recently, I came across a post by an old classmate who said that Earl “Speedo” Carroll had passed away. Now to a lot of people that name doesn’t mean anything, but to a generation that listened to doo-wop he was the lead singer for The Cadillacs. And to those kids that knew him from the elementary school, P.S. 87, he was the kind janitor who often sang while he worked and gave them candy. I was fortunate to have been one of those kids.

I went to that school where he was a custodian from 1982-2005 and although I have very few clear memories of Earl, what I do remember is the big warm smile every time he saw you, the little game of picking which hand held the candy- but he’ll give it to you even if you picked wrong and, yes, even the moments where you’d catch him crooning in the halls.

I don’t think many of us knew what kind of success Earl had achieved at that point and I don’t remember when I fully understood who he was. But it always brought a smile to my face when I saw him. Even when I’d see a PBS special on doo-wop, I sometimes linger on there to see if The Cadillacs will be performing.

Since I lived just a block away from the school, I still saw him around and he was even my parents’ customer when they had their business. Always the same Earl I knew over the 6 years I was at the school- still giving me candy too. He was a genuinely good person and he will be missed.

For the New York Times article, click.

Their hit “Speedo” was inspired by Earl’s nickname…

And his/our performance of “That’s What Friends Are For” at my graduation ceremony in 1994…

Waiting on Wednesday: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes


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Now this looks like an exciting read! I can totally get behind this just on the cover alone.

Title: Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1)
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication Date: December 11, 2012

From Goodreads:
In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:

Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.

Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword…

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

What are you waiting on this week? Leave your link and I’ll find out:)