Monday, 18 June 2012

Stacking the Shelves #4

Stacking the Shelves #4



Hello! Got a pretty awesome haul the week, what did YOU get?
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* Blurbs mainly from Goodreads, or Penguin

For Review: Thank you to Penguin SA and Readers Warehouse! :)
1. The South African Alphabet - Alex Latimer 
Alex Latimer’s splendidly South African illustrations make learning the alphabet as easy as A, B, C.
This is so well illustrated! I love it! : 




2. The Chronicles of Egg: Deadweather and Sunrise - Geoff Rodkey
A stunning middle-grade debut--full of heart, humor, and nonstop action
 It's tough to be thirteen, especially when somebody's trying to kill you.

Not that Egg's life was ever easy, growing up on sweaty, pirate-infested Deadweather Island with no company except an incompetent tutor and a pair of unusually violent siblings who hate his guts.

But when Egg's father hustles their family off on a mysterious errand to fabulously wealthy Sunrise Island, then disappears with the siblings in a freak accident, Egg finds himself a long-term guest at the mansion of the glamorous Pembroke family and their beautiful, sharp-tongued daughter Millicent. Finally, life seems perfect.
Until someone tries to throw him off a cliff.

Suddenly, Egg's running for his life in a bewildering world of cutthroat pirates, villainous businessmen, and strange Native legends. The only people who can help him sort out the mystery of why he's been marked for death are Millicent and a one-handed, possibly deranged cabin boy.

Come along for the ride. You'll be glad you did. Looks like an action packed adventure!:)

3. War Horse - Michael Morpurgo
War Horse (War Horse, #1)

A powerful tale of war, redemption, and a hero's journey.
In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?
Michael Morpurgo is one of my favourite authors, this going to be brilliant! I'm sure!:) 

4. Fever - Dee Shulman
Fever A fearless Roman gladiator. A reckless 21st century girl. A mysterious virus unites them . . .


152 AD. Sethos Leontis, a skilled and mesmerising fighter, is unexpectedly wounded and lies dangerously close to death.

2012 AD. Eva is brilliant - but troubled. Starting her new life at a school for the gifted, a single moment in the lab has terrifying results.

An extraordinary link brings Sethos and Eva together, but it could force them apart - because the fever that grips them cannot be cured and falling in love could be lethal . . . Can love survive when worlds collide and threaten time itself?  How brilliant does this look?  Can't wait to read it! :) 

5. The Serpent's Shadown, Kane Chronicles 3 - Rick Riordan
The Serpent's ShadowCarter And Sadie Kane, descendants of the magical House of Life, are in pretty big trouble. Despite their bravest efforts, Apophis, the giant snake of Chaos, is still threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness. Now the Kanes must do something no magician has ever managed - defeat Apophis himself. No pressure there then. Battling against the forces of Chaos, their only hope is an ancient spell - but the magic has been lost for a millennia. Will they find the serpent's shadow, or will they be led to their deaths in the depths of the Underworld? 
I LOVE Rick Riordan's books! Got the first two in this series as well! :) 

6. Divergent  - Veronica Roth
Divergent (Divergent, #1)In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. 

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance. EEEP! So excited for this one!

7. Insurgent - Veronica Roth
Insurgent (Divergent, #2)War looms in sixteen-year-old Tris’s dark dystopian world as disputes between the factions grow. Tris must now fight against all odds to discover the truth that can save her and the people she loves. Sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge – and the choices she makes will have devastating and unexpected consequences. YAY! :) 







Ebooks: 
1.  Parallel (Travelers Series  #1) - Claudia Lefeve
Parallel (Travelers, #1)Destiny has a way of catching up. 

Saddled with powers she doesn't understand, Etta Fleming's world is turned upside-down the day she meets Cooper Everett, the man who transports her to an alternate reality. A reality she was meant to be a part of. 

One minute, she's an orphan living at Dominion House for Girls, an institution for delinquent foster kids, then finds herself attending the exclusive Dominion Hall Academy. 

Plucked from the only world she's ever known, Etta now has to deal with an aunt she never knew, a boyfriend she doesn't know, and a best friend who can't know.  

2.  UnEnchanted - Chanda Hahn 
UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale, #1)Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated, that is until she saves her crushes life on a field trip, changing her High School status from loser to hero overnight. But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. For Mina is descended from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business. Which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her it's next fairytale victim.

To break the fairy tale curse on her family and make these deadly occurrences stop, Mina must finish the tales until the very Grimm end.


3. River in the Sea - Tina Boscha 
River in the SeaAt fifteen, Leen De Graaf likes everything she shouldn't: smoking cigarettes, wearing red lipstick, driving illegally, and working in the fields. It seems the only thing she shares with her fellow Dutchmen is a fear of the German soldiers stationed nearby and a frantic wish for the war to end. When a soldier's dog runs in front of Leen's truck, her split-second reaction sets off a storm of events that pitches her family against the German forces when they are most desperate - and fierce. Leen tries to hold her family together, but despite her efforts, bit by bit everything falls apart, and just when Leen experiences a horrific loss, she must make a decision that could forever brand her a traitor, yet finally allow her to live as her heart desires. Inspired by the life of the author's mother, River in the Sea is a powerful and moving account of one girl reaching adulthood when everything she believes about family, friendship, and loyalty is questioned by war.

4.  In Between: A Katie Parker Production -  Jenny B. Jones 
In Between: A Katie Parker Production (Act I)Katie Parker knows life isn't fair. After all, when your mom's in jail and your dad's a no-show, you figure things just aren't going your way. But hey, she can deal. Then she finds out she's being sent to live with a foster family--in In Between, Texas. What kind of town has a name like In Between? And what kind of family wants a kid like her? One thing's for certain: None of this will be good. Sure enough--thanks to some new "friends" and her non-Mom's crazed mother, Mad Maxine--life sails right past bad to stinking. Then again, she's just a temporary kid, they're just temporary parents, and she definitely doesn't have any ideas about making any of this permanent. God, on the other hand, may have other plans altogether.

Leave me a link of what you got this week! :) 

8 comments:

  1. Ohh, so much awesome :D Divergent and Insurgent is very very good. <3 hope you enjoy everything :D
    Thank you for commenting on my mailbox. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

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  2. Great blurbs! Every time you do these, I totally want to read them ALL! Hope you enjoy them! Thanks for sharing! :D

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  3. Divergent!!! Omg that book is AMAZING!!!! I loved it SO MUCH!!! I hope you love it too :D

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  4. Divergent, Insurgent and War Horse are all GREAT reads! You have a great haul this week, enjoy all! :D

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  5. Hi everyone!
    Thanks for commenting, really appreciate it! I know I'm super excited to have received Divergent and Insurgent! :)

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  6. Ooh, I have a copy of Fever waiting for me on my shelf at the moment, too! I won it a few weeks ago :D

    And...Divergent!!! And...Insurgent!!! You are going to LOVE those! (Okay, well I haven't exactly read Insurgent myself yet, but I'm sure it's going to be just as amazing as Divergent was!!)

    Happy reading :D
    Catherine xxx
    The Book Parade

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  7. My daughter read War Horse in school this past year. She loved it! I cannot wait to get around to reading Divergent and Insurgent - that series is everywhere!

    Great haul! Thanks so much for visiting me, Kyra! New follower. :)

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    1. I'm glad she enjoyed it! I'm super excited to read War Horse, Mr Morpurgo is a fantastic author!

      Thanks for following! :)

      Kyra :)

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