Saturday, 1 September 2012

Stacking the Shelves #15


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I got some amazing review books and I practically hyper ventilated when I received them! If you do a STS post leave me a link and I'll stop by! :)

For Review:
1. Fated - Amanda Hocking (Thank you to Pan Macmillan! :)
Fated (Soul Seekers, #1)
Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter’s sanity, Daire’s mother sends her to live with the grandmother she’s never met. A woman who recognizes the visions for what they truly are—the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker—one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead.
There on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico, Daire sets out to harness her mystical powers. But it’s when she meets Dace, the boy from her dreams, that her whole world is shaken to its core. Now Daire is forced to discover if Dace is the one guy she's meant to be with...or if he’s allied with the enemy she's destined to destroy. I totally squealed when I saw this in my post box!:)
2. Dreamless (Starcrossed #2) - Josephine Angelini (Thank you to Pan Macmillan!)
Dreamless (Starcrossed, #2)
Can true love be forgotten?As the only Scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on. Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out—a ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies’ cry for blood is growing louder. As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen’s sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos. Josephine Angelini’s compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding as an unforgettable love triangle emerges and the eternal cycle of revenge intensifies. Eagerly awaited, this sequel to the internationally bestselling STARCROSSED delivers a gritty, action-packed love story that exceeds expectation. I'm SOOO excited to read this! I've just ordered Starcrossed, so you'll be seeing my review for them around shortly! :)
3. Debutantes - Cora Harrison (Thank you to the lovely author!)
Debutantes
It’s 1923 and London is a whirl of jazz, dancing and parties. Violet, Daisy, Poppy and Rose Derrington are desperate to be part of it, but stuck in an enormous crumbling house in the country, with no money and no fashionable dresses, the excitement seems a lifetime away.
Luckily the girls each have a plan for escaping their humdrum country life: Rose wants to be a novelist, Poppy a jazz musician and Daisy a famous film director. Violet, however, has only one ambition: to become the perfect Debutante, so that she can go to London and catch the eye of Prince George, the most eligible bachelor in the country.
But a house as big and old as Beech Grove Manor hides many secrets, and Daisy is about to uncover one so huge it could ruin all their plans—ruin everything—forever. Thank you so much to the wonderful author for sending me her book to review, I read one of her books for the firs time last week and LOVED it! :)
4. Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

5. The Icarus Project - Laura Quimby
The Icarus Project
More than anything, Maya wants to discover something incredible. Her parents are scientists: Her mother spends most of her time in tropical rainforests, uncovering ancient artefacts  and her dad is obsessed with digging up mammoths. When her father gets invited by an eccentric billionaire to lead a team investigating a mammoth’s remains in the Arctic, Maya begs to come along. Upon her arrival at the isolated camp, the mammoth is quickly revealed to be a fake, but there is something hidden in the ice—something unbelievable. Along with a team of international experts, each with his or her own agenda and theory about the mystery in the ice, Maya learns more about this discovery, which will change her life forever.
Laura Quimby expertly mixes adventure, science, and wonder into a page-turning story perfect for middle-grade explorers.

6. Dante's Girl - Courtney Cole
Dante's Girl
I have spent every summer since I was ten years old with my father in London. Every summer, since I was ten years old, has been uneventful and boring. Until this year.  And this year, after a freak volcanic eruption strands me far from home, I have learned these things:
1. I can make do with one outfit for three days before I buy new clothes. 2. If I hear the phrase, “You’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto,” even one more time, I might become a homicidal maniac.3. I am horribly and embarrassingly allergic to jellyfish.4. I am in love with Dante Giliberti, who just happens to be the beautiful, sophisticated son of the Prime Minister of a Mediterranean paradise. 5. See number four above. Because it brings with it a whole slew of problems and I’ve learned something from every one of them.
Let’s start with the fact that Dante’s world is five light-years away from mine. He goes to black-tie functions and knows the Prime Minister of England on a first name basis. I was born and raised on a farm in Kansas and wear cut-off jeans paired with cowboy boots. See the difference? 
But hearts don’t care about differences. Hearts want what they want. And mine just wants to be Dante’s girl.  My heart just might be crazy.

Bought:
7. A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)
A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy--jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel.Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother's death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls' academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions "for a bit of fun" and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the "others" and rebuild the Order. A Great and Terrible Beauty is an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy.

8. Rebel Angels - Libba Bray
Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle, #2)
Ah, Christmas! Gemma Doyle is looking forward to a holiday from Spence Academy, spending time with her friends in the city, attending ritzy balls, and on a somber note, tending to her ailing father. As she prepares to ring in the New Year, 1896, a handsome young man, Lord Denby, has set his sights on Gemma, or so it seems. Yet amidst the distractions of London, Gemma’s visions intensify–visions of three girls dressed in white, to whom something horrific has happened, something only the realms can explain. . . . The lure is strong, and before long, Gemma, Felicity, and Ann are turning flowers into butterflies in the enchanted world of the realms that Gemma alone can bring them to. To the girls’ great joy, their beloved Pippa is there as well, eager to complete their circle of friendship. But all is not well in the realms–or out. The mysterious Kartik has reappeared, telling Gemma she must find the Temple and bind the magic, else great disaster will befall her. Gemma’s willing to do his intrusive bidding, despite the dangers it brings, for it means she will meet up with her mother’s greatest friend–and now her foe, Circe. Until Circe is destroyed, Gemma cannot live out her destiny. But finding Circe proves a most perilous task.

9. The Sweet Far Thing - Gemma Doyle
The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, #3)
IT HAS BEEN A YEAR OF CHANGE since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father alaudanum addict, Gemma has relied on an unsuspected strength and has discovered an ability to travel to an enchanted world called the realms, where dark magic runs wild. Despite certain peril, Gemma has bound the magic to herself and forged unlikely new alliances. Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test these bonds.
The Order - the mysterious group her mother was once part of - is grappling for control of the realms, as is the Rakshana. Spence's burned East Wing is being rebuilt, but why now? Gemma and her friends see Pippa, but she is not the same. And their friendship faces its gravest trial as Gemma must decide once and for all what role she is meant for.

10. Untraceable - S.R. Johannes
Untraceable (The Nature of Grace, #1)
16-year-old Grace has lived in the Smokies all her life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival. 
When her dad goes missing on a routine patrol, Grace refuses to believe he’s dead and fights the town authorities, tribal officials, and nature to find him.
One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from danger by Mo, a hot guy with an intoxicating accent and a secret. As her feelings between him and her ex-boyfriend get muddled, Grace travels deep into the wilderness to escape and find her father. 
Along the way, Grace learns terrible secrets that sever relationships and lives. Soon she’s enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it’s going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to save everything she loves.


11 comments:

  1. What a great haul! Throne of Glass is a really good read. I literally just put down Starcrossed. It was a nice one as well. Reading the summary for Dreamless gets me scared though. It seems it's becoming a pattern for a love triangle to appear in sequels. *sigh* Hopefully, it will be good... like Unearthly's! :D

    Happy reading :D

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  2. You've got such great books this week! Throne of Glass is amazing! And I liked Fated too! I still have to read Starcrossed, but heard amazing things about it!


    Happy reading :)
    My StS

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  3. Yay, Fated! Hope you love it - it's amazing!
    You're so lucky, you've got such brilliant-looking books! :D

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  4. Debutantes is really good, I found it a bit different from what I can remember of 'I was Jane Austen's Best Friend' but you should enjoy it! :)

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  5. Great blog! I’m glad I dropped by from Feature & Follow. I am your newest follower.
    Cheers,
    Shanae
    My Blog

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  6. Great list-I just started reading Throne of Glass, a book I heavily anticipated, but it's not really clicking for me. Hopefully it works better for you!

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  7. Awesome books, Kyra! I nearly bought Fated in a bookshop, and now I wish I did! Dreamless sounds great, I need to read Starcrossed soon. I have read Throne of Glass (our conversations on Twitter... haha! ;)) and quite enjoyed it apart from the slow pacing. Debutantes and Dante's Girl sounds great, I hope you enjoy them plus all your others :) x

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  8. I have to look away...the torture is too much! Ahh I'm soo jealous of all the books you got seriously they are all soo awesome and AHHH *faints* I've heard NOTHING but awesome things about Throne of Glass, too, so I really hope you enjoy that one and all your other amazing books Kyra! :)

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  9. Great books! I can see why you did a scream when you got them! I have read Dreamless and Fated and they are just pure epicness! ;D I need to read Debutantes, it looks amazing! :)

    I'm a new follower and I have just started my blog: http://alexsbookishblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. i heart your blog! I'm a new GFC follower :)

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  11. Fated sounds really good! I've read the first three books of the Immortals series by Alyson Noel and I think her books are pretty good. I also have heard amazing things about Throne of Glass. The Debutantes sounds really amazing. I love the cover! I've read A Great and Terrible Beauty but I have yet to finish the series. It's definitely a book I'd recommend. Libba Bray has become to be one of my favorite authors. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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