Sunday, July 22, 2012

Stacking MY Shelves ~ 7/22/12

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  Make sure to checkout her post with links to all the other participates.

Um....this week was EPIC!!! And this is one LONG post!!

I'm SOOOO blaming this first one on Molly from Once Upon a Prologue  

All I did was watch her book haul last week and she has to go and tell me that Hourglass is on sale for $1.59! Okay, what am I supposed to do with that???  I don't own that book AND I haven't read that book.  It was necessary.  BUT it's all her fault. =)

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One hour to rewrite the past . . .

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn't there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents' death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She's tried everything, but the visions keep coming back. So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson's willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he's around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?
Um...this next one was a result of the last one.  I am not allowed to be on Amazon and look at the books on sale.  Luckily it was only $.99.  BTW, this one has a giveaway on GR right now!

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She wanted her life to change... he wanted his to stay the same.

Best friends share everything with each other. Or do they? Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Frances Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Spending time with her best friend Tatiana, dreaming about kissing Tatiana's twin brother Fin, and swimming competitively are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college. But when Tatchi fails to return home after a family emergency, and no one knows where the family has gone, Ash chooses to do something drastic to find them.

Ashlyn is about to discover what she'd thought to be true her whole life, wasn't, and the truth, too fantastical to imagine. Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, secrets that will change Ashlyn's life forever.
This next one I'm on the review tour for and I need to read the first two so I can read this one! EEP.  Thanks to the author, Bethany Lopez for this one.

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Melissa has had a fantastic summer hanging out with her friends and making new ones. Life as she knows it will change when they all come together to begin their sophomore year at Dearborn High. Connections will be made and friendships will be tested. Will Melissa’s family and friends be able to help her through the challenges she will face in the upcoming months?

So you may not know this about me BUT I am a huge football fan!! You see that cover????  It a football story.  I saw this while out and about on blogs this week.  And well it was $.99 so it became mine!!!

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Eric used to think he'd live forever, but not any more. As football season starts, he hopes he can live normally again after the death of his father, but his refusal to face his grief results in anger at his coach, fights with his sister, resenting added responsibilities, and disillusionment with football. It takes a special relationship with a girl dealing with the divorce of her parents to see he is angry with his father for dying and the way to get through grief is by grieving.

This next one had tears running down my cheeks!! I got a package in the mail from Tiffany King. She sent me a SIGNED copy of Forever Changed. I love this book and so excited to have the paperback copy to take to school. And the note she wrote inside made me cry it was so sweet. You know the BEST part about blogging is all the fabulous peeps you meet in this incredible community! Thank you Tiff.

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Kassandra Cole has it all—a stable home with great parents, popularity and all the friends she could ever need. She is used to a lifestyle where everything comes easy to her, from good grades to being captain of the cheerleading squad.

Her entire world is shaken to the core when a fatal accident takes her father, causing Kassandra to re-examine the course her life was on. The actions of one individual forever changes her life, leaving her to pick up the pieces of her broken family. Kassandra begins to question everything she once cherished and the people she disappointed along the way.

Maddon Johnson’s life is as different from Kassandra’s as night and day. Abandoned by his mother at a young age, he is left to deal with his abusive, alcoholic father on his own. He has one goal: lay low and get the heck out of dodge as soon as he is legally old enough.

Everything changes when his father’s tragic actions send Maddon crashing into Kassandra’s world. Suddenly, getting away is the last thing he wants as he discovers it is possible to believe in love after all.
This next one came from little bird publicity and Harlequin.  Thank you.  It's a finished copy of The Siren by Tiffany Reisz.

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Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she's sure it'll be her breakout book...if it ever sees the light of day.

Zachary Easton holds Nora's fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it's no deal.

Nora's grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining…and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from him...or returning to his bed?

Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.
These next three came from Simon
& Schuster.  I won them during #ArmchairBEA and they showed up this week.  Thank you Simon & Schuster.

Available October 2012
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In this riveting debut, a telepathic girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world--before the wrong person finds the answer first.

Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She's skipped multiple grades and doesn't really connect with the older kids at school, but she's not comfortable with her family, either. And Sophie has a secret--she's a Telepath, someone who can read minds. But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she's not alone. He's a Telepath too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well...she isn't. Fitz opens Sophie's eyes to a shocking truth, and almost instantly she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.

But Sophie still has secrets, and they're buried deep in her memory for good reason: The answers are dangerous and in high-demand. What is her true identity, and why was she hidden among humans? The truth could mean life or death--and time is running out.
Available September 2012
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From the author of the "New York Times" bestselling ghostgirl series, the start to a captivating and haunting teen trilogy about three girls who become entangled with an enigmatic boy--a boy who believes he is a saint.What if martyrs and saints lived among us? And what if you were told you were one of them?

Meet Agnes, Cecilia, and Lucy. Three lost girls, each searching for something. But what they find is Beyond Belief.

Available October 2012

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Sixteen-year-old Evie Greene thought her horrific apocalyptic hallucinations were a sign that she was slowly losing her mind. But when her visions come true, decimating the world around her and killing everyone she loves, Evie is forced to accept that she was seeing the future.

Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she turns to wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate, the gorgeous and dangerous Jackson Deveaux for help. As Jackson and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have got the same call and discover that Evie is not the only one with special powers. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and as the battle between good and evil intensifies, it is not always clear who is on which side…

THEN I got this fabulous package from Harper Teen! Thank you, thank you Harper Teen.

Available October of 2012
Got two copies of this one so except a giveaway.
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When she wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings, Skye knows something terrible has happened to her. But it's not until she hears Asher, the dark, rebellious angel she fell in love with, that the memories come flooding back. She tries to put the past behind her, but she knows she'll be forever haunted by the ruthless betrayal that almost took her life.

Skye returns home, but with the knowledge of who she really is, nothing can ever be the same. As she tests the limits of her newfound powers, Skye discovers that she's capable of far more than anyone could have imagined. Both the Order and the Rebellion want her for their side as war between the factions looms. She can't forget the terrifying truth she now knows about the Order, but something holds her back from embracing the Rebellion.

A Fractured Light picks up right after A Beautiful Dark's shocking cliffhanger ending and is perfect for fans of Lauren Kate's Fallen and Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush saga.

Available August 2012

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Evie's paranormal past keeps coming back to haunt her. A new director at the International Paranormal Containment Agency wants to drag her back to headquarters. The Dark Faerie Queen is torturing humans in her poisonous realm. And supernatural creatures keep insisting that Evie is the only one who can save them from a mysterious, perilous fate.
The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its fate rests solely in Evie's hands.

So much for normal.

Available September 2012 

Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the "prince" of their pride. But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian's sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.

The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there's no guarantee they'll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning....

Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan's Firelight trilogy.
I Know Right! 

BUT I'm not done.  Told you this week was EPIC.

This one, I won from Book Bite Reviews.  The author, Aaron Ritchey was kind enough to send me the actual book.  So thank you Aaron.

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The Fury of Heaven. The Desires of Hell.

A Broken Girl.
Shattered by the death of her parents, Lena knows she is not handling her sorrow well - keeping to herself, running drugs, risking her little brother. But she'll do whatever it takes to keep her disintegrating family together.

Two Lost Souls
Lurking on the edges of the afterlife, Chael and Johnny Beels have spent centuries manipulating events, one pushing for good, the other sowing chaos. Now these two desperate souls have taken human form to play a dangerous game of hope and despair with Lena trapped in the middle.

The Ultimate Sacrifice
Lena must maneuver the shadowy realm between angel and demon, love and lust, good and evil, until she finds the courage to see the truth and make the ultimate sacrifice. When do we struggle to change the world? When do we let go and embrace life's broken beauty?

Then I got a package in the mail yesterday from Little Bird Publicity and Harlequin. Thank you very much.
Available October 2012
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The highly anticipated sequel to "Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch, "read by more than 2 MILLION Six years ago, Dana Cardwell found her mother's will in a cookbook and became sole owner of the Cardwell Ranch in Big Sky, Montana. Now happily married, Dana is surprised when her siblings, Stacy and Jordan, show up on the ranch...and trouble isn't too far behind. As danger draws closer to the ranch, deputy marshal Liza Turner quickly realizes that Jordan Cardwell isn't the man the town made him out to be.

I also got Unlovable from the author this week. Thank you.  Reading this one now.  Expect a review & giveaway soon.

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Port Fare, New York, has fallen into the clutches of true evil. The Dreser brothers have arrived with a scheme to increase drug sales in the area by whatever means possible. Seth Prescott is part of MET (Mobile Enforcement Teams) a branch of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). He's been assigned to work undercover at Port Fare High, and things aren't going very well, until senior Maggie Brown enters the equation. He's harbored a secret crush on her from day one, and now that she is in the center of the case, he's trying to stay clear and objective while walking the line between business and unrequited love.

Maggie is truly the poster child for Heroin Chic, complete with jutting bones and dark-ringed eyes, but is she an addict, or is there another reason for her appearance? She struggles with her feelings for Seth, fearing he is just another person who will eventually let her down, as everyone in her life has done thus far.

Maggie has spent her life caring for her alcoholic mother. A task that has left her heavily burdened and alone. Before long, her mother's health takes a turn for the worst, sending Maggie's life into a tale-spin.

While Seth works relentlessly to inject fear into the dealers and flush them out into the open, Maggie fights to stay alive as the hunt turns deadly.

Seth and Maggie's romantic journey is one of humor, heartbreak, and self-discovery.
Gonna be part of the blog tour for this one!

Available August 28, 2012

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Since the car crash that took her father’s life two years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky—and unending—lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left...his soul.

Probably thinking this post will NEVER end.  You guys really wanted to know this stuff so I've given it to you.  This is the last one, finally.  I'm on the tour for this one too.

Available August 1, 2012

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Armed with wings and a blue wand, being a fairy godmother should be easy ... unless your name is Ash, and you're a dude.

Ash Summerland has it all–good looks, popularity, and the best grades at The Academy of Magical Beings. Ready to complete his last assignment in order to graduate, Ash is confident he will get the apprenticeship he wants. When he opens the letter from the Council, he is shocked to discover he has been assigned to apprentice Lady Shenelle, Keeper of Happy Endings. A.K.A. the head fairy godmother. Ash is forced to grant three wishes to a troubled human girl named Kendall, and ultimately give her a "happy ever after". But Kendall turns out to be more than he bargained for. Still grieving over her father's death, Kendall doesn't want anything to do with him. And worst of all, she doesn't believe in happy endings.
Definitely an EPIC week.  Eighteen books!  I'm so far behind reading. *sigh*


  1. OMW I'm freaking out over your books over here! lol Everblue is pretty sweet. I hope you enjoy! As for the rest, I'm pretty stinking jealous! Enjoy and I can't wait for reviews!

  2. AMAZING haul!! WOW! So many good books. Some that I've heard of and been dying to read like Blessed and Forever Changed, some that I own and need to read like Endlessly and Inbetween and one I've read and adored: Hidden! So much awesome! I hope you love and enjoy all these books, Val! :)

    Jessirae @ Words, Pages, and Books
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  3. You have an awesome haul this week Valerie and opened my eyes to some I hadn't heard of before. Everblue, Unlovable and Forever Changed. All going on the TBR.

    Thanks for stopping by my Stack :)

  4. You got some really great books. I hope you like The Farewell Season. I really liked it. I want to read The Siren. I'm curious to see what you think of it. Nice haul chick! You've got tons of reading to do!

  5. wow!! What an awesome haul!! Cannot wait to read Hidden, A Fractured Light!! Great books!!

  6. OMG girl!!!!
    I am so insanely jealous of some of those books mostly, Poison Princess by Kresley Cole. OMG I NEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDD that book so bad. I cannot wait for it. AND Hidden. Man I am dying for that book too.

    I have Hourglass but I haven't read it yet. A friend told me the relationship reminded her of Daemon and Katy in Lux so yea I HAD to get it.

    I just finished Endlessly yesterday and loved it. Perfect ending to the series. I can't wait for you to read it. Let me know when you have and when your review is up!

    I'm reading Inbetween by Tara Fuller now, I'm on the blog tour for it too. I am loving it. It is so good. I'm so excited to be reading it coz I've wanted to read it for sooooo long.

    Great books... you lucky lucky girl this week. EPIC books

    ~ Kayleigh

  7. I bought Hourglass on sale as well!! I can't wait to read it! I've been dying to do so :)

  8. Ahhhh you got Hidden!!! SO lucky, I would die to get a copy of that book <3 Enjoy your new books.

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  9. I'm a huge football fan too! I may have to check out The Farewell Season. And several of those other great looking books!

  10. OMG where to start? Awesome deals at Amazon! I have a copy of Unlovable I have been meaning to read for so long that I am hoping to get to soon-ish. I am so excited for Hidden. I am anxious to find out how the series ends. I hope you enjoy all of your new reads! :)
    You can check out what books I got this week here!

  11. THAT is an awesome haul! I WANT Poison Princess!! She'll be in Austin for the ATBF and I HOPE they have copies early for us!

  12. You got some great books, Val! I really enjoyed The Siren. I just got book two this week. I'm excited to read A Fractured Light, the ending to A Beautiful Dark was brutal. I can't wait to see all your reviews.

  13. Great stack! I haven't read Hourglass yet, I need to get to it soon too! and Not Your Average Fairytale sounds so cute, lol! I am looking forward to reading it - can't wait to see what you think of it!
    Enjoy your new reads :)

  14. Wow you got a lot of awesome books this week! I hope you enjoy everything you got this week. Here's my IMM =)

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books

  15. LOL Val! I will GLADLY accept the blame for making someone else interested in Hourglass!

    And wow, girl, if Forever Changed meant that much to you - I'm headed now to add it to my TBR. You got some AWESOME this week. Enjoy! :)

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  16. Wow!! Awesome books this week!!! I'm super jealous of A Fractured LIght!!! That book is going to be AMAZING!! I hope you enjoy it :D

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

  17. Oh thanks to you I just bought the Siren as well. Great haul. So jealous that you got Hidden. I've so wanted that one too. Can't wait to see your reviews.


  18. Holy cow, you did get loads of amazing novels this week. I'm definitely interested in Endlessly as I loved the other two books in the series. Hidden is also high on my must read list. Hope you enjoy them all!

  19. OMG I don't even know where to start so I will just agree with you about the epicness of it all and call it good. Lol!! I have Endlessly pre-ordered and am impatiently waiting for it to be Tuesday!!

  20. I love you haul! Hidden was amazing!


  21. Holy freaking wowsers! What an awesome book haul! I cant wait for Poison Princess, Endlessly and The Blessed. Even though thag cover kind of creeps me out.

  22. Wow you weren't kidding! This really was an epic week for you! Harper teen totally rocks my socks off. I got an awesome package from them too and I def did a happy dance haha

    Happy Reading :)

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  23. This haul is epic. I want to read Hidden and The Siren. And Hourglass was that cheap!!!!! That's such a good deal. I need to read the second one still. My STS/Sunday Post
    -Melissa @HarleyBearBooks

  24. WOW,awesome haul!! Seriously jealous right now, hope you enjoy! Mine: World of Books

  25. I wish i would have waited to get hourglass for this price, but if i got it as an ebook i never would read it!!!! alas!
    hehe amazon is sooo bad!!! i stalk it for a good week before i place an order because im all like i cant just buy one thing!
    YEA!!!!!! im so glad you are a football fan!!!! im scared to know your team, but over here its all 49ers!!! please tell me you like hockey also?!?! if not we need to have a chat!
    mmmm harper packages must be nice!!!!
    I WANT ENDLESSLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    HOLY CRAP LADY!!! so many books!
    EEEP to inbetween!!! please start this so i can talk about it!
    soooo many good books!!! love it lady!!!
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    And her AMAZING Giveaway

    1. You know my team has to be the Broncos! I like the 49ers though. I'm also a fan of the Steelers and well I was gonna say the Colts but no need anymore - right!

      Hockey? I do like it but I'm not insane about it the way I am with football. Gonna cheer for the Avs but have no clue what's going on. Where with football I'm yelling and screaming at .... well everything.


  26. WOW so many amazing books that are going onto my wishlist
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  27. Nice stack! I'm dying to read Poison Princess. The cover is so pretty. Enjoy all of your new goodies.

  28. I loved Everblue!! I hope you like it as much as I did :)

    Happy reading and thanks for stopping by my blog..have an awesome weekend!!

  29. OMG! I am totally jealous. But then I think, hmm I am going to be reading a lot of reviews soon.... :D

  30. So many amazing books this week! I can't wait to get hold of quite a few of them.

    Happy reading!!

    Sharon @

  31. Awesome book haul! I have heard such good things about Hourglass. I have GOT to read it sometime! :) Enjoy!