Saturday, June 2, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #5

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by  Tynga's Reviews! This meme showcases the books received, bought, or checked out from the library over the course of the past week.  




E-galleys for review:


Angel's Ink 
By: Jocelynn Drake
Release Date: 10/16/12
A big thank you to Avon/Harper Voyager!

Synopsis from goodreads.com:
(Description from author)
The series is firmly settled in the urban fantasy genre, set in what I like to call an open world (ie, everyone knows about all the other races and has for a really long time, allowing everyone to live side-by-side in a relative, occasionally strained, harmony.) Some of the races that you meet in this series include, but are not limited to: humans, elves, trolls, dwarves, pixies, werewolves, vampires, ogres, minotaurs, incubus, faeries, goblins, and many many more that are fighting to get their time on the page. 


At the center of this mess is Gage Powell, a tattoo artist who owns a parlor in a sketchy little neighborhood in Low Town called Asylum. In a world that is naturally filled with magic, it only makes sense that many of the non-magic folk (like humans) could use an edge. In this world, tattoo artists aren't just tattoo artists. They are also licensed potion stirrers. For the right price, they can help you get an edge. Need courage, love, or luck? A tattoo artist can stir a potion to be placed in the ink of a tattoo that can help you achieve those things. 

Unfortunately, Gage has a secret that keeps coming back to haunt him despite his attempts to keep his head down and his nose somewhat clean. Lucky for him, he had a pair of employees that help him out. The first is Bronx -- a patient troll who manages to keep a level head and his sense of humor when things get bad. The second is Trixie -- a elf who is pretending to be a human because she's got her own problems, but she still manages to make time to give Gage a hand when he needs it.


Into the Woods
By: Kim Harrison
Release Date: 10/12/12
A big thanks to Avon/Harper Voyager!
Synopsis from goodreads.com:
This is the Harrison anthology that will contain all the shorts and novellas previously published in various formats. It will also contain a lot of new stuff–stuff that I pulled together as possible series material for after the Hollows. (More on that later.)

The novella of Jenks and Trent’s elf quest to steal Lucy is in here in its Trent POV glory. I’ve also got a novella revolving around Grace. Long-time haunters of the drama box may remember me talking about her before. This is not the Grace I would be writing about, but a younger, less jaded Grace. There’s a third novel-length piece concerning Meg, another possible series. And again, Meg is much younger than she would be if I pursue her story. It’s her mom and grandmother who this story revolves around, but we do get to see her.

Note: this description is from a blog by the author. Feel free to replace it when something more blurb-like is available.

Books received through trade:
(These books are to add to my collection. I've already read them all and loved them!)

Hex Hall
By: Rachel Hawkins
A big thanks to Vivien! This book is in wonderful condition, and the cover is even more beautiful in person!
Synopsis from goodreads.com:
Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.
As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.
Demonglass
By: Rachel Hawkins
A big thanks to Vivien! This book looks brand new. The cover is even more gorgeous in person!
Synopsis from goodreads.com:
Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch. 

That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.

But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?



Spellbound
By: Rachel Hawkins
A big thanks to Vivien! This book is also in terrific, like new condition. The cover, again, is also SO beautiful in person!
Synopsis from goodreads.com:
Hailed as “impossible to put down,” the Hex Hall series has both critics and teens cheering. With a winning combination of romance, action, magic and humor, this third volume will leave readers enchanted.

Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.

Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?



From the library:

Taken by Storm
By: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Synopsis from goodreads.com:
Hailed as “impossible to put down,” the Hex Hall series has both critics and teens cheering. With a winning combination of romance, action, magic and humor, this third volume will leave readers enchanted.

Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.

Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?

Fated
By: Alyson Noel
Synopsis from goodreads.com:
The first book in a magnificent new series about a girl who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead by #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël.

Lately strange things have been happening to Daire Santos. Animals follow her, crows mock her, and glowing people appear out of nowhere. Worried that Daire is having a nervous breakdown, her mother packs her off to stay in the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico with a grandmother she’s never met.

There she crosses paths with Dace, a gorgeous guy with unearthly blue eyes who she’s encountered before...but only in her dreams. And she’ll get to know her grandmother—a woman who recognizes Daire’s bizarre episodes for what they are. A call to her true destiny as a Soul Seeker, one who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead. Her grandmother immediately begins teaching her to harness her powers—but it’s an art that must be mastered quickly. Because Dace’s brother is an evil shape-shifter who’s out to steal her powers. Now Daire must embrace her fate as a Soul Seeker and find out if Dace is one guy she’s meant to be with...or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.

Struck
By: Jennifer Bosworth
Synopsis from goodreads.com:
Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.

Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.

Deadly Cool
By: Gemma Halliday
Synopsis from goodreads.com:
Hartley Grace Featherstone is having a very bad day. First she finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her with the president of the Herbert Hoover High School Chastity Club. Then he’s pegged as the #1 suspect in a murder. And if that weren’t enough, now he’s depending on Hartley to clear his name.

But as much as Hartley wouldn’t mind seeing him squirm, she knows he’s innocent, and she’s the only one who can help him. Along with her best friend, Sam, and the school’s resident Bad Boy, Chase, Hartley starts investigating on her own. But as the dead bodies begin to pile up, the mystery deepens, the suspects multiply, and Hartley begins to fear that she may be the killer’s next victim.

Iron King
By: Julie Kagawa
Synopsis from goodreads.com:
Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Deadtown
By: Nancy Holzner
Synopsis from goodreads.com:
First in a brand new urban fantasy series that's "fresh and funny, with a great new take on zombies" (Karen Chance) and "full of dangerous magic and populated with characters so realistic, they almost jump off the page" (Ilona Andrews).
If you were undead, you'd be home by now...
They call it Deadtown: the city's quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Most humans stay far from its borders-but Victory Vaughn, Boston's only professional demon slayer, isn't exactly human. 

60 comments:

  1. Nice haul this week. I forgot Spellbound already came out. I really need to pick that up.
    Book Sniffers Anonymous

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  2. I've got two copies of Fated, yet I still haven't read it. It's like that isn't it. Angel's Ink sounds pretty cool and I really like the colour composition on the cover. Is it out in paperback, I might have to pick up a copy when I'm out.
    Demons Read Too

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  3. Wow! Lots of books. I've not read the Hex Hall books yet, but I'm going to some time! I've been interested in Struck -- heard lots of good things. Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy!

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  4. Great haul! I really enjoyed The Iron King and have to get the rest of the books in the series. I have Hex Hall on my to-read list, too.

    My STS

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  5. Angel's Ink sounds great. I look forward to your review. Enjoy all of the books!

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  6. Oh my little pony! Those are awesome books!I really want to read Hex Hall...and the Iron King? You're kidding me. That's one of my most favorite books of all time. Read it. ; 0

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  7. I really want to read Struck, but it's not yet available here in our country. The Hex Hall series is already on my TBR list. Great haul! :)

    Thanks for dropping by! ;D
    Kari Po-Ku Reads

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  8. Awesome haul! I haven't read any of the Hex Hall books yet but I've heard it's a great series. I really liked Deadly Cool a lot, and Fated has some unique and interesting elements to it. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier, and happy reading! =D

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  9. I'm just about to start Deadly Cool! I hope it's good. The Iron King was pretty awesome. I didn't love Struck but it was decent, but I actually really liked Fated. Great picks this week!

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  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog! WOW -- you have so many new books to read! I really liked Iron King, but still haven't managed to find the time to read the rest of the series, although I've heard that it's AWESOME. I have Deadly Cool on hold at the library, and I'm really excited to read it. If the esteemed Wendy Darling likes it, then it MUST be amazing!

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  11. Oh wow, some great books. I really want to read Hex Hall and the rest of the series. Angel's Ink looks really good too.

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  12. Great haul! I loved Hex Hall and Demonglass. I also really enjoy the Iron Fey series! Happy reading and thanks for stopping by!

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  13. What an awesome Stacking The Shelves! I heard a lot of good about Julie Kagawa's book but I haven't read any for now.
    Deadtown is also in my to-be-read pile.
    Bonne lecture! :)

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  14. Thanks for stopping by.
    And you got some awesome books!!
    I hope you enjoy al of them.

    Happy sunday!!
    Mariska

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  15. This is such an awesome haul! They all have such beautiful covers.. I'm especially excited to read Fated!

    -Laura
    http://whats--hot.com

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  16. Fantastic haul! I've heard really great things about the Hex Hall series. I really don't know why it's taking me so long to read it "/ Great library haul too. I plan on reading just about every book you've got there sometime (: Hope you enjoy your books! Thanks for stopping by!

    - Kim
    My Haul

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  17. Woww, you got so many books! Awesome, they all look really good!

    Thanks for stopping by :)

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  18. So many books! I've heard a lot about Struck and the Hex Hall series, and I liked The Iron King.

    Happy reading :D

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  19. Great haul! You are going to be busy for a while. Hope you enjoy them all.
    Thanks for stopping by.

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  20. I have nothing to say other than the Hex Hall trilogy and the Iron King were just AWESOME and you have to read it. Now. ;) But that aside, great haul and I hope you enjoy!!

    Check out my Stacking the Shelves!

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  21. Oh, I loved Struck, too! :) great haul!

    http://notjustnonsense.blogspot.com/2012/06/stacking-shelves-6.html

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  22. Nice haul! I love Iron King and Deadtown is lying on my TBR-shelf at home, but I haven't gotten to it yet. Angel's Ink and Struck intrigue me, so I may just add them to my wish-list. Happy reading and thanks for stopping by!

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  23. wow a lot of amazing books. I loved Hex Hall and I really want to start the second book. I hope you'll enjoy it! Iron king was also a nice book and I have deadtown to read. Happy reading!

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  24. I really need to get all of the Hex Hall books and have a reading marathon of those!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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  25. All the Hex Hall books -- WOW! It should be really fun to read them back to back! Happy reading! :)

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  26. Great haul, loved Deadly Cool and The Iron King! Enjoy everything you got this week :D and thank for stopping by!

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  27. Wow, you got some good books (through trading). Your new ones look good too, I hope you enjoy and love those! Thanks for stopping by my blog <3

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  28. Great haul.
    Thanks for stopping by.

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  29. Oooh I've been trying to find a copy of Iron King forever! You got some great books this week! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  30. Oh wow, you got some amazing books there!!! Almost all of them are on my TBR pile already but I'm going to have to add "Angel's Ink" to the pile as well. It sounds awesome!

    Have a happy reading week and thanks so much for stopping by my blog!!! :)

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  31. I still need to read Hex Hall and Deadly Cool. I've been wanting to read Fated, but I've read a lot of bad reviews abou it.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  32. Look at all of those great books. I have been wanting to read the Hex Hall series. Maybe eventually I will. I have Deadly Cool and still need to read that one too. Enjoy all of your awesome books!

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  33. So much awesome stuff this week! I need to read the Hex Hall series. Everyone tells me great things and I've never picked it up, haha. Great haul this week!

    The Week at Book Brats

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  34. Great haul this week! I've been seeing Hex Hall on a few peoples StS posts, I need to check it out. I loved Fated too. Hope you enjoy your books and thanks for stopping by :)

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  35. Thanks for stopping by! Awesome haul!!! I really enjoyed Struck and I absolutely loved Deadly Cool! I hope you do too!!! :)

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  36. Wow lots of goodies! I really enjoyed the Hex Hall series so I hope you do too!

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  37. Awesome haul this week. I love the Hex Hall series, and I'm looking forward to reading Fated. Happy Reading!!

    Thanks for stopping by my Stack

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  38. Oooh! Struck, awesome. Enjoy your haul! Thanks for stopping by my STS post! :D

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  39. So many awesome books you received this week, not to mention your library ROCKS! I have the first Hex Hall book, and I cannot wait to read it. I also own Deadly Cool, but again haven't had the chance to read it. They all look so awesome! I hope you enjoy all those books, and Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  40. the hex hall books look so good! enjoy!


    my post is here:
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  41. Awesome haul this week! I still need to get Spell Bound!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Dani
    http://paulettespapers.com/?p=2097

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  42. Awesome books this week!! I lurve Kim Harrison! Struck was absolutely fantastic and yay for Fated! I hope you enjoy everything you got. Happy reading :)

    MaryAnn
    Chapter by Chapter

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  43. Great group of books. Thanks for visiting.

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  44. Wow you got a ton of books this week! I love the Hex Hall series and you've piqued my curiosity for Jocelynn Drake's book Angel's Ink. Am definitely going to be checking that out on Goodreads.

    Thanks for stopping by earlier and sharing your haul!

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  45. Great haul! Angel's Ink sounds awesome. I'll add it to my wishlist :)

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Enjoy your books~

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  46. The Iron Fey series is one of my favorite ones ever!!! I've read Hex Hall, but I haven't read the rest in the series. I love Deadly Cool as well! Happy reading :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  47. WOW. You have some really fabulous books in your collection this week! Angel's Ink sounds really intriguing, and in fact, reading the synopsis just helped me figure out how to solve a problem in a book I'm writing! Hee! :-)

    The Iron King and Struck are both on my GoodReads list and I really need to hurry up and get to them. They sound so good!

    Thanks for sharing your lovelies with us :-) Hope you enjoy them all!

    My book haul: http://www.BlookGirl.com/book-blog/mission-acquired/169-june-2-2012

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  48. Great haul! The Hex Hall and Iron Fey series are great. I just got Fated also! I love Alyson Noel.

    Shannon
    Readergirl Reviews a Teen Book

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  49. I love the Hex Hall series! Awesome books, I love e-Galleys!
    Old follower:)

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  50. SO many awesome books!! I keep seeing the Hex Hall series and mean to check it out at some point... I'm really excited for Struck... I love lightning so interested to read it! :)

    Thanks for stopping by! :)

    Michele | Stacking the Shelves

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  51. Hex Hall and Deadly Cool are really fun books! I've yet to read the others in the Hex Hall series though I hear it's got a great series ending which is awesome!!

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  52. I have heard awesome things about the Hex Hall series..I really need to read them!!

    Happy reading and thanks for stopping by :)

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  53. Awesome haul! I love the Kim Harrison antho, I need to get my hands on one of those copies.

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  54. Fated and Deadly Cool look so good!! I hope you enjoy all you got and thanks so much for stopping by my STS :)

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  55. Thanks for stopping by! You have lot's of great books here! I really need to read the Iron Fey series, it sounds so good! I love Rachel Hawkin's Hex Hall series happy reading!

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  56. I loved Hex Hall and the rest of the series. I really should by the first two books as well. Happy reading!

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  57. Awesome Haul! I've been wanting to read Struck by Jennifer Bosworth, it sounds really good!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  58. I keep meaning to read Hex Hall because it sounds like something I would LOVE! Glad to hear that you enjoyed all of them :) And yay for getting a copy of Iron Fey <3 I love those books!


    Brenna from Esther's Ever After

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  59. I'm interested in checking out Angel's Ink! And I really want to pick up Fated! Great haul, happy reading!

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  60. Ohh so jelly of the Hex Hall series!! I want to read them so badly ;)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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