Sunday, June 24, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #7

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.   

I've been staying at my Mom's to conduct fieldwork this week, and she has a great used bookstore by her house. Therefore, I went a little crazy. I also have a wide assortment of models with the books this week.

From Amazon:
The Golden Lily
By: Richelle Mead
See my review here.
Synopsis from
The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy spinoff series

Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students--children of the wealthy and powerful--carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead's breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.

I was so freaking excited to get this book! 

 Don't they look gorgeous together?!

Until I Die
By: Amy Plum
See my review here.
Synopsis from
Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.

As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.

In Die for Me, Amy Plum created a captivating paranormal mythology with immortal revenants and a lush Paris setting. Until I Die is poised to thrill readers with more heart-pounding suspense, spellbinding romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the third and final novel in the series.

These are two of the most beautiful covers I've ever seen! 

Also, this is one of my absolute favorite series. I have a bit of an obsession with France.

Sweet Evil
By: Wendy Higgins
Check out my review here.
Synopsis from
Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

Here are those three new books in their new home! YAY!

Blood Moon
By: Alyxandra Harvey
Currently reading

Synopsis from
"I can still smell his blood, Lucy. I can smell it everywhere. It's in the grass, in the air, on me. I'm not safe."


When the vampire tribes convene for the rare Blood Moon ceremonies, Solange Drake is plunged into a battle with her feral nature. The Drake brothers have been raised knowing they had to protect their younger sister at all cost. But forbidden magic and a mysterious stranger have put all of them in terrible danger.

Nicholas is going to have to make a difficult choice: between his girlfriend, Lucy, and his little sister, Solange - blood or love?

I love this series, and I really hope Nicholas chooses Lucy. Solange really got on my nerves in the last book, and she's pretty much my least favorite. I really like Lucy, so he should choose love over blood, for sure. I normally wouldn't say that, but in this case, I make an exception. I'll let you guys know what I think as soon as I finish reading it.  I'm about 20% in right now, and it's amazing so far!

From the used bookstore:

 The Dark Divine 
By: Bree Despain
I've already read this book, but didn't review it.
Synopsis from
Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared--the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in his own blood--but she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night held.

The memories her family has tried to bury resurface when Daniel returns, three years later, and enrolls in Grace and Jude's high school. Despite promising Jude she'll stay away, Grace cannot deny her attraction to Daniel's shocking artistic abilities, his way of getting her to look at the world from new angles, and the strange, hungry glint in his eyes.

The closer Grace gets to Daniel, the more she jeopardizes her life, as her actions stir resentment in Jude and drive him to embrace the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind the boy's dark secret...and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it--her soul.

This is one of my favorite trilogies, and I'm excited to collect  these for my bookshelf. I already have them on my Kindle. The model is my mom's dog, Curly.

Destined for an Early Grave

By: Jeaniene Frost
I've already read this book.
Synopsis from
Her deadly dreams leave her in grave danger...

Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they've fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it's time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She's having visions of a vampire named Gregor who's more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn't know about.

Gregor believes Cat is his and he won't stop until he has her. As the battle begins between the vamp who haunts her nightmares and the one who holds her heart, only Cat can break Gregor's hold over her. She'll need all the power she can summon in order to bring down the baddest bloodsucker she's ever faced . . . even if getting that power will result in an early grave.

I lost this book in a move, and I've been trying to find a copy of it at a used bookstore ever since. I have the rest of the series, and I was really annoyed by the fact that I could not replace this book. I finally found a copy!

Misguided Angel
By: Melissa de la Cruz
I've already read this title.
Synopsis from
After inheriting the dark Van Alen Legacy, Schuyler fled to Florence with her forbidden love, Jack. Now the two of them must embark on the mission Schuyler was destined to complete: to find and protect the five remaining gates that guard the earth from Lucifer, lord of the Silver Bloods.

Back in New York, Mimi has been elected Regent of a crumbling coven. Struggling with her heartache over the loss of Kingsley and with her overwhelming desire to destroy Jack, she must focus all of her energy on a perilous new threat. Vampires are being abducted and their captors are planning to burn them alive online…for all the world to see. Help arrives in the form of Deming Chen, a Venator from Shanghai, who must untangle the web of deceptions before the killers strike again.

As the young vampires struggle for the survival of the coven, they uncover a deadly secret, a truth first discovered by Schuyler’s mother during the Renaissance but kept buried for centuries. And as the Blue Blood enclave weakens yet further, fate leads Schuyler to a terrible choice that will ultimately map the destiny of her heart

I have all of these books on my Kindle, but I love the series so much that I wanted to add them to my shelf collection. I'm slowly adding to the collection as I find the novels at the used bookstore. 

By: Carrie Jones
See my review here.
Synopsis from
Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.

She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you'd have to fear.

I really enjoyed this series when I checked them out from the library and participated in the blog tour with Bloomsbury, so when I saw this book, I had to jump on it. It'll make a beautiful edition to my collection! The model is Max, my mom's other dog. 

By: Carrie Jones
See my review here.  
Synopsis from
Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.

A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure -- despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It's her life -- and his. 

I also found the second book in the series. Just two more, and my collection is complete. 

Dead Reckoning
By: Charlaine Harris
I have read this, but I've not reviewed it. 
Synopsis from
With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his "child" Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot-which is much more complicated than she knows...

I have this book on my Kindle, but I don't have the print copy yet. I haven't even bought the new one because it's so freaking expensive on Kindle and in print. Again, I'll wait until it shows up at the used bookstore. However, this book and the latest one are the only two missing from my collection. One more to go!

For Review:
Through to You
By:  Emily Hainsworth
Release Date: 10/2/12
A big thank you to Balzar + Bray!
Synopsis from 
Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. Viv was the last good thing in his life: helping him rebuild his identity after a career-ending football injury, picking up the pieces when his home life shattered, and healing his pain long after the meds wore off. And now, he’d give anything for one more glimpse of her. But when Cam makes a visit to the site of Viv’s deadly car accident, he sees some kind of apparition. And it isn’t Viv.

The apparition’s name is Nina, and she’s not a ghost. She’s a girl from a parallel world, and in this world, Viv is still alive. Cam can’t believe his wildest dreams have come true. All he can focus on is getting his girlfriend back, no matter the cost. But things are different in this other world: Viv and Cam have both made very different choices, things between them have changed in unexpected ways, and Viv isn’t the same girl he remembers. Nina is keeping some dangerous secrets, too, and the window between the worlds is shrinking every day.

As Cam comes to terms with who this Viv has become and the part Nina played in his parallel story, he’s forced to choose—stay with Viv or let her go—before the window closes between them once and for all.

What did you guys stack your shelves with this week? 


  1. You got so many great books, I hope you like them!
    I need to finish the Vampire Academy books so I can start Bloodlines!

    Stacking the Shelves #4

  2. Holly smokes! Looks like you got a lot of great books! Blood Moon sounds like my kind of book. It has a mixture of the two things I like in a good book and that is Vampires and magic. Hope you enjoy them all.

    Nancy @ The Avid Reader

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  3. First of all, AWESOME haul! Second of all, I was completely swooning over your adorable kitty and dogs!! AWWW <333333 Give them all a hug for me~!

    Blood Moon has such a sizzling cover~ Happy reading~! <3 Looks like a yummy reading week for ya!

    Vivian @ Vivaciously, Vivian


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