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[Stacking the Shelves] - #47

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your bookshelf, be it the physical one or your digital one!

     I have been working on trying to keep this up and going, and with a week it feels good to be back and working on the blog. I have been managing to keep ideas and possible topics ready for a future discussion bit. As well I am looking to go out and see the Divergent movie in a few weeks, I can't wait for it and I will post a review of the movie afterwards. I should do a review of Ender's Game as well, but I want to read the book before I get to that. There is a bit on my list of topics and new features I want to pursue. I just need to figure out what I am doing with what I am doing with the current features.

     This week is a bit different. I wanted to show a few books that I picked up more recently, but I have a back log of older books that I need to get through as well. So I moderated this week, the first three are part of my backlog and the last three are the more current books I bought. I was more curious to the viewers and their point on this. I want to know would you rather I do two separate posts, one with a set of my backlog shelf additions and another with the current ones? Either way I hope to hear from you, leave a comment or send me an e-mail.

     So without further adieu:

The Beautiful and the Cursed
Walking Disaster
Into the Still Blue

Mailbox Pickup:

Title: Icons
   Author: Margaret Stohl
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: May 7th, 2013

     Your heart beats only with their permission.

     Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol's family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn't know it was fighting.

     Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside -- safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can't avoid.

     She's different. She survived. Why?

     When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador's privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn't a coincidence. It's a conspiracy.

     Within the Icon's reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions -- which they've always thought to be their greatest weaknesses -- may actually be their greatest strengths.

     Bestselling author Margaret Stohl delivers the first book in a heart-pounding series set in a haunting new world where four teens must piece together the mysteries of their pasts -- in order to save the future.

Title:  Chantress
   Author: Amy Butler Greenfield
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: May 7th, 2013

     Lucy, shipwrecked on an island at 8, is forbidden to sing by guardian Norrie. On All Hallows Eve 1667, at 15, she sings, and is swept into darkness. She wakes to hear powerful men hunt Chantresses who sing magic into the world. At the Invisible College she finds sanctuary, plots to overthrow the evil Lord Protector, and distrustful scientist-apprentice Nat. Only a Chantress can overcome the Protector, and Lucy is the last in England.

Title: The Beautiful and the Cursed
   Author: Page Morgan
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: May 14th, 2013

     After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris.

     In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.

     And Grayson has gone missing.

     No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home.

     Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead—she can feel it deep in her soul—but she knows he’s in grave danger. It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she’ll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried.

Title:  Three
   Author: Kristen Simmons
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: February 11th, 2014

     Ember Miller and Chase Jennings are ready to stop running. After weeks spent in hiding as two of the Bureau of Reformation’s most wanted criminals, they have finally arrived at the safe house, where they hope to live a safe and quiet existence.

     And all that’s left is smoking ruins.

     Devastated by the demolition of their last hope, Ember and Chase follow the only thing left to them—tracks leading away from the wreckage. The only sign that there may have been survivors.

     With their high profile, they know they can’t stay out in the open for long. They take shelter in the wilderness and amidst the ruins of abandoned cities as they follow the tracks down the coast, eventually finding refugees from the destroyed safe house. Among them is someone from Chase’s past—someone he never thought he’d see again.

     Banding together, they search for a place to hide, aiming for a settlement a few of them have heard about…a settlement that is rumored to house the nebulous organization known as Three. The very group that has provided Ember with a tiny ray of hope ever since she was first forced on the run.

     Three is responsible for the huge network of underground safe houses and resistance groups across the country. And they may offer Ember her only chance at telling the world her story.

     At fighting back.

Title: Walking Disaster
   Author: Jamie McGuire
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: April 3rd, 2012

     Finally, the highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster.

     Can you love someone too much?

     Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

     In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

     Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.

Title: Into the Still Blue
   Author: Veronica Rossi
   Format: Hardback
   Release Date: January 28th, 2014

     The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do--and they are just as determined to stay together.

     Within the confines of a cave they're using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

     Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble an unlikely team for an impossible rescue mission. Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival--he's also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

     In this final book in her earth-shattering Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.
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