Saturday, January 3, 2015

Stacking the Shelves [33]

It is the first Stacking the Shelves of 2015! I am joining in on Stacking The Shelves, a weekly meme hosted over at Tynga's Reviews. It is an easy way to share what books you picked up that week, and to see what other people have picked up to read themselves.

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The first few weeks of Stacking the Shelves might be a little full as I receive the packages that I ordered before the new year, and before I began limiting myself on the book buying. I received a B&N gift card from my Secret Santa, so I decided to take advantage of their awesome clearance sale at the end of the year. Unfortunately, one of the books did get cancelled, and some got delayed, so it ended up being broken up into about four different orders. Two of them have come in though, so that's exciting! I have another big Book Outlet Boxing Day order that will hopefully come in the near future as well, but let's talk about the books I added this week.

From Barnes & Noble:

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.

Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.

 Bossypants by Tina Fey
Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon—from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

 The Secret Daughter of the Tsar by Jennifer Laam
In her riveting debut novel, The Secret Daughter of the Tsar, Jennifer Laam seamlessly braids together the stories of three women: Veronica, Lena, and Charlotte. Veronica is an aspiring historian living in present-day Los Angeles when she meets a mysterious man who may be heir to the Russian throne. As she sets about investigating the legitimacy of his claim through a winding path of romance and deception, the ghosts of her own past begin to haunt her. Lena, a servant in the imperial Russian court of 1902, is approached by the desperate Empress Alexandra.  After conceiving four daughters, the Empress is determined to sire a son and believes Lena can help her. Once elevated to the Romanov’s treacherous inner circle, Lena finds herself under the watchful eye of the meddling Dowager Empress Marie. Charlotte, a former ballerina living in World War II occupied Paris, receives a surprise visit from a German officer. Determined to protect her son from the Nazis, Charlotte escapes the city, but not before learning that the officer’s interest in her stems from his longstanding obsession with the fate of the Russian monarchy. Then as Veronica's passion intensifies, and her search for the true heir to the throne takes a dangerous turn, the reader learns just how these three vastly different women are connected. The Secret Daughter of the Tsar is thrilling from its first intense moments until its final, unexpected conclusion.

 Something Blue by Emily Giffin
Following the smash-hit Something Borrowed comes story of betrayal, redemption, and forgiveness

Darcy Rhone has always been able to rely on a few things: Her beauty and charm.  Her fiance, Dex. Her lifelong best friend, Rachel.  She never needed anything else. Or so she thinks until Dex calls off their dream wedding and she uncovers the ultimate betrayal. Blaming everyone but herself, Darcy flees to London and attempts to re-create her glamorous life on a new continent. But to her dismay, she discovers that her tried-and-true tricks no longer apply--and that her luck has finally expired. It is only then that she can begin her journey toward redemption, forgiveness, and true love.

From Merit Press (thank you again!):

 The Number 7 by Jessica Lidh
Sixteen-year-old Louisa's antique telephone is disconnected, but that doesn't keep it from ringing. And it doesn't keep Louisa from answering. Her caller is someone with a message from beyond the grave. The mysterious caller is somehow familiar, and has a message that unravels the mysterious past of Louisa's Swedish family, including the deeply hidden secret from World War II. She'd welcome the distraction of the cute boys competing for her attention, but instead, Louisa must figure out her role in her own story--before the telephone rings for the last time.

What did you add to your shelves this week?


  1. The Number 7 looks amazing! Great haul - I can't wait for your review!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  2. OOOh nice! These are mostly new to me ones! I tried The Bone Season but it wasn't for me. Hopefully you'll enjoy it more!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, stop by then if you can!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  3. Awesome haul! I've heard such great things about The Bone Season! I hope you enjoy all of your new books :)

  4. I've been wanting to read Bossypants and The Bone Season for a while now. I just haven't built up the... motivation to break out of my comfort zone! And I really want to read Something Blue. I read Something Borrowed a while ago and enjoyed it, so I'd like to see how Darcy's story ends.

    Great haul!! Hope you enjoy all of your books.

    Tabitha @ Tabitha's Book Blog

  5. The Bone Season is also in my haul :) The Secret Daughter of the Tsar is another one that I would really like to read, anything set in Russia sounds interesting to me haha

    My December Book Haul

  6. The Bone Season was terrific. I can't wait to get my hands on The Mime Order. Good haul.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  7. I feel like I need to read The Bone Season, I hear such good things about it. The Number 7 looks really good, I need to check it out! Great haul!
    Check out my STS


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