Saturday, January 3, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #80 & Weekly Wrap-Up

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s ReviewsIt is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks.

I took a little break over the festive season so it's been a little while since I last posted. Hope you all had a great Christmas and received lots of book goodies. 

Here's what I added to my shelf:

In Paper Back:

Breaking the Rules
(Pushing the Limits #1.5)
by Katie McGarry

A summer road trip changes everything in this unforgettable new tale from acclaimed author Katie McGarry

For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so... different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who’s never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything — except the one thing Echo’s just not ready for.

But when the source of Echo’s constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants — even as foster kid Noah’s search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love, and themselves.

Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo must decide if Noah's more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he'd be. And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn... seriously epic.

If I Stay
(If I Stay #1)
by Gayle Forman 

'Just listen,' Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.'I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen.

'Stay,' he says.

Everybody has to make choices.

Some might break you.

For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family, friends and a gorgeous boyfriend decisions might seem tough, but they're all about a future full of music and love, a future that's brimming with hope.

But life can change in an instant.

A cold February morning . . . a snowy road . . . and suddenly all of Mia's choices are gone. Except one.

As alone as she'll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all.

Haunting, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you've lost - and all that might be.

Includes interviews with the stars of the film, Chloe Moretz and Jamie Blackley.

Where She Went
(If I Stay #2)
by Gayle Forman

If you had a second chance at first love . . . would you take it?

It's been three years since Adam's love saved Mia after the accident that annihilated life as she knew it . . . and three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future - and each other.

Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, powerful prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

Boxed Sets:

Divergent Series Box Set
(Divergent 0.1-3)
by Veronica Roth

Divergent: Sixteen-year-old Tris has been forced to make a terrible choice. In a divided society where everyone must conform, Tris does not fit. So she ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs. Tris can trust no one in this brutal new world, but she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. 

Insurgent: Tris has survived a brutal attack on her home, but she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes reckless as she struggles to accept her new future. If Tris wants to uncover the truth, she must be stronger than ever as more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead. 

Allegiant: The faction-based society that Tris once believed in is shattered - fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she's known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she will find a simple new life, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties and painful memories. But Tris's new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature - and of herself - while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. 

Four - A Divergent Collection: Readers first encountered Tobias Eaton as "Four" in Divergent. His voice is an integral part of Allegiant. Readers will find more of this charismatic character's backstory told from his own perspective in Four: A Divergent Collection. When read together, these long narrative pieces illuminate the defining moments in Tobias Eaton's life. Exclusive scenes included!

Although I've already read this series, I couldn't go past the boxed set when I found it on a Super Sale just before Christmas.

The Maze Runner Series
(The Maze Runner #1-3)
by James Dashner 

The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure.

1. The Maze Runner
When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade - a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they came to be there - or what's happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything - even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.

2. The Scorch Trials
Thomas was sure that escape from the maze meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one knew what sort of life they were going back to. The earth is a wasteland. Government and order have disintegrated and now Cranks, people driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim.and meal.Thomas can only wonder - does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere on his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED? The pulse-pounding sequel to The Maze Runner.

3. The Death Cure
The Trials are over. WICKED have collected all the information they can. Now it's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test. But something has happened that no-one at WICKED has foreseen: Thomas has remembered more than they think. And he knows WICKED can't be trusted ... The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than anyone could have imagined. With the Gladers divided, can they all make it!

This series actually belongs to my daughter but she's allowing me to borrow it.

And last but not least - Free from Amazon:

The Darkest Part
(Living Heartwood #1)
by Trisha Wolfe 

Pressing the boundaries of both the psyche and the heart, Sam and Holden embark on a dangerous journey that will test the limits of love.

Sam Wintry's life used to be almost perfect. She was engaged to her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler Marks, planning an amazing cross-country honeymoon during her college break. But after a hit-and-run leaves her in ruin, she begins seeing Tyler's fractured, ghostly presence, and her family believes she's losing her mind. Not until she completes their journey, stopping along the way to scatter Tyler's remains, will Tyler be able cross over. Sam ready for him to leave her?

When the black sheep of the Marks' family, Holden Marks, returns to check on Tyler's case, Sam convinces him to give her his brother's ashes. Despite their shaky history, she needs, he owes it to Sam and his brother. What she doesn't count on is Holden's relentlessness to go on the trip.

On the road, Holden realizes just how unhinged Sam has become. Dealing with her psychosis forces him to confront his dark past, making it harder to keep secrets hidden that should remain buried. Especially from Sam, the only woman he's ever loved. And as Sam starts to unravel the truth, she begins to question if the brother she's unwillingly falling for again is in an even darker place than her.

New Adult: intended for readers 17 years of age and older.

So, I'm sure all these books will keep me well occupied over the Summer Break. 
Happy 2015!!
I hope we all have a safe and happy New Year.

So... what did you add to your shelf this week?
I'd really like to know.
Please leave a comment below.


  1. a Nirvana Faqs book (the band), Sons of Anarchy collectors edition, a few e books, a few new games, etc.
    You got a lot very cool books this week.enjoy reading them <3

  2. Part of my message got cut off. I got the final three books in the mortal instruments series, Harry Potter book set & movie set, a few cool xbox games.

  3. I loved If I Stay, it made me cry. I hope you love that book as well. Great haul.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  4. OOOoh pretty copies of the Divergent series!! And OOOOOH that couple on There She Went is the couple on the original copy of Old Magic! Having flashbacks of enjoyment over that read! Even though this here is a completely different book! LOL!

    Happy Reading!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  5. Look at those pretty boxed sets! Enjoy.

  6. So jealous about the Katie McGarry book as it will not be coming out here in paperback for another year. Very sad. Awesome box sets!! Totally jealous!!

  7. I'm kinda envious that you got Breaking the Rules, Marilyn. And those boxsets, too! Great haul. I'm glad that you one-clicked The Darkest Part. I think you'll love it. :)

    I hope you enjoyed your holiday time with your family. I know I did. Happy New Year!

  8. Awesome haul! I love the Maze Runner series, it's one of my favorite series of all time though I've yet to read The Kill Order. If I Stay is pretty good too. I hope you enjoy all of your books. :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  9. Ohhh that box set of Divergent is sooo pretty! So is The Maze Runner. That is one I need to read soon so I can finally watch the movie. Happy reading!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  10. I so cannot wait to pick up Breaking the Rules! I definitely enjoyed the Maze Runner books, though I still need to read the Death Cure. I hope you enjoy that one! I also got The Darkest Part as well!! :D

    Happy reading!

  11. I still have to get Breaking the Rules... And the If I Stay books,... Argh! Enjoy Marilyn!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace