Stacking The Shelves (22/03/2014)

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Don't forget to leave your link so I can see your haul fo the week too. Hey! What's that over there? A bloglovin' button? Where you can subscribe to lots and lots of blogs and follow them via a simple reader, just like Google Friend Connect? You should click it!


Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . . But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone. For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?






In a world gone wrong, heroes and villains are not always easy to distinguish and every individual has the ability to contribute something powerful. In this stunning collection of original and rediscovered stories of tragedy and hope, the stars are a diverse group of students, street kids, good girls, kidnappers, and child laborers pitted against their environments, their governments, differing cultures, and sometimes one another as they seek answers in their dystopian worlds. Take a journey through time from a nuclear nightmare of the past to society’s far future beyond Earth with these eleven stories by masters of speculative fiction. Includes stories by Paolo Bacigalupi, Ursula K. Le Guin, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, Daniel H. Wilson, and more.

Brian Selznick takes readers on an intimate tour of the movie-making process as his Caldecott Award-winning book The Invention of Hugo Cabret is turned into a 3-D major motion picture by Academy Award-winning director, Martin Scorsese, written by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, John Logan. Lavishly illustrated with full-color photographs from the movie, and filled with fun, informative interviews of the cast and crew, comparisons of artwork from the book alongside people, props, costumes, and sets from the movie, plus fascinating information about automatons, filmmaking pioneer Georges Méliès, and an essay on the birth of movies written by Martin Scorsese, The Hugo Movie Companion beautifully extends the experience of the book and the movie, and is a must-have for fans of all ages.

Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family's only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price. After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lim's handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits and monstrous bureaucracy - including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family's darkest secrets - and the truth about her own family - before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.


Clara disappears on her birthday. Exceptionally wealthy and exceptionally lonely, she requested that a puppeteer and his two orphan helpers stage a spellbinding show for her in the vast empty house. But then the curtains close and darkness falls... The puppeteer, Grisini, kidnaps Clara and uses his sinister powers to imprison her body and mind in the form of a marionette. His two young assistants realise what has happened, and all three children find themselves caught up in a terrible struggle for supernatural eminence between Grisini and a dying witch of extraordinary power. 

When "Perfect" Parker Fadley starts drinking at school and failing her classes, all of St. Peter's High goes on alert. How has the cheerleading captain, girlfriend of the most popular guy in school, consummate teacher's pet, and future valedictorian fallen so far from grace Parker doesn't want to talk about it. She'd just like to be left alone, to disappear, to be ignored. But her parents have placed her on suicide watch and her conselors are demanding the truth. Worse, there's a nice guy falling in love with her and he's making her feel things again when she'd really rather not be feeling anything at all. Nobody would have guessed she'd turn out like this. But nobody knows the truth. Something horrible has happened, and it just might be her fault.





Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard—falling from it is even harder.  Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around.  Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day.  She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully.  Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend... if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don't break them both first.

Happy Blog Hopping! 
Vickie x

38 comments:

  1. Fangirl is such an amazing read, I strongly recommend it. I bought it literally the day it came out, and I could not put it down until I had reached the end. I hope you enjoy it too. The Ghost Bride sounds interesting, you are skilled at finding books I have never heard of. I'll have to give it a try. It sounds creepy and awesome

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    1. That's great to hear as I'm going to start reading Fangirl today! It's a pretty thick book so I'm hoping it's not too slow...

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  2. A nice mixture of books you've found this week! I hope you'll enjoy them when you get the chance to read them!

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  3. I really want to read Fan Girl, I feel like it could be from my life! Great haul this week - happy reading. :)

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  4. I really liked Cracked Up To Be. Courtney Summers has great books! Also, I'm intrigued by Fire Spell!

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  5. Fangirl was SO GOOD! SO SO GOOD!
    Courtney Summers' books are also exceptional!
    Happy reading and have a great weekend :)

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    1. I read a bad review of Fangirl and I've been wary every since! However everyone else has said only positive things about it so I'm excited about reading it.

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  6. Awesome books! I have been dying to read Fangirl. I hope you enjoy all your books!

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  7. Fangirl was fantastic! I hope you love it!

    Have a great weekend.

    My StS

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  8. I enjoyed Fangirl. I hope you like it too :-)

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  9. Fangirl was a very cute read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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  10. Hi, I returned your follow! It looks you got a nice selection this week. I hope you enjoy all of your new pretties!

    Happy reading and thanks for visiting us at The Book Hookup. ♥

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  11. This one is popping up everywhere. Happy Reading! Thanks for stopping by and stalking :)

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  12. Some interesting additions - thanks for stopping by my mailbox.

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  13. oh many great books, I'm currently reading Fangirl! So curious about it. Happy reading lady! And I'm also following you. thanks

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  14. Really want to read Fangirl! Have heard great things. Thanks for stopping by The Cover Contessa!

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  15. I'm currently reading Fangirl! It's fun so far. I've got The Ghost Bride, too. Must get round to reading it soon. I hope you enjoy all of these!

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  16. I LOVED Fangirl and hope you enjoy it too! Happy Reading!

    My Stack

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  17. Nice haul! I haven't heard of any of these. Fire Spell sounds awesome. I hope you enjoy all your new additions. Thanks for stopping by :)
    Happy Reading! xD

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  18. Diverse Energies sounds interesting! And ooo, Courtney Summers books! I haven't read any of her books, but I've heard good things about them. Hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a fantastic weekend!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  19. I haven't read any of Rainbow's other books, but I added all of them to my TBR list as soon as I finished Fangirl. I loved it that much!

    I hope you enjoy all of your new books!! Thanks for stopping by my STS :)

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  20. Oh wow! What a great haul! I just finished Fangirl - which was kind of "meh" for me - but I seem to be in the minority, so I hope you end up enjoying it more than I did! I haven't read any of these other books, but I'll definitely have to add them to my TBR list if you end up enjoying them! Thanks so much for sharing! :D

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

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  21. I really need to read some Courtney Summers! I think I have all of her books on my to-read, because they all sound great, and I've heard amazing things about them! :D

    Angie @ Pinkindle

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  22. I so want to read Fangirl. I hope you enjoy all these great books!
    Have a wonderful week.
    Thanks for stopping by my STS this week!

    Mary

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  23. These are all new books to me. They sounds great though.

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  24. That Hugo book looks awesome! I've seen the movie and read the book and I'm kiiiind of very in love with that story (also France, France is awesome). OH AND FANGIRL. I hope you like it!! And omg, I just realised I'd never followed your blog, sooo I'm remedying that right now. Twitter, bloglovin'...the works. (And oh gosh, I'm SO freakishly happy that you've put our button in the side bar, I just....eeep! THANK YOU.)

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  25. I haven't read Fangirl til now!! :)) I heard it is good happy reading!

    Thank you for visiting my blog Home of a Book Lover

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  26. Your blog looks amazing! I really like your design :) Thank you for leading me to your site! I hope you enjoy Fangirl, and the other books in your haul look very interesting too! Happy Reading.

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  27. Awesome haul, Vickie! I hope you'll enjoy all your new books :)

    Thanks for stopping by earlier. I hope you've had a great weekend!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  28. I love Some Girls Are. Although it's a tough read, the message it's so strong. Impossible to put down. I suggest you read when you have the time, lol. Thanks for stopping by.

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  29. I definitely want to read a book by Courtney Summers, I hear she's great. Great haul!

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  30. I adored Fangirl so much that I've already read it like three times. :) And I love Courtney Summers...I actually have both of those books on my shelf to read. Great haul...hope you enjoy all your new reads!

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  31. Great haul! Lots of amazing looking books this week. I recently read Fangirl and didn't really get all the hype, I didn't love it that much. I hope you enjoy all your books and thanks for stopping by my haul! :)

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  32. A lot of variety in the books here. I can't say I've read any of them. You'll have to let me know which ones are must-reads. Happy reading!

    Thanks for visiting my haul.

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  33. Fangirl is SOOOOO good :) I have those two Courtney Summers books but I've been holding off on reading them until the summer! I hope you enjoy everything !!

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  34. Wow! I love your blog design. The only one I have heard of was Fan Girl. I will have to check out the others!

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  35. I really liked Fangirl. Way more than I thought I would. I read Cracked Up to Be, but not Some Girls Are. Courtney Summers is a fan favorite of a lot of my friends, but her books are just too intense for me I think. Great haul this week!

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