Saturday, November 3, 2012

Stacking the Shelves, or how I got sick of the ban

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews to show off all the books and other bookish stuff we bought, borrowed, won, or otherwise acquired (stole?) in the past week.

Now, you guys know I've been on a book buying ban for the past month or so. But yeah, I'm through with that because I'M JUST SO SICK OF IT!! There are all these pretty, awesome-sounding books, and I just don't want to keep saying No all the time anymore. Ugh. I ordered two books today that I'll show off once they arrive.

Also, I preordered Venom last week and today (Friday) I had the beautiful hardcopy in my hands for the first time :)

Also, I won this one in a giveaway:
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Living together unsupervised, five troubled teens confront demonic forces and are compelled to deal with their problems in distinctly different ways. Paranormal meets psycho meets Goth in this story of a supernatural haunting and budding love.

High school junior, Ben, hacks into his step-father's real estate holdings and provides rooms in an old two-story house to various outcasts: the schizophrenic kid, the angry Goth girl, and the homeless girl who worships him. When Megan needs a place to live she comes to the rooming house with a different set of problems and the ability to confuse and attract Ben.

One by one strange and mysterious occurrences stretch the teens’ beliefs in the supernatural. How they deal with demons, real and imagined, has tragic as well as redeeming consequences.

I love the idea of a couple of troubled teens living in a creepy old house! Also, I like that it's apparently unclear whether or not there are supernatural elements... typical of the traditional Gothic novel! I'm curious how that's handled here. 

And I bought this one with the rest of my amazon giftcard (okay, I had to chip in like 60 cents... told you I was sick and tired of the ban):
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Before. Everything was so much better Before. I wasn’t haunted by nightmares, my place at school was secure and my face was flawless. Now, I’m a freak and everything has changed. The worst part is that I can’t remember the night I was sentenced to the shadows. The memory has been stolen from me and I just can’t shake the feeling that someone, something is out there -watching.

Just when I think I have my life handled, Sam, with his intimidating golden stare and shiver inducing voice, makes me realize that I don’t know anything. He makes me see that my scars don’t matter. That they never mattered. I can’t help but fall for him, completely unknowing that he knows exactly how I got this way. Not knowing he was involved.


Heven has no idea how closely death stalks her. She has no idea what I have done to keep her alive. I fear the day she learns my secrets, finds out what I really am. But even then I cannot stop, I vow to make things right. Finally her hunter will be hunted, Heaven and Hell, faith and sin will battle, and we will be victorious. But first, Heven must learn to be what she never imagined. I know her strength is there – I feel it. If we are to overcome all odds, she must push past her flaws - her frailties - to become much more.

I kept hearing great things about this one, and the cover is gorgeous! I finally read the excerpt on Sunday and was totally hooked from the beginning. A couple days later I caved and bought it :)

Eep eep eep I'm so excited! :D I just got access to my first Edelweiss title and it's a book I simply can't wait to read! Some of you might recognize it from my WoW a few weeks back:

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Sing and the darkness will find you.

Shipwrecked on an island seven years ago, Lucy has been warned she must never sing, or disaster will strike. But on All Hallows Eve, Lucy hears tantalizing music in the air. When she sings it, she unlocks a terrible secret: She is a Chantress, a spell-singer, brought to the island not by shipwreck but by a desperate enchantment gone wrong.

Her song lands her back in England — and in mortal peril, for the kingdom lies in the cruel grasp of a powerful Lord Protector and his mind-reading hunters, the Shadowgrims. The Protector has killed all Chantresses, for they alone can destroy the Shadowgrims. Only Lucy has survived.

In terrible danger, Lucy takes shelter with Nat, a spy who turns her heart upside-down. Nat has been working with his fellow scholars of the Invisible College to overthrow the Lord Protector, and they have long hoped to find a living Chantress to help them. But Lucy is completely untrained, and Nat deeply distrusts her magic. If Lucy cannot master the songspells, how long can she even stay alive?

Beguiling and lyrical, dangerous and romantic, Chantress will capture readers in a spell they won’t want to break.

I love it. The cover, the description... it sounds like the exact kind of book I can get lost in!

Have you read any of these books? And what did you add to your shelves this past week? Link me up in the comments so I can check out your book hauls :) 


  1. I like the sound of Sheltered, happy reading.

  2. YAY! Your copy of Venom arrived :D haha enjoy when you get around to reading it! Also super jealous about Chantress...I'm dying to check that one out! Congrats on the copy & I hope you'll love it. Enjoy all your goodies & thanks for sharing Carmen :)

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

  3. Venom! Awesome! I've heard nothing but amazing things about it and I'm dying to read it! I hope you love it. :)

    My Stacking the Shelves - My First Physical ARCs Edition

  4. Venom looks so good! I love the cover! I hope you enjoy all you got :)

    Here's my STS!

  5. I'm so excited for Chantress! I hope you enjoy it. :D Venom sounds really good too. I've heard amazing things about it so far!

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  6. I love Sheltered's cover!
    Happy reading!

    Kristen @OCA

  7. Chantress looks interesting! I didn't see that one on Edelweiss.

    Here's My Shelf.

  8. Nice! You got Venom!!
    Will look out for that review!! :D
    Happy reading!
    Addie @ READioactive Book Blog

  9. Ooh, Chantress looks awesome! Venom looks good, too. I just saw it in the bookstore and I had to fight to stop myself from buying it. Happy reading :)

  10. Venom sounds AWESOME, I can't wait to read it! Enjoy!

    Books of Amber

  11. Oo, so many pretties! It's always nice to get a new hardcover you've been looking forward too :D and congrats on your Edelweiss, I need to check that site out!

    I'm a new follower! Here's my STS

  12. Awesome haul Carmen. I'm looking forward to reading Venom too. And congrats on your first Edelweiss approval, it's very hard to get lol. Happy Reading!!