Stacking the Shelves #64

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful week! Kristy and I had a fantastic week once again, we’ve been extremely lucky!

Stacking the Shelves is bought to you by Tynga from Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves 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!

 

In Mel’s mailbox this week:

After The End (After The End #1) – Amy Plum

I got this copy from Edelweiss – love Amy Plums writing, this should be good!

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They’ve survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.

At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.

When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.

Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she’s trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.

The Murder Complex – Lindsay Cummings

Also from Edelweiss! :)

An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

 

Fan Art – Sarah Tregay

Another book from Edelweiss. This looks a little deeper than the cover suggests, I am looking forward to this!

Senior year is almost over, and Jamie Peterson has a big problem. Not college—that’s all set. Not prom—he’ll find a date somehow. No, it’s the worst problem of all: he’s fallen for his best friend.

As much as Jamie tries to keep it under wraps, everyone seems to know where his affections lie, and the giggling girls in art class are determined to help Jamie get together with Mason. But Jamie isn’t sure if that’s what he wants—because as much as Jamie would like to come clean to Mason, what if the truth ruins everything? What if there are no more road trips, taco dinners, or movie nights? Does he dare risk a childhood friendship for romance?

This book is about what happens when a picture reveals what we can’t say, when art is truer than life, and how falling in love is easy, except when it’s not. Fan Art explores the joys and pains of friendship, of pressing boundaries, and how facing our worst fears can sometimes lead us to what we want most.

Guy In Real Life – Steve Brezenoff

From Edelweiss, this book looks fantastic. Love gaming, and this looks like something I’ll really enjoy.

An achingly real and profoundly moving love story about two Minnesota teens whose lives become intertwined through school, role-playing games, and a chance two-a.m. bike accident

It is Labor Day weekend in St. Paul, Minnesota, and boy and girl collide on a dark street at two thirty in the morning: Lesh, who wears black, listens to metal, and plays MMOs; and Svetlana, who embroiders her skirts, listens to Björk and Berlioz, and dungeon masters her own RPG. They should pick themselves up, continue on their way, and never talk to each other again.

But they don’t.

This is a story of two people who do not belong in each other’s lives, who find each other at a time when they desperately need someone who doesn’t belong in their lives. A story of those moments when we act like people we aren’t in order to figure out who we are. A story of the roles we all play-at school, at home, with our friends, and without our friends-and the one person who might show us what lies underneath it all.

 

Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight – Travis Langley

Next few books aren’t YA, but I went on audible.com and found some really good books that are pretty nerdy like myself. I thought for something a bit different, I’d give them a try. I am over half way through this one, and I am really enjoying it. Love Batman & psychology. :)

Batman is one of the most compelling and enduring characters to come from the Golden Age of Comics, and interest in his story has only increased through countless incarnations since his first appearance inDetective Comics #27 in 1939. Why does this superhero without superpowers fascinate us? What does that fascination say about us? Batman and Psychology explores these and other intriguing questions about the masked vigilante, including: Does Batman have PTSD?  Why does he fight crime? Why as a vigilante? Why the mask, the bat, and the underage partner? Why are his most intimate relationships with “bad girls” he ought to lock up? And why won’t he kill that homicidal, green-haired clown?

 

The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines – Mike Madrid

Another audible find that I’m really interested in reading. Love me some female superheroes!

A much-needed alternative history of American comic book superheroines—from Wonder Woman to Supergirl and beyond—where they fit in popular culture and why, and what these crime-fighting females say about the role of women in American society from their creation to now, and into the future. The Supergirls is an entertaining and informative look at these modern-day icons, exploring how superheroines fare in American comics, and what it means for the culture when they do everything the superhero does, but in thongs and high heels.

Has Wonder Woman hit the comic book glass ceiling? Is that the one opposition that even her Amazonian strength can’t defeat?

 

Superheroes!: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture – Laurence Maslon, Michael Kantor

And the final book I picked up this week – another audible find. :)

Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, the Avengers, the X-Men, Watchmen, and more: the companion volume to the PBS documentary series of the same name that tells the story of the superhero in American popular culture.

Together again for the first time, here come the greatest comic book superheroes ever assembled between two covers: down from the heavens–Superman and the Mighty Thor–or swinging over rooftops–the Batman and Spider-Man; star-spangled, like Captain America and Wonder Woman, or clad in darkness, like the Shadow and Spawn; facing down super-villains on their own, like the Flash and the Punisher or gathered together in a team of champions, like the Avengers and the X-Men!

In both Mel & Kristy’s mailbox this week:

Eternity (Fury #3) – Elizabeth Miles

Thanks to Simon & Schuster for this copy.

 

The weather is mild in Ascension…but beneath the surface, everything is burning up. The nightmare Emily Winters has been living through for months shows no sign of ending, as the Furies stay on the peripheral, slowly driving her crazy. Em feels…different. She’s angry, and never cold, and too strong. It’s only a matter of time before she turns into the thing she hates the most. Em needs to take her fate into her own hands, but without Drea to help, or anyone to turn to, Em is quickly running out of options.

Crow’s involvement with Em has grown more complicated, as his visions begin to take shape. It doesn’t look good for Em, but Crow has a plan. He will do anything to save her. Anything. JD misses the Em he used to know…and love. She seems so different these days, like she’s hiding something. When JD begins to learn the truth, he is as scared as he is determined to help her. But his help may be the last thing Em needs to survive.

 

In Kristy’s mailbox this week:

More Than This – Patrick Ness

I won this from the wonderful YA Books Central :)

A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this. . . .

 

World After (Penryn & The End Of Days #2) – Susan Ee

My pre-order arrived this week. Which is good timing as I am planning on reading Angel Fall very soon.

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

 

That is all from us this week, what did you receive in your mailboxes? Let me know – leave your links in the comments section below!

 

 

What do you think?

  • I am so very jealous of each and every one of those Edelweiss books. I want to read them so badly…

    My preorder of World After also arrived this week! I want to reread Angelfall right now and jump straight into he sequel but I have to try and restrain myself to finish a few other books first unfortunately.

    Enjoy all your books!

  • Woohoo! I also got HarperCollins books via edelweiss. I really want to read The Murder Complex!!! It’s so intriguing because of the caption “The murder rate is higher than the birthrate” like WOAH. I am also planning to read After the End some time in the first few months of 2014. The title sounds creepy because what DOES happen after the ‘end’ if it’s already the ‘end’? :O happy reading!

  • Kezia says:

    Look at those EW books…After the End and The Murder Complex sound very kickass while Fanart seems like light read — I like the simplicity of the cover! Can’t wait to see your thoughts on them, Mel!

    Haha I haven’t read Angelfall too so I’m putting it on my wishlist. It’s good that you have already received your copy of the sequel so you don’t have to wait anymore, Kristy! :D
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  • Cait D says:

    That Batman one looks dang delicious. I’m pretty keen on The Murder Complex now! I only heard about it today but…ohhhh. Nice. Very nice looking. Also Fan Art? And After The End? AWESOME. I hope you enjoy them, you guys! :)
    My Sts!

  • More than this is such a strange book! The eARC’s from Edelweiss look great, I got some of them too :) Happy reading!

  • Great haul! Lots of amazing books this week. I have a few of these myself and I can’t wait to get to read them; they look so great. I hope you enjoy them all :) My STS.

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