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Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where book bloggers share their weekly book haul.

I had some money to burn, so I took a trip to Barnes & Noble. It had been so long since I had been in there that I was stunned by all of the books I have yet to read.

It was hard to narrow down my selection, but ultimately I am happy with my purchases.

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All of these are books have been my Waiting on Wednesday picks, so it was delightful to finally have them all to myself.

What books are you guys reading this week?

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Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

goneExpected Publication: March 25, 2014

Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Bones meets Fringe in a big, dark, scary, brilliantly-plotted urban thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end. 

Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother’s job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone’s skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn’t trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her. 

Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn’t figure it all out soon—she’ll be next.

I have seen this cover floating around, but today was the first day that I really paid attention to the synopsis. It sounds like just the right amount of thrill and creep, so it practically has my name written all over it. 

What books are you guys looking to add to your shelves?

 


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 The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian

wickedExpected Publication: March 18, 2014

Publisher: Penguin/InterMix Books

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice. 

If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent. 

Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.

She doesn’t plan on making friends. 

She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either.

Despite the fact that this does seem to be a little reminiscent of a Hunger Games style plot, I think I could really enjoy the darkness of this story line. I am intrigued to see how exactly this system doles out justice, so come March 18 I will definitely be on the look out for this book.

Does this sound like a book you can’t wait to read? What other books have been on your radar?

 

 


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Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King

 

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Expected Publication: October 14, 2014

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

WOULD YOU TRY TO CHANGE THE WORLD
IF YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD NO FUTURE? 

Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities—but not for Glory, who has no plan for what’s next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way…until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions—and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying. 

A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do everything in her power to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass. 

In this masterpiece about freedom, feminism, and destiny, Printz Honor author A.S. King tells the epic story of a girl coping with devastating loss at long last—a girl who has no idea that the future needs her, and that the present needs her even more.

A.S. King’s books can be a hit-or-miss for me, but History of the Future sounds like such a me book. First off, that title sounds incredibly promising. Add in the fact that this book has themes of feminism and I am sold. 


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The Unbound by Victoria Schwab


theunbound Expected Publication: January 28, 2014

 Publisher: Hyperion

 Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. 

Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she’s struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn’t easy — not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she’s really safe. 

Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She’s sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she’ll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels? 

With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.

— I read and loved The Archived, the first novel in this series, and it was really well written and told a very interesting story. I read a sample of this book and haven’t gotten it out of my head since. 

What books are you waiting for? Have you read The Archived?


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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

WeWereLiarsExpected Publication: May 13, 2014 

Publisher: Delacorte Press 

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
 
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

— E. Lockart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks was one of the most witty books I have ever read and has earned her a spot on my must-read shelf. I don’t even know what the book is about, but it sounds really intriguing. Reviewers everywhere have been loving this book, so I am really looking forward to reading it too. 

Are you waiting to read We Were Liars? What other books can you not wait to read? Let me know!


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The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Expected Publication: January 7, 2014  knife

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Synopsis from Goodreads:

For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own. 

 

 

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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

Expected Publication: March 25, 2014  Lavender 

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga. 

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration. That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo. First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

I know I say this every time, but look at DAT COVER! It is absolutely gorgeous. The title itself is very intriguing, but the its brilliant use of typography makes this book high on my most anticipated list. I’m not sure that I quite understand the synopsis, but it sounds interesting nonetheless. I will certainly be looking forward to this one in 2014. 

What books are you waiting to read? Does this one sound interesting to you? Let me know!


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Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu

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Expected Publication: May 13, 2014 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Some secrets are too good to keep. 

Tabitha might be the only girl in the history of the world who actually gets less popular when she gets hot. But her so-called friends say she’s changed, and they’ve dropped her flat.

Now Tab has no one to tell about the best and worst thing that has ever happened to her: Joe, who spills his most intimate secrets to her in their nightly online chats. Joe, whose touch is so electric, it makes Tab wonder if she could survive an actual kiss. Joe, who has Tabitha brimming with the restless energy of falling in love. Joe, who is someone else’s boyfriend. 

Just when Tab is afraid she’ll burst from keeping the secret of Joe inside, she finds Life by Committee. The rules of LBC are simple: tell a secret, receive an assignment. Complete the assignment to keep your secret safe.

Tab likes it that the assignments push her to her limits, empowering her to live boldly and go further than she’d ever go on her own. 

But in the name of truth and bravery, how far is too far to go?

The Life by Committee idea sounds absolutely intriguing. I have a feeling I won’t like the protagonist, but the premise is too interesting to pass up. Plus, that cover is really pretty to look at. 

What about you? What books are you waiting for?  

 


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To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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Expected Publication: April 22, 2014 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

 To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. 

 

I really just want to read this one for that cover alone. The synopsis does sound entertaining and fun. I have liked all of Jenny Han’s work before, so I expect nothing less from this one too. 

Do you plan on reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before? What books are you waiting for?



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