Saturday, March 22, 2014

Stacking the Shelves - Birthday Month Edition Continued (March 22)

Stacking the Shelves
- Hosted by: Tynga’s Reviews
Description: 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!

Audible Buy:

 Heist Society – Ally Carter

When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.

Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat's father isn't just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.

For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it's a spectacularly impossible job? She's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family's history--and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way. (Goodreads)

So, my newest discovery is audible! Now, I was extremely skeptical about listening to books. I loved audio books as a child – and when I was teaching Kindergarten I had a huge audio book library and a listening center. It’s not that I’m against listening to books – I think it’s a great way to get kids into reading! However, I thought it was something I had outgrown and I LOVE reading – seeing the pages, the smell of new books, the crisp turning of the page (yep – I’m a reading nerd). Anyway, I kept seeing audio book reviews and heard about audible – saw the offer a free book to try and I thought “why not?”.

So, in any event my Audible grab of the week consisted of a YA book that I LOVE! I actually already own this book in hardcover but I figured it had been awhile since I’ve reread it and I’d love to listen to it in the car on the way to and from work. So I grabbed a copy of Heist Society by Ally Carter. I love this series, if you haven’t had the chance to check it out yet I highly recommend – it’s great! I love it as a book and as an audio listen, I really enjoy the narrator.

Birthday Kindle Buys:

The Convenient Groom - Denise Hunter                                                  

She wrote the book--literally--on finding the right mate. But does she really understand what love's about?

Five hours before her Nantucket beach wedding--and on the eve of her big book launch--celebrity marriage counselor Kate Lawrence has everything in place.

Everything, that is, but the groom. She might not have a career, either, when her nationwide audience finds out their marriage guru has been left at the altar.

Enter Lucas Wright, who offers to stand in for the missing husband-to-be and marry her. Kate's desperate enough to agree--although she's sure this Mr. Wright is completely wrong for her. But can they pull it off? And why would Lucas marry her in the first place?

Could it be that "Dr. Kate" doesn't know the first thing about love? (Goodreads)

 Cress – Marissa Meyer

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can. (Goodreads)

So, I’m very lucky because my birthday fun continued this week. My birthday was the beginning of the month, but my gifts have been arriving/being purchased with amazing gift cards. And while my family might not understand it – I am once again so excited to receive books for my birthday!

My Kindle birthday grabs for this week consisted of one YA author and one adult author. My first grab was Denise Hunter’s The Convenient Groom. It was actually also a Kindle Deal so it was a $1.99 gift card grab. I’ve read a few of her books and I really enjoy them. They are light, easy romantic reads.

My other YA author grab was the fabulous Marissa Meyer’s newest title Cress. I’ve been reading a copy loaned to me (an arc edition borrowed from my amazing friend Lizzy over at Cornucopia of Reviews), but I knew I had to own it too.

     Birthday Bookstore Gifts:

Crossed (Matched #2) – Ally Condie

The Society chooses everything.

The books you read.
The music you listen to.
The person you love.

Yet for Cassia the rules have changed. Ky has been taken and she will sacrifice everything to find him.

And when Cassia discovers Ky has escaped to the wild frontiers beyond the Society there is hope.

But on the edge of society nothing is as it seems...

A rebellion is rising.

And a tangled web of lies and double-crosses could destroy everything. (Goodreads)

 Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe – Jenny Colgan

Having grown up in an apartment above her Grandpa Joe's little bakery, Issy Randal has always known how to make something sweet. She's much better at baking than she is at filing, so when she's laid off from her desk job, Issy decides to open up her own little café.
But she soon learns that her piece-of-cake plan will take all her courage and confectionary talent to avert disaster. Funny and sharp, Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe is about how life might not always taste like what you expect, but there's always room for dessert! (Goodreads)

 Of Poseidon – Anna Banks

Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch! —both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma's gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom...

Told from both Emma and Galen's points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance. (Goodreads)

 Pretty Crooked – Elisa Ludwig

Willa’s secret plan seems all too simple: take from the rich kids at Valley Prep and give to the poor ones.

Yet Willa’s turn as Robin Hood at her ultra-exclusive high school is anything but. Bilking her “friends”—known to everyone as the Glitterati—without them suspecting a thing is far from easy. Learning how to pick pockets and break into lockers is as difficult as she’d thought it’d be. Delivering care packages to the scholarship girls, who are ostracized just for being from the “wrong” side of town, is way more fun than she’d expected.

The complication Willa didn’t expect, though, is Aidan Murphy, Valley Prep’s most notorious (and gorgeous) ace-degenerate. His mere existence is distracting Willa from what matters most to her: evening the social playing field between the haves and have-nots. There’s no time for crushes and flirting with boys, especially conceited and obnoxious trust-funders like Aidan.

But when the cops start investigating the string of thefts at Valley Prep and the Glitterati begin to seek revenge, could Aidan wind up being the person that Willa trusts most? (Goodreads)

 The Winner’s Curse – Marie Rutkoski

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart. (Goodreads)

 The Tragedy Paper – Elizabeth LaBan

Perfect for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why and Looking for Alaska, Jennifer Weiner, #1 New York Times bestselling author, calls Elizabeth LaBan’s The Tragedy Paper “a beguiling and beautifully written tale of first love and heartbreak.” 

It follows the story of Tim Macbeth, a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a friend.” A friend is the last thing Tim expects or wants—he just hopes to get through his senior year unnoticed. Yet, despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential “It” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy. To Tim's surprise, Vanessa is into him, too, but she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone ever finds out. Tim and Vanessa begin a clandestine romance, but looming over them is the Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of a senior year thesis, assigned by the school’s least forgiving teacher.

Jumping between viewpoints of the love-struck Tim and Duncan, a current senior about to uncover the truth of Tim and Vanessa, The Tragedy Paper is a compelling tale of forbidden love and the lengths people will go to keep their secrets. (Goodreads)

 You Had Me At Hello – Mhairi McFarlane

What happens when the one that got away comes back? Find out in this sparkling debut from Mhairi McFarlane.

‘Think of the great duos of history. We're just like them.’
‘You mean like Kylie and Jason? Torvill and Dean? Sonny and Cher?’
‘I think you’ve missed the point, Rachel.’

Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart. It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away.

They’d been partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on: Ben is married. Rachel is not. Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend.

Hilarious, heartbreaking and everything in between, you’ll be hooked from their first ‘hello’. (Goodreads)

So, continuing on in the birthday amazingness that brings me to tears from so many great books – I have these additional delights to add to my TBR pile. This pile consists of two new to me adult authors, and three new to me YA authors and one YA author I’ve read before. So exciting!

I have now added Meet Me at the Cupcake Café and You Had Me At Hello to my TBR pile. The Cupcake Café has a cute cover (and hello cupcakes?) it is by UK author Jenny Colgan and was recommended to me as someone I might enjoy since I love Jill Mansell. I’m super excited to try it and hope this author is even nearly as great as the amazing Jill Mansell whose books I have run out of and will now have to survive by rereading until her next one is released. The other author is also completely new to me, but the cover looks cute and I like the sound of the plot.

For my amazing YA assortment: I have the second book in the Matched series – Crossed by Ally Condie. Looking forward to finally finding out what happens next since I read Matched forever ago and haven’t gotten around to the second one until now.

The Winner’s Curse has an amazing cover, and I have been waiting for this one to release so I pretty excited to get started on this read. Of Poseiden was one I kept seeing around, I like the sound of the story and the cover was intriguing so I’m excited to dive in and give this one a chance.
The Tragedy Paper had an intriguing cover and premise, therefore I grabbed it off a display table at B&N when browsing with my birthday money. And finally, I’ve been on the fence about Pretty Crooked. The cover and story are very reminiscent of a favorite of mine (Heist Society) and to me it sounds like HS crossed with Robin Hood. I’ll be excited to see how it goes.

So, there ends the amazingness of my week so far. 
How about you? What were your finds this week? 
Please feel free to comment and share a link to your new reads below. 

 Tale of Two Doxies


  1. Oh, I can spot so many books that are on my own TBR: Heist Society, The Winner's Curse, Crossed! I think I've been meaning to read Heist Society for over 2 years, but I think this summer I'm going to go and buy it, as it seems to a perfect summer read. :) I have Crossed on my kindle, so that one I could read pretty soon. Great haul! Have a nice weekend and happy reading!

    1. Heist Society is amazing! It's a great read and it's even an amazing listen. I've been looking forward to getting to Crossed and The Winner's Curse for a while now. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Basically I have or want every book you got on your birthday bookstore buys! YAY for March babies :)

    Thanks for stopping by my StS!

    1. :) yes yay March birthday - I'm so excited for all of them. Thanks for stopping by mine!

  3. You've got a lot of great books! I hope you enjoy Heist Society it's one of my favorite books! I got The Winner's Curse last week and I'm really excited to read it! Thanks for stopping by my StS! New Bloglovin follower here!

    1. Heist Society is great :) always glad to hear others enjoy that series too. I also can't wait for The Winner's Curse, hope it's as amazing as it looks. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Everyone raves about The Winner's Curse. I must read it. I still need to read Scarlet and Cress. Loved Heist Society. Enjoy!

    My Stack

  5. OOoh very nice! Haven't read these except for Of Poseidon which I did really enjoy! Hope you enjoy these all And that your birthday was awesome! Happy Belated Birthday, btw! ;)

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  6. Great books here! I think I've read Reached, I think it involved a lot of walking around... as middle-of-series books often do. Hoping to finish the series this year.

    ★ Under The Mountain ★

  7. Great haul. I can't wait to get my hands on The Winner's Curse, it looks sooooooo good! I hope you enjoy your books :) My STS.

  8. The Winner's Curse!!! I'm excited to read that one....when I can get it! Happy Late Birthday! Happy Reading! Here's my STS if you'd like to stop by.

  9. Whoa you got a lot of books this week!!!! good luck getting them all read!