Saturday, November 3, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (November 3)

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews! It's a way to highlight the books that everyone got throughout the week.

These books I've gotten over the past couple of weeks


The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness. (From Goodreads)

The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan: she wants to captain her own boat, not serve as second-in-command to her handsome yet clueless fiance. But her escape has dire consequences when she learns the scorned clan has sent an assassin after her. 

And when the assassin, Naji, finally catches up with her, things get even worse. Ananna inadvertently triggers a nasty curse — with a life-altering result. Now Ananna and Naji are forced to become uneasy allies as they work together to break the curse and return their lives back to normal. Or at least as normal as the lives of a pirate and an assassin can be. (From Goodreads)

Darkest Hour (Mediator 4) by Meg Cabot

When the nineteenth--century ghost of Maria de Silva wakes her up in the middle of the night, Suze knows this is no ordinary visitation -- and not just from the knife at her throat, either. In life, Maria was the fiancee of Jesse -- the same Jesse who was murdered a hundred and fifty years before. The same Jesse Suze is in love with.

Maria threatens Suze: The backyard construction must cease. Suze has a pretty good idea what -- or rather, who -- Maria doesn't want found. But in solving Jesse's murder, will Suze end up losing him forever? (For Goodreads)

For Review: 

Doomed by Tracy Deebs

Beat the game. Save the world.

Pandora’s just your average teen, glued to her cell phone and laptop, surfing Facebook and e-mailing with her friends, until the day her long-lost father sends her a link to a mysterious site featuring twelve photos of her as a child. Unable to contain her curiosity, Pandora enters the site, where she is prompted to play her favorite virtual-reality game, Zero Day. This unleashes a global computer virus that plunges the whole world into panic: suddenly, there is no Internet. No cell phones. No utilities, traffic lights, hospitals, law enforcement. Pandora teams up with handsome stepbrothers Eli and Theo to enter the virtual world of Zero Day. Simultaneously, she continues to follow the photographs from her childhood in an attempt to beat the game and track down her father, her one key to saving the world as we know it. Part The Matrix, part retelling of the Pandora myth, Doomed has something for gaming fans, dystopian fans, and romance fans alike. (From Goodreads)

Published by Walker Books

Release Date: January 8, 2013

Velvet by Mary Hooper

Velvet is a laundress in a Victorian steam laundry. With both her mother and father dead, she is an orphan and has to rely upon her own wits to make a living. The laundry's work is back-breaking and Velvet is desperate to create a better life for herself. Then Velvet is noticed by Madame Savoya, a famed medium, who asks Velvet to come to work for her. Velvet is dazzled at first by the young yet beautifully dressed and bejewelled Madame. But soon Velvet realises that Madame Savoya is not all that she says she is, and Velvet's very life is in danger ...A romantic and thrillingly exciting new novel from an acclaimed and much loved historical writer for teens. (From Goodreads)

Published by Bloomsbury USA

Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

Recently banished, unfairly, by the school’s popular crowd, former “it girl,” Miranda Prospero, finds herself in a brave new world: holding dominion amongst a rag-tag crew of geeks and misfits where she works at the Hot-Dog Kabob in the food court of her local mall. When the worst winter storm of the season causes mall workers and last-minute shoppers to be snowed-in for the night, Miranda seizes the opportunity to get revenge against the catty clique behind her social exile. With help from her delightfully dweeby coworker, Ariel, and a sullen loner named Caleb who works at the mall’s nearby gaming and magic shop, Miranda uses charm and trickery to set things to right during this spirited take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Published by Merit Press

Release Date: December 18, 2013

Halifax by Leigh Dunlap

When the Halifax siblings arrive at Lexham Academy, they don't seem any more or less odd than any other students. They have more important things to do, however, than take exams or find dates for the prom. They have aliens to kill. With the help of his sister Izzy and brother Rom, Farrell Halifax has to stop an escaped alien and save the Earth --- though that's hard to do when the captain of the basketball team is after you and you're falling in love with his cheerleader girlfriend --- who may or may not be an alien herself. Halifax is a teen Torchwood meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer --- with a little bit of The Breakfast Club thrown into the mix. (From Goodreads)

Out now as an e-book


Sarahbotbonkers said...

Oh I've read the Mediator series! It's really good. I think it's one of Meg Cabot's best series. I've been meaning to read The Assassin's Curse, too. I've read so many positive reviews about it. I hope you enjoy all your books. Great haul, Lizzy! :)

Ashley said...

Great new books! The Assassin's Curse was a pretty entertaining read, but I wasn't totally crazy about it. But oh my gosh! I got Doomed too a few weeks ago and I'm SO EXCITED for it!! Doesn't it sound crazy amazing?? I hope we both love it!

My Stacking the Shelves - My First Physical ARCs Edition

Dazzling Mage said...

Reeeeally want to read The Assassin's Curse! Read great things about it, and I must!

Anyway, great haul this week!

Ula said...

I want to read these myself, especially The Assassin's Curse! Enjoy your reads :)

My haul.

Tales of Whimsy said...

The Language of Flowers is one of those books I was surprised to love. It was haunting and uncomfortable at times but compelling and it stuck with me. Enjoy :)

Bleuette said...

I LOVED The Assassin's Curse, I'm so excited for the sequel, did you see the cover for it!!! Happy reading! :)

Theta Sigma said...

I loved The Language of Flowers after reading it during my holiday. Hope that you like it as well.

Kazhy @ My Library in the Making said...

Great haul! I also want to read The Assassin's Curse <3

Thanks for dropping by my StS post! ^^

- Kazhy @ My Library in the Making

Unknown said...

I love cabot's series! *-*
assassin's curse sounds awesome. :)
have fun!

Unknown said...

Thanks for stopping by my STS! The Language of Flowers sounds very intriguing! I also wanted to check out the Mediator series for some time now. New follower =)

Sarah@Catching Books said...

Awesome books this week!! I hear The Assassin's curse is really good!
Happy reading and thanks for stopping by my blog!!

Carmen B. said...

I read The Language of Flowers in January and it was soooo good!! I bought it on a whim and was so glad that I did. And you got Doomed! I'm definitely excited for that one ^^
Happy reading, and thanks for checking out my post earlier :)

ellepaulette said...

Wow, you have some very happy reading in your future! Enjoy and I look forward to your reviews!!

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