Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Verve & Stacking the Shelves (5)

The Verve is our Sunday edition of the weekly memes "The Sunday Post," hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer,
and "Stacking the Shelves," hosted by Tynga's Reviews. We feature the books we bought, borrowed, were gifted and given for review,
as well as share blog news from the past couple weeks and what you might see in the next two.

Hi, LUVs! Thank you to everyone who participated in our first V Follower Appreciation Giveaway! Truly, we can't thank you enough for all the support, for following, commenting, and spreading all the LUV for our little blog over the years.
Congratulations to:
Emma H. and Botezatu P.!
They won a $50 Amazon gift card and choice of book, respectively.

Also, congratulations to Texas B.! She won the February New Release Giveaway.
** All winners have been confirmed. **

While you're here, check out our current giveaways HERE or in the right side bar. Quite a few of those end this week. Now, here's what you might have missed the past two weeks and what to expect in the next two, as well as what we're stacking on our shelves.

Recently reviewed:
Frost Fire by Olivia RiversAngel Bait (Angel Assassins #1) by Trisha SkinnerIf You Give a Rake a Ruby (Jewels of the Ton #2) by Shana GalenA Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
I Am Alive by Cameron JaceThe Grimm Chronicles (Volume 1) by Ken Bronsky and Isabelle FontaineTemping Is Hell (Necessary Evil #1) by Cathy YardleySurrender (The Ferryman and the Flame #1) by Rhiannon PailleJustice (The Ferryman and the Flame #1) by Rhiannon Paille
Forged in Grace  by Jordan E. Rosenfeld (Psychological Suspense)
Angel Bait  by Trisha Skinner (Urban Fantasy)
Souls of Darkness  by Eleanor T. Beaty (YA Fantasy)
Radiant  by Christina Daley (YA Paranormal Romance)
Time's Twisted Arrow  by Rysa Walker (YA Science Fiction)
Undertow  by Elle Chardou (New Adult Contemp Romance)
The Grimm Chronicles  by Ken Bronsky & Isabelle Fontaine (YA Urban Fantasy)
Shifting Dreams  by Elizabeth Hunter (Adult Paranormal Romance)
Voiltion  by Lee Strauss (YA Sci-fi Dystopia Romance)
Remembrance  by Michelle Madow (YA Paranormal Romance)

Author Interview:
Cathy Yardley, author of Temping Is Hell

Guest Posts:
Past Lives  by Eleanor T. Beaty
Real Chemistry  by Jen Minkman

Cover Reveals:
Drowning in You  by Rebecca Berto
An Endless Summer  by C.J. Duggan
The Wicked Within  by Kelly Keaton

Recently featured Fan Fics
Little Black Lies  by JB Rose | **Caius & Bella** | Review by Speklez

Books Bought:

Fuse  by Julianna Baggot
Unravel Me  by Tahereh Mafi
Let the Sky Fall  by Shannon Messenger

Oh! And I also pre-ordered these:
I couldn't help myself. I'm so EXCITED for these to release!!

eBooks Bought


* Price subject to change without notice. Always check and confirm the price before purchasing *


Thanks to Claudia Lefeve and Kismet Book Touring for The Travelers series

Received for Review

Much love and gratitude to Salima Korri, Joshua Tate, and Elle Strauss for their lovelies!

An enormous "Thank you!" to Ballantine Books, Random House Publishing Group, Harlequin Teen,
Random House Children's Books, and Scholastic Inc. for these pretties!

Received to Review for Blog Tours

Thanks to the authors, Xpresso Book Tours, and AToMR Tours for these!
And a huge thank you to Avon | HarperCollins for sending me a paperback copy of this to R&R for a tour:

Up for Review & the Reading Queue:
Bittersweet Blood  by Nina Croft (Adult Paranormal Romance)*
Strands of Bronze and Gold  by Jane Nickerson (YA Historical Fantasy)*
The Boys of Summer  by C.J.Duggan (NA Contemporary Romance)*
A Conspiracy of Alchemists  by Liesel Schwarz
The Nightmare Affair  by Mindee Arnett
The Culling  by Steven dos Santos
The Bane  by Keary Taylor

Upcoming Tour Reviews:

Upcoming Excerpts and Giveaways:

What did you haul in this week?
Link us to your recent Stacking the Shelves or Sunday Post, or share in a comment what you've added to your pile (book or fic).
Is there anything you'd like to see reviewed soon from our pile? Let us know. It's always wonderful hearing from you.
Until next time ...


  1. Great haul! I'd love to get Mafi's books myself, they sound amazing.

    Enjoy your books!
    My haul

    1. I've been seeing all the hype about the Shatter Me series. They do sound amazing. Hope you get your hands on them soon! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Wow! Awesome haul! Look forward to reading Strands of Bronze and Gold! Looooved The Immortal Rules and The Eternity Cure! Curious about The Collector! So, yeah, awesome haul! Happy Reading!

    Here's my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

    1. I recently finished Strands of Bronze and Gold. My review will be up this week. I'm on the fence on it—there were parts I absolutely adored and parts I didn't, but that's just me. I do think people will enjoy it more than I did. Hope you get your hands on a copy soon. I cannot wait to start The Immortal Rules and The Eternity Cure. Gotta get through a couple books before I pick them up, though. :/

      As always, thanks for visiting, Jess!

  3. What an awesome collection of books. I recently read Strands of Bronze and Gold and really enjoyed it. It has a wonderful, gothic feel. Come see what I got at Ms. Martin Teaches Media and Inside of a Dog. Happy reading!

    1. Strands of Bronze and Gold did have a wonderful gothic feel! I enjoyed that and other parts of it, but some aspects were just okay for me. Nice to hear you liked it, though. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Nice haul. I would really like to get my hands on Strands of Bronze and Gold, The Eternity Cure. Enjoy...

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever's Sunday Post

    1. I hope you get your hands on them soon, Jenea!

  5. Wonderful haul, I loved a few of these like Unravel Me and Strands of Bronze and Gold..enjoy!The Sunday Post

    1. I'm glad to hear you loved Strands of Bronze and Gold. I think knowing the Bluebeard story beforehand took some of the enjoyment for me, though. :( But I can't wait to start the Shatter Me series. I've heard nothing but good things. Thanks for stopping by, Kimba!

  6. Holy Cow! That is one amazing week alllll the way around. :D Hope you have a great week and enjoy your reads this week. :)

    My Sunday Post: