Saturday, August 10, 2013

Stacking the Shelves 08/10/2013

Stacking The Shelves is a fun way to show off the books we received over the past week in the hopes that you will find something that you will be interested in reading. As always, it is in no way, shape, or form to be considered bragging or sticking out our tongues at other bloggers. 

I personally enjoy  reading comments from those that stop by and support Gizmo's Reviews and I make every effort to comment and visit back your blog in return. 

The following library books, E-Books, ARC's, were received during the week of August 3 thru August 10, 2013.  For E-ARC's received via NetGalley or Edelweiss, *No money was exchanged in the delivering of these products to me*

Won from Harper Collins UK Children's Books via Twitter giveaway!
Thank you ever so much!
“The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.”

This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?

The School for Good & Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.

Released: May 14, 2013 by Harper Collins
Approved via NetGalley Disney-Hyperion!
Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own.

Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

Expected Publication: November 5, 2013 by Disney-Hyperion
Approved via NetGalley Macmillan Children's Publishing Group!
Merciful Truth and her brother, Gospel, have just pulled their dead mother into the kitchen and stowed her under the table. It was a long illness, and they wanted to bury her—they did—but it’s far too cold outside, and they know they won’t be able to dig into the frozen ground. The Minister who lives with them, who preaches through his animal form, doesn’t make them feel any better about what they’ve done. Merciful calms her guilty feelings but only until, from the other room, she hears a voice she thought she’d never hear again. It’s her mother’s voice, and it’s singing a lullaby. . . .

Expected Publication: November 5, 2013 by Henry Holt and Co (BYR)
Borrowed from Library
Charley Davidson may not look like your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper, but she has vowed to reap grimness wherever she goes despite this unfortunate fact. Sadly, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. As he is the main suspect in her arson case, she is determined to stay away from him until she can find out the truth. According to her therapist, however, she lacks conviction.

When dead women start appearing in her apartment - lost, confused and terrified beyond reason - Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes's help, especially when it becomes apparent that her own sister Gemma is the serial killer's next target. With his ability to observe incorporeally, surely he can find out who's responsible. And even if he can't, he is the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. But he wants something in return: Charley. All of her - body and soul. And to keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay.

Released: July 9, 2013 by St. Martin's Press
The Arrivals is the second novel for adults by internationally bestselling author Melissa Marr.

Chloe walks into a bar and blows five years of sobriety. When she wakes, she finds herself in an unfamiliar world, The Wasteland. She discovers people from all times and places have also arrived there: Kitty and Jack, a brother and sister from the Wild West; Edgar, a prohibition bootlegger; Francis, a one-time hippie; Melody, a mentally unbalanced 1950s housewife; and Hector, a former carnival artist.

None know why they arrived there--or if there is way out of a world populated by monsters and filled with corruption.

Just as she did in Graveminder, Marr has created a vivid fantasy world that will enthrall. Melissa Marr's The Arrivals is a thoroughly original and wildly imagined tale about making choices in a life where death is unpredictable and often temporary.

Released: July 2, 2013 by William Morrow
When Cammie Morgan enrolled at the Gallagher Academy, she knew she was preparing for the dangerous life of a spy. What she didn’t know was that the serious, real-life danger would start during her junior year of high school. But that’s exactly what happened two months ago when Cammie faced off against an ancient terrorist organization dead set on kidnapping her.

Now the danger follows her everywhere, and even Cammie “The Chameleon” can’t hide. When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most-trusted allies is actually a rogue double-agent, Cammie no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers—or even her own heart.

In this fourth installment of the New York Times best-selling series, the Gallagher Girls must hack, spy, steal, and lie their way to the they go searching for answers, recognizing that the key to Cammie’s future may lie deep in the past.

Released: June 29, 2010 by Hyperion Book CH
The last thing Cammie Morgan remembers is leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family from the Circle of Cavan-an ancient terrorist organization that has been hunting her for over a year. But when Cammie wakes up in an alpine convent and discovers that months have passed, she must face the fact that her memory is now a black hole. The only traces left of Cammie's summer vacation are the bruises on her body and the dirt under her nails, and all she wants is to go home.

Once she returns to school, however, Cammie realizes that even the Gallagher Academy now holds more questions than answers. Cammie, her friends, and mysterious spy-guy Zach must face their most difficult challenge yet as they travel to the other side of the world, hoping to piece together the clues that Cammie left behind. It's a race against time. The Circle is hot on their trail and willing stop at nothing to prevent Cammie from remembering what she did last summer.

Released: March 13, 2012 by Hyperion Book CH
Ash and Natalie are just starting to build a life together when things in the United Sentry States go from bad to worse. Ash and Natalie find themselves at the center of turmoil when dictator Purian Rose threatens Natalie’s life unless Ash votes in favor of Rose’s Law—a law that will send Darklings and other dissenters to a deadly concentration camp known as the Tenth.

When Ash can’t bring himself to trade Natalie’s life for those of millions of Darklings, her fate is sealed. Enter Elijah Theroux, the handsome Bastet boy Natalie once saved from her mother’s labs, where he’d been experimented on and tortured. It was his venom the Sentry used to create the lethal Golden Haze, the heart of the government conspiracy that led to Black City’s uprising and Ash’s rebirth as the Phoenix, the face of the rebellion. Elijah is back and Ash doesn’t like him; it’s clear he’s taken with Natalie, and Ash fears she may have feelings for him as well.

But Elijah also may have the answer to taking down Purian Rose for good—a powerful weapon called the Ora. Ash, Natalie and Elijah just have to escape Black City undetected to find it. But fleeing the city and finding this weapon (if it even exists) are easier said than done, and the quest could tear Ash and Natalie apart, even pushing them into the arms of others.

Released: June 4, 2013 by Putnam Juvenile


  1. Oooo, The Arrivals looks amazing! I also got a few of the same Netgalley books this week! So yay for us!
    My STS

  2. I've heard a lot of good things about The Naturals. I hope that you enjoy it and the rest of the books that you've got this week!

  3. OOoh very nice! For some reason I can't see all the pictures--so weird because I can see some! Don't need a picture to know that you got a Charley Davidson book! Looooove that series!

    Phoenix was also pretty awesome! The Arrivals was an interesting read. Lots of good looking reads here! Hope you enjoy them all!

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

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  4. Great haul! I'm excited to read The Naturals. I've heard great things about that Charley Davidson series too. Hope you enjoy! :)

  5. You got a nice mix of books this week. I see some adult titles, a middle grade, and a few YA's. You have some great finds this week.

    Books of Love

  6. I have The School of Good and Evil on my shelf but not started it yet, sounds really promising though.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  7. OOOOH PHOENIX. I don't think I ever read the very, very end of Black City (it might have been a library book I accidentally returned before finishing?) but I'm still pretty excited to read it! I keep seeing The School for Good & Evil around so I'm definitely intrigued by it O: The Naturals sounds super cool and right up my alley, so I can't wait until it comes out. Enjoy your books and happy reading! :)

    My STS, in case you want to check it out!

  8. I tried the "School for Good and Evil" but I couldn't get into it. I hope you have better luck. Happy reading!

    Tsuki’s STS

  9. What an awesome book haul. You have several there that I have been really interested in. I'll be looking forward to your reviews.

  10. Lots of YA!

    I should ask our library to get Darynda Jones, that's been on my wishlist for the longest time.


  11. so many books! I confess I'm really late with everything. Happy reading!

  12. Phoenix and The Naturals are supposed to be amazing and the Gallagher Girl books are really great and kind of cute at the same time serious which is weird. But I hope you enjoy all of your amazing books! <3

  13. Oooh so many good reads! I can't wait for The Naturals, it's definitely one of my most anticipated fall reads. I'm a couple books behind in the Gallagher Girls series, but they're fun reads, so it's probably time to catch up. Happy reading :)

  14. I'm curious about your thoughts on The Arrivals and The Naturals. Hope you enjoy your haul!

    My STS:

  15. Great haul. Would love to start that Ally series soon :)

    Happy reading!

  16. Great haul! I have Phoenix on my shelf, but I haven't gotten to it yet. I hope you enjoy your books!

    My STS.

  17. The School of Good and Evil is on my wish list. If nothing else, I just love that cover.

  18. Really looking forward to hearing what you think of The School of Good and Evil! And omgosh I'm so excited for you to read Fifth Grave Past the Light. :D

  19. I got the Naturals too! The School for Good and Evil and Engines of the Broken World are on my wishlist :) Happy Reading!
    Here are my newest additions.