Saturday, April 15, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (#225)


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, in which bloggers share the books and swag they've received in the past week!


So, what did I get in the week of Sunday, April 9th to Saturday, April 15th?


(all links to Goodreads are provided!)


In the mail:

To be updated on Saturday evening! Like last week, there is a package in particular that I know I received and I can't wait to show you! 

UPDATED!



Thank you so much, Kerri! I won this from her first-giveaway-of-HPD on Twitter. Now, to read Stalking Jack the Ripper!



THIS IS THE EXCITING PACKAGE THAT I HINTED ABOUT! Thank you so much, Amanda! Not even going to lie - I teared up a little when I opened the package. This one is going straight to my Cashore collection! 



I won this in a Goodreads giveaway recently (super rare, I know). Thank you Harper!



Okay believe it or not, I also won this in a Goodreads giveaway. BUT I won this months ago, and I guess they forgot to ship it to me? Earlier in the week I nudged Goodreads, who nudged Del Rey, and I got it two or three days later. YAY nudging!


A Rebel bracelet from the #PenguinTeenOnTour tour

GUYS! Alwyn Hamilton sent me this! Thank you, Alwyn! The NoVa Teen Book Festival tour stop didn't have any exclusive #PenguinTeenOnTour swag, which I had asked Alwyn about. She is so sweet and sent one of these to me! Heart eyes for days!


From NetGalley:



Thank you, PRH! They certainly took their sweet time approving this title for me! It's been months... I am very happy to even get approved, but goodness. It's been so long! :D


Reviews from this week:

    

Trust me when I say that you'll want to come back on Saturday night to see what mail I got this week - there is a very exciting one in the mix. Exciting for me, and exciting for anyone who has known me for some time! =) In other news, THIRTY-NINE DAYS UNTIL GRADUATION!

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  1. Haha Alyssa I cannot wait to see your book mail! I always love your haul posts! I have heard a lot about And I Darken, hope you enjoy its sequel! Have a great week ahead Alyssa! :)
    Prabhleen @ Booksarelife987

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    1. Thank you, Prabhleen! Everything is updated! You rock. <333 You have a good week too!

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  2. OOOH NOW I RISE! I'm so happy you finally got approved!
    I think I was in the minority when I didn't like And I Darken - I just couldn't connect with Lada (?) but I'm so happy that you did!

    Have fun reading!

    Aditi @ http://athousandwordsamillionbooks.blogspot.in/

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    1. Thank you! It took forever! I didn't *love* And I Darken (the love triangle was annoying), but I liked it overall and definitely want to see where the story goes. =) Thank you, Aditi!

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  3. OMG Now I Rise! I'm so jealous you got it already. I hope it's just as good or even better than book 1! :D

    My STS

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    1. Aww! Thank you, Stephanie! Hopefully it'll be even better. ;)

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  4. Niiice! I still need to read And I Darken!! And yay! Congrats on graduation being nearly a month away!!


    My STS will be up tomorrow, so stop by then if you can!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. Perhaps you can binge-read the series! Thank you, Jessica. :D

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  5. Wow, that's a long time before getting approved.

    You have me so curious about your mail surprise.

    Have a great week, Alyssa!

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    1. Thank you, Sophia! I hope the same for you!

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  6. So many books! I want to read all of them and I actually have a copy of Violet Grenade waiting for me to devour it! And I Darken is definitely on my TBR list and hopefully, I'll be able to get my hands on it soon. Hope you enjoy the sequel and of course, love all your new books!

    Elena @ Book Lady's Reviews

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    1. I hope you like Violet Grenade, Elena!

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  7. Awesome haul of books this week for you. I love when you finally get approved for a book that you really want.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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  8. Oooh! You got Now I Rise! I can't wait to hear your opinions about this book!

    Here’s my Stacking the Shelves!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. Thanks, Ronyell! I'm hoping to have a review up in May. ;)

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  9. I love that cover of Violet Grenade!

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  10. Now I rise sounds awesome. So happy for you to get it. I hope you enjoy it. Yay, cant wait to see what Mail you got. :)
    Have a great week! :)

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    1. Isn't the cover gorgeous? It's the sequel of And I Darken.

      Thank you, Geybie!

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  11. Ooh I'm curious what you got in the mail. :) I still need to read And I Darken; that's great you were accepted for the sequel.

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    1. Thank you! The mail was pretty great! If you read And I Darken in the future, I hope you like it. :D

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  12. AHHH yay, you got Jane Unlimited! I know how much you wanted it, so I'm so happy for you! Great haul, lady---enjoy them all!

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    1. YES! It made my day/week/month. <3333 Thank you!

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  13. I love Goodreads giveaways. I won Spellbook of the Lost and Found last week. I received it right away, clicked that I received it, and then I got a 2nd copy (?). Now I can share the love. Enjoy all your new books!
    Sam @ WLABB

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    1. That is so cool! And hilarious! They sent the duplicate to a good home. :D Thank you, Sam!

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  14. Gorgeous mail!! Hunting Prince Dracula looks awesome and makes me want to read the first book. I don't think I've read a book by Cashore but the cover you shared was pretty so I'll have to check it out (still haven't, I know).
    Lucky! I've yet to win a GR giveaway!
    That's pretty awesome! Re: traitor to the throne. You keep reminding me I need rebel of the sands. I'll add it to my wish list and nudge my BF to get it for me LOL
    Have a lovely week!
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

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    1. It does! I am going to see about getting a copy of book one, and then I'll read HPD.

      You MUST read her Graceling series! It's a classic and honestly my favorite series of all time.

      I've won these two giveaways but they're the first two I've won in... years? It's been so long. o_o

      I'm sure your BF will get the books for you, he's so great. ;)

      Thanks, Genesis!

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  15. Yayyy Congrats on getting Now I Rise! I've seen it on a lot of people's Waiting on Wednesday posts. lol! I hope you love it!

    Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you! I'm really excited to have it!

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  16. Great haul! Way to go on the goodreads wins. I don't even bother entering those anymore. Glad you nudge worked. I hate winning books and never receiving them - I have had that happen before. Enjoy Now I Rise! I am still waiting to find out if I will be approved for that one.

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    1. Thank you! I just enter a million of them, forget about them, and once in a blue moon I'll get an email about how I won one. And repeat!

      Crossing my fingers that you'll get Now I Rise, Carole!

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  17. Oh my goodness, that dracula book looks so good oh my gosh, I cannot wait to check it out, now I need to read the jack the ripper one sooner! Also, a great book from Netgalley too! I need to read the first in that series as well. I really need to get on my game with all the books I need to read. Such a good week for you though!

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    1. It does! I still need to read the first book. There are just entirely too many great YA books out there, right? So many books, so little time!

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  18. AHHH! What a wonderful book week, Alyssa! I'm particularly jealous of Jane, Unlimited: Kristin Cashore is my fave author of all time.
    I really hope you enjoy them all! <3
    Megan @ http://wanderingsofabookbird.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I gave an arm and a leg for that one, but no regrets! I hope you get the chance to read it, Megan!

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  19. Nice week! Congrats on the book giveaway! Have a great week!

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  20. Jane Unlimited, Hunting Prince Dracula, and Now I Rise! Those are all awesome super-exciting 2017s!! Can't wait to hear what you think :)

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    1. They are indeed big titles! I'm most excited about Jane, Unlimited (if you couldn't tell). ;) Thank you!

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  21. Lots of great books this week Alyssa! I wasn't a big fan of And I Darken, but I really hope you enjoy the sequel. :D (The iffy parts was solely my personal preference as a reader and the way the historical parts were written.)

    Super excited for Hunting Prince Dracula! I really adored Stalking Jack the Ripper, and I think you'll like it too. It's got a great balance of swoons, mystery, and action that was just perfect.

    I personally wasn't a fan of Gilded Cage, but enjoy that too haha. Again, just something about the writing that didn't really mesh with me as a reader.

    EEP, ALMOST A MONTH UNTIL GRADUATION FOR YOU TOO? (Although it's high school graduation for me haha). AWESOME!!

    - Aila @ One Way Or An Author

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    1. I know what you mean (about And I Darken)! My issues were with the romance, but mehhh, maybe it'll be better in this sequel.

      I am SO excited to read Hunting Prince Dracula! I just got a copy of Stalking Jack the Ripper, so I'm all set.

      I'm probably not going to read The Gilded Cage! I'm not really interested in it. When I entered the giveaway months ago, I was. Not so much anymore.

      Indeed, one more month! We got this!

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  22. Wow, nice haul this week! And you are so lucky to win Goodreads giveaways, I think the last time I won one was like two years ago! And, ooh, Now I Ris3! I really liked the first book so I might have to check out book two :)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Lucky indeed! I almost never win them though, and suddenly I win two. o_o I hope you enjoy Now I Rise!

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  23. OMG Jane Unlimited! Cannot wait to see your thoughts on that one!

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    1. Thank you, Teresa! I am SO excited about it!

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  24. WOW WOW WOW THOSE BOOKS!! Hope you absolutely love them, I just adore the cover for HPD!! I haven't read SJTR yet, but it's on my TBR, and HPD also sounds amazing <3
    Have a lovely week ahead, Alyssa!

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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    1. Thank you! I haven't read SJTR either, but I got a copy today, so I'm set to binge-read the two. Thank you, Amy!

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  25. Whoaaa epic book mail! I'm so excited to read Hunting Prince Dracula, it sounds amazing :D

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

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  26. What an epic haul!! I've seen great things about Gilded Cage, so I'll be curious to see what you think! And winning a Goodreads Giveaway is such an awesome feeling, isn't it?

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    1. I've seen a lot of positive feedback for it! I'll see if i can get to it. Dude, winning a Goodreads giveaway is one in a million. I love it!

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  27. I've got to hurry up and read Stalking Jack the Ripper, now that I know it's a series, I'm even more intrigued! You got some awesome books this week!
    Check out my Sunday Post

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  28. Kerri's publisher is quick with those ARCs! Didn't Stalking Jack the Ripper come out in like September?!

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  29. So many pretty new reads! Exciting for sure :) Happy reading!

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  30. How awesome that you have the Hunting Prince Dracula! I featured it as a Can't Wait Wednesday a week or so back!

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    1. I won it from Kerri! I hope you get the chance to read it soon, Barb. :D

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  31. So I'm definitely going to have to look more into like all the books on this list. I'm a wee bit in love with all of their covers. - Katie

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    1. Yaaaasss! Some of the covers are GORGEOUS!

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  32. Awesome book haul this week! The Gilded Cage by Vic James looks great! Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you! It does indeed. Same to you, Kristyn!

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  33. What a great haul!! My co-blogger read The Gilded Cage and really enjoyed it! I hope you do as well!!

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  34. Sniffs. Jane, Unlimited :( SO JEALOUS. Ahhh. BUT YAY! You are so lucky Alyssa :D Congrats on getting it. <33 All the hugs :) Hope you love it tons. <3 And yay for tons of other stunning mail too :) Happy reading sweetie. <3

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    1. I traded an arm and a leg for it, but no regrets! Thank you, Carina. ^_^

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    2. So worth it, yes? :D I'm not going to talk about it more until it's here with me, but ahh, I have been able to trade both Jane ARCs to me :D Will let you know about it when they arrive. <3 Eee.

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