Saturday, February 16, 2013

Stacking the Shelves *19*

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga's Reviews showcasing new books we've gotten a hold of (bought/given/gifted/trade/for review).

Hope everyone is having a great week-end so far & that everyone got tons of goodies to share :)  This week is a little bit of a different one for me - I went on a hunt for some older books on my reading list...books I'm a little embarrassed I haven't read yet >.< haha  Here goes:




I've been meaning to read Clare's Infernal Devices Series a try, even though I was (for the most part) underwhelmed with her  The Mortal Instruments books *runs and hides*.  I have so many trusted friends and bloggers who LOVED them but overall I was letdown by the series.  I've heard that the The Infernal Devices books is generally preferred by Clare's fans and with my love of Victorian London & Steampunk made me want to give it a shot anyways.  Wish me luck guys!

Eragon I wanted to read as soon as it came out way back in 2005...until I made the mistake of reading reviews on Goodreads.  Yikes.  There are some pretty brutal ones out there and as much as I still wanted to check it out for myself, I had to put it off because I didn't want the negative stuff I'd read cloud my own judgement and overall impression.  So when I came across it this week I figured it was time: I have some blogger friends who've loved the series & I do love dragons so here goes!

This week my bf came home with The DaVinci Code as a gift for me!  We both loved the movies but I have yet to read the book - I know right *le gasp*  Anyways I was so happy I didn't even mention that this is book # 2 and I don't own Angels & Demons LOL


I also picked up a cheap e-book this week:
The Fallen Star
by Jessica Sorensen

I'd put this on my reading list a few years ago now, despite some less than impressive reviews.  Call it sheer (morbid?) curiosity.  When I saw it one for cheap (or free I can't remember) I couldn't resist.  Author Jessica Sorensen has writen other, better received books, like The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden and The Secret of Ella and Micha ... so who knows?! 



That's my week, what did you get?
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34 comments:

  1. You are not alone, I am also in the minority of people who weren't blown away by the Mortal Instruments series. I've also haven't read Eragon, but no because of the reviews I juts really hated the movie.
    old follower
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    1. The Eragon film was a HUGE let down for me too but I hear the book is better! And thanks for saying so about TMI, I honestly thought I was the only one among bloggers >.< Thanks for stopping by Kimberly ♥

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  2. I tried a couple of times to get through Eragon and never could. Maybe it's time to try again. Great haul!

    The Book Monsters

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    1. Eeeek that bad eh?! I'm kinda scared about that one myself to be honest... Thanks for visiting!

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  3. I love Jessica Sorensen's Callie and Kayden and Ella and Micha and I really need to read Clockwork Angel too.

    Jessica is also doing a rewrite of the Fallen Star series that is being targeted for more mature readers. I'm interested in seeing what she does with it.

    Hope you enjoy your books.

    Here's mine

    ~Danica Page@Taking it One Page at a Time

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    1. Thanks for the info Danica & for stopping by!!

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  4. I definitely enjoyed The Infernal Devices a lot more than The Mortal Instruments. That series is wonderful, and contains one of the most painful love triangles you will ever encounter (and it's not an annoying one! Well, I don't think it is anyway).

    The Falling Star is on my Kindle but I haven't quite gotten to it yet. I'll be keeping an eye out if you review it.

    I hope you enjoy all your books!

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    1. Oh great, that's what I've been hearing too! I really hope I'll like that series more than TMI...I think I will especially because of the era it's set in :D Thanks for visiting ♥

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  5. The Mortal Instruments is a series that got me back into reading and back into reading YA, but if I had to read them now I know I'd be bored and annoyed. I did read Clockwork Angel but I wasn't that impressed and I have let the sequel sit on my shelf for over a year :/

    But I do wish you luck, because it's more fun if you enjoy a book/series, and maybe you will enjoy it!! :)

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    1. I know what you mean, I feel the same way about the Matched books - I liked them enough initially but I think I wouldn't as much now! I was WAY underwhelmed with the TMI series so maybe I'll like TID...we'll see :)

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  6. I agree with the Vegan YA Nerds re: Clockwork Angel, but may your mileage differ. I loved Mortal Instruments too.

    Ooo...Eragon? I think I've got the same story as you there. Wanted to read it, then got frightened off by the reviews. Let us know how it holds up! :)

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    1. haha well since I didn't really like TMI maybe I'll get lucky with TID...?! >.< I hope my 'luck' holds out with Eragon too! Thanks for visiting Cassie :)

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  7. Clare's Infernal Devices is better than her TMI series, in my opinion. I like the Victorian/ Steampunk feel of it.

    Eragon is one of my all time favorite series. I know a lot of people fault it for seeming to have borrowed from too many classic fantasies but I didn't have any problem looking past that. It's really a fun world.

    I picked up Fallen Star a few weeks ago, hoping to get to it soon.

    Enjoy!

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    1. See, that's what I'm thinking too! The Victorian/Steampunk aspect really appeals to me...I'm hoping it'll come off more original anyways o.O

      I'm SO happy to hear you enjoyed Eragon!! I got scared with some of the bad reviews but honestly it's about Dragons, how bad can it be?! Thanks for stopping by Ali ♥

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  8. As far as I remember The Da Vinci Code book as very much like the movie - pretty intense. I don't think they deviate from the plot :) I hope you enjoy it and the rest of your beauties!

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    1. Awesome, thanks for the input Kara :D ...and for stopping by!!

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  9. I think I actually prefer Clare's TMI more than ID, but I haven't finished the series (obviously). I think it is because I am not one for love triangles, and there is a big on in ID. I can't wait to read CP though. Enjoy your goodies. Happy reading :)

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    1. Yeah, what worries me about ID is the love-triangle aspect of it. I had high hopes for TMI but I was let-down big time, so this time going in I'm hesitant so who knows?! I'm hoping for 'pleasantly surprised' haha Thanks for visiting Quinn :)

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  10. I seriously need to read Clockwork Angel! awesome book haul,
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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    1. haha I feel the same way - you're not the only one!! Thanks for stopping by Juhina :)

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  11. I haven't read either the Mortal Instruments or Infernal Devices, but I've been hearing mixed reviews for both! Hope you'll like Clockwork Prince more than Mortal Instruments,and I'll need to be checking back for your thoughts!! Enjoy reading :D

    Alicia @ Book A World
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    1. I'm not going in with high hopes, especially after how let down I was with TMI...but we'll see I guess haha! Thanks for visiting Alicia :)

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  12. I love your new books! Eragon is very... iffy. The problem is that it has zero originality. It borrows concepts from other books and mashes them together (including Dragonriders of Pern, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and more). I hate the idea of Eragon because it's so unoriginal, but I couldn't help but enjoy the story since I happen to love the stories it has "borrowed" from.. and I'm just like that. I love books that are similar to other books I love. I kind of hate that I love it though LOL!

    And The DaVinci Code is one of my all time favourites! If I remember rightly, you don't have to read Angels and Demons first. But I definitely recommend reading it at some point! I think I might have liked that even better than The DaVinci Code!

    My Stacking the Shelves

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    1. See, I can totally see that happening to me- as much as I'd be annoyed that some elements are unoriginal I'd still end up being swept away by the fun of it all! I hope anyways >.<

      Awesome thanks for the Robert Langdon feedback too, that way I could just read this one now and get the other one later :D

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  13. I still need to read Clockwork Angel! I really hope you enjoy all your books this week =)

    Our StS for the week =)

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  14. Clockwork Angel is one I have had on my shelf for ages and it's just there collecting dust haha. I dunno I kind of feel sick of that whole series which is a spin off of another series that's been beaten to a pulp. Enough already! >.<

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    1. I am definitely sick of the TMI series, but I was sick of that one on book 1 >.< but I keep hearing ID is better...so I don't know. Plus I'm a sucker for Victorian/Steampunk reads so even though my expectations aren't high, I'm hoping for 'pleasantly surprised' HA!

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  15. Aaaah- Clockwork Angel!! I'm so glad you decided to give it a try, Micheline! I love the Victorian setting, and I'm much more invested in these characters than the ones in TMI (I'm not a big Clary fan). I can't wait to see what you think of it!

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    1. I know you're a big fan of the ID series and we have similar tastes usually so I'm hoping for the best. I'm not a fan of Clary either so many just a different heroine will help...eeek! I'm scared but curious at the same time!!

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  16. The Infernal Devices is better than the TMI series. I really love those ones!! I pre-ordered Clockwork Princess like 5 months ago. It comes out in a month!! I tried to read Eragon, but ended up putting it aside. I really should try again though. I really liked The DaVinci Code. I didn't care for the movie though.

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    1. That was my understanding as well that most people prefer ID to TMI so I hope I'll have better luck this time around. Either that or I'm a little sadistic >.< I'm scared that the same thing will happen to me with Eragon but I've heard some good things too so...we'll see. This haul feels like a big gamble haul LOL And I liked the DaVinci movie so maybe I'll like the book better :D *crosses fingers*

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  17. CLOCKWORK ANGEL! I LOVE THAT BOOK SO DARN MUCH. You'll love it! It's a FANTASTIC book!!!!!

    Halee @ Confessions of a Book Addict

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    1. haha I hope I'll feel close to the same way Halee!

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