Saturday, April 28, 2012

New Shelf Goodies & The Weekly Nutshell

Hey there! This has been quite a week in book-blog-land, no? So as you can see, I'm starting a new feature here on Stories & Sweeties. I'm sure you can all guess why, I won't rehash the fiasco. But I will say this and nothing more: Blog with integrity, dear book-lovers. I honestly can't bring myself to support or participate in a blog that doesn't. It's a personal choice, and I certainly don't judge anyone who chooses differently.
And that's the last I'll say on the matter.

So for New Shelf Goodies, I'll be showing you what lovely books I acquired this week, whether from publishers, or the library, or from whatever half-crazed book-buying binge I happened to go on. :D (Inspired by Alea @ Pop Culture Junkie's This Week in Books posts) The Weekly Nutshell will be just week here at Stories & Sweeties, in a nutshell. (inspired by Ginger @ GReads and her recaps at the end of the TGIF posts) Note:Book-haul sharing and weekly recapping are nothing new, and this is not a meme, but you are welcome to use the graphic if you like it.

On we go!
What I Bought:
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
Retelling of the Frog Prince!!
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
This cover makes me drool. Started it, love so far!
Kill My Softly by Sarah Cross
I've heard this is a bit like the show, Once Upon A Time, which I love!
The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting
Still have to read book 2, but daughter would kill me if I didn't buy this now! :)

And What I Got For Review:
Fated by Alyson Noel
Very excited for this one, and the color is just gorgeous!
Endlessly by Kirsten White
Eee! Can't wait to see what happens next!
So Close to You by Rachel Carter
Fall From Grace by Charles Benoit
Masque of Red Death by Bethany Griffin
2nd copy! I'll be given one away with my review!

For Review (cont.)
Queen's Lady by Eve Edwards
Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould
A mysterious society of Secret!
Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard
Heard this one was excellent from one of my favorite bloggers (Hi Leanna! :D)
The Deserter by Peadar O Guili
Peaceweaver by Rebecca Barnhouse
This cover seriously freaks me out. Illustration or not, it's creepy.

Many thanks to Random House, HarperTeen, and St. Martin's Griffin!

The Weekly Nutshell:
This week at Stories & Sweeties, in an almond nutshell (because they're my favorite; eating them as I type this, as a matter of fact):
{Sunday} Book Trailers: The Vicious Deep & The Last Echo
{Tuesday} Waiting on Wednesday: Gravity by Melissa West
{Wednesday} FairyTale Hop : Win The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland...!
{Thursday} Review: The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
{Friday} Spotted in the Wild: Two May Releases out early at Barnes & Noble!

I have two giveaways ending this week---check the top right sidebar to get those entries in!
I am a bit backed up on reviews...have three that need to be written. I took it easy this week due to a family loss. My wonderful, hilarious grandma has gone up to heaven. She lived a fantastic, full life to the amazing age of 91---she had over 50 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren!! (Yes, our family gatherings are something the behold!) She will be dearly missed by all of us! ♥

Have a great week, everyone! And if your weather is as beautiful as it is here...


  1. I've been wanting to read quite a few of those! Looking forward to what you think! The Peaceweaver I first heard about from the Books Smugglers and because it wasn't out yet I went to the first in the series and am reading that now. It's ok, but a bit slow, but still pretty good writing and I'm thinking things will pick up pretty soon.

    Such a great haul!

  2. You've gotten so many good books! Kill Me Softly was great and I'm currently reading Enchanted, which I really enjoy. Hoping to get my hands on Wanderlove and Masque of the Red Death as well! I hope you enjoy. :D

  3. Amazing haul Becky, you've got tons of books :) !! I'm dyng to read Kill me Softly and Wanderlove !! I can't wait to know what you think of all these books :) !! Happy reading =)

  4. Wow, you had one great week! Hope you will enjoy reading all of your new books.

    I think "Blog with integrity" is so important and it's great that you are doing it.

    Happy Reading!

  5. Wow, so many great books! Kill Me Softly and Wanderlove are really great! But oh girl, you got a 2nd copy of Masque of the Red Death! I really want to read that book!!!
    I hope you're going to enjoy all your new books!

    Nickey @ The Book Shop Assistant
    Here is my Sunday post:

  6. Oh my gosh I'm drooling over all of your books! I'm most looking forward to Masque of the Red Death! Bethany Griffin is doing a signing in June near me and I can't wait to go!

    Here's my post ~ My Week in Books!

    Happy reading!

    Megan @ The Girly Bookworm (new follower!)

  7. Wow! You have a ton of awesome books this week. I really am dying to read The Last Echo and I loved Wanderlove- hope you enjoy it too! I like your new feature idea. :) I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother. 91 is incredible though!

  8. This is my first visit to your blog, and I'm loving it--New Follower! Great selection of books, ((wipes drool))

    Sorry, about your lovely grandmother :(
    May fond memories of her, touch your heart always...

    My 1st. Stacking The Shelves post:

  9. I really want to read This Dark Endeavor since it is related to a classic (English teacher Alert!). Masque of the Red Death was very good. I also got Fated a few weeks ago. I love the earings that are being give with preorders.

    Sorry to hear about your grandma. Sounds like she had a great impact on your life and will be missed by many.

  10. I'm incredibly sorry for your loss - I hope you'll feel better soon.

    Absolutely love the books you received last week though and hope you'll enjoy them. :) Quite jealous of a few of these. ♥


  11. You will absolutely adore 'Wanderlove'. I could not put it down. It had the perfect mix of everything <3! Can't wait to see what you think about it!

  12. Great haul!
    I loved The Body Finder but haven't gotten round to the other books in the series. I need to move them up.

    Here's my Stacking Post. Stop by if you get a chance.

  13. Awesome haul.

    I am so sorry about your Grandma but so happy to see you're embracing her beautiful long life. 50 grandkids? That is impressive!

  14. My condolences on the loss of your grandma! Wow, 50 grandkids!! Sounds like you have a very large family and a great network for support.

    You have an amazing array of books! The Masque of the Red Death is on my Wishlist.

    I hope you enjoy all your new books! Here's the link to my STS:

  15. Ohh, I want KILL ME SOFTLY! The cover is amazing. And Fated is so pretty too.


  16. i'm yealous of a lot lol
    enjoy all

  17. OMG, so many great books! I'm DYING to read Masque of the Red Death. Plus the cover is just so gorgeous. <3 I've been hearing great stuff about Kill Me Softly; I'll have to check it out! :) Hope you'll enjoy your books!

    Happy reading!
    Pam | jelly loves books

  18. Thanks for stopping by! I'm almost done with a current read, but yes, I plan on getting into Sweet Evil ASAP!

    You have an AMAZING haul! I 'm quite jealous actually. I don't read enough contemporary, so Wanderlove is one I'd like to get my hands on! BTW, your link to The Deserter is a double to Peaceweaver.

    I'm really sorry to hear about your grandmother. She must have been a great woman and I'm sure her memory will live on:)

    jenn | my shelf stuffers

  19. Great books this week!! I'm jealous!! Kill Me Softly looks soooo good! I've read nothing but good things about it too.

    Endlessly and Fall From Grace are both on my wishlist!!

    Stop by and see my Book Haul!

  20. OMG!my deaaaaaaaaaar! what a sexy haul you got this week! Im drooling!!!!!!!!!!!! aaaaaaaah!!!

    I havent read Between the Lines yet but Im dying too!! May' second week for sure I'll be reading that one =D I havent read any Picoult book yet, but since you have enjoyed her adult books, Im even more excited now about Between the Lines =D

    thnx for stopping by!

    happy readiiiiiiiing!

    Dazzling Reads

  21. Oh my, you got so many books!! How do you find the time to read them all?! :D

    I can't wait to read Wanderlove - it sounds exactly like my cup of tea and I've heard great things about it <3

    Thanks for stopping by my Showcase Sunday and enjoy all your new books!
    Vicky x
    Books, Biscuits, and Tea

  22. Oh wow, SO many awesome books! Enchanted! Isn't that cover just gorgeous? And so, so jealous of Endlessly and So Close to You! Happy reading :).

  23. So lucky you got ENDLESSLY! I can't wait to see how that series ends :)

    Check out the books and makeup I got this week on Books & Beauty.

  24. Some many beautiful books... You're very lucky!
    I can't wait to read Enchanted :D

  25. Oh my gosh, Becky!! There are NO WORDS for how awesome your mailbox is this week! I really want to read The Last Echo to know what our awesome Violet is up to next, and same with Endlessly. (Coincidence: They both have gorgeous purple covers LOL!) But as much as it's filled with awesomeness, you HAVE to get to reading Kill Me Softly first. That book had to be my absolute FAVOURITE of the whole year so far! I loved it so much, and I really hope you do too! :)

    Stunning mailbox this week, Becky! I hope that they can help cheer you up after your grandmother passed away. It sounds like she lived a long and happy life, and I wish you and the rest of your family the best of wishes! :) <3

  26. Hi Becky! Wanderlove is amazing! Hope you love it! I'll be interested to see what you think of The Last Echo. For me, it was really good, but there just wasn't enough Jay (and you know how I feel about him!!)

    Condolences on your Grandma. xx

  27. I'm drooling over your new books received this week! I put Kill Me Softly on hold at the library, but I think it'll be awhile before I get it. I've heard wonderful things about Wanderlove and I'm planning on reading it soon because it sounds like a great summer read!

  28. Eeee! Definitely wanting to pick up Enchanted and Kill Me Softly! I didn't realize they were out already! Must go shopping tomorrow! :P

    Michele | Stacking the Shelves

  29. I loved Wanderlove! I can't wait to read Masque of Red Death and Fated. So many good books! :)
    Joy @ Book Lagniappe

  30. My condolences on the loss of your grandmother. Your family reunions must have been a blast with so many members though! What a legacy!

    Love your books this week! I actually had Enchanted in my hands at the bookstore today, but tried to be good so didn't buy it. Kicking myself now! Hope you enjoy all of your new goodies!

  31. Thanks, everyone for the kind words of comfort. :) I'm incredibly grateful to be part of such a lovely community!

  32. Masque! I loved it and it has such a great cover! I want to get Wanderlove too soon it's gotten amazing reviews! Great haul, doll!

    Xpresso Reads

  33. WOW! Amazing haul this week! I'm super jealous of all the great books you got for review - especially Masque of the Red Death, Fated, Endlessly, and Cross My Heart. Enjoy all those new goodies!

    Stacking the Shelves

  34. Loving the books you got this week. I can't wait to go home & get me some new books too. :) Happy reading.

  35. fhailjdska what a great week!!

    I am pining over Kill Me Softly! I need to buy that soon!! And all of the covers are so lovely!!

    My book haul is here!

    Happy Reading!!!

    Ashlee :)

  36. Great new reads! I'm so jealous you got Kill Me Softly! Been looking forward to that but I have so many pending books... ah!

    Loving the new profile picture too! :D

    1. Also, I'm sorry for your loss. I'm sure you grandma lived a very loved and blessed life! Over 50 grandchildren you say? That is A LOT!! Wow! She must had been one really loved lady!