For What It's Worth

Friday, January 25, 2013

Stacking the Shelves


Stacking The Shelves – hosted by Tynga’s Reviews,  is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I’m calling this week’s edition: Bloggers DO sell books. I don’t need ANY more books but I bought these because of awesome reviews or tweets from around the blogosphere.

16185789Wounded by Jasinda Wilder

War has taken everything from me. My family. My home. My innocence. In a country blasted by war and wracked by economic hardship, a young orphan girl like me has very few options when it comes to survival. Thus, I do what I must to live, to eat, and I try very hard to not consider the cost to my soul. My heart is empty, and my existence brutal.

The one impossibility in my life is love.

And then I meet HIM.

War is hell. It takes a chunk out of a man's very soul to do the kinds of things war demands of you. You live with fear, you live with guilt, and you live with nightmares. If you haven't been through it, there's no understanding it. War leaves no room for love, no room for tenderness or softness. You gotta be hard, closed off, and ready to fight every moment of every day. Lose focus for a split second, and you're dead.

Now the only thing that can save me is HER. ~ Goodreads

The Bookish Brunette wrote such a great review for this one that I had to go download it right away! Sounds intense but beautiful.

Inhale (Just Breathe #1) by Kendall Grey

Strangers in reality, inseparable in dreams…

12980966After years of suffocating under her boss’s scrutiny, whale biologist Zoe Morgan finally lands a job as director of a tagging project in Hervey Bay, Australia. Success Down Under all but guarantees her the promotion of a lifetime, and Zoe won’t let anything—or anyone—stand in her way. Not the whale voices she suddenly hears in her head, not the ex who won’t take no for an answer, and especially not the gorgeous figment of her imagination who keeps saving her from the fiery hell of her dreams.

Gavin Cassidy hasn’t been called to help a human Wyldling in over a year, which is fine by him. Still blaming himself for the death of his partner, he keeps the guilt at bay by indulging in every excess his rock star persona affords. That is, until he’s summoned to protect Zoe from hungry Fyre Elementals and learns his new charge is the key to restoring order in the dying Dreaming. He never expects to fall for the feisty Dr. Morgan…nor does he realize he may have to sacrifice the woman he loves to save an entire country.

*This book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Not suitable for readers under the age of 18.
**The author will donate all profits from the sale of the JUST BREATHE trilogy to programs that educate people about whales and the challenges they face. ~ Goodreads

Two of my fave bloggers have been talking up this series for awhile now. Smash Attack Reads and The Bookish Babe. When Andrea (The Bookish Babe – @BookishAndrea) tweeted that book #1 - Inhale was a freebie download I snapped it up. It sounds like a great series PLUS the profits from this trilogy go to whale education.

16136176Freak of Nature by Julia Crane

Donate Body to Science. Check.
When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was.

Kaitlyn finds an unlikely ally in Lucas, a handsome, brilliant scientist who can’t get over the guilt he feels knowing she was once a vibrant, beautiful young woman. He never expected a science project to affect him the way she does. As he tries to help her rediscover her past, he finds himself falling for the brave girl struggling to find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds. ~ Goodreads

I found out about this book on Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf and her Freak of Nature: Book Blast & $50 Gift Card Giveaway. (Ends 1/27/13). the summary sounds interesting. I was kind of sold once I read “handsome, brilliant scientist” lol

15717943Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever. ~ Goodreads

Another recommendation from The Bookish Babe. Honestly – about 50% of my Kindle downloads are from reading her reviews. I won’t ever have time to read them all but her enthusiasm is catching.

Do reviews and tweets influence your book purchases? Do you have a favorite blogger that you go to for recommendations?


  1. Hopeless looks really good, I've heard a lot of things about it :) I hope you enjoy everything!

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  2. I also got Wounded as well this week. Come visit me as well.


  3. Wounded looks like such a good read and I've heard Hopeless is awesome! I hope you enjoy all you got :)

    Here's my STS!

  4. Cannot wait to read Hopeless!! enjoy them all!

  5. Wounded does look really good, Karen. I'll be waiting for your review of that one.

    Okay. I'm so excited/nervous that your getting some of my recommendations. I hope you enjoy Inhale and Hopeless as much as I did!

    1. I go into complete panic mode when someone buys a book based on my review lol

  6. Book bloggers definitely sell books, Karen! I bought numerous books based on great reviews. Looking into Wounded now :) Have a lovely week!

  7. Inhale does sound good! And I'm still waiting to see what you think of Freak of Nature...though if your TBR is anything like mine...who knows when you'll get to it! LOL

    My Added to the Bookshelf post!

  8. Oooh, awesome books this week, Karen! :D I'm really looking forward to reading Freak of Nature and Hopeless! :D I can't wait to hear what you think!

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my StS post! :)
    Happy Reading!
    Ambur :)

  9. Nice haul! Really like the sound of Freak of Nature! Enjoy!

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  10. Andrea does awesome reviews that get me excited too! I love buying books that other bloggers love - it definitely does influence sales!

    I love the cover of Freak of Nature AND it sounds awesome too.

    Happy reading :-D