Saturday, October 3, 2015

B&N Book Haul (What Happens When Amazon Messes Up Your Order)

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off all the books I’ve gotten recently.

I ordered some school books from Amazon, but one of them never showed up, so I went to Barnes & Nobel to get it. You all know what happens when you take an unexpected trip to a bookstore, right? You come home with more books than you intended to get. So, here’s what I got.

Love Letters to the Dead – Ava Dellaira

It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. 
Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to the dead—to people like Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse—though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating the choppy waters of new friendships, learning to live with her splintering family, falling in love for the first time, and, most importantly, trying to grieve for May. But how do you mourn for someone you haven't forgiven? 
It's not until Laurel has written the truth about what happened to herself that she can finally accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was—lovely and amazing and deeply flawed—can she truly start to discover her own path. 
In a voice that's as lyrical and as true as a favorite song, Ava Dellaira writes about one girl's journey through life's challenges with a haunting and often heartbreaking beauty.

The House of the Scorpion – Nancy Farmer

Matteo Alacran was not born; he was harvested with the DNA from El Patron, lord of a country called Opium. Can a boy who was bred to guarantee another’s survival find his own purpose in life? And can he ever be free?

The Weight of Feathers – Anna-Marie McLemore

For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows—the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find. 
Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she's been taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace’s life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees. 
Beautifully written, and richly imaginative, The Weight of Feathers is an utterly captivating young adult novel by a talented new voice.

Vengeance Road – Erin Bowman

When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.

The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office—leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin. 
But Nella's world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist—an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . . 
Johannes' gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand—and fear—the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction? 
Enchanting, beautiful, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.


  1. I hate when Amazon forgets something in my order. I hope you love all your new books.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  2. More books is always ok!! Looks like you got some great ones. I really enjoyed Love Letter to the Dead. I really want The Weight of Feathers so I look forward to see what you think. Great haul!

  3. Vengeance Road has been on my tbr list for so long! I really need to get that book.
    Everything you got sounds amazing, happy reading! :)

    Lipstick and Mocha

  4. AHHH I want to read The Weight of Feathers and Vengeance Road SO SO BADLY. omg. *strokes covers* And haha, of course you can't leave a bookstore without a few extra wonderful goodies, right?! ;)
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

  5. I can't wait to see what you think of Vengeance Road! It is such a wonderful book!

  6. I have heard awesome things about Vengeance Road and Weight of Feathers, enjoy both!!

    My StS

    Ashley @ The Quiet Concert

  7. Ooh I'm dying to read Vengeance Road! I've read Erin's Taken books and they were incredible. Love Letters to the Dead also sounds good! Hope you like these :)

    ~Cari @ My Addiction:Books

  8. Wow, FABULOUS haul!! I have heard such amazing things about The Weight of Feathers, and I enjoyed Vengeance Road. It's so bad when Amazon screws up but... bookstore! I love going to the bookstore even though it generally means an empty bank account by the end of the trip ;) Hope you enjoy these!
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

  9. The House of Scorpion is a book I read during my childhood and I remember loving it! In my most recent haul I also bought the Miniaturist so I hope we can both like that book! You also have some other gems here which sound promising.