Stacking the Shelves (126)


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.
It’s all about sharing the books we’ve picked up for the week, whether they are bought, borrowed, gifted, galleys, physical or virtual.
Share your shelves and remember to visit Tynga’s Reviews where it all started to find more great books!


Briar Rose

For Briar Rose, life is anything but a fairy tale. She’s stuck in a small town in deepest Georgia with parents who won’t let her out of their sight, a bunch of small-minded, gossiping neighbours and an evil ex who’s spreading nasty rumours about what she may or may not have done in the back of his car. She’s tired of it all, so when, on her sixteenth birthday, her parents tell her that she is cursed and will go to sleep for a hundred years when the clock strikes midnight, she’s actually kind of glad to leave it all behind. She says her goodbyes, lies down, and closes her eyes . . . And then she wakes up. Cold, alone and in the middle of the darkest, most twisted fairy tale she could ever have dreamed of. Now Briar must fight her way out of the story that has been created for her, but she can’t do it alone. She never believed in handsome princes, but now she’s met one her only chance is to put her life in his hands, or there will be no happy ever after and no waking up.

I love fairytale retellings so I hope I love this.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay’s dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and much loved characters in this full-colour illustrated hardback edition of the nation’s favourite children’s book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Brimming with rich detail and humour that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling’s timeless classic, Jim Kay’s glorious illustrations will captivate fans and new readers alike.

When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers, which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

I almost didn’t add the synopsis because it’s Harry Potter, everyone knows Harry Potter – but then I remembered there are some blogger sand readers out there who haven’t read Harry Potter yet so OK, there’s the blurb, and the book is lush.

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Remembering how much I enjoyed this book in ARC form and how much I’d like to re-read it one day, I bought a very nice matte edition cover.


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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29 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves (126)

  1. Milka@ReadReadRead

    I am really hoping to get the illustrated Harry Potter for Christmas – I have been trying to give subtle hints about it to my mother, but she never really buys books as a gift, because according to her “you can get them from the library” (she is a librarian 😀 ).
    Have a good Saturday and happy reading!

    1. Nemo

      Oh yes, it would be such a good Christmas gift! It’s so heavy and expensive but I always associate Hp with Christmas for some reason… maybe because the Christmases were so great in the books?

  2. Angelica @ Paperback Princess

    Great books! The Harry Potter book is certainly on my wishlist for this Christmas, everyone that collects books can’t go past this, the illustrations are absolutely beautiful!

    I’d like to also read the Snow & Ashes series, I didn’t realise there was a matte version to the cover.

    Here’s my Stacking The Shelves post.

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Nemo

      I was surprised by the matte version, too, I sure hope they release the same for the sequel. And you’re absolutely right about HP, it’s a very awesome book.

  3. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Eeeep, that fully illustrated version of Harry Potter makes me swoon <3 I definitely want to add that set to my collection! I hope you'll enjoy it 😀 Snow Like Ashes is another one I've been meaning to crack open, so I'll be keeping an eye out for your review! Happy reading and have a great weekend 🙂

  4. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    Briar Rose sounds fantastic, Nemo! I love fairy-tale re-tellings, too, and this one sounds really good.
    I have Snow Like Ashes, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, hopefully, we’ll both enjoy it 🙂
    Have a fantastic weekend and happy reading.

  5. Britni @ HSM Chronicles

    Wow! You got some great books this week! I have the entire Harry Potter series but that illustrated copy looks so amazing, I want it!
    I’ve also been wanting to read Snow Like Ashes for a while now.
    Hope you have a great week!

    1. Nemo

      I’ve got HP ebooks, the ‘adult’ cover version box set, and now I’m collecting this version of the series, too, because I think it’ll be awesome for my future children.

    1. Nemo

      Yeah me too! Although I think they’re doing one a year. I can imagine it takes the illustrator quite some time to get those pictures done.

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