Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 139


SHADOW WOMAN by Linda Howard | DEADLINE by Sandra Brown | RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard | CALCULATED IN DEATH by J.D. Robb | THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE by Cynthia Hand | EVERYTHING WE EVER WANTED by Sara Shepard | TAKEN by Kelli Maine


I’m on a mini-vacay with my hubby, but that doesn’t stop me from acquiring books. In fact, a visit to a bookstore is always a part of our itinerary where ever we may be. So yesterday, I managed to find myself some books without getting into too much trouble. And this is all thanks to some clearance tables set up at B & N. Only two of these books are new releases (Red Queen and The Last Time…), and the rest were on sale.

I haven’t mentioned it, but I’ve been on the hunt for JD Robb’s In Death series. I think I may have found 10 on the last count, and there are 40 of these books out! Gah. I also found a hardback copy of Deadline by Sandra Brown, who is a favourite author of mine. I already have a copy of this one in paperback, but I collect the hardback copies, so I had to pick it up. The other two books are ones I’m not familiar with.

Have you read any of these?


This week, I managed to read some since I had some time during our flight.

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ALL FALL DOWN by Ally Carter was okay. I had some problems with it, but I’m still curious to read more about this series. I’m hoping things will improve in the next book.

HERO by Samantha Young was also a bit of a dud. It’s not like it was bad, it just wasn’t as great as I thought it would be.

ONCE UPON A ROSE by Laura Florand was fantastic! Matt and Belle/Layla are such a cute couple. πŸ™‚



ALL LINED UP by Cora Carmack was not as enjoyable as I initially thought it would be, so I don’t think I’m going to continue with this series. I rated it 2/5.

A HUNGER LIKE NO OTHER by Kresley Cole was fun. I downloaded the second book right away. I think I need to read the prequel to this series!

So far, I’ve been able to visit your blogs sporadically, but hopefully, I’ll be back to regular programming next week.Β 

Happy reading!

  • Seems like you have a very good book haul here! I want to read The Last Time We Said Goodbye and Red Queen, so I am eager to see what you thought of them! I have also heard a lot of great things about Sandra Brown, so that is another one to hear about. I believe I have her book Mean Streak on my TBR.

  • I hope you’re having fun on your vacation, Joy! πŸ˜€

    I’ve read Red Queen and I didn’t enjoy it as much as other people did, but you should still give it a shot. I really want to read The Last Time We Say Goodbye as well. πŸ™‚ AND I need to pick up Kresley Cole’s adult books since I’ve heard they’re much better than her YA series.

  • Yes girl I pretty much had the same thoughts on All Fall Down! I cannot wait to see what happens next though. Now surprised you ended up buying books on vacay. BOOK LOVERS FOR LIFE, NO MATTER WHERE WE GO πŸ˜‰

  • Enjoy your mini vacation, Joy! It’s awesome that you get to visit bookstores in your free time. I usually can never do that since no one in my family wants to, haha!

  • I have not read any of those ( :////) but I will read Red Queen soon πŸ˜€ Is the hardcover gorgeous or just okay? Fab acquisitions you got there!!

  • I knew those books looked familiar! I have worked on the bargain books at my B&N, so those manage to stick in my head–they’re often the same at many stores. Yay for deals! I always get so excited when I find something I wanted anyway on sale. πŸ™‚ Red Queen is such a pretty book, but I didn’t love it–hopefully you’ll think differently when you get to it. I’ve heard really good things about Samantha Young’s On Dublin Street, so shame you didn’t like this one much. I’m off to read your review of it, though!

    I hope you had a good little vacation! πŸ˜€

  • I am so excited to read The Red Queen! I hope you will like it! πŸ™‚

  • Amazing haul like always Joy πŸ™‚ So many people have been recieving The Red Queen, I need to get my hands on a copy! Hope you enjoy all the books.

    Happy Reading
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

  • I love, love, love Kresley Cole’s books. I can’t even explain why, because when I’ve tried to read other authors in the genre, I’ve found them unbelievably cheesy.

  • The Last Time We Say Goodbye looks amazing! I love her writing style and the Unearthly series. I’m excited to see your thoughts on Red Queen, too. I hope you enjoy all of your books πŸ™‚

  • Really hope you’re enjoying your time off Joy, and had a lovely Valentines Day with the hubby.
    RED QUEEN! Gosh, I know it’s been getting a bit of a mixed bag of reviews of late, but I bloody loved that book. It was all my favourite bits and pieces from my favourite dystopians and fantasy thrown into one. And it worked. I can’t WAIT to see what you think of it, I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    I actually just finished All Fall Down as well, and for purely entertainment purposes, I loved it. Grace was horrid though, so incredibly rude and needed a swift kick up the ass. And the love interest that never was? Boring. But considering how many issues I had with it too, I still absolutely loved it. Go figure.

    Looking forward to hearing all about your getaway when you return <3

  • Oooo Red Queen! I loved that one, but I know it’s gotten a lot of mixed reviews so I’ll be curious to see what you think! Hope you have lovely vacation with your husband!!!

  • I so badly want to read Red Queen – it looks FANTASTIC! Enjoy all your new books! πŸ˜€

  • Great haul of books! Both Red Queen and The last time we say goodbye are on my TBR list. I hope you enjoy them.

  • I’m thrilled you enjoyed Once Upon a Rose, Joy! I need my own cuddly growly teddy bear like Matt to squeeze on! πŸ™‚ I loved Deadline and I wouldn’t mind getting the physical copies of Sandra Brown’s books, too. She’s so addictive!

  • Great haul! I still havenΒ΄t read anything from Sandra Brown but I´´m curious about her books.
    Enjoy your books.

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed Florand’s latest! πŸ˜€ I found HERO to be just alright, too. It wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t anything new–the synopsis basically covers it all and it’s all-too-predictable from there. Hope your new reads are far more exciting than some of these past ones, Joy!

  • I find it funny how different our tastes are in books sometimes! I really liked All Broke Down, but I like those sporty, amusing reads. I hope you like Red Queen!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • Woohoo for the great books and the mini vacay! Have a fabulous time!

  • Boo … take it back, Joy! Hero was fabulous! lol. Hope you’re enjoying yourself in Vegas.

  • I’m glad to see that you enjoyed Once Upon a Rose too Joy! Now that I’ve read all the Amour et Chocolat books, I think I will need to pick this one up next. I’m also starting my copy of Red Queen tomorrow finally, I’ve heard great things, so I hope we both end up enjoying it too. Happy reading! πŸ™‚

  • Yay for gorgeous books πŸ˜€ And mini-vacation is awesome. <3 Hope you are having the best time sweetie πŸ™‚ I did enjoy Red Queen, despite some issues I had with it ;p I hope you'll love all these books Joy πŸ™‚ But GRRR. I am still not getting your posts to my email. Whyyy. How annoying, lol πŸ™‚ But I shall remember to check it, and see on twitter when you post. <3

  • Hope your having a great vacation…I have to go to a bookshop and browse what they have got when I’m holiday. Hehe. I’m super looking forward to reading Red Queen and the new Cynthia Hand book too. I have to say I had some issues with All Fall Down a bit too, too much drama! Great haul.

  • It seems I will be on a blog vacay myself because my laptop is busted! I hope.I can get it fixed soon.

    Anyway, I hope you find Red Queen fantastic & thanks for the SYoung feedback. Enjoy your vacay!

  • Awesome haul of books this week. I see that you got a lot of interesting books. My family thinks I’m nuts when they see a new package from Amazon. I hope you love all your new books.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  • So many different books for you, that’s nice. I liked the COle series but it’s been a while (many years) that I haven’t read any. On day. I have some in my TBR pile. Happy reading!

  • Wohoo new books πŸ™‚

  • I hope you have a lovely time on your holiday Joy! Haha, yay for sales! I usually tend to not buy books while I’m away because they’re so heavy and I only have a set limit for baggage. Yay Red Queen! I hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚ I’m about to start All Fall Down soon – I loved her sky series when I was younger so I hope it lives up to my expectations. See you when you get home! xx