Stacking the Shelves #24 – Dreams of Gods & Monsters

March 30, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Books, Features, Haul, Indulgence Insider, Weekly Memes


I didn’t do a STS post last week because I was saving it up for something good, and luckily the wait filled out the haul quite nicely. I read on Cuddlebuggery that people generally would like to hear more about the blogger’s lives, so here goes! 

It’s been rainy and gloomy around Queensland lately, I am enjoying a bit of rain but it brings some humid weather which is quite crazy. In Brisbane we get humidity up to 90%! It’s been a busy few weeks at work, but this week I finally decided to take control and re-evaluate. It’s easy to forget your priorities sometimes. Other than that, I’ve visited some awesome restaurants as of late, including an American Diner (you guys would probably be giggling at this) which seem to be popping up everywhere, and amazing brunch places!

Would you like to see more personal posts about me? What would you like to know? Let me know in the comments below…

In bookish news, here’s what I added to my shelves in the past 2 weeks.


Review copies – physical


Thank you to HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster Australia and Harlequin Australia for sending me these books for review!

The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow
Will be a light hearted contemporary that I crave.

Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop (The Others #2)
I’ve heard endless raves about this series and can’t wait to delve into my beloved urban fantasy genre!

Four Seconds to Lose by K.A. Tucker (Ten Tiny Breaths #3)
This one is going to be awesome, I can tell.



Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor – I still have to read the 2nd Smoke & Bone book but I’ll be reading it soon and then going into this one!

Catching Fire DVD and The Hunger Games 3 Disc Deluxe Edition – JB Hifi had a sale, if you buy the Catching Fire DVD then you can get THG for $9.95. Totally worth it!


I went to the library and grabbed the first in The Others series so I could read Murder of Crows, and Pivot Point which I’ve been wanting to read for ages!

Review copies – digital


The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa – I can’t wait to see how this ends! Was so excited to get approved for this and got auto-approved by Harlequin Australia too woot!

Bookish News

Now with the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin – I’ve made the best decision ever and purchased the UBB plugin! It’s totally worth every cent and that’s where my new and improved sidebar comes from. It makes reviewing and formatting a breeze too! Ashley is also awesome at answering all of my questions.

PTA Live in Brisbane, 7 April – YAY I am so excited to have another Penguin bookish event for us YA lovers! I had a lot of fun last time and this time I hope to meet with more bloggers, as well as see Kate from Fictional Thoughts again. Details are here. Please let me know if any of you guys are going, I’d love to say hi!

Cuddlebuggery shared their blogging survey results – And it is a must read for any bloggers and readers of blogs out there! Some really interesting results and comments from everyone about the blogging community and what sorts of posts people like to see. Read it now.

Movie Trailer for The Giver:  I am SO excited, The Giver is one of my favourite books of all time! The movie looks absolutely amazing. Check out the trailer here!

Move Trailer for The Maze Runner: This one looks pretty excellent as well and as I know it contains a well loved Teen Wolf star! Check out the trailer here.

Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner Q&A – The authors of These Broken Stars answered my question on David Estes’ Fan Group on Goodreads:

Q: These Broken Stars had a pretty controversial spoiler, View Spoiler »

A: One of the things Amie and I love about science fiction is that of all genres of fiction, it has the greatest potential to raise questions of philosophy and spirituality. Science fiction examines what it means to be human in an infinite, unknowable universe—whether it’s a story about aliens, artificial intelligence, genetic manipulations… whatever you can dream up.

But the key to philosophy is that it’s something you have to determine for yourself. The best science fiction raises more questions than it answers, because it encourages you to ask yourself what it means, or how you feel about it.

View Spoiler »

I thought that was an amazing, indepth answer.

What did you add to your shelves this week?

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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51 responses to “Stacking the Shelves #24 – Dreams of Gods & Monsters

  1. I do like getting to know bloggers, and yes to personal posts! Can I steal your copy of "Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor"? 😀

    Our weather here is crazy. Super hot in the morning, then cold breeze at night. It can't make up its mind, but I'm not going to complain about the cold breeze. I don't like humidity, and we have it here, too. Oh the joys of summer!
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  2. I can't wait to read The Forever Song – it should be a good conclusion to an enjoyable series so far. I wasn't expecting Dreams of Gods and Monsters to be out here yet. I saw it in Dymocks and freaked out a little… it's one of my favourite series and I bought it on the spot. They have the best covers too!

    I borrowed Pivot Point from the library in the past… had to return it before I found time to read it but from what I read (the first few chapters) it was great.

    I bought the UBB this week! It's great so far. Just need to find the time to go back and use it for my old reviews and get my indexes all sorted out.

    See you at #PTALive next week 🙂

    • I can't wait for Forever Song too, very excited! I can't believe it got released in Australia early. I have been wanting to read Pivot Point for ages. See you next week!

  3. Yay for awesome restaurants! Go food! 🙂 I wasn't a fan of The Secret Diamond Sisters, so I hope you like it better! And I have not read Ten Tiny Breaths yet. D: Written in Red is definitely on my must-read list! Whoop for the Catching Fire DVD! That movie basically took all my tears. Pivot Point was cute as well! I was a bit disappointed with The Forever Song, but it was still a nice end to the series. Happy reading, Jeann! <33
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  4. I can't believe you have the paperback of Dreams of Gods and Monsters!!!! I had to pre-order my copy and I won't get that for a few more weeks. You need to read the novella and books 2 because they are just that good! 😉

    And I live in the humidity all year long and while I love that kind of weather, my hair seems to have another opinion entirely different! LOL. I've been toying at sharing more personal things too because I read that same post by Cuddlebuggery. Maybe you could share more about what you do in your professional life or what you do fun type thing?

    Pivot Point is totally on my radar and I'm looking forward to your thoughts on that book!
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  5. OOooh, what an awesome haul! I'm so so envious of you getting already Dreams of Gods and Monsters! I'm dying to get my preorder already!!

    I hope you'll like Pivot Point if you haven't read it, and I recommend you'll have Split Second handy once you finish that one!

    And I'm sure you're gonna love The Forever Song, it was SO brilliant!

    Happy reading!
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  6. Oh my gosh Jeann! You got the UBB plugin! Isn't it just the best? 😀 I love the new update too!

    And oh my gosh! Wow! Looks like you're going to have a great week of reading! Especially with that ARC of A Tale of Gods and Monsters! Lucky you! 😉

    And yes! The trailer for The Giver is awesome, isn't it? It's one of my favorite books of all-time as well (it's up there with THG and Tiger Lily!), so I'm crossing my fingers the movie adaption goes well, but so far, so good, right? 😉 And The Maze Runner trailer doesn't look too bad at all either!

    And wow! What a deal! The THG and Catching Fire movies for $9.95? Definitely a good bargain you got there! 😉

    Thanks for sharing Jeann and happy reading! <3
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  7. I'm totally getting told off for this, but I didn't like Pivot Point at all 🙁 it was so damn dull. I skim-read so much because it just dragged on and on. And the characters were so bland and uninteresting and I just didn't CARE about what they were saying or doing. It was all so average. But I swear, everyone else on the planet is in love with those books!

    I just don't get it lol. Which is pretty mad since I ADORE Kasie West's cute, contemporary romances. I think she's great at writing those. Which actually makes it all the more strange that I found the romance in Pivot Point so dull.
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  8. Pivot point & four seconds to loose are both serouisly awesome! I know you'll definetly like both of thos cover for The seccret diamond sister's is also pretty different and to be honest i like that version more than the one I have! e. OH AND YOU ROCK FOR BUYING THE CATCHING FIRE DVD! (serouisly i think everyone on earth bought this DVD since the movie ROCKED so much) HAHA!

    Lily @ Lilysbookblog
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  9. I love that cover for Written in Red that you got! And you got Dreams of Gods and Monsters! I can't wait to read that one, I haven't gotten my copy yet though. I still plan on getting the UBB eventually, but money is a bit tight at the moment, so I haven't gotten it yet. I heard many good things about the UBB. I got the Tweak Me theme when I switched to wordpress, which is also from Creative Whim and Ashley has been really helpfull.
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  10. I've been just hearing fantastic things about Murder of Crows! Definitely need to check that out at some point. I also need to read Pivot Point really soon!!

    I'll actually be in Australia around April…except I'll be in New Zealand on April 7th, or I'd probably go up to Brisbane for that 🙁 Sounds super fun though! Hope you enjoy the event!
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  11. In my country it's been the complete opposite. It rained almost everyday a few weeks ago but nowadays it's the heat that's killing me. Luckily tomorrow is school holiday so I get to stay inside haha!

    Pivot Point! <3 I'm really looking forward to your review! And you're soooo lucky! Australians are lucky because Dreams of Gods and Monsters is released early there 😀 I was underwhelmed with the first book but I liked it enough to continue the series. I will need to read the second book first but I'm hoping it will be better.
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  12. Yay, wonderful haul and I love reading about blogger's lives. It's nice to know what others get up to besides reading books. I've been debating about getting the UBB plugin! It looks like it really helps a lot hey! What features are included?
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  13. I absolutely loved both The Forever Song and Four Seconds to Lose. They are very different from each other, but they are both well written, and extremely well done in my opinion.

    I always enjoy reading more about the bloggers I follow, but I'm not all that good at doing those kinds of posts myself, maybe I will do that a little bit – especially because I'm going to be really busy with classes for a while now.

    Thanks for stopping by earlier, Jeann 🙂
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  14. What kind of food do they serve at the American Diners? I like reading the personal stuff, it always feels like I'm catching up with everyone; getting to know them better. Enjoy you books, especially Pivot Point!
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    • Hot dogs, ribs and buffalo wings! It's quite a heavy meal but if you don't have it much should be fine. Thanks for letting me know Christy, I'm excited to read that one too.

  15. I knew you were somewhere close by! Will definitely blog about PTA Live, I'm really excited about it! I wish you would go then we could meet hehe. I know, haven't seen that cover before! Yeah, the UBB plugin is a WP only one, definitely a big drawcard for WP.

  16. YES to more posts about you! I didn't realise you were in Brisbane! I'm like 4 hours away (but in NSW, gosh, it is sooo much cheaper to live in QLD…) Are you going to blog about the Penguin thing? Pleeeease?!! XD I'd love to go to something like that, but I want to know what it's like first. (lol I'm very strange like that.) Awesome haul!! I love that cover for Written in Red! And…oohhhh, jealous of the Ultimate Book Blogger plug in!! But I think that's only for wordpress, isn't it??
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  17. Anne Bishop's series have been driving me nuts. I recently discovered it, and now I see the books everywhere! Now I REALLY want to get a copy of Written in Red. Anyway, you got great looking books! I'm really looking forward to The Forever Song because I love that series. Pivot Point is another I want to read.

    It would be nice to see more personal posts from you! I want to do the same thing because I feel like I rarely talk about myself on my blog.
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    • I know that's what made me pick it up because it is everywhere lol! Thanks Kaitlin, I've been wanting to read them lately. Good to hear, I'm the same and it occurred to me that maybe people would like to read more about me lol.

  18. Nice haul Jeann, I grabbed Catching Fire on blu ray last weekend as well. I haven't read the second book in the Smoke and Bone series either, it's like we've been separated at birth this week. I've been too lazy to post my Stacking the Shelves in the last two weeks, It's mainly consisted of books I've purchased. Can't wait to see what you think of The Forever Song. I really enjoyed it, but was sad to see the series come to an end.
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    • Good morning Kelly! Let's do a buddy read for Days of Blood & Starlight then? I intend to pick it up after my current read. Your review made me really keen for The Forever song.