Stacking The Shelves [5] March 11th

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and 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!

Well, I really did it this week! It started so well… For a couple of days I only had two books. I really tried, but it is not an easy task with so many potential great reads out there.

So this week, after signing up to Edelweiss, I already got to e-ARC from them. I also got 6 from Netgalley. No physical books, at least!

These are the novels I got:


Edelweiss ARC

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

All Our Wrong Todays
by Elan Mastai

I have heard good things about this book’s character development and it’s sci-fi so it will be good to vary. These days I feel like I keep reading a lot of the same, since psychological thrillers are the rage and I do enjoy them. I do need other genres to balance and this sounds perfect for that.

The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne

The Marsh King’s Daughter
by by Karen Dionne

Ever since I read the blurb I knew I had to read this. I had requested several editions on Netgalley and was rejected for them all so I was really happy that Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read and review this.

Netgalley ARC

Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin

Girl Last Seen
by Nina Laurin

Over the past few months I have developed a keen interest in reading about truly twisted minds. So when I read this blurb I had to request the book on Netgalley and luckily I was accepted!

The Ghost of Robert Brown: A Mystery Novel by P. Wish

The Ghost of Robert Brown: A Mystery Novel
by P. Wish

This premise sounded really interesting and I have come to really love British crime novels.

The Lost Children (Detective Lucy Harwin crime thriller series, #1) by Helen Phifer

The Lost Children (Detective Lucy Harwin crime thriller series, #1)
by Helen Phifer

An asylum… Missing children… Disturbing secrets… What more could I want??

Virginia by William Esmont

Virginia
by William Esmont

A very short novella about a man who makes a bargain that he may regret.

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

Every Last Lie
by Mary Kubica

I read a previous book by this author and found it fairly interesting, the writing was engaging.
I was curious about the description so I requested it.

The Case of the Famished Parson (Chief Inspector Littlejohn #15) by George Bellairs

The Case of the Famished Parson (Chief Inspector Littlejohn #15)
by George Bellairs

Again, I have really come to love British crime novels and this blurb describing a mysterious man no one really knew much about turning up dead, in a state of malnourishment, made me curious.


And that’s it for this week!

Have you read any of these or do you plan to?

Are you excited about reading any particular books you got this week?
Please comment below!

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International Book Subscription Box Giveaway

If there is one thing I love is a good international giveaway, so when I saw this at That Bookshelf Bitch I just had to share.

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  • ONE (1) lucky grand prize winner will receive a year-long subscription to the Literary Box of their choice (Over $200 in value)!
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I am so excited about this because international giveaways are so rare and this box really seems wonderful. Every three months you receive a hardcover copy of a brand new title and 2 other books handpicked by the author! How cool is that?

If you sign up for the giveaway let me know in the comment section!

One of the Boys

Title: One of the Boys

Author: Daniel Magariel

Genres: Contemporary | Literary

Length: 176 pages | 1654 Kindle locations

Source: Netgalley

Publisher: Scribner

Publishing Date: March 14th, 2017

 

Rating: 3.5/5

Premise:

After a bitter divorce, a 12 year old boy and his brother go to live with their father, who they admire and fear in equal parts.
Thinking they finally escaped hell, they find that it has only taken a different shape.

Review:

One of the Boys is a harrowing tale. When you think you have read or watched pretty much all bad things that could happen to a kid, this little book goes the extra mile.

It is quite a rotten coming-of-age story. There isn’t much I can say without spoiling it, but the psychological depth of the characters is palpable and the range of emotions is disturbing.
It was so sad watching those children go from feeling bliss and pride to absolute terror and guilt.
Watching our main character grow and come to realise what was what was quite a bittersweet feeling.

I believe I was not so invested in the tale because the boy did not sound 12. Maybe also because the characters are all nameless? I don’t know. I am still mulling over why such ugly things did not move me more.

Also, the ending disappointed me very much. While I am not immune to the beauty of it, I felt it was out of place, especially since there was not a prologue to mimic. I think I would be happier with book finishing in that last chapter before the epilogue. If you’re going to leave an open ending, might as well stay true to the tone of the rest of the story.

Alas, One of the Boys is gruesome. I think I will need to take a break or read something lighter after this.

Note: This book will be published in 3 days.

Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Read from Mar 10h to Mar 11th, 2017
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