Stacking The Shelves [11] April 22nd

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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!


Another fairly quiet week on the book front, I only added two books to my shelves.
I know I have been quiet, so sorry but work has been busy for a while now and will continue to be. I tend to want to get into my bubble and read or otherwise rest so I haven’t posted much. I hope you guys understand!

Without further ado, these are the books I got this past week:


Book Depository


Library of Souls : The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs

Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience. A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom. The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children. They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all.

I pre-ordered this book over a year ago and have always planned to read Hollow City (book 2 in the series) and then this one right after. I have quite a list of paperbacks to get to but I plan to give these two priority so I don’t forget even more about book 1 than I already have. I remember I thoroughly enjoyed it, I was transported to Jacob’s world, so I am very excited about these.


Netgalley ARC

The Original Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

The Original Ginny Moon
by Benjamin Ludwig

Meet Ginny Moon. She’s mostly your average teenager—she plays flute in the school band, has weekly basketball practice and reads Robert Frost poems for English class. But Ginny is autistic. And so what’s important to her might seem a bit…different: starting every day with exactly nine grapes for breakfast, Michael Jackson, taking care of her baby doll and crafting a Big Secret Plan of escape.

Ginny has been in foster care for years, and for the first time in her life, she has found her “forever home”—a place where she’ll be safe and protected, with a family who will love and nurture her. Though this is exactly the kind of home that all foster kids are hoping for, Ginny has other plans. She’ll steal and lie and reach across her past to exploit the good intentions of those who love her—anything it takes to get back what’s missing in her life. She’ll even try to get herself kidnapped.

Told in an extraordinary and wholly original voice, Ginny Moon is at once quirky, charming, bighearted, poignant and yet also heartbreaking and a bit dark. It’s a story of a journey, about being an outsider trying to find a place to belong and about making sense of a world that just doesn’t seem to add up.

I have been hearing about this book for a while now and when I read the blurb I immediately requested it. I love unique characters so this should be right up my alley. I have never read a book with an autistic character so I am excited about this one.


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 and if you have a STS post please post it in comments.

The Girlfriend

Title: The Girlfriend

Author: Michelle Frances

Genres: Psychological Thriller

Length: 352 pages | 4326 Kindle locations

Source: Netgalley

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Publishing Date: April 20th, 2017

Rating: 4.25/5

Premise:

Laura is a very lucky woman. Rich, has a job she utterly loves and a son who is her pride and joy.
One day, Daniel mentions he has a new girlfriend. Laura vows to do her best to welcome her because she wants her son to be happy.
As time passes, Laura senses that something is off with Cherry and the sense of unease is reciprocate. Cherry is determined to be happy with Daniel and that does not include her mother.
In desperation, Laura tells a lie that will change everything. How far will these women go to keep Daniel in her lives?

Review:

The Girlfriend started well enough for me. I found all characters very interesting and believable. The author did a good job of creating an extremely privileged family that is still relateable.

There were a couple of things here and there that I felt were plot devices, like the car. Right at the beginning, why did Daniel have to lend it to Cherry, why not just drop her off at work if his concern was for her not to be late as he put it? And later, why did Laura’s personal assistant change? If that person wasn’t new there is no way that stuff would have happened and there doesn’t even seem to be a reason for Willow’s appearance.

I wasn’t as happy with Daniel’s character as with the others because he had to behave a certain way for things to advance the way they did. I still don’t get why, with such a close relationship with his mother, he was able to spend so long without speaking to her. When was he willing to speak to her, his wedding day?

However, other characters were a pleasure to read about and they were so varied in their backgrounds that they brought a live dynamic to the story. I especially liked Cherry’s mother and Howard. They felt the most real to me.

I was mesmerised at the dynamic between Laura and Cherry and at their inner thoughts, justifying their actions to themselves. I could see why each had their prickle of annoyance towards the other and, as things escalated, I could totally see why it happened, despite the few plot devices mentioned above.

The Girlfriend can be quite dark and heavy at times and you can’t help but wonder how much further any of that will go. I did find it engrossing. The character building is the best I have read in a while. You actually get these people, where they come from, why they do what they do and why they find it justifiable.
The book is quite well-written and I think it has good chances of becoming one of the best psychological thrillers of the year.

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 Apr 17th to Apr 22nd, 2017
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