Stacking The Shelves [29] February 3rd

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Hello there!

I know, I know, I really need to stop requesting books, especially as I am reading much more slowly now, but I could not resist this one.


Netgalley

How far would you go to find The One?

A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner—the one you’re genetically made for.

That’s the promise made by Match Your DNA. A decade ago, the company announced that they had found the gene that pairs each of us with our soul mate. Since then, millions of people around the world have been matched. But the discovery has its downsides: test results have led to the breakup of countless relationships and upended the traditional ideas of dating, romance and love.

Now five very different people have received the notification that they’ve been “Matched.” They’re each about to meet their one true love. But “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed for everyone. Because even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking than others…

A word-of-mouth hit in the United Kingdom, The One is a fascinating novel that shows how even the simplest discoveries can have complicated consequences.

What an interesting premise, isn’t it?


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Stacking The Shelves [28] January 6th

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Greetings!
Well this week I sure caught up on requests, I added four new books!
I have to admit I am pretty excited to read all of them, particularly We Care for You and Home – Elderly and children, two ages that don’t get much voice in literature!

Do any of these appeal to you?


Netgalley

Margaret Woodruff is slowly dying in a care home. When her son is presented with the chance of exceptional care in her final months, he finds the offer hard to resist.

Winifred is assigned to Margaret’s care. She’s a Helper: a new kind of carer that’s capable, committed and completely tireless – because she’s a synthetic human being.

Under Winifred’s care Margaret’s health improves beyond everyone’s expectations, and Winifred begins to learn from Margaret what it means to be alive. After all, she has a lifetime of experience to pass on – and in a world where youth is the ultimate prize, perhaps it takes a robot to recognise the value of old age.

But how will Winifred use what she learns from Margaret – and what does she truly want from her?

This blurb captured my attention because the book appears to address something that concerns me but I am afraid to consider any further – getting older, and society treats the elderly – in a speculative fiction context. The ratings are quite high so this should be a treat.

FOR FANS OF M J ARLIDGE AND ANGELA MARSONS COMES A TWISTING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER THAT WILL MAKE YOU QUESTION EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU KNOW.

She thought she could trust him. She was wrong . . .

When Zoe meets Dan she can’t believe her luck. He’s everything she is looking for in a man – intelligent, charming, stable, supportive.
Until they’re married.
Then Zoe realises that Dan is controlling, aggressive, paranoid.
And there’s no way out.

Or is there?

When Zoe discovers that she’s pregnant, she realises that the only way she can keep her baby is to leave Dan.
But that’s harder than you think.
He found her once before, and she knows he can find her again.
But Dan has plans of his own – plans that don’t necessarily include Zoe.

But then, even the best laid plans often go awry, and you really need to be careful about who you trust . . .

The first line of the blurb makes me think the characters in this book are multidimensional, and considering the sensitive subject, I believe I will enjoy this quite a lot.

Jesika is four and a half.

She lives in a flat with her mother and baby brother and she knows a lot. She knows their flat is high up and the stairs are smelly. She knows she shouldn’t draw on the peeling wallpaper or touch the broken window. And she knows she loves her mummy and baby brother Toby.

She does not know that their landlord is threatening to evict them and that Toby’s cough is going to get much worse. Or that Paige, her new best friend, has a secret that will explode their world.

I am a sucker for books with a child’s point of view. Considering what I have heard about it, this should be quite an emotional read.

On a bright January morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought in Trinity Avenue.
Nothing strange about that. Except it is your house. And you didn’t sell it.

For better, for worse.

When Fi arrives home to find a removals van outside her house, she is completely blind-sided. Trinity Avenue has been her family’s home for years. Where are all her belongings? How could this have happened? Desperately calling her ex-husband, Bram, who owns the house with her, Fi discovers he has disappeared.

For richer, for poorer.

The more Fi uncovers, the more she realises their lives have been turned upside by a nightmare of their own making. A devastating crime has been committed, but who exactly is the guilty party? What has Bram hidden from her – and what has she hidden from him?

Till death us do part.

I have to admit the cover really captured my attention.
Then I read the blurb and figured I would enjoy this mystery as well. Sounds like the characters are really interesting.


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Stacking The Shelves [27] December 9th

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Greetings!
I managed to add one more book to my shelves. I wasn’t expecting it as I had requested it quite a while ago.


Netgalley

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookseller comes a gripping literary suspense novel set in the 1960s about a deeply troubled family and three women who will reveal its dark truths.

In the autumn of 1960, Angie Glass is living an idyllic life in her Wisconsin hometown. At twenty-one, she’s married to charming, handsome Paul, and has just given birth to a baby boy. But one phone call changes her life forever.

When Paul’s niece, Ruby, reports that her father, Henry, has committed suicide, and that her mother, Silja, is missing, Angie and Paul drop everything and fly to the small upstate town of Stonekill, New York to be by Ruby’s side.

Angie thinks they’re coming to the rescue of Paul’s grief-stricken young niece, but Ruby is a composed and enigmatic seventeen-year-old who resists Angie’s attempts to nurture her. As Angie learns more about the complicated Glass family, staying in Henry and Silja’s eerie and ultra-modern house on the edge of the woods, she begins to question the very fabric of her own marriage.

Through Silja’s flashbacks, Angie’s discovery of astonishing truths, and Ruby’s strategic dissection of her parents’ state of affairs, a story of love, secrets, and ultimate betrayal is revealed.

What drove me to request this book was not only that the mystery sounds really interesting, but also because the narrative takes place in the 60’s. It seems like a truly character driven book, with a solid plot to keep the pace, so I am really excited to read this.


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Stacking The Shelves [26] November 18th

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Hello, everyone!

I hope you are having a lovely weekend so far.

Last week I requested one book in Netgalley and got it. I am still Kindle-less, so I am not sure when I will be able to read it, but it sounds really interesting.


Netgalley

This is a love story. This is a tragedy. This is a book about a break up so bad that when you put the pieces of the love story back together, what you get is MURDER …

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Mike knows that most of us travel through the world as one half of a whole, desperately searching for that missing person to make us complete.

But he and Verity are different. They have found each other and nothing and no one will tear them apart.

It doesn’t matter that Verity is marrying another man.

You see, Verity and Mike play a game together, a secret game they call ‘the crave’, the aim being to demonstrate what they both know: that Verity needs Mike, and only Mike.

Verity’s upcoming marriage is the biggest game she and Mike have ever played. And it’s for the highest stakes.

Except this time in order for Mike and Verity to be together someone has to die …

This blurb makes me think the main character is demented but maybe there’s something more to it and I am looking forward to finding out.


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Stacking The Shelves [25] October 7th

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Greetings!

One book added this week. I decided to go for a non-fiction.


Netgalley

Surviving Kidnappers is a detailed guide from conflict expert Olav Ofstad which takes readers through the process of kidnap survival, guiding them through the critical steps from assault through captivity to freedom.

What would you do if you were kidnapped? Starting with the assault, this book explains the mindset required to stay calm and make intelligent decisions. Moving on to the often gruelling transportation phase, advice is offered on how to brave it and pick up on crucial information. For the phase of captivity this book offers practical advice as well as mental activities that can reduce the risk of being traumatised.

The author identifies closely with you as the reader, explaining in simple terms the practical application of social psychology, influencing the captor to your advantage and relating to angry and violent kidnappers. Protection tools and how to apply ‘diplomacy’ if violence occurs are presented.

I don’t read much non-fiction, but this description got to me. I wonder how any person could survive such a horrid situation and am curious to know what the experts say.


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Stacking The Shelves [24] September 30th

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Greetings!

I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far.

I added one single book to my shelves this week.

Wish you all a lovely day!


Netgalley

You never know who’s watching…

Corinne’s life might look perfect on the outside, but after three failed IVF attempts it’s her last chance to have a baby. And when she finds a tiny part of a doll house outside her flat, it feels as if it’s a sign.

But as more pieces begin to turn up, Corinne realises that they are far too familiar. Someone knows about the miniature rocking horse and the little doll with its red velvet dress. Someone has been inside her house…

How does the stranger know so much about her life? How long have they been watching? And what are they waiting for…?

I couldn’t resist a psychological thriller with a hint of horror! This seems good.


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Stacking The Shelves [23] September 23rd

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Hello there!

Gosh, it’s been a while since I last wrote one of these, huh?
The fact is I have not added any books to my shelves in over a month.
This past week I saw a few I liked and requested them on Netgalley, though. I was granted access to two of them!


Netgalley

You think you know the truth about the people you love.

But one discovery can change everything…

Eight-year-old Billy goes missing one day, out flying his kite with his sister Rose. Two days later, he is found dead.

Sixteen years on, Rose still blames herself for Billy’s death. How could she have failed to protect her little brother?

Rose has never fully recovered from the trauma, and one of the few people she trusts is her neighbour Ronnie, who she has known all her life. But one day Ronnie falls ill, and Rose goes next door to help him… and what she finds in his attic room turns her world upside down.

Rose thought she knew the truth about what happened to Billy. She thought she knew her neighbour. Now the only thing she knows is that she is in danger…

I have read other books by this author and they are usually quite entertaining, even if I am not a fan of the endings.
This premise sounds really interesting and I am looking forward to digging into it.


‘You know that feeling? When you want something so badly, you almost feel you’d kill for it?’

Be careful what you wish for…

Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat’s childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream.

But Kat and Lisa’s history hides dark secrets.

And there is more to Lisa than meets the eye.

As dangerous cracks start to appear in Kat’s perfect picture of happily-ever-after, she realises that she must face her fear of the past to save her family…

Also sounds very mysterious! I think this book has the potential to explore people’s strongest wishes and what they would do to achieve what they want, while exploring their ‘dark secrets’, so I had to request it.
Also, I loooved the cover.


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Stacking The Shelves [22] August 12th

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This week I added one book to my shelves.
I have not been doing much reading lately so I need to keep the requests as low as possible more than ever!


Netgalley

The Missing Girls (DI Robyn Carter #3)
by Carol E. Wyer

One girl found dead. Another girl gone…

Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever…

When, a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer.

No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial killer.

As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart.

Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late?

An utterly gripping and darkly compelling detective thriller that will have fans of Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and James Patterson hooked from the very start. You will not guess the ending!

I read book 1 of this series and enjoyed it enough to check out more by the author.
For some reason I did not find the blurb of book 2 compelling enough to requested it but this one sounds interesting enough.
It sure is nice to find authors I’ve previously read and enjoyed on Netgalley!


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Stacking The Shelves [21] July 29th

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I am really excited about this week’s addition to my shelves. I believe I had requested both and they had been denied so I was really happy that this time I was accepted!
Both books have been getting some serious hype too so I am excited and nervous in equal amounts!


Netgalley

The Blind
by A.F. Brady

Sam James has spent years carefully crafting her reputation as the best psychologist at Typhlos, Manhattan’s most challenging psychiatric institution. She boasts the highest success rates with the most disturbed patients, believing if she can’t save herself, she’ll save someone else. It’s this savior complex that serves her well in helping patients battle their inner demons, though it leads Sam down some dark paths and opens her eyes to her own mental turmoil.

When Richard, a mysterious patient no other therapist wants to treat, is admitted to Typhlos, Sam is determined to unlock his secrets and his psyche. What she can’t figure out is why does Richard appear to be so completely normal in a hospital filled with madness? And what, really, is he doing at the institution? As Sam gets pulled into Richard’s twisted past, she can’t help but analyze her own life, and what she discovers terrifies her. And so the mind games begin. But who is the savior and who is the saved?

This sounds quite heavy on the psychological side with a lot of craziness going on. It should be quite gripping.


Hanna Who Fell from the Sky
by Christopher Meades

Hanna has never been outside her secluded community of Clearhaven. She has never questioned why her father has four wives or why she has fourteen brothers and sisters. And in only one week, on her eighteenth birthday, Hanna will follow tradition and become the fifth wife of a man more than twice her age.

But just days before the wedding, Hanna meets Daniel, an enigmatic stranger who challenges her to question her fate and to follow her own will. Then her mother tells her a secret–one that could grant Hanna the freedom she’s known only in her dreams. As her world unravels around her, Hanna must decide whether she was really meant for something greater than the claustrophobic world of Clearhaven. But can she abandon her beloved younger sister and the only home she’s ever known? Or is there another option–one too fantastical to believe?

With lush, evocative prose, Christopher Meades takes readers on an emotional journey into a fascinating, unknown world–and, along the way, brilliantly illuminates complexities of faith, identity and how our origins shape who we are.

I have had this thing for books involving cults for a few years now. There’s something about the idea of completely alien realities existing in our own and how people react when they are confronted with how things work on the outside.
I don’t know what to think of the ‘too fantastical to believe’ part of the blurb as the book is only classified as contemporary fiction, but it should still be an interesting and emotional read.


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Stacking The Shelves [20] July 22nd

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This past week I managed to relax a bit because I took monday and tuesday off work.
I have been reading more and totally addicted to Sims Freeplay on my phone.
I also managed to request two new books!


Netgalley

Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake #1)
by Rachel Caine

Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.

But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake—and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.

This book seems to have all the ingredients to make this a very exciting read for me. A serial killer, a strong mother and a mystery. When I requested it I didn’t know it was the first book in a series but who knows maybe it’s one I will be following, we’ll see.


The Final Correction (Condition, #3)
by Alec Birri

A trilogy of dystopian novels based on the author’s own experience of commanding a top secret government unit.

What if all brain disorders were treatable? No one would lament the passing of dementia or autism, but what if the twisted mind of a sex-offender or murderer could be cured too? Or how about a terrorist or maybe a political extremist? What if we could all be ‘corrected’?

So, Professor Savage has been unmasked as the monster Alex Salib always knew he was. But what was their agreement and why is she still determined to see it through? The war on terror appears to be back on track but why does President Kalten seem hell bent on ramping it up – are the Americans seriously intent on starting World War Three?

And what of the treatment itself? Despite Savage’s arrest, the ‘corrections’ go on but to what end? The laws of unintended consequences are about to cause a seismic shift in the very nature of our existence. But then our new masters know that and won’t let it happen until we’re ready…

…Ready to accept the unacceptable.

This ebook is the third in the Condition trilogy by Alec Birri. The first two tiles, A Medical Miracle and The Curing Begins, are also available to purchase from all major ebook retailers.

I finally have all three books so I look forward to reading them all in sequence!


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Stacking The Shelves [19] July 8th

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I have not requested books in several weeks now and this week’s actually came to me, as a publisher’s suggestion.
So only 1 book added to my shelves this week.


Netgalley

Blood and Stars (Legend of Rhyme, #5)
by Jaime Lee Mann

*** To read the first four titles in the Legend of Rhyme series, please email Talia at Talia@DigiWriting.com***

Thirteen-year-old Ariana Caine has woken in Coraira, and is torn between finding her brother Asher and learning how to rule the magic realm while Calla is under a protection spell.

Beneath the sea, Starla the mer-queen is bringing her apprentice, Teagan, to the Chamber of Memories to learn more about her parents. But when Starla is beckoned by one of the Ancients, Teagan is approached by a stranger, who promises to lead her to her mother and father. Meanwhile, the sea witch and her sisters are poised and ready to usurp the queen’s reign, and will stop at nothing to gain her powers.

On top of it all, Elora, the infamous witch who has caused so much heartache, is now asking for trust one last time.

Will Ariana choose Coraira over her brother?

Will the sea witch have her wish?

What are Elora’s true intentions?

I have read the previous books in the series and found them lovely. They are very imaginative books for middle graders that I recommend. The publisher offered me this through Netgalley and I am looking forward to it as it is an exciting yet light read.


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