Stacking The Shelves [15] May 20th

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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!


Oh wow, where the heck did last week go??
I didn’t even manage to get on my home computer until 5 minutes ago. That means I didn’t even browsed Netgalley catalogue, let alone Eldeweiss’. Therefore, the only book I added to my shelf wasn’t even one I had requested, the publisher gave me access to it out of the blue. Quite a pleasant surprise, ey?

Hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!


Netgalley ARC

Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

Here and Gone
by Haylen Beck

Here and Gone is a gripping, wonderfully tense suspense thriller about a mother’s desperate fight to recover her stolen children from corrupt authorities.. It begins with a woman fleeing through Arizona with her kids in tow, trying to escape an abusive marriage. When she’s pulled over by an unsettling local sheriff, things soon go awry and she is taken into custody. Only when she gets to the station, her kids are gone. And then the cops start saying they never saw any kids with her, that if they’re gone than she must have done something with them… Meanwhile, halfway across the country a man hears the frenzied news reports about the missing kids, which are eerily similar to events in his own past. As the clock ticks down on the search for the lost children, he too is drawn into the desperate fight for their return.

As I mentioned I didn’t actually request this one, I was invited by the publisher to read it and since it adds to my Netgalley pile I intend to read it but it is not a priority right now. I will save it to when I am not so tired of these sorts of thrillers.


And that’s it for this week!

Have you read this book or do you plan to?

Are you excited about reading any particular books you got this week?

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Stacking The Shelves [14] May 13th

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Another busy week and these later STS made me realise I need to redo my Tackling the TBR pile because there is just too much stuff, I am feeling overwhelmed…

Onto the post!


Netgalley ARC

Secrets of the Dead (DI Robyn Carter Book Two) by Carol Wyer

Secrets of the Dead (DI Robyn Carter Book Two)
by Carol Wyer

Three murders. Three innocent victims. What secrets did they share with their killer?

A bottle of bubble bath and colourful, plastic boats were scattered in small puddles on the floor. In the bathtub lay Linda Upton, fully-clothed, her lips a shade of blue, and her bloodshot eyes wide open.

When a young mother is found drowned in the bath, clutching a receipt saying ‘all debts paid’, Detective Robyn Carter knows it’s just the beginning of a harrowing case. She recognises the signs of a serial killer, and when a second victim with a receipt is found, her worst fears are confirmed.

With the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime yesterday. But her team can’t find a link between the two bodies, and the cracks are starting to show.

Just when her leads have dried up, Robyn discovers an unsettling clue she thinks could unlock the case. But as she chases across the plush carpets and manicured lawns of the wealthy elite, honing in on the killer’s shocking motive, one of her own is put in terrible danger.

The press call him The Leopard for his stealth, speed and brutality. Can Robyn stop the most twisted killer of her career before it’s too late?

A heart-pounding, toe-curling, one-sitting serial killer thriller that will hook you from the first page till the last. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.

I read book 1 of this series and enjoyed it, so I am looking forward to this.


My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

My Absolute Darling
by Gabriel Tallent

A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl’s heart-stopping fight for her own soul.

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father.

Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable. Motivated by her first experience with real friendship and a teenage crush, Turtle starts to imagine escape, using the very survival skills her father devoted himself to teaching her. The reader tracks Turtle’s escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, and watches, heart in throat, as she struggles to become her own hero–and in the process, becomes ours as well.

Shot through with striking language in a fierce natural setting, My Absolute Darling is an urgently told, profoundly moving read that marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.

This coming of age story sounds rich.


CONDITION - Book One: A Medical Miracle? by Alec Birri

CONDITION – Book One: A Medical Miracle?
by Alec Birri

The first in a dystopian trilogy based on the author’s command of a top secret government unit.

if Orwell’s 1984 was a warning, we’re not listening.

What if all brain disorders were treatable? Few 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’?

It’s 1966 and RAF pilot Dan Stewart awakes from a coma following an aircraft accident into a world where nothing seems to make sense anymore. Not being able to recall the crash might be expected, but what about the rest of his life? And what’s stopping him from taking his medication? Is it brain damage that’s causing paranoia about the red pill or is he right to think there’s something more sinister going on?

His horrific injuries don’t make any sense either – a post-crash fire caused him to suffer almost 100% burns. How is it even possible to survive that? Are the hallucinations and strange dreams trying to tell him something? They are, and he’ll soon find out what, but not before his doctor’s sure the shock won’t kill him.

But then the CONDITION trilogy will shock the reader with just how easily we will all come to accept the unacceptable.

I am a bit wary since this is the first book in a trilogy but the premise intrigued me enough to add it to my shelves, I think it will be good when I feel the need to switch genres.


Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Borne
by Jeff VanderMeer

In a ruined, nameless city of the future, a woman named Rachel, who makes her living as a scavenger, finds a creature she names “Borne” entangled in the fur of Mord, a gigantic, despotic bear. Mord once prowled the corridors of the biotech organization known as the Company, which lies at the outskirts of the city, until he was experimented on, grew large, learned to fly and broke free. Driven insane by his torture at the Company, Mord terrorizes the city even as he provides sustenance for scavengers like Rachel.

At first, Borne looks like nothing at all—just a green lump that might be a Company discard. The Company, although severely damaged, is rumoured to still make creatures and send them to distant places that have not yet suffered Collapse.

Borne somehow reminds Rachel of the island nation of her birth, now long lost to rising seas. She feels an attachment she resents; attachments are traps, and in this world any weakness can kill you. Yet when she takes Borne to her subterranean sanctuary, the Balcony Cliffs, Rachel convinces her lover, Wick, not to render Borne down to raw genetic material for the drugs he sells—she cannot break that bond.

Wick is a special kind of supplier, because the drug dealers in the city don’t sell the usual things. They sell tiny creatures that can be swallowed or stuck in the ear, and that release powerful memories of other people’s happier times or pull out forgotten memories from the user’s own mind—or just produce beautiful visions that provide escape from the barren, craterous landscapes of the city.

Against his better judgment, out of affection for Rachel or perhaps some other impulse, Wick respects her decision. Rachel, meanwhile, despite her loyalty to Wick, knows he has kept secrets from her. Searching his apartment, she finds a burnt, unreadable journal titled “Mord,” a cryptic reference to the Magician (a rival drug dealer) and evidence that Wick has planned the layout of the Balcony Cliffs to match the blueprint of the Company building. What is he hiding? Why won’t he tell her about what happened when he worked for the Company?

I wasn’t going to request this because 1) come on, does anyone really read that entire synopsis?; 2) I really need to stop requesting books and 3) I had previously read a book by this author and although I found some descriptions enthralled I remember feeling somewhat dismayed when I finished. However, I have heard so many good things about it that I could not resist.


And that’s it for this week!

Have you read this book or do you plan to?

Are you excited about reading any particular books you got this week?

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Stacking The Shelves [13] May 6th

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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 bummer, I was doing so well, keeping my feedback rate above 70%,but these four books sounded really good so I could not resist…

Now if only I could read 4 books a week!


Netgalley ARC

The Things We Thought We Knew by Mahsuda Snaith

The Things We Thought We Knew
by Mahsuda Snaith

Ravine and Marianne were best friends. They practised handstands together, raced slugs, and looked up at the stars and imagined their own constellations. And then, one day, Marianne disappeared.

Ten years later, Ravine lies in a bed in her mother’s council flat, plagued by chronic pain syndrome, writing down the things she remembers. As her words fill page after page, she begins to understand that the only way to conquer her pain is to confront the horrors of her past.

Heartbreaking, seductive and utterly unforgettable, The Things We Thought We Knew is a rich and powerful novel about the things we remember and the things we wish we could forget.

I have been trying to read more character driven books as I seem to find those the most enjoyable, although I still need to throw in some different books to keep things interesting, but this seems like a thought-provoking and emotional one.


Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault by Candace Robinson

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault
by Candace Robinson

Some see it… Some don’t…

People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline’s best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing. Perrie, along with her friend August, go on a pursuit to search for them in the mysterious museum. Could the elusive Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault have anything to do with their disappearances?

An upper YA book that intertwines horror with retellings

I have to admit this one drew me in with the cover. However, the description makes it sound like something I would like. A good mystery with a horror twinge. I just don’t get the retelling part. What could something like this be based on? O.o


The Hours Before Dawn by Celia Fremlin

The Hours Before Dawn
by Celia Fremlin

Louise would give anything – anything – for a good night’s sleep. Forget the girls running errant in the garden and bothering the neighbours. Forget her husband who seems oblivious to it all. If the baby would just stop crying, everything would be fine.

Or would it? What if Louise’s growing fears about the family’s new lodger, who seems to share all of her husband’s interests, are real? What could she do, and would anyone even believe her? Maybe, if she could get just get some rest, she’d be able to think straight.

In a new edition of this lost classic, The Hours Before Dawn proves – scarily – as relevant to readers today as it was when Celia Fremlin first wrote it in the 1950s.

Another book where the main character’s strength seems to be stretched to the limit but I am especially curious to read this as it was written in the 1950’s.


Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Emma in the Night
by Wendy Walker

From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back…


One night five years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

Dysfunctional families are right up my alley and this sounds really interesting!


And that’s it for this week!

Have you read this book or do you plan to?

Are you excited about reading any particular books you got this week?

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Stacking The Shelves [12] April 29th

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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!


Hello, lovely people! I hope you had a wonderful week. Mine was good. Despite work remaining crazy busy I did manage to do a fair amount of reading, especially due to a bank holiday so I got a nice long weekend.

This week I also received only one book from Netgalley. I have been going through my list at a steady pace and managed to raise my feedback rate by 2% so easy does it! I am trying really hard not to let the total count of 56 remaining books intimidate me *bites nails*

I have the following week off work so I plan to unwind, relax, and read while it is pleasurable, not as an obligation, so we’ll see how it goes.

I hope you have a terrific weekend!


Netgalley ARC

Holding: A Novel by Graham Norton

Holding: A Novel
by Graham Norton

From Graham Norton, the BAFTA-award-winning Irish television host and author of the “sparkling and impish” (Daily Mail) memoirs The Life and Loves of a He Devil and So Me, comes a charming debut novel set in an idyllic Irish village where a bumbling investigator has to sort through decades of gossip and secrets to solve a mysterious crime.

The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama but when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be that of Tommy Burke—a former lover of two different inhabitants—the village’s dark past begins to unravel. As the frustrated sergeant PJ Collins struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community’s worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.

In this darkly comic, touching, and at times heartbreaking novel, perfect for fans of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, Graham Norton employs his acerbic wit to breathe life into a host of loveable characters, and explore—with searing honesty—the complexities and contradictions that make us human.

I do love when I am able to put a cover’s influence aside when requesting a book. I find that they can be quite devious!
Requesting a book without any reviews at all is a risk but this seems good as it appears to be character based and those are some of my favourite.


And that’s it for this week!

Have you read this book or do you plan to?

Are you excited about reading any particular books you got this week?

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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?

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Stacking The Shelves [10] April 15th

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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!


In my ever-going quest to bring down my TBR I managed a tremendous achievement if I do say so myself and only added ONE book to my shelves this week!

Granted, I have been very busy at work so that helps with requesting less but still, I am happy with this.


Netgalley ARC

The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite

The Darkest Lies
by Barbara Copperthwaite

A mother desperate for the truth. A daughter hiding a terrible secret.
Melanie Oak appeared to have the perfect life. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Jacob, the couple live with their beautiful, loving, teenage daughter, Beth, in a pretty village.

Nothing can shake her happiness – until the day that Beth goes missing and is discovered beaten almost to the point of death, her broken body lying in a freezing creek on the marshes near their home.

Consumed with grief, Melanie is determined to find her daughter’s attacker. Someone in the village must have seen something. Why won’t they talk?

As Melanie tries to piece together what happened to Beth, she discovers that her innocent teenager has been harbouring some dark secrets of her own. The truth may lie closer to home and put Melanie’s life in terrible danger…

A completely gripping psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming.

Despite that horrible last line (I don’t know why publishers continue to do that kind of stuff) the blurb intrigued me enough to seek this out. I am curious about the whole idea of a parent not knowing their child, I imagine it happens more than we’d care to imagine.


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?

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Stacking The Shelves [9] April 8th

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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!


Hello, ladies and gents! I hope your weekend has started well.

During the past week I managed to add five lovely titles to my list. I am really looking forward to several of them.


Edelweiss ARC

Elle by Philippe Djian

Elle
by Philippe Djian

Elle is a psychological thriller that recounts thirty days in the life of its heroine Michèle—powerfully portrayed by Isabelle Huppert in Paul Verhoeven’s award-winning film—where memory, sex, and death collide at every page.

A few weeks before Christmas, Michèle picks herself up from her living room floor. She has been raped. She has almost no recollection of her attacker but she senses his presence—he is never far away—and this uncanny feeling triggers a whirlwind of events and memories. She begins to fear she is losing her grip on a life already complicated by a demanding job, an ex-husband with a new girlfriend, a jealous lover, and a son trapped in a relationship with his girlfriend pregnant by another man.

Hardened by the consequences of her father’s violent past, Michèle—in her fifties, fiercely independent and unsentimental—refuses to be reduced to a victim. When her rapist begins taunting her with messages, she takes measures to protect herself until she discovers his identity…

Through the bitingly sarcastic and unflinchingly realist voice of its heroine, Elle paints a striking portrait of one woman’s experience that challenges our notions of masculinity and femininity, weakness and strength.

Sadly I missed this at the movies but not so bad because Edelweiss granted me the opportunity to read and review this book. I am very excited to read about such a strong-willed main character from a different culture.

Netgalley ARC

The Fear by Rae Louise

The Fear
by Rae Louise

Fear is all in the mind …

But Mia’s nightmares become a reality when she and her troubled sister, Jamie, inherit their deceased uncle’s house and experience phenomena that extends way beyond a typical haunting. Only Mia’s infant daughter is aware of the sinister presence of a man that roams freely about the house, but it’s Jamie who has become the subject of the entity’s torment.

No one’s secrets stay buried for long, and the psychological abuse that the family are forced to endure soon turns physical, with the demon’s attachment to Jamie taking on a sexually violent nature. When the evil spreads beyond the boundaries of the house and wreaks chaos in the lives of those closest to Mia, she knows that she must uncover the house’s past, along with the identity of its ghostly inhabitant, in order to sever his hold on anyone who enters.

I need a bit of horror to balance things every now and then and this sounds juicy!

The Teacher's Secret by Suzanne Leal

The Teacher’s Secret
by Suzanne Leal

It’s a new school year, and Terry Pritchard, assistant principal at Brindle Public School, is glad to be back. He loves all the kids but has a soft spot for the students who are struggling and vulnerable.

By the end of the term, however, Terry finds himself forced into an early retirement, which is as shocking to the school community as it is devastating to him.

Nina Foreman, still reeling from her recent separation and complications at her previous school, jumps at the chance to transfer to Brindle Public and take over Terry’s class. There she is confronted by a group of resentful and disruptive students who hold her responsible for the abrupt departure of their much loved teacher.

Set in a small coastal community, The Teacher’s Secret is a story of scandal, gossip and dislocation, and the search for grace and dignity in the midst of dishonour and humiliation.

This sounds like a great character-driven novel and I cannot wait to dig my nails in!

When I Wake Up by Jessica Jarlvi

When I Wake Up
by Jessica Jarlvi

A breathtaking, heart-pounding, dark debut, sure to delight fans of The Girl on the Train and Before I Go To Sleep.

‘Why won’t Mummy wake up?’

When Anna, a much-loved teacher and mother of two, is left savagely beaten and in a coma, a police investigation is launched. News of the attack sends shock waves through her family and their small Swedish community. Anna seems to have had no enemies, so who wanted her dead?

As loved-ones wait anxiously by her bedside, her husband Erik is determined to get to the bottom of the attack, and soon begins uncovering his wife’s secret life, and a small town riven with desire, betrayal and jealousy.

As the list of suspects grows longer, it soon becomes clear that only one person can reveal the truth, and she’s lying silent in a hospital bed…

This sounds like an interesting psychological thriller where nothing is what it seems. It will feel good to go back to a comfortable genre.

Don't Wake Up by Liz Lawler

Don’t Wake Up
by Liz Lawler

Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table.

The man who stands over her isn’t a doctor.

The offer he makes her is utterly unspeakable.

But when Alex re-awakens, she’s unharmed – and no one believes her horrifying story. Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind.

And then she meets the next victim.

Now this is a really well written blurb. I immediately want to know what happened to Alex and how it caused the events that followed. Can’t wait to get my hands on this.


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.