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!


And that’s it for this week!

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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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Stacking The Shelves [18] June 17th

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This week I have been good and requested only a couple of books on Edelweiss.
I got one of the two so I am very happy. It should be quite different from the books I have read in the past, so I am excited.


Edelweiss

The Genius Plague
by David Walton

What if the pandemic you thought would kill you made you more intelligent instead? In the Amazon jungle, a disease is spreading. To those who survive, it grants enhanced communication, memory, and pattern recognition. But the miracle may be the sinister survival mechanism of a fungal organism, manipulating the infected into serving it.
Paul Johns, a mycologist, is convinced the fungal host is the next stage of human evolution, while his brother Neil, an analyst at the NSA, is committed to its destruction. Is the human race the master in this symbiotic relationship, or are we becoming the pawns of a subtly dominating and utterly alien intelligence?

This sounds like a completely different take on apocalyptic literature and I am very curious about how the author approached this idea.


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Stacking The Shelves [17] June 10th

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Well, this week was a lot more productive in terms of piling up e-books!
It started with the author gifting me the fourth book in the Lake of Sins series, which I highly recommend as it is amongst my top YA books (and I am so picky with that genre) and then I managed to grab a couple more gems from Netgalley.


Author

Betrayal (Lake of Sins, #4)

Betrayal (Lake of Sins, #4)
by L.S. O’Dea

Not only does Hugh have to figure out how to win this war when there are dangers everywhere—the River-Men, the Protective Services, the Brush-Men, Cold Creepers, etc—but he also has to fight his growing attraction to Trinity because soon he’s going to have to break his word to either Meesus or her – or maybe both of them.

Trinity is confused. She likes Hugh—a lot—but even though she shouldn’t she still has feelings for Jethro. She refuses to believe that the boy she loved is gone, replaced by the man fighting against them.

Jethro is struggling with his new life. He is an Almighty. He shouldn’t be attracted to Trinity but he is, searching the bars for look-a-likes. He loves the forest but he’s tired of killing although part of him seems born to it. As the call of the wild in his blood grows stronger where will his loyalties fall?

The author was kind enough to send me the ARC of her most recent addition to the Lake of Sins series, due to be published in July 10th. I am quite looking forward to it, I have enjoyed the other books quite a lot.


Netgalley ARC

An Uncertain Grace

An Uncertain Grace
by Krissy Kneen

Some time in the near future, university lecturer Caspar receives a gift from a former student called Liv: a memory stick containing a virtual narrative. Hooked up to a virtual reality bodysuit, he becomes immersed in the experience of their past sexual relationship. But this time it is her experience. What was for him an erotic interlude, resonant with the thrill of seduction, was very different for her – and when he has lived it, he will understand how.

Later…

A convicted paedophile recruited to Liv’s experiment in collective consciousness discovers a way to escape from his own desolation.

A synthetic boy, designed by Liv’s team to ‘love’ men who desire adolescents, begins to question the terms of his existence.

L, in transition to a state beyond gender, befriends Liv, in transition to a state beyond age.

Liv herself has finally transcended the corporeal – but there is still the problem of love.

An Uncertain Grace is a novel in five parts by one of Australia’s most inventive and provocative writers. Moving, thoughtful, sometimes playful, it is about who we are – our best and worst selves, our innermost selves – and who we might become.

This sounds really thought-provoking and at the same time quite imaginative. I am looking forward to seeing what this blend has produced.


The Curing Begins... (Condition, #2)

The Curing Begins… (Condition, #2)
by Alec Birri

The second 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’?

Discovering an infamous Nazi doctor conducted abortions in Argentina after the Second World War may not come as a surprise, but why was the twisted eugenicist not only allowed to continue his evil experiments, but encouraged to do so? And what has that got to do with a respected neurologist in 2027? Surely the invention of a cure for nearly all the world’s ailments can’t possibly have its roots buried in the horrors of Auschwitz?

The unacceptable is about to become the disturbingly bizarre. What has the treatment’s ‘correction’ of pedophiles got to do with the President of the United States, the Pope and even the UK’s Green Party?

As if the CONDITION trilogy wasn’t unsettling enough…

I had requested book 1 and was afraid it would end in a cliffhanger so I am glad I got to snatch book 2. With any luck I will complete the trilogy from Netgalley. While I am wary I will not like the first book, I do prefer to read all books in a trilogy to form a complete opinion.


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Stacking The Shelves [16] June 3rd

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Perhaps you noticed I didn’t post STS last week; that’s because I actually did not any books to my shelves during that entire week. Work has kept me busy so I was not been able to browse for books which had the upside of slowly but steadily building my Netgalley feedback rate.

This week I managed to get only one new book so I’d say I am on a good path to get closer to the elusive 80% rate!


Netgalley ARC

The Child by Fiona Barton

The Child
by Fiona Barton

As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn house by house into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women and torn between what she can and cannot tell.


And that’s it for this week!

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