Stacking The Shelves [19] July 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!


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.


And that’s it for this week!

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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.


And that’s it for this week!

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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.


And that’s it for this week!

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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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Stacking The Shelves [15] May 20th

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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!

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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!

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Stacking The Shelves [13] May 6th

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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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