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Stacking the Shelves (27) December 15, 2012

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Windigo Soul by Robert Brumm

What Alice Knew:A Most Curious Take of Henry James and Jack the Ripper by Paula Marantz Cohen

Wolf Girls:Dark Tales of Teeth, Claws and Lycogyny edited by Hannah Kate

Audie the Angel and the Angel Army by Erika Kathryn

Sophie and the Rising Sun by Augusta Trobaugh

The Legacy of Kilkenny by Devyn Dawson

The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer

Another plentiful week in the book department! I feel like I should give Thanksgiving every week since most of my books are on sale or free. The first book, Windigo Soul, sounds like a Soylent Green but it appears it’s something a little different. It’s a dystopian and everyone at the age of 60 dies.  One family learns what really happens when you get “executed”.  The book has a warning that it’s not meant to be read by anyone under seventeen. That sounds too enticing to pass up!

The next book is obviously concerned with Henry James and Jack the Ripper. What the title, What Alice Knew, doesn’t tell is that it also is about a bedridden, invalid sister of Henry James who has a mind bent toward solving the mystery of who Jack the Ripper is. As Henry James is asked to consult on the case, the two of them discuss the details and try to puzzle out Jack the Ripper’s identity. The reviews say the book is more then the mystery. It’s about the relationship between brother and sister. I look forward to reading it.

Wolf Girls is a short story anthology I received for review. It contains stories about female werewolves. I’ve already read one story and it was really bloodthirsty. I’m really interested in seeing how women are portrayed in the other stories.

Audie the Angel and the Angel Army is another book I received for review. It’s definitely a young adult book, but the sample charmed me and the writing engaged me. I can’t wait to read the rest of the book to see what it’s like.

Sophie and the Rising Sun takes place during World War II. Sophie is a spinster when she strikes up a friendship with her Japanese gardener. A romantic relationship ensues. The book is about their struggles during a time when interracial relationships was frowned upon, especially with the Japanese.

The next book, The Legacy of Kilkenny,  is about werewolves. The reviews I’ve read have said that the relationship between the two central characters, the pack princess and the new werewolf, Abel is not a romantic one.  I thought that would be a nice change. Another thing that sounds like a nice change is the female is the mentor and the male is the protegee. It sounds like a refreshing book if done right.

The last book, The Grand Sophy, is by my favorite romance author. Georgette Heyer is the best Regency writer in my opinion. Her research was impeccable and her books have a certain class to them that no one can imitate. The Grand Sophy is my favorite of all her books. Sophy is a spontaneous and  free soul. Yet she manages everyone around her effortlessly. She tames her cousins tyrannical ways and straightens our her other cousins hopeless romantic life. I love this book and I love Georgette Heyer. I was lucky enough to find it on sale. Hopefully I’ll get to reread it soon.

That’s it! That’s my haul! I hope you find something you might want to pick up yourself.

There are changes coming on the blog. I’ll be moving to my own domain soon. I’m not sure what that’s going to do to subscriptions. I’ll have a feedburner option available for the new site and if you come to this one it’ll simply redirect you.

Have a great weekend!

Stacking the Shelves (26) December 8, 2012

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Memoria: A Collection of Lies by Alex Bobl

Prison Nation by Jenni Merritt

The Bloodletter’s Daughter by Linda Lafferty

Stained by Ella James

The Weird Girls by Cecy Robson

Parallel by Claudia Lefeve

Three’s a Crowd by Mary Lydon Simonsen

A Killing in Kensington by Mary Lydon Simonsen

I got quite a few books this week. The first book I got, Memoria is an adult dystopia. You don’t see many of those so I was immediately intrigued. The society in the book Memoria is run by corporations.

Prison Nation is a young adult book. It’s about a young girl who is born in a prison. She believes in the rules of her prison nation but she begins to question her beliefs as she grows up.

The next book isn’t my usual cup of tea. The Bloodletter’s Daughter is a historical romance. I was interested in this book because of the time period and because of the location. It takes place during the 17th-century reign of the Hapsburg Empire in Old Bohemia. I know very little of that place or time so I look forward to learning more about it.

Stained sounds like it’s about angels. I’m pretty sure it’s about angels. It’s about Nephilim. That’s angels right?

The Weird Girls is by an author I met on Twitter. It’s a prequel novella to her book Sealed with a Curse which is due out on December 31st. I plan on reviewing it next week.

Parallel is an alternate reality story. I’ve always been intrigued by such stories. The “what if’s” have always crossed my mind. It should be an interesting read.

The next two books are books one and two of the Patrick Shea Mystery Series. This is also not in my usual range of reading materials. I was interested in this series because it said in the blurb that if you like Law and Order UK you’ll like this book. I love that series and I do love British mysteries. Three’s a Crowd is  a novella while A Killing in Kensington is a full length novel. I can’t wait to dive into these! It’s been too long since I read a good British mystery.

That’s it from me this week. See you next week and have a fantastic weekend!

Stacking the Shelves (24) November 24, 2012

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Believe by Lisa Alfonso

The Emergence by Devin K. Smyth

Cat Bearing Gifts by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

Virtually True by Adam Penenberg

The Cloud Seeders by James Zerndt

I got quite a few more books this week then I did last week. I guess I had more luck! Believe is a dystopian story about two teenagers who rebel against the social and institutional norm. The Emergence is a book submission that looks promising. It’s about an eleven-year-boy who find himself and his cat in a post-apocalyptic world trying to survive without the aid of any adults. I’ve already mentioned Cat Bearing Gifts in my Monday post.  To briefly go over it, it’s a cozy mystery with talking cats.

Virtually True is a dsytopian about a journalist written by a journalist. It takes place in a  corporate war ravaged world. The Cloud Seeders is the only other book I bought besides the cozy mystery. It’s another dystopian (I love my dystopians!) that takes place in a world where water is scarce and where people don’t look to the sky for rain. There are water police and neighbors are encouraged to make sure others conserve their water. Two teenagers go on a search for their parents across the country.

I was particularly interested in reading this book as I remember hearing a staggering statistic about our country over the summer. Something like over 50% of the states were experiencing drought of some kind. I know my state had extreme drought on the Big Island where the farms are. Water is so precious. This book promises to be really fascinating, I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

Those are the books I got this week! I think I got a nice little haul. I hope everyone in the U.S. had a Happy Thanksgiving! I also hope everyone had a safe Black Friday. There’s one last thing I should mention, Jennifer Armentrout is hosting a giveaway for her book Opal. Details here. Aloha!

Stacking the Shelves (23) November 17, 2012

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River Marked by Patricia Briggs

Drawn by Marie Lamba

Books have been scarce this week. I picked up River Marked by Patricia Briggs because I noticed the price went down from the original new release price it was at. At least I think it did. I don’t really remember. I’m pretty sure it was at a higher price or I would have gotten it sooner! I love Mercy Thompson because she’s so unique as a shape-shifting coyote. She’s also so spunky and independent. I hope she doesn’t turn into a co-dependent female now that she’s got a boyfriend.

Drawn was a free book. It’s about a girl who starts seeing a man in her sketches dressed in medieval clothes. She has to decide for herself whether to believe in the history books or what her heart tells her about him when he starts appearing to her in real life. The history books say that he’s a murderer. Her heart tells her otherwise. This book appealed to me because it has an artist. The love story also sounds haunting and compelling. I can’t wait to read it.

Those are the two books I got this week! I think I got good ones. That’s it for this week’s Stacking the Shelves! See you next for another edition! Have a great weekend!

Stacking the Shelves (22) November 10, 2012

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Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Gravity (The Taking) by Melissa West

Shadowland by C. M. Gray

The Steel Queen by Karen Azinger

This week I got the much awaited Days of Blood and Starlight, the second book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. I loved the first book, Daughter of Smoke and Bone. You can read my review here. I can’t wait to read the second book. I didn’t even bother to see what it was about. I want to go in completely blind.

The next two books I got were free. Gravity is a science fiction book about a girl who breaks a pact with “Ancients”.  that leads her on a path of adventure and thrills. Shadowland is a King Arthur book. I like King Arthur books. They’re like fairy tale retellings. It’ll be interesting to see which direction this author takes.

The Steel Queen is a book submission. I read a sample and I quickly became engrossed. Some of the reviewers likened the book to a G. R.R. Martin book. I’ve never read Martin so I won’t be able to make that comparison. I still look forward to reading it.

One last thing, R. T. Kaelin is compiling an anthology of short stories. The proceeds of the sales will go to the survivors of Superstorm Sandy. While the authors are working on the stories, they’ve set up a site at IndieGoGo to gather donations. Hopefully he’ll email me when the compilation is complete, in the meantime you can pre-order the compilation at that site.

That’s it for me! Have a great weekend! See you next Saturday for Stacking the shelves!

Stacking the Shelves (21) November 3, 2012

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The Scourge by A.G. Henley

Robin: Lady of Legend by R.M. Arcejaeger

Iced by Karen Marie Moning

Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers

Demon High by Lori Devoti

Rest for the Wicked by Cate Dean

I got a lot of free books this week and I bought a few, some were on sale, one was a preorder. The Scourge was a freebie and it looks really good. It’s about a blind girl who is treasured by her culture. It’s about how she falls in love with someone she’s not supposed to and about the strange creatures, called The Scourge that her community has to face.

Robin: Lady of Legend is actually a tale about Robin Hood. Only it supposes that Robin Hood is a woman. I was intrigued by this supposition so I immediately downloaded it. Hopefully the writing doesn’t disappoint me.

Iced is the book I preordered. There are Unseelie Fae in it and I love tales about the Fae! Hide Me Among the Graves is a vampire novel set in supernatural Victorian London. That’s another love of mine, Victorian London. I have many loves.

Demon High is about a girl who has a talent for demon calling. She’s forced to use that talent even though it drove her mother into Hell.  Rest for the Wicked is a novella about a witch. She gets involved with a man who she finds out is controlled by someone that is out to get her. There’s a Djinn and a demon in it so it should be fun.

Those are the books I got this week! See you next week for Stacking the Shelves!

Stacking the Shelves (20) October 27, 2012

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Word and Breath by Susannah Noel

The Last Temptation of Clarence Odbody by John Jughead Pierson

Hollowland by Amanda Hocking

Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Another week of very little purchases. All the books I got were free! Word and Breath is a dystopian novel with a very interesting premise.

Riana’s sister has been kidnapped and someone is trying to kill her so she’s forced to turn to her ex-lover, the leader of a rebel movement. She also ends up needing the help of the Soul Breather, someone who can taste her spirit with a touch. Except someone sent him after her to begin with so can she really trust him?

A very intriguing book. The Last Temptation of Clarence Odbody is  whimsical book. Basically it asks the question, what if George Bailey hadn’t been saved by is guardian angel? It’s a reimagining of It’s a Wonderful Life, which is one of my favorite movies. I watch it every year during the holidays. I plan on reading this book around Christmas time.

Hollowland is a zombie book. It promises to be a good zombie book for what it’s worth. Glimpse is about Zellie Wells who has a crush on a boy and when she touches him she has a vision of his death with herself alongside him. She learns that she must never be with him or her vision will come true. But of course the two of them wish to be together!

Those are the books I got. They all look pretty good to me. Even the zombie book! I’m trying not to spend too much money on books these days so you might be seeing me spend less on books and start reviewing more Indie books in the future.

See you next week for more Stacking the Shelves!

Stacking the Shelves (19) October 20, 2012

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Sanctum by Sarah Fine

Oathbreaker, Book 1: The Knight’s Tale by Colin McComb

Dawn: Xenogenesis by Octavia E. Butler

Pretty skimpy shopping week for me! I actually only bought one books as one book was free and another was a preorder. Preorders aren’t really a buy in my book. To buy a book you need to set out with intent in my mind.

The preorder book is Sanctum. The premise intrigued me. A friend out to save her best friend’s soul! Half human creatures that capture her! A human leader who sets out to be her white knight which has the spellings of a romance. Ooh and aah! I can’t wait to read it!

The Knight’s Tale is the free book I snagged from one of the Kindle newsletters I subscribe to. It looks really good and it got some great reviews. I want to start reading more Indie books again. I’d like to stop spending so much money on books. I think I can still get free books without sacrificing quality.

The last book I got is Dawn by the Octavia Butler. I love Octavia Butler. She’s a genius when it comes to science fiction. Her books are dark but eye opening and when I saw that Dawn was on sale I grabbed it.

That’s all I got this week. I’m very pleased with myself. I should try to continue my book diet! Have you ever gone on a book diet?

Stacking the Shelves (18) October 13, 2012

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Velveteen by Daniel Marks

Death Weeps by Tamara Rose Blodgett

Blood and Snow Vol 1-4 by Rashelle Workman

Another low volume book buying week for me. Good for the wallet, bad for the blog!

Velveteen was a pre-order. It’s about a girl who was kidnapped and murdered. She lands in purgatory where she tries to find a way to wreak vengeance on her killer.

I can’t believe I missed this next one! It was published in May. I usually follow Tamara Rose Blodgett’s blog religiously and her new releases. I love all her books. The Death series is the first that I ever read. I can’t wait to dive in.

That’s not the right cover for the Blood and Snow Vol 1-4 but I couldn’t find one for the omnibus. This series of novellas are a retelling of Snow White. You all know I love fairy tale retellings. I moved this one up my TBR list. They should be a quick read.

That’s it for this week! Like I said, good on the wallet bad for the blog. See you next week for another Stacking the Shelves!

Stacking the Shelves (17) October 6, 2012

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Blood Song by Tamara Rose Blodgett

Redemption by Susannah Sandlin

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Ironskin by Tina Connolly

Fracture by Megan Miranda

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

This week I got a lot more books then expected! Blood Song by Tamara Rose Blodgett came out and you all know she’s my favorite Indie author. It’s the second book in the Blood Series. I read a review for Redemption on the blog Booked and Loaded. There was also an interview with the author Susannah Sandlin in anticipation for the next book Absolution and it was on sale at Amazon so I grabbed it.

The Assassin’s Curse and Ironskin just came out this week. I had preordered both and forgotten their release dates. Imagine how happy I was when both landed in my Kindle! Fracture was on sale and it was compare to If I Stay. If it’s anything like that book then it’s worth reading.

I joined the Something Strange and Deadly read-along so I picked that up this week. It’s hosted by The Book Addict’s Guide. It starts next week and I’ve already started reading. So far so good!

That’s my haul for the week. I think I did pretty good! What do you think?