Stacking the Shelves

Here we go yet again! As I’ve said before, this time of year can be dangerous when it comes to good book deals, but hey, at least I only bought one of the three books this week! Let’s take a look 🙂

eARCs

21457243provided by the publisher through Edelweiss

The Others freed the  cassandra sangue  to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before—both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him.

Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon’s only hope of ending the conflict.

For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon’s doorstep…

I think this book is going to be the make-it-or-break-it point of the series for me as I seek the answer to one important question: can her storytelling catch up to her world and character development? We shall see. On an unrelated note, this book is another good example of why I’m generally not a fan of humans on covers. We’re  in Uncanny Valley territory here and she looks like she’s staring off into space. It’s kinda creepy and not befitting a character who is anything but.

22734223copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley

What’s a corporate demon to do when the voice in her head is devouring her sanity from the inside out, and the hosts of heaven and hell would rather see her destroyed than surrender a power no one should possess?

Ronnie has the job any entry-level angel or demon would sell their soul for—she’s a retrieval analyst for the largest search engine in the world. Ubiquity is a joint initiative between heaven and hell. Because what better way to track all of humanity’s secrets, both good and bad, than direct access to their web browsing habits.

She might appreciate the position a little more if a) she could remember anything about her life before she started working at Ubiquity, b) the damn voice in her head would just shut up already, and c) her boss wasn’t a complete control freak.

As she searches for solutions to the first two issues, and hopes the third will work itself out in performance reviews, she uncovers more petty backstabbing than an episode of Real Housewives, and a conspiracy as old as Lucifer’s descent from heaven. On top of all that, if she forgets the cover sheet on her TPS report one more time, she’s absolutely going on final written warning.

Now Ronnie’s struggling to keep her sanity and job, while stopping the voice in her head from stealing her life. She almost misses the boredom of retrieval analysis at Ubiquity. Almost.

On the other hand, if you ARE going to put humans on the cover of a book, I think this is a pretty good way to go about it. This cover pretty much tells you what you need to know: it’s a Paranormal Romance. Looking forward to reading this for a break from the more pure fantasy titles I’ve been reading lately.

purchased by me

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Once, a hero arose to save the world. A young man with a mysterious heritage courageously challenged the darkness that strangled the land.

He failed.

For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.

Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and even the Lord Ruler himself. A new kind of uprising is being planned, one built around the ultimate caper, one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine, a street urchin who must learn to master Allomancy, the power of a Mistborn.

Sanderson is easily one of the most prolific fantasy authors today. He started out in adult fantasy, but since has been dabbling in both and young adult fantasy. I absolute loved The Rithmatist and Steelheart (both YA) but haven’t yet gotten into his adult series, so it could be I haven’t given the right one a look yet. I’ve seen a ton of praise for this series though, so when I was able to pick up the paperback for about the same as the Kindle version, I grabbed it. I’ll get to it one day 😉

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3 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves

  1. I can’t wait for you to read Mistborn. It by itself is one of my favorite books but I do like the whole series. You also made me very interested in Vision in Silver. I await your reviews:)

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