Stacking the Shelves #15

Hey look at me! I made it…two weeks before doing another one of these! Funny how I’ve accumulated another 10 books even though I just did a massive cleaning of my shelves. Oops?

Let’s get to this.

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This is definitely a little it of everything. Tell the Wind and Fire is an urban fantasy retelling of A Tale of Two Cities. The Edge of Worlds is the fourth book in a more traditional fantasy series that looks like it’s a good entry point for newbies like me. The Demonists is paranormal fantasy tinged with horror. Good stuff.

Finished Copies Provided by the Publisher

Continuing with the hodge-podge theme, A Demon’s Promise is Paranormal Romance that’s being re-released and Blood of Innocents is a more traditional fantasy. I think I had the first one on my to read list and just never read it. We’ll see if I get around to it.

Books purchased by me

A Criminal Magic is historical fantasy set during the prohibition. Cold Burn of Magic is YA urban fantasy. The Dark Days Club is historical paranormal YA and finally we have The Voice of Fire, which, well, I’m still not entirely sure what it’s on about, but it sounds trippy and I won it in the Worldbuilders raffle, so I’ll give it a chance at some point.

So what about you? What’s new on your shelf?

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Stacking the Shelves #14

So that whole “I better slow down” thing I posted about in my last Stacking the Shelves post. Yeah. That didn’t work out terribly well. Funny how that happens when you’re a bookworm, but especially when you’re a blogger. I’m adding another 13 books to the 21 books of last month and yikes. My TBR pile is ballooning again! #firstworldproblems (of the best kind at that). At least I’ll be able to cross one book off my list shortly? That’s progress, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

DRC provided by the publisher

There’s all kinds stuff in here, and that mix is what has me so excited.ย The Rogue Retrieval is contemporary urban fantasy. I decided to give contemporary YA another chance with You Were Here. Arena is dystopian sci-fi that takes professional gaming to extremes.ย  Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet is a historical mystery, while Last Call at Nightshade Lounge is NA Fantasy – a new sub-genre for the new genre as a whole, while Kingfisher and In the Shadow of Gods are the closest things to “traditional” fantasy on this list. It’s a nice mix to keep things fresh!

Kindle book purchased by me

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A dark, western fantasy. My last experience with this sub-genre was so-so, but the story sounded intriguing, it was recommended by a blog I trust and it was only $1.99! How could I not?

Physical book purchased by me

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I said I meant to finish this series, and I meant it! I decided to pick up the UK paperback version, as it was about the same price as the Kindle version! Finishing the series is bittersweet. I liked what I’ve been reading, but I’m definitely burnt out on the author as a whole and I hope that doesn’t impact how I feel about this book when I do get to it.

Physical books received as gifts

All of these were gifts from my #otspsecretsister in my last box. She asked me what series I’d like to read, and this is what I asked for. I don’t think I actually expected to get all of them though, which is so cool! And the Brick Shakespeare looks like a fun book to flip through. I’m a LEGO fan, so this was a fun and thoughtful gift ๐Ÿ™‚

And that’s it for now! Now let’s see if I can make a dent in this pile! What about you? Anything new on your shelves?

Stacking the Shelves #13

Now that I’ve done my Best Of list, it seems to make sense to do a final Stacking the Shelves for the year. I have to say, there seems to be something about the month of December where I get book crazy. It’s been a little less than a month since my last post, and yet I’ve managed to acquire some twenty books in that time frame! And that doesn’t count one that will arrive in January and that I think I still have 3-4 ARCs out for request on NetGalley and Edelweiss that I’m hoping to get my hands on. Yikes. Maybe I should be sliiiightly more choosy for a while? My TBR pile would thank me ๐Ÿ™‚

For the last time in 2015, let’s do this.

ARC

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My first unsolicited ARC. I feel all grown up :* It’s pure sci-fi, which I’m looking forward to. I played in the YA end of the pool in 2015, so looking to dip my toes more in the adult end in 2016.

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There’s definitely a broad assortment of books in this group. In the YA camp we have The Prophecy of Shadows (Greek mythology-inspired), Daughter of Blood (epic fantasy), Seven Black Diamonds (faery) Burning Glass (romance/fantasy), Beyond the Red (sci-fi) and Flawed (dystopian).ย  On the adult side we have Submissive Seductions (erotica) A Girl’s Guide to Landing a Greek God (Greek mythology based) and Masks and Shadows (historical).ย  It’s a fun mix. The books here are posted in order of publication date; though it’ll take me a while to get to Daughter of Blood. It’s the the third in a trilogy and I managed to pick up the first two for $1.99 each on Kindle and will be reviewing those first. The others are all stand-alones/first in series, so there is that :*

physical books traded for by me

I picked these up in a blog sale. These are all young adult except for The Forbidden Library which is more middle grade, but Django Wexler was an enticing thought. Becoming Jinn got a lot of love when it came out and others sounded like fun (angels! steampunk!). Given the size of my TBR pile though, these are definitely going to be lower on the totem pole for when I’m looking for something different to mix it up.

eBooks bought by me

Another hodgepodge of adult and young adult. The Strange Maid is the sequel to the just-reviewed The Lost Sun. Hidden is the next Alex Verus novel. The Heir of Night/The Gathering of the Lost are the first two in the Wall of Night books. These Broken Stars is a sci-fi/romance The Rook is a fantastical thriller and Tooth and Claw is a novel of manners…with dragons.

Twenty-one books. Twenty-one. I think I need to slow down just a wee bit. LOL. So. Have you gone as crazy as I have? What have you added to your shelves?

Stacking the Shelves #12

I’ve apparently started stocking up on DRCs the last few weeks, so what better time to catalog them all. Let’s begin.

eBook purchased by me

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The one non-ARC on this list. I did say I’d get around to reading this at the beginning of the year, didn’t I? It’s taken a while, but I’ve finally done it! It’s my next read.

Review copy provided by the publisher

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I haven’t read the other Sigma Force novels, but the premise of “Jurassic Park but with humans” has me intrigued.

DRC provided by the publisher through NetGalley and Edelweiss

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This batch is really a mixed bag. We have YA Paranormal Romance (These Vicious Masks), YA Paranormal (Divah), an anthology (I’ll let you guess which one), two third books (Nettle King and Angelus) and the preview to one of the most anticipated YA titles of 2016. I’m honestly kind of worried about that last one – the hype is so strong I’m already seek of seeing it and I’m hoping that it doesn’t ruin my enjoyment of the book. We shall see.

So what about you? What are you adding to your shelves?

 

Stacking the Shelves #11

Just realized that I haven’t done one of these in a while, and my updated shelves remind me that I definitely need to! So without further ado, here we go!

ARC

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Seriously, how pretty is that cover? Romina has been sharing covers of the first book Zodiac and now this on Twitter and each is prettier than the last! If you’ll remember, Zodiac was one of my favorite books of 2014 as I loved it’s unique blend of sci-fi and fantasy. Apparently, I was one of the early reviews and she saw it on a really tough day and it made her feel better. That kind of feedback means the world to me, because I love making an author as happy as their books make me! Needless to say, this is up next now that it is mine!

DRC

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2016 ARCs are coming out fast and furious now. Black City Saint is set in Prohibition-era Chicago and promises dragons and other awesome fae-ish type beings. City of Light is futuristic fantasy with demons. The Relics of Gods is erotic urban fantasy. You know, considering how many times I’m seeing pubs tweet about urban fantasy being in decline, I seem to be finding the ones that are coming out. I’m just glad that the ones coming out all seem to have some unique vibes to them!

Kindle books purchased by me

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I pretty much have been wanting to read this since I saw the film. I also wanted to give myself some distance from the film, as I find that consuming the same piece of media in different forms can for better or worse taint a version because comparison is inevitable. By the time I get around to reading it however, it should no longer be an issue. I’m looking forward to this, truly!

Finished copy provided by the publisher

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Historical paranormal fantasy. Love that mix. I haven’t read the first, but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to make heads or tails of it. But if I don’t, and I like what I’m seeing, I’ll go back and grab the first at some point! The other two I received unexpectedly from Penguin…when I thought I was getting Wandering Star. Still, I’m thrilled to see more YA steampunk and the covers of these books are gorgeous!!

Books purchased by me

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Silver in the Bloodย andย Rift are being obtained through #booksfortrade. The first has magic and Society, a mix I always enjoy, the latter has dark magic fighters. Both are YA and both sounded like fun. The Spirit Rebellion is the sequel to The Spirit Thief, one of my favorite caper fantasies I’ve read this year. The remaining books I bought on Book Outlet recently during their recent sale. Everyday Life in Medieval Europe is in fact a history book talking about exactly what it says on the tin. I have heard that it’s somewhere between made for the lay person and for the academics. At the price though (less than $6) it was totally worth a look because I love the period.ย  Autumn Bones is the sequel to Dark Currents, the first in Jacqueline Carey’s Urban Fantasy series that I rather enjoyed. Finally we have Naamah’s Kiss. Again, I did just DNF the last of Imriel’s Trilogy, but these books are set several hundred years after the Kushiel Legacy sextet and feature all new characters with only the most tenuous connection to the first books (the main character is a descendant of Alais, a minor character from the first books). I’m hoping that the fresh cast and distance will make me fall back in love with that world again.

So…yeah. I need to get reading again ๐Ÿ™‚ What’s new on your shelves? Anything good?

Stacking the Shelves: The Week of Epic Bookmail Edition

Back at the beginning of the month I got an e-mail from a publicist at Pyr asking if I was interested in reading Gold Throne in Shadow – the sequel to Sword of the Bright Lady which was one of my favorite books of 2014, so naturally I said yes. Fast forward a few days. I was checking on tracking status for a book I was getting through the #booksfortrade hashtag on Twitter when something caused me to check out my My UPS. The ARC I’d requested (my first not picked up at an event/traded for/won in a giveaway!) was indeed on its way and due Friday, but mystery boxes were also due Tuesday. And Wednesday. Then mail started to show up. In addition to those deliveries, two books I’d had out with #booksfortrade showed up on Wednesday and Thursday. I am kind of amazed, and still honestly wondering if this is a one off thing or the beginning of some kind of trend. If it is, awesome. If it it’s not, I’m okay with that too. It’s been an awesome week regardless.

I’ve never lied about why I blog: because I’m an avid reader and if blogging can help fill my reader so be it. But by that measure, I know I’m not the most typical book blogger. I don’t have a huge variety of posts. I don’t publish author interviews. I don’t do cover reveals. I’m weary of doing book tours because I like feeling that I can be honest (since let’s be real, blog tours are mostly meant to shine a positive light on things). It’s not typical, I don’t have large numbers and I have never really done much of any kind of reach out to publishers. I feel like I’m too small to, so instead I rely on the largess of Net Galley, Edelweiss and even occasionally Blogging for Books. I do okay on the first two sites. I may not get everything that I want, but I certainly get a good amount (probably owing that I tend to stick more to the adult side when requesting there, which is probably less competitive than the YA space) and have no complaints. Anyway, requesting through EW lead me to get on an e-mail list for some of Harper Voyager’s Impulse titles. Then I got a random book here and there – a few trade paperbacks and more recently hardcovers like the recently reviewed Zer0es. This month, however, it appears I landed on the Harper Teen list. And well, the picture tells the tale ๐Ÿ™‚

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So from top to bottom:

Summoning the Night – I posted about this a few Stacking the Shelves back. It finally showed up this week. Patience is a virtue ๐Ÿ™‚

Gold Throne in Shadow – As I referenced above, it’s the sequel to Sword of the Bright Lady. If you haven’t read that one, I strongly suggest it if you like traditional fantasy. The twist is, our MC is an engineer from modern Arizona. We never quite figure out how he gets to the past (and the book is stronger for it), but really it’s a story about change and the havoc that it can wreak.

Court of Fives – The #booksfortrade book I referenced above. I’ve read some of Elliot’s adult titles, and I’m always intrigued when an author goes from adult to YA or vice versa. I’ll probably be picking this up next.

The remaining books are all courtesy of Epic Reads. Like I implied above, I was not expecting these which makes them that much the shinier.

Walk on Earth a Stranger – I was one of the few people that didn’t rave about The Girl and Fire and Thorns because people raved it was about body acceptance which I completely didn’t buy. Outside of that though, it was a solid little tale. This, however, sounds much more interesting and much more original – magic and Western combined. I’m really looking forward to giving this a look.

What we Saw – a contemporary title about social media, rape culture and the like. It sounds good, but not necessarily my niche. I may get around to looking at it, but it wouldn’t be a priority.

One – the other contemporary title of the bunch, about a pair of conjoined twins. I’m actually rather fascinated by the summary on this one and I think I might go for it when I’m looking for a break from fantasy.

Mirrored – reviewed by me yesterday, I wholeheartedly recommend this to YA fans, even if you aren’t a fan of fairy tale retellings.

The Unquiet – YA paranormal thriller with parallel universes. I am intrigued, and will be giving this a look, but a bit down the road.

And I was going to be done with this post! But then more books came since I first wrote this post. And hey, in for a penny, in for a pound…

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A Crucible of Souls – provided by Harper. I reviewed this a few days back. I thought it was okay then, but in the like week plus that it’s been that I’ve read it, I’ve discovered it to be kindaaaaaa forgettable. I’m not going to change my initial review, but I’d definitely put this on the lower end of “borrow it” because I literally had to double check that I already posted the review.

Since You’ve Been Gone – gifted to me by my #otspsecretsister after I made a deal with @ReadWriteLove28 that I’d give YA contemporary a shot. I also promised I’d post it sometime in October.

Sound – The last Epic Reads release of September that I am aware of. YA sci-fi with a black lesbian scientist MC? Sweet. Totally jumping up towards the top of my TBR pile!

And since I’m here, I’ve also gotten my hands on eARCs thanks to pubs…

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The Gardella Vampire Chronicles 1-3 – the publishers put these out in preparation for the release of book number 4. I plan to sprinkle these in with other review books as I have time for them. Paranormal Romance is always good for a quick fun read.

Seven Black Diamonds (not shown; no cover yet) – Harper has already started its 2016 ARC campaign. It has faes. I’m game.

Stacking the Shelves #9

So every now and then I go “you know, I don’t think I’ve done a Stacking the Shelves post in a while” and when I check the dates, sure enough, it’s time for another one!ย  This is actually posting one month to the day of my last one. Hah ๐Ÿ˜€ Go me ๐Ÿ˜‰ This haul is predominately electronic so I think I’ll start with the two books that aren’t:

received in the August Novl Box

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So for those who don’t know, The Novl is the marketing arm for Little & Brown’s YA properties. One of the things they’re famous for is The Novl Box. Each month a different author(s) with an upcoming release get to curate a box of goodies that ten lucky people receive. My box also included a signed copy of Lair of Dreams (not shown since I’ve already reviewed it) as well as several goodies including everything from a t-shirt, to a tote bag, nail polish, candy and a signed letter detailing everything inside. It’s a great package and well worth taking the few minutes to enter each month. Follow @TheNovl on Twitter for updates and links if this interests you ๐Ÿ™‚ As for the books themselves, I’d been curious about reading The Diviners. I do plan on getting around to this, but perhaps not right away, as I’ve heard that some of the issues I’ve had with Lair of Dreams (notably the pacing and the ending that is all too easy to figure out on your own) are in fact present here as well, but I will get to it! Guardian of the Dead is a YA paranormal thriller that touches on Maori culture, which is definitely something I’ve not read before, I’m looking forward to getting into it!

eARCs provided by the publisher in exchange for review consideration

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Definitely a mixed bag this month. Nirvana is indie YA Dystopia. Newt’s Emerald is Garth Nix’s recent YA fantasy just now getting a US release, after its original release in 2013. This must be what it’s like for overseas people constantly waiting on books to make it over there! Pop Sonnets is exactly what it sounds like on the tin: someone attempting to turn modern pop into Shakespearean-style sonnets. Need is a YA thriller by Joelle Charbonneau. Herย The Testing series was kind of sorta an interesting take on the YA Dystopia trend if you didn’t think about the set-up too hard, I’m wondering if she handles a contemporary thriller any better. The Flux is the sequel toย Flex which has one of my favorite magic systems that I’ve come across in ages. It’s probably my most anticipated read of the five books listed here.

eBooks purchased by me

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Lovely little mix of books here. Taken is the third Alex Verus novel. I’m really digging this series right now, so when I finished Cursed I had to pick it up. Hollow World was received as part of a stretch goal for Michael Sullivan’s The Death of Dulgath Kickstarter campaign (shout-out here: this is easily one of the best run campaigns I’ve come across. Can’t wait to get the rest of my goodies!). Nice Dragons Finish Last is from the same author of The Legend of Eli Monpress as she takes a dip into the YA end of things. Updraft promises wings and magic I’ve not seen before and as it’s just come out will be next on my list. Finally, Kushiel’s Justice as I’ve had an itch to pick that series up again. I will totally be getting back to her Agent of Hel series too when I get the chance!

Phew! So many pages to read. So little time ๐Ÿ˜€

So what’s new on your shelves?

P.S. Happy Labor Day US peeps ๐Ÿ˜€