It is once again Saturday, which means it’s time for another Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. In Stacking the Shelves, you show the books you’ve recently purchased, borrowed or otherwise got, be it physical or virtual which you, naturally, will be adding to your shelves! For more information about it all, visit this page.
Let’s quickly move on to the list of books I managed to get off Netgalley this week. Surprise: it’s more than one. (Shocking, I know)
Book 1: After We Fall by Emma Kavanagh
A moody, intense debut psychological thriller by a former police psychologist, this debut novel explores four lives that fall apart in the tense aftermath of a plane crash, perfect for fans of Tana French, S. J. Watson, and Alice LaPlante. Unraveling what holds these four together is a tense, taut tale about good people who make bad decisions that ultimately threaten to destroy them. Debut author Emma Kavanagh deftly weaves together the stories of those who lost someone or something of themselves in one tragic incident, exploring how swiftly everything we know can come crashing down.
This book doesn’t have a Goodreads page, which made me sad because I wanted to add this to my TBR pile and make everyone jealous with the gorgeous looking cover (cough), but I’m guessing this is because the book doesn’t come out until June 2015. The synopsis for this sounded really interesting and I can’t wait to get into it.
Book 2: Chronicles of Steele : Raven by Pauline Creeden
Human life has value.
The poor living in the gutter are as valuable as the rich living in a manor.
The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.
Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.
Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in.
Since I’ve been really enjoying Steampunk books, I’ve been wanting to get into more of them. You really have to love Steampunk I think, it’s really not for everybody, but it certainly is for me. When I saw this book and the cover, I thought, “What is going on here then?” I spent a good while staring at the cover before I realized that it said ‘young adult Steampunk fantasy’, and then I was like, “OKAY I’M SOLD.” I’m really excited to read this.
Book 3: Rite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich
Straight-laced, sixteen-year-old Rebecca can’t wait for her Acceptance. A fancy ball, eligible bachelors, and her debut as an official member of society. Instead, the Machine rejects Rebecca. Labeled as a future criminal, she’s shipped off to a life sentence in a lawless penal colony.
A life behind barbed wire fences with the world’s most dangerous people terrifies Rebecca. She reluctantly joins a band of misfit teens in a risky escape plan, complete with an accidental fiancé she’s almost certain she can learn to love.
But freedom comes with a price. To escape a doomed future and prove her innocence, Rebecca must embrace the criminal within.
A system determining whether someone is good enough, or is actually a criminal — I love it when that happens, because you just know the main character is going to mess up the government so bad they won’t even be able to look straight anymore. I mean, I’m ready for it. So ready.
Book 4: When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill
What if after every bad breakup, there was someone to turn to “cleanse your palate”—someone who wouldn’t judge you, who was great in bed, someone you were sure not to fall in love with? “Sorbet sex” could solve everything—as long as it never got too sweet.
Joss and Matt have been friends since freshman year, meeting one night after Joss is dumped by her high school boyfriend. After few drinks, Joss nearly gives it up to an even drunker frat boy. Matt humors her with a proposition: that he’ll become her go-to guy whenever she needs to heal a broken heart. In return, she’ll do the same for him. The #1 Rule: They’ll never fall in love with each other. People scoff at the arrangement. But six years later, Joss and Matt are still the best of friends . . . with benefits.
Through a string of boyfriends and girlfriends—some almost perfect, some downright wrong—Joss and Matt are always there for each other when the going gets tough. No strings. No attachments. Piece of cake. No problem. After all, since they wrote the rules, surely they can play by them. Or can they?
I spent about five minutes giggling over ‘met Matt’ before I decided to pretend to be an actual adult and request this book. I don’t know why I’m so fond of the friends with benefits storylines, but I am. Maybe it’s because no matter what, you know one of them is going to mess up and actually fall for the other. It’s a given – come on!
Book 5: The Chase and The Catch by A.F. Henley
After one of his fans committed suicide, John lost everything: lover, confidence, drive. When he is given a chance to get back on his feet, he is happy to take it—even if it’s just writing an actor’s autobiography. It might not be romance, or even fiction, but it’s something, and there are worse people to work for than the charming, successful Parker Chase.
That doesn’t mean working for Parker is easy, however. A staunch supporter of living for the moment, Parker goes against everything John believes in. He feels out of place in every moment of Parker’s Hollywood life, stuck in a game of wits that at times seems almost contrived…
Gay romance. Bring it. Bring. It. As some of you might know, I’ve really been trying to read more books where there is a gay couple involved, because quite frankly I don’t read enough of them, or I don’t have enough knowledge on them. In fact, I have yet to find a book with a gay romance in it in my bookstores, so that probably says a lot. I saw this on Netgalley and what I love about is is that this cover A) gives nothing away but also B) isn’t one of those typical half-naked man with smoldering look in his eyes covers. When I went on a hunt for M/M and F/F romance books, that’s pretty much all I got. Shower shots, half naked bodies — it might come as a surprise, but I’m pretty sure gay people don’t just have sex all the time and that is what you’re advertising.
Oy vey, I’m getting carried away (that rhymed). Like I was saying, I was glad this was a normal, nothing-to-tell-you-here-you-should-read-the-book cover, I’m very fond of those in general.
Book 6, 7 & 8: A Gift of Thought, The Spirits of Christmas & A Gift of Time by Sarah Wynde
At seventeen, Sylvie Blair ran away from the small town of Tassamara, Florida. She joined the Marines, traveled the world and made a life for herself, but she never forgot what she left behind. Now a close protection security consultant (aka bodyguard) for a spoiled teenager in Washington DC, her empathic gift helps her keep her charge safe, if not out of trouble. When her past catches up with her, though, in the form of her telepathic high school sweetheart, Lucas, she’s forced to face her regrets even as she tries to decide whether his ridiculous stories about ghosts and Mexican drug cartels are signs of insanity or somehow true.
For Dillon Latimer, meeting his mom comes too late—it’s been five years since the drug overdose that killed him. But a little thing like death isn’t going to get in Dillon’s way when he decides that his parents would be much better off together. Unfortunately, it’s not easy for ghosts to influence the world of matter, especially when every choice Sylvie makes takes her deeper and deeper into danger. Can Dillon keep his mom alive long enough for her to live happily ever after with his dad?
I posted my review of A Gift of Ghosts by Sarah Wynde a while ago on this blog, and tweeted the review to the author saying I couldn’t wait to read the other books. The author then allowed me to download the remaining books in the series, which is totally awesome! This is book two in the series.
The Spirits of Christmas
This is a short story (14,000 words) that takes place in Tassamara between the ending of A Gift of Thought and the epilogue of A Gift of Thought. It is as spoiler-ific as it could possibly be for A Gift of Ghosts, as in every secret gets given away, while it’s only a little spoiler-ific for A Gift of Thought. Consider yourself warned!
Akira’s plans are simple: write wedding invitations, bake Christmas cookies, and eat red meat. (The last surprises her, too.) But when Rose, the ghost who haunts her house, asks for a favor, Akira can’t say no. Little does she realize that although she’s faced danger before, even death, a toddler who doesn’t like peanut-butter-and-jelly might just be her worst nightmare.
This is a tiny novel that accompanies the series. I am a very big fan of small stories, and it sounds like it’ll be a lot of fun!
The Gift of Time
Ten years ago, Natalya’s ability to remember the future cost her the life she wanted when her vision of her fiancé’s death tore them apart. Ever since, she’s considered her precognition more of a curse than a gift. How can she live in the present when the future looms so large?
But when the night she’s long dreaded finally arrives, Natalya’s vision and reality diverge. She and her ex, Colin, are drawn into a web of the unexplained, led by a mysterious little girl. Who is Kenzi? And where did she come from? The little girl might be the reason Fate has spared Colin’s life, but could she also bring Natalya and Colin together again?
With Colin, Kenzi, her family, the townspeople of Tassamara, and a set of circumstances that nobody could foresee, Natalya must solve the puzzle of a lifetime. Her discovery that her gift is not the only one at work will change the lives of everyone around her as time becomes precious in a most unexpected way… and the clock is ticking.
And this is book 3! I really enjoyed the first book in the series (it had one of the steamiest sex scenes I’d read in a while!) so I’m really happy to have gotten digital copies of the sequels. Especially when authors contact you and are willing to give them to you. So nice.
I’m so happy I was finally able to present a little stack of books to you this week, it made me very happy to see all these Netgalley books getting approved. All these books have a release date coming up sometime pretty soon, so I will be reading them very shortly and you should see reviews up for these babies in the weeks to come. I don’t have a specific time set for the books in the Tassamara series, so I can read them whenever, which is very nice for my schedule haha.
What have you recently added to your shelves?
As always, thanks for reading and I hope you have a lovely day.