Saturday, September 27, 2014

Stacking the Shelves 63

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Tarkin (Star Wars)A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .

Bestselling Star Wars veteran James Luceno gives Grand Moff Tarkin the Star Wars: Darth Plagueis treatment, bringing a legendary character from A New Hope to full, fascinating life.

He’s the scion of an honorable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator. Loyal proponent of the Republic and trusted ally of the Jedi Order. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly . . . and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion.

Rule through the fear of force rather than force itself, he advises his Emperor. Under Tarkin’s guidance, an ultimate weapon of unparalleled destruction moves ever closer to becoming a terrifying reality. When the so-called Death Star is completed, Tarkin is confident that the galaxy’s lingering pockets of Separatist rebellion will be brought to heel—by intimidation . . . or annihilation.

Until then, however, insurgency remains a genuine threat. Escalating guerrilla attacks by resistance forces and newfound evidence of a growing Separatist conspiracy are an immediate danger the Empire must meet with swift and brutal action. And to bring down a band of elusive freedom fighters, the Emperor turns to his most formidable agents: Darth Vader, the fearsome new Sith enforcer as remorseless as he is mysterious; and Tarkin—whose tactical cunning and cold-blooded efficiency will pave the way for the Empire’s supremacy . . . and its enemies’ extinction.
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HuskThey call them ‘husks’, the demons that cross the Farfall Mountains, leaving a trail of blood in their wake.
No incursion goes unmet; otherwise the cancer would spread until the whole of Aethir was consumed by nightmares.

That’s why the Maresmen were formed—trackers and warriors charged with holding back the tide. Each of them is different, uniquely suited to the task in hand, but one thing they hold in common: they are half-breeds, part human, part husk; and they are bound by an inviolable rule:

Hunt the husks, or be hunted themselves.

Jebediah Skayne has been hunting husks his entire adult life, but there’s something different about the trail leading to the fishing town of Portis on the shores of the Chalice Sea: no spoor, no footprints; nothing save the unmistakable feeling of wrongness.

Finding a husk in Portis would be near impossible for someone who didn’t have the sixth sense, but the instant Jeb arrives, all trace of the incursion vanishes. Forced to rely on more mundane methods of investigation, he starts to uncover a town rife with corruption, where a man will kill you for looking at a woman the wrong way; a town that’s seen its share of incursions from the land of nightmares before.

As events start to slip from his control, he realizes the husk he's come to kill is one step ahead of the game, and it holds a secret that will shake his world to the core.
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Blood Claim (Half-Blood Princess #1)
Half blood vampire princess, Sophia Daletsky, has spent the last eight months running from her oppressive and cruel Brother and her love sick ex. When she comes upon the sleepy little town of Maldera Springs, she finds a secret that’s been hidden from her people for years. Sophia must decide between saving herself, listening to her heart, or fighting for what has been safely hidden and protected by the sexy, secretive, and stoic vampire brothers, Tavian and Dante Baikov.
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The Spirit (The Spirit Trilogy)While seventeen year-old Carrie Reese’s parents were working out the details of their divorce, she headed to Villisca, Iowa to stay with her grandparents.

Villisca was home to the infamous Axe Murder House…

It’s known to be haunted by the ghosts of the victims and their killer. Carrie doesn’t believe in ghosts, but the moving curtains and red flashes of light in the windows of Lot 310 were starting to give her reason to watch her back.

Then in walked Lucas…

Within days, Carrie knew she was in love. But Lucas seemed strange: his hands were cool and hollow, he barely touched his food, and there was sadness behind his brilliant green eyes.

Lucas was falling for Carrie but knowing that loving her puts her in grave danger, he reluctantly slips out of her life….

He struggles between staying away and telling Carrie his darkest secret. Unable to stand being apart from her any longer, he decides she must know.

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Cinderella's Secret Diary (Book 1: Lost) 
What happened to Cinderella after she married the Prince? Set in the late 1700's as Napoleon is rising to power, Cinderella embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to come to terms with her failed marriage and her inability to have a child. Torn between the Queen's insistence that she try all means necessary to conceive and her own desires, she agrees to travel to Paris to consult with a witch to help her become pregnant. Her journey leads her to find her long lost Fairy Godmother and aids her to solve the mystery behind her mother's death. Yet the Lord of the Fairies, the Silver Fox, also takes notice in her and her world is suddenly turned upside down...





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Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)  
Three years ago, Alison disappeared after a slumber party, not to be seen since. Her friends at the elite Pennsylvania school mourned her, but they also breathed secret sighs of relief. Each of them guarded a secret that only Alison had known. Now they have other dirty little secrets, secrets that could sink them in their gossip-hungry world. When each of them begins receiving anonymous emails and text messages, panic sets in. Are they being betrayed by some one in their circle? Worse yet: Is Alison back? A strong launch for a suspenseful series.



AMAZON EBOOK NABS
*I got these for free but they are no longer free.*
Sacred Fate (Chronicles of Ylandre #1)
  
In the dual-gendered realm of Ylandre, the great divide between the high-born True Bloods and the lower-ranked Half Bloods is deemed impassable by most. Rohyr Essendri dared to cross it when he took young Lassen Idana from his provincial town and made him his paramour. Lassen perforce learned how to navigate the intricate byways of life at court. What he never expected, however, was to fall in love with Rohyr, a most inadvisable and impractical thing to do when one’s lover is sovereign ruler of the land. But anything worth having is worth fighting for, both figuratively and, as Lassen discovers, literally speaking.
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The Glen
 
There's something different about Jackson.
There always was, but when the savant six year old begins to suffer catatonic trances, both his parents are filled with worry. Helplessly they watch the episodes, which begin with their son going stiff as a board, unresponsive and staring into space. Their frustration grows as they search for answers and doctors are unable to explain the trances. The only one who may have the answer is his mother Clarice, but she’s keeping it to herself. Confronting her fear that Jackson may have inherited her ability to see the unseen world and the demons that haunted her childhood, will mean admitting her own paranormal past, a past she has hidden even from her husband.
But is Clarice the only one who can explain Jackson’s condition? His nanny, Mrs. Nicestrum has been with the Millers since the day he was born. While usually over-protective and suspicious of all strangers, Nicey is oddly unconcerned over the catatonic spells.
When John Miller's construction company expands, the tiny family relocates to a remote piece of land in Ithaca NY. Here Clarice discovers THE GLEN, a slice of sylvan paradise, whose borders call to her spirit and touch every extrasensory nerve she ever imagined. With no idea destiny has drawn them there and completely unaware of the satanic cult plotting to kill her son, Clarice must learn the purpose of THE GLEN in order to save him. But will discovering the reason her son needs THE GLEN prove as perilous as delivering him to it?
Both a mystery to unravel and a paranormal thriller to excite, THE GLEN reads like a photographic negative of THE OMEN. With biblical clues that foreshadow the apocalyptic mystery, THE GLEN is a classic tale of good versus evil and the first in The Glen Series by Carla Coon.
 
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Mistress of the SolsticeTHE DARK ESSENCE OF RUSSIAN MYTH

As the head priestess of the ancient Solstice cult, Marya must sacrifice a virgin every year. She copes with this gruesome duty by assuming a mask of cold detachment, as her father—the evil tzar Kashchey—devours the maidens' souls to maintain his youth and power. It is his power alone that keeps Marya’s kingdom safe from all enemies—or so she was raised to believe.

When Ivan arrives on a quest to stop the virgin sacrifices, Marya throws all her magic against him. To maintain her life—and that of her father—she must destroy Ivan before he completes his quest. But can she find it in her heart to do so?

Baba Yaga, Leshy, Vodyanoi, and the ancient animal deities come alive in this beautifully crafted romantic story that will take you into the authentic world of Russian fairy tales—with a dark, sensual twist.
 
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White Hart (White Hart series #1)  
Mae never asked to be craft-born. She never wanted that burden.

The realm needs magic again, and the the King of Aegunlund has been waiting for the first craft-born girl to marry his son, Prince Casimir.

In Mae's town of Halts-Walden, the ambitious miller claims his daughter Ellen is craft-born. Mae knows this is a load of hogwash, but she's glad Ellen will have the unfortunate pleasure of becoming queen instead of her. All she has to do is sit back and wait until Casimir and Ellen are married, then she will finally be free of the threat of her fate. But on that day an event so shocking and terrible occurs that Mae finds herself entering the neighbouring cursed forest on a quest she never thought she'd have to follow.

Join Mae as she rides her white stag through the Waerg Woods with a pampered prince at her heels. She's out for revenge and nothing, no one, will get in her way.



Bookmooch swaps
Stronghold (Dragon Star, #1) 
 A generation of peace is about to be shattered as a seemingly unstoppable invasion force lays siege to High Prince Rohan's realm. For Andry, the Sunrunner Lord, the invasion is a fulfilment of his long-ago visions of disaster to come. This is the first book in the Dragon Star trilogy.
 
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The Dragon Token (Dragon Star, #2) 
The second volume of the bestselling Dragon Star series finds the High Prince rallying his troops to stand against the invaders' army. But ancient rivalries begin to weaken his alliances, and only time will tell if the combined efforts of warriors, Sunrunners' magic, and the dragons can defeat both the invaders and the traitors within his own ranks.
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Skybowl (Dragon Star, #3)  
In the first two novels of the bestselling Dragon Star trilogy, the peaceful reign of High Prince Rohan was shattered by a mysterious invasion force which began a devastating campaign against the people of the Desert and the Sunrunners. And now, this magnificent epic is brought to a dramatic close. 
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In the Serpent's Coils (Hallowmere, #1) 
Fairies can be downright dangerous!

In the Serpent's Coils marks the debut of Hallowmere, a dark, edgy historical fantasy series that teens won't be able to put down!

Ever since her parents died in the Civil War, Corrine's dreams have been filled with fairies warning her of impending peril. When she's sent to live at Falston Manor, Corrine thinks she's escaped the danger stalking her. Instead the dreams grow stronger, just as girls begin disappearing from school.
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The Traveler (Fourth Realm, #1)In London, Maya, a young woman trained to fight by her powerful father, uses the latest technology to elude detection when walking past the thousands of surveillance cameras that watch the city. In New York, a secret shadow organization uses a victim's own GPS to hunt him down and kill him. In Los Angeles, Gabriel, a motorcycle messenger with a haunted past, takes pains to live "off the grid" - free of credit cards and government IDs. Welcome to the world of The Traveler - a world frighteningly like our own.In this compelling novel, Maya fights to save Gabriel, the only man who can stand against the forces that attempt to monitor and control society. From the back streets of Prague to the skyscrapers of Manhattan, The Traveler portrays an epic struggle between tyranny and freedom. Not since 1984 have readers witnessed a Big Brother so terrifying in its implications and in a story that so closely reflects our lives.
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Lord of the Fading Lands (Tairen Soul, #1)  
Once he had scorched the world.
Once he had driven back overwhelming darkness.
Once he had loved with such passion, his name was legend...
TAIREN SOUL
Long ago, in the magical holocaust known as the Mage Wars, the immortal Fey and their allies fought to defeat the grasping evil of the Elden Mages and their dark-gifted supporters. During those wars, in a fit of grief-induced madness caused by the death of his mate, Fey shapeshifter Rain Tairen Soul nearly destroyed the world in a blaze of tairen fire.

Now a thousand years later, a new threat calls him from the Fading Lands, back into the world that had cost him so dearly. Now an ancient, familiar evil is regaining its strength, and a new voice beckons him--more compelling, more seductive, more maddening than any before.
As the power of his most bitter enemy grows and ancient alliances crumble, the wildness in his blood will not be denied. The tairen must claim his truemate and embrace the destiny woven for him in the mists of time.
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The Kingless Land (Band of Four, #1)Aglirta is known as the Kingless Land--once prosperous and peaceful, it has now fallen into lawlessness, studded with feuding baronies engaged in a constant state of war. The only hope for peace lies in the legend of the Sleeping King: destined to rise and restore peace when the Dwaerindim stones are recovered.

Lady Embra Silvertree is the sorceress daughter of a bellicose baron with an eye towards world domination. She has been imprisoned by her father who hopes to use her as a magical battery to fortify his castle. When a pair of good natured rogues attempt to steal one of her jewel encrusted gowns, they are quickly enlisted as allies to help her escape and, with the aid of a shape-shifting cleric, to seek out the Dwaerindim.








So what do you think?  Have you read any of these or do any sound good?  
Did you get any new books you are especially excited about?
 

8 comments:

  1. These look really good. I haven't really read any of them or seen a lot of them before. They look amazing.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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  2. Oh I have White Hart on my nook, but I haven't read it yet. Nice haul.

    Erin @ The Book Nut
    STS: http://booklovingnut.blogspot.com/2014/09/stacking-shelves-12-september-27-2014.html

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  3. OOoh impressive haul! These are all new to me but more than a few looks intriguing to me! Hope you enjoy each and every one of them!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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  4. Wow, awesome haul! I'm generally wary of tie-in novels, but it's taking every ounce of self-control I have not to snag a copy of Tarkin. Best of luck with Rawn's trilogy - her stuff is amazing.

    Here's how I Stacked the Shelves this week.

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  5. I dread seeing more releases in the Pretty Little Liars series! I read and liked the first one so bought a pile of the books which I haven't read yet. Now I'm losing count of how many there are! *panics* Enjoy your books!

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  6. I'm intrigued by a couple books mentioned in your post :
    . Cinderella's Secret Diaries -- I enjoy fairy tale re-tellings and fairy-tale inspired books, movies, and TV shows. The most creative re-telling of Cinderella I've seen was in an episode of Grimm.

    . Pretty Little Liars -- this would be a total guilty pleasure read for me, much like Gossip Girl. I haven't read any of the books for PLL nor have I watched the show but they're on my TBR/TBW lists.

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  7. Dang, I must say, I have not heard of any of these! However, I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a fabulous week :)

    Check out my STS post!

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  8. So much awesomeness here! Happy reading and I hope you’ll enjoy them all! :)

    My STS: http://readingadd.blogspot.ro/2014/09/stacking-shelves-7.html

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