Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, every Weekend. This is to share books I have acquired from various sources. Physical books & ebooks both are welcome. If its something being sent to me by mail, I will not mention it until I actually receive it.
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"Ember Hill left the
dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt
and his crew of rogues. But Ember can't forget the sacrifice made for
her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a
soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her
from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he'd signed his own
Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember
must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order's headquarters.
With assassins after them and Ember's own brother helping Talon with the
hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new
perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George.
reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking
and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another
day…or start an all-out war?"
"The first volume in Neil Gibson's acclaimed series of twisted tales. This 200 page book contains 12 individual and unique stories which are all related. The stories vary from 10 year old girls to Colombian drug lords and everything in between. It is left to the reader to find the connections between the stories - some connections are immediately clear whilst other connection only become clear in later volumes. This series is designed for re-reading. The author describes the genre as psychological thriller, but the books contains horror, dark (at times demented) stories incorporating every human emotion, illegal activity, and brutal reality. Using various illustrators allows each story and character to develop their own form. Twisted Dark has been embraced by the comic book world receiving critical acclaim and a cult following. If you haven’t read one yet, you don’t know what you’re missing."
"The second volume in Neil Gibson's acclaimed series of twisted tales. Again at 200 pages, this book expands on the Twisted Universe and introduces more characters. Connections with volume one are there, but each re-reading reveals more connections and subtleties. This volume has more humour than the first volume but it certainly retains its twisted, dark theme. This is the sort of graphic novel that you show to people who think comics are for kids. Sold out at conventions, Volume 2 is currently on its third printing."
"For most of her life, Lirael has been training to kill—and replace—a duplicate version of herself on a parallel Earth. She is the perfect sleeper-soldier. But she’s beginning to suspect she is not a good person.
The two Earths are identical in almost every way. Two copies of every city, every building, even every person. But the people from the second Earth know something their duplicates do not—two versions of the same thing cannot exist. They—and their whole planet—are slowly disappearing. Lira has been trained mercilessly since childhood to learn everything she can about her duplicate, to be a ruthless sleeper-assassin who kills that other Lirael and steps seamlessly into her life.
An intricate, literary stand-alone from an astonishing new voice, The Unquiet takes us deep inside the psyche of a strong teenage heroine struggling with what she has been raised to be and who she really is. Fans of eerily futuristic and beautifully crafted stories such as Never Let Me Go, Orphan Black, and Fringe will find themselves haunted by this unsettling debut."
"Two men. A brutal experiment. And only one shocking way out…
on real life events, STARVED: INCEPTION takes place in a little-known
laboratory of human suffering in the waning days of World War II.
Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene at University of Minnesota was
headed by Dr. Ancel Keyes, the man behind the K-ration. Keyes studied
the effects of wartime starvation by depriving two dozen young men, all
volunteers, of adequate food.
In STARVED: INCEPTION, volunteers
Carl Yoder and Hank Phipps—both religious conscientious objectors—bond
over their pacifist convictions and the rigors of surviving on scant
calories. As the months pass and their starvation progresses, however,
the two men take desperate measures to sustain themselves. Years after
the study's end, after both men have jobs and families, the choices they
made come back to haunt them, with brutal results ..."
"The last of her kind...
the last of the Silver Wolves, and the only female with the ability to
produce werewolf offspring, Morgan Carter is a wanted woman. Male
suitors from all packs vie for her, and threaten the safety of her young
niece, Lana. But there is only one man Morgan wants...
The last of his control...
Crawford has been through hell and back for Morgan. And he’d do it
again. But until she learns to trust him, and lets him claim her as his
own, he can’t fully protect her. When a force more powerful than either
have known threatens to tear them apart, can Greyson convince Morgan to
accept him as her mate once and for all, before it’s too late?"
"As children, they played games of myth and magic…
Kent fell in love with Caith Breckwood when they were children. As a
teenager, she was certain he was the man she was destined to marry. But a
traumatic event from Caith's past led him to fear a future together. He
left Veronica, hoping to save her from a terrible fate. Twelve years
later, Caith, now a P.I., is hired to investigate bizarre incidents at
the secluded retreat Veronica manages. Returning to his hometown, Caith
is forced to face his nightmares—and his feelings for the woman he’s
Then one day, the monsters became real.
the callous way Caith broke her heart, Veronica isn’t thrilled to see
him again. But strange occurrences have taken a dangerous toll on
business at Stone Willow Lodge. Forced to work together, Veronica
discovers it isn’t ghostly apparitions that frighten her, but her
passion for a man she has never forgotten. Or forgiven. Can two people
with a tarnished past unearth a magical future?"
"Forensic artist Gwen Marcey has become the target of a serial killer who believes he's been appointed God's executioner.
In Copper Creek, Montana, Gwen Marcey is struggling to put
together her life after cancer and divorce. When her dog retrieves a
skull of a murder victim and leads her to the victim's grave, Gwen uses
her forensic art ability to identify a serial killer. She is horrified
to discover all the victims look like her fourteen-year-old daughter.
murderer is a "lone wolf," a member of the terrorist group Phineas
Priesthood—and he has a score to settle with Gwen. Unraveling the
tangled Christian Identity movement, where race—not grace—provides
salvation, Gwen is in a frantic rush against time. She must use all her
skills to uncover the killer before he can carry out his threat to
destroy her and everyone she loves."
"Destroy thy Neighbor! A gate to another dimension has burst open, and
invincible monsters called Neighbors invade Earth. Osamu Mikumo may not
be the best among the elite warriors who co-opt other-dimensional
technology to fight back, but along with his Neighbor friend Yuma, he’ll
do whatever it takes to defend life on Earth as we know it.
It’s a Neighbor invasion! Trion soldiers swarm Mikado City, wreaking
havoc and capturing isolated Border agents. When the sinister humanoid
Neighbors orchestrating the attack target Chika for her massive Trion,
Osamu may be the only one who can save her! But can a B-Rank agent
compete against the surprising power of this new alien foe?"
"On her sixteenth birthday, orphan Himari Momochi inherits her ancestral
estate that she’s never seen. Momochi House exists on the barrier
between the human and spiritual realms, and Himari is meant to act as
guardian between the two worlds. But on the day she moves in, she finds
three handsome squatters already living in the house, and one seems to
have already taken over her role!"
"Izumi Sena is an average guy born into a family of famous celebrities. A
college student and total otaku, he works hard every day with the goal
of someday becoming a manga creator.
Izumi Sena is an average
guy born into a family of famous celebrities. A college student and
total otaku, he works hard every day with the goal of someday becoming a
manga creator. But right now, he’s somehow found himself stuck doing a
commercial with popular actor Ryoma Ichijo. To make matters worse, Ryoma
makes the situation even more awkward by professing his undying love.
Izumi tries to convince him they should first start out as friends, but
somehow things get more intimate. Has the romance flag finally been
"Rokuro is from a family of exorcists, but he’d rather be a singer, a
soccer player or anything but an exorcist! He’s forced to own up to his
own incredible potential when new arrival Benio stirs his competitive
spirit. But their rivalry gets a twist when they earn the prestigious
title of “Twin Star Exorcists”— two supreme fighters fated to marry and
birth the ultimate spiritual warrior!"
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"Long ago, dragons were
hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary
society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their
numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning,
and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the
Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known
to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the
teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined
place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue
dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember
struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the
Order of St. George.
Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a
mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in
particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his
prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's
bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question
everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be
willing to give up to find the truth about dragons."
"The prequel to the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series.
WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered
the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease.
and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving
the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of
rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there’s
something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it’s mutating, and all
evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.
and Trina are convinced there’s a way to save those left living from
descending into madness. And they’re determined to find it—if they can
stay alive. Because in this new, devastated world, every life has a
price. And to some, you’re worth more dead than alive."
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Purchases and Swaps
"The Land of Faerie is calling.
There are places unknown, magic lures you in and love spands lifetimes.
Don't resist. It's in the blood...
Evangeline is a short story prequel to Ever Shade."
"Rural Wisconsin, 1909.
In the bitter cold, Ralph Truitt, a successful businessman, stands alone
on a train platform waiting for the woman who answered his newspaper
advertisement for "a reliable wife." But when Catherine Land steps off
the train from Chicago, she's not the "simple, honest woman" that Ralph
is expecting. She is both complex and devious, haunted by a terrible
past and motivated by greed. Her plan is simple: she will win this man's
devotion, and then, ever so slowly, she will poison him and leave
Wisconsin a wealthy widow. What she has not counted on, though, is that
Truitt — a passionate man with his own dark secrets —has plans of his
own for his new wife. Isolated on a remote estate and imprisoned by
relentless snow, the story of Ralph and Catherine unfolds in
With echoes of Wuthering Heights and Rebecca,
Robert Goolrick's intoxicating debut novel delivers a classic tale of
suspenseful seduction, set in a world that seems to have gone
temporarily off its axis."
"Young Tabby Aykroyd has
been brought to the dusty mansion of Seldom House to be nursemaid to a
foundling boy. He is a savage little creature, but the Yorkshire moors
harbor far worse, as Tabby soon discovers. The ghost of the last maid
will not leave Tabby in peace, yet this spirit is only one of many. Why
do scores of dead maids and masters haunt Seldom House with a jealous
devotion that extends beyond the grave?
As Tabby struggles to
escape the evil forces rising out of the land, she watches her young
charge choose a different path. He is determined to keep Seldom House as
his own. Though Tabby tries to befriend the uncouth urchin, her
kindness cannot alter his fate. Long before he reaches the old farmhouse
of Wuthering Heights, the boy who will become Heathcliff has doomed
himself and any who try to befriend him."
"FROM PALACE . . . Dennis flees the crystal walls of Emath when he learns the truth behind the city his father rules.
TO WILDERNESS . . . The jungle enfolds him, tests his sword arm with
monsters and his courage with nightmares more terrible than any monster.
FROM LOVE . . . Sword and spirit can win Dennis a princess--
TO BLACKEST WIZARDRY . . . But he can overcome the final evil only at the risk of all he has become--and his soul besides."
"Magic is dangerous—but
love is more dangerous still. When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses
the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is
the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her
in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural
folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors
dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called
The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a
Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into
another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs
the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London
Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to
help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two
best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and
blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in
his life at arm's length... everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their
search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens
to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose
between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the
world... and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all."
"A woman’s corpse is discovered in a meadow. A strange combination of letters and numbers has been tattooed on the soles of her feet. Detective inspector Beatrice Kaspary from the local murder squad quickly identifies the digits as map coordinates. These lead to a series of gruesome discoveries as she and her colleague Florin Wenninger embark on a bloody trail – a modern-day scavenger hunt using GPS navigation devices to locate hidden caches. The "owner" of these unofficial, unpublished geocaches is a highly calculating and elusive fiend who leaves his victims’ body-parts sealed in plastic bags, complete with riddles that culminate in a five-stage plot. Kaspary herself becomes an unwilling pawn in the perpetrator’s game of cat and mouse as she risks all to uncover the motives behind the murderer’s actions. Five is definitely not a book for the faint-hearted, but it delivers great suspense, unexpected plot twists, and multi-dimensional characters."
So did any of these catch your interest? I'd love to know which! Have you read any of these and if so what did you think of them?
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