Saturday, September 20, 2014

Stacking the Shelves 62


Beware!  Lots of books ahead....

Undertow (Undertow, #1)  Eila Walker knows luck is not a friend, so she is downright shocked to inherit a million-dollar Cape Cod home. And yeah, her new town isn't perfect: the cheerleaders are heinous clones, the local undertow can kill ya, and her Great Grams was supposedly fried by lightning in the harbor square. Still, Eila is hopeful her luckless days are in the past . . . until history decides to repeat itself.

When drool-worthy Raef O’Reilly becomes her friendly, yet weirdly protective shadow, Eila thinks life is pretty darn perfect – until she is hauled beneath the waves by an unnatural undertow. Revealing coal-black eyes and iron-like strength as he rescues her, Raef can no longer hide what he is . . . or what she can do. Eila, last of her kind, can supposedly channel the power of human souls, while Raef is more adept at stealing them. Even worse, the legend about her ancestor isn't such a myth, since Eila’s grandmother was one kick-butt warrior until her lightning-like power backfired. A power that is written all over Eila's DNA.

Determined to stay one step ahead of a dangerous clan that is hunting her, Raef, along with three unlikely allies, will do all they can to protect her. But as hidden pieces of their brutal histories unravel, Eila begins to understand just what went down in the harbor square. She soon realizes that following in her grandmother’s fearless footsteps may be the only way to save those she loves . . . including Raef.


The Daughter of the Sea and the SkyAfter centuries of religiously motivated war, the world has been split in two. Now the Blessed Lands are ruled by pure faith, while in the Republic, reason is the guiding light—two different realms, kept apart and at peace by a treaty and an ocean.

Children of the Republic, Helena and Jason were inseparable in their youth, until fate sent them down different paths. Grief and duty sidetracked Helena’s plans, and Jason came to detest the hollowness of his ambitions.

These two damaged souls are reunited when a tiny boat from the Blessed Lands crashes onto the rocks near Helena’s home after an impossible journey across the forbidden ocean. On board is a single passenger, a nine-year-old girl named Kailani, who calls herself “the Daughter of the Sea and the Sky.” A new and perilous purpose binds Jason and Helena together again, as they vow to protect the lost innocent from the wrath of the authorities, no matter the risk to their future and freedom.

But is the mysterious child simply a troubled little girl longing to return home? Or is she a powerful prophet sent to unravel the fabric of a godless Republic, as the outlaw leader of an illegal religious sect would have them believe? Whatever the answer, it will change them all forever… and perhaps their world as well.


Hourglass (Hourglass, #1)One hour to rewrite the past . . .
For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.

So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.
Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?

Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.


Messenger of Fear (Messenger of Fear, #1)

 I remembered my name – Mara. But, standing in that ghostly place, faced with the solemn young man in the black coat with silver skulls for buttons, I could recall nothing else about myself.

And then the games began.

The Messenger sees the darkness in young hearts, and the damage it inflicts upon the world. If they go unpunished, he offers the wicked a game. Win, and they can go free. Lose, and they will live out their greatest fear.

But what does any of this have to do with Mara? She is about to find out . .


Trial by Fire (Worldwalker, #1)This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily's other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.


Steel Lily (Periodic, #1)AVERY PIKE is a commodity. No, more than a commodity. Her existence is guarded at all costs.

She’s a water Elementalist, the strongest of her dwindling kind. She creates steam to provide energy to fuel Dome Four: the only thing standing between humanity and an earth ravaged by World War III. No steam, no Dome. No Dome, no life.

Or so she thinks.

That is, until a mysterious man offers her a way out of having to donate steam. A way to escape the corrupt government of Dome Four. While the offer seems too good to be true, Avery is intrigued. But when she arrives to her new home, she realizes the grass isn’t any less dead on this side of the fence. Instead, the lies are just hidden better.

…Which means digging deeper.

When Avery enlists the help of her friends to uncover the truth, she learns that while some secrets are better left concealed, humankind was never meant to live in a cage. And when you can control the most sought after resource, you can learn to control anything…including the fate of your world.


Welcome to Paradise (The Kincaids, #1)By the bestselling author of the "Escape to New Zealand" series--
They're going to party like it's 1885.

Mira Walker is hoping that competing on a "living history" reality show will give her what's missing from her real life. Maybe she'll get closer to her boyfriend, who hasn't been all that nice to her lately. Get fired up about her job again. Who knows, she might even win a million dollars.

Gabe Kincaid and his brother Alec are after that million too, though. Mira and Scott are no threat at all, not when everybody involved is going to want to kill Scott after the first day. And there's no bond stronger than a twin's. What could possibly go wrong?

Note: Despite the TV cameras, things do heat up a bit in the Idaho summer. If you prefer your romance unheated, this may not be the book for you.


Multiples of Six  An old woman gunned down in her home in Texas. A hunted man tired of running. A retiree out to right the wrongs of his past. An assassin with a kill list. An FBI agent done playing by the rules. And a young man whose simple life is about to be shattered.

With the death of his mother just days prior, James Masterson is only scratching the surface when he discovers the assailant on his back porch is his brother...a twin brother he never knew he had.

Now, he must gather all of the pieces to the unraveling puzzle that is his life, discover the truth about his past, and save his brothers. All five of them.


Just Evil (Evil Secrets Trilogy, #1)For forty years the double murder of an elderly couple in the Hollywood Hills remained unsolved and all but forgotten. No one cared. But a stranger, bent on revenge, is out to change all that.

Kit Griffin has finally overcome a painful childhood at the hands of her mother, former actress Alana Stevens. No longer living in the grasp of the cold, tyrannical woman, Kit has found a new life tucked away in little San Madrid, California, running a business she loves, surrounded by friends she considers family. For the first time her life is on track. That is, until Alana is found brutally murdered on Mother’s Day, pulling Kit back in to the dark horrors of her past. To make matters worse, the police consider her the prime suspect.

Jake Boston, an old family friend and the man Kit has loved since she was a teen, is fighting his own demons as a suspect in his wife’s murder two years earlier. Despite his past, he’s determined to win Kit over once and for all. But before that can happen they need to convince the police there’s a killer working his way down a list with cold-hearted vengeance in mind.

Forced to delve into Alana’s dark past, it becomes clear someone is out to settle a score. When Jake and Kit uncover a forty year old double murder that leads them straight to the door of a legal dynasty, they soon find out just how far the heirs will go to keep the past buried and eliminate all the loose ends to protect their empire. Will Jake and Kit become the next victims or will they find an unexpected guardian angel?


22020624Read 10 different books from 10 different series. Click on the inside feature to view covers, read blurbs, and see book trailers.

From bestselling authors W.J. May and Chrissy Peebles - each book is a different genre of fantasy, paranormal and romance – all from different series!

1. (YA horror) The Zombie Chronicles
2. (Adult Paranormal Romance) Eternal Vows
3. (YA Vampire series) Crush
4. (YA Paranormal) Enchanted Castle
5. (YA Fantasy & Sci fi) Castaway



Nick Adams is just a normal guy. He loves his family, appreciates his home, and covets his car. But he absolutely hates his job. Which is what makes it so difficult that not a single customer has come by his store today. It seems as though there’s a bug going around, something that has come out of nowhere and is keeping people at home. Still, it’s probably nothing to worry about. People get sick all the time.

And besides, things are finally starting to look up. Nick’s first customer of the day has just stumbled through the door…

It won’t be long before Nick’s entire life is turned upside down, sending him on a frantic journey through a ravaged world that will ultimately lead him 500 feet upwards to a hilltop amusement park. Is it the last safe place on Earth, or are the monsters at the top of the hill even worse than the ones below?



Colony Z: The Island (Vol. 1)Volume 1 of the Colony Z series!

When the Undead have taken over America, one group of survivors find safety by escaping to a remote, unsettled island.

There they work to rebuild society, while trying to survive whatever it is that is after them.

Alone and isolated, their relative peace and safety is shattered when a group of Others shows up on their island and their leaders must make life-altering choices in the blink of an eye.

This is only the beginning. This is their story.


Tournament of ChanceHeather has trained hard for the Tournament of Chance archery competition, only to discover its promised rewards were a lie. After a daring escape from the king's dungeon, she joins with a trio of shape-shifting wizards who intend to spark a revolution. When a magical accident sends her back in time, Heather has the opportunity to set things right. If she saves the kingdom, however, will she face the future without the only man she could ever love?

Prince Dane has been waiting for centuries to reclaim his kingdom, wrested away from his family by treachery and deceit. Before he can succeed, he must release the magic bound up in the Dragonstone. When he discovers his fate may depend on a young green-eyed beauty with a skill for archery, he’s skeptical at first. As time goes on, he finds himself increasingly attracted to her strength and character…but can he change his arrogant ways enough to win her heart?


Dead Zone


America is at war—and five teens are caught in the crossfire.

It began with a virus. Then a series of attacks erupted across the nation. Now the true invasion has begun, and a handful of teenagers with impossible powers are America’s only defense.





The Island of Excess Love (Love in the Time of Global Warming, #2)Pen has lost her parents. She’s lost her eye. But she has fought Kronen; she has won back her fragile friends and her beloved brother. Now Pen, Hex, Ash, Ez, and Venice are living in the pink house by the sea, getting by on hard work, companionship, and dreams. Until the day a foreboding ship appears in the harbor across from their home. As soon as the ship arrives, they all start having strange visions of destruction and violence. Trance-like, they head for the ship and their new battles begin.

This companion to Love in the Time of Global Warming follows Pen as she searches for love among the ruins, this time using Virgil’s epic Aeneid as her guide. A powerful and stunning book filled with Francesca Lia Block’s beautiful language and inspiring characters.


Catch a Wolf: Saga of the Black Wolf, Book Two by A. Katie Roseaine, Ly'Tana and the others escape Brutal's trap, but with dire consequences. Kel'Ratan has been grievously injured, and Rygel must take him to safety to save his life. Yet, they are not out of danger. A monstrous storm called the Wrath of Usa'a'mah has halted their flight from Khalid and they must seek shelter within a remote monastery or die under the storm's power. But High King Brutal has allied himself with the deadly assassins, the Shekinah Tongu. The secretive clan has sworn out a Blood Oath against Rygel in retaliation for his leaving their brothers in the forest to die. With their hellish hounds and Brutal's dark wizard, Ja'Teel, they track Raine and Ly'Tana through the devastation left by the storm. Raine leads them into the west, toward Ly'Tana's home of Kel'Halla, with Brutal's menace confronting them at every turn. As he finds himself falling in love with the exotic Ly'Tana, Raine is plagued by a mysterious voice in his head. Is he going crazy? In Raine, Ly'Tana discovers the one man she cannot live without. However, an evil entity has targeted Ly'Tana, bent on her destruction. How can Raine, Rygel, Kel'Ratan and her griffin bodyguard, Bar, keep her safe from its vast, unseen power? Hunted by Brutal and his evil allies, Raine, Ly'Tana and their friends discover a new, and very strange, force dogging their trail - a pack of enormous, cunning wolves. Mysterious wolves who call to Raine in the night, and bring alive the secret he's kept hidden, even from himself. Taunted by nightmarish visions, Raine is forced to confront his own dark demon - the beast within himself. Who will catch Raine and Ly'Tana first? Brutal and his pets - or the wolves? Thus begins the second novel of the Saga of the Black Wolf series.


Prince Wolf: Saga of the Black Wolf, Book Three by A. Katie RoseRaine has discovered that he is not just gai'tan, the werewolf, he is the direct descendant of the wolf god, Darius, and the Chosen One of the wolves. In accepting his wolf self, and merging both halves - man and wolf - he also accepts his role as the wolves' savior: he must slay the monster that keeps Darius a prisoner. Unless Darius is freed, wolves will die out as a species. But Raine has had a vision, and has foreseen his own death. In order to keep his love, Ly'Tana, safe, he abandons her and all those dear to him. With only Darius' voice in his head for company, he leaves behind his blood-brother, Rygel, his newly adopted wolf son, Tuatha, and his loyal Tarbane, Tashira, to travel to the frozen north alone and heartbroken. Angry and bewildered, Ly'Tana resolves to follow him north. Yet, her divine enemy makes another attempt to kill her. Under Rygel's guidance and protected by a pack of enormous wolves, Ly'Tana, her kinsman, Kel'Ratan, and her warriors ride in search of a monk who can save her from divine retribution. High King Brutal hasn't given up his chase to marry her and seize her beloved country, nor has the Shekinah Tongu turned aside from their Blood Oath to slay Rygel. Hunted by both men and gods, Ly'Tana rides in search of answers, before she can ride in search of her one true love. Will Raine escape the evil wizard Ja'Teel's traps? Can he stave off starvation as he learns to hunt as a wolf? Can Ly'Tana survive the wrath of a god and outwit a murdering King? How will she endure treachery from within her own camp? Thus begins Prince Wolf, Book Three of the Saga of the Black Wolf. 


Master of the Five Magics (Magics, #1)QUEST OF THE FAIR LADY

Alodar was a mere apprentice thaumaturge, learning the least of the five arts of magic. As such, he had no right to aspire to the hand of the fair lady, Queen Vendora, not even when he saved her during the demon-inspired siege of her frontier castle. But aspire he did.

His quest forced him from one exacting branch of magic to another, with the rewards he earned always going to others. Finally, only the branch of wizardry remained - the great, almost lost art of controlling demons.

It was then he learned of the ancient plot behind his rise - and faced the greatest danger any man could dare!


Port Mortuary (Kay Scarpetta, #18)When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell."
-The New York Times Book Review Port Mortuary, the title of Patricia Cornwell's eighteenth Scarpetta novel, is literally a port for the dead. In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Scarpetta's past merges with the high- tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she accepted a scholarship from the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt. Now, more than twenty years and many career successes later, her secret military ties have drawn her to Dover Air Force Base, where she has been immersed in a training fellowship.

As the chief of the new Cambridge Forensic Center in Massachusetts, a joint venture of the state and federal governments, MIT and Harvard, Scarpetta is confronted with a case that could shut down her new facility and ruin her personally and professionally.


WestmarkWhen Theo agrees to print a traveling showman's pamphlet, he only thinks of the money it will bring in. Instead, it sets off a chain reaction that results in the smashing of the press and the murder of his master. Caught on the wrong side of the law, Theo must flee the city. Soon, he has teamed up with the traveling showman Count Las Bombas (who is actually a con artist) and his servant. The trio is soon joined by Mickle, a clever, strong-willed girl with a mysterious past. Performing feats that astound and amaze, the motley crew falls into a trap set by Chief Minister Cabbarus, who is determined to wrest power from the grief-stricken king. Now they must not only save themselves-they must save the kingdom...

This is the first volume in Lloyd Alexander's classic Westmark trilogy. 


A Darkness Forged in Fire: Book One of the Iron ElvesNow in mass market, the first novel in the thrilling series of epic storytelling and adventure reminiscent of J.R.R. Tolkien and Bernard Cornwell...where musket and cannon, bow and arrow, and magic and diplomacy all wield power in an empire teetering on the brink of war.

In this world, Konowa Swift Dragon, former commander of the Empire’s elite Iron Elves, is anything but ordinary. He’s murdered a Viceroy, been court-martialed, seen his beloved regiment disbanded, and finally been banished in disgrace to the one place he despises the most—the forest. All he wants is to be left alone with his misery...but for Konowa, nothing is ever that simple. Brimming with high adventure and intrigue, this is "a splendid read for fans of both science fiction and fantasy military adventure. Highly recommended" (Library Journal).  



So there is my huge haul.  Have you read any of these or do any catch your attention that sound interesting?    


Some Giveaways I also have going on right now:











  1. OOOh nice! I loved Trial by Fire! Hourglass was great too, which reminds me I still need to read the last one in that trilogy! Happy Reading!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  2. Wow, what a haul! I never read the Iron Elves trilogy, but I've started the ARC of Chris Evans' latest.

    Here's how I Stacked the Shelves this week.

  3. I need Messenger of Fear as well!

    Deitre @ A Leisure Moment

  4. I got Steel Lily as well, and have a copy of Trial by Fire too. Enjoy them all! My STS.

  5. There are a few interesting sounding apocalypse books on your haul...I do like zombies and stuff! Enjoy your books!

  6. I bought Trial by Fire this week, The UK version was only £3.85 so really couldn't pass it up, haha. Happy reading! :)

    Here's mine

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

  7. So many beautiful and interesting books. You're making me both jealous and eager to empty my wallet:)) Happy reading!

    My STS:

  8. WOW, that sure is a great stack of books! Some of the Sci-Fi ones look great, and I would really like to read Hourglass.
    Thanks for stopping by earlier. Have a fantastic week and happy reading.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  9. I heard about some of them but I confess that I havent read any. Happy reading!

  10. You had a nice week haha! Trial of Iron and Fire is really a book I want to read and I just recently read a book by Lloyd Alexander, that I thought was ok. Since I've heard that he is a good writer I want to read some of his other books. Westmark is on my wishlist! Happy reading!

  11. OMG! So many pretties to bury my nose into. I still have to pick up Trial by Fire. Heard so many good things about it. I hope you enjoy it too. Steel and Lily also sound interesting.

    Thanks for stopping by Thoughts and Pens!

  12. Ooh, good haul! Hope you enjoy 'em.

  13. wow such a great haul! :) I'm especially interesthed with Colonoy Z! :))

  14. Hourglass has such a great cover! I really have to check it out soon, Happy reading!

  15. Hourglass and Trial by Fire are both pretty good books. And Hourglass's sequel, Timepiece is great.

  16. Nice haul. Trial by fire is quite interesting me while at teh same time i'm hesitatnt ( strange feeling) Prince wolf i would want to read as well ( can't resist wolf^^;;)

    i hope you enjoy all of them

  17. Whoa, lots of books! There are a TON I want to read- definitely Trial By Fire (which I am trying to NOT read since I have review books to read, but I want to SO badly), and Messenger of Fear. Hope you enjoy them :)

  18. Loved Trial by Fire! Hope you do too. Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  19. I'm hearing great things about Trial by Fire... I think I'll have to read it too! Great Haul! :) Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

    Book Maniac Reviews

  20. That is quite an impressive and diverse haul! Undertow sounds really good. I have some of those want some of them and will look into others I hadn't heard of. Thanks for stopping by!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

  21. Great haul! I'm really looking forward to Trial by Fire myself. I have Welcome to Paradise, but I haven't read it yet.

  22. Wow, some haul! Love the cover of Hourglass. And I cannot wait to read Messenger of Fear. I got an ARC at BEA but never got to it. I've heard good things about Trial by Fire. Enjoy your books and thanks for stopping by The Cover Contessa.

  23. I enjoyed the Hourglass series. The rest...I've not read. Enjoy them all. Thanks for stopping by!

  24. You weren't kidding when you said "lots of books ahead". Fantastic haul! Enjoy!

  25. This is a really great haul!! :-)

  26. Great haul! I really want to read Trial by Fire and Steel Lily. Have a great time reading all your books:-)


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