Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books we are adding to our shelves, whether they be physical or digital. This includes physical books bought, digital books downloaded, and those titles received for review.

Review Titles

Woo! What a fabulous week for review titles! A pair of highly anticipated reads and a pair of new discoveries...

First up is a signed ARC of 
The Frozen Crown by Greta Kelly

Askia became heir to the Frozen Crown of Seravesh because of her devotion to her people. But her realm is facing a threat she cannot defeat by sheer will alone. The mad emperor of the Roven Empire has unleashed a horde of invading soldiers to enslave her lands. For months, her warriors have waged a valiant, stealth battle, yet they cannot stop the enemy’s advancement. Running out of time, she sets sail for sun-drenched Vishir, the neighboring land to the south, to seek help from its ruler, Emperor Armaan.

A young woman raised in army camps, Askia is ill-equipped to navigate Vishir’s labyrinthine political games. Her every move sinks her deeper into court intrigues which bewilder and repel her, leaving her vulnerable not only to enemies gathering at Vishir''s gates, but to those behind the palace walls. 

And in this glittering court, where secrets are worth more than gold, Askia fears that one false step will expose her true nature. For Askia is a witch gifted with magical abilities—knowledge that could destroy not only her life but her people. As her adversaries draw closer, Askia is forced to make an impossible choice—and no matter what she decides, it may not be enough to prevent Seravesh’s fall.


Next up is Gifting Fire, the 2nd Stealing Thunder book from Alina Boyden

The battle has been won, but the war is just beginning.

Although at long last Razia Khan has found peace with herself and love with her prince, Arjun, her trials are far from over. In order to save her prince and his city from certain destruction, Razia made a deal with the devil--her father, the Sultan of Nizam. Now the bill has come due.

Razia must secure the province of Zindh, a land surrounded by enemies, and loyal to a rebel queen who has survived her father's purge. But when her old tormentor Prince Karim invades her new home and forces her into a marriage alliance, Razia finds herself trapped in the women's quarters of a foreign palace, with her beloved Prince Arjun exiled from her side.

Now, in order to free herself, and her province, from Karim's clutches, she must call upon all of her training as a royal princess, a cunning courtesan, and a daring thief to summon new allies and old friends for a battle that will decide her fate, and the fate of an empire..


Following that is The Queen's Weapons, the 11th Black Jewels novel by Anne Bishop


They are Warlord Princes, men born to serve and protect. They are the Queen's Weapons, men born to destroy the Queen's enemies--no matter what face that enemy wears.

Daemonar Yaslana knows how to be bossy yet supportive--traits he shares with his father, the Demon Prince, and his uncle, the High Lord of Hell. Within his generation of the family, he assumes the role of protector, supporting his sister Titian’s artistic efforts and curbing his cousin Jaenelle Saetien’s more adventurous ideas. But when a young Eyrien Queen, someone Titian thought was a friend, inflicts an emotional wound, Daemonar's counterattack brings him under the tutelage of Witch, the Queen whose continued existence is known only to a select few.

As Daemonar is confronted by troubling changes within and around the family, he sees warnings that a taint in the Blood might be reappearing. Daemonar, along with his father and uncle, must uncover the source of a familiar evil--and Daemon Sadi, the High Lord of Hell, may be forced into making a terrible choice.


Next, on the discovery side, we have The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird 

The year is 2025, and a mysterious virus has broken out in Scotland--a lethal illness that seems to affect only men. When Dr. Amanda MacLean reports this phenomenon, she is dismissed as hysterical. By the time her warning is heeded, it is too late. The virus becomes a global pandemic--and a political one. The victims are all men. The world becomes alien--a women's world.

What follows is the immersive account of the women who have been left to deal with the virus's consequences, told through first-person narratives. Dr. MacLean; Catherine, a social historian determined to document the human stories behind the "male plague;" intelligence analyst Dawn, tasked with helping the government forge a new society; and Elizabeth, one of many scientists desperately working to develop a vaccine. Through these women and others, we see the uncountable ways the absence of men has changed society, from the personal--the loss of husbands and sons--to the political--the changes in the workforce, fertility and the meaning of family.

In The End of Men, Christina Sweeney-Baird creates an unforgettable tale of loss, resilience and hope.


Finally, from an author I've heard great things about, it's My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones


In her quickly gentrifying rural lake town Jade sees recent events only her encyclopedic knowledge of horror films could have prepared her for in this latest novel from the Jordan Peele of horror literature, Stephen Graham Jones.

Jade feels like she’s trapped in a slasher film as tourists go missing and the tension between her community and the celebrity newcomers to the Indian Lake shore heads towards a tipping point, when she feels the killer will rise. Jade watches as the small town she knows and loves begins to head towards catastrophe as yachts compete with canoes and the celebrity rich change the landscape of what was designated park lands to develop what they call Terra Nova.

This new novel from the acclaimed author of The Only Good Indians and “literary master” (Tananarive Due, author of The Good House) Stephen Graham Jones, is a must-read, exploring the changing landscape of the West through his particular voice of sharp humor and prophetic violence that will have you cheering for the American heroine we need.


New Acquisitions: Paperback Treasures

Lots of paperback goodies hitting the shelves this week...


New additions to the kickass heroine, female-fronted thriller shelves include 

  • Black Rain by Graham Brown (covert government operative Danielle Laidlaw leads an expedition into the deepest reaches of the Amazon in search of a legendary Mayan city)
  • Red Cell by Mark Henshaw (two women, CIA outcasts, who must race to stop a secret Chinese weapon that threatens to provoke a world war)
  • Circle of Bones by Christine Killing (sex and adventure meet history and intrigue in this breathless nautical thriller that spans decades)
  • The Moscow Deception by Karen Robards (Clever. Cunning. Highly skilled. There’s only one Bianca St. Ives. And for her enemies, that’s one too many).


On the genre side of things, it's

  • The mass market paperback edition of Search Image by Julie E. Czerneda (the first book in the Web Shifter''s Library series returns to the adventures of Esen, a shapeshifting alien)
  • No Demons But Us by A.S. Etaski (an epic tale of intrigue and intense sensuality arising from the Deepearth, the coming-of-age of a Dark Elf)
  • Titan by John Varley (the science fiction classic).


New Acquisitions: Digital Titles

Nothing new on the digital front this week

Comments

  1. How did you get My Heart is a Chainsaw??? I've requested it but no luck😥 Its probably my number one anticipated book this year.

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    1. I've heard that from a few people. Somehow I was lucky enough to be preapproved on Edelweiss.

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  2. So many new treasures this week, I would hardly know where to start reading! Here's my post for the week, happy reading!

    https://allthebookblognamesaretaken.blogspot.com/2021/01/stacking-shelves-128.html

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  3. Nice signed ARC! I'm hoping to score a listening copy of that one from the audio publisher. I also wish I'd read Stealing Thunder, because that sequel looks amazing!

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