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Stacking the Shelves – May 13, 2022

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly haul meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. You share all the wonderful new books you’ve added to your shelves (physical, ebooks, galleys, library, audio).

Tell me about your recent book discoveries. Which books have recently caught your attention?

Happy Saturday, bookworms! This week I added more 2022 releases to look forward to with the exception of one that released last year and another that won’t be out for a couple years more. It’s a lovely list includes a mix of historical, fantasy, romance, lgbtq+, contemporary, and mythology. My recent additions are:

  • A Fate Inked in Blood by Danielle L. Jensen (2024)
  • How to Steal a Scoundrel’s Heart by Vivienne Lorret (May 24)
  • The Rewind by Allison Winn Scotch (November 2)
  • The Other Man by Farhad J. Dadyburjor (2021)
  • Thank You for Listening by Julia Whelan (August 2)
  • The Valkyrie’s Daughter by Tiana Warner (July 26)

I found some pretty great books to read in the future. I’m most excited for Jensen’s book. I love all of the covers for each book listed. The premises for Lorret, Dadyburjor, and Warner’s books intrigue me. And I love the title for Whelan’s novel.

Have a great weekend!


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Stacking the Shelves – April 2, 2022

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly haul meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. You share all the wonderful new books you’ve added to your shelves (physical, ebooks, galleys, library, audio).

What exciting reads have been added to your shelves recently?

It’s been a pretty good week for discovering new books. This week I added 26 books to my tbr shelves.

One thing I like about the lists below is that all but four books are by new-to-me authors. Adding new authors is like finding hidden treasure because then you get to binge read all their backlisted titles. Yay!

Here are the recent additions to my shelves:

CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

 

LGBTQIAP+ FICTION
Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske
Never Trust a Guy With Fangs by Mia Monroe
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards

 

FANTASY
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
Heartless by Gena Showalter
A Dance of Silver and Shadow by Melanie Cellier
Heart of the Raven Prince by Tessonja Odette
Wicked Wings by Elizabeth Briggs

 

ROMANCES
A Relentless Rake by Anna Harrington
The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes by Eva Leigh
Faking Forever by Catherine Bybee
Beauty and the Baller by Ilsa Madden-Mills

 

2022 RELEASES
The Not-So-Uniform Life of Holly-Mei by Christina Matula (April 5)
Heartbreak Symphony by Laekan Zea Kemp (April 5)
The Sign for Home by Blair Fell (April 5)
One Bossy Proposal by Nicole Snow (April 8)
A Veil of Kings and Gods by Nicole Bailey (April 27)
Answers in the Pages by David Levithan (May 10)
Ruthless by Gena Showalter (arc/blog tour) (July 26)
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna (Aug 23)
Drunk on Love by Jasmine Guillory (Sept 20)

Most I won’t be able to get to for a while, but there are a few standouts that I think I want to read this summer, such as A Marvellous Light, Never Trust a Guy With Fangs, The Once and Future Witches, and Beauty and the Baller.

I also found some really interesting 2022 books that I wish were released like yesterday, like The Not-So-Uniform Life of Holly-Mei, One Bossy Proposal, Answers in the Pages, and The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches.

So many new book finds, so little time. Nevertheless, I am bookish-ly happy with this haul.


Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?


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Stacking the Shelves – March 5, 2022

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly haul meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. You share all the wonderful new books you’ve added to your shelves (physical, ebooks, galleys, library, audio).

Hey there, Readers!

A lovely assortment of books were added to my shelves this week. It certainly will make finalizing my spring tbr a tad harder than it already is. I welcome these new books with wide arms because they all sound amazing, beautiful, and riveting. The covers are always so pretty and alluring too! I have a good feeling about these books.

Kindle Freebies

Delicate Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan

Safe with Me by Stephanie Nicole Norris

"Delicate Ink" by Carrie Ann Ryan (cover)
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ARCs

Wildseed Witch by Marti Dumas (May 10)

Batter Royale by Leisl Adams (June 7)

"Wildseed Witch" by Marti Dumas (cover)
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Continuing New-To-Me Series

Power Plays & Straight A’s by Eden Finley & Saxon James

"Power Plays & Straight A's" by Eden Finley & Saxon James (cover)
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Posted About By Other Book Bloggers

The Bachelor Betrayal by Maddison Michaels

Map of Flames by Lisa McMann

"The Bachelor Betrayal" by Maddison Michaels (cover)
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While “Casually” Browsing Books

Eyes That Speak to the Stars by Joanna Ho, Illustrated by Dung Ho

A Map Into the World by Kao Kalia Yang, Illustrated by Seo Kim

The Most Beautiful Thing by Kao Kalia Yang, Illustrated by Khoa Le

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood (August 23)

"Eyes That Speak to the Stars" by Joanna Ho, Illustrated by Dung Ho (cover)
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If you’ve read any of these books, what did you think? Or, if you’ve read other books by any of these authors that you enjoyed, what were they? Let me know what new books I need to also add to my shelves in the comments below!

Have a great day!


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Stacking the Shelves – February 26, 2022

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly haul meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. You share all the wonderful new books you’ve added to your shelves (physical, ebooks, galleys, library, audio).

Happy Saturday, Friends!

I must know: what books have you recently added to your shelves? Have any skipped the line to the front of your tbr?

Well. It’s apparently been almost a year since I’ve done this particular post. I can only guess it’s because of the rate in which I’ve been adding books to my tbr (a rate that I shall remain blissfully unaware of).

Stacking the Shelves is another fun way to share recent additions to your bookshelves. Maybe get feedback from the community who’ve read it. Maybe discover from others STS posts even more books you just gotta read.

This week I added 14 books to my ebook shelf and overall shelves:

Approved ARCs

  • Wednesday Wilson Fixes All Your Problems by Bree Galbraith, Illustrated by Morgan Goble (June 7)
  • Heat Wave by TJ Klune (July 19)
"Heat Wave" by TJ Klune (cover)
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Bought

  • Dark Alpha’s Passion by Donna Grant
"Dark Alpha's Passion" by Donna Grant (cover)
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Community & Browsing Finds

  • We Move the World by Kari Lavelle, Illustrated by Nabi H. Ali
  • The Boy, the Wolf, and the Stars by Shivaun Plozza
  • Under Shifting Stars by Alexandra Latos
  • Promised in Fire by Jasmine Walt
  • Untainted by Lilian T. James
  • Puck Drills & Quick Thrills by Eden Finley & Saxon James
  • Sink of Swim by Annabeth Albert
"The Boy, the Wolf, and the Stars" by Shivaun Plozza (cover)
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2022 Releases

  • Different Kinds of Fruit by Kyle Lukoff (April 12)
  • Wrath Goddess Sing by Maya Deane (June 7)
  • The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas (September 6)
  • Maya and the Lord of Shadows by Rena Barron (September 13)
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The arcs I’ll be reading before summer arrives. If any other books did move up my tbr, they’d probably be The Boy, the Wolf, and the Stars, Promised In Fire, or Puck Drills & Quick Thrills. I’m pretty dedicated to the immediate tbr I have now, but you never know as my tbr changes frequently.


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Stacking the Shelves – May 28, 2021


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly haul meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. You share all the wonderful new books you’ve added to your shelves (physical, ebooks, galleys, library, audio).


Happy Friday, Bookworms!

What books have you recently added to your bookshelf or tbrs?

I haven’t done this meme in a while but I really wanted to share all the new bookish discoveries I made this week. Nearly all of these are middle grade titles whose premise has a lot of heartfelt depth to them and strong voices you’ll want to hear. They give off huge guaranteed-good-read vibes.

If middle grade is your jam, then the titles below may be your next great read.

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM by Holly Goldberg Sloan

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It’s been almost a year since Sila’s mother traveled halfway around the world to Turkey, hoping to secure the immigration paperwork that would allow her to return to her family in the United States.

The long separation is almost impossible for Sila to withstand. But things change when Sila accompanies her father (who is a mechanic) outside their Oregon town to fix a truck. There, behind an enormous stone wall, she meets a grandfatherly man who only months before won the state lottery. Their new alliance leads to the rescue of a circus elephant named Veda, and then to a friendship with an unusual boy named Mateo, proving that comfort and hope come in the most unlikely of places.

EVEN AND ODD by Sarah Beth Durst

A half-magic girl learns about heroism and taking action when she and her sister confront a wizard who endangers others for her own gain.

Even and Odd are sisters who share magic. Lately, though, it seems like that’s the only thing they have in common. Odd doesn’t like magic, and Even practices it every chance she gets, dreaming of the day she’ll be ready to be a hero.

When the hidden border between the mundane world the sisters live in and the magical land they were born in shuts abruptly, the girls are trapped, unable to return home. With the help of a unicorn named Jeremy, they discover a wizard is diverting magic from the border to bolster her own power. Families are cut off from each other on both sides of the border, and an ecological disaster is brewing. But the wizard cares nothing for the calamitous effects her appropriation of magic is having. Someone has to do something to stop her, and Even realizes she can no longer wait until she’s ready: she needs to be a hero now.

FLIGHT OF THE PUFFIN by Ann Braden

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Libby comes from a long line of bullies. She wants to be different, but sometimes that doesn’t work out. Now she’s suspended again.

On the opposite side of the country lives Vincent, a kid who loves the mathematician Katherine Johnson and being a non-conformist, who’s trying hard not to get stuffed into lockers at his new school. But that’s not working out too well either.

Nearby is T, who couldn’t take living at home anymore and is determined to survive on a rainy sidewalk.

And then there’s Jack, a big-hearted kid so engaged in the fight to keep his small rural school open that he’s lost focus on the ones who need him most.

Four kids. Four different lives. And then… one card with a message of hope takes flight and starts a chain reaction, helping each kid summon the thing they need, whether it’s bravery, empathy, or understanding. But best of all, it makes each one realize they matter — and that they’re not flying solo anymore.

LETTERS FROM CUBA by Ruth Behr

The story of a young Jewish girl who escapes Poland to make a new life in Cuba, while she works to rescue the rest of her family

The situation is getting dire for Jews in Poland on the eve of World War II. Esther’s father has fled to Cuba, and she is the first one to join him. It’s heartbreaking to be separated from her beloved sister, so Esther promises to write down everything that happens until they’re reunited. And she does, recording both the good–the kindness of the Cuban people and her discovery of a valuable hidden talent–and the bad: the fact that Nazism has found a foothold even in Cuba.

Based on Ruth Behar’s family history.

MY LIFE IN THE FISH TANK by Barbara Dee

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When twelve-year-old Zinnia Manning’s older brother Gabriel is diagnosed with a mental illness, the family’s world is turned upside down. Mom and Dad want Zinny, her sixteen-year-old sister, Scarlett, and her eight-year-old brother, Aiden, to keep Gabriel’s condition “private”—and to Zinny that sounds the same as “secret.” Which means she can’t talk about it to her two best friends, who don’t understand why Zinny keeps pushing them away, turning everything into a joke.

It also means she can’t talk about it during Lunch Club, a group run by the school guidance counselor. How did Zinny get stuck in this weird club, anyway? She certainly doesn’t have anything in common with these kids—and even if she did, she’d never betray her family’s secret.

The only good thing about school is science class, where cool teacher Ms. Molina has them doing experiments on crayfish. And when Zinny has the chance to attend a dream marine biology camp for the summer, she doesn’t know what to do. How can Zinny move forward when Gabriel—and, really, her whole family—still needs her help?

PIZAZZ by Sophy Henn

Most people think superhero work is awesome and fulfilling. Pizazz knows better. Whenever she’s in the middle of a movie or having fun with her friends, she has to dash off the save the world. And she’s always in the same outfit, including an embarrassing glittery cape, and the wedgies are unreal. Plus, being the good guy all the time is so not easy. Superheroes have bad days like everybody else, but Pizazz always has to be cheerful and noble and brave. More than anything, she just wants to be normal.Most people think superhero work is awesome and fulfilling. Pizazz knows better. Whenever she’s in the middle of a movie or having fun with her friends, she has to dash off the save the world. And she’s always in the same outfit, including an embarrassing glittery cape, and the wedgies are unreal. Plus, being the good guy all the time is so not easy. Superheroes have bad days like everybody else, but Pizazz always has to be cheerful and noble and brave. More than anything, she just wants to be normal.

SHIRLEY CHISHOLM DARED: The Story of the First Black Woman in Congress by Alicia D. Williams, Illustrated by April Harrison

Meet Shirley, a little girl who asks way too many questions! After spending her early years on her grandparents’ farm in Barbados, she returns home to Brooklyn and immediately makes herself known. Shirley kicks butt in school; she breaks her mother’s curfew; she plays jazz piano instead of classical. And as a young adult, she fights against the injustice she sees around her, against women and black people. Soon she is running for state assembly…and winning in a landslide. Three years later, she is on the campaign trail again, as the first black woman to run for Congress. Her slogan? Fighting Shirley Chisholm–Unbought and Unbossed! Does she win? You bet she does.

A SOFT PLACE TO LAND by Janae Marks

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Joy Taylor has always believed home is the house she lived in her entire life. But then her dad lost his job, and suddenly, home becomes a tiny apartment with thin walls, shared bedrooms, and a place for tense arguments between Mom and Dad. Hardest of all, Joy doesn’t have her music to escape through anymore. Without enough funds, her dreams of becoming a great pianist—and one day, a film score composer—have been put on hold.

A friendly new neighbor her age lets Joy in on the complex’s best-kept secret: the Hideout, a cozy refuge that only the kids know about. And it’s in this little hideaway that Joy starts exchanging secret messages with another kid in the building who also seems to be struggling, until—abruptly, they stop writing back. What if they’re in trouble?

Joy is determined to find out who this mystery writer is, fast, but between trying to raise funds for her music lessons, keeping on a brave face for her little sister, and worrying about her parents’ marriage, Joy isn’t sure how to keep her own head above water.

 


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Stacking the Shelves – 3/27/21


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly haul meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. You share all the wonderful new books you’ve added to your shelves (physical, ebooks, galleys, library, audio).


Happy Saturday, Bookworms!

What books have you recently added to your tbr and shelves?

It’s been a long, tiring but book-filled week. One good thing that happened was that the library opened back up fully this week, so I got to go INSIDE and checkout books and it was glorious. You’ll find that haul below.

I added decent amount of books to my shelves, discovering new titles and authors I’ve not read from before. As always, this list is a mix of genres and they sound like great reads.

Here’s my haul of the week:

ARCs

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (June 1)
(queer sci-fi time-travel romance)

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune (September 21)
(queer fantasy romance)

 

EBOOKS/KINDLE UNLIMITED

Cowboy Dragon by Terry Bolryder
(paranormal cowboy romance)

 

AROUND THE WEB ADDITIONS

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho
(Asian & Asian American Lit; picture book)

My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits
(Asian & Asian American Lit; picture book)

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
(Asian & Asian American Lit; picture book)

Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly
(Asian & Asian American Lit; middle grade)

Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte
(Asian & Asian American Lit; middle grade graphic novel)

See You In The Cosmos by Jack Cheng
(Asian & Asian American Lit; middle grade)

 

GOODREADS

The Damning Stone by TJ Klune
(queer fantasy romance)

While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory
(black voices; adult contemporary romance)

The Secret of Star Whales by Rebecca Thorne
(middle grade science fiction)

Forbidden by Destiny by Negee Paphn
(adult contemporary romance)

Forbidden by Time by Negeen Papehn
(adult contemporary romance)

Wishing For A Cowboy by Victoria James
(adult contemporary romance)

For Your Love by Kate McBrien
(adult contemporary romance)

The Knockout Rule by Kelly Siskind
(adult contemporary romance)

 

LIBRARY

Drawn Together by Minh Lê
(Asian & Asian American Lit; picture book)

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
(Asian & Asian American Lit; picture book)

When You Trap A Tiger by Tae Keller
(Asian & Asian American Lit; middle grade, mythology)

Unplugged by Gordon Korman
(middle grade contemporary)

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
(middle grade fantasy)


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Stacking the Shelves – 1/29/21


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly haul meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. You share all the wonderful new books you’ve added to your shelves (physical, ebooks, galleys, library, audio).


Happy Friday, Bookworms!

How was your week?

This week has been part stressful part pretty good. I’ve been painting lately, which I will share finished pieces in my January wrap-up.

I also finished Brothersong by TJ Klune last night, so I’m experiencing a bit of book hangover (a major understatement 😂). One of the most satisfying conclusions to a series ever!

Anyway, I found plenty of good new reads this week that sound like my kinds of stories.

 

BOOK BLOGGERS

The Soldier’s Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian (specifically, Laura @ thebookcorps)

Fable by Adrienna Young (specifically, Karen @ Twisted Pages)

 

BOOKSTAGRAM

A Dance with Fire by Aleera Anaya Ceres

A Sword of Ice by Aleera Anaya Ceres

The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk

Protect: I’m Yours by Mica Rae

Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cross

Thorn of the Night Blossoms: A Legends of Tivara Story by J.C. Kang

My Magic Breath by Nick Ortner & Alison Taylor, Illustrated by Michelle Polizzi

Red: A Crayon Story by Michael Hall

 

AMAZON

King’s Ransom by Jeff Wheeler

 

NETGALLEY

Stella Díaz Dreams Big by Angela Dominguez

Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance by Nisha Sharma (July 13, 2021)

The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser (May 4, 2021)


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Stacking the Shelves – 1/8/21


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly haul meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. You share all the wonderful new books you’ve added to your shelves (physical, ebooks, galleys, library, audio).


Happy Friday, Bookworms!

What books have you recently acquired or added to your tbr from browsing online?

It’s been 8 days since 2021 began and I’ve already added 28 books to my tbr…..bookworm problems, am I right? 😂

I found a lot of great sounding books and upcoming releases while browsing Goodreads, NetGalley, other book bloggers posts, and bookstagram posts.

Bookstore Buys

***These books were already on my tbr. I just recently got my own copies of them.

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

Fairy Godmothers Inc. by Saranna DeWylde

 

ARCs

The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison (July 13, 2021)

 

Goodreads

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Crown of Secrets by Melaine Cellier

Waiting In The Wings by Melissa Brayden

The Gravity Between Us by Kristen Zimmer

Heart of Ice by T.B. Markinson

Crown of Shadows by K.M. Shea

Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Holiday Hoops by Kennedy Ryan

Fierce Heart by Tara Grayce

Silver Dragon by Zoe Chant

Silver Unicorn by Zoe Chant

A-List Kiss by Brenda Lowder

The In-Between by Rebecca Ansari (January 26, 2021)

 

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NetGalley

Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron (March 2, 2021)

The [Un]Popular Vote by Jasper Sanchez (June 1, 2021)

What’s Not To Love by Emily Wibberley (April 20, 2021)

The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Bianca M. Schwarz

Unsettled by Reem Faruqi (May 11, 2021)

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas (March 23, 2021)

 

Book Bloggers

Hold the Forevers by K.A. Linde

Sweethand by N G Peltier

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You Have A Match by Emma Lord (January 12, 2021)

Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard (May 4, 2021)

Ember of Night by Molly E. Lee (May 4, 2021)

Both Can Be True by Jules Machias (June 8, 2021)

 

Bookstagram

Prince of Shadow and Ash by Selina R. Gonzalez

A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kora

Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston


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Stacking the Shelves – 11/13/20

Happy Friday, Bookworms!

Today’s Stacking the Shelves post spotlights books I’ve added since November began. Many of these are books that have yet to be released, especially 2021 books.

Love Is A Revolution by Renée Watson [Feb 2, 2021]
Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson

One Jar of Magic by Corey Ann Haydu [Feb 9, 2021]

Her Wicked Marquess by Lisa Torquay

A Princess In Theory by Alyssa Cole

I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest

Shipped by Meredith Tate [May 18, 2021]

Shipped by Angie Hockman [Jan 19, 2021]

The Mistletoe Trap by Cindi Madsen [Nov 16, 2020]

Fairy Godmothers, Inc. by Saranna DeWylde [Dec 29, 2020]

How To Fail At Flirting by Denise Williams [Dec 1, 2020]

Maya and the Return of Godlings by Rena Barron [June 1, 2021]

Spellbound Falls by Janet Chapman

Novice Dragoneer by E.E. Knight
Daughter of the Serpentine by E.E. Knight [Nov 17, 2020]

And the People Stayed Home by Kitty O’Meara

Duck Days by Sara Leach

Wrapped Up In You by Talia Hibbert [Nov 16, 2020]

This Book Is Gray by Lindsay Ward

Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Amanda Redd, Illustrated by Nneka Myers

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, Illustrated by Oge Mora

The Novice by Taran Matharu

Fiends On The Other Side by Vera Strange


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly haul meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. You share all the wonderful new books you’ve added to your shelves (physical, ebooks, galleys, library, audio).


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Stacking the Shelves – 10/9/20

Happy Friday, Bookworms!

I’m doing the Stacking the Shelves meme today. This week I added 10 books to my TBR – all with beautiful covers and interesting plots. Lots of magic, romance, fire and mayhem.

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly haul meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. You share all the wonderful new books you’ve added to your shelves (physical, ebooks, galleys, library, audio).

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Class Act by Jerry Craft
New Kid #2
Middle Grade, Graphic Novel

Eighth grader Drew Ellis is no stranger to the saying “You have to work twice as hard to be just as good.” His grandmother has reminded him his entire life. But what if he works ten times as hard and still isn’t afforded the same opportunities that his privileged classmates at the Riverdale Academy Day School take for granted?

To make matters worse, Drew begins to feel as if his good friend Liam might be one of those privileged kids. He wants to pretend like everything is fine, but it’s hard not to withdraw, and even their mutual friend Jordan doesn’t know how to keep the group together.

As the pressures mount, will Drew find a way to bridge the divide so he and his friends can truly accept each other? And most important, will he finally be able to accept himself?

 

Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha
Mercenary Librarian #1
Science Fiction; Dystopian

Nina is an information broker with a mission–she and her team of mercenary librarians use their knowledge to save the hopeless in a crumbling America.

Knox is the bitter, battle-weary captain of the Silver Devils. His squad of supersoldiers went AWOL to avoid slaughtering innocents, and now he’s fighting to survive.

They’re on a deadly collision course, and the passion that flares between them only makes it more dangerous. They could burn down the world, destroying each other in the process…

Or they could do the impossible: team up.

 

Shadow of Fire by Valia Lind
The Fae Chronicles #1
YA Paranormal Romance

If I’m found, my life is over.

I was ready for a quiet and normal senior year. But then, I read something I wasn’t supposed to and now every illusion I had about my magic is shattered.

Something in my blood allows me to read spells thought to be lost long ago. It’s a power the courts of Faery will fight over…with me as collateral damage.

My two-part plan: Stay hidden. Stay alive.

Which is how I end up playing bounty hunter to magical items while living in Phoenix, Arizona.

When the breathtakingly beautiful and arrogant Fae prince finds me, I’m prepared for him to drag me kicking and screaming back to the Faery Realm.

He doesn’t. He decides to help. Or so he claims…

Gorgeous and deadly. A dangerous combination. And my only chance at survival.

If I don’t outwit the fae and learn to control my magic, I will lose my life. And all those I love will perish with me.

 

The Sparks by Kyle Prue
Feud Trilogy #1
YA Fantasy

Neil Vapros just wants to make his father proud. The sixteen-year-old aspires to serve his family as an assassin, but he nearly dies in the process. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Neil’s family, as well as two rival dynasties, have abandoned an ancient promise to protect their city. An unknown evil has begun hunting all three houses from the shadows…

As Neil’s relatives fall one-by-one, he attempts to unite the three supernatural families against a common enemy. But earning trust after years of assassination attempts could prove impossible. Neil’s fight may involve more than a bloodthirsty empire, as betrayal rears its ugly head…

 

The Matriarch by Annabelle McInnes
Women of Dust #1
Dystopian Romance

Her citizens are oppressed. His society is diminishing. In a frantic bid for survival, can their fiery union save their peoples?

On a scorched and barren future Earth, Yolanda is her people’s only hope. As Matriarch of an all-female nation, the battle-hardened commander fights an impossible war while desperately seeking a way to stop her subjects from dying of thirst. But when the enemy king is beheaded by his own warrior son, she’s offered a truce that will bring the water they urgently need… in return for leaving her populace defenseless.

With his father dead by his hand, the Hammer is determined to rebuild the shattered community the warmongering king’s brutality almost destroyed. In a bold move to strengthen his dwindling numbers, he offers armistice to a dangerous queen and her bloodthirsty horde of fighting women. All he asks in exchange is for her to accompany him to petition the Council to drop their poisonous sanctions…

As they uncover the truth behind the horrific war, Yolanda is surprised when her begrudging respect for her capable companion blossoms into unexpected desire. And though the Hammer learns there’s more to the impassioned fighter than her brutal reputation suggests, he fears giving himself to her could make him a traitor to his own kind.

When their united strength pits them against oppressive factions, will their growing bond become an unbreakable force?

 

Feel the Fire by Annabeth Albert
Hotshots #3
MM Adult Contemporary Romance

When their career paths bring two high school sweethearts together again, the forest isn’t the only thing ablaze…

Fire behavior specialist Luis Riviera goes where his job takes him. But when he’s assigned to an arson investigation in Central Oregon—the place he left his broken heart twenty years ago—he’s afraid of being burned all over again.

Tucker Ryland had planned to join his first love, Luis, in LA after high school graduation, but life got in the way. Now a fire management expert and a divorced father of teen twins, Tucker’s thrown for a loop when he finds himself working side by side with his Luis, now all grown up and more intriguing than ever.

Though consumed by a grueling fire season and family responsibilities, the two men discover their bond has never truly broken. Tentative kisses turn to passionate nights. But smoking sheets aside, old hurts and new truths stand in the way of this time being the start of forever.

 

Touched by Fire by Kel Carpenter
Demons of New Chicago #1
Urban Fantasy

For a decade, I’ve hated the supernaturals who owned my world.

I hunted them.
I killed them.

And now, in the most grand twist of fate—I am bonded to one of them.

Oh, the irony.

Being a supernatural bounty hunter isn’t exactly a popular job. But after the magic wars, there aren’t many things a human can do that will put food on the table.

Thankfully anything my right hook can’t handle, my guns can.

Or so I thought.

When a demon summoning runs awry, the being that comes into this world changes everything.

I’m not sure if he’s truly a demon or a god, but one thing I do know is that he’s after me. I’d like to see him try.

I’ve got a promise to fulfill, and I’m not backing down.

The only way out of this is his death or mine, and I’ll do anything to survive.

Even if that means making a deal with the devil.

 

Lost Wolf by KL King
Grey Lake Shifters #2
Paranormal Romance

May Jensen has had a rough few months. While protecting her friend Iris from an attack by cougar shifters, she suffered a tremendous head injury that would have killed a human. Plagued by headaches and memory difficulties ever since, the petite wolf shifter can no longer work as a police officer. Left adrift without the job she loves, May struggles to heal and find her new place in the world. She returns to painting, which she has loved since childhood. Unfortunately, she has the eerie habit of unconsciously predicting the future through her art. Not helping matters is that someone seems to be out to get her. Who wants to hurt her and why?

Grizzly shifter Beau Shanley has been infatuated with May ever since the night he helped fight off the cougars who ambushed her. As the daughter of the former alpha wolf and sister of the current one, Beau believes May is destined for a bright future, one that doesn’t include a man who is barely able to keep his beast under control. When he learns of the threats against her, however, he can’t just stand by and watch. Both he and his inner animal are compelled to protect her.

As the two work together to keep May safe, the attempts on her life intensify and an innocent bystander is harmed. Is someone out for revenge, or is this part of a larger plan against the shifters of Grey Lake?

 

Spellbreaker by Charlie N. Holmberg
Spellbreaker Duology #1
Young Adult Historical Fantasy

The orphaned Elsie Camden learned as a girl that there were two kinds of wizards in the world: those who pay for the power to cast spells and those, like her, born with the ability to break them. But as an unlicensed magic user, her gift is a crime. Commissioned by an underground group known as the Cowls, Elsie uses her spellbreaking to push back against the aristocrats and help the common man. She always did love the tale of Robin Hood.

Elite magic user Bacchus Kelsey is one elusive spell away from his mastership when he catches Elsie breaking an enchantment. To protect her secret, Elsie strikes a bargain. She’ll help Bacchus fix unruly spells around his estate if he doesn’t turn her in. Working together, Elsie’s trust in—and fondness for—the handsome stranger grows. So does her trepidation about the rise in the murders of wizards and the theft of the spellbooks their bodies leave behind.

For a rogue spellbreaker like Elsie, there’s so much to learn about her powers, her family, the intriguing Bacchus, and the untold dangers shadowing every step of a journey she’s destined to complete. But will she uncover the mystery before it’s too late to save everything she loves?

 

Crimson Born by Amy Patrick
The Crimson Accord #1
YA Paranormal Romance

Humans have always suspected vampires exist. Now they know for sure.

As long as I can remember, I’ve longed for a different life—one filled with adventure, excitement, and romance.
This wasn’t exactly what I had in mind…

One minute I was riding in a horse-drawn buggy on my way home to my quiet Amish village— the next was torn by the screech of car tires, and twisted metal, and the white hot lance of pain. There was no doubt in my mind my life was over.

So when I woke up to the face of a beautiful stranger who promised me the suffering would end soon, I thought I’d seen an angel.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.


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