Sunday, 4 August 2019

Stacking the Shelves ★ 10

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
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Can it be true? Is it really my tenth Stacking the Shelves post? It's a sign of the zombie unicorn apocalypse, I tell you! Anyways, I'm actually going to have to go and buy another bookcase soon since I'm very literally stacking the shelves right now.
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.
Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.
As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.
Tidbit
I like hanging out in my local Barnes & Noble and Manatee gets a lot of maintenance training time without a lot of tourist nuisances trying to bother us. I always try to pick up at least one book from the store to keep their sales numbers up. This was a recent pick from one of our visits. I got it the day it came out. Y'all would not believe how shiny the cover is!
We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett
Two girls use forbidden magic to fly and fight–for their country and for themselves–in this riveting debut that’s part Shadow and Bone, part Code Name Verity.
Seventeen-year-old Revna is a factory worker, manufacturing war machines for the Union of the North. When she’s caught using illegal magic, she fears being branded a traitor and imprisoned. Meanwhile, on the front lines, Linné defied her father, a Union general, and disguised herself as a boy to join the army. They’re both offered a reprieve from punishment if they use their magic in a special women’s military flight unit and undertake terrifying, deadly missions under cover of darkness. Revna and Linné can hardly stand to be in the same cockpit, but if they can’t fly together, and if they can’t find a way to fly well, the enemy’s superior firepower will destroy them–if they don’t destroy each other first.
We Rule the Night is a powerful story about sacrifice, complicated friendships, and survival despite impossible odds.
Tidbit
I stumbled across this on the same trip as when I bought Sorcery of Thorns and the cover just killed me. Like, stopped dead in my tracks, forgot what I was doing because of that cover. Glorious!
Artemis by Andy Weir
Jazz Bashara is a criminal.
Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.
Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.
Tidbit

I've been wanting to read this since I first saw it published, but that also coincided with the passing of one of my dogs, also named Artemis. So I put it off and then I happened to cross paths with it again recently and I bought it this past week in honour of the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing and all of the hard work my grandfather put into the Apollo program.
Frostblood by Elly Blake
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.
Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating - yet irresistible - Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her - and from the icy young man she has come to love.
Tidbit
Frostblood has been on my TBR for a while now and I have it on my kindle. I just haven't gotten to reading it. I know. But I stumbled across a copy at Books A Million last week and it followed me to the register. I was after one book and found another. Happens all the time.
The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
Welcome to the Kingdom... where 'Happily Ever After' isn't just a promise, but a rule.
Glimmering like a jewel behind its gateway, The Kingdom is an immersive fantasy theme park where guests soar on virtual dragons, castles loom like giants, and bioengineered species--formerly extinct--roam free.
Ana is one of seven Fantasists, beautiful "princesses" engineered to make dreams come true. When she meets park employee Owen, Ana begins to experience emotions beyond her programming including, for the first time... love.
But the fairytale becomes a nightmare when Ana is accused of murdering Owen, igniting the trial of the century. Through courtroom testimony, interviews, and Ana's memories of Owen, emerges a tale of love, lies, and cruelty--and what it truly means to be human.
Tidbit

I won The Kingdom in a Goodreads Giveaway and that baby is a front-facing book, I mean, that cover. Call BiosUrn, I'm dead, I'm cremated, I need to be planted as a lilac tree.


Okay, that's all for this episode of Stacking the Shelves, I hope to actually keep up with it this time. Anyways, my mum's school's starting back next week so my posting should go back to some semblance of organisation soon. Fingers crossed?
Unitl next time, have a happily ever after!

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