Stacking The Shelves (55)

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.
It’s all about sharing the books we’ve picked up for the week, whether they are bought, borrowed, gifted, galleys, physical or virtual.
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Y’all know how I suck at remembering to add books to my Stacking the Shelves, right? Well, I completely forgot to add a couple (Playing with Fire and Words Once Spoken) I got a few weeks ago. I apologise for not adding them sooner! Also, I seem to have hit the jackpot this week with pretty covers. Flail away, good readers!

Playing With Fire (Freak House #2)

Hannah Smith thinks she’s safe now that Reuben Tate is set to face trial. But when an unusual creature is let loose on the Freak House estate, everybody is in danger, including Jack. To hunt it down, the household must take risks, but the greatest risk is to Hannah’s heart. She’s in danger of falling deeply in love with Jack, a man whose very touch can kill her.

I’ve already read it and loved it (review going up on Monday). The first book in the trilogy, The Wrong Girl, is probably my favourite book I’ve read in 2013, so I was really looking forward to reading this one, and when CJ asked me if I’d like a review copy I really had to take a deep breath and compose myself before replying with a polite email rather than the fangirl flailing and the obsessive GIVE IT TO ME NOAW I really wanted to unleash.

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Taste of Darkness (Healer, #3)

She’s fought death and won. But how can she fight her fears?

Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he’s gone forever.

But there’s a more immediate threat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry’s healing powers are needed now more than ever.Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision.

Next to CJ Archer and a few select others, Maria V Snyder is one of my favourite authors in the whole world ever. This is the final book in the Healer trilogy, which was my introduction to Snyder and also which I adore. I’m so looking forward to this!

Words Once Spoken

Evelyn might not love the confines of her village life, but she takes her small freedoms where she can get them. But everything changes when her parents decide it’s time for her to wed. Suddenly she loses her tunic and breeches, her bow, her horse, and gains rigid gowns, restrictive manners, and carriage rides.

The best way to escape is through her dreams, but as they become more and more real, Evelyn begins to worry that she is losing her grasp on reality. It is only when she makes two new friends that the truth is revealed: she is destined for far, far more than even she could imagine.

This cover took my breath away. All you have to say is ‘Young adult high fantasy female lead’ and I AM SO THERE.

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Assassin's Gambit (Hearts and Thrones, #1)

Vitala Salonius, champion of the warlike game of Caturanga, is as deadly as she is beautiful. She’s a trained assassin for the resistance, and her true play is for ultimate power. Using her charm and wit, she plans to seduce her way into the emperor’s bed and deal him one final, fatal blow, sparking a battle of succession that could change the face of the empire.

As the ruler of a country on the brink of war and the son of a deposed emperor, Lucien must constantly be wary of an attempt on his life. But he’s drawn to the stunning Caturanga player visiting the palace. Vitala may be able to distract him from his woes for a while—and fulfill other needs, as well.

Lucien’s quick mind and considerable skills awaken unexpected desires in Vitala, weakening her resolve to finish her mission. An assassin cannot fall for her prey, but Vitala’s gut is telling her to protect this sexy, sensitive man. Now she must decide where her heart and loyalties lie and navigate the dangerous war of politics before her gambit causes her to lose both Lucien and her heart for good.

I won this on Goodread’s First Reads. Yes, it’s an adult book but it’s about a female assassin so come on, my name is all over this. Thank you Amy Raby and Signet!

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A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo specialises in reading and reviewing contemporary, paranormal, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She especially loves novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, healing, and assassins.

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14 thoughts on “Stacking The Shelves (55)

    1. Nemo

      I would have bought it if I didn’t get an ARC – I probably will still buy it if I like it. I think it’s only available as an ebook though, shame. It’s a gorgeous cover.

  1. Jessica Noreault

    YOU…GOT…TASTE OF DARKNESS?!
    Color me jealous. 🙁

    I tried for it but didn’t get it. You must tell me how it is when you finish! I cannot wait for it. It’s on my Christmas list for sure.

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