Stacking the Shelves (106)

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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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I’m doing Stacking the Shelves every two weeks now, so included in this haul is stuff I got in the post-Christmas sale.

 (Click on the cover to go to Goodreads)

For Review:

Tiny Pretty Things

Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.

Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars? SAY NO MORE. Thank you, HarperTeen!

The Leveller

Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance.

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them.

But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?

Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?

The blurb is really long but this just sounds so awesome. I love the idea of a teen girl bounty hunter in virtual reality.

Purchased:

3 Freak House 1 Ghost Girl

Cara Moreau is dying from a supernatural curse. Her only chance of survival lies with the warrior, an enigmatic man who comes from a realm “in between.” Quin St. Clair lived hundreds of years ago, but now exists solely to protect the world he once called home. That’s all he will tell Cara, the woman he must keep alive by remaining close to her. Very close.

But Cara is determined to discover more answers as she grows to like her warrior. While they search for the book of spells and the cure contained within its pages, their feelings for one another can no longer be denied. But what will happen when Cara is cured and Quin’s assignment is complete? And can she trust this mysterious man with the book if they find it?

As friends and family from the previous Freak House novels help them, and old and new foes vie for power, Quin and Cara must not allow their feelings to get in the way of their task. Or Cara’s life, and Quin’s afterlife, may be cut short.

I love this series. I pre-ordered this book, and one day I will have the time to sit down and binge-read all the ones I have to catch up on.

Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, #3)

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn’t mean she has…

Post-Christmas sale! Except not. Because it was still full price. But so what? I GOT A NEW BOOK. And it’s surprisingly a lot bigger than the previous two. Can’t wait to get dug in.

Fairytales for Wilde Girls

‘He’s gone the same way as those little birds that bothered me with their awful songs! And you will too, you and your horrible heart-music, because you won’t stay out of my woods!’

There’s a dead girl in a birdcage in the woods. That’s not unusual. Isola Wilde sees a lot of things other people don’t. But when the girl appears at Isola’s window, her every word a threat, Isola needs help.

Her real-life friends – Grape, James and new boy Edgar – make her forget for a while. And her brother-princes – the mermaids, faeries and magical creatures seemingly lifted from the pages of the French fairytales Isola idolises – will protect her with all the fierce love they possess.

It may not be enough.

Isola needs to uncover the truth behind the dead girl’s demise and appease her enraged spirit, before the ghost steals Isola’s last breath.

So I have a thing for fairy tale retellings and Aussie authors, so this sounds like it should be a perfect match! It sounds so good! So Gothic and atmospheric. Yay!

19378618

A novel of heart and courage inspired by the incredible story of a real life princess.

Princess Haya, daughter of the King of Jordan, loves her family more than anything. So when tragedy strikes at its heart, she is devastated.

The Princess becomes ever more withdrawn until, on her birthday, the King gives her a life-changing present. An incredible new friendship grows and the heartbroken princess begins to dream of an extraordinary future.

Inspired by the real-life story of Olympic equestrienne Princess Haya Al Hussein and set against the exotic backdrop of Arabia, this novel is destined to become a modern classic.

Y’all know I adore princess stories, but you might not know I also have a weakness for horses. So add the two together and what do you get? A dream come true.

Invisible

Joy Malone wants it all—power, freedom and the boyfriend who loves her. Yet when an unstoppable assassin is hired to kill her, Joy learns that being the girl with the Sight comes with a price that might be too high to pay. Love will be tested, lives will be threatened, and everyone Joy knows and cares about will be affected by her decision to stand by Ink or to leave the Twixt forever.

Her choice is balanced on a scalpel’s edge and the consequences will be more life-altering than anyone can guess.

I’m so annoyed because this is a pretty cover and a kick-ass blurb, but I looked everywhere on this book and couldn’t find any reference to it being a sequel! Now I need to track down the first book! Which is really annoying, because I want to read THIS one, not the first book. ARGH!

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About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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10 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves (106)

  1. chucklesthescot

    It drives me crazy when the book doesn’t tell you that it is a sequel and you don’t realise it until you go to read it-or until you upload it on Goodreads and see it is book 2 or whatever. I hate it. I also hate when books are given different titles in the US and UK and I end up buying the book twice by accident. GRRR! Hope you enjoy all your books!

    chucklesthescot recently posted: Stacking the Shelves #66
    1. Nemo

      Oh god yes, it really annoyed me because it sounded like a first book, too! Different titles are also a pet peeve. I don’t understand why different English-speaking markets would respond differently to a book!

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