Stacking the Shelves (115)


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.
Share your shelves and remember to visit Tynga’s Reviews where it all started to find more great books!

For Review:

To Hold the Bridge

Far to the north of the magical Old Kingdom, the Greenwash Bridge Company has been building a bridge for almost a hundred years. It is not an easy task, for many dangers threaten the bridge builders, from nomad raiders to Free Magic sorcerers. Despite the danger, Morghan wants nothing more than to join the Bridge Company as a cadet. But the company takes only the best, the most skillful Charter mages, and trains them hard. For the night might come when even an untried young cadet must hold the bridge alone against the most devastating of foes…

Here is a collection of Garth Nix’s best short fiction, including an Old Kingdom novella and stoies set in the worlds of Shade’s Children and A Confusion of Princes, showcasing this hugely popular author.

Isn’t this cover stunning? Australians get so lucky sometimes. Thanks for making my dreams come true, Allen & Unwin!

Ice Like Fire

It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans on using the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Jannuari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken Kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception is woven tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter but for the world.

I really liked Snow Like Ashes and it’s one of the few books I read where I thought I’d like to continue the series.

witch hunter

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that’s been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth’s witch hunting past–if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she’s thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

Look, OK, I’m a little bit wary of this book. It sounds really good. But have you seen the promotions? Graceling meets Game of Thrones. Half Bad meets Kill Bill. For fans of Sarah J Maas and Holly Black. Jeez, enough comparisons already! The blurb itself sounds AMAZING and all the rest of it feels like overkill!

Saint Anything

Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

Confession: I’ve never read a Sarah Dessen book. I totally plan to, but there’s only so many hours in the day. I’m kind of stoked that Penguin Australia sent me this to review, because it sounds absolutely lovely. Thanks, Penguin Aus!

Dangerous Deception

Some loves are cursed. Others are…dangerous. Especially the love between wannabe rocker and quarter Incubus, Wesley “Link” Lincoln, and Dark Caster, Siren, and bonafide bad girl, Ridley Duchannes.
But now Ridley is missing, and Link was with her-right up until she vanished. Determined to find her, Link reunites with his New York bandmates and the mysterious Lennox Gates, who wants Rid for himself. Together they travel to the deep south, find the crossroads where blues guitarist Robert Johnson made his deal with the devil, discover a menagerie of Casters locked in cages, and uncover an evil in New Orleans that threatens to destroy them all.This time, love might not be enough.

I’ve not read any of the Beautiful Creatures novels, nor the film, nor the first book in this series, but this was sent to me by Bloomsbury Australia so I’m going to give it a go. Who knows? I might become a convert.


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What books did you stack the shelves with this week? Have you read or heard about any of mine?


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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11 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves (115)

    1. Nemo

      I was surprised by how many review books I got, and they’re all really different. I hope I love them.

    1. Nemo

      It could be a good idea to hold off until the trilogy is complete, you know it’s not always a race. That way you can binge read them!

  1. Bekka

    I can’t wait to read The Witch Hunter but YEAH the comparisons are enough to make anyone suspicious. But I’m reading it next so if I get to it before you do, I’ll let you know if it meets those standards! I’m also not a big fan of Sarah Dessen – in fact, I’ve only managed to finish ONE book of hers and it was only middling. I think I just need to realize some authors aren’t for me. I looooove Holly Black but I haven’t gotten to read TDPOTF yet. Hopefully soon!

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  2. Hebe

    The Garth Nix book sounds so good! (But then, anything with the name Garth Nix on it sounds good to me!)

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