Stacking the Shelves (123)

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


For Review

Burning Glass

Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

BURNING GLASS is debut author Kathryn Purdie’s stunning tale of dangerous magic, heart-rending romance, and the hard-won courage it takes to let go.

Thanks to Katherine Tegan Books via Edelweiss for this review copy. I can’t wait to get stuck into it, it sounds amazing!


 Purchased

Hollywood Car Wash: A Novel

College drama student Amy Spencer dreams of starring in independent films. When her roommate signs her up for a mysterious “television project” audition, she blows away the competition with her girl-next-door looks and impressive acting chops, inadvertently getting a starring role on a major TV show and going from Michigan teen to Hollywood starlet overnight.

To keep the part she didn’t even know she wanted, Amy finds herself taking a spin through the “Hollywood Car Wash” to make her more marketable. First, she’ll have to lose twenty pounds (don’t ask how). Then it’s new clothes, new teeth, blonder hair, new friends, and a megastar, high-profile boyfriend (though hers comes with a big secret). Bombarded by jealous, two-faced colleagues, overeager plastic surgeons, and manipulative network executives, Amy slowly learns that the only way to survive in Hollywood is to lose her identity. Will Amy get too caught up by the glitz or will she get a grip on her life before it’s too late?

The hands-down winner of Touchstone’s “Media Predict” Contest — a competition similar to American Idol for books, Hollywood Car Wash is as delicious and addictive as the celebrity gossip that inspired it.


Letters to a Love Rat

What do you do when the love of your life turns out to be a good-for-nothing love rat?

a)Pour your heart out to him in private letters that he’ll never see. (Secretly you think it’s a big fat waste of time but your therapist says it’s the prefect way to express your inner rage and who are you to argue with science?)

b)Pretend it’s not happening and carry on? (The pressure to act normally will almost kill you of course – but it would be much worse if anyone ever suspected that your life was less than perfect.)

c)Create a blog and tell the whole world about your problems? (You need advice and, if he won’t listen to you, there are plenty of people out there who will. What harm can it do? Especially if you keep your identity top-secret.)

Three very different women have one thing in common – a good-for-nothing Casanova called Charlie. When he betrays them, they choose three very different ways to cope. But can they ever get over him? And will the love rat ever learn his lesson?


 

Borrowed

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In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey’s courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer’s son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

When I found out Richard Curtis, one of my favourite screenwriters, co-wrote the screenplay based on the play based on this novel, I decided I’d quite like to read it before viewing the film. However, there was an audiobook available at my library, so I jumped on that instead.

Nemo
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About Nemo

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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