Stacking the Shelves (175)

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality.
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

Thanks to HarperTeen and Edelweiss for providing me with a copy for review!

The Antidote

The Antidote by Shelley Sackier

Magic is not allowed, under any circumstances — even if it could save someone’s life. Instead, there are herbal remedies and traditional techniques that have been painstakingly recorded in lieu of using the mystical arts. Fee knows this, so she keeps her magic a secret.

Except her best friend, Xavi, is deathly ill. He’s also the crown prince. Saving him is important, not only for her, but for the entire kingdom.

Fee’s desperation to save her friend means she can barely contain the magic inside her. And after the tiniest of slips, Fee is thrust into a dark and secretive world that is as alluring as it is dangerous.

If she gives in, it could mean she can save Xavi. But it also means that those who wish to snuff out magic might just snuff her out in the process.

When I read the blurb for this I was like

This is exactly the kind of story I like to read: magic, healing, young girls figuring out their place in a world that doesn’t exactly support them, royalty. I’m so excited to read this.

Thanks to Hachette Children’s Book Australia and Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book for review!

Grace and FuryGrace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.

Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace – someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.

Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.

This is another book I am SO EXCITED to read. I love powerful warrior women and sisters and this just sounds wonderful.



The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

“Let’s each say our favourite book,” she says to me, once I find out the new girl at work IS A READER (!!!).

“Wuthering Heights,” I say, since when I tell other adults I read obscure spec fic YA I get funny looks. (Not because it’s romantic, because it’s not, but because the characters are awful to each other.)

“The Notebook,” she says to me. “I am a huge Nicholas Sparks fans.”

“I’ve never read a Nicholas Sparks book before, but I have enjoyed a few of his movies, and there’s one I really, really want to read. It’s about a cowboy?”

“The Longest Ride!” she says. “I’ll lend it to you.”

And that’s how I think I made a new friend?


Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

There is darkness sweeping across the stars. Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness: a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her fearsome glass starship the Marauder, she’s just Andi, their captain and protector. When a routine mission goes awry, the all-girl crew’s resilience is tested as they find themselves in a most unfamiliar place: at the mercy of a powerful bounty hunter connected to Andi’s past and a harrowing betrayal.

Forgot to put this on my list from a couple of weeks ago. Borrowed the audiobook from my library.


Icefall by Matthew J Kirby

Trapped in a hidden fortress tucked between towering mountains and a frozen sea, Solveig, along with her brother the crown prince, their older sister, and an army of restless warriors, anxiously awaits news of her father’s victory at battle. But as winter stretches on, and the unending ice refuses to break, terrible acts of treachery soon make it clear that a traitor lurks in their midst. A malevolent air begins to seep through the fortress walls, and a smothering claustrophobia slowly turns these prisoners of winter against one another.

Those charged with protecting the king’s children are all suspect, and the siblings must choose their allies wisely. But who can be trusted so far from their father’s watchful eye? Can Solveig and her siblings survive the long winter months and expose the traitor before he succeeds in destroying a kingdom?

Also borrowed from my library. Princesses and ice and traitors. My kind of thing.



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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