Stacking the Shelves – June 20, 2015

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature all about sharing your good luck in book acquisitions! So here’s what came my way since my last post!

It’s only been a week since my last post, but WOW!!! What a week for books! I’m playing with my format for my Stacking the Shelves posts, so bear with me as I try to find something I’m happy with. It may change some, I like including more information, but want it a bit cleaner than it is right now. 🙂


Ace Roc totally spoils it’s Ace Roc Stars

Can I just take a moment to talk about how grateful I am from the generosity of the good folks at Ace/Roc? This is a serious box of books (7 in all), most of which are first in series.


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The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

This book is *thick*. For some reason, I wasn’t expecting that, but never the less, I am quite excited to try this. I’ve not read The Dresden Files, and book 1 in a new series sounds way less daunting! Plus, this sounds amazing.


The Aeronaut's Windlass Description

Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.

Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion—to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.

And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake

The Terrans by Jean Johnson

 I don’t read a lot of science fiction, but typically enjoy it when I do. And Jackie sounds like a female protagonist I’ll enjoy!


The Terrans Description

Jean Johnson’s first novel in an explosive new science fiction trilogy set in the world of the national bestselling Theirs Not to Reason Why series—set two-hundred years earlier, at the dawn of the First Salik War…

Born into a political family and gifted with psychic abilities, Jacaranda MacKenzie has served as a border-watcher and even spent time as a representative on the United Planets Council. Now she just wants to spend her days in peace and quiet as a translator—but the universe has other plans…

Humans have long known that they would encounter more alien species, and while those with precognitive abilities agree a terrible war is coming, they do not agree on who will save humanity—a psychic soldier or a politician.

But Jackie is both.

After she is pressured into rejoining the Space Force to forestall the impending calamity, Jackie makes an unsettling discovery. Their new enemy, the Salik, seem to be rather familiar with fighting Humans—as if their war against humanity had already begun…

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Boda

This one just sounds amazing. Do I need to say more? This was one that was well on my radar before my latest AceRocStars box showed up, and so I was quite excited to see it was included.


The House of Shattered Wings Description

A superb murder mystery, on an epic scale, set against the fall out – literally – of a war in Heaven.

Paris has survived the Great Houses War – just. Its streets are lined with haunted ruins, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine runs black with ashes and rubble. Yet life continues among the wreckage. The citizens continue to live, love, fight and survive in their war-torn city, and The Great Houses still vie for dominion over the once grand capital.

House Silverspires, previously the leader of those power games, lies in disarray. Its magic is ailing; its founder, Morningstar, has been missing for decades; and now something from the shadows stalks its people inside their very own walls.

Within the House, three very different people must come together: a naive but powerful Fallen, an alchemist with a self-destructive addiction, and a resentful young man wielding spells from the Far East. They may be Silverspires’ salvation. They may be the architects of its last, irreversible fall…


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Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

This is another one that was on my radar, and the early feedback I’ve seen on it sounds great. I think I just want to see The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers put in their places because of their prejudices mentioned in the blurb.


Sorcerer to the Crown Description
In this sparkling debut, magic and mayhem clash with the British elite…

The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, one of the most respected organizations throughout all of England, has long been tasked with maintaining magic within His Majesty’s lands. But lately, the once proper institute has fallen into disgrace, naming an altogether unsuitable gentleman—a freed slave who doesn’t even have a familiar—as their Sorcerer Royal, and allowing England’s once profuse stores of magic to slowly bleed dry. At least they haven’t stooped so low as to allow women to practice what is obviously a man’s profession…

At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers and eminently proficient magician, ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up. But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain—and the world at large…

The Desert and the Blade by S. M. Stirling

I haven’t figured out yet if this one can be read without reading the preceding books. But I do think I have a copy of The Golden Princess. This just sounds like it could be a fun series.


The Desert and the Blade

In his Novels of the Change, New York Times bestselling author S.M. Stirling presents “a devastated, mystical world that will appeal to fans of traditional fantasy as well as post-apocalyptic SF.”* Continuing their quest that began in The Golden Princess, two future rulers of a world without technology risk their lives seeking a fabled blade…

Reiko, Empress of Japan, has allied herself with Princess Órlaith, heir to the High Kingdom of Montival, to find the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, the Grass-Cutting Sword, a legendary treasure of an ancient dynasty that confers valor and victory to its bearer. Órlaith understands all too well the power it signifies. Her own inherited blade, the Sword of the Lady, was both a burden and a danger to her father, Rudi Mackenzie, as it failed to save the king from being assassinated.

But the fabled sword lies deep with the Valley of Death, and the search will be far from easy. And war is building, in Montival and far beyond.

As Órlaith and Reiko encounter danger and wonder, Órlaith’s mother, Queen Matildha, believes her daughter’s alliance and quest has endangered the entire realm. There are factions both within and without Montival whose loyalty died with the king, and whispers of treachery and war grow ever louder.

And the Malevolence that underlies the enemy will bend all its forces to destroy them.

*Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Chapelwood by Cherie Priest

I’ve heard really good things about Maplewood, and I do love a bit of horror. This is another one where I need to find out if I have to read Maplewood first.


Chapelwood Description

From Cherie Priest, the award-winning author of Maplecroft, comes a new tale of Lizzie Borden’s continuing war against the cosmic horrors threatening humanity…

Birmingham, Alabama is infested with malevolence. Prejudice and hatred have consumed the minds and hearts of its populace. A murderer, unimaginatively named “Harry the Hacker” by the press, has been carving up citizens with a hatchet. And from the church known as Chapelwood, an unholy gospel is being spread by a sect that worships dark gods from beyond the heavens.

This darkness calls to Lizzie Borden. It is reminiscent of an evil she had dared hoped was extinguished. The parishioners of Chapelwood plan to sacrifice a young woman to summon beings never meant to share reality with humanity. An apocalypse will follow in their wake which will scorch the earth of all life.

Unless she stops it… (

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

I hate to say it, but this may be the least likely book in my stack to be read, just because it is the 7th in a series. But, I may try to read the first one as a Backlist Burndown book one of these months.


Magic Breaks Description

No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it…

As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.

As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear…

So many thanks to Ace Roc for sending all of these books my way!! They really, really spoil the AceRocStars team!


From Little, Brown and Company


TheFeverCoverThe Fever by Megan Abbott from Back Bay Books

This was a surprise arrival, and is a book that was not on my radar at all. But looking it up, I am actually quite excited to read it. It’s a YA horror book, that sounds wonderfully creepy! Many thanks to Little, Brown and Company (Back Bay Books) for sending this my way!



The Fever Description

“THE FEVER holds true to its title: It’s dark, disturbing, strangely beautiful and utterly unshakeable” — Gillian Flynn.

In this impossible-to-put-down “panic attack of a novel,”* a small-town high school becomes the breeding ground for a mysterious illness.

Deenie Nash is a diligent student with a close-knit family; her brother Eli is a hockey star and her father is a popular teacher. But when Deenie’s best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class, the Nashes’ seeming stability dissolves into chaos. As rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through school, and hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families, and the town’s fragile sense of security.

A chilling story about guilt, family secrets, and the lethal power of desire, THE FEVER is “a potboiler in the truest, best sense” and “a great novel, full stop.”**

*Jodi Picoult












The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

We are reading this one for Fantasy Faction Book Club in September. It was self published and has been picked up by Hodder & Stoughton. It sounds really good and I’ve seen some very high ratings for it from people I trust, so looking forward to checking it out!


The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet Description

Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.

But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.

Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.

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8 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves – June 20, 2015”

  1. I heard good things about Megan Abbott’s The Fever last year. And I’m interested in The House of Shattered Wings too. I have her Obsidian and Blood trilogy, but I’m yet to read it.
    Also, I do like the added hidden description 🙂 In big hauls like this, to post every one of the summaries would take up way too much room, and I find it pain sometimes to go back and forth, copying and pasting titles into Goodreads to read what the book is about. So this was super convenient for me.
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  2. I heard about The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet a few weeks ago and was very intrigued – It sounds like a great character-driven book! Also The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews is really great so I don’t think you’d regret picking up book one. It’s also one of those series that gets better as it goes. Nice collection of books!
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