Stacking the Shelves – August 15, 2015

August 15, 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 been another couple of great weeks for book additions!

Received for Review

Ace Roc Stars are completely spoiled by Ace/Roc, I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of this group and was once again thrilled with the latest arrivals. Many thanks to Ace/Roc for their continued generosity.

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Planetfall by Emma Newman

From the award-nominated author Emma Newman, comes a novel of how one secret withheld to protect humanity’s future might be its undoing…

Renata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi’s vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war. Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown.

More than twenty-two years have passed since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided, alone. All that time, Ren has worked hard as the colony’s 3-D printer engineer, creating the tools necessary for human survival in an alien environment, and harboring a devastating secret.

Ren continues to perpetuate the lie forming the foundation of the colony for the good of her fellow colonists, despite the personal cost. Then a stranger appears, far too young to have been part of the first planetfall, a man who bears a remarkable resemblance to Suh-Mi.

The truth Ren has concealed since planetfall can no longer be hidden. And its revelation might tear the colony apart…

This one was already on my radar. Emma Newman is on my list of authors I want to read (but have yet to), and I love the premise. Really looking forward to it!

 

Inherit the Stars by Tony Peak

An epic debut set on the edges of space, where one botched job could mean death—or so much worse…

Wanderlust runs in Kivita Vondir’s blood. She dreamed of salvaging like her father when she was young, and now it’s her addiction, getting her through pit stops filled with cheap alcohol and cheaper companionship and distracting her from her broken heart.

Her latest contract to hunt down a fabled gemstone is exactly the kind of adventure she craves. But this job is more than meets the eye. For one thing, her duplicitous employer has hired rebel Sar Redryll—Kivita’s former lover—to stop her at any cost. For another, Kivita’s recovery of the relic unleashes in her powerful new abilities. Abilities that everyone in the Cetturo Arm—human, alien, and in-between—desperately wishes to control…

As she avoids a massive galactic manhunt, Kivita teams up with two unlikely allies: Sar and his enigmatic new partner. Only, as the gem’s mysteries are revealed and danger draws near, Kivita begins to wonder if her ex has truly changed, or if he’s just waiting for the right moment to betray her once again…

I don’t read quite as much Science Fiction as I do fantasy, but I have to admit, this one sounds really good.


 

I was also excited to be invited to take part in Erin Lindsey’s blog tour for her new book Bloodforged. Since I’ve yet to read book one, the good people at Ace were generous and sent me both books so I can catch up. I have been meaning to read The Bloodhound for quite a while based on positive reviews I’ve seen (plus, it just sounds like a fun book), and am really looking forward to catching up with the series!  Once again, thanks to Ace/Roc!

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The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey

Of all those in the King of Alden’s retinue, the bloodbinders are the most prized. The magic they wield can forge invaluable weapons, ones that make soldiers like Lady Alix Black unerringly lethal. However, the bloodbinders’ powers can do so much more—and so much worse…

A cunning and impetuous scout, Alix only wishes to serve quietly on the edges of the action. But when the king is betrayed by his own brother and left to die at the hands of attacking Oridian forces, she winds up single-handedly saving her sovereign.

Suddenly, she is head of the king’s personal guard, an honor made all the more dubious by the king’s exile from his own court. Surrounded by enemies, Alix must help him reclaim his crown, all the while attempting to repel the relentless tide of invaders led by the Priest, most feared of Oridia’s lords.

But while Alix’s king commands her duty, both he and a fellow scout lay claim to her heart. And when the time comes, she may need to choose between the two men who need her most…

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The epic saga that started in The Bloodbound continues…

As war between Alden and Oridia intensifies, King Erik must defend his kingdom from treachery and enemies on all sides—but the greatest danger lurks closer to home…

When the war began, Lady Alix Black played a minor role, scouting at the edge of the king’s retinue in relative anonymity. Though she’s once again facing an attacking Oridian force determined to destroy all she holds dear, she is now bodyguard to the king and wife to the prince.

Still, she is unprepared for what the revival of the war will mean. Erik is willing to take drastic measures to defend his domain, even if it means sending Prince Liam into a deadly web of intrigue and traveling into the perilous wild lands of Harram himself.

Only the biggest threat to the kingdom might be one that neither Alix nor Erik could have imagined, or prepared for…


 

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California Bones by Greg van Eekhout (audiobook)

When Daniel Blackland was six, he ingested his first bone fragment, a bit of kraken spine plucked out of the sand during a visit with his demanding, brilliant, and powerful magician father, Sebastian.

When Daniel was twelve, he watched Sebastian die at the hands of the Hierarch of Southern California, devoured for the heightened magic layered deep within his bones.

Now, years later, Daniel is a petty thief with a forged identity. Hiding amid the crowds in Los Angeles–the capital of the Kingdom of Southern California–Daniel is trying to go straight. But his crime-boss uncle has a heist he wants Daniel to perform: break into the Hierarch’s storehouse of magical artifacts and retrieve Sebastian’s sword, an object of untold power.

For this dangerous mission, Daniel will need a team he can rely on, so he brings in his closest friends from his years in the criminal world. There’s Moth, who can take a bullet and heal in mere minutes. Jo Alverado, illusionist. The multitalented Cassandra, Daniel’s ex. And, new to them all, the enigmatic, knowledgeable Emma, with her British accent and her own grudge against the powers-that-be. The stakes are high, and the stage is set for a showdown that might just break the magic that protects a long-corrupt regime.

Extravagant and yet moving, Greg van Eekhout’s California Bones is an epic adventure set in a city of canals and secrets and casual brutality–different from the world we know, yet familiar and true.

This one has been on my TBR for a while. A child who watched his magician father die, who has turned their and who eats bones? Yes, I am quite intrigued, plus I’ve heard wonderful things about it from Tammy at Books, Bones and Buffy and was thrilled to get a review copy of the audiobook. Many thanks to Recorded Books!

 

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (audiobook)

This is the way the world ends. Again.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years — collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She’ll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

I have really been looking forward to this one. I really enjoyed The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, have been meaning to read more by Jemisin, and this story sounds so good. Thanks to Hachette Audio for sending this one my way!

Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron (audiobook)

As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don’t cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn’t fly in a family of ambitious magical predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience.

Now, sealed in human form and banished to the DFZ–a vertical metropolis built on the ruins of Old Detroit–Julius has one month to prove that he can be a ruthless dragon or kiss his true shape goodbye forever. But in a city of modern mages and vengeful spirits where dragons are considered monsters to be exterminated, he’s going to need some serious help to survive this test.

He only hopes humans are more trustworthy than dragons…

I will confess, this is not one I would have normally have looked at very close, perhaps I shouldn’t admit it, but I’m not a fan of the title. But what I am a fan of is rave reviews and glowing recommendations from sources I trust!  Mogsy from The BiblioSanctum has high praise for this one, and even higher praise for the second book in the series. I couldn’t ignore that and had to get a copy. Many thanks to Audible Studios for the review copy!

 


 

And, I was also amazed by the generosity of the good people at Tor.com Publishing, as I was given the opportunity to review all of their 10 upcoming novellas. If you haven’t seen the list, seriously, go check it out! There are some great sounding stories and a number of familiar authors, and a wonderful variety so there should be something for everyone. I’ve pulled out The Last Witness as it was already firmly on my must read list. And then a couple more covers/blurbs because I just couldn’t help myself! I am sure I will read more than The Last Witness as these are short and there’s a number that sound really good! Some by authors I’ve read already and enjoyed, and some by authors I have been meaning to read. Many, many thanks to Tor.com Publishing for this haul!

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The Last Witness by K. J. Parker (eARC)

When you need a memory to be wiped, call me.

Transferring unwanted memories to my own mind is the only form of magic I’ve ever mastered. But now, I’m holding so many memories I’m not always sure which ones are actually mine, any more.

Some of them are sensitive; all of them are private. And there are those who are willing to kill to access the secrets I’m trying to bury…

A classic Parker tale with a strong supporting cast of princes, courtiers, merchants, academics, and generally unsavory people.

Witches of Lichford by Paul Cornell (eARC)

Traveler, Cleric, Witch.

The villagers in the sleepy hamlet of Lychford are divided. A supermarket wants to build a major branch on their border. Some welcome the employment opportunities, while some object to the modernization of the local environment.

Judith Mawson (local crank) knows the truth — that Lychford lies on the boundary between two worlds, and that the destruction of the border will open wide the gateways to malevolent beings beyond imagination.

But if she is to have her voice heard, she’s going to need the assistance of some unlikely allies…

The Builders by Daniel Polansky (eARC)

A missing eye.
A broken wing.
A stolen country.

The last job didn’t end well.

Years go by, and scars fade, but memories only fester. For the animals of the Captain’s company, survival has meant keeping a low profile, building a new life, and trying to forget the war they lost. But now the Captain’s whiskers are twitching at the idea of evening the score.


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The Flux (eARC)

Love something enough, and your obsession will punch holes through the laws of physics. That devotion creates unique magics: videogamemancers. Origamimancers. Culinomancers.

But when ‘mancers battle, cities tremble…

ALIYAH TSABO-DAWSON: The world’s most dangerous eight-year-old girl. Burned by a terrorist’s magic, gifted strange powers beyond measure. She’s furious that she has to hide her abilities from her friends, her teachers, even her mother – and her temper tantrums can kill.

PAUL TSABO: Bureaucromancer. Magical drug-dealer. Desperate father. He’s gone toe-to-toe with the government’s conscription squads of brain-burned Unimancers, and he’ll lie to anyone to keep Aliyah out of their hands – whether Aliyah likes it or not.

THE KING OF NEW YORK: The mysterious power player hell-bent on capturing the two of them. A man packing a private army of illegal ‘mancers.

Paul’s family is the key to keep the King’s crumbling empire afloat. But offering them paradise is the catalyst that inflames Aliyah’s deadly rebellious streak…

File Under: Urban Fantasy

And last, but certainly not least is a copy of The Flux. I absolutely love Flex, see my review for all the reasons why. So I was thrilled to get my hands on this one. Many thanks to Angry Robot!

8 Comments

  • Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum August 15, 2015 at 12:46 am

    I’m really looking forward to those tor.com stories! I think they’ll be fun to fit in between my longer reads. I also agree, it’s the perfect chance to check out authors I’ve never read before (but have always been curious about!) like K. J. Parker, Polansky, Okorafor, etc. Also curious to see what you’ll think of Planetfall. If it ever goes up on NetGalley, I might request it; could be a good read for Sci-Fi November 🙂
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  • Anne @ Lovely Literature August 15, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Nice Dragons Finish Last is one that I keep seeing and keep forgetting about. But there is renewed interest every time I see it. I should probably just do something about that. 😀
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  • DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape) August 15, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I’m excited for a lot of those Tor novellas coming up, too! I liked The Folding Knife so much; I’ll look forward to your review of The Last Witness 🙂
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  • Lynn August 16, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    I’ve got both the Erin Lindsey books and I’m really looking forward to them. And Flux- Yes!!!!
    I’m also going to buy a copy of NDFL – such good reviews everywhere it would be a shame to miss this series.
    Great book haul – happy reading.
    Lynn 😀
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  • Danya @ Fine Print August 17, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Yay for NDFL! Mogsy’s review for that one is actually what made me pick up the series as well. I really enjoyed The Bloodbound; Erin Lindsey says in her author bio that her goal is to write the perfect summer vacation novel and I think she nailed it. It’s light on the fantasy and high on the romance, so be aware of that going in!
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