Stacking the Shelves – March 30, 2019
Stacking the Shelves / March 30, 2019

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! Most of these were surprise arrivals, but they all sound amazing! Received for Review I was so excited to get an early copy of Beneath the Twisted Trees! I have been loving this series and really look forward to reading this next one. Thanks to DAW Books for the early copy! This is a series I have not started yet, but I do have a copy of the first one, hopefully I will fit it in because it does sound good. Many thanks to Ace Books! Fire and Heist was a fun read, so I’m looking forward to checking out another book by Durst. This one sounds really fun. My thanks to Harper Voyager! I’ve honestly been a bit on the fence if I will read this one. It sounds really good, I just haven’t been reading at the same rate as I had been so its more a time issue. Now that I have a copy though I may try to fit it in….

Friday Face Off – Shapeshifter
Friday Face Off / March 16, 2019

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a new weekly meme hosted at Books by Proxy. Every Friday two books will be lined up to be judged solely on their covers (that thing we are never supposed to do, but you know we all do it!) This weeks theme:  ‘Beware the moon, lads.’ – A cover with a shapeshifter I tried to think of something different for this one, and came up with a few other ideas, but found the covers didn’t feature the shapeshifter I was thinking of, or in one case,  I decided it was a spoiler. So, I went with Seraphina. If you hover over the images, you can see the details for which edition it is. I had actually expected I would pick the purple background cover, but after seeing some of the different ones, decided on another. I also have to say the US and UK covers for this one are the opposite of what I would expect. The US is way more likely to feature faces on the cover. So, here’s my pick:

Throwback Thursday – Age of Iron by Angus Watson
Throwback Thursday / March 14, 2019

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature to highlight books from the past. It can honestly be anything as long as its not a book that is a current release. Maybe its a book that I read and reviewed and just want to highlight, maybe its a book I read before I started reviewing or maybe its a book that has a sequel coming out soon or maybe its a backlist book from my TBR that I just want to revisit and decide if I will make the time to read. Pretty much, anything goes.  If you have a backlist book you want to feature in someway, please feel free to join in! This week’s choice is Age of Iron by Angus Watson This was a very down and dirty, gripping, enjoyable read. It is dark, twisted, funny and exciting. But it’s also not for everyone, so much so that my review has a list of readers who I think should approach the book with caution. Really this is a great series that could use some more love and readers, so if you enjoy dark epic fantasy with some humor and magic, be sure to check it out. You can read my full review and check out more details about the book: Legends aren’t born. They’re forged. Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary travelling south to join up with King Zadar’s army….

Top Ten Tuesday – Standalone Books
Top Ten Tuesday / March 12, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is  Standalone Books Technically, the suggested theme was Standalone Books that Need a Sequel, but I find that the standalones I am happy with, even if I think I’d enjoy reading more, I don’t think they *need* a sequel. That’s kinda the point. So I’m just listing 10 of my favorite standalones.

Review: Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dalton
4 Stars , Reviews / March 11, 2019

Stronger, Faster and More Beautiful is a book that explores the many sides of how science can impact our lives and our bodies. My review for this might be a bit different than my typical reviews just because I am not going to focus on characters at all. The entire point of this book is the questions it raises and the topics it makes you think about. It’s this aspect of the book that I found stuck with me the most, and so that is what I am going to try to relay in my review. Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is an interesting reflection that can make you wonder how far is to far? How much should humans modify our bodies? Just because we can do something, should we? And should some reasons be more acceptable than others, should vanity or performance modifications be less justifiable than life saving procedures? This book really left me with a series of questions to think about. My opinion on any of this is not the point, the point is that the reader is presented with scenarios that highlight areas and situations to consider. My intro sounds like it could apply to today’s…

Stacking the Shelves – March 2, 2019
Stacking the Shelves / March 2, 2019

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! Received for Review It’s been another couple of great weeks for book additions! These were all surprise arrivals and 3 of them are ones I I absolutely loved Torn, it was just a delight to read and I am so looking forward to Fray! Many thanks to Orbit Books! I am not always huge on re-tellings, but this one sounds really intriguing and a good mix of darkness mixed in. My thanks to Berkley for the advanced copy! Creation Machine is new to me, but it does sound like a fun read. Lent is one I have been eyeing as I love the other books I’ve read by Jo Walton. So many thanks to Tor Books for sending these my way! This is one I’ve been looking forward to. Maybe because I enjoyed the sewing magic in Torn (and looking forward to Fray), but regardless, it sounds like great fun! Thanks to Random House Children’s Knopf Books for Young Readers

Spotlight: The True Queen by Zen Cho (plus Giveaway!)
Giveaway / March 1, 2019

Today I am happy to spotlight an upcoming release, The True Queen by Zen Cho as well as share a giveaway. Cho’s previous book, Sorcerer to the Crown, was such a delight to read, so I am really looking forward to this next one.  For those that have not read Sorcerer to the Crown, no worries, this new one, while set in the same world, can be read as a standalone.   About the Book When sisters Muna and Sakti wake up on the peaceful beach of the island of Janda Baik, they can’t remember anything, except that they are bound as only sisters can be. They have been cursed by an unknown enchanter, and slowly Sakti starts to fade away. The only hope of saving her is to go to distant Britain, where the Sorceress Royal has established an academy to train women in magic. If Muna is to save her sister, she must learn to navigate high society, and trick the English magicians into believing she is a magical prodigy. As she’s drawn into their intrigues, she must uncover the secrets of her past, and journey into a world with more magic than she had ever dreamed. direct link to…