Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books we are adding to our shelves, whether they be physical or digital. This includes books bought (my wife would say I buy too many), borrowed (a rare occurrence), and received for review (which I’m trying to reign in).

New Acquisitions: Paperback Treasures

I swore I was done buying books for this month, but I’ve been waiting for the paperback of one for years, and the other . . . well, my wife needed me to pick something so she’d qualify for free shipping. What could I do?

With The Resurrection Key having published last month, we’re officially 3 paperback editions behind in North America, but that just means I’m that much more excited to catch up with Nina and Eddie in King Solomon’s Curse. As for Redemption’s Blade, it slipped past me when it was released last year, but then I heard about Salvation’s Fire (and the Bride for the Kinslayer) and I suddenly NEED to read this series.

New Acquisitions: Digital Freebies

A pair of digital downloads this week courtesy of BookFunnel. The Arrival by Nicole MacDonald is an exciting addition to the female-fronted-fantasy shelves, while Magical Mechanications is a collection of 4 steampunk tales (3 of which are female-fronted) from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris.

Review Titles

A pair of digital review titles this week, the first of which was offered to me (hopefully we’ll be having Dawn Vogel stop by for a guest post soon), and the second of which I requested (and was quickly approved).

The Cask of Cranglimmering (Brass and Glass Book 1)
by Dawn Vogel
Publication Date: Aug 27, 2019

In the windy skies of the Republic, it’s not always easy to chart your own course…

When Svetlana Tereshchenko, captain of the airship The Silent Monsoon, catches wind that a cask of mythical Cranglimmering whiskey has been stolen, she and her renegade crew of outcasts fly off in search of it. With the promise of a reward worthy of the cask’s legendary lineage from both the Heliopolis Port Authority and the head of the Kavisoli crime family, Svetlana and her crew embark on a breathless chase that takes The Silent Monsoon from one end of the Republic to the other.

What Svetlana assumes will be an easy search and recover mission quickly becomes more complicated as each step she takes uncovers secrets and lies about the cask and its contents. Now, with an ethereal Ghost Ship haunting their path, friends reveal themselves as enemies and alliances develop with the most unlikely associates. The lives of her crew hang in the balance as Svetlana makes the crucial choice of whom she can trust and whom she should fear. .

The Deep
by Alma Katsu
Publication Date: March 10, 2020

From the acclaimed and award-winning author of The Hunger comes an eerie, psychological twist on one of the world’s most renowned tragedies, the sinking of the Titanic and the ill-fated sail of its sister ship, the Britannic.

Someone, or something, is haunting the ship. That is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the passengers of the Titanic from the moment they set sail. The Titanic‘s passengers expected to enjoy an experience befitting the much-heralded ship’s maiden voyage, but instead, amid mysterious disappearances and sudden deaths, find themselves in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone. While some of the guests and crew shrug off strange occurrences, several–including maid Annie Hebbley, guest Mark Fletcher, and millionaires Madeleine Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim–are convinced there’s something more sinister going on. And then disaster strikes.

Years later, Annie, having survived that fateful night, has attempted to put her life back together by going to work as a nurse on the sixth sailing of the Britannic, newly refitted as a hospital ship to support British forces fighting World War I. When she happens across an unconscious Mark, now a soldier, she is at first thrilled and relieved to learn that he too survived the tragic night four years earlier. But soon his presence awakens deep-buried feelings and secrets, forcing her to reckon with the demons of her past–as they both discover that the terror may not yet be over.

Featuring an ensemble cast of characters and effortlessly combining the supernatural with the height of historical disaster, The Deep is an exploration of love and destiny, desire and innocence, and, above all, a quest to understand how our choices can lead us inexorably toward our doom.

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