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).

Review Titles

Just the one physical review title this week, a long-anticipated finished copy of The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow.

In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history in a Hugo award-winning author’s powerful novel of magic amid the suffragette movement.

In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.

But when the Eastwood sisters — James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna — join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote — and perhaps not even to live — the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.

There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.

On the digital review front there were a few new acquisitions . . .

Bloodlaced by Courtney Maguire is an upcoming book tour title, a beautiful, dark, paranormal fantasy romance about a servant who is both man and woman; a noble demon who is gentle, kind, and generous; and the monster that servant failed to protect as a child.

The Wicked Stepbrother and Other Stories by Warren Rochelle is another book tour title, a collection of fairy tales that explore metaphors of magic and the magical with a gay perspective, asking what price must be paid for happily ever after, and is love worth great sacrifice?

This Island of Dreams by Scarlett Sunday is a collection of stories about dreams, sexuality, erotic fantasies, and favored fetishes featuring couples who are into the more dominant and submissive acts of love making, including captor and captive dramas within the wide spectrum of human sexuality.

New Acquisitions: Paperback Treasures

Just the one new purchase this week . . .

I have had the pleasure of knowing Lady Alex and Alice, her husband, for several years now, reviewing their stories and gaining some insights into their lifestyle. She writes of the power exchange from a position of authority and experience, which lends even her most fantastic stories a veneer of credibility.

With her latest trilogy, Becoming Joanna, now available in paperback, I simply couldn’t pass up the chance to have a physical copy to grace my shelves. It’s the story of a lazy misogynist husband, his long-suffering wife, and her best friend as the two women join forces to teach him a lesson in humility.

New Acquisitions: Digital Titles

No digital acquisitions this week . . .

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