Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga´s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
I am also connecting with Bought Borrowed & Bagged in homage of Barron´s Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning´s smash hit series, Fever, hosted by Braine at Talk Supe.
This week arrived one book package after the other at my place. Some of them contained reviewer´s copies, others books I bought and in some were books I hadn´t asked for *happy dance*.
The Sprite Sisters – A Wisdom of Owls is a book that obviously came out first in Germany. At least I wasn´t able to find a UK/US cover no matter how hard I was looking and even the homepage of the author doesn´t show one, so I really guess that the German edition is the first that came out. Don´t ask me why that is.
I am so happy that I finally got my original edition of Arwen Elys Dayton´s Seeker series. Okay, I got the paperback edition and it has some scratches (which I am not happy with and about the deep scratches in the cover of Grave Mercy I´ll rather don´t start to talk about – still get mad to look at them) but I guess I´ll have to live with them. Maybe one day I will be able to buy a new edition of it. For now, I am happy to have this one.
Daphne Unruh is a German author who started writing and publishing books as a self-publisher. Now her series about the elements is brought out for the first time in print and I got the first two books of that series from the publisher. I already read the first book and am not that excited about it. But hopefully the second will be more pleasant. My reviews to them I will post as soon as I am allowed to do so.
Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard
Queen Song: Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary – how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lie ahead for her in royal life.
Steel Scars: Captain Farley was raised to be strong, but being tasked with planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected. As she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital, she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation – Mare Barrow.
Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
A calling. An honour. A lie. Quin has dedicated her life to becoming a Seeker. All these years she has been training to fight to protect the weak and the wronged. Or so she thinks. The night she takes her Oath, Quin finally learns the terrible truth about her mission: about what it really means to be a sworn Seeker. From her family to the boy she loves, nothing is as she thought it was. And now it´s too late to walk away.
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Trained as an assassin by the god of death, Ismae is sent to the court of Brittany, where she finds herself underprepared – not only for the games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how she can deliver Death´s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?
Himmelstiefe by Daphne Unruh
Kira counts the last days of school. Soon she will be done! But then her life gets turned upside down: the new classmate Tim exerts an irresistible attraction on her and again she gets invested by fevers and eerie visions of dangerous shadow beings. Almost too late Kira recognizes that she has special powers and belongs into the magical world of the Academy of the Elements. Only there she is safe – so she thinks!
The Sprite Sisters. A Wisdom of Owls by Sheridan Winn
The magical secret of Flame, Marina, Flora and Sky is in danger! Sarah Stringer, the new school secretary tries very hard to give the girls a hard time and to get to know all about their magic. She gets support by her nephews, the mysteriously twins Oliver and Simon. But why do they have it in for the sisters? Despite help from an unexpected source Flame, Marina, Flora and Sky fall into a mean ambush!
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufmann & Meagan Spooner
It´s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they´re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.
Traveler by Arwen Elys Dayton
Quin Kincaid is a Seeker. Her legacy is an honor, an ancient role passed down for generations. But what she learned on her Oath night changed her world forever. Quin pledged her life to deception. Her legacy as a Seeker is not noble but savage. Her father, a killer. Her uncle, a liar. Her mother, a casualty. And the boy she once loved is out for vengeance, with her family in his sights. Yet Quin is not alone. Shinobu, her oldest companion, might now be the only person she can trust. The only one who wants answers as desperately as she does. But the deeper they dig into the past, the darker things become. There are long-vanished Seeker families, shadowy alliances, and something else: a sinister plan begun generations ago, with the power to end the legacy forever. The past is close. And it will destroy them all.