Daily Archives: July 7, 2012

Stacking the Shelves #1

This week I’m trying a different meme to share the books I’ve received this past week, and I’m happy to be part of Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.  Many thanks to my new buddy Lauren at The Headless Owl for bringing this to my attention!  So many new books have come out in the past couple of weeks that I placed a big Amazon order recently, which I just received a couple of days ago. Here are the books I bought:

Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan. Super excited to fit this into my schedule. I loved The Last Werewolf, and although the reviews for the second book in this series haven’t been as favorable, I don’t care. Duncan’s writing is luminous, and he writes a pretty mean story as well. The actual book is cool too. The edges of the pages are black, which makes this book a perfect companion to The Last Werewolf.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Already in a 6th printing, Flynn’s latest is a best-seller and has received rave reviews from many sources. I don’t usually go for best-sellers or mystery/thrillers, but this one has my attention. The jacket blurb describes this as an “…unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong.” Sign me up!

Wool by Hugh Howey. This internet sensation started on Howey’s website as a short story, I believe. It’s grown into something bigger, with publishing deals in more than one country. There are five Wool books, and an omnibus of all five is available on Amazon. I decided to purchase the first book to see if I liked it, and boy did I! It’s a science fiction tale of a future where people live underground in a buried silo because the air outside is poisonous. Howey is a very talented writer, and I was surprised by how good the story is. It’s certainly good enough to wind up in a “Best Of” anthology, in my opinion.

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne. A Stephen King-like story for young adults about a group of kids that get trapped in a superstore during a literal reign of terror, as natural disasters, including a hailstorm and a chemical weapons spill, take place outside the store. Seriously, that plot just screams Stephen King!  And it’s got a fantastic cover. Can’t wait to read this.

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers. Here’s another young adult horror story that seems to be about zombies, but has a lot going on under the surface as well. A group of six students are trapped inside a high school when the end of the world comes, and they must battle the forces outside trying to get in, as well as a brewing battle among the survivors on the inside.  This is high up on my reading list!

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund. This book is described as a re-telling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, which is a great reason all by itself to pick this one up. It’s a romance set in a future world where technology is outlawed. Kai and Elliot are the main characters who reunite after being separated four years ago.

I’m nearly caught up with my backlog of indie books that have been promised for review, and as soon as I’m finished I’ll start working on this pile! I’d love to know what you’ve stacked your shelves with this week!


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