Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, and is a great way to share the books you’ve acquired over the past week. Luckily I only have two new books to share, since I am behind in my reading already! Click on the book covers to go to Goodreads.
Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss. Received for review from the author. Release date: November 6 2012 (Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books). I came across Victoria’s book during the recent YA Scavenger Hunt. She was offering bloggers a chance to review her book, and I happily took her up on that offer. Isn’t the cover gorgeous? This sounds amazing (from Goodreads):
“Be sure you know your true heart’s desire, or you may find yourself surprised by what you receive.”
This is the warning the Astrologer-Sorcerer gives Giulia when she pays him to create a magical talisman for her. The scorned illegitimate daughter of a Milanese nobleman, Giulia is determined to defy the dire fate predicted by her horoscope, and use the talisman to claim what she believes is her heart’s desire: true love and a place where she belongs–not likely prospects for a girl about to be packed off to the cloistered world of a convent.
But the convent of Santa Marta is full of surprises. There are strict rules, long hours of work, and spiteful rivalries…but there’s also friendship, and the biggest surprise of all: a workshop of female artists who produce paintings of astonishing beauty, using a luminous blue mixed from a secret formula: Passion blue. Yet even as Giulia begins to learn the mysteries of the painter’s craft, the magic of the talisman is at work, and a forbidden romance beckons her down a path of uncertainty and danger. She is haunted by the sorcerer’s warning, and by a question: does she really know the true compass of her heart?
Set in Renaissance Italy, this richly imagined novel about a girl’s daring journey towards self-discovery transports readers into a fascinating, exotic world where love, faith, and art inspire passion–of many different hues.
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead. Now available. This is a middle grade novel, very short, that has received some awesome reviews. I believe I won this from a Publisher’s Weekly contest, but I can’t say for sure. It turned up unexpectedly in my mailbox! But I’m not complaining. Even though I don’t usually read middle grade books, (and neither do my two middle-school-aged children, for that matter!) I want to see what this well-reviewed book has to offer. Here’s what Goodreads says:
When seventh grader Georges (the S is silent) moves into a Brooklyn apartment building, he meets Safer, a twelve-year-old coffee-drinking loner and self-appointed spy. Georges becomes Safer’s first spy recruit. His assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: how far is too far to go for your only friend?
Look for my review of Passion Blue a little closer to the release date. What’s on your shelves this week?