Stacking the Shelves 1/27/18


Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews 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!

Happy Saturday book nerds! I’m currently in the middle of the 24-in-48 readathon, but I decided to take a break and share some of my latest additions to my Kindle. I do not have any physical books to haul this time around. I’ve managed to practice some restraint in that since my shelves are overflowing. I did go a little crazy with some sales on Kindle books and I got some books for review. I have quite a bit to share so let’s get into the books!

Let’s start with my NetGalley haul.


Shane is still recovering from his little sister’s suicide. He tries to seek comfort from his girlfriend, Tara, but she is too wrapped up in her own world to be there for him. What Shane would like more than anything is to turn to the one person he loves, his friend David. When tragedy hits again Shane and David have to make some hard decisions about their future together.
Pub Date – March 13th


This is the first book in a middle-grade steampunk series by Leonardo Ramirez called The Jupiter Chronicles. Set in 1892 after the Jovian war, this story follows Ian and Callie Castillo whose father has been missing for five years. The story kicks off when Callie decides to use the telescope their father left behind for Ian. This activates the device and sends the children to the steam-powered floating cities of Jupiter. Thus begins their quest to save their father and free the Jovians before the Martians can send their final attack.

Pub Date – November 2017


From the bestselling author of Still Alice comes a compelling and heartwrenching story of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and the reason for living.
Richard is a famous concert pianist. His hands were a finely tuned instrument that brought audiences around the world to their feet.
Eight months later Richard has been diagnosed with ALS and his entire right arm is paralyzed. He knows his left arm will be next.
His wife, Karina, finds herself paralyzed by fear and stuck in a failed marriage. As Richard’s condition worsens Karina finds herself as his unwilling caretaker. With time running out the couple tries to reconcile their differences before it is too late.

Pub Date – March 20th, 2018


17-year-old Alice and her mother have spent their lives on the road, seemingly always one step ahead of back luck. However, when Alice’s grandmother, an author of a cult-classic book of fairy-tales, dies alone at her estate, The Hazel Wood, their luck takes a turn for the worst. Alice’s mom is kidnapped by a being that claims to come from Hinterland, the supernatural world in Alice’s grandmother’s book. The only clue left behind for Alice is her mother’s message to “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.” Paired with her classmate Ellery Finch, Alice goes on a quest to rescue her mother and solve how things went wrong.

Pub Date – January 30th, 2018


A story of a family struggling to survive in Alaska in 1974. Honestly, all I needed to know to snag this one was that it was by Kristin Hannah. I’ve fallen in love with Hannah’s work since reading The Nightingale.

Pub Date – Feb 6th, 2018


OMG, there are no words to describe my excitement for this one. This is the third book in the Veronica Speedwell series by Deanna Raybourn. If you enjoy mysteries and historical fiction then you need to give this series a try. The main character, Veronica, is like a Victorian female version of Sherlock Holmes. I love it!

Pub Date – January 16, 2018


This is the fourth installment in Lori Foster’s Body Armor series. This is a romantic suspense series that centers around a security firm called Body Armor. Each book is about a different couple. This book is about Sahara Silver and Brand Berry. Sahara has been trying to lure Brand into working for her but to no avail. Brand wants Sahara and he does not mix business with pleasure. Things change however when Sahara’s investigation into the whereabouts of her missing brother put her in danger. Brand gets involved, determined to protect Sahara. The two are thrown together and things heat up from there.

Pub Date – March 20th, 2018


A young British couple drives through France on holiday. They stop for gas. The man runs in to pay and the woman stays behind in the car. When he returns he finds the car door open and she’s gone. No one ever sees the woman again.

10 years later the man has moved on from his past. He is engaged and happy. Until one-day things take a turn and suspicions are raised. His new marriage struggles under the strain of the mystery behind the disappearance of his first love. Is she back or is someone playing games with his head?

Pub Date – March 9th, 2018


A psychological thriller set in a sleepy border town between England and Wales where two people go missing. Detective Constable Leah Mackay and her brother, Detective Sergeant Finn Hale lead investigations on the two murders and they quickly discover they are linked. The body of Dominic Newell is found on a secluded back road and the search for the second missing person, Selena Cole, is still underway. When Selena is found alive and well twenty hours later, the plot thickens. Blood stains on her clothes and no memory of what has happened since she went missing, Leah can’t be sure if Selena is a victim or a murderer.

Pub Date – Feb 25th, 2018


This was on my want to read list for 2018. It is a short story collection following a diverse cast of character that spans centuries and continents.

Pub Date – Feb 20th, 2018


A beautifully illustrated collection of biographies about female champions that broke the mold.

Pub Date – March 6th, 2018


An essay collection from the author of Never Have I Ever about coming out in her late twenties, going into her first relationship, and learning how to be an adult.

Pub Date – March 6th, 2018


The first book in a new series called Brute Force by bestselling author Lora Leigh. Rory Malone, a member of the Brute Force Protection Agency and an operative of an Elite Ops team, is hired by Amara’s father to be her bodyguard. Amara’s the daughter of an alleged Russian crime lord with many enemies that would use his daughter against him.

Despite her father’s forbidding it, Amara seeks out a relationship with Rory. Things heat up as chemistry sparks between the two amid suspenseful and dangerous situations. Someone is trying to kill Amara and Rory is determined to protect her and find the person threatening her life.

Already read this one and my full review will go up closer to the publication date.

Pub Date – Feb 27th, 2018


A nonfiction book about the rivalry between two Cherokee chiefs that lead to war, and eventually the ruin of a proud nation.

Pub Date – April 10th, 2018


A short story collection that examines the concept of black identity in this supposedly post-racial era. It’s been compared to the works of Junot Diaz and Paul Beatty.

Pub Date – April 10th, 2018

Now let’s move on to my Kindle deals haul. These were all Kindle deals I found via the Goodreads, BookBub, and Book Riot emails I subscribe to for eBook deals.


The Library of Souls is the first book in the Ghost Talker Files series by Richard Denney. Simon Santiago could see and talk to the dead for as long as he can remember. After his parents pass away in a train accident, Simon is sent to live with his uncle, an estranged con man. Soon Simon finds himself working for his uncle in a Ghost Expelling agency. At thirteen years old, Simon thinks he is ready to take on more responsibilities at the agency, taking in more calls every day. Until one day he is sent out on a case to a haunted library only to find out there’s something else that dwells there and it wants Simon’s soul.
With the help of some volunteers, Simon is determined to find out what is really going on before his and his uncle’s souls are added to the system of The Library of Souls.


This is the first book in the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. It’s an urban fantasy series set in Dublin. MacKayla Lane seeks her sister’s killer and finds herself thrown into the underground world of Dublin in search of a book that could be the reason her sister was killed. She meets mysterious bookshop owner by the name of Jericho Barrons and her adventure propels forward from there.

I read this one already and wasn’t that impressed with it. I will give the series one more chance though and pick up the second book at my library before I decide if I will quit the series or not.


A sweet and heartfelt holiday novella set in Heartbreaker Bay. This is book 4.5 in the Heartbreaker Bay series by Jill Shalvis. This is definitely one of my favorite romantic contemporary series. Reading this series is like wrapping yourself up in a warm and cozy blanket. It’s definitely a comfort read for me.


This is a holiday story that requires the reader to suspend reality a bit. I already read this one and you can find my thoughts on it in My Week in a Nutshell #3 video on my booktube channel.


Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my! This is the first book in the Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid. This new adult contemporary romance series is all kinds of fluff and steamy romance.

I also picked up books 2-4 of the Blessings, Georgia series by Sharon Sala. I already read book one a long time ago so I figured why not just catch up on the series.

The rest of these I don’t know anything about, they were mostly books I picked for the cover or author. They were all under a $1 so I couldn’t pass up the deals.


Phew ok, those are all the eBooks and galleys that have been added to my Kindle in January. It’s quite a bit I know, but I’m really excited to read all the ones I have not read yet. I will post full reviews on all of the review copies I received from publishers via NetGalley closer to the publication dates. So keep your eye out for those.

Let’s chat! Let me know down below what books you’ve added to your tbr lately. If you did a post for Stacking the Shelves please leave your links below so I can come an check them out.

Happy Reading!


Must Read Mondays | 2018 New Releases

Happy Monday book nerds! So normally on Must Read Mondays, I give book recommendations. This Monday, however, I wanted to let you know what 2018 new releases are on my Want To Read list. I figured not only will this let you know what I’m looking forward to this year, but I can refer to this post when I’m at the library or shopping for books. I have quite a list of books on my radar so without further ado let’s get into the books!

January 2018 New Releases


The Cruel Prince: The Folk of the Air by Holly Black – It’s a book about the fae. Need I say more?


The Widows of Malabar Hill (Perveen Mistry #1) by Sujata Massey – This is a mystery set in Bombay in 1921. The main character is one of the first female lawyers in India and fights for women’s rights.


Robots vs. Fairies edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe – A collection of short stories featuring robots vs. fairies. I can’t wait to dive into this ultimate nerdfest.


The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin: The story of the four Gold children, who are told the dates of their deaths by a fortune teller, and how that knowledge informs the decisions they make in their lives. The concept behind this one is intriguing to me. If you knew the day that you would die would you do things differently? I’m interested in knowing how this knowledge colors the choices that these four individuals will make.


The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn – This debut thriller is about a woman with agoraphobia who thinks she has witnessed a murder in the house across the street. The police consider her an unreliable witness. The reader has to figure out if she did see what she saw or is it all in her head?

February 2018 New Releases


The Friend by Sigrid Nunez: A woman inherits a Great Dane after her best friend dies unexpectedly. Together they will help each other deal with the loss of friend and master. I love books with animals in them. I’m a total sucker especially for dogs and cats so I really want to get my hands on this one.


The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton: Camellia is a Belle in Orleans, where beauty is a commodity. But being a Belle is not enough for Camellia, she wants more: She wants to be the Queen’s favorite Belle. But, as she will learn, dreams have a price. I love this cover and based on what everyone has been saying I’m expecting this to be a fast and easy read.


All the Names They Used for God: Stories by Anjali Sachdeva: A debut collection of diverse stories that explore characters’ struggle with fate throughout a span of centuries. Again, gorgeous cover! I am looking to read more anthologies this year. I don’t read nearly enough short fiction and this one has caught my interest.


Some Hell by Patrick Nathan: This debut novel is a heart wrenching coming-of-age story of a gay teen dealing with the aftermath of his father’s suicide. I am expecting to feel ALL THE FEELS!


A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena: Told from multiple perspectives this novel is a story of self-discovery and angsty romance that tackles important topics like race, identity, class, and religion. I am loving the cover of this one as well. I’m expecting this one will also hit me in the FEELS based on the description on Goodreads.

March 2018 New Releases


The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea: The patriarch of the De La Cruz family summons his relatives together for one last legendary birthday party before he dies. Epic family sagas are my thing lately so I’m eager to get my hands on this gem.


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi: An enchanting tale of magic, royalty, and vengeance that tackles topics, like racism and prejudice. Everyone is talking about this one and I can’t wait to see if it will live up to the hype.

April 2018 New Releases


Dread Nation by Justina Ireland: I’m not usually one for zombie stories. They totally freak me out. I’m trying to bust out of my comfort zone when it comes to horror though so a story about a zombie infestation that takes place during the Civil War era and changes the course of history seems like the perfect book to face my people-eater fears head-on.


Circe by Madeline Miller: All I needed to know about this one was that it is a story about Circe. I love stories steeped in mythology so I’m so ready for this one.


Heads of the Colored People: Stories by Nafissa Thompson-Spires: A collection of short stories that is being compared to the works of Junot Diaz. That’s all I had to know to make me want to pick this one up.


Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman: Carol Evers has an odd condition. She has the ability to fall into comas and make people think she is dead. She has done this many times, each episode lasting days. Only two people in the world know her secret, one being her greedy husband that has married Carol for her money. When her next episode occurs, he seizes the opportunity to have her declared dead and buried…alive. This dark thriller is so up my alley. I must get my hands on it.

June 2018 New Releases


A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman: A collection of short stories based on the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia. Yas! As I stated before I love stories that are based on mythology so I cannot wait for this one.

Those are all the 2018 new releases that are currently on my radar. I’m going to see if I can borrow these from my library so I can read them prior to purchasing. My physical TBR is so out of control that I am running out of room to store the books.

What 2018 new releases are you excited for? Are any of the ones I have here on my list on your radar too? Let’s chat down below in the comments.

Happy Reading!