Stacking the Shelves #213

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January 12, 2019 by ceresbooksworld

Stacking The Shelves 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! It was created by Tynga’s review.

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The Kiss Thief by L.J Shen

They say your first kiss should be earned.

Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.

They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.

Mine were broken before we left church.

They say your heart only beats for one man.

Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.

I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.

Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.

They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.

I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.

One kiss.
Two men.
Three lives.
Entwined together.

And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.

Enchantée by Gita Trelease

Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians…

When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

With dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. There, she gambles at cards, desperate to have enough to keep herself and her sister safe. Yet the longer she stays at court, the more difficult it becomes to reconcile her resentment of the nobles with the enchantments of Versailles. And when she returns to Paris, Camille meets a handsome young balloonist—who dares her to hope that love and liberty may both be possible.

But la magie has its costs. And when Camille loses control of her secrets, the game she’s playing turns deadly. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, freedom or magic—before Paris burns…

Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins

People travel from afar to the small isle in the Aegean Sea hoping for a single glimpse of Princess Psyche. Their adoration for the mortal woman is so all-consuming that citizens begin to shower her with the very gifts and offerings they once left at the alter of Venus, goddess of love and beauty.

But gods are known for their jealousy.

Cupid, the god of love, takes pleasure in causing strife and mischief in the lives of humans. He uses love as a weapon, humoring in the weakness of people at the whims of their feelings. When his mother Venus approaches him about punishing the human girl who dares to steal her offerings and affections from the people, Cupid gladly accepts.

Psyche’s punishment is to be given to a mysterious creature who only comes to her in the dark of night under the pact that she will never lay eyes on him. She is terrified of this stranger, who the oracle described as a serpent. Her mate, however, is masterful in his dealings with his bride. He takes his time, morphing her fears into different sensations completely.

Based on the Roman/Greek mythology of Cupid and Psyche by Lucius Apuleius, New York Times bestseller Wendy Higgins brings the tale to life, weaving layers that show exactly how a sacrificial lamb can be enchanted by an unseen monster.

Adult Historical Fantasy. Standalone.

Arc
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

Birthday Gift
Mirage by Somaiya Daud

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.

Serene by Diana Nixon

I used to think that my life was a picture of perfection. I had everything a twenty-five-year-old woman could wish for: a loving family, friends, a dream job and a fiancé who thought the world of me.
Until the day I lost it all… Including my ability to see.
The car accident took away not just my vision, but also a part of me that I was sure I would never be able to get back.
And then I met him… Stanley Burke. A kind of a man I thought didn’t exist anymore: understanding, loving, supportive and generally too good to be true.
Without effort, he breathed life into my frozen heart, making it beat faster than ever before.
He became a light that my eyes would never see again. He made me feel things that were long lost and forgotten.
Only I couldn’t give him what he deserved.
Because in my pitch-dark world, there was no place for love…
“I’ve never been so scared of losing someone in my entire life… Then again, I’ve never had anyone as important as you are to lose…”

Injustice Tome 4

Depuis la disparition de Batman, la poigne de fer de Superman ne cesse de se resserrer sur une Terre en perdition, désarmée de ses plus vaillants justiciers. Pour autant, certains, comme Black Canary, tiennent encore le coup face aux partisans du régime. Guy Gardner, de son côté, s’envole pour Oa dans le but d’en apprendre d’avantage sur les projets des Gardiens de l’Univers. L’invasion est imminente… Contient : INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US – Year Two vol.2 (#7-12 + Annual #1)

 

 

 

Injustice Tome 5

Après deux longues années de guerre opposant les forces alliées de Superman et l’armée des Green Lantern, le conflit a prit fin… non sans déplorer quelques victimes civiles. Des morts que John Constantine ne laissera pas impunies. En unissant l’équipe de super-héros menée par Batman à plusieurs puissances magiques jusqu’alors isolées, il espère bien mettre l’Homme d’Acier hors jeu, une bonne fois pour toute. (contient : Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Three (#1-6))

 

 

 

Paperback
Smoke and Ruin by Tiffany Daune

Darkness is Calling

She sacrificed her soul to save the realms. Now Halen must face a life tethered to a curse. But can she accept a world without Asair and her sister? She has no clue where to find them and with an unconscious Guardian, it’s not as if she can travel far. As the days spin to months, and the elixir she so desperately needs to cast magick diminishes, Halen must learn to survive without her powers while drowning the evil whispers calling to her soul—a call she must never answer. Still, she fears, what if the mermaid’s twisted vision were true? Will the darkness consume her power before Natalie and Asair find her? Will she resist or ruin them all?

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Fleurir de Jade Rivers

La fin de l’année scolaire approche, Abby et Arthur seront bientôt séparés.

Mais si le départ de la jeune fille en Irlande se précise, ses préparatifs sont perturbés par les mensonges et les secrets qui l’entourent, par la mystérieuse voiture qui la suit depuis des mois et par son ami Noah, dont les décisions nocives l’affectent. Elle se voit également contrainte de composer avec Ophélie, qui menace de révéler au grand jour sa relation avec Arthur.

Prise dans ce tourbillon, Abby se bat, suivant ses convictions et ses envies, peu importe les conséquences.

Mais comment trouver sa voie lorsque la voix des autres nous étouffe ?

Crush de T. Gephart

Tia Monroe est une jeune femme intelligente, vive et accomplie. D’accord, elle est aussi légèrement toquée – la vie n’est jamais ennuyeuse avec elle – mais ça fait partie de son charme. Et même si elle ne se voit pas comme une « beauté classique », elle ne manque pas d’options quand il s’agit de petits copains. C’est juste qu’aucun n’a su retenir son attention.

Jusqu’à ce qu’elle pose les yeux sur Eric Larsson. Là, ce fut le désir au premier regard.

Les cheveux blonds, les yeux bleus, une carrure d’un mètre quatre-vingts incroyablement sexy, il incarne le mélange parfait entre chaleur torride et flegme à toute épreuve. Un sourire de sa part suffit à la retourner de l’intérieur, lui procurant des frissons délicieux. Et s’il n’y avait que son apparence… mais il est également brillant et drôle – adorablement charmant, en somme.

Le seul problème… c’est que Tia ne l’a jamais rencontré.

Eric Larsson est l’un des acteurs les plus en vue d’Hollywood, une star au sommet de sa carrière qui ne laisse que des petites culottes désintégrées sur son passage. Celle de Tia n’échappe pas à la règle, mais elle ne se fait pas d’illusions. L’amour, le mariage et les enfants ne font pas partie de son fantasme. Elle veut simplement le rencontrer. Juste une fois. Une seule. Elle se dit que le voir en chair et en os lui permettrait d’en finir avec cette obsession.

C’est donc fermement décidée à oublier Eric qu’elle se lance dans une véritable mission pour rendre cette rencontre réelle – si possible en évitant de devenir une criminelle recherchée.

Ce qui est sûr, c’est qu’elle aura une sacrée histoire à raconter.

 

 

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