Stacking the Shelves #254


February 1, 2020 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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Crown of Oblivion by Julie Eshbaugh

Astrid is the surrogate for Princess Renya, which means she bears the physical punishment if Renya steps out of line. Astrid has no choice—she and her family are Outsiders, the lower class of people without magic and without citizenship.

But there is a way out of this life—competing in the deadly Race of Oblivion. To enter the race, an Outsider is administered the drug Oblivion, which wipes their memory clear of their past as they enter a new world with nothing to help them but a slip of paper bearing their name and the first clue. It’s not as simple as solving a puzzle, however—for a majority of the contestants, the race ends in death. But winning would mean not only freedom for Astrid, but citizenship and health care for her entire family. With a dying father to think of, Astrid is desperate to prevail.

From the beginning, the race is filled with twists and turns. One of them is Darius, a fellow racer Astrid meets but isn’t sure she can trust. Though they team up in the race, as Astrid’s memories begin to resurface, she remembers just who he was to her—a scorned foe who may want revenge. Astrid also starts to notice she has powers no Outsider should—which could help her win the race, but also make her a target if anyone finds out. With stakes that couldn’t be higher, Astrid must decide what is more important: risking her life to remember the mysteries of the past, or playing a cutthroat game in order to win her—and her family’s—freedom.

Slay by Matthew Laurence

Her fight for freedom is over,
but the fight for power is just beginning.

After Freya escapes from the power-controlling Finemdi Corporation, her quest to defeat her new enemy takes her to Hollywood. The ancient Norse goddess of love, beauty, war, and death disguises herself once again as Sara Vanadi, now an up-and-coming star on a scandalous television series. Freya knows that today’s modern gods live on the screen, and Los Angeles offers her both fame and believers.

And she desperately needs strength from her believers.With sinister forces at her heels, an ancient enemy returned, and an unknown threat lurking in the shadows, Freya must walk a dangerous line between mortal and goddess. Because if she loses her humanity, who will save the world?

Blending fantasy and science fiction in a contemporary Hollywood setting, Slay: A Freya Novel is the second book in Matthew Laurence’s action-packed series about an ancient goddess in a modern world.

Slay by Brittney Morris

By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the “downfall of the Black man.”

But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for “anti-white discrimination.”

Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process?

Strange Love by Ann Aguirre

He’s awkward. He’s adorable. He’s alien as hell.

Zylar of Kith Balak is a four-time loser in the annual Choosing. If he fails to find a nest guardian this time, he’ll lose his chance to have a mate for all time. Desperation drives him to try a matching service but due to a freak solar flare and a severely malfunctioning ship AI, things go way off course. This ‘human being’ is not the Tiralan match he was looking for.

She’s frazzled. She’s fierce. She’s from St. Louis.

Beryl Bowman’s mother always said she’d never get married. She should have added a rider about the husband being human. Who would have ever thought that working at the Sunshine Angel daycare center would offer such interstellar prestige? She doesn’t know what the hell’s going on, but a new life awaits on Barath Colony, where she can have any alien bachelor she wants.

They agree to join the Choosing together, but love is about to get seriously strange.

La piste des éclairs de Rebecca Roanhorse

L’apocalypse climatique a englouti la majeure partie du monde, mais Dinétah, l’ancienne réserve navajo, a connu une véritable renaissance. Les dieux et les héros des légendes ont pris vie… tout comme les monstres.

Maggie Hoskie est une chasseuse de monstres et une tueuse aux dons surnaturels, le dernier espoir d’une famille qui fait appel à elle pour retrouver une fillette disparue. Cependant, la créature qui a enlevé l’enfant n’est que l’une des pièces d’un vaste et terrifiant puzzle que Maggie va devoir résoudre pour protéger les innocents. À contrecœur, elle accepte l’aide de Kai Arviso, un homme-médecine peu conventionnel. Sillonnant la réserve, ils déterrent de vieilles légendes, s’acoquinent avec un personnage des plus louches et affrontent une magie des plus noires dans un monde dévasté à la technologie mourante.

Pour survivre, et découvrir ce qui se trame derrière ces disparitions, Maggie devra affronter son douloureux passé.

Bienvenue dans le Sixième Monde.

Là où chantent les écrevisses de Delia Owens

Pendant des années, les rumeurs les plus folles ont couru sur « la Fille des marais » de Barkley Cove, une petite ville de Caroline du Nord. Pourtant, Kya n’est pas cette fille sauvage et analphabète que tous imaginent et craignent. A l’âge de dix ans, abandonnée par sa famille, elle doit apprendre à survivre seule dans le marais, devenu pour elle un refuge naturel et une protection. Sa rencontre avec Tate, un jeune homme doux et cultivé qui lui apprend à lire et à écrire, lui fait découvrir la science et la poésie, transforme la jeune fille à jamais. Mais Tate, appelé par ses études, l’abandonne à son tour. La solitude devient si pesante que Kya ne se méfie pas assez de celui qui va bientôt croiser son chemin et lui promettre une autre vie. Lorsque l’irréparable se produit, elle ne peut plus compter que sur elle-même…

Birds of Prey : Harley Quinn

L’ancienne psychiatre Harleen Quinzel n’est pas le genre de femme à se satisfaire d’une vie convenable et tranquille. Elle fuit la routine comme la peste et cherche par tous les moyens à faire de sa vie une aventure. Sa toute fraîche installation à Coney Island est donc l’occasion rêvée d’en commencer un nouveau chapitre ! Avec son entrée fracassante dans l’équipe locale de roller derby, l’approche de la Saint-Valentin et la découverte d’un contrat sur sa tête, la pétillante Harley Quinn aura beaucoup à faire.




Harley Quinn et les sirènes de Gotham

Splendides, envoûtantes et dangereuses. Catwoman, Poison Ivy et Harley Quinn en ont assez de suivre les ordres, et elles sont prêtes à s’emparer d’une Gotham qui leur tend les bras depuis la disparition du Chevalier Noir, perdu dans les méandres du temps. C’est l’occasion pour elle de faire cause commune… mais pour combien de temps ?

7 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves #254

  1. MsArdychan says:

    How ironic that you have two books named Slay! I think I would love to read the second one, about the gaming world. Have fun reading your new books.

  2. Becki says:

    I read a book about gamers a couple weeks ago – and I haven’t played a video game really in like 20 years! LOL Looks like you got some good books – enjoy!

  3. Slay was one of my favorite reads of January! The audiobook is amazing!

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