It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

Read In July:

Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 4 by Sui IshidaRat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery Kurtis J. Wiebe Roc UpchurchGod Emperor of Dune Frank HerbertThe Wind Edward WillettNew Girl Harper BlissThe Girl from the Blood Coven Brian MorelandDeath Note Black Edition, Vol. 1 (Death Note #1-2) Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi ObataDay of the Wolf Charles G. WestThe Magician's Nephew The Chronicles of Narnia C.S. LewisThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe The Chronicles of Narnia C.S. LewisThe Horse and His Boy (The Chronicles of Narnia) C.S. LewisHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J.K. RowlingCrank Ellen HopkinsConfess Colleen HooverPutting Makeup on the Fat Boy Bil WrightThe Gunslinger Stephen KingHarry Potter and the Cursed Child J.K. Rowling John Tiffany Jack ThorneNineteen Eighty-Four George OrwellGrand Escape Strain of Resistance Michelle Bryan

Currently Reading:


The Alpha Drive Kristen MartinThe Alpha Drive (The Alpha Drive #1)
by Kristen Martin

Synopsis: It’s the year 2055 and an anarchist organization has taken control with the aim to create a world-class society. Half of humankind is unknowingly living in an alternate reality called Dormance . . . and there are no plans to wake them up.

Sixteen-year-old introvert Emery Parker is one such dormant. An academic scholar who avoids ruffling feathers at all costs, Emery finds herself being transferred to a boarding school on the outskirts of Arizona. Little does she know, a family secret has the power to change the course of the future. When she’s approached with an opportunity to free the dormants, she sees no other choice but to accept, even though failure could mean having her memory wiped clean.

But when tech-savvy Torin Porter reaches out to her from the other side, Emery begins to question everything she was told about Dormance. If her family’s secret falls into the wrong hands, the world as she knows it will be faced with irreversible consequences. Now Emery must play both sides to uncover the truth about her family’s past or risk leaving mankind to live in an unconscious reality.

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Stacking the Shelves: Late Christmas Edition

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Sorry I haven’t been around much lately. I was really sick last week and with Christmas… Well things were just a little crazy and I didn’t get around to posting my Stacking the Shelves. So here are most of the books I got. I also got For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway but I already own it.

Goodreads Win: 

A Billionaire Between the Sheets (The Unexpected Billionaires #1) Katie LaneA Billionaire Between the Sheets (The Unexpected Billionaires #1) by Katie Lane

Overnight billionaires, the Beaumont brothers are thrust into life in the fast lane with exotic cars, private jets . . . and sex and success on their minds.

A commanding presence in the boardroom and the bedroom, Deacon Beaumont has come to save the failing company French Kiss. He was born to be boss in this glamorous new world of lacy lingerie and stunning supermodels. But one bold and beautiful woman dares to question his authority.

Olivia Harrington has dedicated her life to the company’s success. Just because Deacon is sexy as hell doesn’t mean he’ll make a better CEO. With a limitless supply of push-up bras and garter belts, Olivia turns her considerable feminine charms on Deacon to discover what makes him tick . . . and reveals instead the billion reasons why she wants him to stay.

From Erika:

Woodard_5.inddThe Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down by Colin Woodard

The untold story of a heroic band of Caribbean pirates whose defiance of imperial rule inspired revolt in colonial outposts across the world

In the early eighteenth century, the Pirate Republic was home to some of the great pirate captains, including Blackbeard, “Black Sam” Bellamy, and Charles Vane. Along with their fellow pirates—former sailors, indentured servants, and runaway slaves—this “Flying Gang” established a crude but distinctive democracy in the Bahamas, carving out their own zone of freedom in which servants were free, blacks could be equal citizens, and leaders were chosen or deposed by a vote. They cut off trade routes, sacked slave ships, and severed Europe from its New World empires, and for a brief, glorious period the Republic was a success.

For Christmas (from my dad & Santa):

Poison Promise (Elemental Assassin #11) Jennifer EstepToo Close To Home Linwood BarclayThe Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) Rick RiordanTokyo Ghoul Vol. 3 by Sui IshidaTokyo Ghoul Vol. 4 by Sui Ishida

For Christmas (from my mom & Santa):

The Sleep Room Frank TallisThe Wasp Factory Iain BanksStorm (The SYLO Chronicles #2) D.J. MacHaleThe Haunting of Sunshine Girl (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #1) Paige McKenzieBlood and Salt (Blood and Salt #1) Kim LiggettCan You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse Max BrallierThe Final Descent (The Monstrumologist #4) Rick YanceyRise Again (Rise Again #1) Ben TrippRed Moon Benjamin PercyGhost Trackers (Ghost Trackers #1) Jason Hawes Grant WilsonDracula the Un-Dead Dacre Stoker Ian HoltFlashback Dan SimmonsThe Abominable Dan SimmonsEverville (Book of the Art #2) Clive BarkerThe Science of Vampires Katherine RamslandEden (Eden #1) Tony MonchinskiBird Box Josh MalermanThe Boy Who Drew Monsters Keith DonohueThe House of Small Shadows Adam NevillThe Lords of Salem Rob ZombieDoctor Sleep (The Shining #2) Stephen KingThe Shadow Throne (The Shadow Campaigns #2) Django Wexler

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

Read Last Week: 

Attack on Titan 11Tokyo Ghoul 1Tokyo Ghoul 2The Gathering Storm (Katerina #1) Robin BridgesThe Unfailing Light Robin BridgesThe Morning Star Robin BridgesOnce Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery #1) Kim Harrison

Currently Reading: 

Early to Death, Early to Rise (Madison Avery #2) Kim HarrisonEarly to Death, Early to Rise (Madison Avery #2) by Kim Harrison

Synopsis: Seventeen, dead, and in charge of heaven’s dark angels—all itching to kill someone.

Madison Avery’s dreams of ever fitting in at her new school died when shedid. Especially since she was able to maintain the illusion of a body, deal with a pesky guardian angel, and oh yeah, bring the reaper who killed her to his untimely end. Not exactly in-crowd material. It’s amazing that her crush, Josh, doesn’t think she’s totally nuts.

Now Madison has learned that she’s the dark timekeeper, in charge of angels who follow the murky guidelines of fate. Never one to abide by the rules, she decides it’s time for a major change to the system. With the help of some unlikely allies, Madison forms a rogue group of reapers who definitely don’t adhere to the rules of the heavens.

But as she grapples with the terrifying new skills that come with being a timekeeper, Madison realizes she may not be prepared for what lies ahead—unless she gets some seriously divine intervention.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

Read Last Week: 

Star Wars Dark Force Rising Timothy ZahnRadiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely #4) melissa marrAttack on Titan 10Darkest Mercy Marr

Currently Reading: 

The Gathering Storm (Katerina #1) Robin BridgesThe Gathering Storm (Katerina #1) by Robin Bridges

Synopsis: St. Petersburg, Russia, 1888. As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark secret: she can raise the dead. No one knows. Not her family. Not the girls at her finishing school. Not the tsar or anyone in her aristocratic circle. Katerina considers her talent a curse, not a gift. But when she uses her special skill to protect a member of the Imperial Family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue.

An evil presence is growing within Europe’s royal bloodlines—and those aligned with the darkness threaten to topple the tsar. Suddenly Katerina’s strength as a necromancer attracts attention from unwelcome sources . . . including two young men—George Alexandrovich, the tsar’s standoffish middle son, who needs Katerina’s help to safeguard Russia, even if he’s repelled by her secret, and the dashing Prince Danilo, heir to the throne of Montenegro, to whom Katerina feels inexplicably drawn.

The time has come for Katerina to embrace her power, but which side will she choose—and to whom will she give her heart?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

Read Last Week: 

PrismThe ReaderSharp ObjectsCreature Saul

Currently Reading: 

16071752Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter: Growing Up with a Gay Dad by Alison Wearing

Synopsis: A moving memoir about growing up with a gay father in the 1980s, and a tribute to the power of truth, humour, acceptance and familial love.

Alison Wearing led a largely carefree childhood until she learned, at the age of 12, that her family was a little more complex than she had realized. Sure her father had always been unusual compared to the other dads in the neighbourhood: he loved to bake croissants, wear silk pyjamas around the house, and skip down the street singing songs from Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. But when he came out of the closet in the 1970s, when homosexuality was still a cardinal taboo, it was a shock to everyone in the quiet community of Peterborough, Ontario—especially to his wife and three children.

Alison’s father was a professor of political science and amateur choral conductor, her mother was an accomplished pianist and marathon runner, and together they had fed the family a steady diet of arts, adventures, mishaps, normal frustrations and inexhaustible laughter. Yet despite these agreeable circumstances, Joe’s internal life was haunted by conflicting desires. As he began to explore and understand the truth about himself, he became determined to find a way to live both as a gay man and also a devoted father, something almost unheard of at the time. Through extraordinary excerpts from his own letters and journals from the years of his coming out, we read of Joe’s private struggle to make sense and beauty of his life, to take inspiration from an evolving society and become part of the vanguard of the gay revolution in Canada.

Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter is also the story of “coming out” as the daughter of a gay father. Already wrestling with an adolescent’s search for identity when her father came out of the closet, Alison promptly “went in,” concealing his sexual orientation from her friends and spinning extravagant stories about all of the “great straight things” they did together. Over time, Alison came to see that life with her father was surprisingly interesting and entertaining, even oddly inspiring, and in fact, there was nothing to hide.

Balancing intimacy, history and downright hilarity, Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter is a captivating tale of family life: deliciously imperfect, riotously challenging, and full of life’s great lessons in love. Alison brings her story to life with a skillfully light touch in this warm, heartfelt and revelatory memoir.

Stacking the Shelves: A Bit of Everything?

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

The first book I got for review from the author. I enjoyed Indiscretion (my review), so I can’t wait to get into Masquerade. The second one is from my amazing Poppa. The last two are from my awesome mom.

26019431Masquerade (Andalucian Nights #2) by Hannah Fielding

From the award-winning author of The Echoes of Love. Love, mystery and desire under the scorching Spanish sun.

A young writer becomes entangled in an illicit gypsy love affair, pulling her into a world of secrets, deception and dark desire.

Summer, 1976. Luz de Rueda returns to her beloved Spain and takes a job as the biographer of a famous artist. On her first day back in Cádiz, she encounters a bewitching, passionate young gypsy, Leandro, who immediately captures her heart, even though relationships with his kind are taboo. Haunted by this forbidden love, she meets her new employer, the sophisticated Andrés de Calderón. Reserved yet darkly compelling, he is totally different to Leandro but almost the gypsy’s double. Both men stir unfamiliar and exciting feelings in Luz, although mystery and danger surround them in ways she has still to discover.

Luz must decide what she truly desires as glistening Cádiz, with its enigmatic moon and whispering turquoise shores, seeps back into her blood. Why is she so drawn to the wild and magical sea gypsies? What is behind the old fortune-teller’s sinister warnings about ‘Gemini’? Through this maze of secrets and lies, will Luz finally find her happiness… or her ruin?

Masquerade is a story of forbidden love, truth and trust. Are appearances always deceptive?


 

865293The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch

The Thorn of Camorr is said to be an unbeatable swordsman, a master thief, a friend to the poor, a ghost that walks through walls.

Slightly built and barely competent with a sword, Locke Lamora is, much to his annoyance, the fabled Thorn. And while Locke does indeed steal from the rich (who else would be worth stealing from?), the poor never see a penny. All of Locke’s gains are strictly for himself and his tight-knit band of thieves. The Gentleman Bastards.

The capricious, colourful underworld of the ancient city of Camorr is the only home they have ever known. But now a clandestine war is threatening to tear it apart. Caught up in a murderous game, Locke and his friends are suddenly struggling just to stay alive…


351402The Mammoth Book of Vampires

Award-winning horror editor Stephen Jones presents thirty-six modern masters of the macabre. Among them are: Harlan Ellison, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Paul McAuley, Peter Tremayne, Steve Rasnic Tem, and Ramsey Campbell.

This anthology collects the very best in vampire fiction which blends sheer horror with dark humor, deadly tenderness with tingling terror. For the classic vampire, as this volume amply shows, the Blood is the Life. From Hugh B. Cave’s pulp thriller “Stragella” through to Harold Waldrop’s bizarre mix of vampire and Nazis in “Der Untergang Des Abendlandesmenschen” and Christopher Fowler’s “The Legend of Dracula Reconsidered as a Primetime TV Special.”

In between lie artful chillers by the likes of Clive Barker, Brian Lumley, R. Chetwynd-Hayes, Robert Bloch and John Burke, along with new and original stories by Niel Gaiman with “Cards from a Vampire Tarot,” and Kim Newman with “Andy Warhol’s Dracula: anno Dracula 1978-79.”

You can sink your teeth, too, in F. Paul Wilson’s fast-paced thriller “Midnight Mass,” Manly Wade Wellman’s “Chastel,” offering bloody intrigue and adventure with Judge Keith Hilary Pursuivant; and Les Daniel’s “Yellow Fog,” which features his enigmatic vampire-hero Don Sebastian de Villanueva.


23705477Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 2 by Sui Ishida

Ghouls live among us, the same as normal people in every way—except their craving for human flesh. Ken Kaneki is an ordinary college student until a violent encounter turns him into the first half-human half-ghoul hybrid. Trapped between two worlds, he must survive Ghoul turf wars, learn more about Ghoul society and master his new powers.

Unable to discard his humanity but equally unable to suppress his Ghoul hunger, Ken finds salvation in the kindness of friendly Ghouls who teach him how to pass as human and eat flesh humanely. But recent upheavals in Ghoul society attract the police like wolves to prey, and they don’t discriminate between conscientious and monstrous Ghouls.