Monday, October 30, 2017

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves allows us to share the books we have added to our collections - physical, virtual, borrowed, bought or received

Summary (by Goodreads)

Contains all five novellas.

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin's Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas - together in one edition for the first time - Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn's orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

It has been a long time since I've done a Stacking the Shelves post. Mostly because I have been busy but also because I have put myself on a book-buying hiatus because I am out of bookshelf space. 
So after some major weeding, I cleared some room and now I'm starting to collect my some of my favourite series.  The Throne of Glass series deserves some space and to start, I'm going back to the beginning. Not the beginning of the series publication date but the beginning of Celena's career as an assassin.  I have all of Sarah J Maas' books but many of them are in e-book format.  Because of my lack of shelf space, I only actually purchase titles that I know I will read again and again (or if I happen to get signed copies of great reads...they go up on the shelf as well).  One of these days, I'll get my act together and take a photo of my bookshelf to share.  One of these days....

- Christinabean 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday - The Glass Spare by Lauren DeSefano

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is

Summary (by Goodreads)

A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.

Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?

I haven't read anything by Lauren DeStefano since the Chemical Garden series but I think this is one I would be interested in.  Not sure about the cover though. From a distance it looks like a dragon fruit with pink barbs.  Maybe that could have been cleaned up a bit more but I'm aim to give it a shot because I like the author's writing style.  Your thoughts?

- Christinabean

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday - Warcross by Marie Lu

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is

Summary (by Goodreads)

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

This title was actually released in September but I wanted to mention it because like many other readers, I have an interest in gaming. I don't game regularly but I do have an interest in it and I often come across many gamers who also read.  I have been waiting for a good cross-over for awhile.  Plus, Marie Lu is an awesome writer. :)

- Christinabean