Sunday, April 20, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #44

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From the Library:

Elusion by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam
A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications - or consequences - of real life.

Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father's unexpected death, Regan can't bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.

Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion - accusations that it's addictive and dangerous - Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty . . . a decision that will affect the lives of millions.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands," she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?


Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire's worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.

Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.

Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters must journey to find each other, sending them far from the only home they've ever known. Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls cross a once-empty wasteland, now filled with reawakened monsters of legend, as they travel to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court - one that will alter the balance of their world forever.

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
Will Everett has always wished for an adventure.Little does he know his adventure starts the moment he boards the Boundless. There is a murder, and now Will protects a key that can unlock the train's hidden treasures. Villains are fast on his heels and strange creatures are lurking outside the windows, as the Boundless hurtles across the country. Together with Maren, a gifted escape artist, and Mr. Dorian, a circus ringmaster with amazing abilities, Will must save the Boundless before someone else winds up dead.

His adventure may have begun without him knowing . . . but how it ends is up to Will.

Emma by Paola Opal
Emma the hedgehog tries to cheer up her three sisters as they follow Daddy back home.

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Muller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her uncle Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can't stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can't help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she's been taught to believe about Jews.

As Gretchen investigates the very people she's always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth - even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

Deception's Princess by Esther Friesner
Maeve, princess of Connacht, was born with her fists clenched. The youngest of six daughters, she is her father's favorite because of her spirit and courage. But once her father becomes the High King, powerful men begin to circle - it's easy to love the girl who brings her husband a kingdom. Her beauty and rich dowry soon make her the most desired girl in all Ireland.

Yet Maeve is more than a prize to be won, and she's determined to prove herself and win the right to decide her own fate. In the court's deadly game of intrigue, she uses her wits to keep her father's friends and enemies close - but not too close. When she strikes up an unlikely friendship with the son of a visiting druid, Maeve faces a brutal decision between her loyalty to her family and to her own heart.

The Islands of Chaldea by Diana Wynne Jones
Aileen comes from a long line of magicworkers. And her own gifts should have been even greater. But she failed her initiation so completely that she doubts she'll ever become as magical as her aunt Beck, the most powerful magicworker in Skarr.

So when the High King sends Aileen and Aunt Beck on a secret - and suspicious - quest across all the Islands of Chaldea, Aileen worries she'll only be in the way.

Hmmm, as Aunt Beck would say. What blather.

The quest is not at all what it seems, and Aileen must puzzle out her own way after Aunt Beck angers another formidable sorceress. With the help of a (mostly) invisible cat, a (surprisingly) wise parrot, and a ragtag band of allies, Aileen will see her magic bloom. And while she's at it, she might even rescue her missing father and save a lost prince.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can't outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her - or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

This Week, On The Reading Hedgehog.........

April 14, 2014 - Monday
April 15, 2014 - Tuesday
April 16, 2014 - Wednesday
April 17, 2014 - Thursday
April 18, 2014 - Friday
April 19, 2014 - Saturday

Next Week, On The Reading Hedgehog..........

April 21, 2014 - Monday
Review: The Book of Lost Things - Cynthia Voigt
April 22, 2014 - Tuesday
Top Ten Tuesday #42: Top 10 Characters Who Are Awesome Villains/Anti-Heroes
Teaser Tuesday #3
April 23, 2014 - Wednesday
Waiting on Wednesday #45 + WWW Wednesday #15
April 24, 2014 - Thursday
Review: Sunrise - Mike Mullin
April 25, 2014 - Friday
ARC Review: West of the Moon - Margi Preus
April 26, 2014 - Saturday
Guest Post: Book Opposites!


  1. awesome, awesome books this week!! i really need to read daughter of smoke and bone. i heard great things about the series. happy reading :)

    hope you can stop by my StS Post.

    -michelle @ Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks

    1. I've heard divided opinions of DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, so I'm very excited to see what I think of it. :)

  2. I really, really loved Siege and Storm. Can't wait for book 3!
    My Stacking the Shelves

    1. I've heard wonderful things about this trilogy, so I can't wait for Book #3, either, so i can marathon it. :)

  3. I can't wait to read Islands of Chaldea! And I'll be interested to see your thoughts on Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

    1. I was bad and did a little sneak read yesterday - it sounds like typical Diana Wynne Jones. :) I don't have high hopes for DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE.


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