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December 30, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #32



Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and co-hosted by Reading Reality. It’s 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 a store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course eBooks.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I had a delightful Christmas just spending it here at home in Colorado with my family. We also celebrated my daughters 22nd birthday, time passes quickly.

These are the books I added to my shelves this week and I’m a bit surprised that I don’t have any Kindle books to share. All book links will take you to Goodreads.




A literary page-turner about a beloved college professor accused of murdering his entire family, and one small-town cop's dangerous search for answers. Thomas Huston, a beloved professor and bestselling author, is something of a local hero in the small Pennsylvania college town where he lives and teaches. So when Huston's wife and children are found brutally murdered in their home, the community reacts with shock and anger. Huston has also mysteriously disappeared, and suddenly, the town celebrity is suspect number one. Sergeant Ryan DeMarco has secrets of his own, but he can't believe that a man he admired, a man he had considered a friend, could be capable of such a crime. Hoping to glean clues about Huston's mind-set, DeMarco delves into the professor's notes on his novel-in-progress. Soon, DeMarco doesn't know who to trust—and the more he uncovers about Huston's secret life, the more treacherous his search becomes.


In time for the holidays and to celebrate the movie’s thirtieth anniversary, The Princess Bride is getting the deluxe treatment. With a gifty 8 x 10 trim size, foil and embossing on the text-only cover, and elegant cream uncoated stock with rough edges, this is a stunning package no fan will be able to resist. Other embellishments include fifty full-page color illustrations by Michael Manomivibul (taken from the 2013 edition and enlarged), full-color chapter openers, and a beautiful color rendition of the map printed on the endpapers. What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be...well...a lot less than the man of her dreams? As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad's recitation, and only the "good parts" reached his ears. Now Goldman does Dad one better. He's reconstructed the "Good Parts Version" to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere. What's it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex. In short, it's about everything.


I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside. Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites. Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.
 Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
 Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her. It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.


First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters. Mine broke Bale. Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent. Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams. Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

At the beginning of December, I posted on Stacking the Shelves #29, that I took advantage of Book Outlet’s Black Friday Sale. When I received my order, I had my son Austin and his girlfriend Paola help with the unboxing. I had no idea how to edit out all the craziness, finally my daughter Riley had a chance to help me and did it in about 15 minutes. I had her edit out my introduction, I was at a loss for words and I couldn’t keep my eyes on the camera… they were looking everywhere. Riley would have been finished a lot sooner, but she had to spend some time explaining things to me over and over. We still left a little craziness in the video, but I would like to share it with you all. Please be kind… hopefully next year I can add more videos.




I’m looking forward to reading what everyone has added to their shelves this week, if you’ve read any of the books I have listed, please let me know what you thought of them. Have a wonderful and safe New Year, thank you for visiting and watching the video.
           
Happy Reading -J
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December 23, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #31

Stacking the Shelves #31
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December 16, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #30

Stacking the Shelves #30
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December 14, 2017

Review: You by Caroline Kepnes

Review: You by Caroline Kepnes
You by Caroline Kepnes Santino Fontana (Narrator) (You #1) Audiobook, Duration: 11:06:28 Published September 30th, 2014 by Simo...
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December 11, 2017

Review: Hopeful Whispers by Bink Cummings

Review: Hopeful Whispers by Bink Cummings
Hopeful Whispers by Bink Cummings (Sacred Sinners MC - Texas Chapter #2) Kindle Edition, 347 pages Published November 7th, 2017 M...
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December 10, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #29

Stacking the Shelves #29
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December 10, 2017

Review: Hopelessly Shattered by Bink Cummings

Review: Hopelessly Shattered by Bink Cummings
Hopelessly Shattered by Bink Cummings (Sacred Sinners MC - Texas Chapter #1) Kindle Edition, 200 pages Published September 26th, 20...
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December 06, 2017

Review: Fractured Beat by R.B. Hilliard

Review: Fractured Beat by R.B. Hilliard
Fractured Beat by R.B. Hilliard (Meltdown #1) Kindle Edition, 296 pages Published September 18th, 2016 My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Goodread...
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December 05, 2017

Review: Darker by E.L. James

Review: Darker by E.L. James
Darker by E.L. James (Fifty Shades as Told by Christian #2) Paperback, 560 pages Published November 28th, 2017 by Vintage Books M...
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December 04, 2017

Review: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Review: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica Paperback, 384 pages Published February 24th, 2015 by Mira My rating: ⭐⭐⭐ Goodreads One night, M...
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