Stacking The Shelves is a weekly event hosted by Tynga’s Reviews that shares the books (both physical and virtual) that you recently purchased, borrowed from a fellow reader or the library, won from a giveaway, or received as gifts. Stacking The Shelves will post on Saturdays as new books are added to my shelves.
I don’t normally get ARCs because I’m so busy catching up on previously published books I haven’t read yet. (Plus, I don’t have an e-reader, and I’ve been told that it’s more difficult to get print ARCs.) But these two beauties arrived in the mail in the past week, and I can’t tell you how EXCITED I was / am to read them, especially since they’re two of my most anticipated 2015 books. 😀 Here they are!
(NOTE: I delayed this STS post a day to give enough time to highlight my first two DIY MFA articles covering Writer’s Digest Conference 2015.)
Top row, from left to right:
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (YA Fantasy / Thriller): If you enjoyed Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy, you might already know about this YA heist fantasy set in the same fictional world. I’ve only read Shadow and Bone so far, so I was going to hold off on Six of Crows until I’d read the other two Grisha novels. But when Rebekah @ Worldbuilding and Wordsmithing offered to send me her ARC, I couldn’t say “no.” (Thanks, Rebekah!) I should be finished with Six of Crows by the time this post goes live – and it’s SO GOOD. It definitely fits the “Game of Thrones meets Ocean’s 11” tagline, and is 100% worthy of the hype it’s received. And that’s coming from someone who’s wary of hype bandwagons. 😉
The Violinist of Venice by Alyssa Palombo (Historical Fiction / Romance): Another yet-to-be-published 2015 book that I’ve been itching to read, mostly because I know Alyssa. We met at a messageboard for the rock band Evanescence over 10 years ago (yikes!), and bonded over shared loves of writing, read, music, and the Boston Red Sox. Then we fell out of touch for a while… until last summer, when I stumbled across Alyssa’s book deal for The Violinist of Venice. (And freaked out,of course, because I was so happy for her!) So, a big thank-you to Alyssa for offering one of her extra ARCs for review.
What books did you recently buy or acquire? Have you read or are planning to read of the books discussed above? Feel free to share your opinions and most recent hauls by commenting below.