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.
This is getting embarrassing – to the point where, apart from new releases, I might have to institute a temporary “book-buying” ban. (*blushes*) Not to mention this was going to be one installment of Stacking The Shelves. Next week I’ll explain why I split it in two.
For now, here’s Batch #1, a mix of 2016 books with the latest additions to my ongoing “market research” project on fairy novels. Let’s have a look:
From top to bottom:
Winterwood (Rowankind, Book #1) by Jacey Bedford (Historical Fantasy): When your favorite SFF book bloggers rave about the same book, you know you should pay attention. That’s the case with Winterwood. It also ticks off so many fantasy-element boxes. Magic, pirates, shapeshifters, ghosts, Fae – and it’s set in alternate Great Britain in the year 1800, during the reign of King George III. I’m game! 🙂
Shadowmarch (Shadowmarch, Book #1) by Tad Williams (Epic Fantasy): I wish I could remember who had suggested Shadowmarch, since apparently there are Fae in it… But I don’t remember who it was. Either way, I’ll read it at some point for my “market research” project. It sounds like a very dark take on epic fantasy, too.
The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope (Children’s / YA Historical Fantasy): This came highly recommended by fellow writer Rebekah Hendrian. The Perilous Gard has been around for a while (first published in 1974); and it’s a twist on the Tam Lin myth where a young English girl is exiled by Queen Mary I to a remote castle and becomes involved with the Fair Folk. So, yes, another fairy read, and one I’m looking forward to quite a bit.
The Abyss Surrounds Us (The Abyss Surrounds Us, Book #1) by Emily Skrutskie (YA Science Fiction): It feels weird sharing this book in Stacking The Shelves after reading it, instead of before. But that’s OK – I can simply direct you to my review of this rockin’ sci-fi adventure about pirates and genetically engineered sea monsters. Many thanks again to author Emily Skrutskie for the Twitter giveaway!
Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception (Books of Faerie, Book #1) by Maggie Stiefvater (YA Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance): Maggie Stiefvater is yet another fantasy writer whose work I still need to check out. So, when I noticed she had written a couple fairy novels, I figured Lament might be a good place to start. Plus, the protagonist is musically inclined! So I’m even more excited about reading this now.
The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow, Book #1) by Rachel Morgan (Self-Published YA Paranormal Romance): I haven’t had a lot of luck with paranormal romance. But fairies pop up in that subgenre quite a bit; and if I’m doing a “market research” project on fairy novels, I’ll need to give PR a chance. That said, The Faerie Guardian sounds promising and has gotten a lot of positive reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. Plus, PRETTY COVER.
House of the Rising Sun (Crescent City Trilogy, Book #1) by Kristen Painter (Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy): Same disclaimer about paranormal romance above applies here. However, House of the Rising Sun has a super-cool real-world setting – New Orleans. Ohhhhhh this story already has the potential to be colorfully, bizarrely fun, in a Neverwhere-ish way. 🙂
The Immortals (Olympus Bound, Book #1) by Jordanna Max Brodsky (Mythological Urban Fantasy): This came out last month and has gotten a ton of praise from the SFF blogging world. It’s described as Percy Jackson meets American Gods, mixing Greek mythology with a murder mystery in current-day Manhattan. I haven’t read a lot of myth-inspired fantasy, so this could be a neat change of pace.
The Girl From Everywhere (The Girl From Everywhere, Book #1) by Heidi Heilig (YA Time Travel / Historical Fantasy): One of the most-talked about YA fantasy debuts of the winter, The Girl From Everywhere blends history with pirates (the current trend in fantasy, I guess?), time travel, familial tension, and romance. Some of the reviews I’ve read have complimented Heidi Heilig on the quality of her writing, too – and that’s always a big plus for me.
What books did you recently buy or acquire? Have you read or are planning to read of the books discussed above?