Stacking the Shelves #28

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Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga @ Tynga’s Reviews.

For Stacking the Shelves, I take the opportunity to share what books I’ve bought, won or received for review. Click on the book cover to go to Goodreads and find out more information.

The week gone…

I returned to work last week after a lovely two weeks off over the Christmas and New Year period. It was very difficult to get out of bed in the morning, knowing that I could no longer enjoy those lazy, sunny afternoons or a glass of wine. The New Year also prompted the realisation that I will be married in less than four months! After taking the last couple of months easy, we now have plenty of wedding planning activities to keep us busy over coming months.

I did manage to catch up on some books on my TBR shelf while I was off work, including a bunch of books by Australian writers along with some e-review copies.

Over the past week I’ve posted about:

Review: Dark Country by Bronwyn Parry

Review: Unforgettable by Elise K. Ackers

Review: Man Drought by Rachael Johns

Q&A with Rachael Johns plus GIVEAWAY of Man Drought (AU only).

Review: The Doctor of Thessaly by Anne Zouroudi

Review: Stand-In Star by Rachael Johns

Review: The Girl in the Hard Hat by Loretta Hill

Bought: I went on a little splurge just after Christmas at an online book retailer and bought a bunch of books at just over $30… bargain!

Here’s what I got:

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Plus I bought about 10 classics, including: Les Miserables, Anna Karenina, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall etc. Hoping to read a few more classics in 2013!

For review:

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Blurb: Paris, 1919.The world’s leaders have gathered to rebuild from the ashes of the Great War. But for one woman, the City of Light harbors dark secrets and dangerous liaisons, for which many could pay dearly.

Brought to the peace conference by her father, a German diplomat, Margot Rosenthal initially resents being trapped in the congested French capital, where she is still looked upon as the enemy. But as she contemplates returning to Berlin and a life with Stefan, the wounded fiancé she hardly knows anymore, she decides that being in Paris is not so bad after all.

Bored and torn between duty and the desire to be free, Margot strikes up unlikely alliances: with Krysia, an accomplished musician with radical acquaintances and a secret to protect; and with Georg, the handsome, damaged naval officer who gives Margot a job—and also a reason to question everything she thought she knew about where her true loyalties should lie.

Against the backdrop of one of the most significant events of the century, a delicate web of lies obscures the line between the casualties of war and of the heart, making trust a luxury that no one can afford.

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Blurb: Miss Dorothea Darent had no intention of ever getting married – until a  dashing stranger with hazel eyes kissed her under a blackberry tree.

Haunted by their kiss, the Marquis of Hazelmere – a notorious scoundrel –  was determined to win Dorothea’s heart while she dazzled London socialites.  Amidst shocked whispers, he swept Dorothea into her first waltz and sparked  the jealous plots of lesser suitors.

Now Dorothea had a choice to make: stick with her plan to stay a respectable  spinster, or run into the arms of her dashing stranger…
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Blurb: For Gene and the remaining humans—or hepers—death is just a heartbeat away. On the run and hunted by society, they must find a way to survive in The Vast… and avoid the hungry predators tracking them in the dark. But they’re not the only things following Gene. He’s haunted by the girl he left behind and his burgeoning feelings for Sissy, the human girl at his side.

When they discover a refuge of exiled humans living high in the mountains, Gene and his friends think they’re finally safe. Led by a group of intensely secretive elders, the civilisation begins to raise more questions than answers. A strict code of behaviour is the rule, harsh punishments are meted out, young men are nowhere to be found—and Gene begins to wonder if the world they’ve entered is just as evil as the one they left behind. As life at the refuge grows more perilous, he and Sissy only grow closer. In an increasingly violent world, all they have is each other… if they can only stay alive.

The week ahead… upcoming reviews on the blog:

Fetish by Tara Moss

Big Sky River by Linda Lael Miller

Tempt the Devil by Anna Campbell

Bella’s Run by Margareta Osborn

Q&A with Pamela Cook and GIVEAWAY of Blackwattle Lake (AU only)

So, that’s it for me. What books have you added to your shelves this week?

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