Stacking the Shelves #44


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.

I’ve finally started to catch up on my reviews and in fact I’m actually ahead so I haven’t felt as stressed with review committments at the moment, which is a nice feeling. I’m sorry I haven’t got the promised honeymoon photos and giveaway up but I will get onto that this week! I’ve spent the last 2 weeks sorting wedding and honeymoon photos to print and create slideshows for family and friends so at least they are in order and I should be able to get a few up here soon. In the meantime, a couple of books arrived in the mail for review during the week.

For Review:  I’m adding to the shelves these three books by Australian authors.


The Vale Girl: “If you leave no trace, nobody could say later whether you were even there at all.”

Fourteen-year-old Sarah Vale has gone missing in the small town of Banville. She’s the daughter of the town whore so no one seems particularly concerned.

No one cares except Tommy Johns, who loves Sarah Vale with all the unadulterated, tentative passion of a teenage boy. He galvanises the town’s policeman Sergeant Henson and, together, they turn the town inside out, searching for the lost girl.

A delicate and layered exploration of secrets and lies, forgotten children and absent parents, and the long shadows of the past.


What would you do if your son was jailed for life in a hellhole of a bulgarian prison for a crime you believe he didn’t commit?

In 2009, young Australian traveller Jock Palfreeman was found guilty of the murder of Andrei Monov, the only son of two people well connected in the Sofia legal fraternity. He claims he went to the defence of Gypsies being attacked by Monov and a bunch of soccer hooligans. The Bulgarians claim it was an act of cold-blooded murder.

In a case of many twists and turns, where vital evidence was kept out of court and crucial witnesses never called, Belinda Hawkins brings to life the legal battle that haunted two shattered families on opposite sides of the globe. She also reminds us of the dangers we all confront when travelling to worlds very different from our own. But it is the attempt by Jock’s father, Dr Simon Palfreeman, to obtain justice for his son and the terrifying emotional cost involved that are at the heart of Every Parent’s Nightmare.

This is the harrowing story of what happens when world’s collide. It is also the powerful and heartbreaking story of one father’s fight to prove his son’s innocence.


Banish: Alyssa has one week to destroy her enemy, save her spirit… and save her soul.

After her ex-boyfriend commits suicide and her mum’s alcoholism sparks yet another psychotic episode, seventeen-year-old Alyssa Wood flees her small hometown of Broadwater and heads to New York City to stay with her bohemian aunt — a Wicca High Priestess.

Alyssa revels in the anonymity of a big city and her new life. Her grades climb, she has a new best friend, and a new guy: the sexy geek Ronan — a saxophone player who prefers jazz to pop.

But her newfound peace is soon shattered when she sees a dead body in one of Ronan’s music clips — and she’s the only one who can see it. Worse still, Alyssa recognises the body that has been murdered a week forward!

Alyssa doesn’t believe in the supernatural…despite her family’s Wicca background. So how will she overcome evil when it’s closer than she thinks?

What books have you added to your shelves this week?


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