Hello again everyone, I realise I have been absent for the last couple of weeks but I've been working 6 days a week for 10 hours a day so have had very little time to spare (most of which was taken up with sleeping, eating and housework) but now I'm back and better than ever...despite a recent case of tonsillitis. So lets get this show on the road with another installation of Stacking the Shelves (hosted by Tynga's Reviews). Let's get started!
Books I've Received for Review
Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer - received for review as part of a Bewitching Books Tour
Armageddon is over. The demons won. And yet somehow…the world has continued. Survivors worship patron demons under a draconian system of tributes and rules. These laws keep the demons from warring among themselves, and the world from slipping back into chaos.
Noon Onyx grew up on the banks of the river Lethe, the daughter of a prominent politician, and a descendant of Lucifer’s warlords. Noon has a secret: She was born with waning magic, the dark, destructive, fiery power that is used to control demons and maintain the delicate peace among them. But a woman with waning magic is unheard of, and some would consider her an abomination.
Noon is summoned to attend St. Lucifer’s, a school of demon law. She must decide whether to declare her powers there…or to attempt to continue hiding them, knowing the price for doing so may be death. And once she meets the forbiddingly powerful Ari Carmine—who suspects Noon is harboring magic as deadly as his own—Noon realizes there may be more at stake than just her life.
I thought this sounded really interesting but a couple of people say it's not that good...but I'm reserving judgement until I've read it. My tour stop is October 29th so look out for my review then!
Books I've Bought
Nightlife by Rob Thurman (Cal Leandros, book 1)
There are monsters among us. There always have been and there always will be. I’ve known that since I can remember, just like I’ve always known I was one ... Well, half of one, anyway.
Welcome to New York City - a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side. Most humans are oblivious to the preternatural nightlife around them, but Cal Leandros is only half human.
His father’s dark lineage is the stuff of nightmares – and his entire otherworldly elf race are after Cal. His half brother, Niko, gave up college to keep them on the run for four years, but now the Grendel monsters are back. And Cal is about to learn why they want him. He is the key to unleashing their hell on earth. The fate of the human world will be decided in the fight of Cal’s life...
What can I say, I've actually bought books 1-4 of this series in one go and I've enjoyed them so far :) But Nightlife is book 1 so is the one I'm mentioning today! I'm a little in love with Niko haha.
Born of Silence by Sherrilyn Kenyon (The League, book 5)
Death Stalks Them All... Kere is the second most infamous member of the shadow organization known as Sentella. An explosive engineer who strikes terror into the hearts of the League, the bounty on his head is truly staggering. No one knows his true identity.
The daughter of a traitor, Zarya Starska grew up hard on the back streets of hell- her family hunted to the brink of extinction. But Zarya dreams of a different life and a different world. A world where the harsh hand of the Caronese emperor doesn’t destroy his subjects. As a Resistance leader, her goal is to topple the government that needlessly ruined the lives of her family and comrades-in-arms. In this deadly quest, the only person she can trust is a mysterious man known only as Kere.
By The Light Of Day... Kere has a dark secret and a brutal past. As he aids the Resistance, he’s actually working to bring down his own family- the Cruels- so named for the viciousness in their blood that runs so deep, no other name would do. Born and bred from one of the oldest and noblest families in the United Systems, Kere’s real name is Darling Cruel. And the one thing he wants most is to see his uncle, who stole the crown by murdering his father, pay for his crimes.
If You Tell A Lie Long Enough, It Becomes The Truth... In order to protect his mother from execution, Darling’s entire life has been built on a lie that he dare not breathe a contrary word about. His hands tied by his uncle’s cruelty. No one has ever seen the real him. No one except Zarya. She’s the only person he’s ever fully trusted with the truth. But when she betrays him by allowing a weapon he designed solely for her to be used against him, all bets are off.
The Hero Is Now The Monster... Betrayed to the deepest level, Darling becomes an enemy even worse than his uncle. His goal is not only to reign, but to kill every Resistance member he can find. He won’t rest until all of them are dead and that includes Zarya.
The Twisted Hand Of Fate... Zarya is the only hope to reach the heart of the man her people once considered their ally. A man who hates her with a fury so great that she knows it’s just a matter of time before he kills her. But if she can find the part of him that once trusted her, the part of him that once loved her, she might be able to save not only her own life, but those of her people.
It’s an impossible mission.
Too bad she doesn’t play the odds.
I don't know about anyone else but my first thought was 'hang on...I thought Darling was Gay?!' I got very confused...then a bit miffed because I assumed the book wasn't going to be any good if Darling spontaneously changed sexuality. Boy was I ever wrong. I bow down to the mastery of tortured heroes that Sherrilyn Kenyon has! I kiss her feet and grossly apologise for ever doubting her. This book is pure genius!!!
I'd actually read it before but wanted to take it on the train with me however, the sheer size of the paperback makes it physically impossible to read unless you have something to lean on...so I bought a second copy for my kindle and took that instead :) hence why it is in this week's StS. Go read it people...now!
That's all for this week folks, I'll be seeing you very soon!!