In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly meme from The Story Siren and Stacking the Shelves (StS) in a weekly meme from Tynga’s Reviews where you can share bookish things you’ve acquired recently.
So I was a good girl this week. I didn’t request any new books but that didn’t stop me from still getting books from old requests. It’s been a bit of a crazy week and to be honest, I haven’t done as much reading as I know I ‘should’, but I am really trying to find balance. Especially because this week I am recommitting myself to healthier living (I promise I will start to run again and maybe even do some light weight training). It can’t just be all books and pages!
The Elite by Keira Cass
Won it from a Goodreads’ giveaway; I haven’t read the first book in this series yet, so I guess I need to get on that! I hate reading a book without its prequels if it can be helped. (So who wants to give me their old copy of The Selection? 😛 )
The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.
America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.
Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.
The Alteration by Kingsley Amis
Received from Netgalley
In Kingsley Amis’s virtuoso foray into virtual history it is 1976 but the modern world is a medieval relic, frozen in intellectual and spiritual time ever since Martin Luther was promoted to pope back in the sixteenth century. Stephen the Third, the king of England, has just died, and Mass (Mozart’s second requiem) is about to be sung to lay him to rest. In the choir is our hero, Hubert Anvil, an extremely ordinary ten-year-old boy with a faultless voice. In the audience is a select group of experts whose job is to determine whether that faultless voice should be preserved by performing a certain operation. Art, after all, is worth any sacrifice.
How Hubert realizes what lies in store for him and how he deals with the whirlpool of piety, menace, terror, and passion that he soon finds himself in are the subject of a classic piece of counterfactual fiction equal to Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle.
The Alteration won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science-fiction novel in 1976.
Whispered Truth by M.M. Hall
Received for review for Book Blog Tour
In 1911, England hovers on the cusp of change. A new king waits to be crowned. Women and the poor are fighting for their rights. Political turmoil rages throughout Europe. And a promising young artist lies dead in the heart of London.
Just another tragic death in a city filled with untimely demises. Or so thinks Hargreaves, the gifted, but troubled, Detective Inspector called in to investigate. Haunted by the tragedy of his own past, he is unprepared for the onslaught of long-buried memories and powerful emotions the case brings. Making his task even more difficult is the troubling presence of Daisy Cartwright, a wealthy widow closely connected to the victim, and a woman he feels inexplicably drawn to.
Untangling the tightly woven threads connecting the victim and the suspects, Hargreaves soon reaches a conclusion, only to have that theory shattered by the revelation that everything he has been led to believe is a lie. Groping through the silence and secrets, he uncovers a cold-blooded killer, and a connection to his own past that leaves him reeling.
All of these look good to me! Have you heard of any of these? Which one would you delve into first?
And did you miss anything from this week? (Like the giveaway that’s still open?)
Turning the Page: Functions of a Blog and its ReviewsMeme: Top Ten Books I Read Before I was a Blogger (2)
Review: Gilt by Katherine Longshore
Giveaway: No Strings Attached Giveaway Hop!
Blog Tour: Guest Post from R.J. Hore, Author of The Queen’s Pawn and a Review
FYI: Pern Museum and Archives