Stacking the Shelves is a weekly haul meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. It is about sharing enthusiasm for the new books added to our shelves – be it physical, ebooks, galleys or borrowed from the library.
Though this is a weekly haul meme, *I* will be doing this fortnightly
Okay I skipped the last one, so this is like a month’s worth of additions. Oh, and Netgalley started offering audiobook galleys so obviously I went a little crazy!
Look I am a sucker for underworld-themed storylines! Especially when they are sapphic!
“With no magic, no brawn, and no pirate crew, Zala seeks to steal back the one treasure that matters to her most: her husband. To succeed she needs a ship—and not just any ship, but the latest, secret invention by the Vaaji Empire. An airship.“
I was mostly intrigued by Grossman writing a MG novel, so I added it! Bonus that I got an audio galley for it!
Non-fiction book, but it is about queer historical people who defied gender roles.
“Wyatt is fifteen, and nobody in his homophobic small town of Lincolnville, Oregon, knows that he’s gay. Not even his best friend (and accidental girlfriend) Mackenzie. Then he discovers a secret from actual history: Abraham Lincoln was in love with another guy! Since everyone loves Lincoln, Wyatt’s sure that if the world knew about it, they would treat gay people differently and it would solve everything about his life.“
It said “Perfect for fans of InuYasha“ and I was sold on the idea.
I haven’t read this yet and the audio galley was available so why not?
“In Burning Girls and Other Stories, Veronica Schanoes crosses borders and genres with stories of fierce women at the margins of society burning their way toward the center.“
“High school nemeses fall in love in this queer YA rom com” were the magic words to summon me to get this review copy. Also, a jock and cheerleader trope, but gay? Ahhhhh!!!!
With a cover like THAT and a synopis that has “a dark, gothic fantasy YA novel about a teen girl who returns home to her strange, wild family after years of estrangement“ how could I just scroll past?
“Stranger Things meets the Netflix series Dark in this paranormal thriller where three mysterious doors in a highschool basement hold the key to unlocking the mystery of what really happened the night Marina’s brother died.”
“As lead reporter for The Warrior Weekly, Eden has covered her fair share of stories at St. Joseph Secondary. And when intimate pictures of six female students are anonymously emailed to the entire school, Eden is determined to get to the bottom of it.“
It’s been a while since I read something from Stolarz and it is “a thrilling novel where an eighteen-year-old girl’s search for answers lands her in one of the most terrifying situations imaginable.”
Stand-up as a plot for YA? That’s new and I am excited to read it.
“a fiercely feminist fantasy with a horrifying curse, swoon-worthy sea captains, and the power of one girl to choose her own fate in this contemporary standalone adventure” A girl takes the place of her Chosen One younger sister when captured, in an apocalyptic scenario with zombies (I guess).
“collection of classic short stories were written by iconic author–and creator of Sherlock Holmes–Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.”
“a dark psychological contemporary about a grieving teen sent to a boarding school for bad girls, only to uncover a sinister mystery.“
Child soldiers rebelling against the empire that made them into monsters? Yep, I am in.
“Fae detective Jack the Flash and her half-wolf partner Larry have their work cut out for them when they’re up against supernatural happenings in America!“
“High school first-year Takuto has been selected as a beta tester for the new sandbox-style video game Cube Arts, and he couldn’t be happier. As soon as he puts on the game’s VR headset, Takuto finds himself immersed in a sprawling world made entirely of blocks, where he can mine, build, and hunt to his heart’s content. But when a logout error traps him and his friends inside the game, Takuto discovers that even sandboxes can be deadly!“
“Opposites attract in this new high school yuri manga! Fujishiro Nanaki is super cute, super popular, and super annoyed with anyone as plain as her classmate Kurokawa Kanade. When Nanaki finds out her boyfriend’s cheating on her, however, her life makes a complete 180—as does her relationship with Kanade.” It had me at yuri manga.
The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore
“When two teens discover that they were both sexually assaulted at the same party, they develop a cautious friendship through her family’s possibly-magical pastelería, his secret forest of otherworldly trees, and the swallows returning to their hometown“
The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky
“a deliciously twisty YA thriller that’s Scream meets Karen McManus about a mysterious club with an obsession for horror“
I love the pun on the name! “Project Runway goes to Comic Con in an epic queer love story about creativity, passion, and finding the courage to be your most authentic self.“
“When the sun sets in the city of Manila, don’t you dare make a wrong turn and end up in that dimly- lit side of the metro, where blood-sucking aswang run the most-wanted kidnapping rings, where gigantic kapre are the kingpins of crime, and magical engkantos slip through the cracks and steal your most precious possessions. When crime takes a turn for the weird, the police call Alexandra Trese.” The main draw for me was a story dealing with aswang!
“In this gripping YA novel about social media bullying and half-truths, one girl’s discovery of a dead baby in her high school locker room rocks an entire community.”
I’m so here for paranormal dark academia!!!! “Kappa Rho Nu isn’t your average sorority. Their parties are notorious. Their fundraisers are known for being Westerly College’s most elaborate affairs. But beneath the veil of Greek life and prestige, the sisters of Kappu Rho Nu share a secret: they’re a coven of witches.“
“Iraya has spent her life in a cell, but every day brings her closer to freedom—and vengeance. Jazmyne is the queen’s daughter, but unlike her sister before her, she has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power. Sworn enemies, these two witches enter a precarious alliance to take down a mutual threat.“ Sapphic witches FTW!
“With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. She’s a straight A, work-through-the-summer certified high achiever. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know…until she does exactly that.” This ticks so many boxes for me. Academically burnt out? Yes. Sapphic? Yes. Breaking free of life? Yes
“After her father’s dreams of making it big in the music industry crumble beneath the strain of trying to appease both his managers and his fans, singer Yukina Minato is determined to make him proud by forming the “perfect band” of her own! But first, she’ll have to find all the right members. They’ll need unparalleled skill, passion and drive if they’re going to succeed as a J-rock band in such a crowded scene!“
Shelved on Goodreads
Aswangs? Different supernatural creatures living in an urban fantasy? Hell yes!
47 new books shelved!
What new books have you added to your shelves? Any of these you excited for?