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.
Whoops it has been a month since I last updated!
The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni
“Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan is a survivor. For ten years, she has worked as the healer in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, making herself indispensable. Kept afloat by messages of hope from her family, Kiva has one goal and one goal only: stay alive. Then one day the infamous Rebel Queen arrives at the prison on death’s door and Kiva receives a new message: Don’t let her die. We are coming. The queen is sentenced to the Trial by Ordeal: a series of elemental challenges against the torments of air, fire, water, and earth, assigned to only the most dangerous of criminals.“
Whisper Me a Love Song, Vol 1 by Eku Takeshima (manga)
“One day, high school girl Himari sees a girl, Yori, sing in a band, and it awakens feelings she doesn’t understand… but Yori does!” Music-themed yuri heck yeah!
We Played With Fire by Catherine Barter
“Inspired by the incredible true tale of the Fox Sisters, the girls who made their fortune in nineteenth-century America by speaking to ghosts.“
The Salvage Crew by (audio)
Salvage crew on a distant planet starting to face dangers unknown – enough said!
Local Star by Aimee Ogden
“Local Star is a polyamorous space opera with a fast-paced, action-packed adventure that’s sure to punch you in the feels. It follows guttergirl Triz as she saves her hub from invaders from the Cyberbionautic Alliance, all the while negotiating her rekindled romance with Kalo, her ex who’s returned from battle and won’t stop hanging around the wrenchworks.“
A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians by H G Parry (audio)
“It is the Age of Enlightenment — of new and magical political movements, from the necromancer Robespierre calling for revolution in France to the weather mage Toussaint L’Ouverture leading the slaves of Haiti in their fight for freedom, to the bold new Prime Minister William Pitt weighing the legalization of magic amongst commoners in Britain and abolition throughout its colonies overseas. But amidst all of the upheaval of the early modern world, there is an unknown force inciting all of human civilization into violent conflict.”
The Curie Society by Janet Harvy(graphic novel)
“A covert team of young women–members of the Curie society, an elite organization dedicated to women in STEM–undertake high-stakes missions to save the world.“
MADK, Vol 1 by Ryo Suzuri (manga)
“Makoto has long been ostracized because of his odd hobbies and a sexual kink others see as disgusting. One day he finds a book on summoning demons and manages to summon the intimidatingly beautiful and rather chatty Archduke J. The demon offers to grant Makoto’s deepest twisted desire if he’ll offer up his life in exchange. Once Makoto has sated his demented appetites, he fulfills his end of the bargain, only to find he’s been reborn as a monster…in hell!” time for some queer horror
The King’s Beast, Vol 1 by Rei Toma (manga)
It’s a new story set in the Dawn of the Arcana universe (which to be honest, I don’t remember much about right now wrt world-building but I hope I won’t need it)
The (Un)Popular Vote by Jasper Sanchez
“Everything Mark learned about politics, he learned from his father, the congressman who still pretends he has a daughter and not a son. To protect his father’s image, Mark promises to keep his past hidden and pretend to be the cis guy everyone assumes he is. But when he sees a manipulatively charming candidate for student body president inflame dangerous rhetoric, Mark decides to risk the low profile he assured his father and insert himself as a political challenger.“
All Kinds of Other by James Sic
“In this tender, nuanced coming-of-age love story, two boys—one who is cis and one who is trans—have been guarding their hearts to protect themselves, until their feelings for each other give them a reason to stand up to their fears.”
Don’t Breathe a Word by Jordyn Taylor *
Boarding school? Secret Societies? Stories connected across decades? Hell yes!
The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon
“To save a fae kingdom, a trans witch must face his traumatic past and the royal fiancé he left behind.”
Mark of the Wicked by Georgia Bowers
“A young witch tries to unravel the mystery of who is framing her for dark magic“
Rise of the Red Hand by Olivia Chadha
Look, usually I would be like ‘I’m over dystopia’ but this is a climate-change themed story AND it is set in South Asia (for a change lol) AND it has an Asian diaspora author so yes, I am adding it!
Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
“Gossip Girl meets Get Out in Ace of Spades, a YA contemporary thriller by debut author Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé about two students, Devon & Chiamaka, and their struggles against an anonymous bully.”
The Immortal Game by Talia Rothschild
I read Mount Olympus and I added it because I haven’t read a Greek mythology retelling in a while! “Galene, daughter of Poseidon, desperately wants to earn her place among the gods. But when a violent attack leaves Mount Olympus in chaos and ruins, she is accused of the crime. Banished from Olympus, Galene sets out to prove her innocence and discovers a more deadly plot—one that threatens even the oldest of Immortals.“
Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead, Vol. 1 by Haro Aso (manga)
“After spending years slaving away for a soul-crushing company, Akira’s life has lost its luster. But when a zombie apocalypse ravages his town, it gives him the push he needs to live for himself. Now Akira’s on a mission to complete all 100 items on his bucket list before he…well, kicks the bucket.“
Trouble Girls by Julia Lynn Rubin
“A queer YA #MeToo reimagining of Thelma & Louise“
The Past is Red by Catherynne M Valente
Auto-read author for me, so naturally I added it! “The future is blue. Endless blue…except for a few small places that float across the hot, drowned world left behind by long-gone fossil fuel-guzzlers. One of those patches is a magical place called Garbagetown.Tetley Abednego is the most beloved girl in Garbagetown, but she’s the only one who knows it. She’s the only one who knows a lot of things: that Garbagetown is the most wonderful place in the world, that it’s full of hope, that you can love someone and 66% hate them all at the same time.But Earth is a terrible mess, hope is a fragile thing, and a lot of people are very angry with her. Then Tetley discovers a new friend, a terrible secret, and more to her world than she ever expected.“
Pound for Pound by Natalie Chaidez (graphic novel)
“Underground MMA fighter Dani Libra fears nothing… except for the recurring blackouts that spark memories of a bloody past. When her sister is kidnapped, Dani must shine a light on the darkness in her own mind. Only question is — can she keep her own demons at bay for long enough to save her sister?“
Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon
“Rosie loves Jack. Jack loves Rosie. So when they’re separated, Rosie will do anything to find the boy who makes the sun shine in her head. Even defy her parents’ orders and run away from home. Even struggle across London and travel to Brighton on her own, though the trains are cancelled and the snow is falling. Even though people might think a girl like Rosie, who has Down syndrome, could never survive on her own.“
Rain is Not my Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith
“ It’s been six months since Cassidy Rain Berghoff’s best friend, Galen, died, and up until now she has succeeded in shutting herself off from the world. But when controversy arises around Aunt Georgia’s Indian Camp in their mostly white midwestern community, Rain decides to face the outside world again, with a new job photographing the campers for her town’s newspaper. Soon, Rain has to decide how involved she wants to become in Indian Camp. Does she want to keep a professional distance from her fellow Native teens? And, though she is still grieving, will she be able to embrace new friends and new beginnings?“
The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters
“Natasha’s sister is missing. Her car was found abandoned on the edge of a local nature preserve known as the Bend, but as the case goes cold, Natasha’s loss turns to burning anger. She’ll do anything to find answers. Della’s family has channeled magic from the Bend for generations, providing spells for the desperate. But when Natasha appears on her doorstep, Della knows it will take more than simple potions to help her. But Della has her own secrets to hide. Because Della thinks she knows the beast who’s responsible for the disappearance — her own mother, who was turned into a terrible monster by magic gone wrong.“
Never Kiss your Roommate by Philine Harms
The title and the boarding school setting, plus queer romances had me adding it immediately!
It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland
“Eva, Celeste, Gina, and Steph used to think their friendship was unbreakable. After all, they’ve been though a lot together, including the astronomical rise of Moonlight Overthrow, the world-famous queer pop band they formed in middle school, never expecting to headline anything bigger than the county fair. But after a sudden falling out leads to the dissolution of the teens’ band, their friendship, and Eva and Celeste’s starry-eyed romance, nothing is the same. Gina and Celeste step further into the spotlight, Steph disappears completely, and Eva, heartbroken, takes refuge as a songwriter and secret online fangirl…of her own band. That is, until a storm devastates their hometown, bringing the four ex-best-friends back together.”
A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
“It’s been centuries since the robots of Earth gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again; centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend.One day, the life of a tea monk is upended by the arrival of a robot, there to honor the old promise of checking in. The robot cannot go back until the question of “what do people need?” is answered. But the answer to that question depends on who you ask, and how.They’re going to need to ask it a lot.
How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao
“In a YA thriller that is Crazy Rich Asians meets One of Us is Lying, students at an elite prep school are forced to confront their secrets when their ex-best friend turns up dead. ‘
The Kingdoms of Ruin, Vol. 1 by yoruhashi
“In order to liberate humanity from the blight of magic, the mighty Redia Empire began a ruthless hunt to exterminate all witches. Adonis was only a boy when the hunt began, apprentice to a witch he dearly loved. When she perishes at the hands of the empire, Adonis vows revenge. “
Manly Appetites, Minegishi Loves Otsu, Vol. 1 by Mito
“Minegishi is a successful salaryman, respected by his colleagues, but he’s got an insatiable desire at the office: he loves feeding his grumpy coworker, Otsu. But is Otsu as hungry as he is? A sweet and savory BL office comedy!“
Berserk of Gluttony, Vol. 1 by Isshiki Ichika
“Fate Graphite is one of the forsaken. Cursed with the skill “Gluttony,” he is ever starving, never sated…until the day he kills a dying thief and devours the man’s strength—and his soul. The true hunger of Fate’s Gluttony has awakened, and if he can learn to control his power, he will at last be the master of his own destiny.”
The Banks by Roxanne Gay (graphic novel)
“For fifty years the women of the Banks family have been the most successful thieves in Chicago by following one simple rule: never get greedy. But when the youngest Banks stumbles upon the heist of a lifetime, the potential windfall may be enough to bring three generations of thieves together for one incredible score and the chance to avenge a loved one taken too soon.“
Southern Sun, Norther Star || Yona of the Dawn Vol 28 || Shortcake Cake Vol 11 || Blue Flag Vol 6 || Given Vol 5 || Komi Can’t Communicate Vol 11 || Jujutsu Kaisen Vol 8 || Mermaid Saga Vol 2 || Samurai 8 Vol 5 || Kaguya-sama: Love is War Vol 18 || Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol 20 || A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow Vol 6 || Brambles || Reaper of Souls
Shelved on GoodReads
Excuse me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney
“Quinn keeps lists of everything—from the days she’s ugly cried, to “Things That I Would Never Admit Out Loud” and all the boys she’d like to kiss. Her lists keep her sane. By writing her fears on paper, she never has to face them in real life. That is, until her journal goes missing . . . Then an anonymous account posts one of her lists on Instagram for the whole school to see and blackmails her into facing seven of her greatest fears, or else her entire journal will go public.“
47 new books shelved!
What new books have you added to your shelves? Any of these you excited for?
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