Stacking the Shelves (15/03/2014)

...or floor, or couch, bed, anywhere else I can fit my books!

14-year old Lilly Douglas is a girl who has been sheltered from the world since the moment she was born. Gifted with avian like wings and strands of lilac hair, she never realizes how different she is. After a terrifying attack on her home, she is forced to run from everything she knew, and find shelter at a place called Charity Academy. Here students have little to worry about beyond homework and classes, and they spend most of their time learning to control their powers, embracing their identities as 'Strands'.
56 miles south-east, into the Bitterroot Wilderness, is a dark place known as Firestone Institution. Here a 16-year old boy named Cory Trask has made his home with a personality as icy as his powers. Survival driven, Cory works for a man named Dr. Kibbsty and is the leader in the pursuit of Lilly. He thinks of little beyond the orders he is given, and life is nothing more than a game: one where only the strongest survive. As their paths cross, they bring an uncertain future in their wake that will cause all these teens to question what it really means to be Strands. 



A stunning memoir about a childhood spent growing up in a family of extreme hoarders and hiding squalor behind the veneer of a perfect family. Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a beautifully tidy apartment in Brooklyn. You would never guess that she spent her childhood hiding behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging newspaper, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room—the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding. In this coming-of-age story, Kim brings to life her experience of growing up in a rat-infested home, concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends for years, and of the emotional burden that ultimately led to an attempt to take her own life. And in beautiful prose, Miller sheds light on her complicated yet loving relationship with her parents that has thrived in spite of the odds. Coming Clean is a story about recognizing where we come from and the relationships that define us and about finding peace in the homes we make for ourselves.


Never, Kentucky is not your average scenic small town. It is a crossways, a place where the dead and the living can find no peace. Not that Forest, an 18-year-old foster kid who works the graveyard shift at Lincoln Hospital, knew this when she applied for the job. Lincoln is a huge state mental institution, a good place for Forest to make some money to pay for college. But along with hundreds of very unstable patients, it also has underground tunnels, bell towers that ring unexpectedly, and a closet that holds more than just donated clothing....When the dead husband of one of Forest's patients makes an appearance late one night, seemingly accompanied by an agent of the Devil, Forest loses all sense of reality and all sense of time. Terrified, she knows she has a part to play, and when she does so, she finds a heritage that she never expected.
With her deep knowledge of mental illness and mental institutions, Susan Vaught brings readers a fascinating and completely creepy new book intertwining the stories of three young people who find themselves haunted beyond imagining in the depths of Lincoln Hospital.



 

Orphaned, two sisters are left to find their own fortunes.

Sweet and proper, Karah's future seems secure at a glamorous Flower House. She could be pampered for the rest of her life... if she agrees to play their game.

Nemienne, neither sweet nor proper, has fewer choices. Left with no alternative, she accepts a mysterious mage's offer of an apprenticeship. Agreeing means a home and survival, but can Nemienne trust the mage?

With the arrival of a foreign bard into the quiet city, dangerous secrets are unearthed, and both sisters find themselves at the center of a plot that threatens not only to upset their newly found lives, but also to destroy their kingdom.


Looking forward to these varied reads, in particular Coming Clean as I have an obsession with TV shows about hoarding. I'm 70% into reading Archipelago which I received for review and enjoying that too, you can find me babbling about in on twitter as #UTMreadsArchipelago
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35 comments:

  1. Ooh, Rachel Neumeier! She came by my blog a while ago on a blog tour for Black Dog. I should look into more of her work.

    Enjoy the books!

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  2. Nice haul, Vickie! Insanity looks positively chilling!

    Thanks for stopping by earlier. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  3. Insanity sounds and looks really interesting! :)
    Happy reading!

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  4. Wooow! Those books are looking really awesome and those covers are beautiful. Especially insanity. I hope you enjoy reading them.

    Mariska

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  5. Nice covers! Nothing is better than a great sounding book with a gorgeous cover! Thanks for visiting my blog and I'll be adding your blog to my list via bloglovin. Happy reading!

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  6. First time to see your books. Enjoy your reading and thanks for visiting.

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  7. I haven't heard or read any of these books but the covers are all gorgeous! I hope you enjoy them, and new Bloglovin' follower :)

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  8. Great haul of books and lots of pretty covers! I have House of Shadows by Rachel Neumeier to read too, absolutely loved Black Dog and The Floating Islands by her. Looking forward to hearing what you think of Insanity, it's been on my wishlist for quite a while!

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  9. Such a cool haul! Enjoy. :)

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  10. they're all new to me but I hope you'll like them all. Happy reading!

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  11. I haven't heard of any of these, but House of Shadows looks really interesting. I'll have to check it out! Enjoy your books, and thanks for stopping by.

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  12. I haven't heard of any of those, but they look great! I hope you enjoy all you got :)

    Here's my STS!

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  13. Great stack! Coming Clean sounds really interesting, especially that part of it takes place on Long Island, and that's were I live! lol
    Happy reading :)

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  14. Insanity sounds cool! I haven't heard of any of these reads. :) Happy reading. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Stormi
    http://www.booksmoviesreviewsohmy.com/stacking-the-shelves-20/

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  15. Nice haul! These are all new to me but they look really good, especially Insanity. I hope you enjoy all your books and thanks for stopping by my haul :)

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  16. Thanks for stopping by my STS! Insanity sounds really creepy. New follower back =)

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  17. I hadn't heard of a single one of these, so I'm really glad I hopped over here to take a look! Coming clean sounds particularly interesting.

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  18. Awesome haul of books. These look really good. House of Shadows sounds very good indeed.

    Grace
    Books of Love

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  19. House of Shadows sounda great! Thanks for stopping by my StS!

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  20. House of Shadows sounds like a book I would like! Great haul. New bloglovin follower =)
    Here's my STS
    http://bookstothetea.blogspot.com/

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  21. Oh, the cover of Insanity! Super creepy. I will have to go check it out. I hope you enjoy all your reads:)

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  22. Nice haul! Haven't read any of these, but Insanity looks intriguing. Happy reading!

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  23. I haven't heard of any of these books, but I LOVE the cover of House of Shadows! For some reason, it reminded my of Kristen and P.C. Cast's books (gag, by the way, in terms of the books, not the covers). Hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  24. Oh, I'm loving these covers. That Coming Clean one is so minimalistic and really lovely. AND Insanity looks mildly creepy (which is awesome). Happy reading!

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  25. Insanity looks and sounds amazing! Happy reading.

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  26. I used to watch the Hoarders TV show and couldn't believe some of the situations they uncovered. I will have to check out Coming Clean. That sounds really good.

    I hope you enjoy all of your new books!! Thanks for stopping by my STS :)

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  27. Insanity! Oh, I so need to get my hands on a copy. Happy reading! :)

    Here's mine

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

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  28. I haven't seen any of these yet, but the cover for Insanity makes me want to read it. It looks so eerie and mysterious! Happy reading :)

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  29. Insanity looks interesting. Happy Reading!
    Here are my newest additions.

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  30. Insanity looks super creepy! Sounds like something I would love!

    I'm a new GFC Follower! :)

    Thanks for stopping by my STS @ Addicted Readers! :)

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  31. Lots of newto me books, hope you enjoy them all :)

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  32. House of Shadows has been on my wishlist forever! It sounds amazing! Anything that has to do with mages instantly gets added to my TBR list.

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  33. Great haul! I haven't heard of any, but 'Insanity' looks amazing. The cover is so beautiful.

    +New GFC and Bloglovin follower :)

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  34. I've been looking forward to Insanity. It looks really creepy. Great haul!

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  35. House of Shadows looks really interesting and Insanity really creepy!

    Thanks for stopping by and happy reading :)

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