Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where we share what books we have added to our shelves, virtually or physically!
This past weekend I went to Wondercon!! Usually when you think of Wondercon and other comic conventions, you probably think of comic books, video games, costumes, toys and clothes, and other geek culture. But there is SO much more! Don’t get me wrong, I love ALL of that stuff. However, I also love going and discovering new indie and small press authors! I found two at Wondercon that I had to pick up their books that I, of course, also had signed. ^_^
I also recently went and got myself a physical copy of Red Rising after learning that Pierce Brown will be attending my local convention, Phoenix Comicon in May. I haven’t read the book yet, but it’s been moved to #1 on my to-read list after I finish A Time to Reap. It sounded interesting, and if I end up loving the book, I’m totally having it signed by him at PCC!!
Please note: All book excerpts are from Goodreads.
The Refugee by C.A. Hartman
The Starship Cornelia, barely a few months into a 3-year mission to visit the other inhabited Alliance planets, unexpectedly stumbles upon a disabled ship whose 10 alien passengers are found dead. The ship hails from Korvalis-the mysterious non-Alliance planet whose leadership allows no outsider to visit and no citizen to leave. But the tides shift when Cornelia’s Chief Medical Officer and lead geneticist discover that one of the escapees is alive, having survived only due to his superior skill with genetics… and that he seeks asylum from Korvalis. The Refugee-the first of the Korvali Chronicles series-tells the story of Eshel, the Korvali refugee, and Dr. Catherine Finnegan, the human geneticist who befriends him, as they face the political, scientific, and interpersonal ramifications of Eshel’s living among humans. From censoring of their scientific work to intolerance for Eshel’s cold arrogance, struggles abound… until an alarming incident changes everything.
Demon’s Prize (Alpha Wolf #1) by Jennifer Maimone
For months, socially withdrawn Dr. Brent Carson has been reading about women being abducted throughout the city, the most recent article revealing how all of them may have been practitioners of witchcraft. Out of curiosity, Brent decides to personally investigate what is going on, but is distracted when four friends move to the city, all of whom he knows to be werewolves – except for Angela Dane, who is only half.
Angela is an energetic, talented and very spirited girl. She is extremely close and loyal to her friends, but the first moment Brent sees Angela, there is something about her he finds disturbing. He cannot understand why, but his first reaction towards her is one of hatred, inexplicably feeling as if she shouldn’t even be alive. That night, Angela is attacked by a psychotic demon, one who has been stealing paranormal beings for centuries and taking them to hell for his personal version of trafficking. The demon almost claims her as his newest prize, only to have his interests quickly switch to Brent the moment he learns of his true identity.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope.
Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.
Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.
Can’t wait to get started reading these books!