Stacking the Shelves #4 – Saturday, June 13th

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, which is all about sharing the books that you’ve acquired in the past week!

Welcome to Staking the Shelves on Book Bustle! It’s been an eventful week with book blitzes, several reviews, and a great haul of books this week! All of these will be reviewed in the next few months! Click the cover to find out more information about each book!

What books did you buy, get approved for, or borrow? Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Stacking the Shelves #3 – Saturday, June 6th

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, which is all about sharing the books that you’ve acquired in the past week!

Welcome to Staking the Shelves on Book Bustle! It’s been an eventful week with book blitzes, several reviews, and a great haul of books this week! All of these will be reviewed in the next few months! Click the cover to find out more information about each book!

What books did you buy, get approved for, or borrow? Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Stacking the Shelves – Saturday, May 30th

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, which is all about sharing the books that you’ve acquired in the past week!

Welcome to Staking the Shelves on Book Bustle! It’s been an eventful week with book blitzes, several reviews, and a great haul of books this week! All of these will be reviewed in the next few months!

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What books did you buy, get approved for, or borrow? Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Stacking the Shelves – Saturday, May 23rd

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, which is all about sharing the books that you’ve acquired in the past week!

Welcome to Staking the Shelves on Book Bustle! It’s been an eventful week with book blitzes, several reviews, and a great haul of books this week! All of these will be reviewed in the next few months!

What books did you buy, get approved for, or borrow?

Review: This Eternity of Masks and Shadows by Karsten Knight

This Eternity of Masks and Shadows is a wild ride of espionage, intrigue, reincarnated gods, and a seedy supernatural underworld.  Even after reading the synopsis of this book, I still didn’t know what I was getting into when I picked up an ARC.  It’s such an intricate and layered narrative that I really did enjoy from the first page.  Non-stop action from the outset, dynamic relationships, and interesting character arcs are the strengths of this book.

Cairn Delacroix is a normal teenager on the verge of adulthood, but there’s one thing:  Her mother is the incarnation of an Inuit goddess, and all of those myths about gods you’ve heard?  They’re real and they walk the earth like the rest of us.  When Cairn’s mother unexpectedly dies, Carin must pick up the pieces and set out on an adventure to understand who her mother truly was. 

The premise feels very reminiscent of American Gods, but it’s different.  Yes the gods live on earth with mortals, but their interactions are different and this book isn’t about a grand battle between old gods and new gods.  It’s part murder-mystery, part spy-noir novel, but also part detective serial that just doesn’t want to stop. 

One of my favorite lines:

“One horrible deed doesn’t make a person evil. When it’s time to be judged at the end of our lives, it’s the sum of our actions that ultimately defines us.” 

Knight, Karsten. This Eternity of Masks and Shadows. 2020.

The character are well developed, though I did want to explore the relationship with Cairn’s father more.  He seemed to be the odd character out that didn’t get as much interaction, though this is a small thing.  Cairn is an interesting character, struggling with the death of her mother and the seeming loss of her father to alcoholism.  Not only is Cairn trying to understand her mother, she is also seeking clarity for her path forward.  Detective Nook was fantastic, but who doesn’t love a polar bear god turned detective? 

I learned about many gods I’d never heard of, like Tane the Maori spirit of the forest, Sedna the Inuit goddess of the sea, and so many more!  This book has really inspired me to learn about more world belief systems.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to most YA fantasy readers.  I know it’s in the YA category, but the content is really edging into adult and I feel like there should have been a trigger/content warning at the beginning.  But, it’s a detective/spy/mystery novel set in an urban fantasy, what can you do?

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a galley copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publication date is June 2nd! Grab your copy today and follow the author on social media for more great book news!

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Cover Reveal – Déjà Vu by Melody Saleh @MelodySaleh @lovebooksgroup

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Déjà Vu by Melody Saleh

Happiness is finally within reach for best friends, Amber, Dominque, Debra and Zya.  But fate has other plans…

Pregnant and widowed, Debra is engaged to suave and charming Italian heartthrob Roberto.  So why does her heart race when she thinks about her therapist, Brian?  Has she said yes to the wrong man?

Dominque has found the love and acceptance she always longed for with Tad.  But devastating news soon threatens their future together.

Successful fashion designer Zya has discovered her own unexpected happily ever after with Tina . . . until her daughter, Ashanti is bullied and becomes the focus of a police investigation and the media. Now Zya suddenly stands to lose everything she holds dear.

Finally, together with the only man she’s ever loved, Amber is determined to not let anything come between her and Patrick—not even her jealous and vindictive identical twin sister.  But someone is watching . . . waiting for the right moment to destroy her . . .

Will the women get their happy ending, or is it déjà vu all over again?  Find out in the dramatic and suspenseful second book of the Unbroken series.

About the Author

After 35+ years in operations for various businesses (including her own), Melody pursued her dream of writing a novel. Having written for business publications, local magazines and even publishing a poem, Chemo’s not for Sissies, during treatment after her first cancer diagnosis, it was time to finish the novel that was started many years ago. When she started  writing, “Facade: Things Aren’t Always as They Appear,” she had no idea where her characters were going to take her. “The story basically wrote itself. It was like a movie projector playing in my mind,” is how she describes her experience. It soon became apparent, their voices were not to be silenced… “The Unbroken Series” was born. “Deja Vu: Here We Go Again,” Book II, to be released June 23, 2020, followed by C’est la Vie, Book III, in December.

Melody lives with her husband in her native home state Florida. She’s blessed to be alive today after two cancer diagnoses and enjoys watching her grandchildren grow up; something she doesn’t take for granted.

Thanks to Love Book Tours for the opportunity to participate in this reveal!