Added to the Bookshelf – 6/30/13

Posted June 30, 2013 by Melissa in IMM, In My Mailbox, Showcase Sunday | 19 Comments

Sharing the week’s bookish news and the books & bookish goodies that I’ve bought, borrowed, won, or been gifted and have added to my bookshelves over the past week!

(Inspired by Mailbox Monday, IMM, Clock Rewinders and the like)

Recently on Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf:

Book Review: Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman

Guest Posts:
Authors That Have Inspired Me”: Guest Post & Giveaway with How (Not) to Kiss a Toad Author Elizabeth A Reeves

Viral Nation Blog Tour: Interview & Giveaway with Shaunta Grimes
Q&A with Mimi Strong, Author of We are Made of Stardust

Cat Thursday – Nap Disturbed
Teaser Tuesdays – The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian

Cover Reveal: Owlet by Emma Michaels
Cover Reveal: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott
Cover Reveal: Nomad by JL Bryan

I Read Last Week:

  • Torrent (River of Time #3)  Lisa Tawn Bergren (audiobook)
  • This Strange and Familiar Place (So Close to You #2) – Rachel Carter

      What I Am Reading Today:

      • One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths #2)  KA Tucker (audiobook)
      • The Light in the Ruins – Chris Bohjalian 

          Added to the Bookshelf This Week:

          Clicking on book titles will take you to Goodreads.

          Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea by Lisa Martin & Valerie Martin

          A swashbuckling story of two very different cat brothers and their adventures at sea.

          Cat brothers Cecil and Anton are as different in personality as they are in looks. Cecil, stocky and black with white patches, thirsts for seafaring adventure as he roams the docks of his harborside home, taking day trips on fishing boats when the chance comes along. Slim, gray Anton prefers listening to the sailors’ shanties at the town saloon, venturing to port only for the day’s catch. But one day when Anton goes in search of fresh mackerel, he’s stolen off the dock, and the next thing he knows, he’s at sea.

          Knowing little of the wide open ocean that lies beyond the harbor, Cecil boards another ship in hopes of finding Anton. But what begins as a rescue mission turns into a pair of high seas adventures, with thrills and danger bubbling under every wave.

          Anton takes on a fierce rat, outwits hungry birds, and forges a forbidden friendship, while Cecil encounters dolphins and whales and finds himself in the middle of a pirate raid. On an ocean as vast as the one Anton and Cecil have discovered, will they see home—or each other—ever again?

          There I was, minding my own business at Peachtree Books when this lunatic comes racing in the door and knocks me into his arms. I would have ripped him a new one, but he was kinda familiar, and hot. Like I-want-to-have-your-sexy-babies-now hot.

          Turns out he looks familiar because I stare at his gorgeous face on TV every week. Yup, Dalton Deangelo. In the oh-so-firm flesh.

          I let him hide out from the press for a while, then I thought he’d be on his way, and I could breathe normally again. But no. He found me interesting. He wanted to tag along to my cousin’s wedding with me. I couldn’t say no to that face … or THOSE EYES. Before the night was through, he was saying sweet things, then dirty things. Very dirty things.

          I try to keep my eyes wide open. I’ve made terrible, stupid mistakes in the past. But Dalton Deangelo’s touch turns me to Jell-O.

          I’m just a regular girl, and he’s rich and famous with no body fat. The guy has a butler! So, why is he chasing me? And why can’t I say no? And what is this sordid secret of his the reporters are trying to uncover?

          Rotters by Daniel Kraus

          Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It’s true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of nineteenth-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a sixteen-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey’s life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school.
          Everything changes when Joey’s mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets. At first, Joey’s father wants nothing to do with him, but once father and son come to terms with each other, Joey’s life takes a turn both macabre and exhilarating.
          Daniel Kraus’s masterful plotting and unforgettable characters make Rotters a moving, terrifying, and unconventional epic about fathers and sons, complex family ties, taboos, and the ever-present specter of mortality.

          Once (Once #1) by Morris Gleitzman

          Felix, a Jewish boy in Poland in 1942, is hiding from the Nazis in a Catholic orphanage. The only problem is that he doesn’t know anything about the war, and thinks he’s only in the orphanage while his parents travel and try to salvage their bookselling business. And when he thinks his parents are in danger, Felix sets off to warn them—straight into the heart of Nazi-occupied Poland.

          To Felix, everything is a story: Why did he get a whole carrot in his soup? It must be sign that his parents are coming to get him. Why are the Nazis burning books? They must be foreign librarians sent to clean out the orphanage’s outdated library. But as Felix’s journey gets increasingly dangerous, he begins to see horrors that not even stories can explain.

          Despite his grim surroundings, Felix never loses hope. Morris Gleitzman takes a painful subject and expertly turns it into a story filled with love, friendship, and even humor.

          Kindle Freebies:

          That’s all for me this week!

          What new goodies have arrived on your doorstep?
          Leave me a link in the comments and I’ll come check out your post!

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          19 responses to “Added to the Bookshelf – 6/30/13

          1. Grace Fonseca

            You got some interesting books. The Mimi Strong book looks hot. Also you got some freebies that I didn’t see. Great haul.


          2. Bea @ Bea's Book Nook

            I went and downloaded Accomplished in Murder after reading your post. 🙂 Some of the others were no longer free. 🙁 We Are Made of Stardust looks interesting, I hope you enjoy it.

          3. Victoria Hooper

            Cats at Sea looks so cute! 😀 Might have to search that one out for myself. Enjoy, and have a lovely week! 🙂

          4. Look at all those freebies. So tempted to grab a few, but when will I ever find the time to read them all? The cat book looks perfect for you! Have a wonderful week, Melissa!

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