Stacking The Shelves

It has been so long since I’ve done a Stacking the Shelves post (since May !!!). I’ve really not gotten a ton of mail this summer and I’ve felt like I’ve had so very little time. We got a puppy and my kiddo is home so my time has been taken by fun family things. I find I am never sitting at my laptop and days go by without me even cracking it open. I imagine this is typical for summer-time. I can feel school ramping up and my desire to blog has been increasing. Hopefully, I’ll be posting more consistently from here on out!

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

The Books

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Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson
Lock & Mori: Mind Games by Heather Petty
Reliquary by Sarah Fine
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

Purchased

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The Night Court T-shirt designed by Evie Bookish purchased from Society6
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Sherlock Funko

New Rep Gig

So, I’ve been active over on Bookstagram for about 4 months now and I’m so so excited to be repping for a few lovely, creative types. I’m going to feature my latest- Novelly Yours. These soy candles are AMAZING. I have 4 of them and I love each and every scent. I do think Winter might be my favorite. I love that these candles are made by one of our very own bookish blogging folks Brittany over at The Book Addict’s Guide

Click on each image to go to each candle’s page on Novelly Yours’ Etsy Shop

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Each of these candles smell divine and they burn clean since they are soy. I love that they don’t agitate my headaches (certain smells set me off). And, if you are tempted, you can get 10% off any order with the code- MFAF10

Giveaway

And one last thing! Last week the wonderful folks at Griffin Teen sent along a sampler of Wintersong– my latest bookish obsession (it was in part influenced by Labyrinth– the best movie ever). This book doesn’t release until early 2017 but I’m CRAVING it now. I read the first 40 pages and I loved it. So much so in fact that I thought I’d do a giveaway for a pre-order of the book. Click on the picture below to read more about the book and enter to win a pre-order (it’s an international giveaway too!)

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I think that’s all my updates! It feels like forever since I chatted with you all- how are you? What are you reading?? I just finished The Shadow Hour and trying to figure out what to pick next.

Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is- Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward to Their Sophomore Novel. I have picked the first to come to my mind (and not in order of desire!) You should add all of these to your TBR and buy the ones already released.

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different question is posed and gives us bloggers an opportunity to share our top tens on all different types of bookish topics.

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  1. The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace- I loved this one and I can’t wait for The Skylighter.
  2. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig- I adored how complex and lovely this story was. And the characters–I can’t wait to read more.
  3. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman- This was the prequel to Blackbeards pirating ways so I NEED to see how Nicole will portray him next.
  4. Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie- The main character in this one was so unhinged and the story left me yearning for more.
  5. Lock & Mori by Heather Petty- This play on Sherlock and Moriarty has me incredibly scared yet eager to see how the relationship between these two will go.
  6. This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzie Lee- I loved how Lee wove together history with the classic Frankenstein story. I can’t wait to see what she does next.
  7. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich- This book was so well done and different–not to mention creepy! I need to know what Kurtagich will write next.
  8. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro- Another reworking of Sherlock and Watson–I loved how the genders were switched this go around. I can’t wait to read the next in the series.
  9. Thin Space by Jody Casella- This one was so wonderfully emotional and I was very moved by it. Not enough people have read it!
  10. The Falconer by Elizabeth May- This book took me out of a wicked reading slump so I’m more than excited about the sequel, The Vanishing Throne.

I have many debuts up to read and review coming up in 2016 and I’m pretty sure I’ll be dying for all of their sequels.

Review of Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty

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By: Heather W. Petty
Release Date: September 15th 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young
Format: Print ARC
Source: Kelly from Effortlessly Reading

My Rating:
star

Summary:
In modern-day London, two brilliant high school students, one Sherlock Holmes and a Miss James “Mori” Moriarty, meet. A murder will bring them together. The truth very well might drive them apart.

Before they were mortal enemies, they were much more.

FACT: Someone has been murdered in London’s Regent’s Park. The police have no leads.

FACT: Miss James “Mori”Moriarty and Sherlock “Lock” Holmes should be hitting the books on a school night. Instead, they are out crashing a crime scene.

FACT: Lock has challenged Mori to solve the case before he does. Challenge accepted.

FACT: Despite agreeing to Lock’s one rule–they must share every clue with each other–Mori is keeping secrets.

OBSERVATION: Sometimes you can’t trust the people closest to you with matters of the heart. And after this case, Mori may never trust Lock again.

My Thoughts:
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Upon seeing this book on Goodreads I was instantly excited though a tiny bit hesitant. I had just fallen in love with Ellie Marney’s series and the two sounded a bit similar. I went into reading Lock & Mori with some trepidation but I shouldn’t have worried. This book was much different and I really enjoyed it.

Overall, I found this novel fast paced and even a bit heart breaking. It got me to cry which isn’t all that common for me (I pride myself on a stoic, cold heart). Yes, there was a bit of instant love between these two characters but somehow it worked for me. I guess it felt more like instant attraction that grew into something more…which is how most of my relationships happened. I loved the dynamic and chemistry between Lock and Mori. Knowing the history of Moriarty being Sherlock’s nemesis in the original books I was left at the edge of my seat waiting to see if things would blow up between them. These two do veer on aggravating by their secrecy (mostly Mori) and there were scenes where I wished I could push them together and make them talk it out.

As for the mystery involved it wasn’t too difficult to figure out and fairly early but all the details and the journey of the characters finding answers was incredibly captivating to me. I was mesmerized by what I was reading and this was the type of book that didn’t want me to venture far. I wanted to just keep reading no matter what was happening around me.

Final Thoughts:
Though the mystery wasn’t overly difficult to figure out the journey between the two characters, Mori and Lock was exceptional and I fell in love with the two of them. I’m ready for more please.