Bookstream: Inbox/Processing/Outbox (12/19/2014)

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Welcome to this week’s bookstreaming update, where all of the books currently in my reading stacks are listed for anyone who wants to know.

Inbox- books I acquired this week

ARCS/ Free Downloads:

Planetfall, L.E. Howel  (Sci-Fi)

“You can never go home. That had always been understood, so when Major Thomas Birch and his bedraggled crew limped back hundreds of years later it was clear that something had gone wrong. Stumbling from a failed past into an uncertain future the crew of the Hypnos III find that sometimes the only thing worse than what you run from is the thing you run to. (Book Depository)”

Simple Truths, Sheila Levin

It’s hard to tell what this book is about without reading it, since there is no synopsis provided, just praise quotes from major publications, but the cover is pretty so I downloaded it for further inspection. I’ll let you know what it is about soon.

TickerTicker, Lisa Mantchev (YA, Fantasy)

“When Penny Farthing nearly dies, brilliant surgeon Calvin Warwick manages to implant a brass “Ticker” in her chest, transforming her into the first of the Augmented. But soon it’s discovered that Warwick killed dozens of people as he strove to perfect another improved Ticker for Penny, and he’s put on trial for mass murder.

On the last day of Warwick’s trial, the Farthings’ factory is bombed, Penny’s parents disappear, and Penny and her brother, Nic, receive a ransom note demanding all of their Augmentation research if they want to see their parents again. Is someone trying to destroy the Farthings…or is the motive more sinister? (Goodreads)”

Library books-

I put myself on a diet when it comes to library books, so until my TBR lists are smaller, I’m only allowed to check out 3 books per week. I checked out 3 books this week:

The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star, by Susan Wittig Albert

“National bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert returns to the small town of Darling, Alabama, in the 1930s–where the Darling Dahlias, the colorful ladies of a garden club, are anything but shrinking violets when it comes to rooting out criminals… The Texas Star herself–Miss Lily Dare, the “fastest woman in the world”–is bringing her Dare Devils Flying Circus to Darling. Unfortunately, she’s also bringing a whole lot of trouble. As the Dahlias prepare for the annual Watermelon Festival–where they will present the famous female aviatrix with her own Texas Star hibiscus–rumors are flying. Dahlias president Liz Lacy learns from newspaperman Charlie Dickens that Miss Dare has been threatened and her plane sabotaged. Apparently the bold and beautiful barnstormer has made plenty of enemies. And is it possible she may even be involved with the husband of one of Darling’s local ladies? And speaking of wings, the new cook at Myra May’s Darling Diner can fry a chicken and whip up a sweet potato meringue pie like nobody’s business. But why is she keeping her past such a mystery? As the Texas Star barnstorms into town, Liz and Verna Tidwell offer to help bring down a saboteur who may be propelled by revenge. Before it’s all over, there will be plenty of black eyes and dark secrets revealed… Includes Southern-Style Depression-Era Recipes! (Book Depository)”

Cat's ClawCat’s Claw, by Susan Wittig Albert

“As the first female police chief in Pecan Springs, Texas, Sheila Dawson has cracked many a mystery in collaboration with local sleuth China Bayles. Now Sheila puts her smarts to work, sifting through secrets to find a killer on the prowl… Larry Kirk, Pecan Springs’ computer guru, has been shot dead in his kitchen. At first Sheila believes it to be suicide, but further investigation reveals that Kirk’s death wasn’t self-inflicted. And the truth is reinforced by her friend China Bayles’ news–Larry recently asked her for legal advice in regards to a stalker. As a police chief in a male-dominated force, Sheila meets many challenges, especially when her theories rock the boat in high-profile cases like that of George Timms, who was caught breaking into Larry’s shop. Now that Larry is dead, Sheila is sure the burglary is connected to the murder. But when Timms disappears instead of turning himself in, Sheila must prove she’s got what it takes to hunt down a predator who’s loose on the streets of Pecan Springs. (Book Depository)”

The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison

“The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an “accident,” he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir. Entirely unschooled in the art of court politics, he has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment. Surrounded by sycophants eager to curry favour with the naive new emperor, and overwhelmed by the burdens of his new life, he can trust nobody. Amid the swirl of plots to depose him, offers of arranged marriages, and the spectre of the unknown conspirators who lurk in the shadows, he must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor. All the while, he is alone, and trying to find even a single friend…and hoping for the possibility of romance, yet also vigilant against the unseen enemies that threaten him, lest he lose his throne-or his life. (Book Depository)”

In addition to library books, I borrowed a bunch of Andre Norton,  and Stephen King books from my sister:

Andre Norton: Murders for Sale, Voorloper, Beast Master’s Quest, Ordeal in Otherwhere, Derelict for Trade, Elvenborn, ‘Ware Hawk

Stephen King: The Eyes of the Dragon, Misery

The Amber KeeperI received one new book in the mail through Goodreads giveaways this week,

The Amber Keeper,  Freda Lightfoot

“After her mother s suicide, Abbie Myers returns home to the Lake District with her young child and no wedding ring. Estranged from her turbulent family for many years, Abbie is heartbroken when she hears that they blame her for this tragedy.Determined to uncover her mother s past, Abbie approaches her beloved grandmother, Millie, in search of answers. The old woman reveals the story of how she travelled to Russia in 1911 as a young governess and became caught up in the revolution.As Abbie struggles to reconcile with her family, and to support herself and her child, she realizes that those long-ago events created aftershocks that threaten to upset the fragile peace she longs to create.Set against the backdrops of the English Lake District in the 1960s and the upheavals of revolutionary Russia, “The Amber Keeper” is a sweeping tale of jealousy and revenge, reconciliation and forgiveness.” (Book Depository)”

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