Hello all! Welcome to the 11th installment of Sweeping the Shelves; the weekly blog where I attempt to diminish my ever growing pile of TBRs. I’m running a bit late with this week’s post, but I didn’t forget! 🙂
Alexandria – Marcus Didius Falco #19 (Lindsey Davis)
Description from Goodreads: In first century A.D. Rome, during the reign of Vespasian, Marcus Didius Falco works as a private “informer,” often for the emperor, ferreting out hidden truths and bringing villains to ground. But even informers take vacations with their wives, so in A.D. 77, Falco and his wife, Helena Justina, with others in tow, travel to Alexandria, Egypt. But they aren’t there long before Falco finds himself in the midst of nefarious doings—when the Librarian of the great library is found dead, under suspicious circumstances. Falco quickly finds himself on the trail of dodgy doings, malfeasance, deadly professional rivalry, more bodies and the lowest of the low—book thieves! As the bodies pile up, it’s up to Falco to untangle this horrible mess and restore order to a disordered universe.
Final Verdict: Ok, so I accidentally bought the 19th book in this series. Oops! I discovered the mistake pretty quickly, though, and bought Book 1 to read first. I liked it decent enough, but I think I need to be realistic about the fact that I will likely never read all the way up to the 19th book, lol! — DONATE
The Glittering World (Robert Levy)
Description from Goodreads: When up-and-coming chef Michael “Blue” Whitley returns with three friends to the remote Canadian community of his birth, it appears to be the perfect getaway from New York. He soon discovers, however, that everything he thought he knew about himself is a carefully orchestrated lie. Though he had no recollection of the event, as a young boy Blue and another child went missing for weeks in the idyllic, mysterious woods of Starling Cove. Soon thereafter, his mother suddenly fled with him to America, their homeland left behind.
But then Blue begins to remember. And once the shocking truth starts bleeding back into his life, his closest friends—Elisa, his former partner in crime; her stalwart husband, Jason; and Gabe, Blue’s young and admiring co-worker—must unravel the secrets of Starling Cove and the artists’ colony it once harbored. All four will face their troubled pasts, their most private demons, and a mysterious race of beings that inhabits the land, spoken of by the locals only as the Other Kind…
Final Verdict: Oh…that is an intriguing description. Now I remember why I bought this one at full cover price. — KEEP
The Sword of Summer – Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1 (Rick Riordan)
Description from Goodreads: Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.
One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.
The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die…
Final Verdict: Yeah, this one isn’t even in question. I already have it on my list for my reading challenge this year. I LOVE Rick Riordan and would probably never get rid of one of his books without at least reading it first. 🙂 — KEEP
Reliquary – Pendergast #2 (Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child)
Description from Goodreads: Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast. When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation. Margo must once again team up with police lieutenant D’Agosta and FBI agent Pendergast, as well as the brilliant Dr. Frock, to try and solve the puzzle. The trail soon leads deep underground, where they will face the awakening of a slumbering nightmare.
Final Verdict: I actually do also have the first book in this series and the description sounds really interesting, so I think I’ll hang on to them for a while. — KEEP
Wild Ride (Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer)
Description from Goodreads: Mary Alice Brannigan doesn’t believe in the supernatural. Nor does she expect to find that Dreamland, the decaying amusement park she’s been hired to restore, is a prison for the five Untouchables, the most powerful demons in the history of the world. Plus, there’s a guy she’s falling hard for—and there’s something about him that’s not quite right.
But rocky romances and demented demons aren’t the only problems in Dreamland: Mab’s also coping with a crooked politician, a supernatural raven, a secret government agency, an inexperienced sorceress, an unsettling inheritance, and some mind-boggling revelations from her past. As her personal demons wreck her newfound relationship and real demons wreck the park, Mab faces down immortal evil and discovers what everybody who’s ever been to an amusement park knows: The end of the ride is always the wildest.
Final Verdict: I dunno about the rocky romance part, but the rest sounds really cool! I think I’ll give it a go. — KEEP
Today’s Count: Keep = 4, Donate = 1 (Oops. 😉 )
Overall Count: Keep = 34, Donate = 21