Saturday, November 19, 2016

What's New? Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Hop on over there to ogle what other bloggers got this week.

For review: 

The Ones by Daniel Sweren-Becker. 294 p. Imprint/ Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, September, 2016. 9781250083142.

Publisher synopsis: We are not all created equal.
Seventeen-year-old Cody and her boyfriend, James, were two of the lucky ones randomly selected before birth to receive genetic engineering.

Known as the Ones, this one percent of the population is healthy, beautiful, and talented…and to some that's not fair. Mounting fear and jealousy of the Ones’ success leads to the creation of the Equality Movement, which quickly gains enough political traction to demote Cody, James, and others like them to second-class citizens.

Cody knows even before the brick smashes through her window that it's going to be bad. As their school, the government, and even family and friends turn against them, Cody begins to believe they have no other choice but to protect their own. She draws closer to a group of radical Ones led by the passionate and fevered Kai, and James begins to question just how far she is willing to go for the cause…

Themes of justice, discrimination and terrorism mix with actual science to create a frightening version of our near future in Daniel Sweren-Becker's pulse-pounding thriller.

The Goat by Ann Fleming. 168 p. Groundwood Books, March14, 2017. 9781554989164.

Publisher synopsis: When Kid accompanies her parents to New York City for a six-month stint of dog-sitting and home-schooling, she sees what looks like a tiny white cloud on top of their apartment building.

Rumor says there’s a goat living on the roof, but how can that be?


We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson. 464 p. Simon Pulse, January, 2016. 9781481449632.

Publisher synopsis: Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button.
Only he isn’t sure he wants to.
After all, life hasn’t been great for Henry. His mom is a struggling waitress held together by a thin layer of cigarette smoke. His brother is a jobless dropout who just knocked someone up. His grandmother is slowly losing herself to Alzheimer’s. And Henry is still dealing with the grief of his boyfriend’s suicide last year.
Wiping the slate clean sounds like a pretty good choice to him.
But Henry is a scientist first, and facing the question thoroughly and logically, he begins to look for pros and cons: in the bully who is his perpetual one-night stand, in the best friend who betrayed him, in the brilliant and mysterious boy who walked into the wrong class. Weighing the pain and the joy that surrounds him, Henry is left with the ultimate choice: push the button and save the planet and everyone on it…or let the world—and his pain—be destroyed forever.

That's what's new with me. What's new with you?


  1. All of your books are new to me. I hope you love all of them.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  2. I've heard such AWESOME things about We Are the Ants--and that cover is so super pretty, I can't help but drool over it every single time! I've not heard of The Goat before, but the title is intriguing--I might just go look that one up on goodreads and see what's what!

    Fingers crossed you enjoy your recent bookish acquisitions! Here's my Stacking the Shelves, if you're interested in checking it out. No pressure or worries at all if you're not, though. Happy book-ing to you in the near future, and have a fantabulous weekend! <3

  3. The Ones looks really intriguing! :-) I hope you love these books.

  4. All those books look wonderful. The Ones seems to be a fitting one for our time right now. I will be putting it on my TBR. Have a great week.