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My Virtual Bookshelf additions for February

Every month I share the books that have caught my attention enough to be added to my TBR list. I find books in a variety of ways (probably like most of you). I hear about them on one of the book podcasts I listen to, from a Goodreads buddy, from a Facebook group list, from a friend, #BookRiot, #BookBub, or another book blogger. The sources are never ending - as is my list! Here are the dozen books that made the cut this month:

Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden

Genre: Mystery

Published Aug 2020, 330 pages

Added because: it's an #ownvoices mystery and a good review by Anne at #ModernMrsDarcy

Synopsis: a local enforcer on the Rosebud reservation in SD becomes embroiled in a political and cultural mess when his nephew is caught in a drug sting; he is forced to reclaim his Native heritage as he works to solve the mystery.

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Genre: Fantasy

Published January 2021, 480 pages

Added because: found on a Facebook group list and it sounded intriguing

Synopsis: Greek Mythology meets Hunger Games. Hmmm - set in NYC, I'm willing to give it a try. And it has such a cool cover!

Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publish date April 2021, 416 pages

Added because: I'm familiar with the author and love a good witch story

Synopsis: a woman in an abusive marriage wants her freedom but in 1662, independent women are looked at with suspicion. When odd things start to happen, she must fight to escape the gallows and her marriage.

I received an ARC of this book so watch for the review soon.

**ED: March 2022 - DNF @ 35%

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publish date June 2021, 352 pages

Added because: sounds fascinating

Synopsis: little known story of J.P. Morgan's personal librarian - a woman who became one of the most powerful women of her time even as she kept a dark secret - she is actually the daughter of the first black man to graduate from Harvard, but she's passing as white in order to follow her passion.

**ED: became a Buddy Read for 2022; stay tuned

Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff Vandermeer

Genre: Sci Fi

Publish date April 2021, 368 pages

Added because: I received an ARC copy

Synopsis: a speculative fiction thriller of dark conspiracy, endangered species and the potential end of everything; questions about climate change as the MC tries to solve the mystery she discovers from an eco-terrorist.

**ED: April 2021 - DNF @ 30%

Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson

Genre: Nonfiction

Published 2004, 335 pages

Added because: compared to Seabiscuit and Boys in the Boat on FB list

Synopsis: story of deep divers who discovered unknown U-boat off coast of New Jersey and the 6 years they spent investigating and salvaging the boat

The Black Coast #1 by Mike Brooks

Genre: Fantasy

Published February 2021, 672 pages

Added because: saw it on #NetGalley and am intrigued

Synopsis: filled with war dragons, sea-faring raiders, and dangerous magic as this epic fantasy pits two long-time enemies joined to combat a new demonic despot who could be the end of the world

**ED: read Mar 2021 - review here

A Court of Thorns and Roses #1 by Sarah Maas

Genre: YA Fantasy

Published 2015, 432 pages

Added because: strong recommend from FB list

Synopsis: teenage girl who survives in the forest is forcibly taken to a magical kingdom for killing a faerie and discovers that her captor is hiding lots of secrets; as she learns more, her feelings turn from hostility to passion and she must break an old curse to save him and the kingdom. (might be too much romance for me, but it could be good)

Just Try to Stop Me #3 by Gregg Olsen

Genre: Mystery

Published 2016, 465 pages

Added because: on Kindle sale list and sounds like a good thriller

Synopsis: a female serial killer escapes and Waterman & Stark have to catch her before her next killing goes on a live stream

**ED: read June 2021 - 3 stars

Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens

Genre: Thriller

Publish date August 2021, 384 pages

Added because: THRILLER

Synopsis: twisty, action packed thriller about woman who returns to her small home town after the death of her sister; she finds there is a serial killer of hitchhikers along the highway and tries to find her sister's killer

The Other Americans by Laila Lalami

Genre: General Fiction

Published 2019, 320 pages

Added because: intriguing premise; on sale for Kindle

Synopsis: a Moroccan immigrant is the victim of a hit and run which brings a whole cast of characters together - his family in their grief, the detective on the case, the community; they confront family secrets, community racial divisions, and the messy, unpredictable emotion of love

Indigo by Paula Berinstein

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published Sept 2020

Added because: the author contacted me for a review and it sounds like an interesting premise

Synopsis: in the mid 1940s, a young woman arrives in Charleston with her husband, a black physicist. Several events converge leading her husband to experiment with time travel. When he dies in one of his experiment, Esther is thrown back into time, 1750. She seeks help on an indigo plantation but finds lots of secrets and little help. Trouble ensues. (I would never have chosen or even read the synopsis of this book based on the cover - not usually indicative of a type of book I'd like - will let you know if that holds true!)

Did any of these dozen books intrigue you enough to make your TBR list? This is a fairly light month of additions. I read 12 and added 12 - I don't think that's EVER happened! A net zero to my TBR list!

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