September Book Haul!

Hi everyone!

I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS IS SO LATE??? WHERE ARE THE MONTHS GOING?? September was a super good month for book hauling! I waited until mostly near the end of the month to actually buy books, which is one of the best shows of restraint I’ve ever had haha! Here are the books I bought:

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Title:
 The Graces by Laura Eve

I’ve heard such great things about this, mostly from book bloggers (Summer from Buttermybooks definitely!) so when I saw it on buy one get one half price, I had to get it! IT’S SO PRETTY!

Synopsis: Everyone said the Graces were witches.
They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.
They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.
All I had to do was show them that person was me.

Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?

14804943_10205608382848348_1801116647_nTitle: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this book!  It’s supposed to be one of the best books this year, and I’ve waited long enough! I got it and I am so so excited to read it, especially now Crooked Kingdom is out too!

Synopsis: Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams – but he can’t pull it off alone.
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. 
Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction – if they don’t kill each other first.
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Title:
 The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Again this book is so beautiful, and it’s been all over BookTube for so long that I was so excited to get it. It sounds so interesting and definitely right up my street!

Synopsis: Welcome to Manhattan, 2118. A thousand-storey tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible – if you want it enough. A hundred years in the future, New York’s elite of the super-tower lie, backstab and betray each other to find their place at the top of the world. Everyone wants something… and everyone has something to lose. As the privileged inhabitants of the upper floors recklessly navigate the successes and pitfalls of the luxury life, forbidden desires are indulged and carefree lives teeter on the brink of catastrophe. Whilst lower-floor workers are tempted by a world – and unexpected romance – dangling just out of reach. And on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all – yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have. So when a young woman falls from the top of the supertower, her death is the culmination of a scandal that has ensnared the top-floor elite and bottom-floor. But who plummeted from the roof? And what dark secrets led to her fall? Friends will be betrayed and enemies forged as promises are broken. When you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down…

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Starr Fall by Kim Briggs // Review


Title:
 Starr Fall 
by Kim Briggs

Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: 4th November 2016 

Kim Brigg’s debut novel truly is a wonderful start to the series.

Starr Fall is the first book in a new Young Adult/Fantasy series by Kim Briggs. It tells the story of Starr, a model student with a typical teenagers’ life, until the Organisation decide they want her to be an assassin. In a fight for her freedom she goes on the run from the Organisation, and the last thing she expects was to fall in love with the mysterious Christian on the way.

From the start of the book I got the impression that this would be a romance “chick lit” genre of book, since it sets the scene of boy talk and sleepovers. I didn’t expect that within 30 pages, the seemingly happy chick lit vibe would be drastically turned into a completely action packed novel, that left me on the edge of my seat.

I can honestly say I’ve never read anything like this book, the plot behind it is wonderfully unique, it’s a breath of fresh air that’s needed in the YA genre. The characters are so relatable and fun, that you can’t help but get attached to them and become completely immersed in their story.

Starr was such a stand out female protagonist, she has such a wonderful sense of humour and even when everything goes downhill for her I still felt I could relate to her, and was extremely invested in everything that happened to her.

The development of Christian is also one of the best parts of this book, Kim creates his character so beautifully that you can’t help but fall in love with him. Without spoiling anything, I’ll just say that the change of his character from the start of the book to the end is wonderful to see and progress with in the novel.

There is a case of “instant love” in the book, which can sometimes be a little unbelievable and boring in YA. However in Starr Fall it is completely the opposite, it works so well within the novel and is entirely believable. They go through so much I think it would be hard not to fall in love! I loved this because it really adds a twist to the already popular genre which is just what everyone has been waiting for.

Starr Fall leaves you with so many questions that it’s a wonder anyone will be able to wait until January for the second book. There are so many intricate aspects in the novel, that questions flood your mind. Who are the Organisation? Does Christian have anything to do with them? What about Starr’s grandparents? The questions stay with you long after finishing, and keep you involved even after you’re done with the book!

Kim Brigg’s debut novel truly is a wonderful debut. From start to finish I was hooked, and all I could think about was what would possibly happen next. From believable characters to a brilliant new aspect of YA narrative, if you love action packed thrillers then this is the book for you! Now to begin the wait until book 2 is out!

Starr Fall: Book 1 in the Starr Fall series is out on all ebook platforms on November 4th 2016. Links below on where to pre-order:

Amazon UK: Pre-order here!

Amazon US: Pre-order here!

iBooks: Pre-order here!

*NOTE: I was sent Starr Fall in return for an honest review and that is what I have written. All opinions are my own and are completely truthful.*

Thank you Kim for letting me read your book before release!

 

Book Beaus – A book lover’s best friend!

Reading can be one of the most rewarding things that a person can do. I know there are many book lovers who, like me, have to take their book everywhere they go. One of the most annoying things about that however, is that if you read paperbacks they can get so easily damaged whilst being carried around! It’s so frustrating!

A user on Etsy called Benita however has thought of this exact problem and created the best product to save us all from having ruined paperbacks! She has created a product called a BookBeau and it’s perfect for carrying books!  It’s basically a padded sleeve with a range of different patterns to choose from that perfectly fits a paperback in. Benita creates these sleeves herself so you can guarantee that each one if perfect.

I ordered my first BookBeau last month, and once it arrived I was so happy. The first thing I did was test out different sized books in it, to see what the biggest book was that I could fit inside it (the most important test). The biggest paperback that I tried was over 700 pages and it still fit wonderfully in the Beau, and still had room! You can easily put in smaller 200 page books, or bigger 700 page ones and feel at ease knowing that your book is safely tucked away in your bag.

It wasn’t until I first used it on a commute to university however that I really noticed the difference! No matter how hard I tried to look after my books, sometimes you couldn’t help something falling over in your bag and hitting the corner of your book, nearly ruining it. Yet as soon as I put my book sleeve in my bag instead I knew no matter what it was safe in my bag.

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My Book Beau in use!

Since I got my BookBeau not only do I know that no matter what type of bag I put my beloved books into, I know I can also carry them fine (there’s nothing worse than carrying a book in your arms and it does that annoying part where one of the corners bends up!). I thought the padding of the sleeve may be problematic, and yes it does add a certain bulkiness to the book itself, which may be seen as a problem for bigger books, but if anything it just adds to the experience.

I’d much rather have a bit less space in my bag, than no padding and my book getting ruined. Also Benita’s designs are perfection, she has such a range of fabrics from the galaxy design that I have, to Disney princesses, candy skulls and even Harry Potter themed ones! She also takes suggestions for custom designs, so if you find a fabric that you like and think would be perfect for a beau, no doubt if you message her with the fabric name and place to get it from, she will do her best to create a custom one just for you!

There are a lot of unique products for sale on Etsy, with a lot of lovely users and sellers too. However I honestly have to say Benita is the kindest one I’ve talked to, she’s always so open to any suggestions, answers any queries as soon as she can, and will make sure that you enjoy your BookBeau as much as she does. Not only are the products amazing, the customer service is exceptional.

If you’re a book lover that is looking for that little bit more to help look after your beautiful books, then BookBeau’s are definitely the way for you. A perfect reading companion by your side each day, and constantly there to protect your books, what more could you want! I need some more in my life, one is definitely not enough!

If you want to have a look at Benita’s store go to: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BOOKBEAU to check out her BookBeaus! Be quick though because they sell out fast!

Also check out Benita’s store on my previous post, Top 10 Book Merchandise stores! She’s in at #3!

Do you have one? What are your favourite patterns!

Love,

Meggan x