I hope you all had an amazing Christmas, and got all the books you wanted!!! Today I thought I’d share with you my December Book Haul! I bought some amazing books this month, and was bought some amazing ones too!
Title: The Usurper King by Zeb Harandon
I was sent this by the author, and it sounds so amazing! I can’t wait to read it, I love this synopsis so I’m really intrigued.
Synopsis: The Usurper King takes place in an alternate universe where the serial killer Ted Bundy was never apprehended and is now running for president in 2016.
Jim, a sufferer of a hybrid computer-biological virus that causes premature aging, tries to pay for his treatments by winning money on the game show ‘Guts!’, which has contestants competitively predict the future by reading animal entrails. As Jim begins to find omens in the entrails of Bundy’s victory, and details of Bundy’s murderous past are uncovered, Jim and another contestant take it upon themselves to stop his ascent to power before it’s too late.
Title: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
I got this off NetGalley and I’m so excited! I absolutely LOVE Holly Black so I can’t wait to read this!
Synopsis: One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal. As Jude grows older, she realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong. But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looming over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan . . .
Title: Vicious by V. E. Schwab
My lovely Secret Santa Sarah bought me this and I’m so excited to read this!!!! Thank you to my favourite for getting it me! Go and check out her blog now – Book Hooked Nook!
Synopsis: Victor and Eli started out as college roommates brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same ambition in each other. A shared interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl with a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the arch-nemeses have set a course for revenge but who will be left alive at the end?
Title: Morrigan by R. J. Furness
The amazing R. J. Furness actually sent me this and an Orgo (I CANNOT COPE OH MY GOD), and I’m so honoured!!! Thank you again for sending this to me, and for giving me my beloved Sage!!
Synopsis: When her family is torn apart, Morrigan loses everything… Driven away from their home in Scorr Tanta, Morrigan’s family help to build the new harbour town of Port Harmony. As a child, Morrigan is raised there, but eleven years later whilst she is just fourteen, disaster strikes and forces her into a new life. It’s a life filled with excitement and danger, and only skill and determination will help keep Morrigan alive.
My fiance bought me this for Christmas and I’m so happy he did! I’m completely obsessed with this series and Cassie’s writing, so this goes perfectly with my TID manga series too!!! AMAZING!
Synopsis: Cassandra Clare’s bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments, is adapted into a graphic novel series!
Ben also bought me this because I’ve recently fallen even more in love with horror, and I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this series!
Synopsis: He’s Odd. Odd Thomas, to be precise. Genius fry-cook at the Pico Mundo grill; boyfriend to the gorgeous Stormy Llewellyn – and possibly the only person with a chance of stopping one of the worst crimes in the bloody history of murder… Something evil has come to the desert town that Odd and Stormy call home. It comes in the form of a mysterious man with a macabre appetite, a filing cabinet full of information on the world’s worst killers, and strange, hyena-like shadows following him wherever he goes. Odd is worried. He knows things, sees things – about the living, the dead and the soon to be dead. Things that he has to act on. Now he’s terrified for Stormy, himself and Pico Mundo. Because he knows that on Wednesday August 15, a savage, blood-soaked whirlwind of violence and murder will devastate the town.
Today is August 14. And Odd is far from sure he can stop the coming storm…
My friend bought me this book, and I now only have 6 BOOKS LEFT TO COLLECT OF STEPHEN KINGS – I’M GETTING THERE OH MY GOD.
Synopsis: Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.
MY FRIEND BOUGHT ME THIS TOO – 5 BOOKS TO GO AHHHHH!
Synopsis: Bill Hodges, who now runs a two-person agency called Finders Keepers with partner Holly Gibney, is intrigued by the letter Z written with a marker at the scene of the crime. As similar cases mount up, Hodges is stunned to discover the evidence points to Brady Hartsfield, the notorious ‘Mercedes Killer’ who they helped to convict. It should be impossible: Brady is confined to a hospital room in a seemingly unresponsive state. But Brady Hartsfield has lethal new powers. And he’s planning revenge not just on Hodges and his friends, but on an entire city.
The clock is ticking in unexpected ways…
THANK YOU TO MY PARENTS 4 MORE TO GO SWEET LORD.
Synopsis: Christine, blood-red, fat, and finned, is twenty. Her promise lies all in her past. Greedy and big, she is Arnie’s obsession, a ’58 Plymouth Fury. Broken down but not finished. There is still power in her – a frightening power that leaks like sump oil, staining and corrupting. A malign power that corrodes the mind and turns ownership into Possession.
PARENTS I LOVE YOU SO MUCH – 3 MORE TO GO!!!!!
Synopsis: 1978: Morris Bellamy is a reader so obsessed by America’s iconic author John Rothstein that he is prepared to kill for a trove of notebooks containing at least one more unpublished novel.
2009: Pete Saubers, a boy whose father was brutally injured by a stolen Mercedes, discovers a buried trunk containing cash and Rothstein’s notebooks.
2014: After thirty-five years in prison, Morris is up for parole. And he’s hell-bent on recovering his treasure. Now it’s up to retired detective Bill Hodges – running an investigative company called ‘Finders Keepers’ – to rescue Pete from an ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris…
My mum and dad managed to pick this up for me for Christmas! I absolutely LOVED The Martian and I can’t believe I finally own it! The inside is BEAUTIFUL! Thank you to my brilliant parents!
Synopsis: WELCOME TO ARTEMIS. The first city on the moon.
Population 2,000. Mostly tourists.
Some criminals. Jazz Bashara is a criminal. She lives in a poor area of Artemis and subsidises her work as a porter with smuggling contraband onto the moon. But it’s not enough. So when she’s offered the chance to make a lot of money she jumps at it. But though planning a crime in 1/6th gravity may be more fun, it’s a lot more dangerous…
I saw this when I went to Leeds with Ben and I couldn’t not pick it up! The cover is absolutely stunning, and it sounds amazing!
Synopsis: On the frozen island of Skane, the sky speaks. Beautiful lights appear on clear nights, and their colours have meaning: Green means all is well, and the Goddess is happy. Blue means a snow storm is on the way. And then there’s red. Red is rare. A warning. Seventeen years ago the sky turned red just as Osa was born, unleashing a plague that claimed the lives of hundreds of villagers, including her own mother. This time, when the night sky once again bleeds crimson, she must discover what it means before so many lives are lost again.
Ben picked this up for me to get, and I’m so glad I did! It sounded so amazing, and intriguing and it definitely lived up to my expectations! Find my review here: Annihilation Review.
Synopsis: For thirty years, Area X has remained mysterious and remote behind its intangible border – an environmental disaster zone, though to all appearances an abundant wilderness. The Southern Reach, a secretive government agency, has sent eleven expeditions to investigate Area X. One has ended in mass suicide, another in a hail of gunfire, the eleventh in a fatal cancer epidemic. Now four women embark on the twelfth expedition into the unknown.
Naturally I started the series on Netflix and now I am OBSESSED with it. So when I saw this in the store I definitely had to get it. I can’t wait!
Synopsis: FBI Special Agent and expert in criminal profiling and behavioural science, John Douglas, is a man who has looked evil in the eye and made a vocation of understanding it. Now retired, Douglas can let us inside the FBI elite serial crime unit and into the disturbed minds of some of the most savage serial killers in the world. The man who was the inspiration for Special Agent Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs and who lent the film’s makers his expertise explains how he invented and established the practice of criminal profiling; what it was like to submerge himself mentally in the world of serial killers to the point of ‘becoming’ both perpetrator and victim; and individual case histories including those of Jeffrey Dahmer, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy and the Atlanta child murders.
I FINALLY OWN THE FINAL BOOK IN THE SERIES OH MY GOD!!!!! I saw this again in Waterstones and HAD to get it! I’m so excited to finally continue with this series!!
Synopsis: The year is 2041, and Shaun Mason is having a bad day. Everyone he knows is dead or in hiding. The world is doing its best to end itself for the second time. The Centre for Disease Control is out to get him. With too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, he must face mad scientists, zombie bears and rogue government agencies before the conspiracy that killed Georgia manages to kill the only thing he has left of her – the truth. And if there’s one thing he knows is true in this post-zombie, post-resurrection America, it’s this: Things can always get worse.
What an amazing month it’s been! A brilliant haul to end the year! What did you haul this month? Leave a comment or link below!
Until next time,