Can you believe that the first month of the year is ALREADY over?? How crazy is that? Anyway I did a lot of fun things this month, including going to two blog events! I got probably the most books I’ve ever hauled in a month, and I only actually bought like 9 of them so YAY ME! Now to fit them on my shelf…..
I received the first 5 ARC’s from a blogger event in Manchester set up by Headline Publishing! You can find more information on this here! – New Voices 2018 – Manchester Event! The rest I was sent by the lovely authors themselves!
I am completely sold by the psychotic main character in this! I love when the protagonist is quite villainous, so I’m ready for it!
Synopsis: Juliette loves Nate. She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him. They are meant to be. The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back. She is the perfect girlfriend.
And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants. True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…
THIS COVER THOUGH! I love how like Slender Man this book sounds, and as I love creepy mysteries I am sold for this book already!
Synopsis: 1990: In the darkest woods, three girls devote themselves to a sinister figure. 2000: A young mother disappears, leaving behind her husband and baby daughter. 2018: A teenage girl is charged with murder, and her trial will shock the world.
Three chilling events, connected by the shadow he casts. He is the Tall Man. He can make you special…
I love fantasy type books, and not only does it sound so interesting but I love the cover! It sounds so GoT like!
Synopsis: Violence and death have come to the land under the Northern Sky. The Anakim dwell in the desolate forests and mountains beyond the black river, the land under the Northern Sky. Their ancient ways are forged in Unthank silver and carved in the grey stone of their heartland, their lives measured out in the turning of centuries, not years. By contrast, the Sutherners live in the moment, their vitality much more immediate and ephemeral than their Anakim neighbours. Fragile is the peace that has existed between these very different races – and that peace is shattered when the Suthern armies flood the lands to the north. These two races revive their age-old hatred and fear of each other. Within the maelstrom of war, two leaders will rise to lead their people to victory. Only one will succeed.
This sounds very political and very real to the world today so I can’t wait to get stuck in.
Synopsis: For Selvon, Ardan and Yusuf, growing up under the towers of Stones Estate, summer means what it does anywhere: football, music, freedom. But now, after the killing of a British soldier, riots are spreading across the city, and nowhere is safe. While the fury swirls around them, Selvon and Ardan remain focused on their own obsessions, girls and grime. Their friend Yusuf is caught up in a different tide, a wave of radicalism surging through his local mosque, threatening to carry his troubled brother, Irfan, with it.
This book sounded so amazing, and very Black Mirror-esque. I have actually finished this book, and you can find my review here!
Synopsis: Tom and Kate’s daughter turns six tomorrow, and they have to tell her about sleep. If you sleep unwatched, you could be Taken. If you are Taken, then watching won’t save you. Nothing saves you. Your knowledge. Your memories. Your dreams. If all you are is on the Feed, what will you become when the Feed goes down? For Tom and Kate, in the six years since the world collapsed, every day has been a fight for survival. And when their daughter, Bea, goes missing, they will question whether they can even trust each other anymore. The threat is closer than they realise…
I was sent a physical copy of this amazing book by Trev and I’m so in love with it! Check out my review here!
Synopsis: High-flying trader Dean Harrison has it all – the London penthouse apartment; the fast car; the beautiful wife. But when the threads of Dean’s life start to unravel, they do so with alarming speed. Following the advice of a frail stranger, Dean sets off for Welnetham Hall Hotel and is plunged into the mysterious world of Room 119 – a world where nothing makes sense. How does everyone in the hotel know his name? Why does he travel there on a train line that shut down over fifty years ago? And who is the sinister man in black who pursues him wherever he goes? As he gradually pieces together the puzzle of Welnetham Hall, Dean is forced to re-evaluate his life and realises that nothing is more important to him than his wife and daughter. Desperate to get back to them, he vows he would lay down his life for the people he loves. It’s a promise he may have to keep.
This book sounded AMAZING and I couldn’t reply to my email from Amber quick enough! Shakespeare is my love so I can’t wait to read this, and the cover is amazing!
Synopsis: A magical bubble transports Alda through time and place to a realm of witches and curses, pirates and princes, and the lost worlds of Shakespeare. She, along with a cabin boy called Dreng, must navigate the conflicts and characters of Macbeth, Hamlet, and The Tempest. But will they escape with their lives? Or will they become lost and forgotten?
Title: Sneaking Out by Chuck Vance
This is a book that sounds so intriguing, and I can’t wait to get to it! I love the cover so much too, and I really like the mystery aspect – it sounds right up my alley!
Synopsis: Luke Chase–yes, that Luke Chase, a modern hero ripped from the headlines–didn’t mean to get caught up in Mrs. Heckler’s murder. He just wanted to hook up with the hot new British girl at St. Benedict’s, and if that meant sneaking out to the woods after hours, then so be it. But little did he know someone would end up dead right next to their rendezvous spot, and his best friend and roommate Oscar Weymouth would go down for it. With suspects aplenty and a past that’s anything but innocent, Luke Chase reluctantly calls on his famous survival skills to find the true killer.
TEENSGate Blogger Event:
I got all of these books from the TEENSGate Blogger Event at Manchester Deansgate Waterstones – HOW AMAZING! The first two were sent to us by Penguin Random House (thank you!) and the rest were donated by Kimi and Fiona! Thank you lovelies!
Title: Love, Simon (Simon vs The Homosapiens Agenda) by Becky Albertalli
I actually nearly bought this book the other day, but then got it at the event from Penguin Random House! I’m so excited to read this as I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it!
Synopsis: Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is – and what he’s looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated. Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal . . . It’s a holy freaking huge awesome deal.
Sent by Penguin Random House again, I’m so thankful to them! They sent us a cute mirror too as well!
Synopsis: Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen-year-olds would kill for . . . Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro. Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things. And realises her life has been a lie. Her mother and father aren’t hers at all. Unable to comprehend the truth, Ella runs away, to the one place they’ll never think to look – the favelas. But there she learns a terrible secret – the truth about her real parents and their past. And the truth about a mother, desperate for a daughter taken from her seventeen years ago . . .
This sounded so interesting, I love war books and this sounds like it will be extremely emotional – I’m not ready!
Synopsis: Kraków, 1939, is no place to grow up. There are a million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. And Anna Lania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father and suddenly, she’s alone. Then she meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall. And like Anna’s missing father, he has a gift for languages: Polish, Russian, German, Yiddish, even Bird. When he summons a bright, beautiful swallow down to his hand to stop her from crying, Anna is entranced. Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man will dodge bombs, tame soldiers, and even, despite their better judgement, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous . . .
I know BKMRK are very excited about this and it sounds again like it’s going to make me cry, so when Kimi and Fi offered it up I had to get it!
Synopsis: Gracie, 14, and Bee, 6, have lived with their eccentric uncle ever since their parents died five years ago. Gracie just wants to be normal. At school she finally has a boyfriend and cool friends, but her quirky home life and ‘mental’ little sister have begun to feel like liabilities. When their beloved grandfather dies and grief hits the girls again, little Bee’s incredible imagination spirals out of control. Old memories and buried secrets bubble to the surface, and she even believes that their parents are waiting in a secret hotel on a clifftop – a place ghosts wait when they haven’t yet let go of life. Gracie is determined Bee should wake up to the truth and let go of her outlandish ideas. She makes her write it down: a list of what’s real, and what’s not. But when it turns out the hotel may be more than just a dream, Gracie’s hard line between what is real and what is imagined begins to blur . . .
FINALLY! This has had so many amazing reviews, and I actually got the ARC cover with all the leading ladies of fiction on the front from Kimi and Fi and IT IS BEAUTIFUL!
Synopsis: No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way. Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets. Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.
I really liked The Call, and I’ve been dying to read this sequel and it was on the shelf for us to choose from so I jumped on it!
Synopsis: In a world where teenagers are trained for the most horrific 3 minutes of their lives, Nessa and Anto have both survived their Call, but fate has a cruel way of rewarding them. Nessa is branded a traitor as no one believes that someone like her could survive the experience. She’s thrown in prison and eventually sent where all traitors are sent – back to the horrifying Greylands, but this time there’s no way home. Anto is packed off out of the way to join the militia. Ireland is being invaded and the enemy are building their army from the very people defending it. However, Anto can’t get Nessa off his mind, he knows in his heart that she’s innocent and he’ll go to any length to rescue her.
YESSSS. This has been on my radar for so long, I love Teri Terry’s books, and this one sounds so good. I love epidemics and books set in this so I’m glad I got it!
Synopsis: An epidemic is sweeping the country. You are among the infected. There is no cure, and you cannot be permitted to infect others. You are now under quarantine. The very few of the infected who survive are dangerous and will be taken into the custody of the army. Young runaway Callie survived the disease, but not the so-called treatment. Her brother Kai is still looking for her. And his new friend Shay may hold the key to uncovering what truly happened.
I already have this, but Kimi and Fi were offering up a paperback copy and it fits my collection perfectly so how could I not!
Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Tess doesn’t mean to become mute. At first, she’s just too shocked to speak. And who wouldn’t be? Discovering your whole life has been a lie because your dad isn’t your real father is a pretty big deal. Tess sets out to find the truth of her identity, and uncovers a secret that could ruin multiple lives. But can she ask for help when she’s forgotten how to use her voice?
I’ve read this on eBook, and I love Annabel Pitcher so much so I’m so happy to finally have all of her books for my collection!
Synopsis: Five years ago, Jamie’s sister, Rose, was blown up by a terrorist bomb. His family is torn apart by their grief. His mum runs away. His dad turns to drink and hate. Rose’s surviving twin sister Jasmine stops eating, gets piercings and dyes her hair pink – anything to look different to her twin. But Jamie hasn’t cried in all that time. To him, Rose is just a distant memory. Jamie is far more interested in his cat, Roger, his Spiderman T-shirt, and his deep longing and unshakeable belief that his Mum will come back to the family she walked out on months ago. But moving away for a Fresh New Start introduces Jamie to something else very interesting – a girl named Sunya. Sunya is bright, exciting and fun, and the one person at school he can call a friend. But how far can this new friendship grow when Jamie is desperate that his dad doesn’t find out?
I literally had no idea what this was about but it sounded interesting and I like the idea of voices being something that can be dangerous so I got it – I need help lol.
Synopsis: In a world where long drinks are in short supply, it’s dangerous to listen to your inner voice. Those who do, keep it quiet. But one man listens to the voice in his head telling him to buy a lemonade from the girl sitting on a dusty road. There is a reason why Pilgrim and Lacey must cross paths. They just don’t know it yet . . .#HearTheVoices
I’ve been meaning to read this for SO long, and as soon as I saw it was left by everyone I shoved it in my bag. I’m currently reading it and it is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.
Synopsis: Leo has never set foot on Earth. Born and raised with twins Orion and Libra on the Moon 2 Space Station, they have grown up together in the most extraordinary of ways. Now, they are preparing to make their first trip home – their first journey to Earth. But Leo, Orion and Libra cannot possibly imagine the irreversible consequences that their return will set into motion…
I picked this up for my mum as she likes things like this and I’ve heard good things about it! I can be nice!
Synopsis: When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it’s an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she’s kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires.
My friend Lauren loves the Gone series, and this is set in that world so I also picked this up for her! Wow two books that aren’t mine PROGRESS.
Synopsis: When the dome came down, they thought it was the end of the troubles. Truth is, it was just the beginning. Shade Darby witnessed events that day, with devastating consequences, and vowed never to feel that powerless again. Now, four years later, she gets her hands on a part of the meteor that began it all – and that’s when she changes. Trouble is, Shade’s not the only one mutating, and the authorities cannot allow these superpowers to go unchecked . . .
I traded a few of my books this month for others as I wanted to get some new ones instead!
As someone who has depression and anxiety, this book has always fascinated me and I’ve wanted to read other people’s stories. Thank you to Lauren for trading with me!
Synopsis: Project Semicolon began in 2013 to spread a message of hope: No one struggling with a mental illness is alone; you, too, can survive and live a life filled with joy and love. In support of the project and its message, thousands of people all over the world have gotten semicolon tattoos and shared photos of them, often alongside stories of hardship, growth, and rebirth.
Project Semicolon: Your Story Isn’t Over reveals dozens of new portraits and stories from people of all ages talking about what they have endured and what they want for their futures. This represents a new step in the movement and a new awareness around those who struggle with mental illness and those who support them. At once heartfelt, unflinchingly honest, and eternally hopeful, this collection tells a story of choice: every day you choose to live and let your story continue on.
This has to be one of the most talked about books in the world, and Lauren traded me so I’m extremely excited to see what it’s all about as I don’t actually know much about it!
Synopsis: Sephy and Callum have been friends since early childhood. And that’s as far as it can go. Because theirs is a world full prejudice, racism, distrust and mounting terrorist violence. Despite all this, a romance builds between the two friends. But this is a love story that could lead both of them into terrible danger . . .
I love mythology so much, and this looks so interesting so I had to trade for it!
Synopsis: From the signs of the zodiac to literature and art, the influence of world mythology can still be seen in everyday life. With a stunning array of fascinating tales, World Mythology in Bite-sized Chunks gets to grips with the ancient stories of Aboriginal, Sumerian, Egyptian, Mesoamerican, Maori, Greek, Roman, Indian, Norse and Japanese cultures, encompassing legends from the most diverse societies and the most ancient cultures from across the globe. Learn about why Odin, the Father of the Gods in Norse mythology, was so keen to lose an eye, the importance of the Osiris myth of Ancient Egypt, and much more besides.
I FINALLY CAN FINISH THIS SERIES!
Synopsis: Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?
YES I HAVE THE ENTIRE SERIES – WHAT A TRADE!
Synopsis: June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic – and each other – and now their country is on the brink of a new peaceful existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But when a plague outbreak, deadlier than any other, causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities, the two are thrown back together. June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defence. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has.
Yes this is ANOTHER copy of this book – but I now have all of the original covers – so it’s justified right??
Synopsis: A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain needs one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. But Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.
I adored Eliza and Her Monsters so really wanted to see what her other book was like. I’m so excited!
Synopsis: Alex fights a daily battle to figure out what is real and what is not. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8 Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal. Can she trust herself? Can we trust her?
This is the most amazing buy of the month for me. Trying to get this book is like getting blood from a stone – IT’S SO RARE. So when I found it FINALLY I bought it straight away and I CAN’T BELIEVE I HAVE IT.
Synopsis: For two old journalism harriers such as Dave Bowie and Vince Teague, the presence in their little local weekly of the lovely Stephanie McCann is a rejuvenating experience. And how to give more surely to the exquisite trainee the desire to stay, if not by revealing to him the insoluble enigma that plagues them and keeps them jealously for twenty-five years? This man found on a beach, died in unusual and inexplicable circumstances, will he deliver his secret to the girl caught in this story?
One of the final ones I needed for my Stephen King collection – it was hard to get but I finally found it!
Synopsis: When the full moon shines, a paralysing fear descends on the isolated Maine town of Tarker Mills. No one knows who will be attacked next, but snarls that sound like human words can be heard and all around are the footprints of a monster whose hunger cannot be sated.
THIS IS IT. THE FINAL STEPHEN KING BOOK IS DONE – I FINALLY HAVE ALL OF HIS BOOKS! WHAT AN AMAZING DAY.
Synopsis: A collection of tales to invade and paralyse the mind as the safe light of day is infiltrated by the shadows of the night.
As you read, the clutching fingers of terror brush lightly across the nape of the neck, reach round from behind to clutch and lock themselves, white-knuckled, around the throat.
This is the horror of ordinary people and everyday objects that become strangely altered; a world where nothing is ever quite what it seems, where the familiar and the friendly lure and deceive. A world where madness and blind panic become the only reality.
I’ve been wanting this for so long, so when I went to Manchester of course I got it! Nothing better than a good creepy story!
Synopsis: Dunvegan School for Girls has been closed for many years. Converted into a family home, the teachers and students are long gone. But they left something behind… Sophie arrives at the old schoolhouse to spend the summer with her cousins. Brooding Cameron with his scarred hand, strange Lillias with a fear of bones and Piper, who seems just a bit too good to be true. And then there’s her other cousin. The girl with a room full of antique dolls. The girl that shouldn’t be there. The girl that died.
I’m really happy I got to pick this up, as I’ve been desperate to read the rest of the series for so long!
Synopsis: Mara Dyer knows she isn’t crazy. She knows that she can kill with her mind, and that Noah can heal with his. Mara also knows that somehow, Jude is not a hallucination. He is alive. Unfortunately, convincing her family and doctors that she’s not unstable and doesn’t need to be hospitalised isn’t easy. The only person who actually believes her is Noah. But being with Noah is dangerous and Mara is in constant fear that she might hurt him. She needs to learn how to control her power, and fast! Together, Mara and Noah must try and figure out exactly how Jude survived when the asylum collapsed, and how he knows so much about her strange ability… before anyone else ends up dead!
I can finally finish this series – I’m so excited!
Synopsis: It had to end sometime, but Mara Dyer had no idea it would end like this. She wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told and she doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance, but with loyalties betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story. Retribution has arrived.
I’ve heard so much about this book, and I know it’s one of Sarah’s favourites so I thought I’d FINALLY pick it up to read! That cover though!!!!
Synopsis: Even among the many unusual members of the travelling circus that has always been her home sixteen-yea-old Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all of their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show. But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that―illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.
Now she must unravel the horrifying truth before all her loved ones disappear.
This looks beautiful, sounds amazing and has an owl on the front – what a way to live.
Synopsis: Aula and Joomia have been chosen to decide the fate of their people. On their eighteenth birthday, the girls will compete in a mysterious and dangerous trial to prevent a war between their two nations.
Now, with just a year left, Aula and Joomia must prepare. There’s no time for friendship, no space for love. But how can you train for a deadly challenge you know nothing about?
Ben picked this up, and I’ve been wanting it forever! It’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and I’m so ready to read it!
Synopsis: Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known that her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny. But on her seventeenth birthday when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom’s mountaintop, nothing is what she expected—particularly her charming and beguiling new husband. Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can’t resist the pull of her sworn enemy—who’s gotten in her way by stealing her heart.
A road trip across America with demons involved? SIGN ME UP.
Synopsis: For anyone who ever thought their parents were monsters… Amber Lamont is a normal sixteen-year-old. Smart but insecure, she spends most of her time online, where she can avoid her beautiful, aloof parents and their weird friends. But when a shocking encounter reveals a horrifying secret, Amber is forced to go on the run. Killer cars, vampires, undead serial killers and red-skinned, horned demons – Amber hurtles from one threat to the next, revealing the terror woven into the very fabric of her life. As her parents close in behind her, Amber’s only chance rests with her fellow travellers, who are not at all what they appear to be…
I got this in a Blind Date with A Book at Waterstones, and I was so surprised this cam out of it! I’ve never heard of it, but it sounds so good and unique!
Synopsis: Alice is fifteen, with hair as red as fire and skin as pale as bone, but something inside her is broken. She has a brain injury, the result of an assault. Manny was once a child soldier. He is sixteen and has lost all his family. When Manny first sees Alice, she is sitting on the rusty roof of her river house, looking like a carving on an old-fashioned ship, sailing through the stars. He has a poem in his pocket and he knows the words by heart. And he is sure that girl has written them. When Manny and Alice meet they find the beginnings of love and healing.
There we go! I got SO MANY books this month and I love them all – especially those ARC’s! I’m so excited to read them, and I can’t wait to share my reviews with you!
What did you buy this month? What do you think of my haul?
Until next time,