January went so slowly, and I can’t believe how quickly this month has gone? I had one of the best haul months this month, and got the most amount of ARC’s I’ve ever received in one month before, so thank you to everyone who sent me one! Let’s get into it!
I am in awe about the amount of books I received this month! Thank you to the lovely authors and publishers for sending these my way, it’s such an honour!
I got the most amazing email from Pan Macmillan asking if I wanted to be on the blog tour for this book, and they said they’d send me an ARC and I basically screamed! This one of my most anticipated reads of the entire year so finally having it in my hands I could cry! I am so excited!!!
Synopsis: Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden. Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy.
I was asked to join this blog tour, and not only does the book sound so powerful, but I am a strong advocate for mental health awareness so I love reading all of the books about beating mental health!
Synopsis: This is Helena’s brutally honest story of how she overcame the battle with her own body and went from miserable and self-hating to absolutely loving the skin she’s in! Still in her early twenties, Helena completely relates to her fellow young women in the most loving and supportive way. Helena’s mission is to inspire young women that it is possible to love and appreciate your body in a completely healthy way. This book is packed full of the tools that will help any young girl to do exactly that.
The author contacted me about this and then sent me a paperback copy, and I am so ready to read it! The cover completely caught my eye! Thank you for sending it to me!
Synopsis: Following an apocalyptic near mass extinction, the lifeforms left behind on Casi – a planet of intriguing creatures and haunting landscapes – must find reason for their unexplained survival. In their bid to discover a mysterious place in which hope and desire still exist, Evan and Beveridge find they are not the only souls searching for the elusive Promised Land.
I reviewed the first book in this series (you can find it here – The Ghost Chronicles by Marlo Berliner // Review), and absolutely loved it! You can imagine how happy I was to be asked by Marlo again to review her second book!
Synopsis: What’s there to fear if you’re already dead? Plenty. Michael and Sarah now know for certain, there is a destination after death. They also know they better find their way out of the afterlife fast, before the devil claims Michael’s soul. What they don’t know? Before they can get to heaven… they may just have to go through hell.
Cynthia was kind enough to email me asking if I wanted to review her book, and once I read it was set within war times I was sold! I’m so ready to read this, and I feel like it might make me cry!
Synopsis: Ever since a tragic accident took the lives of her parents, grief-stricken and lonely Lorna Ashford has buried herself by destroying everything left behind — objects, memories, relationships, and even her faith. In the backdrop of 1940s Cleveland, Ohio, Lorna sets out to begin anew after her brother leaves to fight in World War II. Living in a new house, she takes up painting and strikes up an unlikely friendship with the eccentric widower next door. But something is off about neighbor Tristan Blake, who lives in a house stuck in the past — his wife’s blackened out eyes stare out of picture frames, and dead flowers linger in her vases. Lorna can’t figure him out, as Tristan is both closed off, yet offers to help her at every turn. As Lorna’s life seems to be coming together, another tragedy threatens to undo all that she has worked to rebuild. Tristan becomes her rock. But with Tristan’s mysterious past, will Lorna be able to paint a masterpiece of love to become Laura again, or will everything she’s worked to create with Tristan be nothing more than a messy splatter of paint on a canvas?
R. J. Furness is one of the loveliest people I’ve had the pleasure of working with, and he asked if I’d like a copy of his new children’s series, and of course I said yes! It’s about orgo’s and I WANT AN ORGO! Also there’s a character called Megg…with 2 G’s like me!
Synopsis: Living in Port Harmony, Fayth and her friends are among the greatest at riding orgo! But when they are forced to become Food Runners, they embark on a dangerous journey to deliver supplies to Scorr Tanta. Will their skill at riding orgo help them succeed in their mission?
Emily is an angel and sent me her new book in the post, and I am in love with it! I helped Emily out with an article at the start of this book, and it was crazy to see it in person!! Emily I love you!
Synopsis: Rafferty Lincoln doesn’t like horses. Not one bit. But when the popular high school girl of his dreams, Liberty Ashburn pulls him into a world of lead ropes and horse brushes, who is he to say no? Except this isn’t any old horse. This is the missing racehorse, Profits Red Ridge. The horse Rafferty and three of his friends are hiding from the world. And Liberty Ashburn isn’t just any ordinary high school girl. How far will Rafferty go to win her over?
Title: Curses of Scale by Stephen Reeves
Dragons? Faeries? Sign me up! Thank you to Stephen for sending me this, and sending some bookmarks too, I can’t wait to read such a wonderful fantasy!
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Niena wants nothing more than to attend an elite bardic college, but when the dragon that shattered the empire awakens again she finds herself on the run, through the fey realm of Fairhome, to the city where she was born. On her trail are her army veteran grandfather, thrown into a commander’s role he doesn’t want, the lord of the fairies, trying to steer her to his own ends, and the husband she won’t meet for fifteen years. If she kills the dragon, she’ll save everyone she holds dear. But if she kills the dragon, she’s cursed instead to become it.
I absolutely ADORE this cover, and I’ve loved Cait’s blog, PaperFury, for so long so when I heard this book was on NetGalley, I jumped at it! I got accepted and I am DESPERATE to read it!
Synopsis: Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence. When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?
The publisher, Hot Key Books, asked if I wanted to review this and it sounded so interesting so I said yes. I didn’t expect the cover to be so gorgeous in real life, and the synopsis sounds amazing. I can’t wait!
Synopsis: Lily wakes up one crisp Sunday morning on the side of the road. She has no idea how she got there. It is all very peaceful. And very beautiful. It is only when the police car, and then the ambulance, arrive and she sees her own body that she realises that she is in fact . . . dead. But what is she supposed do now? Lily has no option but to follow her body and sees her family – her parents and her twin brother – start falling apart. And then her twin brother Ben gives her a once in a deathtime opportunity – to use his own body for a while. But will Lily give Ben his body back? She is beginning to have a rather good time . . .
I only bought three books this month…can you believe it! I actually only spent money on ONE of these books, as two of them I used a gift card for! I AM PROGRESSING WITH MY ADDICTION!
My lovely Sarah (Book Hooked Nook) read this and absolutely adored it, so when I saw it was on sale on Amazon I knew I needed to get it!!!
Synopsis: Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear. It looks like Harry’s many sins – corruption, greed, betrayal – have finally caught up with him. An hour later the intruder, JP Carney, hands himself in, confessing to the assault. The police have a victim, a suspect in custody and an eye-witness account, but Julie remains troubled. Has Carney’s surrender really been driven by a guilty conscience or is this confession the first calculated move in a deadly game?
I have been wanting to read this FOREVER, and have heard nothing but AMAZING things about it, so I decided to finally pick it up! I also read it for #ThrillerAThon and IT WAS EVERYTHING.
Synopsis: On a damp October night the body of beautiful Ashley Cordova is discovered in a Manhattan warehouse. Though her death is ruled a suicide, investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. The last time McGrath got too close to the Cordova dynasty, he lost his marriage and his career. This time he could lose his mind.
I’ve heard so much hype around this book recently, and it was just released in the UK (we’re SO behind I know!), so I knew I needed to get it. Also the cover is amazing!
Synopsis: In a world where disease, war and crime have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional scythes. Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythes’ apprentices, and despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation, they must learn the art of killing and understand the necessity of what they do. Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice and as Citra and Rowan come up against a terrifyingly corrupt Scythedom, it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser.
My second book haul of the year is complete! I’m so happy with all of the books I hauled this month, and I still can’t thank everyone enough for sending me the author copies!
What did you haul this month? Have you read anything I hauled?
Until next time,