Hauls

March 2018 Book Haul!

Hi everyone!

It’s April tomorrow which means it’s less than two weeks until I’m 21! That’s amazing and so scary! What better way to say goodbye to my last full month of being 20 than by buying WAY too many books??? Because that’s what I did! Let’s get into it…
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ARCs:

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!


Title: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

I’ve actually already read this and I absolutely ADORED IT. Amanda Foody is amazing!

Synopsis: Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school―and her reputation―behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives unchanged. Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected―he’s a street lord and con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems. Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless society. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her family, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city… And she’ll need to play the game.


Title: One Kind Man by Anna Jacobs

I loved the first book of the series, so the moment I saw the second one up for request I jumped at the chance to get it! I’m so excited!

Synopsis: When Finn Carlisle loses his wife and unborn child, he spends a few years travelling to keep the sad memories at bay. Just as he’s ready to settle down again, his great-uncle dies and leaves everything to him. This includes Heythorpe House in Ellindale just down the road from Leah Willcox and her little fizzy drink factory. Finn finds a village of people in dire need of jobs, a house that hasn’t been cleaned or lived in for thirty years and Reggie, an eleven-year-old who’s run away from the nearby orphanage and its brutal Director Buddle. When Finn sees the marks left by regular beatings, he decides Reggie will never go back there. But Buddle has other plans for the child, and will stop at nothing to get Reggie back in his cruel grasp. Finn’s new neighbours help him save Reggie but other surprises throw his new plans into turmoil.


Title: To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Sarah told me this was amazing, so I requested it on NetGalley because why not? WHAT IS RESTRAINT LIKE???

Synopsis: With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most – a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever. The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavoury hobby – it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good. But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?


Title: Clowders by Vanessa Morgan

Vanessa asked me if I’d like to review this book and of course I said yes! It sounds so creepy in the best way and I was completely sold by the synopsis!

Synopsis: Clervaux, Luxembourg. This secluded, picturesque town in the middle of Europe is home to more cats than people. For years, tourists have flocked to this place – also known as “cat haven” – to meet the cats and buy cat-related souvenirs. When Aidan, Jess and their five-year-old daughter, Eleonore, move from America to Clervaux, it seems as if they’ve arrived in paradise. It soon becomes evident, though, that the inhabitants’ adoration of their cats is unhealthy. According to a local legend, each time a cat dies, nine human lives are taken as a punishment. To tourists, these tales are supernatural folklore, created to frighten children on cold winter nights. But for the inhabitants of Clervaux, the danger is horrifyingly real. Initially, Aidan and Jess regard this as local superstition, but when Jess runs over a cat after a night on the town, people start dying, one by one, and each time it happens, a clowder of cats can be seen roaming the premises.

Are they falling victim to the collective paranoia infecting the entire town? Or is something unspeakably evil waiting for them?


Title: We Are Young by Cat Clarke

THANK YOU NETGALLEY FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL GIFT I LOVE YOU AND CAT CLARKE.

Synopsis: On the same night Evan’s mother marries local radio DJ ‘Breakfast Tim’, Evan’s brand-new step-brother Lewis is found unconscious and terribly injured, the only survivor of a horrific car crash. A media storm erupts, with the finger of blame pointed firmly at loner stoner Lewis. Everyone else seems to think the crash was drugs-related, but Evan isn’t buying it. With the help of her journalist dad, Harry, she decides to find out what really happened that night. As Evan delves deeper into the lives of the three teenagers who died in the crash, she uncovers some disturbing truths and a secret that threatens to tear her family – and the community – apart.


Title: The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

This sounds like something that is definitely up my alley so thank you to NetGalley! I also heard so many bloggers talk about it so wanted to join in with the chatter!

Synopsis: Izzy never expected to be eighteen and internationally reviled. But when explicit photos involving her, a politician’s son and a garden bench are published online, the trolls set out to take her apart. Armed with best friend Ajita and a metric ton of nachos, she tries to laugh it off – but as the daily slut-shaming intensifies, she soon learns the way the world treats teenage girls is not okay. It’s the Exact Opposite of Okay. 


Title: The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X. R. Pan

THIS COVER THOUGH. ISN’T IT STUNNING! I’d heard amazing things so requested it on NetGalley and got approved – THANK YOU!

Synopsis: Leigh Chen Sanders is sixteen when her mother dies by suicide, leaving only a scribbled note: ‘I want you to remember’. Leigh doesn’t know what it means, but when a red bird appears with a message, she finds herself travelling to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. Leigh is far away from home and far away from Axel, her best friend, who she stupidly kissed on the night her mother died – leaving her with a swell of guilt that she wasn’t home, and a heavy heart, thinking she may have destroyed the one good thing left in her life. Overwhelmed by grief, Leigh retreats into her art and into her memories, where colours collide and the rules of reality are broken. The only thing Leigh is certain about is that she must find out the truth. She must remember.


Title: How to Survive the End of the World by Aaron Gillies

How amazing does this sound? I love self help books so much, so thank you so much to Hodder for sending me this! I love the sound of it and can’t wait!

Synopsis: There are plenty of books out there on how to survive a zombie apocalypse, all-out nuclear war, or Armageddon. But what happens when it feels like the world is ending every single time you wake up? That’s what having anxiety is like – and How to Survive the End of the World is here to help. Or at least make you feel like you’re not so alone.

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Books Bought:

I kinda had restraint this month? KIND OF…


Title: Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge

The first of the two World Book Day books I bought for only £2.50! What a steal!

Synopsis: As the realm struggles to maintain an uneasy peace after years of civil war and tyranny, a twelve-year-old orphan called Mosca Mye and her loyal companion, a cantankerous goose, are about to become the unlikely heroes of a radical revolution. Mosca is on the run, heading for the city of Mandelion. There she finds herself living by her wits among cut-throat highwaymen, spies and smugglers. With peril at every turn, Mosca uncovers a dark plot to terrorize the people of Mandelion, and soon merry mayhem leads to murder . . .

Title: I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson

This was the second of the World Book Day books I bought, because it sounded so unbelievably interesting and like nothing I’ve read before!

Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Jemma has severe cerebral palsy. Unable to communicate or move, she relies on her family and carer for everything. She has a sharp brain and inquisitive nature, and knows all sorts of things about everyone. But when she is confronted with this terrible secret, she is utterly powerless to do anything. Though that might be about to change…


Title: Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

IT’S THE LAST IN THE SERIES. IT’S BY JAY KRISTOFF. AMIE KAUFMAN KILLS ME. DO I NEED TO SAY MORE??

Synopsis: Asha Grant came to Kerenza to escape her past. Too bad he just caught up with her. Asha survived BeiTech’s initial assault and has been working undercover with the hopelessly outmatched resistance ever since. The last thing she expected to worry about was her ex-boyfriend, Rhys Lindstrom who just landed planetside. Is he her way out – or guarantee she never gets off this frozen rock alive? But Asha’s not the only one with problems. Her cousin Kady’s ragtag band of survivors are headed for Kerenza – without enough oxygen to last the journey. Oh, and there might be an insurrection brewing. With BeiTech hurrying to repair their damaged jump gate, and a mass extermination planned for the Kerenza civilians, only a miracle could save them now. And everyone knows that miracles are just statistical probabilities…right?


Title: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

I have been waiting for the paperback version of this book for SO LONG so when I went into Waterstones and saw it had FINALLY been released I basically ran to buy it.

Synopsis: The great Norse myths, which have inspired so much of modern fiction, are dazzlingly retold by Neil Gaiman. Tales of dwarfs and frost giants, of treasure and magic, and of Asgard, home to the gods: Odin the all-father, highest and oldest of the Aesir; his mighty son Thor, whose hammer Mjollnir makes the mountain giants tremble; Loki, wily and handsome, reliably unreliable in his lusts; and Freya, more beautiful than the sun or the moon, who spurns those who seek to control her. From the dawn of the world to the twilight of the gods, this is a thrilling, vivid retelling of the Norse myths from the award-winning, bestselling Neil Gaiman.


Title: Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

I’ve heard really amazing things about this book since it’s release and I was completely captivated by the cover alone (and that it mentioned The Book Thief – HOW COULD I NOT!)

Synopsis: 
A teenage spy. A Nazi boarding school. The performance of a lifetime. Sarah has played many roles – but now she faces her most challenging of all. Because there’s only one way for a Jewish orphan spy to survive at a school for the Nazi elite. And that’s to become a monster like them. Survive. Deceive. Resist. They think she is just a little girl. But she is the weapon they never saw coming… with a mission to destroy them all.


Title: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

I absolutely loved Code Name Verity, so when I saw this book on for £2 I new I just had to get it!

Synopsis: Rose Justice is a young American ATA pilot, delivering planes and taxiing pilots for the RAF in the UK during the summer of 1944. A budding poet who feels most alive while flying, she discovers that not all battles are fought in the air. An unforgettable journey from innocence to experience from the author of the New York Times bestseller, Code Name Verity. From the exhilaration of being the youngest pilot in the British air transport auxiliary, to the aftermath of surviving the notorious Ravensbruck women’s concentration camp, Rose’s story is one of courage in the face of adversity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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