IT’S GONNA BE MAY…Okay I know it’s already May but I’m sorry but I just HAD to do it because I love that song so much, and it’s my favourite thing at the end of April! I had a very successful haul this month, and as it was my 21st birthday (WOOP WOOP!), I also got gifted a few books, and bought some with birthday money too! I’m so excited to share them with you!
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!
How amazing does this look? It was pitched as Black Panther in space and I am here for that! I am so excited and already can feel it’s gonna be amazing.
Synopsis: On his tenth birthday after receiving gifts filled with amazing technology. Joshua N’Gon began to accept there was something odd about his family. His best mates Brick and Meena thought he was special and so did his foster parents. But for a grade ‘C’ student, with a bizarre bracelet on his arm, a whizz with machines and a big brother who called him a freak, he didn’t feel special. But there were others who would disagree.Evil corporations who were plotting with creatures from civilisations light years away and who wanted the secrets only the Last Prince could provide. Joshua and his friends embark on a journey of discovery that becomes frighteningly clear to them, that the closer they get to the extraordinary truth, the stranger and more dangerous it becomes for them and the planet.
Pan Macmillan are angels and sent me this – one of my most anticipated reads of the year! I loved Nemesis and can’t wait to see what’s in store next!
Synopsis: Noah Livingston knows he is destined to survive. The sixty-four members of his class are trapped in a place where morals have no meaning and zero rules apply. Min Wilder knows that survival alone isn’t enough. In a violent world where brute force passes for leadership, Min’s instincts rebel against allowing others to decide who lives and who dies. She’s ready to fight for what she believes in. And against whoever might stand in her way.
Thank you for a copy of this book, it sounds EXACTLY up my alley! I love the synopsis and the cover too, it’s so brilliantly mysterious!
Synopsis: Jack Stevens discovers the bodies of two women, Philomena Blackstaff and Mary Walsh, tied together and hung by their ankles in a position resembling the symbol for treachery as depicted on tarot cards. Though retired and now wealthy, Stevens is an ex-sheriff and involves himself in the subsequent investigation. As a result of Jack `stealing’ Philomena’s diary and his association with the Pinkerton detective agency, it is discovered that Mary Walsh worked undercover for the Pinkertons, investigating the Knights of Labour (the fastest growing workers’ rights movements in America of the late 1800’s). The women had been working together, tracing the man who was selling guns and dynamite to the more extremest factions of the workers movement. This led them to Ruby’s, a secret `nightclub for deviants’, where Stevens and Inspector O’Leary believe the pair fell foul of the man they were looking for, gang leader Joseph Mannheim. With the May 4th Haymarket riots and bombings looming, Stevens must uncover the truth about The Hanging Women before it’s too late.
Oh I love a good conspiracy book and this looks EXACTLY that! I mean what more could I want in a book?
Synopsis: Twelve-year-old HANNAH has been fitted with a high-tech prosthetic that restores her sight, but can’t understand why she can now see shadows surrounding certain people. LELA, an emotionally shut-off, technophobic journalist stumbles onto a story nobody wants her to uncover. A story someone will kill to keep hidden. A former evangelist, MIKE, suffers demons – figurative and literal – and keeps an arsenal of weapons stored in the basement of the homeless shelter he runs. And DEREK is a hacker who believes himself a soldier, part of a cyber army dedicated to changing the world for the better. With the virus spreading throughout the net and an ancient evil threatening to break lose on the real world, it falls to these strangers to stop the rising darkness.
I was completely intrigued by this book, and the publishers sent it with some cute goodies too! The way to my heart for sure! I can’t wait to investigate this beauty.
Synopsis: In a lowly side-show fair in eighteenth-century England, teenager Mim is struggling to find her worth as an act. Not white, but not black enough to be truly exotic, her pet parrot who speaks four languages is a bigger draw than her. But Alex, the one-armed boxer boy, sees her differently. And she, too, feels newly interested in him.
But then Dr Fox arrives with his scientific kit for producing ‘electrickery’ – feats of electrical magic these bawdy audiences have never seen before. To complete his act, Fox chooses Mim to play the ‘Electrical Venus’. Her popularity – and the electric-shocking kisses she can provide for a penny – mean takings are up, slop is off the menu and this spark between her and Fox must surely be love. But is this starring role her true worth, or is love worth more than a penny for an electrifying kiss?
Title: In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira
Thank you to the lovely publishers for a copy of this book, and having heard amazing things about Ava’s first book, I can already tell this is going to be great!
Synopsis: Marilyn is in search of freedom. She grew up as a child actor, her mother’s meal ticket out of mediocrity. But it’s been a long time since she booked a job, and she and her mother have no choice but to move in with her volatile uncle. Marilyn is counting down the days until she can escape to college, and the promise of her own future. That is, until she falls in love with James, the boy downstairs, who shows her that her life is worth living in the present. At 17, Marilyn is about to learn that everything can change in an instant. Angie is in search of answers. She is mixed race and has never met her father, but she knows she looks and thinks a lot like him. Though Angie grew up with her devoted mother, Marilyn, she’s always felt the absence of the man she never knew. But after discovering that her mother has been lying to her, Angie sets off on a road trip to Los Angeles, in search of an unknown uncle – and maybe even her dad. At 17, she hopes to finally find out the truth about where she came from so she can discover who she truly is.
Thank you to the book tour organisers for a copy of this! It is HUGE but also sounds so interesting so I can’t wait to start it!
Synopsis: Don’t think. Just run. When what lies ahead is less fearful than what lies behind, and west-coast unknowns less terrifying than east-side tragedies, there is no choice other than the one through the window at the end of a third-floor police station corridor. Without another thought, the girl runs. Her jump will take her to the street below, to encounters with humanity that will both shock and save her, to the girl she becomes the one who knows how to fight, but also survive, even shine, in the darkest places. She does not go unnoticed. The mob boss, the ruler of Vegas, has seen her. But she is not ready to be seen. And this time there is no corridor, and no window.
Title: The Beasts Heart by Leife Shallcross
OKAY BUT THIS COVER OH MY GOD. Thank you to Hodder for sending me a finished copy of this book for review, because it’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and I am HERE for it.
Synopsis: I am neither monster nor man – yet I am both. I am the Beast. I know why I was cursed; I know the legacy of evil I carry in my tainted blood. So how could she ever love me? My Isabeau. She opened my eyes, my mind and my heart when I was struggling just to be human. And now I might lose her forever.
It was my birthday this month and some of my lovely family and friends bought me some amazing books! Thank you to everyone for an amazing day!
Title: The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
LOOK AT THESE BEAUTIES! Thank you to my wonderful parents for these gorgeous editions of these books, I’m so in love!
Synopsis: Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Follow Alina Starkov through Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising as she discovers her dormant powers and is swept up in a world of luxury and illusion. As Alina struggles to fit into her new life, a threat to the kingdom of Ravka grows one that will test old alliances and challenge the very limits of magic, one that will forge a leader from a frightened girl.
The first of two surprise books my parents got me! They wanted to finally get me some books I’d never heard of, and they picked amazing. This is definitely right up my alley and I can’t wait!
Synopsis: One minute sixteen-year-old Ruby Morris is having her first proper snog with Caspar McCloud in a hot tub, and the next she’s being bundled inside the house, dripping wet, cold and in her underwear. Not cool. As she and Caspar shiver in the kitchen, it starts to rain. They turn on the radio to hear panicked voices – ‘It’s in the rain . . . it’s in the rain . . . ‘ That was two weeks ago, and now Ruby is totally alone. People weren’t prepared for the rain, got caught out in it, didn’t realize that you couldn’t drink water from the taps either. Even a drip of rain would infect your blood, and eat you from the inside out. Ruby knows she has to get to London to find her dad, but she just doesn’t know where to start . . .
The second of the surprise books my parents got me, and it sounds so amazing. They chose so well, and also this cover is everything!
Synopsis: Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school, in a new town, under a new name, makes few friends and doesn’t stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend’s family to die — of “natural causes.” Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, and moves on to the next target. When Boy Nobody was just eleven, he discovered his own parents had died of not-so-natural causes. He soon found himself under the control of The Program, a shadowy government organization that uses brainwashed kids as counter-espionage operatives. But somewhere, deep inside Boy Nobody, is somebody: the boy he once was, the boy who wants normal things (like a real home, his parents back), a boy who wants out. And he just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program’s next mission.
MARIAM! My lovely Mariam got me the HARDCOVER copy of this which I’ve been wanting FOREVER! We agreed we’d buddy read it and I’m so excited!!!
Synopsis: Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness: a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her fearsome glass starship the Marauder, she’s just Andi, their captain and protector. When a routine mission goes awry, the all-girl crew’s resilience is tested as they find themselves in a most unfamiliar place: at the mercy of a powerful bounty hunter connected to Andi’s past and a harrowing betrayal.
Mariam is an angel once again, and got me this stunner. I have heard really good things about it, and we also want to buddy read it so I’m excited!!
Synopsis: In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives. Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future. But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.
Once again, my beautiful Mariam blew me away with her book choice – I have been wanting to read a book by Rupi Kaur and she got me this! I can’t wait to get to it.
Synopsis: From Rupi Kaur, the bestselling author of Milk and Honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. Illustrated by Kaur, The Sun and Her Flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming. It is a celebration of love in all its forms.
Thank you to my lovely fiance for this series, I’m intending to collect all of Rick’s books and these are just absolutely stunning!
Synopsis: When Jason, Piper and Leo crash land at Camp Half-Blood, they have no idea what to expect. Apparently this is the only safe place for children of the Greek Gods – despite the monsters roaming the woods and demigods practising archery with flaming arrows and explosives. But rumours of a terrible curse – and a missing hero – are flying around camp. It seems Jason, Piper and Leo are the chosen ones to embark on a terrifying new quest, which they must complete by the winter solstice. In just four days time. Can the trio succeed on this deadly mission – and what must they sacrifice in order to survive?
My lovely bestie Kathryn got me this beauty, and I am so excited. This has been on my wishlist for literally SO long, and now I own it I’m so excited. It’s definitely gonna make me cry though I can feel it!
Synopsis: Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: a white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it?There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary’s fate now lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But does anyone know the real Mary?
I got some money from friends and family, so naturally I bought some more books because I have NO self control – YAY ME!
I heard they were making a series of this, and I always like to read books before they are on the big screen, so I had to get it! I can’t wait to read it, and it might be my next read!
Synopsis: Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.
I mean…it’s Rick Riordan so do I even need to explain????
Synopsis: Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon – the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki – and the price he wants is very high.
I have been wanting to read this for so long, I’m so happy for Izzy and Harry and really want to read this and probably cry! Thank you to the person selling it online for a good price!
Synopsis: Izzy’s aim, drawing on her own experience, is to break through some of the taboos surrounding miscarriage, IVF and fertility issues. This brutally honest and deeply personal account will acknowledge the struggles that so many couples go through but will ultimately focus on the positive, life-changing and remarkable results that IVF can yield. One in seven couples in the UK have difficulty conceiving and although many babies are now born through IVF, there is still a sense of awkwardness around the subject.
Title: Happy Mum, Happy Baby by Giovanna Fletcher
I love Gi and how honest she is, and I saw that someone was selling this book online. I’ve been wanting it forever so I thought why not!
Synopsis: This is not a book about how to have the perfect family experience – Gi would be the first to admit she is winging it just as much as the rest of us – instead it is an honest, upbeat and incredibly personal account of her own experience of having a family. In Happy Mum, Happy Baby Giovanna shares her own journey through parenthood and in doing so, she looks at what it is to be a mother today, encourages you to be confident in yourself as a parent and celebrates how putting a focus on being a happy and confident mum can really make for a happy baby.
I am quite clearly on a Rick Riordan haul this month! It was £1.99 on Amazon – I mean how could I not get it???
Synopsis: Cast down from Olympus and transformed into a human after angering Zeus, a weak and disoriented Apollo arrives in New York City as a regular teen and is forced to survive in the modern world while endeavoring to regain Zeus’ favor.
I love learning about stuff like this, and I’d been wanting it for a while but it wasn’t until I read Ash’s review that I was completely sold on buying it. I’m so excited to read this.
Synopsis: In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale – a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer – it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did, too. So begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the tattooist of Auschwitz.
I feel like I’ve waited 75 years for this book, and I am SO happy to finally have it! I can’t wait to see how the series ends!
Synopsis: My name is Amy Gumm. You might remember me as the other girl from Kansas. When a tornado swept me away to the magical land of Oz, I was given a mission: Dorothy must die. That’s right, everyone’s favorite Wicked-Witch-slayer had let the magic of Oz corrupt her. She turned evil. So I killed her. But just when we thought it was safe to start rebuilding the damaged land of Oz, we were betrayed. Now I’m following the Road of Yellow Brick as it helps me escape toward the mysterious land of Ev, where the Nome King rules a bleak and angry world. And what I’m about to find is shocking: My original mission may not have been successful. I thought my job was over, but it’s only just beginning. And it’s up to me to foil Dorothy’s plans for revenge—and finally save the land I’ve come to love.
Okay but please can we just look at this cover – I am in LOVE! I still haven’t read Carve the Mark (WHY AM I LIKE THIS!) but I saw this for half price, and it was signed so how could I not!
Synopsis: The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable. Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: he will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek – a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead – reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever. As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may – or may not – be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own.
IT’S HERE I’VE READ IT AND NO I’M NOT OKAY AND I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT. (Kidding – my review will be up soon!)
Synopsis: The girl with the power to kill with a single touch now has the world in the palm of her hand. Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But when tragedy strikes, she must confront the darkness that dwells both around and inside her.
I have heard so much about this recently, and I don’t actually know much about it? I see it everytime I’m in Waterstones, so when I saw it for like 75p at the charity shop I thought why not!
Synopsis: Eva never really wanted to be a mother; certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher who tried to befriend him. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood and Kevin’s horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her absent husband, Franklyn. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails
WOW – I didn’t actually expect that haul to be so long, if you made it down here then thank you so much for sticking with it! I’m so happy with the haul, I can’t wait to read every book…one day…pray for me guys!
Thank you to every author and/or publisher who has sent me the ARC’s, I am absolutely honoured and so excited to read them all!
My April Wrap Up will be live tomorrow – don’t miss out! What did you haul this month? Leave a comment below!
Until next time,