Hauls

May 2018 Book Haul!

Hi everyone!

Where did May go? I CAN’T BELIEVE WE’RE NEARLY HALFWAY THROUGH THE YEAR??? Anyway last month was a hectic one, but I got some AMAZING books that I can’t wait to share with you all! I got some ARC’s, did some book swaps and naturally bought books too!

Let’s get to it!
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ARCs:


Title: Warlock Holmes: My Grave Ritual by G. S. Denning

This isn’t technically an ARC as the author sent me a signed finished copy of it and it means the world to me! I absolutely love this series, and I couldn’t be happier to have this book in my hands – I will be reading it so soon!

Synopsis: As they blunder towards doom, Warlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson find themselves inconvenienced by a variety of eldritch beings. Christmas brings a goose that doesn’t let being cooked slow it down; they meet an electricity demon, discover why being a redhead is even tricker than one might imagine, and Holmes attempts an Irish accent. And, naturally, Moriarty is hanging around… in some form or other.


Title: Deadmarsh Fey by Melika Lux

The author contacted me about reading this and it sounded so up my street that I couldn’t say no! I’m really excited to get to it!

Synopsis: Flesh and bone and hearts unknown, lead to the rath and your fate will be shown… Deadmarsh. The name struck terror into the hearts of all who heard it. But to Roger Knightley, neither Deadmarsh the house, nor Deadmarsh the family, had ever been anything to fear. Nearly each summer of his young life had been spent in that manor on the moors, having wild adventures with his cousin, Lockie, the Deadmarsh heir. This year should have been no different, but when Roger arrives, he finds everything, and everyone, changed.

Title: Expectations by Andrew Wilkes

The author is a family friend, and when he told me about his book I was hooked. I now have a copy and I can’t wait to read it because it is everything. A female serial killer? Sign me up!

Synopsis: In a rapidly changing world, Salarani finds herself in an uninhibited game of cat and mouse, where sex has never been more dangerous. With high expectations, she travels the kingdom, looking for lust and desire.


Title: The Biggest Idea in the World by David Joland

This sounded so intriguing and I really wanted to see what it was all about! I’m really looking forward to finding out the story behind the book and seeing what it is all about!

Synopsis: Meet Barry, a deluded Uber driver, saddled with debt and a wife who hates him. Convinced he’s a genius, and that Facebook, Tripadvisor – and just about every other internet giant – were all his ideas, he’s determined not to lose out with his latest brainwave – by taking it to Silicon Valley himself. Leaving London with a suitcase full of Non-Disclosure Agreements and a head full of dreams, Barry’s confident he’s done everything possible to protect his idea and make his billions. He pitches to deal-crazed bankers, greedy funders, geek-techies – and a shop assistant whose partner’s a conman. All of them want Barry’s idea. All of them want to cut him out. His one savior could be Mickey Roughton, the world famous movie producer who’s in town to promote his latest blockbuster. What starts off as a helping-hand turns to disaster when Barry’s idea is broadcast on national TV allowing anyone to steal it – and everyone does. It looks like his unblemished record of disasters remains intact, until slowly the details of his master plan unfold revealing what could be the greatest scam to hit the Valley.


Title: Memory of Fire by Callie Bates

Rosie from Hodder sent me this, and I AM SO HAPPY! I’ve been meaning to read this series for ages now, and now I have the second one I have no reason not to! Thank you Rosie!

Synopsis: Jahan Korakides is the hero who saved the life of the crown prince in battle, helped win the revolution in Eren and earned the heart of Elanna, the legendary Wildegarde reborn. But Jahan Korakides is also broken; haunted by memories of the woman who experimented on him and his brothers as children. So when the empire threatens war in retribution for Elanna’s illegal sorcery, Jahan leaves Eren to negotiate with the emperor on Queen Sophy’s behalf. But the world he left has changed – riots rock the city of Ida, his brother is missing and the crown prince refuses to speak to him. Jahan’s only hope of success seems to lie with the rebels in Ida. Yet, if he joins them, he will merely spur on the war he’s desperate to avoid, and risk revealing himself as a sorcerer. And then the witch hunters arrive at court, bringing Elanna in chains.divider-2461548_1280

Swaps:

I did some book swaps this month, and got some really exciting books back in return!


Title: The Dollmaker of Krakow by R. M. Romero

I traded for this because it sounded so interesing. I’ve heard great things of it’s use of magical realism, and also it’s set in the war so I mean it’s like it was made for me to read!

Synopsis: One night a little doll named Karolina comes to life in a toyshop in Krakow, Poland, in 1939 and changes the life of the gruff, broken-hearted Dollmaker. And when the darkness of the Nazi occupation sweeps over the city, Karolina and the Dollmaker must bravely use their magic to save their Jewish friends from a terrible danger, no matter what the risks. This powerful story is about finding friendship in the darkest of places and the importance of love in times of great pain.


Title: Room by Emma Donoghue

THIS HAS BEEN ON MY WISHLIST FOR FOREVER. I don’t know much about it, but I know they made a film and people talked about it forever so I think it’s about time I find out more about it!

Synopsis: Jack is five. He lives with his Ma. They live in a single, locked room. They don’t have the key. Jack and Ma are prisoners.


Title: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

I FINALLY HAVE IT. THANK YOU FOR SWAPPING ME, I CAN’T BELIEVE I FINALLY HAVE IT. THIS IS EVERYTHING.

Synopsis: Here is a thing everyone wants: A miracle. Here is a thing everyone fears: What it takes to get one. Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars. At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo. They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect. divider-2461548_1280

Other Buys:


Title: The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp

Faye was giving up some of her books and asking people just to pay postage so naturally I had to get one! I’ve had my eye on this for a while so I thought well why not!

Synopsis: It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he’d already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed. Then there was that video: forty seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet was posted from his own YouTube account. Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed – until now.


Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

Do I even need to give a reason behind this one???

Synopsis: Feyre, Rhys and their companions are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated – scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their court.


Title: Ink by Alice Broadway

I’ve been wanting to get this for a while since it first came out, but never got around to it. Then I saw that it was on sale on Amazon for £2 and since I have no self control, here it is on my shelf!

Synopsis: Every action, every deed, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin for ever. When Leora’s father dies, she is determined to see her father remembered forever. She knows he deserves to have all his tattoos removed and made into a Skin Book to stand as a record of his good life. But when she discovers that his ink has been edited and his book is incomplete, she wonders whether she ever knew him at all.


Title: A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

I really like Frances Hardinge, and her books always sound SO interesting. This was not only on sale, but there was also an exclusive green sprayed edge edition…did I mention I have no self control?

Synopsis: When a creature dies, its spirit can go looking for somewhere to hide. Some people have space inside them, perfect for hiding. Makepeace, a courageous girl with a mysterious past, defends herself nightly from the ghosts which try to possess her. Then a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard for a moment. And now there’s a ghost inside her. The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, but it may be her only defence in a time of dark suspicion and fear. As the English Civil War erupts, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession – or death.


Title: Reflection by Elizabeth Lim

I have the rest of this series, so when I saw there was a new one coming out I naturally needed to pick it up to finish my collection off! It was also only £4 – how could I not!

Synopsis: What if Mulan had to travel to the Underworld? When Captain Shang is mortally wounded in battle, Mulan must travel to the Underworld, Diyu, in order to save him from certain death. But King Yama, the ruler of Diyu, is not willing to give Shang up easily. With the help of Shangs great lion guardian ShiShi, Mulan must find Shangs spirit and leave by sunrise, or become King Yamas prisoner forever. Mulan, still disguised as the soldier Ping, wrestles with the decision whether or not to reveal her true identity to her closest friend. Will Mulan be able to save Shang before its too late?


Title: The Outsider by Stephen King

IT’S STEPHEN KING. THAT IS ALL.

Synopsis: When an eleven-year-old boy is found murdered in a town park, reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town’s popular Little League coach, Terry Maitland, as the culprit. DNA evidence and fingerprints confirm the crime was committed by this well-loved family man. Horrified by the brutal killing, Detective Ralph Anderson, whose own son was once coached by Maitland, orders the suspect to be arrested in a public spectacle. But Maitland has an alibi. And further research confirms he was indeed out of town that day. As Anderson and the District Attorney trace the clues, the investigation expands from Ohio to Texas. And as horrifying answers begin to emerge, so King’s propulsive story of almost unbearable suspense kicks into high gear. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy but there is one rock-hard fact, as unassailable as gravity: a man cannot be in two places at the same time. Can he?


Title: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Obviously this has shot up in the charts recently after the arrest of the ONS/EAR the other month – and I love true crime and was completely captivated by the story of Michelle and her efforts that I just had to go and get it for my shelf.

Synopsis: For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called the Golden State Killer. Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark – the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death – offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind.


Title: I Let Him Go by Denise Ferguson

This story has haunted me for years, and I thought this book sounded heartbreaking and so raw I just really wanted to give it a go.

Synopsis: On 12th February 1993, Denise Fergus’ life changed forever. As she was running errands at New Strand Shopping Centre, she let go of her two-year-old son’s hand for a few seconds to take out her purse. Denise never saw her son again. For the first time since that moment 25 years ago, Denise tells her extraordinary story in this heart-wrenching book, an unflinching account of that terrible day. What if she had never taken James shopping? What if she had turned right coming out of the butcher’s, instead of left? Denise’s initial hope after seeing her son on CCTV with other children quickly turned to devastation when, two days later, James’ body was found. His death reverberated around the world and his killers became the youngest ever convicted murderers in UK legal history. Four minutes is all it took for them to lead James away from his mother to his death. Denise took up a tortuous legal battle for James, and it was her astonishing strength and love for her son that ultimately helped to change the way the law treats victims of crime.divider-2461548_1280

I hauled some really great books last month, and I’m looking forward to getting round to them soon! What did you haul? Leave a comment below!

Until next time,

Keep Reading!

Meggan x

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