It’s official, we are halfway through the year nearly! What a month June has been! SO much has happened, and I can’t wait to share it all with you soon! However one thing that happened was that I attended the Orion on Tour event in Manchester and it was brilliant! I also got SO many ARCs/FC this month, I am truly honoured to be so lucky!
Let’s get to it!
ARCs & Finished Copies from Publishers/Authors:
I WON A COMPETITION RAN BY VICTORIA AND MANAGED TO GET AN ARC OF THIS. IS THIS REAL LIFE???? I am still not okay after this, it is BEAUTIFUL.
Synopsis: Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn’t like to think about it), she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead . . . and enter the world of spirits. Her best friend is even a ghost. So things are already pretty strange. But they’re about to get much stranger. When Cass’s parents start hosting a TV show about the world’s most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, graveyards, castles, and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms. And when Cass meets a girl who shares her “gift,” she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil — and herself. And she’ll have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined.
The lovely publishers at Hodder sent me this, and I am so excited! I’ve been so interested in the synopsis – it sounds so good and so interesting!
Synopsis: In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, sixteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation, she dreams of writing poetry like the old world poetry she loves to hear read, she dreams of one day receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon. But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects. When she is kidnapped by the government and taken in secret to the royal palace, she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place. As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty-and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear, and one wrong move could lead to her death.
I adore Sarah’s writing so when a finished copy of this book turned up in the post I couldn’t contain my happiness!
Synopsis: Lisa. Ava. Marilyn. Three women, three secrets and a hidden past that could destroy them all. One of these women is living a lie…but who?
The lovely people at Bonnier Zaffre sent me this, and I think it sounds so interesting. It also says it’s Michael Crichton meets Stephen King so I AM HERE FOR IT. Thank you guys!
Synopsis: THEY SOUGHT THE TRUTH. A team of explorers seek ancient treasures, hidden in a secret cave. At first it seems they will return empty handed. Then their luck turns. THEY FOUND A NIGHTMARE. But the team’s elation is short-lived as they become trapped there in the dark, with little possibility of escape. Then events take an even more terrifying turn.
Joshua is an actual amazing author, and I adored this book when I read it! He was kind enough to send me a signed paperback of the book, and I can’t thank him enough! It is a prized possession of mine now!
Synopsis: Rumer Cross is cursed. Scraping by working for a dingy London detective agency, she lives in the shadow of her mother, a violent criminal dubbed the ‘Witch Assassin’ whose bloodthirsty rampage terrorised London for over a decade. Raised by foster families who never understood her and terrified she could one day turn into her mother, Rumer has become detached and self-reliant. But when she’s targeted by a vicious mobster who believes she’s hiding an occult relic, she’s drawn into the very world she’s been fighting to avoid. Hunted by assassins and haunted by her mother’s dark legacy, Rumer must also confront a terrible truth: that she’s cursed, because no matter what she does, everybody she’s ever grown close to has died screaming.
ARCs/FC from Orion on Tour Event:
CRIME THRILLERS ARE MY JAM. I love them so much, this sounds so amazing!
Synopsis: MY NAME IS KATE. I volunteer at a missing persons helpline – young people who have run away from home call me and I pass on messages to their loved ones, no questions asked. I don’t get many phone calls, and those I do are usually short and vague, or pranks. But today a girl named Sophie called. I’m supposed to contact her parents to let them know their child is safe. The problem is, Sophie isn’t safe. AND SOPHIE IS MY DAUGHTER.
I really love history and learning about historical figures, and how we came to exist so this was definitely something I knew I wanted to pick up. It might take me a while to read but it will be worth it!
Synopsis: This is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is to each of the 100 billion modern humans who have ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in every one of our genomes we each carry the history of our species – births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration and a lot of sex.
Not only is thirteen my lucky number, but also I am such a huge fan of this synopsis and how well thought out it sounds! I can’t wait for this one!
Synopsis: Murder wasn’t the hard part. It was just the start of the game. Joshua Kane has been preparing for this moment his whole life. He’s done it before. But this is the big one. This is the murder trial of the century. And Kane has killed to get the best seat in the house. But there’s someone on his tail. Someone who suspects that the killer isn’t the man on trial. Kane knows time is running out – he just needs to get to the conviction without being discovered.
I love a good murder mystery, and this one sounds like it could be full of so many twists and turns that it would be rude not to pick it up!
Synopsis: A five-star resort in paradise. White sands, a private villa and world-class cuisine. A chance for newlyweds Asha and Ollie Graveney to recover from a recent tragedy, and enjoy the holiday of their dreams. Except someone has other plans… And paradise has turned into a nightmare.
I love self help books, and I really like the sound of this one. I definitely need to worry less, so this sounds like it was written for me!
Synopsis: The step-by-step guide takes you through how to build your everyday resilience. From powerful lessons on the effects of our thoughts, emotions, relationships and self-care, to tips on setting goals that genuinely motivate and turning challenges on their heads, this book makes the road to success and happiness easy and – best of all – enjoyable. It features a practical and easy-to-follow four-week plan to shift negative habits, and change how you face challenges, for life.
OKAY BUT THIS IS THE ONE I’M MOST EXCITED FOR. The synopsis sounds so like The Martian with such a great twist and let me tell you – I saw that tag line on the front and grabbed it straight away.
Synopsis: There’s a murderer amongst them, and everyone’s a suspect . . . Frank Kittridge is serving life for murdering his son’s drug dealer, so when he’s offered a deal by Xenosystems Operations – the corporation that owns the prison – he takes it. He’s been selected to help build the first permanent base on Mars. Unfortunately, his crewmates are just as guilty of their crimes as he is. As the convicts set to work on the frozen wastes of Mars, the accidents multiply. Until Frank begins to suspect they might not be accidents at all . . .
I FINALLY HAVE IT OMG. I have been looking at this for so long, and then I saw it at the event and ACTUALLY GASPED. I jumped on it so quick and I’m so excited.
Synopsis: Asha is a dragon-slayer. Reviled by the very people she’s sworn to protect, she kills to atone for the wicked deed she committed as a child – one that almost destroyed her city, and left her with a terrible scar. But protecting her father’s kingdom is a lonely destiny: no matter how many dragons she kills, her people still think she’s wicked. So to unite the fractured kingdom she must marry Jarek, her father’s cruel commandant. As the wedding day approaches, Asha longs for freedom. Just when it seems her fate is sealed, the king offers her a way out: her freedom in exchange for the head of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard. And the only person standing in her way is a defiant slave boy . . .
I really want to lose weight, and I’ve heard that these two are really helpful so this sounds like something I’ll definitely have by my side!
Synopsis: Losing weight is hard enough, so Si and Dave have written a fantastic collection of low cal recipes that make it easier than ever to stick to and enjoy a healthier diet.
This is more for Ben than me, but still for a Sci-Fi type book it sounds SO interesting. I really love the idea of it, and after reading the first chapter it sounds amazing.
Synopsis: On the wrong planet, at the right time, for the best reasons, Hadrian Marlowe started down a path that could only end in fire. The galaxy remembers him as a hero: the man who burned every last alien Cielcin from the sky. They remember him as a monster: the devil who destroyed a sun, casually annihilating four billion human lives–even the Emperor himself–against Imperial orders. But Hadrian was not a hero. He was not a monster. He was not even a soldier. Fleeing his father and a future as a torturer, Hadrian finds himself stranded on a strange, backwater world. Forced to fight as a gladiator and navigate the intrigues of a foreign planetary court, he will find himself fighting a war he did not start, for an Empire he does not love, against an enemy he will never understand.
I really like the sound of this, and also the design of the book is genius. That cover is one of my all time favourites – I couldn’t say no!
Synopsis: Florence Lovelady’s career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Glassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago. Like something from our worst nightmares the victims were buried…ALIVE. Larry confessed to the crimes; it was an open and shut case. But now he’s dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves. Did she get it wrong all those years ago? Or is there something much darker at play?
This sounds like it is almost 100% going to make me cry – SO GO AHEAD AND SIGN ME UP.
Synopsis: Rob Coates can’t believe his luck. There is Anna, his incredible wife, and most precious of all, Jack, their son, who makes every day an extraordinary adventure. Rob feels like he’s won the lottery of life. Or rather – he did. Until the day it all changes when Anna becomes convinced there is something wrong with Jack. Now Rob sleepwalks through his days, unable to bridge the gulf that separates him from his wife, his son and the business of living. But he’s determined to come to terms with what’s happened-and find a way back to life, and forgiveness.
This book is so beautiful, and I love Tom and Gi! However I have heard mixed reviews so I am very wary and nervous to read it!
Synopsis: Eve is like any other teenage girl . . . Except that the fate of the entire world lies on her shoulders. She’s the first girl born in fifty years. She’s the answer to their prayers. She’s the final hope. Which means she has one function alone . . . At sixteen, Eve must face her destiny and make a choice. She will choose a man, one out of three carefully selected suitors. But what about Bram? The future of the planet hangs on Eve making the right choice. Will she?
THAT SYNOPSIS THOUGH. I read that and knew I needed it in my life! I’m so excited that I finally own this!
Synopsis: Deanna Madden, aka Jessica Reilly, hasn’t touched another person in three years. She hasn’t left her apartment. She makes money from performing to webcams on a sex site, where her clients pay $6.99 a minute for her time. She’s doing alright. The dollars are piling up in the bank. She’s the number 3 model on cams.com. And she hasn’t killed anyone for years. But when Deanna sees on the news that a little girl called Annie has gone missing, the story rattles her carefully ordered world. It’s uncomfortably similar to the dark fantasy of one of her most disturbing online clients. She’s convinced he’s responsible for the girl’s abduction – but no one will listen to her. So, after three years, Deanna finally leaves the apartment. And this is what happens…
I’ve been after this book for quite some time, and then I saw it for only £2 in a charity shop so I thought it would be a shame to let it go!
Synopsis: Rune, whose voice has been compared to that of an angel, has a mysterious affliction linked to her talent that leaves her sick and drained at the end of every performance. Convinced creative direction will cure her, her mother ships her off to a French boarding school for the arts, rumoured to have a haunted past. Shortly after arriving at RoseBlood conservatory, Rune starts to believe something otherworldly is indeed afoot. The mystery boy she’s seen frequenting the graveyard beside the opera house doesn’t have any classes at the school, and vanishes almost as quickly as he appears. When Rune begins to develop a secret friendship with the elusive Thorn, who dresses in clothing straight out of the 19th century, she realises that in his presence she feels cured. Thorn may be falling for Rune, but the phantom haunting RoseBlood wants her for a very specific and dangerous purpose. As their love continues to grow, Thorn is faced with an impossible choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or save her and face the wrath of the phantom, the only father he’s ever known.
After loving Caraval, and seeing how they were doing exclusive hidden covers for it’s first printing – how could I not? I got the cover I want so I’m happy!
Synopsis: After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name. The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more – and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets . . . including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about – maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.
I read The Sun and Her Flowers and instantly went out to buy this book the day after. I am so in love with Rupi and her writing.
Synopsis: The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.
I HAVE IT FINALLY! I love Marie and can’t wait to read this! It is possibly my favourite buy of the month, and it was only around £3 so woohoo!
Synopsis: For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game – it’s a way of life. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. When Emika hacks into the game illegally, she’s convinced she’ll be arrested, and is shocked when she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job.
I’ve been wanting to read this for quite some time now, after hearing how it was banned, and then I did a trade with my lovely Lauren so I finally have it!
Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Alex likes lashings of ultraviolence. He and his gang of friends rob, kill and rape their way through a nightmarish future, until the State puts a stop to his riotous excesses. But what will his re-education mean?
There we go! If you made it this far down, then I love you thank you so much for reading! I can’t believe how lucky I have been this month! The Orion Event was wonderful, and I will be having a post up in regards to it next week – so look out for that!
What did you haul this month? What do you think of my haul? Let me know below!
Until next time,