(Very Late) July 2018 Book Haul!

Hi everyone!

I’M SO SORRY IT’S LATE! I am aware it is nearly the end of August but I have a very good reason why my July wrap ups are so late! In July me and Ben did something we’ve been wanting to do forever….WE MOVED IN TOGETHER! We’ve been in our new house a month now and I’m still so in love with it!

It was a long process as you can imagine as I’ve never moved before, so I kept getting behind on blog posts but I’m back now and very happy with our new house and being able to live with him!

So anyway let’s talk about what you’re here for – BOOKS!

Let’s get to it!

ARCs & Finished Copies from Publishers/Authors:

Title: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

I’m so excited to read this! It’s been on my radar for a while, and Orion were kind enough to send me a copy – thank you!

Synopsis: In the opulent world of Orléans, the people are born grey and damned, and only a Belle’s powers can make them beautiful. Camellia Beauregard wants to be the favourite Belle – the one chosen by the queen to tend to the royal family. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favourite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that her powers may be far greater – and far darker – than she ever imagined. When the queen asks Camellia to break the rules she lives by to save the ailing princess, she faces an impossible decision: protect herself and the way of the Belles, or risk her own life, and change the world forever.

Title: Lifeshocks by Sophie Sabbage

I’m a sucker for a good self help book, and this one sounded so amazing. I’ve read it and it really is so inspiring!

Synopsis: This is a book about all the unwanted and unexpected moments in our lives. They surprise us, they blindside us. They shock us. They command our attention. Some bounce off us, other strike deep into our being. These moments are collision points between how we see life and how life actually is. These are lifeshocks. In her new book Sophie explains how lifeshocks awaken us. She offers her own deeply personal story as well as other case studies as a vehicle for bringing the theory and teachings to life. She focuses on three kinds of lifeshocks we all receive: limiting lifeshocks which challenge our arrogance and appetite for control; exposing lifeshocks which challenge our affectations and pretences; and evoking lifeshocks which challenge our closed-heartedness. This groundbreaking new book reveals how these lifeshocks can bring healing, transformation and peace. 

Title: Ascension by Victor Dixen

I’ve heard so many people in Waterstones talk about this book, so when I was asked if I wanted a copy for review I jumped at the chance!

Synopsis: Six girls, six boys. Each in the two separate bays of a single spaceship. They have six minutes each week to seduce and to make their choices, under the unblinking eye of the on-board cameras. They are the contenders in the Genesis programme, the world’s craziest speed-dating show ever, aimed at creating the first human colony on Mars. Leonor, an 18 year old orphan, is one of the chosen ones.  She has signed up for glory. She has signed up for love. She has signed up for a one-way ticket. Even if the dream turns to a nightmare, it is too late for regrets.

Title: Real Town Murders by Adam Roberts

I thought this sounded so interesting and I really loved the cover too (yes I judge by the cover sometimes SUE ME) – a murder mystery? SIGN ME UP.

Synopsis: Alma is a private detective in a near-future England, a country desperately trying to tempt people away from the delights of Shine, the immersive successor to the internet. But most people are happy to spend their lives plugged in, and the country is decaying. Alma’s partner is ill, and has to be treated without fail every 4 hours, a task that only Alma can do. If she misses the 5 minute window her lover will die. She is one of the few not to access the Shine. So when Alma is called to an automated car factory to be shown an impossible death and finds herself caught up in a political coup, she knows that getting too deep may leave her unable to get home. What follows is a fast-paced Hitchcockian thriller as Alma evades arrest, digs into the conspiracy, and tries to work out how on earth a dead body appeared in the boot of a freshly-made car in a fully-automated factory.

Title: Land Under England by Joseph O’Neill

I know this was written in the 30s and I LOVE reading classic books, and this one really sounds brilliant! Reminds me of Journey to the Centre of the Earth!

Synopsis: While searching for his missing father, Anthony Julian embarks on a terrifying journey into the Earth’s interior. There he discovers a subterranean world, where descendants of the Roman Army suffer under a totalitarian regime in which individualism is completely obliterated by telepathic means. Refusing to join this rigidly controlled society, Anthony must fight to save his father and find a route to the surface – or perish.

Title: Orgo Runners: Glider Attack by R. J. Furness

I love R. J. and he was kind enough to send me this book and the other two and I absolutely loved them!

Synopsis: Join Fayth, Ink and Megg, along with their orgo, on another mission to deliver food supplies to Scorr Tanta. Along the way, they are ambushed by a mob of greedy gliders from Eklips territory. Will they manage to overcome this latest crisis? Will the supplies reach the people of Scorr Tanta on time?

Title: Orgo Runners: Seacrawler by R. J. Furness

Rick is such a wonderful author!

Synopsis: When an enormous seacrawler gets stranded in Port Harmony’s harbour, Fayth and her friends want to save it! Refusing to go to work, until the seacrawler is safe, Fayth manages to get herself into a heap of trouble with the wardens. Is Fayth pushing her luck too far this time? Is time running out for the ‘Orgo Runners’? Will they be punished for refusing to take food to Scorr Tanta on time?

Title: Orgo Runners: Legend of the Orgo by R. J. Furness

Please read this series, no matter what age you are!

Synopsis: When Ink’s orgo becomes ill, he asks Cedric to help her get better. But, during their visit to Cedric’s barn, Ink and Megg get more than they bargained for. Through Cedric’s stories, Ink and Megg learn about how the orgo evolved, and it isn’t what either of them expected! Join the Orgo Runners, as they find out all about Tobus, Calli and the Legend Of The Orgo.

Title: The Ninth Circle by Alex Bell

Once again a murder mystery? YES PLEASE. This honestly made me want to read it the second I got it (and it is high on my TBR!) I’m very excited!

Synopsis: A man comes round on the floor of a shabby flat in the middle of Budapest. His head is glued to the floorboards with his own blood. There’s a fortune in cash on the kitchen table. And he has no idea where, or who, he is. He can do extraordinary things – speak any number of languages fluently, go three days without food or sleep, and fight with extraordinary prowess. But without a name, without a past, he’s isolated from the rest of the world; a stranger to everyone, including himself – until a chance encounter with a young scholar leads to his first friendship, and his first hint that someone out there knows more about him than he does. Someone is sending him clues about his past. Photographs hidden in books and crates of wine. Cryptic clues pointing towards a murdered woman. And clear warnings against Stephomi, his only friend. But that’s not all; Gabriel Antaeus is seeing strange, impossible things: a burning man is stalking his dreams and haunting his mirrors, his dreams are filled with violence from the past, and his pregnant young neighbour is surrounded by an extraordinary golden aura. Something dark and violent in Gabriel’s past is trying to resurface. And as he pieces the clues together, everything points towards an astounding war between angels and demons . . . and a battle not just for the future of the world, but for the minds and souls of everyone in it.divider-2461548_1280

Other Buys:

Title: Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

If you follow me on any social media or have read my blog more than once you’ll probably know I adore Matt Haig, and as you can imagine I got this the day it came out. I am already so in love with it, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Synopsis:The world is messing with our minds. Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected, yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index.
– How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad?
– How do we stay human in a technological world?
– How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious?
After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him. Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the twenty-first century.

Title: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Yes this is my third copy that I now own of this book – but THIS ONE IS ACTUALLY SIGNED BY MATT AND I WANT TO CRY EVERY TIME I SEE IT. It means more to me than you can imagine (thank you to Kimi and Lois you ANGELS!).

Synopsis: Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.

Title: LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff

From one favourite author to another – do I even need to explain why I own this? IT’S JAY KRISTOFF PEOPLE.

Synopsis: It’s just another day on the Scrap: lose the last of your credits at the WarDome, dodge the gangs and religious fanatics, discover you can destroy electronics with your mind, stumble upon the deadliest robot ever built… When Eve finds the ruins of an android boy named Ezekiel in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world comes crashing down. With her best friend and her robotic sidekick in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, battle cyborg assassins, and scour abandoned megacities to save the ones she loves…and learn the dark secrets of her past.divider-2461548_1280

You made it to the bottom thank you! I’m so excited with my haul from last month, I couldn’t thank everyone enough who sent me books thank you! I’m so excited to get into them!

Once again I’m sorry it’s so late! My wrap up will be live soon I promise!

What did you haul in July? What do you think of my haul? Let me know below!

Until next time,

Keep Reading!

Meggan x

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