Wow what a month! I can’t believe we’re already in September – WHERE IS 2018??? I got so many amazing books this month, and I also only actually bought 3 books which is pretty amazing for me!!!! I’m very very lucky with books this month – thank you to everyone who gave me, bought me or sent me books I love you all!
Anyway you’re here for books so….
Let’s get to it!
ARCs & Finished Copies from Publishers/Authors:
This book looked so interesting when advertised on Twitter, so naturally I jumped at the chance, and IT’S AMAZING. I’ve already read it because I have no self control, and I can’t wait for you all to read it!
Synopsis: BREAKING: Nuclear weapon detonates over Washington BREAKING: London hit, thousands feared dead BREAKING: Munich and Scotland hit. World leaders call for calm. Jon Keller was on a trip to Switzerland when the world ended. More than anything he wishes he hadn’t ignored his wife Nadia’s last message. Twenty people remain in Jon’s hotel. Far from the nearest city, they wait, they survive. Then one day, the body of a girl is found. It’s clear she has been murdered. Which means that someone in the hotel is a killer . . . As paranoia descends, Jon decides to investigate. But how far is he willing to go in pursuit of justice? And what happens if the killer doesn’t want to be found?
Title: The Skylarks War by Hilary McKay
I saw this at the TEENSGate blogger event, and honestly don’t really know what it’s about but the small synopsis it had sounded so intriguing and the cover was beautiful so I had to!
Synopsis: Clarry and her older brother Peter live for their summers in Cornwall, staying with their grandparents and running free with their charismatic cousin, Rupert. But normal life resumes each September – boarding school for Peter and Rupert, and a boring life for Clarry at home with her absent father, as the shadow of a terrible war looms ever closer. When Rupert goes off to fight at the front, Clarry feels their skylark summers are finally slipping away from them. Can their family survive this fearful war?
The publisher sent me this to be a part of the campaign when it was released, and once again I have read this and really enjoyed it!
Synopsis: Link is a fish out of water. Newly arrived from America, he is finding it hard to settle into the venerable and prestigious Osney School. Who knew there could be so many strange traditions to understand? And what kind of school ranks its students by how fast they can run round the school quad – however ancient that quad may be? When Link runs the slowest time in years, he immediately becomes the butt of every school joke. And some students are determined to make his life more miserable than others . . . When a school summer trip is offered, Link can think of nothing worse than spending voluntary time with his worst tormentors. But when his parents say he can only leave Osney School – forever – if he goes on the trip, Link decides to endure it for the ultimate prize. But this particular trip will require a very special sort of endurance.
This was 100% the best packaged ARC I received this month – it was so good I didn’t even want to open it! I’ve already read the first couple chapters and I’m hooked too!
Synopsis: Alicia lives a life most dream of. She lives in a house in one of the most desirable areas of London. She is a famous painter, and her husband, Gabriel, is an in-demand fashion photographer. Her life is perfect. That is, until one evening when Gabriel returns late from a fashion shoot and Alicia shoots him five times and then never speaks another word. Theo Faber, a forensic psychotherapist, has been consumed with the case for five years, and is the only person able to unravel the mystery of why.
This sounded so interesting, and as a historical lover I knew it was a book I needed to read!
Synopsis: Aranthur is a student. He showed a little magical talent, is studying at the local academy, and is nothing particularly special. Others are smarter. Others are more talented. Others are quicker to pick up techniques. But none of them are with him when he breaks his journey home for the holidays in an inn. None of them step in to help when a young woman is thrown off a passing stage coach into the deep snow at the side of the road. And none of them are drawn into a fight to protect her. One of the others might have realised she was manipulating him all along . . .
AHHHH CAN YOU BELIEVE I HAVE A COPY??? I’m so excited to own this, and the ARC has beautiful sprayed pages – I won it from the blogger event and I’m SO happy.
Synopsis: Catarina thought they’d stopped the Hydra virus. She was wrong. After laying everything on the line to decrypt the vaccine, Cat realises that Lachlan’s daemon code is in the panel of every person on the planet. With it, he can reprogram humanity. She, Cole and Leoben set out to stop him, but they’re on a timer. Cartaxus – the shadowy corporation that’s both helped and hindered them – has a deadly end game in play. The virus is evolving, the vaccine is dying, and if Cat can’t find Lachlan in three days, they’ll use lethal code to wipe out everyone. Their path takes them to Entropia, an underground city deep in the desert and home to the most extreme gene hackers, run by the queen of coding, Regina. Struggling with the revelations about her past, and plagued by strange visions, what Cat finds in Entropia is more than just a trail to Lachlan. Because in the vaulted chambers of Regina’s kingdom, Cat is forced to question everything she knows and everyone she trusts, and discovers that the biggest threat of all may be buried in her own mind.
I read Aaru, the first in this series, a while ago and really loved the writing of it (you can find my review here: Aaru by David Meredith // Review), so when David asked me to read his newest novel of course I said yes!
Synopsis: In Elysian Industries’ virtual paradise of Aaru, that means she’s practically a goddess. She is immortal. She is powerful. A limitless paradise is hers and her friends’ to command. They are free from sickness and pain, old age and death. She should be ecstatic over her prestige and privilege, but the gilded utopia has lost its luster. In a reality where anything can be hers with a thought, and Rose can master any skill instantly with nothing but her imagination, to what can she still aspire? She has all of eternity to fill, but what will her purpose be? Rose adores her sweet, Latin boyfriend, Franco. She loves wiling away endless immaculate days with her friends, but shouldn’t there be more to life than mere play? Also, Rose is dogged by deep concern for her little sister, Koren, the Elysian Industries spokes-model and reality star back in the “Before” world. Though Koren is wealthy, famous, and idolized by millions of adoring fans, her life is spinning out of control. Her parents’ marriage is on the rocks, and the boyfriend of her dreams, Jonas Perry, seems suddenly indifferent. Koren finds her celebrity increasingly isolating, her grueling work schedule exhausting, and the constant scrutiny of her personal life unwelcomed and intrusive. To top it all off, she has regular nightmares about the death of her friend, Kiku, and the still-at-large Magic Man who nearly stole away her everything. Koren and Rose have more to fear from this quarter than they know. Magic Man’s obsession with the teenage idol has not lessened, and he is far from defeated. With vital aid from an unexpected source, his nefarious schemes to make Koren his own and to hack the Aaru mainframe are on track and moving forward. Unless the sisters can thwart his sinister designs, everyone and everything the girls hold dear could be destroyed.
I’m really loving MG books at the moment, and this one not only sounded really good, but also like something kids everywhere would like! I have read it, and can confirm it is super fun!
Synopsis: Merel’s life has changed. Since the birth of her sick baby brother, her parents seem to have forgotten she exists. But when she finds a tiny silver violin in her bedroom, things take a turn for the worse. Merel learns that her sleep has abandoned her and that she must embark on a perilous journey to recover it, or stay awake forever. Together with her devoted toy sheep, Roger, Merel sets out in search of a place called Lullaby Grove. She meets a sleepy king with an obsession for feathers and a transparent old man on a night train going nowhere. She discovers why the moonfish cry, and why one should never walk across the Great Yawns. But sad memories start haunting her, as well as a scary man in blue who pops up everywhere she goes. As the strange world she travels keeps shifting and changing, will Merel be able to win back her sleep, return home — and realize what matters most?
Claire is lovely and has been meaning to send me the first book for a while but it messed up, so she kindly sent me this one and I’m excited to read the second book!
Synopsis: Felicity Lawrence is still recovering from the start of summer – a summer of murder, terrifying visions and failed romance. Just as she feels she is getting back to normal, she has another vision, and a young girl disappears. Can she, Ella and Noah catch another killer, or will new arrivals, unfinished business and impending university get in the way.
Title: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
I adore a good retelling and this one has had amazing reviews so far so I’m super excited!
Synopsis: Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall, is cursed. Forced to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he can only be freed by love. But at the end of each autumn he is transformed into a beast hell-bent on destruction, and after so many failed attempts, his kingdom and its people are barely holding on. Harper’s life has never been easy, but she’s learned to be tough enough to survive. She won’t let anything hold her back, not her cerebral palsy or her mother’s deteriorating health. But when she is sucked into Rhen’s world, nothing is as it seems. Powerful forces are standing against Emberfalll … and it will take more than a broken curse to save it from utter ruin.
I’M NOT READY FOR THIS BOOK. I squealed when I got accepted on NetGalley and still can’t believe it!
Synopsis: It’s New York City, 2118. In Manhattan’s glamorous thousand-story supertower, millions of people are living scandalous lives. Leda, Watt, Rylin, Avery, and Calliope are all struggling to hide the biggest secrets of all, secrets that could destroy everything, and send their perfect worlds toppling over the edge. Because every rise has a fall.
Books From TEENSGate Blogger Event:
I went to the Waterstones Deansgate blogger event, and had such an amazing time! I also naturally came away with too many books at the book exchange…
I’ve been wanting this for SO long but everywhere I found it was either way too expensive or out of stock. I can’t believe I finally own it!
Synopsis: Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. After all, her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering its secrets. So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters out of their comfortable home among the aristocracy and back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. The Beast. Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange creature back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of magical creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin, or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?
I’ve heard very mixed reviews about this book, and it kinda put me off buying it because I didn’t want to buy it and hate it. So when I saw it at the event I knew it was the perfect chance to give it a go and hopefully I’ll love it!
Synopsis: Over a year after her parents sent her away from Hawaii to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, Makani Young is still adjusting to her new life. She’s made a small group of close friends and even flirted with romance, but her past in Hawaii is still hard to forget. And then . . . one by one the students of her new high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders. Makani doesn’t know who’s next on the list. Between this, and a secret scorching relationship with the school weirdo, this school year may turn out to be one to die for . . . literally.
Another book that has been on my wishlist forever – I’m so interested in this book and once again have heard nothing but good things about it!
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Peter Blankman is a maths prodigy. He also suffers from severe panic attacks. Afraid of everything, he finds solace in the orderly and logical world of mathematics and in the love of his family: his scientist mum and his tough twin sister Bel, as well as Ingrid, his only friend. However, when his mother is found stabbed before an award ceremony and his sister is nowhere to be found, Pete is dragged into a world of espionage and violence where state and family secrets intertwine. Armed only with his extraordinary analytical skills, Peter may just discover that his biggest weakness is his greatest strength.
So many people suggested this to me, including Faye and Kim Briggs, and I’ve finally listened woo!
Synopsis: Cas Lowood is no ordinary guy – he hunts dead people. People like Anna. Anna Dressed in Blood. A beautiful, murderous ghost entangled in curses and rage. Cas knows he must destroy her, but as her tragic past is revealed, he starts to understand why Anna has killed everyone who’s ever dared to enter her spooky home. Everyone, that is, except Cas…
Gifts from Mariam:
My best friend, Mariam, sent me some books as a gift because 1. she is amazing as hell, and 2. I was having a really tough time and she knows me so well that books are the best therapy! I can’t believe what she sent – I don’t deserve you girl and I’m so grateful!
This wasn’t even on my wishlist, my girl just bought it as an extra present and I’m still not okay because it is SO beautiful!! I can’t wait to get stuck in!
Synopsis: When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first. One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined. As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.
IT’S BEAUTY IS TOO MUCH. I really love pirates and from the moment I caught my eye on these I knew I HAD to have them – thank you my lovely!
Synopsis: When her father, the ruthless Pirate King, discovers that a legendary treasure map can be found on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows that there’s only one pirate for the job – herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her welcome on the ship. After all, who’s going to suspect a girl locked in a cell…But Alosa has skills enough for any three pirates, and has yet to meet her match. Although she has to admit that the surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden, the lucky pirate charged with finding out all her secrets, comes the closest. Now it’s down to a battle of wits and will…Can Alosa find the map before Riden figures out her plan?
Nic from Fantastic Book Dragon has said nothing but amazing things about this series, so I’m super excited now I have this book to carry on the series!
Synopsis: After surviving on Piloria once, Storm and Lincoln are the obvious candidates to return to the dinosaur continent to test the new virus that should clear the way for human settlement. But they have their own priorities – finding a cure for the plague that’s sweeping Earthasia, and keeping themselves alive.
THIS HAS BEEN ON MY WISHLIST FOR SO LONG, MARIAM I LOVE YOU. I couldn’t find this ANYWHERE, but I now have it in my hands!!!!!
Synopsis: Legend says that Aurora Pavan’s ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. Aurora has been groomed to be the perfect queen…but she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people. To keep her secret and save her crown, she’ll have to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom: He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage… She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.
Another book that has been on my wishlist since I started a wishlist – I love the synopsis and Mariam got it me in hardcover which is GORGEOUS!
Synopsis: Flora and Henry were born a few blocks from each other, innocent of the forces that might keep a white boy and an African American girl apart; years later they meet again and their mutual love of music sparks an even more powerful connection. But what Flora and Henry don’t know is that they are pawns in a game played by the eternal adversaries Love and Death, here brilliantly reimagined as two extremely sympathetic and fascinating characters. Can their hearts and their wills overcome not only their earthly circumstances, but forces that have battled throughout history?
I love Paul’s books, and then went to the shop and found it on sale for £3.50 so of course you know I had to get it!
Synopsis: Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake, with their closest neighbours more than two miles in either direction. As Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen but he is young and friendly. Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologises and tells Wen, “None of what s going to happen is your fault”. Three more strangers arrive at the cabin carrying unidentifiable, menacing objects. As Wen sprints inside to warn her parents, Leonard calls out, “Your dads won’t want to let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world.” So begins an unbearably tense, gripping tale of paranoia, sacrifice, apocalypse, and survival that escalates to a shattering conclusion, one in which the fate of a loving family and quite possibly all of humanity are intertwined.
I mean…it’s a new Sarah J Maas book – do I need to explain????
Synopsis: Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking. Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing.
Yes this is now the THIRD copy I own of this book – I WILL GET THE COVER I WANT ONE DAY. Turns out that August was the month it would happen – I now have the new covers in both books ready for the paperback of ARATG to come out!
Synopsis: In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.
Sarah recommended this book to me, so naturally because I have no self control – I got it!
Synopsis: Alys was the only one to see the soul eaters when they came to her village. The others were sleeping. They never woke up… Now, an orphan, Alys knows the full danger of the soul eaters. She’s heard the nursery rhymes the chidren sing about the twin sisters who feed on souls. She’s seen people disappear into the fforest and never come back. So why, then, does she find herself mysteriously drawn to the fforest? Is she what everyone around her says she is? A witch? Alys soon finds herself on a journey that will take her to the very heart of the fforest. There she must decide where true evil lies. And face the thing they call … The Beast.
What a month! I have been so extremely lucky this month, from both authors and publishers sending me books, but also from my beautiful Mariam – you are the absolute best and I’m SO lucky you’re in my life!!!!
What books did you haul last month? What did you think of the ones I hauled? Leave a comment below!
Until next time,