September 2018 Book Haul!

Hi everyone!

THIS MONTH HAS BEEN THE ABSOLUTE BEST FOR BOOK HAULS. Honestly I am still SCREAMING into the abyss over the books I got this month, I just keep staring at them because I’m SO in love with them!

Are you excited to see what I hauled? Let’s get to it!

ARCs & Finished Copies from Publishers/Authors:

Title: An American Story by Christopher Priest

This sounded so heartbreaking and so interesting, I knew I had to read it!

Synopsis: Ben Matson lost someone he loved in the 9/11 attacks. Or thinks he did – no body has been recovered, and she shouldn’t have been on that particular plane at that time. But he knows she was. The world has moved on from that terrible day. Nearly 20 years later, it has faded into a dull memory for most people. But a chance encounter rekindles Ben’s interest in the event, and the inconsistencies that always bothered him. Then the announcement of the recovery of an unidentified plane crash sets off a chain of events that will lead Ben to question everything he thought he knew . .  

Title: Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva

I’ve been struggling a lot with my mental health, and this book has completely blown me away. I honestly can’t recommend it enough!

Synopsis: Changing how you think is possible. I wasn’t always so sure that was true until I experienced it myself, but I know now we don’t have to just accept unhappiness. Not always anyway. This book is my collection of tips and suggestions that have helped me achieve happier thinking. It’s sort of a gym for my mind. I’d love to tell you it was easier than the real gym but well… it’s not really. It takes time, effort, and practice but it’s absolutely well worth the rewards. 

Title: Strange Ink by Gary Kemble

Horror books ready for October yessss! Also not only is this synopsis SO exciting but look at that cover!!

Synopsis: When washed-up journalist Harry Hendrick wakes one morning with a hangover and a strange symbol tattooed on his neck, he shrugs it off as a bad night out. But soon more tattoos appear: grisly, violent images which come accompanied by horrific nightmares so he begins to dig deeper. Harry’s search leads him to a sinister disappearance, torment from beyond the grave, and a web of corruption and violence tangled with his own past. One way or another, he has to right the wrongs. 

Title: The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli

THIS BOOK. THIS SERIES! The beauty! I am so in love with this book and the story!

Synopsis: Roa and her sister Essie were born with a bond so strong that it forged them together forever. It was a magic they cherished – until the terrible day Essie died and her soul was trapped in this world. Dax, the heir to the throne of Firgaard, was responsible. Roa swore she would never forgive him – yet when he came begging for her help to dethrone his cruel father, Roa made him a deal. She’d give him the army he needed if he made her queen. Now she is royalty, but an outlander; far from home and married to her enemy. And even after everything she has sacrificed, Dax’s promises go unfulfilled. Roa’s people still suffer. Then a chance to right every wrong arises – an opportunity for Roa to rid herself of this enemy king and rescue her beloved sister. During the Relinquishing, when the spirits of the dead are said to return, Roa can reclaim her sister for good. All she has to do is kill the king. . . 

Title: The World of Lore 3: Dreadful Places by Aaron Mahnke

LORE IS SO AMAZING! Sign me up for any creepy stories, and I can’t believe I got accepted for an e-ARC of this!

Synopsis: Humans have an uncanny ability to leave their indelible mark. Homes can sometimes reflect the characteristics of their occupants and even cities become more and more like living beings after a century or two. So, it’s logical to assume that darker deeds, horrible tragedies, and the worst of human nature all might leave a nefarious taint on some of these places. This third book in The World of Lore series will explore dark and dreadful places on land and at sea, places haunted by tragedy and filled with echo es of evil. These are the stories about cities, and buildings, too, from New Orleans to Louisiana and Richmond, Virginia, as well as infamous places like the Stanley Hotel in Colorado and England’s most frightening and brooding castles. 

Title: OtherEarth by Jason Segel and Kristen Miller

I’m currently reading Otherworld and loving it, and saw this on Netgalley and I had to request it!

Synopsis: Simon saved his best friend, Kat, from the clutches of the Company and their high-tech VR gaming experience, Otherworld. But it was at a steep price. Now he, Kat, and their friend Busara are on the run. They know too much. About the Company’s dark secrets. About the real-life consequences of playing Otherworld. And about Kat’s stepfather’s involvement in everything. The group is headed to New Mexico to find Simon’s old roommate, who is a tech genius and possibly the only person who can help them reveal the truth about the Company before it’s too late and the line between what’s real and what’s fantasy is erased…forever. 

Title: The Secrets You Hide by Kate Helm

I love a good thriller, and this one sounds so exciting! I love how it merges real life with paranormal!

Synopsis: Georgia Sage has a gift: she can see evil in people. As a courtroom artist she uses her skills to help condemn those who commit terrible crimes. After all, her own brutal past means she knows innocence is even rarer than justice. But when she is drawn back into the trial that defined her career, a case of twisted family betrayal, she realises her own reckless pursuit of justice may have helped the guilty go free. As Georgia gets closer to the truth behind the Slater family, something happens that threatens not only her career – but even her own sanity. At first, she fears her guilt around the events of her terrible childhood is finally coming back to haunt her.

Title: Vengeful by V. E. Schwab


Synopsis: Magneto and Professor X. Superman and Lex Luthor. Victor Vale and Eli Ever. Sydney and Serena Clarke. Great partnerships, now soured on the vine. But Marcella Riggins needs no one. Flush from her brush with death, she’s finally gained the control she s always sought-and will use her newfound power to bring the city of Merit to its knees. She’ll do whatever it takes, collecting her own sidekicks, and leveraging the two most infamous EOs, Victor Vale and Eli Ever, against each other once more. With Marcella’s rise, new enmities create opportunity-and the stage of Merit City will once again be set for a final, terrible reckoning. 

Title: Pages and Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderer by Anna James

I’ve heard such amazing things about this book, and I love a good MG book – so I was super happy when I received it! Also the cover under the jacket is absolutely stunning!

Synopsis: Since her mother’s disappearance, eleven-year-old Tilly has found comfort in stories at Pages & Co., her grandparents’ bookshop. But when her favourite characters, Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland, appear in the shop, Tilly’s adventures become very real. Not only can she follow Anne and Alice into their thrilling worlds, she discovers she can bookwander into any story she chooses. Tilly’s new ability could even help her solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago. But danger may be lurking on the very next page… 

Title: Judderman by D. A. Northwood

The first of the Eden Society novels – a horror book ready for October? What more could I want!

Synopsis: London, early-1970s. In a city plagued by football violence, Republican bombings, blackouts and virulent racism, a new urban myth is taking hold. Among the broken down estates, crumbling squats and failed projects of a dying metropolis, whispered sightings of a malevolent figure nicknamed the Judderman are spreading. A manifestation of the sick psyche of a city, or something else? 

Title: Holt House by L. G. Vey

This is the second of the Eden Society books that they sent me, and I’m so excited for them! They couldn’t have arrived at a better time!

Synopsis: It’s a quiet house, sheltered, standing in a mass of tangled old trees called the Holtwood. Raymond watches it. He’s been watching it, through a gap in the fence at the bottom of the garden, for weeks. Thinking about the elderly owners, Mr and Mrs Latch, who took him in one night when he was a frightened boy caught up in an emergency. Mr Latch showed him something that was kept in a wardrobe in the spare room. He can’t remember what it was. He only knows how sick it made him feel. Raymond watches Holt House. He has to remember what he saw. He has to get inside.

Title: Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Honestly I am still absolutely crying about this!!! My MOST anticipated read of the year, and one I never stop talking about is finally in my hands, and let me tell you the proof is GORGEOUS! I still can’t believe it and I can’t thank DoubleDay enough!

Synopsis: Five Dunbar brothers are living – fighting, loving, grieving – in the perfect chaos of a house without grown-ups. Today, the father who left them has just walked right back in.
He has a surprising request: Who will build a bridge with him? 
It is Clay, a boy tormented by a long-buried secret, who accepts. But why is Clay so broken? And why must he fulfil this extraordinary challenge? Bridge of Clay is about a boy caught in a current, a boy intent on destroying everything he has in order to become everything he needs to be. Ahead of him lies the bridge, the vision that will save both his family and himself. It will be a miracle and nothing less.


Other Buys:

Title: That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger

I read the e-ARC of this book, and absolutely adored it – so much in fact I knew I needed a physical copy of it! My parents decided to buy me two books to cheer me up after a bit of a crappy month, and this was on offer so I knew I had to! Thank you to my wonderful parents!

Synopsis: It’s been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah’s story – that she died proclaiming her faith. But it’s not true. I know because I was with her when she died. I didn’t say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah’s parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight . . . but I’m not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did – and didn’t – happen that day. Except Sarah’s martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don’t take kindly to what I’m trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what’s right. I don’t know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up . . . 

Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Mariam told me I needed to read this series, and I managed to get this on the Buy One Get One Half Price deal at Waterstones along with That’s Not What Happened! Thank you to my parents for buying me these two books to cheer me up – you’re the best!

Synopsis: Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she’s ever loved. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only.Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control 

Title: After the Fire by Will Hill

I won a competition where I could choose a book of my choice, and I read the synopsis of this one and it sounded definitely right up my alley! I’ve heard great things about it so can’t wait to get to it!

Synopsis: Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming. Moonbeam is starting to doubt, though. She’s starting to see the lies behind Father John’s words. She wants him to be found out. What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire? divider-2461548_1280

Honestly I can’t cope with this month, thank you to every single person and publisher who sent me a book – I got my two most anticipated reads of the year and I’m screaming forever!! Thank you so so much to you all, I’m so grateful to have you!

What did you haul this month? What did you think of my haul? Let me know below!

Until next time,

Keep Reading!

Meggan x

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