Book Haul

I Should Probably Go On A Book Buying Ban |||| Summer Book Haul

My incredibly long summer has come and gone, now back onto life as a student for my second year of uni. I’ve talked about the fact that I’m a student before and i’m currently unemployed, though seeking work, so I really shouldn’t be spending money on books. But once again here I am and once again I have.

Firstly though, I want to talk about the books that i’ve been sent by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This season I’ve been sent the following thirteen books:

The Art of Hiding, by Amanda Prowse (22nd August, 2017)

Nine McCarrick lives the perfect life, until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels. Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina quickly loses her life of luxury and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate – and sister – she thought she’d left far behind.

But Nina can’t let herself be overwhelmed – her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life.

I Know Where She Is, by S.B. Caves (14th August, 2017)

On the tenth anniversary of her daughter Autumn’s abduction, Francine receives an anonymous note containing just five words: I know where she is. And when a young woman approaches her the next day claiming to have sent the letter, Francine wants to dismiss it as nothing more than a cruel joke. But the stranger knows things that only Autumn would know.

It soon becomes clear that Francine must go to dark places in order to learn the truth about her child’s kidnapping. She will discover that danger comes from unexpected sources. She will do things she never imagined herself capable of. But will Francine get her daughter back or is it too late?

Invictus, by Ryan Graudin (21st September, 2017)

Faraway Gaius McCarthy has always wanted to explore history but after failing his time-travelling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

London: Orbital, by Guy Adams (13th July, 2017)

One minute everything was fine and the next … they arrived. Those that saw them died instantly. The unlucky ones survived. Now unimaginable things straight out of nightmares roam the streets of the world. Nothing is impossible. Nowhere is safe. And no one can escape The Change.

New York: Queen of Coney Island (13th July, 2017)

One minute everything was fine and the next … they arrived. Those that saw them died instantly. The unlucky ones survived. Now unimaginable things straight out of nightmares roam the streets of the world. Nothing is impossible. Nowhere is safe. And no one can escape The Change.

Paris: A City of Fools, Guy Adams (13th July)

One minute everything was fine and the next … they arrived. Those that saw them died instantly. The unlucky ones survived. Now unimaginable things straight out of nightmares roam the streets of the world. Nothing is impossible. Nowhere is safe. And no one can escape The Change.

Daughter of the Burning City, by Amanda Foody (7th September, 2017)

Sixteen year old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smouldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the travelling circus city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, hear and touch, with personalities all of their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the festivals’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that – illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed – until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

Let the Dead Speak, by Jane Casey (24th August, 2017)

When eighteen year old Chloe Emery returns to her West London home she finds her mother missing, the house covered in blood. Everything points to murder, except for one thing: there’s no sign of the body.

London detective Maeve Kerrigan and the homicide team turn their attention to the neighbours. The ultra-religious Norrises are acting suspiciously; their teenage daughter and Chloe Emery definitely have something to hide. Then there’s William Turner, once accused of stabbing a school mate and the neighborhood’s favourite criminal. is he merely a scapegoat, or is there more behind the charismatic facade?

As a body fails to materialise, Maeve must piece together a patchwork of testimonies and accusations. Who is lying, and who is not? And soon Maeve starts to realise that not only will the answer lead to Kate Emery, but more lives may hang in the balance.

The Thousandth Floor, by Katharine McGee (30th August, 2017)

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something … and everyone has something to lose.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all – yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, give teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down.

Tiny Budget Cooking, by Limahl Asmall (29th June, 2017)

This book features 100 delicious recipes bursting with flavour and variety. The book is organised into four weekly plans, each comprising a dedicated shopping list, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes for every day of the week.

One Dark Throne (sampler), by Kendare Blake (21st September, 2017)

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. The battle for the crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

Alex and Eliza, by Melissa De La Cruz (7th September 2017)

1777, Albany, New York, as battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schulyers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters – Angelica, with her rasor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks, and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival those of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.

Still, Eliza can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck – as an orphan, and a bastard one at that – to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

Good Me Bad Me, by Ali Land (12th January, 2017)

Annie’s mother is a serial killer. The only way she can make it stop is to hand her in to the police. But out of sight is not out of mind. As her mother’s trial looms, the secrets of her past won’t let Annie sleep, even with a new foster family and a name – Milly. A fresh start. Now, surely, she can be whoever she wants to be. But Milly’s mother is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water. Good me, bad me. She is, after all, her mother’s daughter.

It was my birthday in June and I was given two books for my birthday. They are the first and third books in the following series:

A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price.

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break and ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

And now we move one to the actual books that I’ve bought this season. At this moment in time I’ve read 104 books in 2017 so thanks to the read 5 before you buy initiative, I can buy a total of 20 books. By the end of my spring book haul I could buy another nine books (and I’m not counting the above books because I didn’t actually buy any of them).

So the books I physically bought are as follows:

Attack on Titan, Volumes 5 – 11, by Hajime Isayama

Set a thousand years into the future, what little percentage is left of mankind is forced to live behind giant walls to protect themselves from the Titans; giant humanoid creatures who want to devour all of the human race. For a hundreds years, humanity have lived in peace until one day when the wall is destroyed.

(A little side note, the only reason I bought all of these is because I had a gift card from Christmas that I hadn’t spent and there was a huge sale so i thought let’s buy manga!)

All That She Can See, by Carrie Hope Fletcher

Cherry Wallace has a hidden talent. She can see things other people can’t and she decided a long time ago to use this skill to help others. As fas as the rest of the town is concerned she’s simply the kind-hearted young woman who runs the local bakery, but in private she uses her gift to add something special to her cakes so that after just one mouthful the townspeople start to feel better about their lives. They don’t know why they’re drawn to Cherry’s bakery – they just know that they’re safe there and that’s how Cherry likes it. She can help them in secret and no one will ever need to know the truth.

And then Chase arrives into town and threatens to undo all the good Cherry has done. Because it turns out she’s not the only one who can see what she sees …

(I actually ordered this a few months ago, when it first came up for preorder so technically it shouldn’t be up for this haul but it arrived this month so …)

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because woman are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of decline births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her now, and access to knowledge. But all of that is now gone.

American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he loved deeply, and start a new life.

But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr Wednesday. A trickster and a rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing – and epic war for the very soul of America – and he is standing squarely in its path.

Stardust, by Neil Gaiman

Young Tristran Thorn will do anything to win the cold heart of the beautiful Victoria – even fetch the star they watch fall from the night sky. But to do so, he must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the ancient wall that gives their tiny village its name. Beyond that old stone wall, Tristran learns, lies Faerie – where nothing, not even a fallen star, is what he imagined.

Coraline, by Neil Gaiman

Coraline Jones often wondered what’s behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveal only a wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her now, but strangely different. And when she finds her “other” parents in this alternate world, they are much more investing despite their creed black button eyes.

When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisioned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.

And there we have it. This season I purchased 11 books and I was only supposed to get 9. I do well one season then do badly the next. Oh well, i’m entering the next semester of uni so it’s not like i’ll have any spare money to spend on books till after Christmas. I doubt there’ll actually be an autumn haul and if there is on, it probably won’t be that big.

What’s been your favourite purchase this season? I’d love to know.


Book Total of 2017 – 104



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