I have a problem; I can’t even deny it…
Okay to begin let’s start with a Book Subscription Box; so since I had a bit of spare cash chilling in my bank account I decided to go ahead a find a cheap one (and by cheap I mean an Australian one so shipping wouldn’t be $40) and while it was fun to get it I don’t think I’ll be getting this specific Book Sub again. To me it just didn’t have enough to justify the amount I paid. Especially since I’m so picky with the books I read and there’s not a guarantee that I’ll enjoy the books. So here it is:
by Will Kostakis
Young Adult Contemprary
“The Swimmer. The Rebel. The Nerd.
All Ryan, Harley and Miles had in common was Isaac. They lived different lives, had different interests and kept different secrets. But they shared the same best friend. They were sidekicks. And now that Isaac’s gone, what does that make them?”
I’m not going to lie, this is not a book I’m likely to read anytime soon… It looks interesting but just isn’t up my alley of interests..
I’m not saying that this box isn’t good, it really is. But for me personally it’s a lot of money when there’s not a high chance I’ll like the contents (I actually usually hate any books set in Australia so there’s that..). This box in particular was wonderfully curated, although I did feel like the contents could have been coordinated a little better.
OKAY NOW ONTO THE BOOKS
by C.A Jonelle
Adult Music Romance
I actually won this book back in November on Goodreads but there’s been some mess and it’s been resent three times and IT FINALLY ARRIVED! he author kindly included some additional swaggy stuff so that was super amazing!
“Time heals all wounds right? Eventually you’ll just mend that hole in your heart and it’ll be like nothing ever happened. Zayne thought so. Sex and alcohol can make you forget … for a short period of time at least. True love doesn’t exist. He has no time for it. Meaningless sex is the way to go.
Until he meets Alivia. The sexy nurse who had a hand in the care of his brother, Zaryk. Alivia is everything he could ever want in a woman. She’s sexy, confident, smart, and willing to be around him at his worst … and right now he’s at an all-time low. A horrible accident has brought him back to the hospital where she works and he’s thrust into emotions he never thought he’d feel again. Not since …. her.
Will Alivia break down the walls that surround the infamous sex fiend that is Zayne Hunter? Or will she push him away even further?
This is the second story in the ‘Twisted Epiphany’ series that follows Zaryk, Zayne, Zayden, Deklan, and Kreed as they take their band from small town success to world-wide phenomenon.”
I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for so long but right now I’m on a re-tellings and YA historical fantasy spree of sorts so Zayne will have to wait a little longer.
by Jessica Khoury
So back when I pre-ordered The Forbidden Wish I entered a thing to get pre-order swag AND IT ARRIVED! Oh it makes me so happy! I’ve never had a book world map before and they’ve quickly become my favorite thing! I also received a bookmark (duh!) and a signed author plate/sticker which as you can see I promptly put into my copy of The Forbidden Wish.
by Bonnie S. Calhoun
Young Adult, Christian Dystopian (Fantasy)
I’m not usually a fan of Christian books despite being a Christian (in a sense) myself. However when I was at Koorong my mum pointed out the YA section and I knew I had to get something since the Christian YA genre appears to have grown into something awesome.
“In post-apocalyptic America, Selah Chavez is crouched in long grass on a shore littered with the rusted metal remnants of a once-great city. It is the day before her eighteenth Born Remembrance, and she is hunting, though many people refuse to eat animal flesh, tainted by radiation during the Time of Sorrows. What Selah’s really after are Landers, mysterious people from a land across the big water who survive the delirium-inducing passage in small boats that occasionally crash against the shoreline. She knows she should leave the capture to the men, but Landers bring a good price from the Company and are especially prized if they keep the markings they arrive with.
Everything falls to pieces when the Lander Selah catches is stolen by her brothers–and Selah wakes up the next morning to find the Lander’s distinctive mark has suddenly appeared on her own flesh. Once the hunter, Selah is now one of the hunted, and she knows only one person who can help her–Bohdi Locke, the Lander her brothers hope to sell.”
by Charlotte McConaghy
Young Adult High Fantasy Paranormal Romance
“The people of Kaya die in pairs. When one lover dies, the other does too. So it has been for thousands of years – until Ava.
For although her bondmate, Avery, has been murdered and Ava’s soul has been torn in two, she is the only one who has ever been strong enough to cling to life. Vowing revenge upon the barbarian queen of Pirenti, Ava’s plan is interrupted when she is instead captured by the deadly prince of her enemies.
Prince Ambrose has been brought up to kill and hate. But when he takes charge of a strangely captivating Kayan prisoner and is forced to survive with her on a dangerous island, he must reconsider all he holds true . . .
In a violent country like Pirenti, where emotion is scorned as a weakness, can he find the strength to fight for the person he loves . . . even when she’s his vengeful enemy?”
by Gena Showalter
Young Adult Paranormal Romance
I love Gena, her writing is awesome and I seriously love her adult books (Lords of the Underworld and Angels After Dark). I’ve been meaning to read Intertwined for a while, I think I even started it at one point, but I never finished it. I made myself promise to finish it before her new book Firstlife but then time got away from me and now it’s out and I still haven’t read it, so when I saw it at the Op-Shop I knew it was a sign for me to read it!
“There’s something about the new guy at Crossroads High…
Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:
One can time travel.
One can raise the dead.
One can possess another human.
One can tell the future.
Everyone thinks he’s crazy, which is why he’s spent his entire life shuffled between mental institutions and juvie. All of that is about to change, however. For months Aden has been having visions of a beautiful girl—a girl who carries centuries-old secrets. A girl who will either save him or destroy him.
Together they’ll enter a dark world of intrigue and danger… but not everyone will come out alive.”
by A.J Betts
Young Adult Contemporary Romance (Illness)
I know I just recently said I don’t really like Australia books but it was $1 so I figured there would be no harm trying it. Also it’s set in my home state.
“ “When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics.”
So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier during a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door. Once released, the two near-strangers can’t forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives. The story of their mysterious connection drives this unflinchingly tough, tender novel told in two voices.”
by Lauren Conrad
YA/NA Contemporary Romance (Chick Lit)
“Los Angeles is all about the sweet life: hot clubs, cute guys, designer…everything. Nineteen-year-old Jane Roberts can’t wait to start living it up. She may be in L.A. for an internship, but Jane plans to play as hard as she works, and has enlisted her BFF Scarlett to join in the fun.
When Jane and Scarlett are approached by a producer who wants them to be on his new series, a “reality version of Sex and the City,” they can hardly believe their luck. Their own show? Yes, please!
Soon Jane is TV’s hottest star. Fame brings more than she ever imagined possible for a girl from Santa Barbara-free designer clothes, the choicest tables at the most exclusive clubs, invites to Hollywood premieres-and she’s lapping up the VIP treatment with her eclectic entourage of new pals. But those same friends who are always up for a wild night are also out for a piece of Jane’s spotlight.
In a city filled with people chasing after their dreams, it’s not long before Jane wakes up to the reality that everyone wants something from her, and nothing is what it seems to be.”
By Shannon Greenland
Young Adult Spy Romance
(THIS BLURB IS FROM MODEL SPY SO THERE WON’T BE ANY SPOILERS)
“Teen genius Kelly James is in a lot of hot water. A whiz with computers, she agreed to help her college RA, David, uncover some top-secret information. After all, she doesn’t have many friends and David has always been nice to her. It doesn’t hurt that he’s supercute and irresistible, too. All she has to do is hack into the government’s main computer system.
But a few hours later, her whole life changes. She is caught and taken in for questioning, only this isn’t your run-of-the-mill arrest. Rather than serve a juvenile detention sentence, she accepts the option to change her name and enlist in a secret government spy agency that trains teen agents to go undercover. As if that wasn’t overwhelming enough, she discovers that David works for this agency as well!
And before she even begins to understand what is going on, she’s sent on her first mission as an undercover model. And who better to partner with than David himself!”
by Mark Forsyth
Non-Fiction Humour Reference
“Do you know why…
…a mortgage is literally a death pledge? …why guns have girls’ names? …why salt is related to soldier?
You’re about to find out…
The Etymologicon (e-t?-‘ma-la-ji-kan) is:
*Witty (wi-te\): Full of clever humor*Erudite (er-?-dit): Showing knowledge*Ribald (ri-b?ld): Crude, offensive
“The Etymologicon “is a completely unauthorized guide to the strange underpinnings of the English language. It explains: how you get from “gruntled” to “disgruntled”; why you are absolutely right to believe that your meager salary barely covers “money for salt”; how the biggest chain of coffee shops in the world (hint: Seattle) connects to whaling in Nantucket; and what precisely the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening.”
Literally just a book about the connection between one thing to another- words. I picked it up because it made me laugh.
by Elizabeth M. Hurst
Adult Suspense Romance (from what I can see anyway..)
I won this book on Goodreads with the intention to give it to my mum, however she didn’t care for the premise so it remains in my hands… I’m sure I’ll get around to reading it sometime.
“Emma McVeigh is emotionally adrift. Broken-hearted after her marriage breakup, she has escaped city life and sought solace in a quintessential English village. Allowing herself time to regroup seems like the best course of action in her life right now.
However, the picture-perfect thatched cottage she moves into hides a secret and is not the sanctuary she was hoping for.
Enter her dashing next-door neighbour, Lewis. Charismatic and confident, he seems to be everything Emma wants in a man and she’s very attracted to him. But after a drunken one-night stand, he turns out to be not all he seems either.
Can they each face their inner demons and, in doing so, solve the mystery of another lost soul?”
by Patrick Ness
Young Adult, Post Apocalyptic Dystopian, Fantasy Adventure, War, Romance
“Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.
But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?”
(I’m not including the blurbs to the second and third books for obvious spoiler reasons)
by Cassandra Clare
Young Adult Paranormal Romance
“When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…”
(I’m not including the blurbs to the second and third books for obvious spoiler reasons)
by Kathy Reichs
Adult Murder Mystery
“Dr. Temperance “Tempe” Brennan is a forensic anthropologist, who investigates human remains at crime scenes where the flesh is too degraded for a coroner to obtain evidence (victims of arson, mutilation, advanced decomposition, etc.). Tempe is first introduced in Déjà Dead. She is a native of the Carolinas and one of only fifty board-certified forensic anthropologists in North America.”
by Lewis Carroll, Illustrated by Sir John Tenniel
Seven 48-Piece Jigsaws
Childrens Puzzle Book
by Rod Green and Steve Read
Childrens Pop Up Book
It’s literally a pop up book about pirates. That’s basically it. That’s all I needed to know. It’s supposed to make noise but I haven’t the foggiest how that’s meant to work?
HOW COOL IS IT!
What books have YOU bought this month?
Have YOU read any of these books?
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(I am aware that the quality of the photos isn’t consistant, please understand my arm was really starting to hurt from holding up the books and camera that it got to the point where I just did not care.)