book haul

Book Haul #7

I think I need to resign myself to the fact that I need to make monthly book hauls otherwise I’ll be backed up.  Or maybe I should just include the books I’m SUPER PUMPED for?  Tell me your thoughts below. Also in case you missed it I’m running a BOOK GIVEAWAY right here on my blog, so why not click HERE to check that out? Now how about we start with this Haul? (Also in the future I’m thinking I might edit my photos so they don’t include so much of my bookshelves.)

A Study In Charlotte

by Brittany Cavallero

YA Contemporary Mystery Retelling

REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY HERE

(Giveaway Closed)

★★★★

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The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

The Book Depository: Hardback

Ruby Red

by Kerstin Gier

YA Time Travel (Sci-Fi) Historical Romance

★★★

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When I get all three books in this awesome trilogy I’m going to hopefully be writing a series review.

Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

The Book Depository: Hardback 

The Shadow Queen

by C.J Redwine

YA Fantasy Fairy Tale Romance Retelling

★★★★★

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Literally cannot wait until the second book in this series!

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

The Book Depository: Hardback 

Smuggler’s Kiss

by Marie-Louise Jensen

YA Historical Adventure Romance

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I read the bio of this and simply needed it.  So you know… I went on The Book Depository and didn’t even hesitate to click buy right then and there.

The year is 1720. Isabelle, beautiful, wealthy and spoiled, should be at the threshold of a delightful adulthood. Instead her life has taken a turn so dark and dreadful, that she can’t see a way out.

But though Isabelle has fled, she is still trapped.

Prevented from taking a desperate way out and picked up by a crew of smugglers, Isabelle is quickly forced to re-evaluate everything she thought she knew about her world. But if the secret of her previous life is revealed then the smugglers who have found her will not let her stay on board The Invisible… and she has nowhere else to go.

The Book Depository: Paperback 

Maid of Secrets

by Jennifer McGowan

YA Historical Mystery (Espionage) Adventure Romance

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Sorry I couldn’t get a better picture, it came in a paper bag in the mail and was bent a bit so I couldn’t get the angle right without it being slightly out of focus.

This was another one of those instant buy books.  I can’t wait to read it!

Orphan Meg Fellowes makes her living picking pockets—until she steals from the wrong nobleman. Instead of rotting in prison like she expected, she’s whisked away to the court of Queen Elizabeth and pressed into royal service, where she joins four other remarkable girls in the Maids of Honor, the Queen’s secret society of protectors.

Meg’s natural abilities as a spy prove useful in this time of unrest. The Spanish Court is visiting, and with them come devious plots and hidden political motives. As threats to the kingdom begin to mount, Meg can’t deny her growing attraction to one of the dashing Spanish courtiers. But it’s hard to trust her heart in a place where royal formalities and masked balls hide the truth: Not everyone is who they appear to be. With danger lurking around every corner, can she stay alive—and protect the crown?

The Book Depository: Paperback

Twisted Bond

by Emma Hart

New Adult Contemporary Humor Romantic Suspense

★★★★

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If you’ve been following my blog and reading my Wrap Ups this year you would know I’ve been loving this awesome PI/Cop romance! It’s probably my favorite Adult book at the moment! This is the first book of four that are currently out, the fifth instalment comes out pretty soon.

I’m an Italian-Texan woman in a family full of cops. I’m passionate and shoot before I think. You only f*ck with me if you’re stupid.

Photograph cheating spouses. Hand over the evidence. Cash my check.
That was my plan when I returned home to Holly Woods, Texas, and became a private investigator.
Finding the dead body in my dumpster? Yeah… Given the choice, I think I would have opted out of that little discovery, especially since all three of my brothers are cops. And my Italian grandmother is sure the reason I’m single is because of my job.
Of course, my connection to the victim is entirely coincidental. Until I’m hired by her husband to investigate her murder and shoved bang-smack into the path of Detective Drake Nash. My nemesis, a persistent pain in my ass, and one hell of a sexy son of a bitch.
Shame he still holds a grudge from that time I shot him in the foot twelve years ago, or we could have something. In another life.
So now all I have to do is avoid my nonna’s blind dates, try not to blackmail my brothers into giving me confidential police files, and absolutely do not point my gun at Drake Nash. Or kiss him. Or jump his bones.
All while I hunt down the killer.
Sounds totally simple—until a second body proves that sometimes things that start as coincidences don’t always end up that way…

The Book Depository: Paperback 

Dance of Fire

by Yelena Black

YA Paranormal Mystery Romance

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Isn’t this cover so beautiful!

So I read the first book in this series a little while ago, but it stuck with me, so when I came across the second book by chance I bought it.  Obviously. I think I need to recap my memory before reading this book but I can’t wait to see how the story progresses!

(THIS BLURB IS FROM DANCE OF SHADOWS SO THERE WON’T BE ANY SPOILERS)

Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you’re close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner’s heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly – and she must be very careful who she trusts . . .

Vanessa Adler attends an elite ballet school – the same one her older sister, Margaret, attended before she disappeared. Vanessa feels she can never live up to her sister’s shining reputation. But Vanessa, with her glorious red hair and fair skin, has a kind of power when she dances – she loses herself in the music, breathes different air, and the world around her turns to flames . . .

Soon she attracts the attention of three men: gorgeous Zep, mysterious Justin, and the great, enigmatic choreographer Josef Zhalkovsky. When Josef asks Vanessa to dance the lead in the Firebird, she has little idea of the danger that lies ahead – and the burning forces about to be unleashed . . .

The Book Depository: Paperback 

Altered

by Jennifer Rush

YA Science Fiction Paranormal Mystery Adventure Romance

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I know I’ve read this book but all I can remember is the beginning and according to Goodreads I read it in 2012 and didn’t even rate it (despite the fact that I KNOW I enjoyed it a lot) so I picked it up in the bookstore when I saw it and decided it was time to re-read it.

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who has stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.

The Book Depository: Paperback 

(I had originally wanted this series in Hardcover but I wanted to read it sooner rather than later so I decided Paperbacks would do.)

Demigods and Magicians: Percy and Annabeth meet The Kanes

by Rick Riordan

Middle Grade/YA Novella Anthologies Mythology Adventure

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So, obviously I bought this. Riordan is one of my favorite authors, probably, ever.  This is definitely not a standalone, you need to have read the books to understand even half of what is going on. This is basically a bind up book of the three crossovers as well as chapter one of Magnus Chase and The Hidden Oracle (when I saw that I nearly cried, I was so happy!)

Magic, monsters, and mayhem abound when Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase meet Carter and Sadie Kane for the first time. Weird creatures are appearing in unexpected places, and the demigods and magicians have to team up to take them down. As they battle with Celestial Bronze and glowing hieroglyphs, the four heroes find that they have a lot in common–and more power than they ever thought possible. But will their combined forces be enough to foil an ancient enemy who is mixing Greek and Egyptian incantations for an evil purpose?

The Book Depository: Hardcover

AUDIO BOOK: Six of Crows

by Leigh Bardugo

YA High Fantasy Adventure Romance

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So I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long but I just haven’t been able to read it.  The idea of six POV’s scares me a little too much for my ADHD mind to focus on. So I decided that maybe the audio-book would be a good solution, this is my first audio-book so I’ll tell you how it goes.  What I know so far is that I need to have a colouring book in from of me, or something.. My hands get too fidgety.

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

The Book Depository: Audio Book

Frozen

by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

YA Fantasy Paranormal Dystopian Adventure Romance

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I actually picked this one up without knowing much, after seeing some Goodreads reviews (about the first to third book) I’m a little uncertain whether I’ll continue on with the series after the first book, but I’ll still give it a shot.  Eventually.

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she’s heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.

The Book Depository: Paperback 

Gallagher Girls: Out of Sight, Out of Time

by Ally Carter

YA Contemporary Adventure Espionage Romance

Book Five

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I have read the first book in this series… I think? I own the first three books and now the fifth, but I’ve been putting off reading them until I have at least the first five because they’re fairly short and easy reads so I’d probably read them back to back over a long weekend.  Also I’ve been buying these mostly from second hand stores because I like the older covers and The Book Depositor doesn’t have the old covers anymore. So getting the fourth book may take a while, I might have to buy the ebook.

(THIS BLURB IS FROM I’D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU SO THERE WON’T BE ANY SPOILERS)

Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.

The Book Depository: Paperback 

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

by Jonathan Safran Foer

Adult Contemporary Fiction

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I’ve been wanting to read this book for the longest time (since 2013 I think?) but I’ve put it off for a few reasons, the main one is given it’s in relation to the 9/11 attacks I’m going to be a bawling mess, and also because it’s not necessarily something I can relate too so I’m not sure how much I’ll enjoy it.  But I found a cheap copy and thought why not.

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father’s closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.

The Book Depository: Paperback 

The Lazarus Project

by Aleksander Hemon

Contemporary Historical Mystery Fiction

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On March 2, 1908, nineteen-year-old Lazarus Averbuch, an Eastern European Jewish immigrant, was shot to death on the doorstep of the Chicago chief of police and cast as a would-be anarchist assassin.

A century later, a young Eastern European writer in Chicago named Brik becomes obsessed with Lazarus’s story. Brik enlists his friend Rora — a war photographer from Sarajevo — to join him in retracing Averbuch’s path.

Through a history of pogroms and poverty, and a prism of a present-day landscape of cheap mafiosi and even cheaper prostitutes, the stories of Averbuch and Brik become inextricably intertwined, creating a truly original, provocative, and entertaining novel that confirms Aleksandar Hemon as one of the most dynamic and essential literary voices of our time.

The Book Depository: Paperback 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

by Laini Taylor

YA Paranormal Urban Fantasy Romance

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So here’s the thing, I’ve owned this book before, but I hadn’t read it and at the time I didn’t think I would end up reading it, so I sold it.  But lately I’ve been thinking about reading more books in this genre type.  So hopefully I’ll pick this up sometime soon!

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

The Book Depository: Paperback 

Level 26: Dark Prophecy

by Anthony E. Zuiker

Adult Psychological Crime Thriller 

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The second book in the groundbreaking bestselling trilogy, from the creator of the CSI franchise.

Steve Dark was once a lost soul, torn between his family and his one-of-a-kind talent for hunting and catching serial killers-especially those so-called “level 26” killers whose depravity exceeds law enforcement’s official scale of evil. In his reluctant pursuit of justice Dark once crossed the ultimate line, a line that might cause a lesser man to lose himself completely.

Not Dark. When the world took everything from him, when it destroyed the very thing Dark once lived for, it brought a moment of clarity that few before him have witnessed, and sparked a transformation that, several years later, is only just complete.

Dark is now a man on a mission. A mission that no longer requires law enforcement support. A mission unbound by authorities, moral or otherwise, and supported by a mysterious benefactor with unknown goals of her own. A mission that, at long last, allows him to embrace his destiny. Dark is finally ready- ready to take justice to the next level.

The Book Depository: Paperback 

Once Upon A TimeThe Crimson Thread

by Suzanne Weyn

YA Historical Fairy Tale Retellings Fantasy Romance 

Book Thirteen

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So I didn’t know that this was part of a huge series of multiple fairytale retellings, but that’s fine.  I believe they’re all standalones.  This is a retelling of Rumplestiltskin, which is one of the stories you don’t see retold that often.

The year is 1880, and Bertie, having just arrived in New York with her family, is grateful to be given work as a seamstress in the home of textile tycoon J. P. Wellington. When the Wellington family fortune is threatened, Bertie’s father boasts that Bertie will save the business, that she is so skillful she can “practically spin straw into gold.”

Amazingly, in the course of one night, Bertie creates exquisite evening gowns–with the help of Ray Stalls, a man from her tenement who uses an old spinning wheel to create dresses that are woven with crimson thread and look as though they are spun with real gold. Indebted to Ray, Bertie asks how she can repay him. When Ray asks for her firstborn child, Bertie agrees, never dreaming that he is serious…

The Book Depository: Paperback 

Seraphina

by Rachel Hartman

YA High Fantasy Mystery Adventure Romance

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It has dragons in it.  That was enough to sell it to me.

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

The Book Depository: Paperback

GOODREADS WON: Champions At Fire’s End

by Charlotte Jain

YA Fantasy

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So I haven’t read this yet, I know a little about the story (I know that since it doesn’t appear to be a romance that it’ll take me longer to pick it up) but what I do know is that the cover could use some serious work.  I understand that this is the first book by an Australian author but in grade 11 I could do better book covers than this one.  The font, capitalization (and lack of) and picture just aren’t working for me…

Seventeen-year-old best friends, April and Kyle, are thrown into the final battle of the Titan and Olympian war. Locked into an endless struggle, the Immortals have finally reached a solution – bestow mortal Champions with control over the elements to wage their final campaign.

Bestowed with control over fire and water, April and Kyle were raised by Immortals with a single purpose – win the war. After finally uncovering the remaining Champions’ identities, April and Kyle must launch themselves into their final battle for survival. Winner takes all. But the Immortals are growing restless, and time is running out.

The Book Depository: Paperback

GOODREADS WON: The Quiet One

By Bree Verity

Adult Australian Contemporary Romance

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Beautiful business consultant Lydia del Castro has everything a Perth girl needs – great friends, good times and a top job at a boutique consultancy. But she finds herself head over heels in love when she literally stumbles into the arms of gorgeous painter Tad Milford at an art gallery exhibition.
Tad is mesmerised by Lydia, but he is working through some of his own demons following his divorce and the death of his father. He has been promoted to CEO of the family business, but Tad wonders whether he is the right person for the job, and whether he should follow his dreams and be a contemporary artist instead.
Things gets a bit rocky when Lydia insists that Tad makes a decision one way or the other. But when a secret stalker reveals himself, it’s not just their relationship that will be in peril. It will be their very lives.

Amazon AU: Kindle


I think I actually did buy more books this month, but they were either cheap and insignificant, or just not exciting in any way shape or form.  Whatever the case, that was my April Book Haul for 2016! I think in the future I’m going to edit the photos so they take up less space as well as limit the books I include in each Haul to just books that are significant.

What books did YOU buy this month?

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3 thoughts on “Book Haul #7

  1. Glad you enjoyed A Study in Charlotte! That book was on my TBR last year but I kind of put it aside for other things. I’ve been hearing good reviews though lately so I might pick it back up again.

    And Frozen looks SO GOOD. I’ve never heard of it before but I did love the bling of Las Vegas and I think I’d enjoy a story set in a icy version of it.

    Great haul! ❤

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