book haul

Book Haul #9

This is my June and July book haul since I was actually really good in July and didn’t buy many physical books.  (But I did get a lot of Kindle books since I went on a short holday.)

Let’s start out big;

Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes

by Rick Riordan, Illustrated by John Rocco

Middle Grade/Young Adult Mythology

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I’ve been meaning to pick this edition for the longest time but since I haven’t seen it on The Book Depository I knew I’d have to get it from Barnes and Nobles (which is ridiculous for shipping international) so obviously I’ve been postponing it. But a while back I took the plunge and bought it (I had wanted Greek Gods but they didn’t have it in stock), though it took a very long time to get to me.  But the artwork is so amazing, I’m so happy I invested in it!

Barnes & Noble: Hardcover

 

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

by Jenny Han

Young Adult Contemporary Romance

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I’ve been wanting to read this for a really long time but I just haven’t thought about buying it.  Not sure why, I just haven’t been in a contemporary mood.  But I was when I bought this and I’m getting back there now.  So hopefully I’ll be getting to this book soon.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

The Book Depository: Hardcover

 

Love, Lies and Lemon Pies

by Katy Cannon

Young Adult Contemporary Romance

★★★★★

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I picked this up on a whim (which given how much it costs for the Kindle edition is crazy weird since I never normally buy Kindle books that expensive) and absolutely loved it, and I knew my chef friends would enjoy it so what did I do?  I ordered it online.

Love, Lies and Lemon Pies, the debut YA novel from Katy Cannon, is the perfect summer read for fans of Sarah Dessen and Louise Rennison. With a Bake Club recipe at the start of each chapter, this book perfectly captures the current appetite for all things baking! Lottie, our narrator, captures the experience of a young teenage girl navigating the world of school cliques, difficult teachers and new romance, creating a world that young readers are sure to recognize. Since her dad died, life hasn’t been the same for Lottie – it was easier to push her friends away than cope with their awkwardness. But when the school suggest she joins Bake Club to get her back on track, Lottie reluctantly agrees. But Lottie’s uncertainty about Bake Club melts away as she rekindles her love of baking and gets caught up with Mac, the school rebel and another unwilling Bake Club member. Both Lottie and Mac have secrets to keep, and as Bake Club progresses towards an end-of-year competition, the tension rises between the Bake Club members. Can Lottie keep up the facade of her perfect life without the others finding out what’s really going on at home? Can Mac keep his demanding, heavy-handed father off his back – not to mention the school counsellor who’s written him off as a no-hoper? And can their bubbling romance survive the pressure?

The Book Depository: Paperback

 

Geek Girl

by Holly Smale

Young Adult Contemporary Romance

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I’ve been meaning to read this for the longest time.  I can’t remember why I didn’t previously but I saw it in my local bookstore so I picked it up.  Even though I literally only had $30 left and it was $20.

Harriet Manners knows a lot of things.

She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn’t quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she’s spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend’s dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.

As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn’t seem to like her any more than the real world did.

And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

The Book Depository: Paperback

 

The Unexpected Everything

by Morgan Matson

Young Adult Contemporary Romance

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I actually already have the hardcover edition of this.  See before the book was released I had entered a giveaway but on the release day I completely forgot and was so excited that I ordered the hardcover. Then  few weeks ago I received an email saying I had won, and in that moment I forgot that I had bought the hardcover and now I have the paperback.

Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?

The Book Depository: Paperback

 

The Square Root of Summer

by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

Young Adult Contemporary Science Fiction Romance

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This was for sure a cover buy.  But I don’t regret it and I look forward to reading it.

This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It’s a little bit like a black hole. It’s a little bit like infinity.

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she’s hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie’s past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone’s heart is about to be broken.

With time travel, quantum physics, and sweeping romance, The Square Root of Summer is an exponentially enthralling story about love, loss, and trying to figure it all out, from stunning debut YA voice, Harriet Reuter Hapgood.

The Book Depository: Paperback 

 

Between the Lines

by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

Young Adult Contemporary Fairy Tale Fantasy Romance

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I heard about this books sequel on Booktube and was instantly curious.  However since I didn’t really like the cover I didn’t see the point in ordering it online..  I decided to wait until I saw it in a bookstore.  Obviously I saw it, cause I bought it. It’s  totally unique premise and a book lover’s fantasy come to life.

Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.
And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.
A romantic and charming story, this companion novel to Off the Page will make every reader believe in the fantastical power of fairy tales.

The Book Depository: Paperback

 

Maybe Not

by Colleen Hoover

New Adult Contemporary Romance Novella

Book 1.5

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Random Fact: I love this cover and I can’t explain why.  I just do.

When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.

Or maybe not.

Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.

Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?

Maybe.

Maybe not.

The Book Depository: Paperback

 

Walk the Edge

by Katie McGarry

Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Two in the Thunder Road series

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I was actually hoping to pick up the first book in this series of standalones but when I walked into my local bookstore they only had the second book so I figured why not.

One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That’s seventeen-year-old Breanna’s role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully’s line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas “Razor” Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don’t belong. But when he learns she’s being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it’s time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he’ll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she’ll help him seek answers to the mystery that’s haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they’re both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they’re going from here.

The Book Depository: Paperback

 

Wallbanger

by Alice Clayton

New Adult/Adult Contemporary Humour Romance

★★★★★

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I read the ebook and loved it so much I straight away ordered the paperback.  Like literally, I didn’t check my account balance, it was past 3 in the morning and I just ordered it.

The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an intimate knowledge of her new neighbor’s nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed dating hiatus, and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly…

In a delicious mix of silly and steamy, Alice Clayton dishes out a hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight…

The Book Depository: Paperback

 

Dorothy Must Die

by Danielle Paige

Young Adult Fantasy Retelling

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I started reading this shortly after I picked it up and I was really getting into it, I got about half way? But then I put it down (I didn’t have a choice, I needed to pee) and I can’t get back into it.  At all.  Which sucks because I was loving it.

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado – taking you with it – you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road – but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm – and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I’ve been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.

The Book Depository: Paperback

 

Clarity

by Kim Harrington

Young Adult Paranormal Mystery Romance

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This sounds really interesting. You don’t often seen a YA Mystery so I’m excited to read it.

When you can see things others can’t, where do you look for the truth?
This paranormal murder mystery will have teens reading on the edge of their seats.

Clarity “Clare” Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It’s a gift.

And a curse.

When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare’s ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case–but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare’s brother–who has supernatural gifts of his own–becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?

The Book Depository: Paperback

 

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

by Beth Fantaskey

Young Adult Paranormal Romance

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This has been on m radar for a while.  Granted not the radar I pay attention to , but still there.  It wasn’t until after I bought this copy from the second hand shop that I remembered I had read it, enjoyed the first half or so but then the other half flopped for me which is why I didn’t count it as read since I ended up skimming the rest of it. But I’m keeping this copy to acknowledge the first half was good.

The undead can really screw up your senior year …

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancé. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.

The Book Depository: Paperback 

 

Project Paper Doll: The Rules

by Stacey Kade

Young Adult Science Fiction Romance

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It looked interesting so I picked it up, when I’m in a sci-fi mood I’ll read it.
1. Never trust anyone.
2. Remember they are always searching.
3. Don’t get involved.
4. Keep your head down.
5. Don’t fall in love.

Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane’s survival—and that of her adoptive father—depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans in a small Wisconsin town, to hide in plain sight at her high school from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”

But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening—and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules…

The Book Depository: Paperback

 

How to Walk in High Heels

by Camilla Morton

Non-Fiction Chick Lit Life Guide

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I don’t normally like these ‘Guide to Life’ or ‘Girls Guide to Everything’ books but this cover really caught my attention.  I cracked up in the second hand shop. So I flicked through a few pages and it was much more my speed.  My mum raised me to be a bit more of a lady, etiquette and such, and this book has a lot of those elements which I appreciate.  So I bought it, and let me tell you- it’s pretty funny.

Can you make yourself up in five minutes flat? Make the first move without breaking a sweat? Hang a picture without becoming unhinged? Get out of a car–or an unpleasant situation–gracefully in a short skirt? Load an iPod as effortlessly as a dishwasher? If not, international style and fashion journalist Camilla Morton can help you navigate these and more than two hundred other hazards of modern living with grace and aplomb. Much more than just a style manual or crash course in social skills, How to Walk in High Heels also illuminates the finer points of achieving better homes and gardens, tackling technophobia, climbing the career ladder, and joining the jet set. From the practical, such as what to do when a heel breaks and how to catch a mouse, to the imaginative, such as how to enjoy karaoke and swim in sunglasses, How to Walk in High Heels overflows with useful nuggets of advice delivered in the author’s inimitable witty style.

The Book Depository: Paperback

The Book Depository: Hardcover

 

Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan

by John Flanagan

Middle Grade High Fantasy Action/Adventure

★★★★

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I was actually told off by my friends for getting this.  See the two of them have read the entire series, including the spin off, and own all of them.  And yet I bought myself the first book.  One of them was so flabbergasted because every time she offered to lend them to me I said no.

They have always scared him in the past — the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice. What he doesn’t yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied….

The Book Depository: Paperback

 

The Railway Children

by E. Nesbit

Children’s Classics

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I’ve been meaning to get a copy of this book ever since I saw my young second cousin star in the production at Kings Cross Station in London with the real train.  I loved the movie a lot as a child but I was kind of holding out since I wanted a really nice edition of it.  But cheap won out. $1 at the second hand shop.

In this much-loved children’s classic first published in 1906, the comfortable lives of three well-mannered siblings are greatly altered when, one evening, two men arrive at the house and take their father away. With the family’s fortunes considerably reduced in his absence, the children and their mother are forced to live in a simple country cottage near a railway station. There the young trio — Roberta, Peter, and young Phyllis — befriend the porter and station master.
The youngsters’ days are filled with adventure and excitement, including their successful attempt to avert a horrible train disaster; but the mysterious disappearance of their father continues to haunt them.
The solution to that painful puzzle and many other details and events of the children’s lives come to vivid life in this perennial favorite, a story that has captivated generations of readers and, more recently, delighted television and movie audiences. In this inexpensive, unabridged edition, it will charm a whole new audience of young readers with its warmth and appeal.

The Book Depository: Paperback

 

Winnie The Pooh

by A.A Milne

Children’s Classics

★★★★★

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A family friend had a friend who was getting rid of a bunch of books and so he grabbed them all and brought them to our house for a second life and when I saw this darling preloved edition of Winnie the Pooh (my all time favorite children’s book) I couldn’t resist adding it to my book collection.

The Bear of Very Little Brain and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood have delighted generations of readers since Winnie-the-Pooh was first published in 1926.

Back by popular demand, the four full-color gift editions of the original Pooh classics are available again. These elegant books, larger in format than the classic editions, include all of Ernest H. Shepard’s illustrations, each meticulously hand-painted in delicate watercolors.

Here are the two great storybooks chronicling the adventures of Christopher Robin and all the inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood, as well as the two charming volumes of poems. Bright in color and true in spirit, these are books for giving–To Pooh fans of all ages.

The Book Depository: Paperback

 

Nuttybub and Nittersing

by May Gibbs

Children’s Picture Books

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The Gumnut Classics was a collection of books my mum loved and she liked to read them to me when I was a child.  It’s an Australian series and it’s adorable.  Since it isn’t extremely popular anymore I like to pick them up as I find them second-hand.

Two new members of the busy little Gumnut people step onto the stage.

The twenty full page plates fill out more details of the Gumnuts’ world: a possum bridge, Gumnuts playing billiards, having a political meeting, a boat race, a lecture by a cockatoo, and the acrobatic prowess of a koala.

 

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by etherealvibes

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This pin is really adorable, it was so cheap that I decided to just get it.  The packaging came with a sweet little quote on it.

If you  have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams & you will always look lovely.

-Roald Dahl

 

Saven Deception

by Siobhan Davis

Book One in the Saven series

Young Adult Science Fiction Romance

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I won the first and second book in this series in  Goodreads giveaway.  It normally takes me longer to get around to reading Goodreads won books but I think I’m going to be picking this one up sooner rather than later.

THE TRUTH DOESN’T ALWAYS SET YOU FREE

I’ve fallen hard for an alien, but he’s harboring secrets.
Massive secrets that threaten the very essence of humanity.
How can I give him my heart when his race plans on taking my future?

Sadie Owens has been slowly dying inside. Bit by bit, piece by piece, day by day. Trapped in a life she hates, she relies on only one person—herself.

Despised by her family and betrayed by an unscrupulous government, Sadie dreams of a different life. When she is chosen to participate in the government’s new social experiment, she is ecstatic at the prospect of spending six months in Thalassic City, the shiny new city under the sea.

Immediately drawn to Logan Chandler, Sadie is captivated by the beautiful boy with the ocean-blue eyes. Logan seems to embody everything that has been forbidden, but he isn’t all he appears to be.

Confused over Logan’s true intentions and concerned when best friend Jenna starts transforming in front of her eyes, Sadie partners with newcomer Jarod in a bid to uncover the government’s real agenda. The truth is more shocking than anything she could ever have imagined.

When Sadie finally understands why the Saven walk among us, will it be too late to save her heart and the human race?

The Book Depository: Paperback

Amazon (US): Kindle

 

Saven Disclosure

by Siobhan Davis

Book Two in the Saven series

Young Adult Science Fiction Romance

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The Book Depository: Paperback

Amazon (US): Kindle

 

Awakened by the Wolf

by Kristal Hollis

Adult Contemporary Paranormal Romance

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Again I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I’m more likely to read this one sooner rather than later.

Who’s been sleeping in the Alpha’s bed?

Exiled from his pack by his father, Brice Walker has secretly come home to visit his ailing grandmother only to discover a human and very desirable female sleeping in his bed. Their attraction is instant. But his new bed buddy seems determined to resist his Southern charm and Alpha allure.

For Brice, fiercely independent Cassie not only represents a chance to build a new life in Walker’s Run but is also his one true mate. Cassie’s reluctance dissolves when a rogue shifter kidnaps her, and now she and Brice must work together to save his pack. But once she witnesses the savagery of wolfan justice, can Cassie accept Brice as man, beast and her true love?

The Book Depository: Paperback

Amazon (US): Kindle

 

I also had a delivery from Emma Hart’s Online Store so I made a Mini-Haul just for her you can check it out HERE.

 

What books/bookish items did YOU buy this month?

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