book haul

Book Haul #10

Okay, so it’s been awhile since I’ve done a haul.  But I’m back at it, I don’t have many books though.  I’ve been saving my money (then spending it) on Christmas presents for my friends so I haven’t had much to spend on books for ME.  I’m not going to include any of the books from August/September unless they were brand new books (I received a lot of second-hand books and a lot of them were history/writing reference books, pretty boring).

 

Stealing Snow

by Danielle Paige

Young Adult Fairy-Tale Fantasy Retelling

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After the phenomenon that was Frozen I’ve been on the lookout for a retelling of The Snow Queen (originally by Hans Christian Anderson) and that’s exactly what Stealing Snow is.  A Snow Queen retelling!  While I did insta-buy this when I saw it in Kmart recently I actually don’t think I’ll pick it up until Winter here in Australia.  The reviews aren’t amazing, but I still think I’ll give it a shot.  If for nothing else than the super pretty cover (the rainbow is just a reflection/reaction of the light hitting the shiny part of the cover).

First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

The Book Depository: Hardback

The Book Depository: Paperback

 

The Little White Horse

by Elizabeth Goudge

Middle Grade/Young Adult Classic Fantasy

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I (somewhat) recently watched The Secret of Moonacre which is a children’s movie based on The Little White Horse and I was curious about the book and original story so I went ahead and bought the book.

When orphaned young Maria Merryweather arrives at Moonacre Manor, she feels as if she’s entered Paradise. Her new guardian, her uncle Sir Benjamin, is kind and funny; the Manor itself feels like home right away; and every person and animal she meets is like an old friend. But there is something incredibly sad beneath all of this beauty and comfort–a tragedy that happened years ago, shadowing Moonacre Manor and the town around it–and Maria is determined to learn about it, change it, and give her own life story a happy ending. But what can one solitary girl do?

The Book Depository: Paperback 

 

The Little Prince

by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Children’s/Middle Grade Philosophical Fantasy 

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This was another ‘watched the movie now I want to read the book’ book.  But I actually wanted to read the book before I watched the movie.  I saw the trailer months and months ago and was waiting to hear more about it and I never did so I forgot about ordering it.  The one day I log onto Netflix and there’s an advertisement for The Little Prince which was releasing on Netflix in a few days.  I got so excited and odviously ordered the book.  However the book showed up late so I still haven’t gotten around to reading it.  I know it’s different to the movie.  The movie is almost like a separate story with this novel featured within it.  It was beautiful and made me cry and I can’t wait to read this book.

Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.

The Book Depository: Paperback

 

Word Hunters: The Curious Library

by Nick Earls & Terry Whidborne

Middle Grade Historical Time Travel Fantasy

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I’ve been planning on reading more middle grade novels and when I saw this one in the op-shop (thrift/charity shops) I was instantly drawn to it.  So odviously I pciked it up after checking out the back.  I’m super curious about this one, and hope I really get into it long with the other middle grade books I’m planning on reading.

Lexi and Al Hunter are twins with almost nothing in common – except their parents and their birthday! At school Lexi hangs with her friends in the cool crowd, while Al hides in the library reading about history, battles and faraway places.

When the twins stumble upon an old dictionary their world as they know it changes. They are blasted into history to hunt down the words that threaten to vanish from our past and our present. Their lives and the future of the world are at stake. Can they find a way back home? Or will they be trapped in the past forever? Now more than ever, they need to depend on each other if they want to survive.

The Book Depository: Paperback 

 

Nevernight

by Jay Kristoff

Young Adult/New Adult Fantasy

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I totally bought this book because of hype.  I’ve heard a lot of good things about Kristoff’s writing and this work so even though it may not have any romance I’m hoping to give it a go. I just need to get into a fantasy mood again.  Also this was being promoted as a YA novel but a lot of the reviewers I follow have said it’s more of a NA novel due to themes and ages.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

The Book Depository: Paperback

The Book Depository: Hardcover

 

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor

by Rick Riordan

Middle Grade/Young Adult Mythological Fantasy Adventure

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So this is pretty obvious.  Rick is one of my all time favorite authors and his books are the first thing I recommend to younger kids and young adults.  So odviously I’d be buying the sequel to one of his newer series’ Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, which follow Annabeth’s cousin who is related to a NORSE god on his own adventures.  I’ve actually bought a total of three copies of this book.  I originally ordered it on Barnes and Nobles but there was a complication with my initial order so I wasn’t sure if I’d actually get the book anytime soon.  So I ordered it on The Book Depository which I knew would arrive sooner rather than later.  But then I was in Kmart and it was just there and my copy hadn’t arrived yet.. So I bought it.  So one of my friends will be receiving my paperback edition and I’ll just have to live with the second hardback edition? (The Barnes and Nobles edition has not arrived yet.)

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(THIS BLURB IS FROM THE SWORD OF SUMMER SO THERE WON’T BE ANY SPOILERS)

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

The Book Depository: Hardback

Hot Dudes Reading

by @hotdudesreading

Adult Non-Fiction Humour

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Don’t judge me.

Humans of New York meets Porn for Women in this collection of candid photos, clever captions, and hilarious hashtags about one of the most important subjects of our time: hot dudes reading.

Based on the viral Instagram account of the same name, Hot Dudes Reading takes its readers on a ride through all five boroughs of New York City, with each section covering a different subway line. Using their expert photography skills (covert iPhone shots) and journalistic ethics (#NoKindles), the authors capture the most beautiful bibliophiles in all of New York—and take a few detours to interview some of the most popular hot dudes from the early days of the Instagram account.

Fun, irreverent, and wittily-observed, this book is tailor-made for book lovers in search of their own happy endings—and those who just want to get lost between the covers for a while.

The Book Depository: Hardback

Christmas Stories

by Parragon Books

Children’s Christmas Stories Treasury 

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Okay so I literally cannot find this treasury collection anywhere online. But it’s such a sweet collection and it was super cheap.  I found it in a local store called Reliquaire which is super adorable and has the most amazing fudge.  I grabbed it immediately, and I love it.

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What books have YOU bought lately?

 

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