My Big Book Haul
I can’t believe that I have bought enough book recently to warrant another big book haul. It seems like only a little while ago when I spent all that money in Dublin on books. I think I have a problem – someone send help. Or not because I LOVE a big book haul. Maybe I’m just destined to be broke.
On with the big book haul.
This Savage Song
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
When I saw V. E Schwab’s book just sitting there on the shelf, lonely and sad I just had to buy it. Her books become my happy place and not only that but the writing is fantastic. I’m so excited to delve into this new book, who knows when though, NaNoWriMo and all that.
Evil Star (2), Nightrise (3) and Necropolis (4)
He always knew he was different.
First there were the dreams.
Then the deaths began.
When Matt Freeman gets into trouble with the police, he’s sent to be fostered in Yorkshire. It’s not long before he senses there’s something wrong with his guardian: with the whole village.
Then Matt learns about the Old Ones and begins to understand just how he is different. But no one will believe him; no one can help.
I bought all of these in a charity shop, I had number one in the series on my shelf from a previous charity shop scavenge, I used to love Anthony Horowitz when I was a kid, and I wanted to see whether that truth still remained. So I bought all three, for ridiculously cheap and helped a charity. Good deed of the day done.
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.
I loved Danielle Paige’s Wizard of Oz series, well I’m still waiting for Yellow Brick War to come out on paperback, but that’s a different story. I picked it up because I thought I would give it a go and see if it was any good. All about trying new books in this big book haul.
The Complete Maus
Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II – the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler’s Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival – and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents. A contemporary classic of immeasurable significance.
This is one of those books I have been wanting to pick up forever. I have heard great and wonderful things about it and now I can finally read it. Thank you book haul Gods you have me a very happy bunny today!
Library of Souls, Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor and Morning Star are all sequels in my big book haul, and their synopsis may give some of the story away. Please don’t read if you don’t want to be spoiled.
Library of Souls
A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.
The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.
They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.
The third book in Miss Peregrine’s series. I’m not sure about this one, I bought it because I have the first and second and it seemed right to carry on. I loved the first one, the second one not so much. This book holds a lotta expectations so it better deliver!
Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor
Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high
The second one in the series, I picked this up, not because I was in any great hurry to read it (NaNoWriMo and all that) but because I didn’t want to miss the hardcover. So here it is in my big book haul, and who knows when I’ll get round to reading it. Maybe when I’ve stopped trying to kill myself writing.
Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.
Finally, the time has come.
But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.
The final book in the Red Rising Trilogy, and I want to cry a little. I think I put buying this one off because I loved it so much I don’t it to end. I don’t want to have to say goodbye. Don’t make me. I think I’ll bury it at the back of my shelf so I don’t have to!
So there it is, all the books I have bought recently. Oh yes, I have a problem, it’s a huge problem. But it’s okay because mad about books is the best mad to be.
Let me know if you’ve read any of the above and if they’re any good? Like are there any I should prioritise right now?