September Book Haul 2016

Books I Purchased During The Month of September:harry-potter-setDuring the month of September, I purchased and completed a book series I have wanted to own for a very long time. This is a personal goal of mine, and a book series that I have read, and a book to movie adaptation that I have seen. It would definitely say that this is one of the most well known book series out there, especially one of the ones that have been adapted into a very well known movie franchise. If you haven’t guessed it, I’m talking about the Harry Potter series!!! Well six of the Harry Potter books, as I paid almost £30 for the final Hardback copy of the final book, Deathly Hallows, and I love my copy, so I don’t care if it doesn’t match my new set, I wasn’t rebuying that book and replacing it with a cheap paperback edition, for the sake of having a whole matching set, even if I was tempted. I will admit that even though I did, and still do own another addition of Prisoner of Azkaban, I picked that copy up from a book fair for about 50p a year ago, so I hold no sentimental attachment to that book whatsoever, so I don’t mind replacing it for a matching set. So, in case you don’t know what this series, or can’t remember what each of these books are about, I am going to give a description for each individual book, but as this is a continued series, there may be spoilers, sorry!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Book 1) – J.K. Rowlingphilosophers-stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is book one in the Harry Potter series. I remember reading this book in my English class in year 7 in comprehensive school, but I will admit that I did watch the movie first, before I realised how massive this book and movie franchise were both going to become. I haven’t read this book since then and I’m 24 now, almost half my life ago if you can imagine, and I probably know more about the film than I do about the book. So, let’s see what book one is about;

“‘Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a bader and a snake surrounding a large letter ‘H’.

HARRY POTTER has never heard of Hogwarts when the LETTERS start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in GREEN INK on yellowish parchment with a PURPHISH  SEAL, they are swiftly confiscated by his GRISLY aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed GIANT of a man called RUBEUS HAGRID bursts in with some ASTONISHING news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at HOGWARTS SCHOOL OF WITCHCRAFT AND WIZARDRY.

An incredible adventure is about to begin!”

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) – J.K. Rowling chamber-of-secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is Book two in the Harry Potter series. Harry survived his first year at Hogwarts, discovered some unknown truths about his past and his family, made some friends and some enemies, all at the young age of eleven. Now we have the second book and we get to see his adventure continued on. So what is to be expected this year? Let’s see;

‘There is a plot, Harry Potter. A plot to make most terrible things happen at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this year.’

HARRY POTTER’S summer has included the WORSE birthday ever, DOOMY warnings from a HOUSE-ELF called Dobby, and RESCUE from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical  FLYING car! Back at HOGWARTS SCHOOL OF WITCHCRAFT AND WIZARDRY for his second year, Harry hears strange WHISPERS echo through empty corridors – and then the ATTACKS start. Students are found as though turned to stone… Dobby’s SINISTER predictions seem to be coming TRUE.”

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) – J.K. Rowlingprisoner-of-azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is Book 3 in the Harry Potter series. I have only read this book for the first time this year and OMG!! This book has turned out to be my favourite book in this series, sorry Deathly Hallows, but I enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would. I have obviously watched the film, and it was always one of my least favourites, but all of the extras you get with this book!!! I am in love with this book. So much so, I now own two copies lol. It was this book that made me want to reread this series. I am so excited. So let’s see what Year 3 as in store for Harry and his friends;

‘Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transport for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board and we can take you anywhere you want to go’

When the KNIGHT BUS crashes through the darkness and SCREECHES to a halt in front of him, it’s the start of another far from ordinary year at HOGWARTS for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, ESCAPED mass-murderer and follower of LORD VOLDEMORT, is on the RUN – and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an OMEN of death in Harry’s tea leaves. . . But perhaps most TERRIFYING of all are the DEMONTORS patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking KISS.”

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) – J.K. Rowlinggoblet-of-fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire is Book 4 in the Harry Potter book series. The first version of this book I bought cost 20p from a charity shop and was practically brand new, before this series kicked out. I remember reading it and being so excited then for the film and then being so disappointed because so much was missed out. It was the biggest book I had ever read at that time.

“‘There will be three tasks, spaced throughout the school year, and they will test the champions in many different ways. . . their magical prowess – their daring – their powers of deduction – and, of course, their ability to cope with danger.’

The TRIWIZARD TOURNAMENT is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter – but that doesn’t stop Harry DREAMING that he will WIN the competition. Then at Hallowe’en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is AMAZED to find his name is one of those that the MAGICAL cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, DRAGONS and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through – ALIVE!”

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5) – J.K. Rowlingorder-of-the-phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is Book 5 in the Harry Potter series. I stupidly read this book after I read Half Blood Prince, so the ending of this book was ruined for me, but it was such a sad book all the same. I think that’s may be why I am so set on putting the order of the books down on this post. That was my biggest spoiler I had throughout the whole Harry Potter series! I didn’t know the actual names of books at the time and I didn’t have internet to check, so I was left borrowing books from the library or from friends. So I ended up borrowing them in the wrong order and I was left confused and devastated when I found out.

“‘You are sharing the Dark Lord’s thoughts and emotions. The Headmaster thinks it inadvisable for this to continue. He wishes me to teach you how to close your mind to the Dark Lord.’

DARK TIMES have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors’ ATTACKS on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at NOTHING to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord’s return, but Harry is not alone: a SECRET ORDER gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the Dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to PROTECT himself from Voldemort’s savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing STRONGER by the day and Harry is running out of time. . .”

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) – J.K. Rowlinghalf-blood-prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the sixth book in the Harry Potter series. As I said previously, I read this book out of order, reading it before I read The Order of the Phoenix. Maybe it was because of this of maybe for other reasons, but this is my least favourite Harry Potter book. It is definitely an essential book, it the case of storyline and characters and how it all progresses, but when I think of all of the books, this is sadly my least favourite book. This is another reason why I want to reread the Harry Potter series again, and this time I want to do it with me reading them ALL in the correct order. That way I am getting it all as it is meant to be, no confusion and no spoilers to myself, even if I have read them before. You get to put yourself back into this world and stay there and by doing it correctly and in the right order, I get to experience it all the way it was meant to be experienced! This way, I may have difference attitudes and opinions on any of the books and I really hope I do like this book more than I currently do.

‘There it was, hanging in the sky above the school: the blazing green skull with a serpent tongue, the mark Death Eaters left behind whenever they had entered a building. . . whenever they had murdered. . .’

When DUMBLEDORE arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is BLACKENED and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and SUSPICION are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the DARK MARK: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need POWERFUL magic and true friends as he explores VOLDEMORT’S darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares hi m to face his DESTINY.”

I already own the seventh book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and I have borrowed/been given Harry Potter and The Cursed Child from my boyfriend, as he didn’t enjoy it at all and he knows that I bought these books and am going to want to read it. I haven’t included it in this Book Haul because even though he sort of gave it to me, it is still technically his. All that’s left for me to do now is to have a Harry Potter ReadAThon, and I can’t wait!!

August Book Haul 2016

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Hello book lovers and fellow bloggers 😀

I am actually posting my first Book Haul post on time in months an not a couple of weeks into the following month! I know I can’t believe it either. I am actually getting back on track after the car crash. Even though I am still doing physiotherapy, my everyday exercises and everything else to try and ease the pain, I am finally getting my site back on track, including my August Book Haul 🙂 This would’ve been a very short post, until this last week, where I bought an additional couple of books as a little treat to myself and also received a Goodreads Giveaway win. So let’s have a look at what books I have bought or won this month. . .

Books I’ve Received Thanks to Goodreads Giveaways:IMAG2096These are the books that I have been lucky enough to have won this month thanks to the Goodreads Giveaways, but just like always, as I have already created posts for these Giveaway wins, I will only be leaving a description for each of these books. However, I will be leaving a link for each of the original posts which contain way more of the book.

Greeth – Charles Lafave 

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“Peter Buraku was a wizard until he was tried, convicted, and sentenced for a terrible crime. He could never cast another spell and for eight long years, he begged for the worst jobs, lived in the slums, and worked for humans.

Then a wealthy stranger came into his life with an impossible promise. You can be a wizard again. Too late, Peter discovers an ancient god from another dimension is using human agents to open a portal so it can move into this world, and wizardry soldier Julie Alvarez, the lost love he hasn’t seen in years, is in danger.

Three children are dead. Many more are missing. Something dark and terrible is rising. A breach has opened between worlds and an ancient god will be reborn on fertile Earth. The flesh of humanity will feed its many children.

Peter embarks on a quest for redemption to stop the ancient god from destroying the world. Will his unique ability to create life be enough to change what he’s done? Or will guilt from his role in helping to destroy so much life be his undoing?”

Click here for My Goodreads Giveaway Win post.

The Last Breath – Kimberly Belle

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One woman will stop at nothing to discover the devastating truth about her family…

Chasing disasters around the globe keeps humanitarian aid worker Gia Andrews away from her own ground zero. Now, after sixteen years in jail for the murder of her stepmother in small-town Tennessee, Gia’s father has come home to die of cancer. And she’s responsible for his care.

Resuming the role of daughter to the town’s most infamous murderer means confronting the past she’s spent over a decade avoiding. But in the end, the truth about what really happened may have deadlier consequences than she could have ever anticipated…”

– Click here for My Goodreads Giveaway Win post.

Books I’ve Bought This Month:

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I have purchased four books this month and they were all brand new from Amazon. Since adapting my Amazon account to Amazon Prime and I have free one day delivery, I have been buying more and more books from Amazon, a lot more often. I was doing good this month and had only bought two books, mainly because I was distracted and too busy, but as things started getting back on track, I decided to reward myself by buying two more books off of my Amazon Wishlist. So what books have I bought this month?. .

The Problem With Forever – Jennifer L. ArmentroutIMAG2088

I heard about this book first through the BookTubing community, from watching YouTube videos, and the description of this book just sounded amazing, that I instantly added it to my wishlist. It didn’t stay in my wishlist for long, as I ordered it the next day. I have heard really good reviews about this book and even better reviews about this author and this will be my first book that I’ve read by Jennifer L. Armentrout. And I can’t wait to read it!!! Here is the blurb for this book, so let’s see if you get as excited as I got when I first heard, and still am, about this book:

“FOR SOME PEOPLE, SILENCE IS A WEAPON. FOR MALLORY ‘MOUSE’ DODGE, IT’S A SHIELD.

Growing up in the foster system she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents Mallory must face a new milestone – spending her senior year at a normal high school.

But she never imagined she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realise that the connection she shared with Rider never faded. Yet as Rider’s life spirals out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out – for the people she loves, the life she wants and the truth that needs to be heard.”

I so can’t wait to read this book!!

TH1RTEEN R3ASONS – JAY ASHER IMAG2086

This is yet again, another book that I discovered thanks to the amazing Book Tube and Book Blogging community. Sometimes you just want a book that is going to mean something and is going to leave you thinking afterwards. Thinking about your actions, about what you say and how you can have an impact on somebodies else’s life, even if you don’t realise it. So when I heard about this book, and heard about the description, I knew I just had to read it. So this book was bought instantly, not even making it to my wishlist. Here is the books blurb;

“Clay Jensen returns home to find a strange package with his name on it. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and first love – who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

Hannah’s voice explains there are thirteen reasons why she killed herself. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

All though the night, Clay keeps listening – and what he discovers changes his life. . .”

There is a little something extra special when it comes to this book that was unexpected. You get to listen to Hannah’s tapes online, and the website is provided with the book, which can add to the experience while reading the book. I don’t know if I will do that, as it may seem to real and I may get too emotional, but time will tell, but it gives people the option. What I do know is that this book is one of the next books I will be reading, so look out for my review.

Glass Sword – Victoria AveyardIMAG2077

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 I have been putting of buying this book since it has come out because I haven’t really heard good reviews about it. I really loved the first book and was originally so excited and was waiting with anticipation for the release of this sequel. So this book has been waiting in my wishlist since it has been released, with me contemplating what to do. Over this time, I have even read the two short story prequels, which were also disappointments. But I have finally given in and am going to judge this book solely on my own  experience with this book. I just needed to know how this series carried on from where it left off, and just wanted to know more. In case you are like me and haven’t read this book yet, here is the books blurb, but be warned as this is the second book in the series and this may contain spoilers;

“I WAS BORN TO KILL A KING, TO END A REIGN OF TERROR BEFORE IT CAN TRULY BEGIN.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red, the colour of common folk, but her Silver ability – the power to control lightning – has turned her into a weapon that the Silver court will do anything to destroy.

With no one left to trust, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join the uprising. But Mare is treading a deadly path. Will she shatter under the weight of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her for ever?”

Let’s see how this book goes.

Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay KristoffIMAG2074

This is a book that is everywhere!! And when I say everywhere, I mean everywhere. I have seen this book all over Book Tube, Book Blogs, Social Media and is one of the most highest recommended books on online book stores, yes, yes, including Amazon. I’m really not sponsored by Amazon I swear. Because of the high popularity with this book, I really wanted to see what the big fuss with this book was about. When this arrived, the uniqueness of the layout of the pages and it’s design, really made me want to read it instantly. Damn boyfriend taking it away on holiday with him. So, yet again, for those of you who haven’t heard about this book, hear is the books blurb;

“The year is 2575 and two mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice covered speck.

Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Ezra and Kady have to make their escape on the evacuating fleet. But their troubles are just beginning. A deadly plague has broken out on one of the spaceships and it is mutating with terrifying results. Their ship’ protection is seriously flawed. No one will say what is going on.

As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her. Ezra. And the only problem with that is they split up before all this trouble started and she isn’t supposed to be talking to him.

A fantastically original, heart-stopping adventure where everything is definitely more dangerous than it seems.”

So those are all of the books that I have bought and won this month! And I have even posted my August Book Haul in the month of August, which is quite impressive for me lately, which is really bad actually. I so can’t wait to read these books. Sadly, Glass Sword and Illuminae have been borrowed by my boyfriend and taken abroad with him while he’s on holiday with his family. So judging during my Book-A-Thon, these books will not be able to be included, which I’m most gutted not to be including Illuminae in with this. But I will hopefully be reading several of my TBR books to then free up my list so when I have it back, it can be one of the first books I can read 😀

I look forward to seeing what books you all bought during August 🙂

July Book Haul 2016

Hello fellow book lovers and bloggers!

July was a good month for me when it came to buying books, and brand new books at that, as I usually love bargain book hunting. But there were so many books that I wanted this month that I went Amazon book hunting instead and even then I had to restrain myself. My goal of “not buying more books” is really flying out the window, as I’ve even had to buy new book shelves, which you may be able to see if you pay pretty close attention to these photos. So what books did I acquire over the month of July I hear you ask? Whether they were bought, won, sent, or any other way of procuring them. Well let me tell you. . .

Books Sent To Me By Publishers:

The Automation: Vol 1 of The Circo Del Herrero Series – Anonymous (Bla & Annotated by GB Gabbler)IMAG2014 (1)

The Automation is the first book that I have ever received in the mail from a publisher, through them seeing my sight and waiting me to read and review their book and putting it up on my site. I have received quite a few eBooks from authors and publishers, which is completely amazing, but to receive the actual physical printed copy of the book is beyond amazing. I have done a post about this book previously and I will out a link up to this post. I am really excited to read this book, as what I’ve read of it so far has really gotten me excited, plus this is the first book in the series so fingers crossed, it’ll be a good series.

“The capital-A Automatons of Greco-Roman myth aren’t clockwork. Their design is much more divine. They’re more intricate than robots or androids or anything else mortal humans could invent. Their windup keys are their human Masters. They aren’t mindless; they have infinite storage space. And, because they have more than one form, they’re more versatile and portable than, say, your cell phone—and much more useful too. The only thing these god-forged beings share in common with those lowercase-A automatons is their pre-programmed existence. They have a function—a function their creator put into place—a function that was questionable from the start…

Odys (no, not short for Odysseus, thank you) finds his hermetic lifestyle falling apart after a stranger commits suicide to free his soul-attached Automaton slave. The humanoid Automaton uses Odys’s soul to “reactivate” herself. Odys must learn to accept that the female Automaton is an extension of his body—that they are the same person—and that her creator-god is forging a new purpose for all with Automatons…

The novel calls itself a “Prose Epic,” but it otherwise a purposeful implosion of literary clichés and gimmicks: A Narrator and a Editor (named Gabbler) frame the novel. Gabbler’s pompous commentary (as footnotes) on the nameless Narrator’s story grounds the novel in reality. Gabbler is a stereotypical academic who likes the story only for its so-called “literally” qualities, but otherwise contradicts the Narrator’s claim that the story is true.

THE AUTOMATION is a this-world fantasy that reboots mythical characters and alchemical concepts. Its ideal place would be on the same bookshelf as Wilson’s ALIF THE UNSEEN and Gaiman’s AMERICAN GODS – though it wouldn’t mind bookending Homer, Virgil, and Milton, to be specific.

And, yes, “B.L.A. and G.B. Gabbler” are really just  pen name.

Click here for post for my Full Post of The Automation: Vol 1 of The Circo Del Herrero series

Books I’ve Bought This Month:

IMAG2017Looking at them now, I didn’t buy that many books this month. I’m actually a little disappointed in myself now and should rectify that by buying more books 😛 And what’s more, I’ve read three of these books this month already, all of which were during my Book-A-Thon. I have put up two reviews so far, but I haven’t put up the third one yet. I’m sorry, but I am running behind, if you haven’t seen from my late book haul again this month. That car crash is really playing on me and all these physiotherapy sessions and the pain in general is making it really difficult time wise and to just sit and type. I can’t wait to get it all sorted and for no more pain. So Let’s get on with what books I’ve bought this month and for the reviews I have posted, I will put links in with the titles, so please feel free to check them out 🙂

Alice (Chronicles Of Alice #1) – Christina Henry IMAG2018

This book is a retelling of sorts, of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of Alice in Wonderland. If you haven’t read Lewis Carroll’s original version, or heard of it (WHAT?? :O) then that doesn’t matter. This book takes on a darker and more disturbing take of the original tale and finds Alice taking on a dangerous adventure, partnered with the Hatcher, they set off on a quest they were destined and fated to do together, to find and destroy the Jabberwock. But whether they are meant to survive this quest is another matter.  On this quest, they come across so many obstacles that are put in their way, including things that they both may not want to remember and come across. I love this book!!

“In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo with  the screams of the poor souls inside.

In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blonde, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place – just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood. . .

Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.

Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.

And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.”

 – Click here for the post for Review: Alice (Chronicles of Alice #1) – Christina Henry

Red Queen (Chronicles of Alice #2) – Christina HenryIMAG2019

This is the second book in the Chronicles of Alice series and follows on after Alice. I bought  this book straight after I finished reading the first book and I am now so excited to read it and is one of my very next books to read. The only reason that I haven’t read it yet is because of all these stupid phyiso sessions, prior book arrangements, plus I’ve got new bookshelves which were put up yesterday 😀 But this is one of the very next books I’m going to be reading!! I can’t wait.

“The land outside of the Old City was supposed to be green, lush, and hopeful. A place where Alice could finally rest, no longer the plaything of the Rabbit, the pawn of Cheshire, or the prey of the Jabberwocky. But the verdant fields are nothing but ash- and hope is nowhere to be found.

Still, Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter, a quest they will not forsake even as it takes them deep into them clutches of the mad White Queen and her goblin or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King.

The pieces are set and the game has begun. Each move brings Alice closer to her destiny. But, to win, she will need to harness her newfound abilities and ally herself with someone even more powerful- the mysterious and vengeful Red Queen. . .

The Dare – John Boyne IMAG2020 (1)I bought this book, or short story, as I haven’t read a John Boyne book in a while and I really enjoyed the books I have previously read of his, especially The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Knowing about my upcoming Book-A-Thon I was going to be doing, I wanted to have a couple of short books to throw in there and when I saw this book on Amazon, I thought it was perfect. It was so good to read another book, no matter how small, by John Boyne again and I now want to, no make that need to, buy some more John Boyne book and get my Boyne read back on. I have written a review for this book, so of course I shall leave a link for that post below, after the description of this book, so please feel free to check out my review if you like the sound of this book 😀

“At the start of his school holidays, Danny Delaney is looking forward to a trouble-free summer. But he knows that something terrible has happened when his mother returns home one afternoon with two policemen. 

There has been an accident. Mrs Delaney has hit a small boy with her car. The boy is in a coma at the local hospital and nobody knows if he will ever wake up.

Danny’s mother closes herself off, full of guilt. Danny and his father are left to pick up pieces of their broken family.

John Boyne tells the story from the point of view of a twelve-year-old boy. The Dare is about how one moment can change a family for ever.”

Click here for my post for Review: The Dare – John Boyne

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – Ransom RiggsIMAG2021I bought this book because I have heard nothing but great things about it none stop all over the BookTube and the BookBlogging community. Ever since I have seen the trailer for this movie myself, which looked really good and got me so excited for the movie, to then discover that it was originally a book, and an incredible book at that, I had to buy this book to read before the movie comes out. I’m hoping that it hasn’t been over sold, plus I’ve heard that just from the trailer alone, that there are some differences between the book and the upcoming movie. This book, I believe, is also part of a series, but I didn’t know if I’d like the first book, so I didn’t order the other books, as I’m being overly catious. There are also photos in this book and I can’t wait to see how they link in with the story.

“A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of peculiar photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horic family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its decaying bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine’s children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for a good reason. And somehow- impossible though it may seems – they still may be alive.”

The Yellow Wall-Paper & Other Stories – Charlotte Perkins GilmanIMAG2023I bought this book for it’s titled story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”. This is a short story, shorter than even I anticipated, and it also came with an additional six stories. Again, I bought this book from Amazon as I wanted to add some short stories and shorter reads to my Book-A-Thon, to help break up my week while reading, especially if I’m getting into a slump or struggling. This has always been on my TBR list, which is a slightly odd book to have on a TBR I will admit, but I’m so glad I’ve read it, and the other stories were within this edition. I haven’t written up my review for this book, or each of these stories individually, which I will do in the same review, but I will do doing that as soon as possible. My copy, with all seven stories in total, is a total of 70 pages, so it’s not a massive book to read and get through.

“Best known for the 1892 title story of this collection, a harrowing tale of a woman’s descent into madness, Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote more than 200 other short stories. Seven of her finest are reprinted here.

Written from a feminist perspective, often focusing on the inferior status accorded to women by society, the tales include ‘Turned’, an ironic story with a startling twist, in which a husband seduces and impregnates a naïve servant; ‘Cottagette’, concerning the romance of a young artist and a man who’s apparently too good to be true; ‘Mr. Peebles’ Heart’, a liberating tale of a fiftyish shopkeeper whose sister-in-law, a doctor, persuades him to take a solo trip to Europe, with revivifying results; ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’; and three other outstanding stories.

These charming tales are not only highly readable and full of humour and invention, but also offer ample food for thought about social, economic, and personal relationships of men and women – and how they might be improved.”

Books I’ve Won From Goodreads Givaways This Month:

IMAG2007These are the books that I have been luckily enough to win this month from Goodreads Giveaway. As I’ve already created posts for each of these books individually, I will only be putting the Goodreads Description of each of these books a link to the initial post I’ve created of the Goodreads Giveaway post. So let’s begin. . .

The Farm at the Edge of the World – Sarah VaughanIMAG2011

1939, and Will and Alice are evacuated to a granite farm in north Cornwall, perched on a windswept cliff. There they meet the farmer’s daughter, Maggie, and against fields of shimmering barley and a sky that stretches forever, enjoy a childhood largely protected from the ravages of war.

But in the sweltering summer of 1943 something happens that will have tragic consequences. A small lie escalates. Over 70 years on Alice is determined to atone for her behaviour – but has she left it too late?

2014, and Maggie’s granddaughter Lucy flees to the childhood home she couldn’t wait to leave thirteen years earlier, marriage over; career apparently ended thanks to one terrible mistake. Can she rebuild herself and the family farm? And can she help her grandmother, plagued by a secret, to find some lasting peace?

This is a novel about identity and belonging; guilt, regret and atonement; the unrealistic expectations placed on children and the pain of coming of age. It’s about small lies and dark secrets. But above all it’s about a beautiful, desolate, complex place.“

Click here for My Goodreads Giveaway Win post.

The Fire Child – S.K. TremayneIMAG2012 (1)

“THE CHILLING NEW PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER BY S.K. TREMAYNE, AUTHOR OF THE SUNDAY TIMES NO. 1 BESTSELLER, THE ICE TWINS.

When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall into place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love, and an affectionate stepson, Jamie.

But then Jamie’s behaviour changes, and Rachel’s perfect life begins to unravel. He makes disturbing predictions, claiming to be haunted by the spectre of his late mother – David’s previous wife. Is this Jamie’s way of punishing Rachel, or is he far more traumatized than she thought?

As Rachel starts digging into the past, she begins to grow suspicious of her husband. Why is he so reluctant to discuss Jamie’s outbursts? And what exactly happened to cause his ex-wife’s untimely death, less than two years ago? As summer slips away and December looms, Rachel begins to fear there might be truth in Jamie’s words:

‘You will be dead by Christmas.’“

Click here for My Goodreads Giveaway Win post.

Between Two Fires – Toni WilliamsIMAG2013

Rudy Phillips is the sort of guy who walks into a room and catches every female eye, and it’s not just because of his good looks. He has a mesmerizing charm that lures a woman’s heart. However, when he meets Bridget Tennyson, a stunningly beautiful American stockbroker, she immediately captures his heart like no other woman has ever done before. Bridget owns a multimillion dollar stock-trading firm on Elysian Island, an exclusive Caribbean retreat for the superrich. She’s also married to the famous British nobleman, Lord Edward Tennyson. Rudy is all too aware that aside from Bridget being married, Bridget is way out of his league and the two of them come from completely different worlds. Nevertheless, they’re crazy about each other and yearn to be together but first they’ve got to figure out how to get rid of Edward. If they slip up and Edward discovers what’s going down, all hell will break loose but it’s a chance they’re willing to take.

– Click here for My Goodreads Giveaway Win post.

So that’s my July book haul! Sorry for the late posting and I am going to hopefully be getting back on track soon. Stupid car accident and phyiso and everything else that has now come with it has really been getting to me and making me struggle with several things, including my blog sadly. Thank you if you have managed to get all the way through this post 😛

June Book Haul 2016

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I am super late posting my Book Haul for the month of June, as we are massively into July already. I do have a good reason for why I am so behind and late in doing my Book Haul this month, as I was in a car accident on Sunday. Thankfully, everyone who was in the car in fine, as in no broken bones and no serious injuries. There is a lot of aches, pains and bruising, between us all, and I’ve even managed to sprain the muscles going my left arm, shoulder, neck, and top left half of my back, as I  was stupid and my automatic reaction was to braise myself by putting that arm out on the dash board. I have even managed to damage and pull the sciatic nerve in my lower back and connecting to the top of my left leg. The weirdest part that’s been hurting is my ear, which is strange, and I’ve had a earache and ringing in my ear ever since, which is believed to be from the sudden impact of the cars. But  could have been much, much worse, so thank God for blessings.

Anyways, lets get started with the June Book Haul and see what books I have bought, won, was given for my 24th birthday, and so on. So lets begin. . .

Goodreads Giveaway Books I’ve Received This Month:

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These are the Goodreads Giveaway books that I have been lucky enough to have won this month. I have already created posts for each of these books individually, which will be linked in with each of the books, but because of this, I will only be including the books names, author, blurb and link to the main post which has more detail. So here we go.

All These Perfect Strangers  – Aoife Clifford

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“For Penelope Sheppard, university offers an escape from her troubled past. Running from a life weighed down with scandal and tragedy. Pen sees this as the ideal place to reinvent herself among perfect strangers. Life in her new halls of residence feels like a wonderland of sex, drugs, and maybe even love.

But all too soon, Pen realises you can never run far or fast enough. And when Pen’s secrets are uncovered, the consequences are deadly. . .”
Click here for the Goodreads Giveaway Win post.
Click here for the Review: All These Perfect Strangers – Aoife Clifford

In The Dark, In The Wood – Eliza Wass

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IN THE DARK
Father wants sixteen-year-old Castley
and her five siblings to hide from
the world. Father wants to bury their
family’s secrets where no one will
ever find them.

IN THE WOODS
Father says they are destined to be
together for ever. In heaven. Father
says the sooner they get there
the better. But Castley wants to be
normal. She wants to kiss boys and
wear jeans shorts.

CASTLEYS WANTS TO LIVE.”
Click here for the Goodreads Giveaway Win post.
Click here for the Review: In The Dark, In The Wood – Eliza Wass

No Man’s Land – Simon Tolkien

20160708_143526Adam Raine is a boy cursed by misfortune. His impoverished childhood in the slums of Islington is brought to an end by a tragedy that sends him north to Scarsdale, a hard-living coalmining town where his father finds work as a union organizer. But it isn’t long before the escalating tensions between the miners and their employer, Sir John Scarsdale, explode with terrible consequences.

In the aftermath, Adam meets Miriam, the Rector’s beautiful daughter, and moves into Scarsdale Hall, an opulent paradise compared with the life he has been used to before. But he makes an enemy of Sir John’s son, Brice, who subjects him to endless petty cruelties for daring to step above his station.

When love and an Oxford education beckon, Adam feels that his life is finally starting to come together – until the outbreak of war threatens to tear everything apart.

From the slums of London to the riches of an Edwardian country house; from the hot, dark seams of a Yorkshire coalmine to the exposed terrors of the trenches, Adam Raine’s journey from boy to man is set against the backdrop of a society violently entering the modern world.
Click here for the Goodreads Giveaway Win post.

Rum & Coke – Jaxy Mono

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A GRINGO,
A CHICA,
A CADDY,
& A GODDESS. . .

“Well, this is us, Jack, Cuban cane rum and yanqui Coca-Cola; Cuba Libra, ‘free Cuba’! Only we call this cocktail ‘Ha-Ha’ now, because there’s no Cuba and no freedom. Sauld!”

When a straight-laced gringo is picked up by a free-spirited chica on Havana, she takes him for a ride across modern-day Cuba in a 1958 Cadillac Eldorado – a road-trip that brings the two face-to-face with their hidden selves.

Rum & Coke is a crazily off-kilter love story and a kinky comic thriller. But most of all it is simply the unforgettable tale of a gringo, a chica, a Caddy, and a Santeria goddess. . .”
Click here for the Goodreads Giveaway Win post.

Book I Received For My Birthday:
I only received one book for my birthday, and money to buy whatever other books my heart desires, that way I have the choice! Mwahahahahaha 😛 The magical 24th Birthday. But I love getting books. So lets see the book that I did receive.

The Lavender Ladies Detective Agency (Death In Sunset Grove: Book 1) – Minna Lindgren

20160708_143922This book is meant to be really good, from what I have read from reviews and so on and was originally written in Finnish and has been translated into English. From what I have also read from online, this is also meant to be the first book in the upcoming book trilogy. From the description of this book, the person who bought and gifted me this book knows me very well. So shall we read the blurb? Here we go:

“Good detectives come in all
manner of guises. . .

Siiri and Irma are best friends and queen bees at Sunset Grove, a retirement community for those still young at heart. With a combined age of nearly 180, Siiri and Irma are still just as inquisitive and witty as when they first met decades ago.

But when their comfortable world is upturned by a suspicious death at Sunset Grove, Siiri and Irma are shocked into doing something about it. Determined to find out exactly what happened and why, they begin their own private investigations and form The Lavender Ladies Detective Agency.

The trouble is, beneath Sunset Grove’s calm façade there is more going on than meets the eye – will Siiri and Irma discover more than they bargained for?”

Books I’ve Bought This Month:

20160708_143820I didn’t buy that many books this month, only two books grabbed my attention enough to buy them, each of them were bought brand new. I really do need to read my books before purchasing new books, and that’s not including my eBooks.

The Long Way Home – Louise Penny

20160708_143907 I saw this book while I was wandering around in a book shop called The Works, while killing time waiting for a film to start in the Cinema. This cover grabbed my attention which had me picking up this book, to reveal it’s thrilling description. It just sounds so exciting. Louise Penny is a number one New York Times bestselling author, which is making me want to read this book so much more, plus the book that made her the New York bestselling author.

“Clara Morrow’s husband is missing. When he fails to come home on the first anniversary of their separation as promised, Clara asks the only person she trusts to try and find him: former Chief Inspector of Homicide, Armand Gamache.

As Gamache journeys further into the case, he is drawn deeper into the tortured mind of Peter Morrow, a man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist that he would sell his soul. As Gamache gets closer to the truth, he uncovers a deadly trail of jealously and deceit. Can Gamache bring Peter – and himself – home safely? Or in searching for answers, has he placed himself, and those closet to him, in terrible danger?”

Go Set A Watchman – Harper Lee

20160708_143841This book has been on my Amazon Wishlist since before it came out. My only problem with this book, I really prefer paperback books, which means it’s needed to be added onto a pre-order wishlist for months extra!! But finally, with my Amazon Prime account, I ordered it with next day delivery 😀 Yay!! I was sadly late to reading To Kill A Mockingbird, but that meant that when I did finally read it, I read it with age and wisdom that it was meant to be read with and I loved it. But how is this sequel going to happen and what’s it going to be about? Let’s see. . .

Maycomb,  Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch – ‘Scout’ – returns home from New York City to visit her ageing father, Atticus. Set the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill A Mockingbird, Go Set A Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past – a journey that can be guided only by one’s own conscience.”

So that’s my extremely late Book Haul for the month of June. Not as many as last month. Have you read any of these books? Any good?  What books would you suggest that I read first out of them all? Or pick up and buy this month? Comment below 😀

May Book Haul 2016

This month has been a very busy month for buying, winning and receiving books. I know I said that I wasn’t going to be buying books until I have read a massive chunk of the books that I already own, but I have won a few Goodreads Giveaway, plus there was a book fair and I just couldn’t say no to some other books after reading some great reviews. Please forgive me, because I honestly dont feel bad at all. Just like my previous hauls, I’m not going to be including my Netgalley, Story Cartel or eBooks that authors haves sent me, as I do reviews of all of those books and these hauls would be MASSIVE. Even more so than this one is already going to be. So lets get to what we are all really here for and lets see and explore all of the books I’ve bought and/or won this month…. Be prepared because this is going to be a long one!

Books I Purchased At The Book Fair:

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These are all the books that I bought at the book fair this month, which weren’t as many as I thought I was going to buy, especially compared to last year. After all, I was on a book ban 😜 So in no particular order….

A Passage To India – E. M. Forster

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Look at how beautiful this cover is! I have heard of this book before, but shamefully I had no idea what it was about, and really still don’t, but look at its cover, plus the best part, it was only 20p!! So, so cheap. I do love book fairs, so what if they are used books. Now for the books blurb:

What did happen to Miss Quested in the Marabar Caves?
This tantalizing question provides the intense drama at the centre of Foster’s last and greatest novel, which explores racial tension in colonial India.

After a mysterious incident during their visit to the Marabar Caves, the charming Dr Aziz is accused of assaulting Adela Quested, a naïve young English woman.  As he is brought to trial the fragile structure of Anglo-Indian relations collapses and the racism inherent in colonialism is exposed – a theme which still has powerful, dangerous realities today.

Yet the novel is also, in Forster’s words, ‘about something wider than politics… about the universe as embodied in the Indian earth and the Indian sky'”.

Beautiful Creatures (Book 1) – Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

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Of course I have heard great things about both this book series and the movie adaptations. I have personally never had any massive, great, need or incentive to want to read this series as it’s never been even been on my tbr list, or to watch list. But after seeing it and actually reading the blurb, I thought it was definitely worth picking up. So here’s the book blurb:

IS FALLING IN LOVE THE BEGINNING… OR THE END?

In Ethan Wate’s hometown there lies the darkness of secrets…

THERE IS A GIRL.
Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head. Green eyes, black hair, Lena Duchy nines.

THERE IS A CURSE.
On the sixteenth moon, the sixteenth year, the book will take what it’s been promised.
And no one can stop it.

IN THE END, THERE IS A GRAVE.
Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday her fate will be decided.

ETHAN NEVER EVEN SAW IT COMING.”

Hide – Lisa Gardner

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This was a completely new author for me and a book I picked up soley because of its blurb on the back of the book. It’s sounds thrilling, which we know is my type of book. Another great reason why I love book fairs, as you get to discover and buy books by new authors for such a cheap price. Now this is why I bought this book:

‘I can’t afford to come back from the dead…’

Annabelle Grange has spent her life on the run, her childhood a blur of new places and fresh aliases. Now thirty years old, she is living quietly in Boston – until she opens the morning paper and finds herself declared dead dead.

At an abandoned mental institute, the bodies of six girls have been discovered. And one of them is wearing Annabelle’s locket. Working with detective Bobby Dodge to unravel a decades-old riddle, Annabelle embanks on a desperate collision course with her past – where a killer has been waiting years to find her, and there’s no place to hide.” 

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings Book 1) – J.R.R. Tolkien

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Okay. Please don’t hate me. I have never read any of the Lord of the Rings books. *hiding away*. I have only recently read The Hobbit and I was actually disappointed because of how much I loved the film’s! But, when I saw this only copy available, and for only 50p each, I wanted to join the other half of the world who have read The Lord of the Rings trilogy and not just marvelled at the amazing movies. As if most of you dont already know, here is the book blurb for the first book, The Fellowship of the Ring:

The first part of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic adventure THE LORD OF THE RINGS

In a sleepy village in the Shire, a young hobbit is entrusted with an immense task. He must make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ruling Ring of Power – the only thing that prevents the Dark Lord Sauron’s evil dominion.

Thus begins J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic tale of adventure, which continues in The Two Towers and The Return of the King.”

The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings Book 2) – J.R.R. Tolkien

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It may not match the cover, or even be published in the same decade as the first book, but hey, as long as I’m able to read them, that’s all that matters in the end. Plus this version also just happens to be a third edition copy for only 50p. Not so bad, right.

The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings Book 3) – J.R.R. Tolkien

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This is the finally book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King, which matches the second book in the series that I bought, again a third edition and for only 50p. That’s the whole trilogy for only £1.50. My lucky day, especially as two of them are third editions. Plus, these were the only Lord of the Rings books that were there, so I was lucky to get them

The Magical Worlds of the Lord of the Rings – David Colbert

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To round up my ‘Lord of the Rings’ theme that’s seems to be going on here, I came across this book that seemed really interesting. I originally bought it as a gift for someone who was a massive LOTR fan, but they read it within like an hour and left it at my house afterwards, saying they’ve already read it. That now that I plan on reading the trilogy, that I may now want to read it when I finish the books. I’ve had a flick through and it’s really interesting. Stuff like where Tolkien interest in languages came from and so on.

The Magical Worlds of The Lord of the Rings tells the stories behind Tolkien’s stories. From dwarves and elves to King Arthur and Beowulf, the book explores the ancient myths and legends that inspired Tolkien,  as well as the ideas and events that sparked his incredible imagination.”

Cujo – Stephen King 

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I love Stephen King!!. And I have heard great things about this book.nlike so, so many. It comes up so many times, that it actually irritates me that I don’t already own this book, amongst my numerous other Stephen King book I have on my book shelves. So what’s this book about I hear you ask. Here is its terrifyingly enticing blurb:

Once upon a time, not so long ago, a monster came to the small town of Castle Rock, Maine. . . He was not a werewolf, vampire, ghoul, or unnameable creature from the enchanted forest or snow wastes; he was only a cop. . .

Cujo is a huge Saint Bernard dog, the best friend Brett Camber has ever had. Then one day Cujo chases a rabbit into a bolt – hole.  Except it isn’t a rabbit warren any more. It is a cave inhabited by rabid bats.

And Cujo falls sick. Very sick. And the gentle giant who once protected the family becomes a vortex of horror inexorably drawing in all the people around him.”

So that sums up all of the books that I bought at the book fair. There were only a few, so it’s not really that bad, plus how can you serious say no, considering how cheap most of those books were! Now for some more of the books I’ve bought or got through a Goodreads Giveaway. I did warn that this was going to be a long post.

Other Books I’ve Bought This Month:

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I only bought three other books this month. Two were all over EVERY WHERE! And I really do mean every where. The other book made up an offer of 2 books for £7 deal, so of course I am going to take that deal! So lets get to it.

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

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This is the first book that I bought this month, which I purchased from Amazon. I have heard and read so much about this book, even that it’s now being turned into a movie. So of course I’ve read about this books description and countless reviews. So for anyone who hasn’t, here is the blurb for this book:

EVERY DAY THE SAME. UNTIL TODAY.

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens.

She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

And then she sees something shocking, and in one moment everything changes.

Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched for afar.

Now they’ll see: she’s much more than just the girl on the train. . .

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

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I am going to be completely honest with you all. I saw the movie  trailer, that is taken from this book, months ago and instantly fell in love! This was before the whole massive fandom began with this book. Then, it was only recently, because I completely forgot the name of the film, when I saw the movie trailer again, it all clicked and I completely understood the craze everyone’s been having with this book. And that’s from a 2 minute movie trailer! I can’t wait to read this book and discover it all for myself. So, lets now look at the book blurb:

Lou Clark knows lots of things.
She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now, and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.”

Finders Keepers – Stephen King

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I picked up this book as an extra book, as a 2 for £7 deal with Me Before You from an Asda supermarket, when out shopping one day. But come on, it’s Stephen King! Haven’t we already been through this already 😜

1978: Morris Bellamy is a reader so obsessed by America’s iconic author John Rothstein that he is prepared to kill for a trove of notebooks containing at least one more unpublished novel.

2009: Pete Saubers, a boy whose father was brutally injured by a stolen Mercedes, discovers a buried trunk containing cash and Rothstein’s notebooks.

2014: After thirty – five years in prison, Morris is up for parole. And he’s hell-bent on recovering his trestle. 

Now it’s up to retired detective Bill Hodges – running an investigative company called ‘Finders Keepers’ – to rescue Pete from an ever – more deranged and vengeful Morris. . .

So that’s round two. If you’re still here and reading this, thank you and yay!! Now we only have one more group of books to look at, which are my Goodreads Giveaway books that I have won this month.

Goodreads Giveaway Wins This Month:

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These are the Goodreads Giveaway books that I have been lucky enough to have won this month. I have created posts for each of these books individually, which will be linked in with each of the books, but because of this, I will only be including the books name, author, blurb and link to the main post with more detail. So here we go.

The Trap – Melanie Raabe

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“He knows what happened that night and she wrote a book about it but, when the doorbell rings, neither of them can be sure how the story will end.

Twelve years ago, Linda’s sister Anna was murdered. Her killer was never caught, but Linda saw him. Now, all these years on, she’s just seen him again. On TV.

He has since become a well-known reporter, and Linda – a famous novelist and infamous recluse – knows no one will believe her if she accuses him. So Linda does the only thing she can think of: she writes a thriller about a woman who is murdered, her killer never caught. When the book is published, she agrees to give just one media interview.

At home.

To the one person who knows more about the case than she does.” 

Click here for the Goodreads Giveaway Win post.

The Resurrection of Frédéric Debreu – Alex Marsh

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Who wants a respectable retirement, anyway?
Not Ted Prescott, genial visitor to Mailliot le Bois, here on an impulsive mission to seek out his past whilst heroically diminishing the sleepy French town’s stocks of red wine.
But once the locals discover Ted’s authentic renditions of regional hero Frederic Debreu’s songs, life is suddenly not so straightforward for the stage-shy Derbyshire guitar-maker.
Reluctantly persuaded that he might help put their town back on the map, Ted finds himself billed as humble French farm labourer ‘Edouard Prescote’. Nonplussed, as his self-conscious performances strike a chord, Ted finds himself drawn into a web of well-intentioned deceit that he finds increasingly hard to unravel.
Haunted by the loss of his missing brother, and with the hopes of an entire community riding on him, it soon becomes clear that there are other, more important things that he hasn’t mentioned to his loved ones. . . “

Click here for the Goodreads Giveaway Win post.

Nina Is Not Ok – Shappi Khorsandi

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“NINA DOES NOT HAVE A DRINKING PROBLEM.
She likes a drink, sure.
But what 17-year-old doesn’t? 

And if Nina sometimes wakes up with little memory of what happened the night before, then her friends are all too happy to fill in the blanks. Nina’s drunken exploits are the stuff of college legend.

But then one dark Sunday morning, even her friends can’t help piece together Saturday night. All Nina feels is a deep sense of shame, that something very bad has happened to her…”

Click here for the Goodreads Giveaway Win post.
Click here for my Review of Nina Is Not Ok

Lake of Shadows – Martha Harris

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“Just like her mother, Meg Wolfe has a special power. She’s a psychic, but she’s also a psychiatrist. Not only can she see and talk to spirits, but she is also capable of learning things about people through the power of touch – which actually comes in handy during counseling sessions. Then, she meets Zeus Garrett. 

They seem deeply connected, although Meg isn’t sure how. Together, they solve a murder involving a child she counsels, but working in such close proximity creates feelings in both of them. Soon, they’re passionately in love, but it seems solving murders is much easier than being Zeus’s paramour.

Not only does Zeus have commitment issues stemming from a past life, but also Meg believes his heart belongs to someone else. When she adopts two children she and Zeus had in a past life, she hopes their connection will only strengthen. Instead, she’s left to wonder if she will raise young Jasmine and Christopher alone – again.”

Click here for the Goodreads Giveaway Win post.

So that was my Book Haul for the month of May. Thank you if you read it all the way through, or if you even just skimmed it to the end. Believe me, it has taken me hours to write up this whole post, and my laptops broke so I’ve had to do it ALL on my tablet. Each and every word! No copy and pasting. So I wonder what will happen between now and June’s Book Haul, but until then, I have some reading to do. Yay!! :mrgreen:☺ Happy reading everyone. . .

April Book Haul 2016

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I haven’t bought that many books this month, physical printed books that is, so there aren’t going to be that many books to show in this month’s haul. I have bought, read, downloaded and been sent quite a few eBooks from authors, publishers, Story Cartel, Amazon, Netgalley and so on, but I have made a personal decision not to include eBooks in my monthly book hauls for two reason. Number 1, there are so many that this list can go on and on, especially when amazon and other sites have their offers, especially free eBooks. Number 2, if I am sent an ebook by an author or publisher after agreing to read their book, then I will be doing a review post of their book as soon as I am finished reading it, so their book will be advertised at some point on my website/blog.

Here’s a little heads up and warning in advance that three out of the four books that I am going to be mentioning in this post have already been mentioned at some point during the month, as they were Goodreads Giveaway wins 🙂 and I will be linking them in with their posts for a more detailed description. So lets begin…

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1. Devotion – Louisa Young
This was my second Goodreads Giveaway book that I had been lucky enough to win and Uncorrected Proof Copy also :). Devotion is a sequel to “My Dear I Wanted To Tell You” and “The Heroes’ Welcome”. Nobody knew that the children that were being born and conceived in 1919 would be perfect for the upcoming war in 1939, that they were also unaware of. Especially the implications of an Italian Jewish family supporting Mussolini in 1935. Click here to go to the full post about this book, where there’s also a full description taken from Goodreads. (As of today’s date, this book as gone back on Goodreads as a giveaway deal, so if you are interested, go and have a look!!)

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2. Children of Earth and Sky – Guy Gavriel Kay
This was another Goodreads Giveaway and Uncorrected Proof Copy win and this was one that I was really excited about receiving. I was instantly drawn into this book by the cover alone, and then when I read the description of the book, I couldn’t wait to read it. This book also came with an invoice as proof of winning this book, with the date, name of book etc on it, which was really nice. This is quite a thick book, being just under 600 pages, and it sounds like none of it is going to be boring. Filled with vengeance, pirates, spy, and so much more in this fantasy book from the best selling author Guy Gavriel Kay. Click here to go to the post about Children of Earth and Sky and find out more about this book.

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3. Clockwork Phoenix 5 – Edited by Mike Allen
You may be tired of hearing this in this post, but I promise you that this is the last time, I was lucky enough to win this First Edition Uncorrected ARC of Clockwork Phoenix 5. It has been a very lucky month for me. Where should I start? This is the fifth book in the anthology fantasy series, where a collection of short stories written by various different authors are all published and edited together by Mike Allen. Since writing my original post, I learnt that the first three and the fourth and fifth were edited by different people and there’s a cool story behind it. After the third book, the company didn’t have money to carry on, so understanding what could be done and wanting to get the public involved, they started a Kickstarter campaign in order to get the fourth book off the ground, and they did so with great success. Even though they now had the money to do everything the needed to do with the fifth book, they still wanted to get the public involved and to make them feel like they were apart of it, so this book was part of the Kickstarter campaign also, which is pretty cool! This book includes twenty short stories, each by different individual authors, so it can definitely be read as a stand alone, even though it is part of a series. I have already read a couple of the stories and am really enjoying them. Click here to go to the post about the Clockwork Phoenix 5 post.

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4. The War of the Finches – Jamie L Harding
This is the only book that I have actually bought this month and I am glad that it is. I have been wanting to buy this book for a while now and I may be biased when it comes to reviewing it, or I may be a little disappointed because I have huge expectations because I know the author personally, as I grew up with him and went to nursery and throughout the whole of school with him. What makes this book have that personal touch is how much respect the author has for the army and every solider and man in arms, because he himself enlisted and wanted to help protect his country from a young age. He’s also always has a great passion for writing, so when I found out that he was writing a book, I wasn’t surprised at all and I knew that I was going to buy it. This book is self published on the website lulu.com so if you think this sounds like a book that you want to read, head over there, and if you sign up to them they offer you some great discounts.
Here’s the discription from Lulu:
“From the deep philosophies of conflict and society to the gripping effect of love and romance, this book holds it all. “The War of the Finches” tells the tale of Oscar J. Black, a young fellow who desperately yearns to be a writer, “one of the greats!” in fact, yet instead embarks upon a perilous journey of conflict, war, love and contemplation. His tale is one of heart-aching romance, gripping courage, social constraints and the harsh realities of young men thrown into “the war to end all wars”. A book for those of all perspectives, and sure to be a revered favourite for all lovers of literature.”

What has everyone else bought, won, been given or any other way they’ve found themselves in possession with amazing books this month? 🙂 Is there anything you’re looking forward to buying that’s coming out in May?

March Book Haul 2016

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Even though March isn’t technically over yet, this is going to be my first book haul on my site and I’ve got to admit that I was really excited for this haul, for one book in particular. I bought/won seven books this month, five of which arrived this morning, one of these books complete one of my top favourite series, owning every book he has written. So in no particular order, lets dive in….

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1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky.
“Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.”
Just from flicking through this book this morning, I can already see that this book written in a diary formatting from Charlies point of view, which is something different to what I’ve read recently and that really excites me to read this book. It’s not a big book to read either as it’s only 231 pages.

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2. Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon.
“Maddie is allergic to the world. She hasn’t left her house in seventeen years.
Olly is the boy next door. He’s determined to find a way to reach her.
Everything, Everything is about the crazy risks we take for love.”
I was looking forward to reading this book before it arrived today, but then it arrived and my boyfriend came to visit me for a couple of hours and picked up the book. He got so engrossed in the book that he finished the entire book within less than two hours, laughing for what seemed like most of it and gasps and noises here and there, finally closing it and saying how much he enjoyed it. I wasn’t happy that he read it before me and how fast, but now I so can’t wait to read this book!!! This book contains 306 pages.

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3. Faceless – Alyssa Sheinmel.
“When Maisie is burnt in a terrible accident, her face is partially destroyed. She’s lucky enough to get a face transplant, but how do you live your life when you can’t even recognise yourself any more? As Maisie discovers how much her looks shaped her relationship to the world, she has to redefine her own identity, and to figure out what ‘lucky’ really means.”
What really intrigued me about this book is the who identity issue behind it. Imagine looking into the mirror, but instead of seeing yourself, you see somebody else’s face. Not recognising yourself anymore, because you have somebody else’s face. How would that make you feel? I honestly don’t know how I would cope, which is why I bought this book and what makes me want to read it, to see how Maisie copes. This book contains 343 pages.

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4. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews.
“It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. But on the first day of his senior year, Greg Gaines thinks he’s figured it out: the answer to the basic existential question, how is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad? His strategy: remain at the periphery at all times. Keep an insane low profile. Make mediocre films with the one person who is even sort of his friend, Earl. This plan works for exactly eight hours. Then Greg’s mother forces him to become friends with a girl who has cancer. This brings about the destruction of Greg’s entire life.”
This is going to sound really bad, coming from proud book reader, but I watched this film without knowing that it was a book first. I didn’t find out until looking on amazon for books to buy and I came across this book. I really enjoyed the film, so even though I knew what the ending was going to be, I had to buy this book, especially when I read the reviews on amazon. I’ve also read disappointing reviews, but I’ll have to decide for myself. This book contains 295 pages, plus extra from the author.

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5. Still Alice – Lisa Genova.
“Alice is just fifty when she finds herself in a downward spiral,  increasingly disoriented and forgetful. A university Professor,  wife and mother of three, she has books to write, places to see, grandchildren to meet. But now a tragic diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s disease is set to change her life – and her relationship with her family and the world – forever.
Losing her yesterdays, living for each day, her short term memory is hanging by a frayed thread. But she is still Alice.”
This was a spur of the moment buy while walking through a market and coming across a charity book stall. I had seen this book all over amazon and Goodreads and being completely honestly, I picked this book up and bought it without reading the desciption and knowing anything about it. I thought that if it’s all over amazon and Goodreads and if it’s now a movie, then it must be good and for 50p I was not saying no to that. After reading the description, it does sound good and I’m glad I picked it up. This book contains 329 pages.

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6. The Cage – Ethan Cross.
“Francis Ackerman Jr. is one of the most prolific serial killers in US history. But he’s not only a serial killer, he’s also a serial escapist. When a doctor who has discovered a groundbreaking treatment for psychopaths wants to test his theories upon Ackerman, the madman sees his chance at freedom. The only people that stand in his way are the hospital’s head of security and a you g woman with a personal vendetta against the killer.”
I have been looking forward to this prequel novella for months, but as I live in the UK and this is an international edition, when looking for it on places like Amazon for a new copy, it was £40 odd plus £10 delivery for a NOVELLA. I was also finding it on eBay and other places for around £10 odd used and for me that sounded expensive for a novella that’s not even a 100 pages (starts on page 13). But luckily. Amazon UK had 2 In stock New at £5.99, which is individually more expensive than every book on this list, but I just had to have it. I love Ethan Cross’ books, especially the Shepherd series. I have two favourite series and the Shepherd series is one of them. The thing that I love with this series is the villain. I love the villain!! He is my favourite character and I route for him to escape and get away, which shows that there is kind of something wrong with me right? I need to put reviews up about the other books, plus this one when I read it. This one contains 103 pages.

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7. Missing, Presumed – Susie Steiner.
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway, an uncorrected proof copy. I am so excited about this book for so many reasons. This is the first book that I have ever won, from a good read giveaway, or from anywhere else, it’s a free book 😀 who doesn’t like free books, it’s an uncorrected proof copy which are so rare. But above all, I am so excited to read this book. I have wrote about winning this book, including the desciption of this book. Please click here for more information on this book. This book contains 404 pages.

I have so many books on my TBR list that I don’t buy too many books at the moment, I am currently on a book ban, so I shouldn’t be doing a lot of Book Hauls.

What books have you bought or read this month? Or what books are you most excited about reading? Comment below.