August Book Haul – 2018

This month was my birthday, so I did receive some books for that, so most of these books I did not purchase myself, and thankfully so, I didn’t spend more of my money.

**If you have read any of these books, just let me know down in the comments on how you feel about them, or give me any other book recommendations!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

51S--ZQ9+RL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Summary: Kell is one of the last magicians called Antari; they have a rare ability to between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and at one point, Black. Kell is known to be a smuggler, but when an exchange goes horribly wrong, he escapes to Gray London where he meets Delilah, a girl who saves him. Together, they spirit into other worlds on an adventure.

 

51jLiPizRbL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Summary: Ravka has been divided into two by the Shadow Fold. Alina has been greatly affected by this division when her regiment is attacked and her best friend is severely injured. She then goes to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, led by the Darkling. She will learn the secrets of Grisha’s and her heart.

 

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young515Ea-bLwCL._SX318_BO1,204,203,200_

Summary: Eelyn has been raised to become a warrior for the Aska Clansmen, against the Riki Clan. While they are battling, she sees her brother fighting on the opposite side, but the thing is, she watched him die, five years ago. Hurt by her brother’s betrayal, she encounters a terrible winter with the Riki and is desperate to survive so she can be with her family again. She meets Fiske, her brother’s friend, and together they must unite the clans, but she can’t help her growing love for him.

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller51TnNCD96BL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_

Summary: Alosa, a pirate captain, is sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient map, and she purposely allows her enemies to capture her in order to search their ship for the map. She has Riden, her captor preventing her from searching for it, but she has plans to find it anyway.

 

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Callavaro51-lSghjJxL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_

Summary: Jamie wants nothing to wants nothing to do with his scholarship to Sherrringford, and to go to a Prep school, to make matters worse, he discovers that Charlotte Holmes, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes, lives at Sherringford. He wants to keep his distance from her but when they get entangled in a murder mystery, he must refrain from that distance and come together and clear their names.

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya

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51IM73PRQDL._SX307_BO1,204,203,200_Volume 6

 

 

 

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July Book Haul – 2018

So, I may have done a little buying binge this month, but there were so many books that I wanted to buy and I had a couple gift cards to Barnes and Noble and a coupon so those factors led me to purchase some. I did also receive a couple of books from my boyfriend as well, I’m thankful for that.

**If you have read any of these books, just let me know down in the comments on how you feel about them, or give me any other book recommendations!

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

51F1q-O2BsL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_Summary: Leigh Chen’s world is turned upside down after her mother commits suicide and turns into a bird. She then travels to Taiwan to meet her grandparents for the first time, and also to try to find her mother. Her time in Taiwan has made her discover family secrets and a new bond with her grandparents. This novel is about finding oneself, hope and romance in alternating in different perspectives.

 

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

29589074Summary: A private school in Vermont called Ellingham Academy has recently opened, but shortly after, the founder, Albert Ellingham’s wife and daughter are kidnapped. The only clue leading to it is the pseudonym, Truly Devious. A student, Stevie Bell has decided to make an ambitious plan to solve the crime. She takes her housemates along on this journey, but they realize the past is creeping up and wonder if they can solve the mystery.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

515KdeYm7XL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Summary: Princess Lira is a lethal siren; with princes lined up to wed her. On an unfateful night, she kills one of her own. The Sea Queen decides to punish Lira by turning her into a human, stripping her on her song. She has until the winter solstice to give the Sea Queen Prince Elian’s heart, or she’ll remain a human forever. Over on Prince Elian’s side, he hunts sirens, but one day he saves a woman from drowning. She claims that she can help him find a key to get rid of sirens, but all it will take is trust.

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

downloadSummary: Mila and Riley have been inseparable, especially while making time for amateur witchcraft. Until Riley and two other girls end up dead,  and Mila believes that this wasn’t intentional. She attempts to raise Riley from the dead but ends up waking up all three of them, but none of them remember what happened and have only seven days to uncover the truth.

 

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

91TZV+xgSsLSummary: Beatrice and her friend group were the cool kids, until Jim, Beatrice’s boyfriend dies. Beatrice returns hoping to uncover the deep truths of what happened with Jim’s death. As she returns, her friends invite her to stay a night in the seaside estate, but something goes wrong when they hear a knock on the door. A man appears and tells them they’ve entered a Neverworld Wake, and they must decide who will live and die to escape.

 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

51VFrzslYiL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Summary: Evelyn Hugo is ready to tell her story about her glamorous and scandalous life, and she chooses Monique Grant to tell it. She unravels her stories from the fifties to the 80’s, friendships, relationships to her ambitions all through the until the present. The closer we get to the present, the more Monique can relate in some way to her life.

 

 

My Plain Jane by Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, and Cynthia Hand

51cZnaZEEfL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Summary: This is a Jane Eyre retelling, told in a gothic fashion. It has the orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring writer Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood, drawn together in an epic ghost hunt.

 

 

And I Darken by Kiersten White

51jj4JinMdL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_Summary: Lada Dragwlya and her brother Radu were taken from their homeland of Wallachia, and their father had abandoned them to be raised in another court. Lada awaits the day for her to take action to her plan to take revenge on the Ottomans. Lada and Radu meet Mehmed, an heir to the empire of the Ottomans, which Radu feels like he’s actually made a friend, and Lada may have met someone she can trust, so the three of them come together to fight against the Ottomans.

June Book Haul – 2018

This month I bought quite a few books. I did go to a book sale that happened near my house, so I did find some cheaper books there, so that’s probably why I have so many listed on here. But I did only spend money if the books were on sale or I had a coupon this month, which is really good for me.

If you have read any of these books, just let me know down in the comments on how you feel about them, or give me any other book recommendations!

51Puxj6k7LL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Summary: This is the second book in the Passenger duology, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. Julian Ironwood comes to help, but he was long presumed dead. Nicholas and Sophie are trying to find Etta before time runs out.

20736580In Real Life by Lawrence Tabak

Summary: Seth Gordon is a 15-year-old math prodigy, who only wants to play video games. He finds a game called, Starfare, which he becomes obsessed with, but his parents disapprove of him playing this game. Hannah comes into his life and has become a new distraction for him. After a defeat in his rankings for the Starfare tournament, the Korean Pro Squads see something in him, and soon enough he moves to South Korea, but once he finds something in himself to balance things out, will he be ready to come home to Hannah, and make his parents more approving?

9532749The Dead by Charlie Higson

Summary: This is the second book in the Enemy series, which continues the war between humans and zombies. Maxie, Blue and the rest of the Holloway crew realize they aren’t the only ones trying to escape the zombies; Jack and Ed are also fighting against them as well. Once these teens all come together, the meet Greg who claims he’s immune to the disease. But once they realize the fast-evolving spread of the disease, they realize not all can survive.

15841837Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight by M.E. Thomas

Summary: A memoir of a diagnosed sociopath, with the narrative from the author. This book is a real-life story, going through their life of her experience and world through a non-criminal sociopath.

51F49MFtd8LDracula by Bram Stoker

Summary: This is a classic novel about Count Dracula, a night-dwelling phantom who feeds on the blood of the living, attracted to the innocent and helpless. This horror story tells the atrocities that occur in the nighttime and the desires toward human conditions.

 

18635076The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer

Summary: Lily Graves comes from a family of morticians, which means she is the next to become one. Lily gets involved with a boy named Matt after he asks her to be his tutor. Once their lives intertwine, Matt’s girlfriend Erin turns up dead, and people suspect Lily and Matt to have something to do with it. She must overcome the truth of what happened, and fast before the killer attacks again.

200px-DeadZoneThe Dead Zone by Stephen King

Summary: A man named John Smith has come and went from the Dead Zone. Once he awakens from a coma after a terrible accident, four years later, he is able to see the future and the terrible things that awaken in the Dead Zone.

 

81C-id1AKuLThe Gunslinger by Stephen King

Summary: Roland Deschain is the Last Gunslinger, a man who is considered haunting and mysterious, he actually is just a good man trying the capture the man in black who bring the dead back to life.

 

 

51isOiKzpaL._SX274_BO1,204,203,200_The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King

Summary: In the second novel of the Dark Tower series, it continues the quest for Roland to find the Dark Tower. Along his way, he joins forces with a man named Eddie and a woman named Odetta Holmes to try and save the underworld evil.

 

41LRw7zUB4LJane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Summary: In this historical classic, it guides the story of a once-orphaned Jane, who receives a job in the hands of Edward Rochester, at Thornfield Hall. While she’s there, she falls in love, very hard. But she senses the looming secrets that are present in Thornfield Hall, and Jane wonders if she’ll be able to stay.

81vurbvn9ALWarcross by Marie Lu

Summary: A game called Warcross becomes popular worldwide. A computer hacker, Emika Chen hacks in to see who’s gambling illegally online in the game. But as soon as she hacks into the game, she gets nervous as she illegally hacks into it. But to her luck, the game creator, Hideo Tanaka calls her with a job offer, which would be an inside spy to figure out of security problem.

51+rwYJ9jnL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Summary: This is the third installment of the A Court of Thorns and Roses, which continues as Feyre returns to the Spring Court determined to unravel secrets that could create chaos. Feyre must decide who to trust and hunt allies.

 

81xxSRsPPuLScythe by Neil Shusterman

Summary: This story takes place in a world that has no death unless it comes from scythes. Citra and Rowan are chosen to become a scythe, but neither of them wants this position. They must learn to kill, and if not, they run the risk of their own life.

 

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**Trigger Warning: Eating Disorders, Suicide, Self-Harm, Alcoholism, and Depression 

Summary: This is an autobiographical novel, told in third person and leading into first person, Jennifer fights to be admitted into the hospital for her eating disorder when her parents disagree with. Once she’s admitted, she realizes she is in more for than what she anticipated it would be like in the inpatient facility.

41qA7M5LzGL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

** Trigger Warning: panic attacks, transphobia, mentions of racism, and gun violence

Summary: In the 4th installment of the Shatter Me series, it’s only been sixteen days after Juliette Ferrars has claimed herself the new Supreme Commander in Sector 45, and has Warner by her side. Once tragedy and terror approach, unprepared, Juliette and everyone in the Sector question her ability to be able to conquer it and remain the girl with a lethal touch, or will she crack under the pressure.

May Book Haul – 2018

I haven’t bought too many books this month, but I just couldn’t go a month without buying at least a few. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these books and how you felt about them!

downloadPerks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Summary: Charlie is known as a “wallflower” who writes about his life through his adolescent years, which he must face new experiences as first love and new friends but also face loss and heartbreak. Charlie learns how to manage those new comings in a different light as he grows up.

 

220px-11-22-6311/23/63 by Stephen King

Summary: Jake Epping, a high school English teacher discovers a secret about a diner, where his friend works, that transports him to the time of the Kennedy assassination. Jake then takes on the mission to prevent the assassination just by stepping into the portal and following one man, Lee Harvey Oswald.

 

imagesA Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Summary: Gemma Doyle is sent to a boarding school in England after her mother’s suicide. Gemma has the sense to see the future, and typically they come true, and the things she sees there are pretty chilling. She is also followed by an Indian man who was sent to watch her, and she needs to know why. She also learns what the spiritual world and the connection to the girls at the boarding school lead to.

 

9780147513878Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

Summary:  Young seventeen-year-old Mariko is sent to meet her betrothed, Raiden but as she travels she gets attacked by the Black Clan. She survives the attack and makes the decision to be a boy in order to avenge those who attacked her. Mishaps occur while she goes on this journey, and she questions a lot about herself along the way.

81UrhozeUeLScarlet by Marissa Meyer

Summary: This is the second installment in the Lunar Chronicle series. Scarlet’s grandmother goes missing, and when she encounters a man named Wolf, he has information on her whereabouts. As they both try to unravel the mystery, they meet Cinder; which they all need to figure out the how to beat Levana, the Lunar Queen, who will do everything in her power to destroy someone who gets in her way.

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All We Have Left by Wendy Mills

Summary: In stories told in the past and present of the September 11th attack on the twin towers, two girls tell their stories about their experiences. Jesse’s story leads to talk about the aftermath of the attack and the death of her brother. Alia’s story is told during the happenings on the attack, trying to escape, along with a boy she decides to trust.