Book Haul

ARCS

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I haven’t been blogging for that long, and I only just picked up my first few ARCS at YALC this past month. I won one in a lucky dip, but I also got some from publishers stalls. I plan to read and review all of them and I am especially looking forward to reading The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, which is the sequel to Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares.

The ARCS I got at YALC were:

  • The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (released 18th October 2016)
  • Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige (released 20th September 2016)
  • Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick (released 6th October 2016)
  • Girl Detached by Manuela Salvi (released 15th September 2016)
  • The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín (released August 30th 2016)

Which was the best ARC you ever got? Have you got any new ones this month?

 

 

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March/ April Book Haul

IMG_0021For the last few months I have been plagued by the constant need to revise for up-coming exams and as a result neglected to post anything for a while. I have two months worth of books I have acquired, because of that, I have not had the chance to read or review.

I did not feature this in my last book haul, though in February I did go to the Launch of The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury, where you can probably guess what I picked up.6fd235e651955b1a9768561dd0450e1f

Starting in March,  I picked up Kindred Spirits for World Book Day. Then, while I was in India, I picked up quite a few novels from the Oxford Book Depository.

  • An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt
  • In His Keeping by Maya Banks
  • Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott
  • Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop by Abby Clements

In April, I was gifted Talking of Muskaan by Himanjali Sankar from some family friends, and I cannot wait to read my first Indian YA book.

Have you picked up any good books lately? Tell me in the comments.

February Book Haul

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This month I was glad to say that I refrained from purchasing any novels for myself, but I did receive a few from friends and family for my birthday as well two that I won in a giveaway.

  1. Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford-  This was my ‘classics’ read for the month and I was lucky enough to receive it as a gift from an aunt.
  2. Am I Normal Yet? and How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne- I’ve already read Am       I Normal Yet? and I absolutely adored it, so I can’t wait to read Amber’s story and see how the series progresses.
  3. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton- When this stunning debut came out, I heard so many excellent reviews about it that I knew I had to pick it up. Those reviews held true and I really enjoyed reading this book.
  4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer- I was given this book as a birthday gift from my friend over at The Little Book Wolf and although I haven’t read it yet, I’ve been meaning to start the Lunar Chronicles for a while and now I have no excuse.
  5. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman- Ever since I heard this book was coming out and read the blurb, I knew it was right up my alley. I can’t wait to start it and I am almost certain I will be hooked form the beginning to the end.

 

  *  I also received Vendetta and Inferno by Catherine Doyle in a giveaway.*

Which books have you got this month? Are they any good?

January Book Haul

IMG_23432016 is a new year and already it is looking sure to be filled with so many amazing and original novels.

I seem to have picked up a few books already, so without further ado-

 

Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

I have read all of the books in the Throne of Glass series and they have not disappointed. I can’t wait to see how Celaena’s story continues.

Inferno by Catherine Doyle

Technically I read this book in the last few days of December but it officialy came out in Jan. This book put me on the edge of my seat and kept me there and if you haven’t read the Blood for Blood series you are seriously missing out. You can see my review for Inferno and Vendetta here and here

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

The summary of this book sounds very interesting and I am glad I received this book as a gift. I can’t wait to check it out. 

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

I am a fan of contemporary novels and I have heard so many great things about this author that I had to pick up this book. Review shortly to come. 

Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick

I have enjoyed other works by this author and so I was so excited when I got it. Fingers crossed it will be as good as her previous books.

What Lies Within by James Morris

I received this book in exchange for an honest review and I am so happy I did. What Lies Within was a fast paced novel that I couldn’t put down. My review is here

This is my Book Haul for January. Did you get any good books? Please tell me in the comments 🙂

A Little Something Different

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Where did I get it? I bought it

20801166Synopsis: The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship. 

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together….

My Thoughts:

I have been meaning to read Sandy Hall’s books for a while and I am glad I finally got around to it. We never actually see what Gabe and Lea are thinking, rather we see their relationship develop through others points of view. While I was a little worried that this would be a downside to the book, I was actually really pleased by the way it was written.

My favourite views were probably the Chinese Delivery guy and the Squirrel. All of the 14 or so characters who narrated the book were all unique and easy to like. The Bench was a nice touch too.

This was an a light fluffy read that would definitely be one of my new favourite contemporary books. There was never a moment that I was bored throughout this novel.

If you’re looking for a fast humour-filled contemporary romance this is the book for you!

Rating: 4/5

 

December Book Haul- 2015

IMG_2274Having told myself that I would not buy any more books this month, I was not expecting a large book haul, however that is not the case, as I received quite a few books for Christmas. Okay, maybe I lied… I may have bought one or two books, but I’ll be better next month, I promise!

Books I bought myself:

The Next Together by Lauren James-                                                                                 I had heard so many good reviews about this book that I couldn’t not pick it up when I found it in Waterstones.

The Daughter Of Smoke and Bones by Laini Taylor-                                                    In my defence, this book was on offer and it would be a shame not to have picked it up especially when this series was so highly recommended by a friend of mine.

Books I received as gifts:

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff-                                                         Thank you my secret santa (whose identity I DEFINITELY DO NOT know!) This book is truly amazing and you can check out my review here

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen-                                                                                 I haven’t always enjoyed Sarah Dessen’s books, but I am hoping that Saint Anything will be better- I had a little look through and it looks promising!

Signs Point To Yes and Little Something Different by Sandy Hall-                   Both of these were books on my last TTT list and I can’t wait to start them.

A Thousand Nights by E.K Johnston-                                                                                 I think this may just be the most beautiful cover I have come across this year and I have heard mostly good reviews about this book so fingers crossed I will like it!

Night Owls by Jenn Bennett-                                                                                         I opened this book before Christmas- I know, I know I shouldn’t have- and it has been added up there to my list of all-time favourites. 

Alienated by Melissa Landers-                                                                                            Another book that was on my TTT list, that I hope to read soon.

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh-                                                                       Again, another book on my TTT list, that I again hope to read soon- (the sad reality is that I probably won’t get around to reading it for another month or so)

 

This was my December Book Haul and I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and A Happy New Year.