September 2016 Haul

Hey everyone! This post was supposed to go up on Friday, but I ran out of time to get everything done – sorry!

September was a pretty bad month for book buying, and by “bad” I mean “I bought too many books”. Woopsie.

I’m trying something a little different today, purely because my usual layout would make for a long post with this many books. Let me know which format you like better, m’kay?

Allons-y!

The first books I got this month were Forest of Ruin by Kelley Armstrong, Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass, and Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis. Chapters bumped up my Plum Points to $50 worth, but to keep myself on track with my “only buy books from series you already own” rule, I bought these seemingly-random books.

  • Forest of Ruin:
    • The third book in the Age of Legends series, which is about twin sisters who deal with damned souls, demons, and plans that go awry.
  • Happily Ever After:
    • a collection of novellas and bonus material that are companions to The Selection series.
  • Spinning Starlight:
    • a sci-fi reimagining of The Six Swans, where the daughter of a rich tech family must rescue her brothers, who have been trapped between universes.

Next came Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. Indigo was having their 10x the Plum Rewards event right after their plum-point bumping, so I indulged once more.

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Empire of Storms is the latest book in the Throne of Glass series. I would give a description, but as far as I know the books have drastically changed since the beginning, and I’m afraid of accidentally spoiling and misleading. I still haven’t caught up with this series, just because these books are getting way too long for my liking – I’m also just very impatient, though.

I ordered A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir at the same time as EoS, but it came later for some odd reason.

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This is the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, which tells the stories of a slave named Laia and a soldier named Elias, and how their lives intertwine under the Martial Empire. I have not yet read Ember, but have heard wonderful things about it and definitely want to read it!

As you may have seen in my OwlCrate unboxing, September’s box came with Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake.

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This was probably one of my most anticipated reads of the second half of the year, so I was super excited to get it in the box! TDC is about triplet sisters with magical abilities, who must fight each other to the death in order to win their rightful place on the throne.

In with TDC was the first episode of a serialized YA story, called ReMade, which has many popular names written in the byline.

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From the description, I think it’s a post-apocalyptic story that follows teenagers and their search for answers about their deadly society. As I said in my other post, I’m not quite sure what it’s about, but that should make it interesting when I do eventually get around to it.

Next, Chapters held a contest on their snapchat, and I was one of the winners of this giveaway! The prize was this lovely book: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis.

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I’ve seen this book floating around on social media, but I’m not 100% sure of what it’s about. It’s a contemporary, for sure, but I’ve heard it deals with some heavy topics. You can read the description on Goodreads if you want to find out more.

That same day that I got that book, I also got the Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo box set, which I had preordered.

Six of Crows follows six individuals as they attempt to survive the streets of the fictional Ketterdam and pull off the most daring heist anyone has ever seen. I absolutely loved it when I read it earlier in the year, and I’m excited to read the sequel Crooked Kingdom!

WOW that was a long list, sorry about that! So, these were all of the books that I got this month – I’m hoping to slow down on the spending until Christmas, so hold me to that!

Thank you for reading!

~Becca

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September 2016 OwlCrate Unboxing

Hello lovelies, and welcome to Wednesday! Today I’ve got for you a recap of my September OwlCrate unboxing. I posted photos and videos on my Instagram Story while I opened it for the first time, but if you missed it, want to know where some of the stuff was from, or just want to see it again, then this is the post for you!

For those of you who don’t know, OwlCrate is a monthly bookish subscription box that sends themed boxes containing at least 1 book and other on-theme goodies right to your door! I’m not sponsored by them (though they are having another rep search that I’m hoping to be chosen for *fingers crossed*), I just thought I’d share with you all the awesome stuff I got in this month’s box!

The theme for the September box was Darkness, and the OwlCrate team had hinted that there would be something from Out of Print, as well as items inspired by Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Throne of Glass, and Six of Crows. Of course, when I heard this news I was SUUUUUPER excited! I ordered one almost immediately, tbh.

The wait was long and gruelling, and as usual I got mine a lot later than everyone else did. Nonetheless, I was a very happy girl when I saw my box shoved into my mailbox on Monday evening. After getting the obligatory “IT’S HERE!” photo, I set up shop in poor-lighting and with a bag of cheetos, and opened away.

Here’s what I found:

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(sidenote: the following pictures were taken with my bigger “better” camera, but for some reason it wasn’t focussing properly, so they may be a little blurry. Sorry! This is why I like using my phone camera…)

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After the usual information card and matching button, the first thing I pulled out was this neat bath bomb by Da Bomb Fizzers! It has a “yes” or “no” hidden inside of it; when you put it in your bath you’re supposed to ask a yes-or-no question so it can answer it like the fortune-telling bath bomb it is. It’s also berry scented to match the cool colours (pun intended) used to make it stand out. Unfortunately I haven’t taken a bath since I was a wee little one, so I’m either going to give this away or ask my friends if I can borrow their bathtub for a day…

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Next up was what is probably my favourite item in this box (besides the book): a mini candle from The Melting Library that smells like cake! This is the Throne of Glass-inspired item, made in honour of Celaena’s love of cake and all things sweet. It’s a sugary scent, with a slightly deeper richness to make it more cake-like than icing-like. (Do I sound crazy? That sentence made sense in my head.) Anyway, I’ve always wanted to get something from The Melting Library, but we already have an overabundance of Bath & Body Works candles at my house, so I can’t really buy anymore until we use those all up.

Next was the Miss Peregrine’s pouch from Out of Print, which – according to the information card – is official merchandise for the MPHfPC movie! I haven’t yet read Miss Peregrine’s, but this pouch is really cool and I’m sure I’ll find a good use for it.

Next up was this sweet bookmark by Eviebookish, inspired by Six of Crows. On one side it says “When everyone knows you’re a monster you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.” and on the other “No mourners, no funerals”.

There was also this little purple “passport” inside, which contains an excerpt and colouring pages for P.C. Cast’s upcoming book Moon Chosen.

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Fact: there were two books in this box! In all honestly, I’m not 100% sure what this is, as there is no explanation for it on the information card. I know it’s part of a serial called ReMade, but I’m not sure if this is excerpts from every story, or if it’s all the currently-released serials thrown into one volume, or what… I’ll have to read it to find out!

And now, the book: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. When OwlCrate first announced this box, they included a vague description of the book that would be inside, and I knew almost instantly which book it would be. I’ve wanted to read this ever since I heard about it, so I was excited to get it in this box! Here’s the descriptions from Goodreads:

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

Along with the book there was a letter from the author, a signed bookplate, and a paper fortune teller/cootie catcher (I always called it the latter but some of you may know it as the former). I am so happy to have this book in my collection, you guys have no idea!

Overall thoughts: Of the three boxes I’ve received from OwlCrate, this one is definitely my favourite. It was jam-packed full awesome and useful goodies! Congrats to the OwlCrate team for another wonderful box!

Did you get this month’s box? What did you think?

Talk to you all on Friday!

~Becca

August Haul + September TBR

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Guess what, friends… I only bought one book this month! Okay, that’s kind of a lie, but I was really good about my book-buying habits this month.

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston

Before I went to the YA panel I wanted to try to read some books by the attending authors. I only got to two of them – The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, which I already owned, and Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston, which I borrowed from the library. I loved both of these books so much, so when I went to the signing I had to buy the second one to have E. K. Johnston sign it.

Exit tells the story of a girl named Hermione Winters, who is one of the leaders of a small-town cheerleading team, and her fight regain control of her life after she is drugged and raped at a camp party. It’s full of strong, beautiful friendships and family relationships, and has a bit of LGBTQAI+ representation, as well.

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Like I said in my August Wrap Up, I’ve got a lot of ARCs to read. I want to finish The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow so I get can to my ARC of The Swan Riders. I also have to read The Iron Cast by Destiny Soria, The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco, and We Awaken by Calista Lynne. I also start school this month, though, so my reading’s going to be pretty slow-going. Sigh.

Thanks for reading!

~Becca

July Haul + August TBR

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Hey everyone!

So I actually didn’t buy too many books this month, which I’m really proud of myself for. Some really great books just came out, but I held back and really only purchased 2 of the 3 that I got.

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

This book came in my June OwlCrate box, which didn’t actually get to my house until July LOL. My Lady Jane is a retelling of the life of Lady Jane Grey, with less tragedy and more comedy. Tahereh Mafi, author of the Shatter Me series described it as:

“The Tudors meets Monty Python. Prepare to laugh and gasp and clutch your pearls.”

It sounds really interesting, and I love a good historical comedy. Anything that makes fun of history in a tasteful way wins my heart, so I’m looking forward to reading it! Once again, OwlCrate gave me a book that I would not have picked up on my own, which is one of the things I really love about this box! Also, this box was a gift box from my friend for my birthday, so even better!

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

I bought the Lord of the Rings trilogy from a used bookstore last year, and I’ve been looking for the matching Hobbit book for a long time now. I ended up finding a very similar edition at a new Indigo location, the only differences being the texture of the cover and the size of the book. No matter, the jacket design matches the books I have, so I bought it!

If you don’t know, The Hobbit is a kind of prequel to the Lord of the Rings series. It follows the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, who plays a small yet important role in the LotR, and explains how he got the One Ring.

The Penguin Portuguese Phrasebook by Jill Norman and Antonio Figueiredo

While at the same Chapters my friend and I ended up in the language-learning section, and we found this series of really pretty phrasebooks made by Penguin. My friend took the French, Italian, German, and Spanish ones, while I took the Portuguese one (my boyfriend’s Portuguese and I think it’d be cool to learn the language!)


See? July was a pretty good month for my book-buying restraint!

As for August, because I’ll be doing a writing challenge I don’t imagine I’ll get much reading done. There are three books that I’ve got in mind for now:

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

I’m reading this book at a very casual pace right now. It’s not that it’s bad, it’s just that I haven’t really been in the mood for it. Hopefully I can find the time to actually finish this book before the end of the month, so I can return it to my aunt!

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

This is an ARC I received from the publisher via NetGalley for review, and so far I’m really liking it! It follows the story of a girl named Tea, who comes from a family of witches. When Tea finds out that she has the feared power of necromancy, she seeks the guidance and training of an older Bone Witch. It all leads up to dark forces awakening, and Tea needing to make a choice that will change everything. Or something like that.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

This is Seize the Book’s pick for August, and I’m really excited! I’ve wanted to read this book for a while, and it will be nice to read a contemporary novel after two months of fantasy books. IGYTS is about twins who used to be the best of friends, but have since stopped talking to each other. It sounds interesting, with their younger ages being told from one twin’s perspective, and the older years being told from the other twin’s perspective. Should be a good read!

That’s all from me for this week. I hope you all have a wonderful August ❤

~Becca

June OwlCrate Unboxing!

Good morning readers, and happy Hump Day!

When I heard that OwlCrate’s theme for June was Royalty, I jumped right on that ish. I waited very impatiently for my box to arrive, but unfortunately Canada Post was threatening to strike, so my box got caught in the long line of other rushed packages. It ended up coming while I was away. Luckily I managed to avoid spoilers this time around, so I dove into this box with a clear mind as soon as I came back.

Here’s an overview of the June Royalty box:

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Super cute, right? Let’s get a closer look at the contents.

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After the usual OwlCrate info card, the first thing I saw was the Mystery Mini Funko! There were 16 possibilities – 8 princesses, 8 princess sidekicks – and I ended up getting Cinderella! Not going to lie, I was kind of hoping for Belle, or Gus, but it wasn’t up to me, and I’m happy that I got a Funko, regardless.

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Next up was this bracelet, a handmade piece inspired by The Lunar Chronicles from Rich Love Shoppe. I have yet to read TLC, but it’s definitely a series that I’m excited to get to, and this bracelet is really pretty.

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The next thing I pulled out was this bold print by Evie Bookish, which was inspired by Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I read and enjoyed Red Queen, though I still have to read Glass Sword, so it was cool to finally have some merch pertaining to this series. The print is on such a high quality paper, too! Now I just have to find a place to put it…

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Lastly there was the book: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. This is a magical rewriting of the story of Lady Jane Grey, which is said to be absolutely hilarious – Tahereh Mafi even blurbed it on the back, saying that it’s “The Tudors meets Monty Python.” Funny story: I actually figured out which book it was in the beginning of June. OwlCrate likes to give hints about their books, and while I was out at Chapters one day I saw this book, read the description, and realized that it matched OwlCrate’s hints! Anyway, this is a really pretty cover, and I can’t wait to read it! It also came with a note from the authors, and a paper crown, which I’ll be posting a picture of on my Instagram.

This box also contained a coupon code for $10 off a handmade bookmark from MyBookmark, which I have yet to use. I’m trying to decide which one to get – there are so many styles to choose from!

There was also a card with the theme of July’s box on it: Good vs. Evil! You can read all about it on OwlCrate’s Instagram, but unfortunately this box has already sold out.

Now I know some of you reading this may have also received this box and are thinking “wait, you’re missing something!”

And I am.

This box was also supposed to come with 3 magnetic bookmarks from CraftedVan: a carriage, a king, and a queen, by the looks of things. My box, however, didn’t contain these items. It’s cool, though, because I emailed OwlCrate’s awesome customer support staff, and they’re sending me the missing bookmarks. I ain’t even mad, because I know that they’ve got a lot of boxes to pack by hand and with the looming Canada Post strike they had to pack faster.

So, with all of this in mind, what are my overall thoughts on this box?

Honestly, while I think this box was pretty neat, I do think I prefer the last box I got from them, which was March’s Writer’s Block box. I feel like I, personally, will get more use out of March’s items than the ones in this box, although I do have yet to get all the bookmarks xD

No matter, this box was still fun and I’m glad I got it!


Did you get June’s OwlCrate? What did you think?

Thanks for reading!

~Becca

June Haul + July TBR

I didn’t buy a lot of books last month, so I thought I would toss together both my haul and TBR – I hope that’s okay!

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A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

This is the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses, which I read in June and absolutely loved.

If you haven’t heard of it, it follows the story of a huntress named Feyre, who is forced to live in the faerie world with Tamlin, a faerie, after she kills a wolf to provide for her impoverished family. While in the faerie world she discovers dark creatures and even darker secrets about the land, and how she may be the key to stopping a curse plaguing both of their worlds. ACOMAF follows the events in ACOTAR, and I hear that a lot of the relationship dynamics change, so I’m excited to see what happens!

The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski 

I’ve owned the first two books for a while but still have not read them! I decided to buy the last one because I needed to get to the $25 minimum purchase to get free shipping when I bought ACOMAF haha.

I don’t know too much about this series, since I haven’t read it, but from the description of The Winner’s Curse it appears to be about a girl named Kestrel who is the daughter of a general. She buys a slave at an auction, but her purchase sets off a whole string of events that nobody could see coming, including romance. ~ooooooooh~ I’ve heard mixed things about this series, honestly, but the covers are so pretty – how do you expect me to resist???

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson 

I had originally borrowed this book from the library, but had to return it because I just got a whole bunch of books in at once and I ended up being super overwhelmed. Once again, the cover is absolutely gorgeous so I gave in and bought it when I saw it at a discounted price the other day.

Once again, I’m working off the book description here: The Unexpected Everything follows the story of Andie, the daughter of a politician who’s got her whole life planned out. Everything is perfect for her, until a scandal rocks her world and then suddenly life isn’t so perfectly planned. But the unexpected can bring about some amazing things, like Clark and a lot of dogs that need to be walked.

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Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins 

I’m borrowing this one from the library, because I figure it’ll be a nice, cute summer read for the cottage!

This is an anthology of short stories about summer romances, a sister to My True Love Gave to Me. Contributing authors include: Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.

The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

I absolutely loved The Wrath and the Dawn, and I’ve been meaning to read the sequel for a while. No better time to read it than after summer school has ended!

The Wrath and the Dawn tells the story of Shahrzad (Shazi), who volunteers to be the next wife of the boy-king who marries a new woman every day after killing the old one at night. Shazi is determined to take the king down, but she doesn’t expect to find out what’s truly going on with the king, or that she’d begin to fall in love with the monster who killed her best friend.

Six of Crows OR Daughter of Smoke and Bone

I’m scheduling this post (hello from the past!), and at this moment I’m not actually sure which of these books my book club will choose. Right now it seems like Six of Crows might be winning the poll, and in that case I’ll borrow it from the library. If DoSaB wins, however, then I already own it and it’ll be less of a hassle for me. Huzzah!

(spoiler alert: Six of Crows won)

I honestly know little to nothing about these books, except that the main character in DoSaB, Karou, has blue hair, and that SoC is about six criminal-types on a heist. Maybe? I guess I’ll find out when I read them!


Thanks for reading, and I hope July treats you well!

~Becca

 

May 2016 Haul

Hello and happy Thursday!

This month I obtained 5 books – 2 were birthday presents, and the rest I bought purely based on urge. I’ve decided that I’m going to put myself on a Book Buying Ban for June, so hopefully this will be the last Haul for a while.

Anyway, let’s get right into it!

First Purchases

The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

I read The Wrath and the Dawn in April, and absolutely loved it! So much so that when I heard the last book of this duology came out, I had to buy it. Funny enough I haven’t actually gotten to reading it yet, but I do plan on doing a readalong with a friend of mine sometime in June!

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

I’d only heard of this like the day before I ordered it, but between the cover and the intriguing description, it was enough to make me want to buy it. This book is at the very top of my TBR pile right now, and I think it might be the next book I read (unless my followers vote for another book in my poll)

Birthday Gifts

A friend of mine came back to town for a little bit and she bought me the following books as a late birthday present! Thanks, Ally! 😀

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

Eona by Alison Goodman

(Note: this is the sequel to the book Eon, so for spoiler reasons I’m going to share the description of Eon, not Eona.)

She has a powerful secret… with deadly consequences.

For years, Eon’s life has been focused on magical study and sword-work, with one goal: that he be chosen as a Dragoneye, an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.

But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a twelve-year-old boy. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; if anyone discovers she has been hiding in plain sight, her death is assured.

When Eon’s secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a deadly struggle for the Imperial throne. Eon must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic… and her life.

Second Purchase

After that little fiasco downtown on Wednesday, my friend and I went to Chapters, where I bought a book to make myself feel better. I’m excited to finally finish this series and see where the heck it takes me/the characters! Plus, once again the dress on the cover is so pretty.

The Crown by Kiera Cass

(Note: this is the 5th and final book of the Selection Series, and I really couldn’t decide which book description to post, so I just went with the proper description. Sorry if there are spoilers!)

When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

So, when will I get to all these books? Who knows…

Any books you’re particularly excited about?

Thanks for reading!

~Becca

Spring Cleaning Unhaul

Hello friends!

After months of neglecting my unorganized shelves because of school work, a couple of weeks ago I finally found the time to dust them off. While I was at it, I decided that it was time to remove some books from my shelves. I only intended to take away two, but after much deliberation I ended up removing 17 books, each for various reasons.

So here for you today, in no particular order, I have a discussion of the books I am saying goodbye to, and will be donating to a second-hand store.

1. The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

I bought and read this book a loooooong time ago, and while I did enjoy it, I no longer feel the need to have it. I’m not one to re-read in the first place, but this was definitely a book I don’t think I’ll ever re-read, so away it goes to a better home.

2. This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

This was the prize for the first giveaway I ever won. I don’t even remember why I entered the giveaway, to be honest, since this book had never been on my TBR. Anyway, I won it and read it and didn’t really like it, so there’s no point in me keeping it.

3. The Selection Stories by Kiera Cass

This book contains The Prince and The Guard, and came out a while ago. Why they decided to re-release them in Happily Ever After, along with The Queen and The Favourite, I will never understand. Since I plan on getting HEA, I don’t really need this little book because these same stories will be in the other one anyway.

4. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

I bought this book at my library’s book sale on a complete whim – I mean, $2 for hardcovers? How could I resist? Since then, however, I’ve heard pretty meh things about this book from people whose opinions I trust. Plus, it’s not anywhere high up on my TBR.

5. Possible Side Effects by Augusten Burroughs

I picked this one up at a past library sale purely based on the brightness of the cover – I mean, I’d heard pretty good things about the author, but the cover was just bright and pretty. Like with a lot of books on this list, though, it’s not something I have a tug to read in my gut, and as soon as I stop getting that reaction from a book, no matter where it is on my TBR, then I know it’s time to let it go.

6. All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

Of the 3 books I got at a “buy 3 for $10” sale at Chapters, this book was the one was the last one I picked up. The other two I’d at least heard of, but this was the one book that I’d found interesting on the spot. Obviously, since then my interest in it has faded.

7. Miss Peregrine’s and Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

I honestly only picked these up at a used bookstore because I’d heard all the hype, and figured they were cheap so it wouldn’t really matter. Unfortunately I’ve never really been interested in these books – to be honest, the covers kind of freak me out (I’m not a horror-story person) – so I figure it’ll be good to give them to someone who actually wants to read them.

8. Proxy by Alex London

I was hesitant about donating this one, since I hear it’s very underrated, but the fact is that I have also lost my reading-tug for this one, too. I also figure that if I want to read it in the future, I can borrow it from the library.

9. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

I got this book from Book Outlet last year. I’d heard a lot of good things, and it was only $7, so I picked it up. While I still think I could be interested in this story and might want to read it some day, some day is not now or anytime soon, and with all the other books I have to read this book just has no place on my shelves at the moment.

10. The Host by Stephanie Meyer

I got this from Book Outlet, as well, and I’m basically donating it for the same reason as The Bone Season.

11. Sekret by Lindsay Smith

This was a bargain book at Chapters, and when it was featured on an underrated book post I decided it was worth the $5 buy. This is the first book in a duology, and I’ve had every intention of getting the second book, but it just never happened.

12. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

I found this all alone at my library’s book sale, and figured I could go get the other books in the trilogy another time. Unfortunately, I’m still a little on the fence about whether or not I want to continue reading Riordan’s books – I really enjoy his writing, but apparently he has said some negative things about people who still believe in the myths that he’s inspired by? Even with this moral dilemma, the man has just written too many books and there’s little hope for me to catch up with them all, and honestly I probably won’t be getting the rest of the books anytime soon, so away it goes.

13. The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

Remember that 3 for $10 sale I talked about earlier? Well, this book was also part of that. I’d heard of this book before from a booktuber, so I thought it would be cool to have. Sadly, all it has done is sit on my shelves, and when I don’t plan on reading it anytime soon, there really is no reason for me to keep it.

14. The Diviners by Libba Bray

I was surprised when I found this book in the bargain section of Chapters, and – as with The Bone Season and The Host – I’d heard a million and one great things about it, plus the naked hardcover was so pretty! I think it had been pretty high up on my TBR at one point, but with the addition of so many other books, it fell until I kind of forgot about it.

15. In A World Just Right by Jen Brooks

I really only bought this book because the cover was so beautiful, and it was only like $6. While the description seems interesting, it’s really not a book that I feel the need to own anymore.

16. A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install

This is yet another book that I only bought for the cover and semi-interesting description, which is a bad habit I have when I’m at discounted bookstores. Like with the previous book, I just don’t feel the need to own it, so it’s better off with someone who does want to read it more than I do.

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And where will all these books be going, you ask? Well my plan is to just donate them to my local charity shop. I would try to sell them to a used book seller, but there aren’t really any near me, and I don’t have the tools to sell them online. So donating it is!

Thank you all very much for reading this long post!

~Becca

April 2016 Book Haul

I bought four books this month, which is more than my monthly average for the year, but still not too bad.

1. Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch (Snow Like Ashes #2)

It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.

2. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them.

3. Eon by Alison Goodman

For years, Eon’s life has been focused on magical study and sword-work, with one goal: that he be chosen as a Dragoneye, an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.

But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a twelve-year-old boy. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; if anyone discovers she has been hiding in plain sight, her death is assured.

When Eon’s secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a deadly struggle for the Imperial throne. Eon must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic… and her life.

4. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?

Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside.

But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favourite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken.

Caught between who she was and who she longs to be, Frances’ dreams come crashing down. Suffocating with guilt, she knows that she has to confront her past…
She has to confess why Carys disappeared…

Meanwhile at uni, Aled is alone, fighting even darker secrets.

It’s only by facing up to your fears that you can overcome them. And it’s only by being your true self that you can find happiness.

Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has.

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That’s it for April! I’m very excited to get to all of these books. What books are you looking forward to?

Thank you for reading!

~ Becca