My Culminative Book Haul

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Hiya,

How are you today? I’m really happy! I got home from holiday the other day back to my own bed which IS SO NICE! Also, the hot weather had dissipated to its normal temperature again only boosting my happiness cause I can cope with a little sun but that heat was insane! I have a feeling this is going to be a bit of a lengthy post because over the past two or so weeks I have visited a variety of bookstores and have surmounted a sizeable haul to update you on, so prepare: grab a coffee (or a hot chocolate if you are like me and don’t like coffee/tea), a massive slice of cake and a blanket and settle in for my culminating haul of the past two weeks. As I haven’t read any of them, I cannot really give any detailed thoughts on it yet but I will tell you what I thought of the cover, blurb, etc. I have also linked them to Goodreads and left the blurb to see if you are interested in any of them as I was.

The FIRST DAY of book shopping I did was two weeks ago. I went to both The Works and Waterstones (both British booksellers) and on that trip, I got a total of 7 books:

Waterstones:

The first was Geekerella by Ashley Poston. Many of you will already know about this book and I have been meaning to buy this forever because I have heard such good things about it from you guys and I cannot wait to get into it!Geekerella.PNG

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first.
Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?
Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

The next book I picked up I also grabbed because I have heard such incredible things from you guys. Everless by Sarah Holland! Also how cute is this cover!Everless.PNG

Time is a prison. She is the key. Packed with danger, temptation and desire – a perfect read for fans of The Red Queen. 
In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything – even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.
Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family.
There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life forever … and possibly the future of time itself.

The Works: 
Then I found myself in The Works where they have a deal of three books for £5 and whether you get a good deal really depends on if they have just been stocked up or not because occasionally they have incredible things and other times they don’t so timing is key!

The first thing I grabbed here was the Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking, I haven’t heard of any of these but the blurb just took my fancy. I got the whole series but here is the information of the first book cause that makes sense. Switched (Trylle).PNG

Switched – the first book in the Trylle Trilogy…
When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy’s not sure she wants to be a part of it.

The next thing I got was 13 minutes by Sarah Pinborough. This isn’t my usual read but again the blurb was too gripping to resist.

Natasha’s sure that her friends love her. But does that mean they didn’t try to kill her?13 mins.PNG
Natasha is the most popular girl in school. So why was she pulled out of a freezing river after being dead for thirteen minutes? She doesn’t remember how she ended up in the icy water that night, but she does know this—it wasn’t an accident, and she wasn’t suicidal.
Now Natasha’s two closest friends, who are usually her loyal sidekicks, are acting strangely. Natasha turns to Becca, the best friend she dumped years before, to help her figure out the mystery.
At first, Becca isn’t sure that she even wants to help Natasha. But as she is drawn back into Natasha’s orbit, Becca starts putting the pieces together. As an outsider, Becca believes she may be the only one who can uncover the truth…which is far more twisted than she ever imagined.

The last book I got on this trip was The Fourteenth Letter by Claire Evans. This is another I had not heard of but it sounded good so I picked it up. Plus I love a bit of history so I can’t wait to get into this too. the fourteenth letter.PNG

One balmy June evening in 1881, Phoebe Stanbury stands before the guests at her engagement party: this is her moment when she will join the renowned Raycraft family. As she takes her fiancé’s hand, a stranger with a knife steps forward and ends the poor girl’s life. Amid the chaos, he turns to her groom and mouths: “I promised I would save you”.
Curl up for a sumptuous, exhilarating debut as a young legal clerk seeks to solve the mystery of Phoebe’s death – and uncovers a secret world full of danger

Then only a couple of days later I went back to Waterstones and I grabbed three books so this is the SECOND DAY of book shopping.

Waterstones:

The first one I mentioned in my TBR because I hope to get to it this month because it is by one of my all-time favourite authors Jenn Bennett. Starry Eyes not only sounds amazing but has a beautiful cover too and if it’s anything like Jenn’s other books then I know it will incredible. Starry Eyes.PNG

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best-friends-turned-worst-enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern-day version of the Montagues and Capulets. But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.
Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to try to make their way to safety. But as the two travel deeper into the rugged Californian countryside, secrets and hidden feelings surface. Soon it’s not simply a matter of enduring each other’s company, but taming their growing feelings for each other.

My next purchase was Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter. Again, I love Ally Carter and I had seen a promotional for this a while back so then when it appeared on shelves I had to grab it.

Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president’s son, sometimes life has other plans.not if i save you first.PNG Before she knows it, Maddie’s dad is dragging her to a cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness. No phone. No Internet. And not a single word from Logan.
Maddie tells herself it’s okay. After all, she’s the most popular girl for twenty miles in any direction. (She’s also the only girl for twenty miles in any direction.) She has wood to cut and weapons to bedazzle. Her life is full.
Until Logan shows up six years later . . .
And Maddie wants to kill him.
But before that can happen, an assailant appears out of nowhere, knocking Maddie off a cliff and dragging Logan to some unknown fate. Maddie knows she could turn back- and get help. But the weather is turning and the terrain will only get more treacherous, the animals more deadly.
Maddie still really wants to kill Logan.
But she has to save him first.

And the last book I bought that day was Renegades by Marrissa Meyer. I haven’t heard of this but it looked and sounded incredible so again, I added it to the growing pile. renegades.PNG

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Then, I went on holiday and you know that no holiday is complete without some extreme book shopping. Over this holiday, so again multiple days but I am clumping it into a section because of time XD. It was ten books in total from Waterstones in Exeter, Spencerthorn Books in Bude and then Barter Books in Alnwick.

Waterstones: 

First was another that I have on my TBR this month, P.s I Like You by Kasie West. I have been waiting on this coming out for what seems like forever and I finally found a Waterstones selling it because my local hadn’t been! I like Kasie West’s books so hopefully, this should be another great. ps I like you

Signed, sealed, delivered…
While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favourite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!
Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelt out…

The other book I got from Waterstones was Summer Shadows by Joss Stirling who had officially just jumped up the list of my all-time favourite authors after I read Struck a couple of days ago and was obsessed. Review coming soon 😉 summer shadows.PNG

Summer lives under a terrible shadow. It drains her, manipulates her and threatens to steal her future.
A high-stakes mission offers a temporary escape. She must use her mind-shadowing abilities to hunt down her target and find the truth.
Hal Robinson is a soldier. He does not get distracted. He wins. But what Hal wants begins to shift once he meets Summer.
They must learn to trust each other if they are going to protect the Savant community. But will their secrets allow them to find a happy ending of their own?

Spencerthorn Books:

I bought two books here that I had never heard of before! So I was extremely excited by that because they both look and sound insane and completely addicting!

The first was Untamed (Untamed #1) by Madeline Dyer, Just look at the cover. That’s all you need to know that it’s going to be incredible…obviously, I read the blurb too but you know what I mean.

As one of the last Untamed humans left in the world, Seven’s life has always been controlled by tight rules. Stay away from the Enhanced. Don’t question your leader. And, most importantly, never switch sides–because once you’re Enhanced there’s no going untamed.PNGback. Even if you have become the perfect human being. But after a disastrous raid on an Enhanced city, Seven soon finds herself in her enemy’s power. Realizing it’s only a matter of time before she too develops a taste for the chemical augmenters responsible for the erosion of humanity, Seven knows she must act quickly if she’s to escape and save her family from the same fate.
Yet, as one of the most powerful Seers that the Untamed and Enhanced have ever known, Seven quickly discovers that she alone holds the key to the survival of only one race. But things aren’t clear-cut anymore, and with Seven now questioning the very beliefs she was raised on, she knows she has an important choice to make. One that has two very different outcomes.
Seven must choose wisely whose side she joins, for the War of Humanity is underway, and Death never takes kindly to traitors.

The other book I got was The Fandom by Anna Day, again…interesting cover and name and plot. So just all round intriguing. the fandom.PNG

Cosplay ready, Violet and her friends are at Comic-Con.
They can’t wait to meet the fandom of the mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world – for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and fear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands …

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The final bookshop I went to was Barter Books which is a famous second-hand bookshop in Alnwick. I got five books here. A mix of unheard and familiar books/authors.

Barter Books:

 

The first was Dark Angel by Eden Maguire, I hadn’t heard of both the author or the book before so I was completely at the mercy of the pretty cover and intriguing blurb for this one. Dark Angel.PNG

Tania’s heart belongs to Orlando. Nothing can rip them apart, until the seduction begins in a flurry of glamour and magic, music and parties all orchestrated by the mysterious and mesmerising Zoran, an iconic rock star who has retired to a ranch in the nearby mountains. And there Tania meets the dark side. Can she resist temptation?

Next was We Were Liars by E. Lockhart which I had both heard of and been interested in getting for a while but I just was always pushed aside for something else. Until now. we were liars.PNG

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

Then, Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling caught my eye after I had just bought Summer Shadows, plus it had a very pretty cover. stealing pheonix.PNG

Phoenix belongs to the Community, a gang of thieves with paranormal powers. Yves Benedict, an American student visiting London, is her mark. But Yves turns out to be more than just a target. He is her destiny. Her soulmate. The Community owns Phoenix’s past and it wants her future too. Can Phoenix save the boy she loves . . . and herself?

Love You To Death and High Stakes by Meg Cabot was the next find. I hadn’t heard of this but the death/ghost puns were not lost on me and they definitely drew me to pick it up.Love you to death and high stakes.PNG

I can see ghosts. I can talk to ghosts. And, if necessary, I can kick some serious ghost butt.
Susannah Simon has an unearthly gift: she’s a Mediator. She must help trapped and tortured souls move on to the next world. But not all spooks want her guidance or want to go quietly – that’s when Suze has to get tough. Then she meets Jesse, a drop-dead-gorgeous ghost who just happens to haunt her bedroom. It’s hard to boot a guy into the afterlife when he makes your heart beat faster – even though he’s been dead for 150 years…

The Hollow by Jessica Verday was an unfamiliar discovery and I can’t exactly remember what drew me to this one but whatever it was I am glad I did.

Growing up in the town of Sleepy Hollow, the mystery and intrigue over Washington Irving’s classic legend are all part of daily life for sixteen-year-old Abbey. But when her best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Abbey’s world is suddenly turned upside down. the hollow.PNG
While everyone is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead, Abbey refuses to believe that she is really gone. And when Abbey meets the gorgeous, but mysterious, Caspian at Kristen’s memorial she starts to feel like she has something to hold on to for the first time since Kristen’s disappearance. But when Abbey finds a diary hidden in Kristen’s bedroom, she begins to question everything she thought she knew about her best friend. How could Kristen have kept silent about so much? And could this secret have led to her disappearance or even her death?
Hurt and angry at Kristen’s betrayal, Abbey turns to Caspian for support…and uncovers a frightening truth about him that threatens both their emerging love and her sanity…

And finally the last book in this small haul….Defy the Stars by Claudia Grey. This one for obvious (once you read the blurb) sounds exactly like my kind of thing! Action fuelled by romance – is there a more perfect stereotypical situation with a twist!! I CAN’T WAIT!!! Plus have you ever seen such a gorgeous cover!! defy the stars.PNG

She’s a soldier – Noemi Vidal is willing to risk anything to protect her planet, Genesis, including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.
He’s a machine – Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel’s advanced programming has begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.
Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true.


 

So that’s it! I am finally at the end of this lengthy post – sorry if you ran out of supplies during that one XD. I hope you saw something you might be interested in getting or if you have already read any of these, comment below on what you thought of it and where you think it should be situated on my TBR. I hope you have an incredible weekend, see you Sunday for what will probably be a review…if I actually finish it XD.

Thanks and Happy Reading,

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