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New Books! #50

NewBooksMemeBanner1Yaaaaay, more pretty books – thank you especially, to Usborne, Walker, Random House and the bloggers I swapped books with at the RHCP brunch last weekend (: And, something very different arrived in the post this week, which I’m really excited about!



Lola and the boy next door by Stephanie Perkins: Stephanie’s books looks awesome, and there’s been so much hype around them recently. I used to really dislike contemporary romance novels, but after reading some books recently like Just One Day, I really want to discover some more. I can’t wait to see what this one is like – thank you, Usborne (and also for the copy of My Second Life, in the second separate picture).

Glimpse by Kendra Leighton: Kendra was kind enough to invite me over to her book launch in Lutyens and Rubenstein a couple of weeks ago, and her launch was really fun. Thank you, Kendra! I bought a copy of Glimpse at the party and I’m really looking forward to starting it, as The Highwayman is one of my favourite poems and Glimpse is inspired by its events.

The Night Itself and Darkness Hidden by Zoe Marriott: Zoe’s fantasy novels sound amazing, and they have the coolest new covers! These books came as a total surprise. I already had a copy of TNI on my tbr, but now I must get around to it sooner:) Thank you Walker!

DSCF69411A huuuge thank you to Leah for giving me her copy of Boys Don’t Cry, and to Jim for Eye of Neptune & the Blog of Joe Cowley, at the rhcp blogger brunch last weekend. They’re all books I’ve really been excited for but haven’t gotten around to reading yet. I’m sure I’ll enjoy them!:D

DSCF69481Magisterium: The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black: *FLAILS*  I was so excited about receiving a proof of this book! I’m a huge fan of both of the authors, and I think this book is going to be seriously good, as it’s written by them together. And also it’s middle grade fiction, which I really want to read more of. Thank you so much, Random House, for the copy: I’m definitely starting this ASAP!(:
Box of OMG from SuperAwesome: I’d heard a bit about this company on Twitter over the last few weeks. It seemed pretty cool; a box, aimed at children & teens, sent to you every 2 months, tailored to what you love, full of accessories, sweets, stickers, books, exclusive samples… Yay! x3 I was completely surprised when I was asked if I’d like to give feedback and help out with the #BoxOfOMG scheme. Thank you so much to the people running this! It came with an awesome book, Counting by 7s, and an exclusive sampler of another title that I haven’t heard of, but definitely will be checking out. Also, minion wrist band. Instant awesome. If you’d like to hear some more about Box of OMG, click here for the site. Sign ups for it are free, which is brilliant, for all the things you can get from it (:
What books did you buy or receive this week – or have you read any of these? 


New Books! #49


A huge thank you to the publishers who mailed me some of the books in this haul- I’ve been really excited for all of them for literally months, so I really can’t wait to get reading & reviewing them!(: Below I’m talking about a couple of titles that I’m most excited for:

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Trouble by Non Pratt: I finally managed to buy a copy of this at the lovely A Bundle of Books in Herne Bay! (I stumbled across the store when I was visiting the village, and if you’re nearby, it’s definitely worth checking out- it’s a really gorgeous Children’s & YA exclusive bookstore.)  Non Pratt will be at a Young Adult Literature Convention event I’m (hopefully!) going to later this year- So this has gone straight to the top of the TBR so I can read it by then!

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson: One of my really awful book habits is that I’m often put off by huuuuge-looking fantasy novels… But this sounded completely amazing, and after reading about it on Ruby’s blog Feed Me Books Now & Ruby recommending it to me, I decided I’d buy it! I’ve wanted to read a book by Sanderson for a while now and so I really can’t wait to get around to this. 

The School For Good and Evil: A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani: Eeeeeep! I completely fell in love with this new MG/YA fantasy world when I read Soman’s debut last year, and I’ve been eager to read the sequel ever since I knew there would be a second book set around Agatha! Thank you so much to Harper Collins for this title- I’m really looking forward to starting it… and the cover is so beautiful!

Mila 2.0- RENEGADE by Debra Driza: Basically what I wrote above applies to this book, too! When I finished Mila 2.0 last year I knew I needed to read the sequel, asap. It was such a brilliant action novel. Thanks to Harper Collins again, for sending the sequel- Again, I’m looking forward to reviewing it! (:



New Books! #48

NewBooksMemeBanner1Gahhh! All of these books came over nine days. That’s… thirteen books in nine days… I swear, my book hauls are getting bigger and bigger… Well, at least this weekend kicks off the week off school… so between some exam revision I can get some more reading done! I’ve been reading pretty slowly lately… and I keep picking up books, starting them, then moving on. Meh, reading slump-y moods suck.


Alif the Unseen by G Willow Wilson: A twitter friend recommended this to me after I tweeted fangirlishly about G Willow Wilson’s amazing Ms Marvel series! I spotted it in the library and had to pick it up. The cover is so, so gorgeous. I really can’t wait to start it.

Confessions of a Blabbermouth by Mike & Lousie Carey and Alex Alexovich, and The Unwritten by Mike Carey and Ross: I borrowed these from the library, too, because I really wanted to read some more of mike Carey’s works after the event I went to recently! I have already finished Blabbermouth- the review went up this week!

V for Vendetta by Alan moore and David Lloyd (Not pictured): I also picked this up in the library, because after ages of begging my dad to be able to read it, he finally let me xD I’ve heard so, so much about this and I’ve just finished the first part. It’s brilliant; dark, dystopian and chilling.

The case of the Exploding Loo by Rachel Hamilton: I met Rachel over Twitter and I’ve been really excited about her upcoming MG book. It sounds crazily awesome. Thank you to Simon & Schuster for the copy!

My Brother’s Secret by Dan Smith: I don’t think I’ve read many historical fiction titles recently, even though I really enjoy the genre. This is definitely going to be one of my next reads as I’d love to read more from the genre again. My Brother’s Secret looks so emotional, set in the world war. I can’t wait to start it- thanks to Chicken House for the copy.

Tanith Low in The Maleficent Seven by Derek Landy: Okay, confession… I haven’t read the Skulduggery Pleasent series… *hides* I know they’re meant to be amazing- I’ve just never gotten around to reading them! This came as a surprise in the post, and I was a ittle sad because I thought I wouldn’t be able to read it, but it turns out The Maleficent Seven spins off from the world and so it can work as a standalone. Hopefully if I enjoy this I’ll go pick up Skulduggery! 😀 Thanks to Harper Collins for this.

Thanks again to the publishers who sent me arcs! What books did you buy or borrow recently? Or what did you think of any of these titles? (:

New Books! #47



I am so stupidly excited about everything in this haul. Also, update on what I have now named The TBR Problem: I have taken to stacking to-read books on other bookshelves, as I cannot fit any more into the TBR wardrobe. I know. I should stop buying things. But, I blame Waterstones sales and pretty covers and things!

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon & X MEN: No More Humans by Mike Carey: I received The Bone Season and bought the X Men graphic novel at two fantastic events over the last two days. There’ll be a very fangirly post up about these soon, I promise! Both, I managed to get signed- and X Men: No More Humans isn’t actually meant to be out yet- I’m totally honoured to have gotten a pre-release, and to have it be the second ever copy the author has signed! *fangirly scream*

The Girl who saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson: I really loved Jonas Jonasson’s début of an equally-long and crazy title a couple of months ago! I was so excited to see his new book out, and there were posters and adverts and displays everywhere in London… I couldn’t not pick up a copy in Waterstones yesterday. I’m sure I won’t be disappointed: Jonasson’s writing is witty and genius and I loved it when I read The 100 Year Old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared.

The Boy who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers: I am in love with Oliver Jeffers’s drawings, and I’m a massive Skellig fan… and this was in a buy-one-get-one-half-price sale. I’ve been really interested in reading it, and you can have a look at more pics of the book on my Tumblr, here, because I literally took a billion pictures of this… I’m not obsessive at all. Nope. Definitely not.

The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQueery: I was walking through Foyles today, and this cover was the first one to catch my eye out of all the YA titles on display. I had to pick it up and have a look at the blurb… And I was so, so intrigued! It looks like a fantastic steampunk read- I’m hoping I can get around to it really soon, because I feel like something steampunk-y.

Fierce Resistance by Fiona Beddow: I was offered a copy of this from the author, and as soon as I’d watched the book trailer online, I was really excited about it. Fierce Resistance seems so action packed and epic, and a little like The Fearless- thank you so much to Fiona for mailing me a copy. I’m very excited about it!

Various Kids’ comics: I got these from the lovely Forbidden Planet in London today, because, it’s Free Comic Book Day! :3 This day is like Christmas. Except nerdier. I love it. I was given the Forbidden Planet Kiddy pack, though of course, I’ll be stealing borrowing some of the other comics like Guardians of the Galaxy from my dad’s adult pack 😉

Huge thank yous also, to Hot Key Books, Templar Books, and Piccadilly Press for the other books sent! What books have you bought this week- or what have you thought of any of the titles above? (: I’d love to know!



New Books! #46

NewBooksMemeBanner1I haven’t posted a book haul in a while, so this is a bit bigger than normal! Also, the whole wardrobe holding my TBR pile can actually take no more books. I’ve taken to piling newly-bought/received books on other bookshelves. I need to read faster… or get a bigger wardrobe. Umm. In other words, I’m finally able to use a proper camera instead of a cruddy phone camera for book pictures, so these snaps look sliiiightly prettier (though, rainy day, hardly any light, ugh)!

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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton & Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell: Buy-One-Get-One-Half-Price Waterstones offers, you are evil. I’ve been meaning to read both of these for a while now; with the Luminaries winning the Man Booker prize and with Rooftoppers being shortlisted for so many things and for winning the Waterstones prize. Couldn’t not pick copies up when I saw them! The Luminaries is dauntingly big at over 800 pages. I don’t think I’ve read a bigger book than the Order of the Phoenix D: I’ll have to find a long weekend or a holiday in the future where I can read it!

Alex as Well by Alyssa Brugman: This has already been reviewed on my blog, as I just realised as I was taking the pictures… so click here for my review-graphic.

These Broken Stars by Annie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: I have only heard good things, but I was out-of-region on Netgalley so I was declined for a proof, and I didn’t realise it was available in the UK! I spotted it at Waterstones Piccadilly, the American edition, and I had to buy it. Such a pretty cover, and an exciting-sounding premise.

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Conan Doyle: The Graphic Novel: Walking past the gorgeous (and evil, tempting) second hand book stores near Leicester Square, just after being at the Sherlock Holmes museum on Baker Street, my brother and I noticed this in a window, and we just had to buy it after a very Sherlock-y day! I didn’t realise there were graphic novel adaptations of Sherlock Holmes novels, so I’m seriously excited about it. 

Forgotten by Cat Patrick and Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young: These two both look amazing, and really thrilling! Big thank you to Cicely for Forgotten, and to Debbie for Just Like Fate (:

Sooo, that’s the book haul! What books have you received recently- or have you read any of these? I’d love to hear what you thought of them, I’m hoping to re-order the TBR soon… (:


New Books! #44


Yay for this week’s haul! A huge thank you to Andersen Press for three of the titles (:


Seven Second Delay by Tom Easton: I’m so excited about this book! I really loved Easton’s Boy’s Don’t Knit but this is in a very different genre, and it looks great. Thank you to Andersen Press for offering me a copy of this, and sending me two extra books with it, from the Sorrowline series! They look just as awesome, too.

Fevre Dream by George R R Martin: This looks so good! R R Martin is probably more well known for his Game of Thrones series, but I spotted this on dad’s bookshelf last night. And totally stole borrowed it. If I like this I think I’ll definitely hunt down George R R Martin’s other books.

Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookshop: I saw Ruby from Feed Me Books Now! talking about this on Twitter a lot, and I ordered it, because it sounds amazing and I’ve been wanting to read it for a while. A book about books…. Just yes 😀 Ruby’s review of the book was a glowing one, so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it as much as she did!

Have you read any of these books, or what ones are on your wishlist? Leave a comment! (:

New Books! #43… and a blogger’s event!


I’m seriously excited about all of the books I got this week- and I’m also seriously worried about the wardrobe I keep my TBR pile in because IT CAN LITERALLY TAKE NO MORE BOOKS (though obviously, that won’t stop me… :D). I went to a blogger’s lunch/event today, which is where this massive haul came from… Thank you so much to Hot Key Books, Templar Books, and Piccadilly Press for teaming up and organising another great event! I really enjoyed it, though I couldn’t talk very loudly and not many people could hear me, because for some reason I lost hearing in one ear on the train up there… xD I met up with Nina from Death, Books and Tea beforehand, and I got to say hello to lots more bloggers, too! It was nice to say hello to Lucy, Debbie, Cicely, Daphne and other nice people. Simon Packham, Sophie Hamilton, James Dawson and Elon Dann, YA authors, were also there. I also had the chance to talk to publicists about working in publishing, including Sara O’Conner, who was lovely. It was very cool. Thanks, you guys!

From the publishers:


I won’t go over all of them, just a few I’m most excited for!

We Were Liars by E Lockhart: THIS BOOK. I’ve already started it, I’m not even past page fifteen, I’M ADDICTED. I understand what Hot Key meant now… I literally had to drag myself out of it to write this book haul post! I’m a little scared for the ending. It’s said to be a very unexpected one, so I’m just going to go and curl up with this book now, and hope I don’t end up crying or screaming or something.

SAY HER NAME by James Dawson: I’ve been eager to read this for months, now! I was lucky enough to get to meet James and talk to him today. He did a reading from this, too, and whoa. I have a feeling this is going to be a terrifying read, so I’m not planning on reading it before I go to sleep! Thanks to James for signing my copy. Picture below.

American Savage by Matt Whyman: I had to restrain myself from doing a little happy jig when I picked this up! 😀  Excited doesn’t cover it. I loved the first book, The Savages, and so I can’t wait to see what happens.

Heap House by Edward Carey: I’m so glad I finally have a copy of this! Whenever I’ve seen it in a store (especially when I saw the lovely Heap House display in Mr B’s Emporium in October!), I’ve never had enough money to buy it. The hardback, illustrated edition is absolutely gorgeous. Also, this copy is signed. Yay!

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From bloggers & bookswaps:

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Thank you so much to Lucy for Wither, Cicely for Invisibility, and Debbie for Twinmaker! They all look so good. I’m going to try and get to all of them asap, as they look great.



So I came home from London and I was all “Yay, so many books this week, I’m not going to buy any more whatsoever.” THEN, THESE. they were on a sale for £1.99 each in my local supermarket, I couldn’t not…

Ta-da! Book haul for the week, over. *breathes out* Huge thank yous again to all of the lovely publicists behind the blogger’s event today, and to the lovely bloggers who swapped books with me! Leave a comment if you’ve read any of these- I would love to know what you thought of them (: