Book Haul #2

Hey guys! Today I am bringing you my second book haul of the year. It’s been ages since I posted my last one, maybe March? Crazy how that time has flown! Back then I was doing the read three books buy one challenge and incase you are wondering, I’ve stopped doing that now simply because I can’t be bothered keeping track anymore. I think I got halfway through the year and then just stopped, whoops!

Anyway, here are books I’ve purchased lately and a lot of these I bought because they’re by my favourite authors or I just really liked their previous books! Here’s what I got:

Finale by Stephanie Garber: I’m late talking about this because I already read it (finally!). It was so good and such an awesome end to such a beautiful series. Stephanie’s writing is seriously magical and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff: I’ve been waiting two freaking years for this book and it’s finally here! I have completely forgot what happened in Nevernight so I will be starting the whole trilogy from scratch. Also how beautiful is this cover? So nice!

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REVIEW: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

KeyTitle: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
Pages: 352
Published by: Harvill Secker
Publication date: 8th August 2019
Genre: Thrillers & Mystery
Format: Hardback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

What is really haunting Rowan? 

When she stumbles across the advert, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten by the luxurious ‘smart’ home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare – one that will end with a child dead and her in a cell awaiting trial for murder.

She knows she’s made mistakes. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty – at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

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Five Bookish Items I Want to See More of in Subscription Boxes!

Hey guys! I thought I’d do something a bit different today by talking about subscription boxes and some items that I’d like to see more of! Now I don’t buy many subscription boxes, I’ve only tried FairyLoot and Illumicrate (both UK based) then bought a few items from OwlCrate (US based). Sadly I can afford to buy the whole OwlCrate box because shipping from the US to the UK is ridiculous.

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ARC REVIEW: Ricochet by Kathryn Berla

RicochetTitle: Ricochet by Kathryn Berla
Pages: 328
Published by: Flux
Publication date: 8th October 2019
Genre: Science Fiction
Format: eBook
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis: 

When seventeen-year-old Tati sends a saliva sample to a DNA ancestry testing site her results come back inconclusive. What’s wrong with her DNA? And what does it have to do with her unexplained seizures and the beckoning tunnel she sees during them?

What Tati discovers is more than she could have ever imagined possible. Parallel universes exist and her abnormal DNA compels and condemns Tati and her other selves—shy Ana—privileged Tatyana—and on-the-run Tanya, to a lifetime of ricocheting between their parallel lives in the multiverse.

With knowledge of their existence a deadly threat in every universe, the only chance all four have to survive is to work together to take down the scientist responsible: their father.

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October 2019 TBR!

Hey guys! So at the beginning of the year I said one of my goals was to tackle my TBR and get it down from 80 to like 50. Sadly that hasn’t happened yet, it’s currently hovering at around 70 (I haven’t counted it in a while) so for the last few months of 2019, I really want to attack my unread books and really get them down. Watch this space to see if it actually happens! Here’s the books I’ll be tackling in October:

No One Home by Tim Weaver: I didn’t manage to get to this one in September but I don’t mind now because I realised it’s perfect for October! It’s the tenth book in the David Raker series and it sounds like a spooky one! The residents of a small village called Black Gale all get together for a dinner party on Halloween (See? Perfect for October!) but the next morning they have all vanished. Is Raker looking for nine missing people or nine dead bodies? Eek! Can’t wait to find out what happens. I’m not really a theme/season reader but I can at least make the effort during Halloween!

Killfile by Christoper Farnsworth: This was a trade I made on Facebook and it actually sounds really cool! The main character is like a hitman I guess but he can read minds and make people see things that aren’t actually happening! It sounds different and exciting so again, can’t wait to see how this one goes.

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ARC REVIEW: Batman: Nightwalker: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu

NightwalkerTitle: Batman: Nightwalker: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu
Pages: 208
Published by: DC Ink
Publication date: 1st October 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis: 

A ruthless new gang of criminals known only as Nightwalkers is terrorizing Gotham, and the city’s elite are being taken out one by one. On the way home from his 18th birthday party, newly minted billionaire Bruce Wayne makes an impulsive choice that puts him in their crosshairs and lands him in Arkham Asylym, the once-infamous mental hospital. There, he meets Madeleine Wallace, a brilliant killer…and Bruce’s only hope. Madeline is the mystery Bruce must unravel, but is he convincing her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees?

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September 2019 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! I hope you’ve all had a great reading month! I managed to read nine books and one graphic novel this month which I am very pleased with. Funny thing, I didn’t realise until I actually sat down to write this post that the graphic novel was the only young adult novel that I read. The rest were all crime thrillers and for the most part, I really enjoyed them! Here’s what I read:

The Devil Upstairs by Anthony O’Neill: I haven’t come across Anthony O’Neill before but after reading this I’ll certainly be on the lookout for more of his books. It was a really intriguing and sometimes creepy story and I thought the setting (Edinburgh) was perfect. I also really liked the cast of characters, especially Cat. She was intelligent, confident and career driven. I loved how dark the plot was at times and how Cat believed she was living below the Devil! It was the ending that completely threw me, though. It took such a dark turn and was really unexpected. This was a great thriller and I’d love to read more books by this author!

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh: I was not prepared for how much of a rollercoaster this book was going to be! I thought it was about a mother overcoming the death of her son and the guilt she felt for letting his hand go, hence the title I Let You Go. Turns out it was about something completely different and it really threw me. The first half was incredibly sad and focused on the death of a little boy but then the second half took a really wild turn. I was disorientated and confused but once it hit, wow. This story was incredibly impactful and I was flitting through all these different emotions while reading it. I haven’t come across a book with such a shocking twist in a while. Clare did a fantastic job with this.

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