A Very Overdue Book Haul!

Hey, guys! I am very excited to finally come at you with a (finally) new book haul. I haven’t come out with one since like February, which is kind of crazy. So I have accumulated some books since then. Some I have been sent by authors and publishers and others I have picked up myself. This is going to be my only post for the week because I am super busy, but hope to get more up next week! But I am really excited to share these nine books with you guys, so let’s go ahead and get into the books I have accumulated over the past couple of months!

The first book I got my hands on was Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi.

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This is the third and final book in the fantastic Shatter Me trilogy, and I am like one of the only people in the world that hasn’t finished off this series. This is a dystopian series that follows our main character Juliette whose touch literally will kill you. I know that I will fly through this book as I do with all of Tahereh’s other books in the series, but I am just kind of terrified of what she will do to my babies. I know that she takes one of the characters from the earlier books and twists him somehow in this novel, and I am kind of not ready to see that. But I am very excited to read this because I love the story and I am in love with Tahereh’s poetic writing style. Its just beautiful. But hopefully I will get to this one soon.

The next book I picked up was The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

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This is a debut contemporary novel that is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and I have heard nothing but fantastic things about it. I am super excited to read it, but it follows Starr Carter, a black teen girl who lives in a pretty poor, predominantly black neighborhood but goes to school at a private, predominantly white, prep school who witnesses her black, unarmed best friend be murdered by a cop, and she is the only one who knows what happened, so what she does or doesn’t say could not only deeply affect her community, it could really endanger her life. Everyone has been raving about this novel, so I finally decided to pick it up, and I am very excited to get to this!

The next book I bought was A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.

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This is the third and final book in Sarah’s fantastic A Court of Thorns and Roses series, and I am absolutely terrified to read this. I just am scared of what is going to go down in this book. It will wreck me; that’s for sure. But this is a high fantasy series that follows a girl named Feyre who is a huntress because she needs to put food on her family’s very poor table and one day she ends up shooting a faerie, thus angering one of the High Fae so much that as payment, she will be forced to live as his prisoner. This is a series of retellings with the first book, ACOTAR, being a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, the second book, ACOMAF, being a retelling of Hades and Persephone, and I am not aware of what retelling this book is portraying. But I am very excited to hopefully get to this one soon!

The next book that I bought was More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.

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This is a book that I bought because I figured it was about damn time I read Adam Silvera’s debut novel that everyone fell in love with. And I kind of can see why everyone was so obssessed with it. I have already started this and am about a hundred pages away from the end, and I am so nervous, but also very excited, to see how everything wraps up. This novel follows sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto who is dealing with the affects of his father’s suicide from a few months earlier and trying to find happiness again. His girlfriend and mother are trying to help him, but when Genevieve leaves for a few weeks, he finds himself spending a lot of time with a guy named Thomas. He begins to grow feelings for Thomas as they spend more and more time together, and since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off those feelings, he turns to the Leteo Institute who have a procedure that can alter and bury memories. He wants to forget he ever had feelings for Thomas or any guy for that matter. This book is so amazing from what I’ve read so far, and it has made me feel all the feels. I am super excited to see where the rest of the story takes me!

The next book I bought was Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

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This is a standalone contemporary novel that I picked up because I have been meaning to pick this up for forever and the movie comes out next year. But this story follows a sixteen-year-old boy named Simon Spiers who is currently in the closet about being gay. When an email gets into the wrong hands, he is at risk of being outed. Being blackmailed by the class clown Martin into being his wingman, if he doesn’t comply, his sexual identity will be revealed, and the privacy of Blue, the pen name for the boy Simon has been emailing, will be compromised as well. This sounds really good, and pretty much everyone has been raving about how fantastic this book is, and I figure now is a good time to give it a shot. I am really excited to read this!

And the last book I bought was Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare.

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This is the second book in The Dark Artifices trilogy, and I am so pumped to read this book. This series takes place in the world of the Shadowhunters Chronicles, and it follows two parabatai, Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn. If you remember them, they were in City of Heavenly Fire, the finale to The Mortal Instuments. Five years have passed since the events of The Mortal Instruments and another body has shown up with the same mysterious symbols that were burned onto the dead bodies of Emma’s parents. She is trying to figure out who really killed them and there may even be some forbidden romance thrown into the mix. The first book was fantastic, and it ended on a cliffhanger, so I have been waiting for over a year for some answers. I am so excited to get to this!

The last few books were sent to me for review by either the author or the publisher, the first of which is Splintered Souls by Raye Wagner.

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This is a standalone novella set in the same world as the Runes series by Ednah Walters, and this follows a Valkyrie named Aricela who has been tasked with earning the trust of fallen athletes and warriors and taking them to Valhalla for the final battle. When her lack thereof in that department catches the attention of the Norns, they say that she has two options: she either collects the souls of those that are destined to die or she will be stripped of her powers and sent to Hel. I have already read this, and I really enjoyed it. I think I gave it 4.5/5 stars. It surprised me with how good it was. I was not expecting much, and it gave me much more. Really enjoyed this!

The next book that the author sent me was Son of War by Raye Wagner.

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This is a companion novella to the Sphinx series by the same author (one of my all time favorite series), and it tells the origin story of a character you meet in that series, Xan who is the son of Ares, thus making him a demigod. This story really tells you what Xan was like prior to meeting Hope (the main character of the Sphinx series) and why he was who he was. I have also already read this, and I gave it 4/5 stars. I talked more about my thoughts on it in my April Wrap Up, but I did really enjoy the insight we received on Xan’s character, and I thought this was a good companion to the Sphinx series.

And the last book I received in the month of May was from Penguin Random House, and they sent me Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves.

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This is the first book in a fantasy trilogy that follows this girl named Anna Arden who lives in a magical society where magic equates your status, and she is born of a family with magic, yet she doesn’t seem to possess any herself. However, she does have this ability to unravel or break spells, and this catches the eye of a few too many people, so her mother sends her away to live with her grandmother in Hungary where she may find herself in the throes of war and rebellion. I have already read this as well, and I really enjoyed it. I gave this 4.5/5 stars, and I am really excited to see where the rest of the story can go with the last two books. It will definitely be interesting!

And there you have it! Those were all of the books I have accumulated over the past couple of months. What is a book you have bought recently? Comment down below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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