August 2015 Book Haul

Another month, another haul! This month has been great for this kind of thing because I had my birthday earlier in the month and so my husband spoiled me with books and bookish things. So today let me tell you all of the books I got:

Physical Books

  • The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. I’ve been wanting to get this book for years, but as it’s an adult book, it’s more expensive than YA books, so I always put off getting it. But I couldn’t resist anymore and so I went ahead and got it. I’m really excited to see what it’s about and how I’ll like it.
  • Attachments” by Rainbow Rowell. My Rainbow collection just keeps growing! This is her first novel and it’s well loved by others, and from what I hear it’s kind of like a rom-com (romantic comedy) in book form, so I’m excited to get into it more! I did start it, but I haven’t continued yet.
  • The Kate Daniels series, books 1-7, by Ilona Andrews. My husband spoiled me and got me all of the books that are out so far, except for the eighth book, which is in hardcover and I want all of my books to match. I started this series already and did a review on the first book, and so far I’m enjoying it. I really want to see what happens next.
  • Ruin and Rising” by Leigh Bardugo. Again, my husband spoiled me and got me the third book in the Grisha trilogy in paperback. I haven’t even started the trilogy yet, but I know I’ll enjoy it. Magic, power, romance… I mean, yes please!

E-books

  • Forbidden” by Kimberley Griffiths Little. I started this book for the Bout of Books readathon but I haven’t completed it yet. I am interested to see where the story goes and how the romance blossoms and all of that, plus I love the fact that this takes place in ancient Mesopotamia.

Well, I got eleven books this month! Not too shabby, if you ask me. I’m definitely excited to continue reading everything, it’s just going to take me a while because I’m kind of in a slump still. No energy after work and all of that, you know?

Let me know if you’ve gotten any of these books and which you’d recommend to me to read sooner rather than later! I do plan on marathoning the Grisha trilogy soon, but for now let me know what you think! What books have you acquired this month?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Last Ten Books that Came Into My Possession

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people of The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is about the last ten books that have come into my possession, whether that be by purchase, library loan, audibook, whatever it might be. So, here’s my list (I’ll be listing these from most recent to least recent):

1. “The Heart of Betrayal” by Mary E. Pearson. You have no idea how excited I was to get this. I literally went during my hour lunch break and drove like a maniac to get to my local Barnes and Noble and back to my workplace just so I could get this book.

2. “Dreams of Gods & Monsters” by Laini Taylor. I also got the paperback version of this book at the same time as the book above. So excited to continue this trilogy!

3. “The Wrath & the Dawn” by Renee Ahdieh. I’ve been hearing good things about this book and so I’m intrigued as to how it’s going to go. I bought it the same time I bought the book below.

4. “The Witch Hunter” by Virginia Boecker. Again, another book that piqued my interest, but I started reading it and now I don’t know if I’ll be able to get through it…

5. “A Thousand Pieces of You” by Claudia Gray. I’ve been wanting to read this book since it came out and I DON’T KNOW WHY I HAVEN’T YET. So I purchased it as an ebook for my nook when I saw that it was on sale for $1.99! Eee!

6. “Words of Radiance” by Brandon Sanderson. I’m still on the first audiobook of this series as it’s over 45 hours long, but I got the second one so I could continue on with the story (and it’s three hours longer than the first…).

7. “P.S. I Still Love You” by Jenny Han. I was excited for this sequel and it was just as cute as the first, but just a little less so. I purchased it at the very beginning of June and read and reviewed equally as fast.

8. “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve already read and reviewed this, but I haven’t bought a lot of books or come into possession of a lot of books these past couple months, so there’s this one…

9. “The Heir” by Kiera Cass. And this one that I bought at the same time as ACOTAR and subsequently read and reviewed. Was very excited for both and was surprised by both.

10. “Magonia” by Maria Dahvana Headley. This one is kind of like “The Witch Hunter” in that I was having a hard time getting into it, so I put it down for now.

Yup, so those are the ten most recent books I’ve acquired, mostly through me buying them… Actually, through all of them being bought by me in some fashion.

What books have you gotten recently? Have you read them yet? Let me know!

March 2015 Book Haul

Oh my gosh the books. I seriously have a weakness, guys. #ashamed

Anyway, I got a bunch of books this month, including¬†physical, ebook, AND audiobook, so I’m just going to jump right in to what I got.

Physical Books

  • Gathering Darkness” by Morgan Rhodes. This is the third book in the Falling Kingdoms series. I got it so I’d have it on hand for when I’m ready to read it. This series is interesting and I do want to read it and everything. So…yeah.
  • The One” by Kiera Cass. The third book in the Selection series, this is the wrap-up to America’s story as part of the Selection. Just like the rest of the series, I enjoyed it. I had to read it as soon as I finished the second book, and I did. You can read my review here.
  • Never Fade” by Alexandra Bracken. This is the second book in the Darkest Minds trilogy. This is really hard to find in my area, so I made sure to pick it up as soon as I saw it. I haven’t started reading this trilogy yet, but I plan to soon.
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane” and “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman. Nail Gaiman is definitely one of my favorite authors and I’m excited to read both of these. One is about a man remembering the past and how strange that past was, with its many secrets and mysteries; the other is about a guy in London who comes across this girl, and once he had contact with her he is no longer in his own London, but in hers. I think both sound interesting, and in all honesty, Neil Gaiman is one of my auto-buy authors.

Ebooks

  • The Prince,” “The Guard,” “The Queen,” and on pre-order, “The Favorite” by Kiera Cass. These are all novellas from the Selection world from the points of view of different characters. I’m really excited to read all of these and get more from the Selection world. There’s just something about this world that pulls me in, man. And I’ll probably forget about the pre-order by the time it comes out… hopefully not.
  • Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy” and “The Lost Herondale” by Cassandra Clare (feat. Sarah Rees Brennan and Robin Wasserman, respectively). These are novellas one and two of the ever growing world of the Shadowhunters. I love Clare’s work and so I just couldn’t hold myself back from getting these (actually, I could have, but I chose not to). I’m trying to not look at what they’re about because I know I’ll be spoiled for something.

Audiobooks

  • The Kiss of Deception” by Mary E. Pearson. This is a book that’s been floating around for a while with a lot of highly recommended reviews, so I’m really intrigued to read it. Because it’s in audiobook format, I obvious listened to it while I drove and whenever else I wanted.
  • Red Rising” by Pierce Brown. Another big book, but in the adult world (gasp!). This is a fantasy book where people that are Reds are trying to build a civilization on Mars. They are the lowest class in society and when Darrow discovers that a lot of things have already been built and cultivated on the surface, he sets out to find out exactly why no one told him or anyone else. Sounds intriguing, very interested in reading it. Plus the narrator’s voice is awesome.

So that’s everything I got this past month. I’m excited to get to these books in time, as well as happy I finished what I did.

Have you read any of these books? Which do you recommend I read sooner rather than later? Let me know!

This Night So Dark Book Review

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Title: This Night So Dark
Authors: Amie Kaufman; Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound novella #1.5
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Genres: Young Adult – Science Fiction
Pages: 109
Format: eBook for Nook

“This Night So Dark” is a novella in the Starbound series by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner and tells a story after the events of “These Broken Stars” about a time Tarver was in a facility and had to escape from mercenaries while also rescuing scientists from the facility. It’s a fast-paced novella that’s only about fifty or so pages long, but there are extra pages toward the end with excerpts from “These Broken Stars” and the second Starbound novel, “This Shattered World.”

Overall the novella was fast-paced and placed in the world at a good place. As a reflection story, it definitely told about the past events as through the eyes and memory of our lead character, Tarver. His voice is dominant in this story and it reflected the flow of “These Broken Stars.”

As a sci-fi adventure, it does hold a few aspects of science fiction, such as taking place in space upon another planet, with different weapons, facilities, terms, and other such things. But it also focuses a lot on fighting and military aspects, keeping in line with how a soldier would react in certain situations.

The story itself was engaging and it kept me wanting to read more. Sometimes, though, I did feel that it dragged on in a few parts, or that a few details could have been left out, but it was overall enjoyable and a believable story within the world that the Starbound novels take place in.

A few new characters were introduced that played important roles in the story, such as a solider-mercenary, Gil, who turns out to be working for the “bad guys” in the story, and a scientist, Sanjana, helps Tarver out throughout a majority of the novella. Each is portrayed well in their respective positions and add to the story rather than take away from it.

If you’re a fan of “These Broken Stars” I suggest reading this, too. It helps to know more about the world and how the story played part in the first novel in terms of Tarver’s character.

I rate this novella 4/5 stars.