Hey, I hope you’re all well. Today I figured I would haul all of the books I have gotten/received over the past month. I’ve been a bit AWOL, because of my final year at university, work taking over my life, but what can you do? #studentlife
First up is A Game Of Thrones, The 2oth Century Anniversary Illustrated edition by George R.R Martin.
I’ve wanted this ever since it was released but never got around to purchasing it (as its kind of expensive), so i’m happy to finally add this to my book collection. I’ve watched the first two seasons of the TV show with my mum and loved it. (Need to continue soon, but y’know life) and I feel like this illustrated version is the perfect opportunity to try to read this beast of a book.
Next up is Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard, I recently read Sara’s newest release: A Quiet Kind Of Thunder, and really enjoyed it, so I really want to pick this one up soon. I feel like everybody & their mother has read it but me!
I was brave
She was reckless
We were trouble
Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.
Next up is Strange The Dreamer by Lani Taylor (ARC)
I’ve been so excited about this book, ever since it got announced, I’ve heard nothing but great things about Lani’s writing, and this premise of this just sound so interesting to me. plus.. look at that cover! I can’t wait to get to this in the next few weeks,
Goodreads Synopsis: The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.
Welcome to Weep.
Next up is The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
Yes, I pretty much feel like the only person not to have read this yet, all of my friends (some that are not even avid readers, have read this..) I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book & hope to read it before I eventually watch the film adaption.
Goodreads Synopsis: EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Next up is Wing Jones, by Katherine Webber.
Seen so many people talk about this one on social media for quite a while and I’ve heard nothing but great things, So I decided to pick this one up. I mean look at that cover?! stunning is an understatement. It also has rainbow sprayed pages, so it completely stood out on the shelf to me.
Goodreads Synopsis: Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights: a sweeping story about love and family from an exceptional new voice in YA. With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing’s speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.
Next up is Roseblood by A.G Howard
I bought this because I really want to try out a book by this author, so many people have read the splintered (series?) and seemed to really have really enjoyed them. I love retellings so i’m excited to hopefully get to this book soon!
Goodreads synopsis: In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumoured to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.
At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.
Next is Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Yes I know, i’m probably reading this in the wrong order, but i’m okay with that. I read the six of crows duology late last year, and they were some of my absolute favourites. The characters and the grisha world are just so special and magical. So of course, I now I need to read anything Leigh writes!
Goodreads synopsis: Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
Lastly, are my multiple copies of Caraval by Stephanie Garber.
So… I have problems. but these editions are just SO beautiful (inside & out), I couldn’t help myself. I got the tent design in the January Fairyloot box & the Tesco Special edition top hat (my favourite!) I’ve already read this book and really loved it.
Goodreads synopsis: Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .
Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.
So that’s it for now, for some reason I thought I had been quite good with my book buying.. clearly not! oops. In my defense I had a lot of christmas gift cards to spend.