September 2018 Book Haul

SeptemberBookHaulHello, friends! Okay, so my birthday was August 27th, and I honestly thought my birthday haul was pretty wild, but I apparently put those gift cards to good use in September, because this is the most books I’ve bought…. maybe ever? 🎃📖


➽ PURCHASED BOOKS:


The Impostor Queen (Thank you, Elise, I love you!) 💕
The Last Time I Lied
The Death of Mrs. Westaway
An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters (Thank you, Lilly, I love you!) 💕
Sleepless, Vol. 1
Giant Days, Vol. 1 | Review – ★★★
Monstress, Vol. 3
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Vol. 1
Fullmetal Alchemist 01
Fullmetal Alchemist 02
Strange Grace | Review – ★★★★★
Eliza and her Monsters | Review – ★★★★
Ramona Blue
The Heart Forger | Review – ★★★★★
The Bone Witch | Review – ★★★★


➽ PURCHASED EBOOKS:

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
I Belong to the Earth (free on Amazon US still!)
Prince of Gods


➽ PHYSICAL ARCS:


Four Dead Queens
The Kingdom of Copper
The Priory of the Orange Tree


➽ NETGALLEY ARCS:

Daisy Jones & The Six
Enchantée
My Favorite Half-Night Stand
The Gilded Wolves


➽ EDELWEISS ARCS:

Pulp
Kingdom of Copper
99 Percent Mine


➽ SUBSCRIPTION BOXES:


Owlcrate| Mirage: Review – ★★★★★

Owlcrate| Vengeful

BOTM | The Silence of the Girls & The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock


Okay, loves! I hope that’s it! I also hope I don’t have another haul this big in 2018! But I’ll be honest, I’ve already preordred so many books in October. *Hamilton voice* just you wait… until you see how many Muse of Nightmares I preordered. But have you read and loved any of these? Any I should prioritize? Let me know! And I hope you’re all having an amazing end to September! Happy reading! 🍂 🍁

Instagram | Bloglovin’ | Twitter | Tumblr | Goodreads | Twitch| Wishlist

 

May 2018 Book Haul

Hey, loves! I feel like I didn’t buy too many books this month! Only six physical, and four ebooks that were all on sale! Pretty good, pretty good. But, I feel like I was really blessed in the month of May from publishers! So many good books, both physical and ebooks! And I’m forever thankful and grateful! 💕📖

➽ PURCHASED BOOKS:


Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1) by Kevin Kwan
LIFEL1K3 (Lifelike #1) by Jay Kristoff – Review: ★★★★★
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang – Review: ★★★★
Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand – Review: ★★★★
Charmcaster (Spellslinger #3) by Sebastien de Castell
A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas – Review: ★★★★

➽ PURCHASED EBOOKS:


Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz
Fair Coin (Coin #1) by E.C. Myers

➽ PHYSICAL BOOKS FROM PUBLISHERS:

The Mermaid by Christina Henry
Rebellion (Rebellion #1) by Josephine Boyce
Resistance (Rebellion #2) by Josephine Boyce
My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
The Queen of Crows (The Sacred Throne #2) by Myke Cole
A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan
Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber – Review: ★★★★
The Legion of Flame (The Draconis Memoria #2) by Anthony Ryan
Season of Storms (The Witcher #0) by Andrzej Sapkowski
Foundryside (Founders #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett
The Grey Bastards (The Lot Lands #1) by Jonathan French

➽ NETGALLEY ARCS:


Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – (40% in and completely in love)
Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
Body Positive Power: Because Life Is Already Happening and You Don’t Need Flat Abs to Live It by Megan Jayne Crabbe

➽ EDELWEISS ARCS:


A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman – Review: ★★★★★
Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton
Shadow of The Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) by Julie Kagawa

➽ BOOK SUBSCRIPTION BOXES:


Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – Review: ★★★★
Catching Stars by Cayla Keenan
(Both from the May 2018 OwlCrate box!)

Okay, I think (and hope) that’s everything! I have a few May preorders that still haven’t came in yet, but those will have to wait until my June haul now! I hope you all are having an amazing end to your May, and I hope this month brought you all the good books and all the good book sales! What did you all buy this month? What was your favorite book purchase? 💖📚

Instagram | Bloglovin’ | Twitter | Tumblr | Goodreads | Twitch

Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1) by Amanda Foody

Goodreads | Amazon US| Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

“The City of Sin was a game, but not everyone was a player.”

Ace of Shades was for sure not what I was expecting. Some said it was like one of my favorite series of all time, Six of Crows, but I didn’t see that. A lot of people said it had a setting like the city I live in currently, Vegas, and I suppose I see it, but it is a stretch and for sure a very big fantastical interpretation and based on every stereotype you think of when you think of Vegas (which are mostly all untrue). I mean, maybe like Old Vegas, Fremont Street style, but for sure not my Las Vegas in 2018. Yet, if I honestly had to compare this story and its feel to anything, I’d compare it to Caraval, but I even feel like that’s a weak comparison. But regardless of what people compare this book too, I thought it was its own unique concept, and it was overall an enjoyable read.

This story starts out with a girl and her guidebook and a city filled with sin and mystery. We get to follow her during the span of ten days, while also seeing if this new town will ultimately make or break her. And Enne Salta was forced to come to New Reynes, because her adoptive mother went missing, but not before she was able to send a letter to Enne letting her know where to go and who to trust.

And the only name on the letter is Levi Glaisyer, a boy who has only been hardened by this unforgiving city. Also, Levi is black and bi and warmed my heart throughout the entire story. And, Enne’s missing mother, Lourdes, is gender-fluid, which was such an amazing addition! But Enne and Levi quickly realize that Lourdes was living a very dangerous secret life, and they are quickly trying to unravel the secrets. And even though, Levi is not the easiest person to like at first, we soon find out he is a leader of one of the three gangs in New Reynes!

➽ The Scarhands – the largest gang, ran by Reymond Kitamura, and specializes in counterfeits, forgeries, and weapon trading.
➽ The Doves – all the gang members dye their hair white to match their lord, Ivory, and they specialize in being assassins.
➽ The Irons – the smallest gang, lead by none other than Levi, and they specialize in gambling and opportunity, wherever they may find it.

“Do not reveal your emotions, especially your fear.
Never allow yourself to be lost.
Trust is a last resort.”

And with only Levi for Enne to trust, they embark on an adventure that ends up being even bigger than either of them expected. And they soon realize that there are much bigger problems in the City of Sin than these three gangs. There are two mafia-like families that truly rule this city: the Augustines and the Torrens. And Enne’s path soon crosses with a member from each of these houses.

“The worst hurt in the world was the kind you grew to accept.”

Also, in this world, all humans have a special ability or two that are inherited from their lineage. If you have one, you’re considered pure, but most people in this story have two. And there is a vast array of powers, in a varying scale of strengths! From specializing in dance, to being able to make the currency in this world, to be able to read people’s minds, there are so many different magical talents! And one of my favorite things about this book was learning what everyone inherited.

My problem was that I had a hard time connecting to the world and the characters right off the bat. But once I passed the half way point? I ended up really loving the end of this. It was so fast paced, and addicting, and I needed to know all the answers to all the mysteries. I honestly couldn’t put it down. I loved the ending so much, and I think it had the perfect setup for the next book.

I also want to mention that the main villain in this book is a grown man that has a fetish for young girls. We don’t get to see any of these terrible acts on the page, but there are many hints. But we get to see him sexually assault (unwanted touching) to a character we follow. He does some gross things, and insinuates a lot of even grosser things, so please use caution when reading this book, because I did not know going in. Trigger and content warnings for pedophilia, addiction, drug use, gambling, death, loss of a loved one, torture, and violence.

“Avarice, pride, and lust – these are all modest desires. What the city of sin craves is destruction.”

Overall, I really did think this was a fun and different story. I will for sure continue on with the series with King of Fools! Especially because I need more of Lola, who was my favorite character in this entire book. But I think this was a really great start to what I’m sure will be an even more amazing trilogy!


Instagram | Bloglovin’ | Twitter | Tumblr | Goodreads | Twitch


♤♡ Amanda Foody’s Pinterest Board and playlist for Ace of Shades!


Buddy read with Courtney from Curly Book Owl, Julie from Pages and Pens, Jules at JA Ironside, Amy at A Court of Crowns and Quills, Lourdes at Chapters We Love, & Alexis at The Sloth Reader! ❤



This was in the April 2018 OwlCrate box!

April 2018 Book Haul

Hey, loves! I hope the end of your April is going well! I was so very privileged and blessed to receive some amazing books this month, and I’d love to share them with you guys! 💐💕


➽ PURCHASED BOOKS:

The Wicked Deep – Review: ★★★★
Dreadful Young Ladies
All Out Anthology – Review: ★★★★
Circe (US) – Review: ★★★★★
Circe (UK) – Review: ★★★★★


➽ PURCHASED EBOOKS:

The Thief – Review: ★★★★
The Allure of Julian Lefray
Birthday Girl – Review: ★★★
The Astonishing Color of After
Prince Charming
Bad Intentions


➽ BOOK OUTLET:

Mapping the Interior
Binti: Home
We Are the Ants
The Tiger’s Daughter
If We Were Villains
The Traitor Baru Cormorant


➽ PHYSICAL ARCS:

The Descent of Monsters
The Black God’s Drums
Mirage
The Wicked King
Girls of Paper and Fire
Worlds Seen in Passing

Yeah, best ARC I’ve ever received in my entire life. Forever so very thankful. I think I still am in disbelief. And this will be my first read in May, so expect a fangirl gush ASAP! 🧚


➽ NETGALLEY ARCS:

All Your Perfects
Empress of All Seasons
Salt


➽ EDELWEISS ARCS:

The Poppy War
For a Muse of Fire
What If It’s Us
Sawkill Girls
Damsel
Salt


➽ BOOK SUBSCRIPTION BOXES:

Ace of Shades


Yeah, I know, I was so desperate for Salt that I requested it on two sites and got approved for both. I feel so bad, but I’m also so happy that I have an ARC of it! Edelweiss for sure showed up big for me in April! Actually, April was just an amazing month for ARCS in general. Hell, I can’t even properly form words to express how thankful I am that I was able to get my hands on a copy of The Wicked King this month. Diana, you’re the best, and I love you. But I hope April was filled with books that made you all feel the way The Wicked King makes me feel. Happy reading, loves! 💖📚

Instagram | Bloglovin’ | Twitter | Tumblr | Goodreads | Twitch

March 2018 Book Haul

Hey, loves! My March book haul isn’t nearly as outrageous as my February one, so I guess that’s the silver lining, because I still spent too much money! But there were so many good releases (All on March 6th, I swear)! But here is everything I accumulated in the month of March!

➽ PURCHASED BOOKS:

My new favorite mug, gifted to me by my favorite, Kayla!
Code Geass, Vol 1.
Code Geass, Vol 2.
To Kill A Kingdom– Review: ★★★★★
Inkmistress– Review: ★★★★★
Leviathan Wakes
Obisdio
Children of Blood and Bone – Review: ★★★★★
High Voltage

➽ PURCHASED EBOOKS:

Of Fire and Stars (Of Fire and Stars #1) by Audrey Coulthurst (Currently $1.99 on Amazon US)
Cracked Kingdom (The Royals #5) by Erin Watt (Currently $2.99 on Amazon US)

➽ BOOKS/ARCS PUBLISHERS SENT:

Toil & Trouble Anthology – Review: ★★★★ – Releases August 28th
Pacifica – Released
Dune – Released
Grey Sister (Review up April 2nd!) – Releases April 3rd

➽ NETGALLEY ARCS:

LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff – Release Date: May 29th, 2018
Fresh Ink: An Anthology curated by Lamar Giles – Release Date: August 14th, 2018

➽ BOOK SUBSCRIPTION BOXES:

Heart of Iron – Review: ★★★

Okay, that’s it! I hope you guys enjoyed! I honestly can’t even believe the month of March is almost over! I swear, 2018 has gone by too dang fast already! But I hope you guys had an amazing month and read all good things! Seriously, wait until you all see my wrap up tomorrow! I’m still shook. 💖📚

Bloglovin’ | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Goodreads | Twitch

 

February 2018 Book Haul

Hey, my loves! I hope you’re all doing so very well! I think you’ll all be pretty impressed with me this February. Well, at least when it comes to buying! I kind of fell off a bit with Edelweiss, but I am super proud of everything else! I hope you all enjoy seeing the things I added to my library this February!

➽ PURCHASED BOOKS:

The Girl in the Tower – Review: ★★★★★
The Armored Saint – Review: ★★★★★
Green Glass House
The Dollmaker of Krakow
Snow & Rose
Nevermoor

But it’s not that bad, because four of those I received for Valentine’s Day:
💗 💓 💕 💖 💞 💘

➽ PURCHASED EBOOKS:

Professed (Which is currently FREE on Amazon US)
Opal (a Raven Cycle Story) 99 cents on Amazon US currently!
Immortal Reign: A Falling Kingdoms Novel

➽ PHYSICAL ARCS:

The Forest Queen
Song of Blood & Stone
Nyxia Unleashed

➽ NETGALLEY ARCS:

The Wedding Date

➽ EDELWEISS ARCS:

The Bird and the Blade
These Rebel Waves
A Touch of Gold
Heart of Thorns
Bruja Born
Ruin of Stars
A Princess in Theory
Hurts to Love You

➽ BOOK SUBSCRIPTION BOXES:

The Hazel Wood – Review: ★

Okay, so basically, I did pretty good with everything BUT Edelweiss! But in my defense, I was getting denied on Edelweiss, because I was dumb and didn’t have my sites linked! This is a newer thing, and I had no idea, so I was getting denied things that I normally feel like I wouldn’t. So, I may have tried to test that theory a bit once I updated with all my links. And here we are! I hope you all had an amazing February, and continue to have an amazing March, filled with good health, unconditional love, and lots of good books! 💖📚

Bloglovin’ | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Goodreads | Twitch

January 2018 Book Haul

I’ll be honest, I didn’t even realize I accumulated so many books until I started piecing this blog post together. Like, I’m not sure what happened, but here we are with too many books! I blame me wanting to use my Audible credits up, and then canceling my membership until I force myself to read those books. Or maybe it was because Netgalley actually had some 10/10 books I’ve been wanting to read. But it’s probably just because I lack self-control, but books make me happy and I won’t apologize for it! Plus, you guys get to read this totally unnecessarily long intro to a totally unnecessarily long book haul! (Friendly reminder that I love you all so much!) 💕

➽ PURCHASED BOOKS:

The Wall of Storms | The Goldfinch | Iron Gold | The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo | The Cruel Prince | Beneath the Sugar Sky | Reign of the Fallen | The Song of Achilles | A Winkle in Time | Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

➽ PURCHASED EBOOKS:

American Queen | Flow | The Black Tides of Heaven

➽ PURCHASED AUDIO BOOKS:

Iron Gold | The Diviners | Renegades | The Collapsing Empire

➽ BOOK OUTLET (BOXING DAY SALE):

Bad Romance | Spindle Fire | The Paper Menagerie | City of Bones | The Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge | River of Teeth | Roar | One Blood Ruby | Certain Dark Things | And I Darken

➽ PHYSICAL ARCS:

Child of a Mad God | With Blood upon the Sand | Lost For You | The Heart Forger

➽ NETGALLEY ARCS:

Circe | The Queens of Innis Lear | Sky in the Deep | Hidden Seams

➽ BOOK SUBSCRIPTION BOXES:

The Cruel Prince

Well, there you have it! Maybe it just looks worse than it really is? Hopefully! Maybe? I don’t know. But I hope you guys enjoyed, and we will soon find out if February is better or worse. I mean, depending on how you look at books hauls, it will be either way! Haha! Happy reading, guys! And I hope you all had an amazing January that was filled with good books!

Bloglovin’ | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Goodreads | Twitch