June Book Haul

Okay, so this month I decided to try not to buy myself any books (apart from the ones already coming in subscription boxes), because I know that I’m going on holiday in July, and I always end up buying books while I’m away. I didn’t quite succeed, but I think I still did pretty well, and some of the books that I did buy are definitely coming on holiday with me, so I’m trying not to feel too bad about it.

Must Try Harder – by Paula McGuire

Must Try Harder

Trigger Press are proud to announce The inspirational series, partner to their innovative Pulling the trigger range. The inspirational series promotes the idea that mental illness should be talked about freely and without fear. Paula McGuire’s world was shrinking. Bullied as a child and plagued by excessive social anxiety, she had become a recluse. Unable to even go into a shop on her own, Paula’s life was effectively over before she hit thirty. But then something changed. She isn’t even quite sure what. But after years of running away from life, Paula decided to grab it by the balls … She didn’t do anything too difficult to start with – just learning all 17 Commonwealth Games sports! After that, she threw herself into naked-life modelling, astronaut training, and coming next, Paula plans to swim all around the United Kingdom. At the time of writing, Paula can’t swim… somehow that isn’t discouraging her one bit! Must Try Harder tells the remarkable story of a life transformed by facing up to your fears. Paula’s funny, heartfelt, and above all, inspiring story shows us that we each have the power to do amazing things.

This book was kindly sent to me by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. It’s a little different from what I usually read, in that it’s non-fiction, but it’s about something important to me, and I wanted to branch out a bit with my reading. I’ve actually already started reading this, I’m taking my time so I can properly take it in, but the writing is super accessible and easy to get into, and I’m really enjoying it.

A Thousand Perfect Notes – by C. G. Drews

A Thousand Perfect Notes

An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.

When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?

I’ve been hearing great things about this book for a long time, so I was super excited to find this book in my May Illumicrate box, with gorgeous red stained pages, no less! This book is beautiful on the outside, and from what I hear, there’s plenty to love about the inside too, I’m really looking forward to reading this.

Grace and Fury – By Tracy Banghart

Grace and Fury

Bold, brutal and beautiful, this is a must-read with the glitter and romance of The Selection and the thrilling action and intrigue of Red Queen.

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other on an island prison where women must fight to survive.

Serina has spent her whole life preparing to become a Grace – selected to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining example of the perfect woman.

But her headstrong and rebellious younger sister has a dangerous secret, and one wrong move could cost both sisters everything.

Can Serina fight? And will Nomi win?

I’ve been interested in reading this book for a little while, so I was very pleased when I received an exclusive hardcover edition of the book in the June Fairyloot box. I’m definitely hoping to read this soon, hopefully before I go on holiday in a few weeks time.

Warcross – by Marie Lu


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu – when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths. For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game – it’s a way of life. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. When Emika hacks into the game illegally, she’s convinced she’ll be arrested, and is shocked when she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.

I’ve been wanting to read this book for what seems like ages, but I decided to wait for it to come out in paperback, so naturally when I saw this beautiful paperback in Waterstones I forgot all about my book buying ban, and scooped up a copy for myself. This is definitely on the list of books that I want to take on holiday with me next month!

Ash Princess – by Laura Sebastian

Ash Princess

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed Ash Princess. 

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t ignore her feelings and memories any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. 

Forced to make impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become Queen.

I read an E-ARC of this from Netgalley (my review is here), and I loved it so much that I bought myself a finished copy when I saw it in the shop. I can definitely see myself wanting to reread this before the next book comes out, and that’ll be easier with a physical copy.

Carry On – by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.

This was a late night book depository order, because I had a 10% off code that was about to expire, and I’d been wanting to read this since finishing Fangirl a few weeks back. I was determined to get this edition because of this stunning cover art, I mean how could I resist? This is another book that I’m planning to take on holiday with me, so hopefully I’ll be getting to it in the next month.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think about them? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments!

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