January Book Haul

One of my main goals for 2019 is to be much more selective with my book buying. I’m in the process of creating a set of rules for myself to help reign in my buying, and prevent my physical TBR from getting even more out of control. I feel like I’ve made a good start this month, two of these books were pre-orders, and I’ve read as many books as I hauled, so there’s no growth to my TBR.

The Wicked King

The Wicked King – by Holly Black

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

This beautiful book arrived at my door on release day and it was love at first sight. I’m so glad that I pre-ordered it. This was one of my most anticipated books for the entire year, and I’m really looking forward to getting to it very soon. I’m in the process of rereading The Cruel Prince, and a number of other books, but I plan on getting right on to this as soon as possible.

all the lonely people

All The Lonely People – by David Owen

Everyone tells Kat that her online personality – confident, funny, opinionated – isn’t her true self. Kat knows otherwise. The internet is her only way to cope with a bad day, chat with friends who get all her references, make someone laugh. But when she becomes the target of an alt-right trolling campaign, she feels she has no option but to Escape, Quit, Disappear.

With her social media shut down, her website erased, her entire online identity void, Kat feels she has cut away her very core: without her virtual self, who is she?

She brought it on herself. Or so Wesley keeps telling himself as he dismantles Kat’s world from across the classroom. It’s different, seeing one of his victims in real life and not inside a computer screen – but he’s in too far to back out now.

As soon as Kat disappears online, her physical body begins to fade and while everybody else forgets that she exists, Wesley realises he is the only one left who remembers her. Overcome by remorse for what he has done, Wesley resolves to stop her disappearing completely. It might just be the only way to save himself.

This just sounds like such an interesting concept, and I’m really intrigued by it. I’m really interested to see how these topics are dealt with here. I’ve heard good things about David Owen’s books, so I’m intrigued to see what I think of this one.


Two Can Keep A Secret – by Karen M. McManus

Ellery’s never been to Echo Ridge, but she’s heard all about it. It’s where her aunt went missing at age sixteen, never to return. Where a Homecoming Queen’s murder five years ago made national news. And where Ellery now has to live with a grandmother she barely knows, after her failed-actress mother lands in rehab. No one knows what happened to either girl, and Ellery’s family is still haunted by their loss.

Malcolm grew up in the shadow of the Homecoming Queen’s death. His older brother was the prime suspect and left Echo Ridge in disgrace. His mother’s remarriage vaulted her and Malcolm into Echo Ridge’s upper crust, but their new status grows shaky when mysterious threats around town hint that a killer plans to strike again. No one has forgotten Malcolm’s brother-and nobody trusts him when he suddenly returns to town.

Ellery and Malcolm both know it’s hard to let go when you don’t have closure. Then another girl disappears, and Ellery and Malcolm were the last people to see her alive. As they race to unravel what happened, they realize every secret has layers in Echo Ridge. The truth might be closer to home than either of them want to believe.

And somebody would kill to keep it hidden.

I really enjoyed One of Us is Lying, and have been looking forward to another book from Karen M. McManus ever since. I’ll admit, while this book was on my TBR wishlist, I hadn’t realised that it was coming out so early in the year, what a nice surprise that was. Naturally, when I saw this on the buy one, get one half price table in Waterstones, I couldn’t help myself. As an added bonus, my sister is equally excited about this book, since she loved One of Us is Lying, so this is something that I can share with her.


Giant Days: volume 8

Best friends Susan, Daisy, and Esther’s adventures at university continue in Giant Days Vol. 8.

It’s the end of second year for best mates Susan, Daisy, and Esther, and cracks are appearing in the foundation of this unshakeable trio. Between (irritating) new loves, (secretive) old loves, (unlikely) new friendships and (terrible) old houses, they’ll be lucky to make it to third year alive!

John Allison (Bad Machinery, Scary Go Round) and illustrators Max Sarin and Liz Fleming shepherd us through another action-packed semester in Giant Days Volume 8, which collects Issues #29-32 of the Eisner Award-nominated series.

Of course I needed to get this. Giant Days is my favourite graphic novel series, I feel like I talk about it all the time at the moment, it’s just so funny and joyful. I’ve already read this, and enjoyed it just as much as all the previous volumes.

King of Scars

King of Scars – by Leigh Bardugo

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

This beautiful book was one of my most anticipated releases for 2019, and nothing could have prepared me for how stunning this book is in person. To be honest, this book arriving at my door was the highlight of my week, I think I’m in love. I actually also treated myself to the audio book so I could start reading before my copy arrived. That said, I’m taking my time with it, I want to fully appreciate it.

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