March Book Haul

I hope you’re sitting comfortably, because this is going to be one hell of a book haul. Things got a little bit out of control, and I ended up doing a lot of book buying. I didn’t actually realise just how bad it was until I sat down to write this post, I need to be really strict with myself for the next few months to balance this lot out. On the plus side, I’ve finally gotten back into the swing of things with my reading, and I’m finally on top of my Goodreads reading challenge.

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A Girl Called Shameless – by Laura Steven

Funnier. Ruder. Angrier. Izzy O’Neill is back in the hilarious sequel to The Exact Opposite of Okay. 

It’s been two months since a leaked explicit photo got Izzy involved in a political sex scandal – and the aftershock is far from over. The Bitches Bite Back movement is gathering momentum as a forum for teenage feminists, and when a girl at another school has a sex tape shared online, once again Izzy leads the charge against the slut-shamer. This time she wants to change the state law on revenge porn. 
Izzy and her best friend Ajita are as hilarious as ever, using comedy to fight back against whatever the world throws at them, but Izzy is still reeling from her slut-shaming ordeal, feeling angry beyond belief and wondering – can they really make a change?

There is no way that I wasn’t going to get myself a copy of this book as soon as it came out! It was one of my most anticipated releases for the entire year. The Exact Opposite of Okay isn’t just one of my favourite books of 2018, it’s one of my favourite books ever. Of course I was incredibly excited for the sequel. Of course I started reading it as soon as possible. Unsurprisingly I flew through it, and loved it just as much as the first book, if not more.

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Slayer – by Kiersten White

Into every generation a Slayer is born…

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

I was lucky enough to receive an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley, and I loved it so much that I just had to buy myself a finished copy for rereads, and tabbing of favourite passages. Seriously, if you have not read this book yet, I recommend you do. I mean, as a long time Buffy fan, I’m I tiny bit biased, but even so it’s just a really good, well written story, and you do not have to be familiar with the television show to follow it.

The Quiet at the end of the world

The Quiet at the End of the World – by Lauren James

How far would you go to save those you love?

Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking for artefacts from history and looking for treasure in their once-opulent mansion. 

Their idyllic life is torn apart when a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity’s entire existence. Lowrie and Shen face an impossible choice: in the quiet at the end of the world, they must decide who to save and who to sacrifice . . .

After completely loving The Loneliest Girl in the Universe last year, I knew I wanted to read more by Lauren James, and this sounds so interesting. I have no idea what to expect from this story, but I definitely have high hopes for it. I plan on reading it in the next week or so. Also, how stunning is that cover!

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Rivers of London: Black Mould (volume 3)

TAKING NO SHIITAKE!

From the million-selling River of London novel and graphic novel series by cult writer Ben Aaronovitch comes an all-new tale of supernatural suspense and good-old-fashioned London policing!

Peter Grant is a cop and part-time wizard investigating London’s ‘Falcon’ crimes–those that are outside the realms of normal criminal investigations–and more into the realms of trolls under bridges, cursed crime scenes, and the ghosts of monsters past.

Peter never saw himself in pest control–but that’s exactly where he finds himself when a killer, sentient, living fungus goes on a rampage of vengeance using its victims’ worst fears against them! 

If you didn’t already know, Rivers of London is one of my absolute favourite ongoing series, and I’ve been wanting to catch up on the graphic novels for some time now. I’ve already read this and really enjoyed it, now I understand all the mould references in the books!

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Rivers of London: Cry Fox (volume 5)

Always outnumbered, always outfoxed!

Child kidnapping is already an appalling crime, but in the latest case for Detective Constable Peter Grant–newly promoted in the ranks of London’s Metropolitan Police, but with a lot still to learn about wizarding–things take a truly dark turn when the victims become prey in a homicidal hunt that Grant and the members of the Folly must stop!

Yeah, so I definitely can’t get enough of this series, don’t judge me. I’ve already read this, and really enjoyed it, I especially liked the way that it focused on some of the series’ secondary characters. Why is this not a TV series yet!?!

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Rivers of London: Water Weed

It’s all gone to pot!

London’s waterways have been overrun by a brutal and beautiful queenpin of crime. A menacing figure known only as the Hoodette is sending her henchmen along the river to distribute her new magically produced drug. Unfortunately for them, the waterways are home to the Rivers of London–ancient gods and goddesses of the British capital who just so happen to have a very close friendship with newly promoted Detective Constable Peter Grant and his mentor, Thomas Nightingale. 

In a gripping tale of cat and mouse from Rivers of London author Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel, with art by Lee Sullivan, Peter Grant encounters goblin girls and paintball-savvy goddesses as he tries to uncover the Hoodette’s true identity and find her supply!

Yes, I clearly have a problem, but when I get into something, I go all in, and I absolutely love this series. I’ve not read this yet, but plan on picking it up very soon. These graphic novels do such a good job of expanding the series.

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Giant Days: Extra Credit – volume one

Head back to school with Esther, Susan, and Daisy in this collection of shorts and bonus material from Eisner-nominated series Giant Days.

Featuring “universally beloved” terror Desmond Fishmen, the magic of London at Christmastime, off-beat music festivals, and an extra-special what-if story in which Susan, Esther, and Daisy never became friends!

John Allison (Bad Machinery, Scary Go Round) and illustrators Jenn St-Onge, Lissa Treiman, and Caanan Grall take us to Sheffield University for bonus coursework and new stories from the Giant Days Holiday Specials, and BOOM! Box Mix Tapes.

How did I not know about this? I love the Giant Days comics, and can never get enough of Esther, Susan and Daisy’s antics. I’m very happy to add this to my collection, and plan on reading it the next time I need cheering up.

The Near Witch

The Near Witch – by V.E. Schwab

The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children. 

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company. 

There are no strangers in the town of Near. 

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life. 

But when an actual stranger, a boy who seems to fade like smoke, appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true. 

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. 

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

This month I was lucky enough to attend an event and signing with V.E. Schwab to celebrate this books rebirth, so not only did I buy this beautiful book, I was also able to get my copy signed. I’ve never been disappointed in Schwab’s writing, so I’m very much looking forward to reading this, hopefully soon.

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Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince – by V.E. Schwab

Delve into the thrilling, epic tale of the young and arrogant prince Maxim Maresh, long before he became the king of Red London and adoptive father to Kell, the lead of A Darker Shade of Magic!

The youthful Maresh is sent to a violent and unmanageable port city on the Blood Coast of Verose, on strict orders from his father, King Nokil Maresh, to cut his military teeth in this lawless landscape.

There, he encounters an unruly band of soldiers, a lawless landscape, and the intoxicatingly deadly presence of the newly returned pirate queen, Arisa…

Collects Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince #1-4.

This was a total impulse buy at the V.E. Schwab event I attended this month. I really enjoyed the Shades of Magic series, and I just couldn’t resist picking it up, I’m curious to see what happens.

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Goldie Vance: volume one

GOLDIE VANCE IS ON THE CASE

Sixteen-year-old Marigold “Goldie” Vance has an insatiable curiosity. She lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place, and it’s her dream to one day be the hotel’s in-house detective. When Walter, the current detective, encounters a case he can’t crack, together they utilize her smarts, skills, and connections to solve the mystery…even if it means getting into a drag race, solving puzzles, or chasing a helicopter to do it!

Yet another impulse purchase. I was really into stocking up on graphic novels this month, and this is one I’ve been curious about for a little while now, and I’ve been in the mood for mysteries recently.

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Giant Days: Early Registration

Flashback to freshman year with Esther, Susan and Daisy to see how they first met and became the best of friends, in these bonus Giant Days stories.

Take a trip through the past in these early Giant Days stories, and discover the origin of Daisy, Esther and Susan’s friendship as they embark on orientation, getting-to-know-you-exercises, and collisions with a secret society devoted to Black Metal.

Collecting the original, self-published Giant Days comics for the first time, creator John Allison (Bad Machinery, Scary Go Round) takes us back to where it all started in Giant Days: Early Registration.

Another Giant Days book that I didn’t know existed, I just had to pick this up. I can’t wait to read the origins of what is now one of my absolute favourite ongoing graphic novel series.

The Ancient Magus Bride - vol 10

The Ancient Magus Bride: volume 10 – by Kore Yamazaki

HIGHER LEARNING

Now that Cartaphilus has chosen to enter a long slumber, peace has finally returned to the little cottage west of London. But it’s not long before a message arrives for Chise: an invitation to join the college, a society of alchemists. Deep beneath the British Library, the curtain rises on a new story set on a new stage. There, human children learn, think, and grow…but what of those who are inhuman?

I picked this up and immediately read it, desperate to see what the new story arc has to offer. I have to say, I’m really looking forward to seeing where this goes. I adore this series so much, I find it so calming and enjoyable.

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The Ancient Magus Bride: Official Guide Book – by Kore Yamazaki

Delve even deeper into the world of The Ancient Magus’ Bride in this all-new guide book!

This packed guide book to the bestselling manga introduces readers to the characters and story of The Ancient Magus’ Bride, and reveals bonus material including early designs, concept art, extra illustrations, and interviews. This compilation–which includes much of the material that appeared in various special editions of the manga–is sure to please readers of the series, both new and old!

I’m a huge fan of this series, and am so interested to learn more about the characters, magic system and world. I want books like this to exist for all of my favourite series’. I’m really looking forward to diving in to this.

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The City of Brass – by S.A. Chakraborty

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles. 

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass?a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. 

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. 

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for . . .

I have been hearing wonderful things about this book for so long, so I finally decided to pick up a more portable, paperback finished copy. I’m hoping to get to this really soon now that I have a copy that will fit nicely in my work bag.

Record of a Spaceborn Few

Record of a Spaceborn Few – by Becky Chambers

From the ground, we stand. From our ship, we live. By the stars, we hope

The incredible new novel by Becky Chambers, author of the beloved The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

Centuries after the last humans left Earth, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a place many are from but few outsiders have seen. Humanity has finally been accepted into the galactic community, but while this has opened doors for many, those who have not yet left for alien cities fear that their carefully cultivated way of life is under threat.

Tessa chose to stay home when her brother Ashby left for the stars, but has to question that decision when her position in the Fleet is threatened.

Kip, a reluctant young apprentice, itches for change but doesn’t know where to find it.

Sawyer, a lost and lonely newcomer, is just looking for a place to belong.

When a disaster rocks this already fragile community, those Exodans who still call the Fleet their home can no longer avoid the inescapable question:

What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination?

This was possibly my most anticipated release of last year, and I do own the beautiful hard back version, but I just could not resist this special edition paperback with the stained pages, and the bonus content. Hopefully it means that I’ll finally get around to reading it soon.

A Study in Charlotte

A Study in Charlotte – by Brittany Cavallaro

The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

I ordered this on a complete whim, with no consideration to my self-imposed book buying restrictions. I was just really into the idea of reading more YA mysteries, and this one seemed interesting. I’ve heard some good things about this series, and am intrigued to give it a try.

The Vanishing Stair

The Vanishing Stair – by Maureen Johnson

All Stevie Bell wanted was to find the key to the Ellingham mystery, but instead she found her classmate dead. And while she solved that murder, the crimes of the past are still waiting in the dark. Just as Stevie feels she’s on the cusp of putting it together, her parents pull her out of Ellingham academy.

For her own safety they say. She must move past this obsession with crime. Now that Stevie’s away from the school of topiaries and secret tunnels, and her strange and endearing friends, she begins to feel disconnected from the rest of the world. At least she won’t have to see David anymore. David, who she kissed. David, who lied to her about his identity—son of despised politician Edward King. Then King himself arrives at her house to offer a deal: He will bring Stevie back to Ellingham immediately. In return, she must play nice with David. King is in the midst of a campaign and can’t afford his son stirring up trouble. If Stevie’s at school, David will stay put.

The tantalizing riddles behind the Ellingham murders are still waiting to be unraveled, and Stevie knows she’s so close. But the path to the truth has more twists and turns than she can imagine—and moving forward involves hurting someone she cares for. 

This was not planned, but as I was reading Truly Devious this month, it became clear that I would be wanting to find out what happens next as soon as possible. So I decided to treat myself. I plan on reading this next month, although I’m not sure how I’m going to handle the wait for the third book when I finish this one.

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The Gilded Wolves – by Roshani Chockshi

No one believes in them. But soon no one will forget them.

It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. 

To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood. 

Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history—but only if they can stay alive.

This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and it’s been in my basket for months, so I finally decided to order it, and I cannot wait to read it. This book is so beautiful in person, I might be in love already. I have really high hopes for this book, and plan on getting to it very soon.

A Madness So Discreet

A Madness So Discreet – by Mindy McGinnis

Grace Mae is already familiar with madness when family secrets and the bulge in her belly send her to an insane asylum—but it is in the darkness that she finds a new lease on life. When a visiting doctor interested in criminal psychology recognizes Grace’s brilliant mind beneath her rage, he recruits her as his assistant. Continuing to operate under the cloak of madness at crime scenes allows her to gather clues from bystanders who believe her less than human. Now comfortable in an ethical asylum, Grace finds friends—and hope. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who will bring her shaky sanity and the demons in her past dangerously close to the surface.

So this has been in and out of my Amazon basket for such a long time, and I finally decided to buy it when I made an order earlier this month. I’ve seen a few really positive reviews for this book around, and I’m really intrigued by it. I really hope it lives up to my hopes.

I don’t dare count how many books I hauled this month, I’m definitely shocked by how many they are, and I’ll definitely be more strict with myself for the next few months. Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What books are you most excited to get your hands on? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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