June 2017 Bookhaul

Hi there!  So, I don’t know exactly what I’m doing, but I do know that I feel strange moving books onto my shelves without hauling them on here first.  I also know that I can’t keep up with the weekly book hauls, so I’m going to try a monthly haul schedule and see how that goes.  With that being said, here is what I acquired in June.

NOVELS:

Purchased:

The Diabolic (The Diabolic #1) by A J Kincaid – This was a complete cover buy. It was on clearance for $4 and I’ve heard mediocre reviews, but I just love the cover.

Soundless by Richelle Mead – This is another one that I’ve heard very mediocre reviews about, but it was cheap-ish and it’s autographed. Have I mentioned that I’m a sucker?

The Beauty Of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3) by Mary E Pearson – I have not read The Kiss Of Deception, but it just sounds like something that I would love. Now I can binge the whole series when I finally get to it.

The Retribution Of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) by Michelle Hodkin – This is another finale in a series that I haven’t started yet. But I own the other 2 in hardcover and this was literally $1.9 and it’s signed.

The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski – I’ve heard incredible things about this series. I had to grab this hardcover when I found it for cheap.

Soldier (Talon #3) by Julie Kagawa – I adored Rogue, despite the problems it created for my ship. I really want to see where Julie goes with this series.

Shades Of Doon (Doon #3) by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon – I am just on a roll for finding sequels to books I own but haven’t read. This is definitely my favorite cover from this series and it just sounds like a lot of fun.

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang – I have been really into comics and graphic novels lately, so I grabbed this when it was cheap.

Girl V Boy by Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout – Cute cover that screams contemporary YA romance? It was only $1, so why the hell not?

These Vicious Masks (These Vicious Mask #1) by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas – These was pitched to me as Jane Austen meets X Men. Enough said. I also really like the cover

V Is For Virgin (V Is For Virgin #1) by Kelly Oram – I really enjoyed this story, even if I didn’t love the ending and I need to add to my Kelly Oram collection.

A Is For Abstinence (A Is For Abstinence #2) by Kelly Oram – Same as V Is For Virgin, I really enjoyed this, couldn’t put it down, even if I didn’t love the way it ended. I needed to have a copy to go with V.

Happily Ever After (Cinder & Ella #2) by Kelly Oram – I adored this almost as much as Cinder & Ella. This series has to be my favorite of Oram’s work.

COMIC BIND-UPS:

Purchased:
Fears And Pride (Lions, Tigers, And Bears Volume 1) by Mike Bullock & Jack Lawrence – As I said, I’ve been really into comics and graphic novels, so I grab anything that’s cheap and looks like it has decent art. I know absolutely nothing about this. 🙂

Beware The Kitten Holy (Lumberjanes Volume 1) by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, & Brooke A Allen – Everyone on Booktube talks about how awesome this is. For $5, I’ll give it a try!

Sass And
Sorcery
(Rat Queens #1) by Kurtis J Wiebe & Roc Upchurch – I’ve heard a few Booktubers talk about this. Once again, for $5, I’ll give it a try.
Giant Days (Giant Days Volume 1) by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, & Whitney Cogar – I’ve heard several different booktubers talk about this as well.
Saga Volume 2 by Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples – I adored Saga Volume 1 and so did my husband. I had to buy all the rest of them so he could burn through them. I have still only read volume 1, but I promise to get to them soon.
Saga Volume 3 by Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples – So here’s volume 3.
Saga Volume 4 by Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples – So here’s volume 4.
Saga Volume 5 by Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples – So here’s volume 5.
Saga Volume 6 by Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples – So here’s volume 6
Saga Volume 7 by Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples – And finally volume 7! I have them all until the next one is released.

Gifted:
The Beauty Volume 1 (The Beauty #1) by Jeremy Haun, Jason A Hurley, & John Rauch – Lauren accidentally purchased 2 copies of this and I was happy to take one off her hands. It sounds very interesting.

Apparently I’m very biased towards Image Comics, but I’m hoping to branch out more. So far, I’ve really enjoyed Saga and I LOVED I Hate Fairyland. If you have any recommendations, I’d love to give them a try.

I also got a lot of single issue comics, but I’m too lazy to include those.

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Showcase Sunday #138

Showcase Sunday

Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here ~Vicki at Books, Biscuits, and Tea

More books!

Books

Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Hundred Oaks Universe) by Miranda Kenneally – Believe it or not, I found this at the Dollar Store. I don’t know much about it, other than it’s a contemporary YA, but that’s how I like it.

For Real by Alison Cherry – Again, cutesy contemporary YA and it was only $2.

Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho – I’ll be honest, the yellow cover is a part of the appeal of this novel. Beyond that, all I can say is it was $2.

The Boy Mostly Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick – It was $2 and I’ve heard great things about it!

Trouble Is A Friend Of Mine (Trouble #1) by Stephanie Tromby – The blurb on the back of this says “With the wit of Sherlock, the smarts of Veronica Mars, and the humor of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, this is a debut novel you won’t want to miss.” SOLD.

Half Bad (Half Bad Trilogy #1) by Sally Green – I’ve heard both amazing and terrible reviews of this, but I generally tend to like witch stories, so I’ll give it a chance for $2.

All Falls Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter – Despite only having read a novella by Carter, I just know I’m going to love her writing. So I signed up for the promotional team for the Embassy Row series and they were nice enough to send me a copy.

Just One Touch (Slow Burn #5) by Maya Banks – I am a member of the Avon Addicts team and they sent this one along. It looks interesting!

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Review for The Unlikeable Demon Hunter by Deborah Wilde

The Unlikeable Demon Hunter by Deborah Wilde

TITLE: The Unlikeable Demon Hunter
SERIES: Nava Katz #1
AUTHOR: Deborah Wilde
PUBLICATION DATE: April 18, 2017
PUBLISHER: Te Da Media
LENGTH: 420 pages
FORMAT: eARC
SOURCE: Review copy via the author
RATING: 3 bows

Summary from GoodReads:

Bridesmaids meets Buffy with a dash of the seven deadly sins.

The age-old story of what happens when a foul-mouthed, romance impaired heroine with no edit button and a predilection for hot sex is faced with her worst nightmare–a purpose.

Ari Katz is intelligent, driven, and will make an excellent demon hunter once initiated into the Brotherhood of David. However, this book is about his twin Nava: a smart-ass, self-cultivated hot mess, who is thrilled her brother is stuck with all the chosen one crap.

When Nava half-drunkenly interrupts Ari’s induction ceremony, she expects to be chastised. What she doesn’t expect is to take her brother’s place among the–until now–all-male demon hunters. Even worse? Her infuriating leader is former rock star Rohan Mitra.

Too bad Rohan’s exactly what Nava’s always wanted: the perfect bad boy fling with no strings attached, because he may also be the one to bring down her carefully erected emotional shields. That’s as dangerous as all the evil fiends vying for the bragging rights of killing the only female ever chosen for Demon Club.

Odds of survival: eh.

Odds of having a very good time with Rohan before she bites it: much better.

Please excuse the choppy flow of this review. You might have noticed it’s been quite a while since I posted one and I’m extremely rusty. I have been avoiding review books for a while because even though some inspire me to write a review, I feel like I don’t have anything fresh or new to say. All my reviews started sounding stale to my own ears so I stopped. I’ll be honest, some days I don’t miss it at all. Other days, I find myself composing reviews in my head only to remember that I probably won’t actually get it down in a post. However, when I was contacted for reviewing this book, I couldn’t refuse. In case you didn’t know, Deborah Wilde is Tellulah Darling (or vice versa) and if you have learned nothing else from browsing my reviews, you must have picked up on the fact that I adore Tellulah’s work. I’ve read all the novels she’s published under the name Tellulah Darling and I love them all, especially the Blooming Goddess Trilogy which is absolutely fantastic. There is not a chance that I would dislike a novel written by her, even under a different name, right? I accepted because of that and also because I do love promoting books and authors I love and I was sure I would love this. Bridesmaids meets Buffy? That sounds pretty interesting. I liked Bridesmaids and I love Buffy (though some seasons more than others). If you want my full thoughts, just keep reading and I’ll try to lay them out in the most original way possible.

As soon as Nava Katz was introduced on the page, I appreciated her as a character. I didn’t connect with her as much as I’d have liked, but I like her. She knows exactly who she is and she isn’t afraid of it. She likes sex and is unapologetic about it, something I think we definitely need more of in all genres of fiction. She’s very human. She fucks up, she makes mistakes, but every time, she gets back up and tries to fix it. No giving up for Nava, she pushes on and does her damnest to repair whatever rift she has made.

I really enjoyed her relationship with her brother, Ari. Their every interaction was my favorite thing about this novel. I loved how true to real life a sibling relationship is. They don’t get along in ever scene, but it’s clear that the bond they share and how they’d have each other backs regardless of the situation.

From the first moment I started this, I could see exactly what it was trying to do. It’s taking urban fantasy and adding that level of humor that I’m accustomed to from Deborah’s work as Tellulah Darling. I feel like, if I had read this a few years ago, before romance novels really started irking me, it would have been an instant 5-star review. It’s fast, it’s funny, and it has steamy romance scenes. Unfortunately, present day me is just irritated with romance in general. I’m sick of all the gorgeous girls and guys so hot that every head turns when they walk by. I’m sick of the concentration on sex as if it’s the only thing important in an adult life and definitely the most important factor in setting up a relationship. And if I read another sentence about how the leading male has the biggest penis known to mankind, I truly may vomit.

Beyond my general feelings on romance novels, the only problem I had was trying to keep all the characters straight in my head. They all have unusual names and they were all introduced in a short period of time, so the only characters I’m totally sure of are Nava and Ari. Every time any one else was mentioned, it took me a few minutes of interaction to mentally place them in the right box.

I don’t think my main problems with this were due to anything specific about this novel. I truly wanted to adore it and I will be reading the sequel, but I never found myself so enraptured that I couldn’t put it down. I read a chapter or two a day and was completely content with that. But for anyone else out there wanting a urban fantasy with a kick-ass lead character, girl-power vibes, and a lot of laughs, you’ll probably love this.

****Thank you to Deborah Wilde a digital copy in exchange for an honest review****

3 bows
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Showcase Sunday #137

Showcase Sunday

Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here ~Vicki at Books, Biscuits, and Tea

I meant to post this weeks ago, but life and procrastination got in the way.  Anyway, this is where the last bit of my Christmas/Birthday money went.

Books

A Conjuring Of Light (Shades Of Magic #3) by V E Schwab – I’m only 50 pages from the end of this and I know it ends well because my husband has finished it and he didn’t fly into a fit of rage, but I’m a little scared to finish it. What am I supposed to read after this book is over?

City Of Saints And Thieves by Natalie C Anderson – We went to the release event of this novel at Malaprops last month and there ended up being an ARC on their giveaway shelf, so I grabbed it to get it signed. It sounds interesting!

Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl – This book is either going to be really good or really horrible. I’m excited to find out which!

Lucky In Love by Kasie West – I have really enjoyed all of West’s books so far and I’m really looking forward to this! I was so excused to find it on the freebie shelf.

The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby – I’ll be honest, this was mostly a cover grab. Contemporary YA with a fashion angle? I’ll give it a go!

No Good Deed/Eat Dirt by Goldy Moldavsky – I grabbed this because of the bright color and because I’m really interested in Moldavsky’s previous book, Kill The Boy Band.

Get It Together, Delilah! by Erin Gough – The was a complete cover grab. This is the cutest cover I’ve seen on a book so far this year. Plus, I’ve yet to read a really good queer woman romance, so I’d like to give that a shot.

Graphic Novels

Goldie Vance Volume 1 by Hope Larson, Brittney Williams, & Sarah Stern – Lauren gave this to me. She’s gotten the first bind-up so she didn’t need the single issue anymore. I don’t really know what it’s about, but I’ll give it a try! Also, I couldn’t find a GoodReads page for the single first issue, just the first bindup, so I didn’t link one!

The Mighty Zodiac Volume 1 by J Torres, , Corin Howell, & Maarta Laiho – I don’t really know much about this, but it was a Volume 1 on clearance for $1, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

Fluff My Life (I Hate Fairyland #2) by Skottie Young – I adored Volume One of this graphic novel series and I’m interested to see where it goes.

Saga Volume 1 by Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples – I’ve only read a few pages of this, but I love Alana. She’s so awesome.

Nnewts Volume 1: Escape From The Lizzarks by Doug TenNapel – This was just a couple dollars at a used bookstore and the art looks cute so I’ll give it a try!

SWAG

So I got the Winter gloves and tattoos, the Wonderful Valentine & buttons, the Furthermore guide, the cardinal coloring sheet, the glasses, and the I Am A Child Of Books pen all from the freebie shelf at Malaprops.  The Shades Of Magic book sleeve thing I got from pre-ordering A Conjuring Of Light by V E Schwab.  I’m really sad about it because it’s torn right through Lila’s side.  You can’t see it super well in the picture, but if you check my instagram (@piratevanrock), you’ll see a much better picture showing the tear.

 

That’s all I’ve got in the past few weeks.  What have you gotten?  Let me know if the comments!

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Showcase Sunday #136

Showcase Sunday

Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here ~Vicki at Books, Biscuits, and Tea

I meant to post this weeks ago, but life and procrastination got in the way.  Anyway, this is where the last bit of my Christmas/Birthday money went.

Books

Harry Potter UK Box Set (Harry Potter #1 – #7) by J K Rowling – Remember how I said there was just one other set of Harry Potter books I wanted to complete my collection? This is that collection. It’s normally $115-$130, depending on where you try to order it from, but Book Outlet got a few of them and had them at $80. MINE. They are so fucking pretty. The covers, the box, the naked book, the whole thing, it’s gorgeous.

Madly Ever After (I Hate Fairyland: Volume 1) by Skottie Young – This is my very first graphic novel. I really thought I wouldn’t enjoy them since I could never get in to manga, despite numerous attempts, but I was wrong! I don’t know why color makes a difference, but it apparently does! This is funny and violent and I absolutely adored it. I guess I need to get more comics now!

Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber – I’m about 80% finished with this and I’m very concerned with how this is going to end. Regardless of that, it has a gorgeous cover and my husband pre-ordered this for my for my birthday, so I’m happy to have it, as long as it doesn’t end horrifically.

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers – Lauren really enjoyed this book and it’s interesting looking enough that I’m curious about it.

Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) by Robin LaFevers – These was two were only $4. I might as well get both so I can continue on if I enjoy book 1.

All Wrapped Up (Geek Girl #1.5) by Holly Smale – I ADORED the first 2 Geek Girls books, so I’m excited to dive into this novella and get more Harriet goodness!!

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West – I really enjoy Kasie West’s contemporary romances, so I want to collect them all!

FUNKOS

There is this awesome Media Play style store in Charlotte NC called Manifest Discs that sells Funkos and movies and CDs and bunches of pop culture stuff.  What’s really great is that they have a clearance section that’s almost always on sale at Buy 1 Get 2 free.  Which means I only had to pay for 2 of these Pops.  But I managed to get Peeta and Wedding Dress Katniss from The Hunger Games, Beca and Aubrey from Pitch Perfect, and Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy from Pride & Prejudice & Zombies.

SWAG

This is most of the swag I got around my birthday.  Lauren got me the Jane Austen socks and tattoos.  She also sent a message to Katie McGarry asking if she’d send me a birthday card and she did along with a small amount of swag.  Which was AMAZING.  Katie had another ribbon request for the new book up on her website, so that’s where that came from.  And Cambria Hebert has a mailing list where she sends her fans birthday cards and Valentine’s Day cards.  I love all of it.

 

As I said, Russell pre-ordered Caraval for me, so I got to sign up for the pre-order prizes.  It came with a poster of the Caraval village, a basic Caraval poster, a few tattoos, and a Caraval bag.  I also found a copy of This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab at a used bookstore that contained a letter from Victoria and a signed bookplate and that’s what the things are in the middle.

 

That’s it!!  I got a lot this time and all of my spending money is gone, but it was worth it.  What have you gotten in the new year?  Let me know in the comments!

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Cover Reveal for The Unlikeable Demon Hunter by Deborah Wilde

The Unlikeable Demon Hunter
Deborah Wilde
Publication date: April 18th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Bridesmaids meets Buffy with a dash of the seven deadly sins.

The age-old story of what happens when a foul-mouthed, romance impaired heroine with no edit button and a predilection for hot sex is faced with her worst nightmare–a purpose.

Ari Katz is intelligent, driven, and will make an excellent demon hunter once initiated into the Brotherhood of David. However, this book is about his twin Nava: a smart-ass, self-cultivated hot mess, who is thrilled her brother is stuck with all the chosen one crap.

When Nava half-drunkenly interrupts Ari’s induction ceremony, she expects to be chastised. What she doesn’t expect is to take her brother’s place among the–until now–all-male demon hunters. Even worse? Her infuriating leader is former rock star Rohan Mitra.

Too bad Rohan’s exactly what Nava’s always wanted: the perfect bad boy fling with no strings attached, because he may also be the one to bring down her carefully erected emotional shields. That’s as dangerous as all the evil fiends vying for the bragging rights of killing the only female ever chosen for Demon Club.

Odds of survival: eh.

Odds of having a very good time with Rohan before she bites it: much better.

Goodreads / Amazon

 

Author Bio:

A global wanderer, hopeless romantic, and total cynic with a broken edit button, Deborah writes adult urban fantasy to satisfy her love of smexy romances and tales of chicks who kick ass. She is all about the happily-ever-after, with a huge dose of hilarity along the way.

“It takes a bad girl to fight evil. Go Wilde.” http://www.deborahwilde.com

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Showcase Sunday #135 – Birthday Edition

Showcase Sunday

Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here ~Vicki at Books, Biscuits, and Tea

My birthday is right after Christmas, on January 6th to be specific.  Normally, I don’t get much for my birthday, except a few phone calls because every one is broke from Christmas.  But this month was pretty awesome.

Books

The Art Of Coloring: Disney Animals – From Lauren.  It’s so INTENSE.  All of the images are so intricate.  But it’s also very pretty.

The Complete Harry Potter Collection (Harry Potter #1 – #7) by J K Rowling – My amazing Dad got me this set for my birthday. He’s only response when I jokingly said this was what I wanted was “Don’t you own those already? Why do you need a second set?” Yeah, he doesn’t get the book thing at all, but I spend the whole ride home with these hugging them and petting them. They are so fucking pretty. Now there is just one other set I need, besides the illustrated editions that aren’t all released yet.

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson – My husband let me pick out a few books from Book Outlet for my birthday. I’ve heard great things about this story and I’m excited to give it a try.

Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby – This is another one from the Book Outlet order. Lauren recommended this to me. It’s a contemporary YA romance and I LOVE the cover.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – Another Book Outlet pick. I adored this book. It’s cute, it’s hilarious, and it’s got a lot of heart. I’m both excited and terrified of it’s upcoming film adaptation.

Every Heart A Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire – This is the final book on the Book Outlet order. I really enjoyed this book. It’s such a unique concept and it was well executed. I’m interested to see where McGuire takes the series.

The Avery Shaw Experiment (Science Squad #1) by Kelly Oram – For my birthday, my husband surprised me with this book and the next one. This is one of my favorite books by Oram. It’s so cute and it is my favorite cover of all her works.

Cinder & Ella (Cinder & Ella #1) by Kelly Oram – This is my absolute favorite Oram book and I adore this new cover for it. I cannot express how overjoyed I am to have it in my collection. My husband did good this year. 🙂

FUNKOS

For Christmas, my sister bought me the Beast from Beauty And The Beast funko. So for my birthday, my husband decided to complete the family as he says he. So he got me Belle, Cogsworth, Lumiere, and Mrs Potts all from Beauty & The Beast. He also got me Zero from The Nightmare Before Christmas to go with the Jack and Sally I already have. Like I said, he did really well this year. I loved all his presents. He also pre-ordered Caraval for me, but I obviously won’t have it until it releases at the end of the month.

That’s all for me this week! What did you get? Let me know in the comments!

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Special Showcase Thursday – Christmas Spending Haul

Showcase Sunday

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Lauren & I went shopping on New Years Eve, and even though we didn’t get much because a lot of the shops ended up being closed, we still had a lot of fun. Here are the few things I did acquire.

Books

A Court Of Mist And Fury (A Court Of Thorns And Roses #2) by Sarah J Maas – Even though the size of this book intimidates the fuck out of me and I’m not sure I like where the story is going, I couldn’t resist this autographed edition. I just couldn’t.

The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1) by Richelle Mead – I know this novel has gotten mixed reviews, but Lauren adores it and says I should read it. So there’s that and also, this is an autographed copy. I have a weakness for signatures…and books…and boots…

The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles – Cutesy YA contemporary? I’ll give it a try! Also, I believe NetFlix is supposed to be adapting this into a movie or show or something, so I’m interested to read the source material.

FUNKOS

I may not be happy with where Once Upon A Time is at the moment (which is Hell, literally), but that doesn’t change the fact that I’m a sucker for Killian Jones.  What can I say, how can you not love the pirate?  So I added him to my collection as well as Minerva McGonagall from Harry Potter.  Her hat is so big!  I love her.  She was the Harry Potter funko that called to me the most.

MUG

And this awesome Harry Potter mug. When it’s hot, footprints appear when it gets hot. It’s also HUGE. It’s a 20 oz mug.

Like I said, we didn’t get much because a lot of stores were closed for the holiday, but I love the small things I did get! What awesome things did you acquire before the new year?

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Special Showcase Wednesday – Book Outlet/Amazon Haul

Showcase Sunday

Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here ~Vicki at Books, Biscuits, and Tea

Day 2 of the massive book haul week!

Massive Book Outlet Order

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel – I’ll be honest, this was mostly a cover buy. I’ve heard good things about it and it’s supposed to be like an adult version of Illuminae, but let’s me honest here. I bought it because it’s pretty and it’s even prettier naked.

The Half Life Of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno – Every time I see this book I’m shocked by how small it is. So much happens in these few pages and I really enjoyed it…even if it was a bit depressing.

Tracked (Tracked #1) by Jenny Martin – I went to an event last year for this book and it sounded really interesting. It’s some kind of racing story. That’s all I know and it’s all I want to know. I really like the cover for the sequel.

The Heart Of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2) by Mary E Pearson – I haven’t read The Kiss Of Deception yet, but I feel like I’m going to love it so I went ahead and grabbed book 2 because it was cheap.

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis – I really enjoyed this novel. On top of being amazing, it also has a GORGEOUS cover.

738 Days by Stacey Kade – I adored Kade’s The Ghost & The Goth series and I really wanna read everything else she writes. I’m excited to see what she does in a romance story.

Love, Lies And Spies by Cindy Anstey – Jane Austen retelling with a cute cover? Enough said.

Love Charms And Other Catastrophes (Grimbaud #2) by Kimberly Karalius – Again, I’m a sucker for a cute cover. Cutesy contemporary with cutesy cover? Gimme.

On The Fence by Kasie West – This was my first Kasie West novel and I really loved it. I’m glad to finally own a copy of my own.

Nova And Quinton: No Regrets (Nova #3) by Jessica Sorensen – This is one of my very favorite books by Jessica and I’m overjoyed to have it and complete the Nova trilogy.

All Broke Down (Rusk University #2) by Cora Carmack – I really enjoyed Carmack’s Losing It and I’m excited to read more of her stuff!

Amazon Order

This Savage Song (Monsters Of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab – The amazing Victoria is coming back to Malaprops in Asheville in March so I had to get a copy of this to have signed. I also pre-ordered A Conjuring Of Light from Malaprops just hold the book there and I’ll pick it up the day of the signing. But I really enjoyed This Savage Song and I can’t wait to read it’s conclusion later this year.

The Unbound (The Archived #2) by Victoria Schwab – I haven’t read The Archived yet, but again, Victoria’s coming so I needed a copy to get signed. Besides, I’ve really enjoyed everything else I’ve read by her and I’m sure this won’t be any different!

Kandice’s Christmas gifts put me back in Funko buying mode. I also got Meeko from Pocahontas and Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who on my amazon order. This is my first Doctor Who Funko, but hopefully I’ll add more to the collection soon!

That’s it for my online ordering haul. I went a little spend happy with my Christmas money, but can you blame me? That entire Book Outlet order was only $40, including shipping. That’s like $3.50 per book. What did you spend your holiday season cash on?

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Special Showcase Tuesday – Christmas Haul

Showcase Sunday

Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and the Story Siren, the aim of Showcase Sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week. For more information about how this feature works and how to join in, click here ~Vicki at Books, Biscuits, and Tea

Okay, I’m still not sure this is a comeback. I miss blogging…and reviewing. I’m constantly thinking about what I could say in a review and then I remember that I’m not really reviewing anymore. I don’t miss the stress I put myself under from it though. I can’t decide how to proceed. What I do know is that I received/acquired a lot of books and bookish items since Christmas and I wanted to share it with you guys.  So this week, there will be several different book hauls because it’s too much stuff to put in one post.

BOOKS

Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter #2) by J K Rowling & Jim Kay – I have an agreement with my mom that this is all that is required of her each year for Christmas, the next illustrated Harry Potter Edition. I blame these books for causing my need to own multiple editions of books I love. This is just as gorgeous as the illustrated edition of book 1.

Romeo And/Or Juliet by Ryan North (and William Shakespeare) – Lauren got this thing that I didn’t know I needed. You may know that I really don’t like Shakespeare and I HATE R&J, but this thing looks amazing. You can choose how you want the story to go AND it has illustrations! I’m hoping to read it sometime this year.

FUNKOS

My amazing sister went Funko happy for Christmas.  She got me Beast from Beauty & The Beast, Harley Quinn from Batman, Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter, and Hank from Finding Dory.  I love them all, but I’m kinda obsessed with Hank.  He’s so fucking adorable with his little coffee pot of water.

MISCELLANEOUS

My husband got me the leggings with Serenity on it and the new purse.  The purse is a very vague nod to Firefly, modeled after Kaylee’s overalls, but I really love it.  The teddy bear and heart are fuzzy and I’ve found myself petting them repeatedly over the last month I’ve been carrying it.  I also got a pair of 101 Dalmatian leggings as a gift, which I love.  The Shakespeare socks and insult band-aids are from Lauren.  She went theme-ed this year. So Shakespeare book, socks, and band-aids.

That’s it for the physical book-ish gifts.  I love all the awesome things I got.  I didn’t get as many books this year, but that’s because it’s hard to buy books for a person with 1000+ book collection.  What did you get for Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/whatever holiday you choose to celebrate?

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