Hi everyone! How are you all today?
It’s time for another book haul! I narrowed it down to the ones I loved the most! This is an accumulation of books bought this month as well as in the past few months.
*Also, apologies if some areas seemed rushed. I had this post pretty much all done until I wen to check it again to find that it hadn’t saved. I had to write over half of it all over again.
Also, something else I noticed when re-writing this, I feel like there’s a running theme in this book haul and that’s fairytale twists (at least 5 of these books).
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinder is a Cinderella re-telling,set in the future in New Beijing, where a deadly plague roams the earth. Cinder is a cyborg (lowest of the low) whose mission is to hep stop this plague after one of her step-sisters has fallen ill to the deadly disease.
I finished this book in under a week. I really enjoyed this story. It was entertaining, fast-paced, fun with such a cool twist on the fairytale of Cinderella. Sadly, the only down side was that I already worked out the plot twist/big reveal so it wasn’t really surprising when they revealed it. Other than that it was good and didn’t ruin my reading experience for me.
I bet there’s faults people are going to find, pick at, etc but if you just want to have a good time there’s nothing to worry about. I wish I picked this up sooner.
Rating – 4.5/5
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
As soon as I started Cinder I rushed out and bought the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series. Scarlet focuses on the tale of Red Riding Hood but obviously there’s a twist to the fairytale.
Scarlet’s grandmother is missing and when the police decide to close the case, the only person she can ask for help is a street fighter called Wolf.
This sounds so good and can’t wait to get stuck into the next book in this series.
Heartstopper Vol. 2 by Alice Oseman
This was so wholesome and adorable. I was smiling all throughout whilst reading at Nick and Charlie’s cuteness. It made me want to read the first volume all over again. If it’s possible I think this one is my favourite out of the two (it was close, I love them both so much). The graphic novel also talks about bisexuality and being in a LGBTQ+ relationship in high school.
Rating – 5/5
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
I ordered this from book depository as I had only the third novel, and even though I know you could potentially read them as standalones, I wanted to read the series starting with the first book.
It arrived at the beginning of August so I’ve worked that into my August TBR for NEWTS. I really loved this book. The two characters Audrey and Thomas gave me major Sherlock Holmes and Watson vibes. I enjoyed reading about London in the Victorian era and the murder mystery. I discussed a bit more in my August Reads + Reviews post.
Rating – 4.5/5
Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
Whilst the first book was on the way (Stalking Jack the Ripper) I found the second book in the series and instantly grabbed it.
Hunting Prince Dracula is a continuation on where they left off and on their way to Romania. There have been reportings of bodies being drained and people believe the dead Prince Dracula, Vlad the Impaler, has risen.
I’m very eager to read Audrey and Thomas’ next mystery. I was a fan of the first book and hope this book is going to be another favourite.
We Hunt the Flame by Hasfah Faizal
I’ll admit the cover is what made me buy this book as this cover is gorgeous. Then I learnt about the story and it seems pretty interesting.
The setting is inspired by ancient Arabia. From what I’ve gathered it’s about a girl named Zafira who disguises herself as a man to help keep her people alive and there’s Nasir, who’s the Prince of Death, whose job is to assassinated those who go against his father.
That’s all I know and, also, there’s a possibility of enemies to lovers but not 100% sure.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
I’m always up for a Beauty and the Beast re-telling and when I first heard about A Curse So Dark and Lonely it went instantly on my ‘to buy’ list. There’s been mixed reviews – you either love it or hate it. Beauty and the Beast was one of my favourite Disney movies growing up and I’ll be interested to see what my response will be.
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
I saw Holly Black and I grabbed immediately (despite me not having read The Cruel Prince yet – it’s on my TBR). It was only $4 at Savers so I knew this was the perfect time to buy it. Also, a hardcover for only $4 was an opportunity I wasn’t going to miss.
I don’t know a whole lot about the story just that it’s set in a faerie world it’s another twist on how not fairytales are as they seem.
Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor
You cannot understand how happy and excited I was to spot this at Savers for only $4. I snatched it up. The dust jacket as well as the hardcover underneath is beautiful. The illustrations throughout the book adds to the story.
It’s a companion novel for the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. It’s #2.5 so it’s just before the final book. You can read it after you read the whole series but I thought I’d just read it now. Plus I wanted more Zuzana and Mik. I absolutely love them! It’s where you learn about how Zuzana and Mik got together. It was so cute and I wanted more. It’s a quick read, under 300 pages and the writing is a bit bigger than normal.
Another book I talked about in my August Reads + Mini Reviews.
Rating – 5/5
The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter
if you’ve read a few of my posts on what I read you might’ve noticed there’s always been a book here or there by Gena Showalter. This is her newest release (I believe). This focuses on the tale of Snow White but it’s about the protagonist trying to fight off the evil and fight against her destiny of becoming the evil queen.
Romance, action with a fairytale twist.
Love, Simon by Becky Albertalli
This has been on my ‘to buy’ list for a long time and I’m so happy to finally own it. I haven’t seen the movie but it’s definitely on my list of movies to watch. I’m hoping to read this before watching the movie.
As here in Australia it’s Spring, so the weather is starting to warm up, and seems like a nice time to read a contemporary.
Username: Evie by Joe Sugg
This is Joe Sugg’s (also known as ThatcherJoe’s) graphic novel series. This is the first graphic novel out of three. Even though I have watched him talk about I have never picked it up as in stores it’s about $30 but when I saw it for $4 at Savers (Ugh love Savers) I bought it. The illustrations look really good.
Death Note (Black edition) Vol.1 & 2 by Tsugumi Ohba
I feel like everyone has at least heard about Death Note. My step-dad surprised me with this as he knows I’m getting into manga and graphic novels. I definitely feel like this was be Halloween read (already thinking and planning my October TBR).
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Steifvater (The Raven Cycle Book 2)
I’ve officially started this series and had all of them except the second book. So, I purchased it the next time I went to the shops a few days ago.
I’m enjoying The Raven Boys so far so I’m intrigued to see what the second book will be about.
The Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Okay, so, on the same day that I bought The Dream Thieves I found this on the shelves and I couldn’t help but let out a mini squeal. It was the publication day when I went but for some reason I didn’t think it would be on the shelves. This was the only copy and I had to leave the bookstore with this in my hand.
The Serpent & Dove has been one the books I’ve wanted since seeing all the Booktubers read this and loving it. I haven’t even read it but I’ve fallen in love with this book. I’ve just seen constant 5 star reviews but I also just want to go in with a clear head and not let the hype get to me and my expectations.
The cover is stunning! I mentioned this in my Upcoming Releases post. Let me tell you what it’s about.
Louise le Blanc is a witch but has run away from her coven. Reid Diggory is a witch hunter. A situation occurs leaving them with the only option of marriage.
There’s probably so much more to this book than that. I’ve head that the magic system is amazing, (pretty sure) a hate to love romance or at least a slow burn, fierce powerful women plus more. You have no idea how ecstatic I am about this book.
Brooklyn by Colm Tobin (haven’t worked out how to do accents over letters)
Brooklyn is set in a small-town in Ireland after World War 2 as well as in America. I’ve never seen the movie so ,again, it’s a story I don’t know much about.
Summary of blurb on the back: Eilish leaves Ireland to go to America when offered a job but has to leave her family. She starts to feel happy in America until tragic news has her going back home. Now she must choose what life she would like; stay in Ireland or America.
Weird summary sorry but that’s what I gathered from the story. This is something I wouldn’t normally pick up but might give it a try.
Have you read any of these books? Any that you liked? Disliked?