Salutations and early seasons greetings! I’ve been absent for the last few days for no other reason than this:
So, yeah. I have reviews and some more thoughts-on topics planned, but I gots to get myself together first. In the meantime, I just want to gush about a few book that little ‘ol me went and purchased (after explicitly promising myself I would not, under any circumstances, buy more books). Here they are*:
*Some of these aren’t particularly brand spanking new, but I’m always late on the “new release” train, so they’re new to me. Oh well.
Lady Midnight- Cassandra Clare
In a kingdom by the sea…
In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.
A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.
Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
Okay. I freaked the hell out when I found out that this was being released, because I quite liked the Mortal Instruments, loved the ending of the series, adored The Infernal Devices, and essentially could not get enough of this world. I didn’t get this book right away because
a) I was super busy at the time with my studiez
b) I wasn’t allowing myself to buy any more books at that time because I had so much to read already and, more importantly, I didn’t have the money for it. Hot damn.
So am I excited to read this?
Next: Demon Road- Derek Landy
Full of Landy’s trademark wit, action and razor sharp dialogue, DEMON ROAD kicks off with a shocking opener and never lets up the pace in an epic road-trip across the supernatural landscape of America. Killer cars, vampires, undead serial killers: they’re all here. And the demons? Well, that’s where Amber comes in…Sixteen years old, smart and spirited, she’s just a normal American teenager until the lies are torn away and the demons reveal themselves.
Forced to go on the run, she hurtles from one threat to another, revealing a tapestry of terror woven into the very fabric of her life. Her only chance rests with her fellow travellers, who are not at all what they appear to be…
As a huge fan of his Skullduggery Pleasant series, I was so thrilled to learn that he has new series out. I don’t know where I was that I found out so late (under a rock, with a book probably) so, when a little birdy (internet) told me that Derek Landy has a new series out, I thought to myself that I must get my hands on it. After perusing through my local library for months on end, and seeing the sequel to the first book there but never the first, I lost patience and bought the damn book last week. Can’t wait to read it!
Replica- Lauren Oliver
From Lauren Oliver, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy, comes an epic, masterful novel that explores issues of individuality, identity, and humanity. Replica is a “flip book” that contains two narratives in one, and it is the first in a duology. Turn the book one way and read Lyra’s story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma’s story. The stories can be read separately, one after the other, or in alternating chapters. The two distinct parts of this astonishing novel combine to produce an unforgettable journey. Even the innovative book jacket mirrors and extends the reading experience.
Lyra’s story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. When a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects—Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72—manage to escape.
Gemma has been in and out of hospitals for as long as she can remember. A lonely teen, her life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April. But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family’s past and discovers her father’s mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two replicas and a completely new set of questions.
Sounds amazing, right? I’ve been hearing about this book for a long time; Lauren Oliver posted news about it on her Facebook page and I got super excited for it. I’m a huge fan of the Delirium Trilogy (check out my top 5 trilogies blog!) so I really want to see where Oliver goes next. This is probably the newest book in this haul, which says a lot about me. Yup.
Next: Passenger- Alexandra Bracken
I saw this book in a Booktuber’s video and it sounded amazing from how much she gushed about it. I then went to check out some reviews and saw mixed opinions; needless to say I was on the fence for a long time about it. But I couldn’t find it in the library and the book just looked so beautiful in the shop, that I thought “fuck it” and bought the damn thing. I mean, just look at it:
Stunning. I’m going to read it as soon as I’m free from
Hell college at Christmas. Even if I end up disliking it, I can pride myself on a good purchase by just staring at the cover. Must do a top5s about this actually.
And finally- A Court of Mist and Fury- Sarah J. Maas
I won’t post the synopsis because it’s a sequel (don’t want to spoil you guys 🙂 ) and I won’t get into too much detail here because I have a whole review of how much I loved this book posted on my blog, but I thought I’d put this here because of its significance. Two things you should know about me:
- I never buy books if I can get them in the library instead (I’ll discuss this in a thoughts-on later), and even then I only carefully choose what I buy (I ain’t got money to spend on no books, girl’s got to eat).
- I rarely buy books that I have read from the library, even if I loved them. See point 1 for the reason.
So you see, the fact that I purchased this book is a huge deal for me. Is anyone else like me? I’d love to know below! Keep in mind that I only bought this sequel and not the first. I’m not picky about owning whole series, but even so I think that ACOMAF was the only one worth buying in this case. I may buy the first when the next book comes out, depending on how much I love it (and I hope I will!)
So there you have it. This was just a mini list of books I bought on a whim (also, there was a 3 for 2 offer in the bookshop and I could not resist the temptation).
And that’s all for now, folks! If you bought any cool books recently, let me know below!