February – July Book Haul (It’s A Lot!)

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So just like everything else with my posts for the past few months I have procrastinated a lot. So here is a whole half a year’s worth of books I’ve gotten (whoops)! I have linked each title to it’s Goodreads page in case you want more info and I’ve included my own full reviews if they apply as well!

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Girls of Paper & Fire by Natasha Ngan

Such a gorgeous cover, seriously! Not to mention it’s #OwnVoices, diverse, and LGTBQ+!


The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

A feminist “Beowulf” retelling that I’ve been dying to read, Tucholke’s writing is always so beautiful but I haven’t enjoyed her books a whole lot so far but I’m giving it another go.


The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

This one is about a man who is a guest at a party and until he solves the murder of the daughter of the house the day is doomed to repeat itself over and over. I think this sounds so clever!


The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

I’m going to dig myself into a deep, fantasy hole with this one but everyone recommends it! Also I looooove that I got a full sized hardcover of it!


To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo 

One word: Sirens. I’m here for the sirens. And everyone has been raving about it!


Mirage by Somaiya Daud

An #OwnVoices YA sci-fi about a girl who is kidnapped and forced to be a body double for a cruel princess hated by her people. I’ve heard AMAZING things about this one!


Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower by Christian McKay Heidicker

A girl who is a “lightning rod” for monsters and is constantly on the run has her mother disappear and starts undergoing a transformation. I think it sounds quirky and unique!


People Like Us by Dana Mele

A gay “Mean Girls” is how this one is described and I mean do we need to know anything else?


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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A fictional biography about a rock band in the ’60’s, which is one of my favorite time periods for music so this sounds FANTASTIC!


The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

Previously out of print, I got the Barnes & Noble exclusive edition with that gorgeous cover! I pretty much have to own everything Schwab writes.


Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

A tale of sisters whose family has been bound by a spell for generations, a spell in which a bevy of swans pulls them into a dangerous game where one sister will end up trapped in the body of a swan. I actually own almost all of her books and still need to read them….


Sanctuary by Caryn Lix

Another sci-fi/horror type of book this one is being pitched as Alien meets The Darkest Minds. I am mostly here for the Alien bit since that’s one of my all time favorite franchises but also I like anything with space monsters…..


Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire

Another author I need to read everything they write essentially, this one is about a hitchhiking ghost girl. Basically have McGuire’s name on a book and I’m in.


Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar

Very rarely am I interested in these kinds of books but sometimes when they sound really juicy and dramatic I’ll give in. This one is about a gang of college girls who get revenge on a group of jocks who shamed their friend.


Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

A Native American protagonist that hunts monsters in a world where gods, heroes, and of course monsters now roam the land. Sounds badass.


You May Now Kill the Bride by R.L. Stine

I never read the original ‘Fear Street’ novels but I mean…it’s R.L.Stine so it’s going to be nostalgic either way!


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The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Neil Strauss, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, & Mick Mars

I’ve always been a big fan of Motley Crue so I pretty much had to buy this at some point and I now reached that point.


All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

After reading the perfection that was Hoover’s “It Ends With Us” I’m ready to read more of her books and Book Outlet had this one stocked!


Finding Baba Yaga by Jane Yolen

A Tor novella told in verse, I’m pretty much game for any Tor novellas.


Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

I have other Mark Lawrence books and have yet to read them but they always sound so good! I snagged a hardcover (I prefer them for larger fantasy books for some reason) from Book Outlet.


Strange Weather by Joe Hill

Another author who I own a ton of their books but have yet to finish any of them. It’s not my fault they all sound so good and I keep getting deals on them! I know I’ll love his books too!


The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

An ancient species, long dormant, emerging and pretty much destroying mankind. Yes, please. Bring the horror.


Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

A YA mystery with WITCHES! Also everyone loved it so when it came onto Book Outlet, I had to snag a copy.


Winning by Lara Deloza

I heard this is a gossipy-dramatic contemporary where the main character is one that you love to hate. Sometimes I just want a fast-paced YA drama like this! Also it was like $2.00 on Book Outlet so how can you go wrong?


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Alien: Echo by Mira Grant

ALIEN (Cinematic) UNIVERSE NOVEL TOLD BY MIRA GRANT (Seanan McGuire)! That’s all I needed. Seriously.


Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich

I have all of Dawn Kurtagich’s books and I will continue to do so. YA horror doesn’t have enough rep! Also Books-a-Million was doing a special the day I bought this where they were selling books for a penny a page which was a RIDICULOUSLY good deal!


The Dark Tower: Gunslinger by Stephen King

Another book I got a bargain on, I figured for a few bucks I could dive into this expansive series!


Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) by Marie Lu

Because it was on sale, it’s Batman, and I have the first book….


Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

This book sounds wonderfully dark and gritty, especially for a YA fantasy. Also the hardcover is gorgeous and everyone has been giving it glowing reviews!


Immunity (Contagion #2) by Erin Bowman

Because the first book was AMAZING! (Full review here.)


Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Naomi Novik is really a fantastic author and this is a re-imagining of Rumpelstiltskin. I adore retellings!


Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

“An Enchantment of Ravens” was amazing so I’m down for anything Rogerson has coming out but this one has to do with a magical library!


 


The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

While I enjoyed “Final Girls” well enough I wasn’t super blown away until I read “Lock Every Door”, now I’m basically going to try out anything this author puts out!


The Outsider by Stephen King

It’s Stephen King. Also I’ve heard a lot of good things and that this is mystery/thriller with supernatural elements and I’m a fan.

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We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett

This sounds very steampunk-ish. It’s about two girls who can use forbidden magic but are offered a reprieve from punishment if they use their magic to assist a women’s military flight unit on missions. YES, PLEASE!


The Bird Eater by Ania Ahlborn

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Ahlborn’s books especially if you’re into horror. This was on sale for Kindle for $0.99 so I figured, why not? It sounds a bit like a haunted house story but also more than that, very vague but I’m assuming they don’t want to give away the good stuff!


Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins

It’s a retelling of Cupid and Pscyhe and I’m here for it! Normally I don’t read romances but mythology is a weakness for me.


The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

A long-lost prince discovers that he isn’t the hero destined to save the empire after all but rather to destroy it. Everything about THAT sounds like a fun book to me!


Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

This book got so much hype when it was released and so for $1.99 on my Kindle I had to buy it! It’s a YA fantasy inspired by Chinese mythology.


Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

Another book I’ve heard amazing things about, it’s a fantasy about a band of mercs long past their prime who get back together to rescue one of their crew’s daughters back from a city besieged by an enemy one hundred thousand strong.


The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

A group of old college friends snowed in at a hunting lodge . . . and murder and mayhem ensue. Such a simple synopsis but one that definitely grabs me!

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The Afterward by E.K. Johnston

I actually already read and reviewed this book for the blog tour when it was released, it’s a fantastic YA fantasy read! (Full review here!)


Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman

I haven’t had the chance to read it yet but I’m definitely excited for it since I really enjoyed Milman’s “Scream All Night”. (Full review here)


The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

I live for Henry’s dark, fairy tale retellings and this is just another cherry on top!

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Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody

A YA sci-fi reimagining of Les Miserables, it’s pretty lengthy and I still have to read it though…


The Dark Game by Jonathan Janz

Big Jonathan Janz fan here, he’s a super underrated author and writes fantastic horror novels! I have already read and reviewed this one and you can check it out here, it wasn’t disappointing!


Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia

A girl who is framed for a fire that caused the death of the homeowner must find a way to clear her name in a town known for tragedies.


Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin 

A surprise marriage between a witch and a witch hunter of the Church sworn to kill witches. I’m all for this sort of forbidden love and enemies to lovers!


Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

Failing to call forth her powers in a family of witch doctors she resorts to selling years of her life in exchange for magic. She discovers the Demon King is stirring and she must pay the price for the magic capable of stopping him.


The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

I really like Chupeco’s books and I’ve been anxiously awaiting this one! Described as Frozen meets Mad Max, I’m 100% sold.


Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen

“High seas adventure, blackmail, and meddling gods meet in Dark Shores, the first novel in a new YA fantasy series.” I actually started reading this one and LIKED it but I just couldn’t focus on it so it’s a DNF for now but I’ll return to it.


Angel Mage by Garth Nix

This sounds so freaking great and dark! It’s about a woman who arises from a magical sleep and continues her quest to be reunited with her lover, an archangel. She will use whoever and whatever in her grand scheme no matter the cost.


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Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

When the ruler falls deathly ill in Alu he selects three maidens to join him in the afterlife. However, Kammani’s sister is selected and so she sneaks into the palace to heal the king so her sister doesn’t have to die but discovers there’s dark secrets in the palace.


The Madness Blooms by Mackenzi Lee

So apparently in my absence there was something about this book on Twitter and the fact that the publisher chose to misgender the protagonist in the synopsis I believe. I’m not 100% sure what the issue was since I missed it so if anyone would be so kind as to enlighten me I’d appreciate it! (digging through the depths of Twitter is not a strong suit for me apparently) I believe it’s being revised so hopefully I will be able to receive the revised and corrected version of this.


Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland

Kamai is a Soulwalker, she can enter people’s souls while they sleep but every soul she enters there is always a Black Door. Her mother has warned her to never open it. One day she touches it and hears her name whispered on the other side…and she opens it.

Also it is explicitly stated on the synopsis that the character is asexual!


Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

This book was amazing, a little creepy and very thrilling! I have yet to write up my review but it’s on the way!


A Queen in Hiding by Sarah Kozloff

I’m just going to leave the full synopsis for this book here because it’s awesome….

Orphaned, exiled and hunted, Cérulia, Princess of Weirandale, must master the magic that is her birthright, become a ruthless guerilla fighter, and transform into the queen she is destined to be.

But to do it she must win the favor of the spirits who play in mortal affairs, assemble an unlikely group of rebels, and wrest the throne from a corrupt aristocracy whose rot has spread throughout her kingdom.


Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Another book I read but haven’t reviewed yet, but it’s worth all the hype and love! How can you go wrong with a romance about the son of the President and the Prince of Wales?!


Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian

A land where magic is outlawed and a group of eight criminals go to kill an ancient evil plaguing their lands. I’m usually in love with anything that has criminal protagonists/anti-heroes!


There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

Another ensemble cast is featured in this YA fantasy where long ago the Prophets that led humanity disappeared and left behind a prophecy. The prophecy foretold the coming of an age of darkness and the birth of a new Prophet that will either save the world or destroy it.


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Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters by Emily Roberson

A retelling of the Greek myth involving Ariadne and Theseus (the Labyrinth and the Minotaur) but with a modern day twist, in which the Labyrinth is a TV show and Ariadne it’s star who leads teens into the maze to kill a monster. I think this sounds super creative and I’m always interested in mythological retellings!


A Thousand Fires by Shannon Price

Inspired by The Iliad and described as The Outsiders meets The Iliad, this is about San Francisco gangs and a girl who joins one in order to avenge her brother’s death.


The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

A YA fantasy, western about a group of girls sold to a “welcome house” as children and branded with cursed markings. When one of them accidentally murders a man they all escape and head towards freedom.


Heartwood Box by Ann Aguirre

A dark, romantic YA suspense novel with an SF edge and plenty of drama, layering the secrets we keep and how appearances can deceive.


Going Off-Script by Jen Wilde

Bex gets a job as an intern on her favorite TV show, Silver Falls, but soon discovers that being an intern here is mostly getting the coffee. She is determined to prove her worth as a writer and writes a script that she shows to the head writer, who promptly passes it off as his own. Bex is furious but even more so when they re-write her proudly lesbian character as straight! Bex and her crush are about to fight back.

I’ve only read “Queens of Geek” by Jen Wilde (read my full review here) but it was amazing and I look forward to all her new releases.


The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

A YA fantasy with an interesting sounding caste system (named after various birds) a “Crow” who is hoping for a big payout when she collects a prince’s dead body and a prince who has faked his own death.


The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

The Kingdom is an immersive fantasy theme park where guests can fly on virtual dragons, castles loom, and extinct species roam around. Ana is one of the seven “princesses” in the park and when she meets an employee, Owen, she feels something not included in her programming….love. But then Ana is accused of murdering Owen and ignites the trial of a century.


In the Woods by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel

A YA supernatural mystery about attacks and something hidden in the woods. It’s vague but I mean hey we don’t want to ruin the mystery, right?


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Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Honestly there’s so much about this book that sounds AMAZING and it’s already got a ton of hype but it’s about lesbian necromancers!


The Missing Years by Lexie Elliot

The main character inherits half of a house, the other half belongs to her father who has been missing for 27 years. She relocates to the house, in the Scottish Highlands, and gets the weird feeling the house is watching her or and it’s strange how animals refuse to enter the garden. Then the first night time intruder shows up…. I’m a sucker for a Scottish setting.


Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone

“A feminist Guardians of the Galaxy”? Yes, please. This is a fantasy-esque sci-fi with a ruling Empress who can blow up planets with a single thought, sentient robots, warrior monks, and a rebellion brewing.


Stormrise by Jillian Boehme

A girl who disguises herself as a man will do whatever it takes to awaken the dragons and save her kingdom. One word: DRAGONS!


The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

A YA gothic psychological thriller with lots of Patagonian myth. Set in Argentina it’s about a girl fleeing the military regime that took her mother and takes up as a young teacher at an elite finishing school. The school, however, is harboring strange and dark secrets and when one of the students goes missing she must uncover these secrets through spirits. I love horror and this sounds really interesting!


Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco

There’s always a lot going on description-wise with Chupeco’s fantasy books so it’s a lot but it has to do with a girl who can use magic that negates spells and is a descendant of the Filipina heroine Maria Makiling. As usual though it sounds amazing and the full description does it more justice!


Full Throttle by Joe Hill

It’s Joe Hill. This book is actually an anthology though, and of course it’s all horror!


Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes

A hilarious, offbeat debut space opera that skewers everything from pop culture to video games and features an irresistible foul-mouthed captain and her motley crew, strange life forms, exciting twists, and a galaxy full of fun and adventure.

Basically it sounds like a ton of fun!


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The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan by Sherry Thomas

An OwnVoices Mulan retelling, need you know more?


Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

Four criminal characters must band together to save their home after one of them makes the mistake of delivering a vial of dark magic to someone she cares about. I’ve also heard great things about Christo’s other book “To Kill a Kingdom” so definitely excited!


My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

This story is about a couple whose marriage and suburban life got a bit boring, so they decided to spice things up a bit with murder.


Nottingham by Nathan Makaryk

Robing Hood retelling!!!!


Oasis by Katya de Becerra

While working on an archaelogical dig site a sandstorm hits and the group finds themselves lost in the sands until they find the Oasis. It has food, shelter, anything they need – and mysterious ruins that hide a deadly secret.

Honestly this sounds so good, all of Becerra’s books do though!


Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

I haven’t read any of Silvera’s books before, I KNOW IT’S TERRIBLE! But I couldn’t resist requesting a copy of his new fantasy novel because the hype is real! It’s gay! It’s fantasy! Whoo! It’s also about two brothers who idolize the Spell Breakers, a vigilante group with magical abilities that rid the world of specters. Brighton wishes to join them and Emil wants the fighting to stop. Then Emil manifests a power that puts him in the middle of the fight and sets him up to be a Spell Breaker like Brighton, his brother, has always wanted.


Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie

Bone Criers have a sacred duty, they are the only ones that can protect the living from the dead. However, the gods demand a promise of dedication and the promise comes at the cost of the Bone Crier’s one true love.


Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda

I’m acutally going to just leave the whole synopsis here for this book because I can’t properly abridge it and I’m so FREAKING EXCITED for it!

Kira Fujikawa has always been a girl on the fringe. Bullied by her peers and ignored by her parents, the only place Kira’s ever felt at home is at her grandfather’s Shinto shrine, where she trains to be a priestess.

But Kira’s life is shattered on the night her family’s shrine is attacked by a vicious band of yokai demons. With the help of Shiro—the shrine’s gorgeous half-fox, half-boy kitsune—Kira discovers that her shrine harbors an ancient artifact of great power . . . one the yokai and their demon lord, Shuten-doji, will use to bring down an everlasting darkness upon the world.

Unable to face the Shuten-doji and his minions on her own, Kira enlists the aid of seven ruthless shinigami—or death gods—to help stop the brutal destruction of humankind. But some of the death gods aren’t everything they initially seemed, nor as loyal to Kira’s cause as they first appeared.

With war drawing nearer by the day, Kira realizes that if this unlikely band of heroes is going to survive, they’re going to have to learn to work together, confront their demons, and rise as one to face an army of unimaginable evil.



Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold

This is a Little Red Riding Hood retelling and it sounds dark, gritty, and amazing!


His Hideous Heart by Various Authors

This is an anthology where Edgar Allan Poe’s works are re-imagined! I’m currently reading it and it’s as awesome as it sounds! Definitely check this one out if you’re a Poe fan!


Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

Honestly, McLemore’s books ALWAYS sound amazing. Summer of 1518 a strange sickness sweeps the streets and women dance until they drop dead, rumors swirl of witchcraft and Lavinia and her family are blamed. Five centuries later a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.


The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

I mean how does that NOT sound amazing!?

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THERE! It’s finally done!

What do you think of my haul?
Are you excited to read any of these books as well?
Have you read any of these? What did you think?
Have you hauled any great books lately?
Let me know in the comments!

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7 thoughts on “February – July Book Haul (It’s A Lot!)

  1. Zezee August 28, 2019 / 4:47 pm

    That’s a nice, big haul. I’d like to read Ruin of Kings too and Kings of the Wyld was fun and worth the read.

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  2. Christina @ The Bookshelf Corner August 28, 2019 / 5:50 pm

    Wow! What a haul! You got a lot of great books 🙂

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  3. Samantha D. August 29, 2019 / 9:09 am

    I agree with you about Lock Every Door. I think it was so good! Despite the fact that I hated Final Girls, I have slowly liked his books more and more (Last Time I Lied was alright, but the ending was great). I will deff pick up his next.

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  4. MetalPhantasmReads August 30, 2019 / 10:11 am

    Heather!! I’ve missed your posts 🙂 and this IS a book haul lol. I’ve got many of these as well, especially Angel Mage (fan girling). I also finished Contagion yesterday so I’m interested to see how the second book concludes the story 🙂

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  5. tasya @ the literary huntress August 31, 2019 / 11:50 pm

    Whoa, this is an amazing haul! I’ve only read Summer Skin, Wicked Saints, and Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters from this list, but I have many of the rest of the books on my TBR! My favorite is Summer Skin, it’s just celebrate sisterhood and is very sex positive! 🙂

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  6. Kelly | Another Book in the Wall September 2, 2019 / 10:31 pm

    Ahh, this is such a fabulous haul!!! I have to point out two marvelous books that you need to read as soon as possible: Mirage and To Kill a Kingdom! Both are absolutely fantastic, and I hope they’re huge hits for you! ❤

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