December Book Haul

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I haven’t done a book haul post in half a year so there’s quite a few books I haven’t had the chance to “show off”. I decided that doing an entire 6 month book haul post might be a bit much so I’ll just do last month’s haul for now! If you guys want to see what else I’ve gotten since July 2019 just let me know in the comments and I can still do up a haul post! I have linked each title to its Goodreads page in case you want more info.

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The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Barnes & Noble Edition)

This was a Christmas gift, a very gorgeous Christmas gift!

The Rise of Kyoshi (The Kyoshi Novels #1) by F.C. Yee

Another book I received as a Christmas gift that I am pumped about because it’s a full length novel about Avatar Kyoshi. I am a big fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Kyoshi has always been one of my favorites so this is a book I’m really looking forward too.

An Anatomy of Beasts (Faloiv #2) by Olivia A. Cole

Another book with a pretty cover (at least I think it is) and it’s actually the sequel to “A Conspiracy of Stars” which is a YA sci-fi hidden gem. It’s a little reminiscent of the movie Avatar (the James Cameron one). Great book, highly recommend it and I’m really looking forward to continuing on with the story especially after that cliffhanger!

Bedfellow by Jeremy C. Shipp

This novella has a creepy cover and I’m hoping a creepy story as well. It’s about a family dealing with a strange intruder in their house that begins altering their memories.

Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller

I’m usually not a big contemporary reader especially in YA but this one just sounds like it would be interesting. It’s about a young girl going on a road trip with her friends to get an abortion. I have a feeling it’ll be a pretty impactful read.

The Anomaly (The Anomaly Files #1) by Michael Rutger

This was described as a cross between Indiana Jones and The X-Files and that had me intrigued. I really enjoy stories with archaeology and it’s even better with a supernatural twist.

Gates of Stone (Lord of the Islands #1) by Angus Macallan

Again, a gorgeous cover. This fantasy is about three main characters: an emperor’s daughter who is denied her throne because of her gender; a prince who has his family, people, and palace destroyed and his family’s magical sword stolen and tracks down the sorcerer responsible; and the sorcerer who seeks to destroy the world. It sounds like a lot of awesome, in my opinion.

Robots vs Fairies by Various Authors

This is an anthology with stories collected about robots and fairies, title pretty much says it all. I’m pretty much here for Seanan McGuire’s story….

Seafire (Seafire #1) by Natalie C. Parker

A YA book about an all female pirate crew, that’s literally all I needed to know.

The Sword and the Dagger by Robert Cochran

The synopsis for this book is pretty short but honestly sounds amazing.

During the time of the Crusades, an unlikely trio—a Christian princess, her affianced prince, and a Muslim assassin—embarks on a quest to the court of the most fearsome warrior the world has ever known, Genghis Khan.

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Fix Her Up (Hot & Hammered #1) by Tessa Bailey

I normally don’t read romances but hey this has a lot of five star reviews and it sounds like it might be something to bring me out of my comfort zone. It was on sale for Kindle so I grabbed it!

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

I actually found this book by chance and it was only $0.99 for Kindle ($4.99 currently so still not bad) so I thought I’d get it. It’s essentially about the brides of Dracula and that right there was why I grabbed it!

The Haunting of Gillespie House by Darcy Coates

I have made up my mind to buy pretty much every book Darcy Coates has. This is me. Starting it.

Quarter to Midnight: Fifteen Tales of Horror and Suspense by Darcy Coates

I thought this book would be even neater because they’re short stories by the amazing Darcy Coates.

Verity by Colleen Hoover

I actually already read this one and devoured it. Colleen Hoover should write more thrillers, this was great! But also really dark and messed up but I could not put it down.

Unteachable by Elliot Wake (formerly Leah Raeder)

Again, I don’t read a lot of New Adult or Romance but I’ve heard good things about this one even though it deals with a taboo relationship (teacher and student).

Dead Leaves: 9 Tales from the Witching Season by Kealan Patrick Burke 

I enjoyed his other short story “Blanky” and decided to give this one a read as well.

Hark! the Herald Angels Scream: An Anthology by Various Authors

This is a Christmas themed horror anthology, that right there is enough for me to want it.

The Traitor’s Blade (Greatcoats #1) by Sebastien de Castell

This was on sale for only a few dollars on Kindle (which it still is only $2.99) and it’s an adult fantasy that has some great reviews and sounds pretty epic.

The Nightmare Girl by Jonathan Janz

I need all the Janz books, I had an eBook credit so I got this one as it sounded like I’d enjoy it the most! He writes some amazing, terrifying horror and I’m excited for more.

A Little Hatred (The Age of Madness #1) by Joe Abercrombie

I was actually really excited to see this one on sale since it’s a fairly new release and Joe Abercrombie’s fantasy books always sound amazing and dark.

Run Away by Harlan Coben

Another end of the year sale grab, I wasn’t originally going to buy it but for a few dollars I figured I would. This has pretty good reviews and I’m always interested in dark or morally grey books.

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Seasons of the Storm (Seasons of the Storm #1) by Elle Cosimano

I think this is technically a Jack Frost retelling of sorts, it sounds AMAZING. It’s about a boy named Jack who becomes Winter, an immortal physical embodiment of the season on Earth. Every year, he must hunt the Season who comes before him. Summer kills Spring. Autumn kills Summer. Winter kills Autumn. And Spring kills Winter. Jack and Fleur, a Winter and a Spring, fall for each other and must break the cycle.

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #1) by Roseanne A. Brown

This is a YA fantasy inspired by West African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction.

I’m an absolute sucker for anything featuring mythology.

Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross

A YA fantasy stand alone about the bond between sisters. I’m hoping I’ll enjoy this one more than Ross’s other novel “The Queen’s Rising”.

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

I’m just going to leave the synopsis for this one here because there really isn’t a good way for me to sum it up. It’s a new thriller and I think the less we know the better:

You probably know someone like Shay Miller.
She wants to find love, but it eludes her.
She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end.
She wants to belong, but her life is so isolated.

You probably don’t know anyone like the Moore sisters.
They have an unbreakable circle of friends.
They live the most glamorous life.
They always get what they desire.

Shay thinks she wants their life.
But what they really want is hers.

The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman

A supernatural thriller for fans of horror and true crime, yeah sounds right up my alley.  A woman accused of witchcraft whose story is turned into an urban legend, the movie made about it with strange happenings on set, and ultimately the actress from the movie is interviewed for a podcast. It’s the story being retold over and over again and I think it sounds really interesting.

Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

A thriller about a woman whose son goes missing and then discovers her husband is having an affair. She lost her son but she’s not about to lose her husband too, she then plans to get rid of her but finds out the mistress may know something about their son. I’ve been really into thrillers lately so as long as they can surprise me, I’m good!

Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries #5) by Martha Wells

I am beyond excited to get to this, I have to read the 4th novella and then I will devour this. It’s also a FULL LENGTH NOVEL!

Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare

I mean the title sounds corny (HA! Get it? Corn?) but it sounds like a fun, campy YA horror book. It’s about the small town of Kettle Springs that the adults are trying to rejuvenate but the kids and teens just want to get out. It’s a fight that looks like it will destroy the town. Until Frendo, the Baypen mascot, a creepy clown in a pork-pie hat, goes homicidal and decides that the only way for Kettle Springs to grow back is to cull the rotten crop of kids who live there now.

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Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters

There’s just something about this synopsis that sounds fantastic:

Shady Grove inherited her father’s ability to call ghosts from the grave with his fiddle, but she also knows the fiddle’s tunes bring nothing but trouble and darkness.

But when her brother is accused of murder, she can’t let the dead keep their secrets.

In order to clear his name, she’s going to have to make those ghosts sing.

A Peculiar Peril (Misadventures of Jonathan Lambshead #1) by Jeff VanderMeer

Honestly, there’s a lot going on in the synopsis of this one but it is a bit reminiscent of the Chronicles of Narnia. I’m just going to leave it here because I know there’s no way I’ll be able to sum it up any shorter than this. It sounds really interesting though!

Jonathan Lambshead stands to inherit his deceased grandfather’s overstuffed mansion—a veritable cabinet of curiosities—once he and two schoolmates catalog its contents. But the three soon discover that the house is filled with far more than just oddities: It holds clues linking to an alt-Earth called Aurora, where the notorious English occultist Aleister Crowley has stormed back to life on a magic-fueled rampage across a surreal, through-the-looking-glass version of Europe replete with talking animals (and vegetables). Swept into encounters with allies more unpredictable than enemies, Jonathan pieces together his destiny as a member of a secret society devoted to keeping our world separate from Aurora. But as the ground shifts an dallegiances change with every step, he and his friends sink ever deeper into a deadly pursuit of the profound evil that is also chasing after them.

The Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke

A standalone companion to “The Boneless Mercies” that is a retelling of the King Arthur legend. Okay, so I love Tucholke’s writing but I don’t usually enjoy her stories. I’m hoping this will be different because I LOVE retellings especially of the King Arthur legend.

Ironspark by C.M. McGuire

A teen outcast must work together with new friends to keep her family and town safe from murderous Fae while also dealing with panic attacks, family issues, and a lesbian love triangle.

I’m here for murderous Fae, panic attack rep, and the lesbian love triangle.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas


Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

Wayward Witch (Brooklyn Brujas #3) by Zoraida Cordova

The third book in the series is finally mine! This series about Latinx witches is everything, it’s amazing trust me! I cannot wait to see what this book has in store for me.

The Dark Tide (The Dark Tide #1) by Alicia Jasinska

This is a YA retelling of an ancient Scottish fairy tale ballad, I personally am not familiar with which one though. I’m going to leave the full synopsis for this one because it just sounds THAT good:

Every year on Walpurgis Night, Caldella’s Witch Queen lures a young boy back to her palace. An innocent life to be sacrificed on the full moon to keep the island city from sinking.

Convinced her handsome brother is going to be taken, sixteen-year-old Lina Kirk enlists the help of the mysterious Tomas Lin, her secret crush, and the only boy to ever escape from the palace. Working together they protect her brother, but draw the Queen’s attention. When the Queen spirits Tomas away instead, Lina blames herself and determines to go after him.

Caught breaking into the palace, the Queen offers Lina a deal: she will let Tomas go, if, of course, Lina agrees to take his place. Lina accepts, with a month before the full moon, surely she can find some way to escape. But the Queen is nothing like she envisioned, and Lina is not at all what the Queen expected. Against their will, they find themselves falling for each other. As water floods Caldella’s streets and the dark tide demands its sacrifice, they must choose who to save: themselves, each other, or the island city relying on them both.

The Dilemma by B.A. Paris

I haven’t read anything by this author before but the books always sound so enticing so I’m excited to give this one a read.

It’s Livia’s fortieth birthday and tonight she’s having a party, a party she’s been planning for a long time. The only person missing will be her daughter, Marnie.

But Livia has a secret, a secret she’s been keeping from Adam, her husband, until the party is over. Because how can she tell him that although she loves Marnie, she’s glad their daughter won’t be there to celebrate with her?

Adam is determined everything will be just right for Livia and the party is going to be perfect… until he learns something that will leave him facing an unbearable decision.

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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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3 thoughts on “December Book Haul

  1. Sofii @ A Book. A Thought. January 23, 2020 / 4:47 pm

    I also have Girls on the Verge in my TBR because although I don’t usually read much contemporary, it sounds like a super important and shocking read, so I hope we both end up enjoying it 😊❤️✨


  2. MetalPhantasmReads January 24, 2020 / 9:30 pm

    Great haul Heather! I also got rise of kyoshi after loving the TV show for the first time 🙂


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