Book Haul: March 2016

So many books, so little time! In spite of work and my personal life being super busy, I was able to carve out a bit of time for the great books I acquired last month.


The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski with bouquet of lilies and rosesMy birthday was in March, and my family showered me with Barnes & Noble gift cards. Naturally, a shopping spree was required. I bought three of my most anticipated reads for the first half of 2016 – Beyond the Red by Ava Jae, The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski, and Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan.

I also gave in to peer pressure and bought a copy of Bella Forrest’s A Shade of Vampire. I’ve got to give credit to whoever’s in charge of Ms. Forrest’s marketing team – I haven’t been able to go a day without seeing some kind of advertisement for her book. Facebook, Amazon, my email account – everywhere I turn there’s a message about A Shade of Vampire and how it’s “Twilight fans’ next favorite series.” I finally caved and purchased it, in hopes that a) it really would satisfy my Twilight withdrawal and b) it would somehow MAKE THE ADS STOP, for goodness’ sake!


The Midnight Watch by David Dyer with sleeping coonhoundKimberly G. Giarratano, whose ghostly novels have captured my heart in the past (see my reviews of Grunge Gods and Graveyards and The Lady in Blue) sent me an ARC of her latest book, Dead and Breakfast. Like its predecessors, Dead and Breakfast is a fantastic mystery featuring spirits and the humans who can interact with them.

I also received a review copy of The Midnight Watch by David Dyer, courtesy of St. Martin’s Press. I’m absolutely giddy over this one, as it’s historical fiction about the sinking of the Titanic. I’ve been fascinated by the Titanic disaster ever since my third grade teacher showed my class a documentary on the tragedy; needless to say, I’m really looking forward to reading Dyer’s debut.


The Walls Around Us, Queen of the Tearling and Public EnemiesMy local library deserves major kudos for their excellent Young Adult fiction selection, both in print and digital. They recently added Erika Johansen’s Queen of the Tearling and Nova Ren Suma’s The Walls Around Us to their collection, two books I’ve been dying to get my hands on for ages and which ended up blowing me away. I was also able to borrow Public Enemies by Ann Aguirre, the second book in her wonderful Immortal Games trilogy.

Have you read any of the books above? What books did you receive, buy, or borrow in March? Drop me a comment to let me know!

6 thoughts on “Book Haul: March 2016

  1. I got Shade of Vampire, too, after seeing it being advertised EVERYWHERE. I hope to like it because, let’s be honest, I need a guilty pleasure. Let me know how Queen of the Tearling is because I really want to read that at some point!

    • Sadly, I ended up not being a fan of Shade of Vampires, but Queen of the Tearling is definitely a must-read. I was very impressed by the story and am planning to give it 5 stars when I write my review (hopefully in the near future).

  2. AHH. So many fabulous books here! The Winner’s Kiss is absolutely amazing and is such a great end to the trilogy, so I hope you end up enjoying it as much as I did. And I’ve heard a ton of great things about Between the Red and Sword and Verse so hopefully you enjoy those too! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous haul! <3

    • Thanks, Zoe!Beyond the Red and Sword and Verse turned out to be just okay, but as you said The Winner’s Kiss was fantastic and well worth the wait. 😀

  3. Oooh, I’ve wanted to read The Walls Around us for AGES. And AFJADKSLFAD THE WINNER’S KISS IS AMAZING!! *shrieks and flails* I hope you like how it all wraps up. I was so so happy. :’) And, well, traumatised. But a good book always does both, amrite? ;D
    Happy belated birthday, also!

    • Thanks for the belated birthday wishes, Cait!

      I’ve finished The Winner’s Kiss now and couldn’t be happier – except for the fact that it’s over, of course. Marie Rutkoski did such a phenomenal job and I’m so, so pleased!

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