Book Haul: June 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Book Haul post, but June brought so many great reads that I couldn’t resist writing about them. Below is a list of the various novels I received, bought and borrowed last month.


Book cover for Ivory and Bone by Julie EshbaughBook cover for Akata Witch by Nnedi OkoraforBook cover for Counting Wolves by Michael F. Stewart

Book cover for Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

  • Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh: In exchange for participating in a survey, I received a copy of this prehistoric retelling of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice from Epic Reads Insiders.
  • Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor: Sadly, this Nigerian fantasy just wasn’t for me. That said, I’m still grateful to have been granted a chance to read it through Penguin’s First to Read program.
  • Counting Wolves by Michael F. Stewart: This novel, described as “the Breakfast Club meets Grimm’s fairy tales,” is set in a psych ward and sounds darkly intriguing. I can’t wait for my stop on the book’s blog tour through Xpresso Book Tours in August.
  • Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller: I’m very excited about this Netgalley ARC, which features thieves, assassins, and courtly intrigue.


Book cover for Lord of Shadows by Cassandra ClareBook cover for The Song of the Current by Sarah TolcserBook cover for When We Collided by Emery Lord

  • Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare: Though I wasn’t enamored of Lady Midnight, the first book in the Dark Artifices series, this sequel was a vast improvement. This has a lot to do with the characters of Mark, Kieran, and Kit, who more than made up for my lack of interest in the rest of the book’s cast.
  • Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser: This book ended up being a bit of a letdown. It’s touted as a swashbuckling, river-pirate adventure, but I confess I was bored throughout most of the book.
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord: I started out loving this story’s quirky characters, but by the end I was furious with one of the protagonists and dead set against the romance.


Book cover for Here Without You by Mia KerickBook cover for Chance Assassin by Nicole Castle

  • Here Without You by Mia Kerick: This book is the sequel to Us Three, which I bought back in May and, surprisingly, adored. I say “surprisingly” because a) it’s a male/male/male menage romance, which I don’t usually read, and b) I wasn’t a fan of the first book I read by Kerick, In A Gilded Cage (read my review here).
  • Chance Assassin by Nicole Castle: THIS. BOOK. It’s crazy, messed up, and so, so bizarre, but I really did enjoy it. It’s not for the faint of heart, with lots of sex, violence, and crime, but boy, is it entertaining.

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

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!

Book Haul: February 2016

February is usually my least favorite month – too gloomy, too cold, too blah – but this February ended up being pretty marvelous. As you can see below, I bought, borrowed, and received a ton of great books last month.


I purchased two copies of MorninAngela's photo with Pierce Brown and Morning Starg Star, the conclusion to Pierce Brown’s Red Rising trilogy. The first copy was an ebook, because I had to read the novel the SECOND it was released. (This is not an exaggeration – at midnight on February 9 I was desperately checking my Kindle to see if my pre-ordered book had loaded.) The second copy was a hardcover, which I bought for Pierce to sign at his NYC stop on the Morning Star book tour. My husband and I took the day off of work and drove three hours to make it to the signing, which included an hour-long Q&A between Pierce, his editor, and the fans. It was a great experience!


The Eyre Affair, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and Zealot stacked in front of clockMy newest colleague at work is a fellow book lover and was kind enough to bring in several books for me to check out. One of these was  Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan. I don’t usually read non-fiction but am willing to make an exception for this historical examination of Jesus’ life, which provides cultural and political context.

Other books my colleague is lending me include The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde,  The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen.


Why We Came To The City by Kristopher Jansma with wine bottle and glass of red wineI was fortunate enough to receive several great books from various publishers and authors. Penguin mailed me a copy of Why We Came to the City by Kristopher Jansma, and Quercus Books sent me James Rice’s Alice and the Fly, which gave me The Perks of Being A Wallflower vibes when I read the synopsis. Danielle Shipley also provided me with an ARC of her novel The Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale, which is a Robin Hood novel set at a Renaissance Faire; I’m pretty sure it was written specifically with me in mind. 😉

All in all, it looks like I’ll have plenty of awesome books to read in March!

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

Book Haul: January 2016

January is turning out to be a great month for books, my friends!

Nancy Lorenz kindly sent me American Ballerina by Nancy Lorenza beautiful review copy of American Ballerina, sequel to her first novel The Strength of Ballerinas. There was much happy dancing when I saw it in my mailbox; that cover is absolutely gorgeous, and the synopsis hints about a possible new romance.

I also received a copy of Temper from Chapter by Chapter in preparation for an upcoming blog tour. Temper is the sequel to Beck Nicholas’ sci-fi novel Lifer, which I reviewed back in 2014. I’ve been obsessively checking Goodreads for news of book two ever since, so you can imagine how excited I was when I found out I’d scored a spot on Temper‘s tour.

The ever-fantastic Alma Alexander sent me a galley proof of Shifter, the final – and flat-out best – installment in her Were Chronicles series. I’ve already devoured it and am going through major withdrawal.

Naturally, I had to take a jaunt to Barnes & Noble for some shiny new books to try to fill the gaping hole Shifter left behind. The Imposter Queen by Sarah FineI walked out of Barnes & Noble with The Imposter Queen, one of my most anticipated releases for the first half of 2016. It supposedly has an LGBT love triangle AND magic, plus it’s written by Sarah Fine, who was one of my favorite “new to me” authors of 2015.

I also bought Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, which I admittedly know almost nothing about. It’s been generating a ton of buzz, though, so I figured I might as well jump on the bandwagon and see what all the fuss is about.

The Young Elites by Marie LuMy final purchase from Barnes & Noble was The Young Elites by Marie Lu. I’m a little late to the party on this one, but I needed time to recover from the last Marie Lu book I read – Champion, which broke my heart three years ago.

I snagged a couple of good deals on BookBub, too. I’ve heard so many great things about William Ritter’s Jackaby and was able to buy the e-book for $1.99. I also got a copy of Thorn, Intisar Khanini’s retelling of The Goose Girl, for just $0.99. It’ll be my first book for this year’s Retelling Challenge, hosted by Mel at The Daily Prophecy.

What books have you received, purchased, or borrowed so far this month? Let me know in the comments section – I’d love to chat!