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My Weekly Book Haul: 04/01/2013

Friday Finds is something that was started over on ShouldBeReading and Stacking the Shelves over at TyngaReviews, I am in love with all of these as I love finding other blogs to follow and books to read through these! So check them all out and see what you find, Stacking the Shelves has a lot of participants as well which is great. This is basically a way for me to show what books I have received, borrowed or bought each week. All book covers and their summary come from back of book or Goodreads.

Christmas Haul Part 2

Embedded image permalinkChristmas was AMAZING, especially as far as books were concerned. I was kind of spoilt rotten, and it proved that my boyfriend does actually listen to me. He was also amazing enough to tell my parents books I wanted and they got me some too. I got 25 books in total, and told that I had three pre-orders that would arrive a bit later this year. This is the second part of my Christmas haul.

Christmas Books

Received For Review:

My Haul!

When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade - a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they came to be there - or what's happened to the world outside.

The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman's Daughter, #2)

In the darkest places, even love is deadly.
Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.
Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.

I prefer the over cover for The Madman's Daughter, but either way, I am super excited to read it. I got an ARC of Her Dark Curiosity, so I can read them both together.

Jellicoe Road
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

I'm dreaming of the boy in the tree. I tell him stories. About the Jellicoe School and the Townies and the Cadets from a school in Sydney. I tell him about the war between us for territory. And I tell him about Hannah, who lives in the unfinished house by the river. Hannah, who is too young to be hiding away from the world. Hannah, who found me on the Jellicoe Road six years ago.
Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the territory wars and deal with Jonah Griggs - the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again.
And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor's only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago. She needs to find out more, but this means confronting her own story, making sense of her strange, recurring dream, and finding her mother - who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road.

The Spectacular Now
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

Sutter Keely. He's the guy you want at your party. He’ll get everyone dancing. He’ ll get everyone in your parents’ pool. Okay, so he’s not exactly a shining academic star. He has no plans for college and will probably end up folding men’s shirts for a living. But there are plenty of ladies in town, and with the help of Dean Martin and Seagram’s V.O., life’s pretty fabuloso, actually.
Until the morning he wakes up on a random front lawn, and he meets Aimee. Aimee’s clueless. Aimee is a social disaster. Aimee needs help, and it’s up to the Sutterman to show Aimee a splendiferous time and then let her go
forth and prosper. But Aimee’s not like other girls, and before long he’s in way over his head. For the first time in his life, he has the power to make a difference in someone else’s life—or ruin it forever.

Catching Jordan
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.
But everything she's ever worked for is threatened when Ty Greeen moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he's also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan's feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart's on the line?

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)
Shadow and Bone & Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.
Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?
The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.
But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

I've heard so many amazing things about this series, so I am looking forward to being able to read it.

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government "rehabilitation camp." She might have survived the mysterious disease that's killed most of America's children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.
When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she's on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her-East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can't risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.
When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

Starters (Starters, #1)Enders (Starters, #2)
Starters & Enders by Lissa Price

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie.
Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie’s head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter.
Callie soon discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than she could ever have imagined. . . .

I got an ARC of Enders after seeing it on so many lists of books people were dying to read in 2014. I'd hinted quite a bit that I needed the first book before I could read it, thankfully the boyfriend listened. 

Nantucket Blue
Nantucket Blue by Leigh Howard

For Cricket Thompson, a summer like this one will change everything. A summer spent on Nantucket with her best friend, Jules Clayton, and the indomitable Clayton family. A summer when she’ll make the almost unattainable Jay Logan hers. A summer to surpass all dreams.
Some of this turns out to be true. Some of it doesn’t. 
When Jules and her family suffer a devastating tragedy that forces the girls apart, Jules becomes a stranger whom Cricket wonders whether she ever really knew. And instead of lying on the beach working on her caramel-colored tan, Cricket is making beds and cleaning bathrooms to support herself in paradise for the summer.
But it’s the things Cricket hadn’t counted on--most of all, falling hard for someone who should be completely off-limits--that turn her dreams into an exhilarating, bittersweet reality.
A beautiful future is within her grasp, and Cricket must find the grace to embrace it. If she does, her life could be the perfect shade of Nantucket blue.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

Article 5 (Article 5, #1)Breaking Point (Article 5, #2)Three (Article 5, #3)
Article 5, Breaking Point & Three by Kristen Simmons

New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.
The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.
There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back.
Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren't always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it's hard for her to forget that people weren't always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It's hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.
Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.
That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings—the only boy Ember has ever loved.

This is perfect as I just got accepted for the ARC of Three. Now I will be able to read all three together, no waiting! I hate waiting :) 

Thank You!

This week I hit both 200 Bloglovin followers, followed by 200 GFC followers. This was huge for me and such a big moment. Thanks to all the amazing new followers of the blog that made it possible! 

Thank you!


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  1. Wow! So many great books! Also CONGRATS ON OVER 200 FOLLOWERS! That is amazing!

  2. OOh nice set of reads there! Glad your BF listened! ;) Happy Reading!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  3. Nice haul.

    I have The Madman's Daughter on my wish list and have heard a lot of good feedback. Her Dark Curiosity also sounds interesting, so I've also added that.

    Enjoy your reads.

    Please feel free to check out my haul at

  4. So jealous that you got Three, I really want to read that! And binge reading is the best. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is so good, hope you enjoy it. I loved The Darkest Mind and Never Fade, such a great series! Have fun reading! ~Pam

    1. I am looking forward to all of them, but have so many ARCs to read first. I'm going to definitely need to binge read! :)

  5. Great great haul. Happy reading.
    Check out My STS

    Xoxo. Daisel @ Owl Always Be Reading

  6. wow that's many many books! I confess I asked my friend to not buy me books for Christmas because I have way too many and I need to read them. But I had 4 and I'm glad it's only 4 lol. I love them of course but I really need more time. Happy reading!

    1. I know, I have way too many! I have so many ARCs to get through, so I probably won't get to many of these for months yet! But at least I have them ready to read when I get the time :)

  7. What an awesome haul! I bought The Madman's Daughter for my Kindle so I can read my e-ARC of Her Dark Curiosity right afterward, So glad that your boyfriend listened to you!

    Happy reading!

    1. I know, so glad he did too :) I can't wait to read them all!

  8. I love book gifts and you scored big with yours! I got Madman's Daughter this week too. I loved Coldest Girl and Shadow and Bone, I have a few others but I haven't read them yet.

    Thanks for stopping by and happy reading :)

  9. Thanks for stopping by my STS! Her Dark Curiosity was good but I liked the first book better. Really liked The Coldest Girl in Coldtown too. Enjoy!

  10. Thanks for giveaway and I hope that you enjoy your books! I loved Darkest Minds

  11. Nice haul! Hope you enjoy them.

    Check out OUT's STS

  12. I LOVED Catching Jordan, such a great story. I really REALLY need to read Jellicoe Road--so many people say it's amazing. Enjoy your books! :)

    1. I know! I've heard so many great things and I can't wait to read it :)

  13. Lovely haul. I really need to read Jellicoe Road. I hope you enjoy your books :-)

  14. Wow, Christmas for you looks awesome! I want to read pretty much all these books. I hope you love them.

  15. Awesome haul! It is so great that your boyfriend not only listened to the fact that you hoped for books, but that he even got you some that you really wanted!
    I hope you'll enjoy them all :)
    Thanks for stopping by earlier. Happy reading.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    1. I know, I did drop a thousand hints and it worked! Can't wait to get to them all :)

  16. Awesome haul! All of these books are in my TBR list. I tried reading Jellicoe Road last week but just couldn't get into it. I'll give it another try in the future, though.

    Thanks for dropping by my StS! :D

    - Kazhy @ My Library in the Making

    1. I'm hoping to get to them all soon, have no idea where to start though! :)

  17. That's a great stack of Christmas presents! I would have loved to get so many books I wanted for Christmas. :D

    I have the Coldest Girl on my shelves, and am interested in Madman's Daughter and the Shadow and Bone series.

    1. I know, I usually don't get any but I hinted like crazy this year that I really, really wanted books! So glad he listened but no idea when I'll get time to read them all :)

  18. Wow! That is an amazing stack of books you got there!
    I'd say you have yourself set up for an amazing 2014 reading year. :)

    1. I know! I hope I actually manage to get to all of these in 2014! :)

  19. That is an amazing haul! I really enjoyed both Article 5 and Nantucket Blue. I also want to read Starters soon, since Enders just came out. I hope you enjoy all of your books :)

    1. Thanks so much! Glad to hear good things about A5 and NB :) So excited to get to them all!

  20. WOW! What an awesome Christmas Haul. and I'm looking forward to reading a lot of the books you got. MEEP You are awesome. lol The only book I've read that you got is Catching Jordan it's one of my favorites. :D I hope you enjoy all your books and thanks for stopping by my STS. :D

    1. I'm looking forward to CJ, and if I love it I will definitely be reading more of those! :)

    2. I'm looking forward to CJ, and if I love it I will definitely be reading more of those! :)

  21. Oh my goodness so many great books! I still need to read JELLICOE ROAD :( and recently read and enjoyed HER DARK CURIOSITY, though it did annoy me at parts. Also, I can't wait to read THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN. Looks like you've got a great stack of books - am jealous! :)

    1. I've heard so many good things about Jellicoe Road, really looking forward to that one! I hope I can get to all of these soon because they all look amazing, it's just deciding where to start! :)

  22. Wow! That's what I call a haul! SO many great books! :D I hope you find the time to read them! Thanks for stopping by my STS @ Addicted Readers! :)

    1. I hope I find the time to read them all too! So many books and so little time :)

  23. you got an awesome haul !!!! i have read the maze runner series , and i have starters, and shadow and bone on my shelf that i need to read. i love seeing all of these covers! new gfc follower ! - Katie

  24. Best Christmas haul ever. Haven't read most of them yet, but really loving the cover of TMD. So jealous of Enders! I loved Starters. :)

  25. Wow, you have the best haul I've ever seen. So many goodies. Enjoy!!

  26. Wow, you got some great books! just received Shadow & Bone and Siege & Storm as birthday gifts. I've heard great things! Starters looks awesome (it's on my TBR) and I loove the cover for Enders!

    Happy reading!

    1. I hope we all love them! I've heard so many good things about Starters, really looking forward to that :)


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