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My Weekly Book Haul: 18/01/2014

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.

My Week

Work: I have had a brilliant week as far as work goes. We are coming to the end of the finacial year, which means spending the rest of the book budget. You spend most of the year avoiding spending it in case it runs out, and then you're stuck with thousands to spend within the space of a few weeks! It's tough but so much fun. We've spent all of it and I can't wait for all the new, pretty books to come in. I've got to try to avoid bringing them all home!
Family: In December my cousin told me she and her fiance are expecting their first baby, due in May. She's nineteen and sadly her mum, and my wonderful aunt, passed away very suddenly in March, so it's nice to have some good news finally, even if it's bittersweet! I went a little crazy buying stuff, I'm going to give her a wicker basket filled with baby stuff for her baby shower - clothes, nappies and other essentials. I love the Thumper suit!
Other: I can't stop listening to Disney songs! As a write this I am listening to a Disney mix of 75 songs on YouTube. I adore Disney and just can't seem to stop at the moment.
Books: I borrowed a few from work, bought a few and received some for review. A crazy book week and I have no time to read any of them because of how many January ARCs I still need to read. I have a problem! 

The Books
Borrowed & Bought:
 The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
In a discontented kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan. He will find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point. He must be chosen to play the prince, or he will certainly be killed. But as Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to the king’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold. Until, finally, a truth is revealed that may prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together…
Someone who won a book of their choice on one of my giveaways chose this and it caught my eye too. Saw it in a 3 for £5 deal and had to get it!  Although, I don't know if I love the cover I have or not! (I've got the one with the guy on)

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Victor and Eli, due to a research project gone wrong, become ExtraOrdinaries with supernatural powers. Ten years later Victor escapes from prison,determined to get his revenge on the man who put him there, while Eli has spent the years hunting down and killing other EOs. Driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the arch-nemeses have set a course for revenge...
Recommending by someone from the Young Adult reading group I run at work.

Dearly Departed (Gone With the Respiration, #1)
Dearly Departed by Lia Habel

It should be game over for Nora Dearly when she is ambushed and dragged off into the night by the living dead. But this crack unit of teen zombies are the good guys, sent to protect Nora from the real monsters roaming the country and zeroing in on cities to swell their ranks.
Can Nora find a way to kill off the evil undead once and for all? Can she trust her protectors to resist their hunger for human flesh? And can she stop herself falling for the noble, sweet, surprisingly attractive, definitely-no-longer-breathing Bram...?
Saw this at work and my love of Warm Bodies made me pick it up. I really enjoyed the zombie falls in love with human storyline, so I hope this is good too.

Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles, #1)
Renegade by J. A. Souders

Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.
But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie.
Her memories have been altered.
Her mind and body aren’t under her own control.
And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.
Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb... and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.
The cover caught my eye and the story sounded interesting. 

What Goes Around: Two Books In One: Cracked Up to Be & Some Girls Are
What Goes Around by Courtney Summers

Courtney Summers fans are in for a treat! Two of her most critically acclaimed titles bound together for the price of one. In Cracked Up To Be, Perfect Parker Fadley isn’t so perfect anymore. She’s quit the cheerleading squad, she’s dumped her perfect boyfriend, and she’s failing school. Her parents are on a constant suicide watch and her counselors think she’s playing games…but what they don’t know, the real reason for this whole mess, is that a horrible thing has happened and it just might be her fault. In Some Girls Are, climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard--falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome. And just like the other members of this all girl clique, she was both feared and revered by the students of Hallowell High... that is until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around.
Two books in one! Even more to read.

Review Copies

An Unstill Life
An Unstill Life by Kate Larkindale

Things at home are rough for fifteen-year-old Livvie Quinn. Jules, her beloved older sister is sick again after being cancer free for almost ten years. Her mom becomes more frantic and unapproachable every day. School isn’t much better. Just when she needs them most, her closest friends get boyfriends and have little time for Livvie – except to set her up on a series of disastrous blind dates.
Livvie seeks refuge in the art room and finds Bianca, the school ‘freak’. Free-spirited and confident, Bianca is everything Livvie isn’t. Shaken by her mom’s desperation, her sister’s deteriorating condition, and abandoned by her friends, Livvie finds comfort and an attraction she never felt before with Bianca.
When their relationship is discovered, Livvie and Bianca become victims of persecution and bullying. School authorities won’t help and even forbid the pair to attend the Winter Formal as a couple. If Livvie defies them and goes, she risks expulsion and further ridicule from her classmates. At home, her mother’s behavior escalates to new levels of crazy and Jules is begging for help to end the pain once and for all.
While searching for the strength to make her life her own, Livvie must decide how far she’s willing to go for the people she loves.

The author emailed me asking if I wanted to review her new book. It sounds really interesting and like it's going to make me feel way too many feels.

Relentless (Shattered Hearts, #1)Pieces of You (Shattered Hearts, #2)Bring Me Home (Shattered Hearts, #3)

Claire Nixon and Adam Parker each have a painful past too heavy to carry alone. Claire once tried to push Adam away but his relentless pursuit of her heart made her walls come crumbling down, and now they know they’re much stronger together than apart.
But now Claire's attending college a hundred miles away from Adam, and the distance is forcing a crack. To add to the strain, Adam is sent to Hawaii on business, and doubts start creeping into both their hearts.
Claire’s also dealing with her ex, rock star Chris Knight, being back in her life. Chris wants Claire more than anything, and he knows just how to get her: only he has the power to mend the final missing piece of Claire's broken heart. How can Claire ever choose between taking a chance on new love, or a second chance at having a family and a home?
1. Love the authors name. 2. The covers grabbed me and I couldn't help myself! Urgh what is wrong with me?

The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare (Alex Wayfare, #1)
The 57 Lives Of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen

For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.
But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.
It isn’t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.
Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want Alex to travel again. Ever.
And will stop at nothing to make this life her last.

I really wanted this one, so happy I have it!

This Weeks Reviews:

The Program by Suzanne Young: Review 5/5
The Treatment by Suzanne Young: Review 3/5
Splintered by A. G. Howard: Review 3/5
Impostor by Susanne Winnacker: Review 4/5


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  1. Great haul! I really need to pick up Vicious, I've heard such great things about it :) I read Dearly, Departed when it first came out and really enjoyed it!

  2. I absolutely loved Vicious. So good. The 57 Lives looks really interesting. Congrats on your new about your new family member! Great haul and happy reading!
    Natflix&Books' StS

  3. OOh nice reads! Haven't read these but hope you enjoy them! And yay for the new family member! Babies are always fun! It's when they start to grow up they lose their appeal! ;)

    My niece is 5 going on 20 or something! She's a handful!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  4. I've been meaning to read Renegade for ages, and aw, congrats on the family expansion! My STS

  5. Congrats on your news about the new family members! That's such great news, definitely. :)

    Great haul, too. I've heard a bit about Vicious but haven't gotten around to it. You know, tumbling TBR pile and all. xD

    Have a great day!

    Sydney @ Utterly Bookish

  6. This is a fantastic haul! Well done! And congratulations to your cousin :)
    I'm intrigued by Vicious, I really want to get it all of a sudden.
    I apologise, but I appear to suddenly be obsessed with your blog too, I'm sorry :)

    Reading Challenges Wrap-Up: January

  7. oh that's a lot of wonderful books, and you're right, the little things for the baby are really cute! happy reading!

  8. Wow. Renegade looks great!May add that to my tbr!Thanks for stopping by my blog

  9. Congrats on becoming an aunt soon! Those baby gifts are SO cute!

    Great haul, too, this week. I hope you'll enjoy all your new books.

    Thanks for stopping by earlier :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  10. Having new books to read is always great. Congrats to your cousin! My sister's baby is almost 2 years old now, and he's at the stage where he *almost* speaks full sentences but still struggles a bit. So adorable! Although, I've come to learn the hard way that kids, especially newborns are just so exhausting to deal with. But they are always worth it.

    I totally know the feeling of having too many books to read and not enough time, haha. Great post!

  11. Thanks for stopping by my STS! I love the Thumper set! Adorable =) Oh and the books look great too!

  12. Nice haul! The False Prince sounds pretty interesting, and the summary of Renegade reminds me a bit of Tangled for some reason.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  13. I hope you enjoy these books! Lovely news about the baby too!

  14. Vicious is FANTASTIC! I love anything Schwab writes! I wasn't totally impressed with Renegade, but it was a basically good read I got the second one from the publisher but I haven't gotten to it yet! Great haul! Enjoy your books and thanks for stopping by my STS

  15. Lots of great stuff. Congrats for your cousin. So exciting.
    You have a ton of good books and I haven't really read any of them. I want to read Renegade and Vicious. I have read The False Prince and thought it was amazing. Enjoy your books and your Disney songs!

  16. The Thumper outfit is too adorbs! Enjoy Vicious. I have heard lots of good things about it!

  17. What a totally rockin' haul! Enjoy!!!! Congrats on your cousin's baby!! :)

  18. I have The False Prince on audiobook, which I'm hoping to check out soon. Everyone says it's awesome. I recently read Vicious and it was pretty awesome.
    The baby stuff is all sooo cute! Definitely loving the Thumper outfit! Have an awesome week!

    Here's my Sunday Post & STS at Book Munchies (:

  19. Ooo, Vicious! I'm hoping to read that one soon! And I considered requesting The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare, but then I decided against it. I have so much to read D:

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  20. I've heard such great things about Vicious, really need to read it! And I haven't read the False Prince, but I noticed my brother was recently. Hope you enjoy your reads!
    Thanks for visiting my StS @ The NerdHerd Reads

  21. Vicious has been on my to read list a long while. I hope you enjoy all your new reads:)

  22. Congrats on becoming an aunt soon! Great haul this week. I loved the Shattered Hearts Series. Happy Reading and thanks for stopping by.

    Jess @ Jess Time To Read

  23. Loved Dearly, Departed! I've been wanting to read Renegade for a long time! Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by!

  24. Nice haul! So many awesome looking books on there.

    Happy Reading!

    My STS!

    ~Stephanie @ Bookfever

  25. Renegade has been on my shelf forever! Can't wait to see what you think =)

  26. Wow you have a great haul this week!!! Thanks for stopping by. Leydy @ OUaT & Redcarpetendings

  27. I got Vicious from the library this week, 57 Lives looks very interesting.
    I love all the things for the baby! It's so much fun buying for little ones :)

    Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!

  28. Oh, that Thumper suit is so cute. I liked Renegade but had a few issues with it, I've read Dearly Departed , it starts off a little slow, but so worth it. Hope you enjoy them! :)

  29. The False Prince is one of my favorite books! I loved it! Vicious is on my TBR list, I hope I can get around to reading it soon! Good haul, hope you enjoy them. :)

    Denise @ Dandelionn Wine Book Blog

  30. Vicious is really good, hope you enjoy it! And 57 Lives...sounds so good. Have fun reading! ~Pam

  31. Great Haul! Happy Reading! Oh and the bunny suit is super cute! A new baby in the family is such a blessing.

  32. So many great books! I've been hearing great things about Vicious!

  33. Great haul!
    I really want to read False Prince, and I have Dearly Departed on my shelf, I really need to read it soon. I hope you'll enjoy them all. Thanks for stopping by =)

  34. I love your whole haul! It's absolutely fantastic and I can't wait to see how 57 Lives is. And congrats on your cousin's baby! She definitely deserves some happiness.

  35. The Thumper suit has to be the cutest thing I have ever seen in my life!

    I have been so curious about Vicious, and I hope I can pick it up soon!

  36. I really, really need to read The False Prince and Vicious! I've been seeing so much about the False Prince this week so yep...going to be adding it to my wish list. Great haul!

  37. I ADORE everything Courtney Summers writes! And you're totally right, you can beat two books in one!! :) Enjoy!

    Thanks for stopping by The Hiding Spot!!

  38. Renegade and The False Prince were fantastic and I've seen nothing but raving reviews for What Goes Around so I hope you really love that one. Also, I hope you enjoy those new books that are going to be coming in soon and congrats on your cousin's upcoming baby! It's always nice to have good news and I'm really sorry about your aunt's passing away. :( *hugs* But I hope you enjoy all of your great new reads <33

  39. Yay for Disney! Their songs are. the. best. I have a CD on of it in the car as well (although it's my mum's car and she keeps turning it off....oops. XD) I read The False Prince just last week! It's super cool and quick. I prefer the crown cover, but I borrowed the dude cover too. Thanks for stoping by my Sts!

  40. Nice haul! Renegade has been on my TBR for ages - I just love the cover!!
    Happy reading :)

  41. Great haul! The Cassia Leo books look interesting. I haven't read those yet.
    Happy reading!

  42. I hope you love The False Prince. I loved that book. Your book haul this week is fantastic :)

  43. Nice haul. Courtney Summers is an awesome author. I've read both those books before, they're awesome! I have a couple of the songs from Frozen on my playlist for when I'm running, can't get enough of them!

  44. Great haul. I hope you enjoy all your books and I adore all the baby stuff - I want it!

    Happy reading and thanks for stopping by my StS! :)

  45. I have Renegade too!!! Great haul! i hope you enjoy and Incarnate was on sale on amazon which was why I bought it. I think it was $1.99.

  46. Aww, you just had a good week all around! Yay! :) That baby stuff is so cute. Shopping for babies is so fun, right? The Thumper suit is SO CUTE.

    I had mixed feelings on The False Prince, but liked it enough to continue with the series. I LOVED Dearly, Departed--though I've yet to read the sequel! And I'm so jealous you have The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare! Strange Chemistry had neglected to accept me so far, and I am not happy. :) It looks so interesting.

    Happy reading!!! :)
    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

  47. Vicious sounds amazing! I've heard so many great things about it. I like retellings, so Renegade also looks good. I hope you enjoy all of your books :)

  48. Look at that thumper. It is sooo cute.
    Very nice of you to buy them so many cute things.
    And great books. I hope you enjoy reading all of them.


  49. I always wanted to try out Renegade. Hope it's good.

  50. I love the Thumper suit and many accessories! Lots of great books in your haul too! Congrats on the new cousin!

  51. What an awesome haul! I hope to get my hands on Vicious soon, looks awesome. Same goes for The False Prince, I heard such good things!
    And the baby stuff is super adorable! Congrats! :)
    Happy reading!

  52. Fantastic haul this week, girl! There are a few books in there that I'm clamoring for!

  53. I'm so sorry to hear about your aunts passing :( Congrats on getting to become an auntie in May! All of the baby stuff is adorable! Awesome book haul! I bought a few Cassia Leo books a few months back and am really anxious to read them! Thank You for stopping by my blog :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  54. awwwh all the baby stuff is so cute I especially like the bunny thingy.. (don't know what it is called). False Prince looks interesting, can't wait to see your review on it!

    Irene @ Ice Queen's Bookshelf

  55. Great haul! Hope you enjoy all you finds!

  56. Nice assortment of books. I like that cover for Dearly Departed better than the cover on the copy I read. However, that cover does seem to miss the steampunk aspects of the book. I hope you enjoy all the books you brought home. Happy reading!

  57. Holy moly, look at those books. If I were nearby, I'd totally tell you to pass some my way... I hope you like the books!

    Thanks for visiting my haul.

  58. Whoo Hoo! Nice book haul and great giveaway! ;)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope you have a nice day.

    Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment

  59. I'm sorry to hear about your Aunt but congrats to your cousin! You got a nice set of books! Everyone seems to love Vicious so I will have to pick that up from my library at some point!

  60. fantastic StS. i've heard great things about vicious. happy reading and thanks for stopping by my StS :)

    -michelle @ Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks

  61. The False Prince has been on my radar since months ago. I actually saw the ARC of its third book on NG and requested it. It sounded like a really good book particularly that it falls under my favorite genre, Fantasy.

    Thanks for stopping by Thoughts and Pens. Happy reading!

  62. Dearly Departed is sooo good! I never thought the zombie romance thing could work for me but it's perfect!
    And I really want to read Vicious. Haven't seen it with this cover before, but I like it a lot better than the other one!
    Happy reading, and thanks for stopping by!

  63. Great haul this week!! Thanks for stopping by my post as well!

  64. These look like some great reads! I hope you enjoy all of them! Thanks for stopping by Unearthly Reviews. Happy Reading! :)


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