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My Weekly Book Haul: 27/09/2014


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.

I've had a great week. I finally had time off from work, a whole six days, and I took a break from the blog during that time. Me and the boyfriend had the whole six days off together to do what we wanted. It was wonderful and relaxing. We had a staycation. We spent most of it indoors, relaxing and watching Boardwalk Empire. I kind of lost interest once they killed off my favourite character though. I got a ton of reading done and really enjoyed being able to just sit down, relax with a book and not worry about anything. 

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Up until senior year, Greg has maintained total social invisibility. He only has one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time—when not playing video games and avoiding Earl’s terrifying brothers— making movies, their own versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics. Greg would be the first one to tell you his movies are f*@$ing terrible, but he and Earl don’t make them for other people. Until Rachel.
Rachel has leukemia, and Greg’s mom gets the genius idea that Greg should befriend her. Against his better judgment and despite his extreme awkwardness, he does. When Rachel decides to stop treatment, Greg and Earl must abandon invisibility and make a stand. It’s a hilarious, outrageous, and truthful look at death and high school by a prodigiously talented debut author.

I love my boyfriend for lots of reasons. The fact he actually listens to me and buys me books I am dying to read is just one of them. 

The Forever Song (Blood of Eden, #3)The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Vengeance will be hers.
Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.
Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions - her creator Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost - the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie. 
In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, her triumph will be short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.

I haven't even read the first book yet, but at least now I own the whole series. A binge read of the series is clearly in order.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

In 1986, the belongings of Japanese families who were sent to internment camps in the US were discovered in the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. Henry, a Chinese American, remembers a young Japanese American girl with whom he forged a bond of friendship as a youth, and so he embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

I'm buying more adult fiction, in the hopes I will go back to reading it more often.

The ReturnedThe Returned by Jason Mott

Harold and Lucille Hargrave's eight-year-old son, Jacob, died tragically in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him…. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, still eight years old.
All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why, whether it's a miracle or a sign of the end. But as chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality.
With spare, elegant prose and searing emotional depth, award-winning poet Jason Mott explores timeless questions of faith and morality, love and responsibility. A spellbinding and stunning debut, The Returned is an unforgettable story that marks the arrival of an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

In BloomIn Bloom by Matthew Crow

Francis Wootton's first memory is of Kurt Cobain's death and there have since been other hardships much closer to home. At fifteen, he knows all about loss and rejection, and if he's honest, Francis - would-be poet, possible intellectual - feels he is wasted in Tyne and Wear. Lower Fifth is supposed to be his time: but when he is diagnosed with leukaemia, a whole new world of worry presents itself. There's the horror of being held back a year at school, the threat of imminent baldness. But he hadn't reckoned on meeting Amber and finding a reason to tackle it all - the good the bad and everything in-between - head on.

Better Than Perfect (Wild Cards, #1)Better Than Perfect by Simone Elkeles

Ashtyn's life just got complicated. Her boyfriend is being distant and her sister's back at home after ten years - with a stepson in tow!
Derek has a perfect body, THE sexiest smile and a car - Ashtyn's only way to escape from her crazy life. But Derek likes to play by his own rules and is keen to take Ashtyn on a ride she'll never forget. As they spend more and more time alone together, will Derek's flirty games drive Ashtyn wild?

LobstersLobsters by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison

Sam and Hannah only have the holidays to find 'The One'. Their lobster. But instead of being epic, their summer is looking awkward. They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins for ever to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together. And in the end, it all boils down to love.

Illusive (Illusive, #1)Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones

The X-Men meets Ocean's Eleven in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of "super" criminals.
When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She's what's known as an illusionist...She's also a thief.
After a robbery goes awry, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job that most would consider too reckless. The formula for the vaccine that gave them their abilities was supposedly destroyed years ago. But what if it wasn't?
The lines between good and bad, us and them, and freedom and entrapment are blurred as Ciere and the rest of her crew become embroiled in a deadly race against the government that could cost them their lives.

Timebomb by Scott. K. Andrews

New York City, 2141: Yojana Patel throws herself off a skyscraper, but never hits the ground.
Cornwall, 1640: gentle young Dora Predennick, newly come to Sweetclover Hall to work, discovers a badly-burnt woman at the bottom of a flight of stairs. When she reaches out to comfort the dying woman, she's knocked unconscious, only to wake, centuries later, in empty laboratory room.
On a rainy night in present-day Cornwall, seventeen-year-old Kaz Cecka sneaks into the long-abandoned Sweetclover Hall, determined to secure a dry place to sleep. Instead he finds a frightened housemaid who believes Charles I is king and an angry girl who claims to come from the future.
Thrust into the centre of an adventure that spans millennia, Dora, Kaz and Jana must learn to harness powers they barely understand to escape not only villainous Lord Sweetclover but the forces of a fanatical army... all the while staying one step ahead of a mysterious woman known only as Quil.

Hodder & Stoughton were lovely enough to send me a review copy of this one. I loved the cover and time travel aspect of it. Currently reading it and enjoying it, but it jumps straight into the action and left me feeling a little lost.

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship. 
Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together....

The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1)The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.
She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.
She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.
She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others
Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

The Conspiracy of UsConspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

To fight her destiny as the missing heir to a powerful and dangerous secret society, sixteen-year-old Avery West must solve an ancient puzzle in a deadly race across Europe. Forbidden love and code-breaking, masked balls and explosions, destiny and dark secrets collide in this romantic thriller, in the vein of a YA DaVinci Code.
Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada at the Champs-Elysees when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. 
They are part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle of Twelve, and Avery is their missing heir. If they discover who she is, some of them will want to use her as a pawn. Some will want her dead. 
To thwart their plans, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the landmarks of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul and through a web of ancient legends and lies. And unless she can stay one step ahead of beautiful, volatile Stellan, who knows she’s more than she seems, and can decide whether to trust mysterious, magnetic Jack, she may be doomed after all.

In my blogoversary post I posted my giveaway to celebrate 1 year of blogging. I am giving one winner the chance to win up to £40 worth of books of their choice from Book Depository. I am also giving one runner up a book of their choice, worth up to £10 from Book Depository.

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My Blogoversary Celebration and Giveaway
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  1. Oh I've heard of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl but I can't remember from where now and whether I desperately needed it or was just thinking "yeah maybe someday I'll get to that". lol I need to like organise my to-reads on Goodreads somehow. XD I'm interested to see what you think of Illusive. I mean, it's compared to Xmen and Oceans?!! How on earth is it going to live up to that much awesome?!!! *blinks skeptically*

    1. I am very sceptical of Illusive too, I'm not sure it's going to be as good as I want it to be. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl... I tried it but it wasn't working for me at the beginning so I put it down and will try it again another time.

  2. Brilliant haul! I really like The Hotel on The Corner of Bitter and Sweet. You've got a great selection of books. I'm glad you had a good week!

  3. :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O Sorry, I'm just processing the fact that you have The Conspiracy of Us. I HOPE YOU ENJOY IT. BECAUSE I DESPERATELY WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK. I think I've hyped it up so much in my mind that I'm just hoping it turns out to actually blow me away. You know what, I don't think I can piece any more sentences together. I was going to say something else, I think, but after seeing that, I'm out of words LOL But have a good week ahead and happy reading! x

    Jess @ My Reading Dress

    1. Thank you! I am excited for The Conspiracy of Us, but also a little nervous. Not sure if it's going to be anywhere near as good as I want it to be.

  4. ^^ Like Cait, I've also heard of 'Me and Earl and The Dying Girl' and I think it was from work. It looks like a fun read! Also I was intrigued by The Orphan Princess (I love my fantasy), Illusive (I LOVE X-MEN!), and Timebomb. The only problem with Illusive is that it sounds a lot like things that have been done before. It reminds me of The 4400 tv series.

    Have fun reading!

    1. I'm excited for The Orphan Queen, I think it looks good. Illusive worries me because of all the comparisons, not sure it will live up to any of them.

  5. That's an interesting cover to Forever Song. Hope you get a chance to read the books soon!

  6. OOoh nice haul! These are all new to me reads! Hope you enjoy each and every one of them!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  7. Me, Earl and The Dying Girl has been hovering on my list for a year or two, gimme your opinions woman! I'm SO glad you had a lovely time off, you really need to just chill and not worry as much you know, things will look up and just enjoy your time. You can ignore the blog for a day or two and it'll be fine, just think of yourself. Illusive I was interest in but I don't know now and oh man, don't get me started on Blood of Eden, oh god my poor review comes soon, DON'T BE PUT OFF, Stacie liked it, I predict she will be be pleased to encourage you to read it ;) Welcome back hunny! :D

    1. I tried it at one point and could not get into it. I've set it down but plan to try again another time. I am nervous about the Blood of Eden series but I do really want to read it, especially now that I own them all.

  8. So many good books! Ahhhhhhh!

    Erin @ The Book Nut

  9. Good haul!
    I love the cover for The Conspiracy of Us :)
    My favourite characters always seem to die in TV shows :(

    Jess @ A Book Addict's Bookshelves

    1. I hate when that happens. It recently happened to me when I started binge watching the whole of Boardwalk Empire... I gave up once they killed off my favourite character.

  10. Happy to hear you had a nice relaxing time off, you deserved it!!
    Congrats on all the great books!

  11. Awesome books :) I'm not a huge fan of The Blood of Eden series but I hope you enjoy it! Plus awesome giveaway, if I win I'm planning on using either giftcard toward the Mistborn series, I have book one so far.

  12. Many are new to me and I've only read one in it and the kagawa book was good. I hope you'll like it. I don't know about the others but happy reading!

  13. Nice haul!! I am so excited for Orphan Queen. I think I'll wait a month or two before I dig into it though. Ooh the conspiracy of us looks really good too!! Lovely haul <3

    1. Thank you. I am looking forward to The Orphan Queen, I really hope I end up loving that one.

  14. AHHH! What a fabulous haul! I am so excited to see what you think of these - especially The Conspiracy of Us because I absolutely love the premise and the puzzle-solving subplot. Thanks for sharing and happy reading! <3

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

    1. Thank you! I am looking forward to all of these but The Conspiracy of Us is one I am probably the most excited for.

  15. Great book haul! I miss reading your posts, but usually my weekends are somewhat free. I am glad you had a great week. My life includes studying, but its all good. I love it. Have fun with your books!

  16. Your week sounds like complete bliss! I don't even remember what sitting around feels like, and I want to! Your week sounds lovely, I am so glad you got the break you needed and deserved :)

    Those books! I want them all! I totally want to binge read the Blood of Eden series too, I have the first two books, and I *almost* bought the last one, but then I didn't. Weird. I SO want to read The Conspiracy of Us and The Orphan Queen, they sound so, so good. And I am curious about Illusive too! I want to read it, but I haven't heard a ton about it, so I am holding off on buying until I do.

    Great books, hope you enjoy them all :)

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    1. IT WAS AMAZING! I miss it already. I feel like I haven't had time off in forever, haha.

      I am looking forward to the binge read, just really hope I enjoy them.

  17. I'm glad you managed to relax in the time off! It sounds lovely. I neeeed to get on with it and read Illusive. Hope you enjoy all these!

  18. I've found the Julie Kagawa books a bit hit and miss...liked one series, didn't like the other. Hope you enjoy all your books!

  19. So much awesomeness here. Happy reading and I hope you'll enjoy them all! :)

    My STS:

  20. I'm glad you finally had some time to relax. It definitely seems like it was well deserved. :)
    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl = <3 <3 <3 It's so great! I really want to do a re-read now.
    I like the look of Lobsters. Really reminds me of Friends. Lol.
    A Little Something Different is super cute. Take you a couple of hours to fly through it. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon.
    I've been wanting to get my hands on Illusive. I should really do that...
    Happy reading!
    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

    1. It was so nice to just do nothing for a while!
      HAHA! That's exactly what I thought when I saw the title of that book. It made me want to watch Friends so badly.
      I read A Little Something Different and it didn work for me. It was so frustrating not to get their POVs. They started to get on my nerves, ooops!

  21. WOW! Awesome haul :) I've been thinking of buying that series from Julie Kagawa, just a little hesitant because I hated her Fey series.

    Thanks for stopping by my stack! Enjoy your new reads!

    1. I am nervous for it, especially considering I bought all three without even seeing if I enjoyed the first or not.

  22. The Immortal Rules!!! Love that series, how great that you can binge read it! A Little Something Different…such an adorable book, hope you love it! And The Orphan Queen…I'm jealous! Have fun reading! ~Pam

    1. I hope I love it!!! I really do, I will be disappointed if I don't, considering the fact I own the whole series now. Thought A Little Something Different was okay but it did get on my nerves.

  23. Sometimes, staycations are the best, ever! Too bad your fave character was killed off on your show - that is something that is no fun at all.
    You got an amazing selection of books this week, I hope you'll enjoy them all :)
    Happy reading.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    1. I know, it ruined the whole show for me. The boyfriend has continued, but I don't really care any more.

  24. Hotel on the Corner... sounds really good as do a few others. I'm looking forward to reading all your "for review" books, especially The Orphan Queen which I only have the first chapters of. Thanks for stopping by last week!

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings


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