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My Weekly Book Haul: 04/10/2014


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.

This week has been tough because I returned to work after having time off, which always sucks! It's been a pressure filled week at work too, which always sucks. Being back to work has affected my reading, I haven't finished a book in almost a week. That's partly about not having enough time, but also the fact I am really struggling with Grave Mercy. 
I'm also behind on blogging, scheduling, replying to comments and visiting people back. I plan to spend a whole day just replying to comments and visiting other blogs. I am really missing all the reviews and discussions and great posts I find when I have time to go visit you all.

The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1) The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2)
The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

The Passage meets The Hunger Games in a gripping new series from Carnegie-shortlisted Rick Yancey. After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave. On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until Cassie meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope for rescuing her brother and even saving herself. Now she must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. Cassie Sullivan gets up.

I saw these two on special and finally decided to give this series a go. I really hope I like the first one or  I might regret buying both at the same time.

Northern Lights (His Dark Materials, #1) The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2) The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)

Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world...
I already own these but look how pretty these redesigns are. I LOVE THEM! I needed them. They look better in person and they are SHINY!

The Girl with All the Gifts

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class.
When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite. But they don't laugh.
Melanie is a very special girl.
Emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS is the most powerful and affecting thriller you will read this year.

The Kingdom of Little Wounds

A young seamstress and a royal nursemaid find themselves at the center of an epic power struggle in this stunning young-adult debut.
On the eve of Princess Sophia’s wedding, the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches: brocade and satin and jewels, feasts of sugar fruit and sweet spiced wine. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls. A mysterious illness plagues the royal family, threatening the lives of the throne’s heirs, and a courtier’s wolfish hunger for the king’s favors sets a devious plot in motion.
Here in the palace at Skyggehavn, things are seldom as they seem — and when a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined with that of mad Queen Isabel. As they navigate a tangled web of palace intrigue, power-lust, and deception, Ava and Midi must carve out their own survival any way they can.

This has such a gorgeous cover, it's sad to read the reviews on Goodreads. This one will definitely just be heading straight back to the library now.

This Shattered World (Starbound, #2)
This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

The second installment in the epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.
Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.
Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet's rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.
Rebellion is in Flynn's blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.
Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.

It's one of those requests where you're 100% sure you'll be rejected. It said it was for US and AUS readers but I had to take a chance and request it. They accepted and I actually had a screaming fangirl moment that totally freaked the boyfriend out. I will be getting to this sooner rather than later.

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.
Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.
A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

Thank you, Headline! I am excited to read this one and hope it's the fluffy romance I am craving right now.

Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, #3)
Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.
She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has...

I am currently reading Grave Mercy and struggling with it. It's so unnecessarily long and I can't deal with it. I also can't work out if half the characters are completely insane or not. It's also really boring for a book with an assassin nun. 

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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Monthly Recap: September
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  1. OOoh very nice! I love Rick Yancey's books! Hope you enjoy those too!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  2. I promise it gets better! They are all super long and no one is crazy, well, some of them are unhinged but not crazy in the sense I think you meant. ;)
    Congrats on the new additions!

  3. Awww try not to stress if you aren't getting around to blogging/reading duties, especially if you have to focus on work - which is tiring. I can totally relate, sometimes when you get home you need to relax! OH MY GOD YOU GOT THIS SHATTERED WORLD that is super exciting, I just LOVED the first book! I really enjoyed Geography of You and Me as well!

    Hope you enjoy all of your books lovely!

    1. I KNOW! I screamed with joy when the email came through, basically hours after I requested it. I had been so certain I'd be rejected, it was a great moment.

  4. The Kingdom of Little Wounds sounds interesting... boooo that it doesn't seem to be any good. Enjoy the new books!

    1. I know, the reviews I have been reading for it have made me certain it's not something I want to read.

  5. Ooh, This Shattered World! I'm so excited to read that. I hope your work isn't too bad this week. Try not to feel pressured about blogging duties! Easier said than done I know!

    1. Haha, definitely! I am trying to not let everything get to me. I can only do so much I guess.

  6. Girl girl girl, The Geography, it's one of my favourites of this year, like, honestly, one of 9 favourites, 9! I hope you love it, and I'm so pleased you got This Shattered World, I'm still wary of the first one, pretty cover = sometimes a bad read, so judgemental of me, I know..hope work gets better for you soon, and STOP WORRYING OVER BLOGGIN, you're stressing yourself out, just take it easy woman, chill out and enjoy it, please? Stop worrying and enjoy it again :)

    1. I am enjoying it so far, but those two are frustrating me. I just wish they weren't so far apart! HAHA! I also don't see how it's going to work. I see her parents moving yet again because of work and it somehow leading her to where Owen is. And then it will inevitably all work out. Or at least I hope so.

      I LOVED THESE BROKEN STARS! It was such a great read for me, it had it's moments but overall I LOVED IT! LOVED IT! LOVED IT!

  7. I can't wait to read Fifth Wave. I've been wanting to read it for awhile. Great haul!

  8. I love the His Dark Materials covers. Need to buy them :)
    I've been meaning to read The 5th Wave for ages and haven't gotten around to it. Hope you enjoy it.

    1. I know. I already own the series but I couldn't resist them.

  9. I so need to read the Fifth Wave. Looking forward to this Shattered World big time.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  10. Great books here! I don't think I ever finished The Northern Lights series, and I own all of them too, somewhere, so I should get to them. I have The Girl With All The Gifts eBook and I'm really looking forward to reading it, I've a feeling I'll want a physical copy. I haven't read The 5th Wave yet either, might borrow that one at some point. And I spy a cover change for The Geography of You and Me, it was a good, light, fluffy read! :)

    1. I can't wait for Girl with all the Gifts! Have been seeing so many amazing reviews!!!! :) I think it's the new UK paperback edition for Headline. I think I prefer the other covers I have seen, but it isn't terrible.

  11. Ohhh, I'm just drooling over the Pullman collection. THOSE COVERS THOUGH. They're just gorgeous. I nearly bought a 2nd hand Amber Spyglass, but it wouldn't match my first one I was a snob and skipped. One day, I swear, I'm going to have ALL my series match.
    The Girl With All the Gifts is INCREDIBLE. I don't even read Adult, usually, but ohhhh my freaking gosh, I couldn't put it down. o.O

    1. I already own the whole series... but I could not say no to those. They're just too gorgeous. Now my old covers can be the ones I read, seeing as I have read them so much they are falling apart anyway. And these can just stay on my shelf looking beautiful.


  12. I haven't read The Infinite Sea yet, I really need to get on that. And The Girl With All the Gifts has been on my tbr for a while!

    1. I hope I enjoy The 5th Wave, I have seen a lot of mixed reviews.

  13. The 5th Wave…loved that book and hope you do too! I've had The Girl With all the Gifts for awhile on my Kindle but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I've heard great things, though, so I don't know what I'm waiting for. I really enjoyed The Geography of You and Me, it's my favorite of Jennifer E. Smith's books, but it is a quieter book, if that makes sense. Hope you enjoy it. And This Shattered World!!! Ok, yes, I'm jealous. :) ~Pam

    1. I hear amazing things about The Girl with all the Gifts, so I am definitely excited for this one. I am enjoying The Geography of You and Me so far, it's a cute read.

  14. I would like the Girl Who Has All the Gifts. Sounds very interesting. Maxie Anderson
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  15. Great haul! I really want to read The Infinite Sea! The first book was really... interesting. I did like it, though. I hope you enjoy your book and have more of a chance to read.

    1. I am excited for The 5th Wave, although I have seen mixed reviews.

  16. Great haul! Enjoy all of your new books! :)

  17. Good luck with The 5th Wave. I'm the 1% that hated it. I just don't get what's to like about it. But hopefully you love it like the rest of the population.
    The Kingdom of Little Wounds apparently has some very very disturbing material. A friend tried to read it and just couldn't do it. So I think it's probably a good idea to skip it.
    I'm still jealous of you getting This Shattered World. Like I said, I will vicariously through you until December. :)
    That's really sad about Grave Mercy. I love that book. But I agree, it is a bit slow. Hopefully you can push through it.
    Happy reading!
    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

    1. Haha, oh dear! That makes me nervous because I am often the 1% when it comes to beloved books. Like Fangirl. Do not see the appeal at all, that book was awful.

      I saw, someone mentioned it in the review and told the page number so you could see it for yourself. It was just disgusting and disturbing and I didn't want to read that kind of book.

      I pushed through Grave Mercy but I wasn't happy about it.

  18. Those editions from Philip Pullman look great. I still haven't read the books.. I've seen the movie from the first book though and I liked the concept. Mortal heart was so good <3 Happy reading!

    1. The book is so much better than the movie!!!!!! That movie made me so sad with how bad it was.


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