My Weekly Book Haul: 30/08/2014


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 pretty good, considering the bad news about work last week. I won a few giveaways, which has amazed me because I have gone from never winning even one to winning 6 in one month. Excited for the prizes to arrive, and the two books the boyfriend has gifted me with. Come on postman, hurry up! I have had adorable times with my cute kitten. I have done a ton of extra time and gotten excited for when I get paid for it all. I have read very little, but feel like I have read a ton. I feel relaxed all of a sudden, in a time when I should feel panicked, stressed and about to have a nervous breakdown. Maybe this is my nervous breakdown, who knows? I am enjoying!

The Book Thief DVD

Not a book, but it's an adaptation of a book. It's amazing! You should all watch it. I reviewed it yesterday and couldn't even handle my feels enough to make my review coherent. Sorry, not sorry. 

Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman's Daughter, #2)
Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

The second volume in THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER trilogy, continuing the story in London with inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson's THE STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE.

I own The Madman's Daughter, but haven't read it yet. Saw the sequel for a ridiculously cheap amount and decided to buy it, don't ask me why. I will get to them... eventually.

This is the year Hattie wants to find real FULL ON love. No more McFitties, but real, long-term love. And she thinks she knows who with. His mum may still call him Goosey Woosey and he might have an unnatural interest in doing well in his GCSEs, but Goose could actually be THE ONE! But how can Hattie make him realize this, when he seems more interested in his gecko? And there's the other matter of her dad, who seems to be more interested in saving the planet than in his new-found daughter. And there's also Gran, who has a new iPad and a dangerous obsession with Twitter. What's a girl to do? Write it all down in a hilarious diary about the ups, downs and total dramas of being Hattie Moore.

I loved My Mad Fat Diary, the TV show based off of Rae Earl's memoir. Thought I'd give her books a try, didn't realise this is a sequel though! Ooops. 

Find MeFind Me by Romily Bernard

A girl is dead…
A killer’s closing in…
And two little words are the only clue…
“Find Me”.
These are the words that Wick Tate finds in Tessa Wayne’s diary. And now Tessa has been found … dead. Does someone out there really expect Wick to uncover the truth about her death?
An expert computer hacker, Wick has the skills for the job, but with the threat of her ex-con dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around and new foster parents to keep happy, getting involved with a murder case is the last thing she wants to do. Until her little sister, Lily, is the next target. 
Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker-girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare. And now she’s going to find this killer, no matter what it takes. Because it just got personal.

Cuckoo SongCuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

The first things to shift were the doll's eyes, the beautiful grey-green glass eyes. Slowly they swivelled, until their gaze was resting on Triss's face. Then the tiny mouth moved, opened to speak.
'What are you doing here?' It was uttered in tones of outrage and surprise, and in a voice as cold and musical as the clinking of cups. 'Who do you think you are? This is my family.'

When Triss wakes up after an accident, she knows that something is very wrong. She is insatiably hungry; her sister seems scared of her and her parents whisper behind closed doors. She looks through her diary to try to remember, but the pages have been ripped out. 
Soon Triss discovers that what happened to her is more strange and terrible than she could ever have imagined, and that she is quite literally not herself. In a quest find the truth she must travel into the terrifying Underbelly of the city to meet a twisted architect who has dark designs on her family - before it's too late...

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

Ten-year-old Jamie Matthews has just moved to the Lake District with his Dad and his teenage sister, Jasmine for a 'Fresh New Start'. Five years ago his sister's twin, Rose, was blown up by a terrorist bomb. His parents are wrecked by their grief, Jasmine turns to piercing, pink hair and stops eating. The family falls apart. But Jamie hasn't cried in all that time. 
To him Rose is just a distant memory. Jamie is far more interested in his cat, Roger, his birthday Spiderman T-shirt, and in keeping his new friend Sunya a secret from his dad. And in his deep longing and unshakeable belief that his Mum will come back to the family she walked out on months ago. 
When he sees a TV advert for a talent show, he feels certain that this will change everything and bring them all back together once and for all.

You Don't Know MeYou Don't Know Me by Sophia Bennett

Sasha, Jodie, Nell and Rose never expected to be famous. They didn’t want to be. In fact, they wanted to keep their band a secret because it’s what they do when they’re being stupid together – dressing up and singing cheesy songs.
But someone has stolen a video they made. It’s online, and it’s been entered into a talent competition. And what’s more … it’s got 24 votes. In only a few hours it’s got 24 votes.
The girls are about to be faced with a big decision that could make them seriously famous.
Just not necessarily the way they hoped …

Breaking ButterfliesBreaking Butterflies by M. Anjelais

The closest he will ever come to happiness is when he's hurting her. Will she let him? A beautiful and twisted story of first love and innocence lost--written when the author was just eighteen. 
Sphinxie and Cadence. Promised to each other in childhood. Drawn together again as teens. Sphinxie is sweet, compassionate, and plain. Cadence is brilliant, charismatic. Damaged. And diseased. When they were kids, he scarred her with a knife. Now, as his illness progresses, he becomes increasingly demanding. She wants to be loyal--but fears for her life. Only the ultimate sacrifice will give this love an ending.

The Chaos of Stars
The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

Isadora's family is seriously screwed up.
Of course, when you're the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that comes with the territory.
When she's offered the chance to move to California - thousands of miles away from her immortal relatives - she jumps on it. But as much as Isadora tries to close off her heart and leave her old world behind, she quickly realizes that there's no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family.

The Rain
Thank you Macmillan! I already featured this once as I got an eARC via Netgalley.

Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)
Red Rising by Pierce Brown

The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity's last hope.
Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it's all a lie. That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.
Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda.

Thank you Hodder & Stoughton
Currently reading. It's an odd one because it has an amazing start, then a part two that makes you want to DNF, then suddenly picks back up again and has you hooked!

Magnolia by Kristi Cook: 3.5/5 Review
Mid-Year Book Freak Out
Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want To Read But Don't Own
The Jewel by Amy Ewing: 2.5/5 Review
Films for Thoughts on Thursday: The Book Thief Movie Review
Five Friday Favourites: Favourite Book To Movie Adaptations


  1. Your kitten is so cute! I never have luck winning giveaways. That's amazing that you've won SIX! I really liked Find Me. There were some iffy moments but overall I thought it was a pretty thrilling book. I also really liked The Chaos of Stars, I hope you like it too! I was wondering how Red Rising was. This was a book my mom heard about before I even did, which is saying something since I'm the one telling her about all the hit new books months before they actually become a hit with the rest of the world. Looking forward to your review on it, that'll probably determine whether I give it a shot.

    1. I never have any luck either, not quite sure what happened last month! I just seemed to win a ton of them all of a sudden, which was amaing.

  2. Oh the herd babe is so darling! Congrats on winning some giveaways! That's awesome :)

  3. You have an awesome haul!!! :D

    I have Red Rising too I'm excited to read it here's my haul :D

    Home of a Book Lover

  4. I'm hoping to pick up Red Rising sometime towards the end of the year. It's been sitting on my TBR for a while, but up until recently I paid it no care. That all changed when I saw a Buzzfeed article (let me tell you, the keywords were Hottest Author in the YA world).

    1. I ended up loving Red Rising. And, yes, Pierce Brown is really good looking!

  5. Oh my, your kitten is so cute. Congrats on all the Giveaway wins. That's awesome.
    Nice haul too although most of these books are new to me.

    My StS Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  6. I need your kitten, simple as that! I'm glad you're okay right now, it could be a subtle breakdown, but I trust you'd talk about it if it was, so don't worry about it right now. Your books are on the way and I'm glad you liked Red Rising. Breaking Butterflies has been hit and miss and so I'm intrigued on your thoughts! :D

    1. I know, she's just the cutest little thing! And so much energy, she never stops! Except for our afternoon nap.

  7. I loved The Book Thief when I read it a few years back and I sobbed at the end! I'm looking forward to seeing what they have done with it in film form. Enjoy your books!

  8. Kitten cuteness!!! Sorry got distracted there for a moment... I keep looking at The Rain. I hope it's good.

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  10. Congrats on your giveaway wins. Great Haul. I've been wanting to read The Chaos of Stars. Have a great weekend.
    Diane @ Diane's Book Blog

  11. Cuckoo Song! I love Frances Hardinge's work and I had that one as an ARC. It's great. I hope you enjoy it!

    My StS.

  12. OOh nice! Haven't read any of these myself! Always debated over White's book! Hope you enjoy them all!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  13. Oh, I see a bunch of good finds here! I hope you enjoy them!

    Erin @ The Book Nut

  14. So many good books on your haul. I'm excited about Cuckoo Song. I need to get my hands on a copy. I have a copy of Find Me, but I'm yet to get to it!

    1. I buy so many books and then never get to them. I should probably stop doing that.

  15. Ohhh The Book Thief movie is incredible. SO good.

  16. A lot of these books are on my TBR. Great haul. I can't wait to see your reviews!

    1. Thanks, it's going to take a long time to get through them all.

  17. I really liked Red Rising, can't wait to read your review! ~Pam

  18. Wow, beautiful book haul this week! I loved Red Rising heaps, it's still memorable even though read it at the start of the year. Glad to hear The Book Thief is out on DVD, I might search it out in stores! It's my favourite book. Hope you enjoy all of your reads!

    1. I really ended up loving Red Rising too, it was so good and definitely surprised me.

  19. Cuckoo Song is really good, it was my first Frances Hardinge read and I loved how wonderfully weird it is! I need to read The Rain and You Don't Know me too.

    Under The Mountain

  20. I need to pick up Her Dark Curiosity ASAP. After just reading The Madman's Daughter I need to continue on with the series. I also requested the 3rd book from Harper Collin's. Fingers crossed they approve me. :)
    I recently got Red Rising for review. So that's great to know that I should just push through it and I won't be disappointed. Although pushing through is always the hard part for me. I do DNF quite easily.
    I've owned The Chaos of Stars for forever now. I don't know why I haven't picked it up. Easily since it's so short. Story of my life...
    Kitty is still adorable!
    Happy reading!
    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

    1. Oooh, fingers crossed for you! :) I am hoping to love this series.

      I absolutely loved Red Rising, but it had a moment where I totally wanted to just DNF it.

      Haha, I always do that. I own far too many books that I don't own yet.

  21. AW Lola is absolutely adorable. I just want to give her a big fat hug.
    The Chaos of Stars was the one that really caught my attention. Adding to TBR....

    Thanks for sharing!


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