My Weekly Book Haul: 13/09/2014


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.

After last weeks, which was atrocious, I was hoping this week would be a bit easier. It really wasn't. They weren't lying when they said that when it rains it pours. Although, I must admit, it's been a brilliant week books wise. I got a physical ARC of one of my most anticipated reads of 2015, and opened it to see that it was signed by the author! Wish the personal side had been better but, with a funeral to go to, I knew it wasn't going to be any easy one. Fingers crossed for an easier week next week. I've finally stuck to my guns, refused extra time and will get at least four days off! CAN'T WAIT!

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1) Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna has everything figured out - she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere... Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.
But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2)
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn't believe in fashion... she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect for Lola, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend.
That is, until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt that Lola thought was long buried. So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. Could the boy from Lola's past be the love of her future?

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

The café is boiling. The atmosphere is clouded with bittersweet coffee. 
Three years of desire rip through my body and burst from my lips: “Josh!”
His head jolts up. For a long time, a very long time, he just stares at me. 
And then…he blinks. “Isla?”
Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

I have only read Anna and the French Kiss, but I remember really loving it. James bought these for me as a gift, and I am very excited to binge read them. Although, when reorganising my shelves, I realise I already have a copy of Anna and the French Kiss. Oh well, the spare shall be gifted to somebody. 

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi - pure-bloods - have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals - well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.
Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:
Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.
Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem - staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

The CastleThe Castle by Sophia Bennett

A search for the truth about her father’s death takes schoolgirl Peta Jones to a dangerous place ...
It's not just the bridesmaid's dress that Peta has a problem with - it's the whole wedding. How can her mum remarry when her army-hero dad isn't dead? When Peta receives clues that seem to prove he's alive, she sets out on a crazy mission. Somewhere across the sea, her father's being held in a billionaire's castle. Dad would do anything to save her - and now it's her turn to rescue him.

Heap HouseHeap House by Edward Carey

Clod is an Iremonger. He lives in the Heaps, a vast sea of lost and discarded items collected from all over London. At the centre is Heap House, a puzzle of houses, castles, homes and mysteries reclaimed from the city and built into a living maze of staircases and scurrying rats.
The Iremongers are a mean and cruel family, robust and hardworking, but Clod has an illness. He can hear the objects whispering. His birth object, a universal bath plug, says ‘James Henry’, Cousin Tummis’s tap is squeaking ‘Hilary Evelyn Ward-Jackson’ and something in the attic is shouting ‘Robert Burrington‘ and it sounds angry.
A storm is brewing over Heap House. The Iremongers are growing restless and the whispers are getting louder. When Clod meets Lucy Pennant, a girl newly arrived from the city, everything changes. The secrets that bind Heap House together begin to unravel to reveal a dark truth that threatens to destroy Clod’s world.

Reboot (Reboot, #1) Rebel (Reboot, #2)
Reboot and Rebel by Amy Tintera

In this fast-paced dystopian thrill ride, perfect for fans of The Hunger GamesLegend, and Divergent, a seventeen-year-old girl returns from death as a Reboot and is trained as an elite crime-fighting soldier . . . until she is given an order she refuses to obey.
Wren Connolly died five years ago, only to Reboot after 178 minutes. Now she is one of the deadliest Reboots around . . . unlike her newest trainee, Callum 22, who is practically still human. As Wren tries to teach Callum how to be a soldier, his hopeful smile works its way past her defenses. Unfortunately, Callum’s big heart also makes him a liability, and Wren is ordered to eliminate him. To save Callum, Wren will have to risk it all.
Wren’s captivating voice and unlikely romance with Callum will keep readers glued to the page in Amy Tintera’s high-stakes alternate reality.

Day 21 (The Hundred, #2)The 100: Day 21 by Kass Morgan

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.
It's been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They're the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries...or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.
In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan's The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can -- together.

Thanks to the wonderful Hodder & Stoughton!
Just finished the first book when this arrived. I was so happy, that ending had me desperate for the sequel.

All the Bright PlacesAll The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this compelling, exhilarating, and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the "natural wonders" of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It's only with Violet that Finch can be himself-a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who's not such a freak after all. And it's only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink.

THANK YOU PENGUIN! Not only have I got an ARC of all the bright places. I have a signed ARC, numbered at 14. WOW! This was one of my top anticipated reads for next year, especially with the recent movie adaptation news. So excited to start it.

AtlantiaAtlantia by Ally Condie

Can you hear Atlantia breathing?
For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.
Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.
Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

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  1. *hugs* Sorry you had such a rough week again but I am glad you got some amazing books (and that signed ARC *squee*) to make it a little better. I hope you have a nice weekend and enjoy those 4 days off when you get them.

    1. I LOVED MY TIME OFF! Have absolutely no desire to go back to work at all!

  2. I'm sorry to hear your week wasn't the best once again, Charnell! *big hug* At least you had a good week book-wise, and I hope next week is better for you.

    OH MY GOOD LORD THOUGH! A SIGNED ARC of All The Bright Places?!? So lucky! I can't wait to read that one, and now, see what you think of it. Also, Anna, Lola and Isla look so lovely together. I also can't wait to see what you think of Half-Blood, Heap House, Reboot, Atlantia and The Young Elites. :)

    1. I am so excited for All The Bright Places, I am trying to hold off reading it until nearer the time but it's really hard.

  3. WOW! Nice! I looooove Half Blood and the entire series! Really love the UK cover too! So pretty! Envious of Atlantia! Can't wait to read that one myself! Great haul here! Hope you enjoy them all!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

    1. It really is a gorgeous cover, that whole series has beautiful covers. I hope I end up loving the series.

  4. I'm a bit wary of Atlantia since I did not get on well with Matched by Ally Condie. But then, again, I'm still really keen for The Young Elites even though I wasn't thrilled with Legend. SO WE SHALL SEE. I will probably need to read both. ;) Hehe. That's awesome you have the full Stephanie Perkins set though! SO PRETTY. I haven't read Isla yet, but I've actually heard mixed reviews. Noooo, I need it to be awesome like the first two!!

    1. I read both Atlantia and The Young Elites and I wasn't that impressed with either of them. But I actually enjoyed both the Matched and Legend series. So possibly you'll be the other way around.

      They look so pretty together, I couldn't stop myself.

  5. Nice haul. Too bad you had a horrible week though. Hopefully this one will be better.
    Half Blood is one of my favorites. Love this cover.

    My STS @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  6. What a great haul this week. I hope it helps to make your week ahead a lot more brighter. It's rubbish that you're having such a bad time!

  7. WOW! You have a seriously nice looking haul of books this week! But hopefully next week will be better for you. I, too, am really excited for All the Bright Things; the hype for it is making me very intrigued. The Young Elites and Atlantia are also very anticipated reads for me. :)

    1. I can't wait for All The Bright Things, I really hope I end up absolutely love that one.

  8. I thought Reboot sounded interesting but the first review on Goodreads says the first half is more concerned with love than action so it doesn't sound right for me. Hope you enjoy it though.

  9. I'm sorry to hear you had a rough week. I definitely understand. I'm glad you got some lovely new books to help make things better though. I love Stephanie Perkins' series so much!

    Enjoy all your new books – and here's hoping for a better week for both of us!

    My StS!

    1. I love the Perkins books, they just all look so pretty together. Very excited to read them all! :)

  10. I hope that your week gets better! Incredible haul! I'm especially jealous of you for being able to read 'All the Bright Places', I've had my eye on that one for a while and I'll definitely be picking it upon it's release!

    My Stacking the Shelves
    Maddie @ The Girly Geek

    1. I can't wait to read All The Bright Places, I really hope it's as amazing as I am thinking it's going to be.

  11. OMG I'm so jealous right now! I have The Young Elites and All the Bright Places in my wishlist and you get to read it now! *Stares Jealousy daggers* :D I hope next week turns out better for you! :)

    My STS

    1. I was so beyond pleased to receive both of those. I was sadly left disappointed by The Young Elites, but I am holding out hope that All The Bright Places is even better.

  12. Well, at least it was a good book week! Lola and Isla! You'll love it, both books just made me smile. Of the three, Isla was my favorite.

    Half-Blood!!! This is my favorite JLA series (although it's hard to say because I love the Lux series too).

    Reboot and Rebel…such a great duology.

    The Young Elites! I'm jealous. :) H

    Have fun reading! ~Pam

    1. I'm really excited to be able to binge read the Perkins books. I am sure I will enjoy the last two as much as I loved Anna.

  13. You are so lucky to get The Young Elites and Atlantia. I got Isla this week as well. Great stack.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  14. What a Lovely haul!
    I am sorry your week didn't go well, I hope this next
    week will be much better for you!
    I Love Jennifer L Armentrout I hope you enjoy Half blood.
    I'm very nervous about Atlantia but im sure I will still pick it up
    And I am VERY excited for The Young Elites
    Happy Reading :)
    My STS

    1. Thank you! I was excited for Atlantia and The Young Elites but then ended up being disappointed by both. Hopefully they work out better for you.

  15. Sorry to hear about your rough week, hope next week is better! :)

    You got an amazing haul! I really, really NEED Isla and the Happily Ever After in my life, I loved Stephanie's other books. I'm not too sure about Atlantia because I wasn't a fan of Matched or Crossed. The Young Elites sounds amazing! :)

    Enjoy your new books! :)

    Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic
    My STS Post!

    1. I enjoyed the Matched series but wasn't that big a fan of Atlantia, so maybe it will be the opposite for you.

  16. Awww, sorry your weekend wasn't the best hon :( Nice haul, I can't wait to see what you think of Stephanie Perkins' books! They are really pretty :)

    1. They really are so pretty, let's hope the inside of it is just as amazing!

  17. Wow, great haul! I LOVED the Reboot series! And I liked The 100. But I LOVED The Young Elites! It was soooo good!! I hope you enjoy all your goodies!

    Check out my STS:

    1. I really didn't like The Young Elites. I think I'm the only person who didn't. Oooops!

  18. Oh nice, I really want to read the Reboot duology.

    Erin @ The Book Nut

  19. I'm sorry you've been having a rough few weeks. The books you got look amazing, especially Heap House, what an interesting cover. Of course, love the Stephanie Perkins books.

  20. Yay on the ARC but dang on all the rest. I'm so sorry you're having such a rough go of things right now. Lots of good thoughts coming your way.

  21. It seems like you had an awesome week in reading. I've been meaning to read Amy Tinterra and Stephanie Perkins so its pretty cool you've got all those books!

    I watched the 100 but never really did it religiously so I'm missing some episodes. I want to read the book, but the whole books to tv thing don't really agree with me. I hated TVD the book series.

    Please check out my haul (and leave a comment?), here!

    - Nova @ Out of Time

    1. I enjoyed The 100 book and it's made me really want to see the TV show, even though they are different.

  22. Anna and the French Kiss is another of those books everyone talks about that I wonder about getting. Mind you, not sure if it'll be up my street. Hope you enjoy all of those, though! Sorry you had a hard week personally, though. May next week be better!

  23. That's quite a haul! Lots of great stuff there. I loved Reboot, I have to read Rebel. I'm such a slackers when it comes to reading sequels. I need to devote a whole month to just that. I hope next week is better for you.

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

    My StS

    1. I've been hearing great things about Reboot, it's really making me excited to start that series.

  24. I am jealous of your stacks! I hope you enjoy you new books!

    Come and check out OUaT's STS and don't forget to ENTER our BOXES OF BOOKS giveaway!

  25. I'm sorry about your week and I hope that things lighten up for you! You do have a great book haul and I hope that these books cheer you up :)

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  27. Sorry about your weeks! Hope they get better:) for me at least, books definitely can!

    Looking forward to more of your blog! Just followed you:)


  28. Wowizers! You did amazing! Congrats on that signed ARC. I love those Perkins covers so much, I almost need to buy them just to put them out on display!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  29. Aww I hope you have a better week :(

    I think the new covers for Stephanie Perkins books are growing on me :P LUCKY you got YOUNG ELITES!

    1. I know. Then I ended up not enjoying it and didn't feel so lucky.

  30. You have here so many books that I want to read too, like 'Half Blood', 'Rebel', The Young Elites' and so on. Happy reading and hope you enjoy them all : )


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