My Weekly Book Haul: 01/11/2014


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 up and down. I started off my week ill, which meant lots of lazing around the house, reading books and not getting anything done. It was bad for the blog and everything else, but at least I managed to complete my Goodreads goal. The rest of the week has been spent working and trying to catch up on the blog, which I am really behind on. I have 12 reviews to write, so I really hope I can find some motivation and get to that as soon as I can. 

DaughterDaughter by Jane Shemlit

When a teenage girl goes missing her mother discovers she doesn't know her daughter as well as she thought in Jane Shemilt's haunting debut novel, Daughter.
She used to tell me everything.
They have a picture. It'll help.
But it doesn't show the way her hair shines so brightly it looks like sheets of gold.
She has a tiny mole, just beneath her left eyebrow.
She smells very faintly of lemons.
She bites her nails.
She never cries.
She loves autumn, I wanted to tell them. She collects leaves, like a child does. She is just a child.
Naomi is still missing. Jenny is a mother on the brink of obsession. The Malcolm family is in pieces.
Is finding the truth about Naomi the only way to put them back together?
Or is the truth the thing that will finally tear them apart?
Daughter by Jane Shemilt is an emotional and compelling story about how well you really know those you love most.

The Bone DragonThe Bone Dragon by Alexia Casale

Evie's shattered ribs have been a secret for the last four years. Now she has found the strength to tell her adoptive parents, and the physical traces of her past are fixed - the only remaining signs a scar on her side and a fragment of bone taken home from the hospital, which her uncle Ben helps her to carve into a dragon as a sign of her strength.
Soon this ivory talisman begins to come to life at night, offering wisdom and encouragement in roaming dreams of smoke and moonlight that come to feel ever more real.
As Evie grows stronger there remains one problem her new parents can't fix for her: a revenge that must be taken. And it seems that the Dragon is the one to take it.
This subtly unsettling novel is told from the viewpoint of a fourteen-year-old girl damaged by a past she can't talk about, in a hypnotic narrative that, while giving increasing insight, also becomes increasingly unreliable.
A blend of psychological thriller and fairytale, The Bone Dragon explores the fragile boundaries between real life and fantasy, and the darkest corners of the human mind.

Dead EndsDead Ends by Eric Lange

Dane Washington and Billy D couldn't be more different. Dane is clever and popular, but he's also a violent rebel. Billy D has Down's Syndrome, plays by the rules and hangs out with teachers in his lunch break.
But Dane and Billy have more in common than they think - both their fathers are missing. Maybe they'll just have to suck up their differences and get on with helping each other find some answers.

I love how James moans about my books being everywhere, and then proceeds to buy me more books. He's such an enabler.

Eversea (Eversea, #1) Forever, Jack (Eversea, #2)
Eversea and Forever Jack by Natasha Boyd

An orphaned, small-town, southern girl, held hostage by responsibility and self-doubt.
A Hollywood A-list mega-star, on the run from his latest scandal and with everything to lose. 
A chance encounter that leads to an unlikely arrangement and epic love affair that will change them both for ever.
As powerful as the pounding surf, as intoxicating as the sea breeze, this is one love affair you won't be able to forget about...

Apparently I'm boring. A nobody. But that's all about to change. Because I am starting a project. Here. Now. For myself. And if you want to come along for the ride then you're very welcome.
Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind words. Most of the time she hates her life, her school, her never-there parents. So she writes.
But when she’s told she needs to start living a life worth writing about, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is born. Six steps on how to be interesting. Six steps that will see her infiltrate the popular set, fall in love with someone forbidden and make the biggest mistake of her life.
From the bestselling author of Soulmates comes a fearlessly frank take on school, cliques and crushes.

Now You See MeNow You See Me by Emma Haughton

Three years ago, thirteen-year-old Danny Geller vanished without trace.
His family and friends are still hanging on to every last shred of hope. Not knowing if he's alive or dead, their world is shrouded in shadows, secrets and suspicions.
This is the story of what happens when hope comes back to haunt you. When your desperation is used against you. When you search for the truth – but are too scared to accept the reality staring you in the face...
A mesmerizing psychological thriller with the most incredible twist you'll read all year.

Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy, #1)Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.
To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.
From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

The Last Time We Say GoodbyeLast Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

There's death all around us.
We just don't pay attention.
Until we do.

The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn't look at her like she might break down at any moment.
Now she's just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that's all she'll ever be.
As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there's a secret she hasn't told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.
Lex's brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn't have to be real to keep you from moving on.

Everything That Makes YouEverything That Makes You by Moriah McStay

One girl. Two stories. Meet Fiona Doyle. The thick ridges of scar tissue on her face are from an accident twelve years ago. Fiona has notebooks full of songs she’s written about her frustrations, her dreams, and about her massive crush on beautiful uber-jock Trent McKinnon. If she can’t even find the courage to look Trent straight in his beautiful blue eyes, she sure isn’t brave enough to play or sing any of her songs in public. But something’s changing in Fiona. She can’t be defined by her scars anymore. 
And what if there hadn’t been an accident? Meet Fi Doyle. Fi is the top-rated female high school lacrosse player in the state, heading straight to Northwestern on a full ride. She’s got more important things to deal with than her best friend Trent McKinnon, who’s been different ever since the kiss. When her luck goes south, even lacrosse can’t define her anymore. When you’ve always been the best at something, one dumb move can screw everything up. Can Fi fight back?
Hasn’t everyone wondered what if? In this daring debut novel, Moriah McStay gives us the rare opportunity to see what might have happened if things were different. Maybe luck determines our paths. But maybe it’s who we are that determines our luck.

Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle, #2)
Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins

Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and best friend Bee has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can return her focus to the important things in life: school, canoodling with David, her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie, and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant.
Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him. The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an ancient trial that will either kill her . . . or connect her to David for life.

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  1. OOOh nice! Envious of Red Queen and Miss Mayhem. I've already been rejected for those. Sigh...

    Looks like you have some marvelous reads! Happy Reading!

    My STS will be up on Sunday, stop by then if you can!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

    1. Oh no, sorry to hear that. Hope you get to read them soon :)

  2. WOW - I was just browsing through & stumbled upon your lovely blog - It looks gorgeous and it has interesting posts that I can relate to! - Def. checking out these new reads! I'm now following you via gfc, Hope you check out my blog? keep in touch love x

    Benish | Feminist Reflections
    A Thousand Pieces of You Hardcover Giveaway

    1. I'll definitely check out your blog! Thanks for checking mine out and following :)

  3. Awesome stack of books. Red Queen sounds like it's going to be an amazing read.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  4. lol Miss Mayhem looks interesting. Hope your motivation hits ya this week!

  5. Ohhh, THESE ARE SO AWESOME. I don't even now what to flail over...I so want to read The Bone Dragon and The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting aaaand Last Time We Say Goodbye (although, after All The Bright Places, I'm wary of cover with stick-notes on them. Is it code for "I will break your soul"? I'm suspicious.) I love Dead Ends!! It has an amazing friendship in it. ^-^ And Red Queen? I'm going to read that someday too. xD

    1. I know... I've even become suspicious of the post-its at work. I don't trust them!!!!

  6. 12 reviews? Good luck! I'm up to my eyes when I have 2 xD I'm SO excited for Red Queen! Hopefully that's a good one! And while I wasn't too crazy about Rebel Belle, I'm still a tad curious about Miss Mayhem. It was compelling but it didn't really suck me in. Hopefully the sequel will turn that around.

    I HOPE THAT SICKNESS HAS GONE AWAY! Have a good November, Charnell! x

    1. I know.... I managed to get some done but then just read more and added to the list! NOT FUN!

  7. Miss Mayhem's cover might just peek my interest enough to perhaps read it one day. Enjoy your lovely new books!

  8. Busy haul this week! Hope you enjoy your books!

  9. I desperately wanted to read and review Red Queen but was it was a Netgalley rejection for me which I'm absolutely gutted about so I'm really jealous of you right at this moment as I have to wait until next year before I get to read it. Can't wait to hear what you think of it!

    1. I hate when that happens, it always seems to happen when it's a book you are desperate to read.

  10. Brilliant haul as usual! :-) I really want to read Red Queen. I really liked The Bone Dragon, I hope you do too!

  11. I still haven't read Rebel Belle, but I want to! Cynthia Hand's newest looks SO good! I hope you enjoy all your books!

  12. I'm so excited for both Red Queen and Miss Mayhem! Hope you enjoy all of your books!
    -Jon from Bookish Antics!

  13. I am behind on my reviews as well and I have no excuse except being super busy. Glad you are feelings better and congrats on all the new books.

  14. Great haul! I'm soooo excited for the RED QUEEN!! I have an ARC and I hope to read it soon!! And The Bone Dragon sounds really good! I hope you enjoy all your new goodies!

  15. The blurb for Daughter: =O
    The cover for Miss Mayhem: =D
    Epic epicness. Those two are great. Hopefully you'll have some great reads this month!

  16. Everything that makes you sounds like an emotional book. I'm also curious about The last time we say goodbye and Red Queen sounds SO good. Happy reading!

  17. AHHH! SO MANY FABULOUS BOOKS! I am so excited to see what you think of all these - especially The Last Time We Said Goodbye as that's one of my most anticipated titles for 2015. Thanks for sharing!

  18. It sounds like you're feeling better, but I hope you're all better! I completely feel your pain though, I also wasn't feeling well this week and therefore read a bunch, but now have so many reviews to write and not sure when I'll get them written D:

    1. I know... I really tried to catch up but it was hard. I'd get stressed and then read instead. That just added to my problem, haha.

  19. I enjoyed Rachel Hawkins's Hex Hall books so I think I need to check out Rebel Belle and then Miss Mayhem when it is released. Happy reading!

  20. Oh, Red Queen!!! Need! Enjoy your books!

  21. You have very interesting books! I hope you enjoy them!

    Come and check out OUaT's STS !

  22. It looks like you've got some great new reads to enjoy :) The Bone Dragon and The Manifesto on How to be Interesting have both piqued my interest, for sure.

    Happy reading!

    - Wattle @ Whimsical Nature

  23. I've been meaning to read The Bone Dragon for ages! It sounds so intriguing. I didn't get approved for Red Queen, but that looks really interesting, too. Hope you enjoy them!

    My StS.

  24. I have had my eyes on Red Queen for quite some time now. I think that the cover is completely gorgeous, and I cannot wait for it to release so that I can get my hands on it. It looks like you picked up a lot of great books this week! :] Happy reading!

    You can check out my STS HERE

    Beneath the Jacket Reviews

    1. I adore the cover for Red Queen! I'd read it based on the cover alone, haha.

  25. Hope you're feeling better! I'm at the end of a cold also. Not fun...
    Super jealous with your review books. Well especially Red Queen. It sounds sooo epic. I'm definitely excited for your review.
    Although I can't wait to get my hands on Last Time We Say Goodbye. I love Hand's Unearthly trilogy. It's pure awesome!
    As for you other books, I've actually only heard of Eversea, which is on my TBR.
    Happy reading!
    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

  26. Looks like you have a lot of cool books to read ahead of you! Have fun! I hope to be able to read the reviews. I've been pretty busy lately. I hope you feel better!

  27. I'm loving the cover art of The Bone Dragon.

  28. Sorry to hear you were sick, but at least you got some reading done! :)

    Can't wait to read The Red Queen and Miss Mayhem…I'm so jealous!! ~Pam

    1. I am so excited for The Red Queen, I really hope I love it!!! =D


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