Saturday, 31 January 2015

My Weekly Book Haul: 31/01/2015

I have been a terrible blogger and reader this week. I have done absolutely no blogging and absolutely no reading. I've written zero blog posts, replied to zero comments and visited zero other blogggers. I've not got through one book, not even a quarter of a book. Nothing!

As I explained in a post last week, I've been very distracted. I found out that I had gotten an interview for a job at a college as a library supervisor. I absolutely love my job at the public library, but budget cuts mean that most of us will lose or jobs or be left working in a horrible place. So I knew I needed to leave, and this job was perfect. It was full time, decent hours and decent money and I'd also be in a managerial role. So instead of reading and blogging, I spent my week prepping for the interview and feeling sick to my stomach with nerves.

I went to the interview and was so nervous that I felt sure I'd done terribly. I phoned my mum and boyfriend straight after and said I didn't think I did very well and couldn't tell if they liked me. I got a phone call three hours later from the college, saying they were offering me the job. I was so happy that I was jumping up and down, screaming down the phone to my mum "I got the job! I got the job! I GOT THE JOB!". It felt fantastic. I'm excited, nervous and scared about changing jobs but I hope it all works out for me in the end.

I got to have a bit of a break from it all when I went to the Scholastic Blogger Brunch last Saturday. It was so much fun to meet the Scholastic team, meet two awesome debut authors and a ton of wonderful bloggers. I got some great books, had some lovely food and had a brilliant day. I'll be doing a post about it very soon.

I'm linking up with Tynga's Stacking the Shelves.

Hemlock GroveThe body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues—though the authorities aren’t sure if it’s a man they should be looking for.Some suspect an escapee from the White Tower, a foreboding biotech facility owned by the Godfrey family—their personal fortune and the local economy having moved on from Pittsburgh steel—where, if rumors are true, biological experiments of the most unethical kind take place. Others turn to Peter Rumancek, a Gypsy trailer-trash kid who has told impressionable high school classmates that he’s a werewolf. Or perhaps it’s Roman, the son of the late JR Godfrey, who rules the adolescent social scene with the casual arrogance of a cold-blooded aristocrat, his superior status unquestioned despite his decidedly freakish sister, Shelley, whose monstrous medical conditions belie a sweet intelligence, and his otherworldly control freak of a mother, Olivia.At once a riveting mystery and a fascinating revelation of the grotesque and the darkness in us all, Hemlock Grove has the architecture and energy to become a classic in its own right—and Brian McGreevy the talent and ambition to enthrall us for years to come.
I have watched the Netflix TV show and I absolutely loved it, so when I saw the book for £1 I had to pick it up. I really hope I end up loving it!

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them.... 
I saw the hardback for this for £0.59 at The Works and had to grab it. Who can say no to a bargain that good?

Fire in the WoodsWhen a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally. 

But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel. But her father runs their house like an army barracks. and with an alien on the loose, Major Dad isn’t too keen on the idea of Jess going anywhere. 
So how the heck is she supposed to help the sweetest, strangest, and cutest guy she’s ever met? Hiding him in her room probably isn’t the best idea. Especially since her Dad is in charge of the squadron searching for David. 
That doesn’t mean she won’t do it. 
It just means she can't get caught. Helping David get home while protecting her heart—that’s gonna be the hard part. 
After all, she can't really fall for a guy whose not exactly from here. As they race through the woods with Major Dad and most of the U.S. military one breath behind them, Jess and David grow closer than either of them anticipated. But all is not what it seems. David has a genocide-sized secret, and one betrayal later, they are both in handcuffs as alien warships are positioning themselves around the globe. Time is ticking down to Armageddon, and Jess must think fast if she's to save the boy she cares about without sacrificing Earth—and everyone on it. 
I've been seeing this book on Instragram so much and wanted to give it a chance. It took forever for Book Depository to get any in stock, but when they did I bought one straight away. 

The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #1)Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.

She’s the executioner.
As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.
But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.
However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?
I've already got a review copy of this one so I'll probably do a giveaway for the spare. If I'd been smart I would have gotten the spare signed by Melinda when I met her at the blogger brunch.

Seven DaysThis bold, compelling and topical story about bullying is told from the perspective of the bully and the bullied. You won't be able put it down until you've reached the conclusion. Jess's life is difficult enough without Kez picking on her – it’s turning school from a safe place into a nightmare. Kez has plenty of problems too but she finds comfort in knowing she is better off than Jess - or so she thinks. A hard-hitting and even-handed look at bullying and the issues facing teenagers today.
An Island of Our OwnFrom one of the brightest talents in children's fiction and the winner of the Waterstones Children's Book prize comes a new novel about family and friendship. Siblings Jonathan, Holly and Davy have been struggling to survive since the death of their mother, and are determined to avoid being taken into care. When the family's wealthy but eccentric Great-Aunt Irene has a stroke, they go to visit her. Unable to speak or write, she gives Holly some photographs that might lead them to an inheritance that could solve all their problems. But they're not the only ones after the treasure...

The Whites: A NovelBack in the 1990s, Billy Graves was one of the Wild Geese: a tight-knit crew of young mavericks, fresh to police work and hungry for justice, looking out for each other and their ‘family’ of neighbourhood locals. But then Billy made some bad headlines by accidentally shooting a ten-year-old boy while bringing down an angel-dusted berserker in the street. Branded a loose cannon, he spent years in one dead-end posting after another. Now he has settled into his role as sergeant in the Night Watch, content simply to do his job and go home to his family. But when he is called to the 4 a.m. stabbing of a man in Penn Station, Billy discovers the victim is the ‘White’ of one of his his oldest friends, a former member of the Wild Geese, who is now retired. As the past comes crashing into the present, the Wild Geese seemingly rise from the dead, and the bad old run-and-gun days of the 90s are back with a vengeance. 

Apparently I won this in a Goodreads giveaway, one that I have no recollection of entering.

Unleashed (Uninvited, #2)Unleashed, the romantic, high-stakes sequel to New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's Uninvited, is perfect for fans of James Patterson's Confessions of a Murder Suspect.Davy has spent the last few months trying to come to terms with the fact that she tested positive for the kill gene HTS (also known as Homicidal Tendency Syndrome). She swore she would not let it change her, and that her DNA did not define her . . . but then she killed a man.Now on the run, Davy must decide whether she'll be ruled by the kill gene or if she'll follow her heart and fight for her right to live free. But with her own potential for violence lying right beneath the surface, Davy doesn't even know if she can trust herself. 

I absolutely loved Uninvited, so I was so happy when Harper accepted my review request and sent me this.

The Night We Said YesBefore Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life. 

But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan.
And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.
Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future. 
In alternating then and now chapters, debut author Lauren Gibaldi crafts a charming, romantic story of first loves, lifelong friendships, uncovered secrets, and, ultimately, finding out how to be brave.
I thought I had zero chance of getting a physical copy of this one, considering the UK don't have rights yet. But HarperTeen were lovely enough to send me a copy all the way from New York. I can't wait to read this one. 

Now I am going to try my hardest to get back on top of blogging before I start my new, full time job. If don't do it before I start the new job then I know it will never happen. 


  1. CONGRATULATIONS ON THE JOB!!!!!!! Great haul, too! You're totally winning this week. Go read, you deserve it! Enjoy your new books!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

    My StS

    1. THANK YOU!!! It's been weird changing jobs but I am enjoying the challenge! :)

  2. Congratulations on getting that job! Interviews are the worst but I'm glad it paid off. :) And you got so many cool books! Great post and have a good next week. :)

  3. Congratulations! That is so amazing, I hope you love this new job. I also hope you get to do some reading this week and enjoy your new books :)

  4. Congratulations! I'm so happy that you managed to get a good new job before the cuts come in. Now hopefully you can relax a bit and enjoy some reading now that you are less stressed! Have a good weekend!

  5. That's amazing!! Congrats!

    Oooh nice reads too! Most envious of Unleashed! Dying to see how that one ends!! Great haul and happy reading!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  6. The Night We Said Yes was AMAZING (I gave it 4 stars) I also posted my review for the Sin Eater's Daughter yesterday, I thought it was really interesting. Enjoy all of your new books!

    Amber @ The Book Bratz
    My Stacking the Shelves

  7. Congratulations on getting the job!
    I'm so happy for you :)

  8. the sin eater's daughter!! I cannot wait to read that book!! *-*

  9. I've already said it before, but congratulations on the new job hunny! I'm sure it'll work out, and you'll be more than fine, I just know it :)

  10. Congrats on getting a new job. You deserve it. The Blogger Brunch sounds so very nice. You made out like a bandit.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  11. Great haul! The Night We Said Yes is one that I'm pretty excited for. I've heard great things about the Infernal Devices series but I have yet to read it. I hope you enjoy your books! :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  12. So much congratulations on getting that job! I hope you enjoy doing it and remember how hard you worked to get it. I knew you could do it ^.^ As well as that, Clockwork Angel is a book I have had for a while and not read... I should really get to it. Fire in the Woods looks good, and I have seen some good things about The Sin Eater's Daughter as well.

    1. Thank you so much! I am enjoying it and liking the challenge of learning everything!

  13. AAAHHHHH!! Ooh my gosh, YAY, I’m so happy for you Charnell!! HUGE congrats! Best of luck with everything, and I really hope you love your new job! And I hope you love all your new books :) I can’t wait to read The Sin Eaters Daughter!

  14. ooh you have Lauren's book!! I've heard nothing but great things about TNWSY and Lauren is AMAZING <33 Sin Eater sounds so good :) Eeeek, Clockwork Angel is spectacular. Enjoy the books, Charnell <33

    1. I really need to hurry up and get to that!!!! I've had it for so long now so I really have no excuse.

  15. AW, If you don't feel the motivation to write, it's actually fine. Maybe take an official hiatus? Some people need time off just to relax and re find the motivation for blogging. That's definitely what I did. I'm here if you need me <333

    I really want to read Seven Days. It was actually my WOW this week. Unfortunately, I couldn't get a copy :P

    My Stacking the Shelves + Montly Recap here!
    - Nova @ Out of Time

    1. The break from the blog really helped and I am trying my hardest to get back into it. That's a little hard when I am still replying to old comments haha!

  16. OMG CONGRATS ON GETTING THE JOB!!! *flails all over the place for you* That is terrific news. XD And the Scholastic brunch sounds like it was fabulous too. I would say a very successful week. ;-)
    Ahhh ! I'm really excited for The Sin Eater's Daughter and I'm already hearing some good reviews from people I really trust so YAY I CANNOT WAIT TO EAT IT.

    1. It was a great day and I really enjoyed it. I am enjoying the job so far, although I miss my old one like crazy.

  17. HOW WONDERFUL, congratulations on getting the job :D The sin eater's daughter looks so good and I'm in love with the sound. Happy reading.

    1. Thank you!!! :) It felt so good to get it, although I do miss my old work place and colleagues.

  18. Congrats on the job, that's so great!!

    Some awesome books you got. I loved loved loved The Infernal Devices series. That's one I want to reread sometime soon. Unleashed!!!! I really enjoyed Uninvited so that's one I'm excited about, hope it's good!

    Have fun reading! ~Pam

  19. Sometimes doing nothing is essential for mental health!. But you did grab some good reads, so I guess you can't really say you did nothing. :-)

  20. Awesome books you have here! :) And some of them I added on my tbr too. Happy reading and hope you'll enjoy them all.

    My STS:

  21. Awesome books you have here! :) And some of them I added on my tbr too. Happy reading and hope you'll enjoy them all.

    My STS:

  22. WooHoo! Congrats! *throws confetti* You must be feeling so relived. :D
    I can't wait to start Uninvited. I got it for Christmas and now with Unleashed on the way I go do a bit of a binge.
    I'm also really excited for The Sin Eater's Daughter. Sounds fantastic!
    Happy reading!
    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

  23. Oh my God, CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    Also, hell yes to 59p bargains ;)


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