Book Haul: …Which Comes Waaay Too Soon After The Last (Aha… ha… fuck)

*peaks inside and wiggles fingers at you all*

Aha… hi, y’all! ūüėÄ Bet you weren’t expecting to see me so soon, now were ya?

Yeaahhh… so about that. XD As per usual, my next monthly shipment/installment/requesting pool of books come in and… well… OBVIOUSLY I HAVE NO SELF CONTROL.

The good thing though is that I have a nice long weekend ahead of me with LOTS of opportunity to read and cut down some of this monstrously long TBR.

Anywho… >___> Imma just… leave these here… Yeah. *EHEM* Enjoy. ‚̧

 


 

REQUESTED / FOR REVIEW

Things Unseen (The Long Forgotten Song, #1) by C.J. Brightley
Awake, Chimera by Justine Graykin
Spindle by W. R. Gingell
Being Cosmopolitan Demands a Sacrifice by Jamie Brindle
Surrounded by Crimson (Sumeria’s Sons, #4) by Lexi Ander
Beneath the Scales by Aurora Peppermint
Polaris Awakening edited by VARIOUS
The Monstrous by Ellen Datlow

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A big thanks to all the publishers and authors for these proofs and galleys!

Book Haul: …Which Is Bigger Than Big Because It’s Two Month’s Worth (Aha… ha)

Book Haul mania, guys! Truthfully, I wish I could say I’ve gotten the chance to read through most of these already… but, in fact, I’ve barely looked at them since purchasing/being gifted/winning/ requesting/or otherwise receiving them. 8D

As the title suggests, this haul is extra, EXTRA large because it’s a compilation of this month AND last month’s haul. (Maybe even a bit of the month before??? IDK WOW I’M SO BEHIND HAHAHAhaha… ehh… crap.)

Nevertheless, here we are! ūüėÄ

Definitely lemme know if any of them catch your eye or if you’ve read any of these titles¬†yourself. I get the feeling that most of these are going to be pretty good-if-not-FAN-FRIGGIN-TASTIC-ONES, so I’d love to get some feedback if you’ve read and enjoyed ’em. (Or if you hated ’em, tell me why!)

As always , the links will take you to their GoodReads or¬†NetGalley page, so if you’re interested, click away to read the description~~

 


 

PURCHASED

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire S√°enz
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun Hutchinson
Running With The Wind (Mermen of Ea, #3) by Shira Anthony
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The King of Forever (Scarlet and the White Wolf, #4) by Kirby Crow
A Boy And His Dragon (Beings In Love, #2) by R. Cooper
The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by¬†Sam Maggs, Kelly Bastow (Illustrator)
The Legend of the Ditto Twins by Jerry Douglas
The Brothers Bishop by Bart Yates

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Another Day (Every Day, #2) by David Levithan
The Dinosaur Lords (The Dinosaur Lords, #1) by Victor Milan
Penn’s Woodland by David Connor
The Long Journey Home by Cassandra Pierce
The Homecoming by J. Scott Coatsworth
Dangerous Concoctions (Curvy Assignments, #2) by Victoria Bright
Everything You And I Could Have Been If We Weren’t You And I (Todo Lo Que Podriamos Haber Sido Tu Y Yo Si No Fueramos Tu Y Yo) ¬†by Albert Espinosa
Hunter of Demons (SPECTR, #1) by Jordan L. Hawk
A Neophyte’s Tale (Netherwalker, #.05) by CK Dawn
The Dragon’s Curse by Victoria Zagar
The Crying Game by Kol Anderson
Alien Love by Stan Schatt
A Boy Called Cin by Cecil Wilde
Misery’s Way: A Kit Colbana World Story (Colbana Files #4.5) by J. C. Daniels
The King’s Sword by C. J. Brightley
Prodigal (The Lost Imperials #2) by Tyler Jolley &Sherry D. Ficklin
Scarred Souls by T. T. Kove
Seventh by Rachel White
The Harem Master (Tales of Tavamara, #3) by Megan Derr
Stormbringer (Book of Wyrd, #2) by Alis Franklin
The Australian by Lesley Young
Lilliput by Sam Gayton, Alice Ratteree (Illustrator)
Picturing The Apocalypse by Natasha & Anthony O’Hear
Archimedes Nesselrode by Justine Graykin
Saronna’s Gift by Carmen Webster Buxton
The Society of the Preservation of C. J. Henderson
Corrupts Absolutely?: Dark Metahuman Fiction edited by Lincoln Crisler
Transcendence by Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Earthrise (Her Instruments, #1) by M.C.A. Hogarth
Cold Faith by Shaune Lafferty Webb
It’s Like This by Anne O’Gleadra
Like Stolen Pearl by Talya Andor
Drifter Volume 1: Out of the Night by Ivan Brandon
Twisted Dark, Volume 1 by Neil Gibson
Twisted Dark, Volume 2 by Neil Gibson
Twisted Dark, Volume 3
by Neil Gibson
Wayward, Vol. 1: String Theory by Jim Zub
Behind Story (Volume #1) by Narae Ahn
October Faction Volume 1 (October Faction, #1) by Steve Niles
A Glance Backward by Tony Sandoval
Let’s Eat Ramen and Other Doujinshi Short Stories by Nagumo
Spread, Vol. 1: No Hope by Justin Jordan
Robert Heinlein’s Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Lazaro

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Omorphi (Hope, #1) by C. Kennedy

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Soulless by T. Baggins
The Mussel Eater by Octavia Cade
In Her Head, In Her Eyes by Yukimi Ogawa
Hunting Monsters by S. L. Huang

MANGA
Ten Count [1] [2] by Rihito Takarai
Dia Game by Kotora Byaku
Tsume to Toge by Tooko Miyagi
HAL by Makano Aoi
Dramatical Murder 1 by Nitro+CHiRAL
Ai to Kairaku no Jouken by Kanda Neko
Shuuten Unknown [1] [2] by Sugiura Shiho
Torikago Syndrome [1] [2] by Samamiya Akaza
5 CATS by Amatu Risa
Sakabu no Oujisama by Shushushu Sakurai
Karen by Yamada Shiro & Kaoru Iwamoto

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A big thanks to all the publishers and authors for these proofs and galleys!

Book Haul: …Which Is Already Half-Read (Just Lacking In Reviews)

Hey everyone~¬†Looks like it’s time for another haul. ūüôā

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As the title suggests, I’ve actually gone through about half of these already, but just haven’t gotten around to writing up reviews for them yet.

/tries not to remind self of utter fail on that note

ANYWAY! Let’s nevermind all that though! Check out my latest haul and lemme know if any of you are reading these (or at least find some of them interesting). I’m real curious if anyone else found themselves drawn to the covers and/or descriptions~~

The links will take you to their GoodReads page (or¬†NetGalley page, for one or two that ‚Ästfor whatever reason ‚Ästdon’t have a GR page yet).


 

PURCHASED

Fairy Bound (Fairy Compacts, #3) by Katey Hawthorne
The Mermaid’s Sister¬†by¬†Carrie Anne Noble
Sweet Blood of Mine (Overworld Chronciles, #1) by John Corwin
Unsung Giant by Jennifer Pendon

FOR REVIEW / ARCs

Ghost (Wolf’s-own, #1)¬†by Carole Cummings
Wild Cats, around the globe with Suki and Finch (Volume #1)
 by Muhammad Tauhidul Iqbal Sampad (3-D Artist); Rebecca Merry Murdock & Isabel Iglesias
Hinges, Book One: Clockwork City by Meredith McClaren
Give to the Heart (Volume 1) by Wann
Give to the Heart (Volume 2) by Wann
Edward Scissorhands (Volume 1: Parts Unknown) by Kate Leth & Drew Rausch
Eden (Volume 2) by Bash
Roots & Fangs by Skye Eagleday & Ripley Sage
The Decaying Empire (The Vanishing Girl, #2) by Laura Thalassa
Along Came a Wolf (The Yellow Hoods, #1) by Adam Dreece
Breadcrumb Trail (The Yellow Hoods, #2) by Adam Dreece
The Concealing (Spirit Warriors, #1) by D.E.L. Connor
Howl at the Moon, Liarus Detective Novel by Author
The Daring Assignment (The Curvy Assignments #1) by Victoria Bright
MUROR РATLANTIS: 14,000 B.C. CHRONICLES by A. Serraa
Peripheral People (A Ylendrian Empire Novel) by Reesa Herberth & Michelle Moore
Down by Ally Blue
The Pyramids of London (The Trifold Age, #1) by Andrea K Höst
Red-Line:The Shift by J. T. Bishop
Undertow by Michael Buckley
Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body by Martin Pistorius
Waiting For April by Jaime Loren
The Soul Keeper Complete Boxset (Deceived, Destroyed & Descent#1-3) by L. A. Starkley

 

A big thanks to all the publishers and authors for these proofs and galleys!

Book Haul PART 2: …Which Only Proves I Have No Self-Control

Whelp. Looks like I can add a few more books to that absurdly long list from before.

What can I say? My fingers slipped. ūüėõ

Too many books, you say?

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REQUESTED FROM AUTHOR

The Three Lands Omnibus by Dusk Peterson
Law of Vengeance by Dusk Peterson

FOR REVIEW / ARCs

The Lost Boys Symphony by Mark Andrew Ferguson
Nightbird by Alice Hoffman
Trust The Focus (In Focus, #1) by Megan Erickson
The Glittering World by Robert Levy
In Search of Lost Dragons by¬†√Člian Black’mor, M Carine, Jezequel
Trees (vol.1) by Warren Ellis & Jason Howard
Probably Monsters by Ray Clueley
Eden (vol.1) by Bash

A super big thanks to all the publishers and authors for these proofs and galleys!

Book Haul: …Which Is HUGE

Sooooo… I may have gone a little¬†crazy with this month’s book haul. >_> *EHEM* Granted, most of it is actually ARCs and RvCs, but that really doesn’t matter in the long run.¬†Still a shitton of books to read.

Not like I’m complain’.

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PURCHASED

The Dangers of Fairy Compacts (Book #1) by Katey Hawthorne
Life as a Fairy Thrall (Fairy Compacts, Book #2) by Katey Hawthorne
Shadow Man by Melissa Scott
Warp World by Jacob H. Ramm

FOR REVIEW / ARCs

Doll Face by Tim Curran
Drag Noir by K.A. Laity (editor)
Losing Ground by Sasha L. Miller
Like Stolen Pearls by Talya Andor
As Spring Rain by Valentina Heart
Knight of the White Hart by Kathryn Marlowe
Gates of Thread and Stone (Book #1) by Lori M. Lee
The Infinite (Gates of Thread and Stone, Book #2) by Lori M. Lee
Mindtouch by M.C.A. Hogarth
Time and Tithe by LJ Cohen
The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs
Hidden by Megg Jensen
The Fall of Fair Isle by Rowena Cory Daniells
Fireblood (Whispers of Mirrorwen, Book #1) by Jeff Wheeler
Dryad-Born (Whispers of Mirrorwen, Book #2) by Jeff Wheeler
Poisonwell (Whispers of Mirrorwen, Book #3) by  Jeff Wheeler
Sacrificed (The Last Oracle, Book #1) by Emily Wibberley
Klaxon at the Core (Psionic Frequency, Book #2) by Talya Andor
The Marcella Fragment by Anna LaForge
Tame a Wild Human by Kari Gregg


And last, but not least…

GIVEAWAY WINNINGS

The Elf Girl (Journey Into The Realm, Book 1) by Markelle Grabo
The Spell Master (Journey Into The Realm, Book 2) by Markelle Grabo
The Stolen Child (Journey Into The Real, Book 3) by Markelle Grabo

A super big thanks to all the publishers and authors for these proofs and galleys!

[WTRO2] Cracked by Eliza Crewe

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This one I have Lola to thank for putting me on to. In my last post, I asked you guys which book or books bring the fan out of you when you see someone else reading them. This was one of hers, and after finding out more about it, I have to wholeheartedly agree.

Because, I mean, check out this incredible synopsis:

MEET MEDA. SHE EATS PEOPLE.

Well, technically, she eats their soul. But she totally promises to only go for people who deserve it. She‚Äôs special. It‚Äôs not her fault she enjoys it. She can‚Äôt help being a bad guy. Besides, what else can she do? Her mother was killed and it‚Äôs not like there are any other ‚Äúsoul-eaters‚ÄĚ around to show her how to be different. That is, until the three men in suits show up.

They can do what she can do. They‚Äôre like her. Meda might finally have a chance to figure out what she is. The problem? They kind of want to kill her. Before they get the chance Meda is rescued by crusaders, members of an elite group dedicated to wiping out Meda‚Äôs kind. This is her chance! Play along with the ‚Äúgood guys‚ÄĚ and she‚Äôll finally figure out what, exactly, her ‚Äėkind‚Äô is.

Be careful what you wish for. Playing capture the flag with her mortal enemies, babysitting a teenage boy with a hero complex, and trying to keep one step ahead of a too-clever girl are bad enough. But the Hunger is gaining on her.

The more she learns, the worse it gets. And when Meda uncovers a shocking secret about her mother, her past, and her destiny… she may finally give into it.

Yeah. Soul-eaters. Definitely my kinda book. I pray that it pans out when I finally get to read it, especially since it’s the first in a series.

 

Super Discounted Books! $1 Finds

On today’s episode of how I managed to snag some awesome and utterly cheap hardcover books, we have as part of our book haul:

Picked them up at a local store that was having a clearance sale. Everything in the bin was a buck. ūüėą I was super tempted to just grab as many books as could fit in my arms, cart, and shopping bag, AND RUN! But after some careful searching, I only came up with about six or so titles that interested me. ūüėź

Already started reading Alek, and it’s… interesting, to say the least. As I said,¬†I would have gotten more books, but… well… It was either buy more books or use the two meager dollars I had left for coffee.

I went with coffee.

(I know, I’m hideous for choosing the coffee. But it had to be done. *nod nod* Don’t judge me!)

[WTRO2] The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

Synopsis: You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.

A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.

Because the boy has a terrifying secret – one that would just kill to get out.

Genre: Horror, Japanese Culture & Reference, Young Adult, Paranormal, Supernatural, Mythology


I definitely feel like this would be something I’d want to read. I’ve read reviews saying it isn’t all that scary, but is, however, well-written.

…I can do that. Just because it says horror, doesn’t mean it has to be bloodcurdling, goose-bump raising, afraid to leave your bed or get out from under your covers terror. Horror comes in many forms, and from the first chapters alone (that I’ve previewed) I think I’d like this tale. Especially for its Japanese mythology/folklore references and inspiration. Here’s to hopefully a well-written, believable story if not a little underwhelming in terms of actual “scare-me-shitless” horror. *fingers crossed* XD

 

New Finds ‚ÄĒ SciFi Books by Kim Stanley Robinson

Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson

“Shaman follows Loon from his experience on a late-winter shaman‚Äôs journey of skill and endurance to his true adulthood. The wander that begins the story is the beginning of his passage into manhood, and a shaman‚Äôs trial. Loon doesn‚Äôt want to be a shaman, at least not in the way his tribe‚Äôs shaman is, with magic and old stories. He does like the painting. In this prehistoric world, life is genuinely focused on survival, and on the flow of seasons‚ÄĒand so there is often a sense of fear, but there‚Äôs plenty of time for humor as well. The novel does generally succeed in its ambitious scope. It is more uneven when it comes to the viewpoint character‚ÄĒLoon is, after all, a 14-year-old boy. It is occasionally tiresome to be subjected to the inner workings of a fictional teenage boy, but aside from that, this novel bears the markings of Robinson‚Äôs consummate skill with a sort of anthropological fiction. Robinson‚Äôs prose is transparent, capable of sustaining massive plots, and a certain amount of troublesome characterization can be forgiven in the face of spectacular world building.”‚ÄĒ BOOKLIST (Regina Schroeder)

Red Mars (Mars Trilogy) by Kim Stanley Robinson

Book description:¬†For eons, sandstorms have swept the barren, desolate landscape of the red planet. For centuries, Mars has beckoned to mankind to come and conquer its hostile climate, Now, in the year 2026, a group of one hundred colonists is about to fulfill that destiny. Red Mars – Winner of the Nebula Award and The British Science Fiction Award for Best Novel. John Boon, Maya Toitovna, Frank Chambers, and Arkady Bogdanov lead a mission whose ultimate goal is to give Mars an Earthlike atmosphere. They will place giant satelite mirrors in Martian orbit to reflect light to the planet’s surface. Black dust sprinkled on the polar caps will capture warmth and melt the ice. And massive tunnels, kilometers in depth, will be drilled into the Martian mantle to create stupendous vents of hot gases. Against this backdrop of epic upheaval, rivlries, loves, and friendships will form and fall to pieces-for there are those who will fight to the death to prevent Mars from ever being changed. In his most ambitious project to date, award-winning author Kim Stanley Robinson utilizes years of research and cutting-edge science in the first of three novels that will chronicle the colonization of Mars.

Green Mars (Mars Trilogy) by Kim Stanley Robinson

Book description:¬†In the¬†Nebula Award¬†winning¬†Red Mars, Kim Stanley Robinson began his critically acclaimed epic saga of the colonization of Mars, Now the¬†Hugo Award¬†winning Green Mars continues the thrilling and timeless tale of humanity’s struggle to survive at its farthest frontier.

Nearly a generation has passed since the first pioneers landed, but the transformation of Mars to an Earthlike planet has just begun The plan is opposed by those determined to preserve the planets hostile, barren beauty. Led by rebels like Peter Clayborne, these young people are the first generation of children born on Mars. They will be joined by original settlers Maya Toitovna, Simon Frasier, and Sax Russell. Against this cosmic backdrop, passions, rivalries, and friendships explode in a story as spectacular as the planet itself.

Blue Mars (Mars Trilogy) by Kim Stanley Robinson

Book description:¬†The red planet is red no longer, as Mars has become a perfectly inhabitable world. But while Mars flourishes, Earth is¬†¬†threatened by overpopulation and ecological disaster. Soon people look to Mars as a refuge, initiating a possible interplanetary conflict, as well as political strife between the Reds, who wish to preserve the planet in its desert state, and the Green “terraformers”.¬†¬†The ultimate fate of Earth, as well as the possibility of new explorations into the solar system, stand in the balance.


These look pretty interesting. Ahhh~ So many books! So little time!

THE KING OF FOREVER (SCARLET AND THE WHITE WOLF, BOOK¬†#4) by Kirby Crow

Liall has swept his immediate enemies away and claimed a throne he never wanted. Now he seeks only a little peace with his beloved Scarlet, but the realm is far from pacified. Though there are no other claimants to the throne, many oppose the presence of a Hilurin consort in the palace, and the powerful noble families of Rshan clamor for a legitimate royal heir. News of war brewing with the wild Ava Thule tribesmen brings a revered Ancient to the court: Uulan.
While the jaded court spins rumors of a royal marriage, Uulan reveals a terrible vision to Liall and strikes a forbidden pact with him to save Scarlet’s life.War looms, and as Liall prepares to strike at the Ava Thule, old alliances crumble, friendship turns to deadly betrayal, and Liall must ultimately decide where his loyalties are: with his own people, or with Scarlet, whose Hilurin blood holds the key to the fate of Rshan.
Link to website: Author website & Goodreads & Risingshadow.net
Status: draft completed

RELEASE DATE SET FOR OCTOBER 2014!

Updated 6.01.14