February Book Haul

I behaved last month and didn’t go crazy with my spending. If you thought I was going to be hauling another sixteen books, sorry to disappoint.

My bank account thanks me.

March is definitely going to be a different story – so just wait.

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I’m super excited to get to these books in the upcoming weeks. It’s almost time for me to create my April/May/June TBR, and a lot of these books are most definitely going to be on it!

So many amazing books came out in February and if I had unlimited funds and unlimited shelf space, I would have bought them all, but sadly, I don’t. (Though, I think we all have this wish.)

Let’s just jump right into what books I hauled this past month!


bloodwitchBloodwitch (The Witchlands #3) – Susan Dennard

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High in a snowy mountain range, a monastery that holds more than just faith clings to the side of a cliff. Below, thwarted by a lake, a bloodthirsty horde of raiders await the coming of winter and the frozen path to destroy the sanctuary and its secrets.

The Bloodwitch Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop the destruction. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.

Not having read this yet has been painful, but I’m planning on reading it in April! But, first, I have to read Sightwitch. I’ve heard nothing but good things about both books, and I’m excited to read them!


rebels of gold.jpgThe Rebels of Gold (Loom Saga #3) – Elise Kova

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 A new rebellion rises from the still-smoldering remnants of the five guilds of Loom to stand against Dragon tyranny. Meanwhile, on Nova, those same Dragons fight amongst themselves, as age-old power struggles shift the political landscape in fateful and unexpected ways. Unlikely leaders vie for the opportunity to shape a new world order from the perfect clockwork designs of one temperamental engineer.

I bought this for a few reasons. 1. I’m seeing Elise at the end of the month at Apollycon and want to get the series signed. 2. Loved the first book and never got around to buying the second and third. 3. The covers are gorgeous and for vanity reasons I need them for my shelf. Elise is basically an auto-buy for me, so I’m excited to finally finish the trilogy!


the blood spellThe Blood Spell (Ravenspire #4) – C.J. Redwine

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Blue de la Cour has her life planned: hide the magic in her blood and continue trying to turn metal into gold so she can help her city’s homeless. But when her father is murdered and a cruel but powerful woman claims custody of Blue and her property, one wrong move could expose her—and doom her once and for all. The only one who can help? The boy she’s loathed since childhood: Prince Kellan.

Kellan Renard, crown prince of Balavata, is walking a thin line between political success and devastating violence. Newly returned from boarding school, he must find a bride among the kingdom’s head families and announce his betrothal—but escalating tension among the families makes the search nearly impossible. He’s surprised to discover that the one person who makes him feel like he can breathe is Blue, the girl who once ruined all his best adventures.

When mysterious forces lead to disappearances throughout Balavata, Blue and Kellan must work together to find the truth. What they discover will lead them to the darkest reaches of the kingdom, and to the most painful moments of their pasts. When romance is forbidden and evil is rising, can Blue save those she loves, even if it costs her everything?

I love this series so much, and I can’t wait to dive into this one! It sounds amazing, and if it’s anything like the three books before it, then I know I’m going to love it.


lady smokeLady Smoke (Ash Princess Trilogy #2) – Laura Sebastian

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The Kaiser murdered Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took Theo’s country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess–a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenseless. He didn’t realize that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon.

Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage–Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser’s rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne.

To get them back, she will need an army. Only, securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done.

Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find a way to save her country without losing herself.

Ash Princess was one of my favorite reads of 2018, so I’m really looking forward to finding out what happens next. Defintiely another book I’ll be reading in April.


V. VisionsVortex Visions (Air Awakens: Vortext Chronicles #1) – Elise Kova

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A desperate princess, a magical traveler, and a watch that binds them together with the fate of a dying world.

Vi Solaris is the heir to an Empire she’s barely seen. Her parents sacrificed a life with her to quell a rebellion and secure peace with a political alliance. Now, three years past when her wardship should’ve ended, Vi will do anything to be reunited with her family.

The Empire is faltering beneath the burden of political infighting and a deadly plague. Yet, Vi can’t help but wonder if her inability to control her magic is the true reason her parents haven’t brought her home. Suspicion becomes reality when she unleashes powers she’s not supposed to have.

Powers that might well cost her the throne.

As Vi fights to get her magic under control, a mysterious stranger appears from across the world. He holds the keys to unlocking her full potential, but the knowledge has an unspeakable price — some truths, once seen, cannot be ignored.

All eyes are on her and Vi must make the hardest choice of her life: Play by the rules and claim her throne. Or, break them and save the world.

Since I’m finally done my re-read of the initial series, I cannot wait to dive into this! I’m ready to be back in the world, with old and new characters!


A curse so dark and lonelyA Curse so Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer

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Fall in love, break the curse. 

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin

Okay, so this definitely not the first time I’ve mentioned this book on my blog, and I’m sure this won’t be the last. But I had to go and buy the UK edition of this book for collection purposes, and it looks gorgeous on my shelf.


again but betterAgain, but Better – Christine Riccio

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 Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal — but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change — there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic – the possibilities are endless.

I still can’t believe that NetGalley approved me for an early copy Christine’s book! I’m so excited to read this, it sounds wonderful!


house of salt and sorrowsHouse of Salt and Sorrows – Erin A. Craig

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In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.

I requested this on a whim, with very low expectations of being approved for it, so when the email arrived in my inbox, I was shocked. Seeing as how this book doesn’t come out until August, I don’t have concrete plans to read it soon, but that could change. Regardless, I’m super excited!


Honest note, I forgot about the eARCs I got approved for, so I hauled more books than I initially thought, but I’m excited for all of these! I can’t wait to see what I haul in March!


Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

 

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