June’20 Book Haul

I…honestly don’t know what happened in June.

I hauled a lot of books and the only saving graces are 1) most were free, if not really cheap and 2) the majority are eBooks. Freaking Facebook ads, they suck me in and then I’ve downloaded a book…or books and who knows how long they’ll sit on my Kindle.

Surprisingly, I only hauled a handful of physical copies. A few were preorders that I’d been dying for and I’m really excited to read them. I also hauled a few audiobooks and some NetGalley titles as well.

Since this is going to be a beast of a post, let’s jump into it. I’m going to apologize in advance. I’m also going to organize this post a little different, just because there’s such a sheer number of books. I’m also not going to put individual commentary – just know I’m really excited for all of these, or at least very interested. Otherwise, this post is going to be a mile long.


Physical Copies:

queen of the shining seaQueen of the Shining Sea (Blade and Rose #4) – Miranda Honfleur

Paperback / GR

Enemy mages and ships. An all-powerful organization gone rogue. One woman refuses to stand aside.
After the Divinity reveals its dark intentions, Rielle and her friends patrol the Shining Sea, doing all they can to stem the tide of gold flowing into Magehold and the dangerous goods flowing out. Facing Immortals and pirates at every turn, they wage battle after battle against clandestine Divinity ships in an effort to weaken its ability to grasp for power.


you dont live hereYou Don’t Live Here – Robyn Schneider

Hardcover / GR / Review / ⭐️⭐️⭐️.75

Sasha tries to make everything work, but that means folding away her love of photography, her grief for her mother, and he growing interest in the magnificently clever Lily Chen. Sasha wants to follow Lily off the beaten path, to discover hidden beaches, secret menus, and the truth about dinosaur pee.
But being friends with Lily might lead somewhere new. Is Sasha willing to stop being the girl everyone expects and let the girl beneath the surface breath through? 


rage and ruinRage & Ruin (The Harbinger #2) – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hardcover / GR

As tensions rise, they must stay close together and patrol the DC streets at night, seeking signs of the Harbinger, an entity that is killing Wardens and demons with no seeming rhyme or reason. Forbidden to be with each other, Zayne and Trinity fight their feelings and turn to unusual sources for help—the demon Roth and his cohorts. But as deaths pile up and they uncover a sinister plot involving the local high school and endangering someone dear to Zayne, Trin realizes she is being led…herded…played for some unknown end. As anger builds and feelings spiral out of control, it becomes clear that rage may be the ruin of them all.


the boundlessThe Boundless (The Beholder #2) – Anna Bright

Hardcover / GR

When Selah found true love with Prince Torden of Norway, she never imagined she’d have to leave him behind. All because the Beholder’s true mission was a secret Selah’s crew didn’t trust her to keep: transporting weapons to the rebels fighting against the brutal tsarytsya, whose shadow looms over their next port of Shvartsval’d. A place Selah hoped she’d never go.
But gone is the girl who departed Potomac filled with fear. With a stockpile of weapons belowdecks and her heart hanging in the balance, Selah is determined to see the Beholder’s quest to its end.


eBooks:

blood of the wolfBlood of the Wolf (Blade and Rose 4.5) – Miranda Honfleur

eBook / GR

Thievery. Assassination. And peace for the region… if she can pull it off…
Nic is one of the Black Rose’s deadliest assassins, known for her skill as an infiltrator, but when the job of a lifetime lands in her lap, even she isn’t sure she’s up to the task. Killing the most powerful figure in the region is a tall order after all, but against her better judgment, she agrees to play hero… for the sake of a child.


the affiliateThe Affiliate (Ascension #1) – K.A. Linde

eBook / GR

When Cyrene receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book, she finds nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a world of dangerous political intrigue and deadly magic, Cyrene’s position only grows more treacherous when she finds herself drawn to the one man she can never have…
King Edric himself.
Cyrene must decide if love is truly worth the price of freedom.


a whisper in the darkA Whisper in the Dark (Charlie Travesty #1) – K.J. Sutton, Jessi Elliott

eBook / GR

A city ruled by vampires. A disgraced princess. A world underground.
Charlotte Travesty lives in a world of comfort. Glittering nightclubs, a lavish mansion, and a staff of humans at her beck and call. Being a royal vampire means her future is secured—all she has to do is get through the Awakening, an ancient ceremony every vampire experiences when they come of age.
But when her Awakening arrives at last, everything changes in one terrifying instant.


rising moonRising Moon (The Awakened Trilogy #2) – Amanda Carol

eBook / GR

Finding out that she and her brother were demigods put Aria in the path of something dark and sinister. After coming face to face with evil, her world is shaken to its core. When new secrets are revealed, Aria will have to overcome her inner demons in order to protect the ones she loves.
When tragedy strikes the Compound, Hunter is put to the ultimate test to prove once and for all that he does have what it takes to be the next Alpha of the NOLA pack. After unexpected visitors shed some light on his future with the pack, will he be able to rise to the occasion or will he leave the prophecy unfulfilled?


blessedBlessed: Academy of the Seraph – Brandi Elledge

eBook / GR

I have been touched by angels. Blessed.
Seven simple words that changed my world forever.
Now, forced to enroll at the Academy of Seraph, I soon realize that my enemies could be anywhere, including behind the very walls that are supposed to protect me. And, thanks to my hidden abilities, I know it’s only a matter of time before I’m forced into a war that I inherited but did not choose.


daughter of shadesDaughter of Shades (The Venatrix Chronicles #1) – Sylvia Mercedes

eBook / GR

A huntress with no past. A rival with a secret.
A kingdom’s fate hangs in the balance . . .
Ayleth and her shade move as one, ever hungry for the hunt. Under her mentor’s tight control, she fears her memories are being stolen. Now nineteen, apprenticed for as long as she can remember to the mysterious Holy Order, she longs to rise in the ranks and banish untamed spirits for the prophesied Golden Prince.


the furyck sagaThe Furyck Saga (# 1-3) – A.E. Rayne

eBook / GR

And as the scheming kings of Brekka and Oss embrace their newfound alliance, plotting to conquer their rich southern neighbours, Jael and Eadmund find themselves desperately searching for an escape from the fast-approaching destiny neither of them wants.
A destiny planned by the gods themselves.

 


the vampire hierThe Vampire Heir: Rite of the Vampire (Rite World #1) – Juliana Haygert

eBook / GR

A young woman with a secret. A man with a death sentence. And a terrible fate that threatens to destroy them both …
When I was invited to the secretive castle DuMoir, I knew I’d end up dead. The guests might be excited by the exclusive tour around the estate, and the ending ball that concludes it, but I know better.
The castle’s inhabitants are vampires. And they want our blood.


goddess academyGoddess Academy (Goddess Academy #1) – Clara Hartley

eBook / GR

I had everything going for me.
A killer wardrobe.
The dream boyfriend, hot enough to melt any girl’s panties off.
But then I arrive home to my boyfriend cheating on me.
A hot guy and lots of cake later, I meet a man with horns telling me I don’t belong in the human world. He spirits me off to a mythical academy. There, I’m proclaimed as the daughter of a Greek goddess, and am announced to have servants.
Living in the academy is a dream, but there are secrets lurking in the shadows, family pasts that haunt me, and too much drama for a girl to take.
Oh, and did I mention that my drop-dead gorgeous servants are making it hard to concentrate?


alpha goddessAlpha Goddess (Alpha Goddess #1) – Amalie Howard

eBook / GR

Torn between reconciling her past and present, Sera must figure out how to stop Azrath before the Mortal Realm is destroyed. But trust doesn’t come easy in a world fissured by lies and betrayal. Her best friend Kyle is hiding his own dark secrets, and her mysterious new neighbor, Devendra, seems to know a lot more than he’s telling. Struggling between her opposing halves and her attraction to the boys tied to each of them, Sera must become the goddess she was meant to be, or risk failing, which means sacrificing the world she was born to protect.


valkyrie landingValkyrie Landing (Valkyrie Allegiance #1) – A.J. Flowers & Casey Harris-Parks

eBook / GR

First Law of the Valkyrie… Don’t Fall in Love.
I failed my sisters and fell in love with William Johnson. I’ve watched him for three lifetimes and a little piece of me broke every time I had to let him die.
I paid the price for breaking the first law of the Valkyrie. I lost all the memories I had of Will. That’s why Sam is keeping tabs on me. She’s an ever-present shadow during my time at Mattsfield High. Sam is the perfect Valkyrie. Tall. Beautiful. Heartless.
I may not remember Will, but my heart does. If Freya thinks I’m going to be a good little Valkyrie this time around… she’s wrong.


shadow fallShadow Fall (Shadow Fall #1) – Audrey Grey

eBook / GR

My name is Maia Graystone: prisoner, rebel, and reluctant savior of a dying world.
In exactly 552 hours, an asteroid will end life as we know it. Not that I’m counting or anything. Trapped inside a hellish prison with thieves and murderers, I have more current worries.

 


daughter of no worldsDaughter of No Worlds (The War of Lost Hearts #1) – Carissa Broadbent

eBook / GR

The Orders’ intentions are cryptic, and Tisaanah must prove herself under the threat of looming war. Even more dangerous are her growing feelings for Maxantarius. The bloody past he wants to forget may be the key to her future… or the downfall of them both.
But Tisaanah will stop at nothing to save those she abandoned. Even if it means gambling in the Orders’ deadly games. Even if it means sacrificing her heart.
Even if it means wielding death itself.


catalystCatalyst (The Deception Game #1) – Kristin Smith

eBook / GR

In order to rescue her mother, there may only be one option—joining forces with the Fringe, an extremist group, and their young leader who’s too hot to be bad. Problem is, these revolutionaries aren’t what they seem, and the secrets they’re hiding could be more dangerous than Sienna is prepared for. In the end, she must be willing to risk everything to save the one thing that matters most.

 


you should see me in a crownYou Should See Me in a Crown – Leah Johnson

eBook / GR

Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.
But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen.


a song of wraiths and ruinA Song of Wraiths and Ruin – Roseanne A. Brown

eBook / GR

For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.

 


the mermans kissThe Merman’s Kiss – Tamsin Ley

eBook / GR

Even Monsters Need a Mate
After the death of her child, Brianna seeks to end her life within the ocean’s final embrace. Instead, she falls into the arms of a sexy, sleek-tailed monster. He’s wild, seductive, and sets her blood on fire every time he touches her, and soon she begins to need him for more than his magic to breathe underwater. He might just give her a new reason to live.
Zantu has evaded the mate-bond for thirty-five years, dodging promiscuous mermaids with vile intents. Unlike mermaids, mermen bond for life, and Zantu refuses to accept the heartbreak most mermen die of. That is, until the glint of gold catches his eye, and a simple salvage mission turns to passion. Now he’s bonded to a human, and begins to wonder if bonding to the right mate might not be so bad. The problem? A finless female won’t live long among the dangers of the sea.
Now Zantu must choose between keeping her at his side, and keeping her safe. Either way, he’s sure he’ll end up with a broken heart.


the royal companionThe Royal Companion (The Companion #1) – Tanya Bird

eBook / GR

She is the gift he did not want. He is the prince she is forbidden to love.
Companions are the kingdom’s most beautiful and educated women — possessions of Syrasan’s royal men.

Prince Tyron has just returned from war. All he wants is privacy to grieve the men who died at the border. So when his brother gifts him a Companion upon his return, he is forced to embrace a tradition he has so far managed to avoid. Except Aldara is not like the others. She walks with her face to the sun and arms swinging. Her laughter makes him forget the lie. But if they ignore the rules that safeguard them, there will be consequences…


all the crowns shadowsAll The Crown’s Shadows (The Wicked Flames Saga #1) – Emily Rose

eBook / GR

Kill or be killed. But what if surviving means sacrificing your soul?
Hundreds of years have passed since the gods abandoned Aslan. Since then, magic has been all but extinct.
That’s what Ruby thinks, anyway.
When she is kidnapped by the king’s men and forced to fight for her life, Ruby can’t help but notice the gods interfering with destiny.
Something much greater, much darker lies within the walls of the Capital. Will she survive long enough to discover the truth about the evil in Aslan?
With unexpected help from the young, mysterious prince, Ruby may finally achieve the one thing her heart longs for the most: Revenge.


wings of warWings of War: The Angel Academy Complete Series – Riley London

eBook / GR

Fight demons. Fall in love. Save the world.
Welcome to Angel Academy.
My name is Celeste Venoix and I’m no angel. I never had a family, so I’ve been taking care of myself ever since I was a kid. One night, some creep follows me home, and I use my fists to put him in his place. After the brawl, a handsome stranger approaches me, saying that I might be an angel.


Audible Books:

the bridge kingdomThe Bridge Kingdom (Bridge Kingdom #1) – Danielle L. Jensen

Audiobook / GR / Review / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What if you fell in love with the one person you’d sworn to destroy?
But as she infiltrates her new home – a lush paradise surrounded by tempest seas – and comes to know her new husband, Aren, Lara begins to question where the true evil resides. Around her, she sees a kingdom fighting for survival, and in Aren, a man fiercely protective of his people. As her mission drives her to deeper understanding of the fight to possess the bridge, Lara finds the simmering attraction between her and Aren impossible to ignore. Her goal nearly within reach, Lara will have to decide her own fate: Will she be the destroyer of a king or the savior of her people?


the traitor queenThe Traitor Queen (Bridge Kingdom #2) – Danielle L. Jensen

Audiobook / GR / Review / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

But as Lara and her companions formulate a plan to free Aren from her father’s palace, they soon discover that while it is easy to get in, it will be quite another thing to get Aren, and themselves, back out. Not only is the palace inescapable, there are more players in the game than Lara ever realized, enemies and allies switching sides in the fight for crowns, kingdoms, and bridges. But her greatest adversary of all might be the very man she’s trying to free – the husband she betrayed.
With everything she loves in jeopardy, Lara must decide who – and what – she is fighting for: her kingdom, her husband, or for herself.


dark shoresDark Shores (Dark Shores #1) – Danielle L. Jensen

Audiobook / GR

When an Empire senator discovers the existence of the Dark Shores, he captures Teriana’s crew and threatens to reveal Marcus’s secret unless they sail in pursuit of conquest, forcing the two into an unlikely—and unwilling—alliance. They unite for the sake of their families, but both must decide how far they are willing to go, and how much they are willing to sacrifice.

 


left hangingLeft Hanging – Cindy Dorminy

Audiobook / GR

As a nurse and single mom, Darla Battle hides her loneliness behind a smile. But when she discovers that the new cute doctor everyone is talking about is her daughter’s father, she knows she needs to keep her distance from the man who abandoned her and their child, Stella.
When Theo Edwards returns to Nashville to finish his medical training, he never expects to run into Darla, a girl he spent one night with seven years ago. For reasons he can’t fathom, her attitude toward him is frosty, but he still hopes to ignite the spark they once felt.
Once Darla realizes Theo doesn’t know he’s Stella’s father, she has no idea how to tell him the truth. And the longer she waits, the more difficult it becomes. When the situation spins out of control, can the two come together for the sake of their daughter? Or is forgiveness out of reach?


NetGalley ARCs:

speak the oceanSpeak the Ocean – Rebecca Enzor

eARC / GR

Newly caught Erie doesn’t know what the evil landfolk want from her. Alone and voiceless, she watches the other merfolk from the confines of her tank. Broken into submission, they’ve become shells of the once vibrant creatures she knew. But Erie refuses to be subjugated. She’ll get the crowds to see her as something more than simple entertainment—starting with her captor, Finn.
While Finn trains Erie in her routine, she secretly teaches herself the air-words he and the other trainers speak. And when the language barrier falls, Finn starts to realize that the gap between human and Mer is smaller than he thought, and maybe it’s not the Mer who are monsters, after all.


the journey homeThe Journey Home – Becky Bird

eARC / GR

Revisiting your past can sometimes be deadly…
As if that’s not punishment enough, his former best friend, Kenzie, who he still has a crush on, is dating his archenemy, Jack Pittman.
But when the town travel agent tells Lincoln that his parents booked and paid for a trip to France a week before their suicides, he does some digging and discovers that his parents didn’t kill themselves. They were murdered.
Desperate for closure, Lincoln teams up with Kenzie and Trevor, the town geek, to uncover the killer, unaware that unraveling the town’s best-kept secret could end up revealing an even bigger one that will change his life forever.


a agolden furryA Golden Fury – Samantha Cohoe

eARC / GR

While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of a revolution looming, Thea is sent to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists.
But there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse—instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die.


warriors of wing and flameWarriors of Wing and Flame – Sara B. Larson

eARC / GR

In this sequel to Sisters of Shadow and Light, Inara and Zuhra must navigate the treacherous paths of self-discovery, their love for each other, and for the boys who have captured their hearts. Together, they search for the strength within themselves to bridge the divide between the two worlds they inhabit, even as war threatens to destroy everything—and everyone—they love.

 


hushHush (Hush #1) – Dylan Farrow

eARC / GR

In the land of Montane, language is literal magic to the select few who possess the gift of Telling. This power is reserved for the Bards, and, as everyone knows, the Bards have almost always been men.
Seventeen-year-old Shae has lived her entire life in awe of the Bards—and afraid of the Blot, a deadly disease spread by ink, which took the life of her younger brother five years ago. Ever since, Shae fears she’s cursed. But when tragedy strikes again, and her mother is found murdered with a golden dagger—a weapon used only by the Bards—Shae is forced to act.

WAR MAIDENS!


Warmaidens (Gravemaidens #2) – Kelly Coon

eARC / GR

Hungry for revenge, Manzazu’s queen wants to strike back at Alu with her fiercest weapons—her scorpion warrior maidens—but Kammani knows that war harms more than it heals. To save the innocents and any chance of a future with Dagan, Kammani must take down Alu’s ruler before their lives burn up in the flames of war.

 


birthspellBirthspell (Lebrus Stone #1) – Miriam Kahn

eARC / GR

He’s bad news.
Full of himself, brutally honest and arrogant.
Under that gorgeous mask is something dark and twisted, and he’s claimed me as his victim.
When orphan Crystal visits a great aunt she’s just met in Blacksville, West Virginia, she sets some rules for herself:
#1 – Don’t get too close to anyone.
#2 – Don’t expect too much.
#3 – Don’t fall for the town’s bad boy like everyone else.


firefrostFirefrost (Flameskin Chronicles #1) – Camille Longley

eARC / GR

Sol and Kelan are enemies in an age-old war, forced to depend on each other to survive a perilous journey through the mountains. As fire melts the ice in Sol’s heart, she questions everything she’s been taught to believe, and Kelan becomes more desperate to fight the flames that consume him. Together they discover that their struggle will have repercussions for both sides of this burning war.


where dreams descendWhere Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1)- Janella Angeles

eARC / GR / Review / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.
As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.
The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost
The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told
The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide


eARC (via Authors):

pandemoniumPandemonium – Willow Anderson

eARC / GR

Lace Ashburn was only twelve years old when she witnessed a murder behind Pandemonium’s grandeur – a strange, magical traveling show where admittance is hard to gain. With a dead Ringmaster and his murderer in jail, Pandemonium packed up and fled in the middle of the night, remaining missing for five years.
When Lace’s older brother steps up to take the throne of Falhaven, he announces not only the return of Pandemonium but an arranged marriage for her with their neighboring country’s prince. With less than a week to discover a way to keep her freedom from her fiancé, Lace finds her way back into the heart of Pandemonium.

With a new Ringmaster heading Pandemonium, Lace is pulled into a competition run by the strange show with an invaluable prize at the end should she win. Paired together with a mysterious partner, Lace fights through the contest to keep not only her independence but her heart safe.
Come one, come all, to the show that will enthrall…welcome to Pandemonium where in order to win, you must lose it all.


HazeHaze – Rebecca Crunden

eARC / GR

When Eliza Owens gets a phone call in the middle of the night from a girl she’s never met, she doesn’t know what to think. The girl introduces herself as Paige, and says she used to date Erik Stern, Eliza’s fiancé. What’s more, she has something important to discuss.
The only problem? Paige has been dead for years.
Believing it to be a sick prank, Eliza tries to force it from her mind until Sam, Eliza’s older sister, tells her she met Paige only a few weeks before. And, according to Sam, Paige has nothing nice to say about Erik.
The fight which follows shatters the lives of everyone involved, and Erik disappears without a trace.
Five years later, Erik returns to town after his father’s death. Old wounds quickly resurface, and with them several burning questions. None the least of which is: Who spoke to Eliza and Sam if it wasn’t Paige? And why?


journeys through faladonJourney’s Through Faladon: The Titans Divide (Journeys Through Faladon #1) – The Ruinsong Order

eARC / GR

A chance encounter with an unusually violent elvish people leaves Ürbon without a ship, without his men, and without direction, changing the course of his life forever. In a journey across the vast world of Faladon; from the sandy Savarrah desert to the lush Forgotten Isles, the Human Kingdom of Ravenburg to the bustling port-city of Venova, Ürbon will gather to him unlikely friends and dangerous enemies, each seeking a weakness in his stony flesh. This is his tale.


Oh my God, that took forever. I’d be SOL if these were all physical copies. I have got to stop one-clicking books on Amazon. It’s becoming a bad habit and Facebook can stop recommending me books with clickable covers. Clearly my will is weak.

I know this was a long post, and if you stuck through, I thank you and I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know if any of these books are going to end up on your TBR!

 

4 thoughts on “June’20 Book Haul

      1. I should do that. FB is starting to show me a lot of the same ads, so I think I’ve exhausted all the deals and freebies right now. I rationalize it to myself by telling myself that I just got like ten books for the price of one. LOL

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