Aug’20 Book Haul

Okay, I’m keeping this intro short and sweet, because y’all…I fucked up last month LOL.

I don’t know how it happened, but after months of not hauling many physical books, I went a little purchase happy and now I don’t know where I’m going to put all of these books. My shelves are full.

So, without further ado – here are all the books I hauled in August.

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49889354. sx318 sy475 The Queen (A Wicked Trilogy #3.7) – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Paperback / GR

The King must have his Queen….

Bestowed the forbidden Summer’s Kiss by the King of the Summer fae, Brighton Jussier is no longer just human. What she is, what she will become, no one knows for sure, but that isn’t her biggest concern at the moment. Now Caden, the King, refuses to let her go, even at the cost of his Court. When the doorway to the Otherworld is breached, both Brighton and Caden must do the unthinkable—not just to survive themselves, but also to save mankind from the evil that threatens the world.


53287484Midnight Sun (Twilight #5) – Stephenie Meyer

Hardcover / GR

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger? 


41954467. sy475 Set Fire to the Gods (Set Fire to the Gods #1) – Sarah Raasch & Kristen Simmons

Hardcover / GR

When an attempted revenge plot goes dangerously wrong, Ash inadvertently throws the fire and earth gods into a conflict that can only be settled by deadly, lavish gladiator games. The fights put Madoc in Ash’s path, and she realizes that his powers are the weapon her rebellion needs—but Madoc won’t jeopardize his family, regardless of how intrigued he is by the beautiful warrior.

But when the gods force Madoc’s hand, he and Ash uncover an ancient war that will threaten more than one immortal—it will unravel the world.


53131137The Damned (The Beautiful #2) – Renée Ahdieh

Hardcover / GR

 Still recovering from injuries sustained during a night she can’t quite remember, her dreams are troubled. And she doesn’t know she has inadvertently set into motion a chain of events that could lead to her demise and unveil a truth about herself she’s not quite ready to learn.

Forces hiding in the shadows have been patiently waiting for this moment for centuries. And just as Bastien and Celine begin to uncover the danger around them, they learn their love could tear them apart.


46223076Not Another Love Song – Olivia Wildenstein

Hardcover / GR

 But Angie’s mother is the least of her concerns after she meets Reedwood High’s newest transfer student, Ten. With his endless collection of graphic tees, his infuriating attitude, smoldering good looks, and endearing little sister, Ten toys with the rhythm of Angie’s heart.

She’s never desired anything but success until Ten entered her life. Now she wants to be with him and to be a songwriter for Mona Stone, but she can’t have both.

And picking one means losing the other.


42265183The Beautiful  (The Beautiful #1) – Renée Ahdieh

Hardcover / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / GR

 When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.


38580035. sy475 The Court of Miracles (A Court of Miracles #1) – Kester Grant

Hardcover / ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / Review / GR

In the dark days following a failed French Revolution, in the violent jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, young cat-burglar Eponine (Nina) Thenardier goes head to head with merciless royalty, and the lords of the city’s criminal underworld to save the life of her adopted sister Cosette (Ettie).

Her vow will take her from the city’s dark underbelly, through a dawning revolution, to the very heart of the glittering court of Louis XVII, where she must make an impossible choice between guild, blood, betrayal and war.


51989589. sx318 sy475 Bloodleaf (Bloodleaf #1) – Crystal Smith

Paperback / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / GR

Alone and adrift in an enemy kingdom, Aurelia plans her revenge against the Tribunal, desperate to bring down the dark organization that has wrought terror upon her people for hundreds of years. But there’s something deeply amiss in her new home, too, and soon she finds herself swept into a deadly new mystery with a secretive prince, the ghost of an ancient queen, and a poison vine called Bloodleaf.
 
Aurelia is entangled in a centuries-long game of love, power, and war, and if she can’t break free before the Tribunal makes its last move, she may lose far more than her crown.


40784219Greythorne (Bloodleaf #2) – Crystal Smith

ARC / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / GR

Princess Aurelia’s life is turned upside down when the kingdom she thought she saved turns to ruin, a loved one is tragically killed in a shipwreck, and her home country refuses to respect her brother’s legitimate claim to the throne. With no place left to call her own, Aurelia returns to Greythorne Manor—her best friend’s family mansion—only to get swept up in a coup d’état on the night of her brother’s coronation.

With everyone turned against her and enemies closing in on all sides, Aurelia has nothing left to lose in a mad fight to protect the only people she has left—her family. But in her darkest moments when all seems grim, will Aurelia find a spark of hope from a love she thought long lost?


Gilded Rose (Celestials, #1)Gilded Rose (Celestials #1) – Emma Hamm

Paperback / GR

A monster is holding me hostage inside a chateau.

The world is plagued by creatures called the Dread.
And he’s their king.
I’ve tried to run. I’ve tried to hide. But there’s no escaping him.
He wants to turn me into one of the creatures.
Unless… I find a way to break the curse.
A curse that has turned him into the monster that he is.
He wasn’t supposed to destroy cities. He’s one of the Celestials meant to save humanity.
As I uncover the truth and break his curse, I wonder if I’ve lost myself in the process.
Can I still escape him?
Or has he taken my heart forever?


The Stars Wait Not (The Star Realm Saga Book 1)The Stars Wait Not (The Star Realm Saga #1) – Anne Wheeler

Paperback / GR

Ryllis Camden has a secret—she can talk to nature, and it speaks to her in return. But her gift is forbidden by the Vilarian Star Realm who controls her planet, and the penalty is death. When she’s falsely accused of treason and exiled to the Vilarian home world, hiding her power becomes even more critical. But how can she hide anything when she’s forced to toil in the home of the emperor’s youngest son?
Kresten Westermark might be a prince, but long ago he shunned a life of luxury to work as a telepath in the Vilarian Imperial Fleet. His job demands he treat his new prisoner as a slave and test his deteriorating telepathic powers on her, but the only thing on his mind is the growing attraction he feels toward the earnest young woman tending his gardens.
As the mountain winter fades, a reluctant respect between the two becomes trust, and trust soon blossoms into affection. But when the Fleet arrives to arrest Kresten for treason, Ryllis must make an impossible decision.
Save Kresten’s life—or hers.


48650780. sx318 The Maiden Ship (The Maiden Ship #1) – Micheline Ryckman

Paperback / GR

 Dain Alloway was only nine years old when he began a new life with his father, sailing aboard The Maiden. Eight years later, the aristocratic city-boy turned merchant-sailor feels like he lives with one foot on land, and one foot in the sea. Life floats smoothly by until the night he wakes to find a mysterious woman in his cabin.

The events that unfold after her appearance transform Dain’s world. Now, hunted by empty-faced demons, he finds himself thrown into a dangerous web of intrigue and magic. As the crisis grows, the young sailor discovers powerful gifts buried deep within, talents that might shift the tide of a centuries-old war. Whether or not he’s ready, Dain will have to risk it all for the salvation and freedom of those he loves.


40144224Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1) – Janella Angeles

Hardcover / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / Review / GR

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


38251237. sy475 Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss (Love, Life, and the List #2) – Kasie West

Paperback / ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / Review / GR

As Lacey’s world spins out of control, it feels like the only person she can count on—whether it’s helping her try to unravel the mystery of who is out to get her or snap her out of her acting funk—is Donavan. But what she doesn’t count on is this straight-laced boy becoming another distraction.

With her entire future riding on this movie, Lacey knows she can’t afford to get sidetracked by a crush. But for the first time in her life Lacey wonders if it’s true that the best stories really do happen when you go off script.


53545482. sy475 Forest of Firelight (The Riven Kingdoms #1) – Shari L. Tapscott

Paperback / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / GR

 After the sudden death of her brother, Princess Amalia is charged with what feels like an impossible task—she must choose the next king. Youthful thoughts of love are pushed aside as she accepts her fate, setting upon a quest throughout the kingdom to find a man worthy of her father’s throne.
Little does Amalia know, someone has already set his sights on her.

Rhys is a man of secrets, and his mission is simple: befriend the princess of Renove. Coax her to trust him, convince her to follow him.
Betray her when it’s time.

All goes according to plan until Rhys meets the princess. Amalia is a disaster. Never has he met someone so drawn to trouble. Never has he met someone so irritatingly likable.
He’s not allowed to fall for her.
She could never entrust him with a crown.

But, unbeknownst to them, their unlikely partnership might be the key to saving their entire world from a darkness that’s slowly creeping from the wounded earth that separates one kingdom from the next.


50622362Among the Beasts & Briars – Ashley Poston

ARC / GR

Cerys is safe in the kingdom of Aloriya.

As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions the small fox from the garden, a strange and powerful bear, and the magic in her veins. It’s up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home. But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it’s going to take everything she has just to survive.


53341233Daughter of the Deep (The Children of Lyr #1) – Lina C. Amarego

Paperback / GR

A wedding to end a war. It’s been four years since the blood feud between the Branwens and Mathonwys started. Four years of sunken ships and loved ones lost, four years of wounds both seen and unseen. Keira Branwen is no stranger to duty. As the first mate of a legendary pirate ship, blessed by the sea-god Lyr, and heir apparent to her clan, she would sail to the Otherworld and back to keep her family safe. But when the Council threatens banishment for her people, Keira is faced with a choice; she must either marry her father’s alleged killer, the sea-snake Ronan Mathowny, or curse her family to the deep. But in the Seven Isles of the Deyrnas, secrets sleep just beneath the surface of the water. Her father’s death is still shrouded in mystery, and Ronan–her childhood friend, the man she once loved — is hell-bent on proving his innocence. As enemies become friends and friends become suspects, Keira must wade through the waters of doubt to expose the truth, save her family, and restore her father’s legacy. But Keira soon learns that there are ties thicker than blood, and there is more than one way to sacrifice a life.


51238609. sy475 Kisses and Croissants – Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau

eARC / GR

Sixteen-year-old Mia, an American girl at an elite summer ballet program, has six weeks to achieve her dreams: to snag an audition with one of the world’s best ballet companies. But there’s more to Paris than ballet—especially when a charming French boy, Louis, wants to be her tour guide—and the pair discover the city has a few mysteries up its sleeve.


52735921. sx318 sy475 Kingdom of the Wicked (Kingdom of the Wicked #1) – Kerri Maniscalco

eARC / GR

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…


51892634. sx318 sy475 The Glass Queen (The Forest of Good and Evil #2) – Gena Showalter

eARC / GR

Ashleigh Anskelisa may be called the Glass Princess due to her weak heart, but Saxon, king of the Avian, knows she is more dangerous than broken glass, in this Cinderella retelling that sweeps readers into the magical land of Enchantia, filled with treacherous enemies, unexpected allies, forbidden love, and dangerous magic! Can destined lovers find their way to each other, or will evil win the day? Everything changes at the stroke of midnight as one determined princess fights for her legacy, her love, and the crown that is her destiny.


43807238Slingshot – Mercedes Helnwein

eARC / GR

Grace Welles had resigned herself to the particular loneliness of being fifteen and stuck at a third-tier boarding school in the swamps of Florida, when she accidentally saves the new kid in her class from being beat up. With a single aim of a slingshot, the monotonous mathematics of her life are obliterated forever…because now there is this boy she never asked for. Wade Scholfield.

 


48713842Kingdom of Sea and Stone (Crown of Coral and Pearl #2) – Mara Rutherford

eARC / GR

Ever since Nor was forced to go to a nearby kingdom in her sister’s place, she’s wanted nothing more than to return to the place and people she loves. But when her wish comes true, she soon finds herself cast out from both worlds, with a war on the horizon.

As an old enemy resurfaces more powerful than ever, Nor will have to keep the kingdom from falling apart with the help of Prince Talin and Nor’s twin sister, Zadie. There are forces within the world more mysterious than any of them ever guessed—and they’ll need to stay alive long enough to conquer them…


53481286. sy475 Things That Should Stay Buried – Casey L. Bond

eBook / GR

Considered a traitor by his own kind, only Aries has the power to stand against the Zodia. But he can’t do it alone. Mystically bonded to Larken, the pair must band together for the fight to come if either hope to make it out alive. Neither anticipated the passion that would ignite between them. Yet, in a world suddenly thrust into chaos, it may be the key to their survival.

The Zodia are out for blood with their attentions inexplicably focused on Larken. When long buried truths finally come to light, will their love be their salvation or their curse?


18950609Starstruck / Starcrossed (The Starstruck Series #1&2) – Brenda Hiatt

eBook Box Set / GR

Nerdy astronomy geek Marsha, M to her few friends, has never been anybody special. Orphaned as an infant and reluctantly raised by an overly-strict “aunt,” she’s not even sure who she is. M’s dream of someday escaping tiny Jewel, Indiana and making her mark in the world seems impossibly distant until hot new quarterback Rigel inexplicably befriends her. As Rigel turns his back on fawning cheerleaders to spend time with M, strange things start to happen: her acne clears up, her eyesight improves to the point she can ditch her thick glasses, and when they touch, sparks fly–literally! When M digs for a reason, she discovers deep secrets that will change her formerly mundane life forever… and expose her to perils she never dreamed of.


43125511. sy475 Speechless (Unfortunate Souls #1) – Madeline Freeman

eBook / GR

In a world where uncommon powers are feared by ordinary people, seventeen-year-old Aria must hide who she is or risk being shipped off to a detention facility for people with abilities—for aberrations like her.

Enrique Martinez is tired of having every moment of his life live-streamed to eager viewers. When he learns the cameras will go dark for forty-eight hours, he vows to break the rules and have the adventure of a lifetime—if even for only a day.

When Aria’s ability to breathe underwater is discovered, her life collides with Enrique’s, entangling their fates. Swept up in a global deception, Aria must choose between her safety and her desires, between her family and the life she’s always wanted.


53452396. sy475 Beyond the Shroud (Tempest Rising #1) – Elliot VanDruff

eBook / GR

Rowyn Blythe is cursed. Hidden behind the shroud of Morgania, she’s brought only tragedy to her clan. But to an empire brought to its knees by drought, the first weather sorcerer in a century can only be a blessing from the gods.
To atone for her past, Rowyn must seek control of her power, but doing so brings her closer to the Lyrican Empire. The empire that she’s fought against her whole life. Rowyn may want nothing to do with Lyrica, but it seems like everyone wants a piece of her. In the end, they may not let her go. 


16096824. sy475 A Court of Thorns and Rose (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) – Sarah J. Maas

Audiobook / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / GR

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever


17927395. sy475 A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) – Sarah J. Maas

Audiobook / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / GR

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.


23766634. sy475 A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) – Sarah J. Maas

Audiobook / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / GR

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.


36531970. sy475 Court of Shadows (Blade and Rose #3) – Miranda Honfleur

Audiobook / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / GR

Master Mage Rielle is counting the months to her wedding when an unexpected invitation arrives from Magehold—to compete for magister. The magister’s mantle has been her dream for over a decade, but rumors accuse Magehold of shadowy deeds, among them killing families to collect promising young novices.

 

 


40213800. sy475 Queen of the Shining Sea (Blade and Rose #4) – Miranda Honfleur

Audiobook / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / GR

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.

But the Divinity does not accept defeat — and when the Grand Divinus strikes back, it is not at Rielle but at Emaurria. Will she give up her war against the Divinity, or will Emaurria fall?


40026665. sy475 No Man Can Tame (Dark-Elves of Nightbloom #1) – Miranda Honfleur

Audiobook / GR

A human princess. A dark-elf prince. A kiss of fire and powder.

Aless and Veron face opposition at every turn, with humans and dark-elves alike opposing the union violently, as well as their own feelings of dissonance toward each other. Can two people from cultures that despise one another fall in love? Can a marriage between them bond two opposing worlds together, or will it tear them apart for good?


29283751. sy475 Dark Breaks the Dawn (Dark Breaks the Dawn Duology #1) – Sara B. Larson

Audiobook / GR

On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.

But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn onto the throne much sooner than she expected.

In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price.


Someone needs to come take my fucking wallet away from me. I knew I had a lot of physical copies, but jfc, the eBooks, the eARCs…the freaking audiobooks…

Yell at me if you see me tweeting about buying books. Don’t let me do it.

 

11 thoughts on “Aug’20 Book Haul

  1. I just got Midnight Sun from the library and I’m only a few pages in but I think I already like Edward’s POV better than Bella’s. He is a little angsty despite being way older than the teenager he is pretending to be but so far not bad.

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  2. Awesome haul!! You have so many books that look intriguing! I got Forest of Firelight after reading your review the other day. Can’t wait to read it! Daughter of the Deep sounds really good too. Happy reading! 🙂

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    1. Thanks! I think I went a tad overboard, but OH WELL lol. I don’t even want to imagine what Sept’s haul is going to look like, freaking pre-orders galore. I can’t wait to read that either! I’m definitely going to try and read it next month and I will 100% have a review up once I do!

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  3. August- technically that consists of five books.

    Finally finished Anna Karenina- owned that book for a few years now. Not the biggest fan

    Started and finished the entire Shades of Magic series- already owned the first one for quite a while now. I actually had to buy the other two this year.

    My last book of August was Bleak House- still in the middle of reading it.

    Some of the books I will be reading in the future I already own: Hard Times, Kidnapped, Gulliver’s Travels, Secret Garden and three musical theatre books (well, that’s not all of them- I have War and Peace). There are still some I need to buy: I do need to buy Little Women and A Little Princess are two of them. Really want to reread Narnia and Harry Potter. Thinking of rereading, I might reread Spinning Silver to write a review.

    There are two places I love going to if I have not idea what to get: Park Road Parks is really good at recommending books: this is located in my hometown of Charlotte. Malaprops in Asheville literally has a “blind date” section: the book are wrapped up in brown paper and all you see are adjectives: You choose the book based on the adjectives.

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    1. Whoa, those are some classic reads! Props!
      It’s always good to read those already owned books! I’ve been trying to do that more and more, and limit my book buying…lol (i def didn’t limit myself in August, oops).
      I need a HP reread, but that’s set for sometime in the future, and I’d probs do the audiobooks.
      Recently, I’ve been buying a lot of books based on ads and covers – but I love the idea a “blind date with a book”!

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      1. If you actually look at all these classics reads, you will be more impressed:

        1. Les Misérables
        2. Hunchback of Notre Dame
        3. A Christmas Carol
        4. Oliver Twist
        5. David Copperfield
        6. Tale of Two Cities
        7. Great Expectations
        8. Nicholas Nickleby
        9. Don Quixote
        10. Illiad
        11. Odyssey
        12. Anna Karenina

        While still on Bleak House, I still have Kidnapped, Gulliver’s Travels, Hard Times, and War and Peace (which will be probably be to touched for a long time)

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