I’ve been trying to be good and not buy as many books as my TBR is (slightly) out of control at the moment, but I’ve caved and picked up quite a few new goodies, so I thought I’d do a quick book haul!
1. Nevernight – Jay Kristoff (Nevernight Chronicles #1)
This is a book I’ve been hearing about for what feels like forever. Everyone I know in the blogging community seems to love it and is really passionate about it. I did try my hand at getting it in my local Waterstones, but alas they had no copies left – so I ordered this one off Amazon!
In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.
Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.
Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.
Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?
2. Those Below – Daniel Polansky (Empty Throne #2)
I was kindly sent a copy of Those Above on BookBridgr when it was released in 2015. I really really enjoyed it, so when I spotted this in The Works for £1.99 I knew I had to pick it up – I hadn’t even realised there was a second book in the series! I really can’t wait to dive into it. If you fancy you can also read my review of Those Above here!
For centuries humanity has served Those Above, god-like Eternals who rule from their cloud-capped mountain-city.
They built a civilisation of unimagined beauty and unchecked viciousness.
They thought themselves invincible.
They were wrong.
The story that began in Those Above comes to an explosive conclusion in this unforgettable battle for the hearts and minds of the human race.
3. The Humans – Matt Haig
I’m currently studying a Masters in Publishing and to get some experience I did a three month internship at Canongate Books around the time preparations were being made for Matt Haig’s newest title – How to Stop Time (It’s a glorious book, I’ll have a review of it up soon). Sadly How to Stop Time is the only Matt Haig book that I’ve read, so when I saw this in a second hand book shop for 50p (50p!) I jumped at the chance to read it.
After an ‘incident’ one wet Friday night where Professor Andrew Martin is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge, he is not feeling quite himself. Food sickens him. Clothes confound him. Even his loving wife and teenage son are repulsive to him. He feels lost amongst a crazy alien species and hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton, and he’s a dog.
Who is he really? And what could make someone change their mind about the human race. . .?
4. Go Set A Watchman – Harper Lee
This is another second hand bookshop find. I read To Kill A Mockingbird as a teenager, but I somehow never got around to buying this when it was released. Looking forward to finding out if it was worth the wait!
Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch–“Scout”–returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt.
Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past–a journey that can be guided only by one’s conscience. Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor and effortless precision–a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to an American classic.
5. Larchfield – Polly Clark
I picked this up in Waterstones a few weeks ago. I have heard quite a buzz about it on Twitter, and had hoped to attend Polly Clark’s event at my local Waterstones but sadly I was working. I’m still really looking forward to reading it though – it sounds fantastic!
It’s early summer when a young poet, Dora Fielding, moves to Helensburgh on the west coast of Scotland and her hopes are first challenged. Newly married, pregnant, she’s excited by the prospect of a life that combines family and creativity. She thinks she knows what being a person, a wife, a mother, means. She is soon shown that she is wrong. As the battle begins for her very sense of self, Dora comes to find the realities of small town life suffocating, and, eventually, terrifying; until she finds a way to escape reality altogether.
Another poet, she discovers, lived in Helensburgh once. Wystan H. Auden, brilliant and awkward at 24, with his first book of poetry published, should be embarking on success and society in London. Instead, in 1930, fleeing a broken engagement, he takes a teaching post at Larchfield School for boys where he is mocked for his Englishness and suspected – rightly – of homosexuality. Yet in this repressed limbo Wystan will fall in love for the first time, even as he fights his deepest fears.
6. Sirens – Joseph Knox
Yet another Waterstones find. This is actually a signed copy as well, so I was really excited to get that. I love a good crime thriller, and I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this one. Planning to take it on holiday and probably whizz through it!
Set in a sprawling, twilight northern city, Sirens introduces Aidan Waits, a disgraced young detective caught stealing drugs from evidence and subsequently blackmailed into going undercover. When an MP’s daughter runs away from home, Waits is sent to track her down and finds himself at the centre of a maelstrom of drugs, blackmail and deception.
Uncovering the motives of those involved, he’s thrown forwards through politicians, police and drug lords – towards a conclusion and a truth he really doesn’t want to know.
7. The Waking Land – Callie Bates
I’ve seen lots of bloggers reading this one and was very jealous. The cover is just stunning and it
sounds like such a good story. I had a £10 voucher to spend in Waterstones from collecting the stamps, so I used it to get this beauty just the other day. Hoping to have some time soon to dive into it!
Lady Elanna Valtai is fiercely devoted to the King who raised her like a daughter. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Elanna is accused of his murder and must flee for her life.
Returning to the homeland of magical legends she has forsaken, Elanna is forced to reckon with her despised, estranged father, branded a traitor long ago. Feeling a strange, deep connection to the natural world, she also must face the truth about the forces she has always denied or disdained as superstition powers that suddenly stir within her.
But an all-too-human threat is drawing near, determined to exact vengeance. Now Elanna has no choice but to lead a rebellion against the kingdom to which she once gave her allegiance. Trapped between divided loyalties, she must summon the courage to confront a destiny that could tear her apart.
8. Roar – Cora Carmack (Stormheart #1)
This is another one that I’ve heard quite a lot about online. I recently cancelled my Fairyloot subscription because quite a few of the books that came were ones I’d already read or had been sent review copies for (Caraval, Strange the Dreamer etc) so I was slightly gutted that the book for last month was one I really wanted to read! I consoled myself by ordering a copy from BookDepository. It hasn’t arrived yet which is why it isn’t picked, but I’m very much looking forward to it’s arrival!
In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.
Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.
To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.
Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.
Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.
So that’s all the books I’ve bought recently. Have you read any of them? What did you think? And what lovely books have you been buying recently?