Feature: May Book Haul!

This is very very belated, and I completely forgot that I hadn’t posted it, but here is my round up of books I bought in May!

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas
2. Harley Quinn: Hot in the City – Amanda Conner
3. Darkhaven – A. F. E. Smith
4. The Lesser Dead – Christopher Buehlman

16096824 1. A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

I imagine a lot of people have this on their purchase lists this month! As soon as I heard Sarah J. Maas had a new series in the works, I absolutely had to get my paws on it. Throne of Glass is such a fantastic series, and I have high expectations for this one. I’ve seen some mixed reviews online already, so I’m hoping it won’t be a disappointment!

215559732. Harley Quinn: Hot in the City – Amanda Conner

The cyclone ain’t the only roller coaster in Coney Island…

At least, not after Harley Quinn rides into town. When Gotham’s favourite sociopath inherits a building off the famous boardwalk, she feels right at home in the (literal) freakshow. Unfortunately the legion of bounty hunters after the price on her head seem to know it, too.

Who else but Harley Quinn could handle all that Brooklyn’s criminal underbelly has to offer – Russian spies, senior citizen’s, and rival roller derby teams included – and still have time for a double chilli dog or six?

I’m so excited to read this. Harley Quinn is one of my favourite characters from the Batman universe and when I heard she was finally getting her own series, I knew it was going to be just fabulous. I actually bought this volume as well as volume two: Power Outage, so I’m hoping for a weekend of peace and quiet to really enjoy the tongue n cheek humour and fantastic artwork.

3. Darkhaven – A. F. E. Smith

Ayla Nightshade never wanted to rule Darkhaven. But her half-brother Myrren – true heir to the throne – hasn’t inherited their family gift, forcing her to take his place.

When this gift leads to Ayla being accused of killing her father, Myrren is the only one to believe her innocent. Does something more sinister than the power to shapeshift lie at the heart of the Nightshade family line?

Now on the run, Ayla must fight to clear her name if she is ever to wear the crown she never wanted and be allowed to return to the home she has always loved.

When A. F. E. Smith contacted me about being part of a blog tour for this book, I instantly said yes. It sounds amazing, and has such a glorious cover. I’ve seen a few reviews posted already and they’ve all rated the book very highly. The book is being released through Harper Voyager next month, so stay tuned for a review and a guest post from the author herself!

208934074. The Lesser Dead – Christopher Buehlman

The secret is, vampires are real and I am one.
The secret is, I’m stealing from you what is most truly yours and I’m not sorry—

New York City in 1978 is a dirty, dangerous place to live. And die. Joey Peacock knows this as well as anybody—he has spent the last forty years as an adolescent vampire, perfecting the routine he now enjoys: womanizing in punk clubs and discotheques, feeding by night, and sleeping by day with others of his kind in the macabre labyrinth under the city’s sidewalks.

The subways are his playground and his highway, shuttling him throughout Manhattan to bleed the unsuspecting in the Sheep Meadow of Central Park or in the backseats of Checker cabs, or even those in their own apartments who are too hypnotized by sitcoms to notice him opening their windows. It’s almost too easy.

Until one night he sees them hunting on his beloved subway. The children with the merry eyes. Vampires, like him…or not like him. Whatever they are, whatever their appearance means, the undead in the tunnels of Manhattan are not as safe as they once were.

And neither are the rest of us.

How fabulous does this sound? I read the synopsis on Goodreads and immediately added to my Amazon basket. I loved a good dark and creepy horror, and this sounds like it checks all the boxes. Christopher Buehlman is well known for his well crafted stories, and I’m sure The Lesser Dead will be no exception!

That about concludes the books I bought in May, what about you, what have you been buying? Have you read any of these, what did you think?

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