New month, new books!

Saturday, December 20, 2014
So I was doing pretty good at not buying books and then.... I got a coupon from Barnes and Noble. And then my fiance took me to Half Price Books. And then I got one of the best packages EVER. So yeah, this was a fun, exciting month for books.

Alistair Grim's Odditorim by Gregory Funaro. This was sent to me from Alyssa of With the Banned. I don't know much about it except the cover is awesome and Alyssa was generous enough to send it to me.

Wow this picture is way darker than I thought but I am too lazy to take another.

Endsinger by Jay Kristoff - The Lotus War #3. So this is the only book in the series I did not get an ARC for. I purposefully didn't requst one because I knew that I would in no way be capable of reviewing this. I was right. Kristoff smashed my heart and I utterly loved him for it.

The Unbound by Victoria Schwab - The Archived #2. Oh my Wesley Ayres feels. Another I've already read, this continuation was everything I've grown to expect from Schwab: creative, well-written, full of feels, unpredictable. There is nothing this woman will write that I don't want to read RIGHT NOW. "I never liked bad weather, not until I met you."

In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken - The Darkest Minds #3. I've been holding off on book two so I could marathon. Looks like that will be happening soon!

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers - His Fair Assassin #3. I read an ARC of this from BEA so clearly I had to complete my hardcover collection. All I can say about this one is ANNITH, YOU BADASS.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. This book is adorable. It's charming and cute and still manages to pack in the feels and ship. Gilly called it a fairytale for lesbians in LA and that is the best descriptor available.

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios - Dark Caravan Cycle #1. So reviews for this have been mixed but I never got around to my ARC. So I bought it because Something Real was one of my favorite reads for the year. It's her second novel but I already have a lot of faith in this author. (I'm reading I'll Meet You There soon, too!)

I am Livia by Phyllis T. Smith. A historical novel I had for a book tour earlier in the year, I had to own that cover. This was an excellent rendition of the life of Livia and I look forward to whatever else Smith publishes next.

The Copper Promise by Jen Williams - The Copper Promise #1. I've had my eye on this fantasy for almost a year since Ewa raved over it. I finally got tired of waiting (and got a Book Depository coupon) so I ordered it from the UK. GREATEST DECISION. So so good. I've already pre-ordered its sequel, The Iron Ghost.

Traitor's Blade by Sebastian de Castell - Greatcoats #1. Another I received an ARC for and reviewed earlier in the year and then bought from the Book Depository because the US cover is terrible.

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I haven't read this in years but I found the exact edition from my childhood for $1 at HPB.

The Blood of the Fifth Knight by E.M. Powell - this is for a historical fiction book tour and I am pretty excited to sink into 1176 with this story.

The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke. I had an ARC of this and never read it but I remember several friends being fans. It was only $4 so .... why not?

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson. Another I had an ARC of (that I sent on to Danielle because I love her and want her to feel my emotional pain) and loved so hard I had to buy a hardcover copy. Nobody does contemporary YA like Halse Anderson and Marchetta.

Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks - Shannara Trilogy #3. I know these books are largely.. inspired.... by LOTR but damnit if I don't love them. Elfstones and Wishsong are my favorites but the whole series is a must for fantasy fans.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. I have a physical ARC of this but this cover is lovely and I like to support authors. Plus now I have an extra copy to push on someone else.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown - Red Rising #1. I had written this one off, deleted my ARC.... and then Steph from Cuddlebuggery had an EPIC meltdown over the sequel. My curiosity was piqued and I found a copy for $5.

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid - Insignia #1. I have heard a lot of good about this series and... I am sucker for the covers. And then throw in WWIII and great characters... I was a goner.

The Broken Kingdom and the Kingdom of the Gods by N.K. Jemisin - The Inheritance Trilogy #2 and #3. Another series I've read and loved on Kindle.. so much so that I needed physcial copies to display. It makes sense to me ok I'm a magpie.

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama. I have an ARC of this but the hardcover is SO lovely and it was only $4 at BookOutlet. I regret nothing.

Blood and Bone by Ian C. Esslemont - Malazan Empire #5. So the Malazan world was dreamed up by ICE and Steven Erikson and though their series are linked, they're very different. I love both but I have fallen way behind on keeping up (ICE has six books out and I've only read the first two.) I plan to remedy this in 2015.

Dangerous Women edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner R. Dozois. So this was a mixed bag. I'm glad I only spent $6 or I would have been kinda pissed. Some stories are awesome, some are okay, and some miss the point entirely. (DNFs: Butcher, Gabaldon, Grossman.)

The Prodigal Mage by Karen Miller - The Fisherman's Children 31. I love Karen Miller's fantasy and need to complete her backlog. Another goal for 2015.

The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter. Coverlooooooooooooove. Major case of coverlove + interesting sounding fantasy. Haven't seen too many reviews on this but B&N sent me a 30% off coupon and whoops now it's mine.

Fat Cat by Robin Brande. This is the best kind of "issue" book -- one that doesn't beat you over the head. Plus: AWESOME FEMALE FRIENDSHIP. If you liked 45 Pounds or Less, this would be a great addition to your shelf.

The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman. So when this author blew me away with The Glass Casket, I knew I would have to find her debut. It was a creepy murder mystery and full of the rich writing I loved in TGC.

The Wild Rose by Jennifer Donnelly - The Tea Rose #3. Another I read as an ARC (it was one of my first back in 2011!) and needed a copy for my personal library. And while I was using that 30% coupon, B&N had this at $5. So it's mine now, finally.

oh wait.. I'm not done yet.....



Thank you to Alyssa, Historical Fiction Virtual Book tours, Barnes and Noble coupons, BookOutlet, my fiance's wallet, and Bloomsbury!


  1. So many pretty books! If you're gonna break your book buying ban, you should buy as many pretty books as possible and you've accomplished that!

  2. I have never cried as hard over a book as I cried at the end of Mad Scientist's Daughter. Prepare for feeeeeeels.

    I'm glad I bought Dangerous Women in ebook, because I'm not impressed either. Sorry. :(


    1. I am half excited, half terrified for MSD. I plan to have a Cassandra Rose Clarke week and binge all four of her books I own.

      What was up with DW? Just such a bag if misses and almost-awesomes. I liked GRRMs the best but... wow. What a missed opportunity for an anthology.


    2. I couldn't get into GRRM's. Too history book-y. I like the world building, but I think I wanted something more D&E like. I just picked up Rogues, I'm hoping that's better.


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