Book Haul

August Book Haul – Part 1!

Today I went to the bookstore and picked up a few books (which of course means, its shaping up to be a great day!) Over the past couple of weeks I’ve purchased a few books so I thought I would share a little mini book haul with you guys; so if you’re interested, take a look!

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers | Pages: 440

Synopsis:

When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. And she’s alive, though currently trapped in the twelfth century, during the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Passing through the Dim, Hope enters a brutal medieval world of political intrigue, danger, and violence. A place where any serious interference could alter the very course of history. And when she meets a boy whose face is impossibly familiar, she must decide between her mission and her heart – both of which could leave Hope trapped in the past forever.

Why I Bought It:

Totally not going to lie – I was drawn to this book purely on the fact that my favourite girl, Diana Gabaldon, praised it and it was located on the front cover. It was enough to sell me. I’m a huge fan of Outlander and I’m hoping this book will be similar in some aspects but give me a totally new perspective on time traveling books. Also, the fact that I’m Scottish and a history major was a huge plus!

Publisher: Dutton | Pages: 323

Synopsis:

“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail and also I love you …” Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing ever aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now – reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be an “Internet Security Officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers – not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained – and captivated – by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself. What would he say …?

Why I Bought It:

Ok, I’ll admit it … I’m a book lover and I have yet to read any of Rainbow Rowell’s books. I figured it was about time and after a friend said it was funny and a good read, I knew it was a good start. I’m already a couple of chapters in and am asking myself why it took so long to try her books!

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books | Pages: 655

Synopsis:

Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows he was friends with Clary, and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him … but he doesn’t know how. And when Clary and Isabelle look at him, expecting him to be a man he doesn’t remember … Simon can’t take it.

So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. His new self. Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. And that differences – like being a former vampire – are greatly looked down upon. At least Simon is trained in weaponry – even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

Why I Bought It:

Because I love Cassandra Clare. And for some odd reason, I didn’t have this book in my collection and wanted to grab the hardcover version before all my local bookstore had were paperbacks. Happy Book Birthday, Paperback version!

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Publisher: Flatiron | Pages: 407

Synopsis:

Remember, it’s only a game … 

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval – the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show – are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval … beware of getting swept too far away.

Why I Bought It:

I’ve been hearing about this book on the booklr and bookstagram community for so long now that it was about time I got it. The synopsis also really intrigues me. I think a circus type theme for a book will be really interesting and I hope I enjoy this book as much as other people have!

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books | Pages: 655

Synopsis: 

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honour. The world of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners – sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden – it could destory them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows – the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

Why I Bought It:

Similar to why I bought Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy … I love Cassandra Clare! Plus, I am currently listening to Lady Midnight (I also own the book) and will want to dive into the sequel once I’m done the first!


Well … that’s my little mini haul for August! Please comment down below or message me about any of these books if you’ve read them and what you’ve thought! I’d love to hear your likes and dislikes!

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Avid reader and tea drinker. I read and review young adult books on my blog, The Contented Reader!

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