Book Haul

August Book Haul – Part 2!

It’s time for another mini August book haul! I went to the bookstore the other day and picked up four new books. If you want to see what I got and what they’re about, keep reading!

Publisher: Simon Pulse | Pages: 389


“I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father – and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

Why I Bought It: 

I’ve already read this contemporary book and absolutely loved it (you can read my review here). When I first read this book, I read it on my kobo and while I do like the ease of using an e-reader, it’s not my favourite form of reading. I commute to school on a train and its easy to read with my kobo then an actual book. I saw this book on sale at my local Chapters/Indigo for six dollars and I knew I had to add it to my book shelf!

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile | Pages: 311


Two weeks.

That’s how long it took for Avery West’s ordinary life to change forever: In two weeks, she discovered she was heiress to a powerful secret society known as the Circle, learned her mother was taken hostage by the Circle’s enemies, and fell for a boy she’s not allowed to love, just as she found out another was her unwelcome destiny.

Now, Avery crosses oceans in private jets to hunt for clues that will uncover the truth about the Circle, setting her mom and herself free before it’s too late. By her side are both the boys: Jack – steady, loyal and determined to help her even at the expense of his own duty – and Stellan, whose connection to Avery grows stronger by the day despite her best intentions, making her question what she believes at every turn.

But at the end of a desperate hunt from the islands of Greece to the red carpet at Cannes comes a discovery that not only changes everything, but could bring the whole world to its knees. And now Avery is forced to face the truth: in the world of the Circle, no one is what they seem.

Why I Bought It:

This book is the second book in the Conspiracy of Us series. I recently read the Conspiracy of Us and really enjoyed it. It was filled with suspense, mystery and really interesting historical facts. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this trilogy continues and to see what happens between the characters! My review of The Conspiracy of Us will be posted tomorrow!

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books | Pages: 513


Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions – not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Why I Bought It:

Historical Fiction? Check. Beautiful Cover? Check. Interesting Plot? Check. Great Reviews? Check.

Honestly, I’ve been seeing this book floating around bookstagram and it has been getting such great reviews that I decided to give it a try! I can’t wait to see what this book has in store for me!

Publisher: HarperTeen | Pages: 304


Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their dangerous journey yet.

With lush writing and a star-crossed romance, Reign of Shadows is Sophie Jordan at her best.

Why I Bought It:

I love fairytales. And Disney. This book is a retelling of Rapunzel and I cannot wait to give it a try. I just hope that it is as good as it sounds!

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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