Book Haul

March Book Haul!

February was a horrible reading month for me. I didn’t read a single book. And the book I had started to read at the end of January didn’t get picked up again until this month.

I think I’m going to blame it on getting into the groove of school and working but really there is no excuse. I’m so glad to be back into my regular habit of reading. And because of that, I have a book haul for you! Check out some of the books I’ve picked up this month 🙂

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers | Pages: 364

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Superheroes

Synopsis:

Daughter of immortals. 

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law – risking exile – to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death. 

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alias is a Warbringer – a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together. 

Two girls will face an army of enemies – mortal and divine – determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Why I Bought It:

This book has been on my TBR list for a while. The other day I went into Costco and they happened to have hardcover copies of this one and Batman by Marie Lu. Costco is one of my favourite places to buy books because you’re never buying them at full price. It’s especially great for hardcover books.

I love superheroes and Marvel comics and I just can’t wait to see this story brought to life. I also am excited to finally read something by Leigh Bardugo!

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Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers | Pages: 364

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Superheroes

Synopsis:

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer … and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers.  What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

Why I Bought It:

Similar to buying Wonder Woman: Warbringer, this book has been on my list for a while. It’s so nice when you can purchase books you want to read for a cheaper price. I’m excited to see how Marie Lu brings Batman to life!

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Publisher: HarperCollins | Pages: 432

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Synopsis:

All that glitters is not gold. 

New York City, 2118. Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a breathtaking marvel that touches the sky. But amid high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, five teenagers are keeping dangerous secrets …

Leda is haunted by memories of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’ll do anything to make sure the truth stays hidden – even if it means trusting her enemy.

Watt just wants to put everything behind him … until Leda forces him to start hacking again. Will he do what it takes to be free of her for good?

When Rylin wins a scholarship to an upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being there also means seeing the boy whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.

Avery is tormented by her love for the one person in the world she can never have. She’s desperate to be with him … no matter the cost.

And then there’s Calliope, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who arrives in New York determined to cause a stir. And she knows exactly where to begin.

But unbeknownst to them all, someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, just one wrong step can mean a devastating fall.

Why I Bought It:

I read The Thousandth Floor last year. Although it wasn’t my favourite book ever, I am still curious to see how the series continues – especially with the cliffhanger at the end!

I’ve recently started watching Gossip Girl again since it returned to Netflix and I think because The Thousandth Floor reminds me so much of Gossip Girl, it continuously draws me in – even though the first book was not what I initially hoped for.

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Publisher: HarperTeen | Pages: 512

Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance

Synopsis:

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.

Like that could go wrong.

Why I Bought It:

I majored in history in university so historical storylines are some of my favourites to read. Over Christmas break, I read The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand (read my review here). I really enjoyed her humour and the storyline. I have heard many good things about this book series and that it’s a hilarious read. It was time I got my hands on a copy and caught up on all the hype!!

Publisher: Dial Press | Pages: 432

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. However, a trip to the doctor projects they will live another 68 years together and panic sets in. They never expected “until death do us part” to mean seven decades.

In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting: they will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring. But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me, mishaps arise and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that question some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all.

Why I Bought It:

Sophie Kinsella is one of those writers who you always enjoy. I haven’t read many of her books but each one I have, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed! The synopsis of this book is so intriguing and I’m looking forward to a fluffy, light, contemporary read.

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Publisher: Swoon Reads | Pages: 309

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis:

Seven seniors, seven problems, one senior prom.

Cora: Head of the Prom Committee (and basically every other club in school). Has been dating Perfect Boyfriend Jamie for approximately forever, and has NO IDEA how to break up with him …

Paisley: Sarcastic feminist who wants nothing to do with prom. Has somehow managed to nominate her anxiety-ridden best friend for prom king …

Henry: Quiet ballplayer who hates social situations. Invited to prom by the most popular girl in school. SEND HELP!

Otis: Charming, popular, and one half of one of the cutest couples in his class. Doesn’t know how to tell his boyfriend that he’s not ready for a post-prom hotel room experience …

Lizzie: A little bit shy, and a lot excited to finally get out of her comfort zone and go to prom. With a boy. Whose name she doesn’t know.

Cameron: Loner with two jobs and zero friends. Is so done with high school and this whole town: the only thing he still wants to do is meet the mysterious girl who’s been leaving him notes …

Jacinta: Unnamed Nerd Girl #3. Determined to become the start of her own life, starting with prom. Now if only she could find a date …

A Prom to Remember is a funny and cinematic look at the biggest dance of every high schooler’s life.

Why I Bought It:

Since this is an ARC, I have to say thank you to Raincoast books for sending it to me to review! I loved the Disney movie Prom and this totally reminds me of it. Can’t wait for another cute, fluffy, contemporary read!!

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!

9 Comments

  • Alex says:

    The Thousandth Floor sounds super interesting! I’m putting that one on my TBR list for sure. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Ah, it makes me so happy to know that my posts are inspiring others to try things out! It definitely wasn’t my favourite book ever but it is definitely like a futuristic gossip girl vibe and I enjoyed it! Let me know your thoughts once you get a chance to read it, I’d love to hear them!

  • I have read Batman and it was amazing! I was never a huge fan of Batman but Marie Lu made me a huge fan of young Bruce Wayne! I need to pick up Wonder Woman soon though. I hope you love all these books. Happy Reading 😊😊

    • That’s awesome to hear! I haven’t read one of Marie Lu’s books yet, so I’m curious to know how I like it! I’m currently reading Wonder Woman, so a review will be posted soon! I think it’s awesome that these authors are delving into the world of heroes! 🙂

      • I love Marie Lu! My favorite is the Young Elites series and Warcross! I highly recommend! I will be watching for your Wonder Woman review for sure! I do too and the fact that Sarah J Maas will do Catwoman makes me feel complete. I can’t wait.

      • I have the first book in the Young Elite series and I also have Warcross – I just haven’t had time to read them yet! Too many books, too little time! I can’t wait to read them though. Oh I know, Catwoman is going to be amazing, purely because it’s by Sarah J. Maas!

      • I completely understand that! I have a TBR pile a mile high. I love Sarah J. Maas and Catwoman was perfect for her. She is the queen of sassy characters and let’s face it Catwoman is pure sass.

      • I totally agree! She’s going to be perfect at all those sassy lines!!

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