July Book Haul

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Hello everyone! I got rather a lot of books this month (oops). I haven’t included any of the WAY TOO MANY review copies I received in this list as I will be doing a separate post on that shortly, in an attempt to make this a more manageable post to write and read and because I think it will work better that way.

All summaries are taken from Goodreads are of the first book in the series no matter which book I actually bought.


Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

34787673I didn’t actually mean to buy this book. I forgot to take it out of the Amazon basket and my dad ordered some light bulbs and he didn’t remove it first, so he ended up ordering it. Because he’s a babe, he decided that he would just buy it for me. I loved Night Owls (aka The Anatomical Shape of the Heart) so I’m hoping I enjoy this one even nearly as much. This is a stand-a-lone YA contemporary novel.

Bailey “Mink” Rydell has met the boy of her dreams. They share a love of films and talk all day – Alex is perfect. Well, apart from the fact that they’ve never actually met… and neither of them knows the other’s real name.

When Bailey moves to California to live with her dad, who happens to live in the same town as Alex, she decides to use her sleuthing skills to find him. But tracking someone down based on online conversations alone proves harder than Bailey thought, and with her irritating but charismatic colleague Porter Roth distracting her at every turn, will she ever get to meet the mysterious Alex?


Star Witch by Helen Harper

35123171This is the second book in The Lady Girl’s Guide to Magic series. The first book is Slouch Witch and it is a New Adult urban fantasy/romance type book. I have actually already read this book! (Exciting.) I really like the romance in these books and the plot in each one is very different. I am very much looking forward to the final book coming out at the end of August.

Let’s get one thing straight – Ivy Wilde is not a heroine. In fact, she’s probably the last witch in the world who you’d call if you needed a magical helping hand, regardless of her actual abilities. If it were down to Ivy, she’d spend all day every day on her sofa where she could watch TV, munch junk food and talk to her feline familiar to her heart’s content.

However, when a bureaucratic disaster ends up with Ivy as the victim of a case of mistaken identity, she’s yanked very unwillingly into Arcane Branch, the investigative department of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Her problems are quadrupled when a valuable object is stolen right from under the Order’s noses. It doesn’t exactly help that she’s been magically bound to Adeptus Exemptus Raphael Winter. He might have piercing sapphire eyes and a body which a cover model would be proud of but, as far as Ivy’s concerned, he’s a walking advertisement for the joyless perils of too much witch-work.

And if he makes her go to the gym again, she’s definitely going to turn him into a frog.


Thief's Cunning by Sarah Ahiers

32075448This is the companion sequel to Assassin’s Heart which I read last year and loved. They are companions, but if you ever plan on reading the first one I really recommend reading that one first because otherwise you will be VERY spoiled. Also, if you read that one before this one you’ll get some of the stuff sooner and there will be less mystery, but you get the easter eggs. Now, I haven’t read the book, but that’s what I can tell from reading the synopsis (not the one below, because that’s for the first book, but the actual synopsis of this book). It’s a YA Fantasy.

In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.


Storm Warrior by Dani Harper

17397922I got this off the Amazon Prime Library, which I’m glad about, because I didn’t particularly like this book. It was just very meh. It’s a NA romance with Welsh mythology. The romance didn’t really do anything for me, but I did like the mythological aspect. This is the first book in the Grim series.

Enslaved for millennia by the masters of the Welsh faery realm, the fierce Celtic warrior Rhys is doomed to wander the earth forever. But when a brave beauty unwittingly breaks the enchantment, he is drawn into a strange new world…and an all-consuming desire.

Sensible Morgan doesn’t believe in magic—until a mysterious being saves her from a fate worse than death, and life as she knows it changes forever. Now the man of her dreams has become flesh and blood, igniting a spark in Morgan’s soul which science cannot explain. But even a love that transcends time may not be strong enough to withstand the power of an ancient curse.


The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

12499290This is the second book in the Lightbringer series. It’s an adult epic fantasy. I really liked the first book so I’m looking forward to continuing with the rest. I bought it when I was shopping with my aunt before going to see a play.

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals.

But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.


Now I Rise by Kiersten White

32491708This is the second book in the Conqueror’s Saga. The first book is And I Darken and it is a YA Fantasy book inspired by the story of Vlad the Impaler.

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.


Smiler's Fair by Rebecca Levene

21421126This was basically blurbed as what would happen if Erin Morgenstern had written A Game of Thrones, which sounds incredible. GOT is interesting, but there are too many characters and it’s too slow to read. The complexity of that kind of world-building mixed with The Night Circus’ flair and style must be incredible… at least I hope. This is the first book in The Hollow Gods series and is an adult fantasy.

Yron the moon god died, but now he’s reborn in the false king’s son. His human father wanted to kill him, but his mother sacrificed her life to save him. He’ll return one day to claim his birthright. He’ll change your life.

He’ll change everything.

Smiler’s Fair: the great moving carnival where any pleasure can be had, if you’re willing to pay the price. They say all paths cross at Smiler’s Fair. They say it’ll change your life. For five people, Smiler’s Fair will change everything.

In a land where unimaginable horror lurks in the shadows, where the very sun and moon are at war, five people – Nethmi, the orphaned daughter of a murdered nobleman, who in desperation commits an act that will haunt her forever. Dae Hyo, the skilled warrior, who discovers that a lifetime of bravery cannot make up for a single mistake. Eric, who follows his heart only to find that love exacts a terrible price. Marvan, the master swordsman, who takes more pleasure from killing than he should. And Krish, the humble goatherd, with a destiny he hardly understands and can never accept – will discover just how much Smiler’s Fair changes everything.


Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb

12479382This is the first book in the Farseer Trilogy and it is an adult fantasy. I’ve known of Robin Hobb for ages, but I’ve never read anything by her so I’m hoping it will live up to the hype.

Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father’s gruff stableman. He is treated like an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him sectetly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz’s blood runs the magic Skill–and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family. As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.


Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

25526296I downloaded this on audible using a credit, ended up loving it and bought myself the hardcover. It’s a YA fantasy novel and super short. It’s also the first book in series, but it can stand by itself.

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.


Saga Vol. 1 by Fiona Staples & Brian K. Vaughan

15704307This is now my first ever comic series! I bought this when I was in town so that I could read it during the BookTube-a-thon and now I will have to spend tons of money on the sequels. I had a Heffers gift voucher worth £5 so I only ended up spending £4 on this book, which was a real bargain! Unfortunately, Volumes 2 and 3 are £14 each. This is an Adult sci-fi comic series.

When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.


Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

31931941When I bought this I didn’t really know what it would be about, just that Hannah from A Clockwork Reader on YouTube really loved it and she was the person who got me into The Night Circus so if she likes a book I tend to want to try it (we disagree on disliking books *cough*SJM*cough* but if she likes a book I usually do). Now that I have read the synopsis, though, it reminds me a bit of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This is a YA contemporary and I’m really looking forward to reading it at some point in the (hopefully) near future.

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.


Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

30312891This is the sequel to Lady Midnight and the second book in the Dark Artifices series, which is set years after City of Heavenly Fire. I surprisingly loved the first book, so naturally I am going to continue. I bought the Waterstones exclusive edition of this book which has blue pages and a bonus deleted scene. This is YA Fantasy.

In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?


Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

27422533This is the 3rd book in the Hidden Legacy series. The first book in the series is Burn For Me. It’s a NA Urban Fantasy series with unfortunately crappy covers that do not do justice to the contents.

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.


Magic Shifts & Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

Screen Shot 2017-08-01 at 11.53.30These are books #8 and #9 in the Kate Daniels series. The first book in the series is Magic Bites and they are NA Urban Fantasies.

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t have it any other way…


Fate's Edge & Steel's Edge by Ilona Andrews

Screen Shot 2017-08-01 at 11.53.41These are the third and fourth books in the Edge series. The first book in the series is On the Edge and they are NA Urban Fantasies.

In The Broken, people shop at Walmart, and magic only lives in fairy tales; in The Weird, aristocrats still rule and the strength of your magic controls your fate; and The Edge is the borderland where anything can happen…

Rose Drayton and her two young brothers live in the Edge and are among the most gifted of the people there. In Rose’s case, her abilities are so powerful that men from the Edge and the Weird want to marry her. So When Declan Camarine – a blueblood noble from one of the Weird’s most powerful families – shows up she tells him what she’s told all the others: Go away!

But Declan offers Rose a challenge – Give him three tasks, and if he completes them, she will belong to him; if he fails, he’ll leave and never return. Coming up with must-fail plans is soon the least of Rose’s concerns: first, Declan is becoming a little too appealing; second the boys actually like him; and then the terrible magic-stealing hounds come…and it looks like working together is the only way to stop them and save The Edge.


Our Dark Duet by V. E. Schwab

34397653Okay so this book isn’t even on my TBR because I haven’t read the first book (This Savage Song) yet. The only reason I bought it is because my mum read This Savage Song and wanted to read the sequel immediately. This is YA fantasy and the second book in the Monsters of Verity series.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters.

All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection.

All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music.

When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.


So that’s “all”! Do you like having more detail about the books in these hauls or would you prefer just a picture? Somewhere in between? Please let me know and if you would like me to review any of these books or if you loved them, please tell me that as well!

Happy reading, Keira x.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Nel says:

    A friend of mine told me Saga is really, really good.

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