Happy Wednesday everyone! Better late than never right? I’ve still been struggling with blogging lately. Things are just SO busy in my life right now and other things have been taking my time so I apologize for not being around as much. But today is the somewhat delayed book haul for both August and September. I can’t exactly remember the stuff I got in August, since it’s been a little bit, so I decided to combine them both 🙂
Audio Books (Ones I got myself)
- Serious Moonlight: This was actually a pretty good price on Audible, so I spent my own money on this since I had my library audio book expire. But this was SO worth my money! This was a great YA contemporary and I’m so happy to own the audio book 🙂
- The Bridge Kingdom #1: I only really heard about this book Brianna at Paws & Paperback’s review on it and also Riley Marie on booktube. I normally don’t read fantasy romance, but I’ve heard great reviews on this from both of them. So I used a credit and decided to get it. I I’ve listened to both narrators on a sample and I liked both so fingers crossed that I like this one!
- Archenemies (Renegades #2): Even though I do own the hardcover of this book, I listened to the first one on audio and got the sequel on audio as well. Both narrators (Rebecca Soler and Dan Bittner) are incredible and I need to get to this one before the final book comes out.
ARCs/Stuff from Publishers
- Sensational (Spectacle #2) (February 2020) by Jodie Lynn Zdrok: As of this post, this is still in the “Read Now” section on NetGalley! Once I saw it, I clicked on it faster than I could blink. This is the sequel to Spectacle which I read earlier this year. This second book takes place during the 1889 Exposition Universelle and we follow Nathalie once more as she uncovers the dark secret of this world wide fair. The ending to the first book blew my mind away so I’m BEYOND excited to find out how this book ends before its release date in February.
- The Silvered Serpents (Gilded Wolves #2) (February 2020) by Roshani Chokshi: I got my wish for this book granted on NetGalley! I’ve been highly anticipating this second book after the first one left quite the impression on me at the beginning of this year! This is a historical fantasy series that really stands out for me and some early reviews I’ve seen from blogger friends make me even more excited for what’s to come. This is one I NEED to read before the year is over.
- The Iron Will of Genie Lo (Genie Lo #2) (January 2020) by F.C. Yee: This is the sequel to The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, which is a really fun romp urban fantasy book. We follow Genie Lo, who discovers that she has unearthly powers after a new student, Quentin tells her that he’s the Monkey King! The first book was fun and cleverly written and I hope the sequel does improve the relationship dynamic between the two that was kinda missing from the first book.
- The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller: While I really didn’t like this author’s debut novel, I do want to give her another chance. The author has described this book as a “pure Slytherin romance” with two characters that aren’t good people. I do love the cover and while I’m hesitant, I did download it from Edelweiss and I hope this is one I will enjoy more.
- The Empire of Dreams (Girl of Fire and Thorns #4) (April 2020) by Rae Carson: I was shocked when I found this book on Goodreads; I never thought we’d see another book in this series. The info on Goodreads says that this is a standalone companion novel that takes place after the original trilogy ends and follows different characters. But since I did mostly like the original trilogy, I did request this since it has great potential. Now I just need to read the original trilogy again to get familiar with the world once more.
- Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst (April 2020): NOW this is a book I’m really excited for! I really enjoyed Fire and Heist and thought that The Queen of Blood being a fun first installment in an adult fantasy series. This is a new standalone by this author and is a desert fantasy and I’ll leave the Goodreads summary here: ife, death, and rebirth — in Becar, everyone knows that who you are in this life will determine what you are in your next life. The augurs can read your fate in your aura: hawk, heron, tortoise, jackal, human. Armed with that knowledge, you can change your destiny with the choices you make, both in this life and your next. But for the darkest individuals, there is no redemption: you come back as a kehok, a monster, and you will always be a kehok for the rest of time.
Unless you can win the Races.
As a professional trainer, Tamra was an elite kehok rider. Then a tragic accident on the track shattered her confidence, damaged her career, and left her nearly broke. Now Tamra needs the prize money to prevent the local temple from taking her daughter away from her, and that means she must once again find a winning kehok . . . and a rider willing to trust her.
Raia is desperate to get away from her domineering family and cruel fiancé. As a kehok rider, she could earn enough to buy her freedom. But she can’t become good enough to compete without a first-rate trainer.
Impressed by the inexperienced young woman’s determination, Tamra hires Raia and pairs her with a strange new kehok with the potential to win — if he can be tamed.
But in this sport, if you forget you’re riding on the back of a monster, you die. Tamra and Raia will work harder than they ever thought possible to win the deadly Becaran Races — and in the process, discover what makes this particular kehok so special.
- The Athena Protocol by Shamim Sarif (Available now!): I got a hard copy of this book sent to me from a publicist that I’ve worked with before. This book, the first in a series if I’m correct, is basically described as a female James Bond book. The main character is apart of the Athena Protocol, female agents who enact vigilante justice. But after she gets kicked out of the organization, she investigates human trafficking in order to get answers. This book also many LGBTQ+ characters, including the protagonist. I’ve heard good things about this book, so I’m hopeful that it’ll be a fun ride.
- The Fountains of Silence (Available now!) by Ruta Sepetys: I got the physical ARC of this book at the very end of September, so I could read it for the blog tour that I did earlier this past week. My review is already up, so you can find it on my homepage. This is the newest book by Ruta Sepetys and it focuses on teens who are in 1957 Madrid amidst the rule of dictator Francisco Franco. This was another great and educational book that I enjoyed 🙂
- Bid My Soul Farewell (Give the Dark My Love #2) by Beth Revis: I got both the audio book and the physical copy from my library to help me try and finish this book among the loads of ARCs I still need to get to. This is a duology about Nedra, a girl who does to Yugen Academy to find a way to practice medicinal alchemy and the Wasting Death, a spreading plague on her island. We also follow Grey, a young man at the academy and tries to help Nedra not become corrupted by the darkness. I enjoyed the first book, so we’ll see how this series ends.
- Serpent & Dove #1 by Shelby Mahurin: This book is REALLY hyped up right now, being about a girl who left her coven and becomes a wife of a witch hunter. He doesn’t know that she’s a witch and it’s supposed to be a hate to love fantasy romance. I’ve started this audio book and so far, it’s entertaining but not amazing. I hope to finish it before my loan expires.
- Dead Voices (Small Spaces #2) by Katherine Arden: I’m glad that my online library got the audio book for this one; I had mixed feelings for the first one and I wasn’t sure about spending my money on this sequel just yet. But luckily I have been hearing good things about this sequel, so it’s the perfect time of year. This follows Ollie and her friends that become snowed in at a ski resort with something sinister. This is also a short audio book, so fingers crossed that I’ll enjoy this second book.
- Caster by Elsie Chapman: I had to get the audio book for this one, after an amazing review from Vicky! This is follows a world where real magic is dangerous and illegal, but Aza still does the forbidden magic, even though it killed her sister. I hear that this is Avatar the Last Airbender meets Fight Club and I’m so stoked for this one! I also got the audio book for this one and I hope to finish it soon.
- The Girl the Sea Gave Back (Sky in the Deep #2) by Adrienne Young: I decided to do the audio book for this one from my library, since I didn’t get to the e-ARC before the book expired (woops). But as of this post, I’m done with the book! This companion book takes place 10 years after Sky in the Deep and follows Tova, a Truthtongue and Halvard, a young man from a rival clan and their fates collide. Stay tuned for my review later this week so you can see my full thoughts.
- Avatar graphic novels: The Search parts 1-3: This is the next story arc in the Avatar comics following The Promise. These comics have major spoilers for the series, so don’t read these until you’ve seen the TV show. But I’ve been loving these comics and I’m SO happy to see these characters again. Part one had quite the twist, so obviously, I’ll be reading the next two very soon!
That’s my book haul for the past couple months! I’m glad it’s not super huge lol. Wish me luck with all the titles I need to get to. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these or if you got any of these in your book haul as well 🙂