Saturday, 22 March 2014

My Weekly Book Haul: 22/03/2014

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Friday Finds is something that was started over on ShouldBeReading and Stacking the Shelves over at TyngaReviews, I am in love with all of these as I love finding other blogs to follow and books to read through these! So check them all out and see what you find, Stacking the Shelves has a lot of participants as well which is great. This is basically a way for me to show what books I have received, borrowed or bought each week. All book covers and their summary come from back of book or Goodreads.
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This week has involved a lot of work but a lot of fun too. We celebrated the boyfriend's 23rd birthday with a fun night in with friends. I have been watching the same two youtube videos a lot recently:

This one because of how beautiful it is.

And then this one because I'm amazed at how many different voices he can sing in! Mega impressed with Mickey, Minnie & Goofy.


Half Bad by Sally Green
Half Bad (Half Life, #1)You can't read, can't write, but you heal fast, even for a witch.
You get sick if you stay indoors after dark.
You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one.
You've been kept in a cage since you were fourteen.
All you've got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday.
Yes, okay, I admit that the Goodreads ad got to me! I had to buy it because it does look interesting and I managed to get mine signed! 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Anna has everything figured out - she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere... Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.
But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?
I've already read this but I didn't own it. I love the new covers and so I finally decided to cave and buy this for myself. 


Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Sharp ObjectsWhen two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes. Long-haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family's mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and the half-sister she barely knows - a precocious 13-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town. As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims - a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.
I got this in a buy one get one for £1 deal with Anna & the French Kiss. I read and enjoyed Gone Girl so thought I'd try something else by the author.
Trouble by Non Pratt

TroubleA boy. A girl. A bump. Trouble.
Hannah’s smart and funny ... she’s also fifteen and pregnant. Aaron is new at school and doesn’t want to attract attention. So why does he offer to be the pretend dad to Hannah’s unborn baby? 
Growing up can be trouble but that’s how you find out what really matters.
This came in at work and it's the first I have seen this. It looks like a great read and I adore the cover, front and back.

House of Secrets by Chris Columbus & Ned Vizzini

House of SecretsThe Walker kids had it all: loving parents, a big house in San Francisco, all the latest video games . . . but everything changed when their father lost his job as a result of an inexplicable transgression. Now the family is moving into Kristoff House, a mysterious place built nearly a century earlier by Denver Kristoff, a troubled writer with a penchant for the occult.
Suddenly the siblings find themselves launched on an epic journey into a mash-up world born of Kristoff’s dangerous imagination, to retrieve a dark book of untold power, uncover the Walker family’s secret history and save their parents . . . and maybe even the world.
Chris Columbus writing a fantasy kids book? Okay, I'll give it a try. Ned Vizzini too, okay I am definitely in. 


Red Moon by Benjamin Percy

Red MoonEvery teenage girl thinks she's different. When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realises just how different she is. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and, hours later, stepped off it, the only passenger left alive. A hero. President Chase Williams has sworn to eradicate the menace. Unknown to the electorate, however, he is becoming the very thing he has sworn to destroy. Each of them is caught up in a war that so far has been controlled with laws and violence and drugs. But an uprising is about to leave them damaged, lost, and tied to one another for ever. The night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognisable world will emerge, and the battle for humanity will begin.
Awaken Middle Ground (Awaken, #2)
Awaken & Middle Ground by Katie Kacvinksy

Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Work, school, even dating can be done from home, and people do not venture out. Maddie plays soccer, and likes the physicality and camaraderie of team sports, but for the most part, she's okay with the solitary digital life - until she meets Justin.
Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren't meant to be alone, he tells her.
Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her - a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. And maybe it's his attentiveness, or the physical closeness of actually being with someone, or just that he's very good-looking, but Maddie is definitely drawn to Justin.

I have seen some really interesting reviews and really want to give this one a try.

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.
In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.
On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assasin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

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92 comments:

  1. I haven't read any of those books, but I've heard Anna and the French Kiss is amazing! A lot of people are excited for The Kiss of Deception, so I'm glad you got that one. Enjoy your new books!

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    1. Thanks! I can't wait for The Kiss of Deception, it looks so good! :)

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  2. I caught that Frozen clip earlier this week. It is so neat!

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  3. Loved Half Bad although it is very sad since he lives such a difficult life. Hope you enjoy your stack!

    My Stack

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  4. I just finished Lola and the Boy Next Door. Gosh, I love Stephanie Perkins. She is an amazing writer. :) OH. I have Half Bad for review! I'm sooo excited. It looks exactly like the type of thing I really love. EEEP. We'll be able to compare thoughts, eh?! XD

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    1. I can't wait for Half Bad, it looks really interesting! :)

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  5. Awaken is one of my favourites. Ever. I can't explain why I just love it so. freaking. much. You should read it. Now. *waves book at*

    ★ Under The Mountain ★

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    1. I'm excited for that one, happy to hear you loved it so much! :)

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  6. Anna and the French Kiss has been on my TBR list for so long that it's almost embarrassing! I got Half Bad this week as well - super stoked about it! Happy reading. :)

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    1. Half Bad looks really great, very excited to read that one! :)

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  7. I had the opposite experience with Half Bad. I heard media reviews calling it the new Hunger Games so I went to the Goodreads blurb but it left me cold. I wanted a bit more info about it before I decided, but now I don't know if I want to read it!

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    1. It sounds really interesting and I hope I love it. We shall see :)

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  8. Ooh very nice!

    Those are all new to me reads! I had thought about getting the last one from Netgalley as well. But then hesitated for some reason. I have sooooo many books to read as it is. I need to be a bit more selective of reads that I am curious about. Will definitely wait for your review to see if I need to get it anyway! Happy Reading!

    My STS will be up tomorrow, so be sure to stop by then!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. I just love the look of The Kiss of Deception. I have had to start being more selective too, far too many ARCs to read.

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  9. Ohh, you got Anna and the French Kiss. It's so good and I'm definitely gonna read it again during the summer! :)

    I got Half Bad as well - got persuaded by all the hype. Not sure though when I'm going to read it.

    Happy reading and have a great weekend! :)

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    1. The hype got to me too! Let's hope we both love it ;)

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  10. Anna and the French Kiss! <3 It remains one of my favorite YA contemporaries. I also love anything by Katie Kacvinsky.

    Happy reading!

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  11. The Kiss of Deception looks great. I need to read Anna and the French Kiss, it looks really good! Hope you enjoy your books! :)


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  12. Anna and the French Kiss is a great book and Awaken and Middle Ground, oh, such a good series! Small details aside, it's a great collection, the finale comes out soon! I'm loving that haul, hope you enjoy them! :D

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    1. Thank you! I might hold off on Awaken and Middle Ground till the third one then ;) I might end up loving them and I would hate to have to wait!

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  13. The Kiss of Deception sounds so good! And Red Moon…haven't heard of that one but I may have to add it to my TBR list. Half Bad was really good, I enjoyed it. And I do like the new cover of Anna and the French Kiss so much better than the old one. Have fun reading! ~Pam

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    1. Pleased to hear you enjoyed Half Bad, I am looking forward to that but don't know what to expect.

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  14. YAY for YouTube videos! And I also have Half Bad. I have not read it yet, so the ARC is collecting dust O_O I read Awaken and LOVED it, and I need to read Middle Ground! I also The Kiss of Deception ARC and eARC - it's so gorgeous and it sounds amazing and I cannot wait to read it! I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a fabulous weekend!

    Check out my STS post!

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    1. Haha, I know all about ARCs collecting dust. I have so many neglected ones on my Kindle right now. Thank you, I am looking forward to The Kiss of Deception :)

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  15. Half Bad sounds great and hooray for a signed copy! I've also read good things about Trouble :)

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  16. Wow great haul. I need to get Half Bad soon. I also heard nothing but good things about Stephanie Perkins' Anna and the French Kiss series. Hope you get to read them soon:)

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  17. I really loved Half Bad. Enjoy your reads.

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  18. I'm really curious about Half Bad, I'll be on the lookout for your review :)

    I love the not Anna cover too, unfortunately I have the old one :(

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  19. oh many great books! I hope you'll like them all. Happy reading!

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  20. I requested Kiss of Deception too. All great books! Enjoy! Thanks for visiting Annette's Book Spot.

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  21. Awesome haul! I have a copy of Kiss of Deception from ALA. I hope it's good. I can't wait to read Half Bad. Thanks for stopping by The Cover Contessa!

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    1. It looks really great, I hope I love it! :)

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  22. Great Haul, I have read Anna and the French Kiss and almost picked up Kiss of Deception on netgalley but didn't. Starting to think I should have..lol. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  23. SO excited for Kiss of Deception! I love that video of the guy with all the voice...I saw it earlier this week and it just made my day! :D

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    1. Me too! I can't believe how quickly he can switch voices, I love it :)

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  24. You'll have to let me know if Half Bad is good. I've been keeping my eye on it. And as for Awaken, it couldn't keep me awake now matter how hard I tried. Hopefully you'll fall under the "I enjoyed it" category. Happy reading!

    Thanks for visiting my haul.

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  25. I loved Anna and The French Kiss and enjoyed Half Bad! I'm excited to get a chance to read Kiss of Deception; I've heard really great things about it. I hope you enjoy all of your new pretties!

    Happy reading and thanks for stopping by The Book Hookup!

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  26. Anna and the French Kiss is one of my all-time favorites! Thanks for stopping by Spun With Words. :)

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  27. Massive haul! i enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss... it was sweet! Hope you have a great week!

    Thanx for visiting My Weekly Wrap-Up!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  28. Sharp Objects is SOOO good! And so is Anna and the French Kiss :) I hope you enjoy both of them, and all your other lovely books! I really want to read Half Bad, I've heard great things!!! Happy Reading :D

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    1. It does look really good! Thank you, you too! :)

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  29. Wow those look amazing! I haven't read any of these but really want to get my hands on Half Bad. Hope you enjoy all of these and happy reading!

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  30. I've been wanting to read Awaken for a while now. Great haul! Thanks for stopping by my blog (new follower) :)

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  31. LOL, new book covers for books we have already read is killer. I have totally bought a book because of a new cover. Great haul this week.

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    1. New, better covers are evil! You just HAVE to buy them ;)

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  32. Looks like you've got a great selection of books to get stuck into. A range of genres too. Enjoy! :-)

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  33. Great Haul!! I love Anna and the French Kiss, Awaken, and Middle Ground. If you haven't read Katie Kacvinsky's contemporary series First Comes Love and Second Chance...those are great as well.

    I hope you enjoy all of your new books and thanks for stopping by my STS!!

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    1. I haven't read any Katie Kacvinsky, so I am looking forward to those! :)

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  34. I really like the Sleepwalking song! Hope you enjoy your new books! Thanks for stopping over at my STS this week!

    Mary

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  35. That Let it Go video is awesome! I've watched it quite a few times this past week also.
    I thoroughly enjoyed Half Bad. I do think the reviews and good rating are totally on par. Hope you enjoy it too!
    I've had my eye on Trouble too. I gotta look at getting it.
    Great haul!
    Happy reading!

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    1. That guy is incredible! I can't wait for Half Bad, it looks so interesting :)

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  36. I hear Anna and the French Kiss is great! I've been waiting for it at my library. Great haul!

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    1. I have already read it once and thoroughly enjoyed it! :)

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  37. Anna and the French Kiss was a fast and cutesy read. I have book 2, Lola and the Boy Next Door, but haven't gotten around to it. I look forward to your thoughts about AatFK!

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    1. I have read it before and really enjoyed it. I'll probably read it again soon and review it! :)

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  38. OMG ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS IS AMAZING! I don't even want to look at the rest of your haul haha :D Yay for your boyfriend's birthday I hope you guys had a good night :D
    Paulina @ Tangled In Pages

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  39. :-) Love books!! Thx for stopping by to visit!

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  40. I'm so interested in Half Bad! I've seen some really interesting reviews around and it looks like one I'll have to try. So cool that yours is signed! And yay for Kiss of Deception! I absolutely cannot wait to read that!

    Have a great week!
    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

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    1. I'm excited for Half Bad, I hope I enjoy it :)

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  41. I've heard really good things about Gillian Flynn's books, but I haven't read any of them myself yet. Great haul. Thanks for stopping by my post and happy reading! :)

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    1. I read Gone Girl and I quite enjoyed that one :)

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  42. YAY, what an awesome haul! I have several of your new books on my TBR shelf. Hopefully, one day, I'll find the time to read them.

    Thanks for stopping by earlier.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  43. Lots of books!! I also love the new cover of Anna and the French Kiss :)

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  44. Anna and the French Kiss is so cute right! I need to check out Half Bad still. Yay for The Kiss of Deception, hope we both love it! Have an awesome week!

    Cyn @ Bookmunchies

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  45. Sorry for the very late return stop. Half-Bad looks like an amazing book. Thanks for the video shares too!

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