Saturday, 29 November 2014

My Weekly Book Haul: 29/11/2014

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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.


I don't even know!
That basically sums up my week. Not much of anything actually happened. I haven't been reading much because I've worked every day. I'm also ill and have 0 energy, which means that when I'm not working I'm laying in bed, hating life and generally being a miserable bitch.
I've not been buying many books because I'm waiting for Christmas. All the books I really want are on lists I gave to the boyfriend and parents. So I've got a bit of a wait before I know what books they decided on. For now I'm just buying random ones I see when I'm out that I think look interesting.
My family and I are all going to the Harry Potter tour on the 27th December, and my sisters and I are all dragging along our significant others. There's 8 of us going and I can't wait. In preparation I bought myself a robe, but they only had Gryffindor in my size and I'm technically a Ravenclaw. But oh well. I've also bought my sisters one each for Christmas, because then our significant others will all be super embarrassed to be seen with us.

The Truth about Forever
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Sixteen-year-old Macy Queen is looking forward to a long, boring summer. Her boyfriend is going away. She's stuck with a dull-as-dishwater job at the library. And she'll spend all of her free time studying for the SATs or grieving silently with her mother over her father's recent unexpected death. But everything changes when Macy is corralled into helping out at one of her mother's open house events, and she meets the chaotic Wish Catering crew. Before long, Macy joins the Wish team. She loves everything about, the work and the people. But the best thing about Wish is Wes—artistic, insightful, and understanding Wes—who gets Macy to look at life in a whole new way, and really start living it.
I saw this in one of my local charity shops for £1, thought I'd give it a try as I hear amazing things about the author.

Exodus (Exodus, #1)
Exodus by Julie Bertagna 
Mara's island home is drowning as the ice caps melt and Earth loses its land to the ocean. But one night, in the ruined virtual world of the Weave, Mara meets the mysterious Fox a fiery-eyed boy who tells her of sky cities that rise from the sea.Mara sets sail on a daring journey to find a new life for herself and her friends - instead she discovers a love that threatens to tear her apart...

Another charity shop find, thought it looked quite interesting.


Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1) Untold (The Lynburn Legacy, #2) Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy, #3)
Unspoken, Untold & Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan
Kami Glass loves someone she's never met... a boy she's talked to in her head ever since she was born. Having an imaginary friend has made fitting in hard - but that's never bothered Kami. She has her best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is just the way she likes it.But all that changes when the mysterious Lynburn family return to Kami's village, along with teenagers, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami...As life as she knows it begins to unravel, Kami is determined to get to the bottom of every mystery. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him?And can she trust him?

Have heard such good things about this series! 

Opal (Lux, #3) Origin (Lux, #4) Opposition (Lux, #5)
Opal, Origin & Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.
Determined to catch up on this series .


They say you know instinctively who to trust.Alice is normal; she'd never do anything rash. But when she sees her husband one day with a younger girl, she knows at once that he's having an affair. And it must be stopped.Vic loves her friend Michael, more than he knows. He wants happiness, and thinks he's found it with the magnetic Estella. But Vic feels sure she can't be trusted - and she needs to make Michael see that too. They don't know Kaya; her life is tougher than they can imagine. But Kaya's a survivor, and she's determined to find a way out of her miserable world. Three women, three lives that come crashing together in this dark, lyrical and utterly enthralling story of warped perceptions, female intuition and 'the other woman'.
Thank you to Tinder Press for this one.

There Will Be LiesThere Will Be Lies by Nick Lake
In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car.Shortly after, she and her mother will leave the hospital and set out on a winding journey toward the Grand Canyon.All Shelby knows is that they’re running from dangers only her mother understands. And the further they travel, the more Shelby questions everything about her past—and her current reality. Forced to take advantage of the kindness of unsuspecting travelers, Shelby grapples with what’s real, what isn’t, and who she can trust . . . if anybody.Award-winning author Nick Lake proves his skills as a master storyteller in this heart-pounding new novel. This emotionally charged thrill ride leads to a shocking ending that will have readers flipping back to the beginning.

I got a random, unexpected package from Bloomsbury, which contained this one. Plus a packet of Angel Delight ice cream mix and a moose keyring. 


How to Win at High School
How to Win at High School by Owen Matthews

Using Scarface as his guide to life, Adam Higgs is going from zero to high school hero.Adam Higgs is a loser, and he’s not okay with it. But starting as a junior in a new high school seems like exactly the right time to change things. He brainstorms with his best friend, Brian: What will it take for him to take over Nixon Collegiate? Adam searches for the A-listers’ weak spot and strikes gold when he gets queen bee Sara Bryant to pay him for doing her physics homework. One part nerd, two parts badass, Adam ditches his legit job and turns to full-time cheating. His clients? All the Nixon Collegiate gods and goddesses.But soon his homework business becomes a booze business, which becomes a fake ID business. Adam’s popularity soars as he unlocks high school achievements left and right, from his first kiss to his first rebound hookup. But something else is haunting him—a dark memory from his past, driving him to keep climbing. What is it? And will he go too far?How to Win at High School’s honest portrayal of high school hierarchy is paired with an adrenaline-charged narrative and an over-the-top story line, creating a book that will appeal to guys, girls, and reluctant readers of every stripe. Adam’s rocket ride to the top of the social order and subsequent flameout is both emotionally resonant and laugh-out-loud funny.

Playlist for the DeadPlaylist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff

A teenage boy tries to understand his best friend's suicide by listening to the playlist of songs he left behind in this smart, voice-driven debut novel.Here's what Sam knows: There was a party. There was a fight. The next morning, his best friend, Hayden, was dead. And all he left Sam was a playlist of songs, and a suicide note: For Sam—listen and you'll understand.As he listens to song after song, Sam tries to face up to what happened the night Hayden killed himself. But it's only by taking out his earbuds and opening his eyes to the people around him that he will finally be able to piece together his best friend’s story. And maybe have a chance to change his own.Part mystery, part love story, and part coming-of-age tale in the vein of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Tim Tharp’s The Spectacular NowPlaylist for the Dead is an honest and gut-wrenching first novel about loss, rage, what it feels like to outgrow a friendship that's always defined you—and the struggle to redefine yourself. But above all, it's about finding hope when hope seems like the hardest thing to find.

Lies I ToldLies I Told by Michelle Zink

What if, after spending a lifetime deceiving everyone around you, you discovered the biggest lies were the ones you've told yourself?Grace Fontaine has everything: beauty, money, confidence, and the perfect family. But it’s all a lie.Grace has been adopted into a family of thieves who con affluent people out of money, jewelry, art, and anything else of value. Grace has never had any difficulty pulling off a job, but when things start to go wrong on the Fontaines' biggest heist yet, Grace finds herself breaking more and more of the rules designed to keep her from getting caught...including the most important one of all: never fall for your mark.Perfect for fans of Ally Carter, Cecily von Ziegesar, and Gail Carriger, this thrilling, high-stakes novel deftly explores the roles of identity and loyalty while offering a window into the world of the rich and fabulous.




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75 comments:

  1. Jennifer L. Armentrout is awesome. Great stack of books this week. I hope you love all your new books this week.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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  2. Ok, you have two of my favorite series this week…The Lynburn Legacy and the Lux series. Love love love!!!!! Hopefully you will enjoy them. Just have to say, Kami Glass is a fantastic and hilarious main character. Love the secondary characters as well, it's a great Buffy/Scooby gang! Have fun reading and hopefully you are feeling better! ~Pam

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    1. Thank you! You have me very excited to read that one now. I have been hearing great things, so I am just hoping I enjoy it as much as everyone else seems to.

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  3. I keep meaning to pick up a Sarah Dessen book, but I still haven't! Everybody seems to love her though, and her books do look really good. There Will Be Lies also sounds like an interesting read. Enjoy your books!

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  4. I really want to try The Lynburn Legacy so I look forward to your reviews!! I love that for The Truth About Forever~ I hope you enjoy it :)

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  5. Brilliant haul. I want to try the Lynbum Legacy as well. :-) I do have the first book in my possession! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  6. That's still a great haul. I'm trying to wait until Christmas because I know I'm going to get gift cards and money to buy books. Enjoy your books!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

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    1. Thank you! I'm looking forward to Christmas because I have no clue what I will be getting.

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  7. I'm reading There Will Be Lies now. It's a strange book! Nice haul. Enjoy them all. Thanks for stopping by The Cover Contessa

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    1. I am currently reading it too and it is sooooo strange! I was not expecting it to be that strange.

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  8. I hope you feel better soon!

    Hooray for Lux! I loved that series. :D

    Angie @ Pinkindle

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  9. That's a bummer! Being sick sucks because you're home and not working but too miserable to read! It's double torture! Hope you feel better soon!

    That Harry Potter tour sounds awesome! Would love to do that one year, but yeah, location is an issue! lol!

    Hope you enjoy your reads! I LOVED The Lux books! So awesome! Hope you enjoy your reads and that you have a speedy recovery!

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

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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  10. My friend gave me some Brennan books but I still need to try them. Happy reading!

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  11. I really want to finish the Lux series. One day soon... Great haul!

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  12. Reading these posts of yours always makes me wonder if I should start my own. I feel like I get enough books for it to be sufficient, but then I am not sure :P

    Haha I hope you have a lot of fun on the Harry Potter tour as well! I am a Ravenclaw too :D

    I read two very bad Sarah Dessen books a year ago and have been scarred ever since... meaning I avoid her books. Maybe I should try her out again. Also, I have read the Exodus trilogy a while ago. Even though it took me a while to get into the first one, I enjoyed the entire trilogy quite a lot!

    The ones for review look pretty cool. I haven't heard of any of them, so we'll see how they play out in reviews.

    http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2014/11/recommended-reads-november-2014.html

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    1. You probably would have enough and I do love a good book haul post! I find a lot of great books that way and a lot of awesome blogs! Woop woop! Ravenclaw pride!

      Haha, that's not a good sign. Hopefully that's one of her good ones ;)

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  13. Oooo... I want to read the Unspoken trilogy really badly. When I have more time I'll check it out from my library. And I hope you like your JLA books. I didn't love the last few Lux books as much as the first three so good luck!

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    1. Oh no, well hopefully I enjoy them overall but we shall see.

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  14. Sorry you aren't feeling well. I hope you start to feel back to 100% soon! Congrats on all the books and I am so excited for you about the H.P. tour, how exciting!!

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  15. I hardly remember my week as well. I've just been so exhausted, coming home from work and just collapsing. Hopefully the sickness passes for a while! I read about 3/4 of Unspoken during Halloween and then I just forgot to finish it. Thanks for reminding me! And have fun at the HP tour!! x

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  16. HP tour! Oh my goodness, I would love it for sure! The Truth About Forever is my favorite Dessen book, I hope you love it. I read Obsidian, but I haven't read the rest of the series yet. Happy reading and thanks for stopping by!

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  17. So Many great books!
    The Unspoken Trilogy looks great I really love the covers
    The Sarah Dessen cover is really pretty as well
    Great haul and happy reading :)
    My STS

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  18. Aw dang on being sick! That's a bummer. Hope you're on the mend soon!

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  19. Sorry to hear you're sick, Charnell! Hope you feel better soon. :) The HP tour is on my bucket list - can't wait to go on it. I hope you and your family have fun! It's funny that you picked up that edition of The Truth About Forever in a charity shop, as I did too, not long ago! And for the same price too. Well, roughly.

    Looking forward to your thoughts on Playlist for the Dead! And I hope you enjoy The Lynburn Legacy trilogy - I want to start that one too. I also have to finish the Lux series! I've got Origin and Opposition to go.

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    1. I'm feeling a lot better now, thankfully! :) I am so excited for the tour, I've been before but this time it will be done up for Christmas and the castle will be covered in snow! SO EXCITED! :)

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  20. You are entitled to be a miserable bitch when you feel sick-it's a rule! Ooh jealous about your Harry Potter trip! I'd love to do the studio tour but for me it is the cost of staying in London plus getting there AND money to spend. A bit outside my budget right now! Thanks for visiting my STS and enjoy your books!

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    1. That's true! I totally own being a miserable bitch when I'm sick too. And I make the boyfriend do everything for me. I know, it would be a fortune. I'm lucky enough to be close enough that it's only a short drive away. If it wasn't then the cost would be too much. The gift shop alone is going to eat up all of my money!

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  21. Very nice haul, Charnelle! There are several I want to read, too, I haven't read any J Armentrout yet but I hear she's fantastic! And I just love the cover for The Truth About Forever! So beautiful!
    I hope you're feeling better, and that you'll get back to 100% energy so you can do stuff you want to do.
    I had to laugh about you and your sisters going to the HP event in robes, partly to make your signifiant others feel embarrassed. That's true love!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. She just writes books that are so easy to read and they make me laugh!

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  22. I have those Brennan books on my TBR. I've heard so many great things. Enjoy all your books! Thanks for stopping by.

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  23. I'm also waiting with buying books, I can't wait to see what everyone is going to get me :D How cool that you are going to do the Harry Potter tour, it's something I hope to do next year. Happy reading!

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    1. It's my second time going and I can't wait!! It's going to be decorated for Christmas and I am so desperate for the time to go faster.

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  24. I hope you feel better soon Charnell, being sick sucks as I can attest too this week as I've been rather ill myself but at least it's a good excuse for staying in bed and having a good read :D xx

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    1. I wish I could, but I had to work! :( I hope you're feeling better now too.

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  25. Wow! Another impressive haul! I'm looking forward to your reviews of Unspoken, Untold and Unmade they sound really interesting!

    Thanks for stopping by my STS!
    Emily @ Follow the Yellow Book Road

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  26. Still have to read me some Sarah Dessen. Have fun at the Harry Potter tour - sounds like it will be a blast.

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    1. I will! It's my second time going and I can't wait, especially for the Christmas set up!

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  27. Wow, what a fantastic haul you got :)

    I really want to read the Lynburn Legacy books, they sound so fantastic! Also the Lux series :)

    I hope you have fun at the Harry Potter tour, that sounds like so much fun!!

    happy Reading!!

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    1. I can't wait!!! The 27th needs to hurry the hell up and get here :)

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  28. So many books! I love the Lux series. I hope you enjoy it as well :) The other books I have heard about some of them but haven't read them except for The Truth About Forever, which I like :) Enjoy your books!

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  29. Aw, sorry you have been sick! Hope you are getting better now though. I love that you said you are "technically a Ravenclaw", it made me chuckle. I hope you love it, it sounds fun :)

    And what a lovely book haul! I read and enjoyed The Truth About Forever, and Playlist for the Dead and Lies I Told sound really good! Hope you enjoy :)

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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    1. I am ;) Pottermore told me so, and Pottermore would never lie!

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  30. Nice haul! The Harry Potter tour sounds cool! I hope you enjoy that.

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  31. A robe! I'm still made at myself for not buying a Ravenclaw robe when I was at the Wizarding World a few years ago. I also didn't buy a wand. I don't know what I was thinking...Well obviously I wasn't.
    Sarah Dessen is one of my fave contemp authors. I love 99% of her books. <3
    JLA is a goddess. Did you like/love Obsidian? I thoroughly enjoyed it, but definitely thought the series got better as it progressed. It's a great series. Just fantastic.
    Hope you're feeling better!
    Happy reading!
    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

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    1. Go to Amazon ;) You can get them way cheaper! I'm very excited ;)
      I am feeling much better, thanks! :)

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  32. Wow you got a lot of great books this week! I love the Lux series. Happy reading!

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  33. Get better soon! Being sick sucks so you are totally allowed to hate life and be miserable!! Anyway, you have a mighty fine collection of books there. I hope they can help in your recovery :) Happy reading!

    P.S. New follower here as I absolutely adore your blog <3 Your gifs on every post are hilarious!

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    1. They did, I am feeling a lot better now! :)

      Thank you so much for following, I'll be sure to check your blog out and do the same.

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  34. Ahh, those weeks before Christmas where you can't buy anything 'cause you don't know what people are going to get for you. I know that feeling! Enjoy the new books, and I hope you feel better.

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  35. Love your haul of books! I bought Unspoken a couple months ago, but haven't got around to reading it yet. And I loved the Lux series! (I was a bit disappointed with the last book though... but the other four were amazing :D) And the Harry Potter tour sounds so awesome, I really hope you have a fab time!

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    1. I am going to have an amazing time! I've been before, but not during the Christmas period where they decorate everything!

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  36. I hope you feel better soon! I've heard great things about JLA's work but haven't read any for myself yet. I hope you enjoy them and thanks for stopping by my STS!

    Jillyn @ Bitches n Prose

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  37. OH wow! Have fun on the tour. It sounds great :)

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  38. You have some books that I want… to read and steal! Kidding, don’t steal! :)) Happy reading!
    My STS: http://readingadd.blogspot.com/2014/12/stacking-shelves-21.html

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