Hey everyone, welcome to the first ever book haul on this blog. This is so exciting! I am an avid reader, as you’re going to find out pretty fast. On Thursday whilst I was in town, I thought I’d pop into the library and see what was available. Libraries are so important and will always have a special place in my heart. And no one can forget the immortal line in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:
“Because that’s what Hermione does,” said Ron, shrugging. “When in doubt, go to the library.”
If libraries are good enough for Hermione Granger, then they’re good enough for me. I borrowed five books, so without further ado, let’s get on with the haul.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book and I was excited to pick it up, especially since the film adaptation came out last year. The book follows a young boy, Connor, who has to deal with his mother’s terminal cancer. He is alone, he is bullied, but every night he is visited by an ancient elemental creature. This is the monster who calls. The monster decides it will tell Connor stories about when he was previously summoned. The novel is a children/young adult fantasy. What is really heart warming about this novel is that Patrick Ness adapted this from an idea from author Siobhan Dowd, who was suffering from cancer herself, and died before she could write it. I can’t wait to pick this up!
The next book I got was Destined to Play by Indigo Bloome. I’d never heard of this book, but have read similar stories in the past. The book follows Alexandra Blake, a psychologist, who starts to discover more about herself and her relationships. Alexandra meets Dr Jeremy Quinn, a man who is about to seduce and captivate her. The novel is an adult romance, and I’m going to assume it’s going to be highly sexually charged. What I’m a little nervous about though, is that the blurb does say, ‘If you liked 50 Shades of Grey‘. And I really did hate 50 Shades… This is the first book in the Avalon series, so we’ll have to see what happens.
Next up is The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. I picked this up because I was in love with the cover – it’s simple, yet it’s so intriguing. I just really liked it. The novel follows a drifter called Harper, who is able to time travel after he finds a key to a mysterious house. After finding out he can use the house to travel, he starts to kill ‘the shining girls’ – girls who have bright potential. He stalks them through different eras, until one victim, Kirby, surives and decides to hunt the killer back. The novel is an adult thriller, with lots of science fiction twists. I’m really curious to find out more about Harper and his girls, so this should be an interesting read.
The next book I picked up was Blood Vow by J.R. Ward. This is the second book in the spinoff Black Dagger Brotherhood series, The Black Dagger Legacy. The novel follows vampire fighter, Axe, who is assigned to guard aristocratic female, Elise. Both Axe and Elise have tragedies in their lives, yet there is a deep physical connection between the two of them. The novel also has a subplot with Brotherhood member, Rhage and his wife Mary. Rhage is set to fight against a new part of his destiny, and save Axe from secrets that may tear him apart. The novel is an adult paranormal romance, and I honestly can’t wait to read it. I’m a huge fan of J.R. Ward’s work, so I’m hoping for good things.
And lastly is The Angels’ Share by J.R. Ward. This is the second novel in the Bourbon Kings series which follows a Southern family who own a bourbon distillery, and their lives are going to start shifting dangerously. The novel follows members of the Bradford family after the death of their patriarch. Everyone is suspected, with their own motives, but more problems arise when their finances may put them on the brink of ruin. The novel is an adult family saga, with a dash of romance. The Bourbon Kings series is very different from J.R. Ward’s other work, but I’m still curious as to what will happen to this privileged, yet troubled family.
So that completes my first library haul. Let me know what book/books you have hauled lately, and if you have any recommendations, please feel free to let me know!