May Book Haul

Hey everyone and welcome back to the blog! What a month it’s been for books – it’s been a lot of adding to my Goodreads To Read pile, or my Amazon Wish List! I’ve got several exciting books to talk about in this month’s haul, so without further ado, let’s begin!

The first paperback book I got this month was A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas. This is one of my most anticipated reads for 2018, and I’m so pleased that I preordered so I could get this on release day! This is a companion novel to the A Court of series, which I’ve spoken about quite a bit on this blog – and it’s also pretty popular too. Whilst it was originally YA, I think it’s verging into NA (new adult) and perhaps adult readership, due to the content and mature scenes. This novel is centred around the Winter Solstice as Feyre and her friends try to piece their lives together and rebuild themselves and their world, after the deadly events of A Court of Wings and Ruin. I’m so excited to read this, although it’s a lot smaller than her other books! As I preordered I also received this gorgeous little Night Court pin – I’m in love with it! This retailed at £5.43 when I preordered.

frost and starlight

frost and starlight pin

The second paperback I got was Frail Human Heart by Zoë Marriott, which is the third and final book in The Name of the Blade series. In this instalment, Mio has banished a plague sent by the Japanese Goddess of Death, but at a great cost. Now the war between mythology and mortals is getting closer, and London is under attack from hellish monsters. Mio must take up her sword again, to stand and fight. I’m so excited to finally have a copy – it means I can finish the series, although I will need to do a reread! At the time of purchase this was £4.30.

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I then bought Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King. This is an adult horror novel, and I’ve had my eye on this for a while. Around the world, women are falling asleep and succumbing to a virus, which leaves them in a cocoon-like gauze. If they wake, there is no fairy tale because they become rabid. In West Virginia, the virus is spreading in a women’s prison, infecting everyone apart from Evie. The men in the town are becoming angry, whereas sheriff Lila fights to stay awake. And then the women around them slowly begin to wake… This is so interesting, and I’m curious to see how the pairing of father and son writing the book comes together! At the time of purchase this was £7.99.

sleeping beauties

The last paperback I bought was If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio. This is an adult thriller, and this was recommended to me by a member of the Waterstones staff. In this novel, Oliver has served ten years for murder – but did he commit it? Detective Colborne wants to know what really happened ten years ago, when a group of actors and classmates experience a change to casting and it seems, their personalities… I’ve heard a lot of good things about this from Hardback Hoarder on YouTube as well, so I can’t wait to start! At the time of purchase, this was £4.49.

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The first eBook I got this month was Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth, and this is the first book in the Carve the Mark YA science fiction duology. This follows Cyra of the Shotet people, who has the gift of pain and power, which her tyrant brother exploits. And then there’s Akos from Thuvhe, a peace-loving nation. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, it’s a battle to survive – or to destroy each other. I’ve heard mixed reviews and that it’s problematic, but thought at the price, it wasn’t so much to waste if I didn’t enjoy it. At the time of purchase, this was £1.99.

carve the mark

The second eBook I got was We Are Young by Cat Clarke, which is a standalone YA contemporary. This follows Evan, as her mother marries a local radio DJ the same night that her new step-brother becomes the only survivor of a horrific car crash. Evan appears to be the only person who believes the car crash wasn’t drugs-related. Teaming up with her journalist dad, Evan is set to uncover disturbing truths and a secret that threatens to tear everything apart. This retailed at £2.99 when I preordered, and you can check out my review of it here!

we are young

The third eBook I got was Dying Truth by Angela Marsons, which is the eighth book in the D.I. Kim Stone series. In this instalment, Kim and her team are called in to the body of a boy at a school – a school where another teenager apparently committed suicide. As the risks mount up, Kim has to work with sociopath Dr Alex Thorne to find the links and catch the person responsible. This sounds like it’s going to be as gripping as the rest of the series, and so I’m pretty excited – even with the dark subject matter. This retailed at £1.99 when I preordered.

dying truth

I then bought To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. This is a YA fantasy and the blurb gave me fairy tale retelling vibes – notably The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson. This novel follow Princess Lira, a royal siren who has the hearts of seventeen princes that she has killed. And then the unthinkable happens and she kills one of her own. As punishment, the Sea Queen turns Lira into a human. Lira must deliver the heart of Prince Elian, the siren hunter, to the Sea Queen by the winter solstice – or risk being a human forever… I’ve heard this is dark and fantastical, so I’m very excited. At the time of purchase, this was 99p.

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The last eBook I bought was The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. This is Jessie Burton’s debut novel, and was most recently adapted for a TV series over the Christmas period. Set in 1686, Nella Oortman has become the wife of Johannes Brandt, a merchant trader in Amsterdam. When Johannes later appears, after leaving Nella with his sharp-tongued sister, he presents a wedding gift – a miniature replica of her new home, furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose creations mirror the real life counterparts. Nella is intrigued, but slowly starts to uncover secrets and the danger around her and her new home… I’m not usually a massive fan of historical fiction, but this sounds so interesting. I also heard Lucy of The Book Belle talking about this, and that further cemented my decision to click “Buy Now”. At the time of purchase, this was £1.89.

the miniaturist

So that completes my May book haul. Let me know what books you have hauled this month, and if you have any recommendations, please feel free to let me know.

– ReadWriteZoe.

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  1. great haul! I recently picked up Time Was by Ian McDonald (I’m half way through and it’s great!!) and Avengers of the Moon by Allen Steele.


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