Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog! So today I returned the books I got in my last haul (#4) to the local community library. I then decided to hop on a bus and head into the town centre. Once there, I headed to the much larger library branch, the one that connects to other libraries in my area. I thought I’d peruse the shelves, and I might have picked a few up… I was so surprised at the selection on offer, which has been upgraded since I last visited. So without further ado, let’s begin and fair warning, there may be spoilers.
The first book I picked up was a hardback edition of Warcross by Marie Lu, which is a YA fantasy, science-fiction, and is the first book in the Warcross series. This follows hacker Emika, who works as a bounty hunter, tracking down those who illegally bet on the game, Warcross. One day, Emiko hacks into the International Championship and becomes an overnight sensation. It isn’t long before Emiko gets an offer from the elusive young billionaire creator, but what will she choose? What will happen to her? And what does it mean for the game? This has been on my radar for a while, so I was very pleased to see this!
The next book I picked up was This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada, which is a YA science-fiction, and is the first book in the This Mortal Coil series. This follows Cat, who receives a letter stating her father is dead. Her father was a brilliant geneticist, searching for a way to beat humanity’s deadliest virus. When she finds a coded message, she learns that there is a vaccine, but searching for it may put her into the path of shadowy organisation, Cartaxus… I thought this was an indie publication, so I was very surprised and I’m sure I’m going to enjoy this.
The next book I picked up was the hardback edition of King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo, which is a YA fantasy, and is the first book in the Nikolai Lantsov duology. Taking place after the events of the Grisha series, boy king and war hero, Nikolai has endured so much to keep his people from being hurt in the civil war. And yet the dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening everything he holds dear… I picked this up, simply as a massive reminder to reread the Grisha trilogy, and to then read the Six of Crows series, as I don’t know if characters or events will overlap! Hopefully, I’m going to enjoy this.
Breaking up all of the science-fiction and fantasy, I picked up Meat Market by Juno Dawson, which is a YA contemporary. This follows Jana, who is unexpectedly scouted as a model and led into a world of glamorous fashion and superstardom. Yet Juno is an ordinary girl, and these highs will have unimaginable lows… I’ve been seeing this in the Kindle store and in my local Waterstones, so getting it from the library has really saved me some pennies!
I then picked up Dread Nation by Justine Ireland, which is a YA horror. This follows Jane, who was trained at Miss Preston’s School of Combat for Negro Girls. She will soon have a successful career protecting the wealthy from the encroaching walking dead. Yet it isn’t long before Jane uncovers a conspiracy, families go missing, and soon she will have to use all her wit, strength and resourcefulness in order to survive… I’ve heard mixed things about this, from it’s portrayal of race and horror, and I’m intrigued to see how it turns out.
The next book I picked up was The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid, which is a YA science-fiction, and is the first book in The Diabolic series. This follows Nemesis, who was created to protect her mistress, Sidonia, a galactic senator’s daughter. When the power hungry Emperor summons Sidonia to court as a hostage, Nemesis takes her place, hiding her abilities and pretending to be human. As the Empire fractures, Nemesis learns to be stronger than she truly is to save Sidonia and her world… This was another book I thought was an indie publication, so I was surprised to see this on a shelf!
The penultimate book I picked up was Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu, which is a YA graphic novel adaptation, and is book two in the DC Icons series. This follows eighteen year old Bruce Wayne aka Batman, as he serves community service at Arkham Asylum. There he meets killer, Madeleine Wallace, who may be Bruce’s only hope to save Gotham from the menacing Nightwalkers… I’ve never read any of this series, and I’m not going to lie, I don’t know what to expect!
And the final book I picked up was Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas, which is a YA graphic novel adaptation, and is book three in the DC Icons series. Two years after escaping the slums, Selina Kyle returns to Gotham under a new name, but a thief is on the prowl. Joining forces with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, havoc will be wrecked. Will Selina be able to pull of her ultimate heist with a dangerous past on her tail? Yet again, I’m nervous about this, and I’m holding onto my faith in Sarah J. Maas and her writing!
So that completes my fifth library haul! What books have you borrowed from the library lately? Have you read any of these?