Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog! Summer has truly been in full swing, and I hope you’ve been enjoying it as much as I have! Today, I’m here to talk about the books I received, borrowed and bought this month – it’s been a strange ol’ month! So without further ado, let’s begin, and fair warning, there may be spoilers!
The first book I received this month was The Hounds of Mórrígan by Pat O’Shea, which is a children’s Irish fantasy. This follows Pidge and Brigit, who are the only ones who can stop the evil Great Queen from rising again. Pidge and Brigit are trailed by the Queen’s hounds, but a whole host of strange characters are going to help them on their way… I was sent this by my best friend Steve, and I’m very intrigued! This isn’t something I would have picked up ordinarily, especially as it’s quite old, but I bet it has so much charm and magic!
The first book I ordered in from a neighbouring library was Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, which is the first book in the Six of Crows YA fantasy duology, and the fourth book set in the Grishaverse. This follows Kaz Brekker, a criminal prodigy, who is offered a chance to pull off a deadly heist. Kaz can’t do it alone though, and he is going to unite an unlikely group… I believe this is going to be adapted for a Netflix TV show, along with the Shadow and Bone series, and I’ve been wanting to read this for so long! Now, I finally can!
The second book I ordered in from a neighbouring library was How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran, which is the first book in the How to Build a Girl series. This is a coming of age contemporary story, which I’ve learnt is going to be adapted into a film! This follows working class Johanna, as she reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde, an aspiring music journalist. Johanna is about to grow up and learn who she really is… I heard about this through the Banging Book Club podcast and I’d like to give it a go!
The first eBook I bought this month was Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, which is the first book in the Girls of Paper and Fire YA fantasy series. Each year eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king – until now. A ninth girl is chosen, and she is made of fire… This is an Asian inspired fantasy, with fierce feminist views, although this does come with trigger warnings for abuse – physical, mental and sexual. This being said, I’m really looking forward to this! At the time of purchase, this was £4.99.
The second and final eBook I bought this month was On the Come Up by Angie Thomas, which is a YA contemporary. This follows Bri, the daughter of an underground hip hop artist. Bri wants to become the greatest, but when her first track goes viral for the wrong reasons, she finds herself at the centre of media attention and much controversy. Soon it isn’t about wanting to make it – she has to… I’ve heard so many good things about this, and I loved Angie Thomas’ debut, The Hate U Give – I’m sure I’m going to love this too. At the time of purchase, this was £3.49.
So that’s it for this month’s haul. Have you read any of these? What have you hauled lately?