February ‘21 Haul

Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog! Today, I’m here to talk about all the books I’ve been gifted, and books I have bought this month. February is the month of love, and so there’s a lot of books to love and stare at in wonder. So without further ado, let’s begin, and fair warning, there may be spoilers.

The first book I was bought in February was for Valentine’s Day, and that was Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis, which is a YA horror. This follows Lola who travels to Harrow Lake, a place she knows all about. Her famous father directed a cult horror film there, after all. The town hides a dark past, and secrets about Lola’s family. As she searches for answers, someone or something is stalking her every move… I’ve been so excited about this for a long time, so I’m thrilled to have a copy!

The second book I got for Valentine’s Day was A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer, which is a YA fantasy. This is the third and final book in the Cursebreakers series, which began life as a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Picking up after the events of the previous book, Emberfall is in uproar. Both Prince Rhen and Prince Grey are vying for the throne, whereas Harper and Lia Mara have their own struggles. The kingdoms are in conflict, loyalties are tested, love is threatened and an old enemy resurfaces… This is going to be so bittersweet – I love the series, so for it to end, I’m sad!

The first book I bought was a preorder, and that was the hardback edition of A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas, which is an adult fantasy. This is the long awaited fourth book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. This installation follows human turned Fae Nesta and Illyrian Fae warrior Cassian, as their worlds combine, their passions burn, and they come to a collision… I’ve had this preordered for months from Waterstones, as this edition has a bonus Feyre and Rhysand chapter! At the time of purchase this was £14.24.

The next book I picked up was from the site World of Books and is a secondhand paperback edition of Danse Macabre by Laurell K. Hamilton, which is an adult urban fantasy. This is the fourteenth book in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, which follows Anita as she solves preternatural crimes, and becomes overwhelmed with a love life that is filled with creatures that go bump in the night… This edition matches the others on my shelf, and I’m a big fan of the series. At the time of purchase, this was £6.99.

The first eBook I bought this month was A Crown of Talons by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr, which is a YA fantasy. This is the second book in the A Throne of Swans duology, which is a loose retelling and expansion of the folktale and infamous ballet, Swan Lake. Following on from the events of the previous book, Aderyn has been crowned, but the world has been turned on its head. The flightless are revolting against their rulers, and war is on the horizon… I really enjoyed the first book, so I’m thrilled to have this conclusion – I just hope it lives up to the hype! At the time of purchase, this was 99p.

The next eBook I picked up was The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson, which is a science fiction. This is set in a world where 380 realities have been unlocked. Cara, who was born in the dirt of the wasteland, is dead in all but eight of the worlds, meaning she is able to travel the multiverse, and not run into her counterpart. When one of her counterparts dies in mysterious circumstances however, Cara is plunged into a new world, with an old secret. It’s time to connect the past and the future, but in ways she has never imagined… This is a debut novel that has hooked so many people on social media, and I’m really curious to see if it’s really worth the hype. I’ve heard nothing but good things, and that there is also cultural and LGBT representation! At the time of purchase, this was 99p.

The next eBook I bought was Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, which is adult literary fiction. This follows Kya Clark, the so called ‘Marsh Girl’ from North Carolina. She is an outsider, until the modern world comes knocking… This has been described as part murder mystery, part coming of age, and part historical novel. It’s beloved by so many, and I’ve been interested in this for a while! At the time of purchase, this was 99p.

The next eBook I picked up was The Modern Faerie Tales: Tithe, Valiant, Ironside by Holly Black, which is a YA fantasy. This is an omnibus featuring the three faerie stories which launched Black’s career. I’ve heard mixed things about this, but time will tell how I find it! At the time of purchase, this was 99p.

The penultimate eBook I picked up was Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, which is a YA science-fiction. This is the second book in The Aurora Cycle series, which follows a ragtag group of teens navigating space and learning the history of their world. Continuing on from the events of the previous book, Squad 312 are in for a hell of a journey, as an ancient evil is unleashed across the galaxy… I really enjoyed the first book, so I’m excited to continue the series. At the time of purchase, this was £1.99.

The final eBook I bought was Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco, which is a YA fantasy. This is the first book in the Kingdom of the Wicked series, which follows Emilia, a witch in hiding. When her twin sister is found dead, Emilia wants to find out the truth, even if it means using dark magic. Through this, Emilia meets Wrath, a prince of Hell, apparently tasked to help solve a string of murders… I’ve heard mixed things about Maniscalco’s writing, but this plot sounds right up my street. At the time of purchase, this was 99p.

So that’s it for this month’s haul. Did you buy any of the books on this post?

– ReadWriteZoe.

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