WOOO it’s my first book haul! Well on this blog anyway, because trust me, my friends and family have had plenty of book hauls from mewhether it be in person or via social media.
This is one of the bigger hauls that I’ve had recently. I buy books one maybe three at a time and they’re usually new books that justcame out in a series that I’ve previously read, or a book that really intriguedme in the store. Gone are the days of my extravagant book depository orders(although I hope to get back into this in 2019 as I want to read more!). I havecombined books that I have bought in December and January for this haul.
With this haul, I tried to diversify my story and author range – I’ve reached for some new authors as well as some old ones that I absolutely love.
Let’s get onto the haul!
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air #1)
The hype around this book was insane all through the book community whether it was on Twitter, Instagram or even Tumblr. I just had to get my hands on this little whirlwind, words cannot explain how excited I was to get this novel! I was also very intrigued to read a book from a new author that I hadn’t heard of personally in the YA community – it also helped that the description was so enticing (a new concept plus a lot of hype about an attractive faerie? Um yes please). I am definitely glad I branched out and tried something new because I am addicted, can’t wait to read more of Holly’s works.
If you are a sucker for YA fantasy, royal court drama, and attractive faeries then this is the book for you!
Please let me know if you want me to do a book review on this book (or series so far – once I’ve finished reading the wicked king!)
The Wicked King by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air #2)
The hype around the release of this book was even more intense than its predecessor, ‘The Cruel Prince’. The previous book finished at such a captivating cliff-hanger that the book community was freaking out over. My journey with this book was an interesting one to say the least. I was under the impression that the book was releasing on the 8th of January 2019 but there were multiple people across various platforms that had already read it and were posting spoilers and supposed content from the book, so I was confused because this was all happening in December. I looked through all the bookstores I knew – they didn’t have it and Goodreads still stated the release date as the aforementioned day. Long story short, I completely blanked on the concept of ARCs. When I finally bought a copy on the release date, I couldn’t thank the world enough, I had enough of the suspense! At the moment I’m a couple chapters in and I am constantly on the edge of my seat! I hope to finish it soon, but I am also trying to savour it – lowkey am also in a reading slump where I want to read but I just can’t ugh.
Also, can i just point out how GORGEOUS the covers of these books are?
Everless by Sara Holland (Everless #1) & Evermore by Sara Holland (Everless #2)
I bought this book on a personal whim when I was out grocery shopping and happened to somehow end up in the book store – oops (has that ever happened to you?). The book cover caught my eye as I was browsing the shelves because it was this brilliant vermillion red dripping through a sand timer onto a castle with a central quote, “time is a prison … she is the key”. The concept of the book was captivating, a new idea that I had never heard of or read about before, so it excited me – “In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.” (Goodreads) Upon closer inspection, the front cover contained a review quote from none other than Stephanie Garber (New York Times bestselling author of Caraval – a book i love!). Her quote read, “An intoxicating blend of blood, secrets and haunting mythology”. I was sold – hook, line and sinker! I absolutely loved Everless so that led to my purchase of Evermore, which is currently on my TBR list!
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
This purchase is both a surprise and not a surprise for me – I say this as I love mythology. I am especially a sucker for mythology adapted into modern times (thank you rick riordan). It’s a surprise in the sense of I don’t really venture into Adult Fantasy even though I am obsessed with YA Fantasy (evidenced by my bookshelf). The promos for the Amazon TV based on this book also led me into this purchase – the trailer was amazing. The cinematography and the way they presented the concept as a story of an enigmatic and troubled main character intertwined with the intriguing mess that are the American Gods caught my attention. Plus, my love for the show Lucifer was definitely a contributing factor as Lucifer was based on a character in this book. I look forward to reading this!
Circe by Madeline Miller
Like I said before, I am obsessed with mythology and various retellings of it. I am particularly fond of Greek Mythology and wow does Madeline Miller have a way with words when it comes to Greek tragedies. This purchase was a combination of things; my love for the way Miller writes and captures your attention as a reader making you feel as though you yourself have been weaved into the story. I loved her other novel, ‘The Song of Achilles’ and the way she brought Patroclus, an otherwise insignificant character in the grander scheme of the story to the centre stage with such poise and emotion. Circe is a classic Greek villain that was in the way of great Greek heroes but there is a lack of knowledge surround her circumstances and the way she came to be the Circe we all know of. This is definitely a purchase I am extremely excited about as I cannot wait to see what Miller does with Circe!
Throne of Glass (Collector’s Edition) by Sarah J Maas
Oh dear, this one was definitely an indulgent purchase that is not in character for me. I really don’t like having doubles of books on my shelves but, oh my, my heart just stopped when I saw this in stores. It was definitely a sentimental moment as I absolutely love Throne of Glass so when I saw this in that gorgeous royal purple hardback with the gold embellishments and Celaena’s sword on the front I just had to have it. It’s just so pretty!
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare (The Dark Artifices #3)
I WAITED A YEAR FOR THIS BOOK CAUSE IT LEFT ON SUCH AN INTENSE CLIFFHANGER THAT BROKE MY HEART INTO A MILLION PIECES. I was there on release day waiting for this book and let me tell you, I devoured this book in like 3 days. I loved The Dark Artifices, so I had to purchase this thrilling conclusion ASAP. This haul wouldn’t be a proper haul if I didn’t include THE book of December. This description is extremely short as I have a LOT of thoughts regarding this so I might save it for a review, what do you guys think?
Little fact about me … I adore book shopping, I findit very therapeutic! I will roam around, look at the displays, pick up interestingbooks, read blurbs and just enjoy the book displays. (Shout out to all the bookstore employees that spend so much time creating these beautiful displays!). Ialso love a cute library/bookstore café moment, nothing says bliss like a chailatte and a good book.
Thank you for reading Throne of Booksss’ first bookhaul, I really appreciate your support!
PS. Let me know if you want book reviews on any of the books mentioned in this post! x
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