Hi Book Lovers!
I bought more books in February, but as you are all book lovers, you won't judge me. I started out with just a handful, but I soon managed to have a stack of fifteen [with four more on the way] - do I have a problem or not?
So, let's have a look at what I picked up!
Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
I absolutely loved the Trylle trilogy [Switched, Torn & Ascend], and have been wanting to read another book by Amanda. This book takes place within the Trylle world, which I'm really excited about.
Will she give up her dream to follow her heart?
Bryan Aven is determined to gain status amongst the Kanin, the most powerful of the hidden tribes. But as a half-blood, winning respect is a huge challenge. Bryn's almost-human community distrusts people, and those from other tribes are almost as suspect.
She has just one goal to get ahead: to join the elite guard protecting the Kanin royal family. And Bryn's vowed that nothing will stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss, Ridley Dresden.
But her plans are put on hold when fallen hero Konstantin starts acting dangerously. Bryn loved him once, but now he's kidnapping Kanin children - stealing them from hidden placements, but will she lsoe her heart in the process?
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
I had never heard of this book until I saw BookTuber Katytastic show it in her December haul. It sounded really good, and I just had to pick it up when I saw it.
Lea and Gale are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture reference, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is a loof, Gabe is shy, and it looks like they are never going to work things out.
But something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushed them together. The baristas at the local Starbucks wathc their relationship like a TV series. The bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes Lea and Gabe were meant to be together.
Fall in love with falling in love in this irresistibly romantic, completely original novel!
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
In January, I picked up Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, and I hadn't yet started it when I picked up this book, but Eleanor & Park has been on my TBR for a while now, so thought I should pick it up!
Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn't stick out more if she tried.
Park is the boy at the back of the bus. Black T-Shirts, headphoens, head in a book - he thinkgs he's made himself invisible. But no to Eleanor... never to Eleanor.
Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversation and an ever-growing stack of mix taped, Eleanor and Park fall for eachother. They fall in love the way you do for the first time, when you're young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
This is another book that I haven't seen a lot about, but it came up on a recommend list somewhere, and the cover and title stood out to me. So, naturally, when I saw it, I picked it up!
Frankie Landau-Banks At Age 14:
Her father's 'bunny rabbit'.
A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school
Frankie Landau-Banks At Age 15:
A knockout figure.
A sharp tongue.
A chip on her shoulder.
And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supreme goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston
No longer the kind of girl to take 'no' for an answer.
Especially when 'no' means she's excluded from her boyfriends all-male secret society.
Not when her ex-boyfriend shows up in the strangest places.
Not when she knows she's smarter than any of them.
When she knows Matthew's lying to her.
And when there are so many pranks to be done.
Frankie Landau-Banks At Age 16:
Possibly a criminal mastermind.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
It seems to be a Rainbow Rowell month, with this being my second purchase of her books. All I need now is Landline (which could be a March book, you never know!). When I looked into the other books that Rainbow has written, Attachments had a really great sounding storyline, so I will definitely be reading this or Eleanor & Park when I finish Fangirl.
It's 1999 and the internet is still a novelty. At a newspaper office, two colleagues, Beth and Jennifer, e-mail back and forth, discussing their lives in hilarious detail, from love troubles to family dramas. And Lincoln, a shy IT guy responsible for monitoring e-mails, spends his hours reading every exchange.
At first their e-mails offer a welcome diversion, but the more he reads, the more he finds himself falling for one of them. By the time Lincoln realises just how head-over-heels he is, it's too late to introduce himself.
After a series of close encounters, Lincoln eventually decided he must follow his heart ... and find out if there is such a thing as love before fight sight.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I have been meaning to both read the book and watch the movie as both have received great reviews, and keep getting recommended to me. I've only ever read one other Zusak novel - The Messenger - which I really enjoyed, so I have high hopes for this book.
It is 1939. Nazi Germany.
The country is holding its breath.
Death has never been busier,
and will become busier still.
By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up an object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, and it is her first act of book thievery.
So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found.
But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down.
The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen
I am an absolute sucker for anything to do with history, the British Monarchy and the Tudor era, so when I came across this book and the trilogy, I knew I had to have it. It is about the son Anne Boleyn never had, the child she miscarried that lead to her demise. It sounds like a very interesting retelling of history, so I hope I enjoy it and the rest of the trilogy.
Just seventeen years old, Henry IX, known as William, is a king bound by the restraints of the regency yet anxious to prove himself. With the French threatening battle and the Catholics sowing the seeds of rebellion at home, William trusts only three people: his older sister Elizabeth: his best friend and royal counselor Dominic: and Minuette, a young orphan raised as a royal ward by william's mother, Anne Boleyn.
Against a tide of secrets, betrayal, and murder, William finds himself fighting for the very soul of his kingdom. Then, when he and Dominic both fall in love with Minuette, romantic obsession looms over a new generation of Tudors. One among them will pay the price for a king's desire, as a shocking twist of fate changed England's fortunes forever.
The Boleyn Deceit by Laura Andersen
Okay, I need to confess, I accidentally thought this was the first book in the trilogy, so ordered this book first, but no harm done - now I have the first two books ready to marathon read while I order the final book.
The regency period is over, and William Tudor, now King Henry IX, sits alone on the throne. But England must still contend with those who doubt his legitimacy, both in faraway lands within his own family. To diffuse tensions and appease the Catholics, William is betrothed to a young princess from France, but still he has eyes for only his childhood friend Minuette, and court tongues are wagging.
Even more scandalous - and dangerous, if discovered - is that Minuette's heart and soul belong to Dominic, William's best friend and most trusted advisor. Minuette must maintain a dangerously precarious balance between her two suitors, unable to confide in anyone, not even her friend Elizabeth, William's sister, who must contend with her own cleaved heart. In this irresistible tale, the secrets that everyone keeps are enough to change the course of an empire.
The Girl In The Photograph by Kate Riordan
A 2015 release book, this came up in my recommended, and it sounded really good, and the cover was very appealing. It sounds very intriguing and a book I'm excited to read.
When Alice Eveleigh arrives at Fiercombe Manor during the long, languid summer of 1933, she finds a house steeped in mystery and brimming with secrets. Sadness permeates its empty rooms and the isolated valley seems crowded with ghosts - non more alluring than Elizabeth Stanton, whose only trace remains in a few tantalizingly blurred photographs. Why will no one speak of her? What happened a generation ago to make her vanish?
As the sun beats down relentlessly, Alice becomes ever more determined to unearth the truth about the girl in the photograph - and stop her own life from becoming an eerie echo of Elizabeth's....
The Night Circus by Erin Moregenstern
I've seen this book around, but never really thought much of it, and to be honest, I thought it was older than it actually is. It was Carrie Hope Fletcher (ItsWayPastMyBedtime) talking about it on her YouTube channel, and basing one of her book club boxes around it that sparked my interest in reading it. And with such a beautiful cover, how could you not be intrigued by it.
The circus arrives without warning
No announcements prece it...
It is simply there, when yesterday it was not
Colours Aloft by Alexander Kent
So while out shopping, there was a stall in the marketplace with books for $1 and $2, so I was hardly going to pass up the opportunity for discount books. Most of the books were ones I hadn't heard of, but I still managed to find a few that look and sounded really good.
Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho finds himself the new master of the Argonaute, a French flagship taken in battle. With the Peace of Amiens in ruins, he must eave the safety of Falmouth.
What lies ahead is the grim reality of war at close quarters - where Bolitho will be called upon to anticipate the overall intention of the French fleet. But the battle has also become a personal vendetta between himself and the French admiral who formerly sailed the Argonaute.
Bolitho and his men are driven to a final rendezvous where no quarter is asked or given.
The Blood Debt by Sean WIlliams
Another $2 book that looked really interesting. I didn't seem to read that cover that well, because it was only when I got home that I realised it was the second book in the series, but oh well, that's just another excuse to buy another book.
The Cataclysm is ancient beyond memory, but its effects reach through the ages...
When the Homunculus emerges from the Void Beneath, Sal and Shilly are enticed out of hiding to help track it down. In return, the Sky Wardens will not prosecute them for dabbling in arcane secrets. But just what is this strange creature? What is its connection to the world's fragmented history? And what is the connection to the Highson Sparre, Sal's missing father?
Family secrets and political manoeuvring, live ghosts and dead bodies ... Sal and Shilly will have to deal with all these things to discover the truth about the Void Beneath, and about the mysterious Divide...
The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood
The final discount book that I picked up. I was really drawn to the cover and the short blurb on the cover (the proper blurb was in the front of the book). This is the first book in a trilogy, so I hope I enjoy this so I can complete the set.
Is A Poison
Even the most innocent looking plant can kill you, and no one knows that better than Jessamine Luxton.
Jessamine has lived all her sixteen years in a isolated cottage near Alnwick Castle with her father Thomas, a feared and respected apothecary, who has taught her much about the incredible powers of plants. Still, Thomas forbids her from entering the locked garden that his pride and obsession - a power garden, containing the most dangerous plants in the world.
But Jessamine's life changes for ever the day a traveller brings an orphan to their cottage, claiming that the young man has special gifts that Thomas might value. Jessamine is intrigued by the stranger, who goes by the name of Weed. His sensitivity to the natural world in extraordinary, and he seems to have even more rare and specialised knowledge about plants than Thomas does. As Jessamine begins to fall in love with Wed, she learns his extraordinary secret - and is drawn into the dangerous world of the poison garden in a way she never could have imagined...
Media & Society Into The 21st Century by Lyn Gorman and David McLean
The final few books that I picked up are actually university textbooks, but I feel like I should include them in my haul anyway.
Media and Society Into The 21st Century captures the breathtaking revolutionary sweep of mass media from the late 19th century to the present day. Utilising historical and comparative perspectives, the volume analyses the socio-economic contexts in which mass media originated; the institutional forms taken by evolving media; the relationships between media institutions and the state; and the interrelationships between different media.
One of the subjects I am taking this semester is 'Media & Society in the 21st Century', which I have only just started, but the subject outline looks really interesting, so I'm excited to get into this book as I make my way through the subject material.
The Little Penguin Handbook by Lester Faigley
The final book I got wasn't actually a required textbook for my classes, but it's a helpful guide for writing.
5 great reasons to buy the Australasian edition of The Little Penguin Handbook!
1. Improve you results by referring to a portable, easy-to-navigate, full-colour reference for writing, research, documentation and grammar, written for all students
2. Enhance your university experience by developing your academic writing skills through clear writing and researching processes.
3. Improve your essay, case study, and lab report writing with the 'Documentation' section, which teaches you the essentials of Harvard, APA, MLA and CMAS documentation.
4. Avoid common errors of grammar and punctuation with a comprehensive, yet accessible, writing section.
5. Better understand and visualise how to write assignments by referring to the writing samples.
So that's my February haul! I'm happy with the books I picked up, and have already read a few of them. Be sure to check those reviews out, and watch out for reviews of the other books soon - I'll eventually get to them.
Many of these books are on my March TBR, so I'm excited to get to them and share my reviews with you.
See you soon!