It's another month, and yes, I bought more books! At the beginning of the month, I told myself that I need to limit myself to 10 books. Well that failed dramatically - I got 27 books...
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
It seems like you are only a Booktuber and blogger if you've owned and read The Lunar Chronicles. I've seen this book, and series, everywhere, so I thought it was about time I picked it up!
Even in the future, the story begins with Once Upon a Time...
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. a deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl...
Sixteen-year-old Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past and is reviled by her stepmother. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future. Because there is something unusual about Cinder, something that others would kill for.
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Believing that I will enjoy the first book, I just had to get the sequel so that I can marathon the books. Although, I do think I will enjoy the series, the blurbs are really great and I'm excited to start the series!
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She is trying to break out of prison - even though she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information about her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
Fairest by MARISSA Meyer
So, despite not having bought book three yet (or even started reading the series), I bought book 3.5, which is the story of Queen Levana. Blame Angus & Robertson for having a weekend of free-shipping for me picking up this book.
Mirror mirror on the wall,
Who's the fairest of them all?
Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.
Red Queen by victoria Aveyard
This book has been everywhere and everyone loves it! I'm so excited to read it, and the rest of the trilogy when it comes out.
This is a world divided by blood - red or silver.
Reads are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until a twist of fate brings her before the Silver court. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that despite her read blood, she possesses a deadly ability of her own.
Fearful of Mare's potential, the king hides her in plain view: betrothed to his youngest son. Trapped, Mare decides to use her new position to bring down the regime - from the inside.
But this is a game of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and MAre against her own heart...
Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher
I've been watching Gi's vlogs since she started doing regular videos, so have been wanting to read her books for ages. So glad I finally picked up her books!
Sophie May has a secret.
One that she's successfully kept for years. It's meant that she's had to give her dreams of going to university and travelling the world to stay in her little village, living with her mum and working in the local teashop.
But then she meets the gorgeous Billy - an actor with ambitions to make it to the top. And when they fall in love, Sophie is whisked away from the comfort of her life into Billy's glamorous - but ruthless - world.
Their relationship throws Sophie right into the spotlight after years of shying away from attention. Can she handle the constant scrutiny that comes with being with Billy? And most of all, is she ready for her secret heartbreak to be discovered and shared with the nation?
You're The One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher
Obviously I had to get both of Gi's books, and I'm excited to finally read them.
Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob - the man she's about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben - best man and the best friend any two people ever had.
And that's the problem.
Because if it wasn't Rob waiting for her at the altar, there's a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive, Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he turned round and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be rights?
Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything.. Maddy has a choice to make but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it...
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Another series that I've seen everywhere with great reviews, so I'm excited to start reading it.
I HAVE A CURSE.
I HAVE A GIFT.
I'M A MONSTER.
I'M MORE THAN HUMAN.
MY TOUCH IS LETHAL.
MY TOUCH IS POWER.
I AM THEIR WEAPON.
I WILL FIGHT BACK.
No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time - and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.
[Imagine the underlining above is the sentence crossed out...]
The Messenger by Markus zusak
I read this book back in high school, and enjoyed it a lot, so have been meaning to pick it up since and give it a re-read.
Ed Kennedy - cab driving prodigy, pathetic card player, useless at sex - shares coffee with his dog and is in nervous-love with Audrey. His life is one of suburban routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.
That's when the first arc turns up and Ed becomes the messenger.
PROTECTS THE DIAMONDS
SURVIVE THE CLUBS
DIG DEEP THROUGH SPADES
FEEL THE HEARTS
Chosen to care, he travels through his own town, helping and hurting, until only one question remains. Where are the messages coming from?
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
I don't know much about the book or the trilogy, but it came up in Booktopia I think, and I loved the covers and premise, so thought I'd give it a try!
Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Venus Cove.
But everything changes when three angels, Ivy, Bethany and Gabriel, are sent from Heaven to protect the town against the gathering forces of darkness. They work hard to conceal their true identity and - most of all - their wings.
But the mission is threatened when the youngest angel, Bethany, is sent to high school and falls for the handsome school captain Xavier Woods. Will she defy the laws of Heaven by loving him?
Things come to a head when the angels realise they are not the only supernatural power in Venus Cove. There's a new kid in town and he's charming, seductive and deadly.
Worst of all, he's after Beth.
The angels and Xavier must work together to overcome the dark forces - but will Beth survive the battle?
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Ever since I found out that the movie Peter Pan was based on a book, I wanted to read it, especially since I've heard the book it a lot darker than Walt Disney showed us. After the January box of Carrie's Book Club (which was themed around Peter Pan), I just had to get it.
Fly across the sky with Peter and Wendy.
One starry night, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell lead the three Darling children over the rooftops of London and away to Neverland - the island where lost boys play, mermaids splash and fairies make mischief. But a villainous-looking gang of pirates lurk in the docks, led by the terrifying Captain James Hook. Magic and excitement are in the air, but if Captain Hook has his way, before long, someone will be walking the plank and swimming with the crocodiles.
The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
I absolute love the Chronicles of Narnia movie series, and I already own the complete collection in a single book edition, which I don't really like. So once I found these cover editions, I knew I had to buy the individual books.
The Adventure Begins
NARNIA... where Talking Beasts walk... where a witch wait... where a new world is about to be born.
On a daring quest to save a life, two friends are hurled into another world, where an evil sorceress seeks to enslave them. But then the lion Aslan's song weaves itself into the fabric of a new land, a land that will be known as Narnia. And in Narnia, all things are possible...
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
They open a door and enter a world
NARNIA... a land frozen in eternal... a country waiting to be set free.
Four adventurers step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia - a land enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change... and a great sacrifice.
The Selection by Kiera Cass
This is another book and series that I've seen everywhere and everyone loves it, so I just naturally had to pick it up!
In a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels THE SELECTION is the chance of a lifetime: to compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon's heart. But for America Singer it means turning her back on her secret love, and leaving home for a prize she doesn't want.
Then America meets Maxon and all her plans start to crumble. Can the life she's always dreamed of compare to a future she never imagined?
THe Outsider by Cory Martin
I love The OC, so when I found out that these books existed, I had to have them. These books follow the series, covering several episodes each. However, they also include extra storyline content.
This first book covers the first six episodes, right up to the point where Marissa overdoses in Mexico.
It's not who you are, it's who they think you are.
Ryan Atwood comes from a world where fists do the talking. In Orange County, it's about débutante balls, pristine beaches and designer boutiques. It's a world where money does the talking; the other kind is done behind your back. They think Ryan is the ultimate outsider.
Marissa Cooper is to the O.C. born. Beautiful, sweet, raised in riches, she's living, SUV-driving, poster-model for sunny popularity. They think she's the ultimate insider.
Seth Cohen is from the O.C., but not of it. He's got it all, but somehow does 'it' all wrong. He's klutzy and quriky when his peers are snarky and smooth. They think he's the ultimate geek.
Welcome to the O.C., to the story behind the story. There's so much more than what you're allowed to see on TV.
The Misfit by Aury Wallington
The second book in The O.C. novelization series, this book continues on from where Marissa recovers from her overdose, right until the final episode of season one.
Break the rules...or make some new ones.
Seth Cohen has grown up among the beautiful rich kids, but he's never been one of them. Cohen? He's always been the geek, the weirdo, the misfit. But not any more. Suddenly Seth's got a friend, Ryan Atwood, who's looking out for him.
The popular girl net door, Marissa Cooper is talking to him. And he's got not one but two girls on the line.
Seth's not playing by the same rules by the same rules any more. In fact, he's out to break them all.
Welcome to the O.C., to the story behind the story. There's so much more than what you're allowed to see on TV.
The Way Back by Cory Martin
This is the third book in The O.C. novelization and it looks the the period between series one and two when Ryan is in Chino with Theresa, Seth is in Portland, Marissa is avoiding her mother, and Summer is finding new love after Seth.
The Newport summer scene: days at the beach and nights spend partying. It's the same as always, but it isn't. Ryan's in Chino helping Theresa prepare for the baby, and trying to find a family to replace the one he lost. Seth's gone, sailing his boat to places unknown, hoping to find himself. Marissa's losing herself in a bottle, and Summer's falling for a new love. Everything's changed. Nothing is the same. Can it ever be?
Get the inside story, the story you won't see on TV.
Bait & Switch by Aury Wallington
This is the sixth book in The O.C novelization, and I can't quite work out where is fits into the show storyline, but it should still be a great read.
The Amazing Race
What do you get when you put the words "scavenger hunt," "charity even," and "competition" in the same sentence? If you happen to be named Ryan, Marissa, Seth or Summer, bring it on! But there might be more to "it" than they ever bargained for, and the clues may lead to answers that were better left unknown.
'Twas the Night Before Chrismukkah by A. Van Syckle
This is the seventh book in The O.C novelization, and at this point in the book series, they don't follow the TV series, but still follow their lives.
Celebrate the holidays in the O.C.
Chrismukkah has always been Seth Cohen's favourite holiday - after all, he invented it. But this year, the holiday spirit is a little lacking in the land of the O.C. so Seth's got an idea: For eight days, he, Ryan, Marissa, and Summer will volunteer as Santa's helpers for Sandy, Kirsten, Julie and Jimmy. What could be better and what could go wrong? Well, this is The O.C. ...
Oz, the COMPLETE Collection, Volume 1 by L. Frank Baum
I love the Wizard of Oz movie, and started reading the first book way back in primary school, but never really got into the book because it was so different from the movie. However, I've been wanting to read the books for ages (little did I know there are actually 15 books!) and I was inspired to get the books now as the March box of Carrie's Book Club was themed around the books. This first volume contains the first three Oz books.
Discover Magic and Wonder in a Land Called OZ
In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, find themselves in a strange land. Here they meet the Munchkins and join the Scarecrow, the Tun Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion on an unforgettable journey to the Emerald City, where the all-powerful Wizard lives. Can he help Dorothy return home?
In The Marvellous Land of Oz, a young boy named Tip sets out to explore the Land of Oz. Along the way, he meets the Scarecrow, and the Tin Woodman. Eventually, Tip's journey takes him to the Emerald City, where he realizes that his life will be changed forever.
In Ozma of Oz, Dorothy returns to Oz and meets the mechanical man Tik-Tok. But when Dorothy is taken prisoner by the evil Nome King, only Ozma of Oz can save them. Will she be in time?
Together in one book, the first three titles in L. Frank Baum's classic fairy-tale series about the world of Oz.
Oz, The COMPLETE COLLECTION, Volume 2 by L. Frank Baum
Continuing on from Volume 2, I thought I may as well get the first two volumes (six books), so that I can immerse myself into Oz when I finally get round to reading them.
Discover Magic and Wonder in a Land Called OZ
In Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and the Wizard visit the centre of the Earth, where people are vegetables, glass houses grow, and Oz characters reappear. Eventaully they return to Emerald City, but will they stay?
In The Road to Oz, Dorothy sets out on another adventure with some new friends, such as the Shaggy Man, Button-Bright, and Polychrome, and some old ones, including the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman. But can they reach the Emerald City in the time for Ozma's birthday?
In The Emerald City of Oz, Dorothy and Uncle Henry, and Aunt Em are going to live in Emerald City. They set out to explore the Land of Oz, with the help of Dorothy's friends, but must rush home again when they discover that the Nome King is busy gathering an army for an invasion of Oz. Will they be able to stop the invasion?
Together in one book, the fourth, fifth and sixth titles in L. Frank Baum's classic fairy-tale series about the wonderful world of Oz.
Poison Study by Maria V. snyder
I saw this book in abookutopia's haul last month, and it sounded really good, so naturally I just had to get it.
Choose: A quick death or slow poison...
On the eve of her execution for murder, Yelena Zaltana is offered an incredible reprive - on the condition that she becomes the food taster for the military leader of Ixias, Commander Ambrose.
Avoiding poison is the least of her troubles, however... General Brazell, father of the man she killed, has vowed bloody revenge; she's beginning to have feelings for her captor, Valekl; and someone is plotting the downfall of the current regime.
In a desperate race against time, Yelena must learn to control the growing magical talent within her and master the demons of her past. The Commander's life, the future of Ixia and all those she loves depend on it...
Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
This is the second book in the Study series, the first being Poison Study. I had also bought Poison Study, but it has yet to arrive. I saw the book in abookutopia's book haul last month, and the book sounded interesting, so I thought I'd try it out by getting the first two books in the series.
You know your life is complicated when you miss your days as a poison taster.
With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be united with the family she'd been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But although she has gained her freedom, she once again finds herself alone - separated from her lover Valek and suspected as a spy for her reluctance to conform to Sitian ways.
Despite the turmoil, she's eager to start her magic training - especially as she's been given on year to harness her power or be put to death. But her plans take a radical turn when she becomes embroiled in a plot to reclaim Ixia's throne for a lost prince - and gets entangled in powerful rivalries with her fellow magicians.
If that wasn't bad enough, it appears her brother would love to see her dead. Luckily, Yelena has some old friends to help her with all her new enemies...
The Kings Speech by Mark Logue
I have said this before, but I absolutely love history, British history and the British Monarchy. I also really loved the movie, so I just had to have the book that inspired the movie.
One man saved the British Royal Family in the first decades of the 20th century - he wasn't a prime minister or an archbishop of Canterbury. He was an almost unknown, and self-taught, speech therapist named Lionel Logue, whom one newspaper in the 1930s famously dubbed "The Quack who saved a King."
Logue wasn't a British aristocrat or even an Englishman - he was a commoner and an Australian to boot. Nevertheless it was the outgoing, amiable Logue who single-handedly turned the nervous, tongue-tied Duke of York into one of Britain's greatest kings after his brother, Edward VIII, abdicated in 1936 over his love of Mrs Simpson.
This is the previously untold story of the remarkable relationship between Logue and the haunted future King George VI, written with Logue's grandson and drawing exclusively from his grandfather Lionel's diaries and archive It throws an extraordinary light on the intimacy of the two men, and the vital role the King's wife, the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, played in the bringing them together to save her husband's reputation and reign.
The King's Speech: How One Man Saved The British Monarchy is an astonishing insight into a private world. Logue's diaries also reveal, for the first time, the torment the future King suffered at the hand of his father George V because of his stammer. Never before has there been such a personal portrait of the British monarchy - at the time of its greatest crisis - seen through the eyes of an Australian commoner who was proud to serve, and save, his king.
Super Aussie Soaps by Andrew Mercado
Australia has produced some great soap operas, and I have been intrigued by the shows we've produced. I love Neighbours and have been wanting to learn more some of the other great shows, so this book seemed like a great buy.
Australian television celebrity and insider Andrew Mercado investigates and interviews the producers, the directors, the writers and such soap legends as Rowena Wallace, Lorraine Bayly, Paula Duncan, Rebecca Gilling, Melissa Tkautz, Terry Norris and Jeremy Sims to find out new details about these infamous serials.
Discover which soaps featured Olivia Newton-John, Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, Heath Ledger, Russell Crowe and the Prime Minister of Australia, not to mention such famous graduates as Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan Eric Bana, Guy Pearce and Delta Goodrem.
Learn about every soap ever made for Australian television. Presented in chronological order, the stories include never-before-seen photos, comprehensive synopses of major storylines, those crazy cliffhangers and hilarious anecdotes.
If you think you know everything there is to know about your favourite soaps, think again!
The Journals by Captain James Cook
For my university course, I have been studying Colonial Australia history, so thought this book would be an interesting read about the "discovering" of Australia. I probably won't read this entire book, but I will read excerpts here and there.
'They crowded so thick around the boats...that it was some time before we could get room to land'
These Journals record the historic meeting between two worlds as Europe's greatest navigator made the first contact with many of the peoples of the Pacific. In three extraordinary expeditions, Captain Cook charted the entire coast of New Zealand and eastern Australia, and made detailed descriptions of Tahiti, Tonga and many islands previously unknown to Europeans. Cook's journals display the skill and courage with which he faced the continuous dangers of uncharted seas and endeavoured to form relationships with the peoples he encountered. While he had an eighteenth-century Englishman's imperial self-assurance, cook writes of 'native' cultures with striking sympathy and respect to create a truly compelling and revealing account of these momentous voyages of discovery.
The Elements of Style by William strunk, JR.
This final book is a baby of a book, at only 52 pages in length. I've seen many people, most authors, say that if you want to write and become an author, have the book as it will help you and give guidance while writing.
The original edition of the most trusted writer's guide to American English, this is the book that generations of writers have relied upon for timeless advice on grammar, diction, syntax, sentence structure, and other writing essentials. In brief and concise terms, author William Strunk, Jr., identifies the principal requirements of proper American English style and concentrated on the most often violated rules of composition.
Originally published in 1918, this authoritative and engagingly written manual retains its immediacy and relevance. Strunk begins with the basic rules of usage, offering accessible explanations of correct punctuation and grammar. His advice on the principles of composition utilizes concrete examples of how to maintain clarity by eliminating redundancy and unnecessary embellishment. In addition, Strunk provides valuable pointers on avoiding common errors in the usage of words and expressions, and in spelling. The greatest book of its kind, this volume is a must for any student or writer.
Charmed: Season Nine, Volume 2 by Paul Ruditis
You may not know this, but the TV series Charmed was turned into a comic book series, known as season nine, and now season ten. I've already got Volume One, which was great, so I am so glad I've finally gotten the next one.
The secrets we hid in the night...
The Charmed Ones have long since come to terms with how their magical calling complicates their lives, but that does not make things any easier as they confront challenges that affect their families. Phoebe faces a ghost from her past in a future that has yet to be written... Piper's daughter reveals powers she should not possess, which leads to Leo to an offer that few could refuse... And Paige helps save an innocent victim from a demon attack only to find herself with a new kind of charge to watch over.
As they deal with their complicated lives, the mysterious power behind recent threats is finally revealed in the body of an enemy they never dreamed they'd encounter. The sisters must fight in an epic battle between the heavens and the underworld that could destroy the Power of Three and all of humanity in the process.
Charmed: Season Nine, Volume Three by Paul Ruditis & Dean Kotz
The third volume in season nine, this continues the story of the Charmed Ones, and sets up for the 'season finale' in Volume four.
The years have passed quickly for the Charmed One since they learned of their magical heritage. In only one decade, they have experienced so much love and loss, joy and sorrow, failure and success. But time marches on and new challenges will be met as Phoebe is haunted by her past, Piper must deal with the present, and Paige is forced to cope with the future. But none of those events will prepare them to face the truth behind a family secret that could change everything for the Warren Line.