February Book Haul!
This months book haul is quite larger than my previous ones therefore to save time I'm going to change the way I format my book hauls. When I do my bookhauls I always insert the picture of a book in and then talk a bit about what I THINK it's about and I normally just write a load of rubbish. So what I'm going to do instead is copy in the synopsis' in for each book so you can actually KNOW what each book is about. Therefore, I won't really be talking much about each one as it's not necessary. I will still be talking a bit here and there but it will be quite different.
I'm sort of just doing this as a tester, so if you guys don't like it then comment on this blog post and I can always change it back to my normal setup, if I get no comments I will just carry on doing this method so please let me know below.
Anyway, this month I have a total of 15 (I think?) book to haul so let's get into it!
This month I decided to go to the library and order a book in and then when I went to return it I may have took another two books out. (Oops!) Though I didn't pay for these I thought I may as well throw them in here as well so here they are.
Naomi&Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Naomi and Ely are best friends. Naomi loves and is in love with Ely, and Ely loves Naomi, but prefers to be in love with boys. So they create their "No Kiss List" of people neither of them is allowed to kiss. And this works fine…until Bruce.
Bruce is Naomi's boyfriend, so there's no reason to put him on the List. But when Ely kisses Bruce, the result is a rift of universal proportions. Can these best friends come back together again? Or will this be the end of Naomi and Ely: the institution?
Told in alternating voices using an array of emoticons and symbols by co-authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, co-author of WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON with John Green (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS), NAOMI AND ELY’S NO KISS LIST is the ultimate offbeat love—and in love—story.
I have actually finished reading this and overall it was okay. I do talk about it more in my February Wrap-Up which I'll link below.
Also, if you want a review then comment down below and I'll do one. Be prepared that it will be quite ranty.
February Wrap-Up -
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23230.Naomi_and_Ely_s_No_Kiss_List?ac=1&from_search=1&from_nav=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Naomi-and-Ely-s-No-Kiss-List/9780375844416
Tinder by Sally Gardner
A young soldier, a captive princess, witches, wolves and Death walk hand in hand in COSTA AWARD winner Sally Gardner's exquisitely written new novel inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, THE TINDERBOX, illustrated by David Roberts.
Otto Hundebiss is tired of war, but when he defies Death he walks a dangerous path. A half beast half man gives him shoes and dice which will lead him deep into a web of dark magic and mystery. He meets the beautiful Safire - pure of heart and spirit, the scheming Mistress Jabber and the terrifying Lady of the Nail. He learns the powers of the tinderbox and the wolves whose master he becomes. But will all the riches in the world bring him the thing he most desires?
Fairy tales are often the cruellest stories of all; in this exquisite novel Sally Gardner writes about great love and great loss.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18113422-tinder?ac=1&from_search=1&from_nav=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Tinder/9781780621494
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell – weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spellbound from start to finish.
On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.
Lavishly produced, packed with glorious Chris Riddell illustrations enhanced with metallic ink, this is a spectacular and magical gift.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23301545-the-sleeper-and-the-spindle?ac=1&from_search=1&from_nav=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Sleeper-and-the-Spindle/9781408859643
I paid a visit to the big Waterstones about an hour away (therefore I don't really go often) and I may have picked up three books. The one I'm about to mention I paid full price for and then the other two I got on the Buy One Get One Half Price Offer.
Am I Normal Yet? (Normal #1) by Holly Bourne
All Evie wants is to be normal. She’s almost off her meds and at a new college where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She’s even going to parties and making friends. There’s only one thing left to tick off her list…
But relationships are messy – especially relationships with teenage guys. They can make any girl feel like they’re going mad. And if Evie can’t even tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself, how will she cope when she falls in love?
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23592235-am-i-normal-yet?ac=1&from_search=1&from_nav=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Am-I-Normal-Yet-/9781409590309
How Hard Can Love Be? (Normal #2) by Holly Bourne
Amber, Evie and Lottie: three girls facing down tough issues with the combined powers of friendship, feminism and cheesy snacks. Both hilarious and heart-rending, this is Amber’s story of how painful – and exhilarating – love can be, following on from Evie’s story in Am I Normal Yet?
All Amber wants is a little bit of love. Her mum has never been the caring type, even before she moved to California, got remarried and had a personality transplant. But Amber's hoping that spending the summer with her can change all that.
And then there's prom king Kyle, the guy all the girls want. Can he really be interested in anti-cheerleader Amber? Even with best friends Evie and Lottie's advice, there's no escaping the fact: love is hard.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26255907-how-hard-can-love-be
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/How-Hard-Can-Love-be-Holly-Bourne/9781409591221
The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater's Daughter #2) by Melinda Salisbury
Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater's Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.
Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin's life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.
When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won't reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26625494-the-sleeping-prince?from_search=true&search_version=service
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Sleeping-Prince/9781407147642
While I was at the big Waterstones, I also stopped at the hugeee Asda Walmart near me to have a look at the book section. OH MY GOSH, I had never seen such a beautiful book section in a supermarket before and I wish I'd gotten more books but I kept thinking about my TBR pile and that put me off getting more.
All of these books were on 2 for £7!
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
I was brave
She was reckless
We were trouble
Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25437747-beautiful-broken-things?ac=1&from_search=1&from_nav=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Beautiful-Broken-Things/9781509803538
Waiting for Callback by Perdita & Honor Cargill
Geek Girl meets Fame meets New Girl in this brilliantly funny new series!
When Elektra is discovered by an acting agent, she imagines Oscar glory can't be far away, but instead lurches from one cringe-worthy moment to the next! Just how many times can you be rejected for the part of 'Dead Girl Number Three' without losing hope? And who knew that actors were actually supposed to be multi-lingual, play seven instruments and be trained in a variety of circus skills?
Off-stage things aren't going well either - she's fallen out with her best friend, remains firmly in the friend-zone with her crush and her parents are driving her crazy. One way or another, Elektra's life is now spent waiting for the phone to ring - waiting for callback.
Can an average girl-next-door like Elektra really make it in the world of luvvies and starlets?
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25721422-waiting-for-callback?ac=1&from_search=1&from_nav=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Waiting-for-Callback/9781471144837
Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel
When Maisie is struck by lightning, her face is partially destroyed. She's lucky enough to get a face transplant, but how do you live your life when you can't even recognize yourself anymore? She was a runner, a girlfriend, a good student ...a normal girl. Now, after a single freak accident, all that has changed. As Maisie discovers how much her looks did and didn't shape her relationship to the world, she has to redefine her own identity, and figure out what 'lucky' really means.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28105868-faceless
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Faceless-Alyss-B-Sheinmel/9781910655191?ref=grid-view
Uglies (Uglies #1) by Scott Westerfeld
Tally can't wait to turn sixteen and become pretty. Sixteen is the magic number that brings a transformation from repellent Ugly into a stunningly attractive Pretty, and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks, Tally will be there.
But Tally's new friend, Shay, isn't sure she wants to be Pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the Pretty world - and it isn't very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn Pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13581049-uglies
Borrowed From Friend
The Potion Diaries ( #1) by Amy Alward
When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in love with her own reflection. Oops. A nationwide hunt is called to find the cure, with competitors travelling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn.
Enter Samantha Kemi - an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Sam's family were once the most respected alchemists in the kingdom, but they've fallen on hard times, and winning the hunt would save their reputation. But can Sam really compete with the dazzling powers of the ZoroAster megapharma company? Just how close is Sam willing to get to Zain Aster, her dashing former classmate and enemy, in the meantime?
And just to add to the pressure, this quest is ALL OVER social media. And the world news.
No big deal, then.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23344222-the-potion-diaries?ac=1&from_search=1&from_nav=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Potion-Diaries/9781471143564
Sent for Review!
Thank you to the authors/publishers that sent me the following books for review! I'm really looking forward to reading and reviewing them!
Zoom Boom the Scarecrow and Friends (Zoom Boom #1) by Joel Brown
Zoom Boom, the scarecrow is a fictional character who lives on a magical farm with his many farm friends. The caretakers of the farm, farmer Don and his wifer are very happy that Zoom Boom lives on the farm. He helps many of the farm animals, to include those pesky crows stay out of trouble. Zoom Boom is always there to assist and help the animals. However, he learns a lot from them also, such as how to save money and how to recycle. Zoom Boom main focus is teach children lessons from everyday life which will help them make wise choices, and be nice to others.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26895035-zoom-boom-the-scarecrow-and-friends?ac=1&from_search=1&from_nav=true
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Zoom-Boom-the-Scarecrow-and-Friends/9780996608312
Be Tidy or Not? (Zoom Boom #2) by Joel Brown
Charm and Dirty Bird are two characters from the Zoom Boom book series. Their names are quite the opposite of their character. Charm is very messy; whereas, Dirty Bird is very tidy. However, although they are different, they are still good friends. Be Tidy, or Not?, is a book that allows the readers to understand and appreciate the differences in their friends. It teaches children not to judge the differences, but to accept people as they are, allowing them to be tidy, or not.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26895036-be-tidy-or-not
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Be-Tidy-or-Not-Joel-Brown/9780996608329
Be Careful (Zoom Boom #3) by Joel Brown
Zoom Boom the Scarecrow is to the rescue again, but this time he is rescuing Carrie Careless. Carrie Careless never watches where she is going. She is almost hit by a car when she crosses the street because she was not paying attention to the oncoming traffic. She almost fell down the stairs at school because she did not watch her step or hold onto the handrail. Both times Zoom Boom had to rescue her. He always tells her to be careful and pay attention to the safety signs. Zoo Boom wants everyone to be careful and follow all the safety signs in school, around their community, and in their homes.Be Careful is the third book in the Zoom Boom book series. The concept of the book is to make children aware of safety signs and to obey them. Zoom Boom, the scarecrow assist them in making sure they do.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26895037-be-careful
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Be-Careful-Joel-Brown/9780996608336
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